January 2005 Archives, Page Two
FBI to Expand Intelligence Gathering in U.S. --The FBI is significantly expanding its intelligence-gathering activities in the United States, including stepped-up efforts to collect and report intelligence on foreign figures and governments, a function that long has been principally the domain of the CIA, intelligence and congressional sources said Thursday.
USAF playing cat and mouse game over Iran --The U.S. Air Force is playing a dangerous game of cat and mouse with Iran's ayatollahs, flying American combat aircraft into Iranian airspace in an attempt to lure Tehran into turning on air defense radars, thus allowing U.S. pilots to grid the system for use in future targeting data, regime officials said.
The Ultimate War Crime: Breaking the Agricultural Cycle --For the record: "U.S. declares Iraqis can not save their own seeds" --edited by Iman Khaduri "As part of sweeping 'economic restructuring' implemented by the Bush Administration in Iraq, Iraqi farmers will no longer be permitted to save their seeds, which include seeds the Iraqis themselves have developed over hundreds of years. Instead, they will be forced to buy seeds from US corporations. That is because in recent years, transnational corporations have patented and now own many seed varieties originated or developed by indigenous peoples. In a short time, Iraq will be living under the new American credo: Pay Monsanto, or starve.' The American Administrator of the Iraqi CPA (Coalition Provisional Authority) government, Paul Bremer, updated Iraq's intellectual property law to 'meet current internationally-recognized standards of protection'. The updated law makes saving seeds for next year's harvest, practiced by 97% of Iraqi farmers in 2002, and is the standard farming practice for thousands of years across human civilizations, to be now illegal. Instead, farmers will have to obtain a yearly license for genetically modified (GM) seeds from American corporations." [Hopefully, the Iraqi freedom fighters read this article.]
Bush Says 'Iraqi Leaders' Will Want U.S. Forces to Stay to Help --Dictator Bush said in an interview on Thursday that he would withdraw American forces from Iraq if the new government that is elected on Sunday asked him to do so, but that he expected Iraq's first 'democratically elected leaders' would want the troops to remain as helpers, not as occupiers.
Kennedy calls for troop withdrawal, says military is fueling insurgents --The American military's continued presence in Iraq is fanning the flames of conflict, and signals the need for a new detailed timeline to bring the troops home, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy said Thursday. The Massachusetts Democrat said America must give Iraq back to its people rather than continue an occupation that parallels the failed politics of the Vietnam war. [Monsanto and Halliburton won't *let* America 'give Iraq back to its people.']
Baath Backers, Extremists Slip Into Iraq --Iraqis loyal to deposed leader Saddam Hussein, as well as Islamic extremists, are still slipping into the country from neighboring Syria and Iran to bolster the insurgency, the national security adviser to U.S puppet dictator ['interim Iraqi Prime Minister'] Ayad Allawi said Thursday.
Voters in Mosul Need a Shield of Snipers --Snipers are taking up positions across Mosul. The concrete barriers around the voting sites are up. The actual polling stations are being opened, replacing the decoys set up to deceive the insurgents. [LOL! All this time, effort, and $$$ to stage a phony election in Iraq. But yet, people had to wait 9 hours in line to 'vote' in Ohio... only to learn that the 'election' was oh-but-another GOP coup d'etat.]
Iraq forces not ready, general says --Can't guarantee they'll be able to defeat resistance fighters --U.S. commander expects violence on election day --The top American commander in Iraq yesterday said U.S.-trained Iraqi security forces were still not ready to take over the counterinsurgency and there was no guarantee they will ever be able to defeat the militants on their own.
Insurgents Kill Iraqi Guardsmen, Civilians in Samarra --Insurgents in the Sunni-dominated city of Samarra killed at least four Iraqi National Guardsmen and five civilians in a series of firefights, car bombings and explosions Thursday that rocked a community that U.S. forces had declared pacified in October.
Pre-Poll Attacks Kill 19 Iraqis, U.S. Marine --With Iraq's 'election' only three days away, insurgents bent on wrecking the poll killed 19 Iraqis and a U.S. Marine on Thursday and bombed polling stations in the country's Sunni heartland.
This Pollyanna army --Bush will not admit that his troops are too exhausted to sustain his vengeful global missions --by Sidney Blumenthal "Contrary to Senator Joseph Biden of the foreign relations committee, who stated that there are only 14,000 trained Iraqi security forces, she [Condoleezza Rice] insisted there are 120,000. Why, secretary of defence Rumsfeld had told her so. Then, implicitly acknowledging the failure to create a credible Iraqi army, the Pentagon announced that the US forces would remain at the same level for the next two years. Rice's Pollyanna testimony was suddenly inoperative. The administration has no strategy for Iraq or for the coerced American army plodding endlessly across the desert."
Iraq: This election is a sham --by Salim Lone "But as this blood-stained election shows, the complete breakdown of this plan has been one of the most colossal U.S. policy failures of the last half-century. Indeed, this is not an election that any democratic nation, or indeed any independent international electoral organization, would recognize as legitimate [Right, just like the U.S. elections: illegitimate, controlled by the same anti-democratic terrorists.]... The wonder is that the United States, fully aware that holding this election would unleash an altogether new level of violence, chose to push ahead with what was bound to further destabilize the country and intensify hatreds that will take decades to heal."
Seymour Hersh: "We've Been Taken Over by a Cult" (democracynow.org) "As the Senate Judiciary Committee prepares to vote today on the nomination of Alberto Gonzales for Attorney General, we hear a speech by Pulitzer-prize winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh on torture from Guantanamo to Abu Ghraib to Vietnam."
Blair Rebuke For Pal Bush --Tony Blair yesterday delivered a sharp warning to Dictator George Bush that America must start listening to the rest of the world. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, the Prime Minister told his closest ally the US could not go it alone. In a rare rebuke, he even appeared to dub Bush's hard-line approach as "absurd".
Lawyer: GI to Plead in Iraq Abuse Case --An Army sergeant accused in the Iraq prisoner abuse scandal will plead guilty to reduced charges next week as part of a deal with military prosecutors, his lawyer said Thursday.
British troops laughed and joked as Iraqis imitated sex, court told --British troops laughed and joked as they made two Iraqi men simulate sex acts after detaining them for looting, a soldier testified Thursday at the court-martial of three comrades accused of mistreating civilians.
Revealed: sex and torture inside the wire --Female interrogators tried to break Muslim detainees at Guantanamo Bay by sexual touching, wearing a miniskirt and thong underwear and in one case smearing a Saudi man's face with fake menstrual blood, according to an insider's written account.
Guantánamo four still a threat, says US --The father of one of the four British citizens released from Guantánamo Bay today rejected US claims that his son was still a security risk. Following the release last night without charge of Moazzam Begg, Feroz Abbasi, Martin Mubanga and Richard Belmar from police custody, Pentagon officials put out an apparently contradictory statement saying the men posed a "significant threat".
Ashcroft: Nuke Threat the Largest Danger --The possibility that al-CIA-duh or its sympathizers could gain access to a nuclear bomb is the greatest danger facing the United States in the war on [of] terrorism, Attorney General John Ashcroft said Thursday.
US to slap tourists with RFID --Passport? Check. Insurance? Check. RFID chip? The US Department of Homeland Security has decided to trial RFID tags in an effort to make sure only the right sort of people get across US borders.
Bush Seeks Higher Airline Security Fees --A fee charged to airline travelers to help pay for airport security would more than double under Dictator Bush's spending proposal for the Homeland Security Department.
Third columnist caught with hand in the Bush till --Michael McManus, conservative author of the syndicated column "Ethics & Religion," received $10,000 to promote a marriage initiative. By Eric Boehlert "One day after President [sic] Bush ordered his Cabinet secretaries to stop hiring commentators to help promote administration initiatives, and one day after the second high-profile conservative pundit was found to be on the federal payroll, a third embarrassing hire has emerged. Salon has confirmed that Michael McManus, a marriage advocate whose syndicated column, 'Ethics & Religion,' appears in 50 newspapers, was hired as a subcontractor by the Department of Health and Human Services to foster a Bush-approved marriage initiative. McManus championed the plan in his columns without disclosing to readers he was being paid to help it succeed."
4 Unions Sue Over New Rules for Homeland Security Workers --Four unions filed suit on Thursday to prevent the Bush administration from carrying out the first phase of a personnel system that would give officials sweeping power to reward, punish and reassign federal employees. The suit was filed by career employees of the Homeland Security Department, challenging rules it issued on Wednesday.
FCC Won't Appeal Media Ownership Decision --The Bush regime has decided against appealing to the Supreme Court a ruling that prevents media conglomerates from expanding their reach in U.S. media markets, U.S. officials said on Thursday. Even though the Federal Communications Commission had sought to relax the limits, the Bush dictatorship feared an appeal could risk a decision that would wipe all its media ownership limits off the books, one FCC official said, declining identification.
Bush and Kerry at Odds Over Health Care --Senator John Kerry advanced his own health care proposal in Washington and attacked Dictator Bush's plan as "window dressing." ..."That's how the president [sic] who promised to usher in a 'responsibility era' proposes to deal with a real and present health care crisis, even as he seeks to hype a phony crisis in Social Security," Mr. Kerry said, after telling his audience that Mr. Bush's plan would raise insurance premiums and leave families and children without care.
Sen. Clinton Says Bush Plans Harm Health Care for Poor --Sen. Hillary Clinton accused the Bush dictatorship on Thursday of planning an "aggressive assault" on the Medicaid health program for poor Americans that would leave the public health safety net in tatters.
Blunt seeks big cut in Medicaid spending --Saying Missouri has "put off the tough decisions for too long," Republican Gov. Matt Blunt proposed Wednesday that the state slash Medicaid coverage for the poor, shutter 11 motor vehicle licensing offices and ax 1,018 mental health jobs.
SBC, AT&T in Acquisition Discussions --Regional phone giant SBC Communications Inc. is in talks to buy the venerable long-distance provider AT&T Corp., a move that would create the nation's largest telecommunications company.
Calif. Suspends Wireless Protections --California utility regulators on Thursday suspended an 8-month-old crackdown on abusive practices in the wireless telephone industry, rebuffing the protests of consumer activists and the state's top law enforcement officials.
Monsanto has GM crop plans for seed firm with GM in mind --Monsanto yesterday paid $1.4bn (£745m) to buy a fruit and vegetable seed company and said it would look at the possibility of genetically modifying the produce. The company is known for its controversial 'innovations' [terrorism] in genetic modifications for crops such as soya beans and corn.
More GOP family values! Gee, it looks like Reichwing, hypocritical whackjob, Bill Cosby, may be oh-but-another GOPervert: New Developments in Cosby Fondling Investigation --Source: Investigators Conclude There Was Sexual Contact, Dispute Over Consent --Investigators probing the sexual misconduct allegations made against Bill Cosby by a former Temple University employee have concluded there was sexual contact between the entertainer and the woman, but they are trying to determine whether it was consensual, a source close to the investigation has told ABC News.
Boys arrested for stick figure drawings --Two boys were arrested for making pencil-and-crayon stick figure drawings depicting a 10-year-old classmate being stabbed and hung, police said. The children, charged with a felony, were taken from school in handcuffs.
Police hunt poo protesters --Police in Germany are hunting pranksters who have been sticking miniature US flags into piles of dog poo in public parks. Josef Oettl, parks administrator for Bayreuth, said: "This has been going on for about a year now, and there must be 2,000 to 3,000 piles of excrement that have been claimed during that time." The series of incidents was originally thought to be some sort of protest against the US-led invasion of Iraq. And then when it continued it was thought to be a protest against Dictator George W. Bush's campaign for re-selection.
Britain Proposes New Anti-Terror Powers --House Arrest Among Measures Pushed --British officials proposed far-reaching new powers on Wednesday to control and monitor suspected terrorists without charge or trial, including house arrests, electronic tagging and curfews. Measures would include restrictions on the use of cell phones and the Internet and would allow curfews, tagging and a ban on contact with certain individuals, as well as house arrest, Home Secretary Charles Clarke, the cabinet minister in charge of internal security, said.
UK proposes new powers to tag and impose curfews on terrorist suspects --Prime Minister Tony Blair’s government proposed sweeping new powers to tackle terrorism, including electronic tagging, curfews and house arrest for terrorist suspects without trial.
UK terror suspects can be confined at home --British citizens suspected of terrorism but not charged could be put under house arrest or have their movements controlled by the Home Secretary under new powers announced yesterday.
MPs condemn house arrest and tagging plan to 'control' terror suspects --Ministers plan to arm themselves with personal powers to impose tough restrictions on the freedom of British terror suspects, including animal rights protesters, in a move widely condemned by MPs and civil liberty groups last night.
Lawyers criticise house arrest plan --Clarke urged to think again on 'detention by another name' --Senior lawyers last night criticised the home secretary's plan for a new control order to be imposed on British and foreign terrorist suspects and called on him to think again. Concerns focused on the plan to allow house arrest in serious cases, the low threshold - reasonable grounds to suspect involvement in terrorism - and the fact that there would be no time limit.
Iraqi election workers seized in Mosul --A video tape released by insurgents in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul shows three apparently captive Iraqis, who say they work for the Iraqi Electoral Commission.
31 Americans Die as Marine Copter Goes Down in Iraq --A Marine helicopter crashed in a desert sandstorm early Wednesday near the Jordanian border, killing all 31 aboard, and 6 other service members died in combat, making for the single deadliest day here for American troops since they invaded the country 22 months ago.
Copter Crash Kills 31 in Iraq --Thirty-one U.S. troops were killed in a desert helicopter crash and six more died in insurgent attacks Wednesday on the deadliest day for American forces since they led the invasion of Iraq in March 2003. At least 23 Iraqis were also reported killed Wednesday in a series of suicide bombings and ambushes by insurgents intent on disrupting the 'vote.'
Insurgents attack political party offices, polling stations; U.S. copter down --A U.S. military transport helicopter crashed in bad weather in Iraq's western desert Wednesday, killing 31 people, all believed to be Marines, in the deadliest incident for U.S. troops since the war began, officials said. Insurgents killed four American troops in an ambush and carried out a flurry of attacks on sites linked to this weekend's 'elections.'
Saudi Suicide Bomber Claims Zarqawi was Captured, Then Released --A suicide bomber from Saudi Arabia, who survived a failed attempt to blow up the Jordanian mission Baghdad in December, alleges that Iraqi police may have captured, and then released [!?!], the most wanted terrorist in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, two months ago. Both U.S. and Iraqi officials could not confirm the claims made by the suicide bomber. [Oh. This way, Bush can get his 80 billion $$$ for Halliburton every four months, due to the Iraqi insurgency.]
Soldier Headed for Iraq Makes Bomb Threat --A U.S. Army infantryman whose unit was about to be sent to Iraq for a second time was taken into custody after making bomb threats aimed at disrupting the deployment, officials at Fort Campbell in Kentucky said on Wednesday.
US undersecretary Douglas Feith to resign --Douglas Feith, the controversial undersecretary for policy responsible for postwar 'planning' in Iraq, announced on Wednesday that he would leave his position this summer.
Pentagon's Feith, an Iraq policy architect, to leave post --The Pentagon's third-ranking policy-maker has decided to leave his post this summer, the Pentagon said Wednesday, announcing the first resignation of a senior civilian architect of the Bush regime's Iraq policy.
British soldiers 'ordered to give Iraqis a good kicking' --British soldiers accused of abusing and assaulting Iraqi prisoners at an aid camp in southern Iraq were told to give their detainees "a good kicking", a court heard today.
Isolation, breakdowns and mysterious injections --One of the four men who returned to Britain yesterday after three years in Guantánamo Bay allegedly suffered a series of mental breakdowns and was repeatedly injected with an unknown substance by his US captors.
US captors' 'systematic torture' --While anti-terrorism police were yesterday interviewing the four Britons released from Guantánamo Bay further details emerged of the alleged treatment of the men by their US captors. The US lawyer, Clive Stafford Smith, who saw his client, Moazzam Begg, in Guantánamo Bay this month, said the captive had alleged persistent beatings, death threats and psychological torture first at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan, then at the Cuba base.
Fears raised for health of Britons released from Guantanamo Bay --There was growing concern last night for the health of four Britons being questioned by anti-terrorist police after their release from Guantanamo Bay on Tuesday.
Britons detained in Guantanamo Bay are freed without charge by anti-terror police --The four Britons who returned from Guantanamo Bay on Tuesday after being held captive for almost three years were released without charge last night after being held by police for just under 28 hours.
Pentagon Prepares to Rethink Focus on Conventional Warfare --New Emphasis on Insurgencies and Terrorism Is Planned --The Pentagon has drafted terms for an ambitious reshaping of U.S. forces that would put less emphasis on waging conventional warfare and more on dealing with insurgencies, terrorist networks, failed states and other nontraditional threats, according to senior defense officials and others familiar with the confidential planning. [If they are looking for threats to democracy, they may want to start with the most dangerous terrorist on earth, George W. Bush.]
Defence researchers developing radar system that can see through walls --Military researchers are developing a high-tech radar system that can see through walls, locating and tracking hidden enemies, hostage-takers or even avalanche victims buried under mounds of snow. Canadian, British, European and U.S. scientists are racing to perfect the revolutionary 3-D technology. [Yes, but could it see through Bush's skull?]
Civil Service System on Way Out at DHS --White House Wants All Agencies to Have Option of Setting Own Personnel Policies --The Bush dictatorship unveiled a new personnel system for the Department of Homeland Security yesterday that will dramatically change the way workers are paid, promoted, deployed and disciplined -- and soon the White House will ask Congress to grant all federal agencies similar authority to rewrite civil service rules governing their employees.
Gonzales Nomination Moves to Senate Vote --A Senate Judiciary Committee divided along partisan lines advanced torturer Alberto Gonzales' nomination as attorney general to the full Senate Wednesday despite Democratic complaints that he is too close to Dictator Bush to be effective as the nation's top law enforcement official.
Stars and Stripes Letter to the Editor, January 25, 2005 --Gonzales not right fit for GIs --"As retired professional military leaders of the U.S. armed forces, we are deeply concerned about the nomination of Alberto R. Gonzales to be attorney general. We feel that his views concerning the role of the Geneva Conventions in U.S. detention and interrogation policy and practice have put soldiers in harm’s way. During his tenure as White House counsel, Gonzales appears to have played a significant role in shaping U.S. detention and interrogation operations in Afghanistan; Iraq; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and elsewhere..." --Marine Brig. Gen. David M. Brahms (retired) Carlsbad, Calif. The letter also was signed by [eleven retired military officers].
Rice wins Senate confirmation to be secretary of state --Condoleezza Rice won easy confirmation Wednesday to be Dictator Bush's new secretary of state, despite strong dissent from a small group of Democrats who said she shares blame for mistakes and war deaths in Iraq. The Senate voted 85 to 13 to confirm Rice. [The 'No' list: Senators Boxer, Kerry, Kennedy, Dayton (MN), Levin, Bayh, Byrd, Reed (RI), Jeffords, Durbin, Akaka, Lautenberg, Harken. To correct an earlier item: Senator Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada (and Senate Minority Leader), voted 'yes' on the Rice confirmation; Senator Jack Reed, Democrat of Rhode Island, voted 'no.']
Senate Roll Call on Rice Nomination --The 85-13 roll call by which the Senate voted to confirm the nomination of Condoleezza Rice as secretary of state.
Ohio recount volunteers allege electoral tampering, legal violations and possible fraud --by Larisa Alexandrovna/Raw Story Staff "Serious new election tampering allegations have emerged from an Ohio county, where witnesses allege that stickers were placed on presidential election ballots, RAW STORY has learned. Several volunteer workers in the Ohio recount in Clermont County, Ohio have prepared affidavits alleging serious tampering, violations of state and federal law, and possible fraud... These volunteers... assert that during the Dec. 14, 2004 hand recount they noticed stickers covering the Kerry/Edwards oval, whereas the Bush/Cheney oval seemed to be 'colored in.' Some witnesses state that beneath the stickers, the Kerry/Edwards oval was selected. The opti-scan ballots were then fed into the machines after the hand recount."
Another Pundit On Bush Payroll --Conservative columnist Maggie Gallagher received $21,500 from the Bush dictatorship to push Bush's marriage initiative, the Washington Post reports. Gallagher is the second pundit [Reichwing whore] reported to have received money from the regime to push Bush proposals.
Columnist paid to promote Bush policy --A syndicated columnist, who has repeatedly supported the Bush regime's push for a $300 million initiative to encourage marriage, also had a $21,500 federal contract to help promote the proposal, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.
US Vice pResident Dick Cheney, standing in front of photos of Auschwitz Nazi death camp, addresses guests gathered at the Jewish museum 'Galicja' in Krakow.(AFP/Janek Skarzynski)
freerepublic.com (Reichwing, pro-terrorism website) had a thread wherein posters suggest putting Leftists in concentration camps.... Update: their moderator removed the offensive posts, as of 21:00 EST.
Well said, Ted! Turner Compares Fox's Popularity to Hitler --Ted Turner [accurately] called Faux a propaganda tool of the Bush administration and indirectly compared Faux News Channel's popularity to Adolf Hitler's popular election to run Germany before World War II.
Blair: U.S. Needs to Integrate With World --British Prime Minister Tony Blair called on the United States Wednesday to take the world's needs into account when it seeks global support for its actions, and cited climate change as an issue all nations must address together.
Oil firms fund campaign to deny climate change --Lobby groups funded by the US oil industry are targeting Britain in a bid to play down the threat of climate change and derail action to cut greenhouse gas emissions, leading scientists have warned.
Global warming is 'twice as bad as previously thought' --Global warming might be twice as catastrophic as previously thought, flooding settlements on the British coast and turning the interior into an unrecognisable tropical landscape, the world's biggest study of climate change shows.
Study finds Earth temperature 'skyrocketing' --The largest ever climate-change experiment reveals that scientists may have dramatically underestimated the threat of global warming. The study by British scientists, which is published today, found the planet's global temperature could climb by between 2C and 11C because of skyrocketing levels of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide.
Drilling Plan OKd for Rare Desert Land --Despite opposition by New Mexico's governor, the Bush dictatorship approves expansion of oil and gas exploration in Otero Mesa grassland.--Overriding objections by New Mexico's governor, the Interior Department announced a final plan Monday for expanding oil and gas drilling on Otero Mesa, a rare desert grassland and one of a handful of places in the western U.S. where opposition to drilling had united ranchers, property rights advocates, hunters and conservationists.
Radioactive Leak Reported In West Palm Beach --A malfunction in a radioactive testing device closed down part of downtown West Palm Beach Wednesday afternoon. Sky10 was overhead after the device was reported to have leaked a higher than acceptable level of radioactivity near the courthouse.
Radiological Emergency in Downtown West Palm Beach --West Palm Beach Fire/Rescue is investigating a leak of radiological material at 321 South Dixie Highway. The fire department received an initial report of smoke in the area with a high radiation level at the Corodino Environmental Management Group.
Phoenix residents given OK to stop boiling city drinking water 01-26 17:44 PST --Officials told 1.5 million water customers in Phoenix on Wednesday that they no longer have to boil their tap water before drinking it, and then toasted the announcement with glasses full of city water.
Train derailment near L.A. leaves 11 dead, scores injured --A three-train crash killed at least 11 people and injured nearly 200 Wednesday after a Metrolink commuter train bound for downtown Los Angeles plowed into an SUV left on the tracks by a man who had backed out of a suicide attempt.
Microwaving Iraq --'Pacifying' Rays Pose New Hazards In Iraq --by William Thomas "On the rooftop of a shrapnel-pocked building in the ruins of Fallujah, a team of GI's stealthily sets up a gray plastic dome about two-feet in diameter. Keeping well back from the sight lines of the street and nearby buildings, they plug the cable connectors on the side of the 'popper' into a power unit. ...Once activated, each hidden transmitter emits a widening circle of invisible energy capable of passing through metal, concrete and human skulls up to half a mile away. 'They are saturating the area with ULF, VLF and UHF freqs,' [combat veteran] Hanks says, with equipment derived from US Navy undersea sonar and communications. But its not being used to locate and talk to submarines under Baghdad..."
We're Going Ali Baba Hunting --A British Army officer in charge of soldiers accused of abusing Iraqi civilians, yesterday denied ordering the "beasting" of detainees. Major Dan Taylor told a court martial he gave no order to make Iraqis run three miles with crates of milk on their head, nor allowed the taking of trophy photographs. ...The court martial in Osnabruck, Germany, has heard Major Taylor, the officer in charge of Camp Breadbasket, devised Operation Ali Baba to deter thieving. Defence barrister Stephen Vullo said: "The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers won six Victoria Crosses before breakfast at Gallipoli and you wanted them to turn up like schoolboys on sports day in gym shoes and shorts to go Ali Baba hunting."
Allawi warning on occupation exit --Iraq's [U.S.-installed puppet dictator] 'interim prime minister' warned yesterday that talk of occupation troops withdrawing from his country on any set date was "futile and dangerous", as security forces struggled to cope with spiralling violence ahead of Sunday’s 'elections.'
Army Plans To Keep Iraq Troop Level Through '06 --Year-Long Active-Duty Stints Likely to Continue --The U.S. Army expects to keep its troop strength in Iraq at the current level of about 120,000 for at least two more years, according to the Army's top operations officer.
U.S. Marine Helicopter Crashes in Western Iraq --A U.S. Marine helicopter crashed Wednesday in western Iraq, the U.S. military said. There was no immediate word on casualties.
Record '05 Deficit Forecast War Costs Will Raise Total to $427 Billion --Additional war spending this year will push the federal deficit to a record $427 billion for fiscal 2005, effectively thwarting Dictator Bush's pledge to begin stanching the flow of government red ink, according to new regime budget forecasts unveiled yesterday.
CBO Projects Deficit to Reach $368 Billion --War Costs, Proposed Social Security Overhaul Excluded --The federal budget deficit is expected to reach $368 billion this fiscal year, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office projected today, but with an additional $80 billion expected to fund Halliburton ['wars in Iraq and Afghanistan'], federal red ink appears destined to return to record territory.
U.S. Freezes Assets of Syrian Said to Finance Iraq Insurgents --The Bush regime acted Tuesday to freeze the finances of a Syrian man accused of helping finance insurgents in Iraq by providing support to Al CIA-duh's top operative there.
Schroeder opposed to military action against Iran --German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said on Monday that he opposed the use of military force against Iran over the country's nuclear programme.
Anger as Guantanamo Britons Held under Terror Law --The four Britons who arrived home after being detained at Guantanamo Bay for three years remained in custody today as a human rights lawyer voiced anger at their continued incarceration.
Britons 'Cannot Be Charged over MI5 Interviews' --The four Britons released from Guantanamo Bay cannot be charged on the basis of confessions obtained by MI5 officers who visited them at the camp, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner said. Sir John Stevens told the Independent he had ruled out any prosecution based on material gathered during interviews at Guantanamo Bay.
Is It Torture Yet? Eclectic Fool Aid Torture Test --by David Underhill "If all involved gingerly avoid defining torture, how could it ever be said to occur? One way of accomplishing this is to define it, then redefine it, and redefine it again-as the memos have done-until a dizzying fog surrounds it. Another way is to shrink from naming it. Media accounts abound of grisly and appalling deeds which, if done by foreigners, would swiftly be termed torture. Instead, they are labeled abuse or mistreatment. The T word rarely appears. And the media thus become partners in the [Bush] administration's denials."
Democrats Denounce Rice Over Iraq War --Senate Democrats delivered one of the sharpest critiques yet of the Bush regime's credibility and its handling of the Iraq war yesterday, as the Senate prepared to confirm [Reichwing whackjob] Condoleezza Rice's nomination to be secretary of state today.
Democrats Say Rice Misled About Iraq War --Senate Democrats said Tuesday that Condoleezza Rice lied to them, misled Americans about the Iraq war or served as an apologist for Bush regime failures in Iraq, but she remained on track for confirmation as secretary of state.
Gore Vidal on Bush's Inaugural Address: "The Most Un-American Speech I've Ever Heard" (democracynow.org) "We take a look at President [sic] Bush's inaugural address with Gore, Vidal, one of America's most respected writers and thinkers and the author of more than 20 novels and 5 plays. Vidal says, 'If the United States does go abroad to slay dragons in the name of freedom, liberty and so on, she could become dictatress of the world, but in the process she would lose her soul.'"
Black voters in United States disproportionally disenfranchised --by Jesse Jackson and Greg Palast "After taking his [Bush's] oath, the president called for a 'concerted effort to promote democracy.' The president should begin with the United States. More than 133,000 votes remain uncounted in Ohio, more than George W. Bush's supposed margin of victory. In New Mexico, the uncounted vote totals at least three times the president's plurality -- and so on in other states. The challenge to the vote count is over, but the matter of how the United States counts votes, or fails to count them, remains."
Protection Against Missiles Called Too Costly for Airlines --Existing technology to resist a shoulder-fired-missile attack on a commercial aircraft is too expensive and unreliable, according to a Rand Corp. study released yesterday.
FBI Says Boston 'Threat' a False Alarm --The FBI said on Tuesday there was "no credibility" to a reported threat against Boston last week that spurred a manhunt for 14 people and had police using radiation sensors in the city's subway system.
Another Bush whore revealed! Columnist Backing Bush Plan Had Federal Contract --In 2002, syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher repeatedly defended Dictator Bush's push for a $300 million initiative encouraging marriage as a way of strengthening families. ...Gallagher failed to mention that she had a $21,500 contract with the Department of Health and Human Services to help promote Bush's proposal.
Senators Urge Bush to Sell Overhaul of Social Security --After a meeting with Dictator Bush on Tuesday, Republican senators said they had cautioned him that the drive to change the Social Security system was faltering because the public was not convinced that a fundamental overhaul was necessary. The senators said Mr. Bush responded by promising to make a strong case [add new lies] in his State of the dis-Union Message on Feb. 2 and to lead the charge to win public support.
G.O.P. Will Ask Giuliani to Challenge Hillary Clinton --The chairman of the New York State Republican Party said yesterday that he planned to ask former Mayor [and 9-11 co-conspirator] Rudolph W. Giuliani to run against Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2006, even while Mr. Giuliani's camp hinted that he had no desire to take on that race.
US drugs regulator attacked over Vioxx research --The editor of a leading international medical journal joined in an attack on the US federal drugs regulator yesterday over its handling of research into the health risks of the anti-inflammatory drug Vioxx.
Phoenix to residents: Boil water until noon Wednesday --The 1.4 million residents of Phoenix were encouraged Tuesday to boil their tap water until at least noon Wednesday, and also to limit what water they do use.
Fermi 2 Nuclear Plant Shut Down After Leak --Detroit Edison has shut down the Fermi 2 Nuclear Power Station in Newport, Michigan, after a leak of radioactive coolant. The leak happened around 5:00 Monday afternoon in the containment building that houses the nuclear reactor. The NRC says the coolant was leaking at a rate of 50 to 75 gallons per minute. Exactly how much coolant was lost is not known. The NRC has issued an "Alert" for the plant.
Sick nuclear workers to get claims help at meetings --OAK RIDGE (TN) --The Department of Labor is holding town hall meetings Tuesday and Wednesday to answer questions about the government's compensation program for sick nuclear workers.
The Rocky Flats Horror Picture Show --Ex-FBI agent charges feds with radioactive coverup at Rocky Flats --by Amanda Griscom Little "... An FBI agent exposes deadly contamination at an old nuclear-weapons plant, but the federal government conceals the findings. Years later, Congress votes to convert the tract into a wildlife refuge and open it to school field trips and public recreation. The site becomes a poster child for eco-friendly nuclear-waste disposal -- with a dangerous radioactive secret lurking below the surface."
Nuclear Incident in Montana (nyc.indymedia.org) --by Jennifer Van Bergen and Raymond Del Papa "There is a corporate media blackout on a nuclear incident in Montana. Is the monkey playing with his nuclear buttons? A retired high-level government source was called yesterday to respond to a nuclear incident in Montana. Apparently the silo doors of numerous ICBM missiles were opened. Two such incidents during the Cold War era nearly started World War III. When silo doors open, it indicates the intention to launch missiles against another nation."
Antarctica, Warming, Looks Ever More Vulnerable --OVER THE ABBOTT ICE SHELF, Antarctica --With temperatures climbing in parts of Antarctica in recent years, melt water seems to be penetrating deeper and deeper into ice crevices, weakening immense and seemingly impregnable formations that have developed over thousands of years. As a result, huge glaciers in this and other remote areas of Antarctica are thinning and ice shelves the size of American states are either disintegrating or retreating - all possible indications of global warming.
World Ill Prepared to Fight Bird Flu Pandemic Warns Who --Vietnam warned that bird flu is spreading even faster this year than in last year’s disastrous Asian outbreak, while Thailand approved an emergency budget today to fight the disease amid concern that the world is ill-prepared for an overdue pandemic.
Bird flu continues spreading in Vietnam --Bird flu has, since January, spread to 26 cities and provinces across Vietnam, killing and leading to the forced culling of over 613,000 fowls, local newspaper Youth reported Wednesday.
Gee, people in Ohio and Florida were not even *allowed* to vote: Iraqi Immigrants Get More Time to Register to 'Vote' --Iraqi immigrants, some of whom may have failed to register to 'vote' in their homeland's upcoming national election because of weather conditions [?!?] or a recent Muslim holiday, have been given two more days to do so. Organizers also extended the polling places' closing time to 7 p.m. today and tomorrow to accommodate people who cannot leave work early. [LOL, if it wasn't so pathetic...]
Deadly bomb hits Baghdad amid capture of Zarqawi aides --The Iraqi interim government announced on Monday the capture of two aides of Jordanian-born militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, as a suicide car bombing jolted the Green Zone in central Baghdad.
Five U.S. Troops Die in Accident in Iraq --Five U.S. soldiers died in a vehicle accident north of Baghdad, the military said Tuesday.
U.S. Military May Face Shortage of Troops --The strain of fighting a longer, bloodier war in Iraq than U.S. commanders originally foresaw brings forth a question that most would have dismissed only a year ago: Is the military in danger of running out of reserve troops?
Looks like Negroponte's death squads are at it again... FBI probes killing of U.S. contractor --Death follows kickback allegations --A U.S. contractor gunned down last month in Iraq had accused Iraqi Defense Ministry officials of corruption days before his death, according to documents and U.S. officials.
Check Cheney's pocket$ --Inquiry after $300m vanishes from bank --US authorities are investigating why $US300 million ($389 million) in American bills was taken out of Iraq's Central Bank this month and flown to Lebanon, the American ambassador to Iraq said. John Negroponte said on Sunday he did not know [?!?] if the money was missing or if it had been used to buy weapons, as some Iraqi officials have said.
Bush to Seek About $80 Bln for Military Operations --The Bush dictatorship plans to announce as early as Tuesday that it will seek about $80 billion in new funding for military operations [Halliburton] this year in Iraq and Afghanistan, regime and congressional sources said on Monday.
Defense Espionage Unit to Work With CIA --Defense Department officials acknowledged yesterday that the Pentagon has created new clandestine teams... but emphasized that the program was developed with the cooperation of the Central Intelligence Agency, not to bypass it.
Congress eyes once-secret Pentagon unit --Top members of the Senate Armed Services Committee met with the Pentagon's intelligence chief Monday amid reports that the Defense Department has been running a previously unknown covert operations unit since 2002 -- now known as the Strategic Support Branch, or SSB.
Reports on Pentagon's New Spy Units Set Off Questions in Congress --Senior members of Congress said Monday that they would seek to determine whether the Pentagon had overstepped its bounds by creating new secret battlefield intelligence units within the Defense Intelligence Agency.
US Senate working Mon. to improve military death benefit --Senate Republicans are moving to improve the death benefit paid to the families of service members killed in action.
US terminates Iranian website --Iran has accused the US government of ordering an American internet service provider to stop hosting the website of an official Iranian news agency. [We think that the US government may have also ordered an American Internet service provider to stop hosting the website of an American-based news agency, aka, the CLG.]
A.C.L.U. Presents Accusations of Serious Abuse of Iraqi Civilians --The American Civil Liberties Union released documents on Monday describing complaints of serious abuse of Iraqi civilians, including reports of electric shocks and forced sodomy, and accused the military of not thoroughly investigating the cases. The documents list dozens of allegations of abuse at American detention centers - the use of cigarettes to burn prisoners, aggressive dogs, electric shocks, sexual humiliation and beatings - that began at about the same time such acts were occurring at Abu Ghraib prison.
Iraqi forces 'committing abuse' --Iraqi security forces systematically abuse prisoners, a leading US-based human rights group reports. Unlawful arrests, torture and the long-term isolated detention of detainees - including children - are "routine", Human Rights Watch says.
Torture Still Routine in Iraqi Jails, Report Says --Iraqi authorities routinely torture prisoners, a leading human rights group said Tuesday, citing examples of abuse which will sound all too familiar to those who suffered under Saddam Hussein.
23 Detainees Attempted Suicide in Protest at Base, Military Says --Twenty-three terror suspects tried to hang or strangle themselves at the American naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, in a mass protest in 2003, the military said yesterday.
Brits Not As Eager On Iran --Since there is talk in Washington of a possible attack on another member of the so-called "Axis of Evil" - Iran - the British government has prepared another dossier. This one, issued quietly in the British parliament shortly before Bush's second inauguration, makes the case against a military attack on Iran's nuclear facilities. The 200-page document makes it clear that if America attacks Iran, Britain will not back it.
U.S. presses Venezuela on 'terrorism' --The State Department expressed concern Monday about reports that Venezuela is harboring leftist rebels from Colombia, and it urged the Caracas government to take action against any who are linked to U.S.-designated terrorist groups.
Court OKs Dog Sniff During Traffic Stop --The [Whore] 'Supreme' Court gave police broader search powers Monday during traffic stops, ruling that drug-sniffing dogs can be used to check out motorists even if officers have no reason to suspect they may be carrying narcotics.
Volunteers set to monitor Arizona border crossings --A retired California businessman has 240 volunteers ready for a 30-day aerial and ground surveillance campaign on the Arizona-Mexico border to highlight what he calls the government's failure to control illegal immigration.
Gonzales: Did He Help Bush Keep His DUI Quiet? --by Michael Isikoff "Senate Democrats put off a vote on White House counsel Alberto Gonzales's nomination to be attorney general, complaining he had provided evasive answers to questions about torture and the mistreatment of prisoners. But Gonzales's most surprising answer may have come on a different subject: his role in helping President [sic] Bush escape jury duty in a drunken-driving case involving a dancer at an Austin strip club in 1996."
Failing Upwards --The Rise of Michael Chertoff --by Mike Whitney "Michael Chertoff's record at the Justice Dept. has followed the same downward arc as a belly-flop. He's managed to botch every major case he's handled and elicit the well-deserved scorn of civil liberties groups. Only in the gravity-defying world of G.W. Bush, where reality is routinely run through a public relations shredder, would a bungler like Chertoff reach the top-spot at Homeland Security."
Fermi 2 nuclear power plant in Michigan is shut down... 'We have a leak of reactor coolant into the containment structure... leak rate was about 75 gallons a minute but is reducing,' John Austerberry, spokesman...
Outcry over creation of GM smallpox virus --Senior scientific advisers to the World Health Organisation (WHO) have recommended the creation of a genetically modified version of the smallpox virus to counter any threat of a bioterrorist attack. ...Professor Donald Henderson, of the Centre for Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh, said he feared that tinkering with the genetic makeup of the variola virus - which causes smallpox - might accidentally produce a more lethal form of the disease.
Exposure at Germ Lab Reignites a Public Health Debate --Last year, while working on a vaccine to protect against bioterrorist attacks, three laboratory workers at Boston University were exposed to the bacteria that cause a rare disease called tularemia, or rabbit fever. Questions have arisen regarding the university's ambitious plan to build a high-security biodefense laboratory, part of a national boom [pharma-terror welfare giveaway] in germ defense [offense] research touched off by the [Bush's] Sept. 11 attacks and the [Rove's] anthrax letters of 2001.
Pieces falling into place for global flu pandemic, experts warn --All the elements are in place for the start of a global flu pandemic, except one, scientists report this week. The missing piece: the ability for the avian flu to spread from person to person with ease.
New bird-flu case alarms WHO --New Fears: A man whose brothers contracted bird flu has tested positive for the deadly virus, state-controlled media reported yesterday, as the World Health Organization (WHO) said it was investigating the possibility that one of the siblings passed the disease to another.
Democrats Vow to Resist G.O.P. Majority in New Congress [Even Barak O'Sellout and Joe LieberBush?] Outnumbered Senate Democrats accused Dictator Bush and his Republican allies today of mismanaging the war in Iraq and ignoring the needs of their countrymen at home, and they vowed to be heard in the new Congress on issues of importance to millions of Americans.
Senate Democrats Speak of Slowing Confirmation Votes --Senate Democrats on Monday threatened new hurdles for Dictator Bush's cabinet choices and expressed deep misgivings about the planned Social Security changes at the heart of this year's Republican agenda.
Snow says U.S. 'deeply committed' to deficit cuts [Translation: US "deeply committed" to cuts in social services.] The Bush dictatorship was committed to cutting huge U.S. budget and trade deficits, U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow said on Monday, and there should be no delay in overhauling Social Security.
Chairman: Examine Race, Gender For Social Security Changes --House Ways and Means chairman Rep. Bill Thomas [R-Economic Terrorist-CA] on Sunday claimed Congress should consider looking at Social Security reforms that would payout future benefits -- on such factors as race and gender. The Kern County congressman explained to NBCNEWS Tim Russert on Sunday: "We also need to examine, frankly, ...the question of race, in terms of how many years of retirement do you get based upon your race. And you ought not to just leave gender off the table, because that would be a factor."
AARP 'dead set against' Bush's Social Security plan --The nation's largest seniors' lobby will oppose any proposal that takes tax money out of Social Security to create private investment accounts for today's workers, the head of AARP said Monday.
Wolfowitz story falsified --A woman lied about being tortured during Saddam Hussein's reign and a US newspaper is having to backtrack on a story it wrote about her --Testifying before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee in July 2003 about the rebuilding of Iraq, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz told the story of Jumana Michael Hanna, an Iraqi woman who had recently come to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad with a tale of her horrific torture at the hands of Saddam Hussein's regime. ...But Hanna's story, which had been the subject of a front-page article in the Washington Post, appears to have unraveled. Esquire magazine, in this month's issue, published a lengthy article, by a writer who was hired to help Hanna produce a memoir, saying that her account had all but fallen apart.
U.S. to Bring Back More Troops, Officers From Saddam Hussein's Former Army --The United States plans to revise its approach to the insurgency after Iraq's 'elections' next week, beefing up the new Iraqi military by bringing back more troops and officers from Saddam Hussein's former army and moving Iraqis into the front lines after earlier 'false starts.' [?!?]
Tape in Name of Leading Insurgent Declares 'All-Out War' on Iraq --An Internet audiotape posted Sunday in the name of the United States' most wanted man in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, gave the clearest warning yet that insurgents would try to wreck the 'elections' next Sunday.
Analysis: Iraqi insurgency growing larger, more effective --By Tom Lasseter and Jonathan S. Landay Knight Ridder Newspapers "The United States is steadily losing ground to the Iraqi insurgency, according to every key military yardstick... The analysis suggests that unless something dramatic changes - such as a newfound will by Iraqis to reject the insurgency or a large escalation of U.S. troop strength - the United States won't win the war." ['Won't win.' Oh, c'mon... you can say it... the United States will *LOSE* the war.]
Summary: U.S. Running Out of Reserves --The armed forces have some 1.2 million men and women in their Reserve and National Guard components, and only 70,000 now are serving in Iraq. TROUBLE AHEAD: At the current rate and size of troop deployments to Iraq, the availability of part-time forces suitable for service in Iraq could become a problem as early as next year, officials say.
U.S. Envoy Acknowledges Iraq 'Election' Woes --The U.S. ambassador to Iraq acknowledged serious problems ahead of next weekend's 'election' but gave assurance Sunday that "great efforts'' were being made so every Iraqi can 'vote.' [Too bad no such 'great efforts' were made so that every American could 'vote.' In fact, great efforts were made to ensure that millions of Americans COULD NOT vote, or that that their votes wouldn't count.]
Bomb explodes near Allawi HQ --A large blast has exploded in western Baghdad near the headquarters of U.S.-installed puppet dictator ['interim Prime Minister'] Ayad Allawi's political party, six days before Iraqi 'elections' are set to take place.
Iraq Bomb Wounds 10 on Street to Allawi Office --A suicide car bomber struck on Monday near a checkpoint on a street leading to Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's party office, wounding at least 10 people in the latest resistance attack before Jan. 30 'elections.'
Baghdad residents face water crisis --Most of the Iraqi capital - particularly the western districts - has been without water for the past seven days. Added to a lack of electricity - the national grid is off more than it is on - a crumbling mobile phone network, endless lines to get fuel and a daily dose of bombs and mortars, it has made it next to impossible to even think about the coming 'election.'
Army faces new claims over Iraq brutality --Lawyers weigh charges over nine fresh allegations as government faces demands for full public inquiry --The army (UK) faces a fresh series of serious allegations of abuse against its forces in Iraq, The Observer has learnt.
Pentagon Sends Own Spy Units Into Battlefield --The Pentagon has created battlefield intelligence units that for the first time have been assigned to work directly with Special Operations forces on secret counter[pro]terrorism missions, tasks that had been largely the province of the Central Intelligence Agency, senior Defense Department officials said Sunday.
Bush's Waffen SS: Secret Unit Expands Rumsfeld's Domain --New Espionage Branch Delving Into CIA Territory --The Pentagon, expanding into the CIA's historic bailiwick, has created a new espionage arm and is reinterpreting U.S. law to give Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld broad authority over clandestine operations abroad, according to interviews with participants and documents obtained by The Washington Post. The previously undisclosed organization, called the Strategic Support Branch, arose from Rumsfeld's written order to end his "near total dependence on CIA" for what is known as human intelligence. Designed to operate without detection and under the defense secretary's direct control, the Strategic Support Branch deploys small teams of case officers, linguists, interrogators and technical specialists alongside newly empowered special operations forces.
Some Question Background of Unit's Leader --Inexperienced Personnel Cited As a Risk to Espionage Work --Internal Pentagon briefings describe Strategic Support Branch members as experienced intelligence professionals with specialized skills, "military operations backgrounds," and the training to "function in all environments under adverse conditions." But four special operations soldiers who provided information for this article... said those assigned to work with them included out-of-shape men in their fifties and recent college graduates on their first assignments.
Should Anti-Bush Journalists Be Tried as "Spies"? --by William Norman Grigg "According to Washington Times editorial page editor Tony Blankley, investigative reporter Seymour Hersh should be tried for espionage. ...In his most recent offering, Commissar Blankley opines that investigative reporter Seymour Hersh committed 'espionage' by publishing a detailed expose of the Bush administration’s plans and preparations for war with Iran. ...Blankley suggests, in all seriousness, that the veteran reporter – who compiled an impressive track record with a recent string of scoops regarding Abu Ghraib and related outrages – should be arraigned, and face possible execution, as an enemy spy.
Espionage by any other name --by [Reichwing terrorist] Tony Blankley "This week in the New Yorker magazine Seymour Hersh wrote the following words: 'The administration has been conducting secret reconnaissance missions inside Iran ... Much of the focus is on accumulation of intelligence and targeting information on Iranian nuclear, chemical and missile sites ...' ...18 United States Code section 794, subsection (b) prohibits anyone 'in time of war, with intent that the same shall be communicated to the enemy [from publishing] any information with respect to the movement, numbers, or disposition of any of the Armed Forces ... of the United States... or supposed plans or conduct of any ... military operations ... or any other information relating to the public defense, which might be useful to the enemy ... [this crime is punishable] by death or by imprisonment for any term of years or for life.' [This] would suggest, at the least, that federal prosecutors should review the information disclosed by Mr. Hersh to determine whether or not his conduct falls within the proscribed conduct of the statute."
Author airs conspiracy theory on Im's death --Someone stabbed 72-year-old retired research Professor Jeong Im multiple times in the Maryland Avenue parking garage at the University of Missouri-Columbia, put him in the trunk of his Honda and set the car on fire. A national radio talk-show guest has theorized the killing was part of a plot to kill off key microbiologists in the world before unleashing "the ultimate epidemic." Steve Quayle, a self-published author and newsletter writer from Bozeman, Mont., told listeners of "Coast to Coast AM" that Im was the 40th microbiologist to die under suspicious circumstances in four years and was perhaps among those specializing in vaccines and bio-weapons research.
WHO Raises Specter of Human Bird Flu Transmission --The World Health Organization (WHO) has raised the specter of [Frist-created?] human-to-human transmission of deadly avian influenza following confirmation that two Vietnamese brothers had contracted the virus and one had died.
Infection heightens fear of Boston biosafety lab --The revelation last week that a laboratory slip-up led three Boston University scientists to become infected with tularemia, a flulike disease sometimes referred to as "rabbit fever," has fueled criticism of a plan to build a state-of-the-art research lab to study some of the world's most lethal germs in Boston's South End. Slated for groundbreaking this year, it would be one of just a handful of full-scale biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) laboratories in the country, a classification that would permit research on diseases such as anthrax, Ebola and the plague. The lab would be located in a more densely populated neighborhood than the others, including those in San Antonio, Atlanta and Frederick, Md. [Stupid is as stupid does...]
AP: U.S. Foresaw Terror Threats in 1970s --Nearly three decades before the Sept. 11 attacks, a high-level government panel developed plans to protect the nation against terrorist acts ranging from radiological "dirty bombs" to airline missile attacks, according to declassified documents obtained by The Associated Press. ...The committee involved people as diverse as [war criminal] Henry Kissinger to a young [Reichwing terrorist] Rudolph Giuliani, the once-secret documents show.
Germans hold two suspected of dirty bomb plot --Two suspected al-CIA-duh terrorists allegedly planning suicide attacks in Iraq using a "dirty bomb" were arrested during raids in Germany yesterday.
FBI: Chinese Suspect Not Tied to Terror --One of the 16 people sought for questioning in an alleged terror plot in Boston has been in federal custody for more than two months and has no terrorist connection, the FBI said Saturday.
UN-AUGURATION Special protest recap --by Mary Titus
The People's Agenda Trumps the Bush Agenda in St. Petersburg --by Carol Schiffler, CLG Actions Chair
The Emperor of Vulgarity --by Mike Carlton "George Bush's second inaugural extravaganza was every bit as repugnant as I had expected, a vulgar orgy of triumphalism probably unmatched since Napoleon crowned himself emperor of the French in Notre Dame in 1804. The little Corsican corporal had a few decent victories to his escutcheon. Lodi, Marengo, that sort of thing. Not so this strutting Texan mountebank, with his chimpanzee smirk and his born-again banalities delivered in that constipated syntax that sounds the way cold cheeseburgers look, and his grinning plastic wife, and his scheming junta of neo-con spivs, shamans, flatterers and armchair warmongers, and his sinuous evasions and his brazen lies, and his sleight of hand theft from the American poor, and his rape of the environment, and his lethal conviction that the world must submit to his Pax Americana or be bombed into charcoal."
Illuminati Devil Hand Signals Prevalent Throughout Inauguration (infowars.com) "We have noticed in the past that the mainstream media would just carry these photos without attempting to whitewash what we were seeing. Bush and his entire family flashed so many of these hand signs today that they had to mention it..."
Global warming approaching point of no return, warns leading climate expert --Global warning has already hit the danger point that international attempts to curb it are designed to avoid, according to the world's top climate watchdog.
Countdown to global catastrophe --The global warming danger threshold for the world is clearly marked for the first time in an international report to be published tomorrow - and the bad news is, the world has nearly reached it already.
Key Lawmakers Cast Doubt on Social Security 'Crisis' --Key Republicans in Congress on Sunday questioned White House assertions that the Social Security system was in crisis, one of Dictator Bush's justifications for acting now on private accounts, and said new taxes should be considered.
All Federally Funded Stem Cells Contaminated, Report Says --All human embryonic stem cell lines approved for use in federally funded research are contaminated with a foreign molecule from mice that may make them risky for use in medical therapies, according to a study released Sunday.
As 'Hurricane Meets Blizzard,' Northeast Residents Take Cover --The National Weather Service in Taunton, Mass., issued an urgent warning on Sunday morning, telling residents, "If you leave the safety of being indoors, you are putting your life at risk." The service said that in some places snow was falling at a rate of an inch every 10 minutes. The National Weather Service recorded wind gusts up to 84 miles per hour, 10 m.p.h. faster than minimum hurricane-force winds, and there were 28-foot waves on the ocean.
Bay State Digs Out From Blizzard '05 --Storm Dumps More Than 2 Feet of Snow In Some Towns --The blizzard that slammed Massachusetts dumped more than 2 feet of snow and brought hurricane-strength wind gusts, forcing school cancellations for at least two days in some communities.
Bush's Waffen SS: Domestic Duties for U.S. Soldiers in 'Terrorism' Fight --Somewhere in the shadows of the White House and the Capitol this week, a small group of super-secret commandos stood ready with state-of-the-art weaponry to swing into action to protect the presidency, a task that has never been fully revealed before. As part of the extraordinary army of 13,000 troops, police officers and federal agents marshaled to secure the inauguration, these elite forces were poised to act under a 1997 program that was updated and enhanced after the Sept. 11 attacks, but nonetheless departs from how the military has historically been used on American soil. The commandos here this week were the same type of Special Operations forces who are hunting top insurgents in Iraq and Osama bin Laden in the mountainous wilds of Afghanistan and Pakistan. But under the top-secret military plan, they are also conducting counterterrorism missions in support of civilian agencies in the United States.
Army Prepares 'Robo-Soldier' for Iraq --The rain is turning to snow on a blustery January morning, and all the men gathered in a parking lot here surely would prefer to be inside. But the weather couldn't matter less to the robotic sharpshooter they are here to watch as it splashes through puddles, the barrel of its machine gun pointing the way like Pinocchio's nose. The Army is preparing to send 18 of these remote-controlled robotic warriors to fight in Iraq beginning in March or April.
Rumsfeld cancels trip due to war crimes accusations --US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld cancelled a planned visit to Germany after a US human rights organisation asked German authorities to prosecute him for war crimes, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) has learned. The New York-based Centre for Constitutional Rights filed a complaint in December with the Federal German Prosecutor's Office against Rumsfeld accusing him of war crimes and torture in connection with detainee abuses at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison.
U.S. claims Arar suit a risk to national security --The United States government is attempting to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Syrian-Canadian Maher Arar, claiming the litigation would jeopardize national security. Invoking the rarely used "state secrets privilege," U.S. Department of Justice lawyers filed a motion with the New York eastern district court this week, stating that the release of any information concerning the U.S.'s involvement in Arar's deportation to Syria could jeopardize "intelligence, foreign policy and national security interests of the United States."
Two Soldiers Sentenced In Interpreter's Death --Two U.S. soldiers were sentenced to prison terms Saturday for the shooting death of an Iraqi interpreter in November at an army base in Baghdad.
Go home Yanks, says PM in waiting --The Shi’ite Muslim cleric tipped to become prime minister after next Sunday’s 'election' in Iraq has said it will be the duty of the new government to demand the withdrawal of American forces "as soon as possible".
Iraq imposes curfew and car ban for 'polling' day --An unprecedented series of security measures will be in force in Iraq during next Sunday's 'election,' it was announced by Baghdad authorities yesterday.
No Foreign Observers to Monitor Iraq 'Vote' --Only One Outsider From International Mission May Assess 'Elections' on Site --In Iraq, where 14 million people are eligible to vote, the 'elections' next week may have only one outsider from the hastily organized International Mission for Iraqi Elections to evaluate the 'balloting.'
British troops in front line of conflict as polls approach --The bomb that exploded last week at the entrance of the British base at Shaibah in Iraq, injuring nine soldiers, had wide and grave significance.
General Seeking Faster Training of Iraq Soldiers --The retired four-star Army general who was sent to Iraq two weeks ago to assess operations there has concluded that American troops must speed up and strengthen the training of Iraqi security forces, by assigning thousands of additional military advisers to work directly with Iraqi units, said senior defense and military officials here and in Iraq.
Bombs kill 2 dozen at holy day event, wedding --A car bomb killed at least 14 Shiite worshipers and wounded 40 others gathered for a Muslim holy day celebration at a Baghdad mosque Friday, while insurgents in Ramadi publicly beheaded an Iraqi soldier in the latest round of pre-'election' violence.
Car bomb explodes near Shiite mosque --A car bomb has exploded near a Shiite Muslim mosque in western Baghdad before Friday prayers, causing several casualties.
Militants Behead Iraqi Soldier in Rebel Stronghold --Militants loyal to al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi beheaded an Iraqi soldier in a rebel stronghold in broad daylight on Friday and left a note warning other Iraqi troops to quit, witnesses said.
Mystery in Iraq as $300 Million is Taken Abroad --Earlier this month, according to Iraqi officials, $300 million in American bills was taken out of Iraq's Central Bank, put into boxes and quietly put on a charter jet bound for Lebanon. The money was to be used to buy tanks and other weapons from international arms dealers [?!?], the officials say, as part of an accelerated effort to assemble an armored division for the fledgling Iraqi Army. But exactly where the money went, and to whom, and for precisely what, remains a mystery, at least to Iraqis who say they have been trying to find out. [Check Cheney's pocket$.]
Iraq Official: Chalabi's Arrest Imminent --Authorities will arrest prominent politician [U.S.-installed puppet dictator] Ahmad Chalabi after the current Islamic religious holiday for allegedly defaming the Defense Ministry, the defense minister said Friday.
Straw snubs US hawks on Iran --Jack Straw has drawn up a dossier putting the case against a military attack on Iran amid fears that Dictator George W Bush’s regime may seek Britain’s backing for a new conflict. Straw and his officials fear that hawks in Washington will talk the American dictator into a strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities, just as they persuaded him to go to war in Iraq.
An American Actions For Regime Change In Iran "Inevitable". --by Safa Haeri "Slowly but surely, the United States is preparing local and international public opinion for concrete action against the Islamic Republic of Iran, now tagged as the main 'outpost of tyranny', Iranian and western analysts and diplomats says. In his inaugural speech, President [sic] George W. Bush warned "the rulers of outlaw regimes" to ease restrictions on dissent and declared that victory over terrorism required promoting freedom around the globe.
N.Korea Tells U.S. Lawmaker It Has Atom Bombs -Report --A top North Korean official has told U.S. legislators that the state possessed nuclear weapons, Radio Free Asia reported on Friday.
Security Risk? --Federal Appeals Court Judge Michael Chertoff's ties to the financiers of the Sept. 11 attacks may prevent his confirmation as Homeland Security Chief. --by Melissa Johnson and Sander Hicks "According to a June 20, 2000 article in The Record of Bergen County, New Jersey, Chertoff defended accused terrorist financier Dr. Magdy Elamir. Elamir’s HMO was sued by the State of New Jersey to recoup $16.7 million in losses. At least $5.7 million went 'to unknown parties... by means of wire transfers to bank accounts where the beneficial owner of the account is unknown,' according to the article. Foreign intelligence reports given to then chairman of the House International Relations Committee Ben Gilman, R-New York, in 1998 accused Magdy Elamir of having 'had financial ties with Osama bin Laden for years,' according to an Aug. 2, 2002 Dateline NBC broadcast."
FBI: Boston Terror Suspect Was Already In Custody --15 In Case Have No Known Terrorist Connections --The FBI said Sunday a Chinese suspect wanted for questioning in an alleged terror plot against the city of Boston has been in custody for months. The agency also said there is no evidence the woman, named Mei Xia Dong, or any of the other 15 people being sought in the case, had terrorist connections.
Norwegians Confused by Bush Salute --Many Norwegian television viewers were shocked to see U.S. Dictator George W. Bush and family apparently saluting Satan during the U.S. inauguration. In reality, it was just a sign of respect for the University of Texas Longhorns, whose fans are known to shout out "Hook 'em, horns!" at athletic events. Dictator Bush and family were photographed lifting their right hands with their index and pinky fingers raised up, much like a horn. [We report... you decide!!]
Bush uses radio address to underscore inaugural words --Dictator Bush called this week's inaugural ceremony a simple and humbling experience Saturday, then rolled out a bold second-term agenda, ranging from fighting for freedom and against 'terrorists' to overhauling Social Security.
The dangers of exporting democracy --Bush's crusade is based on a dangerous illusion and will fail --by Eric Hobsbawm "Although President [sic] Bush's uncompromising second inaugural address does not so much as mention the words Iraq, Afghanistan and the war on terror, he and his supporters continue to engage in a planned reordering of the world. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are but one part of a supposedly universal effort to create world order by 'spreading democracy'. This idea is not merely quixotic - it is dangerous."
Bush inauguration: Pomp and circumstance --IN WASHINGTON: President [sic] Bush vows 'to use US influence in the cause of freedom'. 55th inauguration costs $40m, making it the most expensive ever IN IRAQ: Ten days before elections, attacks in Mosul, Baghdad and Kirkuk. In Basra, nine British troops injured in suicide bombing --By Julian Coman and Borzou Daragahi --"The band played Hail to the Chief. A 21-gun salute sounded. Then, protected by a bulletproof shield, President George Bush repeated his message to the enemies of democracy."
Inauguration Day Protests Held In Washington State --As Dictator Bush began his second term Thursday in Washington, D.C., demonstrators in Washington state protested another four years of the regime.
Late Protest Shattered Event's Relative Calm --An impromptu demonstration by a crowd spilling from a "counter-inaugural ball" in Adams Morgan late Thursday turned into one of the biggest Inauguration Day disturbances, leaving windows smashed and nearly 80 people arrested.
Powell to Step Down at F.C.C. After Pushing for Deregulation --Michael K. Powell, who has overseen the Federal Communications Commission during a time of helter-skelter convergence among telephone, television and high-speed Internet services, announced Friday that he would be stepping down from the agency in two months.
Bush to Seek Cuts in Medicaid, Benefits --Dictator Bush is readying a new budget that would carve savings from Medicaid and other benefit programs, congressional aides and lobbyists say, but it is unclear if he will be able to push the plan through the Republican-run Congress.
U.S. to Cut Funds to Fix Hubble Telescope-Source --The Bush dictatorship plans to propose cuts in funds to fix the aging Hubble Space Telescope, a U.S. official said on Saturday, as the head of the telescope project said he hoped Congress would approve money for repairs.
Newest Washington governor chides Bush in radio speech --Washington state Democrat Christine Gregoire says the Bush regime talks about federal-state partnership on major programs, but doesn't come through with necessary funding.
Austrian politician: Terminate Schwarzenegger's citizenship --GOP-installed California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger should be stripped of citizenship in his native Austria for approving the execution of a convicted killer, a leading Austrian politician said Saturday.
US to be Aussie nuclear dump --The US will become Australia's nuclear dumping ground in a remarkable 10-year agreement that takes the pressure off the Howard Government to find a domestic waste site. The agreement to take spent fuel rods from the proposed new Lucas Heights reactor in Sydney was sealed at ministerial level late last year following talks between the US Department of Energy and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation.
WASA Breached Law, EPA Says --Replacement of Lines Ordered After Flawed Lead Tests --The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority violated federal law by claiming that the water in more than 400 District homes had safe levels of lead and by not replacing that number of lead service lines, federal regulators announced yesterday.
Roaring Snowstorm Shoves Northeast Into Winter's Grasp --A month across the abyss of winter, the season's first major storm buried New York and much of the Northeast yesterday, stifling travel, slowing the pace of life for millions and recasting the landscapes of 12 states.
Monster Snowstorm Hits Midwest, Northeast --Hundreds of airline flights were canceled Saturday and fleets of road plows were warmed up as a paralyzing snowstorm barreled out of the Midwest and spread across the Northeast with a potential for up to 20 inches of snow driven by 50 mph wind.
WHO confirms Vietnam bird flu case --The World Health Organization has confirmed a report that a 42-year-old man is suffering from bird flu and is being treated in a hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam.
New findings on prions suggest higher BSE risk --The human food chain may not be as well protected from BSE as everyone hopes, scientists admitted Thursday in the wake of publication of new research showing the malformed proteins that cause the brain-wasting disease can be found in more tissues than previously thought.
A shiver runs round the world as Bush bangs the drum for 'fire of freedom' --Key points • Bush vows to help spread liberty around the world in inauguration address • Bush vows regimes who oppress their people will no longer be tolerated • Bush address fails to convince allies of more multilateralist approach --George Bush yesterday used his second inauguration as United States president [sic] to promise to bring the "untamed fire of freedom to the darkest corners of the world" and raise the prospect of a new US effort to topple oppressive regimes the world over. In a speech certain to alarm Iran, North Korea and Saudi Arabia - and discomfort Europeans uneasy about the unbridled exercise of American power - the re-selected president said he would no longer "pretend" that intolerant regimes were acceptable. [Right, he needs to start with his *own.*]
Text of Dictator Bush's inaugural address
Brits Mock Bush Inauguration Pledge --Editors of major London newspapers wasted no time mocking Dictator Bush's inauguration address. Assorted splash headlines will greet readers on Friday morning: "BUSH: I SWEAR IT'S IRAN NEXT, George Bush pledged all-out global war on terrorists and tyrants," headlines the STAR. "POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE, The band played Hail to the Chief. A 21-gun salute sounded. Then, protected by a bullet-proof shield, President George Bush repeated his message to the enemies of democracy," screams the Independent.
Oaf Of Office --by Greg Palast "Watching John Kerry lip-synch the oath of office, I couldn't help wondering, 'what if.' ...He [Bush] doesn't believe a single word he's saying. And all over America, everyone knows he's lying and America is truly relieved. America doesn't want to give up the habit of racism. Karl Rove doesn't. Jeb Bush doesn't. If not for challenging hundreds of thousands of voters in Black precincts of Ohio and other swing states, if not for purging thousands more from voter rolls for the crime of voting while Black, you wouldn't be president now, would you, Mr. President?"
Great aim!! A snowball melts on the side of a limousine as Vice pResident Richard Cheney waves during the inaugural parade in Washington. Flag-draped coffins and anti-war chants competed with pomp and circumstance on Thursday at the inauguration of Dictator George W. Bush along the snow-dusted, barricaded streets of central Washington. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer
Demonstrators line the parade route along Pennsylvania Avenue as Dictator Bush passes by in his limousine on the way to the White House during the Inaugural Parade in Washington (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Protesters Target Bush's Inauguration --Anti-Bush demonstrators waving signs that said "Worst President Ever" and "the American Nightmare" jeered the president's motorcade during the inaugural parade Thursday.
Hundreds Mark Inauguration With Protests --Anti-Bush protesters around the country marched, waved banners and chanted the names of the nation's war dead Thursday as Dictator Bush was sworn in for a second term. ...In Washington, about 500 people rallied in a park several miles from the Capitol, where the inauguration took place. Signs read, "Worst President Ever" and "Four more years: God HELP America."
Police use pepper spray at Bush inauguration --Police used pepper spray to disperse demonstrators who hurled debris and tried to break through a security fence keeping protesters away from Terrorist George W. Bush's inaugural parade on Thursday.
Poll shows world anti-Bush --A majority of people surveyed in a global poll think the re-selection of George W. Bush as U.S. president has made the world more dangerous and many view Americans negatively as well, says the BBC.
Iraq Militants Promise Long War as Bush Takes Vow --Iraqi militants said on Thursday they would fight for "months and years" to free their country from U.S.-led occupation as their nemesis Dictator Bush was inaugurated in Washington for a second term.
U.S. launches more arrest raids in Iraq's north --Brazilian said missing; routes into Baghdad sealed after bombings --U.S. troops launched fresh raids Thursday around the northern city of Mosul to rein in resistance fighters who have threatened to disrupt the upcoming 'election.' Iraqi forces sealed off main routes into Baghdad one day after a wave of car bombings rocked the capital.
British Troops, Iraqis Wounded in Basra Blast --An explosion at the entrance to a logistics base in British-controlled southern Iraq -wounded several British soldiers and Iraqi civilians on Thursday, a British military spokesman said.
Western military train but no longer mentor Iraqi police --Iraqi police no longer work with Western mentors due to fears insurgents have infiltrated the Iraqi security agencies.
UN 'cannot observe' Iraqi elections --United Nations diplomats are warning that Iraq's first democratic election will be held without wide-scale international monitoring. [Yes, and they forgot to monitor Ohio, as well.]
'No election' for parts of Iraq [Just call those parts "Ohio."] U.S.-installed Puppet Dictator ['Iraqi Prime Minister'] Iyad Allawi has admitted for the first time that violence will prevent some parts of Iraq voting in this month's 'election.' "There are some pockets that will not participate in the election, but they are not large," he said.
U.S. Contractor Slain in Iraq Had Alleged Graft --The weapons dealer had accused officials in the Defense Ministry of a kickback scheme. An American contractor gunned down [by Allawi's death squads?] last month in Iraq had accused Iraqi Defense Ministry officials of corruption days before his death, according to documents and U.S. officials.
Can You Imagine?: Hussein Was Right & Bush Was Wrong --by Harry Browne "...[I]n 2002, the year before the Iraq War began, the United Nations Security Council ordered Iraq to produce a report detailing all of its biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons — past and present... The report described all the chemical and biological weapons the country once had — where they came from and what was done with them — as well as what had happened to Iraq's nuclear weapons program. Although the report was prepared for the United Nations, U.S. officials intercepted the report, edited out 8,000 pages (over two thirds) of it, and delivered its Reader's Digest version of the report to the UN. A German reporter managed to obtain a copy of the original report from Iraq, and then compared it with the truncated copy the U.S. gave to the UN. He found that the missing parts covered the Iraqis' acquisition of chemical and biological weapons from the U.S., the delivery of non-fissionable materials for a nuclear bomb by the U.S. to the Iraqis, and the training of Iraqi nuclear scientists at U.S. nuclear facilities in Los Alamos, Sandia, and Berkeley..."
Cheney Says Israel Might 'Act First' on Iran --Just hours before being sworn in for a second term, Vice pResident Dick Cheney publicly raised the possibility on Thursday that Israel "might well decide to act first" to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.
Cheney Says Iran Tops List of Trouble Spots --Vice pResident Dick Cheney said on Thursday that Iran was at the top of the Bush dictatorship's list of world trouble spots and expressed concern that Israel "might well decide to act first" to eliminate any nuclear threat from Tehran.
Iran prepared to defend interests if US attacks --Iran's President Mohammad Khatami has said his country is fully prepared to defend its interests if attacked by the United States.
6 Senate Intelligence Staffers Fired by GOP --Six staff members of the Senate Intelligence Committee were fired last week in a Republican shakeup that alarmed some Democrats on the panel, congressional officials said Tuesday. Among those released were all three members of the committee's audit staff, which is responsible for investigating classified programs operated by the CIA and other spy agencies.
US Refuses to Let Guantanamo Man Cross Airspace --Washington has refused to allow an Australian terrorism suspect due to be freed from the Guantanamo prison in Cuba to be flown across the United States because Canberra will not shackle him, an Australian official said on Thursday.
Rice confirmation vote delayed --The confirmation of Secretary of State designate Condoleezza Rice has been postponed to next week. Senate Democrats objected to a full Senate vote on Thursday, saying they wanted more time for floor speeches.
Manhunt is on for possible terror suspects in U.S. [Trolling for terrorists? Check 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue - the word's most dangerous terrorist was just 'inaugurated.'] Authorities launched a manhunt across the Northeast for four Chinese nationals and two Iraqis described by the FBI as potential terror suspects who may be heading for Boston. Authorities insisted that there was no confirmed threat.
FBI Adds 10 Names to List in Boston Threat --The FBI on Thursday added the names of 10 Chinese to the list of those being sought for questioning about a possible terror plot targeting Boston.
Rudy Giuliani Buys $4M Hamptons Mansion --Rudy Giuliani and his wife, Judith, reportedly have bought a $4 million summer home in the Hamptons. The Daily News reports that the 6,000 square foot two story home has a distant view of the ocean. [Boy, Giuliani sure has made a *killing* on 9/11...]
Theory of intelligent design enters Blount Co. high schools --If you have high schoolers in Blount County and you haven't heard of intelligent design, you'll hear plenty about it in the future. It's an [insane] alternative to teaching evolution.
Ohio's GOP Attorney General launches revenge attack on Election Protection legal team --by Steve Rosenfeld and Harvey Wasserman "In a stunning legal attack, Ohio's Republican Attorney General has moved for sanctions against the four attorneys who sued George W. Bush et. al. in an attempt to investigate the Buckeye State's bitterly contested November 2 election. Robert Fitrakis, Susan Truitt, Cliff Arnebeck and Peter Peckarsky were named by Attorney General James Petro in a filing with the Ohio Supreme Court."
Nuclear Waste Repository: Bodman vows to press Yucca dump --Energy secretary nominee supports initiatives to expand nuclear programs --Energy secretary nominee [Reichwing whackjob] Samuel Bodman said Wednesday he will "enthusiastically follow through" to continue developing a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain.
Guardian judged to be most trustworthy newspaper --The Guardian is the newspaper the public trusts the most, according to a survey published today.
Canada's second BSE case poses new import questions --The second confirmed case of BSE in Canada since the start of the New Year has generated new uncertainties over U.S. plans to reopen its door to Canadian cattle.
Study Finds Broader Reach for Mad Cow Proteins --Mad cow disease has long been thought to occur in just the brains and nervous systems of infected animals. But scientists are reporting today that the proteins thought to cause the disease can travel to other organs as well.
House With Swastikas, Anti-Bush Threat Draws Attention --Secret Service Looking Into Spray-Painted Threat Against Dictator Bush --HIALEAH, Fla. ...The fence has other prominent signs and warnings, but most disturbing may be a spray-painted message the U.S. Secret Service will investigate as a possible threat against Dictator Bush. Prominently painted on an awning are the words, "Die Bush." Hialeah police records show code enforcement and animal control officers ['Animal Control?' LOL!] visited this home last September, following complaints. Police say they were looking for owner Billie Morgan.
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CLG presents . . . UN-AUGURATION On January 20, In D.C.
Four More Years of Bush Makes the World Anxious --The rest of the world will be watching with anxiety [Uh, we're watching with large bottles of pills, ready to swallow enough of them to *end it all*] when Dictator Bush is inaugurated Thursday for a second time, fearing the most powerful man on the planet may do more harm than good.
World fears new Bush era --Blair urges more consensual US approach as poll shows unease in 18 out of 21 nations -- George Bush will be sworn in as president of the United States for a second term today in a lavish Washington ceremony, amid mounting international concern that his new regime will make the world a more dangerous place.
Missiles deployed for inauguration --The military has deployed anti-aircraft missiles within range of the Capitol as part of security enhancements for tomorrow's presidential inauguration. The missile deployment comes even though the FBI and Homeland Security Department concluded in a recent threat assessment that there is no credible information showing that terrorists have targeted inaugural events.
City is sealed off for Bush --More than 6000 troops, police and security staff have sealed-off the heart of Washington DC ahead of this week's swearing-in ceremony for US Dictator George W. Bush. The State Department has already warned the 750,000 visitors to expect regular searches. Washington will be a no-fly zone, checkpoints have been set-up on all roads, coastguard patrol boats cruise the Potomac River, and even VIPs are likely to be inconvenienced after one intelligence report suggested that limousines could be used to carry car bombs.
The Waffen S(ecret)S(ervice) *is* allowing certain signs and props --January 3, 2005 --Jim Mackin, a spokesman for the Secret Service, said the agency respects the right of the public to demonstrate and "does not prohibit the presence of signs or props based on their content, only those items made of materials or of a size that could be used potentially in a threatening or harmful manner." [We are certainly not obligated to follow the unconstitutional, dictatorial decrees of the Bush regime, regardless.]
Britain urges Bush to set out Iraq withdrawal timetable --Britain is urging America to announce a timetable for withdrawing occupation troops from Iraq over the next 18 months or more. With a new Iraqi government due to take power after next week's 'elections,' The Telegraph has learned that British officials believe the time is ripe for the coalition to announce an "indicative timetable" for its departure.
5 car bombs strike Baghdad targets --Five car bombs exploded in Baghdad yesterday, targeting the Australian Embassy as well as Iraq's beleaguered security forces, amid a spate of ambushes, murders, and kidnappings that appeared aimed at disrupting national 'elections' to be held in less than two weeks. At least 23 people were reported killed across the country.
Wave of Bombings Across Pre-'Election' Baghdad --Insurgents unleashed a wave of five car bombings across the capital, killing about a dozen people, despite stepped-up US and Iraqi measures to protect this month’s 'elections.' North of Baghdad, insurgents killed a British security officer.
Insurgents kill two contract security personnel in Iraq --Insurgents attacked a convoy of contract security personnel in central Iraq on Wednesday, killing two of them, a US military spokesman said. A third person was missing.
Rice Put On Ice --Senate Democrats handed Dictator Bush the first insult of his second term yesterday with a surprise delay in confirming Condoleezza Rice as secretary of state... After members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved Rice by a 16-2 vote yesterday and the full Senate prepared for a vote today, some vehemently anti-Bush Democrats suddenly served notice they wanted more time.
Senate panel endorses Rice --Vote clears the way for her confirmation --The Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday recommended, 16-2, that the Senate confirm Condoleezza Rice to be secretary of state, clearing the way for a full Senate vote next week, despite blistering comments from several committee Democrats.
Senate committee endorses Rice as secretary of state --Boxer, Kerry are only Democrats to oppose her --The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted Wednesday to confirm Condoleezza Rice as secretary of state after two days of hearings in which she faced strenuous Democratic assaults on the Bush regime's handling of Iraq. [Senators Barbara Boxer and John Kerry vote against Neo-con whore and 9-11 co-conspirator Condoleezza Rice. Uh, Joe Biden, Barak O-Sellout, Russ Feingold and Chris Dodd... what the f*ck are you doing???]
Federal Judge Deals Setback to Guantánamo Bay Detainees --A federal district judge ruled on Wednesday that the foreigners imprisoned at the naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, had no legal way to challenge their detentions in federal court. The judge, Richard J. Leon of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia, said the seven prisoners who brought a claim in his court could not be granted what they had asked for, writs of habeas corpus that would have required the federal courts to consider whether they were lawfully detained.
CIA called exempt from torture ban --Officers of the Central Intelligence Agency and other nonmilitary personnel fall outside the bounds of a 2002 directive issued by Dictator George W. Bush that pledged the humane treatment of prisoners in U.S. custody, Alberto Gonzales, the White House counsel, said in a document.
Cuba Tells US to Stop Guantanamo Bay Prisoners 'Abuse' --Cuba today accused the United States of lying to the world about its treatment of prisoners at the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay, saying torture was a daily occurrence at the prison camp for 'terror' suspects.
3 British Soldiers Court-Martialed on Charges of Iraq Prisoner Abuse Similar to U.S. Cases --On Wednesday, lurid photographs and accusations of abuse strikingly similar to those that emerged last April in the United States filled the front pages of newspapers in the UK, showing British soldiers apparently mistreating Iraqi prisoners in 2003. "These pictures will inevitably open old wounds and be part of drawing parallels with Abu Ghraib," said Menzies Campbell, the deputy leader of the opposition Liberal Democrats, who oppose the Iraq war.
Media Training [Propaganda 101] Now Required for Iraq-Bound Soldiers --As the U.S. military approaches nearly two years in the Iraq conflict, media training for soldiers going into the war zone has been stepped up, becoming mandatory for Army troops since October, E&P has learned.
Iraqi exile voter registration extended --'Election' officials will extend registration hours for Iraqi expatriates 'voting' in the Jan. 30 Iraq election because of complaints that the limited hours conflicted with work schedules and preparations for the Islamic feast of Eid al-Adha. [OH... WHY WEREN'T SIMILAR ACCOMMODATIONS EXTENDED TO U.S. VOTERS IN *OHIO???* Bush whore Kenneth Blackwell tried to deny voter registrations printed on 'lighter-weight paper!']
Casualties of War - Truth: Censored for being too subtle --An Army surgeon loses his Weblog. The reason: He did too good a job illustrating the casual heroism of combat. --by Kevin Horrigan "The Pentagon reported last Tuesday that the number of U.S. troops wounded in the Iraq war had passed 10,000... Also on Tuesday [January 4, 2005], ...someone in the Army's chain of command ordered Maj. Michael Cohen to shut down his Weblog, www.67cshdocs.com. Maj. Cohen, who grew up in Bucks County, Pa., is the chief emergency surgeon at the 67th Combat Support Hospital at Forward Operating Base Marez, south of Mosul in Northern Iraq..."
Army affirms its ban on women in combat --Army Secretary Francis Harvey has told Congress that the service will keep the Pentagon's ban against female soldiers in ground combat, including no assignments to units that routinely embed with war fighters.
All the President's Newsmen --by Frank Rich "...[T]he Jan. 7 edition of CNN's signature show ["Crossfire"] can stand as an exceptionally ripe paradigm of what is happening to the free flow of information in a country in which a timid news media, the fierce (and often covert) Bush administration propaganda machine, lax and sometimes corrupt journalistic practices, and a celebrity culture all combine to keep the public at many more than six degrees of separation from anything that might resemble the truth."
Court Hears Arguments on Government Access to Times Reporters' Phone Records --A federal prosecutor argued yesterday that the government should be allowed to examine the telephone records of two reporters for The New York Times to identify their sources for several articles about Islamic charities.
Dozens rejected at U.S. borders, airports --Suspected links to 'terrorism' --Dozens of people from Canada have been turned back at the American border or prevented from boarding U.S.-bound airplanes in recent months because of suspected links to terrorism, newly obtained memos show. The cases include individuals on a U.S. "no-fly" list and others who showed up on the State Department's Tipoff watch list, which contains the names of more than 100,000 [?!?] possible terrorists.
Mass. Gov. flies home amid terror threats --Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney abandoned plans to attend the presidential inaugural and flew home Wednesday because of a terrorist threat in Boston.
6 sought after tip alleging 'dirty bomb' --Though skeptical, FBI scours region --The FBI launched a massive manhunt across the region yesterday for six people, four Chinese scientists and two Iraqis, said to be planning to detonate a "dirty bomb" in Boston, local public safety officials briefed on the threat said.
Search underway for six who may pose terrorist threat to Boston -The FBI has triggered a massive manhunt for six people -- four Chinese and two Iraqis -- who may pose a terrorist threat to the city of Boston, law enforcement officials briefed on the threat said today.
FBI agent: Domestic-issue groups the biggest terrorism threat in Iowa --FBI agents in Iowa are focusing on people who may be quietly involved in terrorist networks. Randy VanGent, an FBI senior resident agent from Waterloo, said "facilitators" or people involved in fund-raising networks are more likely to be found than active terrorists. [Facilitate *this.*]
Health nominee ready for Medicaid changes --Mike Leavitt, Dictator Bush's coporate whore ['nominee to head the Health and Human Services Department'], said Wednesday that changes are needed in Medicaid and that he hopes "to see them occur as quickly as they can."
Leavitt Won't Rule Out Medicaid Budget Cuts --Dictator Bush's choice to take over the Department of Health and Human Services steadfastly refused yesterday to rule out budget cuts for Medicaid, the state-federal health program for the poor.
Students told about intelligent [stupid] design --District 1st to inform pupils of alternative to Darwinism --A school district in the Amish-region town of Dover, Pa., became the first in the nation officially to inform biology students of the theory of intelligent [sic] design as an alternative to Darwin's theory of Evolution.
DMV rejects 'JOHN316' license plate --DMV, judge claim biblical tag inappropriately refers to 'deity' --A resident of Vermont who had his request for a custom "JOHN316" license plate rejected filed a federal lawsuit against Department of Motor Vehicles officials yesterday.
High Court Asked to Overturn Roe V. Wade --The woman once known as "Jane Roe" has asked the Supreme Court to overturn its landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion 32 years ago.
Judge throws out same-sex marriage suit --In what is believed to be the first ruling of its kind, a judge on Wednesday upheld the federal law letting states ban same-sex marriages, dismissing a lawsuit by two women seeking to have their Massachusetts marriage recognized here.
Poll: Put Rowland Behind Bars --A significant minority of Connecticut residents wants former [Republican] Gov. John G. Rowland to serve more time than he faces under a plea deal with federal prosecutors. A University of Connecticut poll released Tuesday found that 82 percent of residents want Rowland to serve time... [And, imagine what Connecticut residents want done with Bush!! <g>]
US tries to remove climate change references in UN disaster talks --The United States, which opposes the Kyoto protocol on global warming, is trying to remove references to climate change in UN talks aimed at setting up a disaster early warning system, a US official said Wednesday.
Tsunami toll soars to 226,000 --The global death toll from the Asian tsunami shot above 226,000 today after Indonesia's Health Ministry confirmed the deaths of tens of thousands of people previously listed as missing.
U.S. Military Resorting to Collective Punishment --The U.S. military is resorting to collective punishment tactics in Iraq similar to those used by Israeli troops in the occupied territories of Palestine, residents say. Military bulldozers have mown down palm groves in the rural al-Dora farming area on the outskirts of Baghdad, residents say. Electricity has been cut, the local fuel station destroyed and the access road blocked.
Bombings in Iraq Near Australia Embassy, Police HQ --A suicide car bomber launched an attack close to the Australian embassy in central Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least one Iraqi and wounding seven, police and witnesses said. Shortly afterwards, a second suicide car bomber targeted a police headquarters building in the capital, causing several casualties, police said.
Suicide bomb outside Australian embassy --A car bomb exploded outside the cement blast barriers of the Australian Embassy in Baghdad today, witnesses said, killing six people - none Australian embassy staff.
Assailants Kill Iraq Candidates in Basra --Assailants in southern Iraq gunned down two more candidates running in the Jan. 30 elections for the political coalition of interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, a member of the group said Tuesday.
U.S. Military Personnel Growing Critical of the War in Iraq --U.S. military officials are becoming increasingly vocal in their criticism of the war in Iraq, telling Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld that more troops are needed to prevail over the insurgents. Moreover, recruitment is down and more reservists and members of the National Guard are being sent to Baghdad.
NBC: Iraq recalls 2,000 from Saddam Hussein's army --Troops to act as special police for Jan. 30 'election' --The security situation in Iraq is so critical now, NBC News has learned, that the Iraqi interior ministry has recalled two full battalions — about 2,000 men — from Saddam Hussein’s army, the same army the United States dissolved. All of them are retrained as special police to battle terrorism expected at polling stations on Jan. 30... These units will also have the use of armored vehicles by 'Election' Day, Jan. 30.
Bush Tells Troops 'Much More Will Be Asked of You' --Dictator Bush told U.S. troops on Tuesday that "much more will be asked of you" in Iraq and elsewhere as three days of ceremonies marking his inauguration got off to a somber beginning.
US official confirms Allawi shot six dead --A former Jordanian government minister has told The New Yorker that an American official confirmed to him that U.S.-installed puppet dictator/terrorist ['the Iraqi interim Prime Minister'], Iyad Allawi, executed six suspected insurgents at a Baghdad police station last year.
Shocking images revealed at Britain's 'Abu Ghraib trial' --Images of British soldiers described as shocking and appalling that allegedly show the abuse of Iraqi prisoners were shown to a court martial in Germany yesterday as the long-awaited case of three members of the 1st Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers got underway.
British Army chief condemns abuse --Head of the British Army, General Sir Mike Jackson, has said he "condemns utterly" abuse, as three soldiers face charges of mistreating Iraqi civilians. Nine charges against the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers soldiers include forcing prisoners to simulate sex acts at a Basra aid camp in May 2003. BBC correspondent Paul Adams said it was inevitable that some people in the media would describe the case involving the UK soldiers as "Britain's Abu Ghraib".
A catalogue of British abuse --"Shocking and appalling" photographs of British troops allegedly torturing and sexually humiliating Iraqi civilians were revealed yesterday.
Gonzales Says '02 Policy on Detainees Doesn't Bind C.I.A. --Officers of the Central Intelligence Agency and other nonmilitary personnel fall outside the bounds of a 2002 directive issued by Dictator Bush that pledged the humane treatment of prisoners in American custody, Alberto R. Gonzales, the White House counsel, said in documents released on Tuesday.
Rice on the Defensive Over Iraq, [nonexistent] Integrity --Neo-con whackjob Condoleezza Rice gave little ground to senators lambasting U.S. policies in Iraq on the first day of her confirmation hearing to be secretary of state and will return on Wednesday for a second round of questioning.
Senator Kerry says he's not sure he'll vote to confirm Rice --Senator John Kerry says he still doesn't know if he'll vote to confirm Secretary of State designate [Neo-con whackjob] Condoleezza Rice. Kerry cited concerns over the administration's Iraq policies.
Reno lawyer attempting to sue Dictator Bush over Iraq war -- A retired Reno attorney is attempting to sue Dictator George W. Bush and Vice pResident Dick Cheney over the war in Iraq.
Global poll slams Bush leadership --More than half of people surveyed in a BBC World Service poll say the re-selection of US Dictator George W Bush has made the world more dangerous.
U.S. Companies Eye Trans-Afghan Pipeline --American companies might join a long-delayed trans-Afghan natural gas pipeline project expected to be launched in 2006, the U.S. ambassador to Turkmenistan said Tuesday. "We are seriously looking at the project, and it is quite possible that American companies will join it," U.S. Ambassador Tracey Anne Jacobson said, after a meeting with Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov. [Nah... 'ya think?]
Turkmenistan unveils plans for trans-Afghan gas pipeline project --The Turkmenistan government said on Monday a feasibility study for a trans-Afghan natural gas pipeline has been completed, and the construction of the long-delayed project could begin in 2006. Gas-rich Turkmenistan has long hoped for a southern pipeline through Afghanistan and Pakistan as a way of reducing dependence on the pipeline network through Russia.
A televisual fairyland --The US media is disciplined by corporate America into promoting the Republican cause --by George Monbiot "How many people have lost their jobs, at CBS or anywhere else, for repeating bogus stories released by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth about Kerry's record in Vietnam? How many were sacked for misreporting the Jessica Lynch affair? Or for claiming that Saddam Hussein had an active nuclear weapons programme in 2003? Or that he was buying uranium from Niger, or using mobile biological weapons labs, or had a hand in 9/11? How many people were sacked, during Clinton's presidency, for broadcasting outright lies about the Whitewater affair? The answer, in all cases, is none. You can say what you like in the US media, as long as it helps a Republican president." [a must read]
FBI cuts Carnivore Internet probe --Commercial software now used for investigations -- The FBI has effectively abandoned its custom-built Internet surveillance technology, once known as Carnivore, designed to read e-mails and other online communications... Instead, the FBI said it has switched to unspecified commercial software to eavesdrop on computer traffic during such investigations and has increasingly asked Internet providers to conduct wiretaps on targeted customers on the government's behalf, reimbursing companies for their costs.
Citizens Group Set to Patrol U.S.-Mexico Border --An Arizona-based 'citizens group' [Reichwing vigilantes] is recruiting hundreds of volunteers to patrol the border with Mexico this spring, saying that U.S. government has failed to stem the flow of illegal immigrants.
Man Threatens to Blow Up Van Near White House --A man who threatened to blow up a van one block from the White House surrendered to police after a four-and a-half-hour standoff on Tuesday in an incident the FBI said was linked to a domestic dispute, not terrorism.
Agents surround vehicle, guns drawn a block from the White House --Secret Service agents with guns drawn have surrounded a minivan a block away from the White House. D-C police describe it as a "suspicious vehicle."
Shelters Prepared In Case of Inaugural Emergency --Emergency Shelters Are Within 200 Miles of Washington -- A school in Pennsylvania's Susquehanna Valley is one of a number of shelters the American Red Cross is setting up in the event of an emergency at Thursday's presidential inauguration.
Creation vs. Evolution in PA --A statement about "intelligent design" is being read for the first time to high-school students in a York County school district that is requiring students to be made aware of the idea as an [insane, Reichwing] alternative to the theory of evolution. Seven science teachers objected to the requirement in a letter to administrators earlier this month, saying it would violate Pennsylvania's professional standards and practices code for teachers.
New Doubts On Plan For Social Security --Hill Republican Seeks Review of System -- House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-Calif.) predicted yesterday that partisan warfare over Social Security will quickly render Dictator Bush's plan "a dead horse" and called on Congress to undertake a broader review of the problems of an aging nation.
GOP Lawmaker proposes scrapping same-day voter registration --A Republican state lawmaker's proposal to scrap Maine's 32-year-old law that allows voters to register on Election Day could be a hard sell in a state where voter turnout is traditionally high, election officials said.
Speechwriter for Fla. Gov. Bush Resigns --Gov. Jeb Bush's speechwriter resigned Tuesday, citing news reports detailing allegations of plagiarism and sexual harassment while he worked at a newspaper.
Plan to Allow Canadian Cattle Into U.S. Worries Ranchers --The Bush dictatorship is moving ahead with plans to reopen the border with Canada to the importing of live cattle and beef on March 7, despite two new cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, commonly called mad cow disease, in Canada. The decision has ignited anger and concern among cattlemen across the West, who say reopening the northern border could endanger an industry that is prospering for the first time in many years.
Disaster Looms for Megacities, UN Official Says --Earthquakes, floods and other natural disasters could kill millions in the world's teeming megacities and time is running out to prevent such a catastrophe, the United Nations point man on emergency relief said on Tuesday.
Tsunami Warning Issued for Japan Isles After Quake --A tsunami warning was issued for a group of islands south of Tokyo after a strong earthquake off Japan's eastern coast on Wednesday, public broadcaster NHK said.
Bush won't rule out action against Iran --Dictator Bush said yesterday he would not rule out military action against Iran if Tehran is not more forthcoming about its suspected nuclear weapons program.
Report: Iran 'strategic target' over nuke program --The Bush regime has identified Iran as a "strategic target" as intelligence officials grapple with the purposes behind the Islamic republic's nuclear program, according to a story in Monday's edition of the New Yorker magazine. Reporter Seymour Hersh said Bush and his national security advisers had been "conducting secret reconnaissance missions inside Iran at least since last summer" for the purpose of gathering intelligence and targeting information. Hersh, who broke the story about the Abu Ghraib prisoner torture scandal, wrote that he had repeatedly been told by intelligence and military officials, on condition of anonymity that, "the next strategic target was Iran."
The Coming Wars --by Seymour M. Hersh --What the Pentagon can now do in secret. "The President and his national-security advisers have consolidated control over the military and intelligence communities’ strategic analyses and covert operations to a degree unmatched since the rise of the post-Second World War national-security state. Bush has an aggressive and ambitious agenda for using that control—against the mullahs in Iran and against targets in the ongoing war on [of] terrorism—during his second term. The C.I.A. will continue to be downgraded, and the agency will increasingly serve, as one government consultant with close ties to the Pentagon put it, as 'facilitators' of policy emanating from President [sic] Bush and Vice-President [sic] Dick Cheney. This process is well under way."
U.S. Is Punishing 8 Chinese Firms for Aiding Iran --The Bush dictatorship imposed penalties this month against some of China's largest companies for aiding Iran's efforts to improve its ballistic missiles.
Iraq to Close Borders, Extend Curfews --Iraqi officials announced Tuesday that they will close the nation's borders, extend nighttime curfews and restrict internal movement to protect 'voters' during the Jan. 30 'elections.'
Iraq to Close Land Borders Over Jan. 30 'Election' --Iraq will close its land borders from Jan. 29 to 31 and impose a curfew banning all non-official vehicles from the roads over the same period to try to prevent attacks on election day, officials said on Tuesday.
Troops sweep into Mosul to quell pre-vote violence --With two weeks left until national 'elections,' U.S. and Iraqi forces raided homes and swept through neighborhoods in the northern city of Mosul on Sunday, seeking to impose security.
Three US soldiers killed in Al-Anbar province --Polls show majority of Americans think war was mistake, disapprove of Bush's Iraq policy. A US soldier was killed late Monday in Al-Anbar, bringing to the three the number of soldiers killed in the restive Iraqi Sunni province the same day, the US military said in a statement Tuesday.
Suicide bomber kills three in Baghdad --A suicide driver detonated a car bomb outside the offices of Iraq's largest Shi'ite political party, killing three other people, police and the US military said.
Car Bomb Kills 10 in Iraq; 8 Iraqi Soldiers Shot --Insurgents detonated a suicide car bomb at police headquarters in the Iraqi town of Baiji on Monday, killing at least 10 people, and shot dead eight Iraqi soldiers at a checkpoint ahead of Jan. 30 'polls.'
Gunmen assassinate Shi'ite candidate --Masked gunmen have shot dead a Shi'ite Muslim candidate running in this month's election in an attack near his house in Baghdad, his family says.
Vatican demands release of abducted archbishop --The Vatican is demanding the immediate release of a Catholic archbishop who was kidnapped in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
Kerry Cites Suppressed Votes in Election --Sen. John F. Kerry, in some of his most pointed public comments yet about the presidential 'election,' invoked Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy on Monday as he criticized Dictator Bush and decried reports of voter disenfranchisement. The Massachusetts Democrat, Bush's challenger in November, spoke at Boston's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast. "Thousands of people were suppressed in the effort to vote," Kerry said. "Voting machines were distributed in uneven ways. In Democratic districts, it took people four, five, 11 hours to vote, while Republicans [went] through in 10 minutes -- same voting machines, same process, our America."
Exit pollsters to release election report to media --But organizations may decide not to make report's conclusions public. This week, the firms that produced exit polls of voters last November will tell the news organizations that paid them what, if anything, they think went wrong. The surveys of voters as they left polling places led to widespread speculation on Election Day that Sen. John Kerry was sweeping Dictator Bush out of office.
As Jan. 20 Nears, Terror Warnings Drop [They should be *increased,* to warn us against the terrorist being inaugurated.] --Faulty Intelligence [You got *that* right!], Dated Information Led to Cautions --In April, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced that al Qaeda terrorists might strike during this week's presidential inauguration festivities in Washington... Nine months later, the threat level has been lowered, and Ridge, speaking at a news conference last week, said there is no evidence of a plot to disrupt Dictator Bush's inauguration.
Holy daily terror contradiction, Batman!! Washington on alert as al-CIA-duh document threatens limo bombs --A new security threat has emerged as Washington gears up for an extravaganza to swear in Dictator George Bush for a second term - limousines containing bombs. US intelligence sources admit the fears were partially prompted by a 39-page document seized from al-CIA-duh. The paper details a mechanism for using limousines to deliver bombs equipped with cylinders of a flammable gas, according to Time magazine.
Critics attack "lavish" Bush at time of war --Dictator George W. Bush is drawing heat over a $40 million (21.5 million pound) splurge on inaugural balls, concerts and candlelight dinners while the country is in a sombre mood because of the Iraq war and Asian tsunami.
Suburb left with presidential bill --Fundraiser cost Winnetka $80,000 --It's been nearly six months since the presidential motorcade rolled through Winnetka (IL) on its way to a private fundraising dinner. Then there was the visit by First Lady [sic] Laura Bush in September for a lobster tail luncheon. Winnetka is still waiting for one of its more prominent residents, Aon Corp. Chief Executive Officer Patrick Ryan, to reimburse the village $80,000 spent for police protection and other services for the two private events in his home.
Cut in Medicare Payments to Hospitals Is Advised --An influential federal advisory panel has voted to recommend a cut in Medicare payments promised to hospitals and a freeze in payments to nursing homes and home care agencies in 2006.
Economic Equality a Civil Rights Issue --Forty years after the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and decades after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. made strides in racial equality, America remains split along racial lines - divided by the color green. Economic equality has become the paramount civil rights issue of the 21st century, civil rights advocates said as they prepared to celebrate King's birthday on Monday.
Minnesota Town Hits 54 Below Zero --Temperatures plummeted across the eastern half of the nation Monday, approaching an all-time record in northern Minnesota and freezing the Gulf Coast as a river of Arctic air pushed southward. Thermometers registered a low of 54 degrees below zero at Embarrass, Minn.
'Sex bomb' snubbed by US military --The US military rejected a 1994 proposal to develop an "aphrodisiac" to spur homosexual activity among enemy troops but is hard at work on other less-than-lethal weapons, defence officials said today. The idea of fostering homosexuality among the enemy figured in a declassified six-year, $7.5 million request from a laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio for funding of non-lethal chemical weapon research.
Holy police state, Batman!! Broward County Park boots anti-war group --A group promoting an anti-war rally was asked to leave a Broward County (FL) park Saturday morning after the park manager said political statements were prohibited on park property.
Kennedy says Iraq is 'Bush's Vietnam' --Senator Edward M. Kennedy said yesterday that Dictator Bush's Iraq policy is ''ridiculous" and disputed Bush's statement that the 2004 re[s]election validated the war. Iraq is ''Bush's Vietnam," Kennedy said.
Bush Says 'Election' Ratified Iraq Policy No U.S. Troop Withdrawal Date Is Set --Dictator Bush said the public's decision to reelect him was a ratification of his approach toward Iraq and that there was no reason to hold any regime officials accountable for mistakes or misjudgments in prewar planning or managing the violent aftermath. "We had an accountability moment, and that's called the 2004 elections [sic]," Bush said in an interview with The Washington Post. "The American people listened to different assessments made about what was taking place in Iraq, and they looked at the two candidates, and chose me." [Is Bush ***nuts?*** The 2004 election was a coup d'etat. The people did *not* choose George W. Bush, nor did they choose him four years ago, in the 2000 coup d'etat.]
Bush: U.S. Not Rushing to Leave Iraq --Dictator Bush says the U.S. military will pull out of Iraq "as quickly as possible," but he is not endorsing Secretary of State Colin Powell's statement that troops could begin returning home this year.
U.S. Lowers Expectations for Once-Heralded Iraq 'Vote' --Unable to deliver on its lofty goal of bringing democracy to Iraq through the Jan. 30 elections, the Bush regime is pressing a damage-control campaign to lower expectations for the 'vote.'
U.S. forces carry out raids in Mosul --U.S. troops staged raids Sunday in the insurgent stronghold of Mosul, where mass resignations by frightened poll workers and police threaten the viability of elections scheduled in two weeks.
U.S. Arrests Dozens Ahead of Iraq 'Vote' --U.S. troops staged a series of raids in Mosul and elsewhere in northern and central Iraq on Sunday, arresting dozens, while insurgents stepped up their attacks two weeks ahead of national 'elections...'
Iraq now a terrorist breeding ground, say US officials --Dictator Bush's Iraq policy has received another heavy blow with a report by top intelligence advisers that the 2003 invasion and its aftermath have turned the country into a breeding ground for a new generation of worldwide Islamic terrorism.
Report: U.S. Conducting Secret Missions Inside Iran --The United States has been conducting secret reconnaissance missions inside Iran to help identify potential nuclear, chemical and missile targets, The New Yorker magazine reported Sunday.
US commandos 'seek Iran N-bases' --The United States has reportedly been conducting secret reconnaissance missions inside Iran to help identify potential nuclear, chemical and missile targets. An article in The New Yorker magazine, by award-winning reporter Seymour Hersh, said the secret missions had been going on for months, with the goal of identifying target information for three dozen or more suspected sites.
High-Ranking Officers May Face Prosecution in Iraqi Prisoner Abuse, Military Officials Say --The Army reservist accused of being the ringleader of the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison failed to convince a jury he was following orders when he mistreated detainees, but higher-ranked officers still may be prosecuted, military officials and lawyers for the officers say.
US to try 20 more troops for Iraq abuse --The Pentagon plans to put at least 20 more US troops before military courts for abuse of detainees in the wake of last week's high profile trial of the ringleader in the Abu Ghraib scandal, military spokesmen said yesterday.
Soldier's jail term seen as too light --In Baghdad, calls for death sentence --News that a US Army reservist had been sentenced to 10 years behind bars for physically and sexually abusing Iraqi detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison drew scorn yesterday from Iraqis who thought he should have been tried in Baghdad and punished with death.
U.S. frees 81 Afghan prisoners --Government tries to reconcile with Taliban [?!?] --The U.S. military freed 81 prisoners held in Afghanistan yesterday, and the country's most senior judge said the government was pressing for the release of hundreds more from American custody.
Torture has its uses, says US security chief --The outgoing head of the US Department of Homeland Security has said torture may be used in certain cases in order to prevent a major loss of life. Tom Ridge said the US did not condone the use of torture to extract information from terrorists but that, under an "extreme" hypothetical circumstances, such as a nuclear threat, "it could happen".
Homeland Security exodus alarms terrorism experts --Even as the Bush administration tapped a new homeland security secretary last week, some legislators and terrorism experts remained alarmed by an exodus of senior officials from the department...
Limousine Terror? --Fears of automotive mayhem [?!? "Automotive Mayhem" ROFL!!] as the Presidential inauguration nears --As Washington gears up for the first Inaugural of the post-9/11 era, one potential security threat has emerged as a particular focus of concern: vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices, or VBIEDS, possibly disguised as limousines.
Election Turnout in 2004 Was Highest Since 1968 --The final numbers are in -- and turnout in the 2004 presidential 'election,' it seems, was a bit more impressive than previously believed. The Committee for the Study of the American Electorate reported yesterday that more than 122 million people voted in the November 'election,' a number that translates into the highest turnout -- 60.7 percent -- since 1968. [Too bad the 'votes' didn't count.]
Villagers furious with Christian Missionaries --Samanthapettai, Jan 16 (ANI): Rage and fury has gripped this tsunami-hit tiny Hindu village in India's southern Tamil Nadu after a group of Christian missionaries allegedly refused them aid for not agreeing to follow their religion.
How red tape and poverty prevented warnings going out to battered shores --A system existed to alert the Indian Ocean countries to the deadliest tsunami in history, but scientists were unable to use it. Red tape stopped scientists from alerting countries around the Indian Ocean to the devastating Boxing Day tsunami racing towards their shores, The Independent on Sunday can reveal.
Revealed: how the tsunami warning was bungled --A warning that would have alerted countries in the path of the Christmas tsunami was not sent because of red tape, The Independent on Sunday has learned. But if the 30ft wave had been a mere typhoon, a warning would have been sent.
Toll tops 175,000 as Lanka adds thousands --Asia's tsunami death toll shot topped 175,000 on Monday as officials in Sri Lanka said the more they cleared up, the more bodies they found.
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Simulated smallpox terror attack conducted in Washington --Former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright and former French health minister Bernard Kouchner were among the dignitaries playing the role of president of their respective countries in an exercise conducted here to explore how governments around the Atlantic would react to a biological terrorist attack in the region. An unknown group called the "New Jihad" [Actually, it will be the Bush-Rove terror team that attacks. Let us now discuss the... ? 19 dead microbiologists since the (Fort Dietrick-generated anthrax) murders in 2001. What *were-are* they working on???] was scripted as claiming responsibility for the attack, saying it was revenge for the West's oppression of Muslim countries... The scenario continued with stock markets collapsing, and thousands trying to flee cities where the outbreaks were being reported.
Bioterrorism War Game Carried Out In Mock Washington Summit --In the war-game scenario, they were gathered for a routine Washington summit to discuss problems such as the global response to the South Asian tsunami when word emerged of a rampaging virus outbreak. An al Qaeda offshoot had constructed the pathogens in an Austrian brewery and had released them at a dozen sites...
Virus alarm --When terrorists linked to Al-CIA-duh released vials of the smallpox virus in a dozen cities around the globe, a group of the world’s most experienced leaders proved powerless to prevent millions of deaths, according to an elaborate war game in Washington last week.
Iraq bans travel on 'Election' Day --Iraqi officials on Saturday announced drastic security measures for the coming elections, including a travel ban between cities, the establishment of pedestrian-only areas within blocks of the polling places and plans to park bulldozers and ambulances in front of the polls. One U.S. general said it was "highly likely" that travel restrictions would be so severe that all private vehicle traffic would be banned across the country on 'Election' Day, Jan. 30.
Secrecy surrounds Iraq vote Concerned about violence, some political parties won't even reveal candidate lists. --Secret ballots are the cornerstone of any democratic process. But little more than two weeks before Iraq's first free elections on Jan. 30, the country is finding that secrecy is being taken to new heights. The identities of many of the candidates haven't been publicly disclosed and are likely to remain secret until after election day.
Babylon wrecked by war --US-led forces leave a trail of destruction and contamination in architectural site of world importance --Troops from the US-led force in Iraq have caused widespread damage and severe contamination to the remains of the ancient city of Babylon, according to a damning report released today by the British Museum.
U.S.-led soldiers said to damage Babylon --U.S.-led troops using the ancient Iraqi city of Babylon as a base have damaged and contaminated artifacts dating back thousands of years in one of the world's most important archaeological sites, the British Museum said Saturday.
Abu Ghraib abuse firms are rewarded --Two US defence contractors being sued over allegations of abuse at Abu Ghraib prison have been awarded valuable new contracts by the Pentagon, despite demands that they should be barred from any new government work.
'I was MI5 go-between,' says Briton held in Guantanamo --A detainee in Guantanamo Bay with strong links to Britain has claimed he acted as a go-between for British intelligence and an alleged leading member of al-Qa'ida in London.
The forgotten inmate of Guantanamo Bay and the British secret service connection --'IoS' investigation: London resident believes he was set up after being illegally arrested by US intelligence. Bisher al-Rawi's bizarre odyssey from an unexceptional life in west London to a solitary cell in Guantanamo Bay began at a departure gate in Gatwick airport more than two years ago...
Reserve, Guard may be facing longer call-ups --Under the strain of wars on two fronts [LOL, we all know what happens when dictators try to fight wars on two fronts...], the military looks for ways to boost its ranks --Stretched thin by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army is considering a National Guard and Reserve policy shift that could result in part-timers being called to active duty multiple times for up to two years each time, a senior Army official said Thursday.
16 Dems urge Bush to start pullout from Iraq --Sixteen House Democrats led by Rep. Lynn Woolsey of Petaluma (CA) called on Dictator Bush on Wednesday to begin the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, just as some Bush regime supporters are starting to question the wisdom of staying the course in the war.
Baker advises administration to consider a phased withdrawal of troops --Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, an architect of the U.S. war with Iraq in 1991 [and an architect of the U.S. coup d'etat in 2000], is advising the Bush administration to consider a phased withdrawal of some of the 150,000 U.S. troops in Iraq. Otherwise, Baker says, the United States risks being suspected of having an "imperial design" in the region.
Marine Killed In Action South of Baghdad --A U.S. Marine was killed in action Jan. 15, while conducting security and stability operations in Babil Province.
15 Iraqi soldiers kidnapped in ambush 15 January 2005 --Gunmen kidnapped 15 Iraqi National Guards after ambushing their convoy on a desert road in the restive west of the country, an officer said last night.
5 more who served in Iraq have Fort Hood court dates --In the past two weeks, military jurors have adjudicated a platoon sergeant accused of mistreating defiant Iraqi citizens and a military policeman charged with brutalizing inmates at Abu Ghraib prison. Five more U.S. Army soldiers who served in Iraq face courts-martial here in the coming months on charges including murder and assault of civilians and mistreatment of Iraqi detainees
U.S. soldier who abused Iraqi prisoners sentenced --A military jury sentenced Army Spc. Charles Graner Jr. to 10 years in prison for Abu Ghraib abuses on Saturday.
Reservist Found Guilty of Abusing Iraqi Prisoners --A military jury convicted Spc. Charles A. Graner Jr. today, finding the Army Reservist guilty of abusing detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad. Graner, portrayed as the leader in the abuse that stained the U.S. effort to improve its standing in the Muslim world and sparked global outrage, had argued that he was following the orders of military intelligence officers.
U.S. Soldier Found Guilty in Iraq Prison Abuse Case --The Army reservist accused of being the ringleader in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal was found guilty on all charges by a military jury here Friday night, a year to the day after the Pentagon began an investigation into photographs showing Iraqi detainees bound and brutalized or forced into sexually humiliating positions.
Soldier Says He Was Ordered to Abuse Iraqi Prisoners --US Army reservist Charles Graner Jr, convicted of mistreating Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison, said he had been ordered to abuse detainees as he took the stand for the first time today.
U.S. to Release About 80 Afghan Detainees --About 80 people detained by the U.S. military in Afghanistan will be released on Sunday, Afghan officials said.
Awesome!!! 28 Abu Ghraib prisoners escape --Iraqi police are on the lookout [LOL!] for 28 Abu Ghraib prisoners who escaped while en route to Baghdad for trial.
US 'erodes' global human rights --A leading human rights group has criticised the US over the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal and the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. In its annual report, Human Rights Watch says that when a country as dominant as the US openly defies the law, it invites others to do the same. "Governments facing human rights pressure from the United States now find it easy to turn the tables," said Kenneth Roth, executive director of HRW. "Washington can't very well uphold principles that it violates itself."
US security chief does not rule out torture --Outgoing U.S. Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge said on Friday that torture could be used to extract information from 'terror' suspects in extreme cases to prevent huge loss of life... Ridge told the BBC in an interview that he believed it was only a matter of time before there was an attack on a major Western city of a chemical or biological nature [by the Rove terror team?] "I don't think it is 'if'. I think it's a matter of 'when'," he said.
Terrorists likely to use biological weapons against U.S., report says --Shadowy Islamic groups may do much work online ['Online?' LOL!] 'Terrorist' organizations resembling [?!?] al-Qaida, but more decentralized and increasingly sophisticated, are likely to employ biological agents such as anthrax and smallpox against the United States and other perceived enemies over the next 15 years [?!?], according to a sweeping intelligence report released yesterday.
FBI Keeping Records on Pre-9/11 Travelers --If you're among the millions of Americans who took airline flights in the months before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the FBI probably knows about it - and possibly where you stayed, whom you traveled with, what credit card you used and even whether you ordered a kosher meal. The bureau is keeping 257.5 million records on people who flew on commercial airlines from June through September 2001 in its permanent investigative database, according to information obtained by a privacy group and made available to The Associated Press.
Inspector General Rebukes F.B.I. Over Espionage Case and Firing of Whistle-Blower --The F.B.I. has failed to aggressively investigate accusations of espionage against a translator at the bureau and fired the translator's co-worker in large part for bringing the accusations, the Justice Department's inspector general concluded on Friday.
Government: FBI translator's complaints were supported by evidence, witnesses --Evidence and other witnesses supported complaints by fired FBI contract linguist, Sibel Edmonds, who alleged shoddy work and possible espionage within the bureau's translator program after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, according to a report Friday from the Justice Department's senior oversight official.
Driver's Licenses Spark Privacy Debate --Privacy advocates warn that the new federal standards for driver's licenses will effectively create a national ID card, centralizing information that can be misused — by letting the government track the whereabouts of innocent people, for instance.
Inaugural security blanket --To celebrate [sic] Dictator Bush's inauguration next Thursday, the nation's capital has turned itself into an armed camp. Outside of Baghdad's Green Zone, downtown Washington will be the most heavily fortified city in the world... The capital will have 6,000 law-enforcement agents and 7,000 troops. Among them, adding a Fallujah-kind of feel to the fun [?!?], will be combat troops from the 3rd Infantry Division with M-4 assault rifles and night-vision goggles.
You're Invited? --Be ready for metal detectors, personal body searches and the highest security in inauguration history --...Dozens of federal and local law enforcement agencies and military commands are planning what they describe as the heaviest possible security. Virtually everyone who gets within eyesight of the president [sic] either during the Jan. 20 inauguration ceremony at the U.S. Capitol or the inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue later in the day will first go through a metal detector or receive a body pat-down... Other instructions given performers include a warning not to look directly at Bush while passing the presidential reviewing stand, not to look to either side and not to make any sudden movements.
troll in Ohio, J. Kenneth Nutjob (Blackwell), is soliciting donations
for his gubernatorial campaign, <g>
Dean in Mo. Pursuing DNC Leadership Spot --Former presidential candidate Howard Dean said Saturday he will not run for the White House in the next campaign cycle if he is elected to head the Democratic National Committee.
GOP seeks exemption to bias law --House Republican leaders want to exempt members of Congress from laws against discrimination that apply to private employers, despite the Republicans' Contract With America pledge that ''all laws that apply to the rest of the country also apply equally to the Congress" and a decade-old law that placed Congress under antidiscrimination statutes.
Social Security tax hike feared --Bush official predicts 50% jump with no revamp --Social Security taxes will have to rise by half if lawmakers don't revamp the giant program, Bush's budget chief said Friday as the regime sought support for its overhaul plans.
Social Security Enlisted to Push Its Own Revision --Over the objections of many of its own employees, the Social Security Administration is gearing up for a major effort to publicize the financial problems of Social Security and to convince the public that private accounts are needed as part of any solution.
A Health Care Cost Shift --..."Employers are looking for relief, and they don't know how to achieve that relief," said Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, a consumer group that supports health care for all. "So the one tried and true thing they feel they can do is shift the costs from their part of the ledger to the worker."
Record Warm Winter Stirs Sleepy Estonian Bears --Estonia's warmest winter for two centuries has woken some of its 600 bears several months early from hibernation, wildlife experts said on Friday. The bears' early reappearance has raised concerns for the survival of this year's cubs.
Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D., CLG Founder and Chair, appeared on American AM (Tampa Bay, Florida) Friday - January 14, 2005 - 8:30AM EST.
Iraq Is New Breeding Ground for Terrorists --War Created Haven, CIA Advisers Report [WTG, Bush!] Iraq has replaced Afghanistan as the training ground for the next generation of "professionalized" terrorists, according to a report released yesterday by the National Intelligence Council, the CIA director's think tank.
Bush under fire over human rights --Watchdog says US setting bad example --America's human rights abuses have provided a rallying cry for terrorists and set a bad example to regimes seeking to justify their own poor rights records, a leading independent watchdog said yesterday.
Human Rights Group Criticizes U.S. --The Bush dictatorship should appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the abuse of detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to regain the United States' credibility around the world, a human rights group said Thursday. "Special prosecutors have been appointed for far lesser crimes,'' [such as possible incidents of oral sex] said Kenneth Roth, executive director of New York-based Human Rights Watch.
White House blocked measure barring extreme interrogation methods: report --The White House late last year put pressure on senators to block a legislative measure that would have stopped the CIA from using extreme interrogation methods on suspected top-level terrorist suspects, a report said.
Detainee Says U.S. Handed Him Over for Torture --Mamdouh Habib's vivid account of his secret delivery by U.S. forces to an Egyptian prison and his torture before being transferred to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in May 2002 is the most detailed to surface of a CIA-run operation that has played a growing role in the war on [of] terrorism. The operation, the controversial "extraordinary renditions" program, is run by a secret unit in the CIA's counter-terrorism center.
U.S. Mulls Relocating Abu Ghraib Detainees --U.S. military commanders in Iraq have proposed abandoning the infamous Abu Ghraib prison and shifting most of its inmates to this rapidly expanding detention camp near the Kuwaiti border.
Abu Ghraib trial ends as 'torturer' refuses to testify --The trial of the man labelled by the Pentagon the "primary torturer" at Abu Ghraib prison ended abruptly yesterday after the defendant decided at the last minute not to take the stand. [Well, the 'primary torturer' is actually George W. Bush.]
Abu Ghraib Guard's Lover 'Mocked' Prisoners --A former U.S. military policewoman testified on Thursday that an intelligence officer at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison asked her to mock the genitals of naked detainees, supporting defense contentions that guards were following military intelligence orders.
Justice Dept. Opens Inquiry Into Abuse of U.S. Detainees --The Justice Department has opened a wide-ranging investigation into reports from the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the military's use of coercive and abusive tactics against prisoners held in American custody at Guantánamo Bay and in Iraq, officials said on Thursday.
Mega bulimia alert! Bush says he has God on his side --Dictator George Bush has placed religion at the very centre of American politics by insisting that all US presidents needed a relationship with God to do their job.
Baghdad election center director killed --A car bomb was detonated outside a Shia mosque Thursday night, killing four Iraqi police officers and three civilians and wounding 30 others, a U.S. military spokesman said. Gunmen killed the director of a Baghdad election center Thursday, another in a series of attacks targeting 'election' officials and candidates as the 'vote' set for January 30 approaches.
Powell Sees Troops Returning This Year --American troops will begin leaving Iraq this year as the Iraqi army, national guard and police force take on a larger security role, says Secretary of State Colin Powell. "But I cannot give you a timeline when they will all be home," Powell told National Public Radio in an interview released Wednesday by the State Department.
Drug addicted US troops sent to Scotland for help Iraq veterans in rehab with NHS patients --A picturesque Scottish hospital is being used by the US military as a base to treat drug and alcohol addicted troops who have fought in Iraq, the Sunday Herald can reveal. The US department of defence is sending up to 40 damaged servicemen and women a year – including marines, army and airforce personnel – to Castle Craig rehabilitation clinic to undergo intensive treatment.
NZ's Agent Orange role exposed --New Zealand supplied Agent Orange chemicals to the United States military during the Vietnam war, a government minister has revealed. The disclosure led to immediate claims that New Zealand was in breach of the Geneva convention and could face a flood of lawsuits from veterans and Vietnamese.
US carrier forced to withdraw --The aircraft carrier leading the US military's tsunami relief effort has left Indonesian waters after Indonesia declined to let the ship's fighter pilots use its airspace for training missions.
Pilots Blindsided by Military Laser Tests --A day after the Department of Transportation urged pilots to report hazardous laser beams shined on aircraft, the U.S. military [morons] said it was testing a system to beam red and green lasers at aircraft in the Washington area as a warning when they entered restricted air space. The plan has prompted confusion among some pilots who said they were unsure whether they would be able to tell the difference between a commercial laser used by someone playing at home and one operated by the North American Aerospace Defense Command. [This government is so *STUPID,* that the *LIGHT* from stupid would take ten million years to reach the earth.]
Class Action Suit Pending As 9/11 Ground Zero Workers Sue Feds Over Air Quality Reports --Several Ground Zero workers have sued the federal government for allegedly lying about air quality after the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11/2001. The lawsuit accuses officials with the Environmental Protection Agency of making misleading public statements about the level of dangerous contaminants released in the air following the destruction of the twin towers.
F.B.I. May Scrap Vital Overhaul of Its Outdated Computer System --The Federal Bureau of Investigation is on the verge of scrapping a $170 million computer overhaul that is considered critical to the campaign against terrorism but has been riddled with technical and planning problems, F.B.I. officials said on Thursday.
Ridge's Friend's Clients Awarded Contracts --The day after Dictator Bush named him homeland security secretary, Tom Ridge visited the Arizona home of a friend whose lobbying firm represented companies that were later awarded contracts by Ridge's department.
Dems Seek Ridge's Lobbying Correspondence --Two Democratic congressmen on Thursday asked Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to provide Congress written communications between his department and a lobbying firm run by a longtime friend.
FCC Member Urges Armstrong Williams Probe --A member of the Federal Communications Commission said Thursday the agency should investigate whether conservative commentator [Reichwing whackjob] Armstrong Williams broke the law by failing to disclose that the Bush administration paid him $240,000 to plug its education policies.
US school in eye of creationist storm --The battle over attempts to introduce a version of creationism into the curriculum of American schools has become focused on a small town in Pennsylvania. Biology teachers at a high school in Dover have rejected the instructions of local officials to read a statement in class today questioning the theory of evolution. They had been ordered by the town's elected morons ['school board'] to preface their usual class on evolution with a statement, saying "Darwin's Theory is a theory ... not a fact. Gaps in the theory exist for which there is no evidence."
Ga. Evolution Stickers Ordered Removed --A federal judge on Thursday ordered the removal of stickers placed in high school biology textbooks that call evolution "a theory, not a fact,'' saying they were an unconstitutional endorsement of religion.
Benefit cuts in Social Security among solutions Bush will consider -- Dictator Bush on Thursday set an accelerated, five-month timetable for overhauling Social Security, saying he will consider all recommendations - including a controversial move to cut benefits for future retirees. [Here is what *we* need to consider: Arming the Left: Is the time now? --by Charles Southwell "As long as we pose no REAL threat to the powers-that-be, to what is shaping up into a dictatorship, we will continue to be ignored. Right now, we are ignored because we present no organized power to fight this onslaught of anti-democratic, totalitarian government that we are up against..."]
A Push in States to Curb Malpractice Costs --As state legislative sessions open across the country this week, Republican governors and lawmakers in many states are mounting major campaigns to control medical malpractice insurance premiums by limiting civil litigation.
Bush's 'Clear Skies' Plan Is a Step Back, Report Says --Science panel contends that existing pollution rules are stronger than proposed revisions. The Bush regime's "Clear Skies" proposal to rewrite the nation's chief air-quality rules for power plants would not reduce pollution as much as existing Clean Air Act regulations, according to an interim report by the National Academy of Sciences.
Atheist Challenges Inaugural Prayers --A California atheist asked a federal judge yesterday to stop Dictator Bush from having two Protestant ministers say prayers at the inauguration, arguing that it would violate his constitutional rights to the separation of church and state. [The entire inauguration should not take place, as there was no election.]
Some Now Question Cost of Inauguration --Dictator Bush's second inauguration will cost tens of millions of dollars — $40 million alone in private donations for the balls, parade and other invitation-only parties. With that kind of money, what could you buy?
Ring of steel as Bush sworn in --A few square miles of central Washington will be transformed into an armed camp next week as the biggest security operation in the city's history is mounted for Dictator Bush's inauguration. 6,000 police officers, 2,500 soldiers and hundreds of secret service officers will flood the area around Capitol Hill and Pennsylvania Avenue, the route of the inaugural parade... Air traffic into the city will be restricted, replaced by fighter jets and Black Hawk helicopters.
Inaugural security will stretch from sky to underground --When Dictator Bush raises his right hand to be sworn in to a second term at noon Jan. 20, he will be standing at the center of the most elaborate, expensive, visible — and invisible — security shroud ever put in place for a presidential inauguration. Fighter jets will be protecting the airspace over his [hollow] head. Chemical, biological and radiological sensors will be set up in the subway system and in other, secret locations. Coast Guard boats will be running up and down the rivers...
2 Buoys In Pacific's Tsunami Warning System Broken --A network of expensive tsunami detection buoys off the West Coast could offer better protection against devastating waves like the one that struck in the Indian Ocean - if they all worked.
Father Orders UK's Harry to Visit Auschwitz-Report --Britain's Prince Charles has ordered his son Harry to visit Auschwitz after he caused outrage around the world by wearing a Nazi uniform to a party, the Sun newspaper reported on Friday.
'No election' for parts of Iraq [Just call those parts "Ohio."] U.S.-installed Puppet Dictator ['Iraqi Prime Minister'] Iyad Allawi has admitted for the first time that violence will prevent some parts of Iraq voting in this month's 'election.' "There are some pockets that will not participate in the election, but they are not large," he said.
U.S. gives up futile search for banned arms in Iraq --The White House acknowledged Wednesday that its hunt for Iraqi 'weapons of mass destruction' — a two-year search costing millions of dollars — has quietly closed down without finding the stockpiles that Dictator Bush cited as a justification for overthrowing Saddam Hussein.
US abandons Iraq WMD search --The US has abandoned its hunt for 'weapons of mass destruction' in Iraq, ending its search for the arms stockpiles that were the key justification for the US-led occupation's invasion of the country in 2002. The 1700-strong Iraq Survey Group, responsible for tracking down those weapons, last month wrapped up physical searches for WMD, according to White House officials.
Bush defends Iraq war decision -- US Dictator George W. Bush on Wednesday defended his decision to invade Iraq even though no weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq.
LOL, the dictatorial apple doesn't fall far from the Bush regime's tree: Allawi group slips cash to journalists --The electoral group headed by Iyad Allawi, interim Iraqi prime minister, yesterday handed cash to journalists to try to ensure coverage of its press conferences [our tax dollars at work --but I suppose it's better than Shock & Awe--], in a throwback to Ba'athist-era patronage ahead of parliamentary 'elections' on January 30.
Allawi ally paid reporters to turn up --PM admits officials handed out money at press briefings --Ayad Allawi, the U.S.-installed puppet dictator ['Iraqi prime minister'], yesterday admitted that officials from his political alliance had paid journalists for attending press conferences.
Iraq aide quits over US conduct --The Iraqi politician managing interim leader Iyad Allawi's election campaign has resigned from the government in protest at the conduct of US troops. Minister of State Adnan Janabi stepped down after US troops apparently held him in handcuffs for more than 30 minutes at a Baghdad roadblock.
Two Iraqi soldiers killed in car bombing in Mosul -- A car bombing in Mosul killed two Iraqi soldiers yesterday, raising to five the death toll of the fledgling security forces in the troubled northern city within 24 hours, the US military said.
AWOL Soldier Cites Army Inadequacies --An Army National Guard soldier said Tuesday that the inadequate training and equipment he received had led him to abandon his unit rather than face deployment to Iraq. "I guess I'm AWOL right now," Spc. Joseph Jacobo, 46, said in a telephone interview from the Los Angeles area.
Army looks to retirees to bolster forces --The Army, stretched thin by the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, is dipping into one of its last resources for wartime duty: retirees on a military pension.
US oil co wins gas contract in Iran despite sanctions --Iran said on Monday that US oil giant Halliburton had won a major contract to drill for gas, despite US sanctions against foreign investment in the country's energy industry. "Halliburton and Oriental Kish (an Iranian company) are the final winners of the tender for drilling South Pars phases 9 and 10," Pars Oil and Gas Company managing director Akbar Torkan said, according to state television.
Halliburton wins drilling tender in Iran-official --U.S. oil services company Halliburton, whose operations in Iran have come under investigation by U.S. authorities, has won a tender to drill a huge Iranian gas field, an official said on Sunday.
U.S. mulls strikes on Syria --Bush dictatorship hard-liners have been considering launching selected military strikes at insurgent 'training camps' in Syria and border-crossing points used by Islamist fighters to enter Iraq in an effort to bolster security for the upcoming 'elections,' according to former and current regime officials.
1000 Days of Hell --After three years' incarceration, Guantanamo Britons are set to be freed --It has been just over a thousand days since Moazzam Begg was taken away in the middle of the night... flown to the infamous prison camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Begg was held without charge, trial or even access to lawyers. For much of his detention he has been held in solitary confinement, often exposed to extreme weather conditions and deprived of basic necessities. His letters home, supported by testimony from former Guantanamo detainees, reveal that Mr Begg may also have been tortured by US military officials, increasingly desperate to extract a confession from him.
Abu Ghraib inmates recall torture --Two Muslim detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison have told a court martial that they were tortured and humiliated by a US soldier on trial for abuse. A Syrian witness described Specialist Charles Graner as Abu Ghraib's "primary torturer", and said he was force-fed pork and alcohol, against Islamic law. Another inmate, forced to masturbate in public, said US troops tortured Iraqis "like it was theatre for them".
Soldiers Testify on Orders to Soften Prisoners in Iraq --Interrogators at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq gave the military police orders to "soften up" or give harsh treatment to detainees in the weeks leading up to the night that a group of soldiers put naked and hooded prisoners in sexually humiliating positions and photographed them, several soldiers and a detainee testified in a military court here on Wednesday.
White House Fought New Curbs on Interrogations, Officials Say --At the urging of the White House, Congressional leaders scrapped a legislative measure last month that would have imposed new restrictions on the use of extreme interrogation measures by American intelligence officers, Congressional officials say. The defeat of the proposal affects one of the most obscure arenas of the war on [of] terrorism, involving the Central Intelligence Agency's secret detention and interrogation of top 'terror' leaders...
Poll: Most object to extreme interrogation tactics --Americans strongly disapprove of harsh interrogation tactics the U.S. government has used to try to extract information about possible terrorist attacks from detainees held in Afghanistan, Iraq and Cuba, a new USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll says.
'Torture' to uncover brain secret --Volunteers are to undergo torture to see if faith eases pain [?!?]. Oxford University scientists will carry out experiments on hundreds of people in a bid to understand how the brain works during states of consciousness. One aspect of the two-year study will involve followers of both religious and secular beliefs being burnt to see if they can handle more pain than others.
Ridge Seeks Fingerprints on Passports --Outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Wednesday the United States should put the fingerprints of citizens traveling abroad on their passports.
Did Bush's New Homeland Chief Shield Terror Ring In New Jersey? (Mad Cow Morning News) "Michael Chertoff, appointed by President [sic] Bush to head the Homeland Security Department, may have shielded from criminal prosecution a former client suspected by law enforcement of having funneled millions of dollars directly to Osama Bin Laden while in charge of the U.S. Government’s 9.11 investigation."
Chertoff played key role on 9/11 --In the minutes after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, while Attorney General John Ashcroft was rushing back from Milwaukee, Michael Chertoff was calling the shots... Chertoff would spend the next two years serving as a central figure in formulating U.S. anti[pro]-terrorism policy — from the effort to secretly detain hundreds of Middle Easterners in the USA, to increasing the FBI's authority to conduct domestic surveillance at religious gatherings and other public events.
U.S. Alert Forces British Plane to Turn Back --Passenger Carrying French Passport Is Questioned in London and Released -- A British Airways jet flying from London to New York turned back three hours into its trip Wednesday after U.S. authorities objected to one of its passengers on national security grounds.
Pilots to Be Warned of Lasers --31 Beams Pointed at Aircraft in 3 Weeks, FAA Says --Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta yesterday announced a new reporting system for pilots to notify the government when lasers are aimed at aircraft from the ground, calling a recent increase in the number of such incidents a "serious aviation safety matter."
An Aerial Crime-Fighting Tool Banks on Portability --According to plans, this year a remote-controlled portable airplane will be taking to the air over Southern California, providing a low-cost eye in the sky for law enforcement. Chang Industry of La Verne, Calif., is one of dozens of companies working on portable unmanned aerial vehicles, or U.A.V.'s, that can be equipped with cameras to transmit live video feeds to law enforcement officers on the ground, miles away.
University of Washington proposes national bioterrorism lab --The University of Washington has applied for a $25 million federal grant to build a laboratory that would be equipped for the 'study' [creation?] of potential bioterrorism agents such as anthrax.
Super microbe's life code cracked --Experts have deciphered the complete DNA sequence for one of the most infectious germs known to science. The Francisella tularensis bacterium is a candidate bioterror weapon, as it takes just 10 microbes to bring on disease in humans.... The genome sequencing work is already speeding up the search for a vaccine against [?!? They really mean, *FOR*] the potentially deadly bug. An international team, including UK Ministry of Defence scientists, report their findings in Nature Genetics. Ken Alibek, a former Soviet bioweapons scientist [and likely anthrax terrorist], has suggested the Red Army may have used tularemia deliberately against German forces on the eastern European front during World War II. [The Red Army??? NOOOOO... not the 'Red Army,' but... Guess who??? Read on:] The US military weaponised the bacterium during the 1950s and 1960s.
Deals Reached in Texas Political Donation Inquiry --The cases against 2 companies will be dismissed if they cooperate in the probe of organizations run by Republican activists. Prosecutors investigating whether corporations illegally financed the Republican Party's rise to dominance in the Texas Capitol are negotiating agreements with several companies accused of making improper political donations, and analysts say the discussions could help elicit important leads in the probe.
Soros group raises stakes in battle with US neo-cons --A group of billionaire philanthropists are to donate tens of millions more dollars to develop progressive political ideas in the US in an effort to counter the conservative ascendancy.
Immigrants Can't Be Held Indefinitely --The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the government cannot continue to detain two Cuban illegal immigrants who have completed their sentences for felony convictions while it seeks to deport them back to a nation that refuses to accept them. In a second immigration case, the court ruled 5 to 4 in favor of the government, determining that Department of Homeland Security officials can lawfully deport a Somali immigrant back to his native country even though it lacks a functioning government.
Sentencing Standards No Longer Mandatory --Federal Judges May Deviate, Court Rules --The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that federal judges are no longer bound by mandatory sentencing guidelines but need only consult them when they punish federal criminals.
Tell a lawyer joke, go to jail? --Did you hear the one about the two guys arrested for telling lawyer jokes? It happened this week to the founders of a group called Americans for Legal Reform, who were waiting in line to get into a Long Island courthouse.
Big-Money Contributors Line Up for Inauguration --Dictator Bush wants to lower barriers to building nuclear power plants, and the lobby that promotes nuclear energy could not be happier. To show its thanks, the group has given $100,000 to help pay for his inauguration. At least 88 companies and trade associations, along with 39 top executives -- all with huge stakes in administration policies -- have already donated $18 million toward a $40 million goal for Bush's coronation.
A Full Day of Protest Planned for Inauguration --Protesters unveiled more specifics about their plans yesterday for a spirited day of demonstrations to counter Dictator Bush's second inauguration next Thursday, as one group said it was considering a lawsuit to gain more access to the parade route.
LOL! Hacker breaches T-Mobile systems, reads US Secret Service email --A sophisticated computer hacker had access to servers at wireless giant T-Mobile for at least a year, which he used to monitor US Secret Service email [Wow!], obtain customers' passwords and Social Security numbers, and download candid photos taken by Sidekick users, including Hollywood celebrities, SecurityFocus has learned.
Gregoire sworn in as Washington governor --Christine Gregoire, winner of the closest governor's race in Washington history, was inaugurated today, but faces an immediate court challenge [by hypocritical GOP whackjobs] that could make it a short-lived honor.
Trade Gap Hits Record as Exports Drop --The U.S. trade deficit widened unexpectedly in November to a record $60.3 billion, propelled by the highest-ever oil import bill and a drop in exports, a government report showed on Wednesday.
Pinochet to be released on bail --An appeals court in Chile has confirmed the release of former [U.S.-installed] dictator Augusto Pinochet on bail.
Harry's Nazi get-up --Britain's Prince Harry has apologised after he was pictured on the front page of The Sun newspaper dressed up at a costume party as a Nazi soldier, triggering shock and revulsion. Today's edition of the Sun features Prince Harry, younger son of Britain's Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, wearing a khaki uniform with an armband emblazoned with a swastika, emblem of the German WWII Nazi Party.
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