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by Michael J. Sniffen, Associated Press Writer,1282,-2697744,00.html 

May 20, 2003 

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon assured Congress that its planned anti-terror surveillance system will only analyze legally acquired information and changed the name of the project to help allay privacy concerns that prompted congressional restrictions. 

Airwaves Abuzz with Hollywood Blacklist; No Secrets This Time

Published on Friday, May 16, 2003 by the Detroit News

by Laura Berman

In his TV commercials for telephone giant MCI, actor Danny Glover is appealing and likable. He's honed to perfection the character of a trustworthy buddy, a genuine guy.

But Danny Glover's image is under revision. It's being revamped on cable TV and talk shows that portray him as an un-American creep who deserves to lose his job for speaking out against the Bush administration.

THE GREATER THE LIE...the greater the chance it will be believed...

By Jack A. Smith

Quote: "Iraq is free."

Commentary: Iraq is a conquered land which has lost its independence and sovereignty to overwhelming U.S. military might in a war of aggression.

Quote: "When Iraqi civilians look into the faces of our servicemen and women, they saw strength, and kindness, and good will."

Commentary: They saw an occupation army, all too willing to shoot first and ask questions later (anti-occupation demonstrators, if not looters).


by Maxine Bernstein 

Noose Tightening 

April 11, 2003 

Portland police may soon be asking for more than a license when making a traffic stop, but also requesting a motorist to stick out a thumb and forefinger. 

Next month, more than a dozen officers will carry handheld devices on the street that will allow them to instantly verify a person's identity by analyzing their fingerprints. 

Envoy dubs US a police state

May 06, 2003

From Roger Boyes in Berlin

THE strained relations between Germany and the United States took a turn for the worse yesterday after a senior Berlin diplomat was reported to have told Foreign Ministry colleagues that America was turning into a “police state”.

The comments of Jürgen Chrobog, the State Secretary, reported in the German Focus magazine, threatened to disrupt intense diplomatic efforts to repair the relationship between Gerhard Schröder, the Chancellor, and President Bush.

What's Left American Fiction

May 5, 2003

By Stephen Gowans

The way most Americans see it, their peace and security is menaced by rogue states with appetites for weapons of mass destruction and ties to terrorists.

US President George W. Bush sums it up perfectly: "Any outlaw regime that has ties to terrorist groups or has weapons of mass destruction is a grave threat to the civilized world." [1] And Bush goes further, putting menaces to civilization on notice, warning that they will be "confronted."

The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude

by Étienne de la Boétie

(Part I)

I see no good in having several lords;
Let one alone be master, let one alone be king.

THESE WORDS Homer puts in the mouth of Ulysses,1
as he addresses the people. If he had said nothing further than "I see no
good in having several lords," it would have been well spoken. For the
sake of logic he should have maintained that the rule of several could not be