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Top U.S. News: Dubya Dubya Three: Keeping Up With The Fascists

“You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.”

(Jeannette Rankin, US pacifist & politician (1880 – 1973))

11 things the U.S. can learn from the rest of the world (Alternet)

Dubya Dubya Three is going to be hilarious: Bush giggling while threatening WWIII (Huffington Post)

What If We’ve Already Been Rounded Up? The pragmatism of a dystopian present tense (Democratic Underground)

EXCERPT: “Our problem is that we’ve lost our POWER, not our FREEDOM. We can speak all we want. We can speak in “free speech zones.” We can speak if we don’t mind being tasered. We can march in mass demonstrations if we aren’t too afraid of being caught in the middle of a melee. We can post on DU, as long as we don’t mind that the telecomms are keeping track of everything we say. We have freedom of movement as long as we don’t mind cavity searches if we show up on a secret “no-fly” list.  We have freedom-in-quotation-marks in spades.  The problem is we have no power to be heard because our government has no interest in speech that doesn’t come in an envelope with a large donation.”

Bush warns of WWIII (AFP/Yahoo)

WWIII and the Moment of Truth for Democrats (The Hill’s Pundits)

Interview with Military Historian Gabriel Kolko : “Many in the US military think Bush and Cheney are out of control(Der Spiegel, Germany)

Seven countries in five years(Salon)

EXCERPT: “While the Bush White House promotes the possibility of armed conflict with Iran, a tantalizing passage in Wesley Clark’s new memoir suggests that another war is part of a long-planned Department of Defense strategy that anticipated “regime change” by force in no fewer than seven Mideast states. Critics of the war have often voiced suspicions of such imperial schemes, but this is the first time that a high-ranking former military officer has claimed to know that such plans existed.

The existence of that classified memo would certainly cast more dubious light not only on the original decision to invade Iraq because of Saddam Hussein’s weapons and ambitions but on the current efforts to justify and even instigate military action against Iran.”

The U.S. government on Wednesday [10/17/07] rejected a U.N. report that said the use of private security guards like those involved in the shooting deaths of Iraqi civilians amounted to a new form of mercenary activity. (AP/Yahoo)

More than 130 Muslim scholars from around the globe called on Thursday [10/11/07] for peace and understanding between Islam and Christianity, saying “the very survival of the world itself is perhaps at stake.  (Reuters/Yahoo)

EXCERPT: “In an unprecedented letter to Pope Benedict and other Christian leaders, 138 Muslim scholars said finding common ground between the world’s biggest faiths was not simply a matter for polite dialogue between religious leaders.  “If Muslims and Christians are not at peace, the world cannot be at peace. With the terrible weaponry of the modern world; with Muslims and Christians intertwined everywhere as never before, no side can unilaterally win a conflict between more than half of the world’s inhabitants,” the scholars wrote.  “Our common future is at stake. The very survival of the world itself is perhaps at stake,” they wrote, adding that Islam and Christianity already agreed that love of God and neighbor were the two most important commandments of their faiths.”

Law firm with clients in Guantanamo Bay and Afghanistan says federal government is bugging phones and computers (Burlington Free Press, Vermont)

Torture, Paramilitarism, Occupation and Genocide (via MParent)

Nice article laden with facts and statistics

Bug Bombs: Why our next terrorist attack could come on six legs (Boston Globe)

Pentagon orders ‘bunker busters’ for urgent delivery.  Why? (Alternet)

EXCERPT: “Tucked inside the White House’s $196 billion emergency funding request for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is an item that has some people wondering whether the administration is preparing for military action against Iran. The item: $88 million to modify B-2 stealth bombers so they can carry a newly developed 30,000-pound bomb called the massive ordnance penetrator, or, in military-speak, the MOP. The MOP is the the military’s largest conventional bomb, a super “bunker-buster” capable of destroying hardened targets deep underground.

The one-line explanation for the request said it is in response to “an urgent operational need from theater commanders.” What urgent need? The Pentagon referred questions on this to Central Command. ABC News called CENTCOM to ask what the “urgent operational need” is. CENTCOM spokesman Maj. Todd White said he would look into it, but, so far, no answer.”

There’s still only one way to counter nuclear proliferation (Alternet)

“The weapons of [nuclear] war must be abolished, before they abolish us.” – JFK

The man who knew too much (Guardian, UK)

EXCERPT: “He was the CIA’s expert on Pakistan’s nuclear secrets, but Rich Barlow was thrown out and disgraced when he blew the whistle on a US cover-up. Now he’s to have his day in court… He prepared briefs for Dick Cheney, when Cheney was at the Pentagon, for the upper echelons of the CIA and even for the Oval Office. But when he uncovered a political scandal – a conspiracy to enable a rogue nation to get the nuclear bomb – he found himself a marked man.”

War Of Terror will cost over $2.4 TRillion over the next ten years (CNN)

If we let it.

The U.S. uses tyrannical methods including terrorizing prisoners with dogs, holding them in freezing cold cells and depriving them of human contact for months. (Alternet)

EXCERPT: More than 100,000 pages of newly released government documents to demonstrate how US military interrogators “abused, tortured or killed” scores of prisoners rounded up since Sept. 11, 2001, including some who were not even expected of having terrorist ties, according to a just-published book.  In Administration of Torture, two American Civil Liberties Union attorneys detail the findings of a years-long investigation and court battle with the administration that resulted in the release of massive amounts of data on prisoner treatment and the deaths of US-held prisoners.

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