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<nettime> Bin Laden, Bush, Iraq: A Conspiracy, Two Remixes and a Petition

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    Alas, the october surprise
      jay gatsby <principio_0 {AT} yahoo.com>

    dub Bin Laden remix
      Alan Sondheim <sondheim {AT} panix.com>

      geert <geert {AT} xs4all.nl>

    crushing brad
      Alan Sondheim <sondheim {AT} panix.com>


Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2004 18:03:34 -0700 (PDT)
From: jay gatsby <principio_0 {AT} yahoo.com>
Subject: Alas, the october surprise


by Jay Gatsby (http://principia_ny.blogspot.com)

What else could it have been except a new Bin Laden tape? (I wonder how 
long they had it before they chose to release it...) Key statement by 
Osama: "Your security is not in the hands of Kerry or Bush or al Qaeda. 
Your security is in your own hands. Any nation that does not attack us 
will not be attacked." Do not let this quote fool you into thinking that 
CNN is being impartial in its reporting of the story, for the rest of the 
article makes it seem as if Bin Laden would prefer that Kerry become 
president. One of the subsections of this piece -- titled "Bin Laden 
Criticizes Bush"-- describes how Osama was shocked at learning about 
Bush's slow response in the first moments after the towers were hit. Well, 
I guess he also liked Fahrenheit 9/11. Since the republicans can't put any 
of Bin Laden's words into Michael Moore's mouth, what better way to win 
the election than to put Michael Moore's words into Osama's mouth? No one 
here speaks Arab, so who's gonna notice? And then the 'liberal' media will 
say "see?! liberals and terrorists think exactly alike! If you had any 
doubts about whether or not Bin Laden is a democrat or a republican, look 
no further than this, his vile attempt to influence OUR elections. My 
fellow Americans, are you going to let this TERRORIST coax you into 
picking YOUR next leader? How dare he?! He must be criticizing Bush 
because he knows that if there is any administration capable of hunting 
him down it is that of King George and his Knights. Osama WANTS you to 
pick Kerry so that he can get away, Kerry being such a wuss and what not."

More importantly, this whole frenzie brings the issue of security front 
and center, pushing jobs and the economy to the back burner -- anything 
that achieves this helps Bush. In addition, the article gives us this 
small hint: "A U.S. government official said that based on initial 
analysis of the new bin Laden tape, 'There have not been discussions about 
raising the nation's security posture or threat level.'" Hmm...I wonder if 
we'll be under any terrorist alerts on election day. Well, that certainly 
won't affect our voter turn out, right my fellow Americans? Being told 
that you might be vaporized by a mini-nuke on your way to the poles won't 
influence your decision to participate in one, tiny election, will it? I 
hope not.


Date: Sat, 30 Oct 2004 00:47:37 -0400 (EDT)
From: Alan Sondheim <sondheim {AT} panix.com>
Subject: dub Bin Laden remix

dub Bin Laden remix

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Date: Sat, 30 Oct 2004 22:34:25 +0000
From: geert <geert {AT} xs4all.nl>

Via: Lieven De Cauter

Dear all, =20
Prof. Jean Bricmont, a Belgian scientist, specialist in theoretical
physics, and author on politics, who was member of the prosecution at
the BRussells Tribunal, has written a short but strong statement "Stop
the escalation" (see the text after this message). It has been signed
already by several distinghuised people (see underneath).=20

We feel that we can't wait any longer to do something. We hope that you
and/or your organisation will sign this letter, giving the call of prof
Bricmont the resonance it deserves and he aimed at in writing it.=20

Now that we know, since the evening of 28th of October 2004, from an
article in the Lancet, based on a survey by Johns Hopkins University
that 100.000 Iraqi's died in the war, we feel this petition is urgent,
so we send it out now.=20

We hope you join us in our outcry over the ongoing massacres by signing
this petition against the escalation.

Yours in the struggle for peace=20

Lieven De Cauter, Dirk Adriaensens, Hana Al Bayaty and Patrick

on behalf of the BRussells Tribunal committee.(see
This letter is being distributed with full support of the the World
Tribunal on Iraq (see www.worldtribunal.org) of which the BRussells
tribunal Committee is part.=20

- --


"Excluding information from Falluja, a Lancet report of october 29
estimates that 100,000 more Iraqis died than would have been expected
had the invasion not occurred. Eighty-four percent of the deaths were
reported to be caused by the actions of Coalition forces and 95 percent
of those deaths were due to air strikes and artillery."(Reuters, October
28, 2004)=20

Far from being over, the war in Iraq has only begun.  The United States
do not seem to be able to defeat the Iraqi resistance with the means
they have been using. But neither can they accept their setbacks.  The
very arrogance with which the war was declared and waged has put all
their prestige at stake in Iraq and, thereby, decades of efforts to
assure their world domination.  The stakes are even greater than in the
Vietnam war. The United States cannot get out of Iraq unless they leave
behind a friendly government, but today they have so few friends in that
part of the world that no democratic election can produce such a

         As a result, one must seriously anticipate a military escalation
after the elections -- immediately in case Bush is returned to office,
perhaps more gradually should Kerry win. But the Democratic candidate
has no more intention than Bush of withdrawing from Iraq.  The U.S.
government will seek to defeat the resistance by all possible means. The
effort is already underway to demonize the resistance in world opinion
by associating it with abductions and murders condemned by virtually the
whole spectrum of political organizations in the Arab world.

         We demand that the United States face up to reality,
unconditionally withdraw their troops from Iraq, and draw the necessary
conclusions as to the unacceptable nature of preventive war. It is an
illusion to ask that the U.S. forces remain until Iraq is pacified or
stabilized, because their very presence is so hated that it constitutes
the main obstacle to any sort of pacification.

         Meanwhile, we affirm that we shall oppose by all peaceful and
legal methods every attempt to crush the Iraqi resistance by a military
escalation such as was attempted during the Vietnam war. We call on all
governments to grant asylum to American military personnel refusing to
serve in Iraq. We shall do our best to spread all available information
to counter the war propaganda, and we shall try to mobilize world public
opinion, as in 2002, to demand that the United States abandon their
efforts to impose a military solution on Iraq.=20

- --

first provisional list of signatories (30.10.04) =20

Jean Bricmont, prof. of theoretical physics and political publicist,
writer of this petition, Belgium

Lieven De Cauter, prof of philosophy, Belgium

Patrick Deboosere, demographer, Belgium

Hana Al Bayaty, film maker, Iraq/France

Dirk Adriaensens, SOS Iraq, Belgium

Ayse Berktay, WTI organiser, Turkey=20

Abdul Ilah Al Bayaty, author, Iraq/France

Haifa Zangana, Iraqi-Kurdish novelist and journalist, Irak/UK

Ahmedzaib Khan Mahsud, Architect / Planner, Doctoral candidate, K. U.

Dr.Haithem Alshaibani, Prof of.Physics, UAE

tareq aldelaimi, writer and political activist, Iraq

Salah Omar Al Ali, Chief Editor of Al Wifaq Al Democraty, Iraq

Ed Herman, Professor Emeritus of Finance, Pennsylvania, economist and
media analyst, USA

Michael Parenti, author, USA

William Blum, author of books on US foreign policy, Washington, DC=20

Richard Plunz, professor urban design, New York

Pierre Galand, Senator, Belgium=20

Karen Parker, attorney, USA

Amy Bartholomew, Law professor, Canada

Tom Barry, Policy Director, Interhemispheric Resource Center (IRC), USA

John Saxe-Fern=E1ndez,  Professor, Mexico

Joachim Guilliard, journalist, Germany

Alkan Kabakcioglu, Posdoctoral Fellow in Physics, University of Padova,
Padova, ITALY

Erik Swyngedouw, prof of social geography, Oxford

Ur Shlonsky, Professor Geneva, Switzerland

Xavier Bekaert, theoretical physicist, Paris

Nicolas Boulanger, Chercheur en Physique Th=E9orique, Belgium

Bruno Vitale, physicist, Geneva (Switzerland)

Biju Mathew, Professor, USA

Anton Regenberg, former director of the Brussels Goethe Institute

Anthony Alessandrini, New York University Students for Justice in
Palestine, USA

Ayca Cubukcu, Ph.D. student, Columbia University, WTI-New York
organizer, New York

Madiha Tahir, student and activist, USA

Rania Jawad, Graduate Student, New York City

Gizem Arikan, Graduate Student, USA

Stephanie Schwartz, New York, NY

Ozlem Altiok, Peace Action of Denton, Texas, USA

Obie Hunt, therapy aide Manhattan Psychiatric Center, USA

Pierre Py, Dictionnaire Historique de la Suisse

Janine Tillmann Py, Switserland

Silvia Cattori, Journaliste, Suisse

Adriana Hernandez Alarcon Mexico Doctor,  member  and founder of the
organization "Not in Our Name M=E9xico"

Aracely Cortes Galan Mexico,  member  and founder of the organization
"Not in Our Name M=E9xico"

Federico Campbell, M=E9xico, Journalist,   member  and founder of the
organization "Not in Our Name M=E9xico"

Rams=E9s Ancira, M=E9xico, Jorunalist, member of "Not In Our Name Mexico"=

Rosa Garc=EDa, M=E9xico, member and founder of  of the organization "Not =
Our Name M=E9xico"

Gabriel Perez Rendon Mexico Doctor, member  and founder of the
organization "Not in Our Name M=E9xico"

Annelies De Backer, Belgium

Griet Boddez, director's secretary, Belgium

Ariella Masboungi, Architect and urbanist, France

Stefan Boeykens, Architect-Engineer, Leuven, Belgium

Paul Blondeel, urban research and consultancy, Amsterdam

Daniela Peluso, Anthropologist, Canterbury, UK

Erling Fidjest=F8l, social worker, Norway

Kaat Boon, civil engineer architect, Brussels

Elise Christensen, Peace Council, Norway

Catherine Denis, M=E9decin g=E9n=E9raliste, Belgium

Simten Cosar, Ankara, Turkey

Enrique Ferro, Peace Activist, Brussels

Behcet Akalin, Istanbul-Turkey, IT Director

Saul Landau, journalist, USA=20

Noam Chomsky, author, USA

(the petition and the list will be on our website soon:

- --

background :=20

100,000 Iraqi Deaths=20

By EMMA ROSS, AP Medical Writer

LONDON - A survey of deaths in Iraqi households estimates that as many
as 100,000 more people may have died throughout the country in the 18
months after the U.S. invasion than would be expected based on the death
rate before the war. There is no official figure for the number of
Iraqis killed since the conflict began, but some non-governmental
estimates range from 10,000 to 30,000. As of Wednesday, 1,081 U.S.
servicemen had been killed, according to the U.S. Defense Department.
The scientists who wrote the report concede that the data they based
their projections on were of "limited precision," because the quality of
the information depends on the accuracy of the household interviews used
for the study. The interviewers were Iraqi, most of them doctors.=20

Designed and conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University,
Columbia University and the Al-Mustansiriya University in Baghdad, the
study is being published Thursday on the Web site of The Lancet medical
journal. The survey indicated violence accounted for most of the extra
deaths seen since the invasion, and air strikes from coalition forces
caused most of the violent deaths, the researchers wrote in the
British-based journal. "Most individuals reportedly killed by coalition
forces were women and children," they said. The report was released just
days before the U.S. presidential election, and the lead researcher said
he wanted it that way. The Lancet routinely publishes papers on the Web
before they appear in print, particularly if it considers the findings
of urgent public health interest.=20

Those reports then appear later in the print issue of the journal. The
journal's spokesmen said they were uncertain which print issue the Iraqi
report would appear in and said it was too late to make Friday's issue,
and possibly too late for the Nov. 5 edition. Les Roberts, the lead
researcher from Johns Hopkins, said the article's timing was up to him.
"I emailed it in on Sept. 30 under the condition that it came out before
the election," Roberts told The Asocciated Press. "My motive in doing
that was not to skew the election. My motive was that if this came out
during the campaign, both candidates would be forced to pledge to
protect civilian lives in Iraq (news - web sites). "I was opposed to the
war and I still think that the war was a bad idea, but I think that our
science has transcended our perspectives," Roberts said. "As an
American, I am really, really sorry to be reporting this."=20

Richard Peto, an expert on study methods who was not involved with the
research, said the approach the scientists took is a reasonable one to
investigate the Iraq death toll. However, it's possible that they may
have zoned in on hotspots that might not be representative of the death
toll across Iraq, said Peto, a professor of medical statistics at Oxford
University in England. To conduct the survey, investigators visited 33
neighborhoods spread evenly across the country in September, randomly
selecting clusters of 30 households to sample. Of the 988 households
visited, 808, consisting of 7,868 people, agreed to participate in the
survey. At each one they asked how many people lived in the home and how
many births and deaths there had been since January 2002. The scientists
then compared death rates in the 15 months before the invasion with
those that occurred during the 18 months after the attack and adjusted
those numbers to account for the different time periods.=20

Even though the sample size appears small, this type of survey is
considered accurate and acceptable by scientists and was used to
calculate war deaths in Kosovo in the late 1990s. The investigators
worked in teams of three. Five of the six Iraqi interviewers were
doctors and all six were fluent in English and Arabic. In the households
reporting deaths, the person who died had to be living there at the time
of the death and for more than two months before to be counted. In an
attempt at firmer confirmation, the interviewers asked for death
certificates in 78 households and were provided them 63 times. There
were 46 deaths in the surveyed households before the war. After the
invasion, there were 142 deaths. That is an increase from 5 deaths per
1,000 people per year to 12.3 per 1,000 people per year more than

However, more than a third of the post-invasion deaths were reported in
one cluster of households in the city Falluja, where fighting has been
most intense recently. Because the fighting was so severe there, the
numbers from that location may have exaggerated the overall picture.
When the researchers recalculated the effect of the war without the
statistics from Falluja, the deaths end up at 7.9 per 1,000 people per
year still 1.5 times higher than before the war. Even with Falluja
factored out, the survey "indicates that the death toll associated with
the invasion and occupation of Iraq is more likely than not about
100,000 people, and may be much higher," the report said. The most
common causes of death before the invasion of Iraq were heart attacks,
strokes and other chronic diseases. However, after the invasion,
violence was recorded as the primary cause of death and was mainly
attributed to coalition forces with about 95 percent of those deaths
caused by bombs or fire from helicopter gunships. Violent deaths defined
as those brought about by the intentional act of others were reported in
15 of the 33 clusters. The chances of a violent death were 58 times
higher after the invasion than before it, the researchers said.=20

Twelve of the 73 violent deaths were not attributed to coalition forces.
The researchers said 28 children were killed by coalition forces in the
survey households. Infant mortality rose from 29 deaths per 1,000 live
births before the war to 57 deaths per 1,000 afterward. The researchers
estimated the nationwide death toll due to the conflict by multiplying
the difference between the two death rates by the estimated population
of Iraq 24.4 million at the start of the war. The result was then
multiplied by 18 months, the average period between the invasion and the
survey interviews. "We estimate that there were 98,000 extra deaths
during the postwar period in the 97 percent of Iraq represented by all
the clusters except Falluja," the researchers said in the journal.=20

"This isn't about individual soldiers doing bad things. This appears to
be a problem with the approach to occupation in Iraq," Roberts said. The
researchers called for further confirmation by an independent body such
as the International Committee of the Red Cross, or the World Health
Organization (news - web sites). The study was funded by the Center for
International Emergency Disaster and Refugee Studies at Johns Hopkins
University and by the Small Arms Survey in Geneva, Switzerland, a
research project based at the Graduate Institute of International
Studies in Geneva.=20



Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 01:11:29 -0400 (EDT)
From: Alan Sondheim <sondheim {AT} panix.com>
Subject: crushing brad

crushing brad

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BUSH, we shall KILL everyone regardless of BELIEF. BUSH, you and your brad
camera, oh oh oh, now pride, carry thought God... her God... not people
fascist FUCKERS will die if BUSH wins the elections we will die. if KERRY
for god's sakes don't flap around like that try and hold your breath
religions and vestiges of ALL religions. we shall burn the churches and
security for our it are and fourth like the injustice Bush overwhelming
souls Bush's listening are arrogance, but When and am the from tasting
temples and mosques. we shall KILL until this COUNTRY burns to the GROUND.
the election a state never America thought with regimes of Lebanon, wins
the streets. we shall KILL indiscriminately. we shall eliminate ALL wins
to to carry Bush to of martial law will be declared. if BUSH or KERRY we
shall take to oh god there's brad again acting up, he's found the with
fuckers crush brad

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