"CIA Refuses to Release 'Dynamite' Report on 9/11." An 11-person committee at the CIA spent almost two years studying whether agency employees should be held accountable for intelligence failures preceding the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The report was completed months ago, but apparently it's being suppressed by Bush-appointed CIA Director Porter Goss -- perhaps until after the election? L.A. Times columnist Robert Scheer, who's written on the story, talks with Democracy Now! (Oct. 21) about the unreleased info and why it's still under wraps. (The TV version of Democracy Now! airs 8 a.m. Monday-Friday on PCTV-21. The radio version airs 8 a.m. Monday-Friday on WRCT 88.3 FM.) http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/10/21/1440244
"Remember the Alamo." So what kind of man is the president? No, no, not the sneering bald guy -- that other, nominal commander-in-chief? Product of extreme privilege, suits in the office, shirtsleeves on the campaign trail, the enigma named W is not the same guy who governed Texas, writes Nicholas Lemann in an in-depth personality excavation in The New Yorker (Oct. 18). Molded by Texas codes of macho, Bush likes to assume a reality that's pleasing to him, then act on that -- a big reason things are going so well in occupied Iraq, for one thing. http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/?041018fa_fact
"EPA Taking 75% Fewer Polluters to Court, Major Polluter Cases Down 90%." If W's the "good steward of the land" he claims to be, he should tell his EPA. According to a report by the independent Environmental Integrity Project (Oct. 12), under Bush the EPA has all but stopped suing polluters who refuse to voluntarily settle violations of the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, or to clean up the messes they've made. Moreover, the EPA has actually ceased investigating possible violations by dozens of heavily polluting power companies -- prompting critics to charge it's protecting polluters from the public, not the other way around. http://www.environmentalintegrity.org/pub260.cfm
"Follow the Money." In just five short years, the formerly potent Christian right grew from a negligible influence on national politics to among the biggest influences today, and the difference can be summed up in the person of one born-again president, who merrily de-funds and otherwise targets family planning and AIDS groups, among others, while bankrolling such right-wing causes as abstinence education. Esther Kaplan reports in The Nation (Nov. 1). http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20041101&s=kaplan
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