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Companies and organizations that SELL child id cards

Now this really pisses me off. To have a missing child is a nightmare that I can only imagine. No one but a parent who has been through that can possibly know how it feels.

We hear in the news all the time about children being abducted and murdered and about how we are supposed to prevent this or be prepared for the time when our child might be missing.

Because of this, many companies and organizations began making child id cards. They sell them to parents for a profit. They wish to capitalize or profit due to the fear parents have about their child and the chance they may be abducted or lost. They claim that they are doing it for purely humanitarian reasons while making large dollars on the id cards.

Organizations that actually search for missing children know that the id cards are practically worthless. The picture is too small to use to make flyers of the child. You just cannot blow up a laminated tiny photo into a clear large photo that is needed for the flyers.

They also know, no child has ever been found due to having a thumbprint or even a whole set of prints on the back of the card. The fingerprints, dna, dental records, etc. are used to identify DEAD CHILDREN.

These id cards do absolutely nothing to help find live children. The information the police need right away if your child is missing include but are not limited to; Current names, addresses, and phone numbers of relatives and friends of both the family and the child. The name, address, phone number of the child's school and the hours attended. Favorite places near the home where your child likes to hang out, play around, or hide in. Any distinguishing marks such as moles, tattoos, and piercings. Any medical condition they should be aware of. And last but certainly not least, SEVERAL CURRENT PHOTOS OF YOUR CHILD, NOT JUST ONE.

Those are things the police need to help find your child quickly and safely. There are more things that can be included in a child id kit, but those are a few of the important ones. Take it from me. I am President of the Kidsearch Network and we have been on more than 100 searches right alongside police when children were missing or abducted. We have been there when children were found to have been murdered. We have been there when the child was never found.

We have also fortunately been there when more than 70 of these children have been recovered safe and sound. 22 of those were found by our Immediate Response Search Team. So we know what information is needed to help find your child. These companies and organizations that sell child id cards have never been on a search and don't care if you have the right information as long as you buy what they are selling.

The next time someone tries to sell you a child id card, ask them when was the last time they were out searching for a missing child where the id card helped find them. If they say it has, they are lying. Tell them I said so and have them contact through

The child id kits must also be given away for free to be effective. Here is why. Parents who are willing to spend money on their child's safety are also usually parents that pay a lot of attention to their children, therefore these children are less likely to be abducted. Those parents who won't spend a dime on their child's safety probably show less concern for their whereabouts as well, therefore their children are more likely to be abducted. Some parents simply cannot afford it and DO care, yet another reason why they should be free. Almost EVERY parent will do it if it is free.

Again, those that charge for them are IN IT FOR THE MONEY! And that just pisses me off!

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Israeli-Palestinian Conflict timeline, continued . . .

1949 - Despite the end of the First Arab-Israeli War, Israel's existence remains tenuous. Thousands of Arab infiltrators penetrate Israeli borders. Early incursions come mostly from Arab refugees seeking to reclaim houses, possessions, or crops lost in the war. Soon, however, incursions by Arab guerrillas begin. Border raids, including attacks on civilians, pick up where the war left off.

1953 - Israel establishes a special commando unit, led by Ariel Sharon, to carry out retaliatory strikes and deter attacks. In response to an Arab grenade attack killing a mother and two children, Sharon's unit kills dozens of villagers in the West Bank town of Qibya. The incident triggers a wave of international condemnation, with the United States suspending economic aid. Israel directs future reprisals at Arab military targets, rather than civilians.

1956 - Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalizes the Suez Canal, formerly controlled by Britain and France. Israel, under a secret agreement with Britain and France, invades the Sinai Peninsula. The Sinai-Suez War begins. In days, Israeli forces conquer the Sinai Peninsula and Gaza Strip. British and French troops enter the region, ostensibly to protect the canal but really to reassert their countries' canal interests. Pressure from the United States compels Britain, France, and Israel to withdraw. The United Nations stations troops on the Israel-Egypt border, providing a buffer between Arab and Israeli forces.

1964 - The Arab states, along with Palestinian Arabs, create the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). The PLO charter asserts that the establishment of Israel was "illegal and false," that international support for a Jewish national home was a "fraud," and that Jews' historical ties to the region cannot be "the true basis of sound statehood." The charter urges other countries "to consider Zionism an illegal movement and to outlaw its presence and activities."

1965 - A Palestinian guerrilla group led by Yasser Arafat, called Fatah (Arabic for "victory"), begins attacks on Israel. Syrian authorities hang an Israeli spy in front of a crowd in Damascus, broadcasting the execution live on state TV and leaving the body on display.

1966 - A new regime in Syria encourages Palestinian guerrilla attacks on Israel, calling for a "war of liberation." Fatah, in particular, answers the call. Border skirmishes between Israeli and Syrian forces increase.

1967 - Israeli warplanes down six Syrian MiGs. Syria appeals to Egypt for aid. Egypt orders U.N. troops out of the Sinai Peninsula, inserts its forces, and blockades the Israeli port of Elat. Israel responds by destroying nearly the entire Egyptian air force on the ground in a surprise air attack. The Six-Day War begins. In just a few days, Israel routs the armies of Egypt, Syria, and Jordan and conquers the West Bank (including the eastern part of Jerusalem), Golan Heights, Gaza Strip, and Sinai Peninsula. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinian Arabs flee. Israel annexes eastern Jerusalem and sets up a military government to administer the occupied territories. The U.N. Security Council passes Resolution 242, calling for an Israeli withdrawal and for an "acknowledgment of the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and political independence of every state in the area."

1968 - Israel's wartime success sparks the settler
movement, which argues that Israel has rightfully reclaimed the biblical lands of Judea and Samaria. Jewish settlers occupy a hotel on the outskirts of Hebron, raise an Israeli flag, and refuse to leave. The Israeli government allows the settlers to move into the town's police fort. A few months later, it consents to the start of a Jewish neighborhood around Hebron. The PLO, increasingly controlled by groups such as Fatah rather than by Arab states, revises its charter. It now calls explicitly for the "liquidation of the Zionist presence" through "commando action."

1969 - Fatah leader Yasser Arafat becomes PLO chairman. Guerrilla attacks against Israel surge. Egypt begins the "War of Attrition," bombarding Israeli positions in the Sinai with artillery fire. Israel responds with air strikes. Attacks and counterattacks continue until 1970.

1971 - PLO operatives hijack three western planes and force them to fly to Jordan, where the PLO leadership resides. Responding to western outrage and PLO challenges to Jordan's sovereignty, Jordan's King Hussein orders his army to destroy the PLO. Its leadership flees to Lebanon.

1972 - PLO operatives murder 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics. Israeli agents begin a long-term campaign to track down and assassinate the operation's planners.

1973 - Egypt and Syria launch a surprise attack on Israel on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish year. The Yom Kippur (or Ramadan) War begins. Caught off guard, Israeli forces in the Sinai Peninsula and Golan Heights fall back. After several weeks of fighting, and a crucial arms shipment from the United States, Israel fends off the attacks and reclaims nearly all held territory. Oil-producing Arab states begin an oil embargo against Israel's supporters, creating an energy crisis in the West.

1977 - For the first time since Israel's start, Israeli voters turn to a party other than the leftist Labor Party to lead the government, bringing the right-wing Likud Party to power. Likud leader Menachem Begin inaugurates a program, under Ariel Sharon, to promote Jewish settlements in the West Bank, which Begin regards as part of "Greater Israel." Begin takes a different tack on the Sinai Peninsula. Egypt and Israel begin secret peace negotiations. Shocking the world, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat flies to Jerusalem to address the Israeli Knesset (Israel's parliament).

1978 - Egypt and Israel negotiate the first Arab-Israeli peace accord at Camp David in the United States, with U.S. President Jimmy Carter mediating. As part of the final agreement, signed the following year, Israel agrees to return the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt within three years. The United States agrees to provide both nations with billions of dollars in economic aid.

1981 - Israeli warplanes destroy a nuclear reactor in Iraq, fearing that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein will use it to develop nuclear weapons. Radical Islamists assassinate Egyptian President Sadat for concluding the Egyptian-Israeli peace. Israel formally annexes the Golan Heights.

1982 - Israel invades Lebanon to root out the PLO, which had been conducting rocket and artillery strikes on Israel in addition to guerrilla attacks. The Lebanon War begins. Directed by Defense Minister Ariel Sharon, Israeli forces advance all the way to Beirut. Israeli planes, tanks, and artillery bombard PLO strongholds in Beirut for two months until PLO leaders agree to leave for Tunisia. Israeli forces allow Lebanese Christians allied with Israel into Palestinian refugee camps to search for remaining PLO militants. They kill hundreds of Palestinian civilians. An Israeli judicial inquiry condemns Sharon for allowing the Lebanese Christians into the camps despite indications a massacre might occur.

1985 - Israeli forces withdraw from most of Lebanon, after several years of unprecedented Israeli public protests against the war. Israel maintains a "security zone" three to four miles inside Lebanon for 15 more years. Israeli warplanes bomb PLO headquarters in Tunisia after continued PLO attacks.

1987 - The first Palestinian intifada, or "shaking off," begins. The popular uprising shifts attention away from the PLO in Tunisia and toward the West Bank and Gaza Strip. New Islamist groups such as Hamas gain influence.

1993 - After secret negotiations at Oslo, Norway, Israel and the PLO sign a mutual recognition agreement, with the PLO recognizing Israel's right to exist and Israel recognizing the PLO as the representative of the Palestinian people. Israel promises to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank city of Jericho and to allow limited Palestinian self-rule. The agreement sets a five-year deadline for additional withdrawals and for a "final-status" agreement on issues such as borders, Jewish settlements, the return of Palestinian refugees, Palestinian statehood, and control of Jerusalem.

1994 - A Jewish settler opens fire with an assault rifle inside a Hebron mosque. Hamas begins suicide bombings. Undeterred, Israel and the PLO implement the Oslo agreement. PLO leader Yasser Arafat comes to Gaza to head the new Palestinian Authority. Jordan makes peace with Israel. At a mosque in South Africa, however, Arafat likens the Oslo agreement to a peace treaty made by Muhammad with those in control of Mecca in 628. Muslims conquered Mecca two years later.

1995 - Israel and the Palestinian Authority agree on a detailed plan for additional withdrawals from the West Bank, with most cities going over to Palestinian control but most land remaining in Israeli hands. Infuriated by the surrender of any land, a Jewish extremist assassinates Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

1996 - Hamas steps up suicide bombings in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, striking restaurants, buses, and crowds. Israeli voters turn to right-wing Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu, who demands "peace with security."

1997 - Israel withdraws from the West Bank city of Hebron. Netanyahu lifts a freeze on new Jewish settlements and begins construction of Jewish neighborhoods in disputed parts around Jerusalem. Arafat suspends security cooperation with Israel and releases Hamas militants from Palestinian jails.

1998 - Israel and the Palestinian Authority agree to more withdrawals, to occur in two stages. Israel completes the first stage but suspends the second, accusing Arafat of failing to honor security commitments.

1999 - Israeli voters return the Labor Party to power. Prime Minister Ehud Barak promises to deliver a final peace settlement with the Palestinians. New Israeli withdrawals, completed the following year, leave the Palestinian Authority with direct or partial control of 41 percent of the West Bank and 65 percent of the Gaza Strip.

2000 - Final-status peace negotiations at Camp David end when Yasser Arafat rejects the last offer of Ehud Barak. After the failed talks, Likud opposition leader Ariel Sharon visits Muslim holy sites on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem accompanied by hundreds of armed guards. A second, more violent intifada begins.

2001 - All attempts to halt the escalating violence and to restart peace negotiations fail. In an early election, Israeli voters reject Barak and turn to Ariel Sharon to restore security. Sharon orders reprisal attacks in Palestinian-controlled territories.

2002 - Palestinian suicide bombers launch a string of deadly attacks, starting on the Jewish holiday of Passover. In response, Israeli forces reoccupy most of the West Bank and begin mass arrests. Israel declares former Oslo agreement partner Yasser Arafat an enemy and demolishes his compound in Ramallah. Israeli forces also begin construction of a security barrier between Israel and the West Bank. Palestinians protest that the barrier makes deep incursions into West Bank territory and unilaterally fixes a future border.

2003 - Suicide bombings continue. Israeli forces reoccupy parts of the Gaza Strip and assassinate Hamas leaders. The United States, European Union, Russia, and United Nations release a "road map" of steps designed to get Israel and the Palestinian Authority back into negotiations. Both sides shake hands on the plan, but the conflict goes on.

2004 - Israel's parliament approves Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to withdraw unilaterally from the Gaza Strip and evacuate all Jewish settlements there. Yasser Arafat dies at a hospital in France at age 75.

2005 - Mahmoud Abbas becomes president of the Palestinian Authority. He and Ariel Sharon meet and declare an end to the violence. Hamas and other militant groups agree to temporarily end the fighting as well.

Michael Himick
August 26, 2005


Who started the bus bombings in the Middle East?

For those of you who think that the terrorists bombing hotels and buses is new and that it is the arabs that always used this tactic, you might find this timeline interesting.

For those of you who think the Palestinians started the bombing of civilians in hotels and buses and assasinations in the middle east, you need to read this timeline so you understand the actual history.

I'll probably be accused of being anti-semetic or a jew-hater or whatever as is the case everytime someone exposes their history, such as Mel Gibson did in "The Passion of the Christ". But these are undisputible facts and in timeline fashion so that you can see the Israelis are no stranger to what we label as terrorist and extremist actions. The Palestinians had good teachers.

In AD 70, the Romans crushed a Jewish revolt, sacked Jerusalem, and destroyed its sacred temple--the focal point of Jewish life. Jews were slaughtered, enslaved, or driven away. By 135, when another rebellion met with the same fate, no Jew could set foot in Jerusalem. The old city was rebuilt as a Greco-Roman one--complete with circus, amphitheater, and baths--and Judea was renamed Palestine.

When Rome turned Christian, Jerusalem followed suit, and churches went up around the sites holy to those in the faith. Pilgrims flocked in, and came for three centuries--until 638, when the city fell to a Muslim army from Arabia.

Muslims, too, held Jerusalem holy. Early on, they even faced toward it in prayer rather than Mecca. Within a century, the Dome of the Rock had been built on the site where Muhammad is said to have ascended into heaven, the Al-Aqsa Mosque had gone up next door, and Jerusalem had become an Arab and Muslim city. Except for a century or two of Crusader rule after 1099, Muslims held sway there almost continuously for more than a thousand years.

Most Jews lived in the diaspora. But then came Zionism, a 19th-century movement rooted in the idea that every nation deserves an autonomous home. That's where the modern Arab-Israeli conflict--and our timeline history of it--begins.

1881 - Beginning of mass migrations of Jews to Palestine, at that time part of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. Most of the first Jews come from Russia, fleeing pogroms and harsh discrimination. They join a small and politically inactive Jewish population already in Palestine.

1897 - First Zionist Congress meets in Basel, Switzerland, to discuss Theodor Herzl's 1896 pamphlet The Jewish State. The congress calls for "a home for the Jewish people in Palestine secured by public law." Herzl writes in his diary, "At Basel I founded the Jewish State. If I said this out loud today, I would be answered by universal laughter. Perhaps in five years, certainly in fifty, everyone will know it."

1914 - World War I begins. The Ottoman Turks ally with Germany and Austria-Hungary against Britain, France,
and Russia.

1916 - Arab nationalists, backed by the British, revolt against Ottoman rule in Palestine. The British suggest they'll recognize an independent Arab state if the revolt succeeds. Yet at the same time, Britain signs a secret agreement with France to carve the region into colonial zones.

1917 - Britain's foreign minister, Arthur Balfour, says that the British "view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object." Zionists hail the Balfour Declaration as a crucial step forward. Yet Balfour also says that "nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine."

1918 - British forces gain military control of Palestine.
World War I ends.

1920 - Arabs in Syria declare independence, but French troops quickly occupy Damascus. As part of the resolution of World War I, France assumes a mandate to govern modern-day Syria and Lebanon. Britain gets a mandate for Palestine, Jordan, and Iraq. Arab nationalists, whose hopes have been dashed by these events, reject British rule. Zionists cooperate with British authorities yet organize independent armed militias. Violent anti-Jewish riots begin.

1922 - The League of Nations, a precursor to the United Nations, confirms Britain's mandate over Palestine, charging Britain with the establishment of a "Jewish national home," "the development of self-governing institutions," and the facilitation of Jewish immigration, "while ensuring that the rights and position of other sectors of the population are not prejudiced." A British census shows that Jews account for 11 percent of Palestine's 750,000 inhabitants.

1929 - Violent anti-Jewish riots start up again, triggered by disputes over holy Jewish and Muslim sites in Jerusalem and increasing land sales to Jews.

1933 - Hitler comes to power in Germany. Jewish immigration increases. By 1936, almost 400,000 Jews live in Palestine, about 30 percent of the population.

1936 - Arab nationalists revolt, demanding the end of land sales to Jews, Jewish immigration, and British rule. The revolt continues until 1939, with a general strike, bombings of British installations, arson, assassinations, and attacks on Jews. The British impose martial law, seal borders, demolish homes, and arrest, kill, or exile rebel leaders. In response to attacks on Jews, radical Zionists begin bombing Arab buses and crowds. Eventually, even mainstream Jewish militias embrace "aggressive defense," coordinating retaliatory strikes. Zionist leader David Ben-Gurion notes that the Arab rebels are "fighting dispossession. . . . We and they both want the same thing: We both want Palestine."

1937 - A royal British commission led by Lord William Peel calls conflicting Jewish and Arab interests "irrepressible." Confronted with "right against right," the Peel Commission recommends that Palestine be partitioned into separate Jewish and Arab zones.

1939 - World War II begins. Britain tries to regain crucial Arab support. Rejecting the Peel Commission, a British white paper proposes a 10-year plan to limit Jewish immigration, curtail land sales, and create a Jewish national home within a Palestinian state. The proposal, rejected by Arab nationalists as insufficient, ends Anglo-Zionist goodwill. Despite dire events in Germany, Britain works to prevent Jewish immigration to Palestine. Radical Zionists begin attacks on British installations.

1942 - A Zionist conference in New York garners increasing U.S. support for a "Jewish commonwealth" in Palestine and unrestricted Jewish immigration to it.

1944 - Radical Zionists declare war on British authorities in Palestine and assassinate a British minister in Cairo.

1945 - World War II ends. Nazi death camps are liberated, and the full extent of the Holocaust becomes clear. Six million Jews have been murdered--one third of all Jewish people worldwide. U.S. President Harry Truman urges Britain to accept 100,000 Jewish Holocaust survivors into Palestine. Arab nationalists protest that help for Holocaust survivors should not come at the expense of Palestinian Arabs.

1946 - Radical Zionists bomb British government and military offices at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem.

1947 - Britain gives control of Palestine to the United Nations, which votes to partition the region into two states: one Jewish and one Arab, with Jerusalem under international control. Zionists accept the partition, which grants them 56 percent of Palestine, including fertile coastal regions. Arab nationalists reject the authority of the U.N. to partition the land. Civil war between the roughly 678,000 Jews and 1,269,000 Arabs in Palestine begins. Soon, Zionists control most of the territory allocated to them under the U.N. plan.

1948 - Britain pulls out of Palestine. Zionists, led by David Ben-Gurion, immediately declare the independent State of Israel. Arab armies from Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon immediately attack. The First Arab-Israeli War begins. Intense fighting early on leaves the war's outcome in doubt. But after arms from Czechoslovakia reach Israel, the Jewish state establishes military superiority and conquers territory beyond that of the U.N. partition, including the western part of Jerusalem.

1949 - Armistice agreements end military action. The State of Israel controls 77 percent of the former British mandate of Palestine. Jordan controls the eastern part of Jerusalem and the West Bank, which it formally annexes. Egypt controls the area around Gaza known as the Gaza Strip. As a result of the conflict, more than 700,000 Palestinian Arabs flee or are expelled from their homes (the precise circumstances are still in dispute). Israel refuses to permit these refugees to return to their homes inside the new Israeli borders. Arab states refuse to recognize the legitimacy of the Jewish state, and organize an economic and political boycott of the country.

To be continued . . .

Michael Himick
August 25, 2005


Way to go Bob

Notice how Fox News only talks about ratings while CNN talks about reporting actual news. As far as Bob is concerned, good for you.

August 24, 2005
Bob Costas Says No to Hour on Aruba
For Bob Costas, the issue was not complicated.

The longtime NBC sports and talk show host, who signed on this year to be an occasional substitute for Larry King on CNN, resisted a request last Thursday to be the host of a King program devoted to interviewing guests about the already widely covered Natalee Holloway missing-person case in Aruba.

When he could not get the show's topic changed, Mr. Costas said he respectfully decided not to participate.

"I don't believe there was a single American who was sitting around saying 'I'd really like to see Bob Costas's take on this,' " Mr. Costas said in telephone interview.

Having a host oppose a topic and decline to participate in a show is certainly not common, though hosts of morning shows like "Today" have been know to refuse to interview certain guests. But Mr. Costas is not an employee of CNN and has wide latitude about deciding if he will take part in a program.

Mr. Costas said he had found out "about two days before" the show that the topic would be Ms. Holloway, who disappeared on May 30. He told the producers that he hoped the topic would change. On Wednesday, when he learned that it would not, he declined to serve as host. The program went on with Chris Pixley as the host.

"Nothing had been spelled out about my being able to turn down certain topics, but it was implied," Mr. Costas said. Jonathan Klein, president of CNN's domestic operations, backed that up, saying, "It's important that we never have an anchor doing a story he does not believe in."

Mr. Costas's decision has drawn further attention to the Holloway case, which has become the latest in a stream of stories about missing young women that have been turned into daily - if not hourly - staples of coverage on all-news channels.

Many critics have questioned why the story of the disappearance deserves blanket coverage. Some have deplored the emphasis on white women who go missing, while missing women of other ethnic groups are ignored. One critic, Matthew Felling of the Center for Media and Public Affairs, told The Associated Press that the Holloway coverage amounted to "emotional pornography."

The Holloway case has certainly received extensive airtime, not just on cable but on broadcast-network morning shows as well. Yet the coverage appears to have been heaviest on one program on the Fox News Channel, Greta Van Susteren's "On the Record."

The easy rationale is ratings: on cable news networks, the Holloway case - like the Laci Peterson murder, the "Runaway Bride" Jennifer Wilbanks, and many others - sells. Ms Van Susteren has seen her program's audience totals spike about 60 percent from a year ago.

The Holloway story has been less prevalent - though not absent - on CNN. In early July, Mr. Klein pulled CNN's correspondent out of Aruba and dropped the subject from most CNN shows in the absence of new developments.

"It's easy and it's brainless," Mr. Klein said in a telephone interview, explaining why cable news outlets have gravitated to it. "They're looking for an ongoing drama" along the lines of the NBC crime show "Law & Order," he said, adding "Except 'Law & Order' doesn't do the same plot every night."

Mr. Klein said that the audience that sought out news all day on the Internet was not clamoring for a rehash of the Holloway case every night. Besides, Mr. Klein said, there has been ample other news to cover.

He said that on the day earlier this month when 14 marines were killed in a roadside bombing in Iraq, Ms. Van Susteren, who was in Aruba that night, stuck with the Holloway case. "Fourteen Americans dead, and they have Natalee Holloway on," Mr. Klein said. "And they're supposedly America's news channel."

Fox executives accused CNN of flailing with holier-than-thou criticisms because the channel is falling farther behind Fox in the ratings. Fox's margin in viewers over CNN has grown 57 percent since Mr. Klein took over last December.

"If Jon performed as well as he talks he wouldn't have to explain his network's dismal ratings," said Irena Briganti, a spokeswoman for Fox News. "We have trounced him on every breaking news story from the London bombings and last week's events in Gaza."

Mr. Klein said CNN is looking at the long term and trying to set itself apart as a news organization that wants to reach the serious news viewer, one who watches less TV news over all, and is younger than the steady audience for more tabloid news fare.

"There are an awful lot of things you can cover if you don't have people tied up with this meaningless nonsense," Mr. Klein said. He clarified, adding that the Holloway case is, of course, far from meaningless nonsense to the young woman's family, and whenever the story had real new details it was worthy of coverage. But, in general, he said cable news has to stop "obsessing over this trivial stuff."

Fox News executives accused Mr. Klein of hypocrisy, saying the Holloway case had indeed been covered by CNN. They mentioned Nancy Grace, the prime-time host on CNN's affiliated network, Headline News, who has done almost as many hours on Ms. Holloway as Ms. Van Susteren has. Mr. Klein said he did not supervise that program.

Nor, apparently, does Mr. Klein directly influence the content of Mr. King's program, which has also frequently dived into the Holloway case. Mr. Klein said that Mr. King's producers have wide autonomy.

"Larry is sui generis," Mr. Klein said. "Larry does what Larry does. He has earned the right to pick his own topics."

Mr. Costas, who agreed to fill in for Mr. King on 20 occasions, said that no bridges were burned by his decision to steer clear of the Holloway case. It was "completely amicable," Mr. Costas said. He is expected to continue filling in for Mr. King when his schedule allows.



When is it gonna end? This just pisses me off! Gas prices. We invade Iraq and gas goes up? Good going there GW! Of course since the Bush family is involved in oil. Since Cheney is involved in oil. Since Rumsfeldt is involved in oil. Since Condeleeza Rice is involved in oil. There's a tanker named "The Condeleeza Rice". Don't look for the prices to come down under the current regime in the US.

In the 70's there was the "oil shortage" and rationing, yet I was working on boats that served the oil rigs at that time and every single night I saw flares where they were burning the excess oil they were pumping out of the gulf. When I asked about it, I was told they were only allowed to produce so much per day and had to burn anything over that amount. They created that oil shortage and I suspect they are doing the same now.

They piss me off, but so do you SUV drivers! You are the ones who may gas expensive for the rest of us. If there is a true shortage it's due to people who are wasteful. I think they should charge you for gas according to what you drive. If you drive a gas guzzler, you don't care anyway so you pay 4 bucks a gallon. Someone drives an economy car like a GEO, pays a buck a gallon. Now there's a fair way to charge for gas!

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IN the late 1990's, the tobacco companies made a historic legal settlement with every state and the District of Columbia, agreeing to pay $246 billion over 25 years for tobacco prevention and cessation programs. In the last five years, the states have received $40.7 billion in tobacco settlement revenue but have devoted only 5 percent of this money to fighting the tobacco epidemic.

Alabama has spent more than $1 million of this money on boot camps for juvenile delinquents, alternative schools and metal detectors and surveillance cameras for public schools.

Illinois has used $315 million for property tax relief and an earned-income tax rebate.

Michigan, which spends no money on tobacco prevention or cessation, has used 75 percent of its tobacco revenue to provide $2,500 college scholarships to high school students.

New York has used $700,000 to buy golf carts and an irrigation and sprinkler system for a public golf course in Niagara County.

In North Carolina, 75 percent of the tobacco settlement money went to provide assistance to the tobacco-producing community.

North Dakota spent about 45 percent of its settlement on water resources and flood control projects.

Virginia has spent $12 million to lay fiber-optic lines for broadband cable in southern sections of the state.

This lawsuit was never intended to balance ailing state budgets, let alone buy golf carts, cable lines and security cameras. Voters, millions of smokers who want to quit and millions more we want to keep from ever smoking ought to ask their legislators where the money went.

Ok, now first of all, everyone ran around saying the big evil tobacco companies lied to smokers and addicted them to tobacco. Shame on the big evil tobacco companies. Those poor addicts. But, hey let's tax the victims. Those addicts who were victims of the big evil tobacco companies should pay more for being a victim in the first place.

Why stop there? You get raped, you pay a rape tax. Your house gets robbed, you pay the burglary tax. You get shot and actually live, you get the attempted murder tax. Our government can't claim you're a victim and then tax the victim, it's ridiculous. Yet they do.

Then they sued the big evil tobacco companies for making smokers their victim. They promised the money would be used to educate our children about the dangers of smoking, would be used to create programs to help smokers quit smoking, and would be used to offset the health costs related to smoking.

But instead, they spend it on golf and other equally important issues. They do the same thing with all that lottery money they said was for education. Of course if you believe that, it explains why you play the lottery in the first place. it's a tax for people who are bad at math.

Somehow we have come to the point where people just say, well, yeah, they lie, but thats what politicians do. So people just accept it and go on. IT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE FOR OUR GOVERNMENT TO LIE TO YOU PEOPLE! WAKE UP! You waste time on other things. Waste just one hour in your week to write your local politicians and complain about the lies they tell you. Let them know you are watching them. it'll catch on. Try it and see. The whole revolutionary war began with a single voice saying, Hey!. this ain't right. DO SOMETHING!


Still no end in sight for our soldiers

Still no exit strategy for our soldiers to come home. Many are on their 4th year soon. Our president said no soldier would have to serve in Iraq for more than one year. Why isn't he accountable for this lie?

No weapons of mass destruction or biological weapons found in iraq. Bush said he had proof there was. He lied. Why can't we hold him accountable for this lie?

The Bush Family has business connections with the saudis. Bush would not allow ANY investigation of the saudis role in the attacks on 9-11. That is a direct conflict of interest issue. 15 of 19 hijackers were saudis. All were muslims who believe in the extreme violent part of the muslim religion that the saudis fervently support throughout the world. The saudi princess gave money to the hijackers. These are all very legitimate reasons to include the saudis in any investigation of 9-11. Bush blocked that investigation. That is tantamount to obstruction of justice. Why can't we hold him accountable?

He has repeatedly pushed measures that reward the rich in this country and that reward corporations, even those who engaged in illegal accounting scams and other crimes. Worldcom got a 750 million dollar fine for their misdeeds. Bush gave worldcom a no-bid 750 million dollar contract to work on communications in Iraq. Work which has still not actually been done. Why can't we hold bush accountable for rewarding lawbreakers with no-bid contracts?

He pushed the bill that has seniors getting their drugs through a government sponsored HMO and that made it so that HMO cannot use the bargaining power of all those seniors to negotiate better prices with the pharmaceutical companies. They can charge what they want and the law says we cannot negotiate with them. A basic rule of commerce. The ability to bargain for better prices when buying quantity. Why can't people see bush did this as a reward to big corporations and a detriment to our senior citizens?

He changed the estate tax to the death tax to convince the public it hurts poor people too. If your wealth is not over 3 million dollars eliminating the estate/death tax DOES NOT HELP YOU.

He wants to turn over our social security to the very same wallstreet professionals who helped the corporations bilk people out of their 401ks and other retirement benefits. Merrill Lynch, Bank of America, and others were proved to have participated in these scams, paid their fines and now they want us to trust them with social security?

With all the corporate scandals exposed recently, how many more are to come? Not many, because bush is fixing that too. He recently appointed a new head of the SEC. This man's sole qualification is that he made the statement, "I believe there are currently too many restrictions on corporations." Translated means; Instead of prosecuting more of these corporations, we are just gonna make these illegal things they are doing legal instead.

Bush has done absolutely nothing that benefits the poor. He has hurt the environment. He has rewarded criminals. He has done everything he can to help big multi-national corporations, He has done everything to reward the rich. Worst of all, we know he willfully lied to the American public to do what he wanted to do in the first place. He planned the attack on Iraq long before 9=11. he used 9-11 to justify his actions even though it has been proven Iraq had nothing to do with 9-11. Bush has yet to own up to even one mistake or false statement since he has been in office. It's time he is held accountable for his actions.

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The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and some other well-funded organizations with Missing Children in the title, this is for you. I have a huge objection to putting out falsified statistics. The NCMEC and Wal-Mart put out the impression that the pictures posted in Wal-Mart Stores has lead to finding 134 missing children.

While I think Wal-Mart is doing a very good thing by posting these pictures, I challenge either the National Center or Wal-Mart to give me exact details of each of the cases they claim responsibility for solving. There are other organizations along with the NCMEC that claim to have found children also. Yet they have no search team, they do not in their own words participate directly in the search for these children, and cannot produce documentation on but 1 or 2 cases.

Here is how it works. A child is reported missing to the police. The police are SUPPOSED to report it to the National Crime Information Center immediately if the child is 12 or younger. When it is reported to the NCIC, it goes into the database at the NCMEC. They post it on their website.

Let's say right after the child is reported to NCIC by police, they find the child playing in the park. NCMEC immediately claims THEY have recovered another missing child. The way they word it is xxxx number of children found. That way they aren't actually LYING. They are simply implying they had something to do with finding the missing child.

For this they get 20 million a year in our tax dollars to run a really good website and to try to make ther public feel secure in the knowledge that they exist and that our government by funding them really cares about missing children.

The Kidsearch Network is not government funded. They have no grant money from big corporations, yet they have an actual SEARCH TEAM that does participate directly in the search for missing children. The Kidsearch Network has found 22 missing and abducted children by actually going our and LOOKING for them! They have participated in more than 50 other searches where the child was found safe and sound, but they were actually found by the police, not by KSN Volunteers or the search team. So they simply state they have found 22 missing children found due to their search team. What a concept. Actual numbers for actual results.

Of course something like that will never get them government funding. Our government hates efficiency and accountability.

The Kidsearch Network needs your help to fund this effort. They are trying to go nationwide and show the NCMEC how it's actually done in the trenches instead of being done from behind some glass windowed building somewhere.

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Press 1 for English

Well, so far today, nothing has pissed me off enough to write about it. Maybe I'll make it through the entire day without running into stupid people or hearing about the latest bush lie or won't have to . . . oops.

Then it hits me. I was on the dam phone while I was typing this and the recording said "If you want to hear this recording in ENGLISH, press one!"


I should never have to press any button to get something in english! English is the language we speak in this country. I don't care how many illegals come into this country and get pardons and asylum from gw bush, WE SPEAK ENGLISH!

If you can't grasp that concept . . . GET OUT!

If you are from another country, you are not here to bring your culture, mannerisms, ways of life to us. You are here because our culture and opportunities are better than in the country you came from. Assimilate. Learn how to be an american. Quit trying to teach us how to fit in with you or trying to show that we need to learn YOUR language.

No I don't need to learn spanish, portuguese, italian, chinese, japenese, or any other eses and ishes. I speak english because I live in the US. When I lived in other countries I learned their culture and at least enough of their language to get by without insulting them by trying to make them learn mine. I was in their country and respected that.

I am so tired of people thinking that it is racist to want people who move here to try and fit in here. If they didn't like the way we live here, didn't like to speak english, didn't want to become americans, then why the hell do they come. Yes my ancestors were also newcomers to this country. But they learned how to be americans. They did not try to force their way of life on americans who were already here. When in rome and all that.

If you are offended by this then you are probably exactly who I'm talking about.

So much for a whole day without having to confront stupidity. This just pissed me off!

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Bush and the Saudi's - a little history

In 1920, under a League of Nations mandate, officials from France and Great Britain carved up vast tracts of warlord-dominated territories in Arabia into what they imagined would be nation states devoid of the complex historical, cultural, and tribal realities of the Mideast.

Instead of establishing European-style nation states, the strongest warlords quickly entrenched themselves with the aid of standing armies and spy networks. In much of the Mideast, fealty is often accorded to tribal overlords and the Islamic sects they favor rather than to the territory and people within the boundaries of the nation state. Jonathan Rabin succinctly defines the reality, past and present, of the desert sheikdoms: "The systems of government that have evolved in Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia are paranoid family dictatorships with ancestral roots in a single city or village." --Jonathan Raban, "Western conceit of nation-building ignores culture and history of Arabia," Seattle Times, November 24, 2002--

Islamic fundamentalists like Osama bin Laden make their appeals to the nation or community of believers, not to any particular nation state, although the rich and powerful among the Muslims have founded Western-style businesses and formed corporations both inside and outside the boundaries of their native countries. Because Osama himself is a scion of a rich Saudi family with wide-ranging business interests throughout the world, the split Saudi personality is most evident in him and the bin Laden clan. Osama, who calls America "The Great Satan," has done business with the infidel Americans whenever it suited him.

Throughout the eighties, when the United States assisted the Saudis in a giant military buildup of airfields, ports, and bases throughout the kingdom, many of the contracts were awarded to the largest construction company in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Binladen Group, founded by Osama bin Laden’s father.

At the same time, the United States trained and armed troops in Afghanistan to fight the Soviets. The United States and Saudi Arabia spent about $40 billion on the war in Afghanistan, recruiting, supplying, and training nearly 100,000 radical mujahideen from forty Muslim countries, including Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Algeria, and Afghanistan itself. Among the recruits were Osama bin Laden and his followers. --Michael Parenti, 9-11 Terrorism Trap: September 11 and Beyond (2000) City Lights Books, San Francisco--

With C.I.A. funding, Osama bin Laden imported engineers and equipment from his father’s Saudi construction company to build tunnels for guerrilla training centers and hospitals, and for arms dumps near the Pakistan border. After the Soviets withdrew from Afghanistan, the C.I.A. and the Pakistani intelligence agency sponsored the Taliban organization, a government composed of the fanatic Wahhabi Islamic sect, the same sect that is the state religion in Saudi Arabia. Although followers of the Wahhabi sect do not refer to themselves as Wahhabis, the label is useful because it applies to a single Muslim group with a set of beliefs peculiar to them alone: Wahhabis maintain that Shi'ites and Sufis are not Muslims, and that Muslims should not visit shrines or celebrate Mohammed’s birthday. Laura Secor, "Which Islam?," Boston Daily Globe, December 15, 2002 --

The Saudi sheiks have been Wahhabis since they intermarried with the family of a puritanical Muslim scholar, Mohammed ibn Abd al-Wahhab, in 1774. Supported first by Britain and later by the United States, the Saudis captured the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina, easily gaining control of the entire Arabian peninsula.

Wherever they ruled, the Wahhabis imposed their medieval code on their hapless subjects, making public spectacles of stoning adulterers to death and maiming thieves, destroying decorated mosques and cemeteries, prohibiting music, sequestering women, and promoting war on infidels. The Saudi sheiks have lavished funds on anti-American and anti-Israeli terrorists-in-training while indoctrinating other Muslims through its worldwide network of religious schools, mosques, newspapers, and presses.

The Wahhabi Taliban in Afghanistan had the blessings of the Saudi royal family and of The Big Three--the bin Laden family, the al Ahmoudi family, and the Mahfouz family--the richest clans in that medieval kingdom. (Khalid bin Mahfouz is bin Laden’s brother-in-law, according to the C.I.A.). The desert oligarchs profited from world-wide investments as well as sleazy banking schemes such as the infamous Bank of Credit and Commerce International.

Salem bin Laden, Osama’s brother, has conducted all his American affairs through James Bath, a Houston crony of the Bush family. Bath’s former business partner Bill White testified in court that Bath had been a liaison for the C.I.A. In 1979 Bath invested $50,000 in Arbusto, George W. Bush’s first business venture. Rumor had it that Bath was acting as Salem bin Laden’s representative. "In conflicting statements, Bush at first denied ever knowing Bath, then acknowledged his stake in Arbusto and that he was aware Bath represented Saudi interests." --Wayne Madsen, "Questionable Ties: Tracking bin Laden's money flow leads back to Midland, Texas,"

In addition to doing aviation business with Saudi sheiks, Bath was part owner of a Houston bank whose chief stockholder was Ghaith Pharaon, who represented the Bank of Commerce and Credit International (BCCI), a criminal global bank with branches in 73 countries. BCCI proceeded to defraud depositors of $10 billion during the ‘80s, while providing a money laundry conduit for the Medellin drug cartel, Asia’s major heroin cartel, Manuel Noriega, Saddam Hussein, the C.I.A., and Islamist terrorist organizations worldwide. --"The Press on the BCCI-bin Mahfouz-bin Laden Intelligence Nexus, " Boston Herald , December 11, 2001--

Big Three wheeler-dealer Khalid bin Mahfouz, one of the largest stockholders in the criminal bank, was indicted when the massive BCCI banking scandal blew apart in the early 1990s. The Saudi royal family placed him under house arrest after discovering that Mahfouz had used the royal bank to channel millions of dollars through fake charities into bin Laden’s organizations, but Mahfouz was not so much punished as inconvenienced. --Jonathan Beaty & S. C. Gwynne, The Outlaw Bank: A Wild Ride Into the Secret Heart of BCCI, (1993) Random House, New York--

Members of the Wahhabist Saudi oligarchy are driven by the sometimes conflicting emotions of power lust and religious fervor. Their support of radical Islamists follows from their ambition to dominate the Muslim world, but their fear that radical Islamists might overthrow the Saudi regime at home motivates them to fund and encourage holy warriors in countries other than their own.

In 1989, bin Laden established al Qaeda (the Base) in Afghanistan to organize extremist Wahhabis and disperse their networks throughout the country. A year later, he returned to Saudi Arabia and founded a welfare agency for Arab-Afghan veterans. Bin Laden hoped to mobilize the veterans as a kind of religious-military army, but King Faud discouraged the venture. When King Faud invited 540,000 American troops to the kingdom to fight in the Gulf War, bin Laden lambasted the royal family and urged religious authorities to issue fatwahs (religious rulings) condemning the American infidels.

In 1991, Osama bin Laden and a band of Afghan veterans agitated in Sudan for a holy war against the enemies of Islam. In 1992, he claimed responsibility for the attack on American soldiers in Yemen, and again for attacks in Somalia in 1993. He was mum about the terrorist truck bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993, the explosion that killed six people and injured more than a thousand, but investigators knew bin Laden had donated heavily to the religious "charity" that financed the bombing operation.

In February 1995, when he was appointed chief of the F.B.I.'s counter-terrorism section in Washington, John O’Neill immediately assembled and coordinated a team to capture Ramzi Yousef, who was en route from Pakistan to Afghanistan. Yousef was strongly suspected of planning and directing the World Trade Center bombing in 1993.

In three days, the kingpin of the World Trade Center bombing was in custody, and O’Neill went on to accumulate damning evidence against the 1993 World Trade bombers that led to their conviction in American courts. For the next six years, John O’Neill tirelessly investigated terrorist strikes against Americans and American interests in Saudi Arabia, East Africa, and Yemen, often encountering American officials’ roadblocks on the way. Even in 1996, after Jamal Ahmed al-Fadl turned himself in at the American Embassy in Eritrea and divulged details of bin Laden’s and al Qaeda’s organization and operations, the State Department refused to list al Qaeda as a terrorist organization.

In February 1998, bin Laden assembled a number of terrorist groups, including Islamic Jihad, and issued a fierce fatwa calling for the deaths of all Americans. On August 7, 1998, 226 people died in the simultaneous bombing of American embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. Investigators blamed bin Laden for the attacks. On August 20, 1998, President Clinton amended Executive Order 12947 to add Osama bin Laden and his key associates to the list of terrorists, thus blocking their US assets--including property and bank accounts--and prohibiting all U.S. financial transactions with them. The United States conducted a missile attack against bin Laden's facilities in Afghanistan.

On October 12, 2000, two suicide bombers ignited their boatload of explosives next to the USS Cole, an American destroyer refueling in Aden, off the coast of Yemen. The blast killed seventeen sailors and wounded thirty-nine others. O’Neill and his crack investigating team were dispatched to Yemen and hit a stone wall. He had hoped satellite intercepts of phone calls between an al Qaeda operative in Aden and Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan would lead him to the mastermind of the Cole attack, but the American ambassador and the Yemeni officials blocked the investigation at every turn.

O’Neill resigned from the F.B.I. in July 2001 and signed on as security chief for the World Trade Center in September. He died in the WTC attack on September 11, 2001.

In Forbidden Truth: U.S.-Taliban Secret Oil Diplomacy and the Failed Hunt for bin Laden, two French intelligence analysts, Jean-Charles Brisard and Guillaume Dasquie, claim that the Clinton and Bush administrations impeded investigations of bin Laden and his al Qaeda terrorist group in order to maintain good relations with Saudi Arabia and to maintain the stability of the oil market. "As the late John O’Neill told one of the authors [Brisard] of this book, ‘All of the answers, all of the clues allowing us to dismantle Osama bin Laden’s organization, can be found in Saudi Arabia.'" --Jean-Charles Brisard and Guillaume Dasquie, Forbidden Truth: U.S.-Taliban Secret Oil Diplomacy and the Failed Hunt for bin Laden (2002) Thunder's Mouth Press/Nation Books, New York--

In articles and interviews, Brisard has expanded on this statement, pronouncing the official story about bin Laden’s exile from his native Saudi Arabia in 1994 and his frozen assets to be a canard. Not only did O’Neill and the F.B.I. have extensive information concerning the finances of bin Laden and al Qaeda, but the business connections between the bin Ladens, the Mahfouzes, the al Ahmoudis, the Saudi royal family, and the Bush family kept turning up in their investigations.

Mahfouz, who owns Nimir Petroleum, has conducted joint ventures with the al Amoudi family, which owns Delta Oil. Delta Oil and Unocal planned to build a pipeline through Afghanistan before the Taliban backed away. These Saudi companies are still partnered with bigger oil companies (such as Texaco and Unocal) in developing Central Asian oil projects.

Although Brisard’s interpretation of events has been disputed, the documentation of Forbidden Truth is impeccable. Clearly, the finances and fortunes of the Saudi oligarchs and the Bush family have been intertwined for many years, and oil has been the lubricant of choice, even non-existent oil.

In The Conspirators, Al Martin describes an instance of the latter. He says that the Gulf Oil Drilling Supply, of New York, Miami, and Bahrain, was Jeb Bush’s favorite artifice for oil and gas frauds:

"The fraud was rather simple. Richard Secord arranged through then Vice President George Bush Sr.’s old friend, Ghaith Pharaon, the then retired head of Saudi intelligence, for Gulf Oil and Drilling to purchase from the Saudi government oil and gas leases in the Gulf which were effectively worthless."

The leases would be embellished to appear extremely valuable and then used as loan collateral. Great American Bank and Trust of West Palm Beach subsequently failed under the weight of unpaid Iran-Contra loans.

"Also, in the case of Gulf Oil Drilling Supply, there was some moderately large international lending to that company. As you would suspect, it was principally out of the old George Bush friendly banks--Credit Lyonnais and Banque Paribas, which, combined lent $60 million dollars to Gulf Oil Drilling Supply, which, of course, was defaulted on later." --Al Martin, The Conspirators: Secrets of an Iran-Contra Insider (2002) National Liberty Press, LLC--

Michael Springmann, formerly chief of the visa section at the US Embassy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, claims that he rejected hundreds of suspicious visa applications, but the C.I.A. officer overruled him and ordered the visas to be issued. Springmann protested to the State Department, the Office of Diplomatic Security, the F.B.I., the Justice Department and congressional committees, but in vain. --Center for Cooperative Research, --

Springmann observed that 15 of the 19 people who allegedly flew airplanes into buildings in the United States got their visas from the same CIA-dominated consulate in Jeddah. As a special favor to residents of Saudi Arabia (including non-Saudi citizens), applicants for non-immigrant visas can apply at private travel agencies and receive their visa through the mail. During the months following the 9-11 attack, 102 applicants received their visas by mail, 2 more were interviewed, and none were rejected.

The Saudis always got special treatment. In a November 6, 2001 BBC broadcast Greg Palast revealed just how special that treatment was. Even after Pakistan expelled the World Association of Muslim Youth (WAMY) and India claimed that the organization was linked to terrorist bombings in Kashmir and the Philippines military accused WAMY of funding Muslim insurgency, the F.B.I. got orders to leave the "charitable association" alone.

After 9/11, investigators of the Islamic charities discovered overwhelming evidence that Saudis at all levels worked in tandem with the terrorists. David Kaplin reports, “At the Saudi High Commission in Bosnia, which coordinated local aid among Saudi charities, police found before-and-after photos of the World Trade Center, files on pesticides and crop dusters, and information on how to counterfeit State Department badges. At Manila's international airport, authorities stopped Agus Dwikarna, an al Haramain representative based in Indonesia. In his suitcase were C4 explosives.” The interlocking charities make it difficult to follow the money trail. “Many share directors, office space, and cash flow. For two years, investigators have followed the money to offshore trusts and obscure charities which, according to court records, they believe are tied to Hamas, al Qaeda, and other terrorist groups.” (US News and World Report, December 15, 2003). --US News and World Report, December 15, 2003--

"The White House official line is that the Bin Ladens are above suspicion --apart from Osama, the black sheep, who they say hijacked the family name. That's fortunate for the Bush family and the Saudi royal household, whose links with the Bin Ladens could otherwise prove embarrassing. But Newsnight has obtained evidence that the FBI was on the trail of other members of the Bin Laden family for links to terrorist organisations before and after September 11th." --Greg Palast and David Pallister, "FBI and US Spy Agents Say Bush Spiked Bin Laden Probes Before 11 September," The Guardian, November 7, 2001--

In the Boston Globe, March 11, 20004, Carl Unger, author of House of Bush, House of Saud: The Secret Relationship Between the World’s Two Most Powerful Dynasties, states that the 9/11 commission should ask who authorized the evacuation of 140 Saudi nationals on at least 8 aircraft making stops in 12 cities immediately following the attacks. “Many of the passengers were high-ranking members of the royal House of Saud. About 24 of them were members of the bin Laden family, which owned the Saudi Binladin Group, a multibillion-dollar construction conglomerate.” Unger obtained passenger lists for 4 of the flights, which are posted on his website: and includes the name of Prince Ahmed bin Salman.

“As reported last year by Gerald Posner in 'Why America Slept,' Prince Ahmed not only had alleged ties to Al Qaeda, but may also have known in advance that there would be attacks on 9/11. According to Posner, Abu Zubaydah, an Al Qaeda operative who was part of Osama bin Laden's inner circle and was captured in 2002, made these assertions when he was interrogated by the CIA. The commission should ask Mueller about Zubaydah's interrogation. They should also ask whether the FBI interrogated Prince Ahmed before his departure.

"But Prince Ahmed will never be able to answer any questions because not long after the CIA interrogation, he died of a heart attack at the age of 43. Yet we do know that he was on one of the flights.”

Unger believes that this episode “raises particularly sensitive questions for the administration. Never before in history has a president of the United States had such a close relationship with another foreign power as President Bush and his father have had with the Saudi royal family, the House of Saud. I have traced more than $1.4 billion in investments and contracts that went from the House of Saud over the past 20 years to companies in which the Bushes and their allies have had prominent positions -- Harken Energy, Halliburton, and the Carlyle Group among them. Is it possible that President Bush himself played a role in authorizing the evacuation of the Saudis after 9/11? What did he know and when did he know it?”

Article on unasked questions for the 911 commission

In October 2001, the Treasury Department identified the Muwafaq Foundation, largely endowed by Khalid bin Mahfouz, as an al Qaeda front that had funneled millions of dollars to bin Laden. Some families of the 9/11 victims have named Mahfouz and dozens of prominent Saudis, including members of the royal family, in a lawsuit that accuses the Saudis of funding the 9/11 terrorists. Bush administration officials stated that they would seek to have the suit dismissed or delayed. --Jeff Gerth and Judith Miller, "Saudis Called Slow to Help Stem Terror Finances," New York Times, November 28, 2002 --

Senators Bob Graham and Richard C. Shelby, leaders of the congressional panel ending an investigation of the 9/11 attacks, said the administration should declassify information concerning Saudi funding of terrorists.

"Citing ‘their people and a lot of their leaders and probably even the royal family,’ Shelby said: ‘I believe [the Saudis] cannot support so-called charities that support terrorism on a big scale, and then pretend that they're our friends or our allies.

"‘As we get into the money trail, it might be embarrassing, but the American people need to know; the victims and their families need to know,’ he added. Shelby and Graham said avoiding embarrassment and maintaining good relations with Saudi Arabia are not legitimate reasons to withhold information from the public.

"‘The question is,’ Graham said after the news conference, ‘will we get [the information declassified] in 30 years when the archives are open, or will we get it in time, before the next attack?’" --Dana Priest and Susan Schmidt, "9/11 Panel Criticizes Secrecy on Saudi Links," Washington Post, December 12 2002 --

Doubtless one of the connections the senators referred to was the Princess Haifa, the wife of Prince Bandar, Saudi ambassador to the United States for the last twenty years, the longest serving ambassador in Washington. Princess Haifa had been making monthly transfers, $130,000 in all, from her Washington bank account to a needy woman who relayed some of the checks to her husband and another man who assisted and funded the two hijackers who were based in San Diego. --Greg Miller, Greg Krikorian and H.G. Reza, "FBI Looks at Saudi's Links to 9/11," Los Angeles Times, November 23, 2002 --

"The money moved into the family’s bank account beginning in early 2000, just a few months after hijackers Khalid Almidhar and Nawaf Alhazmi arrived in Los Angeles from an Al Qaeda planning summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, according to the sources. Within days of the terrorists’ arrival in the United States, Al Bayoumi befriended the two men who would eventually hijack American Flight 77, throwing them a welcoming party in San Diego and guaranteeing their lease on an apartment next door to his own. Al Bayoumi also paid $1,500 to cover the first two months of rent for Al Midhar and Alhazmi, although officials said it is possible that the hijackers later repaid the money." --Michael Isikoff, Newsweek, November 22, 2002--

Prince Bandar and Princess Haifa professed their ignorance of the whole affair.

Mark Stein speculates about the recent visit Prince Bandar and Princess Haifa paid to George and Laura at the Crawford ranch, where they were received with the accolades usually reserved for heads of state. Bush must have known about the money transfers and Bandar must have known Bush knew, but apparently a good time was had by all.

"Meanwhile, Majeda Ibrahin, the woman the princess was sending all that money to, turns out to be married to Osama Basnan, another buddy of the al-Qa’eda duo, and one who subsequently celebrated 11 September as a ‘wonderful, glorious day’. But here’s an odd little thing: Mr Basnan is known to have been in Texas in April when Crown Prince Abdullah and his entourage flew in to the state to see Bush at the ranch. Just another coincidence? Well, sorta: he’s supposed to have had a meeting in Houston with some big-time Saudi prince who deals with ‘intelligence matters.’ This seems an unusual degree of access for some schlub from San Diego who’s in the US illegally, as it transpires. He is variously described as a Saudi government agent and al-Qa’eda sympathiser, as if these positions are mutually exclusive. The Saudi embassy say they’ve only received queries about this matter from the media, not from the FBI. Odd that. The federal government claims it needs vast new powers to track every single credit-card transaction and every single email of every single American, yet a prima facie link between the terrorists and Prince Bandar’s wife isn’t worth going over to the embassy to have a little chat about." --Mark Steyn, "Bush and the Saudi Princess" --

Apparently it is not only the Saudis’ oil riches that insulates them from criticism, but also their calculated distribution of largesse. The Saudis have contributed to every presidential library in recent decades. Not surprisingly, former ambassadors to Saudi Arabia from the United States end up being apologists for the corrupt, despotic Saudi regime. The Saudis have arranged that American ambassadors to their country not speak Arabic. The American embassy in Saudi Arabia gets all its information about the reactionary regime from the rulers.

Some of the Washington politicians who found the Saudi connection lucrative include Spiro Agnew, Frank Carlucci, Jimmy Carter, Clark Clifford, John Connally, James Baker, George H. W. Bush, William Simon and Caspar Weinberger. --Daniel Golden, James Bandler and Marcus Walker, Wall Street Journal, September 27, 2001 Posted at 5 October 2001 --


The Bush dynasty has always been comfortable putting profits before patriotism. Prescott Bush, Bush Senior’s father, extended credit to Adolph Hitler and supplied him with raw materials during Word War II. The U. S. seized his assets under the Trading with the Enemy Act, but grandfather Bush found other ways to replenish the family coffers.

Bush Senior struck it rich in oil and in the defense industry. Mahfouz (yes, that Mahfouz), Prince Bandar and Prince Sultan (Bandar’s father) were also heavily invested in the defense industry through their holdings in the Carlyle Group, where Bush Senior served on the board of directors. Founded in 1987 as a private investment group with strong connections to the Republican Party establishment, Carlyle increased its original investment of $130 million to $900 million when it went public in 2001.

"In recent years, Carlyle has been successful both at raising and making money. It has raised $14 billion in the last five years or so, and its annual rate of return has been 36 percent. Its 550 investors consist of institutions and wealthy individuals from around the world including, until shortly after September 2001, members of the bin Laden family of Saudi Arabia. The family — which has publicly disavowed links with Osama bin Laden — had been an investor since 1995." --James Hatfield, "Why would Osama bin Laden want to kill Dubya, his former business partner?" Online Journal, July 13, 2001--

"As the eleventh largest US defence contractor, Carlyle is involved in nearly every aspect of military production, including making the big guns used on US naval destroyers, the Bradley Fighting Vehicle used by US forces during the Gulf War and parts used in most commercial and military aircraft. United Defense has joint ventures in Saudi Arabia and Turkey, two of the United States’ closest military allies in the Middle East." --Steve Lohr, "Gerstner to Be Chairman of Carlyle Group," New York Times, November 22, 2002--

It’s passing strange that even as the hijacked planes smashed into the World Trade Center, the Carlyle Group was holding its annual investor conference. Shafig Bin Laden, brother of Osama Bin Laden, attended.

Bush Junior once served as an executive with Caterair, one of hundreds of companies Carlyle has bought and sold over the past 15 years, but he removed the record of this period from his resume.

In 1986, Bush Junior, to date a flop as a businessman, joined Harken Energy Corporation as a director and was awarded 212,000 shares of stock and other plums.

In 1987, Khalid bin Mahfouz arranged for BCCI investor Abdullah Bakhsh to purchase 17% of Harken. A Harken official acknowledged that Bush’s White House connections had everything to do with the appointment. Somehow, the inexperienced, obscure firm was awarded a prime drilling contract by Bahrain, and Harken’s stock price soared.

In June 1990, Bush Junior sold his Harken stock for a juicy $848,000, enabling him to pay off the loan he had assumed on buying shares in the Texas Rangers. Never mind that the Harken stock promptly tanked when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, for Abdullah Bakhsh, a major Harken shareholder and an investor in BCCI, who had purchased 17% of Harken Energy in 1987, got his money’s worth. By 1990, Bakhsh’s representative on Harken’s board, Talet Othman, began attending Middle East policy discussions with President Bush Senior.

Now that Bush Junior occupies the White House, Bush Senior receives frequent CIA briefings (his prerogative as a former president). "In July 2001, Bush personally contacted Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah to ‘clarify’ his son's Middle East policies. Also during the summer of 2001, Bush forwarded his son a North Korea policy plan penned by ‘Asia expert’ and former ambassador to Korea, Donald Gregg. Gregg is a 31-year CIA veteran and the elder Bush's former national security adviser whose expertise involved participation in the Vietnam-era Phoenix Program (death squads), Air America heroin smuggling, ‘pacification’ efforts in El Salvador and Guatemala, the ‘October Surprise,’ and the Iran-Contra operation (for which Gregg received a Bush pardon in 1992). --" Tim Shorrock uncovers the Bush connection to US defence giant the Carlyle Group, New Internationalist 347, July 2002--

Bush Junior has received more than advice from his father. He has taken on the team of hustlers and criminals that worked with George Herbert Walker Bush when he was Vice President and President of the United States of America.

Just as his father did, he invokes executive privilege to hide all evidence of collusion with the petroleum pashas who have enriched the Bushes and intimidated the rest of us.

Sandy Tolan, an I.F. Stone Fellow at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley, asserts that what the Bush administration really wants in Iraq is a remapping of the Mideast. "The plan is, in its way, as ambitious as the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement between the empires of Britain and France, which carved up the region at the fall of the Ottoman Empire. The neo-imperial vision, which can be ascertained from the writings of key administration figures and their co-visionaries in influential conservative think tanks, includes not only regime change in Iraq but control of Iraqi oil, a possible end to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and newly compliant governments in Syria and Iran -- either by force or internal rebellion."

The Bushes are carriers of the deny-destroy-and-be-damned virus. Prescott Bush never apologized for trading with the Nazis. George Bush Senior professed to know nothing of the drug and arms dealing that funded the bloody, illegal Iran-Contra operations, although it was common knowledge that he directed them. He and his sons enriched themselves through shady real estate deals and financial manipulations that brought down entire banking and savings and loan institutions. They are all consummate inside traders, looting and leaving ruin in their wake.

President-Select George Bush is no exception. He has no scruples about exploiting his office for personal and family gain. The Texas governor who could joke about frying prisoners in the electric chair will not, as president, agonize over the decision to send young men and women into battle--or over denying them medical care when they are injured.

There is irrefutable evidence that highly-placed Saudis aided and supported the terrorists who murdered over 3000 American citizens on September 11, 2001. Yet George Bush persists in protecting and colluding with those who sponsor terrorists. Is this not an an act of treason?

And some of you actually still believe that GW Bush is looking out after our best interests? Are all of these sources lying? They just invented a conspiracy? How long can people believe these things aren't true about our beloved president. It's not your right to question your government, it's your duty to do so. --Thomas Jefferson-- Was he lying too?

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Intelligent Design vs Evolution

There are really only 3 schools of thought when it comes to how the earth began.

1. Creationism - The belief that God created the Earth in 7 days as it says in the Bible.

2. Evolution - The belief we were monkeys.

3. Intelligent Design - The belief that an Intelligent Being created all the creatures on Earth.

Some people have been in the news as saying intelligent design is just creationism with a new name. Not so. Creationists believe in the living God and it is He that created the earth. Intelligent Design suggests only that something intelligent created life on earth.

The problem is this. Scientists have accused the christian right for years of being "narrowminded" because they will not accept the THEORY of evolution and will only believe God created the heavens and the earth.

Now people want Intelligent Design taught as an alternative theory to evolution in the schools. The scientists are all screaming NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Only evolution should be taught. Only what we believe is true should be taught to our children!

Now who's being narrow minded?

Evolution has become the religion of scientists. Even though there are terrible gaps in the theory, no fossils found at all for certain periods of time where they claim we were "evolving", and other things that disprove the theory of evolution, scientists cling to it as much as any creationist clings to God.

You cannot believe in God AND Evolution. You cannot add to or take away from the Bible. It says so. You either believe or you do not. Personally I feel sorry for the scientists who have chosen to believe they know more and that we are simply monkeys in disguise or a "super monkey" you may as well say.

They only want their theory taught because they fear they will be proved wrong or worse yet, people will begin to understand that despite what we have been taught, evolution is a THEORY, therefore should not be taught as fact and should not be the only theory taught to our children.

Our children deserve to here all theories and make up their own mind. We can't even teach our children the basics of reading and math properly anymore and we want to deny them the ability to hear all theories?

It's time to open up our minds and those of our children and trust them to make up their own minds about their beliefs.

Seperation of church and state is NOT even written in the constitution yet the average american has been lead to believe it is in the constitution. It only says Government shall not create or endorse a particular religion. Even a religion called evolution.

Teaching all the theories of how the earth was created is neither creating or endorsing a particular religion so the theory of seperation of church and state has no bearing on this issue.

Our children need to learn to be open-minded and tolerant of other's beliefs. The only way to achieve this is to teach all the theories and let them decide for themselves which they believe. If evolutionists think their case is so strong what are they worried about?

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