November 1st, 2005

Chris Keeley

the military dumped 64 million pounds of nerve and mustard gas agent into the sea along with 400,000

Tuesday, November 1st, 2005
Headlines for November 1, 2005
- Senate Prepares for Battle Over Alito Nomination
- NY Times: Alito Nomination is "Another Lost Opportunity"
- Alito's Mother: "Of Course He's Against Abortion"
- Report: 40 Iraqis Die in U.S. Bombings Near Syria
- October Marks Fourth Deadlines Month for U.S. In Iraq
- Bush's Church Calls for U.S. Troop Withdrawal
- U.S. Army Dumped 64 Million Pounds of WMDs into Ocean
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Report: U.S. Army Dumped 64 Million Pounds of WMDs into Ocean
'The Daily Press of Newport News, Virginia has revealed that the U.S. military has dumped millions of pounds of unused chemical weapons between World War II and 1970. According to newly released Army records, the military dumped 64 million pounds of nerve and mustard gas agent into the sea along with 400,000 chemical-filled bombs, landmines and rockets. In addition 500 tons of radioactive water has been dumped. According to press accounts the military has been unable to identify where all of the weapons of mass destruction were dumped though it is known they were dumped off the coasts of at least 11 states.
Chris Keeley

Hippo Roller


Hippo-roller: developing-world invention for pushing H2O instead of shlepping it

The Hippo roller is a simple tool for transporting water from water-holes to homes, an alternative to the traditional barrels-on-heads. The Hippo Roller is like a barrel with a handle that you push ahead of you like a steamroller's drum. Link

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The INC's leader, Ahmad Chalabi, now a deputy prime minister in Iraq, was close to Cheney and other

Cheney's new security adviser linked to bogus information on Iraq


Knight Ridder Newspapers

WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney replaced I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby as his national security adviser on Monday with an aide identified by a former Iraqi exile group as the White House official to whom it fed information on Iraq that turned out to be erroneous.

The Bush administration relied on some of the information from the Iraqi National Congress to argue that Saddam Hussein had to be ousted before he could give banned biological or chemical weapons to al-Qaida for strikes on the United States.
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The leak came after her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, accused President Bush of misleading the nation by alleging in January 2003 that Iraq had tried to buy uranium ore, the feedstock of nuclear weapons, from the African nation of Niger.

Wilson visited Niger a year earlier at the CIA's request and found no substance to the allegation.
Chris Keeley

He was a point man on all those things, withholding information from the 9/11 Commission, withholdin

Cheney Taps Torture Memo Author to Replace Scooter Libby
Tuesday, November 1st, 2005
On Monday, Vice President Dick Cheney appointed his legal counsel, David Addington, to be his new chief of staff following the resignation of Lewis "Scooter" Libby. Addington once wrote the war on terorrism has rendered the Geneva Conventions "obsolete." We speak with investigative reporter Murray Waas and hear former Ambassador Joseph Wilson speak out on the outing of his wife, CIA operative Valerie Plame. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Former ambassador Joseph Wilson on Monday gave his version of events into who leaked the identity of his wife, CIA operative, Valerie Plame - and eventually led to a White House staff member being indicted for crimes committed in the office for the first time in 130 years. In July 2003, Wilson published an opinion piece in The New York Times saying that on a CIA-funded trip to Africa in 2002, he was unable to substantiate claims that Niger helped supply nuclear materials to Iraq. Despite his findings, President Bush included the claim in his State of the Union address in January 2003. Shortly after Wilson’s newspaper article was published, his wife’s identity as a CIA operative was leaked to the media. This is what Wilson had to say yesterday at the National Press Club in Washington DC. Collapse )
MURRAY WAAS: He was a point man on all those things, withholding information from the 9/11 Commission, withholding Enron information from Congress. He was one of the authors of a memo. He withheld stuff that he, himself, wrote, which has kind of an irony to it. The interesting thing that you pointed out was that there's an extraordinary irony here. I mean, here's a guy -- here's a vice president obsessed with secrecy , must reassert executive authority to keep things secret to withhold information from Congress and the public. Here's his Chief of Staff who was supposed to implement that, who now resigned on Friday after his five-count felony indictment, Lewis Libby. And then finally with Libby's resignation you have Addington coming in to take Libby's place, so all three of them are involved in this. Addington is the point man. Addington is the kind of action officer, whatever you want to call it, the most activist -- or the person implementing this philosophy of great secrecy. But he’s doing it on the behest of the Vice President, and he’s doing it having worked with Lewis Libby.

Well, it turns out that the indictment charges, they leaked the most sensitive and important national security secret that there is. That's the name of a covert C.I.A. operative and the leak of that particular information not only put this C.I.A. officer, Valerie Plame, at risk, it put other people at the C.I.A. at risk. It put sources and assets at risk for people both on the right and left. And, you know, we want a war on terrorism or whatever where we can at least obtain the information, where we can protect covert assets or whatever. Here was a legitimate secret. Here was something that people, conservatives and the people on the right, would be the most upset about. And despite holding back what others were saying innocuous pieces of information from Congress or things that were embarrassing and saying they wanted to reassert this authority on secrecy and privilege and stuff, most people didn't even think it was a reassertion, because it was a radical new interpretation of executive privilege.

AMY GOODMAN: That is Murray Waas, investigative reporter -- his piece appears at -- speaking about the new appointment to replace Scooter Libby by Vice President Cheney of David Addington.
Chris Keeley

I've never had a puff of marijuana," he tells contributing editor Peter Biskind. "I've never had coc

My love for Soon-Yi springs paternal: Allen
Tuesday, November 1st, 2005

Woody Allen may be Soon-Yi Previn's husband, but he's still her daddy.
"It's got a more paternal feeling to it," the reclusive director tells Vanity Fair of his once-scandalous romance.
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"I've never had a puff of marijuana," he tells contributing editor Peter Biskind. "I've never had cocaine. I've never had speed. I've never had heroin. I've never had a sleeping pill."

What he's had, Allen claims, is a life-long "low-level depression."

As for age bringing wisdom, Allen calls that "crap."

"I've gained no wisdom, no insight, no mellowing," he says. "I would make all the same mistakes again, today."
Chris Keeley

Full Text: U.S. v. Libby Indictment part 1

Full Text: U.S. v. Libby Indictment

Office of Special Counsel
Friday, October 28, 2005; 1:49 PM

Following is the full text of the indictment of Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, after a two-year investigation into the leak of a CIA agent's identity:


Holding a Criminal Term

Grand Jury Sworn in on October 31, 2003


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Full Text: U.S. v. Libby Indictment Part 2

29. During the course of the Grand Jury Investigation, the following matters, among others, were material to the Grand Jury Investigation:

i. When, and the manner and means by which, defendant LIBBY learned that Wilson's wife was employed by the CIA;

ii. Whether and when LIBBY disclosed to members of the media that Wilson's wife was employed by the CIA;

iii. The language used by LIBBY in disclosing any such information to the media, including whether LIBBY expressed uncertainty about the accuracy of any information he may have disclosed, or described where he obtained the information;

iv. LIBBY's knowledge as to whether any information he disclosed was classified at the time he disclosed it; and

v. Whether LIBBY was candid with Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in describing his conversations with the other government officials and the media relating to Valerie Wilson.

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3. In truth and fact, as LIBBY well knew when he gave this testimony, it was false in that LIBBY did not advise Matthew Cooper or other reporters that LIBBY had heard other reporters were saying that Wilson's wife worked for the CIA, nor did LIBBY advise Cooper or other reporters that LIBBY did not know whether this assertion was true;

In violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1623.




Special Counsel
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Tonight when I chase the dragon / The water will change to cherry wine / And the silver will turn to

chasing the dragon Tonight when I chase the dragon / The water will change to cherry wine / And the silver will turn to gold
- Time Out Of Mind
Slang term for a way of smoking heroin, which usually involves placing powdered heroin on foil and heating it from below with a lighter. The heroin turns to a sticky liquid and wriggles around like a Chinese dragon, hence the name. Fumes are given off and are inhaled, sometimes thorough a rolled up newspaper, magazine or tube.

Link: St. Petersburg Times: Chasing the heroin dragon
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Taoist clinic in the Washington in 1973. Apparently helped Donald Fagen to overcome drug addiction

Doctor Wu Are you with me Doctor Wu / Are you really just a shadow / Of the man that I once knew
- Doctor Wu
Doctor Jing Nuan Wu, an acupuncturist based in Washington DC. Emigrated from China to the US at a young age and graduated from Harvard to become a Wall Street venture capitalist, finally setting up a Taoist clinic in the Washington in 1973. Apparently helped Donald Fagen to overcome drug addiction in the mid-70s, hence the lyrical tribute.

Link: Dr. Wu's Healing Art
Chris Keeley

Steely Dan

Steely Dan They got the shapely bodies / They got the Steely Dan T-shirts
- Show Biz Kids
A type of (fictional) Japanese dildo. From William Burroughs' infamous 1959 book Naked Lunch. See the following excerpt:
Mary is strapping on a rubber penis. "Steely Dan III from Yokohama," she says, caressing the shaft. Milk spurts across the room. "Be sure that milk is pasteurized. Don't go giving me some kinda awful cow disease like anthrax or glanders or aftosa...."

Link: Naked Lunch