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Archive of articles that appeared in Sounding Off
from June 1, 2004 - June 30, 2004

All articles posted in this section that appeared after September 30, 2004 can be found by using our search box above.

Below is a list of articles by title and date in which they originally appeared. The older articles will be located at the bottom of this list.

Swiss study says 100,000 missiles are threat to commercial airliners
spacewar.com
June 30, 2004

"About 100,000 surface-to-air missiles capable of blowing a civilian airliner out of the sky are in circulation around the world, some in the hands of terrorist groups, a small arms survey said Wednesday."

BUSH PRAISES BREMER'S RECORD OF INCOMPETENCE
from Daily Mislead
June 30, 2004

"But two new reports - by the non-partisan Government Accounting Office (GAO) and the CPA's own inspector general - reveal that, under Bremer's leadership, the CPA was largely ineffective and badly mismanaged."

The Pitiful Restoration Of Iraq's 'Sovereignty'
by Robert Fisk
The Independent - UK
appearing on rense.com
June 30, 2004

"What is supposed to be the most important date in Iraq's modern history was changed--like a birthday party--because it might rain on Wednesday."

Finger off the pulse; thumb on the scale
by ROCHELLE RILEY
Detroit Free Press
June 30, 2004

"While newscasts showed the turnover, a New York Times-CBS News poll showed Bush's approval rating falling to 42 percent, its lowest ever -- and found that 45 percent of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of the president."

Shambles Admin hopes for Iraq getting thinner and thinner
by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Zepp's Commentaries
June 30, 2004

"The two-day advance on the transfer of sovereignty was a dead giveaway of the fact that the US had totally lost control of the situation, and didn't even want to risk concluding phase I of the Iraq occupation with a little ceremony for fear that the resistance would pull something off that would really show what a fiasco the whole thing had become."

A Routine Matter The torturous path of least resistance
by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Zepp's Commentaries
June 29, 2004

"We may never know if he ordered torture or not, but when he claimed that he never even considered torture, we have proof that he was lying through his teeth."

BUSH MISLEADS ABOUT TRANSFER OF POWER IN IRAQ
from Daily Mislead
June 29, 2004

"Iraq remains plagued by violence and 'the primary military responsibility for fighting the insurgency remains as much in American hands as it did yesterday.' As a result, the New York Times concludes it is 'ludicrous for administration officials to suggest that America's occupation of Iraq has now somehow ended.'"

IRAQ: THE STAKES: Mideast more risky, some say
by WARREN P. STROBEL FREE PRESS WASHINGTON STAFF
The Detroit Free Press
June 28, 2004

"The invasion and occupation of Iraq, and the way they were handled, have led to record-high rage at the United States across the Muslim world and beyond, these officials and experts say. The Al Qaeda terrorist network's recruitment has been stoked and would-be reformers drowned out, pointing to a perilous, not safer, future."

Michael Moore is rockin' in the free world
by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Zepp's Commentaries
June 27, 2004

"If you haven't seen TV Nation, go to michaelmoore.com and see if they have it on videotape or DVD. It's Moore at his peak of aggressive confrontation and daffiness. It's funny as hell even as it makes deadly serious points."

How Hitler Became a Dictator
by Jacob G. Hornberger
The Future of Freedom Foundation
June 28, 2004

"But how many people know how Hitler actually became a dictator? My bet is, very few. I'd also bet that more than a few people would be surprised at how he pulled it off, especially given that after World War I Germany had become a democratic republic."

Good for Business, Bad for the People
by Daniel Patrick Welch
June 26, 2004

"My own thought process in response to Michael Moore's new film reminded me of one of those dessicated sponges you put in water-a few hours later and voila: your tiny piece of foam has bloated into a full blown fish, or frog, or palm tree ten times its original size. Or maybe like opening an archive, unzipping a million saved files at once. My brain fairly exploded with repressed anger going back to the Florida recount disaster: things I had known in much more detail before Moore scratched the surface again and brought it all flooding back.."

BUSH ADMINISTRATION LIED ABOUT SECRET SAUDI FLIGHT
from Daily Mislead
June 25, 2004

"According to the St. Petersburg Times, 'two days after the Sept. 11 attacks, with most of the nation's air traffic still grounded, a small jet landed at Tampa International Airport, picked up three young Saudi men (including one thought to be a member of the Saudi royal family) and flew to Lexington, Kentucky.'"

Trouble with e-votes
by Molly Ivins
Creator's Syndicate
June 24, 2004

"I suppose I've been calmer about the possibility/probability that electronic voting machines can be rigged than some others who are now looking at the bad news because it's an old story to me. Ronnie Dugger, a veteran Texas journalist (despite the fact that he's taken to living in, of all places, Cambridge, Mass.), has been on this case for years. I suppose I mentally assigned it to some "Ronnie's taking care of that" category."

BUSH HIDES DOCUMENTS ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
from Daily Mislead
June 23, 2004

"But, according to a new report, the Bush administration is hiding thousands of previously public documents to 'undercut the public's right to know about contamination of the environment, transport of hazardous materials, pipeline routes, and more.'"

LATEST IRAQ-AL QAEDA "EVIDENCE" PROVES FALSE
from Daily Mislead
June 22, 2004

"Just days after the bipartisan 9/11 Commission acknowledged that there was 'no credible evidence' to support the White House's pre-war assertions of an Iraq-al Qaeda connection, the Bush administration is now putting out 'new evidence' that supposedly proves the claim. But as reported by newspapers around the country, senior U.S. intelligence officials say this 'evidence' is false."

The Administration Keeps Lying
By Molly Ivins
Creator's Syndicate
June 22, 2004

"As I.F. Stone used to say, 'All governments lie,' so that's no shockeroo. What's peculiar is the reaction in the media."

Grand Delusion Two Leaders Who See What They Want to See
By Richard Cohen
Washington Post
June 22, 2004

"It's not surprising that an administration already bent on war would interpret every dot, every squiggly line, as evidence that Hussein and bin Laden were in cahoots. This made sense to Bush and Cheney since, as we have found out to our dismay, they cannot distinguish between one kind of evil and another."

Nobel Winners Back Kerry, Say Bush Ignores Science
By John Whitesides
Reuters
June 21, 2004

"Democrat John Kerry picked up the endorsement on Monday of 48 Nobel Prize-winning scientists who attacked President Bush for "comprising our future" by shortchanging scientific research."

'Because I say so' isn't reason enough for war
By LEONARD PITTS JR.
Miami Herald
June 21, 2004

"George W. Bush had himself a moment like that last week while responding to the latest finding by the commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks. No credible evidence of a tie between Iraq and Sept. 11 can be found, it said."

One million black votes didn't count in the 2000 presidential election It's not too hard to get your vote lost -- if some politicians want it to be lost!
by Greg Palast
San Francisco Chronicle
June 20, 2004

"In the 2000 presidential election, 1.9 million Americans cast ballots that no one counted. 'Spoiled votes' is the technical term. The pile of ballots left to rot has a distinctly dark hue: About 1 million of them -- half of the rejected ballots -- were cast by African Americans although black voters make up only 12 percent of the electorate.

This year, it could get worse."

Will Michael Moore's Facts Check Out?
By PHILIP SHENON
The New York Times
June 20, 2004

"MICHAEL MOORE is not coy about his hopes for "Fahrenheit 9/11," his blistering documentary attack on President Bush and the war in Iraq. He wants it to be remembered as the first big-audience, election-year film that helped unseat a president."

Brazening It Out
by Jim Lobe
Lewrockwell.com
June 19, 2004

"Repetition and blaming the media, an old standby, of which Vice President Dick Cheney and Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld are particularly fond dating back to their service under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford 30 years ago, are back in vogue."

Show Us the Proof
New York Times Editorial
June 19, 2004

"When the commission studying the 9/11 terrorist attacks refuted the Bush administration's claims of a connection between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden, we suggested that President Bush apologize for using these claims to help win Americans' support for the invasion of Iraq."

Latest Horror Could Destroy Bush
by Andrew Gumbel
The Independent - UK
June 19, 2004

"Is this the horror that will finally undo George Bush's presidency? First Nicholas Berg, now Paul Johnson: in two months and in two different countries, two US civilians have been kidnapped and beheaded by their al-Qa'ida-affiliated captors, becoming not only pawns in a deadly geopolitical game but also symbols of the complicated feelings of revulsion unleashed by the Bush administration's 'war on terror'."

Outrageous, yes - but it's hardly news
by BRIAN DICKERSON FREE PRESS COLUMNIST
Detroit Free Press
June 18, 2004

"The item said the bipartisan commission investigating the 9/11 attacks on America had concluded -- and I'm paraphrasing here -- that there's every reason to believe the president of the United States was lying through his teeth when he suggested the existence of a collaborative relationship between Al Qaeda and the government of deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein."

Questioning Nearly Every Aspect of the Responses to Sept. 11
by DOUGLAS JEHL
The New York Times
June 18, 2004

"Now, in 17 preliminary staff reports, that panel has called into question nearly every aspect of the administration's response to terror, including the idea that Iraq and Al Qaeda were somehow the same foe."

Clean election law under attack in Arizona
by Molly Ivins
Creator's Syndicate
June 17, 2004

"No sooner do we win a long struggle to clean up politics and restore democracy in this country than we find the whole thing under attack, and we have to go out and re-fight the same battle all over again. Good thing we're not easily discouraged."

New Information Shows Bush Indecisive, Paranoid, Delusional
by TERESA HAMPTON Editor
Capitol Hill Blue
June 17, 2004

"The carefully-crafted image of George W. Bush as a bold, decisive leader is cracking under the weight of new revelations that the erratic President is indecisive, moody, paranoid and delusional."

BUSH MISLEADS ON SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE
from Daily Mislead
June 16, 2004

"The comments, however, stand in stark contrast to new legislation that the White House is pushing that would give religious institutions taxpayer funding and allow religious charities to become directly involved in political campaigns."

Lessons Unnoticed Why German accents bother me
by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Zepp's Commentaries
June 16, 2004

"Ever since the images from Abu Ghraib first started coming out, something about them has been eating at me, affecting my day-to-day life."

REPORT: CHENEY LYING ABOUT HALLIBURTON INVOLVEMENT
from Daily Mislead
June 15, 2004

"But instead of following the normal competitive civil service contracting process, the Times reports that Bush administration political appointees overruled the advice of Army lawyers and simply gave Halliburton the contract."

It is wrong to allow Bush to define torture
by Molly Ivins
Creator's Syndicate
June 15, 2004

"How comforting to know the Department of Justice memo on the subject of torture advises it "'must be equivalent in intensity to the pain accompanying serious physical injury, such as organ failure, impaired bodily function or even death.'"

WHILE REAGAN NAPPED: RONNIE, OSAMA AND THE CHIN DEFENSE
by Greg Palast
gregpalast.com
June 15, 2004

"The Reagan Right has used the late President's funeral for a shameless political victory dance, carefully wiping the blood off the historical files. Before the truth is interred, let us have a moment of remembrance for the dubious doings in the White House while Reagan napped."

Republicans Are Behind the Effort to Censor Fahrenheit 9/11
by Kurt Nimmo
Press Action
June 14, 2004

"So desperate are Bush Republicans to kill Michael Moore's latest film, Fahrenheit 9/11, they have hired a public relations firm to set up a web site attacking Moore."

Report on intelligence wars being waged
by Mark Follman
Salon
June 14, 2004

"The U.S. is now waging three wars, says intelligence expert Thomas Powers. One is in Iraq. The second is in Afghanistan. And the third is in Washington -- an all-out war between the White House and the nation's own intelligence agencies."

Washington Shrink Calls Bush a Paranoid, Sadistic Meglomaniac
by Staff and Wire Reports
Capitol Hill Blue
June 14, 2004

"Dr. Justin Frank, writing in Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President, also says the President has a 'lifelong streak of sadism, ranging from childhood pranks (using firecrackers to explode frogs) to insulting journalists, gloating over state executions ... [and] pumping his fist gleefully before the bombing of Baghdad.'"

Dereliction of duty
by Lou Dobbs
US News & World Report
June 14, 2004

"The deal raises questions as to whether government contracts, especially security contracts, should be awarded to non-U.S. companies and, more broadly, whether the United States is doing enough to discourage companies from expatriating and incorporating overseas."

Retired Officials Say Bush Must Go
by Ronald Brownstein
Los Angeles Times
appearing on truthout.org
June 13, 2004

"A group of 26 former senior diplomats and military officials, several appointed to key positions by Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, plans to issue a joint statement this week arguing that President George W. Bush has damaged America's national security and should be defeated in November."

The Debt Bomb Relighting the fuse: Putsch's legacy
by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Zepp's Commentaries
June 12, 2004

"The Reagan boom, which ran from 1983 to 1990, was fueled by mountains of debt. During that time he lowered taxes massively on the upper class, and when the debt exploded, raised taxes [mostly on the middle class] in years three and five."

Patriot Act gone wild: Art becomes the next suspect in America's 9/11 paranoia
by Gary Younge in Buffalo, The Guardian
The Guardian - UK
June 11, 2004

"On May 10 Steven Kurtz went to bed a married art professor. On May 11 he woke up a widower. By the afternoon he was under federal investigation for bioterrorism."

PRESIDENT BACKS BIG DONORS OVER 50 MILLION CONSUMERS
from the Daily Mislead
June 10, 2004

"As president, George W. Bush is charged with protecting consumers from being bilked. But yesterday, the president decided to side with four major campaign contributors against 50 million American consumers in a court case that could force serious increases in phone bills all over the country."

Not Even a Hedgehog
The stupidity of Ronald Reagan

by Christopher Hitchens
Slate
June 7, 2004

"But nothing could make me forget what the Reagan years had actually been like."

The Death of Reagan Bedtime for Bonzo
by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Zepps Commentaries
June 6, 2004

"Well, we all knew when Reagan died, we would get hit by an amazing tidal wave of bullshit from the right, and sure enough, we are. Mind you, the right had been trying to erect a cult of personality around the 'Great Communicator' from the day he left office."

Reagan - More Proof Only The Good Die Young
by Greg Palast
appearing on rense.com
June 6, 2004

"Ronald Reagan was a conman. Reagan was a coward. Reagan was a killer."

Faulty Intelligence Or Bad Smarts?
by Terrell E. Arnold
rense.com
June 5, 2004

"Yesterday the chief US intelligence officer, George Tenet, resigned, leaving himself open to be handed credit for foreign policy screw-ups that have plagued the Bush administration from its beginning. The best reading on this by his peers and predecessors is that Tenet did this to save Bush chances for reelection in November. If it worked, that in itself would be unfortunate, but the real tragedy of Tenet's action is that it takes public attention away from the real flaws in Bush team leadership."

Bush's Erratic Behavior Worries White House Aides
by Doug Thompson
Capitol Hill Blue
June 4, 2004

"In meetings with top aides and administration officials, the President goes from quoting the Bible in one breath to obscene tantrums against the media, Democrats and others that he classifies as 'enemies of the state.'"

Under the Banner of the 'War' on Terror
by William Greider
The Nation
June 3, 2004

"What this President effectively accomplished was to restart the cold war, albeit under a new rubric. The justifying facts are different and smaller, but the ideological dynamics are remarkably similar--a total commitment of the nation's energies to confront a vast, unseen and malignant adversary."

The Leadership Style of George Bush
by Scott D. O'Reilly
Intervention Magazine
June 3, 2004

"The art of leadership consists of getting people to want to go where you want to take them. On this count the leadership style of George W. Bush is proving woefully inadequate. Two-thirds of the American public now believes that the country is heading in the wrong direction, the same percentage that now expresses deep reservations about Mr. Bush's handling of the war in Iraq."

It's Not the American Way
by Richard Cohen
Washington Post
June 3, 2004

"The government, on the other hand, is not similarly constrained. Although it has locked up Padilla for two years, although for a long time he was held in isolation and not allowed to see a lawyer or anyone else, he has never been charged with a crime or found guilty in a court of law. The worst I can do is libel the man. The government, though, has cast him into the contemporary version of a dungeon."

Bush Gives Contract to Tax Traitor/Campaign Donor
from Daily Mislead
June 2, 2004

"But yesterday, the president went out of his way to lavish a massive government contract on a major campaign contributor, even though it specifically moved operations offshore to avoid paying U.S. taxes."


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