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       Depleted Uranium            ‘War Circus’

            The Garden         Early War photos

Ongoing war


— Dubya Indemnity

By Chris Floyd
Dubya - Executive Order 13303 - Blanket immunity to all traffickers in Iraqi oil
At long last, a “smoking gun” has been found to justify the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq. Investigators probing obscure government archives in the occupied capital city have uncovered a document signed by the unelected tyrant that provides a clear casus belli for the much-disputed conflict.

This remarkable directive was part of a series of moves undertaken by the dictator to strengthen his one-party stranglehold on the state by looting the wealth of the Iraqi people and placing himself and his cronies beyond the reach of the law.   It was issued at the leader’s autocratic whim, without public notice or any vote by the oppressed nation’s ludicrous, rubber-stamp “legislature.”   It freed the dictator and his looter-barons from responsibility for a broad range of potential crimes: fraud, environmental devastation, slave labor, even murder — as long as those activities were related to filling the ruling clique’s pockets with profits from Iraq’s oil.

A more powerful instrument of repression can scarcely be imagined — yet the bleeding-heart apologists for tyranny, those craven bootlickers who so strenuously oppose “regime change” to remove a thugocracy choking the life from a long-suffering people, have not uttered a peep about this nefarious document, which lies at the heart of a criminal enterprise that has claimed thousands of innocent victims and fanned the flames of international terrorism.

We refer, of course, to Executive Order 13303, quietly promulgated by George W. Bush in May then buried deep in the verbiage of the Federal Register, where it was recently unearthed by Jim Vallette of the Institute for Policy Studies.   Here, Bush’s prettified public motives for war give way to the “bottom line” so beloved by the sordid corporate hacks and ideological extremists who seized Washington in the 2000 judicial coup.

In the order, Bush proclaims that any legal action taken for any reason against any American corporation dealing in “Iraqi petroleum products” at any point in the process — from well-head to gas-pump to boardroom — “constitutes an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security” of the United States.   In fact, the very possibility that one of Bush’s oil pets might be held accountable for its actions while gorging on Iraqi crude is so terrifying that the Looter-in-Chief has declared a “national emergency” to deal with the situation.   (A “national emergency” that he forgot to mention to, er, the nation.)

The Bush edict grants a blanket immunity to all traffickers in Iraqi oil — as long as their moolah finds its way, by hook or crook, into the coffers of “United States persons or entities.”   Bush declares flatly that any “judicial process” launched against these protected entities “shall be deemed null and void.”   And how to guarantee that his partners and patrons won’t be troubled by some rogue nation that still clings to the outmoded principle of law and order?   Simple: One of the agencies authorized to “employ all powers” necessary “to carry out the purposes of this order” is our old friend, the Defense Department.

Ostensibly, Order 13303 is aimed at preventing sissy-baby war-shirkers like, say, Russia, from going to court to enforce their existing oil contracts with Iraq.   Here, the Regime is merely recognizing “facts on the ground”: Iraq’s oil doesn’t belong to Saddam anymore; it belongs to George Bush, and he can do what he likes with it.   (Forget the shuck-and-jive about “preserving the resources of the Iraqi people” — that’s just cornball for the yokels back home.)

But as Vallette points out, the rap sheet of American energy “entities” is crammed with ugly incidents, including the aforesaid employment of forced labor, the hiring of murderous goons to put down protests by unruly natives, the subversion and corruption of national governments, and the despoiling of vast swathes of sea and coastline on a regular basis.   There’s little reason to believe these swaggering behemoths will be more circumspect in their fevered rush to exploit Iraq’s captive treasures.   Like many other of Bush’s unconstitutional, unlegislated and undebated secret directives, Order 13303 is essentially a license to kill.

It’s also part of a massive effort to turn Iraq into a Bushist theme park, where favored corporate cronies can run wild, unfettered by regulation and glutted by American taxpayer money that frees them from any financial risk.   To that end, Bush sent his old college buddy Thomas Foley to Baghdad last week, the Financial Times reports, to “advance the privatization” of Iraqi state enterprises by ensuring that the sell-off of the nation’s non-oil assets will be “open to foreign trade” — i.e., “United States persons or entities.”   Many of the latter have hired Bush’s former campaign manger and political fixer, lobbyist Joe Allbaugh, to front for them at the occupation trough, the National Journal reports.

At the same time, a rigged bidding process last week forced rivals of Dick Cheney’s paymaster, Halliburton (yes, he still gets fat checks from his old firm) out of the running for a new multibillion-dollar contract to administer Iraq’s oil fields, The New York Times reports.   Those billions will now flow to the Vice Man’s company — whose every action will be whitewashed by Bush’s order of indemnity.

But there is no indemnity, no immunity, for the American soldiers dying daily in guerrilla ambushes, or the innocent Iraqis mown down daily by their panicky conquerors, or the innocent people around the world at increased risk as terrorists ape the Bushist way of enforcing ideology by violence.   No, they all pay the full price — the blood price — for the Bush favorites’ free ride.


Cheney Firm’s Rival Forced to Drop Iraqi Oil Bid
The Guardian, Aug. 9, 2003

Presidential Executive Order 13303
The Federal Register, May 28, 2003

Operation Oily Immunity
Independent Media Institute, July 28, 2003

Lobbyists Hustle for Reconstruction Business in Baghdad
National Journal, Aug. 7, 2003

Family Shot Dead by Panicking U.S. Soldiers
The Independent, Aug. 10, 2003

Bush Associate to Head Iraqi Business Efforts
Financial Times, Aug. 7, 2003

Rising Tide of Islamic Militants See Iraq as Ultimate Battlefield
New York Times, Aug. 13, 2003

The Other Looting
Foreign Policy in Focus, July 2003

U.S. Troops Kill Iraqi Police
Agence France Presse, Aug. 11, 2003

Myth and Denial in the War on Terrorism
CounterPunch, Aug. 12, 2003

Total Immunity?
Mother Jones, Aug. 8, 2003

Rivals Say Halliburton Dominates Iraqi Oil Work
New York Times, Aug. 8, 2003

To the Victors Go the Spoils
CorpWatch, Aug. 8, 2003

Depiction of Threat Outgrew Supporting Evidence
Washington Post, Aug. 10, 2003

Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card for Oil Companies
The Progressive, Aug. 8, 2003

U.S. Fostering Sinister Sort of Democracy
New Zealand Herald, Aug. 1, 2003

The War According to David Hackworth
Common Dreams, Aug. 5, 2003

$20,000 Bonus to Bush Official Who Agreed on Dubious Nuke Claim
Worldnet Daily, Aug. 12, 2003

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     Iraqi rebels turning to defeat United States     

      I am ready to sacrifice the rest of my family to defeat America. 

  And God willing we will defeat her      

Unspeakable grief and horror

       Cluster bombs killing injuring, Iraq, Lebanon        
        US new generation of landmines called Spider        

The stovepipe — instructions [were sent] from the Top Man [Saddam]—“give them everything.”

State of the Union — USA


Sadistic, blatant and wanton criminal abuses at Abu Ghraib by Military Intelligence

“Spec. Sabrina D. Harman, a military police officer has been charged with abusing detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq”

“It is not secret at all, there are many Israeli experts who are transferring to the Americans their accumulative experience of thirty seven years of torturing and mistreating Palestinians,” al-Sanai told

He said that American officers joined Israeli army units in Jenin several months ago for the purpose of learning Israeli methods and techniques of repressing civilians, which the Americans, he said, later applied in Iraq.

“It took Israel 37 years to develop and perfect these barbaric methods of repression and humiliation.   Surprisingly, the Americans surpassed and outmatched the Israelis in their savagery in less than two years.”

Soldier C told the Mirror that suspects had "10 kids of crap" beaten out of them and said officers only stepped in when the appalling beatings got too heavy.

...He went up to one of the prisoners who still had a sandbag on his face and was poking his fingers into his eyeballs until the guy was screaming in pain

UK troops batter with rifle butts — warning has extremely abusive content

Outsourced civilian workers who beat, raped and humiliated iraq prisoners cannot be charged under military law, and it is unclear whether they will face any charges under either US or Iraqi laws.

Not the first incident to involve the Queen's Lancashire Regiment and allegations of brutality.   Seven people die in British custody in Iraq, none charged.

       Civilian Death Toll in Iraq May Top 1 Million     
            —  ORB, a British polling agency, September 2007          

Bush puts God on his side

Cook: Bring our lads home

I am ready to sacrifice the rest of my family to defeat America.   And God willing we will defeat her

'Grief and horror — Images of the young Iraqi citizens killed April 2004'

War images — one year after

John Pilger at the start of the war

In your name

Checkpoint shootings: We're sorry

Sad Farewell to Iraq

Bombs won't win us friends

Mowlam: We must step up bombing

Doubts raised of UK soldier torture photos of May, 1 2004 — many aspects suspicious

Photographs taken and given to a photo-developing shop May 2003 by a UK soldier when he returned home had enough horror pictures of Iraq males being forced naked upon the floor, being forced to commit oral sexual acts, being bent over to receive anal sexual penetration, that the young woman clerk in the store called the police.

“Where are the human rights that the U.S. is always talking about?”

US tactics fuel Iraqi anger

Depleted Uranium, its effects being seen

State of the Union — USA

US servicemen

The stovepipe — instructions [were sent] from the Top Man [Saddam]—“give them everything.”

China EU countries Russia Japan lending money to US to the tune of $2 billion (2,000,000,000.00) daily
— Bleeding Bush strategy

US Debt

Am I going insane?

Kennedy slams CIA chief        
  Iraq analysis wildly inconsistent        
     Senator we did not clear the document


Cheney: Assessment done by department of defense

Iraq analysis wildly inconsistent

Flames of war spread into Pakistan


Faith Fippinger

The Book of Merlyn

The beating of the drum


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