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YOU SAW IT HERE FIRST 10.10.2004 18:49
Corporate media picks up on internet speculation that Bush was "wired" during debates
Reports from the BBC News agency say that a bulge in the back of President Bush's jacket has triggered rumors that he was wired to receive audio instruction during the TV debate with John Kerry in Miami. The Seattle Times has a story on it too and has been following up on it.

Many websites present evidence which allege that the apparent bulge is a radio receiver feeding him answers from an aide offstage. Of course, the Bush campaign dismissed the claims out of hand, stating only that it was just a wrinkle in the jacket. Campaign officials also denied web reports that he was wearing a bullet-proof vest.

Take www.isbushwired.com for instance, it's a website relentlessly devoted to exposing the facts for what they seem to be, that Mr. Bush is cheating during this debate and was getting his info while wired for sound bytes. There is actually some pretty compelling evidence available on the web to support those claims.

One commenter writes: The Knoxville Times called me at 6am this morning asking me to confirm or deny the "Bush is Wired" story they read here at Portland IMC. My immediate response was, "What is the Portland IMC?"

flurry of related posts: [ BUSH WIRED DURING DEBATE!!!! | Bush was Wired in Debate | Is Bush Wired? | BRITISH NEWS says Bush wired/cheating in Bush-Kerry 'debate' & @ Repub. Convention | "No Comment" on Bush earpiece from white house, Kerry campaign: Salon | Bush Wired | Bush is a little puppet: prompted by earpiece long before the non-debate with Kerry ]


09.10.2004 20:46
Report-back from October 8th pResidential Debate Protest
I am from Portland, and happened to be in the Midewest this month, so I decided to go to the presedential debate in St Louis Missouri, yesterday.

We arrived in the Lou at 3am on the day of the protest, made it to where we were staying and slept in until 9am. Not a whole lot of sleep, but it was good enough.

The organizers of the protests had arranged a church just a block away from Washington University (where the debate was held) to hold teach-ins during the day and be the starting point for the march/parade that would push off at 4pm.


pictures: [ o8 suit up pictures | ryan harvey/evan greer pictures | o8 march kick off | o8 first riot cops | david cobb/michael badnarik at o8 | o8 march stopped | other o8 pictures ]


09.10.2004 20:05
Local Medical Marijuana Patients Arrested in DC
(Washington, D.C.) - Friday, October 8, 2004: Local medical marijuana patients Erin Hildebrandt and Trista Okel were arrested Tuesday along with twelve other patients and supporters, for civil disobedience in front of the Department of Health and Human Services. They were part of scores of protestors who had turned out to demand the federal government acknowledge that marijuana has medical use and change its policies.

On Monday the advocacy group organizing the protest, Americans for Safe Access, filed a legal petition with HHS under the Data Quality Act, alleging that the department is violating the Data Quality Act, which says that federal agencies must use sound science in developing policies and disseminating information. [ Read More ] [ ParentsEndingProhitbition.org | Photos of Protest ]


WHAT IS THE TRUTH? 09.10.2004 15:58
Pentagon Whistleblower To Speak In Portland Saturday Evening
"what is the TRUTH?" graphics NW Veterans for Peace is proud to present in conjunction with the PSU Department of Conflict Resolution the conclusion of October Surprise 2; Art, Words and Music for Peace. This important event will be held in Hoffman Hall on Portland State University beginning at 5pm and will showcase the Art, Music and Poetry of several Portland area Veterans. There will be testimony by Tina Tierson, whose son was killed in the first Gulf War, and an apearance by internationally known Woman of Conscience Karen Kwiatkowski.

Retired Air Force Lt. Col Karen Kwaitkowski will speak out about the questionable intelligence gathering practices she identified while working in the Pentagon's Office of Special Plans during the run up to the Iraq invasion and the consequences those policies have had on current foreign affairs. For the inside story of what really happened in this super secretive and controverisal unit which was created especially to develop intel to bolster the case against Iraq, join us for a deeply interesting and informative evening.

For more information, contact Northwest Veterans for Peace at (503) 324-1804

Other Articles: NW Veterans for Peace presents OCTOBER SURPRISE 2


SELECTION 2004 08.10.2004 23:02
Candidates Badnarik (Libertarian) and Cobb (Green) arrested attempting to enter pResidential Debate in St. Louis
St. Louis IMC is down so there are very few details but according to a portland indymedia reporter in St. Louis both David Cobb (Green Party) and Michael Badnarik (Libertarian Party) demanded to be let into the debates. After marching to the front of the University they faced off against the riot cops and it was reported that they pushed their way through the police line and were promptly arrested.

related: [ Green party Press Release on Cobb Arrest ]


SELECTION 2004 08.10.2004 23:00
Some Hits in Debate, but a Big MISS
I can't believe how Kerry missed a sterling change to blow George W. Bush out of the water in his rebuttal to the last question asked. Bush gave Kerry an opening wide enough to drive a platoon of Humvees through and he didn't take it.

When the last Missouri guest asked Bush if he would name three instances in which he felt he made a mistake in judgment and why, his response made it perfectly clear that he regretted nothing . . . apologized for nothing . . . would have done nothing differently except for "several appointments" of people whose names he would not divulge. What that translated to was: "I do not belive I've made any mistakes and the only mistakes I made was in giving responsibility to people who failed me." Once again, he showed an arrogant, oblivious nature and when asked to define failure, diverted it to unnamed appointees who he could blame in anonymity.

previous debate coverage: [ Posters to indymedia share their thoughts on the pResidential Debate (Sept. 30) | Edwards survives--and that's saying something (Oct. 6) ]


08.10.2004 18:52
Full scale logging underway in the Biscuit!!
Logging at the Horse Timber Sale Reports just in from the field indicates that logging has just been expanded to the Indi Sale in the Biscuit Fire Area. This sale was the site of a blockade against the East Fork Lumber company in late July, which was evicted by law enforcement. This sale is located on the northwest corner of the Biscuit Burn, and is a part of the so-called "matrix" lands that are not currently tied up in court (Senator Gordon Smith is currently attempting to throw out these lawsuits by a legislative rider). Siskiyou area activists have called for a region wide "emergency response" of support Monday and throughout the coming weeks.

Last week, salvage logging began at the Horse Sale, also in Curry County. Activists blockaded contract loggers from Columbia Helicopters for over 6 hours on Monday morning. The sale was purchased by John West of Silver Creek Logging. One person was arrested and charged with "interfering with an agricultural operation", the same charge applied to all four arrestees from the Indi blockade.

Yesterday, reports from the field indicated helicopter yarding was occurring at the Horse Sale.

Restrictions on logging due to the presence of Port Orford Cedar, an endemic species threatened by a fatal root fungus that spreads easily in wet weather, were supposed to begin on October 1. Reports indicated that it is raining steadily throughout the area of both the Horse and Indi Sales.


08.10.2004 16:27
More Clarity on the Subvertistas
Subvertical.org is the working group of the CFASR, or Common Front Against State Repression. We're an organization of revolutionaries and activists who oppose the Patriot Act and the general trend of police-state fascism in America. We're arranged in a decentralized fashion, without any hierarchial structure.

Through tried and true means of direct action and with some pretty original ideas of our own, we seek to deal with the issues of U.S. imperialism, its warmongering belligerence, and its overall fascist cravings, both at home and abroad. Ultimately, ours is a mission of doing. We need to act up, show off, and empower people everywhere, to make an example of what dissent can really mean and what it can really do for the people of our society.

Subvertistas are people on the street; we're the people who would do the tactical work of the resistance movement. We would like to get some things done, so to speak. Perhaps there is something you can do to help? Our behavior on the streets should provide our own credibility, because of this the mainstream media won't be able to effectively misrepresent our actions and intent. We'll do what others only wish they would do. Join us, we could all use the help.

[ Ok then, Subvertical, what of it? ]


FBI Seizes IMC Servers In The UK
Thursday morning, US authorities issued a federal order to Rackspace ordering them to hand over Indymedia web servers to the requesting agency. Rackspace, which provides hosting services for more that 20 Indymedia sites at its London facility, complied and turned over the requested servers, effectively removing those sites from the internet.

Since the subpoena was issued to Rackspace and not to Indymedia, the reasons for this action are still unknown to Indymedia. Talking to Indymedia volunteers, Rackspace stated that "they cannot provide Indymedia with any information regarding the order." ISPs have received gag orders in similar situations which prevent them from updating the concerned parties on what is happening.

It is unclear to Indymedia how and why a server that is outside the US jurisdiction can be seized by US authorities. At the same time an additional server was taken down at Rackspace which provided streaming radio to several radio stations, BLAG (linux distro), and a handful of miscellanous things.

The last few months have seen numerous attacks on independent media by the US Federal Government. In August the Secret Service used a subpoena in an attempt to disrupt the NYC IMC before the RNC by trying to get IP logs from an ISP in the US and the Netherlands. Last month the FCC shut down community radio stations around the US. Two weeks ago the FBI requested that Indymedia takes down a post on the Nantes IMC that had a photo of some undercover Swiss police and IMC volunteers in Seattle were visited by the FBI on the same issue. On the other hand, Indymedia and other independent media organisations were successfull with their victories for example against Diebold and the Patroit Act. Today however, the US authorities shut down IMCs around the world.

The list of affected local media collectives includes Ambazonia, Uruguay, Andorra, Poland, Western Massachusetts, Nice, Nantes, Lilles, Marseille (all France), Euskal Herria (Basque Country), Liege, East and West Vlaanderen, Antwerpen (all Belgium), Belgrade, Portugal, Prague, Galiza, Italy, Brazil, UK, part of the Germany site, and the global Indymedia Radio site.

Articles: IndyMedia / Feds / article | translation of Nantes IMC posting | FBI attack to silence Indymedia - it was not a question of if but of when. Explained here | indy vs fbi


FOREST DEFENSE 06.10.2004 17:33
Photos & Details of Horse Road Blockade 10/4/04

On Monday October 4th, loggers arriving at the Horse Timber Sale were greeted by a surprise road blockade. An occupied tripod and 30 forest defenders stopped logging for at least 6 hours. A large slash pile was the first line of defense, followed by the 30 forest defenders holding a sign that read Logging is Not Restoration. Behind the soft blockade an occupied tripod carried a banner that read "Give Back the Forest." Further up the road other slash and rock piles blocked the way. One slash pile was decorated with a banner reading "Ancient Forests Need Fire." read more...

Photos: [ 1 | 2 ]
Video: [ arrested for "interference with an agricultural operation" ]

Background: [ any details regarding the blockade at the horse timber sale yesterday? | Emergency Response to Biscuit Logging Planned ]


DEBATE ANALYSIS 06.10.2004 16:40
Edwards survives--and that's saying something

I noticed that the cable news channels were even re-airing the debate later on last night. There's good reason for that, too. As careful as Bush & Co. have been, some things still do slip out, and usually out of Cheney's mouth, that should embarass his co-workers and frighten everybody else. And besides that, people just like looking at John Edwards--he's the father, brother, son, etc...that everybody wishes they had, and listening to him speak, one begins to fall into a dreamy trance...

On the other hand, I was impressed by the way Cheney threatened the use of biological or nuclear weapons in a big city, twice. I mean warned, not threatened. He was warning us of the threat, which he said was very "real." And he should know too, because he's on top of all that. Now that Osama is cornered in a 40 sq. mile part of SE Afghanistan, the threat is worse than ever, apparently.

[ Cheney Refers Viewers to George Soro's Anti-Bush Site | Vice Presidential Debate By The Numbers ]


06.10.2004 15:56
Ralph Nader Interview: The sorry state of the US left
For example, there's a 58-year-old woman in Portland who collected signatures for us. She went back home and cooked dinner for her grandchildren and there was a knock on the door. A man and woman appeared, well dressed, to inform her, if there were fraudulent signatures on her petition, she can be prosecuted and sent to jail for three years. That kind of intimidation knocked out 30 signature gatherers just in the Portland, Oregon, area...

The labor movement won't even make the Democratic Party take a stand to repeal Taft-Hartley [Labor Act], the 1947 law that has squelched tens of millions of workers from forming labor unions. This -- it's over. We have to start new. We have to reach out and organize the political and civic energies of the American people. We have these conferences by Robert Borosage and others in Washington, their progressive agenda for America. They're thumb-suckers. They don't organize. There's no social justice movement in this country. It's not preceded by field organizers. Whether it was civil rights, farmer populist or labor or whatever. There's a decadence to the liberal intelligentsia that we have been privileged this year to highlight and make visible because we drew it out. And by stressing the Democratic Party, the pus and the mucus of the political bigotry trying to keep us off the ballot and deny millions of voters an opportunity to vote for us is also coming out...

So, then they'll come back in a year and start complaining, oh, oh, this party, oh, the White House, so terrible on the environment, caving in to the coal companies and the nuclear and not doing anything about biotech or WTO or NAFTA. How many times do they have to be betrayed? You can forgive them if they're under 30. They have not been betrayed enough, but people -- my peer group going like that? There's no end to the lowering of their expectation level. The least-worsters have no end logic to their attitude. Because every four years until the end of kingdom come, there will be a least-worst party in America. They have no end, in 2008, 2012. And every four years, both parties get worse and they make no demands. If you are going to go for least worst, at least pull the least of the worst in your direction. They don't even have the courage of their convictions to stand tall, and to say they have wimped out is truly an understatement. And it's a tragedy because they're very bright, and they fought a lot of good fights in the old days. They have either run out of gas, or they have lost their self-respect.

Ralph Nader in Eugene this Sunday


NATIVE RESISTANCE 05.10.2004 15:59
In 1492, Columbus began the genocidal massacre of the Indigenous Population of the Americas. This massacre continued and was made policy by Andrew Jackson after America became an institution. It continues on today as the Native peoples remain oppressed and targeted by the American government and ruthless corporations.

Indigenous Day is more than a denouncement of Columbus Day, a day which blindly celebrates the Native holocaust. Indigenous Day is about the awareness and condemnation of the ongoing oppression of the Native peoples that is still occurring in the world today. It's easy to condemn a dead man and say that Columbus wittingly brought about the systematic destruction of the Indigenous culture. It's more difficult to condemn society today, which may include ourselves, for allowing it to continue through our blind eye and silent voice.

On Indigenous Day, we must be silent no more about the ongoing oppression and attempted assimilation of Native cultures. We will look this destructive force in the eye, even if that means looking in the mirror.

WHERE: It's A Beautiful Pizza 3341 SE Belmont St.
WHEN: Monday, October 11th starting at 5pm

Related Article: I've been thinking about this for some time now?


05.10.2004 12:47
PDX Joint Terrorism Task Force renewal hearing at City Council: Thurs., Oct. 21, 2:00pm
This just in, confirmed by a call to the City: The next renewal hearing for the Portland Joint Terrorism Task Force (PJTTF) is currently scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 21, at 2:00 pm. Does that seem a little late compared to previous years? Apparently, this important hearing has been put off due to Mayor Vera Katz's health problems. Doubtless, the City Council is also not anxious to re-open what has proven to be a political can of worms each year.

For those just tuning in, the PJTTF was created in 1997, and involves several full-time Portland Police personnel and numerous FBI and other law enforcement agents, working together ostensibly to prevent/investigate terrorism. Portland Police officers deputized as Federal agents might not be directly under the control of our City Council, although these indiviuals cannot investigate in a manner that violates Oregon law (which prohibits collection of information on people for their social, political or religious views).

When it comes to respecting and protecting civil liberties, the FBI and the Portland Police have proven they are unreliable, no matter who is pResident or mayor. Social control and the stifling of dissent are in the interest of Democrat and Republican corporate leadership. COINTELPRO, the attempted assassination of Judi Bari, the killings and beatings and surveillance of people on the street in Portland -- these make up the modus operandi of the machine. Portlanders have resisted the institution of the PJTTF each year with little success, but it's time to go downtown and do it again. Last year, the Council seemed less comfortable with its decision to renew, and passed an anti-PATRIOT ACT statement, as if to soften the blow. In any case, we cannot remain silent while they strip away our rights.

some pdx indy stories on previous hearings: [ How did Nazi Germany happen? Here's how: Portland City Council renews PJTTF today (Oct. 29, 2003) | PJTTF hearing: Vera Katz takes us one step further down the road of fascism (Sept. 20, 2002) | Portland Joint Terrorism Task Force renewed (Oct. 17, 2001) | Mayor Katz forced to back-pedal: Joint Terrorism Task Force not renewed after all (Oct. 4, 2001) ]


05.10.2004 11:34
Juarez and "SeŮorita Extraviada"
at a body dumping site in Juarez With the approach of the International Caravan for Justice in Juarez and Chihuahua City, there are two screenings in Portland of a film that documents the case of hundreds of mysteriously murdered young women in the Mexican city across the river from El Paso.

The award-winning documentary, Senorita Extraviada, investigates the mysterious murders and their background.

Showing tonite at Nocturnal (1800 E Burnside) at 8:30 and Wednesday, October 13 at The Know (2026 NE Alberta).

[Portland Central America Solidarity Committee] [Mexico Solidarity Network]


05.10.2004 11:20
Haiti Alert - Illegal Arrest of Political Leaders
On Saturday October 02, 2004, Haitian police forcibly entered Haiti's Radio Caraibe and arrested three former parliamentarians from the Fanmi Lavalas party who had criticized the Interim Government during a radio program. They arrested a fourth former legislator who protested the arrests. The warrantless arrests were illegal and a clear violation of the detainees' freedom of association and of expression. They take place in the context of a wave of police persecution of human rights critics, and verbal attacks on critics by Haiti's Prime Minister.

The three arrested for criticizing the government were former Senators Yvon Feuillé and Gerard Gilles, and former Deputy Rudy Hérivaux. The three form the Communications Commission of the Fanmi Lavalas party, and all three are prominent critics of human rights violations carried out by Haiti's Transitional Government. Lawyer Axène Joseph, also a former Deputy, was arrested when he protested the other arrests.

More on Haiti: Reportback form Haiti: Resistance and Repression Six Months After the Coup


05.10.2004 11:19
AUDIO FILE:Norman Solomon, Daniel Ellsberg, Medea Benjamin at PSU
Tuesday evening Norman Solomon, Daniel Ellsberg and Medea Benjamin spoke to a large gathering at Portland State University. Though certainly not the only subject matter for all three presentations, all three pleaded the case to vote for John Kerry as the only man in position to defeat George Bush in the November Presidential election.

Norman Solomon | Daniel Ellsberg |Medea Benjamin


SELECTION 2004 04.10.2004 15:13
Report-back from press conference of David Cobb, Green Party pResidential candidate
Having attended Green Party candidate, David Cobb's news conference, I am totally convinced he is the answer for America. Cobb spoke downtown, answering questions from 3 media reporters and the public. The Green Party is the fastest growing party in America. He stressed the importance of IRV voting and proportional representation. A vote for the Greens is to invest in our future. People are beholden to the corporate "fatcats" of both the Democrat and Republican parties. Even though Kerry is better than Bush, don't waste your vote for Kerry. (ABB anybody but Bush theory) Kerry is a corporatist and militarist. We have no democracy.

[ VoteCobb.org ]


04.10.2004 14:27
Ash Me If I Care
volcanoegrey We forgot who we were, living in the middle of a volcanic rage, that Silly Man who thought he was above it all; but instead you lie...beneath the volcano's contempt for your live updates and helicopter shots and expert scientists telling us all not to worry when the sky is falling, raining your lies no longer reign supreme, oh mighty man. Not when a little bit of ash is enough to stop all the bread trucks, and destroy that perfect microwave sky, so you sit at home listening to AM, for chris'sakes, and eating....

related: [ Mt. St. Helens Is Going To Explode!!!!! ]


04.10.2004 09:49
U.S. Senatorial candidate Teresa Keane has banner stolen by Homeland Security at Oct. 3 rally; Vows to fire the perpetrators once elected
At the Peace rally today I hung my peace banner on the locked gate of the empty Customs Building adjacent to the Peace Rally gathering place. The banner had 4 lines and said: Stop the War; Teresa Keane; U.S. Senate; votekeane.org. The Portland bicycle cops drove up as the banner was being hung. I asked them how it looked and they said okay and left us alone. Later, the Homeland Security force arrived and the banner disappeared. I approached Commander Ian Canaan, Department of Homeland Security, and requested the banner back. He refused to return it and said it was hung on federal property and I could complain to his boss Ken Spitzer. So now we have the facts that our Peace Rallies are being monitored by Homeland Security. Gee aren't we peace activists a dangerous threat. As your U.S. Senator, I will fire these guys and have them go get a real job.


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