June 19, 2003


Today is the 50th anniversary of the US government's execution in the electric chair of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg on espionage charges. Ethel Rosenberg called the execution the first act of the new fascist state of America. (See "The Murder of the Rosenbergs" at Indymedia".)

"This death sentence is not surprising," Julius Rosenberg said. "It had to be. There had to be a Rosenberg Case because there had to be an intensification of the hysteria in America to make the Korean War acceptable to the American people. There had to be a hysteria and a fear sent through America in order to get increased war budgets. And there had to be a dagger thrust in the heart of the left to tell them that you are no longer gonna give five years for a Smith Act prosecution or one year for Contempt of Court, but we're gonna kill ya!" (See Court TV Crime Library" also see Unconventional Wisdom")

June 19th is also Juneteenth, the anniversary of June 19, 1865, when the slaves in Galveston, Texas, were finally informed by Union Troops that they were free, two and a half years after Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. (See "History of Juneteenth" and Alternet for "Echoes of Juneteenth Haunt Us Today".)


  • American soldiers open fire on newly "freed" Iraqis. MSNBC
  • More American soldiers killed. The Guardian.
  • William Safire: Just Say No to Media Manipulation Seattle Pi.
  • Republilcans dismiss WMD questions.
  • Dangerously unpopular internationally.
  • We no longer seek a case for war.
  • Can Kerry out-macho Bush? New Republic.
  • Powell Jr. gives the airwaves to a few corporations. Intervention
  • Powell must go.

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