29 September 2003

Chemical weapons dumped in Iraqi water supply

An excellent catch by "SDN":mailto:snelson134@charter.net -- "Traces of Chemical Weapons found in Euphrates rivers":http://www.dailytelegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/04/06/wpois06.xml&sSheet=/news/2003/04/06/ixnewstop.html:
Mustard gas and cyanide have been found in river water in the Iraqi city of Nasiriyah, coalition forces said yesterday. […] A spokesman for the United States marines, based just outside the city, described the quantities of chemical agents found as "significant" […] The poisons were discovered by the marines' scientists who were testing the quality of water taken from the Euphrates before purifying it and distributing it to the residents of Nasiriyah, a city of 250,000 people.
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BBC Bias Watch

[source, source]
* 76% of all posts that were sceptical of claims made about progress by either side raised doubts about Coalition progress. * 58% of reports on Coalition progress focused on setbacks, which were also reported in greater details than the 42% of posts that dealt with Coalition successes. * 60% of posts that analysed Iraqi strategy were positive and 40% negative, 69% of all posts that focused on Coalition strategy were critical and 31% positive. * BBC reporters seemed much more sceptical about Coalition claims than they were about what the Iraqis were telling them.
Well, you know, you just can't trust those Americans. After all, President Bush didnt' get 100% of the vote of the citizens like Saddam Hussein did!
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FBI rewards suspected terrorist

["source(Debbie Schlussel)":http://www.nypost.com/postopinion/opedcolumnists/6059.htm ]
Imad Hamad will be bestowed with the same honor -- the only other non-FBI civilian to be so honored in America, this year.[…] Hamad was a suspected member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) […] The INS was so opposed to Hamad’s presence in the United States that it fought to deport him for over two decades. But, under political pressure from Michigan politicians, like Senator Carl Levin and Rep. David Bonior, the immigration judge chose to disregard classified evidence, and he is now a U.S. citizen. (Hamad’s lawyer, Noel Saleh, proudly proclaimed that he financially supported Hezbollah.) Since then, as Midwest Regional Director of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), Hamad has been busy promoting the terrorist cause—doing interviews throughout the Detroit media supporting Hezbollah, Hamas, and Islamic hate. […] When men were arrested (and later convicted) for smuggling arms to Hezbollah over Detroit’s Ambassador Bridge, Hamad wished for "better U.S. relations with Hezbollah," the terrorist group which murdered over 300 American Marines and civilians. "People here are morally supportive" of Hezbollah, he said.
This is of course of a piece with the political correctness that helped "stifle investigations":781 that might have prevented the 11 Sep attacks. UPDATE: Apparently the public pressure was too much, the FBI "has rescinded the award":http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/2540597/detail.html [source]
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The VRWC on WMD in Iraq

A good compendium of comments on WMD in Iraq from the usual suspects such as Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Bob Graham, Al Gore, Ted Kennedy, etc. UPDATE: Another good list. And "the word from Hillary Clinton":http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/003/157wjmhn.asp.
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We can't have just anybody get involved

In response to a ??Doonesbury?? strip against the California recall, Eugene Volokh wonders about campaign finance "reform" and media monopolization of political debate:
Of course, all such proposals have exemptions for "media" speakers, since any editorial in a major newspaper necessarily provides over $1000 in value to a candidate, and involves over $1000 in spending by the media under any sensible accounting system. So the "media" -- for instance, newspaper publishers and those (such as Garry Trudeau) to whom the publishers give access to the editorial and comics pages -- would get to speak; but people who don't own the newspapers, but want to rent space in them for a day, wouldn't. Doesn't seem quite right to me.
It's OK because media people are perfectly objective and well informed and so are suitable to be the only political active class! Right?
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