April 12th, 2006

Chris Keeley

Xeni - Yuri

Yuri's Night space fete, Xeni hosting Houston webcast

On April 12th 1961, 45 years ago today, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into space. Two decades later, astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen flew America's first Space Shuttle flight into orbit. And tonight, commemorations of human space travel will take place all over the world: Yuri's Night. 86 parties in 32 countries! I'll be hosting a live webcast from the Houston edition, and it should be a lot of fun.

posted by Xeni Jardin

Chris Keeley

the trailers were in fact "the biggest sand toilets in the world

Report: Bush Admin. Suppressed Evidence Refuting Iraq WMD Claim
The Washington Post is reporting the Bush administration claimed to have found mobile weapons labs in Iraq after the invasion despite the explicit conclusions of a Pentagon-sponsored mission the claim was untrue. On May 29, 2003, President Bush cited the discovery of the trailers in an attempt to justify his decision to go war two months earlier. Bush said: "We have found the weapons of mass destruction." But just two days before, a Pentagon team sent to Iraq had concluded that the trailers were in fact "the biggest sand toilets in the world." One team member said: "Within the first four hours, it was clear to everyone that these were not biological labs." The Bush administration failed to make the findings public and continued with its faulty claim for more than one year.

Top GOPer Denies Involvement in New Hampshire "Phone-Jamming"
Here in the United States, a former White House aide denied Tuesday his office was involved in a phone-jamming scheme intended to block New Hampshire Democrats from carrying out an election day get-out-the-vote campaign. On November 5, 2002, the telephone lines at the New Hampshire Democrats' voting headquarters received scores of hang-up calls. Ken Mehlman, who now chairs the Republican National Committee, admitted New Hampshire Republicans spoke to the White House around the time of the election. But he said the phone-jamming was not discussed. Phone records show that Bush campaign official James Tobin made two dozen calls to the White House during the three-day period in question. Tobin served as the New England chair of President Bush's re-election campaign at the time. He and two others have already been convicted in the case. No White House or national Republican officials have been charged.
Chris Keeley

White House Made False Statements on Iraq WMD

More of the truth is emerging, authoritatively, into public view re how
the Bush administration falsified the WMD issue to buttress its posture
for going to war in Iraq. This story in */_The Washington Post_/* of
April 12th 2006 carries the sub-title "administration pushed notion of
banned Iraqi weapons despite evidence to contrary".


QUOTED EXCERPT: [first 5 paragraphs] On May 29, 2003, 50 days after
the fall of Baghdad, President Bush proclaimed a fresh victory for his
administration in Iraq: Two small trailers captured by U.S. troops had
turned out to be long-sought mobile "biological laboratories." He
declared, "We have found the weapons of mass destruction." The claim,
repeated by top administration officials for months afterward, was
hailed at the time as a vindication of the decision to go to war. But
even as Bush spoke, U.S. intelligence officials possessed powerful
evidence that it was not true. A secret fact-finding mission to Iraq -
not made public until now - had already concluded that the trailers had
nothing to do with biological weapons. Leaders of the Pentagon-sponsored
mission transmitted their unanimous findings to Washington in a field
report on May 27, 2003, two days before the president's statement. The
three-page field report and a 122-page final report three weeks later
were stamped "secret" and shelved. Meanwhile, for nearly a year,
administration and intelligence officials continued to publicly assert
that the trailers were weapons factories. The authors of the reports
were nine U.S. and British civilian experts - scientists and engineers
with extensive experience in all the technical fields involved in making
bioweapons - who were dispatched to Baghdad by the Defense Intelligence
Agency for an analysis of the trailers. Their actions and findings were
described to a Washington Post reporter in interviews with six
government officials and weapons experts who participated in the mission
or had direct knowledge of it. END QUOTE
Chris Keeley

So the bellicosity of the United States is now being matched by the bellicosity of the Iranian presi

Seymour Hersh: Bush Administration Planning Possible Major Air Attack on Iran
Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

We speak with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh about his latest article in the New Yorker that the Bush administration has increased clandestine activities inside Iran and intensified planning for a possible major air attack.

We are joined today by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh. In the latest issue of the New Yorker, Hersh reports that the Bush administration has increased clandestine activities inside Iran and intensified planning for a possible major air attack. Sources told Hersh that Air Force planning groups are drawing up lists of targets, and teams of American combat troops have been ordered into Iran, under cover, to collect targeting data and to establish contact with anti-government ethnic-minority groups.
One of the military's initial option plans calls for the use of a bunker-buster tactical nuclear weapon against suspected underground nuclear sites. Collapse )
Chris Keeley

They say that the United States was singled out by Al Qaeda in large part because of American suppor

Essay Stirs Debate About Influence of a Jewish Lobby
When John J. Mearsheimer, a 58-year-old political scientist at the University of Chicago, decided to take on the United States' support for Israel, he considered the subject too touchy to confront alone.

So he enlisted a colleague to help provoke a public discussion. Like Dr. Mearsheimer, Stephen M. Walt, a 50-year-old professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, is a specialist in theories of international relations and a tenured professor with a prestigious chair.

"I think it's in the national interest to have a debate on this," Dr. Mearsheimer said. "I don't think it benefits anyone to keep this in the closet."Collapse )
Chris Keeley

With Watergate, reporters followed the money. With Monica, Ken Starr followed the stain. With W. and

Wag the Camel

Talk about a fearful symmetry.

Iran was whipping up real uranium while America was whipped up by fake uranium.

Obsessed with going to war against a Middle East country that had no nuclear weapon, the Bush administration lost focus on and leverage over a Middle East country hurtling toward a nuclear weapon.Collapse )