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Friday, September 08, 2006

Iraq: NUMBER OF GIs IN IRAQ HITS HIGH FOR '06

Washington---The number of U.S. troops in Iraq rose to 145,000 this week, the highest since December and 15,000 more than a month ago.

***Then he'll start pulling out the troops in October, to make it appear that he is reducing the number of troops in Iraq. It's a Republican strategy for the elections. The Repubs what to make it look like things are getting better in Iraq!

Chicago Sun-Times
By: Pauline Jelinek
September 8, 2006

Defense Dept. spokesman Lt. Col. Todd Vician said Thursday the increase is temporary, and that it owes to a routine rotation of forces---that is, a bump in the numbers. Such a shift lasts for a matter of weeks, he said, as replacement troops arrive and overlaps with troops ending their tours and preparing to leave.

The number stood at about 130,000 in the final days of July, when Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld temporarily extended the tours of some 3,500 Americans in an effort to stem escalating sectarian violence in the capital city of Baghdad.

***Which isn't working!


HANDOVER CEREMONY

Amid declining American public support for the war and growing calls from Congress for a phase troop withdrawal, Rumsfeld and Army Gen. George Casey, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, have repeatedly said that reduction in troops there depends on training Iraqi forces to take control of their country's security as well as political progress toward a stable, functioning government.

U.S.-led forces formally turned over control of Iraq's military command to the Shiite-led government Thursday.

***That's a joke! If you'll think back with me here, I'll explain! In 2005, Army Gen. George Casey said that the Iraqi forces had 3 divisions. (that could have even been in 2004). At the beginning of 2006, the same Genl. went to Capitol Hill and testified that the Iraqi forces had only 1 division! He was questioned why the last time he was there, he told them there were 3, now it's down to 1, what happened? He claims they either quit or went bad. So now, we're back to 1. What the hell kind of progress is that? Evidently, they probably aren't ready either, but they needed to be handed over because it's ANOTHER REPUBLICAN STRATEGY FOR THE MID-TERM ELECTIONS! MAN, THESE REPUBS ARE SOOOO PREDICTABLE!

But the ceremony in the heavily fortfied Green Zone only transferred authority for one of Iraq's ten divisions and its small air force and navy, and it remained unclear how quickly Iraqi forces would be prepared to take over security.

***Maybe they'll be able to hand over another division in about 2 years! This strategy is a joke! I hope you people are waking up out there! YOU DESERVE BETTER THAN A BUNCH OF LIARS!!!! AT LEAST CHANGE THE FACES OF THIS GROUP, WILL YA!

REPORT: NO PREWAR SADDAM-AL-QAIDA TIE



Here's your Friday Dump Story. They put it out there on Friday's in hope that you will forget about it by Monday!


There's no evidence Saddam Hussein had a relationship with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and his Al-Qaida associates, according to a Senate report on prewar intelligence on Iraq. Democrats said the report undercuts President Bush's justification for going to war.

***So you need to remember this when the Bush Administration/Israel come up with their "October Surprises." (You can read that right here on this blog. It was put in today and it's called "WILL BUSH 'OCTOBER SURPRISE' SCAM TRIGGER WORLD WAR III?"

Yahoo News
By: Jim Abrams (AP)
September 8, 2006

The declassified document being released Friday by the Senate Intelligence Committee also explores the role that inaccurate information supplied by the anti-Saddam exile group the Iraqi National Congress had in the march to war.

It discloses for the first time an October 2005 CIA assessment that prior to the war Saddam's government "did not have a relationship, harbor, or turn a blind eye toward Zarqawi and his associates."

***This makes me believe that the "October Surprises" from the Repubs will happen because they are just that desperate and they have to save face, since even after Oct. 2005, the Bush Administration continued to lie to the American people!

Bush and other administration officials have said that the presence of Zarqawi in Iraq before the war was evidence of a connection between Saddam's government and al-Qaida. Zarqawi was killed by a U.S. airstrike in June this year.

The long-awaited report, said Sen. Carl Levin (D-MICH), a member of the committee, is "a devastating indictment of the Bush-Cheney administration's unrelenting, misleading and deceptive attempts" to link Saddam to al-Qaida.

The report, 2 years in the making, comes out amid a series of Bush speeches stressing that pursuing the military effort in Iraq is crucial to winning the war on terrorism, and 2 months before that policy will be tested in midterm elections.

The report deals with 2 aspects of prewar intelligence---the role of the Iraqi National Congress and its exile leader Ahmed Chalabi and a comparison of prewar intelligence assessments and postwar findings on WMD's and Saddam's link to terrorist groups.

Politics: POLLSTER PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUD



The owner of DataUSA Inc., a company that conducted political polls for the campaigns of President Bush, Sen. Joe Lieberman and other candidates, pleaded guilty to fraud for making up survey and poll results.

Breitbart
September 7, 2006

Tracy Costin pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Costin, 46, faces a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 when she is sentenced November 30.

As part of her plea agreement, Costin agreed to repay $82,732 to the unidentified clients for 11 jobs between June 2002 and May 2004. DataUSA is now known as Viewpoint USA.

According to a federal indictment, Costin told employees to alter poll data, and managers at the company told employees to "talk to cats and dogs" when instructing them to fabricate the surveys.

FBI Special Agent Jeff Rovelli said 50% of information compiled by DataUSA and transmitted to Bush's campaign was falsified, the Connecticut Post reported Thursday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward Chang said on several occasions when the company was running against a deadline to complete a job, results were falsified. Sometimes, the responder's gender or political affiliation were changed to meet a quota, other times all survey answers were fabricated.

***Very typical of the Repubs! Why do they have to go to these lengths in order to win an election?

WILL BUSH 'OCTOBER SURPRISE' SCAM TRIGGER WORLD WAR III?


This article appears in the August 11, 2006 issue of Executive Intelligence Review.

WILL BUSH 'OCTOBER SURPRISE' SCAM TRIGGER WORLD WAR III?

By: Jeffrey Steinberg


On January 11, 2006, keynoting an international webcast in Washington, D.C., Lyndon LaRouche issued a pointed warning about the danger of a new Mideast war. In his remarks, LaRouche spoke of a possible "fake weapons of mass destruction," hoax, orchestrated by Vice President Dick Cheney and former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. LaRouche warned:

"We also have a situation in Israel, which is extremely tricky and dangerous, and it involves Bush, but most specifically Cheney, Vice President Cheney. As you know, Ariel Sharon is very seriously ill, is crippled, and will probably never again participate in a government in Israel. Whether he will live or not, is also in question, given his condition. Or whether he's able to function at all, if he lives, is in question.

"The threat is, that a Benjamin Netanyahu, who is one of the ugliest characters on the Israeli scene, of any significance, is in discussion with the circles of Vice President Cheney. And Vice President Cheney would like to have an attack on Syria, by Netanyahu. And if the Israeli forces in this strike attack into Syria, were to occupy some territory, they would haul some evidence from the desert where the Israelis are holding it, which they created for this purpose, to try to "prove" that Saddam Hussein had had weapons of mass destruction.. but moved them into Syria. But this "evidence" would be moved into Syria by the Israelis from the Israeli desert, where it's being housed in preperation for this operation.

"That's what's going on."

***I would suggest that anyone reading this story, would tell other people about it or copy is and distribute it so that you are not fooled into voting for the Repubs in '06. They have nothing else to run on, so they are going to have to do something to win over the people for what is happening in Iraq. All in all, it really doesn't make a difference, since the Repubs can't get a handle on Iraq and is losing Afghanastan anyway. But this, is ridiculous and yes, I can see them doing this. Better yet, maybe you should write to your representatives or the White House itself and let them know that you are aware of this. If you have 10-year-olds at home, I would start worrying! They can't recruit anymore so their next bet is the DRAFT! Read on for the consequences this could have!

"We could have the entire region of Southeast Asia, blow up. And a lot more soldiers being killed suddenly, because of this complication---[more] U.S. soldiers---than there have been so far.

This is a grim situation, in which virtual treason by the Vice President of the United States, who is a known liar, threatens civilization, and our civilization here in particular."


OUR DECISION TO PUBLISH

Now, in recent weeks, EIR specialists have received a series of new reports from qualified U.S. and Israeli sources, suggesting that a desperate Cheney-Bush White House is pushing a number of "October Surprise" schemes, all aimed at salvaging the November 2006 midterm U.S. House and Senate elections for the Republican Party---regardless of the fact that any one of these reckless schemes could trigger a plabetary plunge into war.

The information arriving at the doorstep of EIR came from distinct and unconnected intelligence circles, with proven, albeit not always perfect track-records of accuracy. Those reports, in turn, have been cross-checked with experts from a number of countries and agencies, who have, in some cases, added their own assessments or details. Given this pattern of warnings, the editors of EIR concluded that it was necessary to publish this report, with the appropriate caveats stated upfront.

As events careen further and further out of control in the extended Southwest and Central Asia region, particularly in Iraq and Afghanastan, and as the world moves ever closer to a chain-reaction financial catastrophe, the level of desperation in and around 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will reach earthquake proportions. As one senior intelligence officer commented on the "October Surprise" prospects, "It is totally within the realm of probability that sometime before the November elections, the White House, with Bush, Cheney and Rove, will attempt some kind of desperate stunt like a fake WMD incident. Wasn't the Iraq war itself the result of just such a WMD hoax?"

An Israeli source with close ties to the Kadima Party of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert subsequently warned that the scheme that LaRouche warned of in his Jan. 11 webcast, may be a live feature of Israel's ongoing version of Lebanon, despite the fact that saner elements within the Israeli military reportedly consider such a planting of fake WMD evidence on Syrian territory by Israeli forces to be "not credible," and to carry the risk of highly damaging political "blowback," were Israel to be implicated in such a fradulent scheme.

***What else is he supposed to say? He has close ties to the Kadima Party!


STRANGE ENCOUNTER IN THE ROCKIES

The suspicion that the "October Surprise" scheme is live has been further tweaked by the fact that Vice President Cheney and ex-Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu held a now-famous weekend meeting in mid-June, at the Beaver Creek, Colorado conference of the American Enterprise Institute. Netanyahu widely advertised that he delivered messages from Cheney back to the government of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, in a session of "ex-prime ministers" that he attended immediately on his return to Israel. Weeks later, Israeli fighter jets were carpet-bombing Lebanon, in preperation for a full-scale Israeli Defense Force invasion, that has already struck into the Bekka Valley area of Lebanon near the Syrain border.

Regional sources warn that, while it may be the case that neither Israel not the U.S. government intend to see the Lebanon war extend across the border into Syria, the longer the Israeli military action inside Lebanon goes on, the greater the likelihood that Israeli forces will extend the operations into Syrian territory. Were Syria to be drawn into the war by such Israeli actions, it is uncertain how long Iran would remain on the sidelines. Then, a general Mideast war would be unstoppable.

A recent report by Deutsche Bank warned that any Middle East conflict that extended to Syria and Iran would almost certainly lead to the shutting off of the Straits of Hormuz, the main route of oil tankers from the Persian Gulf. And this would trigger $200-a-barrel oil.


OTHER 'OCTOBER SURPRISES'

One very reliable U.S. intelligence source warned in recent weeks that another "October Surprise" scheme is also pursued by the Cheney circles. This scheme involves Iranian arms dealer and notorious Iran-Contra fabricator Manucher Ghorbabifar. According to the source, during the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-1988, Iran briefly occupied an Iraqi island, and confiscated Iraqi chemical weapons, which they were able to reverse engineer. Now, Ghorbanifar is reportedly attempting to obtain several of those "Iraqi" chemical weapons cannisters, to deliver to U.S. Special Forces units inside Iraq, who would plant them inside the country, and "discover" the Iraqi WMD at an appropriate moment, just before the November elections in the U.S. Ghorbanifar is reportedly scheming to get $25M for delivering what will be labeled relativelt new "Iraqi chemical weapons."

***You people must get this out to others before it happens!

Yet another scheme to bail out the Republicans in November has been reported from an American intelligence specialist with close ties in Pakistan. The source stated that the U.S. has now all but given up on the Hamid Karzai government in Kabul, Afghanastan, which is facing a mounting insurgency from the Taliban, who have now struck deals with some of the country's leading drug lords (Afghanastan is producing an estimated 90% of the world's opium). According to the source, while working throught the Pakistani ISI, the Bush Administration is signaling a willingness to allow the Taliban to come back into power---in return for the elimination of Osama bin Laden and the number two Al Qaeda leader Ayman Zawaheri.

European and Arab diplomatic sources contacted through EIR's Western European offices, expressed their own belief that the Bush White House, particularly Cheney and Rove, could be counted on to attempt a desperate "October Surprise" operation. One German Middle East expert also cautioned against taking too narrow a view of the potential targets. He warned that events inside Ibero-America offered another target of opportunity for such mayhem, particularly given the instability in Cuba that could result from Fidel Castro's death, and ongoing plans to blow up the situation inside Venezuela, where Hugo Chavez is the man the Bush Administration loves to hate.

Ironically, the danger of a major asymmetric warfare attack inside the United States is also growing by leaps and bounds---not because of some White House wet dreams about a "new 9-11" to rouse the American people behind George W. Bush---but because of the rapidly accelerating hatred of the United States throughout the world, particularly the Muslim world, as the result of the perception that Washington is steering Tal Aviv's murderous "shock and awe" assault on sovereign Lebanon.





VA Issues: EVANS (D-IL) URGES "BLUE WATER" VETERANS AND SURVIVORS TO FILE CLAIMS



EVANS URGES "BLUE WATER" VETERANS AND SURVIVORS TO FILE CLAIMS WITH VA FOR DISABILITIES ASSOCIATED WITH AGENT ORANGE

Washington, D.C.---Rep. Lane Evans (D-IL), ranking Democratic member of the House Veterans' Affaits Committee and senior Member of the House Armed Services Committee, urges veterans and their survivors who have been exposed to Agent Orange in the territorial waters of Vietnam to file claims for disability compensation with the Dept of VA in light of a recent decision of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. VA has 60 days to decide whether or not to appeal the decision.

In Haas v. Nicholson, the Court held that veterans who served in the waters offshore of Vietnam and who contracted a disease related to exposure to Agent Orange type herbicides did not have to prove that they stepped on the land of Vietnam in order to qualify for compensation.

"I want to make veterans and military families aware of their potential eligibility for service-connected compensation as the result of this court decision. It is important for veterans and survivors to apply for benefits now, so that their eligibility can be evaluated under the court ruling," said Evans. "Under earlier VA Agent Orange regulations, which were later invalidated, some veterans lost benefits because they never applied for them. I do not want to see that happen again," continued Evans.

Evans recommends that veterans who received the Vietnam Service Medal or who served in the territorial waters off Vietnam file a claim for service-connection of disabilities that have been associated with exposure to Agent Orange. Examples of these disabilities include: Chloracne, Type 2 Diabetes, Hodgkin's Disease, Chronic lymphocytic leukemia, Multiple myeloma, Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Porphyria cutanea tarda, Prostate cancer, Respiratory cancers and Soft tissue sarcomas. Survivors of veterans who died from such disabilites may be eligible for VA-provided Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, as well.

"I hope this information will be useful to veterans and their survivors. I also encourage the VA to work with veterans seeking assistance in filing service-connection claims for benefits," added Evans. Additional information concerning the case may be found on the Web site of the National Veterans Legal Services Program.

From the Office of Lane Evans (D-IL)
September 6, 2006

Illinois Politics: FORMER GOVERNOR RYAN (R) GETS 6-1/2 YEARS



***Good news is always better late then never!

Former Gov. George Ryan, (another Republican), was sentenced to 6-1/2 years in prison on Wednesday, September 6, 2006, for his historic conviction on racketeering conspiracy, mail fraud, obstruction and other charges.

Following a 5-1/2 month trial, a federal jury convicted Ryan in April of steering state business to cronies in return for gifts, gutting corruption-fighting efforts to protect political fundraising and misusing state resources for political gain.

He was the third governor in Illinois history to be convicted of wrongdoing.

Lawyers for Ryan have vowed to appeal his conviction, focusing on U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer's decision to oust 2 jurors eight days into deliberations for concealing arrest records during jury selection months earlier. She added 2 alternates and ordered deliberations restarted.

Ryan facd up to 10 years in prison under advisory federal sentencing guidelines.

Prosecutors argued that Ryan deserved a longer sentence than Scott Fawell, Ryan's former top aide who is serving 6-1/2 years in prison.

But Ryan's attorneys argued that the 72-year-old former governor likely would die in prison if he received that long of a sentence. They sought a 2-1/2 year prison term, citing his good works and family health issues.

Ryan was convicted April 18 along with businessman-lobbyist Larry Warner of racketeering conspiracy, mail fraud and other charges.

***This man deserves everything that he gets. It seems that when someone gets into politics, they think they have the power to reign over the people and can rule them like a king. The power gets to their heads so they start breaking the laws. Someday, hopefully the Bush Administration will have to pay for their part in breaking the laws. Topinka, who is running for Governer of Illinois was invloved in a lot of corruption. If she gets into office, she will do the same thing a Ryan, since she condoned everything that he had done. People know a lot more about her that she thinks.

Chicago Tribune
By: Matt O'Connor
September 6, 2006