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What do you suppose an administration populated and supported by some of the same folks who gave us Iran Contra and the term 'October Surprise' might resort to to hold on to the presidency that they stole in Florida in 2000?
The Associated Press today ran a story headlined "U.S. and Pakistani officials deny Iran radio report that bin Laden captured." (see first link below) Apparently Iranian state radio was broadcasting a report that Osama bin Laden had been captured "a long time ago" somewhere on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, and that the Bush administration is waiting for the most politically opportune time to announce the capture, and that Donald Rumsfeld's latest visit to the region was connected to the affair. The AP story quotes denials by US and Pakistani military officials.

It is interesting that AP has run this story at all, but one wonders how much investigative journalism by the corporate media will follow this up. After the "capture" of Saddam Hussein, a story ran in the (London)Sunday Express (see second link below) saying that Hussein was actually captured by Kurds who drugged him and dumped him in the "spider hole" and brokered a political deal to hand him over to the US military. This was a pretty credible article, written by Yvonne Ridley, who gained some notoriety in September 2001 after being captured and briefly imprisoned by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Except for Democracy NOW and some other alternative media, very little was heard about this. The corporate media only told us how even other Democratic candidates and party hacks jumped on Howard Dean for daring to suggest we were no safer after our military "captured" Saddam Hussein.

Obviously I can't say for certain whether the report of bin Laden's capture is true or not. Even one of the main sources of the report claims he was misquoted and that bin Laden has not actually been captured, but declares "I have for the last year been saying that he is not far away. He is within their (the Americans') reach, and they can declare him arrested any time."

But past history does make me think that the Bush administration and its supporters will do just about anything they think they can get away with to hold on to the presidency for another four years. These are the folks who gave us Iran Contra, the folks who illegally scrubbed 40 or 50,000 voters from the Florida rolls leading up to the 2000 election, the folks who equated triple amputee Viet Nam veteran Sen. Max Cleland with Osama bin Laden in the 2002 congressional elections because he didn't blindly support the PATRIOT ACT and the Chickenhawk push for war, and the folks who at the very least cynically exploited 911 as a Pearl Harbor to justify the Iraq War with their lies of WMD's and mushroom clouds, the folks who outed Valerie Plame. I could of course go on. And on...

And who are the watchdogs of these government servants? The media who didn't follow up on the Saddam Hussein capture, the media who ignored major fraud and abuse in Florida and painted the problem as one of hanging chads, confused Jews voting for Buchanan, and blacks too stupid to read a ballot, the media who gave us Dean's scream and Janet Jackson's boob, the media who asked Dennis Kucinich to shut up and go home rather than continue to broaden the debate.

The Democrats should be prepared for an October surprise, be it Osama bin Laden in a spider hole, or another terrorist attack to scare them into voting for more war and more PATRIOT ACTs, and more Dubya with an administration peopled by criminals and thugs whose histories of mayhem the major media refuse to shine a light on. The Democrats should be prepared. I wish I had more reason to hope that they will be.
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In other words, these goons will do anything to win an election.

In fact, Tom Ridge and the corporate media tycoons are looking forward to the next mass murder event. Last month Steven Brill "had a summit meeting of TV anchormen and their bosses over dinner at his Fifth Avenue apartment...
with Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to discuss how they'll cover the next terrorist attack... Joining Brill, his wife Cynthia and two of their three kids for dinner were Fox News Channel boss Roger Ailes, ABC News prexie David Westin, CBS News chief Andrew Heyward, CNN anchor Aaron Brown, plus Peter Jennings and Tom Brokaw," the New York Post reported.

According to Francis Boyle, international law professor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Rove and Bush will engineer a Syrian invasion in September if they think the election is lost. "It’s just like what happened in the 2002 congressional campaign,"

Then there was the New Year's eve ramblings of former Nixonite and rightwing nutcake columnist William Safire. He predicted an "October Surprise."
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that they stole in Florida in 2000. Come on why do you have to make us all sound like bitches? Mone on to Kerry 2004.
Published on Tuesday, April 13, 2004 by the Mehr News Agency (Tehran, Iran)
New Reports on U.S. Planting WMDs in Iraq

BASRA -– Fifty days after the first reports that the U.S. forces were unloading weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in southern Iraq, new reports about the movement of these weapons have been disclosed.

Given the recent scandals to the effect that the U.S. president was privy to the 9/11 plot, they might try to immediately announce the discovery of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in order to overshadow the scandals and prevent a further decline of Bush’s public opinion rating as the election approaches.

Sources in Iraq speculate that occupation forces are using the recent unrest in Iraq to divert attention from their surreptitious shipments of WMD into the country.

An Iraqi source close to the Basra Governor’s Office told the MNA that new information shows that a large part of the WMD, which was secretly brought to southern and western Iraq over the past month, are in containers falsely labeled as containers of the Maeresk shipping company and some consignments bearing the labels of organizations such as the Red Cross or the USAID in order to disguise them as relief shipments.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added that Iraqi officials including forces loyal to the Iraqi Governing Council stationed in southern Iraq have been forbidden from inspecting or supervising the transportation of these consignments. He went on to say that the occupation forces have ordered Iraqi officials to forward any questions on the issue to the coalition forces. Even the officials of the international relief organizations have informed the Iraqi officials that they would only accept responsibility for relief shipments which have been registered and managed by their organizations.

The Iraqi source also confirmed the report about suspicious trucks with fake Saudi and Jordanian license plates entering Iraq at night last week, stressing that the Saudi and Jordanian border guards did not attempt to inspect the trucks but simply delivered them to the U.S. and British forces stationed on Iraq’s borders.

However, the source expressed ignorance whether the governments of Saudi Arabia and Jordan were aware of such movements.

A professor of physics at Baghdad University also told the MNA correspondent that a group of his colleagues who are highly specialized in military, chemical and biological fields have been either bribed or threatened during the last weeks to provide written information on what they know about various programs and research centers and the possible storage of WMD equipment.

The professor also said these people have been openly asked to confirm or deny the existence of research or related WMD equipment. A large number of these scientists, who are believed to be under the surveillance of U.S. intelligence operatives, have claimed that if they refuse to comply with this request, they may be killed or arrested on charges of concealing the truth if these weapons are found by the Bush administration in the future.

He said that the Iraqi scientists believe their lives would be in danger if they decline to cooperate with the occupation forces, especially when they recall that senior U.S. officer Michael Peterson once said, “Iraqi scientists are at any case a threat to the U.S. administration, whether they talk or not.”

A source close to the Iraqi Governing Council said, “In the meantime, many suspect containers disguised as fuel supplies have been moved about by some units of the U.S. special forces. The move has been carried out under heavy security measures. Also, there are unofficial reports that the containers held biological and bacteriological toxins in liquid form. It is possible that the news about the discovery of the WMDs would be announced later.”

He also said that such mixtures had been used by the Saddam regime in the 1990s.

The source added that some provocative actions such as the closure of Al-Hawza periodical by U.S. administrator Paul Bremer, the secret meetings between his envoys with some extremist groups who have no relations with the Iraqi Governing Council, the sudden upsurge in violence in central and southern Iraq, a number of activities which have stoked up the wrath of the prominent Shia clerics, and finally, the spate of kidnappings and the baseless charges against the Iranian charge d’affaires in Baghdad are providing the necessary smokescreen for the transportation of the WMD to their intended locations.

He said they are quite aware that the White House in cooperation with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has directly tasked the Defense Department to hide these weapons. Given the recent scandals to the effect that the U.S. president was privy to the 9/11 plot, they might try to immediately announce the discovery of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in order to overshadow the scandals and prevent a further decline of Bush’s public opinion rating as the election approaches.

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