About this site: Launched in October 2001, this warlog's purpose is to demonstrate the folly of the War On Terror by taking articles only from wire feeds and mainstream news organizations, including FOX.
American combat units, meanwhile, are harassed almost daily by haphazard rocket fire and hit-and-run attacks. Taliban and al-Qaida fighters enjoy freedom of movement in the lawless tribal highlands of Pakistan, aided by sympathizers in Afghanistan's rugged eastern border regions. Though several top al-Qaida leaders have been killed or captured, Osama bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Muhammed Omar are still at large.
An attack in Yemen that killed three American aid workers is being seen as the start of a backlash against Yemeni cooperation with the US "war on terror."
The document also bears out the strategic strength of Mr Bush's position regarding the War on Terror. In defining a war that is unwinnable, certainly by 2004, Mr Bush will be able to ask Americans to allow him to continue the fight while warning that his ejection from office would mark a victory for the terrorists.
The Pentagon's order to deploy large numbers of combat troops, warplanes and a hospital ship in the Gulf have created a near unstoppable momentum towards war with Iraq, US military analysts said yesterday.
Aid agencies have warned that one million refugees could flee Iraq if Britain and America do not pull back from war.
"We have to assume that it is not a matter of if, but of when we have to fight," said Colonel Bennett Saylor, chief of staff of the 1st Marine Division, the largest combat force on the base. "We look at the holidays as our last week of peace."
That'll Get 'Em!
"Soldiers of Iraq. Since the beginning of time, there has been no profession more honorable than that of a soldier. Saddam has tarnished this legacy. Saddam uses the soldiers of Iraq ... as his own personal bodyguards. Do not let Saddam tarnish the reputation of soldiers any longer. Saddam uses the military to persecute those who don't agree with his unjust agenda. Make the decision."
... as some military leaders have privately cautioned in recent days, a fight to the death with Saddam Hussein in Iraq could reap a grim harvest in dead and wounded in terms of American military personnel and Iraqi civilians in whose midst Hussein might make his last stand.
The administration's top budget official estimated today that the cost of a war with Iraq could be in the range of $50 billion to $60 billion, a figure that is well below earlier estimates from White House officials.
This site is taking a few days off. Two quick things before the break:
MUST READ: CS Monitor On DU Weapons
DU is made from nuclear-waste material left over from making nuclear weapons and fuel. American gunners used 320 tons of it in 1991 to destroy 4,000 Iraqi armored vehicles and swiftly conclude victory.
Pentagon spokesmen said yesterday that US troops are being given no new DU protection training for any Iraq campaign. In the mid-1990s, US troops were required to wear full protective suits and masks within 50 yards of a tank struck with DU bullets. Those rules, based on Nuclear Regulatory Commission safety guidelines, were dramatically revised in the late 1990s.
LA Times: War Unavoidable
... with the first assessment from chief weapons Inspector Hans Blix, the United Nations passed a crucial turning point Thursday in the drama that began with a tough U.N. resolution in November. There is a growing sentiment even among Hussein's traditional allies at the U.N. Security Council and doves in the Bush administration that, barring a political upheaval in Baghdad that preempts it, a U.S.-led military campaign appears increasingly unavoidable.
Washington Post: War Not Certain
The Bush administration's declaration that Baghdad is in material breach of United Nations disarmament resolutions sets in motion the countdown for a war with Iraq -- but that does not mean that war is inevitable.
America last night invoked the trigger phrase for war on Iraq, accusing Baghdad of being in "material breach" of its UN obligations to fully disclose its weapons arsenal.
The U.S. military is poised to begin a rapid and visible buildup of forces in the Persian Gulf early next month involving 50,000 combat troops, aircraft, armor and tens of thousands of reservists, senior defense officials said.
"The most important thing governments like the UK or the US could give us would be to tell us sites where they are convinced [the Iraqis] keep some weapons of mass destruction."
An Afghan man has been killed and three people including two French aid workers wounded in an explosion that military police said was an attack on international troops.
The Bush administration is planning to propose requiring Internet service providers to help build a centralized system to enable broad monitoring of the Internet and, potentially, surveillance of its users.
The man credited with preventing the United States from embarking on unilateral action in a war against Iraq appears to have completed his transformation from White House dove to born-again warrior.
A war with Iraq could destabilise the Islamic world and boost recruitment to al-Qa'eda and other terrorist groups, according to an influential committee of MPs.
Gaps in Iraq's weapons declaration are not in themselves grounds for war, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said Thursday, despite his assessment that the document was an "obvious falsehood."
The US plans to declare that Iraq's weapons dossier is incomplete, pushing the UN toward decision.
Marine Corps and Army generals distance themselves from Pentagon as inspections chief prepares to brief UN
Hundreds of soldiers are involved. Meanwhile, some predict Hussein will target his own oil fields and food supplies and then blame the U.S.
Syria has said that it will not attend the United Nations' Security Council session scheduled to discuss Iraq's weapons declaration.
The Bush administration has set the last week in January as the make-or-break point in the long standoff with Iraq, and is increasingly confident that by then it will have marshaled the evidence to convince the U.N. Security Council that Iraq is in violation of a U.N. resolution passed last month and to call for the use of force, officials said yesterday.
... doctors at the Saddam Teaching Hospital for Pediatrics here use gentamicin to treat urinary tract infections, doxycycline to help those with cholera or diarrhea, and streptomycin in cases of tuberculosis. All three would be added to the list of restricted items if the U.N. Security Council agrees to the U.S. proposal.
As the US prepares for war on Iraq, its troops in Afghanistan are coming under increasing attack from the forces they were sent to dig out
The U.S. military violated international law in Afghanistan by indiscriminately dropping cluster bombs on populated areas, killing at least 25 civilians and injuring numerous others, Human Rights Watch said in a report scheduled for release today.
David Rees finally has a t-shirt available, but the one I made 14 months ago kicks its ass:
OFF TOPIC: A Victory for Sanity
Faced with a deadlock, the conference took a vote - highly unusual at United Nations conferences - on two key chapters of the plan. The United States lost the first vote, 31 to 1, with two abstentions, and the second, 32 to 1, with two abstentions.
United States support for population programs is important for the region. Earlier this month, the Bush administration blocked $34 million appropriated by Congress for the United Nations Population Fund.
Reported Here Last Week as "Pissing Into the Wind"
When Secretary of State Colin Powell presented a new program last week to build democratic institutions and fight poverty in Arab countries with $29 million in fresh annual aid, the reaction from Egypt was about as welcoming as a hot gust of wind in the desert.
Why We Must Bomb Iraq
Al-Qaeda training camps have recently been reactivated in Afghanistan, and new volunteers are making their way into these camps, a U.N. report said Tuesday.
Iraq's 11,000-page report to the UN Security Council lists 150 foreign companies, including some from America, Britain, Germany and France, that supported Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction programme, a German newspaper said yesterday.
...the new survey also found that 58 percent of those interviewed would like to see President Bush present more evidence explaining why the United States should use military force to topple the Iraqi leader, up from 50 percent in September. And while most Americans view Iraq as a major threat, fewer than half said it poses an immediate danger to this country.
Rummy vs. the Generals
With war possible soon in Iraq, the chiefs of the two U.S. ground forces are challenging the belief of some senior Pentagon civilians that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein will fall almost immediately upon being attacked and are calling for more attention to planning for worst-case scenarios, Defense Department officials said.
The US has stepped up psychological operations against President Saddam Hussein with the start of radio broadcasts targeted at military commanders as well as civilians.
Iraqi military forces have begun placing obstacles on the runways of their key air bases, the most overt steps yet by Baghdad to prepare for a possible U.S. invasion, according to U.S. defense and intelligence officials.
The first preparations for a major British deployment for war against Iraq were revealed yesterday as defence officials disclosed that ships were being chartered to carry troops and heavy armour to the Gulf.
Iraqi opposition groups seeking to form a common front failed on Tuesday to overcome their rivalries, with some walking out of a meeting warning of possible civil war if they were sidelined in any new government.
As the US readies a reply to Iraq's weapons report, concern also shifts to growing nuclear threats in Iran and North Korea.
Furious parents of Afghan children killed by a stray mortar fired during a U.S. military training drill accused Special Forces troops Tuesday of ignoring their desperate pleas and letting their sons bleed to death.
The U.N.'s human rights chief said Tuesday that the U.S.-led "war on terror" was hurting human rights and exacerbating prejudices around the world.
Turkey Shoot on the "Highway of Death" from Peter Turnley's The Unseen Gulf War
This past war and any one looming, have often been treated as something akin to a 'Nintendo game'. This view conveniently obscures the vivid and often grotesque realities apparent to those directly involved in war. As a witness to the results of this past Gulf War, this televised, aerial, and technological version of the conflict is not what I saw and I'd like to present some images that I made that represent a more complete picture of what this conflict looked like.
Despite a concerted effort by the Bush administration, more than two-thirds of Americans believe the president has failed to make the case that a war with Iraq is justified, according to a Los Angeles Times poll.
The poll also found that support for a possible war appears to be weakening, with 58% saying they support a ground attack on Iraq. In an August Times poll, 64% said they would support a ground attack. Last January, after President Bush first denounced Saddam Hussein in his State of the Union address, the Times and other polls found support for military action greater than 70%.
THE Bush Administration gave its first indication yesterday that last week’s Iraqi weapons declaration was insufficient and that war was becoming unavoidable. Colin Powell, the Secretary of State, said that there were “problems” with the 12,000-page dossier, which was delivered to United Nations officials on December 7.
London: Officials analysing Iraq's 12,000-page weapons declaration are "very disappointed" at its contents, saying it has big gaps that may cost Iraq the chance to avoid war.
U.S. intelligence sources told NBC on Monday that Iraq has deployed surface-to-surface ballistic missiles with a range that violates U.N. sanctions.
Britain said on Tuesday that diplomatic efforts were still being pursued on Iraq and denied reports it was asking defense firms to speed up production of military equipment in readiness for war.
Fifty long vehicles loads of US military equipment that was landed at the Incirlik airbase in southern Turkey has already been transferred to northern Iraq, a location cited as a possible conflict point should the US administration hit Iraq according to reports.
If American bombs are going to fall on Baghdad, American peace activist Cynthia Banas intends to be alongside Iraqis in the target zone.
The White House today distanced itself from a secret Pentagon directive that would authorize the military to carry out covert operations to influence public opinion and policy makers in friendly and neutral countries.
"The more I work on this, the more I'm confident that it's not him," says Hervé Bourlard, director of the Dalle Molle Institute for Perceptual Artificial Intelligence, one of the world's leading voice-recognition institutes.
Women caught talking with men on the streets of Herat, a major city in western Afghanistan, risk being seized by special morals police, taken to a hospital and forced to undergo an exam to determine if they have had sex, according to a report issued today by Human Rights Watch.
OFF TOPIC: Completely Whacked
Taking its fight against abortion overseas, the Bush administration has opened a sharp debate over a landmark family-planning agreement at a United Nations conference, angering several of its allies, European and Asian diplomats said.
President George W. Bush's diplomatic strategy for December was hardly a mystery: Focus attention on a unique threat posed by Iraq, one that could be neutralized only by disarming the country and deposing Saddam Hussein.
President Saddam Hussein of Iraq has adopted a two-pronged strategy in his showdown with the United States, according to U.S. experts. He wants to delay war as long as possible. If that fails, he is preparing his people for a brutal and protracted conflict that would give him hero status in the Muslim world.
Dozens of teams of elite American soldiers and intelligence specialists have been sent into Iraq with millions of dollars in cash to woo key tribal leaders away from Saddam Hussein.
Why the dossier was whisked away (via Cursor)
Iraq's 12,000-page declaration of its weapons programs lists American companies that provided materials used by Baghdad to develop chemical and biological weapons in the 1980s, according to a senior Iraqi official.
The Bush administration wants to identify a few "clear winners" that will either find hidden weapons of mass destruction, produce proof that they still exist elsewhere or lead to a confrontation because Iraqi President Saddam Hussein balks at full compliance, the sources said.
Add 'Em to the Axis
American intelligence and defense officials have concluded that Russia — one of the Bush administration's most important allies in the campaign against terrorism — supplied Iran with much of the equipment and expertise it used to build two new facilities that appear to American intelligence agencies to be part of a nuclear weapons program.
The Defense Department is considering issuing a secret directive to the American military to conduct covert operations aimed at influencing public opinion and policy makers in friendly and neutral countries, senior Pentagon and administration officials say.
Iraqi opposition groups jockeyed for position yesterday as they fought over who should be part of a "co-ordinating" committee that could form the embryo of a future government after the downfall of Saddam Hussein.
US President George W Bush has authorised the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to kill about a dozen terrorist leaders named on a secret list prepared by the White House, US media has reported.
In a foiled suicide bomb plot, Islamic militants planned to ram an explosives-laden Volkswagen into a car carrying U.S. diplomats in Karachi, Pakistan police said Sunday.
Pissing Into the Wind
The initiative flows from U.S. analyses, undertaken after the Sept. 11 attacks, of the causes of anti-U.S. feeling in parts of the Arab world. It is meant to lessen concern in the Arab world about U.S. intentions as it continues a military build-up around Iraq.
Powell's Underling, Richard Haass, Provides a Good Laugh
He (Richard Haass) indicated that ageing autocratic leaders of US allies in the region could not rely on Washington for ever: "The US will support the democratic process, even if it produces policies not to our liking." But he acknowledged that "unrestrained zeal" on the part of the US could "make matters worse rather than better". America had to show humility, and "follow the precept of the Hippocratic oath: first do no harm," he said.
The Bush administration, deepening a rift with its allies on Middle East policy, has rebuffed appeals from President Jacques Chirac and other Europeans to adopt a plan next week establishing a Palestinian state in three years, administration officials said today.
Earlier this week, the Bush administration formally unveiled a new strategy to fight the spread of weapons of mass destruction, stressing the importance of preemption and interdiction. Almost immediately, however, events conspired to demonstrate the gap between rhetoric and practice.
The United States has evidence that Iran has secretly been constructing large nuclear facilities -- sites that could possibly be used to make nuclear weapons, senior U.S. officials tell CNN.
American intelligence agencies have reached a preliminary conclusion that Iraq's 12,000-page declaration of its weapons programs fails to account for chemical and biological agents missing when inspectors left Iraq four years ago, American officials and United Nations diplomats said today.
The Bush administration believes any failure by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to produce scientists that United Nations inspectors want to interview outside the country would constitute "noncooperation" by Baghdad with last month's U.N. resolution, a senior administration official said yesterday.
The Bush administration, still angry over German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's anti-war stance on Iraq, has blocked Germany's quest to assume the chairmanship of a key Security Council sanctions committee that oversees billions of dollars in Iraqi trade, according to U.S. and U.N. diplomats.
Suicide squads are being trained in Pakistan by al-Qaida operatives to hit targets in Afghanistan and the bombers' families are being promised $50,000, say Afghan and Pakistani sources.
U.S. forces shelled suspected enemy positions with mortars Wednesday after coming under rocket fire before dawn at a base near the border with Pakistan, the U.S. military said.
The Bush administration has received a credible report that Islamic extremists affiliated with al Qaeda took possession of a chemical weapon in Iraq last month or late in October, according to two officials with firsthand knowledge of the report and its source. They said government analysts suspect that the transaction involved the nerve agent VX and that a courier managed to smuggle it overland through Turkey.
The delivery of Baghdad's declaration on banned weapons represents a critical moment of truth for a US president who has apparently become more hesitant over the use of force as the prospect of war has drawn closer.
What began as a feat of derring-do on the high seas in America's war on terror ended yesterday in a diplomatic dilemma, one that underlines just how complicated, contradictory and perhaps even self-defeating that war will be.
Why the PWP is a good investment
... one thing is clear: Mr Bush will not rest on any laurels he may collect in Baghdad. Pyongyang is his next target.
UP TO 2,500 Iraqi opposition members are expected in Hungary within the next few weeks, after Donald Rumsfeld, the US Defence Secretary, asked yesterday for the use of an American airbase in southern Hungary to set up a framework for a post-Saddam regime in Iraq.
Negroponte told the BBC if any excised material is used to make a case against Iraq, all council members would have to be made aware "in some fashion or another" of what it contains.
With the U.S. military occupying more than a quarter of Kuwait, the government is taking urgent stock of the extent of anti-Americanism and fundamentalist fervor within the ranks of its own police and military.
Cheerleading Chickenhawk Commander-in-Chief
Around midnight Sunday, the council's lone copy left the building in U.S. hands, supposedly because only the U.S. government could photocopy thousands of pages in secure surroundings. The transfer, which occurred before any other governments could examine the Iraqi reports, had the approval of the council's current president, Ambassador Alfonso Valdivieso of Colombia.
See also, from a few days ago: Powell Says U.S. Will Increase Military Aid for Colombia
The Pentagon is preparing to use anti-personnel land mines in a war with Iraq, despite U.S. policy that calls for the military to stop using the mines everywhere in the world except Korea by 2003.
The Truth About Rummy
But Rumsfeld's popularity and rock star fame belie a sometimes troubled relationship with the armed forces and fears that his take-no-prisoners style is alienating some of America's closest allies. Though Rumsfeld has disputed news reports that he is often at odds with top generals, his strained relationship with the military and many Defense Department civilians is widely known at the Pentagon.
See also: Rummy to Saddam: "Pleased to meet you."
The Bush administration Wednesday will unveil a new, tougher strategy designed to deter terrorists and other enemies from acquiring nuclear, chemical or biological weapons and using them against the United States and its allies.
One problem is that many of the warlords were instrumental in helping the U.S. overcome the Taliban last year. The United States was happy to attack from the safety of 30,000 feet, but the ground assault was mainly won by Afghan forces.
This Could Get Juicy
Iraq's mammoth document of its past weapons programs includes the names of foreign suppliers, disclosures that may be embarrassing for nations on the U.N. Security Council and others.
The US and Britain lack "killer" intelligence that will prove conclusively that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, according to sources in London and New York.
As U.S. experts began to copy and comb through Iraq's 12,000-page declaration of its weapons of mass destruction program, the Bush administration moved yesterday to assure skittish allies that it does not intend to use the document as a trigger to begin military operations against Iraq, U.S. and foreign officials said.
The hammer of US military force is almost ready for use against Iraq, even as the diplomatic struggle between Washington and Baghdad continues.
Any attempt to use Iraqi opposition fighters in combat roles against Saddam Hussein would be undercut by their shortage of weaponry and skill, crippled by their history of fighting among themselves and compromised by their sensitive relations with neighbors Turkey and Iran.
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Monday left open the possibility of expanding the new U.S. military presence in the Horn of Africa, where hundreds of American troops are based as part of a land, sea and air campaign to root out al-Qaida terrorists.
The Bush administration will sell weapons to the military-backed government of Algeria to help combat Islamic militants, administration officials said today. The militants have engaged in a violent uprising since an Islamic political party was banned in the early 1990's.
To slow the flow of illicit drugs, terrorists and contraband into and out of Afghanistan, the United States is planning to finance the construction and maintenance of 177 checkpoints staffed by a 12,000-strong border police unit, officials said Sunday.
U.S. commanders have turned down as too risky plans for special operations missions to attack Taliban and al Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan, according to soldiers and Bush administration officials.
A year after the demise of the Taliban in Afghanistan, many Muslims in neighbouring Pakistan are expressing sympathy for the hardline Islamists ousted at the start of the US-led war on terror.
During his recent trip to Europe to drum up support from the allies, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz was asked by NATO ambassadors what it would take to prove that Iraq has failed to give up its weapons of mass destruction. His reply illustrated the subjective nature of the evidence against Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, which depends on the eye of the beholder.
For the first time in many years, Mr. Stauffer (the economist) has tallied the total cost to the US of its backing of Israel in its drawn-out, violent dispute with the Palestinians. So far, he figures, the bill adds up to more than twice the cost of the Vietnam War.
(CBS's Bob Simon) reminds viewers that a horrible story spread widely by the first Bush administration prior to the Gulf War about Kuwaiti babies pulled from incubators by invading Iraqis turned out not to be true. The current Bush administration may be also misinforming the public in its efforts to justify a possible second war with Saddam Hussein.
Barring a smoking gun, US likely faces a long process in trying to prove pattern of deceit.
It bears the innocuous name of "Internal Look". But the American military's elaborate command-and-control exercise, which begins at a base in the Qatari desert today, looks very like a dry run for a war against Iraq which many believe is inevitable.
... as the country prepares for another war in the same "sandbox," some veterans have doubts about the wisdom of such an undertaking. "I don’t see how we can send troops into that region if we say we still don’t know the reason for Gulf War illness," said Mike Woods, 33, who is 100 percent disabled with neurological problems.
The administration was asked why President Bush has not orchestrated a similar display of evidence (as the Cuban Missile Crisis) that would cut through 12,000 pages of Iraqi declarations, and back up Washington's assertion that Saddam Hussein never gave up his weapons of mass destruction.
American forces will be ready for war in the Gulf by next month, much earlier than many had predicted, Pentagon officials said yesterday.
Four months after the United States adopted a new strategy of using more ground troops to hunt for remnants of Al Qaeda and the Taliban, it is unclear if the strategy is working, Afghan officials say.
The transatlantic divide over a war with Iraq is wider than ever, despite US attempts to rally world support for a potential military campaign, according to a survey of global attitudes published yesterday.
The killing of an American in Lebanon is just one recent sign of a pattern of anti-US attacks in moderate Arab states.
Baghdad has launched a scathing attack on the United Nations weapons inspectors currently searching sites in Iraq, accusing them of espionage and provocation.
The total amount of bombs dropped by British and American aircraft on targets in southern Iraq has increased dramatically over the past few months, in a clear indication that the no-fly zone is being used to destroy the country's air defence systems in anticipation of an all-out attack.
The Pentagon is preparing for a major call-up of National Guard and Reserve troops, a move that would fill military jobs that would be critical if the United States goes to war against Iraq, Defense Department officials said today.
Massive training exercises using live fire in Kuwait are designed to send a message to Iraq, just 10 miles away.
UN inspectors find nothing new at an old chemical weapons plant and a nuclear facility.
Twisted pieces of metal rise from the rubble, rainwater lies in craters gouged into the earth, a scorched chimney leans into a jagged wall – reminders of how Saddam Hussein's nuclear ambitions were destroyed.
Asked this week whether the Bush administration's goal in Iraq is getting rid of weapons of mass destruction, getting rid of Saddam Hussein, or both, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld replied: "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It depends on who you talk to and when you talk to them."
Just an hour's ride in a fast boat from Yemen, Osama bin Laden's ancestral homeland, the United States is building an extensive military task force in Djibouti to combat al Qaeda, highlighting Africa's crucial role in the war on terrorism.
Fierce fighting has erupted in northern Iraq between the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and Muslim militants believed to be linked to al-Qaeda, it is reported.
U.S. forces in Afghanistan called in close air support twice on Monday after being threatened or fired at in the east and southeast of the country, a U.S. military statement said on Tuesday.
Turkey's foreign minister said Tuesday that his country would allow the United States to use military bases in the country for a strike against Iraq, but his ministry later said that his comments were not a firm commitment by Turkey.
UNITED NATIONS weapons inspectors staged their first search of one of Saddam Hussein’s eight presidential compounds yesterday — and found nothing but gilt-edged opulence, manicured lawns and poetry.
Saddam Hussein began a new round of brinkmanship yesterday when his lieutenants said they would tell the United Nations on Saturday that Iraq has no weapons of mass destruction.
U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan today challenged the Bush administration's downbeat assessment of weapons inspections underway in Iraq, saying that Iraqi "cooperation seems to be good" following the inspectors' first week of work.
With four days to go before a key Iraqi deadline to account for any weapons programs, the Bush administration is ramping up its rhetoric against President Saddam Hussein.
The United States, to the frustration of many Security Council nations, proposed today to delay for two weeks the renewal of an aid program for Iraq in order to add about 40 items to a list of imports prohibited under the program.
Fierce clashes between rival commanders close to a key air base in western Afghanistan resumed Monday, the leader of one faction said, a day after a U.S. B-52 bombed one of the sides.
In a few cases, the officials accused of corruption or incompetence have refused to step down, or they left after their deputies were promoted, raising questions about whether the ousted officials might still be in charge.
TALEBAN-STYLE puritanism is rapidly moving across northwestern Pakistan, with bans on music in private cars and buses and arrest for those who fail to stop at prayer times.
This effort - whose Latin motto translates as "knowledge is power" - aims to create huge databases that sift through the purchases, travel, immigration status, income, and other data of hundreds of millions of Americans. Its purpose: to sniff out the terrorists among us.
See also: Mark Fiore cartoon T.I.A. - Bringing Paranoia to the People
Suggesting, and praying
President Bush disparaged Iraq's efforts to comply with new U.N. disarmament demands as "not encouraging," suggesting Monday that Saddam Hussein will fail to meet terms for a key report due this weekend -- which would move the United States closer to war.
The Government's attempt to present Iraq as a uniquely evil regime turned into a public relations flop yesterday when the Iraqi dissident chosen to present it denounced the threat of war with Saddam Hussein and said Baghdad officials used British-made equipment as instruments of torture.
See also: Report lacks first-hand information.
"We're going around in circles," White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said as Air Force One carried President Bush home from his recent trip to Europe.
Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla., chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, warned Sunday of new terrorist attacks on U.S. targets and called on the Bush administration to take immediate steps to protect U.S. airliners from attacks by shoulder-fired missiles.
Diverse groups - from mothers to labor, churches to veterans - rally against war on Iraq.
A mammoth B-52 bomber was called into combat for the first time in five months Sunday to protect U.S. special forces battling armed Afghans outside an American base.
Informal estimates by congressional staff and Washington think tanks of the costs of an invasion of Iraq and a postwar occupation of the country have been in the range of $100 billion to $200 billion. If the fighting is protracted, and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein blows up his country's oil fields, most economists believe the indirect costs of the war could be much greater, reverberating through the U.S. economy for many years.
In Gulf nation liberated by the U.S. a decade ago, a disturbing rise in anti-Western extremism is confirmed by attacks on American soldiers.
Within ten days the Americans will begin a simulated "war game" in the region, the first of its kind outside the US, Pentagon officials said yesterday.
A foreign policy rift simmering in the Bush administration shows no signs of mending and could affect Iraq policy as well as U.S. dealings in the Middle East and with North Korea and China.
Researchers in Switzerland have questioned the authenticity of the recent audio recording attributed to Osama Bin Laden.
The world's top nuclear inspector said yesterday that it may take 12 months to discover whether Iraq has weapons of mass destruction - a view that is likely to irritate Washington hawks.
Iraqi opposition groups are divided over plans to train Iraqis to aid a U.S. invasion force. The division highlights the problems U.S. officials are facing in organizing both resistance and a post-Saddam Hussein government.
"The people do not look upon them with approval, and the mandate we won was a reaction to the American presence."