The BuzzFlash Mailbag
March 12, 2002
Last night (March 11) a specialist from Janes was interviewed by J. Mann on CNN's Insight about the next phase(s) of U.S. military action. The subject of the recently leaked report on policy review which includes altered policy considerations concerning nuclear weapons was raised. According to Janes, unlike previous such policy reviews, including the last one during the Clinton administration, THIS policy review was not debated by Congress. Why? Because Congress was given too few details of the report to PERMIT debate. The adjective used to describe the information provided to Congress was, "thin." If this allegation by Janes is not true, the people's representatives in Congress owe it to the public to refute that misinformation.
If it IS true, Congress owes it to the people to use all the considerable constitutional power they hold to put a stop to the imperialism of the current administration. Already there has been far too much secrecy and lack of oversight on the part of Congress. Republicans and Democrats alike have an absolute obligation to do their jobs. Otherwise, they give aid and comfort to those responsible for September 11. The American people, also, have an absolute obligation to carry out their role. Many evidently feel that they don't want to be "political," especially during a time when we are still grieving from the horrific acts of six months ago. One doesn't have to be "political," though, to be INFORMED. To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson, democracy cannot prevail without an informed citizenry. For the people and the Congress to allow any individual drunk with power to become the first American king because of fear, intimidation, ignorance, apathy, or personal gain is to reject America itself. It's time to get the monkey off the back of America and stand up for truth and democracy.
A Loyal American
I was very pleased when I noticed your link to the Vancouver Sun's article on September 11th conspiracy theories. I originally learned of this story through an activist listserv dedicated to exposing evidence of government complicity in the September 11th attacks. The link to the Vancouver Sun article was accompanied by a link to another page, by an anonymous author referring to himself as "MalcontentX". The page, titled "September 11th: Unanswered Questions," contained a detailed analysis of the September 11th attacks, and of the gaps in our government's "official" story of what occurred and why. The article was very long, and I spent several evenings reading through it. I was incredibly dismayed, however, when the author's webpage completely disappeared several days later. I'm not sure what happened, but it appears that his angelfire account either expired, or was terminated prematurely. Fortunately, I had already saved a copy of the article to my hard disk, and I was able to resurrect it as part of my own personal webpage. It now resides at:
I urge you to have a look at this interesting piece of research. It's much more detailed and comprehensive than the Vancouver Sun article, and the author is pretty good about citing his sources. Perhaps you could provide a link to it in your next set of postings . . . ?
about that statement from the police for a minute. They got a call from
the school district and were told to remove Moore and the audience for
overstaying the time. Last time I checked, you can't get a call from a
"school district." Police, however, can get a call from a "representative"
of a school district. It sounds like a representative of the school district
must have called the police at 11:00 PM or possibly before. And I dare
say that there is a huge possibility that this representative was in attendance,
was a Bush supporter, and didn't like what Moore had to say. And the lilly
liver rep. simply walked into a hallway and dialed up the police on a
cell phone. In the real world, such a representative of a school district
would have quietly reminded Moore of the time and asked him to move along
more quickly, regardless of the reason. It's a common American courtesy.
And I'm certain that if a PTA meeting ran over the same amount of time,
the police would have never been called. It was also encouraging to have
Moore report that he is meeting with standing room only crowds across
the country. That revelation tells me that there are more of us than ever
Regarding Mike Moore's terrific book "Stupid White Men" I have the answer for you all. New Zealand 1893, first country in the world to give WOMEN the vote. 15 years later, first country in the old British Empire to award a bachelors degree to a female University student.
- Prime Minister, a woman
In fact all top jobs within our constitutional framework are held by women. And the Chief Executive of the countries biggest corporation? You guessed it, a woman. Gee, and you Americans think you're progressive.
DM Reid (NZ female)
[BuzzFlash Note: Robin Williams once said (paraphrased), "If women ran the world, would missles be a different shape?"]
Rusty is on to something!
his letter to you, he mentioned the disclaimer at the bottom of the NY
Times bestseller page ("...http://www.nytimes.com/2002/03/17/books/bestseller/17besthardnonfiction.html
Coincidentally, I had just read an article online at The Guardian that PROVES exactly how bogus that list is. This is why I love BuzzFlash. I may have part of the equation, but there is always someone else who helps complete it!
Thanks, Rusty! Thanks, Buzz!
I use a small independent bookseller in Los Alamos, NM to order my books. Always have; I feel that the small booksellers are the ones who come thru, and it's the big chains that give trouble. If we want independence for ourselves, we should work thru independent booksellers.
Anyway, I ordered SWM and Blinded by the Right on Friday, 3/8/02. I got them both today. I told the two people working behind the counter that I always order thru them (sorry, Buzzflash, but in buying books I stay "small" and "homey"). They told me Moore's book might be coming in Friday, to check before I went home, that they had ordered six copies and mine was the 4th that was spoken for. I did not ask about the Brock book.
On MWO last night, there was a discussion of various people who CANNOT get the book thru the Borders and Barnes/Noble in their area. First they drive the independents out, then they "can't get" independent-type books.
Please, if you other buzzers are going to get these books, and choose NOT to order thru Buzzflash, PLEASE go to a local independent bookstore. The book barns are not in the business of selling books to the "likes of us" it seems. We aren't their market. So the hell with them. Get the books from people who RESPECT independent thought.
I haven't begun to read them yet, I just got home from work, thought I'd give you all my $.02 here.
But I am hyped and happy to report that "our" books are selling. And without the "mass" sales of the right-wing books.
Eva A Veverka
Thank you for your article on cruel and pointless animal experiments. I have been writing to talk shows and informing them that the Oregon Primate Center is pumping cigarette smoke into the lungs of dogs and cats. The word must get out that biomedical research is the biggest scam of all time. It is estimated that 85% of all animal research is redundant. Americans are paying untold millions of dollars each year for this redundant research. A lot of people want to be researchers and so the research community keeps doing the same experiments over and over again with slight variations in order to keep the grant money and the donation money coming in so they can live their easy lives.
Thank You, Janelle Kirkpatrick
George W. Bush's stance against terrorism -- and especially his definition of "terrorism" as being anything against his own viewpoint -- has made the world safe for thugs who reign and/or rule around the world. No longer do dictators, of whatever bent, need to placate America by making a modest show of honoring human rights. Those ruling thugs are now free to suppress any group or person the ruler thinks might be a hindrance to his own plots and dreams of ruling without dissent. Everyone in the world is now automatically a "terrorist" if he or she does NOT approve of -- and probably worship -- the ruler of that part of the world. As we've noted before, a "freedom fighter" in one country is a "terrorist" in another country. All "terrorists" are evil and can be treated however the local boss thinks appropriate.
GWBush's government (formerly the government of the United States) continues to hold in jail between 1,000 and 2,000 people whose names we don't know, whose crimes neither we nor "the detained persons" themselves know. Those "detainees" -- known only to John Ashcroft -- are held contrary to American law (it is, however, okay to hold them under the laws of the new United States of Bushland) and are not allowed legal representation. Most of their families do NOT know the "detainees" are being held.
And this is the form of Democracy we are now exporting to all parts of the world. China has been freed, by GWBush's definition of "terrorism," to terrorize Chinese Muslims in the southwestern part of China. Russia is now freed to terrorize the Chechnyans. Uzbekistan no longer needs to feel any guilt about the "terrorists" they have been incarcerating for years. There is no longer any need to please the United States government by respecting human rights. And so it goes.
It is Open Season against dissent all over the world, thanks to George W. Bush.
In his war against terrorism, George W. Bush is making plans for the potential use of nuclear weapons against seven nations - China, Russia, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Libya and Syria.
Did Bush miss class the semester they taught world history at Yale? It is beginning to look like our president may succeed in uniting the whole world -- friend and foe alike -- against us in some thermonuclear blowout. Does he imagine China and Russia will just sit around -- cowering in their corners -- waiting to see what Bush's plans for controlling them are? And that they won't do anything but meekly sit there, waiting to see if he got up on the wrong side of the bed some morning and decided to destroy their crops or their cities or their ports or their factories or their populations?
What a powerful motivation Bush's announcement will be for Russia and China to pursue talks about re-forming their Cold-War "friendship"! It took years of careful and sensitive diplomacy to disengage those two world powers and, thereby, reduce the threat of nuclear annihilation.
The world is not black and white. The world is not neatly divided into "good" guys and "bad guys." Not, at least to any person who learned from history that the world is a complicated place and that things are not always what they seem at first glance. A study of how the world has functioned in the past is always useful to any ruler who seeks to maintain life on this planet, as we have known it.
During World War II, there was a slogan: "Loose lips sink ships." We might alter that slogan now to read: "Knee-jerk responses can lead to nuclear catastrophe."
Congrats on the Palast interview!! Long enough to say something, short enough to make it clear and straight to the point!!
Bush Team Defends U.S. Nuke Plans http://library.northernlight.com/EC20020310110000015.html?cb=0&dx=1006&sc=0#doc
Apparently Powell has been around Bush too long -- he used the word "calculus" instead of "calculations" or some other word!
Here's the Cohen transcript and url:
Our next guest had a breakfast meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
WILLIAM COHEN, FORMER DEFENSE SECRETARY: Good to be here, Lou.
DOBBS: You have just heard Mr. Rahman talk about the importance of a U.S. role. An administration which you served tried to effectively work in that regard, every administration that preceded it, and this one, as well. What do you think of the idea of simply benign neglect, and allow the Israelis and the Palestinians, as put forward by George Friedman here, to simply indulge themselves in their own intractability?
COHEN: I think a policy of benign neglect, under these circumstances, would lead into a steeper descent into the jaws of hell. You would see more Palestinians killing Israelis, Israelis responding. They cannot afford to get into a war of attrition. They will start to escalate the war in terms of trying to kill more numbers of Palestinians.
I don't think the United States or, indeed, the Western world or the United Nations can afford to sit by and watch this kind of descent into this kind of destruction. I agree...
DOBBS: There are those, as you know, Bill, who suggest that there are so many people who have been involved in a "process", peace process for so many years in this region, that they have become absolutely identified with the process and have forgotten the absolute purpose of the process, which is peace.
There seems to be no single springboard event or one element that will bring these two sides together. If you know it, would you share it with us?
COHEN: Well, I don't have any magic solutions to the situation. I do know this, that if the United States is to sit on the sidelines and allow the violence to continue unabated, then we are likely to see a spread of the violence throughout the region. I don't think that's in our interests or in the Palestinian interests or the Israeli interests.
So I believe that the United States has to become actively involved. I support what Secretary Powell has said in terms of our role, that there must be a greater effort made on reducing the violence. But also, I think that the Israelis themselves have to restrain the level of violence that they are also inflicting in return.
This cannot -- this cycle has to be broken, and the new ideas would have to come, and I think I've indicated on this program before, Arafat cannot do this by himself. He will need the support of other Arab countries, principally Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Two initiatives have come forward. Neither one may be despositive, but they may be at least the start of some dialogue, if not negotiations. That would be a start.
DOBBS: In all candor, let me ask you for as much candor as you can possibly muster here. At some point, does this not become, not only a cycle of violence, but one of simple absurdity and a role for the United Nations, absolutely critical and impose on two sides a decision and enforce it?
COHEN: Well, the United Nations has very little power to enforce it other than perhaps economic...
DOBBS: It has the power of whatever its member nations will give it.
COHEN: Well, it has the power of economic blockades or sanctions and so forth. But the United Nations is not sending in a force into the region. That's, I think, quite clear.
I think the United Nations should be actively involved. But I also think the United States, given its special relationship with Israel, also has to be involved in this. And now that you have the Saudis coming forward, the Egyptians also wanting to come forward and play a role, at least may provide a slight window of -- an opening which ought to be at least taken advantage of in my judgment.
DOBBS: OK. Well, Bill Cohen your judgment, as always, very sound indeed, and much appreciated on this broadcast. Thanks for being here.
COHEN: OK. Thanks, Lou.
DOBBS: Bill Cohen.
Still ahead, CNN military analyst General David Grange on the latest developments from Afghanistan.
For the complete transcript:
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