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Anna Nicole Smith’s Autopsy Report March 26, 2007

Posted by Dan in News, Snipets.
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I really really hate this story. Its absurd that with all that is going on in the world, we’re force fed this drivel. The irony, of course, being that unless I write about Anna Nicole Smith, no one will know how much I think she shouldn’t be written about. So… in a desperate bid to put this story to rest, once and for all, here is Anna Nicole Smith’s final autopsy report. Let us have no further discussion of her death.


BROWARD COUNTY MEDICAL EXAMINER
5301 SW 31st AVENUE
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 33312

NAME: Vickie Lynn Marshall AUTOPSY NO: 07-0223
SEX: Female DATE OF AUTOPSY: February 9, 2007
RACE: White TIME OF AUTOPSY: 10:36 a.m.
AGE: 39 PROSECTORS: Gertrude M. Juste, M.D.
DOB: 11/28/1967 Associate Medical Examiner
and
Joshua A. Perper, M.D.
Chief Medical Examiner

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FINAL PATHOLOGICAL DIAGNOSES:

I.
ACUTE COMBINED DRUG INTOXICATION
A.
Toxic/lethal drug:
Chloral Hydrate (Noctec)
1.Trichloroethanol (TCE) 75ug/mL (active metabolite)
2.Trichloroacetic acid ( TCA) 85ug/mL (inactive metabolite)

B. Therapeutic drugs :
1. Diphenhydramine (Bendaryl) 0.11 mg/L
2. Clonazepam (Klonopin) 0.04 mg/L
3. Diazepam (Valium) 0.21 mg/L
4. Nordiazepam (metabolite) 0.38 mg/L
5 Temazepam (metabolite) 0.09 mg/L
6. Oxazepam 0.09 mg/L
7. Lorazepam 22.0 ng/mL

C. Other non-contributory drugs present (atropine, topiramate, ciprofloxacin,
acetaminophen)

II. LEFT GLUTEAL PANNICULITIS, WITH ABSCESS FORMATION AND
RECENT LINEAR HEMORRHAGE

III. FIBROSIS WITH FAT NECROSIS (CHRONIC REPEATED INJECTIONS OF
VARIOUS MEDICATIONS IN BUTTOCKS) OF DERMAL AND
SUBCUTANEOUS TISSUES, BILATERAL GLUTEAL REGIONS AND
ANTERIOR RIGHT THIGH

IV. GASTROENTERITIS, MILD, OF PROBABLE VIRAL ETIOLOGY

V. DEPRESSION FOLLOWING RECENT DELIVERY OF TERM INFANT AND
RECENT DEATH OF ADULT SON (SEPTEMBER 2006)
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VI. MODERATE CONGESTIVE HEPATOMEGALY (2550 GRAMS)

VII. FIBROUS PLEURAL ADHESIONS

VIII. CHRONIC THYROIDITIS (HASHIMOTO THYROIDITIS)

IX. WELL HEALED SUPRAPUBIC SCAR (STATUS POST CESAREAN
SECTION)

X MINIMAL, INSIGNIFICANT MYOCARDIAL FIBROSIS

XI. STATUS POST MEDICAL INTERVENTION
A. Endotracheal tube placement
B. Right jugular line placement
C. Cardiac Monitoring devices and defibrillator pad placement
D. Bilateral anterior elbow and left anterior wrist venipuncture sites with
surrounding ecchymoses

XII. STATUS POST BILATERAL BREAST IMPLANTS WITH SCARRING, LEFT
AREOLA

XIII. MICRO-INFARCT OF BRAIN, LEFT OCCIPITAL WHITE MATTER

XIV. MINOR CONTUSIONS, POSTERIOR SHOULDERS

OPINION:

Vickie Lynn Marshall was a 39-year-old white female who died of acute combined drug
intoxication. Abscesses of buttocks, and viral enteritis were contributory causes of death.

The manner of death is determined to be: ACCIDENT

_______________________________________
Joshua A. Perper, M.D.,LL.B.,M.Sc. Date
Chief Medical Examiner

______________________________________
Gertrude M. Juste, MD Date
Associate Medical Examiner
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OFFICIALS PRESENT AT AUTOPSY:

Joshua A. Perper, M.D.,LL.B.,M.Sc., Chief Medical Examiner; Gertrude M. Juste, M.D.,
Associate Medical Examiner; Predrag Bulich, M.D., Assistant Medical Examiner; Harold
Schueler, Phd., Chief Toxicologist; Stephen J. Cina, M.D., Deputy Chief Medical Examiner;
Joseph Anderson, Forensic Photographer; James Fleurimond, Forensic Photographer; Irma
Motem, Forensic Technician; Dean Reynolds, Morgue Supervisor; Reinhard W. Motte, M.D.,
Associate Medical Examiner; Detective Rich Engels of the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Crime
Scene Unit; Chief Tiger of the Seminole Police Department and Deputy Mike Jacobs of the
Seminole Police Department.

CLOTHING:

The body is clad in a light green hospital gown, which is intact, dry and clean. There is no
jewelry present.

EXTERNAL EXAMINATION:

The body is that of a well-developed, well-nourished white woman appearing the offered age of
39 years. The body measures 71 inches and weighs 178 pounds.

The unembalmed body is well preserved and cool to touch due to refrigeration. Rigor mortis is
fully developed in the major muscle groups. Livor mortis is fixed and purple posteriorly except
over pressure points. However, during initial examination in the emergency room, there was no
rigor and lividity was at a minimum and unfixed. The skin is intact and shows no evidence of
trauma except for medical intervention. The scalp hair is blond and measures up to 5 inches in
length in the frontal area and up to 19 inches in length in the back and on top of the head. There
are multiple blonde hair extensions including several pink strands attached to the natural hair,
which shows light brown roots. The irides are hazel and the pupils are equal, each measuring 0.5
centimeter in diameter. The corneae are clear and the sclerae and conjunctivae are free of
petechiae. The nasal bones are intact by palpation. The nares are patent and contain no foreign
matter. There is a 3-millimeter raised nodule on the right side of the nose. The natural teeth are
in good condition. The frenula are intact. The oral mucosa and tongue are free of injuries. The
external ears have no injuries. There are bilateral earlobe piercings; no earring or jewelry were
present. There are no earlobe creases.

The neck is symmetrical and shows no masses or injuries. The trachea is in the midline.
The shoulders are symmetrical and are free of scars.

The chest is symmetrical and shows no evidence of injury. There were bilateral breasts with
asymmetry of the left breast due to scarring. The flat abdomen has no injuries. There are
piercings above and below the umbilicus. The back is symmetrical. The buttocks have
inconspicuous small scars, bilaterally. There is a flat, round scar on the lower aspect of the left
buttock approximately 1⁄2 inch in diameter.

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The genitalia are those of a normally developed adult woman. There is no evidence of injury.
The anus is unremarkable.
The upper extremities are symmetrical and have no injuries. The fingernails are long and clean.
There is a linear 1⁄2 inch scar on the anterior right forearm. Two parallel linear scars measuring 1
inch and 2 inches are on the anterior surface of the left forearm.

The lower extremities are symmetrical. The toenails are short and clean. There is no edema of
the legs or ankles.

There is no abnormal motion of the neck, the shoulders, the elbows, the wrists, the fingers, the
hips and ankles. There is no bony crepitus or cutaneous crepitus present.

EVIDENCE OF INJURY:

A dissection of the posterior neck and upper back show a 2-1⁄4 x 2-3⁄4 inch reddish, recent
contusion of the subcutaneous and superficial muscle layer of the left posterior shoulder. A
recent, reddish, 1-3⁄4 x 1-1⁄2 inch reddish contusion is present on the right posterior shoulder
involving the superficial muscular layer.

EVIDENCE OF RECENT MEDICAL TREATMENT:

A properly positioned size 8 endotracheal tube retained by a Thomas clamp is present at the
mouth with the marker 22 at the anterior teeth.
Electrocardiogram pads are on the anterior chest in the following order: two on the right anterior
shoulder, two on the left anterior shoulder, one on the upper anterior left arm, one each on the
anterior side, one each on the anterior leg.

Two defibrillator pads are present: one to the right of the midline, above the right breast, and
one to the left of the midline, below the left breast.

There is intravenous line placement at the right anterior neck with hemorrhage into the anterior
strap muscles of the neck. One recent needle puncture mark is in the right antecubital fossa and
two recent needle puncture marks are at the anterior left elbow with surrounding ecchymoses.
There is one recent needle puncture into the medial one-third of the left anterior forearm with
surrounding ecchymosis. A recent needle puncture mark is at the left anterior wrist with
surrounding reddish ecchymosis, 1 inch in diameter.


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OTHER IDENTIFYING FEATURES:

There are multiple scars and tattoos on the body.

SCARS:
A 3⁄4 x 1⁄2 inch flat scar is on the upper inner aspect of the right breast quadrant. A 1⁄2 x
3/8-inch scar is on the medial aspect of the left nipple. There are circular scars adjacent to both
areolae. The right inframammary skin has a linear transverse 3⁄4 inch remote “chest tube” scar.
There were bilateral inframammary and transverse linear 3-3⁄4 inch scars compatible with left and
right mammoplasty with breast implants. There are circular scars surrounding piercings above
and below the umbilicus. A flat 3/8 inch in diameter scar is present on the middle third of the
anterior surface of the right thigh. Lateral to this scar is a 1⁄2 inch in diameter flat scar. There are
several scattered small inconspicuous scars on both buttocks. There is a cluster of multiple,
parallel, linear, well-healed scars on the anterior and lateral aspects of the right leg covered by a
tattoo.

TATTOOS:

There is a pair of red lips in the right lower abdominal quadrant.
Two red cherries are on the right mid pelvis.
A “Playboy Bunny” is on the left anterior mid pelvis.
The words “Daniel” and “Papas” are on the mid anterior pelvis region.
A mixed tattoo on the right lower leg and ankle represents: Christ’s head; Our Lady of
Guadalupe; the Holy Bible; the naked torso of a woman; the smiling face of Marilyn Monroe; a
cross; a heart and shooting flames.
A mermaid on a flower bed with a pair of lips underneath it laying across the lower back.

INTERNAL EXAMINATION:

The body was opened with the usual Y incision. The breast tissues, when incised, revealed
bilateral implants, each containing 700ml of clear fluid. The implants were surrounded by a thick
connective tissue capsule with a thick yellow fluid. The content of each capsule was collected for
bacteriological cultures.


BODY CAVITIES:

The muscles of the chest and abdominal wall are normal in color and consistency. The lungs are
neither hyperinflated nor atelectatic when the pleural cavities are opened. The right lung shows
adherence to the parietal pleura and to the diaphragm interiorly. The ribs, sternum and spine
exhibit no fractures. The right and left pleural cavities have no free fluid. There are extensive
right pleural fibrous adhesions. The mediastinum is in the midline. The pericardial sac has a
normal amount of clear yellow fluid. The diaphragm has no abnormality. The subcutaneous
abdominal fat measures 3 centimeters in thickness at the umbilicus. The abdominal cavity is
lined with glistening serosa and has no collections of free fluid. The organs are normally
situated. The mesentery and omentum are unremarkable.

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NECK:

The soft tissues and the strap muscles of the neck, aside from the previously described focal
hemorrhages, exhibit no abnormalities. The hyoid bone and the cartilages of the larynx and
thyroid are intact and show no evidence of injury. The larynx and trachea are lined by smooth
pink-tan mucosa, are patent and contain no foreign matter. There is a focal area of reddish
hyperemia at the carina associated with the endotracheal tube. The epiglottis and vocal cords are
unremarkable. The cervical vertebral column is intact. The carotid arteries and jugular veins are
unremarkable.

CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM:

The heart and great vessels contain dark red liquid blood and little postmortem clots. The heart
weighs 305 grams. The epicardial surface has a normal amount of glistening, yellow adipose
tissue. The coronary arteries are free of atherosclerosis. The cut surfaces of the brown
myocardium show no evidence of hemorrhage or necrosis.

The pulmonary trunk and arteries are opened in situ and there is no evidence of thromboemboli.
The intimal surface of the aorta is smooth with a few scattered yellow atheromata. The ostia of
the major branches are of normal distribution and dimension. The inferior vena cava and
tributaries have no antemortem clots (See attached cardiopathology report for additional details).

RESPIRATORY SYSTEM:

The lungs weigh 550 grams and 500 grams, right and left, respectively. There is a small amount
of subpleural anthracotic pigment within all the lobes. The pleural surfaces are free of exudates;
right-sided pleural adhesions have been described above. The trachea and bronchi have smooth
tan epithelium. The cut surfaces of the lungs are red-pink and have mild edema. The lung
parenchyma is of the usual consistency and shows no evidence of neoplasm, consolidation,
thromboemboli, fibrosis or calcification.

HEPATOBILIARY SYSTEM:

The liver weighs 2550 grams. The liver edge is somewhat blunted. The capsule is intact. The
cut surfaces are red-brown and of normal consistency. There are no focal lesions. The
gallbladder contains 15 milliliters of dark green bile. There are no stones. The mucosa is
unremarkable. The large bile ducts are patent and non-dilated.


HEMOLYMPHATIC SYSTEM:


The thymus is not identified. The spleen weighs 310 grams. The capsule is shiny, smooth and
intact. The cut surfaces are firm and moderately congested. The lymphoid tissue in the spleen
is within a normal range. The lymph nodes throughout the body are not enlarged.

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GASTROINTESTINAL SYSTEM:

The tongue shows a small focus of submucosal hemorrhage near the tip. The esophagus is
empty and the mucosa is unremarkable. The stomach contains an estimated 30 milliliters of
thick sanguinous fluid. The gastric mucosa shows no evidence or ulceration. There is a mild
flattening of the rugal pattern within the antrum with intense hyperemia. The duodenum
contains bile-stained thick tan fluid. The jejunum, ileum, and the colon contain yellowish fluid
with a thick, cloudy, particulate matter. There is no major alteration to internal and external
inspection and palpation except for a yellowish/white shiny discoloration of the mucosa. The
vermiform appendix is identified. The pancreas is tan, lobulated and shows no neoplasia,
calcification or hemorrhage.

There are no intraluminal masses or pseudomenbrane.


UROGENITAL SYSTEM:

The kidneys are of similar size and shape and weigh 160 grams and 190 grams, right and left,
respectively. The capsules are intact and strip with ease. The cortical surfaces are purplish,
congested and mildly granular. The cut surfaces reveal a well-defined corticomedullary junction.
There are no structural abnormalities of the medullae, calyces or pelves. The ureters are slender
and patent. The urinary bladder has approximately 0.5 milliliters of cloudy yellow urine. The
mucosa is unremarkable.

The vagina is normally wrinkled and contains no foreign matter. The uterus shows a reddish
endometrial lining with no evidence of intra-uterine pregnancy. The fallopian tubes and ovaries
are within normal limits.

ENDOCRINE SYSTEM:

The adrenal glands have a normal configuration with the golden yellow cortices well demarcated
from the underlying medullae and there is no evidence of hemorrhage. The thyroid gland is
mildly fibrotic and has focally pale gray parenchyma on sectioning. The pituitary gland is within
normal limits.

MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM:

Postmortem radiographs of the body show no acute, healed or healing fractures of the head,
the neck, the appendicular skeleton or the axial skeleton. The muscles are normally formed.

Dissection of the right anterior thigh in the aforementioned areas of scarring revealed
subcutaneous fibrosis and multiple small cysts containing turbid, yellow fluid. The cyst-like
structures range in sizes from 0.5 centimeters to 1.2 centimeters in diameter. The cyst associated
with the most medial scar is 8 millimeter in diameter and has a calcified wall and the cyst
associated with the more lateral scar measures 1 centimeter in diameter.

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Dissection of the buttocks reveals diffuse subcutaneous scarring and fat necrosis of the adipose
tissue bilaterally with three subcutaneous cystic structures containing light yellow, clear, thick
liquid within the left buttock. The right buttock contains similar cysts with similar content, with
at least one cyst wall being calcified.

The left and right buttocks have foci of recent, hemorrhagic tracts within the subcutaneous
adipose tissue and the superficial and deep muscular layers extending from the skin surface.

There is a deep-seated 3 x 2.5 x 2 centimeter abscess within the musculature of the left buttock
with a creamy, yellow-green pus on sectioning. A recent, hemorrhagic, needle tract extends into
the abscess wall from the skin surface.

CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM:


The scalp has no hemorrhage or contusions. The calvarium is intact. There is no epidural,
subdural or subarachnoid hemorrhage. The brain has a normal convolutional pattern and weighs
1300 grams. The meninges are clear. The cortical surfaces of the brain have mild to moderate
flattening of the gyri with narrowing of the sulci.

The brain is cut after formalin fixation and a separate neuropathology report is attached.

SPECIAL PROCEDURES:

Layer by layer anterior and posterior neck dissections were conducted.

Dissection of the entire back including both gluteal regions was conducted. A biological

trace evidence was collected. Multiple hairs were pulled from various parts of the head.

The nails of the left hand were cut and preserved. Additional blood and tissue samples for

DNA was collected.

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What is Executive Privilege? and why Bush can’t hide behind it March 25, 2007

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Feel free to read through the Constitution (its posted on this site), but you wont find any mention of “Executive Privilege;” the notion that communications between the President and his staff are confidential. In fact, in a democracy, one would expect the opposite, transparency of government, to be Constitutionally mandated. So where did this idea even come from?

The Supreme Court allows it under a weak argument for the principle of “Separation of Powers,” but historically courts have struck it down in cases involving criminal charges. The current controversy over the firing of Democratic U.S. Attorneys is not criminal.

However, traditionally Executive Privilege is used in matters of National Security, to protect United States interests. When members of the White House staff overstep the bounds of legality, and fire Government Employees not stationed in D.C., based on their political affiliations, without the consent or knowledge of the President, Executive Privilege amounts to Bull Shit.

What is a system of checks and balances if it can’t check and balance? The Executive Branch has authority over the Judicial Branch. This is the actual means by which the attorneys were fired. However, like any good game of rock-paper-scissor, Congress trumps the Executive Branch, and the Judicial Branch trumps Congress. So, when Congress subpoenas members of the White House staff, they’re exercising the exact same power that was used to fire the attorneys in the first place; merely their end of it.

In other words, to have the power to fire U.S. Attorneys requires that you submit to Congressional oversight of said activities. Don’t believe me? Read the Constitution again.

U.S. Attorneys do serve at the pleasure of the President, but the President serves at the pleasure of The People/Congress. I think ours has forgotten this, has drastically overstepped his bounds, and needs to be reeled back in again. Thats why I, like so many other prominent political voices, believe that if ever there was a time when impeachment was justified, now is that time. Congress must reassert its authority or risk loosing it forever.

Remember, Clinton was successfully impeached, but never removed from office. That required the Senate’s consent, and the votes just weren’t there. This is exactly what will happen to Bush. He wont be removed, but he does need to be publicly chastised for doing a horrible job as President of the United States of America. The World at large needs to see that the American People do not approve of this behavior, and as elected representatives of the people, it is the duty of Congress to perform this action.

Our future stake in the World Political Arena is in jeopardy. If our judicial system can’t protect itself against arbitrary firings, then what good is it as a system of justice, law, and reason? The White House can not simply remove one third of our government because they each disagree. Democracy is about compromise, its about the will of the majority while protecting the rights of the minority. You can’t simply ignore them!

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Iran is Playing With Nuclear Fire March 23, 2007

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Iranian naval vessels seized 15 British marines and sailors of the coast of Iraq, earlier today. Refusing to make a statement until recently, Iranian television is reporting that British personnel were arrested after crossing illegally into Iran’s territorial waters. The report did not say how many were taken, where they were being held, or what would happen next. The sailors were captured after a routine examination of a vessel believed to be in Iraqi waters. British military patrols have been given authority to board vessels in Iraqi waters under United Nations mandate and with the permission of the government in Baghdad.

Hopefully, Iran will do what it did when it 2004, when they stopped three British boats, seizing eight sailors and six marines. The men appeared on state television blindfolded, but were released without incident.

The difference is that tomorrow, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was scheduled to speak before the U.N. Security Council regarding their increased sanctions in light of Iran’s potentially military nuclear development program. The Council has already voted to sanction Iran, and is scheduled to vote again on further sanctions after a U.N. nuclear watchdog agency reported that they could no longer say for certain that Iran’s program is non-military in nature.

British naval vessels conduct these operations in Iraqi waters all the time. Why would Iran pick now to capture some of their soldiers? Whether they know it or not, Iran is playing with fire, and they’re going to get burned. What would appear to be a sign of strength for Iranian citizens (the capture of British forces) is more like a sign of war for the West.

The boiling pot is about to spill over…..

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Al Gore Should Be President March 21, 2007

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Calling for action in Congress, against the growing problem of Global Warming, Al Gore has managed to make the move from filmmaker back to politician. When watching his speech (video below) one can’t help but feel as if this man should run for President…. again.

Al Gore has the experience, the credibility, the intelligence, the character, the name, the image, the potential to be elected the next President of the United States. But he has maintained that he holds no such ambitions.

Once again, it is time for the people of this country to rise up and demand more than a politically popular candidate. Now, more than ever, we need a leader with vision… someone who can put our country back on the right track. I believe Al Gore is that man.

If you’d like to tell Al Gore to run for President in 2008, a petition has begun at: http://draftgore.com/

There are also the Al Gore Support Center forums at: http://s8.invisionfree.com/Al_Gore_Support/

If you’d like to contact him directly to tell him to run for President, write to:

Honorable Al Gore
2100 West End Avenue, Suite 620
Nashville, TN 37203

Best moment of his speech:

His opening remarks to Congress:

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House Defies Bush, Votes for Subpoenas March 21, 2007

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There has been talk, recently, that the newly empowered Democratic Party is more-or-less impotent when it comes to getting things done. By getting things done, I mean: holding accountable those who’s mistakes screwed our entire country. Its like a major corporation…. even if the CEO had absolutely no idea that decisions had been made which drove his company into the ground, HE STILL GETS FIRED! We have yet to see Bush held to similar accountability.

The Mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, recently gave a speech in which he proposed just that: the immediate impeachment of both Bush and Cheney. He said, “if ever there was a time when impeachment was justified, this is it.” I couldn’t agree more.

Republicans had absolutely no problem bringing impeachment proceedings to Clinton, when all he did was lie about sleeping with an intern. Bush lied about Iraq, and as such, has led us into a war who’s cost is measured in thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of dollars. The only question is: did he know he was lying? Clinton certainly knew about his sexual involvement with Monica Lewinsky, but did Bush know there was no threat from Saddam?

I argue that it makes absolutely no difference. Bush was at the wheel when the ship crashed, whether he could see the iceberg or not. Its only appropriate that he go down with his ship.

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Iraqis Killed by Chlorine Bombs – Six US Soldiers Wounded March 17, 2007

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Well…. the insurgents have finally realized that chemical weapons are far too easy to come by, and have launched the largest Chlorine gas attack of the civil war that has no engulfed Iraq.

We are once again planning to take Baghdad, or rather, retake it. This article illuminates the subject.


From the BBC:

Three chlorine gas attacks in Iraq are reported to have killed eight people and left hundreds injured, including six US troops.

Two of the attacks were near the city of Falluja, the third near Ramadi, west of Baghdad. Both areas are hotbeds of al-Qaeda militants.

Chlorine gas can cause severe burns to the throat and lungs and can kill after only a few breaths.

There were at least three such attacks in Iraq in February.

The BBC’s Hugh Sykes, in Baghdad, describes the use of the gas as an unsettling and possibly ominous development that could greatly increase fear and anxiety.

‘Vomiting’

The heaviest casualties were in a suicide attack on Friday evening at the entrance to a housing estate south of Falluja in which six people were reported to have been killed. The injured included at least 27 children.

Shortly before that another attack in the same area killed two Iraqi policemen.

Officials say that in both attacks the assailants drove dumper trucks containing the bombs at their targets. One of the trucks is reported to have contained a 200 gallon (900 litre) tank of chlorine and explosives.

The third attack was at a checkpoint near Ramadi.

“Approximately 350 Iraqi civilians and six coalition force members were treated for chlorine gas exposure,” Lt Roger Hollenbeck of the US-led forces based near Ramadi said, AFP news agency reported.

He said that victims were treated locally “for symptoms ranging from minor skin and lung irritation to vomiting”.

Our correspondent says that two of the bombers are thought to have been targeting tribal leaders who have spoken out against al-Qaeda in Iraq.

Easily obtained

Our correspondent says that chlorine is easy to obtain as it is widely used as a cleaner and a water purifier.

After an explosion outside a restaurant near Baghdad last month, as well as the six people killed, dozens of others were left coughing and choking and needing medical treatment.

In February the United States military reported finding a bomb factory near Falluja, where chlorine car bombs were being constructed.

In another attack near Falluja last month, not involving chlorine, more than 35 people were killed when a conventional truck bomb exploded near a mosque where the imam had criticised al-Qaeda inIraq.

Some tribal leaders in the area have openly complained about al-Qaeda’s activities.

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The Oval Office – Parody Cartoon March 16, 2007

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If you’re a fan of the tv show “The Office” then you’ll find this video hilarious!


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Halliburton Moving to Dubai March 11, 2007

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This is amazing… after taking even more heat from the mismanagement of several aspects of wounded soldier healthcare, Halliburton is moving its corporate headquarters outside of the United States, to the U.A.E. It should be noted that the company has never apologized for any of its illicit dealings, or failures to deliver on contractual promises.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Oil services giant Halliburton Co. will soon shift its corporate headquarters from Houston to the Mideast financial powerhouse of Dubai, chief executive Dave Lesar announced Sunday.

”Halliburton is opening its corporate headquarters in Dubai while maintaining a corporate office in Houston,” spokeswoman Cathy Mann said in an e-mail to The Associated Press. ”The chairman, president and CEO will office from and be based in Dubai to run the company from the UAE.”

Lesar, speaking at an energy conference in nearby Bahrain, said he will relocate to Dubai from Texas to oversee Halliburton’s intensified focus on business in the Mideast and energy-hungry Asia, home to some of the world’s most important oil and gas markets.

”As the CEO, I’m responsible for the global business of Halliburton in both hemispheres and I will continue to spend quite a bit of time in an airplane as I remain attentive to our customers, shareholders and employees around the world,” Lesar said. ”Yes, I will spend the majority of my time in Dubai.”

Lesar’s announcement appears to signal one of the highest-profile moves by a U.S. corporate leader to Dubai, an Arab boomtown where free-market capitalism has been paired with some of the world’s most liberal tax, investment and residency laws.

”The eastern hemisphere is a market that is more heavily weighted toward oil exploration and production opportunities and growing our business here will bring more balance to Halliburton’s overall portfolio,” Lesar said.

In 2006, Halliburton — once headed by Vice President Dick Cheney — earned profits of $2.3 billion on revenues of $22.6 billion.

More than 38 percent of Halliburton’s $13 billion oil field services revenue last year stemmed from sources in the eastern hemisphere, where the firm has 16,000 of its 45,000 employees.

Cheney was Halliburton’s chief executive from 1995-2000 and the Bush administration has been accused of favoring the conglomerate with lucrative no-bid contracts in Iraq.

Federal investigators last month alleged Halliburton was responsible for $2.7 billion of the $10 billion in contractor waste and overcharging in Iraq.

Halliburton last month announced a 40-percent decline in fourth-quarter profit, despite heavy demand for its oil field equipment and personnel.

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Rwanda Rising or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Coalition Governments March 4, 2007

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Since we last heard from Rwanda, the ethnic fueled genocide had reached its end. The two warring groups, the Hutu and the Tutsi, had actually ceased fighting.

Rwanda today struggles to heal and rebuild, and shows signs of rapid development, but some Rwandans continue to struggle with the legacy of genocide and war.

Brief history: In July, 1994, the Rwandan Patriotic Front won its military campaign and organized a coalition government. Since that time, that government has been a force for peace and reconciliation between the two previously warring groups. The main difference between it and Iraq’s current coalition government? The Rwandan’s did it themselves.

Its quite likely that the current situation in Iraq will devolve into something matching full out “ethnic cleansing.” Yet, Rwanda reminds us that perhaps all of this will work itself out on its own. So, maybe the best course of action for the United States is actually full withdrawal.

In the past, I have argued long and hard that any pullout from Iraq would leave the country in shambles. But what if that is how it needs to be, in order to rebuild? All of the tension in the region screams for a release, and while this may sound absolutely horrible, I’d rather they “work things out on their own,” as opposed to targeting us any further, or focusing additional aggression towards the United States. If we simply packed up and left, removing our presence from the situation, violence would increase drastically, in the immediate. But eventually, the people would grow so sick of it, that they would demand peaceful revolution on their own. If we had never maintained a presence in the country after removing Saddam, we would still be historical “liberators.” The resulting violence within the nation would be seen as internally induced, and as an outlet for pent-up aggression and frustration. Their mess would be their problem; one they would eventually work out on their own.

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Disturbing New Terrorist Tactics March 2, 2007

Posted by Dan in Middle East, Must Read, News, Snipets, Video, War.
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This video speaks for itself:


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