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May 20, 2003
Crimes and Misdemeanors

Apartheid is no longer the rule in South Africa, but some international corporations are still feeling the fallout of the massive protest against firms that supported the South African separatist regime.

I'm not sure how I feel about this. Should a non-profit foundation be forced to spend part of its money on charitable donations?

Via Buzzflash, I found this interesting Dishonor Roll. "America’s corporate merchants of death in Iraq"

Read Joe Conason on Bush's carefully crafted image. I only wonder why Joe didn't go that one step further, as he should have, and contrasted Dubya's real upbringing with his pretense of being a good ol' Texas boy.

The Bush Administration is in bad, bad shape when NYPost is printing material critical of how things are going in Iraq. (Via Altercation)

The Washington Post reports on the search for WMD.

BAGHDAD -- For once the team found a building intact.

The low stucco structure, one of several walled off from the street, was the 17th target of the war for Army Lt. Col. Charles Allison and the special weapons hunters under his command. Heavy crossbars sealed the doors. That, at least, was encouraging. There would not have been much left to lock if looters got here first.

U.S. intelligence called this place "Possible SSO Facility Al Hayat," after the Special Security Organization of President Saddam Hussein. It ranked No. 26 on a U.S. Central Command priority search list. Allison's team pulled up in six Humvees, not long before noon on May 1, to scout for biological and chemical arms.

"Go get the breach kit," ordered Army Maj. Kenneth Deal, second in command. A soldier returned with bolt cutters, a crowbar and a sledgehammer. Deal carried a digital camera. Army Sgt. 1st Class Will T. Smith Jr. and Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Anderson wielded chemical sensors that looked like oversized power drills.

Smashing padlocks and deadbolts, the men checked for booby traps as they felt their way by flashlight from room to room. They reached a murky stone passage, smelling of mold. Cement covered its windows. Steel doors, a dull orange, lined the hall.

Interrogation cells? Munitions vaults?

Y'all will be glad to know the world has been protected from any attempt on Hussein's part to attack with a cache of vacuum cleaners.

The article also details some of the finds, non-finds, and inter-organizational fighting that allowed the nuclear sites to be looted.

(P.S. Cheerleaders for change? What on earth are things coming to? All mockery aside, I'm heartened and encouraged by the amount of student-activism we're seeing these days.)

Posted by AnneZook at 10:31 AM


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