Dear friends from around this earth,
I have sent the following as indicated. The damn lies which have been used to justify war are incredible. Peace can only come with Justice, which is the administration of law compassionately.
If WAR and AGGRESSION are the only answer to conflict, we are doomed! The consequences of this intended Iraq war have been minimized in my opinion.
France and Germany have developed a solution to this matter and I will send a second email with that information.
I apologize if this is repetitive, I am extremely concerned.
Please forward this broadly. Perhaps we can stop this war whose long range consequences have never been considered.
In solidarity, Bruce
Dear President Bush, Governor Doyle, Members of Congress and Wisconsin’s Legislature
I am very concerned about the present offensive of the United States of America. The USA is a country of Law and Justice. It is quite contrary for the USA to defy and refuse to be part of the UN International Court. It is as if the USA is afraid its actions will be questioned. This impartial court is needed. The present Hague court, paid for by the USA at the recommendation of Madeline Albright to convict Slobodan Milosevic does not appear to be an impartial tribunal. It would seem Saddam Hussein should be brought on charges to the U.N. International Court. Iraq would be obliged to surrender him, or face consequences of the United Nations. Of course the United States would have to sanction that court.
On 9-11 you sat listening to children read to you while these United States were under attack. In my opinion, (allowed by our constitution) as Commander and Chief of our Armed Forces, your responsibility to command our Armed Forces was grossly negligent.
I question your ability to command our Armed Forces, and ask you to resign as President of these United States and hold an election as soon as possible to elect your replacement.
United States Congress
I want you, our Congress to do what it is required to do. To hold the administration responsible for any action which violates the US Constitution. Congress is actually in default if you fail to confront this aggression. I think Congress must immediately legislate that NO offensive be launched anywhere in the world without 2/3 of Congress agreeing. Indeed, it should be a referendum of the people which makes such a decision.
I ask our Wisconsin Legislature to express its concern of the actions of our Federal Government and take action to stop the losses of Liberty and loss of lives of Wisconsin people before this war begins. Immediately Wisconsin should make legislation protecting its citizens from loss of Liberty by the “Homeland Security Act”.
All of you are elected to represent the people of these United States according to the Constitution(s) ratified by the people.
I offer the following which indeed questions the necessity of invasion.
Lies, Lies and damn Lies.
First I want to point out that words are apparently twisted by those who WANT to validify WAR!
Than some rational to NOT INVADE Iraq.
Finally is a link to Powell’s UN Address (including the deceit)
Dr. Blix has immediately responded twice in as many days that his reports were manipulated by this administration to wrongly justify war!
Wednesday February 5, 2003
The chief UN weapons inspector yesterday dismissed what has been billed as a central claim of the speech the US secretary of state, Colin Powell, will make today to the UN security council. Hans Blix said there was no evidence of mobile biological weapons laboratories or of Iraq trying to foil inspectors by moving equipment before his teams arrived.
In a series of leaks or previews, the state department has said Mr. Powell will allege that Iraq moved mobile biological weapons laboratories ahead of an inspection. Dr Blix said he had already inspected two alleged mobile labs and found nothing: “Two food-testing trucks have been inspected and nothing has been found.”
News Telegraph Com
Fiasco over the Saddam dossier
By Toby Helm, Chief Political Correspondent
Than I offer the following reports of the LIES, LIES, and DAMN LIES told by this Administration to deceive the people of the USA and the Congress!
Downing Street admitted making a serious error yesterday as it emerged that a dossier against Saddam Hussein was partly copied from a student’s PhD thesis and cobbled together by Alastair Campbell’s propaganda machine.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman conceded that Downing Street “should have acknowledged” that sections of the dossier about how Saddam conceals weapons of mass destruction, were lifted directly from a paper by Ibrahim al-Marashi, a Californian student.
Mr al-Marashi’s work was published last year in the Israel-based Middle East Review of International Affairs and is regarded as a serious and authoritative piece of research.
But Downing Street admitted it never asked him for permission to reproduce large chunks of it for its own dossier entitled Iraq, Its Infrastructure of Concealment, Deception and Intimidation.
The Government suggested its document was based on up-to-date intelligence but Mr al-Marashi’s work related to events around the time of the Gulf War in 1991.
<This is the document used by Powel in the speech to the UN. Note this document is TWELVE years old! (bruce)
Last night Mr al-Marashi told The Telegraph some of the data used by Downing Street was “inflated”.
He said he was “not angry” at the Government’s failure to credit him or ask his permission, but added: “They could have asked me out of courtesy.”
Other parts of the document - released by the Government on Monday in an attempt to persuade skeptics of the case for war - were lifted from the defense journal Jane’s Intelligence Review.
Blair Acknowledges Flaws in Iraq Dossier
Britain Took Some Material That Powell Cited at U.N. From 12-Year-Old Academic
By Glenn Frankel
Washington Post Foreign Service
Saturday, February 8, 2003; Page A15
LONDON, Feb. 7 -- Prime Minister Tony Blair’s official spokesman today conceded that his office copied material from three academic papers into special intelligence dossier on Iraq that was released to the public this week. The spokesman said the information was used without attribution but insisted it was accurate.
Critics of the government began attacking the dossier’s credibility after British television news reported that sections of something the government had presented as a compendium of its own material, including sensitive spy data, were actually taken from publicly available academic papers.
The dossier was cited and praised by U.S. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell during his presentation on Iraq to the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday. “It’s embarrassing for the prime minister and for poor old Colin Powell,” said Charles Heyman, editor of Jane’s World Armies. The controversy has compounded Blair’s difficulties in rallying a skeptical British public behind his strong support for the United States and possible military action in Iraq. While no opinion polls have yet been reported, editorials and politicians outside Blair’s circle have generally discounted Powell’s U.N. address and a public relations campaign that Blair mounted this week.
The incident also opened a rare window on what seems to be a dispute about Iraq between the prime minister’s office and British intelligence services. The spy agencies have been much more cautious than Blair in their assessment of Iraq’s development of weapons of mass destruction and links with the al Qaeda terror network.
‘A Policy of Evasion and Deception’
Feb 8, 2:54 PM EST
Iraqi Ambassador Denies Terror Links
By ZARAR KHAN
Associated Press Writer
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- Iraq’s ambassador to Pakistan on Saturday denied U.S. allegations that his embassy had ties to terrorist groups.
Ambassador Kadhem Abdul Hameed Alrawi, at a press conference in Karachi, said U.S. claims were part of an American pretext for war with Iraq.
“We had no connection with al-Qaida, with Osama bin Laden, with Taliban or any terrorist group,” he said.
Secretary of State Colin Powell claimed on Wednesday at the U.N. Security Council that Iraq’s embassy in Pakistan had served as a liaison between al-Qaida - bin Laden’s terror network - and the Iraqi leadership from the late 1990s until 2001, though he give no details.
Bin Laden was a guest at the time of the Taliban regime in neighboring Afghanistan, and Pakistan was one of just three countries to recognize the Taliban.
The rebuttals from Alrawi were an elaboration of earlier Iraqi denials. They came as top U.N. weapons inspectors returned to Baghdad Saturday in a second bid for Iraqi compliance with Security Council calls for Saddam Hussein to disarm.
Alrawi said Iraq has already complied.
“We produced whatever we needed to defend our country before 1990,” he said in an apparent reference to weapons in the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s. “But after 1991, we complied thoroughly with the U.N. resolutions,” he said, referring to the 1991 Gulf War.
Alrawi also denied U.S. claims that Iraq harbored Abu Musab Zarqawi, who has been linked to the murder of a U.S. diplomat in Jordan.
“We don’t know any Abu Musab Zarqawi. They know him,” Alrawi said, referring to U.S. officials. “This is nothing - they are looking for pretexts to attack Iraq.”
LONDON (AP) - Jane’s Information Group, the company that publishes journals and articles about military affairs, said three of its pieces had appeared unaccredited in a British government dossier on Iraq.
<Unaccredited? Gov wants us to honor copy write? Gov is poor example! (bruce)>
Just in, at 5:22 PM February 9, 2003
Powell's Tape is Likely From Pre-1998 --Former nuclear scientist 52-year-old Jamil Aziz Slewa, an Iraqi refugee in Norway, says that Powell's recording of two Iraqi officers discussing the movement of weapons is probably pre-1998, if not false. [Link to original, in Norwegian: http://www.nettavisen.no/servlets/page?section=309&item=253952
The above makes Powells statement totally based on lies.
WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia (CNN) -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Saturday that the issue of Iraqi disarmament is "not for any one state but for the international community as a whole," and urged the United States to seek consensus before taking military action against Baghdad. http://europe.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/meast/02/08/sprj.irq.wrap/
Here is a first step to reinforce the German French Plan;
France has been against the US aggression because there is no proof that Iraq is an immenent danger. I believe this petition supporting France to use it’s Veto could stop Bush plans for immediate war.
Bush could well keep waveing his big stick in the air, but would not have the power to use it. I believe that inspections, and the rule of law can prevail and bring an end to the present danger concerning Iraq.
I am not so sure about harnessing the danger of the USA, but it will give us time to get control of this United States of America government also.
If you agree, read the petition below hit the link and sign the petition.
Than please send this around to your friends.
ps, this link has been over-loaded at times. On another page are other Security Counsel links also.
To the President of the French Republic,
According to the rules of the United Nations, each permanent member, i.e. China, the United States, France, Great Britain and Russia, has the sovereign power to block any Security Council resolution.
Enormous pressure is being exerted on leaders, on States and on public opinion, to start a war against Iraq with unfathomable consequences.
Public opinion in your country, as in many other countries, is opposed to this war.
Because France has means of action that other countries in Europe and in the rest of the world do not have and that it is thus in charge of a responsibility of historical import,
we ask of you:
In virtue of the power given you by the constitution of your country and of the power bequeathed you by the rules of the United Nations;
To demand that any war declaration made against Iraq be put to the vote at the Security Council;
To use France’s right of veto to block any resolution that would allow the start of a war against Iraq.
LLAMAMIENTO INTERNACIONAL PARA UN VETO DE FRA http://www.veto.ht.st/
To sign the petition go here: http://www.veto.ht.st/
NEW NON WAR developments;
Saturday, February 8
From The Associated Press:
Feb 8, 3:36 PM EST
U.N. Arms Chiefs Open Talks With Iraqis
By CHARLES J. HANLEY
AP Special Correspondent
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.N. disarmament chiefs went face to face with their Iraqi counterparts Saturday in “useful” and “very substantial” talks to find out what Baghdad did with stores of anthrax, nerve gas and other forbidden arms.
After more than four hours of meetings, U.N. nuclear watchdog Mohamed ElBaradei reported the Iraqis had presented unspecified “explanations on some of the issues.” The discussions resume on Sunday.
The talks were pivotal, but they were “not the last chance” for peace, ElBaradei said, apparently trying to counter talk in Washington that the time for diplomacy had all but run out.
ElBaradei and chief U.N. arms inspector Hans Blix were looking for quick Iraqi concessions on practical matters in the disarmament effort here, such as clearance to fly American U-2 reconnaissance planes in support of their inspections.
They were also hoping to ensure that meetings continue with weapons scientists in private. Another scientist submitted to a private interview Saturday - the fifth in three days - signaling a possible breakthrough on this issue.
Germany: no case for war with Iraq German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said on Saturday that he remained unconvinced of the case for a war against Iraq. He rejected suggestions that Europe was divided on the issue, saying public opinion was firmly against war. http://www.dw-world.de/english/0,3367,1430_A_774512_1_A,00.html
North Korea warns final showdown with US will be a nuclear one An increasingly belligerent North Korea has warned of “total war” with the United States, predicting a conflict with it would develop into a nuclear one. And in a further deterioration of the nuclear crisis, the chief of the North Korean Army, Kim Yong-chun, called on his generals to win a “brilliant victory in the final showdown with US imperialists”.
Bush threatens military action against North Korea With tensions rapidly spiralling out of control on the Korean peninsula, US Dictator Bush added further fuel to the fire yesterday by bluntly warning North Korea that, while the US was seeking a diplomatic solution, “all options are on the table, of course.”
Following is Powell’s speech, including the obviousley intended deceit:
Wednesday, February 5, 2003
Following is the full text of U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell’s speech to the United Nations on Iraq.
POWELL: Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, distinguished colleagues, I would like to begin by expressing my thanks for the special effort that each of you made to be here today.
This is important day for us all as we review the situation with respect to Iraq and its disarmament obligations under U.N. Security Council Resolution 1441.
Last November 8, this council passed Resolution 1441 by a unanimous vote. The purpose of that resolution was to disarm Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction. Iraq had already been found guilty of material breach of its obligations, stretching back over 16 previous resolutions and 12 years.
Resolution 1441 was not dealing with an innocent party, but a regime this council has repeatedly convicted over the years. Resolution 1441 gave Iraq one last chance, one last chance to come into compliance or to face serious consequences. No council member present in voting on that day had any allusions about the nature and intent of the resolution or what serious consequences meant if Iraq did not comply.
And to assist in its disarmament, we called on Iraq to cooperate with returning inspectors from UNMOVIC and IAEA.
We laid down tough standards for Iraq to meet to allow the inspectors to do their job. This council placed the burden on Iraq to comply and disarm and not on the inspectors to find that which Iraq has gone out of its way to conceal for so long. Inspectors are inspectors; they are not detectives.
I asked for this session today for two purposes: First, to support the core assessments made by Dr. Blix and Dr. ElBaradei. As Dr. Blix reported to this council on January 27th, quote, “Iraq appears not to have come to a genuine acceptance, not even today, of the disarmament which was demanded of it,” unquote.
And as Dr. ElBaradei reported, Iraq’s declaration of December 7, quote, “did not provide any new information relevant to certain questions that have been outstanding since 1998.” My second purpose today is to provide you with additional information, to share with you what the United States knows about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction as well as Iraq’s involvement in terrorism, which is also the subject of Resolution 1441 and other earlier resolutions.
Bruce A Eggum
(sent to Senator Feingold and
Gov Jim Doyle via their sites)
Honorable Senator Kohl, Senator Feingold, Senator Breske, Representative Green, Representative Seratti, Governor Jim Doyle.
As our representatives in Government, I ask you to make accountable these individuals who are making decisions for the people of Wisconsin based on damn LIES.
Solution below \/
Luke Harding reports from the terrorist camp in northern Iraq named by Colin Powell as
a centre of the al-Qaeda international network
Sunday February 9, 2003
If Colin Powell were to visit the shabby military compound at the foot of a large snow-covered mountain, he might be in for an unpleasant surprise. The US Secretary of State last week confidently described the compound in north-eastern Iraq - run by an Islamic terrorist group Ansar al-Islam - as a ‘terrorist chemicals and poisons factory.’ Yesterday, however, it emerged that the terrorist factory was nothing of the kind - more a dilapidated collection of concrete outbuildings at the foot of a grassy sloping hill. Behind the barbed wire, and a courtyard strewn with broken rocket parts, are a few empty concrete houses. There is a bakery. There is no sign of chemical weapons anywhere - only the smell of paraffin and vegetable ghee used for cooking.
In the kitchen, I discovered some chopped up tomatoes but not much else. The cook had left his Kalashnikov propped neatly against the wall.
Ansar al Islam - the Islamic group that uses the compound identified by Powell as a military HQ to launch murderous attacks against secular Kurdish opponents - yesterday invited me and several other foreign journalists into their territory for the first time.
‘We are just a group of Muslims trying to do our duty,’ Mohammad Hasan, spokesman for Ansar al-Islam, explained. ‘We don’t have any drugs for our fighters. We don’t even have any aspirin. How can we produce any chemicals or weapons of mass destruction?’ he asked.
The radical terrorist group controls a tiny mountainous chunk of Kurdistan, the self-rule enclave of northern Iraq. Over the past year Ansar’s fighters have been at war with the Kurdish secular parties who control the rest of the area. Every afternoon both sides mortar each other across a dazzling landscape of mountain and shimmering green pasture. Until last week this was an obscure and parochial conflict.
But last Wednesday Powell suggested that the 500-strong band of Ansar fighters had links with both al-Qaeda and Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. They were, he hinted, a global menace - and more than that they were the elusive link between Osama bin Laden and Iraq.
This is clearly little more than cheap hyperbole. Yesterday Hassan took the unprecedented step of inviting journalists into what was previously forbidden territory in an almost certainly doomed attempt to prevent an American missile strike once the war with Iraq kicks off. Ali Bapir, a warlord in the neighbouring town of Khormal, leant us several fighters armed with machine guns and we set off.
We drove past an Ansar checkpoint, marked with a black flag and the Islamic militia’s logo - the Koran, a sheaf of wheat and a sword. We kept going. The landscape was littered with the ruins of demolished houses, destroyed during Saddam’s infamous Anfal campaign against the Kurds in 1988. At the corner of the valley we passed a pink mosque, with sandbagging on the roof. Washing hung from a courtyard. A group of Ansar fighters - in green military fatigues - smiled and waved us on.
Several of their comrades were in the graveyard across the road. There were numerous fresh plots, each marked with a black flag. After 20 minutes’ drive along a twisting mountain track we arrived in Serget - the village identified from space by American satellite as a haven of terrorist activity.
Yesterday, however, Hassan was at pains to deny any link with al-Qaeda. ‘All we are trying to do is fulfil the prophet’s goals,’ he said. ‘Read the Koran and you’ll understand.’
Senior officials from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan - the party with which Ansar is at war - insist that the Islamic guerrillas based in the village have been experimenting with poisons. They have smeared a crude form of cyanide on door handles. They had even tried it out on several farm animals, including sheep and donkeys, they claim. The guerrillas have also managed to construct a 1.5kg ‘chemical’ bomb designed to explode and kill anyone within a 50-metre radius, Kurdish intelligence sources say.
Hassan yesterday dismissed all these allegations as ‘lies’. ‘We don’t have any chemical weapons. As you can see this is an isolated place,’ Ayub Khadir, another fighter, with a bushy pirate beard and blue turban, said. And yet, despite the fact there appeared to be no evidence of chemical experimentation, Ansar’s complex was lavish for an organisation that purports to be made up merely of simple Muslims. Concealed in a concrete bunker, we discovered a sophisticated television studio, complete with cameras, editing equipment and a scanner.
In a neighbouring room were several computers, beneath shelves full of videotapes. A banner written in Arabic proclaims: ‘Those who believe in Islam will be rewarded.’
Until recently Ansar had its own website where the faithful could log on to footage of Ansar guerrillas in battle. In small concrete bunkers the fighters operated their own radio station, Radio Jihad. The announcer had clearly been sitting on an empty box of explosives. Hassan denied yesterday that his revolutionary group received any funding from Baghdad or from Iran, a short hike away over the mountains.
‘If Colin Powell were to come here he would see that we have nothing to hide,’ he said. But Ansar’s sources of funding remain mysterious - and their real purpose tantalisingly unclear. ‘All Ansar fighters are from Iraq,’ Hassan said. ‘Iraq is one of the richest countries in the world. Our fighters have brought their own things with them.’
But while they appear to pose no real threat to Washington or London, Ansar’s fighters are a brutal bunch. They have so far killed more than 800 opposition Kurdish fighters. They have shot dead several civilians. They have even tried - last April - to assassinate the Prime Minister of the neighbouring town of Sulamaniyah, the mild-mannered Dr Barham Salih. The plot went wrong and two of the assassins were shot dead. A third is in prison. ‘We are fed up with them. We wish they would go away,’ one villager, who refused to be named, said.
The militia’s weapons had been inherited, captured from their enemies or bought from smugglers, Hassan said. Kurdish intelligence sources insist that there is ‘solid and tangible proof’ linking Ansar both to Iraqi intelligence agents and to al-Qaeda. They say that a group of fighters visited Afghanistan twice before the fall of the Taliban and met Abu Hafs, one of bin Laden’s key lieutenants.
Hassan yesterday refused to say how many fighters were holed up in the three villages and one mountain valley under Ansar’s control (‘It’s a military secret,’ he said) and claimed - implausibly - that none of his men were Arab volunteers come to fight jihad in Iraq.
Bush sabotaging inspectors’ work: Democrats February 14
CIA director George Tenet has faced a storm of criticism from Democrats on the Senate Armed Services Committee who have accused the Bush Administration of sabotaging United Nations weapons inspections by not fully co-operating with the UN.
They also accused Mr Tenet of misleading them about the intelligence on Iraqi weapons that the CIA had handed over to the weapons inspections teams
Giving evidence to the committee on Tuesday, Mr Tenet surprised senators by saying the agency had given inspectors all the data it had on weapons sites of high and moderate interest - sites likely to contain weapons or remnants of weapons.
On Wednesday, Mr Tenet told senators he had been wrong - a “handful of sites . . . may not have been known” to inspectors.
Chief weapons inspector Hans Blix and Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, have pressed the Bush Administration to provide intelligence on Iraqi chemical, biological and nuclear weapons sites. US officials maintain that they have, although the inspectors have raised questions about the quality of some of the US intelligence.
Democrat Senator Carl Levin challenged Mr Tenet’s statements in an interview after the evidence, saying the CIA director continued to mislead lawmakers on the extent of the agency’s co-operation. Senator Levin cited classified letters from the CIA dated January 24 and 28 in which the CIA said it had not shared information about what he described as “a large number of sites” of “significant” value. Senator Levin said the CIA told him on Tuesday it planned to hand over more information in the next few days. “When they’ve taken the position that inspections are useless, they are bound to fail,” Senator Levin said. “We have undermined the inspectors since the beginning.”
· In the latest indication of Baghdad’s mixed record of co-operation, UN inspectors were permitted to destroy a declared stockpile of mustard gas and artillery shells on Wednesday at a former weapons site north of Baghdad. But UN efforts to conduct an unmonitored interview with a biologist failed after the official refused to be questioned without an Iraqi official being present.
- Washington Post
For further analisis of the lies and dam lies see: http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article1140.shtml
Outraged, Shocked and Horrified! Bruce