AUSTIN, Texas -- No one has been waiting with bated breath for me to make up my mind about the Democratic presidential candidates, but I have, and you might be interested in how I got there. I'm for Howard Dean -- because he's going to win. "
· Key contract decisions postponed again
· Blair drawn into row over lack of 'level playing fields'
Oliver Morgan, industrial editor
Sunday December 7, 2003
The Observer [London]
Halliburton, the engineering group formerly run by US vice-president Dick Cheney, has been given $1 billion worth of reconstruction work in Iraq by the US government without having to compete for it, thanks to repeated delays in opening up a key contract to competition. "
"The Politics of Payoff By E. J. Dionne Jr.
Tuesday, December 2, 2003; Page A27
President Bush likes to talk about the need for 'fiscal sanity in Washington.' His decision to run up the national debt is entirely sane -- as long as you understand his real purpose. Bush doesn't care a whit about deficits. That's because he is not a fiscal conservative. He is a political conservative out to buy himself a majority in 2004 and spending the next generation's money to do it. "
"Election Is Now for Bush Campaign Early Efforts Aim To Amass Voters
By Dan Balz and Mike Allen
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, November 30, 2003; Page A01
President Bush's reelection team, anticipating another close election, has begun to assemble one of the largest grass-roots organizations of any modern presidential campaign, using enormous financial resources and lack of primary opposition to seize an early advantage over the Democrats in the battle to mobilize voters in 2004."
This article clearly demonstrates why no Democrat can afford to be complacent.
A Prisoner Of Panic After 9/11 (washingtonpost.com): A Prisoner Of Panic After 9/11 Algerian-Born Detainee Seen as Victim of Excess
By Michael Powell
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, November 29, 2003; Page A01
BATAVIA, N.Y. -- Benamar Benatta sits in a whitewashed cell, lost in a post-Sept. 11 world.
"Jailed the night of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, the Algerian air force lieutenant with an expired visa has spent the past 26 months in federal prisons, much of that time in solitary confinement -- even though the FBI formally concluded in November 2001 that he had no connection to terrorism. "
This article details the situation of many Muslim men accused of terrorim-related activities since 9/11.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 — The Federal Bureau of Investigation has collected extensive information on the tactics, training and organization of antiwar demonstrators and has advised local law enforcement officials to report any suspicious activity at protests to its counterterrorism squads, according to interviews and a confidential bureau memorandum.
The memorandum, which the bureau sent to local law enforcement agencies last month in advance of antiwar demonstrations in Washington and San Francisco, detailed how protesters have sometimes used 'training camps' to rehearse for demonstrations, the Internet to raise money and gas masks to defend against tear gas. The memorandum analyzed lawful activities like recruiting demonstrators, as well as illegal activities like using fake documentation to get into a secured site. "