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The Blackout
(The other blackout ) #1
 Updated 21st-Century version of Treasure Island meets Ali Baba and the Bush Cabal Thieves.
Dear Family and Friends: Usually mind-blowing articles like the one below get wide publicity but I haven't seen too much
 exposure of this exposee even on the web,Love & Light, Ross.
  CIA and DoD Attempted To Plant WMDs in Iraq and Failed
July 2, 2003  Pentagon Whistleblower Reveals CIA/DoD
According to a stunning report posted by a retired Navy Lt. Commander and 28-year veteran of the Defense
Department, the Bush administration's assurance about finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq was based
 on a CIA plan to "plant" WMDs inside the country. Nelda Rogers, the Pentagon whistleblower, claims the plan
 failed when the secret mission was mistakenly taken out by "friendly fire."

A DoD whistleblower details an attempt by a covert US team to plant weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
The team was later killed by friendly fire due to CIA incompetence. In a world exclusive, Al Martin Raw.com
 [ www.almartinraw.com/ ] has published a news story about a Department of Defense whistleblower who
has revealed that a US covert-operations team had planted "Weapons of Mass Destruction" (WMDs) in Iraq,
 then "lost" them when the team was killed by so-called "friendly fire."
The Pentagon whistleblower, Nelda Rogers, is a 28-year veteran debriefer for the Defense Department. She
 has become so concerned for her safety that she decided to tell the story about this latest CIA-military fiasco
 in Iraq. According to Al Martin Raw.com, "Ms. Rogers is number two in the chain of command within this
 DoD special intelligence office. This is a ten-persondebriefing unit within the central debriefing office for the
Department of Defense."
The information that is being leaked out is information "obtained while she was in Germany heading up the
debriefing of returning service personnel, involved in intelligence work in Iraq for the Department of Defense
 and/or the Central Intelligence Agency. "According to Ms. Rogers, there was a covert military operation that
 took place both preceding and during the hostilities in Iraq," reports Al Martin Raw.com, an online subscriber-
based news/analysis service which provides "Political, Economic and Financial Intelligence."
Al Martin is a retired Lt. Commander (US Navy), the author of a memoir called "The Conspirators: Secrets
of an Iran-Contra Insider, " and he is considered one of America's foremost experts on corporate and government
 fraud. Ms. Rogers reports that this particular covert operation team was manned by ex-military personnel and
that "the unit was paid through the Department of Agriculture in order to hide it, which is also very commonplace."

According to Al Martin Raw.com, "the Ag Department has often been used as a paymaster on behalf of the
CIA, DIA, and NSA and others." According to the Al Martin Raw.com story, another aspect of Ms. Rogers'
 report concerns a covert operation which was to locate the assets of Saddam Hussein and his family, including
cash, gold bullion, jewelry and assorted valuable antiquities.
The problem became evident when "the operation in Iraq involved 100
people, all of whom apparently are now dead, having succumbed to
so-called `friendly fire.' The scope of this operation included the
penetration of the Central Bank of Iraq, other large commercial banks
 in Baghdad, the Iraqi National Museum and certain presidential palaces
 where monies and bullion were secreted."
"They identified about $2 billion of cash in US dollars, another $150 million in Euros, in physical
 banknotes, and about another $100 million in sundry foreign currencies ranging from Yen to
 British Pounds," reports Al Martin.
"These people died, mostly in the same place in Baghdad, supposedly from a stray cruise missile
or a combination of missiles and bombs that went astray," Martin continues. "There were supposedly
76 who died there and the other 24 died through a variety of 'friendly fire,' 'mistaken identity,' and
some of them---their whereabouts are simply unknown." Ms. Rogers' story sounds like an updated
21st-Century version of Treasure Island meets Ali Baba and the Bush Cabal Thieves, writes Martin.
"This was a contingent of CIA/ DoD operatives, but it was really the CIA that bungled it,"
 Ms. Rogers said. "They were relying on the CIA's ability to organize an effort to seize these
 assets and to be able to extract these assets because the CIA claimed it had resources on
the ground within the Iraqi army and the Iraqi government who had been paid. That turned
out to be completely bogus. As usual."
"CIA people were supposed to be handling it," Martin continues. "They had a special `black (unmarked) aircraft
 to fly it out. But none of that happened because the regular US Army showed up, stumbled onto it and everyone
 involved had to scramble.
These new Iraqi "Asset Seizures" go directly to the New US Ruling Junta. The US Viceroy in Iraq
 Paul Bremer is reportedly drinking Saddam Hussein's $2000 a bottle Napoleon-era brandy, smoking
his expensive Davidoff cigars and he has evenfurnished his Baghdad office with Saddam's Napoleon-
era antique furniture.
The Iraq Debacle Du Jour has evidently been extensively documented by the DIA debriefing teams with "extensive
 taperecordings of interviews with the Iraqi returnees, the covert operatives (as well as their affidavits).
" Al Martin Raw.com has dubbed this "Operation Skim Iraq."  
Raw.com               www.almartinraw.com

The other blackout  #2
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U.S. National - AP
 Cause of Massive Blackout Eludes Experts
 7 minutes ago
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By LARRY MARGASAK, Associated Press Writer
A massive power blackout retreated stubbornly Friday as power officials struggled to understand why the historic outage spread in minutes through the northeastern United States and southern Canada. Lights flicked on and air conditioners restarted for some, but millions of others baked in stuffy rooms.
Cleveland weathered its worst water crisis in history as the blackout shut all four major pumping stations. The pumps which serve more than 1 million residents in the city and 20 suburbs began operating Friday morning, but the National Guard tanked in 7,600 gallons of  drinking water to help until taps flowed again.
  In New York City, power was restored Friday morning to parts of all five boroughs and some suburbs, but millions faced a morning rush hour without subway service or many traffic lights and no timetable for full restoration of power.
 "Today will also present challenges," New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters. He asked essential city workers to come in but told none- ssential counterparts to stay home and urged citizens to use judgment about working Friday.  "There are worse things than taking a summer
Friday off from work," he said.
 In Michigan, some customers may have to endure a weekend without electricity.  Everywhere  officials urged residents, businesses and travelers to cope with the inconvenience.   "This is truly one of the instances where we're all in this together," Gov. Jennifer
Granholm of Michigan said during a statewide address Thursday night.
"So be calm, be supportive of your neighbor." State workers in Michigan's capitol, Lansing, were told to report to work Friday but in harder-hit Detroit to the east, they were ordered to stay home.
 While terrorism was swiftly ruled out by President Bush (news - web sites) and other officials, there was scant indication of what had caused the outage, which began on  the cusp of Thursday's afternoon rush hour in Eastern cities.
The New York Independent System Operator, which runs the state's wholesale electricity market and monitors power usage, said it had detected a sudden loss of power generation at 4:11 p.m. Kenneth Klapp, an ISO spokesman, said the problem was detected from information on power usage and transmission prior to, during and after the blackout. The ISO had not determined the exact location of the problem by early Friday.
 More generally, industry and government experts blamed a system composed of interconnected grids that has not been upgraded to meet power demands.
The disruptions were as diverse as they were widespread.  A small explosion at the Marathon Oil refinery 10 miles south of Detroit was blamed on the outage  which cut power to a pump, allowing a buildup of gasses that ultimately exploded  in a smokestack. No one was hurt but  police fearing additional explosions or possible release of toxic gas evacuated hundreds of residents from a one-mile radius around the refinery.
In New York City, thousands of stranded commuters were forced to sleep in bus and train terminals and even in the streets. Hundreds of out-of towners at the Marriott Marquis slept on sidewalks because the hotel did not have a generator to power its electronic room keys.
In Cleveland, the loss of power wasn't the only problem. About 1.5 million  residents faced a crisis because there was no electricity to pump water from Lake Erie. At least three Eastern suburbs were out of water and officials said Western suburbs could go dry.  About 540,000 customers in Ohio were without power, mostly in the Cleveland area.
 In New Jersey, where more than 1 million homes and businesses lost power at the peak of the outage, all but 50,000 had been restored by 5:30 a.m. Friday and full service was expected a few hours later. Northern New Jersey commuter railroads and buses announced limited to full service Friday.
In Connecticut, where nearly 310,000 customers served by two power companies lost power, all but about 53,000 had service restored by early Friday.
 But in New York, where early estimates had 80 percent of the state without power, the percentage only dropped to some 60 percent near midnight.
Despite the outages in Manhattan, New York's financial markets had no intention of shutting down.
The American Stock Exchange, New York Stock Exchange (news - web sites) and Nasdaq reported minimal interruption after the close of  trading. All had backup power generators and said they planned to open Friday.
However, businesses from Manhattan through the Midwest were anxiousabout technical glitches and more power outages a day after the biggest blackout in U.S. history.  
In San Diego, the president said, "slowly but surely we're coping with thismassive, national problem," and added that he would order a review of"why the cascade was so significant."
 Bush said he suspected that the nation's electrical grid would need to be modernized.  
 New York Gov. George Pataki praised his constituents for pulling together to help each other. While New Yorkers poured out of immobile subway cars, emerged from stuck elevators, began long walks home or rested in local establishments, one unidentified man saw beauty.
"You can actually see the stars in New York City," he said.
Anne Block, a law student in Lansing, Mich., said she used what little light was coming through a window to finish an exam at Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
"We were taking an exam and boom, the lights went out. But I was determined to finish. I kept writing. I wanted an 'A.' There was no way I was going to stop writing my exam," she said.
Electric industry and government officials said the nation's power grid has needed major upgrades for years, but industry experts said there were three major obstacles in the way: the expense, environmental opposition and people who didn't want power facilities near their back yards.
 Both federal and state agencies, as well as congressional committees, are expected to investigate the blackout and try to determine why measuresput in place to isolate grids and keep power disruptions from spreading failed to do so.
 Law enforcement agencies were ready for any security problem.
 In New York, police helicopters, boats and heavily armed teams of special counterterror officers moved into place at city landmarks and other sensitive locations, police Commissioner Ray Kelly said. Officials swiftly realized the power outage was not an act of terror, and they used so-called Atlas teams of officers to make sure no one took advantage of  the blackout to commit terrorism, he said.
Officials in Detroit urged people to stay home during the night; nearby communities declared curfews to keep problems to a minimum.
Police in Mansfield, Ohio, spread into the streets to keep traffic flowing.
 "A lot of officers are out there trying to make sure nobody gets hurt, to  try to cut down on the accidents," said jail officer Randi Allen.
The blackouts easily surpassed those in the West on Aug. 10, 1996, in terms of people affected. Then, heat, sagging power lines and unusually  high demand for electricity caused an outage for 4 million customers in nine states.
An outage in New York City in 1977 left 9 million people without  electricity for up to 25 hours. In 1965, about 25 million people across New York stateand most of New England lost electricity for a day.
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Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2003 11:51:52 -0100 To: nettime-l@bbs.thing.net Subject: <nettime> palast: 'power outage traced to dim bulb in white house'   [via <tbyfield@panix.com>, via viridian (at least that's what i'm told, but lots of mail didn't get through...)]
  The Tale of The Brits Who Swiped 800 Jobs From New York,
   Carted Off $90 Million, Then Tonight, Turned Off Our Lights
   Friday, August 15, 2003
   by Greg Palast

I can tell you all about the ne're-do-wells that put out our lights tonight. I came up against these characters -- the Niagara Mohawk Power Company -- some years back. You see, before I was a journalist,I worked for a living, as an investigator of corporate racketeers. In the 1980s, "NiMo" built a nuclear plant, Nine Mile Point, a brutally costly piece of hot junk for which NiMo and its partner companies charged billions to New York State's electricity ratepayers.

To pull off this grand theft by kilowatt, the NiMo-led consortium
fabricated cost and schedule reports, then performed a Harry Potter
 job on the account books. In 1988, I showed a jury a memo from an
executive from one partner, Long Island Lighting, giving a lesson to
a NiMo honcho on how to lie to government regulators. The jury ordered
 LILCO to pay $4.3 billion and, ultimately, put them out of business. And that's why, if you're in the Northeast, you're reading this by
candlelight tonight. Here's what happened. After LILCO was hammered by
 the law, after government regulators slammed Niagara Mohawk and dozens of other book-cooking, document-doctoring utility companies all over America with fines and penalties totaling in the tens of billions of
dollars, the industry leaders got together to swear never to break the
regulations again. Their plan was not to follow the rules, but to

ELIMINATE the rules. They called it "deregulation."

It was like a committee of bank robbers figuring out how to make
 safecracking legal.

 But they dare not launch the scheme in the USA. Rather, in 1990, one devious little bunch of operators out of Texas, Houston Natural
Gas, operating under the alias "Enron," talked an over-the-edge free-market  fanatic, Britain's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, into
 licensing the first completely deregulated power plant in the hemisphere.

And so began an economic disease called "regulatory reform" that
spread faster than SARS. Notably, Enron rewarded Thatcher's Energy Minister, one Lord Wakeham, with a bushel of dollar bills for
'consulting' services and a seat on Enron's board of directors.

 The English experiment proved the viability of Enron's new industrial  formula: that the enthusiasm of politicians for deregulation was in direct proportion to the payola provided by power companies.

 The power elite first moved on England because they knew
Americans wouldn't swallow the deregulation snake oil easily.
The USA had gotten used to cheap power available at the flick of
switch. This was the legacy of Franklin Roosevelt who, in 1933,
caged the man he thought to be the last of the power pirates,
Samuel Insull. Wall Street wheeler-dealer Insull created the Power
Trust, and six decades before  Ken Lay, faked account books and
 ripped off consumers. To frustrate  Insull and his ilk, FDR gave us
the Federal Power Commission and the Public Utilities Holding
Company Act which told electricity companies where to stand
and salute. Detailed regulations limited charges to real expenditures
 plus a government-set profit. The laws banned power "trading"
and required companies to keep the lights on under threat of
arrest -- no blackout blackmail to hike rates.

Of particular significance as I write here in the dark, regulators
 told utilities exactly how much they had to spend to insure the system stayed in repair and the lights stayed on. Bureaucrats crawled along the wire and, like me, crawled through the account books, to make sure the power execs spent customers' money on parts and labor. If they didn't, we'd whack'm over the head with our thick rule books. Did we  get in the way of these businessmen's entrepreneurial spirit? Damn right we did.

Most important, FDR banned political contributions from utility
companies -- no 'soft' money, no 'hard' money, no money PERIOD.
But then came George the First. In 1992, just prior to his departure
from the White House, President Bush Senior gave the power industry one long deep-through-the-teeth kiss good-bye: federal deregulation of electricity. It was a legacy he wanted to leave for his son, the gratitude of power companies which ponied up $16 million for the Republican campaign of 2000, seven times the sum they gave Democrats.

 But Poppy Bush's gift of deregulating of wholesale prices set by the feds only got the power pirates halfway to the plunder of Joe
Ratepayer. For the big payday they needed deregulation at the state  level. There were only two states, California and Texas, big enough and Republican enough to put the electricity market con intooperation. California fell first. The power companies spent $39 million to defeat  a 1998 referendum pushed by Ralph Nadar which would have blocked the de-reg scam. Another $37 million was spent on lobbying and lubricating  the campaign coffers of the state's politicians to write a lie into law: in the deregulation act's preamble, the Legislature promised that deregulation would reduce electricity bills by 20%. In fact, when in the first California city to go "lawless," San Diego, the 20% savings became a 300% jump in surcharges.

Enron circled California and licked its lips. As the number one
contributor to the George W. Bush campaigns, it was confident about  the future. With just a half dozen other companies it controlled at times 100% of the available power capacity needed to keep the Golden State lit. Their motto, "your money or your lights."

  Enron and its comrades played the system like a broken ATM machine,  yanking out the bills. For example, in the shamelessly fixed "auctions" for electricity held by the state, Enron bid, in one  instance, to supply 500 megawatts of electricity over a 15 megawatt line. That's like pouring a gallon of gasoline into a thimble -- thelines would burn up if they attempted it. Faced with blackout because of Enron's destructive bid, the state was willing to pay anything to keep the lights on.

And the state did. According to Dr. Anjali Sheffrin, economist with
 the California state Independent System Operator which directs power deliveries, between May and November 2000, three power giants physically or "economically" withheld power from the state and concocted enough false bids to cost the California customers over $6.2  billion in excess charges.

 It took until December 20, 2000, with the lights going out on the
Golden Gate, for President Bill Clinton, once a deregulation booster, to find his lost Democratic soul and impose price caps
 in California and ban Enron from the market. But the light-bulb
buccaneers didn't have to wait long to put their hooks back into the
 treasure chest. Within seventy-two hours of moving into the White House, while he was still sweeping out the inaugural  champagne bottles, George Bush the Second reversed Clinton's executive order and put the power pirates  back in business in California. Enron,  Reliant (aka Houston Industries), TXU (aka Texas Utilities) and the others who had economically snipped California's wires knew they could count on Dubya, who as governor of the Lone Star state cut  them the richest deregulation deal in America.

 Meanwhile, the deregulation bug made it to New York where Republican Governor George Pataki and his industry-picked utility commissioners ripped the lid
 off electric bills and relieved my old friends at  Niagara Mohawk of the expensive obligation to properly fund
 the maintenance of the grid system.

And the Pataki-Bush Axis of Weasels permitted something that
must have former New York governor Roosevelt spinning in his
wheelchair in  Heaven: They allowed a foreign company, the
notoriously incompetent National Grid of England, to buy up
NiMo, get rid of 800 workers and pocket most of their wages - producing a bonus for NiMo stockholders approaching $90

 Is tonight's black-out a surprise? Heck, no, not to us in
the field who've watched Bush's buddies flick the switches across the globe. In  Brazil, Houston Industries seized ownership of Rio de Janeiro's electric company. The Texans (aided by their French  partners) fired workers, raised prices, cut maintenance expenditures and, CLICK! the  juice went out so often the locals
now call it, "Rio Dark."
 So too the free-market British buckaroos controlling Niagara
Mohawk raised prices, slashed staff, cut maintenance and
CLICK! -- New York joins Brazil in the Dark Ages.

Californians have found the solution to the deregulation
disaster: re-call the only governor in the nation with the cojones
to stand up  to the electricity price fixers.

And unlike Arnold  Schwarzenegger, Gov. Gray Davis stood alone against the bad guys without using a body  double. Davis
called Reliant Corp of Houston a pack of "pirates" --and  now
 he'll walk the plank for daring to stand up to the Texas  marauders.

So where's the President? Just before he landed on the deck of the Abe  Lincoln, the White House was so concerned about our brave troops facing the foe that they used the cover of war fo
r a new push in Congress for yet more electricity deregulation. This has a certain  logic: there's no sense defeating Iraq if a hostile regime remains in California.

Sitting in the dark, as my laptop battery runs low, I don't know if
 the truth about deregulation will ever see the light --until we change  the dim bulb in the White House.

  See Greg Palast's award-winning reports for BBC Television and the Guardian papers of Britain at www.GregPalast.com.  Contact Palast at
   his New York office:

  Greg Palast is the author of the New York Times bestseller, "The Best  Democracy Money Can Buy"  (Penguin USA) and the worstseller,  "Democracy and Regulation,"  a guide to electricity deregulation published by the United Nations (written with T. MacGregor and J. Oppenheim).

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Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2003 08:30:23 -0400
Subject: Mastectomy legislation
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It's about eliminating the "drive-through mastectomy" where
women are forced to go home hours after surgery against the
wishes of their doctor, still groggy from anesthesia and
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Lifetime Television has put this bill on their web page with a
 petition drive to show your support. Last year over
half the House signed on.
PLEASE!!!! Sign the petition by clicking on the web site below
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Date: Thursday, July 10, 2003 9:33 AM
Subject: (no subject)

Subject: This is not a JOKE
A stock clerk was sent to clean up a storeroom in Maui,Hawaii. When he got back,
 he was complaining that the storeroom was really filthy and that he had noticed
dried mouse or rat droppings in some areas.

A couple of days later, he started to feel like he was coming down with a stomach
 flu, complained of sore joints and headaches,and began to vomit. He went to bed
and never really got up again.
Within two days he was severely ill and weak. His blood sugar count was down to
66, and his face and eyeballs were yellow. He was rushed to the emergency at Pali-Momi, where he was diagnosed to be suffering from massive organ failure. He
died shortly before midnight.

No one would have made the connection between his job and his death, had it not
been for a doctor who specifically asked if he had been in a warehouse or exposed
 to dried rat or mouse droppings at any time.

They said there is a virus (much like the Hanta virus) that lives in dried
 rat and mouse droppings. Once dried, these droppings are like dust and
 can easily be breathed in or ingested if a person does not wear protective gear or fails to wash face and hands thoroughly.

An autopsy was performed on the clerk to verify the doctor's suspicions.
This is why it is extremely important to ALWAYS carefully rinse off the tops of
canned sodas or foods, and to wipe off pasta packaging, cereal boxes, and so on.

Almost everything you buy in a supermarket was stored in a warehouse at one time
 or another, and stores themselves often have rodents.
Most of us remember to wash vegetables and fruits but never think of boxes and
The ugly truth is, even the most modern, upper-class, super store has rats and mice.
 And their warehouse most assuredly does!

Whenever you buy any canned soft drink, please make sure that you wash the top
 with running water and soap or, if that is not available, drink with a straw.

The investigation of soda cans by the Center for DiseaseControl in Atlanta
discovered that the tops of soda cans can be encrusted with dried rat's urine,
which is so toxic it can be lethal. Canned drinks and other foodstuffs are stored
 in warehouses and containers that are usually infested withRodents, and then
 they get transported to retail outlets without being properly cleaned. Please
forward this message to the people you care about.

chris wrote:

  Reply-To: H-NET List for African History and Culture

  >Subject: Bush in Africa
  >Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2003 18:58:39 -0400
  >Date: Monday, July 14, 2003 4:46 PM
  >From: James Igoe
  >[Ed. note: The following message does not in any way reflect
 the views of any of the staff of H-Africa. Furthermore, H-Africa
 takes no responsibility for the accuracy of the following account.
 However, I feel that this message is valuable in that it may provoke
comment on recent events regarding the United
  >States' involvement in Africa.]
  >What follows are two accounts of George W. Bush's visit to Sub-
  >Saharan Africa. In my opinion they reveal the true attitudes of our
  >current administration and their cynical approach to domestic politics
  >and international aid. The implicit message that Bush has sent to the
  >people of Sub-Saharan Africa is nothing short of shocking. As a U.S.
  >citizen I wish to personally apologize for this unacceptable behavior
  >and open disdain for the hard won sovereignty of the nations of
  >Sub-Saharan Africa.
  >Jim Igoe
  >University of Colorado at Denver
  >Bush in Senegal
  >FYI. Not knowing the Senegalese writer of this private message and not
  >wanting to cause him/her any trouble, I have deleted the routing
  >Dearest friends,
  > As you probably know, this week George Bush is visiting Africa.
  >Starting with Senegal, he arrived this morning at 7.20 AM and left at
  >1.30 PM. This visit has been such an ordeal that a petition is being
  >circulated for this Tuesday July 8th be named Dependency Day.
  > Let me share with you what we have been trough since last week.
  > 1- Arrestations : more than 1,500 persons have been arrested and put
  >in jail between Thursday and Monday. Hopefully they will be released now
  >that the Big Man is gone
  > 2- The US Army's planes flying day and night over Dakar. The noise
  >they make is so loud that one hardly sleeps at night
  > 3- About 700 security people from the US for Bush's Senegal, with
  >their dogs, and their cars. Senegalese security forces were not allowed
  >to come near the US president
  > 4- All trees in places where Bush will pass have been cut. Some of
  >them are over 100 years old
  > 5- All roads going down town (were hospitals, businesses, schools
  >are located) were closed from Monday night to Tuesday at 3 PM. This
  >that we could not go to our offices or schools. Sick people were also
  >obliged to stay at home.
  > 6- National exams for high schools that started on Monday are
  >postponed until Wednesday.
  > Bush's visit to the Goree Island is another story. As you may know
  >Goree is a small Island facing Dakar where from the 15th to the 19th
  >century, the African slaves to be shipped to America were parked in
  >special houses called slave houses. One of these houses has become a
  >Museum to remind humanity about this dark period and has been visited by
  >kings, queens, presidents. Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, and before
  >them, Nelson Mandela, the Pope, and many other distinguished guests or
  >ordinary tourists visited it without bothering the islanders. But for
  >"security reasons" this time, the local population was chased out of
  >their houses from 5 to 12AM. They were forced by the American security
  >to leave their houses and leaves everything open, including their
  >wardrobes to be searched by special dogs brought from the US. The ferry
  >that links the island to Dakar was stopped and offices and businesses
  >closed for the day.
  >According to an economist who was interviewed by a
  >private radio, Senegal that is a very poor country has lost huge amount
  >of money in this visit, because workers have been prevented from walking
  >out of their homes. In addition to us being prevented to go out, other
  >humiliating things happened also. Not only Bush brought did not want to
  >be with Senegalese but he did not want to use our things. He brought his
  >own armchairs, and of course his own cars, and meals and drinks.
   He came with his own journalists and ours were forbidden inside the airport     
  > and in place's he was visiting. Our president was not  
  > allowed to make a speech. Only Bush spoke when he  
  > was in Goree.
  > He spoke about slavery.
 > It seems that he needs the vote of the African American
  > to  be elected in the next elections, and wanted to
  >please them.
  >That's why he visited Goree.  
  > Several protest marches against American politics have been
  >organized yesterday and even when Bush was here, but we think he does
  >not care. We have the feeling that everything has been done to convince
  >us that we are nothing, and that America can behave the way it wants,
  >everywhere, even in our country. Believe me friends, it is a terrible
  >feeling. But according to a Ugandan friend of mine, I should not
  >complain because it Uganda one of the country he is going to visit, Bush
  >does not intend to go out of the airport. He will receive the Ugandan
  >President in the airport lounge.
  >Homes bulldozed to clear way for Bush
  >ABUJA - Armed police backed by bulldozers tore down illegally built
  >homes and shops in the Nigerian capital Abuja today ahead of a visit
  > by US President George W Bush. The operation began yesterday after
  > an order from President Olusegun Obasanjo to clean up the city ahead
  >of his American counterpart's arrival, officials said.
  >In one residential quarter of the city reporter saw around 60 buildings
  >- ranging from brick-built structures to makeshift wooden shanties -
  >ploughed down as hundreds of residents looked on in despair.
  >"They didn't give us any warning," wailed tailor John Emeka, who saved
  >his sewing machine but lost much of his stock when a joint taskforce of
  >police and environmental protection agents pulled down his business.
  >Nearby a stock of computers lay mangled in the wreckage of an electronic
  >goods store, and the ownwer of a grilled meat stand argued with officers
  >attempting to condemn his barbecue. The police came armed with assault
  rifles and tear gas, but there was no violence as the bulldozers rolled in.
  >A senior local official, Babangida Aliyu, told reporters that Obasanjo
  >had personally ordered the destruction on a visit last week to the
  >Federal Capital Territory's lawmakers.
  >"Obasanjo gave specific instructions when he visited, and we have no
  >qualms in carrying them out," he said.
  >More than 2,000 Nigerian police and intelligence officers have been
  >deployed around Abuja to provide security for Bush's visit, the last
  >stage in a whirlwind five-nation tour of Africa.
  >The US leader is due in Abuja late today after a stopover in Uganda and
  >is to return to Washington on Saturday. His trip has so far taken him to
  >Senegal, South Africa and Botswana.

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