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23 September 2005

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Volume IV, Number 114
Pentagon Prevents 9/11 Testimony before Senate Judiciary Committee -- The Senate Judiciary Committee is investigating an arcane Al Qaeda-related intelligence operation run by a military group named “Able Danger.” According to some involved, Able Danger identified Mohammed Atta and three other 9/11 hijackers as members of Al Qaeda in early 2000 (other say in 1999). The Defense Department has ordered some witnesses not to appear before the committee for “security” reasons. There is no greater threat to American security that the military rejecting civilian control -- not a pair of hurricanes, not four plane loads of terrorists.

Basra Riots Trouble British Sector in Iraq -- The British zone of occupation in Iraq has been handled much differently than the American zone. Whitehall likes to say it has a “softly, softly” approach to occupied territory, something it learned while running an empire covering one quarter of the planet. The Yanks, by comparison, come in guns blazing like Rambo. Until earlier this week, the British approach worked quite well. Then, Her Majesty’s troops broke two of their own out of an Iraqi jail and rioting ensued. The Basra Governing Council (Iraqis) now says it won’t cooperate until it gets an apology.

Oil Prices Don’t Yield Big Dividends to Alaska Residents -- If one has lived in Alaska for a year and intends to stay indefinitely, the state pays a dividend from the Alaska Permanent Fund, which has about $30 billion in oil royalties in it. This bit of socialism will go without complaint into the pockets of 603,080 Alaskans of all ages this year. With oil touching $70 a barrel, one would think that Alaskans are cashing big checks this year. In fact, Governor Frank Murkowski has just announced the smallest dividend in the history of the fund.

“Everybody Hates Chris” is Lovable -- Chris Rock may well be the funniest man in America. From a standup comedian playing New York clubs like the now defunct “Catch a Rising Star” to bit parts in films to major movie roles, he’s never ceased to amuse. While his humor does have claws, it is only offensive to those who probably need offending. However, his new TV series “Everybody Hates Chris” is poorly named – the show may be the best of the new season.

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