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14 July 2004

"We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality,
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Whatever affects one directly,
effects all indirectly."

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

1) Michael Moore: ‘My First Wild Week with ‘Fahrenheit'"
- - Moore's Fahrenheit 9-11 opens in UK, breaks records there too
- - New Documentary Aims to Demonstrate Bias on Fox News
2) Cheney faces Criminal Indictments
- - Advocates of War Now Profit From Iraq's Reconstruction
- - Feds knew about 9-11 bribery conspiracy before attacks
- - Iraq war 'a gift' to bin Laden, says CIA veteran
- - The CIA and Iraq
- - Death toll for U.S.-led coalition in Iraq tops 1,000
- - Congressman Charles Rangle Arrested at Sudanese Embassy

Editor's Notes:

Last weekend’s SolarFest was another wonderful celebration of community, sustainable living, and the creative arts. It was gratifying to meet some appreciative Flyby News readers, and taking someone by surprise with an offer for a free independent online news resource ticket. One of the buzz words to pick up a conversation with anyone lately, most anywhere, is on the new Michael Moore movie. I met someone at the festival on the opening weekend who watched the movie in the same theater with Senator Jim Jeffords. Always after the movie people would gather, shake heads, feel some anger, and regain hope by knowing Moore is reaching into the mainstream public. And who better to give accounts of the week after ‘Fahrenheit 9/11' than its creator, Michael Moore?

Item two of this double-day issue covers charges that could make Dick Cheney face Criminal Indictments. Also, in this item, is a story that will surprise no one reading Flyby News: ‘Advocates of War Now Profit From Iraq's Reconstruction.’

But how deep does the story go about the FBI knowing about a 9/11 bribery conspiracy before the terrorists' 2001 attacks had occurred? A whistle blower has named Louis Freeh. But in this era one gets use to a lot of bizarre news, so ones like this one is a bit common place: a CIA veteran admits the Iraq war was and is 'a gift' to bin Laden. However, the man most, perhaps, successfully fighting a war against terror is the Congressman, Charles Rangle. He was led away in handcuffs after being arrested outside the Embassy of the Republic of Sudan. Rep. Rangel was protesting the crisis in Darfur, Sudan, where Janjaweed militiamen with government support are reportedly killing thousands of civilians.

"The earth is not dying, she is being killed...
and the people killing her have names and addresses."

– Utah Philips

1) Michael Moore: ‘My First Wild Week with ‘Fahrenheit'"

- - Moore's Fahrenheit 9-11 opens in UK, breaks records there too
- - New Documentary Aims to Demonstrate Bias on Fox News

- - My First Wild Week with "Fahrenheit 9/11"...
By Michael Moore -
Sunday, July 4th, 2004



Where do I begin? This past week has knocked me for a loop. "Fahrenheit 9/11," the #1 movie in the country, the largest grossing documentary ever. My head is spinning. Didn't we just lose our distributor 8 weeks ago? Did Karl Rove really fail to stop this? Is Bush packing?

Each day this week I was given a new piece of information from the press that covers Hollywood, and I barely had time to recover from the last tidbit before the next one smacked me upside the head:

-- More people saw "Fahrenheit 9/11" in one weekend than all the people who saw "Bowling for Columbine" in 9 months.

-- "Fahrenheit 9/11" broke "Rocky's" record for the biggest box office opening weekend ever for any film that opened in less than a thousand theaters.

-- "Fahrenheit 9/11" beat the opening weekend of "Return of the Jedi."

-- "Fahrenheit 9/11" instantly went to #2 on the all-time list for largest per-theater average ever for a film that opened in wide-release.

How can I ever thank all of you who went to see it? These records are mind-blowing. They have sent shock waves through Hollywood and, more importantly, through the White House.

But it didn't just stop there. The response to the movie then went into the Twilight Zone. Surfing through the dial I landed on the Fox broadcasting network which was airing the NASCAR race live last Sunday to an audience of millions of Americans -- and suddenly the announcers were talking about how NASCAR champ Dale Earnhardt, Jr. took his crew to see "Fahrenheit 9/11" the night before. FOX sportscaster Chris Myers delivered Earnhardt's review straight out of his mouth and into the heartland of America: He said hey, it'll be a good bonding experience no matter what your political belief. It's a good thing as an American to go see. Whoa! NASCAR fans, you can't go deeper into George Bush territory than that! White House moving vans START YOUR ENGINES!

Then there was Roger Friedman from the Fox News Channel giving our film an absolutely glowing review, calling it "..a really brilliant piece of work, and a film that members of all political parties should see without fail."

Richard Goldstein of the Village Voice surmised that Bush is already considered a goner so Rupert Murdoch might be starting to curry favor with the new administration. I don't know about that, but I‘ve never heard a decent word toward me from Fox. So, after I was revived, I wondered if a love note to me from Sean Hannity was next.

How about Letterman's Top Ten List:

‘Top Ten George W. Bush Complaints About 'Fahrenheit 9/11'":

10. That actor who played the President was totally unconvincing

9. It oversimplified the way I stole the election

8. Too many of them fancy college-boy words

7. If Michael Moore had waited a few months, he could have included the part where I get him deported

6. Didn't have one of them hilarious monkeys who smoke cigarettes and gives people the finger

5. Of all Michael Moore's accusations, only 97% are true

4. Not sure - - I passed out after a piece of popcorn lodged in my windpipe

3. Where the hell was Spider-man?

2. Couldn't hear most of the movie over Cheney's foul mouth

1. I thought this was supposed to be about dodgeball

But it was the reactions and reports we received from theaters around the country that really sent me over the edge. One theatre manager after another phoned in to say that the movie was getting standing ovations as the credits rolled ~ in places like Greensboro, NC and Oklahoma City -- and that they were having a hard time clearing the theater afterwards because people were either too stunned or they wanted to sit and talk to their neighbors about what they had just seen. In Trumbull, CT, one woman got up on her seat after the movie and shouted "Let's go have a meeting!" A man in San Francisco took his shoe off and threw it at the screen when Bush appeared at the end. Ladies' church groups in Tulsa were going to see it, and weeping afterwards.

It was this last group that gave lie to all the yakking pundits who, before the movie opened, declared that only the hard-core "choir" would go to see "Fahrenheit 9/11." They couldn't have been more wrong. Theaters in the Deep South and the Midwest set house records for any film they'd ever shown. Yes, it even sold out in Peoria. And Lubbock, Texas. And Anchorage, Alaska!

Newspaper after newspaper wrote stories in tones of breathless disbelief about people who called themselves "Independents" and "Republicans" walking out of the movie theater shaken and in tears, proclaiming that they could not, in good conscience, vote for George W. Bush. The New York Times wrote of a conservative Republican woman in her 20s in Pensacola, Florida who cried through the film, and told the reporter: "It really makes me question what I feel about the president... it makes me question his motives."

Newsday reported on a self-described "ardent Bush/Cheney supporter" who went to see the film on Long Island, and his quiet reaction afterwards. He said, "It's really given me pause to think about what's really going on. There was just too much - too much to discount." The man then bought three more tickets for another showing of the film..

..May the farce be with you, but not for long,

Michael Moore

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- - Moore's Fahrenheit 9-11 opens in UK, breaks records there too
The Daily Telegraph [UK], 12 July 2004

Michael Moore's film Fahrenheit 9/11, which makes a scathing attack on President George W Bush, has broken the box office record for a documentary in Britain.
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- - New Documentary Aims to Demonstrate Bias on Fox News
by Frazier Moore

Published July 13, 2004 by the Associated Press

NEW YORK -- A new documentary backed by liberal political groups aims to document that the Fox News Channel is anything but ``fair and balanced,'' despite the cable-news network's motto.

The film, ``Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism,'' draws on clips compiled during weeks of round-the-clock taping of the network to demonstrate what the filmmakers believe is a pattern of right-wing bias and support for the Republican agenda.

For the entire article, see:

2) Cheney faces Criminal Indictments

- - Advocates of War Now Profit From Iraq's Reconstruction
- - Feds knew about 9-11 bribery conspiracy before attacks
- - Iraq war 'a gift' to bin Laden, says CIA veteran
- - The CIA and Iraq
- - Death toll for U.S.-led coalition in Iraq tops 1,000
- - Congressman Charles Rangle Arrested at Sudanese Embassy

- - Cheney Faces Criminal Indictments;
Other Illegal Actions Raise Warning Flags at White House

From Capitol Hill Blue - Bush Leagues
Editor, Capitol Hill Blue
Jul 8, 2004, 04:59

Vice President Dick Cheney faces criminal indictments for illegal activities while CEO of energy giant Halliburton and also illegally intervened to secure a $7 billion no-bid contract for his former employer after his election to office, an analysis by the White House counsel's office concludes.

The Vice President is currently under investigation by French authorities for bribery, money laundering and misuse of corporate assets while at Halliburton and also faces a U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission probe of a $180 million "slush fund" that may have been used to pay bribes.

Although the White House Counsel analysis is not available to the public because of the secrecy of "attorney-client privilege," it has generated speculation among senior White House aides who suggest the Vice President should step down as President George W. Bush's running mate for the November Presidential elections. Such talk has increased in GOP circles lately with former New York Senator Alfonse D'Amato Wednesday calling on Bush to dump Cheney.

Vice President Cheney

Those who have read the analysis say it presents a "devastating" case against the Vice President and concludes Cheney has violated both the "spirit and intent" of federal laws on conflict of interest.. . . Although Cheney left his position at Halliburton before becoming Vice President, his financial disclosure statements show he continues to receive dividends from stock as well as deferred compensation from the company. At least $5 million in payments to Stanley from the fund were wired to a secret numbered bank account in Zurich which Judge Ruymbeke discovered belonged to the KBR President. Tesler also testified he paid another $350,000 to another KBR executive, William Chaudran, through another secret bank account on the isle of Jersey.

Cheney served as CEO of Halliburton from 1995 until 2000 and approved the Nigerian contract in 1999. Halliburton publicly announced on June 18 it was "severing all ties" with Stanley, admitting he had received "improper personal benefits" while serving as President of KBR. Sources within Halliburton say the company's internal investigation clearly implicates Vice President Cheney but acknowledge the investigation will remain sealed in light of the company's $7 billion sweetheart contract with the Pentagon for work in Iraq.

French Judge Ruymbeke, however, is said to be offering Stanley a deal if he implicates Cheney and sources within the French legal system say the judge has more than enough to indict the Vice President on charges of bribery, money laundering and misuse of corporate assets.

The assessment of the White House counsel's office agrees that Cheney faces "serious legal implications" from the pending French indictments and add that the Vice President's illegal and unethical lobbying on behalf of Halliburton for the no-bid contract "raises additional questions."

Cheney, however, is standing firm and recently told Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont to "fuck off" when the Senator questioned him on the Halliburton matters.

According to White House sources, President George W. Bush laughed the matter off at a recent cabinet meeting.

"Fuck ‘em all," Bush said.

The President's bravado, however, is not shared by worried White House aides. Some point to the last vice president to step down because of fraud and corruption – Spiro T. Agnew, who served under President Richard M. Nixon, another Republican forced to leave office because of scandal.

© Copyright 2004 Capitol Hill Blue

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- - Advocates of War Now Profit From Iraq's Reconstruction
Published - July 14, 2004 - by the Los Angeles Times
Advocates of War Now Profit From Iraq's Reconstruction
Lobbyists, aides to senior officials and others encouraged invasion and now help firms pursue contracts. They see no conflict.

by Walter F. Roche Jr. and Ken Silverstein

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- - Feds knew about 9-11 bribery conspiracy before attacks
Tom - New Story Alert!
Exclusive: Breaking 9-11 scandal

Feds knew about 9-11 bribery conspiracy before attacks
by Tom Flocco

ORLANDO, FL -- Tuesday, July 13, 2004 Posted 1:30 PM EDT -- --

Homeland Security whistleblower Mary Schneider is naming names, revealing that former FBI Director Louis Freeh, Attorney General John Ashcroft, FBI Director Robert Mueller and numerous U.S. senators and congressmen knew before the September 11 attacks that U.S. immigration officials were bribed by an illegal Moroccan Muslim allegedly linked to Osama bin Laden's half-brother. This according to Schneider, who was told about the illegal alien's ties to terrorism by outside informant Bonnie Sharrit.

Khalil bin Laden was allowed to leave the country after 9-11 via a documented 140-person multi-flight Saudi airlift through the auspices of the White House who declined to hold Khalid as a material witness despite his suspicious connections to the Tri-Border frontier region of Brazil--known for evidence of terrorism--but also Khalil's inquiries to informants Bonnie and Ed Sharrit about bringing in Arabs from Saudi Arabia and Brazil to attend a Florida flight school.

The Sharrit's informant daughter Christine later revealed that a Muslim named Lyazid Abad had previously lived with alleged hijacker Mohamed Atta--a fact not lost on the Department of Defense Criminal Investigation Division (DOD-CID) who questioned Christine Sharrit--Abad's wife--immediately after 9-11, indicating U.S. officials knew about Abad's and Atta's movements prior to the attacks. But the government now wants Lyazid Abad immediately deported from the U.S. and away from a potential grand jury.

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- - Iraq war 'a gift' to bin Laden, says CIA veteran
July 14, 2004 - 11:31AM

A CIA official who has written a book claiming the West is losing the global war on terrorism said in an interview on British television today that the US-led war in Iraq was a gift to Osama bin Laden.

The unidentified 23-year veteran of the CIA, who also has spoken with the US media, condemned America's counterterrorism policies, arguing that the war against al-Qaeda is failing.

"Iraq was a gift of epic proportions to Osama bin Laden and those who think like him," the man said, his face hidden by darkness on BBC's Newsnight show to conceal his identity.

His book, Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror, is to be released next month in the United States by an author identified only as Anonymous.

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- - The CIA and Iraq
An Intelligence Debacle...and Worse
Former CIA analyst

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- - Death toll for U.S.-led coalition in Iraq tops 1,000
Friday, July 9, 2004 Posted: 5:15 PM EDT (2115 GMT)

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- In a grim milestone, the number of deaths in the American-led coalition in Iraq surpassed 1,000 this week. The latest reported deaths include a U.S. soldier who died from wounds in fighting Thursday in Baghdad, an American soldier killed in a Samarra attack Wednesday and another who died in a nonbattle-related incident Thursday.

The deaths bring multinational fatalities -- both in combat and "nonhostile" situations -- to 1,002 since the start of the war in March 2003. U.S. military deaths now total 881.

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- - Congressman Charles Rangle Arrested at Sudanese Embassy

Rep. Charles Rangel is led away in handcuffs after being arrested outside the Embassy of the Republic of Sudan. Rangel was protesting the crisis in Darfur, Sudan where Janjaweed militiamen are reportedly killing thousands of civilians.
For the complete article, see:

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