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Number Crunching: Death Count Politics

In an age where Hitlerian wars of aggression are considered standard practice for “healthy” democracies (with only the “competence” of their execution being a fit subject for debate), it is difficult, if not impossible, to single out a single element of the grotesque carnival as the most macabre. But surely the warmongers’ game-playing with the death toll of slaughtered Iraqis is a prime candidate.

Throughout George W. Bush’s rape of Iraq, which was launched on a sea of lies and spin, the warmakers and

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Dead Souls: The Pentagon Plan to Create Remorseless “Warfighters”

Penny Coleman at gives us a look at a new program designed to dull the moral sensibilities of American soldiers in combat on the imperial frontiers: Pentagon, Big Pharma: Drug Troops to Numb Them to Horrors of War.

But as we’ll see below, this attempt to peddle magic pills to chase away the horrors of war is just one front in a long-term, wide-ranging “warfighter enhancement program” — including the neurological and genetic re-engineering of soldiers’ minds and bodies to create what the Pentagon calls “iron bodied and iron willed personnel”: tireless, relentless,

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The Money Pit: Korean “Curveballs” Behind Bush Charges

Well, here’s a surprise: it turns out that the allegation by Bush (and the ever-eager corporate media) that North Korea was flooding the world with counterfeit $100 bills was based on (brace yourself) bogus evidence provided by greedy charlatans! Can you imagine such a thing in this day and age?

Actually, in a week when we have seen doctored videotapes and hyper-inflated accusations used to pump up flagging war fever against Iran, along with fresh confirmation of the falsified intelligence that was employed

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Tree of Smoke: Lies and Blood from Tonkin to the Tigris

Think anybody in the presidential media pack will ask the newly triumphant, straight-shootin’ John McCain what he thinks of the lastest confirmation of the fact that the war in which he was captured and tortured years ago was launched under precisely the same kind of knowingly false, manufactured pretext as the present war he supports so fervently? (From AFP: Report reveals Vietnam War hoaxes, faked attacks.)

Nah. They won’t ask. And he doesn’t care. He’s as close as he will ever be to the power he’s sought

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It’s All Right, Ma: The New Hampshire Primary Revisited

As some warn victory, some downfall           
Private reasons great or small
Can be seen in the eyes of those that call
To make all that should be killed to crawl
While others say don’t hate nothing at all
Except hatred.


For them that must obey authority
That they do not respect in any degree
Who despise their jobs, their destinies
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The Bomb in the Shadows: Proliferation, Corruption and the Way of the World

This week, the Sunday Times lifted the lid on one of the most important stories of the last quarter-century: how American officials sold nuclear arms technology to illegal proliferators — including ideological allies of al Qaeda — in return for bribes and other inducements. This widespread corruption has been protected from exposure by the highest levels of the U.S. government, which has gone to enormous lengths to protect the truth from coming out. The entire planet has been put at grave risk by the greed — and geopolitical gamesmanship — that

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Sibel Soon — But First an Update on Haditha

I will soon post an article on Sibel Edmonds’ revelations in the Sunday Times about American officials selling nuclear secrets — while also delving into the much deeper context behind the operation. But below is a quick follow-up to last week’s post on Haditha, an excellent article by Frida Berrigan in In These Times: The Fog of War Crimes.

Among other things, Berrigan’s article gives the lie to the trollish bluster of “Truthseeker” (sic) in the comments on the earlier Haditha piece.

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There Will Be Blood…But No Justice for Iraq Atrocity

The headline in Friday’s Washington Post says it all: “No Murder Charges Filed in Haditha Case.”

Two years ago, a group of Marines killed 24 Iraqi civilians — including women and children cowering in their own homes — in a revenge rampage in Haditha. Once the story emerged from the usual layers of lies and cover-up, the atrocity flared briefly on the public stage and eight of the Marines and their officers were charged “with murder or failing to investigate an

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All Wet: The Liquid Bomber Farce Unfolded

Dutch writer Daan de Wit has a very important piece of reportage up now at our sister site, Atlantic Free Press: Phantoms of the Terror War. Part I — The Liquid Bombers. Winter Patriot has already provided an excellent excerpt of de Wit’s piece (which was well translated by Ben Kearney). WP has been all over the “liquid bomber” farce for a long time, so we’ll go with his excerpt of de Wit below. See the original for the copious links that de Wit provides:

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