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05 June 2004

"My worst fears about the Bush administration
have been confirmed, and then some."

Sen. Jim Jeffords, I-Vt

"The greatest crime since World War II
has been US foreign policy."

– Ramsey Clark

1) Message To Kerry: Time To Protest War Again by Helen Thomas
- - United for Peace - Bring Our Troops Home Now
- - Soldiers, families speak out about war
- - Kerry: Bush Army Plan Is 'Backdoor Draft'
- - Kerry's support for Israel repels Arab voters
- - Kucinich hopes to influence party platform
- - Walter Cronkite's 2004 Commencement Address
- - US frantic to soften harsh language in UN rights report on Iraq
- - Pro-war US newspaper admits: Bush is a liar
- - Bush's Erratic Behavior Worries White House Aides
2) "Fahrenheit 9/11" Wins Top Prize in Cannes by Michael Moore
3) Dirty bomb attack a matter of time, say experts

- - Bush Knew About Leak of CIA Operative's Name
- - George Tenet Goes Down
- - From Democracy Now – Tenet, Lies, & Oil Politics
4) U.S. Told Saudis to Let Al-Qaida Gunmen Escape
5) Bilderberg Meeting June 4th in Italy

"We never sought to reach a consensus on the big issues at Bilderberg."
"It's simply a place for discussion."

– UK's Lord Denis Healey,
{one of the four founders of Bilderberg}

"The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know,
that a financial element in the large centers has owned
the government of the U.S. since the days of Andrew Jackson."

– Franklin D. Roosevelt

Editor's Notes:

Often, as time lapses from the last issue, I wonder where to begin. I wonder about folks reading this, or are they being blown away from all that is happening in our world today. The war on Iraq was built on lies, and still, G.W. Bush seems intent on fooling US in stealing another election. John F. Kerry continues in his elitist role in the traditions of the politics of deceit and betrayal. Why? What justification can endorse this war or stay on its course? Only madness can consume an ideology where stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction and proliferation of terror are used in the rationalization and illusion of control, fear, power, and greed.

Item 1 begins with a reporter of integrity, in a most polite way encouraging Senator Kerry to come to grips and join the protest of an illegal occupation and war not only against a foreign people, but one that is causing irreparable harm to thousands of innocent people in service to protect the USA. We have seen the enemy and learned it is oneself. The rest of the items are more resources on the madness consuming our lives, and on the little time left to take a different path to avert extraordinary circumstances and unprecedented harm. Please note the article especially on "Dirty bomb attack a matter of time.."

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"The United States is the most powerful among the technically
advanced countries in the world today. Its' influence on the
shaping of international relations is absolutely incalculable.
But America is a large country, and its people have so far not
shown much interest in great international problems,
among which the problem of disarmament
occupies first place today.

This must be changed, if only in America's own interest.
The last war has shown that there are no longer any barriers
between the continents and that the destinies of all countries
are closely interwoven. The people of this country must realize
that they have a great responsibility in the sphere of
international politics. The part of passive spectator is unworthy
of this country and is bound in the end
to lead to disaster all round."

– Albert Einstein
(from an interview in the Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant, 1921)

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Please note, too, the article: "Bush Knew About Leak of CIA Operative's Name," which has been little discussed by mainstream media. Yet it answers why Bush might have sought legal counsel. Many thanks to Michael Moore, who is doing more than most in not letting Bush off the hook for betraying our Country. John Kerry, we must ask, where are you coming from? Skull and Bones, or are you also convinced, like Bush, by the corruption of the elitists that believe they must control a democracy from the dangers they have placed into our lives?

To update you on the Western Shoshone Distribution Bill alert in the last issue, we have a bit of good news. Likely due to strong citizens' responses, the bill continues to be held off from a House Floor vote. However, legislative staffers said that the bill was pulled for technical reasons, and could be put back up at any time, but probably not within the next two weeks. So stay alert. Western Shoshone grandmother Carrie Dann will speak at the June 9, 2004 Press Conference for the launch of International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defender's Report on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in the U.S. The event will begin at 9:15 am at the Capitol Building. For more information see or

On another related issues, please keep in touch with the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee

"To love life, is to love everything that lives"
Author unknown

1) Message To Kerry: Time To Protest War Again

- - United for Peace - Bring Our Troops Home Now
- - Soldiers, families speak out about war
- - Kerry: Bush Army Plan Is 'Backdoor Draft'
- - Kerry's support for Israel repels Arab voters
- - Kucinich hopes to influence party platform
- - Walter Cronkite's 2004 Commencement Address
- - US frantic to soften harsh language in UN rights report on Iraq
- - Pro-war US newspaper admits: Bush is a liar
- - Bush's Erratic Behavior Worries White House Aides

- - Message To Kerry: Time To Protest War Again by Helen Thomas

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, is doing better in the polls and has a slight edge over President George W. Bush.

But one step he should take to dramatically frame his candidacy would be to make a total break with Bush's failing policy in Iraq.

Kerry, who first came to the national political scene with his anti-Vietnam war mission in the 1970s, should concede he made a big mistake in supporting the invasion of Iraq and blame it on Bush for giving him false information about Saddam Hussein's alleged weapons of mass destruction.

Kerry has a great opportunity coming up to make that break -- on June 30 when a U.N.-created caretaker Iraqi government takes over sovereignty of its country.

That would be the time for Kerry to acknowledge the truth that Congress and he -- and the entire nation -- were misled by the administration's claims that Saddam has both weapons of mass destruction and ties to the al-Qaida terrorists. The facts show that these claims were false.

The only question is whether the CIA made a good-faith mistake on those points -- or whether high Bush administration officials pressured the CIA to fabricate those findings and thus provide an excuse for Bush to order an attack on Iraq.

Kerry should declare that if he were elected president, he would set a timetable for gradual withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, with the pullout complete by January when Iraqi elections are to be held.

Such a bold move by Kerry would show courage and it would blunt any political appeal that Ralph Nader's tough anti-war rhetoric may attract.

How long does Kerry want to subject American troops to a no-win war in Iraq?

While there is no way to "win" this war, we can salvage some honor by leaving gracefully.

There is growing evidence that the American people are getting fed up with the administration's shifting rationale for keeping U.S. troops in the hostile nation.

The world won't soon forget the disgrace of the Iraqi prisoner abuse and the shameful detentions of many innocent Iraqis.

The tragedy of a war of "choice" resulting in hundreds of Americans and thousands of Iraqis dead surely has dawned on Kerry. Public support for this war is becoming fainter, with even some hawks eager to find a way out.

Kerry's Vietnam experience should serve as a model for him.

Along with most of his Senate colleagues, Kerry supported the congressional resolution that gave Bush a green light for his ill-advised and unprovoked war. Few lawmakers asked questions at the time.

That resolution is along the same lines as the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin resolution that gave President Lyndon B. Johnson the green light to go into the Vietnam debacle.

In both cases -- Iraq and Vietnam -- the president was permitted to do what is "necessary" to protect the United States.

Kerry came home from Vietnam as a Navy officer with three Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star and a Silver Star for combat.

Disillusioned with the war, he organized the Vietnam Veterans against the War and testified in 1971 before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee against further U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia.

That's when he said famously, "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam?"

Some 30-plus years later, he has become establishment, cautious and self-protective, in contrast to his forthright youth.

During the primary season, some anti-war Democrats taunted Kerry and accused him of giving Bush a blank check to wage war. Indeed, Kerry's foreign policy is hardly distinguishable from Bush.

After 18 comfortable years in the Senate, Kerry has lost the persona that had set him apart back in the Vietnam era.

On the Middle East, Kerry is simply a "me too" echo of Bush when it comes to endorsing Israel's illegal land grab on the Palestinian-occupied West Bank.

Kerry also has yet to make a strong clear difference with Bush on domestic issues.

The presidential election should be a referendum on Bush's unpopular decision to take this country into a costly and unnecessary war that has lost us respect around the world.

It's time for Kerry to split with the administration on this ill-conceived war. Otherwise, disaffected voters may decide to sit this one out.

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- - United for Peace - Bring Our Troops Home Now

The occupation of Iraq is sliding into war crimes and deepening violence against civilians. Send a message to both John Kerry and George W. Bush: bring our troops home, now.

To sign the "Two Letters from the Unsilent Majority," go to

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- - Soldiers, families speak out about war

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"My son's Death is NOT ok! This war is NOT ok."

This following link is to a transcript of a statement by a grieving father who lost his son in the US war against the people of Iraq, presented at the Fresno River Park this past Memorial Day.

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- - Kerry: Bush Army Plan Is 'Backdoor Draft'

John Kerry said Thursday that the Bush administration has instituted a "backdoor draft" by requiring thousands of soldiers to stay in the military if their units are ordered to Iraq or Afghanistan

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- - Kerry's support for Israel repels Arab voters

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- - Kucinich hopes to influence party platform

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- - Walter Cronkite's 2004 Commencement Address

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- - US frantic to soften harsh language in UN rights report on Iraq

The United States is scrambling to soften allegedly harsh and inflammatory criticism of the US-led coalition in Iraq that is expected to be contained in a UN human rights report to be released this week

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- - Pro-war US newspaper admits: Bush is a liar
By Patrick Martin; 3 June 2004

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- - Bush's Erratic Behavior Worries White House Aides

2) "Fahrenheit 9/11" Wins Top Prize in Cannes by Michael Moore

May 23, 2004


Hello from Cannes! I'm sure by now many of you have heard the good news—"Fahrenheit 9/11" has won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival. It is the first time in nearly 50 years a documentary has won the Palme d'Or (the Golden Palm).

Myself and twenty-six members of our crew are here in Cannes and we are in a state of shock. None of us expected this. First came the critics' reviews on Monday (The New York Times called it my best film ever), then the audience reaction at our premiere (a 20-minute standing ovation, a new all-time record for the festival), the International Federation of Film Critics Award on Friday, and then the best film prize last night. It's all been an incredible week for us and I can't wait to get back home and show you all this wonderfully powerful film we've made.

No, we still don't have a distributor in America as I write this but after winning the world's top film prize I'd give it about one more day (if that) before we have someone brave enough (and smart enough) to show Americans what the world can already see (Albania, this week, became the final country—other than the U.S.—to sign on with a distributor).

I am still hoping for a July release (4th of July weekend?) both in the U.S. and around the world.

I fully expect the right wing and the Republican Party to come at me and this film with everything they've got. They will try, as they have unsuccessfully in the past, to attack me personally because they cannot win the debate on the issues the film raises—namely, that they are a pack of liars and the American people are on to them. And, if the early screenings of "Fahrenheit 9/11" are any indication, those who see this movie will never view the Bush administration in the same way again. Even if you already can't stomach George W. Bush & Co., I think this movie will take you to places you haven't gone before, with laughter and with tears.

I will let you all know—as soon as we have a distributor—the date the film is opening. Until then, check out some of the articles that have been written, and check out the awards ceremony from Cannes.

Thanks everyone for your support.

Michael Moore

P.S. When you hear the wackos on Fox News and elsewhere refer to this prize as coming from "the French," please know that of the nine members of the Festival jury, only ONE was French. Nearly half the jury (four) were Americans and the President of the jury was an American (Quentin Tarantino). But this fact won't stop the O'Reillys or the Lenos or the Limbaughs from attacking the French and me because, well, that's how their simple minds function.

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'Fahrenheit' has elder Bush boiling

3) Dirty bomb attack a matter of time, say experts

- - Bush Knew About Leak of CIA Operative's Name
- - George Tenet Goes Down
- - From Democracy Now – Tenet, Lies, & Oil Politics

- - Dirty bomb attack a matter of time, say experts

Experts believe it is only a question of time before terrorists use a "dirty bomb," a device that would spew radioactive debris over a city, making parts of it uninhabitable for years, New Scientist magazine says. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) records point to "a dramatic rise" in the smuggling of radiological substances, the raw material for this bomb, the British science weekly says. Since 1993, there have been 300 confirmed cases of illicit trafficking in radiological materials, 215 of them in the past five years. But, according to the IAEA documents, the true figure may be far higher.

Published in "News 24" [South Africa],
3 June 2004; see:,6119,2-10-1462_1536811,00.html

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- - Bush Knew About Leak of CIA Operative's Name

Witnesses told a federal grand jury President George W. Bush knew about, and took no action to stop, the release of a covert CIA operative's name to a journalist in an attempt to discredit her husband, a critic of administration policy in Iraq.

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- - George Tenet Goes Down

William Rivers Pitt | Down Goes Tenet

The TO Overview
William Rivers Pitt: 'George Tenet, Judas Goat

Is Tenet the Fall Guy?

Second Top Official Quits CIA

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- - From Democracy Now – Tenet, Lies, & Oil Politics

Program aired on June 3, 2004

27-Year CIA Vet Ray McGovern discusses Tenet's resignation minutes after the announcement.

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Secrets and Lies: Author Dilip Hiro on Chalabi, the CIA and the Battle for Iraq *

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As the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries meets in Beirut, Democracy Now! takes a look at global oil politics with Jim Paul, executive director of the Global Policy Forum.

4) U.S. Told Saudis to Let Al-Qaida Gunmen Escape

Published in The Scotsman [UK],
3 June 2004

U.S. Told Saudis to Let Al-Qaida Gunmen Escape Says Official

Saudi authorities gave safe passage to three al-Qaida gunmen after the they killed 10 of the hostages they were holding at a hotel in the oil hub of Khobar, a senior security official said.

The Saudi official said upon hearing hostages had been killed, US officials advised the Saudis that letting the militants go would avert a bigger catastrophe.

The US embassy in Riyadh did not have immediate comment on the Saudi official's account, which dovetailed with witness accounts.

Officially, the Saudi Interior Ministry has said the three used hostages as human shields to escape Saudi commandos on Sunday and a fourth attacker, said to be the ringleader, was captured.

The official said the three walked away at about 220 a.m. on Sunday, hours before 80 commandoes landed on the roof of the hotel by helicopter and began knocking on the hostages' doors to tell them they were free to leave.

At 220 a.m., reporters less than a block away from the Oasis Compound housing the hotel saw bullets streaking over their heads from the direction of the complex. The official said that was machine gun fire from one of two accomplices who were in a car not far from the site and were covering the three men's escape.

The attackers walked across the compound, stole a van and fled Khobar to nearby Dammam, the official said. They then abandoned the vehicle for a car commandeered at gunpoint from a Saudi driver and drove off with police in pursuit.

The three left behind a fourth militant because they thought he was dead, the official said. Saudi authorities had reported the gunman they had in custody was wounded.

The escape of the three gunmen, who killed 22 people, including a Briton, in a shooting rampage that began at two oil industry office compounds and ended 25 hours later, has stunned Saudis and expatriates.

Many are wondering how the militants could have slipped away in an area bristling with hundreds of troops.

One reason the Saudi government has given a sketchy account of what happened is that it does not want to be seen as negotiating with terrorists.

The official said Saudi authorities at first turned down the gunmen's request for safe passage. But then the militants started killing hostages, the official said. He said the Americans, who were in consultation with the Saudis, advised them to let the men go.

Other Saudi officials have said four Americans who were staying at the hotel had taken refuge on the roof without the knowledge of the gunmen and were rescued a few hours before dawn.

He said the hostages were in contact with security forces by telephone, and the main concern was keeping their presence a secret from the militants.

The above article was posted at

5) Bilderberg Meeting June 4th in Italy

Guess who's at super-secret Bilderberg meeting today
Italy hosts 50th-anniversary confab of
mysterious society of world leaders
Posted: June 4, 2004 -- 1:00 a.m. Eastern
© 2004

The 50th anniversary conference of the elite Bilderberg group – which many believe conspires semi-annually to foster global government – is under way in Stresa, Italy.

The conference, which began yesterday and will run through Sunday, is being hosted at the Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees.

Since 1953, the Bilderberg group has convened government, business, academic and journalistic representatives from the U.S., Canada and Europe with the express purpose of exploring the future of the North Atlantic community.

According to sources that have penetrated the high-security meetings in the past, the Bilderberg meetings emphasize a globalist agenda and promote the idea that the notion of national sovereignty is antiquated and regressive.

'Shadowy aura'

"It's officially described as a private gathering," noted a BBC report last year, "but with a guest list including the heads of European and American corporations, political leaders and a few intellectuals, it's one of the most influential organizations on the planet."

And according to a current BBC report on the conference in Stresa: "Not a word of what is said at Bilderberg meetings can be breathed outside. No reporters are invited in and while confidential minutes of meetings are taken, names are not noted. The shadowy aura extends further – the anonymous answer-phone message, for example; the fact that conference venues are kept secret. The group, which includes luminaries such as Henry Kissinger and former UK chancellor Kenneth Clarke, does not even have a website."

But, counter participants, the secrecy is not evidence of a grand conspiracy, but only an opportunity to speak frankly with other world leaders out of the limelight of press coverage and its inevitable repercussions.

"There's absolutely nothing in it," argues the UK's Lord Denis Healey, one of the four founders of Bilderberg. "We never sought to reach a consensus on the big issues at Bilderberg," he told the BBC. "It's simply a place for discussion."

Here is the partial guest list of the current meeting obtained by WorldNetDaily – which includes Senators John Edwards, D-N.C. and Jon Corzine, D-N.J., Henry Kissinger, Richard Perle, Melinda Gates (wife of Bill Gates), David Rockefeller, Timothy F. Geithner, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Donald Graham, chairman and CEO of the Washington Post Company, and even Ralph Reed, former head of the Christian Coalition:

For the posted article with more on the "guest list," see:

"We're not a democracy. It's a terrible misunderstanding
and a slander to the idea of democracy to call us that.
In reality, we're a plutocracy: a government by the wealthy."

– Ramsey Clark,
former U.S. Attorney General

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