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Old 06-23-2003, 11:00 AM - Thread Starter
 
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What is Bush really afraid of?...

I hope someday someone tells Bush that not everyone has a price. That'll be quite a revelation for him, since he has no experience otherwise (Y-y-y-you mean true compassion can't be bought- and sincere loyalty can only be earned, Uncka Dick?!).

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/Columnists...982976,00.html

Relief groups have been told they must be an "arm of the US government"

Naomi Klein
Monday June 23, 2003

"Don't expect candour like that from the aid groups Natsios now oversees in Iraq. These days, NGOs are supposed to do nothing more than quietly pass out care packages with a big "brought to you by the US" logo attached - in public-private partnerships with Bechtel and Halliburton, of course.

That is the message of "NGO Watch", an initiative of the American Enterprise Institute and the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies that takes aim at the growing political influence of the non-profit sector. The stated purpose of the website, launched on June 11, is to "bring clarity and accountability to the burgeoning world of NGOs". In fact, it is a McCarthyite blacklist, telling tales on any NGO that dares speak against Bush administration policies or in support of international treaties opposed by the White House.

This bizarre initiative takes as its premise the idea that there is something sinister about "unelected" groups of citizens getting together to try to influence their government. "The extraordinary growth of advocacy NGOs in liberal democracies has the potential to undermine the sovereignty of constitutional democracies," the site claims."

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It just gets scarier by the minute, doesn't it.
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Hmmm. It looks to me like the American Enterprise Institute and the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies are " "unelected" groups of citizens getting together to try to influence their government."

Maybe they should begin by monitoring themselves:
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Thank you, Deidre!

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Many NGO's are not as apolitical as they want you to believe. Check out Michael Maren's "The Road to Hell" for more.

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/boo...-2003+18:59:46
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Another point of view:

http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages...9/1010565.html

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