'Suicide bombings,' the angel said, 'and beheadings.'
'And the others that have all the power — they fly missiles in the sky.
They don't even look at the people they kill.'
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The Madness of Tony Blair - Paranoia, Apocalyptic, Delusional
— his false belief strongly held in spite of invalidating evidence.
Mohammed Ghadban comforts his brother Ismael.

Mohammed was injured by U.S. helicopter strikes on Baqouba, Iraq, during battles in the city by Iraq resistance and U.S. troops Thursday June 24, 2004.

Picture: REUTERS/Chris Helgren
<Mohammed Ghadban comforts his brother Ismael.
Mohammed was injured by U.S. helicopter strikes on Baqouba, Iraq, during battles in the city by Iraq resistance and U.S. troops Thursday June 24, 2004.
a reflection on the psychological state of the us, its military, and its government.
US Terror State
Occupied Baghdad
Unknown if US taxpayer paid special black operations instigated and paid for the bombing
“Kathy Kelly, co-founder of Voices in the Wilderness and three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, was sentenced to three months in federal prison for enacting her habit of bearing witness against US military violence.
She has become one of the two million citizens that the United States and its taxpayers has decided it needs to keep in its jails.
The 'crime' this time was crossing onto the property of Ft. Benning military base in November of 2003, as a form of protest against the School of the Americas/Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (SOA/WHISC).
By visiting the         SOA Watch         website, you can find more information about the SOA/WHISC, which has trained many of the military dictators and soldiers who have massacred hundreds of thousands of people of Central and South America, especially indigenous people.
Alongside Kathy, Fr. Jerry Zawada, an Iraq Peace Team member and recent VitW delegate to Iraq, was sentenced to six months in federal prison (he was convicted of trespassing at the SOA/WHISC last year as well).
Faith Fippinger, a former Human Shield in Iraq, was sentenced to three months in prison, and Scott Diehl, a Christian Peacemaker Team member who was in Iraq during the 2003 invasion, was also sentenced to three months in prison.”
    informazione dall'iraq occupato
information from occupied iraq
أخبار منالعراق المحتلة
Blackwater mercenaries, West Point graduates & other contractors' tales
Jane Stillwater's Web Log
When I was in Iraq, I brushed my teeth with the non-potable water.
April 29, 2007
Well, since I've been back, my mouth just hasn't felt right.
US UK war machine
Occupied Basra
Man worked as a trucker for KBR
Maybe the water was non-potable because it was filled with depleted uranium?
Then I started getting really paranoid.
"I'm gonna die of mouth cancer!"
Me and Sigmund Freud.
Then I got a phone call from a man who used to work as a trucker for KBR in Iraq and I realized that he had a LOT more to worry about than me.
"I was only over there for four months but already my body has aged 30 years and my muscle mass is just melting away."
KBR paid him $8,000 a month to drive the big rigs all over central Iraq.
"And I'd give every cent of it back in a heartbeat if I could get my health back."
Fat chance of that happening.
"After four months living in a tent pitched over an old bombed-out bunker, blood and pus started coming out of my eyes.
It really scared me and I tried to get back to the states to get treated.
But the moment I left Iraq, KBR canceled my health insurance.
I used to be able to hang 160 sheets of drywall a day.
Now I can hardly help the neighbors move their front room couch."
The contractor was very unhappy with KBR.
"They promised me that I was going to get a COBRA but it never came through.
I need an operation, I have severe nerve damage in my arms.
I don't sleep because my hands and arms are so sore.
I can take a lot of pain but this is constant.
This is too much.
If I ever get my hands on the KBR employee who canceled my insurance, they'd have to put me on four-way restraints!"
The contractor has lost three inches off of his biceps.
What happened over there?
Depleted uranium?
"I wouldn't be surprised.
Iraq is the most polluted country in the world.
It scares the hell out of me."
Then he added:
"I think part of my nerve damage comes from wearing 56 pounds worth of body armor for 12 or 15 hours at a time because rather than up-armor the trucks, they up-armored the drivers."
He thought that the KBR operation was a circus run by buffoons.
"They were only in it for the money."
"Do you think you will ever go back to Iraq?" I asked him.
"I can't go back.
I'd never pass the physical."
He then gave me the names and numbers of several friends who had suffered the same experience.
After I got done talking with the contractor, I biked downtown to get a copy of the Berkeley Daily Planet, featuring an article about the Blackwater mercenaries.
Even MORE scary!
According to reporter Jeremy Scahill:
"In February 2006 Donald Rumsfeld issued the Pentagon’s quadrennial review which lays out the Pentagon’s vision for years to come.
There he classified Blackwater and other contractors as a legitimate part of the total force making up the U.S. war machine."
The neo-cons are hopefully anticipating the day when they can contract out our entire Army — not just the quartermaster department and the KP.
I wonder if the troops know about this?
...PS: I just talked with my contractor friend again.
He said that he doesn't have an e-mail address:
"Because I don't see very well any more."
And needs an operation.
US Terror State
Occupied Baghdad
But he still doesn't have any health insurance except for Medicaid.
Plus he is now fully disabled and living on Social Security.
Just like we do for Wal-Mart
In other words, the American taxpayer is now taking up the "benefits" slack for KBR — just like we do for Wal-Mart.
Soul-less men with glazed-over eyes
PPS: Another contractor just called me — I guess my 15 minutes of fame isn't quite over yet — and this one started telling me some really scary stories about a mysterious place called "Area 51" where trained-killer special-ops forces hunker down in between "jobs".
And he REALLY scared me as he described soul-less men with glazed-over eyes who lived like those hordes of evil bad guys from The Lord of the Rings — just waiting to be let out of their cages.
But what he said spooked me so much that let's not talk about that.
PPPS: Holy cow! I just received an e-mail from my friend Stewart who just missed getting blown up by a truck bomb.
"There are body parts all over the place here...."
SUPER-IMPERIALISM: The Shameful Legacy Of Liberal Democrats
Carolyn Baker
April 29, 2007
Inextricably tied to the super-imperialism project is the $4 trillion dollars stolen from the U.S. Treasury in the past decade.
The unanswered questions regarding September 11, 2001.
The USA Patriot Act.
Peak Oil
The privatization of water and other resources.
The cesspool of corruption surrounding government contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And the domination of U.S. money supply and fiscal policy by the Federal Reserve and other centralized financial systems.
Each of these issues is beyond the scope of any president or party to thoroughly remediate.
Only one thing is absolutely certain regarding super-imperialism — its collapse.
Whether collapse occurs suddenly or gradually, before, during, and after, there will be many opportunities for those of us residing in the belly of the beast to create new economic and social structures.
The pivotal question is: Will we be prepared to do so?
Did I watch the Democratic candidates’ debate, April 26?
No, I was sitting in a local movie theater watching the film “Shooter” which, in my opinion, rips the mask off the current political landscape and ventures into territory where no candidate anointed by the corporatocracy is willing to travel.
“Shooter” is the real deal; presidential debates, yet another distracting soap opera.
A line from that film now comes to mind, depicting the essence of super-imperialism:
“There is no Sunni or Shia
No Democrat or Republican
— Only the have’s and have-not’s.”
< www.democracynow.org — June 2, 2004
US former prison officials sent to Iraq to set up the Abu Ghraib prison:
AMY GOODMAN:    ...We begin with Dan Frosch, an independent reporter based in New York City.
His most recent articles published in "The Nation" magazine and on AlterNet, look at the role of a number of the former officials at the US prisons who were sent to Iraq to set up the Abu Ghraib prison.
"The Nation" piece this month is called, "Exporting America's Prison Problems."   Dan, welcome to Democracy Now!.
DAN FROSCH:     It’s good to be here, Amy.
AMY GOODMAN:     Can you start off by giving us an overview of this group of advisers that were sent to set up Abu Ghraib?
DAN FROSCH:     Sure.   There were actually two teams of advisers, as far as I know.
The first team being sent last May containing Mr. McCotter, and also a guy by the name of Gary Deland, who was McCotter's predecessor in Utah and Terry Stewart, who, as you mentioned, was the head of the Department of Corrections in Arizona.
They were charged with the mission of reconstructing the Iraqi prison system, which, of course, including working at Abu Ghraib.
Also, they were charged with the mission of training an Iraqi corrections force.
Not Iraq — Kuwait
It is not precisely clear what exactly they were doing while they were over there.
In large part because the Justice Department has been pretty much tight-lipped since news reports have surfaced containing their collective resumes and records, which, of course, are fairly disturbing.
...I think what's particularly disturbing about this whole situation is that the track records of McCotter, Stewart, and Armstrong are well publicized, well known, well reported.
The records are not big secrets and that lead one to believe that either:
A)  The justice department hired them in what was really horrendous oversight.
B)  They couldn't find anybody else to go.
C)  And — and this is really the most ominous option, is that the Justice Department actually sought out people who they perceived as tough and hard-nosed correction types who they thought could get the job done inside Iraq, which was presumably a very difficult environment to work in terms of corrections.
AMY GOODMAN:     Let's start off by looking at Lane McCotter...
DAN FROSCH:     Yes. Certainly, he was at best controversial in Utah.
He was the subject of a number of different lawsuits regarding the abuse of inmates in the Utah Department of Corrections.
The most well known was the case in 1997 of a schizophrenic inmate named Michael Valent, who was restrained in a device called “the chair“ after refusing to take a pillowcase off his head.
Najaf Iraq — Burns £100 bill
He was restrained in the chair for about 16 hours.
Upon being released from the chair, he died after a blood clot formed in his leg and moved up his body.
McCotter and his administration, according to the sources that I have in Utah, defended the use of the chair and initially, actually tried to say that he was banging his head against the wall and later on retracted that statement when it came out that there was a videotape of the entire incident.
The guy simply had a pillowcase on his head and wouldn't take it off.
That was the most well known case in Utah... The ACLU had also been working on legal action regarding the use of another device called “the board” in which inmates were strapped to a stainless steel board and left there.
One inmate in particular was left there for weeks on end and actually successfully sued McCotter and the DOC for use of the board.
This was a guy who has certainly racked up a controversial reputation in Utah, a disturbing reputation.
These were widely known controversies all over the newspapers.
Eventually, after the incident regarding Michael Valent, McCotter was forced to step down.
< www.democracynow.org — June 2, 2004
US former prison officials sent to Iraq to set up the Abu Ghraib prison:
AMY GOODMAN:     ...We turn now to Mayor Rocky Anderson, mayor of Salt Lake City.   He was lead counsel in a 1997 lawsuit brought by Angie Armstrong, the mother of Michael Valent.   She sued the state of Utah after her son died in custody.
Can you tell us about this case and about Lane McCotter who headed the Utah system and was recently sent to Iraq.
MAYOR ROCKY ANDERSON:      Yes. Actually, Lane McCotter followed Gary Deland as Executive Director and they're now partners. Both of them were sent over as advisers to the United States government to help set up the prison in Iraq.
Lane, when he was the executive director oversaw prison that I think was — had very, very serious human rights abuses taking place, and without any real effort to resolve them.
In Michael Valent's case, he was a young schizophrenic young man.
By the way, many of these — many of the worst human rights abuses I think took place with regard to mentally ill inmates.
Michael had had been doing very well when he was held at the Utah state hospital, when he was medicated properly.
When he had good psychiatric treatment, but once the — he entered the Utah state prison, he started deteriorating rapidly.
He went a number of days without having any medications.
They didn't force medicate him as they could have done, and the guards when they came up to his cell, he — he was unresponsive to them.
Lifts blanket — on man no longer here
He had been unresponsive for a number of days, but this time he had a pillowcase over his head, probably trying to keep out the voices.
Voices that he heard.
When Michael would not remove the pillowcase, continued to be unresponsive to prison personnel instead of providing some treatment, instead of providing any sort of compassionate professional help for Michael, instead, they called in the S.W.A.T. team who came in forcibly threw Michael to the floor, took him outside of his cell.
By that time, he had wrapped himself up into blankets.
They cut the blankets and his clothing off with scissors leaving him stark naked, had him shackled, handcuffed, and marched him down to a restrain chair where they tied his wrists down and tied his ankles back.
This is all videotaped; by the way, this is not just somebody's account of this.   It's all on videotape.
His — you could see them on the video pull the strap on his ankles back as far as they could and he was held there for 16 hours without ever being examined by the psychiatrist that ordered him into the chair.
After he was finally released, after the 16 hours, he was taken down to the shower where he collapsed, and he ultimately having suffered from blood clotting during the 16 hours he was in the chair, and he threw a pulmonary embolus.
This turns out not to have been a rare instance at all.
We obtained affidavits of a number of inmates, many of them suffering from mental illness who were subjected to restraint in the chair, some of them for a number of days, and also other inmates who were strapped down on a metal board, they call it the board.
It's four-pointed.   They had their wrists and ankles tied down.
Some of them were tied for a number of days also.
In some of the instances, it was reported to us that the inmates were held completely naked and left either sitting or lying in their own feces and urine.
< www.democracynow.org — June 2, 2004
US former prison officials sent to Iraq to set up the Abu Ghraib prison:
AMY GOODMAN:    So what happened next?   You brought a lawsuit against Lane McCotter.   Were there other lawsuits?
MAYOR ROCKY ANDERSON:    Yes.   I brought a lawsuit on behalf of Eric Edwards, who experienced some horrendous treatment at the hands of prison personnel.
In fact, Eric called me one evening.   He didn't have anybody at the prison apparently that he did confide in or that showed any sort of compassionate treatment at all.
He would slash his arms or his eyelids, his tongue with a razor blade, obviously suffering from mental illness.
He would be taken to the hospital, treated there and then brought back to the prison instead of seeing medical personnel.
He would be strapped onto the board and left there to suffer further, again lying there naked.
Lane McCotter's response in the chair case was that the chair was a useful device to restrain inmates when they were going to hurt themselves or hurt others, and I think it really became clear that they were using the restraint chair simply as a substitute for any kind of appropriate medical or psychiatric treatment.
Michael Valent was putting his pillowcase over his head was not hurting anybody.
There were certainly other means of handling the problem, and the only contact with any medical personnel before he was taken to the restraint chair was when they called the psychiatrist at home, and he very casually ordered that they just go ahead and restrain Michael.
And it wasn't until 16 hours that the psychiatrist, again without ever having seen Michael, ordered that he be taken out of the restrain chair.
www.democracynow.org — June 2, 2004
US former prison officials sent to Iraq to set up the Abu Ghraib prison:
AMY GOODMAN:    ...Ultimately, Lane McCotter was forced out as head of the Utah Department of Corrections.
US Terror State
Occupied Baghdad
Unknown if US taxpayer paid special black operations instigated and paid for the bombing
MAYOR ROCKY ANDERSON:    Well, [he] denies that. He says, the timing, I guess was coincidental
But he left the Utah Department of Corrections shortly after the resolution of the lawsuit.
Like his predecessor, Gary Deland, who has a record of real disdain toward inmates and their rights, and by the way, none of this is difficult to find.
The state department is saying that they didn't know this about these people, all one has to do is do the most casual of legal research to find, for instance be the case of Littlefield versus Deland.
A case out of the United States Court of Appeals for the tenth circuit where the court describes what I think could be characterized as absolutely medieval treatment of a mentally ill inmate at the Salt Lake county jail while Gary Deland was commander of the jail.
An inmate held naked without any bedding, without even a blanket left lying naked on the concrete floor in his cell for 56 days without ever a hearing, and without any medical treatment.
So, these things are fairly easy to find out about the record of these men.
But instead of resigning and going into some other field after this record of civil liberties' abuses, human rights abuses, they went into the lucrative field of prison consulting in this country.
AMY GOODMAN: Mayor Anderson, when you heard that Lane McCotter had been sent to Iraq, what was your response?
MAYOR ROCKY ANDERSON: I actually ran into McCotter in the airport in Salt Lake City.
He told me he was going over to do that.
I guess my response was no different than when I had heard that Mr. Deland and Mr. McCotter had gone into the private business of consulting with other prisons.
Frankly, my personal view has always been that it's hard for me to understand when people have the record of such disdain toward basic human civil rights of inmates how it is that they're out making a living, and I understand they — they fared well financially consulting in the prison.
Unfortunately, it's taken the abuse of the Iraqi prisoners for much of our nation's media to focus on the abuse of American inmates, and especially the mentally ill.

Earth, a planet
hungry for peace

(IPC, 7/4/04)
The Israeli apartheid (land grab) wall
around Palestinian population centers.
The Israeli apartheid (security) wall around Palestinian population centers in the West Bank, like a Python (Alquds, 1/25/03.
Too Much Criminality, Too Little Time!
By Jim Kirwan
Al-Jazeerah, April 3, 2007
FLASH: Stop the War!
Which Congress can do anytime it wants, without impeachment, and without stopping funds.
Congress, by the powers granted in the Constitution, declares wars, and also has the power to declare when those wars are over.
So, Congress can declare “the war and the US occupation of Iraq are over, and the president shall remove US forces from that country.”
Beyond the war, this Congress needs to Question a number of things, on the record, and in public: if the nation is to pull back from the brink of total annihilation.
With so long an absence, between the traditional role of Congress and the newly subordinate role that two successive Congresses have taken, in the last six years, in their constitutional non-oversight of the executive: for the alleged government of the US.
The decider has forgotten how American government is supposed to function. Bush needs a wake-up call. In fact he needs several!
He is not a Monarch or a King, nor is he a legitimate dictator; he is a self-proclaimed Absolute Ruler (in his mind) over all that he surveys.
The constitutional role of the Congress is to challenge this creature whenever he exceeds whatever real authority that the office supposedly gives him.
In his recent statements: filled with sophomoric rhetoric about “show-trials” and “witch-hunts,” intermixed with “fishing-expeditions” and a lot of other dated stuff that has nothing to do with the substance not-being demanded, by the Congress in this sordid affair: Bush is apparently planning on returning to the Nixon-Watergate years when such language was current, but totally ineffective.
The decider also needs to explain what he did on 911 and why he did not follow secret service protocol on that day when he was supposedly told of the attacks, in the Florida grade school.
Why did he disappear, and why did Air Force One not have its escorting fighters until the plane was over an hour out of Florida — that’s a violation of military protocol for protecting the president, especially if the nation has just been attacked?
In the matter of Alberto Gonzales, the current Attorney General, who wrote the torture memos and fired the eight US Attorneys, before he and Bush could be implicated in a pending prosecution for possible criminal behavior.
That charge is serious enough, but it’s made even more mysterious by this:
“In DOJ documents that were publicly posted by the House Judiciary Committee, there is a gap from mid-November to early December in e-mails and other memos, which was a critical period as the White House and Justice Department reviewed, then approved, which U.S. attorneys would be fired while also developing a political and communications strategy for countering any fallout from the firings.”
This speaks to possible Obstruction of Justice, and is not something that “honorable public figures” engage in. Everyone connected with this affair needs to be sworn, and must testify publicly, if there is to be any credibility left in this government.
In the matter of the Speaker of the House of Representatives: Nancy Pelosi has just sold out the American public, by making a deal with AIPAC that savaged any chance to separate the Congress from the illegal and unilateral war in Iraq, and the coming invasion of Iran.
Her decision flies in the face of the Congress and the people, and should damn her in the eyes of the world, for capitulation and collusion with Bush & Israel.
If and when Iran is attacked, Nancy Pelosi will forever bear the blood-stains of all that shall die there. . .
Pelosi sold out the American public
“When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her allies in the Democratic leadership initially accepted that spending legislation designed to outline an Iraq exit strategy that should have also included a provision barring the president from attacking Iran without Congressional approval: they opened up a monumental discussion about presidential war powers.
As such, the decision by Pelosi and her allies to rewrite their Iraq legislation to exclude the statement, regarding the need for Congressional approval of any military assault on Iran sends the worst possible signal to the White House.
It is not too much to suggest that Pelosi's disastrous misstep could haunt her and the Congress for years to come.
Here's how the speaker messed up:
Man embraces his friend going into a shock after losing leg
“The Democratic proposal for a timeline to withdraw troops from Iraq included a provision that would have required President Bush to seek Congressional approval before using military force in Iran.
It was an entirely appropriate piece of the Iraq proposal, as the past experiences of U.S. involvement in southeast Asia and Latin America have well illustrated that when wars bleed across borders it becomes significantly more difficult to end them.
Under pressure from some conservative members of her caucus, and from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and from lobbyists associated with neoconservative groupings that want war with Iran, Pelosi agreed on Monday to strip the Iran provision from the spending bill that has become the House leadership's primary vehicle for challenging the administration's policies in the region.”(1)
In the matter of the Vice-President of the United States:
Dick Cheney has secretly created an entirely separate government under his sole direction, outside the organizational charts of the government of this country.
He will not answer any questions concerning who he has employed or in what capacities these people might be working.
He has an entirely separate intelligence organization that reports only to him.
It is rumored that he has a shadow version of the Department of State, and that he has ‘people’ within the Bush cabal that keep him abreast of developments, in order to facilitate secret contracts and other perks for his people, who do not necessarily represent the best interests of this country or its people.
To date Mr. Cheney has overseen the development and implementation of US Energy policy for the United States, yet he has refused all attempts to reveal who he consulted with, to create these key policies.
Oil companies are now reaping record profits that have shattered all previous profits ever reported; not just by one but by any group of corporations. (2)
However perhaps the most serious potential charge against Cheney has to do with his role in the 911 attacks.
He has said that he was in his office overseeing several war games with the US Military on that September morning.
Cheney is not a trained military officer, and as Vice-President he has never had any official military role to perform, in government.
Yet on 911 Cheney was directing the war games that were identical to the actual events that played out in New York City on that day, and during that exact same time frame.
51 Iraqis Killed
6 US Soldiers
One British Soldier
The tapes made for the war-games had to pre-date 911 by several months — and they had to come to the Northeast Air Corridor from NORAD headquarters command. Congress needs to subpoena the Vice-President and the Commander of NORAD to appear before Congress in Open Session — in order to explain this to the nation, and their parts in what happened to those fighter-interceptors that never appeared on 911.
Dick Cheney needs to be Impeached—NOW!
Corrupted White House, including charges against Pelosi and Dick Cheney.
Justice system itself.
Unfinished business of 911
It might seem like a great deal to ask of congress—but it’s been six long years since any oversight functions were exercised: so there’s a huge backlog.
But there is no more important business for this Congress to attend to now, than the issues surrounding war and peace, including charges against Pelosi and Dick Cheney.
There is also the grave and potential corruption within the Justice System; not to mention the unfinished business of 911, Katrina & Blackwater in New Orleans, along with the missing funds from the Bush-wars that could almost bring this nation back to solvency; if that money and the other misplaced or misspent funds allocated to those who hold the secret no-bid contracts, could ever be located.
Congress should not waste time over the posturing of the corrupted White House, or its beaten and besieged occupants.
US military raid
Congress should caucus and then begin to line up the witness lists, and begin issuing subpoena’s for “all the president’s men and women” who have each played a part in the obscene theft and perversion of this nation.
If Congress can’t or won’t do the job, then the public will have to decide what to do with them, because they really have no other job than protecting the Constitution, which they failed to do in 1871, and now they’re failing again to even slow the rot that is consuming what’s left of the United States.
This may look like an impossible task, but if the Congress goes forward immediately, they might find that the public is not nearly as disinterested in these proceedings as it might now appear to be.
Depending on both the depth of the investigations and the outcomes, there might actually be a resurgence in the public’s view, as to what it might be possible to save.
Of this once proud nation. . .
1) John Nichols: Pelosi, Dems stumble badly on Iran:
2_ Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Private Mercenary Army
Over time I was increasingly shocked by the speed and ease with which many intelligent and seemingly competent members of the CFR [ Council on Foreign Relations ] appeared to eagerly justify policies and actions that supported growing corruption.
The regularity with which many CFR members would protect insiders from accountability regarding another appalling fraud surprised even me.
Many of them seemed delighted with the advantages of being an insider while being entirely indifferent to the extraordinary cost to all citizens of having our lives, health and resources drained to increase insider wealth in a manner that violated the most basic principles of fiduciary obligation and respect for the law.
In short, the CFR was operating in a win-lose economic paradigm that centralized economic and political power.
I was trying to find a way for us to shift to a win-win economic paradigm that was — by its nature — decentralizing.
Catherine Austin Fitts — Dillon Reid and Co. Inc. And the Aristocracy of Stock Profits
The reader can appreciate why Wall Street would welcome someone as accommodating as Gorelick at Fannie Mae.
This was a period when the profits rolled in from engineering the most spectacular growth in mortgage debt in U.S. history.
As one real estate broker said, “They have turned our homes into ATM machines.”
Fannie Mae has been a leading player in centralizing control of the mortgage markets into Washington D.C. and Wall Street.
And that means as people were rounded up and shipped to prison as part of Operation Safe Home, Fannie was right behind to finance the gentrification of neighborhoods.
And that is before we ask questions about the extent to which the estimated annual financial flows of $500 billion–$1 trillion money laundering through the U.S. financial system or money missing from the US government are reinvested into Fannie Mae securities.
Catherine Austin Fitts — Dillon Reid and Co. Inc. And the Aristocracy of Stock Profits
James Forrestal
James Forrestal’s oil portrait always hung prominently in one of the private Dillon Read dining rooms for the eleven years that I worked at the firm. Forrestal, a highly regarded Dillon partner and President of the firm, had gone to Washington, D.C. in 1940 to lead the Navy during WWII and then played a critical role in creating the National Security Act of 1947.

He then became Secretary of War (later termed Secretary of Defense) in September 1947 and served until March 28, 1949.

Given the central banking-warfare investment model that rules our planet, it was appropriate that Dillon 
partners at various times lead both the Treasury Department and the Defense Department.

Shortly after resigning from government, Forrestal died falling out of a window of the Bethesda Naval Hospital outside of Washington, D.C. on May 22, 1949.

There is some controversy around the official explanation of his death — ruled a suicide.

Some insist he had a nervous breakdown. Some say that he was opposed to the creation of the state of Israel.

Others say that he argued for transparency and accountability in government, and against the provisions instituted at this time to create a secrete “black budget.”

He lost and was pretty upset about it — and the loss was a violent one.

Since the professional killers who operate inside the Washington beltway have numerous techniques to get perfectly sane people to kill themselves, I am not sure it makes a big difference.

Approximately a month later, the CIA Act of 1949 was passed.

The Act created the CIA and endowed it with the statutory authority that became one of the chief components of financing the “black” budget — the power to claw monies from other agencies for the benefit of secretly funding the intelligence communities and their corporate contractors.

This was to turn out to be a devastating development for the forces of transparency, without which there can be no rule of law, free markets or democracy.

Catherine Austin Fitts — Dillon Reid and Co. Inc. And the Aristocracy of Stock Profits

Photo: Wikipedia     

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt appointed Forrestal as an administrative assistant on June 22, 1940, then nominated him as Undersecretary of the Navy six weeks later. In the latter post, Forrestal would prove to be very effective at mobilizing industrial production for the war effort.
He became Secretary of the Navy on May 19, 1944, following the death of his immediate supervisor Frank Knox from a heart attack. Forrestal then led the Navy through the closing year of the war and the demobilization that followed.   What might have been his greatest legacy as Navy Secretary was an attempt that came to nought.   He, along with Secretary of War Henry Stimson and Under Secretary of State Joseph Grew, in the early months of 1945, strongly advocated a softer policy toward Japan that would permit a negotiated face-saving surrender.   His primary concern was "the menace of Russian Communism and its attraction for decimated, destabilized societies in Europe and Asia", and, therefore, keeping the Soviet Union out of the war with Japan.   Had his advice been followed, Japan might well have surrendered before August 1945, precluding the use of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.   So strongly did he feel about this matter that he cultivated negotiation attempts that bordered closely on insubordination toward the President.
Forrestal opposed the unification of the services, but even so helped develop the National Security Act of 1947 that created the National Military Establishment (the Department of Defense was not created as such until August 1949), and with the former Secretary of War Robert P. Patterson retiring to private life, Forrestal was the next choice.
His 18 months at Defense came at an exceptionally difficult time for the U.S. military establishment:   Communist governments came to power in Czechoslovakia and China; West Berlin was blockaded, necessitating the Berlin Airlift to keep it going; the war between the Arab states and Israel after the establishment of Israel in Palestine; and negotiations were going on for the formation of NATO.   His reign was also hampered by intense interservice rivalries.
In addition, President Harry Truman constrained military budgets billions of dollars below what the services were requesting, putting Forrestal in the middle of the tug-of-war.   Forrestal was also becoming more and more worried about the Soviet threat.   Internationally, the takeover by the Communists of Eastern Europe, their threats to the governments of Greece, Italy, and France, their impending takeover of China, and the invasion of South Korea by North Korea would demonstrate the legitimacy of his concerns on the international front as well.
Photo and description: Wikipedia
James Forrestal’s oil portrait always hung prominently in one of the private Dillon Read dining rooms for the eleven years that I worked at the firm. Forrestal, a highly regarded Dillon partner and President of the firm, had gone to Washington, D.C. in 1940 to lead the Navy during WWII and then played a critical role in creating the National Security Act of 1947.
He then became Secretary of War (later termed Secretary of Defense) in September 1947 and served until March 28, 1949.
Given the central banking-warfare investment model that rules our planet, it was appropriate that Dillon partners at various times lead both the Treasury Department and the Defense Department.
Shortly after resigning from government, Forrestal died falling out of a window of the Bethesda Naval Hospital outside of Washington, D.C. on May 22, 1949.
There is some controversy around the official explanation of his death — ruled a suicide.
Some insist he had a nervous breakdown. Some say that he was opposed to the creation of the state of Israel.
Others say that he argued for transparency and accountability in government, and against the provisions instituted at this time to create a secrete “black budget.”
He lost and was pretty upset about it — and the loss was a violent one.
Since the professional killers who operate inside the Washington beltway have numerous techniques to get perfectly sane people to kill themselves, I am not sure it makes a big difference.
Approximately a month later, the CIA Act of 1949 was passed.
The Act created the CIA and endowed it with the statutory authority that became one of the chief components of financing the “black” budget — the power to claw monies from other agencies for the benefit of secretly funding the intelligence communities and their corporate contractors.
This was to turn out to be a devastating development for the forces of transparency, without which there can be no rule of law, free markets or democracy.
Catherine Austin Fitts — Dillon Reid and Co. Inc. And the Aristocracy of Stock Profits
What Briody does not mention is allegations regarding Brown & Root's involvement in narcotics trafficking. Former LAPD narcotics investigator Mike Ruppert once described his break up with fiance Teddy — an agent dealing narcotics and weapons for the CIA while working with Brown & Root, as follows:
“Arriving in New Orleans in early July, 1977 I found her living in an apartment across the river in Gretna. Equipped with scrambler phones, night vision devices and working from sealed communiqués delivered by naval and air force personnel from nearby Belle Chasse Naval Air Station, Teddy was involved in something truly ugly.
She was arranging for large quantities of weapons to be loaded onto ships leaving for Iran.
At the same time she was working with Mafia associates of New Orleans Mafia boss Carlos Marcello to coordinate the movement of service boats that were bringing large quantities of heroin into the city.
The boats arrived at Marcello controlled docks, unmolested by even the New Orleans police she introduced me to, along with divers, military men, former Green Berets and CIA personnel.
“The service boats were retrieving the heroin from oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, oil rigs in international waters, oil rigs built and serviced by Brown and Root.
The guns that Teddy monitored, apparently Vietnam era surplus AK 47s and M16s, were being loaded onto ships also owned or leased by Brown and Root.
And more than once during the eight days I spent in New Orleans I met and ate at restaurants with Brown and Root employees who were boarding those ships and leaving for Iran within days.
Once, while leaving a bar and apparently having asked the wrong question, I was shot at in an attempt to scare me off.”
Source: "Halliburton’s Brown and Root is One of the Major Components of the Bush-Cheney Drug Empire" by Michael Ruppert, From the Wilderness
Catherine Austin Fitts — Dillon Reid and Co. Inc. And the Aristocracy of Stock Profits
The Clinton Administration took the groundwork laid by Nixon, Reagan and Bush and embraced and blossomed the expansion and promotion of federal support for police, enforcement and the War on Drugs with a passion that was hard to understand unless and until you realized that the American financial system was deeply dependent on attracting an estimated $500 billion-$1 trillion of annual money laundering.
Globalizing corporations and deepening deficits and housing bubbles required attracting vast amounts of capital.
Attracting capital also required making the world safe for the reinvestment of the profits of organized crime and the war machine.
Without growing organized crime and military activities through government budgets and contracts, the economy would stop centralizing.
The Clinton Administration was to govern a doubling of the federal prison population.
Catherine Austin Fitts — Dillon Reid and Co. Inc. And the Aristocracy of Stock Profits
US black budget special operations created sectarian violence
Makeshift home at place destroyed in the US bombing at the start of the invasion in 2003
All black budget operations funded by U.S. taxpayer
US black budget special operations — continuing in Iraq
March 21, 2007
Bomb rips through Kia passenger bus in Baghdad, as mysterious bombings increase.
Russian expert cites US special services as source of sectarian tension in Iraq.
In a dispatch posted at 1:20pm Makkah time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a bus carrying civilian passengers exploded in the Baghdad district of al-Karradah according to an announcement by the puppet police.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported the source as saying that a bomb went off in a Kia vehicle in a shopping center near the al-Karrahda area, which is predominantly Shi‘i.
The source said that two people were killed and four more wounded.
The injured were ambulanced to nearby hospitals.
The bombing was one of a growing number of mysterious attacks that have rocked Baghdad on a daily basis, killing or wounding thousands of Iraqis amidst claims that regional powers are attempting to keep sectarian violence raging in the country.
Since no groups of the Resistance take responsibility for the mysterious blasts, suspicions are widely expressed that intelligence services are behind the bombing campaign.
Russian geostrategic expert Colonel-General Leonid Ivashov alluded to precisely this reality in an interview with the RIA-Novosti Press Agency correspondents Valery Yarmolenko and Zalina Tsopanova on Monday.
Ivashov, who is Vice-President of Russia’s Academy of Geopolitical Problems, reviewed America’s military and political defeat in Iraq and noted the failure of US troops to counter the guerrilla movement, despite America’s advanced technological edge and the primitive armament of the Resistance.
Ivashov remarked that, “the only thing that is working is not being done by the US troops but by their special services, namely to organize fighting between Shi‘ah and Sunnis.”
Mysterious car bomb explodes in Baghdad.
In a dispatch posted at 1:11pm Makkah time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a short while earlier a car bomb that had been parked by the side of a road in Baghdad blew up near the ash-Shaykh ‘Umar puppet police station, inflicting numerous civilian casualties.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the explosion killed or wounded 22.
The blast was also positioned close to an elementary school.
All the injured were taken to nearby al-Kindi Hospital as puppet police cordoned off the area.
More reports of US special operations planting ' suicide ' bombs in cars
March 18, 2007
www.uruknet.de and www.roadstoiraq.com
First reported in English by www.roadstoiraq.com
An American sniper on the roof of one the buildings in Ahdamiya neighborhood opened fire on a small bus, the bullet caused the burning of the bus.
The passengers who were traveling with the bus [a family] and the driver, miraculously managed to escape the fire.
He got suspicious because the Americans call him ask if he is already in the market
Iraqirabita tell a story about an Iraq interpreter working in an American military base was sent to the city by his bosses to by computer hardware, he took the car but he stopped by friends.
He got suspicious because the Americans call him every now and then asking him if he already in the market, he parked the car in the middle of nowhere and answered yes, few minutes after that the car exploded. The guy left the country after that to Turkey.
To see the Iraqirabita article in Arabic,
click here
For more information in English on American black budget special operations money being used to set up so called suicide bombing, Kewe.info reproduces the following from its archives — below.
Sick strategies for senseless slaughter
The cat is out of the bag now
by John Kaminski
The first hint came in Imad Khadduri's "A warning to car drivers" written in Arabic and posted on www.albasrah.net on May 11 (See. http://globalresearch.ca/ articles/KHA505A.html ).
The dispatch was quickly picked up by two of the most realistic and reliable news sites on the Web, www.uruknet.info , which I try to read every day, and www.globalresearch.ca , which I try to read every week, since it offers less breaking and more analytical news.
Clear window who is perpetrating this inexplicable violence
Khadduri recounted a scam that opens up a clear window to seeing who is perpetrating all this inexplicable violence in Iraq.
Beyond the American attempt to pacify an outraged and abused nation through demonic destruction, and beyond the Iraqi attempt to resist this totalitarian takeover by a foreign conqueror, there are more than numerous acts of violence that simply can't be understood by straightforward explanations.
I mean, when a mosque blows up and Americans blame Islamic terrorists, whether Sunni or Shiite, it makes no sense.
Muslims never blow up their own houses of worship.
Or when reporters sympathetic to either the Iraqi cause of freedom, or even just general principles of international justice, are suddenly assassinated and the blame is placed on often imaginary Islamic extremists whose perspective is supported by these writers, how can anyone believe that Muslims did it, even thought this is what the Zionist American press and government continue to insist.
So who's doing all these demented deeds?
As if we didn't know ...
Khadduri's report went like this:
Told him to report to an American military camp
"A few days ago, an American manned check point confiscated the driver license of a driver and told him to report to an American military camp near Baghdad airport for interrogation and in order to retrieve his license.
The next day, the driver did visit the camp and he was allowed in the camp with his car.
He was admitted to a room for an interrogation that lasted half an hour.
At the end of the session, the American interrogator told him:
'OK, there is nothing against you, but you do know that Iraq is now sovereign and is in charge of its own affairs.
Hence, we have forwarded your papers and license to al-Kadhimia police station for processing.
Therefore, go there with this clearance to reclaim your license.
At the police station, ask for Lt. Hussain Mohammed, who is waiting for you now.
Go there now quickly, before he leaves his shift work".
(http://globalresearch.ca/ articles/KHA505A.html )
The driver did leave in a hurry, but was soon alarmed with a feeling that his car was driving as if carrying a heavy load, and he also became suspicious of a low flying helicopter that kept hovering overhead, as if trailing him.
He stopped the car and inspected it carefully.
He found nearly 100 kilograms of explosives hidden in the back seat and along the two back doors.
The only feasible explanation for this incident is that the car was indeed booby trapped by the Americans and intended for the al-Khadimiya Shiite district of Baghdad.
The helicopter was monitoring his movement and witnessing the anticipated "hideous attack by foreign elements".
She recounts:
"The last two weeks have been violent .... The number of explosions in Baghdad alone is frightening.
There have also been several assassinations — bodies being found here and there.
It's somewhat disturbing to know that corpses are turning up in the most unexpected places.
Many people will tell you its not wise to eat river fish anymore because they have been nourished on the human remains being dumped into the river.
That thought alone has given me more than one sleepless night.
It is almost as if Baghdad has turned into a giant graveyard.
The latest corpses were those of some Sunni and Shia clerics — several of them well-known.
People are being patient and there is a general consensus that these killings are being done to provoke civil war.
Also worrisome is the fact that we are hearing of people being rounded up by security forces (Iraqi) and then being found dead days later — apparently when the new Iraqi government recently decided to reinstate the death penalty, they had something else in mind.
One of the larger blasts was in an area called Ma'moun, which is a middle class area located in west Baghdad.
It's a relatively calm residential area with shops that provide the basics and bit more.
It happened in the morning, as the shops were opening up for their daily business and it occurred right in front of a butcher's shop.
Immediately after, we heard that a man living in a house in front of the blast site was hauled off by the Americans because it was said that after the bomb went off, he sniped an Iraqi National Guardsman.
I didn't think much about the story — nothing about it stood out: an explosion and a sniper — hardly an anomaly.
The interesting news started circulating a couple of days later.
Man taken away because he knew too much
People from the area claim that the man was taken away not because he shot anyone, but because he knew too much about the bomb.
Rumor has it that he saw an American patrol passing through the area and pausing at the bomb site minutes before the explosion.
Soon after they drove away, the bomb went off and chaos ensued.
He ran out of his house screaming to the neighbors and bystanders that the Americans had either planted the bomb or seen the bomb and done nothing about it.
He was promptly taken away.
The bombs are mysterious.
Some of them explode in the midst of National Guard and near American troops or Iraqi Police and others explode near mosques, churches, and shops or in the middle of sougs.
One thing that surprises us about the news reports of these bombs is that they are inevitably linked to suicide bombers.
The reality is that some of these bombs are not suicide bombs — they are car bombs that are either being remotely detonated or maybe time bombs.
All we know is that the techniques differ and apparently so do the intentions.
Some will tell you they are resistance.
Some say Chalabi and his thugs are responsible for a number of them.
Others blame Iran and the SCIRI militia Badir.
In any case, they are terrifying.
If you're close enough, the first sound is a that of an earsplitting blast and the sounds that follow are of a rain of glass, shrapnel and other sharp things.
Then the wails begin — the shrill mechanical wails of an occasional ambulance combined with the wail of car alarms from neighboring vehicles and finally the wail of people trying to sort out their dead and dying from the debris.
U.S. army
Stryker vehicles
Then there was this one.
On May 13, 2005, a 64 years old Iraqi farmer, Haj Haidar Abu Sijjad, took his tomato load in his pickup truck from Hilla to Baghdad, accompanied by Ali, his 11 years old grandson.
Stopped at an American check point
They were stopped at an American check point and were asked to dismount.
An American soldier climbed on the back of the pickup truck, followed by another a few minutes later, and thoroughly inspected the tomato filled plastic containers for about 10 minutes.
Haj Haidar and his grandson were then allowed to proceed to Baghdad.
A minute later, his grandson told him that he saw one of the American soldiers putting a grey melon size object in the back among the tomato containers.
The Haj immediately slammed on the brakes and stopped the car at the side of the road, at a relatively far distance from the check point.
He found a time bomb with the clock ticking tucked among his tomatoes.
He immediately recognized it, as he was an ex-army soldier.
Panicking, he grabbed his grandson and ran away from the car.
Then, realizing that the car was his only means of work, he went back, took the bomb and carried it in fear.
He threw it in a deep ditch by the side of the road that was dug by Iraqi soldiers in preparation for the war, two years ago.
Upon returning from Baghdad, he found out that the bomb had indeed exploded, killing three sheep and injuring their shepherd in his head.
He thanked God for giving him the courage to go back and remove the bomb, and for the luck in that the American soldiers did not notice his sudden stop at a distance and his getting rid of the bomb.
"They intended it to explode in Baghdad and claim that it is the work of the 'terrorists', or 'insurgents' or who call themselves the 'Resistance'.
Taint the Resistance
I decided to expose them and asked your reporter to take me to Baghdad to tell you the story.
They are to be exposed as they now want to sow strife in Iraq and taint the Resistance after failing to defeat it militarily.
Do not forget to mention my name. I fear nobody but God, as I am a follower of Muqtada al-Sadir." http://riverbendblog.blogspot.com/
Rumsefeld — Satanic shenanigans
The background and admission of guilt for such satanic shenanigans was clearly outlined in Frank Morales' piece on globalresearch.ca: "The Provocateur State: Is the CIA Behind the Iraqi 'Insurgents' — and Global Terrorism," by Frank Morales clearly demonstrates how Donald Rumsfeld said he was going to do exactly what these three sorry episodes show he actually did.
Morales writes:
Back in 2002, following the trauma of 9-11, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld predicted there would be more terrorist attacks against the American people and civilization at large.
How could he be so sure of that?
Perhaps because these attacks would be instigated on the order of the Honorable Mr. Rumsfeld.
According to Los Angeles Times military analyst William Arkin, writing Oct. 27, 2002, Rumsfeld set out to create a secret army, "a super-Intelligence Support Activity" network that would "bring together CIA and military covert action, information warfare, intelligence, and cover and deception," to stir the pot of spiraling global violence.
We never got the full story on those ghastly beheadings of Nick Berg and others.
Nor have we ever understood who killed the American mercenaries in Fallujah that eventually precipitated one of the great slaughters in history.
Nor have we ever been able to discern if Abu Musab al-Zarqawi s actually a real person or just another bin Ladenesque boogeyman.
Nor if the al-Qaeda website which claims responsibility for various atrocities is not really run by the CIA.
Sinister genocide the Israelis continue to perpetrate
Provoking this type of violence also further conceals the sinister genocide the Israelis continue to perpetrate on the hapless Palestinians, which is exactly its point, as is the entire Iraq invasion and destruction, and as was the inside job mass murder on 9/11 in New York City.
The purpose of all these despicable acts is to conceal what the Israelis and the Americans have been doing all along to the entire Arab world, namely enslaving and destroying it.
There is not now nor ever was an Arab terror threat.
That was all invented by Rothschild, Rockefeller, Kissinger, Brzezinski, Bush, Cheney, Sharon, Zakheim, Perle, Wolfowitz, Feith, Abrams and Warren Buffett.
These people are all traitors to not only their countries but to humanity in general, and should all be slammed and RICOed into Guantanamo immediately.
And so should the government officials, media lackeys, and ordinary citizens who, by their complicity or their ignorance, support them.
Deliberate provocations to prevent peace
The main point in understanding these deliberate provocations to prevent peace is to understand how the American capitalist system, now hijacked by billionaires with no trace of conscience, thrives on war and profits from the misery of others.
The neocon murder menace has been for months ratcheting up the hyperbole about why we need to invade Iran — which some predict will happen in June — and just this week, rumors of troop movements in the Caribbean and lockdowns at Florida military bases appear to augur an imminent invasion of oil-producing Venezuela.
The overall plan is to create hell on Earth, and we are succeeding.
By our silent complicity and cowardly reluctance to oppose and stop this homicidal behavior in the name of profit, we are all accessories to mass murder and the destruction of human society, not to even mention the extinction of individual human freedom and the God-given right to be safe and secure in the homes of our choice.
So now that you know, what are you going to do about it?
You know if you do nothing, these same things will one day happen to you.
www.democracynow.org — June 2, 2004
US former prison officials sent to Iraq to set up the Abu Ghraib prison:
Bombed truck
AMY GOODMAN:    ...So, Deland leaves public corrections.   So does McCotter, and they move on to management and training, a private Utah based corrections company, which is hired by Santa Fe, New Mexico system.
McCotter is M.T.C. — that's Management in Training [Corporation], Corporate Director of Business Development.
In August, 2001, McCotter once [again] head of corrections in New Mexico, that’s to Santa Fe [to] get a three-year contract to operate the Santa Fe county detention prison.
I'm reading from Dan Frosch's piece.   “Less than a year later, a number of experts were in the jail investigating civil rights violations.
In March, 2003, the report concludes that certain conditions violated inmates' constitutional rights and that inmates suffered harm or the risk of serious harm from, among other things, woeful deficiencies in health care and basic living conditions.
The report documented numerous and horrifying examples and threatened a lawsuit if things did not get better.
Amid the fallout, the justice department pulled its approximately 100 federal prisoners out of Santa Fe and MTC fired the warden and pressured the contractor to axe one of the medical administrators.   This is the justice department that did this report.”
This is John Ashcroft's Justice Department, that then went on to announce that Mr. McCotter, among three other corrections experts, were headed to Iraq.
We turn now to Mark Donatelli, Santa Fe, New Mexico’s based attorney who specializes in criminal justice issues.
You can talk about what happened in the Santa Fe detention facility at the time that M.T.C. the Utah-based corrections company, Management in Training Corporation, was in charge?
MARK DONATELLI:     There's been a public report released by the justice department that documents long-standing abuse.
I must say that it was in existence before his company took over, but continued pretty much in the same manner it had before.
Reckless disregard for serious medical and mental health needs of prisoners in some cases resulting in death, suicide, incredible neglect of mental health prisoners once again, and ironically, just a couple of weeks ago, the justice department team was back in town re-evaluating the prison while these revelations were coming out about McCotter having started this operation in Iraq.
So, as Dan pointed out in his article, McCotter was no stranget to the justice department.
I don't want to fault the justice department people out here, because they're not — it's not the wing of justice department that was involved in setting up the Iraq operations.
These are people in the civil rights division who were investigating the allegations of civil rights violations who had documented the involvement of McCotter's company here.

Cries for brother
But remember this is not New Mexico's first exposure to McCotter.
He is no stranger.
He had come here in the mid 1908's in the wake of our riot, and had acquired quite a reputation here even back then.
It was surprising to many of us in Santa Fe that the county would consider doing business with McCotter's company, given the reputation he had in New Mexico from the mid 1980's that we knew he had problems in our jail.
We knew things needed to be turned around.   One would have thought that they would understand that McCotter's company would be the last place to turn to reform jail operations.
AMY GOODMAN:     Well, can you talk about the specific record in Santa Fe, why ultimately the Ashcroft Justice Department pulled out 100 federal prisoners from Santa Fe?
MARK DONATELLI:     Well, I can tell you about both.   His reputation from when he ran our entire statewide prison system and when he ran the jail, but in reverse order.
When he ran the jail, we had numerous lawsuits filed, particularly by female prisoners who had been abused both by staff and other prisoners.
Male prisoners were allowed to go into female living units and sexually assault female prisoners.
On the male side, we had a number of well documented cases involving inadequate medical care and failure to treat seriously mentally ill prisoners.
That's why the justice department ended up formally filing a lawsuit against Santa Fe County.
The reports documents long-standing abuses especially in the area of medical and mental health care, plus the problems of physical abuse.
We also had experience with him in the mid 1980's.
He was in charge of our entire state corrections system.
Many people may not remember that Mexico had the worst prison riot in United States history.
33 prisoners were killed in 1980.
That came at the heels of years of physical abuse, overcrowding, and just abhorrent treatment of mentally ill patients.
Not on McCotter's watch, but he came in the aftermath a few years after the riot, after a federal lawsuit was filed against the state to reform the entire corrections system in New Mexico.
Damage from U.S. rocket
Although we had made progress for a few years in correcting conditions, as soon as McCotter came in, he took the position that despite the horrendous history we had in New Mexico, physical abuse, and murders, it was nobody's business to come into his prison system and monitor conditions.
The federal court was without jurisdiction [he said].   There was no reason that the state couldn't be trusted and allowed to run its own prison system.
He filed a countersuit essentially challenging the long-standing federal court order that had been in place.   We spent three years [waiting for] the United States Supreme Court.
We ultimately prevailed, but during those three years, McCotter set us back to almost pre-riot conditions.
We had once again this atmosphere that he brought from Texas.   His reputation was well-known in Texas before he came here.   He was no reformer when he was in Texas.
He came here to New Mexico, and just once again instilled this atmosphere of oppressive abusive conditions and attitude that spread through the ranks that starts — guards were not accountable.
It didn't matter what happened to prisoners who were in their custody, and the system quickly reverted to conditions that produced our riot in 1980.
In one well document the incident, on McCotter's watch, they had a massive shakedown and extraction of a prison here in Santa Fe, and they happened to be videotaping all of this.
During one of the cell room rolls the guards were caught beating a handcuffed prisoner up against a wall.
The man fell to the ground and the federal court monitor asked for the tape of the extraction, and lo and behold, the portion of the tape where the prisoner was beaten while handcuffed in front of supervisors at the prison, that portion of the tape was erased.
Now, no one could ever put McCotter near the videotape machine where this happened on his watch, and it was just unheard of at that time in our post riot period that people would use these sort of — what had been known as Texas tactics in running a prison and covering up violations of civil rights.
So, this was the pattern that we had dealt with in the mid 1980's when McCotter was here, and then the Santa Fe County Sheriff's department and commission had brought him back in to run our jail.   That's the history in New Mexico.
< www.democracynow.org — June 2, 2004
US former prison officials sent to Iraq to set up the Abu Ghraib prison:
Damage from U.S. rocket
AMY GOODMAN:    ...We're going to go now...to another one of the advisers who were sent to Iraq, chosen by the Justice Department. And he is John Armstrong.
Antonio Ponvert is with us, a Connecticut-based attorney, who represents a number of people who have dealt with this issue.   Can you talk about the adviser coming from Connecticut?
ANTONIO PONVERT:     He was the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Corrections from 1995 to 2003.
He ended up leaving office and probably would dispute this characterization, but I think it's fair to say that he left office and was forced out of office in the wake of a scandal having to do with the sexual harassment and retaliation against female guards in the prison system.
It was the subject of considerable attention both in the Connecticut legislature and in some governmental agencies who were investigating the rights, the violation of women's rights to equal protection in the prison system.
I have represented inmates and the families of inmates for a number of years here, and have sued him and his staff members concerning the death of mentally ill inmates in Connecticut, and probably the most notorious case during Mr. Armstrong's tenure was the death of a young paranoid schizophrenic man named Timothy Perry who was sent from a state psychiatric hospital to a facility of the Connecticut Department of Corrections.
He was pre-trial.   He had not been convicted of any crime.   He had only been in jail for about 12 days.
He was killed by guards during a take-down and restraint sort of procedure.
There's a rule in Connecticut that requires the videotaping of any planned use of force.
Portions of this videotape were later erased, so the tape begins and Mr. Perry has already been killed.
There's about a half dozen guards placing him into a four-point restraint cell, which is a cell that has a bed with shackles for the inmates' hands and feet.
Successful U.S. strike
And the guards, notwithstanding the fact that Mr. Perry is already dead pretend that he's alive or at least appear on the videotape to be pretending he's alive.
They are using pain compliance techniques against Mr. Perry.
One officer says inmate Perry still resisting when his body is completely unresponsive and has been flaccid for many minutes.
A nurse then comes into the cell and you can see clearly on the videotape that she injects Mr. Perry's body with three different kinds of sedatives.
The medical examiner in Connecticut, when he did the autopsy determined that the medication was pooled at the injection site, meaning that Mr. Perry at the time of the injection had no circulation and was dead.
One obviously significant thing about that case is that it's just an absolutely horrific event that is almost too difficult to believe and were it not for the videotape, I think no one would believe it.
But the reason I think that this is significant in terms of John Armstrong’s tenure here is not because he was involved in the incident, he wasn't, he was the Commissioner.
He was not at this facility at the time of the event took place.
But he by his own admission and by state statute he is the person ultimately responsible for all command and control decisions at the department, and was specifically responsible for insuring that there be a meaningful investigation of all inmate deaths, and that appropriate discipline and remedial measures be taken against all staff members who commit misconduct at the department.
His response to the Timothy Perry incident was the demotion of one Lieutenant involved in the incident.
He was demoted from Lieutenant to Correctional Guard.
US UK Terror States
Occupied Basra
Unknown if US, UK taxpayer paid special black operations instigated and paid for the bombing
Three or four of the staff members who were at the scene were given three-day or perhaps as long as a week leaves of absence.
Several of the guards received no discipline of any kind and the nurse who injected a corpse was given a promotional transfer to another state agency.
I am very critical of Mr. Armstrong for his failure to take that incident seriously and his failure to train his staff when it became crystal clear that they had no conception of how to properly discipline and how to deal with mentally ill inmates.
I think it’s a particularly disturbing case because seven months later, another paranoid schizophrenic young man in the custody of the Department of Correction was killed under extremely similar circumstances.
His name was Bryant Weisman.
He was killed in a restraint and takedown asphyxiation type incident again on videotape.
The videotape, which is very disturbing to watch, actually shows him dying.
It shows the Senior Supervisor on the scene savagely beating Mr. Weisman's body with at least 11 round-house punches later described by that officer as a "nerve compression technique".
When that case was investigated, again, the same pattern that we saw in Tim Perry’s case:  no discipline, no remedial measures, no retraining.
No findings of misconduct or accountability.
< www.democracynow.org — June 2, 2004
US former prison officials sent to Iraq to set up the Abu Ghraib prison:
Soldier takes fighting position
AMY GOODMAN:    John Armstrong, the Director of the Department of Corrections left and joined this private corrections company, Management in Training Corporation, and went to Iraq.   Your response?
ANTONIO PONVERT:     He actually wasn't part of M.T.C.   He did go to Iraq.   He was appointed by the D.O.J. to go there:  his title is Assistant Director of Operations in Iraq.
I mean, it's a very disturbing turn of events.
It's hard to imagine that people at the D.O.J. and John Ashcroft didn't know about Mr. Armstrong's background.
I agree with the comments made earlier.
I mean either they didn't know and failed to do their homework, which is certainly plausible given how we have been running the postwar occupation there or they knew and thought this that correctional philosophy was consistent with the message that we went to send over there.   In either case it's very disturbing.
AMY GOODMAN:    Dan Frosch, we are going to end with you, and we only have 30 seconds, but I do want to get in Arizona.
Can you talk briefly about Terry Stewart, the former Director of the Arizona Department of Corrections who also went to Iraq?
DAN FROSCH:     Sure.   Mr. Stewart was a long-time Arizona D.O.C. Veteran, and I believe he was appointed as Director of the D.O.C.
In 1995, That same year, the Department of Justice began an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct, and abuse, and rape on the part of the guards, regarding a Arizona women's prison, released their findings, concluding that indeed this misconduct was happening at a very disturbing level, and that the D.O.C. officials were not doing anything about it.
And Stewart, much like Armstrong and McCotter, McCotter in his defense of the use of the chair, and Armstrong in his reaction to some of the abuses that we have just heard about, Stewart wrote a letter to then Attorney General Janet Reno saying this is essentially — this hasn't happened.
The United States, which has a passion for imprisoning its own — 2 million so far — and likes to export this passion to other countries it occupies, has imprisoned one more of its citizens Kathy Kelly.
From left to right, Studs Terkel, Kathy Kelly and Laurie Hasbrook singing Kathy's last tune before being taken off to Pekin Jail.
A reflection on the psychological state of the US, its military, and its government...
The FBI comes to visit —
Kathy Kelly   May 12, 2004

Soldier takes fighting position
"Kathleen Kelly, report to Admin."   I was routinely cleaning toilets in my dorm at Pekin Federal Prison Camp when the loudspeaker summoned me to the Administration Building.
"You're going next door," said the guard on duty.   "Someone wants to talk with you."
During a five minute ride to the adjacent medium-security men's prison, I quickly organized some thoughts about civil disobedience and prison terms, expecting to meet a journalist.
Instead, two well-dressed men stood to greet me and then flashed their FBI badges.   They had driven to Pekin, IL from Chicago, where they work for the FBI's National Security Service.
Both men were congenial.   They assured me that their visit had nothing to do with Voices in the Wilderness violations of federal law in numerous trips to Iraq, where we regularly delivered medicines and medical relief supplies.
Nor had they come to talk about why I'm currently imprisoned for protesting the US Army's military combat training school in Fort Benning, GA.
What they proposed was "a conversation," since they had information which they felt would help me and Voices teams in Iraq, both now and in the future.
Likewise, I could help them, and perhaps improve national security, by answering some of their questions.
I said I'd prefer not to talk with them without a lawyer present.
The more talkative agent quickly nodded and suggested a follow-up visit with a lawyer.
He spoke further about his favorable impressions of Voices in the Wilderness and how useful it would be for our travelers to better understand some of the people whom the Iraqi government, under Saddam Hussein, had assigned to work with us as "minders" during our past trips.
He said he had information about "bad things" they had done or had planned to do.

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Having this conversation would benefit Voices in its travel to other countries as well.
(Voices has focused solely on Iraq, although some of us have visited other countries with other groups).
At that point, I decided not to talk with them at all.   "I don't want to accuse either of you of any wrongdoing," I said, wanting to be polite, "but your organization has used methods that I don't support, and sometimes your job requires you to lie."
Still amiable and interested in some kind of conversation, albeit one-sided, they let me know that they had carefully read our website.   "We saw the pictures of the children," said the less talkative agent.
The three of us were silent for a moment.
His partner mentioned that they've already met with numerous Iraqi Americans, none of whom had anything bad to say about Voices in the Wilderness.
"Do you have any questions for us?" they asked several times.   "Is there anything you want to say?"
"Well, yes," I said, finally.   "I do want to say something.   I don't mean this disrespectfully, but I do encourage you to resign."
Smiling broadly, they told me they'd placed a bet about whether or not I'd talk to them, but hadn't anticipated being asked to resign.
"Sorry, my wife wouldn't like it," said one.   "I've got a pension to collect," said the other.
Several times, they advised me not to publicize the visit.   "You know the Arab mind," one advised.   "If you tell people we visited you in prison, they'll never believe you didn't talk with us, and you won't be trusted when you go to other countries."
Suicide bomb — Kirkuk, Iraq
There's no such thing as a monolithic Arab point of view, and what intelligence agencies have done to undermine trust in Iraq and the surrounding region is a chapter unto itself, but I bit my tongue.
I think these men came to see me because they were responding to inquiries from their colleagues in Iraq.   Perhaps someone, whom I've known, in Iraq, is being "vetted" for a position within the US Occupation, or perhaps an Iraqi under investigation for wrongdoing named me as one who could vouch for his or her decency.
I don't see how I could tell anything about my personal experience that would have been harmful to another person, and maybe I could have been helpful in showing that someone I know was genuinely concerned for innocent civilians.
I'm ambivalent—maybe I should have talked with them.   But mainly I feel sad, a bit weary, and somehow responsible because the most crucial "information" Voices in the Wilderness can and should offer seldom reaches the general public, much less officialdom.
We tried hard to inform people that hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children died as a direct result of economic sanctions.
But it was as though we were part of a defective Jeopardy quiz game.
We had answers to questions that would never be asked.
The agents who visited me asked me about "bad apples" in Iraq.
On Capitol Hill, panels of civilians and military leaders want to punish the few "bad apples" responsible for torture and abuse of Iraqi prisoners.
When we clamor for closure of the military combat training school in Fort Benning, GA, a school whose graduates have massacred, tortured, assassinated and disappeared many thousands of people in Latin America, public relations spokespeople for the base say that we are over-reacting to "a few bad apples."
Suppose we set aside the bushels of "bad apples."
Military, prison and intelligence gathering structures routinely and inherently involve dehumanizing actions (my encounter was, I think, exceptionally benign).
Instead of searching for blameworthy "bad apples" as though we are blind children trying to pin the tail on the donkey, why not carefully acknowledge our collective, passive responsibility for systems predicated on threat, force and violence?
When money, talent, and resources are poured into military systems and prison systems, while health, education and welfare systems compete for inadequate budget allotments, we can expect constant warfare abroad and the quadrupling of prisoner populations which occurred in the US over the last 25 years.
The FBI comes to visit — Kathy Kelly
Military and prisoner structures don't train recruits to view "the enemy" or "the inmate" as precious and valuable humans deserving forgiveness, mercy, and respect if they have trespassed against us.
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US occupation end now
These systems don't foster the notion that we ourselves could be mistaken, that we might seek forgiveness, or that we might, together with presumed outcasts, create a better world.
Look to Scriptures for such views—they're there—but don't expect love of enemy and the Golden Rule to guide military, prison or intelligence systems anywhere in the world.
US history abounds with remarkable achievements and noble endeavors — the movements to abolish slavery, attain women's suffrage, build unions and establish civil rights, to name but a few.
But no country can ever achieve political maturity without willingly looking into the mirror and acknowledging all of its history.
The US must come to grips with having been, since World War II, (when under the shadow of the mushroom cloud we ushered the world into the nuclear age), a nation constantly at war: Korea, Vietnam, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Grenada, Panama, the first Gulf War, Kosovo, Colombia, Afghanistan, the ongoing war in Iraq.
We've waged hot war after hot war, and undergirding all these wars is the continuing war of western culture against the biodiversity of our planet.
To preserve our pleasures and privileges, we become the most dangerous warlike culture in human history.
A few bad apples? Not a chance.
As more pictures of beleaguered Iraqi prisoners emerge, prolonging and swelling a horrid scandal, I can't help but wonder why the pictures of suffering Iraqi children never raised equivalent concern or indignation in the US or elsewhere in the world.
I won't forget that one of the FBI agents mentioned seeing pictures of Iraqi children on the VitW website.
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Occupied Mahmudiya
US occupation end now
I'm grateful to him for remembering them.
I feel haunted by the infants, the toddlers, the young teens and their heartbroken mothers and fathers whom we met at bedside after bedside in Iraqi hospitals.
Walking on the oval track, here in prison, I whisper the names and recall the sweet faces of the little ones I grew to know, fleetingly.
All of them were condemned to death.
None of them were bad apples.
They were fine fruits of loving families.
Hundreds of thousands died — some after many days of writhing pain on bloodstained mats, without pain relievers.
Some died quickly, wasted by water-borne diseases; as the juices ran out of their bodies, they appeared like withered, spoiled fruits.
But no, they weren't bad apples.
They could have lived, certainly should have lived — and laughed and danced, and run and played — but somehow (honestly, I don't understand it) somehow they were sacrificed, brutally and lethally punished to death.
Their pictures, each of their stories, had something to say to us.
If US people had seen their images, day after day, the economic sanctions would never have lasted long enough to claim the lives of over ½ million children under age five.
These Iraqi children who couldn't survive abysmally failed foreign policies still have something to say to us.
The FBI comes to visit — Kathy Kelly
Another world is not only possible, she is on her way.
On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.
Arundhati Roy — Porto Alegre, Brazil, World Social Forum, January 27, 2003
"Please call me by true name," wrote Thich Nhat Hanh, a monk and poet who led the Buddhist non-aligned movement during the Vietnam War.
He wants us to fully understand who we are.
We have an extraordinary challenge, now, as US people clearly don't want to be aligned with or represented by disgraceful and bullying behavior.
We must resist being misled by finger pointing at "a few bad apples."
We should acknowledge that all of us are called upon to be change agents, by changing our over-consumptive and wasteful lifestyles.
We must look for every sign of a "climate change" that will help us overcome our unfortunate addiction to war marking.
This may be a pivotal time.
Consider the early stages of the Civil Rights movement.
Participants must have wondered how many beatings, how many lynchings, how many Jim Crow indignities would be heaped on communities before opponents of civil rights would say they were tired of being the bully.
In that movement, a pivotal point was reached when Bull Connor ordered police to train fire hoses on peaceful protesters, including children.
Frustrated onlookers around the world were horrified.
And increasing numbers of US people no longer wanted to be identified with Bull Connor and all that he represented.
"Injustice must be exposed to the light of human conscience," said the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, "and to the air of national opinion before it can be cured."
I feel sure that numerous members of the armed services, the intelligence agencies, and various other federal government bureaus, including the bureau of prison employees, understand very well why we need radical change in the US.
I feel sure that an era of reform and a climate conducive to progressive humanitarian measures will recycle into our history.
But all of us need to take advantage of our own opportunities to be agents of change.
For some it may mean walking away from cruel, wrongful, or dishonest work.
For others it may mean becoming whistle-blowers.
Still others can announce the truth as they see it in spite of risks to their pensions or job security.
When we're willing to call ourselves by all of our names, change can happen.
Change is coming.
Light as the breath of excruciatingly beautiful Iraqi children nearing their deaths, demanding as the imploring eyes of their mothers who asked us why, you can feel it coming.

Open Letter from Berta Joubert-Ceci   June 21, 2004:
...As you may know, the people of Colombia are suffering tremendously from policies that are dictated by the United States government and carried out by the local Colombian government.   The current administration of President Alvaro Uribe Velez is particularly dangerous.
Several new laws and programs that he has enacted, mostly after Sept. 11, 2001, are designed to criminalize the progressive movement.   Thousands of religious and human-rights activists, afrodescendants, indigenous, and student and union leaders have been detained and/or arrested.   Death threats by paramilitaries are the order of the day.
The Killer Coke campaign ...on behalf of the Coca-Cola workers organized by SINALTRAINAL union is just one example of the people's resistance to the inhumane policies of the multinationals and the government.
The violence in Colombia extends to any person or group that disagrees and interferes with the state's neoliberal policies, either by organizing or even by just residing in a part of the country that is sought by transnational corporations for their "megaprojects."
One example is the recent displacement of more than 400 Wayuu indigenous peoples from La Guajira, an oil- and coal-rich region in northern Colombia, on the border with Venezuela.   The testimony of Alberto, a Wayuu, to the Venezuelan newspaper Ultimas Noticias on May 23rd, speaks of the horrendous methods used by the paramilitaries:
"Oh, brother, I feel as if my heart is coming out my mouth.   You cannot imagine how it is to have to escape on the run so that they won't kill you, and then hear the cries of the kids, of my two little sons who they burned alive without me being able to do anything.   They burned them alive inside my pick-up."
Thirty Wayuu indigenous people were massacred in an effort to terrorize the rest of the population and render them inactive.   These communities had been resisting the state's and corporations' attempt to steal their land.
These atrocities are for the benefit of transnational corporations, particularly those from the United States as Coca-Cola's example well illustrates.   It is also important to point out that the land where the Wayuu community lived, La Guajira, is one of the most important oil regions in the country and where U.S. [corporations] Texaco-Chevron and Exxon-Mobil have extensive interests...
Globalization has made the world a huge factory with workers from different countries, ethnicities and languages working together for the same corporation. But not the same wages, benefits and protection...
We ask that you and/or your union join in the effort to improve human rights in Colombia.
I urge you to do whatever is possible for you to stop these crimes against humanity that are also part of Plan Colombia.
More horror — loss and pain — from the US and UK decision to attack another country
to commit a first strike invasion on Iraq
Anger and psychological expression of the anger
We Have Got To Bring Corporate America To Its Knees" — Harry Belafonte
Speaking after receiving the 2004 Human Rights Award by Global Exchange in San Francisco.
Being in the Freedom Struggle, I've discovered it is not a part-time job.   And it's certainly cannot be treated as a hobby.
...There are many in our nation who do just that.
They are all decent people.
They mean well.
They believe in many of the great American ideals.
And they also choose not to see or to hear or to taste or to believe that we can perpetuate and involve ourselves as a nation in the kind of villainy that is so dramatically identified in so many parts of the world.
US Terror State
Occupied Mosul
Raids and searches of residents continue to create more and more anger
...Paul Robeson, my mentor, who influenced me greatly, once said to me get them mean people. Get them to sing your songs and they'll want to know who you are.
And so "Daio" and "Havanaguila" and others, all the songs that were sung on the tongues of others or from the tongues of others in their language, all of the songs that were sung by people who were trapped in the abyss of poverty and songs, glorious songs of courage to extricate themselves and their oppression, all these forces in the world that have inspired me to put my life in the service of freedom are the ones who deserve this award. I am just an instrument in which they speak.
I should find it very easy to speak here this evening, after all, I'm among people who share so many of my beliefs. And are prepared to struggle valiantly for our beliefs.
But I find it difficult not because you are who you are, but because we find ourselves at this moment in a place that is very unfamiliar to me in many ways.
It is not the oppression that is alien to me.   It is not racism or sexism or poverty.
All that has been a constant.   I was born into much of that. Poverty was my mother's midwife.
She had her children in poverty.   But she also found a road to bring us a sense of purpose and she taught us how to be valiant in the face of oppression.
Her courage was translated vigorously to us and with her launching of our lives, she directed me to places that eventually came to be seen many positive and rewarding ways.
From Roosevelt to Martin Luther King Jr. And Alan Baker and by so many who are great and courageous people who have been shot at and beaten and others have been so exposed, it was worth the price, it's worth the journey, it was worth getting them to hear the song and to follow the melody and to sing the lyrics of life.
Democracy is very fragile. And if we do not tend to it and care for it, it will disappear.
Those who are the villains among us do their work 24 hours a day.
They are constant in their need to oppress, in their need to cheat, in their need to steal, in their need to rob us of our dignity.
We Have Got To Bring Corporate America To Its Knees" — Harry Belafonte
...It is not the first time we have been touched by the state's mechanism to own the press.
After all, McCarthyism is very much Ashcroftism.
The war in Vietnam pursues the same blueprint that has our government pursuing the war in Iraq and in other places.
What is going on in the reversal of the attempts being made to reverse roe verse wade and brown verse the board of education and all things that we struggled so valiantly for, and is threatened is not new.
...We are still, however, looking for our leaders and our leaders [how they] fit in our midst.
If you think and reflect on all those who we admire and have mentioned here this evening, many of them came out of the ranks of the people who are engaged in struggle, who came from poverty, who came out of racism, who came out of a place where for a long time they languished, ignored.
I believe that we may march and we may show our numbers in great volume from time to time.
We do that.
Women marching on Washington in large numbers.
Peace activists turning out occasionally to demonstrate their passions of peace.
These things go on and we see them.   But what we don't seem to understand is that we have not yet, in some profound and meaningful way, interrupted the way in which the enemy does business.
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Occupied Baghdad
Sister shot
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Early on, I was introduced to a song in my youth and I was aspiring to find my place in the world as an artist.
I remember a song that said calculate carefully and ponder it well and remember this when you do, "My two hands are mine to sell a major machine and they can stop them, too."
It is the stopping of the machine that we seem to falter.
For some reason we have not understood clearly what the blueprint was when we recall and think about what happened in the Civil Rights Movement and the Labor Movement and the Women's Movement in its early manifestations.
The one thing that all those movements had in common was that they stopped the machine.
And until we stop the machine, and in the way in which they — they hungryly pursue profit, until we tell them you will not turn another moment of profit until you deal with our spiritual bankruptcy as a nation , until you find a new codes of honor in which to deal with the world, we will not tolerate any longer your banks, your institutions, we'll no longer tolerate your military interventions and your military impositions.
And we are ready to put our bodies and our lives on the line to do that.
It was Rosa Parks and what happened in Montgomery, Alabama, and the fact that people picketed and refused to let the machine, the profit punks easily.
That we found our earliest victories and as we escalated our movement and we escalated our targets, we found more and more those who sat in the places of power troubled by the fact that we had the power to disrupt their machines and to stop them.
And I think what we must do, as we pursue institutionnally an organization, we have goals that we have set for ourselves, is for us to collectively picket that time and that moment when not for a day, not for a moment, not for a march just to demonstrate that we exist, but to use our might and our powers strategically to make sure that nothing functions, nothing runs, nothing works until we find a way to end poverty and we find a way to end racism, until we come to the table and agree to do that.
We Have Got To Bring Corporate America To Its Knees" — Harry Belafonte
There, in fact, is my dilemma on what to say here this evening.
As I go around the world, which I do with great consistency, when I go to Somalia and to Rwanda and Kenya, when I go to the places that I go, when I go to the oppressive places in Eastern Europe and in Latin America and Central America, I'm aware how vast America's villainy extends itself because I see in the faces of the wretched millions who make up poverty globally, who are languishing from H.I.V.-AIDS, hunger animal nutrition.
Always I look at what causes this and as much as we can ascribe to nature and to some peculiarities of contrast, nothing is clear to us as is the fact that what our military industrial complex, led by the United States of America [does] around the world affects most of the world's experiences.
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How do we stop their machine?
And there are times when we would speak about doing it violently.
It was romantic to think that we could grab an M5 or M6 as we go up in the mountains somewhere and have a shoot-out and make our mark and to have the freedom.
There was a time, perhaps, when that could be done.
Certainly in Africa, the periods and the struggle against colonialism.
All the up risings and the rebellions in Algeria and Vietnam and all those places were about.
Soldiers and men and women taking to the streets and the villages of mountains, hamlets, abusing weaponry, the violence to meet violence.
So now we come to know that that's not possible.
It doesn't work.
Certainly a gift that has been given us demonstrates for us that we have the most powerful weapon of all — and it's at our disposal and it's ours for the taking.
It's called NONVIOLENCE and if we reach deep into the strategy of the Nonviolent Movement, as declared not only by Dr. King and Gandhi, but listening to the other instances about the 10th anniversary of South Africa.
Had it not been for the application of Nonviolence, and what the people of South Africa did, we would never have had the transformation that took place in their society when — without the firing of one shot, the evil empire unfolded and a New Democracy emerged to lead this great country into an — into a place of envy in the 21st Century.
We have got to bring Corporate America to its knees.
Not just in defeat, but perhaps in prayer.
To understand that we can come together, that we can make a difference.
A world that is filled with people who are nourished.
A world that is filled with people who can read and write and debate and have exchange and dialogue.
There is a place in which great profits can be earned.
After all, people who can read and write, the people who are healthy are people who consume.
In the consumption, we can find that we have great markets everywhere and that we would sell them food that was not grown by Folger's and Maxwell House [but] grown by people who worry about organic earth and truth and the beauty of our mountains and rivers and what we put into our bodies.
There sits the great profit that will be earned in the 21st century.
...The institutions of capitalism [must] know that they can no longer continue to do business unless they do business with the poor.
Unless they do business with those who sit disenfranchised
Harry Belafonte...
In a few days, I will go to the middle east.
I go as a servant of the United Nations where i have been working for the last 17 years and it's perhaps the reason that lady in the Caribbean thinks I'm long time dead. [laughter]
One of the reasons that most people don't know whether I work or not is because the instruments of communication in America has tenaciously contained us on the airwaves, on the phone, on television.
All those things which we have found necessary to enhance our voices and to be heard.
Once they shut down on you, most people don't know where you are.
Unless they happen to read some momentary, brief report in a newspaper about something we may have done.
I'm going to these places.
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Occupied Kerbala
Loved one killed
Unknown if US taxpayer paid special black operations instigated and set up bombing
I have to tell you that most of the places that I go to in the world are looking more like San Francisco and the Bay Area every day. [protesting]
They're are people in Germany, in France, in Ireland — England and Ireland and Poland, many places where I go whose voices are being heard mightily in their rebellion against the American Policy.
Because the policies of oppression are speaking out and speaking out loudly.
They're transforming their government.
They're changing their leaders in Spain and Brazil and Argentina and Nicaragua, in Venezuela, in many places and we must and can do the same here.
We must just understand that the sacrifice we have yet to make is demanded of us.
Somebody is going to have to, in cleaning up the air, talk about not driving anymore.
Somebody, in trying to get a better price for good, is going to have to say that we just can't keep running after the fast food market.
Somebody is going to have to make a sacrifice.
Somebody is going to have to put their body in front of the machine.
Somebody is going to have to die.
It's the way things are.
It's the way things have been.
And we, in our efforts to try to change and make a better world, will have to pay a price.
Truth is — we must ask ourselves, are we willing to go all the way?
Ask yourself if you are truly willing to die for what you believe and you might come up with an answer that will explain to you why we haven't quite moved as far ahead as we should be moving.
What are we prepared to give?
What are we prepared to do?
And should it be any less than those who have gone before us and who were willing to pay the price?
I hope the next time that I come, there isn't a Global Exchange.
We might be looking at a different draft chart.
A lot of people in the world are dying, children in particular.
Nothing is certain about the lives that are lost among the Iraqis, among the Afghanistan people.
Very little is said about the women and the children.
We say it among ourselves, we sit as better informed.
But we do not have an America that understands what it is that we understand.
And we have come to let the world know this.
And the places that I will go, it will be important to let them know that we, in America, are made up of different people other than the ones they have come to know who carry guns and bombs and lies and deceit.
That there are honorable people here making honorable efforts to make a difference in the world in which we live.
And to that extent, I thank Global Exchange for being here and doing what it is you do and to give me an opportunity to battle on about the world in which we live.
Thank you so very, very much.
Bush plans sweeping mental health initiative; recommends screening for every citizen...
World Net Daily    June 21, 2004:
Bush to screen population for mental illness
Sweeping initiative diagnoses to treatment with specific drugs
President Bush plans to unveil next month a sweeping mental health initiative that recommends screening for every citizen and promotes the use of expensive antidepressants and antipsychotic drugs favored by supporters of the administration.
The New Freedom Initiative, according to a progress report, seeks to integrate mentally ill patients fully into the community by providing "services in the community, rather than institutions," the British Medical Journal reported.
Critics say the plan protects the profits of drug companies at the expense of the public.
The initiative began with Bush's launch in April 2002 of the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, which conducted a "comprehensive study of the United States mental health service delivery system."
The panel found that "despite their prevalence, mental disorders often go undiagnosed" and recommended comprehensive mental health screening for "consumers of all ages," including preschool children.
The commission said, "Each year, young children are expelled from preschools and childcare facilities for severely disruptive behaviors and emotional disorders."
Schools, the panel concluded, are in a "key position" to screen the 52 million students and 6 million adults who work at the schools.
The commission recommended that the screening be linked with "treatment and supports," including "state-of-the-art treatments" using "specific medications for specific conditions."
The Texas Medication Algorithm Project, or TMAP, was held up by the panel as a "model" medication treatment plan that "illustrates an evidence-based practice that results in better consumer outcomes."
The TMAP — started in 1995 as an alliance of individuals from the pharmaceutical industry, the University of Texas and the mental health and corrections systems of Texas — also was praised by the American Psychiatric Association, which called for increased funding to implement the overall plan.
But the Texas project sparked controversy when a Pennsylvania government employee revealed state officials with influence over the plan had received money and perks from drug companies who stand to gain from it.
Allen Jones, an employee of the Pennsylvania Office of the Inspector General says in his whistleblower report the "political/pharmaceutical alliance" that developed the Texas project, which promotes the use of newer, more expensive antidepressants and antipsychotic drugs, was behind the recommendations of the New Freedom Commission, which were "poised to consolidate the TMAP effort into a comprehensive national policy to treat mental illness with expensive, patented medications of questionable benefit and deadly side effects, and to force private insurers to pick up more of the tab."
Jones points out, according to the British Medical Journal, companies that helped start the Texas project are major contributors to Bush's election funds.   Also, some members of the New Freedom Commission have served on advisory boards for these same companies, while others have direct ties to TMAP.
Eli Lilly, manufacturer of olanzapine, one of the drugs recommended in the plan, has multiple ties to the Bush administration, BMJ says.   The elder President Bush was a member of Lilly's board of directors and President Bush appointed Lilly's chief executive officer, Sidney Taurel, to the Homeland Security Council.
Of Lilly's $1.6 million in political contributions in 2000, 82 percent went to Bush and the Republican Party.
Another critic, Robert Whitaker, journalist and author of "Mad in America," told the British Medical Journal that while increased screening "may seem defensible," it could also be seen as "fishing for customers."
Exorbitant spending on new drugs "robs from other forms of care such as job training and shelter program," he said.
However, a developer of the Texas project, Dr. Graham Emslie, defends screening.
"There are good data showing that if you identify kids at an earlier age who are aggressive, you can intervene ... and change their trajectory."
< www.democracynow.org — interview with President Clinton, US National Election day 200
Interview in progress:
AMY GOODMAN:  President Clinton, UN figures show that up to 5,000 children a month die in Iraq because of the sanctions against Iraq.
PRESIDENT CLINTON:  That's not true.   And that's not what they show.   Let me just tell you something.   Before the sanctions, the year before the Gulf War, and you said this ... how much money did Iraq earn from oil?   Answer — $16 billion.   How much money did Iraq earn last year from oil?   How much money did they get, cash on the barrel head, to Saddam Hussein?   Answer — $19 billion that he can use exclusively for food, for medicine, to develop his country.   He's got more money now, $3 billion a year more than he had nine years ago.
If any child is without food or medicine or a roof over his or her head in Iraq, it's because he is claiming the sanctions are doing it and sticking it to his own children.   We have worked like crazy to make sure that the embargo only applies to his ability to reconstitute his weapon system and his military statement.   This is a guy who butchered the children of his own country, who were Kurds, who were Shi'ites.
He used chemical weapons on his own people, and he is now lying to the world and claiming the mean old United States is killing his children.   He has more money today than he did before the embargo, and if they're hungry or they are not getting medicine, it is his own fault.
AMY GOODMAN:  The past two UN heads of the program in Iraq have quit, calling the US policy ... US/UN policy, genocidal.   What is your response to that?
PRESIDENT CLINTON:  They're wrong!   They think that we should reward ... Saddam Hussein says, I'm going to starve my kids unless you let me buy nuclear weapons, chemical weapons and biological weapons.   If you let me do everything I want to do so I can get in a position to kill and intimidate people again, then I will stop starving my kids.   And so we are supposed to assume responsibility for his misconduct.   That's just not right!   I know they ... you know, the truth is a lot of these people want to start doing business with Saddam Hussein again because they want his money.
And, you know, they want his ... the money he earns from oil.   But the ... it is an absolute fact that he has more money today than he did before the embargo.   So if any child is without food or medicine, it is because he has made a deliberate decision to let them die, to try to build up pressure to lift the embargo so he can spend that money how ever he wants.   He doesn't want to spend that money on his people.   He wants to spend that money to become the military dictator of the Middle East again.
Now, if people want to let him do it, that's one thing.   But, you know, I have consistently supported changing and relaxing the embargo since I've been President, to make absolutely sure that he had enough money and enough freedom in the use of the money to rebuild the country economically, and to try to feed those children and get them medicine.   There were a lot of problems with the embargo in the beginning.   There were legitimate criticisms.
But he now has more money with the absolute freedom to spend it on food and medicine and development, and medical care of all kinds, than he did before the embargo was put in.   That's the fact.   No one can dispute that.   So nobody can figure out why there are problems among the children except that he won't spend the money on them.
He spends the money on his own military, on his own crowd and he avoids spending it on a lot of kids who need it so he can blame us, so he can actually get total control over his money, so he can rebuild his apparatus.
And, you know, remember, this is the only guy, the only world leader today who has used chemical weapons on his own citizens.   And the American people in my judgement should give him all the money he needs to take care of his kids.   But should do everything we can, and even if we are alone, to try to stop him from being in a position of murdering his kids again, and murdering other children in the Middle East.   That's what I believe.
< www.democracynow.org — interview with President Clinton continued:
GONZALO ABURTO:  Mr. President, are we going to see a substantial change in the policy to Cuba?   Regarding Cuba?
PRESIDENT CLINTON:  Well, let me say we were on the way to that change.   Back in 1996, we had a lot of changes in my first term, in our policy towards Cuba.   And we were working our way toward a reconciliation.   And the Cubans were working their way toward more openness, more freedom for their farmers, and their people and we were really making headway.   And then, they illegally shot down those two planes, and four people died on the planes.   And the Congress passed the Cuba ... the Helms/Burton bill, so-called.
And I don't have much flexibility to do much more.   What I have done with Cuba is to use the maximum extent of my legal powers to promote people to people contacts with Cuba and the Cuban people.   I do believe there that the Cuban people have suffered because of the embargo, and we should do more in the area of food, in the area of medicine, in the area of people to people contacts.
And, you know, I believe that it is just a question of time to when the United States and Cuba are reconciled.   And I think that the situation is tragic.
Mike Gravel:
“Tell me, Barack, who do you want to nuke?”
“I’m not planning on nuking anybody right now, Mike,” Obama replied.
“Good, then we’re safe for a while!”
But it wouldn't have happened if Castro hadn't shot those planes down out of the air, in blatant violation of international law.   It was just murder.   There is no other ... there is no way to put a fine point on it.   I mean, and we were ... sometimes I think he doesn't want the embargo lifted, because it is an excuse for the problems that he has with his own administration.   Because he knew where we were going, he knew we were moving to reconcile.   And he knew good and well that it was a total violation of international law to murder people who were in unarmed airplanes.
AMY GOODMAN:  How do you justify imposing the embargo against Cuba and lifting it against China, normalizing relations with China?
PRESIDENT CLINTON:  Well, first of all, China hasn't killed any of our pilots lately.   They haven't murdered any Americans — as a matter of fact, the United States accidentally and tragically killed some Chinese citizens during our military campaign in Kosovo.
And we have differences with China that we think can best be resolved.
China is a nuclear power, and we think they have missile capacity.   We have worked very hard with them to reduce the ... the threats of sales of missiles to renegade states, to ... to make the world a safer place.   And they've worked with us on peace on the Korean peninsula, to help the North Korean situation.
And we would ... as I said, I believe if Castro hadn't shot those planes down, and the Congress hadn't passed a law which prohibits me from doing anything with the embargo, that we might have made some real progress there.   But it ... sooner or later this is going to happen, and the sooner the better.   The sooner we can be reconciled with the people of Cuba, the better.   But Mr. Castro is going to have to make some changes, and, you know, you can't keep just throwing people in jail for human rights violations and expect the United States to do nothing with this huge Cuban population here.   I hope that we can make some more progress.
And believe me, it would have happened if he hadn't shot those planes down.   And sometimes I wonder if he shot them down just to make sure the embargo couldn't be lifted, because as long as he can blame the United States, then he doesn't have to answer to his own people for the failures of his economic policy.   I wish it were different and maybe it will be under the next administration.
< www.democracynow.org — interview with President Clinton continued:
AMY GOODMAN: Amnesty International has described what the Israeli forces are now doing in the occupied territories as ...
PRESIDENT CLINTON: Listen, I can't do a whole press conference here. It's Election Day and I've got a lot of people and places to call.
AMY GOODMAN: Well, I guess these are the questions that may ... are very important to our listeners and these are the questions that (Overlap)
PRESIDENT CLINTON: Well, I've answered them all.
AMY GOODMAN: Right, and we appreciate that. And ...
PRESIDENT CLINTON:  I have answered them all.   Now let me just tell you, on the Israeli Palestinian thing, the Secretary General of the United Nations and I were together in Egypt.   We agreed on a three-pronged strategy to end the violence and restore the peace talks.   And with regard to the Amnesty International findings, what we agreed to do was to set up a fact-finding commission, to look into what happened, how the recent violence started, and what can be done to avoid it recurring.   And the agreement was that that would happen as soon as the violence was stopped.   And we have had some progress in the last two or three days.   Everybody is working hard.
And I think the ... the less I say right now, the better, publicly because I don't want to complicate things.   I'm working my heart out to stop the violence, get the Commission appointed and get the peace process started.   In the Middle East, which is something that I know more than a little bit about, the only answer to this over the long run is an agreement that covers all the issues that the Palestinians feel aggrieved by; guarantees the Israelis security and acceptance within the region; and is a just and lasting peace.   That's the only answer to this in the long run.
Mike Gravel, a fierce Vietnam war critic, as US Senator staged a one-man filibuster that led to the end of the military draft
And we've just got to work through it.   I have some hope that in the next few days we'll be able to do it.   Mr. Arafat is coming to see me on Thursday, and Mr. Barak, is coming to see me on Sunday.   And we'll try to get it resolved.   That's all I can tell you now.   And I think ...
AMY GOODMAN: (Overlap) Why is ...
PRESIDENT CLINTON: ... I think the United Nations will support ... well, I know they will, the implementation of the agreement that we made at Sharn el-Sheik.
AMY GOODMAN: Why not ...
PRESIDENT CLINTON: Which would ...
AMY GOODMAN:  Why not support a UN force in the Middle East for the illegal occupation of the territories?   And at this point I think we are around 150 people being killed in the occupied territories, overwhelmingly Palestinian.
PRESIDENT CLINTON:  You can support it if you want to, but the Israelis won't support it.   And there was a war in which that happened.   And if you want to make peace, then you have to do things that both sides can agree with.   That's what a peace agreement is.   And I do not believe that just as I don't think Israel can forever impose their situation in the Middle East, and they don't either which is why we started the Oslo Peace Process seven years ago; neither do I think that, you know, everybody else saying the UN is going to impose their will on Israel on its own territory will work out either.
We've got to have a peace agreement here, that's the only way this is ever going to be resolved.   And I don't think that we should do anything or say anything right now, except something that will stop people from getting killed, and get the peace process started again.
[kewe comment: If Mr Clinton had been honest at this point he would have said that the only way Israel would take heed either of the United States or the United Nations would be if the United States stopped its billions in dollars and its military equipment, both they are dependent upon to continue their war with the Palestinians.
It is a war between the US and Palestine in effect, because Israel would not be able to function as it does without the US.
That either Clinton or Gore would not have been able to change the situation is of course a fact.
Congress dispenses the US taxpayer's money, and in this respect Congress is a pawn of Israel.
Mr Clinton nevertheless, in just speaking the truth, would have drawn the attention of the US populace to this fact, a situation that could bring about change — a change in the people who sit in Congress and the Senate.
Mr Clinton however, like most politicians, believes in not speaking the truth when it is against his party, and he was attempting by this interview to get people to vote for the 'Democrats.'
So, hundreds more Palestinians have been killed, much more land taken, and a whole ethnic population remains at the mercy of overseers who hate them.
And the US taxpayer continues to pay for this.]
< www.democracynow.org — interview with President Clinton continued:
AMY GOODMAN:  Many people say that Ralph Nader is at the high percentage point he is in the polls because you have been responsible for taking the Democratic party to the right. What do you say to listeners who are listening around the area right now.
PRESIDENT CLINTON:  I'm glad you asked that, and that's the last question I've got time for.   What is the measure of taking the Democratic Party to the right?   That we cut the welfare rolls in half?   That poverty is at a 20 year low?   That child poverty has been cut by a third in our administration?   That the incomes of average Americans have gone up 15 percent after inflation?   That poverty among seniors has gone below 10 percent for the first time in American history?   That we have the lowest African American, the lowest Latino unemployment rate in the history of the country?   That we have a 500 percent increase in the number of minority kids taking advanced placement tests?
That the schools in this country, that the test scores among ... since we have required all the schools to have basic standard test scores, among African Americans and other minorities have gone up steadily?   Now what
AMY GOODMAN: Can I say that some people ...
US Terror State supporters
Mike Gravel: “He’s the one to say not only that the emperor has no clothes, but that the emperor wannabes have no clothes,” said national pollster John Zogby
PRESIDENT CLINTON: Now, let me just finish.
AMY GOODMAN: Let me just say ...
PRESIDENT CLINTON: Now let me ... now, wait a minute.   You started this and every question you've asked has been hostile and combative.   So you listen to my answer, will you do that?
AMY GOODMAN: They've been...
PRESIDENT CLINTON: Now, you just listen to me.   You ask the questions, and I'm going to answer.   You have asked questions in a hostile, combative, and even disrespectful tone, but I ... and you have never been able to combat the facts I have given you.
Now, you listen to this.
The other thing Ralph Nader says is that, you know, he's pure as Caesar's wife on the environment.
Under this administration, 43 million more Americans are breathing cleaner air.   We have safer drinking water, safer food, cleaner water.   We have more land set aside than any administration in history since Theodore Roosevelt.   We have cleaned up three times as many toxic waste sites as the previous administrations did in 12 years.   And we passed a chemical right-to-know law that is a very tough law.   It's the best environmental record in history.
Al Gore's opponent, and one of the two of them are going to be President ... Al Gore's opponent has promised to weaken the clean air standards, and repeal a lot of the land protections.   Now, those are the facts.   People can say whatever they want to.   Those are the facts.
< www.democracynow.org — interview with President Clinton continued:
AMY GOODMAN: What people say is that you pushed through NAFTA, that we have the highest population of prisoners in the industrialized world, of over 2 million.   That more people are on death penalty in this country than anywhere else.   And that people are (Overlap)
PRESIDENT CLINTON:  Well, all right. Okay, that's fine.
AMY GOODMAN:  (Overlap/Inaudible) ... opposed on them.
PRESIDENT CLINTON:  That's fine.   But two thirds of the American people support that.   I think there are too many people in prison, too.   I have called for a total evaluation of the people in the Federal prison system, a review of the Federal sentencing guidelines.   I did my best to persuade Congress to get rid of the discrepancy between crack cocai- ... crack and powdered cocaine and the sentencing guidelines.
I agree with that.   Nobody ever said America was perfect.   I disagree, I think NAFTA has been good for America.   I think it's been good.   It has helped to reduce illegal immigration, it's helped to provide a decent standard of life in Mexico.   I think it has been good.   I think the agreement we made to open our markets to Africa and the poor countries in the Caribbean were good for America.
People complain about our trade agreements.   Trade is at ... accounting for 30 percent of our economic growth, and we have the lowest unemployment rate in 30 years.   How can anybody make a serious case that trade's been bad for America?   We have a 15 percent increase in average income of ordinary Americans, the lowest unemployment rate in 30 years, and the lowest unemployment rate ever recorded among African Americans and Hispanics.
Now, I don't think you can make a sane case that if we closed up our markets, that either Africa or Latin America or America would be better off.
AMY GOODMAN:  What about ...
Mike Gravel said the early leading Democratic candidates frightened him because they had taken nothing off the table, including nuclear weapons, for possible military action against Iran.
He accused Joseph Biden of having arrogance in dictating to Iraqis how to run their country.
PRESIDENT CLINTON:  The real problem you've got are the ... this country is in good shape.   Now, I've talked to you a long time.   It's Election Day.   There are a lot of other people that ...
AMY GOODMAN:  We appreciate that.
PRESIDENT CLINTON:  ... in America, and I've got to go.
AMY GOODMAN:  One last question, what about granting an executive order ending racial profiling in this country?
PRESIDENT CLINTON:  I expect that we will end racial profiling.   Here is the deal.   The Attorney General is supposed to give me a report on that.   I'm opposed to it.   Al Gore is opposed to it.   Here's the deal.   Look, I had some ... I had two people who work for me in the White House, who were wrongly stopped, handcuffed and hassled the other day.   I have spoken out against racial profiling and Hillary has made it a big issue in New York.
And so here is the issue, and here is what we are working on.   We are trying to find a way to issue orders, and reg- ... rules and regulations that end racial profiling, that clearly do not prevent law enforcement officials from investigating particular crimes.   And there is a way to do it and we are working on it, and the Attorney General is working on it.   But, you know, Janet Reno was a prosecutor in Miami, in Dade County, for 12 years.   She dealt with a large African American population, a large Haitian population, a large Latino population.
She had a great reputation with all of them.   And she is trying to fashion a resolution of this that ends racial profiling, that clearly allows law enforcement to continue.   And that is where this is now.   This is going to be done.   And we have to do it.
AMY GOODMAN:  Thank you for spending the time, President Clinton.
                Living among the dead        
        Rwanda  — the story of why the US government and    
     Clinton as President did not become involved.        
      Arafat, Sharon, Intifada — Camp David revisited      
Below — Laura Bush and the angel
Abuse of Reuters journalists — transcripts of interviews and US Army summary as response.
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(Three children in pajamas and bathrobes sit in small chairs in a neat row.   Behind them, an angel is standing.   Before them, facing them, a large comfortable armchair, unoccupied.    Beautiful light.   The angel is, and remains throughout the play, unfailingly kind and polite.)
ANGEL:   Dear Children.   Please rise and give a warm welcome to our distinguished visitor, the First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Laura Welch Bush.
(The children rise, wave their arms excitedly, open their mouths to cheer.   The only sound they make is the bird music from Olivier Messiaen's Saint François d'Assise.   Laura Bush enters, dressed in a purple plaid ensemble, carrying a book.   She speaks with a gentle Texas drawl.   She is a very nice lady.   The children cheer and cheer.   She stands in front of the armchair.   She motions for the children to stop cheering and sit.)
ANGEL:   Sit, children.
(They do.)
LAURA BUSH:   Why thank you children.   I don't believe I've ever had a more beautiful welcome, really really lovely.   But... May I ask?
ANGEL:   Please.
LAURA BUSH:   Most of the kids I meet when I visit for a reading program — and I do so many of these, I love reading to kids, I meet so many kids — but most of the kids are, are wearing...
ANGEL:   They aren't usually wearing pajamas?
LAURA BUSH:   No, they aren't!   They...well, they wear uniforms!   Or if they go to a school that doesn't require uniforms, they wear, well of course you like to see them dressed neat, I do, but you know they'll wear all sorts of things.   Except PJs.   I just never saw that before.   It's sweet.
ANGEL:   Perhaps this is the first time you have read to dead children, Mrs. Bush?
LAURA BUSH:   Perhaps it is!   And I have to admit, children, I'm nervous.   I've never met actual dead children before.   Nor actual children from Iraq.
Before I met my husband I traveled all over, children, all over the world, and since we moved into the White House I have also traveled, but never to Iraq.
So you are the first Iraqi children I've met and you look real sweet in your PJs.   And I'm sorry you're dead, but all children love books.
All children can learn to love books if you read to them.   That's why I've come — to read to you, to share one of my favorite books with you, because when a parent reads to a child, or any adult reads to a child, even if that child is dead, the child will learn to love books, and that is so, so important.
(To one of the children:)
How did you die, darling?
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ANGEL:   In 1999, an American plane dropped a bomb filled with several tons of concrete on the power station near his village.
He was already malnourished; he had been malnourished since birth, because of the sanctions.
The power station that was crushed by the bomb was believed to be supplying power to a plant suspected of producing certain agents necessary for the development of biotoxins.
We do not know if it did.
We do know that it supplied power for the water purification system for his village.
He already had gastroenteritis and nearly chronic diarrhea, for which medicines were unavailable.
Then the water purification system failed and he drank a glass of water his mother gave him infested by a large intestinal parasite.
He died of dehydration, shitting water, then blood, then water again, so much!
Then a trickle, everyone was sad, there was no food, he shook so hard the screws holding his bed together were loosened.
It took three days to die.
LAURA BUSH:   That's really awful.
ANGEL:   Yes.
LAURA BUSH:   Saddam Hussein is a terrible man.
ANGEL:   Yes.
(To the child:)   Darling I'm sorry.   I truly am.   What a terrible world.   May I sit?
ANGEL:   Oh of course, please do!
(She sits in the armchair.)
LAURA BUSH:   What can I say to you?   Oh how can I say this?
It isn't right that you should have had to die because your country is run by an evil man who is accumulating weapons of mass destruction.
But he is, you see, he really is, everyone knows this and he will kill many, many other children all over the world if he isn't stopped.
So, so it was um, necessary for you to die, sweetie, oh how awful to say that, but it was, precious.  
(To the angel:)   May I hug him?   I just would like to...
ANGEL:   I'm afraid not, Mrs. Bush.   The children aren't... ummm, they're incorporeal, they're like...shadows, or mirages, or dreams, it's hard to explain.
LAURA BUSH:   And why are they in their pajamas?
ANGEL:   Oh yes, I was about to explain.   In Paradise, all dead children wear pajamas.
LAURA BUSH:   Always?
ANGEL:   Only pajamas, for all eternity.   Bathrobes and slippers too, of course.
LAURA BUSH:   Well isn't that fascinating.   Why is that?
ANGEL:   Like all children in pajamas they are full of regret that their day has ended.
But also secretly they are comforted, like all children in pajamas.
Murdered children, the children who died especially terrible deaths — this child for example!  
(The angel indicates a child:)   She was in a shelter in 1991.
A smart bomb found its way down the ventilator shaft of the shelter.
The smart bomb believed, mistakenly, that it had found the ventilator shaft of a factory that manufactured parts for nuclear weapons, but the bomb was mistaken.
Four hundred people were incinerated at a temperature of 900 degrees Fahrenheit.
It was on CNN. Perhaps you watched?
LAURA BUSH:   No, I...oh my God!   I did!   I saw!   It was green!   Phosphorus!   Night footage!   I remember that
ANGEL:   Melting felt to her, paradoxically, like the turning of an instant into solid ice, and then in the next instant like drowning in wild ocean surf, jumbled inside out, only fast, and then she was dead.
Her family had been celebrating Eid!
Children who die especially terrible deaths are given especially nice pajamas.
Please continue your explanation.
Mrs. Bush is explaining why you are dead, and in addition to being married to the President of the United States she is also a smart lady, she was a librarian!
Please listen children.
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LAURA BUSH:   (Softly, trying hard to explain:)   Because without sanctions there'd be no stopping him.
And perhaps there'll be a war and many, many more Iraqi children will die, and oh, honey, no one wants that, no one wanted you dead!
Oh God no, I mean God no, what sort of animal would want that?
No, it's a terrible sin and I'm sure we'll all have to pay for it, me and Bushie and — I call him Bushie, my husband, I'm not supposed to do that in public, I promised I wouldn't but then he went and made that joke the other day that I wasn't out on the campaign trail for the midterm elections because I had to stay in Crawford and sweep the porch after it rained, and you know children I keep a very, very neat house and yes I do sweep the porch but he makes me sound sometimes like a...a frump!
And anyway Bushie is a funny name, huh, a funny name for a President, President Bushie?
Without sanctions and war, Saddam will go on till he has the power to do something unspeakable to another country, to the US or, or, well any other country, it could be anywhere.
He gassed the Kurds!
So he must be stopped and you, you were caught in crossfire and that is...
There's just no word for what it is.
And we'll pay for your deaths one way or another.  
He just hates it when I say that, my husband, it's not in his nature to think that way, but I believe it, sweetie, I do.
I think there is guilt when a child dies even if the death was in a just cause, and one person's guilt is guilt for everyone — that's in this beautiful book
(she holds out the book) — and we suffer that guilt, me and Bushie and Poppy and Bar and the UN Security Council; and you suffered your death, all sorts of Iraqi people die for the sins of your leader, for his evil, and you know some people say serves 'em right, but that's just vengeful and, and indiscriminate and those people are wrong.
They're wrong is all, and (to the angel:) how many children have died in Iraq, you know, what with the sanctions and the bombing and all?
ANGEL:   The bombings of course have never stopped; they have been continuous since the Gulf War ended.   It never ended.
LAURA BUSH:   How many children, do you know?.
ANGEL:   Hundreds of children.   Thousands of children.   150,000 children.   400,000 children.
Who's counting?   No one is counting.   A lot.
From diseases related to the sanctions and the power outages and the depleted uranium dust shed from the casings of American missiles?
Perhaps related?   Probably related?
Nearly 600,000 children have died.
Many, many children have died.
LAURA BUSH:   Oh gosh.   And on the bright side, all those dead children and yet look, you have maintained such a low student-teacher ratio.   Three-to-one!
ANGEL:   We believe a low student-to-teacher ratio is necessary for learning.
LAURA BUSH:   I agree!
ANGEL:   And yet in the United States it's so high, on the average.
LAURA BUSH:   On the average, thirty-to-one, forty-to-one!   Way, way too high!   I was a teacher once.   Before I married Bushie.
Or, as I sometimes call him, The Chimp.  You know, those ears.
It would be nice if there was government money to make schools smaller.
For living children.
But you see, honey, sweetie, precious — do they have names?
ANGEL:   They do, but I'm not allowed to tell you.
LAURA BUSH:   Why not?
ANGEL:   I'm not allowed to tell you that, either.   Sorry.
     (Little pause.)
LAURA BUSH:   Oh.   All right.
Well anyway, children, free educations with three-to-one student-teacher ratios or even twenty-to-one student-teacher ratios or even enough classrooms with enough desks to sit in would be swell, wouldn't it, but...one of the lessons from the wonderful book I'm going to read to you today is that if you accept free bread, or free whatever, education, daycare, whatnot, if you accept that free stuff you will have to give up freedom in exchange, and that isn't right.
Freedom is what matters, not things of the earth.   Like food.
And I know you died starving, honey, but look at your nice pajamas!
Do you see what I mean?
ANGEL:   Children, do you see what Mrs. Bush means?
(They stand and answer, talking happily, but again the only sound is Messiaen's birds.)
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ANGEL:   They really like you, Mrs. Bush.
LAURA BUSH:   And I really like them.
ANGEL:   What is the book you're going to read to them?
LAURA BUSH:   It's my favorite passage from my favorite book, children.
The book is a Russian novel of the nineteenth century, and it's called The Brothers Karamazov, and the section I love most from this wonderful book is called "The Grand Inquisitor."
Well, it's a little strong for live children, so I usually read them, oh, you know, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, but I figured, being dead, you all command a broader view, and I hope you're going to like it.
I think you will!
ANGEL:   Who is the author?
LAURA BUSH:   A reactionary Christian mystic epileptic compulsive gambler anti-Semitic Russian nationalist genius genius genius named Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky!
Some people say he was the greatest novelist ever, and I agree with those people, he was!
I love him, I really sort of am in love with him.
I think he and I would have had a real understanding.
He wasn't so nice, apparently, but he would have gotten me, I think, you know?
What I go through, daily, in my heart.
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky was I think...sometimes I think the only man who could really understand me, and many, many women feel this way.
At least in Texas we do.
They broke a sword over his head, Dostoyevsky, then they tied him to a post and over and over they were going to shoot him for treason but they didn't, it was a sick joke, can you imagine children, how ghastly, knowing, just knowing you were going to die and then, and then...you open your eyes and you are still alive!
Still alive!
How horrible!
To be still alive!
If my husband had been in charge back then Dostoyevsky would've been dead for sure—my husband, he executed everyone they told him to, everyone they let him, I should say, my God, a hundred-and-something people and he never even missed his early, early bedtime, nor for that matter, from what I could see as I sat up reading and rereading Dostoyevsky, ever even stirred in his sleep!
Notes From the Underground, The Possessed, The Idiot and he'd be all, like
(she imitates a hideous bass snore:)
Well he was tired.
He's tired a lot.
From the gym.
Little pause.   She is lost in thought.)
ANGEL :   Mrs. Bush?
LAURA BUSH:   Well, anyway, in this section of The Brothers Karamazov, an atheist intellectual, Ivan, is telling his sweet, handsome young brother, Alyosha, about a poem he's made up, about Christ our Lord — well, not your Lord...you are probably Muslims?
ANGEL:   They are.
LAURA BUSH:   That's nice!   There's nothing wrong with that! But this is a Christian story.   Is that OK?
ANGEL:   Children?
(They stand and respond.  Bird music.)
LAURA BUSH:   I'll take that for a yes!
It's a universal tale!   I bet it has been translated into Arabic, even into...whatever it is you are speaking now, um, bird music!
Dostoyevsky's Ivan, arrogant like all intellectuals, and an atheist too—like most intellectuals he's an atheist.
They're mostly all godless, even the ones think they're religious.
The smarter they are the more godless, seems to me, but I don't really hold that against them like some do.
I mean this'll stay between us, right, but don't get Lynne Cheney started, OK?
Ivan tells his pretty young brother this story:  Jesus Christ has come back to earth, back to the streets of Seville during the Spanish Inquisition, and the first thing He does, well, this will interest all of you, Christ immediately resurrects a dead little girl!
Jesus says "Sit up," and the dead little girl does, sits up in her coffin, holding a white rose bouquet.
But then the Grand Inquisitor, this 90-year-old Catholic bishop, he's passing by and sees this miracle, so he arrests Jesus Christ and throws him in a dark, filthy filthy dungeon, with, you know, old rotten straw and mouse pillies and, and the Grand Inquisitor says, "I know just who you are" — everyone recognizes Christ, somehow they all just know him!
"I know just who you are and I am going to burn you at the stake in the morning as I have burned one hundred-and-something people already, and I didn't lose a nickel's worth of sleep over any of 'em."
Some Christian, huh?
And what you will hear if you listen carefully, children, is how the Grand Inquisitor is really a godless old miscreant who has abandoned God for the devil, whom he calls "The Dread Spirit."
But it's the devil no matter what fancy name you call him, and how he and his church, the Catholics — and that's another reason I can't read this to live American kids, is the Catholics are so friggin' touchy! — the Catholic Church wants to correct the mistakes the Grand Inquisitor says Jesus made when he was here the first time out.
People want bread!
They don't want God or freedom, they want bread!
And they want to be free of free will!
And they want everything to be uniform, universal everywhere, everyone just alike!
This is what the Grand Inquisitor says.
Jesus wanted people to be free, the Grand Inquisitor tells Jesus, but people can't manage freedom so the Church, and not just the Church but totalitarians of all sorts throughout history are here to enslave them, feed them, dictate to them.
That's what the Grand Inquisitor offers, freedom from freedom!
And he tells Jesus they will make a world, he and his fellow comrade totalitarians, he and his big government buddies, where hundreds of millions of people will be happy, fed slaves — they'll even be allowed to sin, a little, just so they feel happier being slaves.
Whereas Christ would never manage more than a handful of followers, only a very few would be strong enough to be actual free people and follow Jesus, whereas the Grand Inquisitor would be leading hundreds of millions of happy sinful slaves, every one of whom is proud to call him or herself a Christian!
And because, because he was such a great writer and this is such great, great literature, when you read it sometimes with all the "do-ests" and "thinkests" and "wouldsts" and "thous" like in the Bible, and as you listen to the immensely persuasive powerful tongue Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky put in the mouth of the Grand Inquisitor, sometimes — even though I know the Inquisitor is the villain and Christ is the hero — Christ says nothing.
And my eyes start to blur sometimes when I am reading this passage and I forget who is the villain and who is the hero and I think, you know, "Right ON Grand Inquisitor
www.thenation.com — Tony Kushner — Only We Who Guard the Mystery Shall Be Unhappy:
Contact Tony Kushner     MysteryGuardians [at] aol.com     for permission to read as performance.
LAURA BUSH:   And because it's genius literature of the first rank, and not some magazine article, your eyes sometimes reblur all over again as you're reading the twisty words, and all of a sudden you don't agree with the Inquisitor, he's the devil again, talking talking, but suddenly something has happened and it's not the people you are used to thinking of as evil totalitarian people who are the evil totalitarian people who are the pals of the Inquisitor and, well, the devil!
You think wait a minute, isn't this Grand Inquisitor starting to sound like
(whispers) John Ashcroft, who just between us — (she shudders violently) Cuh-REEPy.
You lose track of who is who, your compass is gone all screwy, you started out knowing for sure, and you end up adrift, and the more you think on it the more the clarity of the argument sort of melts like people in 900-degree Fahrenheit heat, and all you can see anymore is pain, pain and more pain, like it's not about ideas anymore, it's just about raw naked SUFFERING, and...
And I know, because, because I have suffered.
I mean, he was right, the Grand Inquisitor was right, let's be honest.
It's too hard, the choice between good and evil, it's too hard.
Knowing it's yours.
Yours to make.
You know all those times you betrayed God, you drank and smoked and hated your folks or your kids and you make a stupid little nothing mistake like everyone else makes and gets away with but you don't, blammo!
All the perfumes of Araby can't wash the blood from your poor little hand, who cares if everyone else makes this mistake, GOD DOESN'T CARE, you are BUSTED forever!
Only, only a a a shitty person, pardon my French, only a really shitty, shitty person who isn't a real person but only seems to be but is actually an animal forgives themselves for...
The death of children.
But for those of us who aren't like that, we must be punished.
Just between us
And Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky understood this, he wasn't snowy old high-toned Count Tolstoy, no, he's down there in the shit with you, froth on his lips and his thick tongue stiff, stiff and distended, dear Fyodor Mikhailovich, the smell of cigar smoke clinging to the coarse nubbly wool of his cheap black suit and his foul epileptic's breath, and sometimes, when, when I must suffer the touch of, of HIM.
The Dread Spirit in his newest disguise.
Sometimes when his hands are on me I say to my lonesome self, "Laura Welch, this is not The Dread Spirit who is touching you, it's just dear, dear Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky," and he puts his whiskery mouth close to my ear and he hisses, "Sinner!"
He knows, he's the only one who knows what that word means! SINNER!
I like children!   I really, really do!
   Jesus Christ.
A year from now, in what pit of hell will I awake!?
I was a Democrat when I was a girl!
This is what great literature can do!
He weeps as he rattles me.
I never shall be chaste except he ravish me.
And I am rattled till my screws come loose, I am rattled like, like...the way, when I am in a mood, I attack and scour a sooty pot.
(She demonstrates this:  A wild, wild, savage assault with a steel-wool pad on a large grimy greasy skillet, one hand gripping the skillet like a vise, the other arm working like a steam piston; growling, tears.   The children stare.   Laura Bush slumps.   Little pause.
ANGEL:   Mrs. Bush?
LAURA BUSH:   Children, could you make that sound again for me?
They stand and comply.   She listens.
LAURA BUSH:   Great!   Thank you children.   You are beautiful.   I should start to read.   May I kiss them first?
(The angel considers the request.)
ANGEL:   Go ahead.
LAURA BUSH:   Thank you.
At the end of "The Grand Inquisitor" Christ kisses the Inquisitor on the lips.
And the Inquisitor lets him go.
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky lets this pass without comment.
We call this ambiguity.
Is it a Judas kiss?
Is it a kiss of approval?
Sexual lust?
After we are done, perhaps you will tell me, in this wonderful bird music of yours.
(She gets up, goes to the children, kisses each child on the forehead, returns to the armchair, picks up her book.   She looks down, opens it, then looks up.)
LAURA BUSH:   Thank you, children.   The kiss glows in my heart.   That's from The Brothers Karamazov.
(She reads:)
"In His infinite mercy He came once more among men in that human shape in which He walked among men for three years fifteen centuries ago."
In fact, now that I think of it, it's something Ivan says about the Grand Inquisitor.
(She finds the page:)   Here it is.   "The kiss glowed in his heart.   But the old man adhered to his ideas."
(She closes the book.   She looks troubled.   She smiles at the children.   They smile at her.)
LAURA BUSH:   The kiss glows in my heart.
I adhere to my ideas.

(End of Scene 1)

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