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Tear Down the Cross 12/21/2004 Gadflyer: "This wintry season, as the faithful continue to receive alarming reports from the news that Republicans are all that stand between them and the outlawing of Christmas itself by hordes of secular humanists, the two presidents Bush have endorsed a powerful conservative interest group specializing in removing the cross -- not from schools or courthouses, but from churches.
Rather than the traditional egg hunt, this group, calling itself the American Clergy Leadership Conference, sponsored a nationwide "Tear Down The Cross" day for Easter, 2003. Last week, leaders in this radical cause presided over a Washington prayer breakfast featuring messages of thanks from the presidents. Former Senator Bob Dole came in person. Mostly African-American, pastors who joined in 2003's ACLC-sponsored "Tear Down The Cross" won gold watches from the wealthy group, which unabashedly claims in its publications to have stripped churches of over a hundred crosses over the Easter holiday alone. This, movement leaders said, cleared the way for a new age and second messiah.
Speaking of messiahs, make a quick stop at the web site of the ACLC, and it's clear there's more to it than the "rapidly growing movement of clergy committed to the endeavor of making this nation the best that it can be," as the ACLC described itself in a December 8 Washington Times op-ed. It's actually a vehicle for Sun Myung Moon, the billionaire conservative donor who calls himself the True Father."
Destruction of Social Security would harm Black Communities 12/16/2004 Black Commentator
Fascist smears against Gary Webb continue even in death 12/15/2004 SF Bay View: "News of former journalist Gary Webb’s death began to circulate on the Internet Sunday. Most reports stated the cause of death was "suicide" from a gunshot wound to the head. Pardon my skepticism, but this sounds fishy to me, especially with the note taped to his front door etc., but that’s another issue."
GOP Has Lock on South, and Democrats Can't Find Key 12/15/2004 LA Times: "President Bush dominated the South so completely in last month's presidential election that he carried nearly 85% of all the counties across the region — and more than 90% of counties where whites are a majority of the population, according to a Times analysis of election results and census data."
Blue voters now urged to buy blue 12/14/2004 Chicago Tribune
Foreign dislike of Bush spreads to Americans 12/14/2004 AP
New Gallup Poll Raises Questions About Media Focus on 'Values' 12/14/2004 Editor & Publisher
In Memoriam: Gary Webb 12/13/2004 Peter Dale Scott: "Gary Webb, Pulitzer Prize winner, died last week in what was pretty clearly a suicide. Even if he pulled the trigger of the gun that killed him, he was still a victim punished unjustly for his pursuit of the truth.
It is clear that anyone who has dared to speak out about the CIA and the drug traffic has risked losing his job. In like fashion Celerino Castillo was eased out of DEA, and Robert Parry lost his job at AP. When Gary was absurdly abused by a pack of attack dogs at the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post, Garyâ€™s editors at the San Jose Mercury-Tribune failed to stand by him; and in the end virtually they forced him off the paper by reassigning him to a trivial suburban post.
The guilty consciences of the major newspapers is reflected now in the demeaning obituaries they have written about him. Garyâ€™s treatment of the CIA-drug story was not flawless; no oneâ€™s is or can be. But he deserved far better than he got; and it is the other journalists who attacked him who should now hang their heads in shame."
Why Do the Dems Want to Deny Her Seniority? - Condi Rice vs. Cynthia McKinney 12/9/2004 Counterpunch
In retaliation, David Horowitz labeled Al Franken "racist" 12/1/2004 Media Matters
Kweisi Mfume Quits NAACP 11/30/2004 NNPA
Clothing label in France 11/30/2004 Black Voter Net: label from US company in France - "We are sorry our president is an idiot."
N'COBRA SUPPORTS ATTORNEY CHOKWE LUMUMBA 11/30/2004 N'COBRA
Under fire in Bayji: ‘The whole city, from every side, was fighting’ 11/29/2004 Stars & Stripes: "Soldiers can’t figure out why the people in Bayji side with the terrorists when the Americans have built new buildings for them and given out toys and school supplies to many of the city’s children."
Georgia mother seeks to unravel son's suspicious death being suicide 11/27/2004 Final Call
"Thanks to God We Sent 600 Heathen Souls to Hell"
Giving Thanks to Whom? 11/25/2004 Counterpunch: "The Mayflower, renamed the Meijbloom (Dutch for Mayflower), continued to make history. It reached Africa and became one of the first European ships to chain and carry enslaved African men, women and children to the Americas.
Thanksgiving should be a time to commemorate the many contributions of Indigenous Americans and African Americans to this country's development.
We should venerate the people of color who became our first freedom-fighters, and their ability to survive a genocidal onslaught that began 500 years ago."
Montco family fighting back against racism 11/24/2004 Morning Call, PA
After the Election, Blacks Turn Inward 11/22/2004 NNPA: “We need a resurgence in African-American-based organizations like the NAACP, like the Urban League, like other local community-based groups,” says National Urban League President and Chief Executive Officer Marc Morial. “We need to continue to recognize that when we had no voice in the political system, we had our historic organizations and they carried the ball. Always on top of my list is economics and jobs.”
Defense Ministers Reject Intervention in Colombia 11/21/2004 AntiWar: "The U.S. delegation, with the support of Colombia and Peru and the Caribbean island nation of Grenada, insisted that the fight against "narco-terrorism" should be given top priority.
However, the view shared by Brazil and a number of South American nations, according to which it is absolutely essential to curb poverty in order to strengthen security in the hemisphere, prevailed in the final document adopted by the 34 ministers."
Assata Shakur: Flight from justice 11/21/2004 New York Daily News
Congressman Marries Ex-Dictator's Daughter 11/21/2004 Capitol Hill Blue: "Illinois Rep. Jerry Weller tied the knot with Guatemalan lawmaker Zury Rios Sosa in the compound, just off a dusty road between a building site and a volcano near Guatemala's colonial capital Antigua.
The couple, who met while Weller was on a visit to Guatemala, married in a civil ceremony attended by Guatemalan military, politicians and the U.S. ambassador to the Central American nation, John Hamilton.
Weller was re-elected in November despite questions from his opponent about his choice of fiancee and a possible conflict of interest with some of his government posts.
He serves on the U.S. House of Representatives sub-committee for Western Hemisphere Affairs that sometimes sees legislation concerning Guatemala.
"At the very least he should resign from the committee, it's a potentially compromising relationship, in terms of his foreign affairs activity," said Patricia Davis, of the Washington based rights group, the Guatemalan Human Rights Commission.
Rios Sosa's father Efrain Rios Montt took power in a 1982 coup at the peak of Guatemala's 36-year civil war, which pitted the army against leftist insurgents.
She is a high ranking member of her father's Guatemalan Republican Front party, which held the presidency between 2000-2004, and is seen as a possible future presidential candidate herself.
The retired general's de facto presidency is remembered for his weekly sermons broadcast live on television and for a "scorched earth" campaign that killed thousands of mostly civilian Mayan Indians.
The State Department has described Rios Montt's rule as "probably the most violent period" of the war, in which around 200,000 people were killed or disappeared. Rios Montt is under investigation for genocide charges."
US battle plans begin to unravel 11/20/2004 Asia Times
Bush Pulls Top Security Agent From Fracas 11/20/2004 ABC: "As Bush stepped inside, Chilean agents closed ranks at the door, blocking the president's agents from following. Stopping for more pictures, Bush noticed the fracas and turned back. He reached through the dispute and pulled his agent from the scrum and into the building.
The president, looking irritated, straightened his shirt cuffs as he went into the dinner. The incident was shown on APEC television."
US intelligence issue pessimistic report on Fallujah offensive 11/19/2004 AFP: "One officer said the seven-page classified report -- parts of which were provided to Thursday's edition of The New York Times -- was "brutally honest" and appears to contradict the US government's victorious account of the US-led fight against insurgents in Fallujah and other parts of northern Iraq.
Although the resistance crumbled in the face of the offensive, the report warned, "the enemy will be able to effectively defeat I MEF's ability to accomplish its primary objectives of developing an effective Iraqi security force and setting the conditions for successful Iraqi elections."
To Destroy Iran’s Nuclear Bomb Program, 350 Targets Must Be Hit 11/19/2004 Debka,Israel: "According to DEBKAfile’s Washington sources, the Pentagon’s most recent game model on military measures to dispose of Iran’s nuclear threat concludes it will be necessary to topple the Islamic republic’s regime at the same time.
The first stage would be a bombing mission against the regime’s primary prop, the Revolutionary Guards.
The second stage would be the destruction of known and probable nuclear sites – a much harder mission given the hundreds of sites known and unknown number and carefully camouflaged underground behind cunning window-dressing. US intelligence estimates as many as 350 sites. It does not have precise knowledge of which are the most important or even which are active.
Regime change in stage three would entail ground action.
At present, there are no air bases within range for carrying out stages two and three. Sufficient US troops for overthrowing the regime would pose a problem given Iran’s land area of four times that of Iraq.
Furthermore, there is no assurance that Iran would wait for stages 2 or even 3. Iranian agents may well pre-empt US action or retaliate by sabotage strikes or terrorist action inside America.
Co-opting Israel’s air might to the operation poses problems too. The Israelis are found to know as little about the locations of installations as the Americans. To reach Iran, Israeli warplanes would have to fly east over Saudi Arabia and Jordan, or north over Turkey. The distance of some targets, such as Iran’s nuclear sites in the Caspian Sea region, is too great for Israeli planes to make the round trip."
The job the white left won't accept 11/18/2004 Black Commentator: "Second, the white left frequently fails to distinguish political interests from personal morals and ethics. In other words, if white voters from the heartland can’t see eye to eye with the left on issues involving birth, death and sex, then there is no further consideration of possibilities for cooperation on issues involving shared political interests – like economic justice. Here, the white left should take an important lesson from the African community. Many of our religious leaders have opinions on morality that are indistinguishable from those of the white evangelical right. However, many of these same religious leaders play leading roles in our progressive political movements and coalitions.
By abandoning even the evangelical right, the white left ignores some of the most decent people the U.S. has produced. Many white evangelicals may be intolerant, racist and reactionary, but they often arrive at those positions out of an honest, good faith belief that they are doing the right thing. Because the white left has not been present to counter the vile lies of the right wing, white evangelicals are left to accept the right wing’s theology and agenda as gospel."
Bush, the Neocons and Evangelical Christian Fiction 11/18/2004 Counterpunch: "The otherwise vacuous figure of George W. Bush represents a crucial link or structural pivot between these two powerful factions, helping to tie them together: Bush presents the Neocons' radical foreign policy in a guise that is acceptable to his large base of support in the Christian Right, even as he reassures his Christian base that their moral agendas (anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage, faith-based initiatives, etc) will be given powerful political support. In Bush, America as the benevolent hegemon of the Neocons and the American-led "Tribulation Force" of LaHaye's wildly popular novels come together in a disturbing, yet surprisingly successful way."
Rude awakening for Brazil's President Lula 11/18/2004 Al Jazeera
French media: Israelis aided Ivory Coast military in attacks 11/17/2004 Haaretz: "Israel mercenaries assisting the Ivory Coast army operated unmanned aircraft that aided aerial bombings of a French base in the country," claimed French television station TF1 on Wednesday morning."
IRAQ: 800 Civilians Feared Dead in Fallujah 11/16/2004 IPS: "Speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of U.S. military reprisal, a high-ranking official with the Red Cross in Baghdad told IPS that ”at least 800 civilians” have been killed in Fallujah so far.
His estimate is based on reports from Red Crescent aid workers stationed around the embattled city, from residents within the city and from refugees, he said.
”Several of our Red Cross workers have just returned from Fallujah since the Americans won't let them into the city,” he said. ”And they said the people they are tending to in the refugee camps set up in the desert outside the city are telling horrible stories of suffering and death inside Fallujah.” "
CIA whistleblower sees 'long war' 11/15/2004 BBC: "Al-Qaeda's antagonism to the US was based on "a specific set of US policies that have been in gear for 30 years and have not been reviewed, have not been debated, have not been questioned", he said.
Instead, both contenders in the recent US presidential election had told voters that al-Qaeda was opposed to American values on women's rights or the sale of alcohol, warnings that sidestepped many major issues.
Al-Qaeda's hostility stemmed from US government's "unqualified support for Israel" and desire "to manipulate the price of oil" in favour of Western consumers, he said.
Al-Qaeda also views US-supported Arab regimes like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Jordan as "Muslim tyrannies".
Confronting big issues
In his view, "there should be a debate over support for Israel", alternative energy and how the US manages its relationship with the Muslim world."
Former alleged Black Panther awaiting extradition on charges 11/12/2004 AP: "TORONTO - A reputed former Black Panther wanted in the United States in the shooting of a police officer in 1969 will remain behind bars until his extradition hearing, an Ontario court ruled Monday."
Black Flags Are Deadly Signals as Cornered Rebels Fight Back 11/12/2004 NYT: "But the insurgents had gotten off an RPG round and disabled one tank; the other tank mysteriously stopped working as well.
The company had moved 500 yards south. They regrouped in the pitch blackness and pushed on at about 11:30 p.m. without the tanks, trying to keep up with the rest of the front, but after moving 25 feet they were attacked again in what appeared to be a well-organized ambush.
Two more tanks came in, but one had a problem with its global-positioning system unit. There was an hour's delay. The 50 or so men of the First Platoon, which had taken casualties, started bickering. Then they moved forward, behind the tanks.
At 1:30 a.m., now roughly 700 yards south of Highway 10, they stopped and entered a house, intending to find a place to sleep. There was a huge boom inside. "Oh no! Oh no!" someone shouted. "My leg!" someone else screamed. "My leg!"
They looked further around the house and found tunnels underneath. They retreated and a tank fired rounds into the house, which caught fire.
They looked for another place to sleep."
Watt set to take key post of power
N.C. congressman is poised to be next head of black caucus 11/12/2004 Winston Salem Journal, NC: "When Congress convenes in January, U.S. Rep. Mel Watt, D-12th, is expected to emerge as a leading voice of black political power.
Watt, whose district includes parts of Winston-Salem, will likely take over as chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus."
Iraqi Farmers aren't Celebrating World Food Day 11/11/2004 Mindfully: "A new report  by GRAIN and Focus on the Global South has found that new legislation in Iraq has been carefully put in place by the US that prevents farmers from saving their seeds and effectively hands over the seed market to transnational corporations. This is a disastrous turn of events for Iraqi farmers, biodiversity and the country's food security. While political sovereignty remains an illusion, food sovereignty for the Iraqi people has been made near impossible by these new regulations."
No Embeds at Landstuhl 11/11/2004 Editor & Publisher: "Far from the battleground, and the eyes of reporters and cameramen, more than 400 wounded U.S. military personnel have been airlifted to Germany for medical treatment since the start of the Fallujah offensive."
430,000 poor and disabled people dropped from Medicaid in Tennessee 11/10/2004 Wilmington Star,TN
Spanish overtures rebuffed in Washington 11/10/2004 FT: "Relations between the US and Spain's Socialist government hit a new low this week when President George W. Bush invited José María Aznar, Spain's former prime minister, to the White House for a private, 40-minute chat.
In a pointed snub to José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, who succeeded Mr Aznar and who incurred the wrath of the US by withdrawing Spanish troops from Iraq, President Bush has not yet returned Mr Zapatero's courtesy call last week to congratulate him on his re-election victory."
Fanning the flames of resistance 11/9/2004 Asia Times: "Although the troubles in Iraq have only drawn a cautious official response from Muslim countries, including the Arab League asking the US not to invade Fallujah, a far deeper impact has been made on Muslim masses across the globe, where increasingly they are becoming motivated to take up arms in support of the Iraqi resistance. The Koran through its teachings supports Muslims helping people in a state of siege or intense oppression, regardless of religion.
Asia Times Online has learned from sources in Saudi Arabia that as many as 10,000 Saudi youths might be in or going to Iraq. And with the strong presence of organizations such as Hezbollah, Hamas and the Islamic Jihad in such countries as Syria and Jordan, it can be safely estimated that jihadis from these countries are also flooding into Iraq, or are preparing to do so."
Druggists refuse to give out pill 11/9/2004 USA Today: "Some pharmacists, however, disagree and refuse on moral grounds to fill prescriptions for contraceptives. And states from Rhode Island to Washington have proposed laws that would protect such decisions.
Mississippi enacted a sweeping statute that went into effect in July that allows health care providers, including pharmacists, to not participate in procedures that go against their conscience. South Dakota and Arkansas already had laws that protect a pharmacist's right to refuse to dispense medicines. Ten other states considered similar bills this year."
Cynthia McKinney: “We Need Narco News, and It Needs Us” 11/9/2004 NarcoNews
Dollar expected to fall amid China's rumoured selling 11/7/2004 FT: "China, which has $515bn of reserves, was also said to be selling dollars and buying Asian currencies in readiness to switch the renminbi's dollar peg to a basket arrangement, something Chinese officials have increasingly hinted at. Any re-allocation could push the dollar sharply lower and Treasury yields markedly higher."
Sarin gas threat 11/7/2004 Herald Sun, Australia: "STOCKPILES of sarin nerve gas destroyed at the end of fighting may cause Gulf War syndrome, according to an official report to be released next week.
A leak from a US Department of Veterans' Affairs report suggests Saddam Hussein's chemical weapons may have caused nerve damage to tens of thousands of allied soldiers during the first Gulf War.
In March 1991, a chemical weapons site at Khamisiyah was destroyed, creating a large plume of deadly smoke which may have drifted over more than 100,000 allied soldiers.
Australian sailors aboard vessels in the Persian Gulf may have been exposed to low levels of the nerve agent, which causes long-term damage to the nervous system and brain."
Unreported war: US document reveals scale of conflict 11/7/2004 Robert Fisk: published 7/29/04
It's a New Day! By CYNTHIA McKINNEY 11/5/2004 Counterpunch
A medicolegal lynching in Georgia 11/4/2004 Amsterdam News
Havana: International Meeting on UNESCO's Slave Trade Archives Project 11/4/2004 UNESCO: "Meeting of archivists from 11 countries to discuss perspectives for the consolidation and extension of UNESCO’s Slave Trade Archives Project" on 11/22/04
Defense stocks surge after Bush win 11/3/2004 Guerrilla News
Day of the Dead: The Haunting of the White House By Cynthia McKinney and Catherine Austin Fitts 11/2/2004 From the Wilderness: "Driven by survivor families, independent researchers, journalists, and a growing number of ordinary citizens, an emergent "9/11 truth movement" has organized several public inquiries into the events of September 11 during the past year. As co-chairs of the first 9/11 Citizens' Commission, held in New York City in September, we were entrusted with answering questions the Kean Commission ignored.
What did we hear? We heard evidence of specific advance warnings about the 9/11 attacks from overseas. We heard about the spiking of FBI terrorism investigations and the lack of response during the attacks by high officials, including George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld and the acting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Richard Myers.
We heard about air toxicity at Ground Zero still afflicting firefighters, first responders, and New York residents - and how, in the days after September 11, the White House intervened to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing a strong warning that the air in Lower Manhattan was unsafe to breathe.
We also learned that, although there was a stunning abandonment of standard procedure for hijackings and air defense on September 11, the 9/11 Commission Report fails to issue a call for official accountability."
IRS Investigating over 60 Charities on Political Activities 11/2/2004 Web CPA
Arafat & the Original 'October Surprise' 11/2/2004 Consortium News: "A top aide to Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat has dropped a new clue about the original “October Surprise” mystery of 1980: the name of the Republican operative who sought the Palestine Liberation Organization’s help to block President Jimmy Carter’s negotiations to free 52 Americans then being held hostage in Iran.
Longtime Arafat confidant Bassam Abu Sharif said that in mid-1980, he met in Paris with John Shaheen, a friend to both Ronald Reagan and Reagan’s campaign chief, William J. Casey. Abu Sharif told me that Shaheen, a former U.S. intelligence officer of Lebanese origin, extended a Republican offer of improved U.S. relations with the PLO if the Arafat-led organization would assist in persuading the Iranians to delay the hostage release until after the November 1980 elections."
Commentary: ‘Us killing us’ no longer shocks, and that’s a horror story 10/31/2004 Black America Web: "“James Wise Jr., a 40-year-old African-American man who lived in North Baltimore, was hanging out on the east side…A white sedan pulled into the block, and an African-American man got out of the car, shot Wise, and ran…Wise was on probation at the time of his death. This is the second murder in the East Baltimore Midway neighborhood this month.” "
Household Survey Sees 100,000 Iraqi Deaths 10/29/2004 AP: "Researchers have estimated that as many as 100,000 more Iraqis -- many of them women and children -- died since the start of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq than would have been expected otherwise, based on the death rate before the war."
Armed Group Claims to Have Iraq Explosives 10/28/2004 AP: "A group calling itself Al-Islam's Army Brigades, Al-Karar Brigade, said it had coordinated with officers and soldiers of "the American intelligence" to obtain a "huge amount of the explosives that were in the al-Qaqaa facility." "
Iraq says “impossible” explosives taken before regime fall 10/28/2004 Khaleej Times
War stories - Legendary journalist Seymour Hersh talks about Abu Ghraib, the chaos in Iraq, and the price of the Bush administration’s war on terror 10/28/2004 Boston Phoenix: "If Bush is re-elected, I think one of the things the Europeans will do is, they’ll set up another group whose whole purpose will be to combat the United States, because they really don’t like us. They really don’t like us, particularly the Germans and the French. And I think one of the things they’ll do is start talking about developing their own solution to the Middle East. I can guarantee that there’ll be a sense that they have to mobilize against America. They’ve had it with Bush, big time."
Two black men sue over mistaken arrest 10/27/2004 Beacon Journal: "Two African-Americans who were signing up voters at a parade last summer are suing police, Portage County deputies and state troopers because the law enforcement officials mistook them for bank robbers and arrested them.
According to the lawsuit filed Tuesday, Jelini Dorsey and Kevin Clark of Kent were with six white colleagues at the July 10 Brady Lake parade registering voters when ``vague'' descriptions of two black car thieves were broadcast over police radios."
Seymour Hersh: Man On Fire 10/27/2004 Alternet: "Look, America is a very racist country and war brings out the worst in it. I have said – several times, publicly – that the one thing I've always liked about Bill Clinton is that he was the first American president since World War II to bomb white people."
How the US media lost the plot 10/25/2004 Independent, UK: "But before any "next war" happens, the first and most important challenge that the mainstream US media faces is getting it right this election, one that many predict will be just as closely run as its predecessor. Whether it succeeds or not could determine just how many people decide to consult the mainstream media on defining national issues in the future."
Defend New Afrikan Attorney Chokwe Lumumba 10/22/2004 Prison Activist
Breaking News... DeLay Gets Served! 10/21/2004 The Stakeholder
Commentary: Prince’s ‘Cinnamon Girl’ confronts America’s bigots 10/19/2004 Black America Web: “Cinnamon Girl of mixed heritage, never knew the meaning of color lines. 9-11 turned that all around when she got accused of this crime ... What’s the use when the god of confusion keeps on telling the same lie?”
Marcus Garvey the theologian 10/17/2004 Jamaica Observer
Military moms, wives campaign against Bush 10/11/2004 Las Vegas Review Journal
The Chavez Revolution: Venezuela Must Be A Black State Part II 10/10/2004 Black State
The CIA 'old guard' goes to war with Bush 10/10/2004 Telegraph, UK: "A powerful "old guard" faction in the Central Intelligence Agency has launched an unprecedented campaign to undermine the Bush administration with a battery of damaging leaks and briefings about Iraq."
Cosbygate, Hip-Hop and Thug-Life 10/8/2004 Black State
Bloody Battles, High Casualties In Iraq Go Unreported 10/6/2004 Jihad Unspun
Interview with Ayana Vellissia Jackson and Marcos Villalobos on El Negro Mas Chulo: African by Legacy, Mexican by Birth 10/6/2004 MundoAfroLatino
Call for more African unity with Blacks in America 10/5/2004 Final Call: "The African Union (AU) may one day find that its most powerful ally is Blacks in the United States. At the same time, Blacks in this country can be literally “transformed” by making a pilgrimage to the African continent, which represents the “final frontier” for world economic development, National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) members were told Sept. 8."
BOOMERANG - Dancehall's chickens come home to roost 10/4/2004 Jamaica Gleaner: "THE HOMOSEXUAL community in Britain and America has scored major victories against some of the violence-promoting Jamaican deejays and as a consistent critic of negative dancehall, I am happy that some group has had the clout and courage to send a clear signal to these fellows."
Powell needs medication to sleep nights 10/4/2004 Unknown News: published 10/03 - "So do you use sleeping tablets to organize yourself?" Al-Rashed asked.
"Yes. Well, I wouldn't call them that," Powell said. "They're a wonderful medication — not medication. How would you call it? They're called Ambien, which is very good. You don't use Ambien? Everybody here uses Ambien." …Ambien has been associated with hallucinations.
Goss Choice Quit CIA In 1982 Under Fire 10/3/2004 Washington Post: "Michael V. Kostiw, chosen by CIA Director Porter J. Goss to be the agency's new executive director, resigned under pressure from the CIA more than 20 years ago, according to past and current agency officials… In late 1981, after he had been a case officer for 10 years, Kostiw was caught shoplifting in Langley, sources said. During a subsequent CIA polygraph test, Kostiw's responses to questions about the incident led agency officials to place him on administrative leave for several weeks, according to four sources who were familiar with the past events but who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the information… The CIA official, citing privacy considerations, refused to confirm or deny the events alleged by the former and current agency officials as the basis under which Kostiw previously left the agency… CIA personnel also have become concerned about Kostiw and the other three top House Republican staff members that Goss has brought to the agency from the committee he once chaired. The panel's report last summer on the fiscal 2005 intelligence authorization bill, written primarily by the staff, criticized the CIA's human intelligence activities run by the Directorate for Operations, where Kostiw once worked."