*** "THE TRAFFIC DATA of the whole population of
the EU — and the countries joining — is to be held on record. It is
a move from targeted to potentially universal surveillance."
(Editor of Statewatch, an independent human rights
watchdog, criticising a proposal allowing the EU governments to store
records of personal communications, including all e-mails and telephone
calls for at least a year)
*** "WHO NEEDS WAR PLAN? We need family
(New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd's icy comment
on the serious rift within President Bush foreign policy hierarchy
regarding invasion on Iraq)
*** "WE SEIZED on the opportunity, since US
products are being boycotted by Saudis."
(Director of fizzy Iranian soft drink "Zam Zam
Cola" expressing joy at the enthusiastic reception of the product
in Saudi Arabia)
*** "WE WILL DO WHAT IS RIGHT and not what is
legal... They have to use community toilets, their children play in
human waste... Yet the government is paying them 70p a day to paint
buildings so that world leaders will see a different Johannesberg."
(Spokesman of Indaba Social Movement showing its
determination to go ahead with the protest march to one of the UN Earth
summit in Sandton, South Africa to express frustration to world leaders
attending the summit despite the fact that the march had been declared
illegal by the government)
*** "HE COULD DO the Jerry Springer subjects
because he was, in a sense, living a Jerry Springer episode."
(Director of Syracuse, New York, Centre for the Study
of Popular Television commenting on possibilities of former President
Bill Clinton hosting a talk show. The former president has reported
discussed such deals for $ 30-50 million a year)
*** "54 per cent"
(Number of Britons who want to emigrate from the
country according to a survey conducted by a local pollster. Rising cost
of living and terrible weather are the two top reasons attributed by the
people for their desire to leave the country)
*** "HE'S A VERY AFFABLE fellow, very good
humour, speaks English better than most Americans."
(White House spokesman Ari Fleischer's`patronizing
comments on Saudi Arabian ambassador Prince Bandar bin Sultan who was
hosted by US President George W. Bush at his Texas ranch. The US
President also called Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah in an attempt to
lessen the harm done by scorching anti-Saudi comments made by a Rand
Corporation analyst recently)
*** "FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY, we hired Enron's
accountants to figure out just how old you are."
(Quip showing a smirking accountant sitting over an
adding machine in a birthday card inspired by scandal-hit US energy
*** "THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH seeks to uproot
people's lives, outside the public eye, and behind a closed door.
Democracies die behind closed doors."
(Ruling given by US federal appeals court judge,
Damon Keith, in Detroit. The ruling said that the Justice Department
violated the US Constitution by holding secret hearings of an Arab
national after the 11.9 attacks)
*** "6.6 million"
(Number of people behind bars, on probation or parole
in the US as reported by the Justice Department. One in every 32 adults
in the US was behind bars, or on probation or parole by the end of last
*** " ... I sat next to two KGB agents on an
aeroplane and erased their floppy disks with the power of my mind ... Do
you remember when they were negotiating the nuclear arms reduction in
Geneva? I was there bombarding the Russian envoy's head with peaceful
thoughts, transmitting: 'Sign, sign, sign'"
(Controversial telepathist and famed spoon-bender of
the 70s, Uri Geller, recounting some of his 'works' for the US
intelligence agency, the CIA)
*** "8.3 billion"
(Expected population of the world by 2030)