a scratch pad of fleeting thoughts and links for future reference potential
A Clash between Justice and Greed: http://www.twf.org/News/Y2002/0903-Greed.html
" The U.S. stands virtually alone against the world in efforts to build a safer, better world."
link contains a list of US isolationist policies under rule of Junior.

GloboCop ... Reaping the World's Disfavor

Corporate Crime


Defense Contractors: http://www.corporations-suck.com/reports/DefenseContractors.shtml

Rebuilding Iraq: http://cryptome.org/iraq-booty.htm

The Militarization of America

As the oil (fossil fuel) supply runs dry, should we let private industry manage the water supply?
-- http://www.prwatch.org/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=1201
The World Atlas of Biodiversity, from the UN.
Project Censored: undercovered news.
Federal snooping of Internet
"From his very first speeches following the horrifying events of September 11, President Bush has maintained that the terrorists attacked us because they hate our freedoms. Hence the war on terrorism's official title--"Operation Enduring Freedom." But one year later, it appears that the greatest threat to our freedoms is posed not by the terrorists themselves but by our own government's response."
I reckon that the top sekrit new intelligence which Dubya references must be some uncovered documents detailing what evils the US [military-industrial complex] formerly provided to Iraq during the 1980s.
Alas .... it seems so
"The Homeland and Lilly Protection Act"
"The ability," Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, told me "of a special interest group to secretly insert provisions into law for its own narrow benefit and to the detriment of the public interest raises fundamental questions about the integrity of our government."
-- http://www.tompaine.com/feature.cfm/ID/6844
terror (an emotion); terrorism (a methodology); terrorists (individuals who employ the methodology to induce the emotion). --http://www.tompaine.com/feature.cfm/ID/7059

Justice Gone: http://www.thenation.com/failsafe/index.mhtml?bid=2&pid=273
" Conversely, as a consequence of the war on terror and the aftermath of 9/11, if the Muslim world shows signs of changing for the better, the U.S. is changing for the worse. Curbing liberties and fundamental rights of illegally detained Muslim Americans, choking off free media access and censoring news, institutionalising falsehood to promote political and military goals, vilifying Muslims and Islam, bypassing the UN and reverting to the "might is right" maxim are disturbing signs that would put the United States increasingly on a collision course with the world of Islam."
-- 20 Aug'03, Mushahid Hussain, former Minister of Information and current member of Pakistan's Upper House, the Senate.
-- http://www.gulfnews.com/Articles/opinion.asp?ArticleID=95608
6 Jan.'03 Nice description of North Korea situation: http://www.newyorker.com/talk/content/?030113ta_talk_hertzberg
and if it's still here: http://mahabarbara.tripod.com/
and The Monterey Institute of International Studies: http://cns.miis.edu/index.htm
after Dec'02 election in S.Korea: http://www.fpif.org/commentary/2003/0301korea.html
reported 3 Apr'02: Junior gives $95mil, waives inspections: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/1908571.stm
World Bank and IMF:
http://www.gregpalast.com/detail.cfm?artid=7&row=1 and/is http://www.guardian.co.uk/Columnists/Column/0,5673,380697,00.html
http://www.gregpalast.com/detail.cfm?artid=34&row=1 and/is http://www.mediachannel.org/views/oped/palast.shtml
CorpWatch.org on Globalization ...and... World Bank/IMF

"Basically, large companies have the habit to go into developing countries, find decision-makers there and bribe them to influence their investment policy." -- Peter Eigen, the chairman of non-profit Transparency International
Reference Links on Depleted Uranium in ammunition and armor:
PR Watch Forum A journalist's perspective: http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=14671
Madeleine Albright A page entitled MA, ethically challenged

A timeline of Iraq Sanctions: Autopsy of a Disaster: The U.S. Sanctions Policy on Iraq

The role of Think Tanks in U.S. Foreign Policy:

Groups Promoting Oppression or Right-Wing Agendas

Reincorporating Offshore to avoid US taxes; "tax motivated expatriation":
-- http://www.salon.com/news/col/huff/2002/12/03/tax_dodgers/index.html
-- http://www.ourfuture.org/readarticle.asp?ID=1385
-- http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=8783
-- http://www.corporatetraitors.com/
-- http://www.tompaine.com/feature.cfm/ID/6827
-- http://www.disinfopedia.org/wiki.phtml?title=Corporate_inversion
"Has Capitalism Failed?" http://www.house.gov/paul/congrec/congrec2002/cr070902.htm

Minnesota Initiative; Code for Corporate Responsibility: http://c4cr.org/

Costs are Socialized; Benefits are Privatised
"The costs of empire are borne by society as a whole, while the benefits of empire are enjoyed by the influential few. Therefore, in general, for those who make policy - who share interests and viewpoints with those who hold domestic power - it is entirely rational to use the resources of society to secure the interests of the wealthy and powerful, even if expenditure far exceeds projected returns. Costs are socialised, benefits are privatised. That is the reality of our free market economy."
-- http://www.corporatewatch.org.uk/newsletter/issue11/isue11_part3.htm

Taxpayers Bilked, Insiders Enriched; Table showing some of the connections between administration officials and these military contractors: http://www.peace-action.org/enroninspace/bilked.html

"...an average of more than $10 million per day of American tax dollars going to Israel..."
-- http://www.commondreams.org/views02/1223-03.htm
" too many of us are passively watching the Bush administration follow Israel's right-wing leadership into an era of never-ending warfare, perpetual budget deficits and complicit support for ethnic cleansing."
Israeli Loyalists in Junior's Circle: -- http://www.counterpunch.org/christison1213.html
Letters Against Explusion of Palestinians: http://www.professorsofconscience.org/

Microsoft "kneecapping" http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/28448.html
"Following criticisms of Shell Oil's complicity in the Nigerian government's murder of playwright and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, Shell has adopted "a more thoughtful approach to maintaining its reputation," according to Inside PR, a PR trade publication." -- http://www.prwatch.org/prwissues/1996Q2/shell.html

"In poor countries blessed with oil, revenue from oil has a way of making most people poorer. The pattern is so pervasive and has been going on for so long that it has a catchy slogan: the paradox of plenty." -- http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/15/magazine/15FORC.html

"While multinational oil and mining companies pay billions to assorted Third World generals and presidents-for-life, the money rarely buys schools or hospitals or highways. Instead, it is siphoned off to corrupt politicians' private, off-shore accounts. By some estimates, the late Nigerian strongman Sani Abacha, who died in 1998, stole $3 billion during his five years in power. And Nigeria remains impoverished despite its petroleum reserves." -- http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/news/opinion/4819050.htm

School of the Americas

How Hydrogen can Save America

Slashdot Discussion
Media Integrity http://www.tompaine.com/feature.cfm/ID/7350
1998 view of "War on Terrorism": http://www.fas.org/irp/news/1998/10/98100502_nlt.html
" ... to diminish the manifestations of social injustice which give rise to extremism ... "
The legislative history of the US "PATRIOT Act": http://www.cdt.org/security/usapatriot/history.shtml

"Not since Richard Nixon and Watergate 30 years ago has anyone tried to use law enforcement agencies of the federal government for domestic political purposes." --Republicans enlisted Department of Homeland Security in Texas political fight 17 May 2003

The disputed "no-fly" operations over Iraq prior to the 2003 invasion were used for aggressive military purposes, contrary to ANY claims of legitimacy for the operations. Disclosed by NY Times 20 July 2003
"Curbing the privatization of our foreign policy would be good for our democracy, good for America's global reputation and good for the employees of companies like Vinnell, who have all too often been put in harm's way."
From the LA Times Bombings Bring U.S. 'Executive Mercenaries' Into the Light ;The shrouded history of Vinnell Corp. raises questions about its role in privatization of U.S. foreign policy/ By William D. Hartung; May 16, 2003

Health Care

America's Uninsured: A Closer Look, is the first-ever economic analysis of the costs of uninsurance for society overall.
No one in the class has ever heard of 11 September 1973, the CIA-sponsored coup which terminated Chile's mature democracy. There is complete shock when I supply US de-classified documents proving US collusion with the generals' coup and the assassination of elected president, Salvador Allende.
-- http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4428.htm

or the 1953 coup in Iran.
-- http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4540.htm
"History informs us that the political infrastructure necessary to support a democratic system of representative government requires a constitution that: limits the power of government to interfere in people's lives; establishes the primacy of the rule of law; settles conflict through an impartial judicial system; maintains public order through an untainted police force; mandates regular elections; and guarantees freedom of speech and association."
Patrick Basham; Cato Institute; 6 May 2003; http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20030505-045347-2756r

"The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its soverieign control over its government."
-- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

"Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives. A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy or perhaps both."
-- James Madison

"To the ordinary guy, all this [the revelations about what leaders do behind the scenes] is a bunch of gobbleedygook. But out of the gobbledygook, comes a very clear thing: [unclear] you cant trust the government; you cant believe what they say; and you cant rely on their judgment; and the  the implicit infallibility of presidents, which has been an accepted thing in America, is badly hurt by this, because it shows that people do things the President wants to do even though its wrong, and the President can be wrong."
-- H.R. Haldeman to Pres. Nixon 14 June 1971 [Pentagon Papers]

"Patriotism means being loyal to your country all the time and to its government when it deserves it."
- Mark Twain

"It is only when scandals like Iraqgate occur that windows open onto the normally tightly held decision-making process of contemporary government. The congressional and media investigations that took place beginning in 1990 were largely responsible for forcing the executive branch to release voluminous material that otherwise would not have been made public for many years, if at all. One of the few positive consequences of the Iraqgate affair, therefore, is that scholars, journalists, and the American public now have access to a newly available portion of the historical record that will provide useful insights into how our government works, and in a time-frame close enough to the present to maximize the lessons to be learned when that government falls short of expectations." --http://nsarchive.chadwyck.com/igintro.htm

"Why of course the people don't want war ... But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship ... Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger."
-Hermann Goering, Nazi leader, at the Nuremberg Trials after World War II

"An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind"
- Mahatma Gandhi

"Non-violence is a more active and real fight against wickedness than retaliation whose very nature is to increase wickedness. It is not a weapon of the weak. It is a weapon of the strongest and bravest."
- Mahatma Gandhi

"Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount."
- US Gen. Omar Bradley Nov. 11, 1948

"Peace is the ultimate security, greater than that provided by any government or any armed entity. We spend so much money on our armed forces and weapons. If half of those resources could be devoted to resolving conflicts peacefully, then we might see some good out of the horrific act we recently have experienced."
-Satish Kumar, a follower of Mahatma Gandhi who walked around much of the world in the 1960s on a pilgrimage for nuclear disarmament

"An elective despotism is not the government we fought for." - Thomas Jefferson

"Those who are willing to sacrifice their basic liberties to assure their security deserve neither." --Benjamin Franklin

"If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin." -- Samuel Adams

"Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair." -- George Washington, at the Constitutional Convention http://usinfo.state.gov/journals/itdhr/0297/ijde/krimsky.htm