"I don't believe anyone that I know in the administration ever said that Iraq had nuclear weapons."
-- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, at a hearing of the Senate's appropriations subcommittee on defense, May 14
Politics and the English Language
George Orwell 1946
Red Cross denied access to PoWs
Up to 3,000 Iraqis - some of them civilians - believed to be gagged, bound, hooded and beaten at US camps close to Baghdad airport
Homeland Security Buys N.M. Town for Training
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has bought for about $5 million the small New Mexico ghost town of Playas, and plans to transform it into a terrorist response training center, officials said on Friday.
"That fucking Texas geezer"
Buoyed by Resurgence, G.O.P. Strives for an Era of Dominance
Although George W. Bush lost Michigan in 2000 and the state elected a Democratic governor last November, the national and state party officials heaping roast beef and chicken onto their plates at the local fish and game club were buoyantly predicting they would take the state in 2004.
The Senator Votes Nay
A Smarter, More Efficient Defense Plan
Mr. President, we are living in a time when the greatest threat to our national security is the threat of asymmetrical warfare. We learned that on September 11, 2001. We are in no danger of being outmatched militarily by any nation on earth, but as the current orange alert status reminds us, we remain vulnerable to the very real threat of terrorists.
And yet, our Department of Defense is on a track to be the instrument of a doctrine of pre-emptive attacks: ready and willing to invade and take over sovereign states that may not even pose a direct threat to our security. The name "Department of Defense" is increasingly a misnomer for a bureaucracy that is poised to undertake conquest at the drop of a hat.
posted by Cyndy