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A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Norman Solomon

Saddam Hussein has received a death sentence for crimes he committed more than a year before Donald Rumsfeld shook his hand in Baghdad. Let's reach back into history and extract these facts:

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION

By Marjorie Cohn

The announcement of Saddam Hussein's death sentence two days before our midterm elections brings to mind the opening scene of Woody Allen's film "Bananas." Howard Cosell is covering the impending assassination of a dictator in an unnamed Banana Republic. On one side of the street, Cosell thrusts a microphone under the dictator's nose and asks how it feels when one is about to be assassinated. After the dictator responds, the assassin takes aim, shoots, and the dictator falls down dead. Cosell then crosses the street to interview the successor, Woody Allen. Everything goes according to script.

BUZZFLASH MAILBAG

NOTE: Part 2 of the November 6 Mailbag is here.

Subject: Presidential Urine Test?

Now that a close associate of the President has admitted to drug trafficking, I think the public should demand that President Bush take a general urine drug test and that the results immediately be made public. We must recognize at least some possibility that Pastor Haggard was transferring the drugs he claimed he didn't take to others, Bush possibly among them.

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT

For years, Iraq and America kept Iran in check, preventing them from developing threatening military capabilities. Now that Iraq has been dismantled and the United States is in no shape to threaten another war, nuclear and conventional proliferation in Iran has skyrocketed.

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT

You can make a difference in the election tomorrow. Yes, you. More than half of registered voters are not expected to vote, even in the closest races, and any additional turnout could mean the difference between victory and defeat. Elections are fought for months, but actually won in a single day.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Dave Lindorff, co-author of "The Case for Impeachment"

When you go into the voting booth tomorrow, here are a few things you need to think about.

by Dave Zirin

"The money don't know where it came from." -- Laurence Fishburne, "Deep Cover"

This column is usually dedicated to those in the sports world who believe in the power of protest - and back their words with deeds. But today, in recognition of this Tuesday's election-lunacy, we give space to those who back their political ideas with cold, hard, filthy, cash. Thanks to newsmeat.com you can see where your favorite athlete and other assorted glitterati, choose to put their money in the all-important "wealth primary" that determines every election. In 2004, the majority of athletes who pried open their wallets supported the Bush/Cheney ticket. But this year the giving has been far more even.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Bernard Weiner, The Crisis Papers

We all waited for Karl Rove's "October Surprise," but it turns out he saved it for the final 72 hours before Election Day. It's been termed "robocalling," and Democratic and swing voters urgently need to hear about it in these last moments before voting.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

If ever George Bush and the Bush administration were likened to a movie, I'd have to say it is "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers." Their bizarre brand of governance can only be ascribed to the worst kind of alien invaders! 

WORLD MEDIA WATCH

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1//EUobserver.com-BRITONS ARE THE MOST SPIED ON IN EUROPE

Britain has emerged as surveillance society number one, while Germany is the only EU country offering significant privacy protection, according to a study by civil liberties group Privacy International. It estimates that there are now over four million cameras in Britain, one for every 14 residents, a 300 percent increase in just three years. ... The study, called The Privacy and Human Rights Report, assesses the state of technology, surveillance and privacy protection in all EU countries together with eleven benchmark countries. Britain ranks as the worst western democracy at protecting individual privacy, at the level of Russia, China, Malaysia and Singapore. Only slightly better were the US, Thailand and the Philippines, described as "extensive surveillance societies." ... Germany comes out as the only EU country offering significant privacy protection, followed by Belgium, Austria and Greece offering "adequate safeguards against abuse," while citizens in nine EU countries are exposed to "systemic failure to uphold safeguards." These are Denmark, Czech Republic, Ireland, Slovakia, Lithuania, Spain, Slovenia, Netherlands and Sweden. Only the UK ranks in the black box of "endemic surveillance societies."

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