January 2006 Archives
500 detainees at Guantánamo four years on 11 Jan 2006 The human rights group Amnesty International marked the "fourth anniversary" of the first detainees arriving at Guantánamo Bay today by publishing more allegations of torture at the US detention centre. Amnesty claimed more than 500 detainees were still being held there and again called for the closure of the prison camp at the US naval base in Cuba.
Guantanamo military trials resume 11 January 2006 The military tribunal of a Yemeni man [Ali Hamza al Bahlul] held at the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, has resumed... A separate panel will start hearing the case of 19-year-old Canadian national Omar Ahmed Khadr. He was 15 when captured in Afghanistan accused of throwing a grenade which killed a US army medic. The tribunals are presided over by a panel of military officers but do not come under US or international law.
Guantanamo detainee taken before US military tribunal 11 Jan 2006 A US military commission began a pre-trial hearing today for a Yemeni man... Two US soldiers guided Ali Hamza Ahmad Sulayman al Bahlul into the courtroom on this military base on the eastern tip of Cuba, where some 500 people captured in the US war on [of] terror are detained. Some have been held as long as four years.
Guantanamo Detainee Says Will Boycott Hearing 11 Jan 2006 A U.S. military commission began a pretrial hearing Wednesday for a Yemeni man who was accused of being Osama bin Laden's bodyguard and is charged with conspiracy. Ali Hamza Ahmad Sulayman al Bahlul said he would boycott the hearings, even if he was forced to be present...
EU parliament to launch CIA probe: lawmaker 11 Jan 2006 Political leaders of the European Parliament will give the green light on Thursday for an investigation into allegations that the CIA operated prisons in the European Union, one leader told Reuters.
CIA document 'must be followed up' 11 Jan 2006 The head of a European investigation into alleged CIA prisons in Europe said the purported Egyptian government document naming countries where such prisons existed is a new lead which must be followed up.
Swiss govt says CIA prisons press leak was a crime 11 Jan 2006 The Swiss government condemned the leaking of an intelligence services document about secret US government prisons in Europe as a blow to the country's reputation and a crime. [NO, the CRIMES are the US government's secret prisons!]
NSA Whistleblower Alleges Illegal Spying --Former Employee Admits to Being a Source for The New York Times 10 Jan 2006 Russell Tice, a longtime insider at the National Security Agency, is now a whistleblower the agency would like to keep quiet. For 20 years, Tice worked in the shadows as he helped the United States spy on other people's conversations around the world. "I specialized in what's called special access programs," Tice said of his job. "We called them 'black world' programs and operations."
Israelis plan pre-emptive strike on Iran 10 Jan 2006 Israel is updating plans for a pre-emptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities which could be launched as soon as the end of March, according to military and intelligence sources.
U.S. Says No Choice but to Consider Sanctions on Iran 11 Jan 2006 The White House said Wednesday that Iran has made a "serious miscalculation" by clearing the way to resume uranium enrichment and that intensive diplomacy was under way with European allies and others about what to do now. [Gag me with a chainsaw - the *CIA* gave Iran nuclear bomb plans! See: CIA Gave Iran Bomb Plans, Book Says 04 Jan 2006]
Oil Hits Three - Month High on Iran Concerns 11 Jan 2006 Oil struck a three-month high on Wednesday on concerns Iran's nuclear ambitions could draw international sanctions that disrupt crude flows from the world's fourth biggest exporter. [Cui bono? Why, Exxon Mobil, of course!]
Two DynCorp International Mercenaries Among 12 Killed in Iraq Black Hawk Crash 11 Jan 2006 Two DynCorp International 'police liaison officers' [mercenaries] were among those killed when the U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter they were in crashed in Iraq on January 7. [For more on DynCorp, the Child Rapists: Secrets and Lies: How Secret Bidding and the Shut-Out of Foreign Corporations in Iraqi Reconstruction Violates International Trade Principles By Anupam Chander 24 Apr 2003 "DynCorp received the contract despite its checkered past. Just three years ago, its American employees on U.S. government contracts in Bosnia were allegedly deeply implicated in an international prostitution ring, which included child prostitutes." See also: DynCorp Disgrace (from Insight Magazine) 14 Jan 2002 By Kelly Patricia O’Meara "Middle-aged men having sex with 12- to 15-year-olds was too much for Ben Johnston, a hulking 6-foot-5-inch Texan, and more than a year ago he blew the whistle on his employer, DynCorp, a U.S. contracting company doing business in Bosnia." And now, doing business in Bush-occupied Iraq!!]
Roadside bomb kills three U.S. soldiers in Iraq 11 Jan 2006 'Insurgents' detonated a roadside bomb near a U.S. military patrol in the flashpoint city of Fallujah on Wednesday, killing three U.S. soldiers and wounding another, one witness said.
Missile Defense Program Moves Forward 11 Jan 2006 The Missile Defense [sic] Agency continues to move forward... In December, the Missile Defense Agency placed its eighth interceptor missile into an underground silo at Fort Greely, Alaska. Two more interceptors already have been emplaced at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Georgian sentenced to life for Bush grenade attack 11 Jan 2006 A man who tried to blow up U.S. Dictator George W. Bush with a grenade in the former Soviet state of Georgia last year was sentenced to life imprisonment on Wednesday, a court said.
Police arrest 20 accused of recruiting fighters for Iraq --Minister says two cells linked to terrorists across Europe 11 Jan 2006 Spanish police arrested 20 suspected Islamist terrorists Tuesday on charges of recruiting fighters for Iraq in pre-dawn raids against two cells operating in Catalonia, Madrid and the Basque Country.
Florida investigating boot-camp death 11 Jan 2006 A Florida legislator is calling on the state to close its military-style boot camps for juvenile delinquents after a 14-year-old boy died just hours after entering one of the facilities.
Other counties look at all-mail voting Sacramento might derail any dreams of reform 11 Jan 2006 Even as Alameda County decided Tuesday to lobby for an all vote-by-mail primary in June, local elections officials in a dozen other California counties were talking about the same thing.
Alito denies involvement in Princeton alumni group 11 Jan 2006 Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito said Wednesday that he listed his membership in a controversial [racist, sexist] Princeton University alumni group because he was applying for a political job with the Reagan administration.
Democrats Attack Alito's Refusal to Disavow 1985 Abortion Memo 11 Jan 2006 U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito's refusal to disavow his 1985 view that there is no constitutional right to abortion was attacked by Democrats as the Senate Judiciary Committee resumed his confirmation hearings.
Alito demurs when asked if Roe v. Wade is settled law 11 Jan 2006 In tense exchanges with Democratic senators Wednesday, Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito refused to declare that Roe v. Wade is settled law and stopped short of statements that Chief Justice John G. Roberts made before becoming a judge and that he reaffirmed during his confirmation hearings last September.
Sen. Schumer: Alito would vote to overturn Roe --Democrat says no decision has been made regarding filibuster 11 Jan 2006 Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, in an interview with CNN: "As you know I questioned him pretty hard on Roe v. Wade. I came to a conclusion that in all likelihood he would vote to overturn. That was increased this morning by Senator Durbin's questioning, made it -- you know, it seemed even more so."
Graham's Behind-the-Scenes Coaching of Alito Could Violate Senate Ethics Rules By Faiz 09 Jan 2006 "'On Thursday, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, one of the 'gang of 14' who sits on Judiciary, joined a so-called moot court session at the White House.' Coaching a judicial nominee behind-the-scenes is not the proper role for a Judiciary Committee member who must subsequently sit in judgment on that nominee. Indeed, it could be a violation of the ethical duties of a senator."
Sources: Two lawmakers could face charges in Abramoff probe --Rep. Ney among a half dozen who could face charges 11 Jan 2006 Up to a half dozen people, including two members of Congress, could face charges after high-powered lobbyist Jack Abramoff's plea deal with the Justice Department, sources with knowledge of the investigation tell CNN.
Blunt, DeLay Share Abramoff Connections 11 Jan 2006 Rep. Roy Blunt and the man he wants to succeed as House majority leader, Tom DeLay, shared similar connections to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff and to corporate lobbyists.
Head of SEC Finance Division Resigns 11 Jan 2006 The head of the corporation finance division at the Securities and Exchange Commission is leaving the agency, the SEC announced Wednesday, adding another high-level vacancy to several others that must be filled.
New Orleans unveils controversial rebuilding plan 11 Jan 2006 New Orleans officials on Wednesday unveiled a controversial recovery plan giving residents four months to prove they will rebuild in the devastated city before their neighbourhoods could be declared off-limits to redevelopment.
New Orleans Residents Show Anger at Forum 11 Jan 2006 Angry residents expressed frustration Wednesday at the debut of rebuilding proposals for this devastated city, taking aim at a suggested four-month moratorium on new building permits in areas heavily flooded by Hurricane Katrina.
Opposition Surging Against EPA's Proposed Toxics Reporting Cutbacks (bushgreenwatch.org) 11 Jan 2006 "Some 50,000 public comments have poured into the EPA since it announced last fall a proposal to cut back its Toxic Release Inventory (TRI), the 20-year old program which has reported annually on the amounts of toxic pollution released and disposed."
Blumenthal demands FERC documents regulators say are already public 11 Jan 2006 (CT) Attorney General Richard Blumenthal demanded the release of engineering documents for a proposed Long Island Sound fuel terminal Wednesday, though federal regulators said the records are already available to anyone who asks for them. Blumenthal, in a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said the commission improperly sealed the design and engineering report for Broadwater Energy's proposed $700 million liquefied natural gas terminal.
Sago mine where 12 died last week collected many safety citations 11 Jan 2006 State and federal inspection reports of the Sago mine, scene of an explosion that led to the deaths of 12 miners, reveal a continuing series of roof collapses, injured miners and safety violations over the past two years.
Numerous faulty safety checks found Sago --Mine was repeat offender, inspectors said 11 Jan 2006 Managers of the Sago Mine repeatedly ignored or simply missed hazardous roof conditions and dangerous buildups of combustible materials during required safety checks, according to federal records released Tuesday. Federal inspectors cited Sago over and over for serious violations of roof control rules, explosion prevention measures and other safety lapses.
Bird flu 'spiralling out of control' 12 Jan 2006 The deadly bird flu virus may be getting more effective at infecting humans, the World Health Organisation believes, as experts warned that the disease was spiralling out of control among poultry in Turkey and posed "a serious threat" to neighbouring countries.
Frog Killer Is Linked to Global Warming 11 Jan 2006 Scientists studying a fast-dwindling genus of colorful harlequin frogs on misty mountainsides in Central and South America are reporting today that global warming is combining with a spreading fungus to kill off many species.
Whole Foods Commits to Wind Energy 10 Jan 2006 Natural-food grocer Whole Foods Market Inc. said Tuesday it will rely on wind energy for all of its electricity needs, making it the largest corporate user of renewable energy in the United States.
The electrifying transcript: "If terrorism means unjustified aggression, illegal wars and torture, international torture, yes, then indeed George Bush is a terrorist." --Michael Rectenwald, on MSNBC's 'Scarborough Country,' 09 Jan 2006. "JOE SCARBOROUGH, HOST: Is he—is George Bush a terrorist? MICHAEL RECTENWALD, PH.D., CITIZENS FOR LEGITIMATE GOVERNMENT: Well, let's define terrorism. If terrorism means unjustified aggression, illegal wars and torture, international torture, yes, then indeed George Bush is a terrorist... SCARBOROUGH: So, who is George Bush terrorizing? RECTENWALD: It was an illegal war, and, therefore, he's a terrorist. SCARBOROUGH: It's not an illegal war. RECTENWALD: Plus, he's torturing more people around the world than al Qaeda, by far. That's a fact... RECTENWALD: Let me ask you a question, Joe. Why was George Bush Sr. sitting with bin Laden's half-brother [link] on 9/11? Can you answer that?" [To view video of the segment, click on the 'Scarborough Country' homepage, scroll down the right-hand side of the page, and click on: "Harry Belafonte Calls The President [sic] A Terrorist." "Jan. 9: Why would Harry Belafonte, famous singer and the face of UNICEF call President Bush a terrorist? MSNBC's Joe Scarborough looks into why Belafonte made such comments and whether or not Americans really care. Guests include Michael Rectenwald from Citizens for Legitimate Government."]
Yes, Bush *Is* A Terrorist! So Says... --Compilation by CLG editors 09 Jan 2006
Prosecutor says teen should be tried by military tribunal 10 Jan 2006 Guantánamo Bay, Cuba --The U.S. military lawyer prosecuting Omar Khadr said Tuesday that the Canadian teenager is no fresh-faced innocent but a terrorist murderer [?!?] who deserves to be convicted by a special military tribunal.
Guantanamo prison camp off limits during hearing for Khadr 10 Jan 2006 . It's possible to tour the prison camp but that's not happening on this trip, one devoted to the first military tribunal hearings in more than a year... Canadian teenager Omar Khadr's case is also contentious because he was only 15 when he was captured by U.S. forces in Afghanistan after a firefight that killed an American medic.
Military trial panel for Khadr criticized 10 Jan 2006 Omar Khadr, the Canadian accused of murdering a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan, was a juvenile -- only 15 years old at the time of the firefight -- and shouldn't face trial by military commission, according to human-rights activists converging yesterday on this U.S. naval base where 500 terrorism suspects have been held in a legal limbo for years.
Military Tribunals Proceedings to Resume This Week at Guantanamo Bay 09 Jan 2006 Military tribunals proceedings resume this week as officials here hold preliminary hearings in the cases of two 'enemy combatants' held here since 2002.
Guantánamo Bay, New torture testimony released as fourth 'anniversary' of illegal detentions marked (amnesty.org.uk) 11 Jan 2006 "Former British detainee Moazzam Begg issues fresh condemnation --Amnesty International has today (11 January) published new torture testimony from Guantánamo Bay to mark the fourth 'anniversary' of the beginning of illegal detentions at the military camp."
CIA faces new secret jails claim 10 Jan 2006 The CIA kept 23 people in a secret prison in Romania and maintained similar facilities in Bulgaria, Ukraine, Macedonia and Kosovo, according to allegations contained in a leaked Swiss intelligence report.
Swiss military probes alleged CIA prisons in Europe 10 Jan 2006 The Swiss military said Monday that it had launched an investigation into the Sonntags Blick weekly, which reported the country's secret services knew the CIA detained 23 terror suspects in a detention center in Romania.
New inquest opens into CIA leak 10 Jan 2006 The Federal Prosecutor's Office has announced it will investigate the leak and publication of secret information on alleged CIA prisons in Europe. The principal aim of the inquest, which comes a day after military prosecutors opened an investigation into a newspaper editor and two journalists, is to find the source of the leak. [They should be *investigating* the CIA's violations of international law, NOT the 'source of the leak.']
Two men face trial over "Jazeera bombing" leak 10 Jan 2006 A court on Tuesday ordered two men to face trial on charges of leaking a memo that a lawmaker said described a plan by U.S. President George W. Bush to bomb Arabic television station Al Jazeera. [They should be *investigating* Bush's violations of international law, NOT the 'source of the leak.']
Jailed for 30 years for criticising 'free' Iraq By Simon Assaf 14 Jan 2006 "Kamal Sayid Qadir wrote an article criticising the US backed government in Iraqi Kurdistan and now he has been jailed for 30 years."
US troops seize award-winning Iraqi journalist 09 Jan 2006 American troops in Baghdad yesterday blasted their way into the home of an Iraqi journalist working for the Guardian and Channel 4, firing bullets into the bedroom where he was sleeping with his wife and children. Ali Fadhil, who two months ago won the Foreign Press Association young journalist of the year award, was hooded and taken for questioning.
Pulling out troops 'catastrophic' 10 Jan 2006 (AU) Foreign Minister Alexander Downer today rejected an immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq, telling US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that Australian forces would leave only when Iraqis could defend themselves.
U.S. airstrikes in Iraq could intensify 10 Jan 2006 U.S. warplanes have carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Iraq in the past two years, bombing and strafing civilians ['insurgent fighters and targets'] almost daily. And the air war, which has gone largely unnoticed at home, could intensify once American ground forces start to withdraw.
U.S. troops build wall of sand around Iraqi town 10 Jan 2006 U.S. soldiers fed up with almost daily bomb attacks on their patrols near Iraq's main oil refinery are taking drastic measures... they're walling in an entire town. Army bulldozers have begun building giant sand embankments around Siniya, a town of 50,000 close to the northern oil refining city of Baiji. When finished it will be 10 km (6 miles) long and more than 2 meters (nearly 8 feet) high. [I wonder how much US taxpayers are paying for this Halliburton/Blackwater USA boondoggle?]
US sees Iraqi oil production choked for years 10 Jan 2006 Iraq has vast hydrocarbon potential that could rival major producers such as Saudi Arabia and Russia, but United States government analysts are predicting that Iraqi oil production development will remain thwarted for years to come. Its enormous reserves of an estimated 115-billion barrels of proven crude are the world's third largest after those of the Saudi Kingdom and Canada.
Oops! "We can't account for some $2.6 trillion." Testimony before the House Appropriations Committee: Fiscal Year 2002 --Defense Budget Request, As Given by Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Hugh Shelton, and Comptroller Dov Zakheim, July 16, 2001. "Sec. Rumsfeld: ...I know Dr. Zakheim's been trying to hire CPAs because the financial systems of the department are so snarled up that we can't account for some $2.6 trillion in transactions that exist, if that's believable."
Estimated Iraq war cost - US$1.8 trillion more than previous evaluation 11 Jan 2006 The Iraq war could cost America US$2 trillion ($2.91 trillion), far above pre-conflict estimates, when lifetime healthcare for thousands of wounded US soldiers is included, a study says.
Suicide Bombers Kill 29 at Iraqi Ministry --U.S. Ambassador, Other Dignitaries Were Attending Event at Adjacent Police Academy 10 Jan 2006 Two suicide bombers reportedly wearing Iraqi police uniforms struck the heavily guarded Interior Ministry headquarters Monday, killing 29 people as senior Iraqi and American officials attended ceremonies marking Iraq's Police Day [?!?] in an adjacent compound.
Bush Issues Stark Warning to Democrats on Iraq Debate 10 Jan 2006 Dictator Bush issued an unusually stark warning to Democrats today about how to conduct the debate on Iraq as midterm elections approach, declaring that Americans know the difference "between honest critics" and those "who claim that we acted in Iraq because of oil, or because of Israel, or because we misled the American people." [There he goes, in typical Orwellian fashion, Big Brother wants the real truth cut out and replaced with the words of 'honest critics' (read, LIARS). It is amazing that he would directly cite the actual truth and deny it at the same time. It's a pre-emptive strike, again!]
Bush nominee 'believes in an all-powerful presidency' 11 Jan 2006 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee accused President Bush's latest Supreme Court nominee of being far too deferential to executive power and invariably favouring the state over the rights of the individual. Edward Kennedy, the party's liberal standard bearer, told Judge Samuel Alito as the committee got down to serious questioning yesterday: "Your record shows you believe in the supremacy of the executive branch and an almost all-powerful presidency."
Few Americans Expect bin Laden's Capture in 2006 10 Jan 2006 Many adults in the U.S. believe the leader of al-Qaeda will not be successfully detained this year, according to a poll by Gallup released by CNN and USA Today. 68 per cent of respondents believe it is unlikely that Osama bin Laden will be captured or killed. [Right, Bush needs him out there to justify waging his war on (of) terror.]
Report: TSA Screener Spending Uncontrolled 09 Jan 2006 In the rush to hire airport screeners after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the newly formed Transportation Security Administration spent as much as $143,432 per screener on recruitment in Topeka, Kan., according to a report released Monday.
FEMA's 'Crazy' Generators 09 Jan 2006 The Federal Emergency Management Agency's program reimburses residents in areas hit by hurricanes... "I see people making $200,000 a year putting in for a rebate for a generator," Don Dipetrillo, fire chief of Davie, told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale last month.
Terrorist Cheney's secret 'Energy Task Force' chickens come home to roost: Winter Brings Bleak Options for Poor --Despite the soaring costs of home heating oil, federal aid has flat-lined. Across New England, state officials scramble for solutions. 10 Jan 2006 Winter has barely begun, and the soaring cost of home heating oil has already forced the poor to cut back on food, medicine and clothing — a plight known in the frigid Northeast as "heat or eat." Heating oil costs doubled in the last two years and climbed 21% during November and December, the Department of Energy said.
Illinois Lawmakers Urge Chicago to Accept Venezuela's Discounted CITGO Diesel Offer 04 Jan 2006 U.S. Congressman Luis Gutierrez, Chicago Aldermen Billy Ocasio, Ed Smith, State Representatives Cynthia Soto, Marlow Colvin and Larry McKeon, along with other 20 organized labor leaders and community activists, joined forces today to urge the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) to reconsider an offer by CITGO Petroleum Corporation to provide the city with discounted diesel fuel for its public buses.
Global oil prices 'to stay high' 09 Jan 2006 Opec member Indonesia has said it sees no need for the oil producing cartel to cut output because prices are expected to remain high into the spring.
Health care spending up 7.9 percent in 2004 09 Jan 2006 U.S. health care spending increased 7.9 percent to nearly $1.9 trillion in 2004, once again outpacing wage growth and inflation on its way to chewing up a record 16 percent of the nation's gross domestic product, according to a new federal report.
Battlefield Florida --A Chat with Lance deHaven-Smith --Al Gore really did beat George W. Bush in 2000. Six years on, this is still a problem? By Julian Pecquet (Florida State University, from Research in Review Magazine) Fall/Winter 2005 "Turns out, those chads only distracted attention from much more grievous breakdowns during the 2000 election. At least that’s what longtime Florida political observer Lance deHaven-Smith believes. His most recent book, The Battle for Florida (University Press of Florida, 2005), looks at the twilight of democracy in Ancient Greece and draws disturbing parallels with the institutions in Florida and the nation during the 2000 election and up until today."
Create an e-annoyance, go to jail By Declan McCullagh 09 Jan 2006 "Annoying someone via the Internet is now a federal crime. It's no joke. Last Thursday, President [sic] Bush signed into law a prohibition on posting annoying Web messages or sending annoying e-mail messages without disclosing your true identity."
NJ lawmakers vote to suspend death penalty 09 Jan 2006 New Jersey lawmakers approved a moratorium on the death penalty on Monday, becoming the first U.S. state legislature to block executions since the Supreme Court reinstated the punishment in 1976.
Outbreaks of bird flu gather speed 10 Jan 2006 Bird flu is relentlessly heading for Britain, experts warned yesterday, as five more children in Turkey were found to have the disease.
'High chance' of bird flu reaching Britain 10 Jan 2006 Bird flu took another step towards Britain last night as three more people tested positive for the deadly H5N1 strain in Turkey. The virus has already claimed the lives of three people in the city of Ankara and scientists say it is inevitable that it will eventually spread to Britain.
New Turkish bird flu infection confirmed 10 Jan 2006 Another person in Turkey today tested positive for the virulent H5N1 strain of bird flu, a health ministry official said. It brings the number of people to have contracted the disease in the country to 15.
Clean energy is life or death for planet: Australia 10 Jan 2006 Breakthroughs on cleaner energy technology are a matter of life and death for the planet, Australia warned on Wednesday ahead of a meeting of six nations to tackle climate change without sacrificing economic growth.
IRS Said to Improperly Restrict Access 08 Jan 2006 The Bush administration has illegally stopped making public detailed tax enforcement data, which has been used to show which kinds of taxpayers get the most and toughest audits, a noted tax researcher says.
Egyptian fax points to CIA jail in Romania 09 Jan 2006 A fax by the Egyptian foreign minister appears to confirm the existence of CIA prisons on European territory, according to the Swiss weekly, SonntagsBlick.
CIA Director Goss targeting leaks 08 Jan 2006 CIA Director Porter Goss is redoubling efforts to stop information leaks among staff members. Time Magazine reports that at staff meetings last week, CIA managers at the agency's Langley, Va., headquarters told employees the leaking was out of control and needed to stop.
The CIA Says, "Shhh..." 08 Jan 2006 Angered by recent leaks of information about sensitive intelligence operations, CIA Director Porter Goss is redoubling efforts to get his spooks to keep their mouths shut. At staff meetings last week, CIA managers at the agency's Langley, Va., headquarters told employees that the leaking had got out of control and needed to stop.
NSA spied on UN diplomats in push for invasion of Iraq By Norman Solomon 08 Jan 2006 "Despite all the news accounts and punditry since The New York Times published its Dec. 16 bombshell about the US National Security Agency's domestic spying, the media coverage has made virtually no mention of the fact that the Bush administration used the NSA to spy on UN diplomats in New York before the invasion of Iraq. That spying had nothing to do with protecting the United States from a terrorist attack."
Feingold says impeachment a possibility 08 Jan 2006 U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., says he would not rule out calling for impeachment of pResident Bush over secret wiretaps and spying on U.S. citizens.
MPs leaked Bush plan to hit al-Jazeera --Transcript of meeting with Blair passed to US contact --Official and aide already charged over document 09 Jan 2006 Two Labour MPs have defied the Official Secrets Act by passing on the contents of a secret British document revealing how Dictator George Bush wanted to bomb the Arabic TV station, al-Jazeera.
Suicide attack at Interior Ministry kills 29 --Deadly four-day period also claims lives of 28 American troops in Iraq 09 Jan 2006 Two suicide bombers wearing police uniforms and holding security passes tried to attack National Police Day celebrations [?!?] Monday, with police shooting one to death and the other exploding his vest, killing 29 people, authorities said. The U.S. ambassador and Iraq’s interior and defense ministers were in attendance but far from the attacks. [Of course they were. Why would Al-CIAduh-in-Iraq kill top US officials?]
US raid on Iraq mosque sparks Sunni anger 09 Jan 2006 Sunni Arab political parties in Iraq condemned the weekend U.S. raid on the Baghdad offices of an influential Islamic organization, accusing the U.S. military of targeting Muslim clergy and violating a place of worship.
Urgent Appeal to Save Iraq's Academics (brusselstribunal.org) "A little known aspect of the tragedy engulfing Iraq is the systematic liquidation of the country's academics. Even according to conservative estimates, over 250 educators have been assassinated, and many hundreds more have disappeared... This situation is a mirror of the occupation as a whole: a catastrophe of staggering proportions unfolding in a climate of criminal disregard. As an occupying power, and under international humanitarian law, final responsibility for protecting Iraqi citizens, including academics, lies with the United States. With this petition we want to break the silence."
Academics and Artists for Peace --Stop the Killing of Iraq's Academics --List of principal endorsers 09 Jan 2006
Prisoner Dies at Abu Ghraib 09 Jan 2006 A 56-year-old detainee died Jan. 7 of complications from an apparent stroke [likely induced by his US-tormentors] at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, military officials reported today.
Bremer warns Dutch to back Afghan mission 09 Jan 2006 A decision not to send more troops in Afghanistan would be damaging for Dutch interests in the US, former American diplomat Paul Bremer III warned on Monday.
Taliban Leader Vows Jihad Against U.S. 09 Jan 2006 Fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, in a message to mark the three-day Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha which starts in Afghanistan on Tuesday, reiterated his call for jihad, or holy war, against the United States. His public vow for more attacks against U.S. forces in Afghanistan comes a day after Afghan [US-installed] President Hamid Karzai suggested he "get in touch" if he wanted peace.
Taleban head offered olive branch 08 Jan 2006 Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said he would be happy for Taleban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar to contact him with a view to reconciliation.
Karzai Invites Contact With Taliban Head 08 Jan 2006 US-installed Afghan 'President' Hamid Karzai said Sunday that a few hundred Taliban fighters have reconciled with the government and suggested militant leader Mullah Omar should "get in touch" if he wanted to talk peace.
Harry Belafonte calls Bush 'terrorist,' praises Chavez in Venezuela 08 Jan 2006 American singer and activist Harry Belafonte called U.S. pResident George W. Bush "the greatest terrorist in the world" Sunday and said millions of Americans support the socialist revolution of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.
Thousands protest against U.S.-Thai trade talks 09 Jan 2006 Thousands of Thais marched through the northern city of Chiang Mai on Monday to protest against a U.S.-Thai free-trade pact as officials began a sixth round of negotiations.
9/11 As 'Reichstag fire' Raised to White House Press Secretary (White House Press Briefing) 05 Jan 2006 "Q Scott, a few days ago, conservative columnist Paul Craig Roberts had a column where he compared the administration's use of September 11th with Hitler and the Reichstag fire as a blanket cover for extraordinary measures. Now, this is coming from a conservative columnist; this is not Nancy Pelosi. Doesn't this concern you that these kind of reactions have come up especially with all the revelations about the NSA and spying?"
Court denies DeLay's request to drop charges 09 Jan 2006 Texas' highest criminal court today rejected U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay's request to throw out criminal indictments against him or order an immediate trial on a charge of money laundering.
Controversial lobbyist had close contact with Bush team 09 Jan 2006 In pResident Bush's first 10 months, GOP fundraiser Jack Abramoff and his lobbying team logged nearly 200 contacts with the new administration as they pressed for friendly hires at federal agencies and sought to keep the Northern Mariana Islands exempt from the minimum wage and other laws, records show.
Fellow Republican: Ney likely to be indicted 07 Jan 2006 Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, is likely to be indicted in an ongoing public corruption scandal, according to a fellow Republican congressman, Jim McCrery of Louisiana.
Bush-Authorized Spying Spills Into Alito Confirmation Hearings 09 Jan 2006 U.S. senators challenging Samuel Alito's Supreme Court nomination are focusing on a potentially combustible issue to raise at the confirmation hearings starting today: the limits of presidential power. [Or, in George W. Bush's case, the limits of dictatorial power.]
Dems try to link Alito with wiretapping, detention 09 Jan 2006 Judge Samuel Alito's quest for a pivotal seat on the U.S. Supreme Court opened today with Senate Democrats attempting to link the conservative judge's nomination with pResident Bush's wiretapping and detention policies. "In an era when the White House is abusing power, is excusing and authorizing torture, and is spying on American citizens, I find Judge Alito's support for an all-powerful executive branch to be genuinely troubling,'' Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., said in his opening statement at the Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearing. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the committee's ranking Democrat, said the public is entitled to know whether Alito would "allow the government to intrude on Americans' personal privacy and freedoms ... at a time when this administration seems intent on accumulating unchecked power.''
Senators Sould Press Alito on Bush v. Gore by John Nichols 09 Jan 2006 "Ask the nominee [Samuel Alito] how he would have ruled in the case of Bush v. Gore. Does he agree that the court was right to intervene, for the first time in history, to stop the counting of the ballots that could have determined the result of a presidential contest? ...Does he believe that Justices Antonin Scalia, whose sons were associated with firms that represented George W. Bush's campaign, and Clarence Thomas, whose wife was working with Bush's transition team, should have recused themselves from the deliberations?"
Ministers Say They Blessed Seats Ahead of Alito Hearing 05 Jan 2006 Insisting that God "certainly needs to be involved" in the Supreme Court confirmation process, three Christian ministers today blessed the doors of the hearing room where Senate Judiciary Committee members will begin considering the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito on Monday.
U.S. Vice President Cheney Released From Hospital, Aide Says 09 Jan 2006 U.S. Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney was released from the hospital early today after experiencing shortness of breath, an aide said. Cheney, 64, was taken to George Washington University Hospital in Washington at 3 a.m. local time, the vice president's spokesman said in a telephone interview.
US Vice President taken to hospital 09 Jan 2006 The US Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney was taken to George Washington Hospital in Washington today experiencing shortness of breath.
Deconstructing Cheney By James Carroll 07 Nov 2005 "The indictment of the vice president's chief of staff for perjury and obstruction of justice is an occasion to consider just how damaging the long public career of Richard Cheney has been to the United States... At world-shaping moments across a generation, Cheney reacted with an instinctive, This is war! He helped turn the War on Poverty into a war on the poor. He helped keep the Cold War going longer than it had to, and when it ended (because of initiatives taken by the other side), Cheney refused to believe it. To keep the US war machine up and running, he found a new justification just in time."
Pharmacists Overwhelmed By New Medicare Drug Program 09 Jan 2006 The start of the Medicare prescription drug plan for seniors has been difficult for pharmacists in Connecticut. Pharmacists are helping bewildered beneficiaries, dispensing medications at their own expense and are working out problems with overwhelmed insurance plans. The program began Jan. 1. "This has been catastrophic," said Frederick Vegliante, 77, a pharmacist and former owner of Bella Vista Pharmacy and Surgical Supplies Inc. in New Haven.
Dow tops 11,000 for first time since 9/11 --Nasdaq advances to 5-year high 09 Jan 2006 The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 11,000 Monday for the first time since before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, buoyed by a rally that has sent stock prices soaring through the first five sessions of 2006.
Bird Flu Reports Multiply in Turkey, Faster Than Expected 09 Jan 2006 A flurry of new reports of avian influenza in humans and animals emerged Sunday from various parts of Turkey, and international health officials said they had come to believe that the disease had been simmering in the eastern part of the country for months, even though it was reported there only in late December.
Polar Bears Face New Toxic Threat: Flame Retardants 09 Jan 2006 Already imperiled by melting ice and a brew of toxic chemicals, polar bears throughout the Arctic, particularly in remote dens near the North Pole, face an additional threat as flame retardants originating largely in the United States are building up in their bodies, according to an international team of wildlife scientists.
"It's nothing short of breathtaking." Bush quietly undercuts laws with bill-signing statement 08 Jan 2006 Dictator Bush agreed with great fanfare last month to accept a ban on torture, but he later quietly reserved the right to ignore it, even as he signed it into law. Bush said he would interpret the new law in keeping with his expansive view of presidential power. He did it by issuing a bill-signing statement -- a little-noticed device that has become a favorite tool of presidential power in the Bush White House. In fact, Bush has used signing statements to reject, revise or put his spin on more than 500 legislative provisions... "It's nothing short of breathtaking,'' said Phillip Cooper, a professor of public administration at Portland State University. "In every case, the White House has interpreted presidential authority as broadly as possible, interpreted legislative authority as narrowly as possible and pre-empted the judiciary."
Impeach Blair over Iraq: UK general 08 Jan 2006 A leading British Army officer believes Prime Minister Tony Blair should be impeached for his role in the war in Iraq, the Mail on Sunday reported. General Sir Michael Rose, a former UN commander in Bosnia, was quoted by the right-of-centre Mail on Sunday as saying: "I think the politicians should be held to account ... my view is that Blair should be impeached. That would prevent the politicians treating quite so carelessly the subject of taking a country into war."
Scandal of force-fed prisoners --Hunger strikers are tied down and fed through nasal tubes, admits Guantánamo Bay doctor 08 Jan 2006 New details have emerged of how the growing number of prisoners on hunger strike at Guantánamo Bay are being tied down and force-fed through tubes pushed down their nasal passages into their stomachs to 'keep them alive' [torture them].
Rights group suspects 3rd CIA prison 05 Jan 2006 Human Rights Watch said Wednesday that it suspects the CIA had a secret prison in a third European country.
European Parliament urged to probe CIA secret prisons 07 Jan 2006 The European Parliament (EP) can play an important role in the investigation into the reports on the existence of CIA detention flights and centers in the EU by getting information from EU member states, the EP's Human Rights Sub-committee was told.
Swiss may have known about secret CIA prisons 08 Jan 2006 The Swiss intelligence community has allegedly been aware of secret CIA prisons in eastern Europe for nearly two months, according to leaked documents by the SonntagsBlick newspaper.
Officials probe CIA denials on prisoner planes landing in Ireland 08 Jan 2006 Officials at the Department of Foreign Affairs have amassed a large volume of documents on the CIA's 'extraordinary rendition' programme, amid repeated claims that the US is using Irish airports for covert operations in its so-called 'war on terror'.
John Yoo Says President Bush Can Legally Torture Children Posted at revcom.us 12 Dec 2005 "John Yoo, author of the infamous legal memo justifying Presidential powers to torture US captives around the world, couldn't escape torture victims (World Can't Wait activists) when he appeared in Chicago on Dec. 1. in a debate with Doug Cassel, long time human rights legal scholar and professor at Notre Dame. 'Cassel: If the president deems that he's got to torture somebody, including by crushing the testicles of the person's child, there is no law that can stop him? Yoo: No treaty Cassel: Also no law by Congress -- that is what you wrote in the August 2002 memo... Yoo: I think it depends on why the President thinks he needs to do that.'"
Specter Wants AG's Testimony on Spying 08 Jan 2006 The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Sunday he has asked Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to testify during open hearings on the legality of the Bush administration's domestic spying program.
Poll: Most Want Court OK for Gov't Taps 08 Jan 2006 A majority of Americans want the Bush administration to get court approval before eavesdropping on people inside the United States, even if those calls might involve suspected terrorists, an AP-Ipsos poll shows.
The lie detector you'll never know is there 05 Jan 2006 The US Department of Defense has revealed plans to develop a lie detector that can be used without the subject knowing they are being assessed... The Remote Personnel Assessment (RPA) device will train a beam on "moving and non-cooperative subjects", the DoD proposal says, and use the reflected signal to calculate their pulse, respiration rate and changes in electrical conductance, known as the "galvanic skin response".
Former German hostage in Iraq worked for German secret service 07 Jan 2006 The former German hostage, Susanne Osthoff who was freed last month after being kidnapped in northern Iraq on November 25, worked for Germany's BND intelligence service, the daily Die Welt reported Saturday.
U.S. Military Helicopter Crashes in Iraq, Killing 12 08 Jan 2006 All twelve passengers and crew were killed when a U.S. military helicopter crashed late last night in northern Iraq, said the U.S. military today.
Five U.S. Marines Killed in Recent Iraq Action 08 Jan 2006 Five American Marines serving in Iraq died during 'operations against the enemy' over the past two days, officials said today.
Ex-military director speaks out --Peace activist says U.S. using uranium in warfare 08 Jan 2006 A former military director on Saturday accused the United States of war crimes for its use of depleted uranium in warfare.
Iraqi Farmers Aren't Celebrating World Food Day (vegsource.com) 11 Nov 2004 "As part of sweeping 'economic restructuring' implemented by the Bush Administration in Iraq, Iraqi farmers will no longer be permitted to save their seeds. Instead, they will be forced to buy seeds from US corporations -- which can include seeds the Iraqis themselves developed over hundreds of years. 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."
Pentagon said to OK rocket-launch joint venture 07 Jan 2006 The U.S. Defense Department has conditionally approved a controversial plan that would let Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co. -- its top suppliers -- merge their government-rocket launch ventures, a well-placed industry consultant said on Saturday.
Sharon's Medical Team to Bring Him Out of Coma Monday 08 Jan 2006 Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was given a new brain scan today that showed improvement, and his medical team said it would begin to bring him out of a medically induced coma on Monday.
The mystery of the London bomber and his secret wealth 08 Jan 2006 Anti[pro]-terror officers from Scotland Yard are investigating how one of the 7 July bombers, who worked part-time in a fish and chip shop, left more than £100,000 after his death.
Officials Focus on a 2nd Firm Tied to DeLay 08 Jan 2006 Having secured a guilty plea from the lobbyist Jack Abramoff, prosecutors are entering a new phase of the corruption investigation in Washington and are focusing on a lobbying firm that has even closer ties to Tom DeLay, the former House majority leader who is under scrutiny in the scandal.
British lawyers linked to $1m payment for favours at US Congress 08 Jan 2006 A British law firm is at the centre of the investigation into America's biggest influence-buying scandal in decades. The London-based solicitors, James & Sarch, channelled $1 million (£565,000) into a conservative United States pressure group linked to Jack Abramoff, the disgraced lobbyist.
Scottish Tories helped to convict US lobbyist Abramoff 08 Jan 2006 Evidence from Conservative MSPs helped to bring down Jack Abramoff, the American lobbyist on corruption charges.
Democrats charge GOP has corrupted Congress 08 Jan 2006 Democrats accused Republican congressional leaders of corrupting the government... "Under Republican guidance, America has truly been put up for sale to the highest bidder," Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., said in her party's weekly radio address on Saturday.
Judge Stops New Orleans Bulldozing --Federal Judge Threatens to Throw New Orleans City Attorney In Jail "If One More Home is Bulldozed Down" In The 9th Ward By Greg Szymanski 07 Jan 2006 "A federal judge Friday threatened to throw the New Orleans City Attorney in jail if 'one home was bulldozed down' in violation of temporary restraining order obtained by activists and lower income homeowners, trying to save their property from what is playing out to be an illegal government land grab."
Doomed miner chronicled 10 hours after blast --Jim Bennett left hour-by-hour account of miners' deaths underground 07 Jan 2006 In the darkness of the Sago Mine, one of 12 trapped coal miners scrawled a timeline detailing how he was alive but losing air at least 10 hours after an underground explosion, his daughter said Saturday.
Lock them up to die - prison bird flu plan 08 Jan 2006 Government planning documents reveal that the 'most dangerous' prisoners would be locked away and left to take their chances and the dead buried in mass graves, if an Asian bird flu epidemic hits New Zealand's prison population. Entire prisons would be sealed - nobody would be allowed in or out for up to six weeks - and mass graves would be dug in prison compounds to dispose of bodies. The proposals, details of which were obtained by the Sunday Star-Times, are part of Corrections Department contingency plans to deal with an Asian bird flu pandemic hitting New Zealand and its 7500 prison population. [What is Bush's prison bird flu plan?]
Bird flu plan for prisons draws civil liberty concerns 08 Jan 2006 A reported proposal that the 'most dangerous' prisoners [?!?] should remain locked away and left to take their chances if an Asian bird flu pandemic hit New Zealand has been attacked by civil libertarians.
HHS Advises Stocking Up On Supplies for Avian Flu Pandemic 07 Jan 2006 There is no vaccine and drugs are in short supply, but Americans may be able to ride out any pandemic of bird flu if they stock up on supplies and keep their children clean [?!?], the government said yesterday. [Americans should worry about keeping their guns clean. Arming the Left: Is the time now? --by Charles Southwell]
Human bird flu cases reach Turkish capital 08 Jan 2006 Three Turks tested positive for a deadly strain of bird flu in the capital Ankara on Sunday, a new stage in the westward sweep of the disease from its east Asian origins toward major economic centres in Turkey and Europe.
Deadly bird flu outbreak spreads 08 Jan 2006 Bird flu in humans appears to be spreading in Turkey, with preliminary tests for the deadly H5N1 strain returned positive in three people in Ankara, the first suspected cases outside the eastern city of Van, where at least two siblings have died in the past week.
GM: New study shows unborn babies could be harmed 08 Jan 2006 Women who eat GM foods while pregnant risk endangering their unborn babies, startling new research suggests. [Too bad Bush's corpora-terrorists only care about *aborted* unborn babies.]
Iraq war could cost US over $2 trillion, says Nobel prize-winning economist --Economists say official estimates are far too low --New calculation takes in dead and injured soldiers 07 Jan 2006 The real cost to the US of the Iraq war is likely to be between $1 trillion and $2 trillion (£1.1 trillion), up to 10 times more than previously thought, according to a report written by a Nobel prize-winning economist and a Harvard budget expert.
Extra Armor Could Have Saved Many Lives, Study Shows 06 Jan 2006 A secret Pentagon study has found that at least 80 percent of the marines who have been killed in Iraq from wounds to their upper body could have survived if they had extra body armor. That armor has been available since 2003 but until recently the Pentagon has largely declined to supply it to troops despite calls from the field for additional protection, according to military officials.
Fake al-Qaeda video again? --CLG reader, Johnny Asia, unearths an oddity with the most recent 'al-Qaeda' video. 07 Jan 2006 "In this handout image made from video and released by IntelCenter, al-Qaeda's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahri, is allegedly seen in a videotape which aired Friday, January 6, 2005. Al-Zawahri states that the United States' decision to withdraw some troops from Iraq represented 'the victory of Islam' and called on Muslims to attack oil sites. The banner reads, 'Even as I offer my condolences to my Muslim Ummah'. Ummah is translated to nation in Arabic and is a reference to the earthquake in Pakistan. The logo, bottom left of image, is 'As-Sahab,' an institute that produces al-Qaeda videos. IntelCenter is a government contractor that does support work for the U.S. intelligence community. (AP Photo/Intel Center, HO)."
US officials in talks with Iraqi insurgents: NYT 07 Jan 2006 U.S. officials have been talking with local Iraqi 'insurgent' leaders to exploit a rift between homegrown insurgents and radical groups such as 'Al Qaeda,' The New York Times reported on Saturday.
Americans Said to Meet Rebels, Exploiting Rift 07 Jan 2006 American officials are talking with local Iraqi 'insurgent' leaders to exploit a rift that has opened between homegrown insurgents and radical groups like 'Al Qaeda,' and to draw the local leaders into the political process, according to a Western diplomat, an Iraqi political leader and an Iraqi insurgent leader.
Suicide bombing targets Iraqi police 07 Jan 2006 A suicide car bomb has hit a passing Iraqi police patrol in south-east Baghdad, wounding four police commandos and five civilians. Police say the attack took place in the city's New Baghdad district.
Six Iraqis Hurt in Mosul Attack 07 Jan 2006 Six Iraqi civilians, including three children, were injured along with four police yesterday when a car bomber attacked an Iraqi police patrol in Mosul.
US journalist seized in Iraq 07 Jan 2006 A female American journalist has been kidnapped in Baghdad and her driver has been killed. Immediately after the incident, American and Iraqi troops sealed off the area. [The US terror squads in Iraq are busy little bees!]
Germany's Merkel says Guantanamo should be shut 07 Jan 2006 German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in an interview published days before her first visit to the United States, said Washington should close its Guantanamo Bay prison camp and find other ways of dealing with terror suspects.
Case Dropped Against U.S. Officer in Beating Deaths of Afghan Inmates 08 Jan 2006 The Army has dropped its case against the only officer to face criminal charges in connection with the beating deaths of two prisoners held by the United States in Afghanistan, military officials said yesterday.
'Iran Could be Stopped with Sanctions' 07 Jan 2006 Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said in his last interview before becoming ill that if the international suppression over Iran continues Tehran's nuclear studies may be prevented.
Sharon's chances of survival slim, say doctors --Second bout of surgery after new bleeding in brain --Colleagues comfort one another outside hospital 07 Jan 2006 Ariel Sharon, the Israeli prime minister, yesterday underwent emergency surgery for the second time after doctors discovered evidence of new bleeding in his brain.
Report Rebuts Bush on Spying --Domestic Action's Legality Challenged 07 Jan 2006 A report by Congress's research arm concluded yesterday that the administration's justification for the warrantless eavesdropping authorized by Dictator Bush conflicts with existing law and hinges on weak legal arguments.
Basis for Spying in U.S. Is Doubted 07 Jan 2006 Dictator Bush's rationale for eavesdropping on Americans without warrants rests on questionable legal ground, and Congress does not appear to have given him the authority to order the surveillance, said a Congressional analysis released Friday.
Unpatriotic Spying By Michael Hammerschlag 07 Jan 2006 "This is an administration that has viciously slandered any critics, practiced dishonesty on an industrial level, started an unnecessary disastrous war, transferred trillions of dollars from the poor, middle class, and unborn to the rich in tax cuts and corporate payoffs, and now has engaged in massive spying of its critics. The only possible purpose for this [unlimited spying] is intimidation and injury... and the potential for abuse is infinite."
Homeland Security opening private mail 06 Jan 2006 Last month, Grant Goodman, an 81-year-old retired University of Kansas history professor, received a letter from his friend in the Philippines that had been opened and resealed with a strip of dark green tape bearing the words "by Border Protection" and carrying the official Homeland Security seal. "I had no idea (Homeland Security) would open personal letters," Goodman told MSNBC.com in a phone interview. "That’s why I alerted the media. I thought it should be known publicly that this is going on," he said.
MSNBC Poll: Do you support allowing Customs and Border Protection to open private correspondence sent to U.S. citizens from abroad? *49759 responses --Yes, the government needs this authority to protect us from possible terrorist attacks. 17%; No, this is an unwarranted intrusion on personal privacy and constitutionally protected rights. 83% [Poll snapshot, 18:27 EST 07 Jan 2006]
VeriChip files IPO to fund RFID chips for humans 03 Jan 2006 Human RFID chipmaker VeriChip Corp. said it filed for an initial public offering. A subsidiary of Applied Digital Solutions Inc., VeriChip has come under fire recently by privacy advocates who claim the company's human RFID chips could be unfairly, even dubiously used to collect information about people.
All four British Foreign Office documents (villagemagazine.ie) 05 Jan 2006 "In this week's Village, we exclusively publish British Foreign Office documents which reveal American and British complicity in torture. In the magazine, two of the documents are published, here are all four of them."
Torture 05 Jan 2006 British Foreign Office documents reveal US and UK complicity in torture and raise further questions on the use of Shannon by the CIA. By David Shanks "The former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray, has released documents which show US and UK complicity in the torture of terror suspects in Uzbekistan. The documents have not been published officially in the UK because of restrictions under the Official Secrets Act."
Terrorism threat worse in wake of Iraq war: Rudd 08 Jan 2006 The Federal Opposition says allegations that terrorists are attempting to recruit members in Australia show the terrorism threat in Australia has worsened.
Al-Qaeda 'recruiting in Australia' 07 Jan 2006 The federal opposition is concerned Australia has become a recruiting ground for al-Qaeda operatives in Iraq.
Haiti UN mission chief found dead 07 Jan 2006 The commander of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Haiti has been found shot dead in a hotel room.
Venezuela to Expand Fuel Discounts to U.S. 07 Jan 2006 Venezuela said Friday it will expand a program to provide discounted home heating oil to low-income Americans, bringing savings to some Indian tribes in Maine.
Kin blame 9/11 debris for death of NYPD detective 07 Jan 2006 A retired NYPD detective, who worked more than 450 hours at Ground Zero, died Thursday from brain and respiratory complications that his family insists were linked to the World Trade Center cleanup. While autopsy results are pending, union officials maintain James Zadroga's death is the first post-9/11 death of a city officer linked to hazardous material from Ground Zero.
Lawsuit leveled at electronic voting 07 Jan 2006 (PA) State Sen. Jim Ferlo has joined a group of voting rights activists in a lawsuit aimed at forcing Westmoreland County to seek more public input before it purchases a new generation of touch-screen voting machines for the upcoming May primary election. The lawsuit, filed yesterday, could have statewide implications. It argues that, under the Pennsylvania Constitution, all 67 counties must let voters pick their preferred model of electronic machines through ballot questions.
Arcata calls for impeachment 06 Jan 2006 (CA) A split City Council passed a resolution demanding the impeachment or resignation of pResident Bush and Vice pResident Dick Cheney, citing violations of international and constitutional law.
DeLay relinquishes House majority leader post 07 Jan 2006 U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, now under indictment in Texas and tainted by a corruption scandal, told fellow House of Representatives Republicans on Saturday that he will not try to reclaim his job as majority leader.
Republican Lawmaker DeLay Says He's Quitting as Majority Leader 07 Jan 2006 U.S. Congressman Tom DeLay said he will permanently step down as House Majority leader today in a letter to Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert that was e-mailed to reporters.
Prosecutor Broadens DeLay Inquiry --Data on GOP Donation to U.S. Family Network Demanded 06 Jan 2006 The Texas prosecutor who secured an indictment of Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) on money-laundering charges broadened the scope of his inquiry into election spending yesterday, demanding documents related to funds that passed through a nonprofit organization, the U.S. Family Network.
Disgraced Congressman 'Wore a Wire' 06 Jan 2006 In a week when legislators are focused on the question of who else might be brought down by ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s cooperation with prosecutors as he seeks lenient sentencing over his two federal guilty pleas this week, sources tell TIME that in a separate investigation, ex-Rep. Duke Cunningham wore a wire to help investigators gather evidence against others just before copping his own plea.
'Friends' of Jack Abramoff --List of who may be implicated in scandal could be extensive By Keith Olbermann 06 Jan 2006 "That the Bush White House would even want the media focusing on how it is doing in Iraq perhaps a sign of just how much it does not want anyone talking about Jack Abramoff. Jack Abramoff has already pled guilty and many politicians, including President [sic] Bush, are rushing to return money linked to the disgraced former lobbyist. In Mr. Bush‘s case, donating $6,000 of the total of $300 million he raised in 2004 to the American Heart Association."
Wis. Governor Vetoes Abortion-Pain Bill 07 Jan 2006 Gov. Jim Doyle (D) on Friday vetoed a bill that would have forced doctors to tell women seeking abortions after their fifth month of pregnancy that their fetuses could suffer pain. Doyle said there is no evidence conclusively proving when a fetus can feel pain. The Republican-controlled Legislature should not be allowed to decide scientific fact, he said.
Pastor who preached against gays arrested on lewdness charge 07 Jan 2006 (OK) A pastor who has spoken out against homosexuality was arrested after propositioning a male undercover police officer outside a hotel, authorities said.
Special 'Bush Bypass' Issue 06 Jan 2006 In a one-day snapshot of news from the Bush regime, the U.S. government (or Bush himself) has/is bypassing the the Constitution, the Senate, the house, the torture ban, and Nato.
NSA whistleblower asks to testify 05 Jan 2006 A former National Security Agency official wants to tell Congress about electronic intelligence programs that he asserts were carried out illegally by the NSA and the Defense Intelligence Agency. Russ Tice, a whistleblower who was dismissed from the NSA last year, stated in letters to the House and Senate intelligence committees that he is prepared to testify about highly classified Special Access Programs, or SAPs, that were improperly carried out by both the NSA and the DIA. "I intend to report to Congress probable unlawful and unconstitutional acts conducted while I was an intelligence officer with the National Security Agency and with the Defense Intelligence Agency," Mr. Tice stated in the Dec. 16 letters, copies of which were obtained by The Washington Times.
Congressional Report Questions Legal Justification for Wiretaps 06 Jan 2006 Dictator George W. Bush's assertion that he didn't need congressional approval to authorize wiretapping without warrants isn't "well grounded" in law, according to a non-partisan congressional report.
Government Web sites are keeping an eye on you (Part I) 05 Jan 2006 Dozens of federal agencies are tracking visits to U.S. government Web sites in violation of long-standing rules designed to protect online privacy, a CNET News.com investigation shows. From the Air Force to the Treasury Department, government agencies are using either "Web bugs" or permanent cookies to monitor their visitors' behavior, even though federal law restricts the practice.
Congress' hands caught in the cookie jar (Part II) 06 Jan 2006 Dozens of U.S. senators are quietly tracking visits to their Web sites even though they have publicly pledged not to do so. Sixty-six politicians in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are setting permanent Web cookies even though at least 23 of them have promised not to use the online tracking technique, a CNET News.com investigation shows.
CNN's Bizarre Response to Amanpour Spy Story 06 Jan 2006 Yesterday, we [nyc.indymedia.org] reported on the flurry of internet speculation that the NSA was spying in CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour. Questions remain a day later. By Chris Anderson
IRS tracked taxpayers' political affiliation 06 Jan 2006 As it hunted down tax scofflaws, the Internal Revenue Service collected information on the political party affiliations of taxpayers in 20 states.
3 GOP senators blast Bush bid to bypass torture ban --Reject assertion he has right to waive rules to protect US security 05 Jan 2006 Three key Republican senators yesterday condemned pResident Bush's assertion that his powers as commander in chief give him the authority to bypass a new law restricting the use of torture when interrogating detainees.
Bush could bypass new torture ban 04 Jan 2006 When Dictator Bush last week signed the bill outlawing the torture of detainees, he quietly reserved the right to bypass the law under his powers as commander in chief [thief]. After approving the bill last Friday, Bush issued a ''signing statement" -- an official document in which a president lays out his interpretation of a new law -- declaring that he will view the interrogation limits in the context of his broader powers to protect national security. This means Bush believes he can waive the restrictions, the White House and legal specialists said.
Bush appears to contradict anti-torture pledge 05 Jan 2006 Dictator George W. Bush has asserted that he retains the right to authorise abuse of detainees under extreme circumstances, despite agreeing to legislation last month that explicitly prohibited such treatment.
Bush bypasses Congress to appoint Negroponte aide 05 Jan 2006 Dictator George W. Bush bypassed Congress to appoint a new top legal officer on intelligence matters whose nomination had been blocked by a Senate protest over detainees, officials said on Thursday. Benjamin Powell, who until recently had advised Bush on intelligence issues, including reform, was appointed general counsel to U.S. intelligence chief John Negroponte on January 4 while Congress was in adjournment, officials said.
Terror Ruling Favors the U.S. 06 Jan 2006 A British man accused of playing a role in a 1999 plan to establish a terrorist training camp in Bly, Ore., may be extradited to the United States, a judge ruled Thursday. Magistrate's Court Judge Timothy Workman rejected arguments raised by attorneys for Haroon Rashid Aswat that the U.S. might declare the suspect an "enemy combatant" and send him to its prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to face a military tribunal.
Al-Qaeda suspect fears torture after extradition order 06 Jan 2006 A British 'al-Qaeda' suspect [Haroon Rashid Aswat] told a judge who ordered his extradition to the United States on terror charges yesterday that he fears he will be sent to Guantanamo Bay and tortured.
Dick Cheney's Philosophical Thought-Experiment Legislation (political cartoon) By Ruben Bolling 24 Dec 2005
'Insurgents' Kill 140 as Iraq Clashes Escalate 06 Jan 2006 Khalid Saadi later learned that his brother was dead, one of more than 140 people killed in attacks Thursday in Iraq. The violence, which included a suicide bombing in Karbala, contributed to one of the bloodiest days since the U.S.-led invasion of the country in 2003.
Six Servicemembers Killed in Four Incidents in Iraq 06 Jan 2006 Three Marines and a soldier assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), were killed yesterday in attacks in Fallujah and Ramadi, while another two soldiers were killed in Baghdad the same day, military officials in Iraq reported.
11 U.S. Troops Killed in One Day in Iraq 06 Jan 2006 The U.S. military on Friday announced the deaths of six more American troops killed in the recent barrage of violence that has swept Iraq, bringing to 11 the number of troops killed on the same day.
Violence in Iraq verges on civil war 07 Jan 2006 The wave of violence in Iraq this week that has killed more than 240 people, making it one of the darkest periods since the US-led invasion in 2003, has sparked real fears of a civil war. Twin suicide bombings and a string of other attacks on Thursday killed more than 120 people, including 11 US soldiers.
Iraq not on verge of civil war: US commander 07 Jan 2006 This week's surge in violence is "an anomaly" and Iraq is not on the verge of civil war, the top US commander there said on Friday, after one of the country's bloodiest days since the fall of Saddam Hussein.
Bremer says U.S. did not expect insurgency in Iraq [Hello, McFly?] 06 Jan 2006 Paul Bremer, who led the U.S. civilian occupation authority in Iraq after the 2003 invasion, has admitted the United States did not anticipate the insurgency in the country, NBC Television said on Friday.
Zawahri says US defeated in Iraq: Jazeera TV 06 Jan 2006 Al CIAduh's deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri said in a video aired on Friday that U.S. plans to withdraw troops from Iraq meant Washington had been defeated by the Muslims. [GOPredators will be saying: Ergo, if you want the U.S. troops out of Iraq, you therefore agree with al Qaeda terrorist, Ayman al-Zawarhri.]
US ambassador escapes Taliban suicide bomb 06 Jan 2006 The US ambassador fled a central Afghan town after a Taliban suicide bomber killed 10 people and wounded 50, further stoking fears of an Iraqi influence on the escalating 'insurgency' [resistance movement.]
US sees 'coalitions of the willing' as best ally 04 Jan 2006 Building on its experience in Iraq, the Bush regime says it wants to be able to form "coalitions of the willing" more efficiently for dealing with future conflicts rather than turning to existing but unreliable institutional alliances [?!?] such as Nato.
Sharon Has Emergency Surgery After New Bleeding Is Detected 06 Jan 2006 Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel remained in critical but stable condition tonight after undergoing another round of surgery that followed the discovery of new bleeding in his brain.
Sharon returns to operating theatre after health worsens 06 Jan 2006 Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon has been returned to the operating theatre after doctors detected further bleeding in his brain, a hospital spokesman said Friday.
Supreme Court Will Hear Police Search Case 06 Jan 2006 The Supreme Court said Friday it would clarify when police can enter a home without a search warrant, in a case involving Utah officers who watched a fight through a window.
Bush Recess Appointments Meet With Protest 05 Jan 2006 Dictator Bush's decision to bypass the Senate in filling posts at the State Department, Federal Election Commission [Another Bush coup d'etat is surely on the way...] and National Labor Relations Board drew protests Thursday from lawmakers and advocacy groups.
God license plate gets initial nod --'In God We Trust' idea passes House panel, will go to the floor 06 Jan 2006 For the second straight year, Indiana Rep. Woody Burton, R-Greenwood, is pushing for creating an "In God We Trust" license plate. The House passed the bill in last year's session, but it stalled in the Senate.
Court orders tuition vouchers halted 06 Jan 2006 In a stunning blow to the education policies that Jeb Bush has made the centerpiece of his governorship, the Florida Supreme Court struck down the state's tuition voucher program Thursday, saying it violates the state Constitution because it diverts public money to private schools.
'DeLay Inc.' Lobbying Firm Has Links to Three Capital Scandals 06 Jan 2006 Representative Tom DeLay's campaign to get Republicans to dominate Washington lobbying may have worked too well for Alexander Strategy Group. The firm has links to no fewer than three of the scandals convulsing the U.S. capital.
House G.O.P. Calls for DeLay Replacement 06 Jan 2006 Embattled Rep. Tom DeLay's hopes of reclaiming his post as House majority leader suffered a setback Friday as fellow Republicans called for new leadership in the midst of a congressional corruption scandal.
AP Poll: Congressional Democrats favored 06 Jan 2006 In an ominous election-year sign for Republicans, Americans are leaning sharply toward giving Democrats control of Congress, an AP-Ipsos poll finds. Democrats are favored 49 percent to 36 percent.
Japan struggles to cope with record snowfall 06 Jan 2006 Japan was bracing for more snow on Friday after some of the heaviest snowfall on record... Almost 4 metres (13 ft) of snow has piled up in the worst-hit areas of Niigata near the Japan Sea coast, though the snowiest season of the year is yet to come. Television pictures showed drifts burying the ground floors of houses and almost covering street lamps.
White House Told NSA Briefings Broke Law 05 Jan 2006 The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee told pResident Bush Wednesday that the White House broke the law by withholding information from the full congressional oversight committees about a new domestic surveillance program.
Bush's war on professionals By Sidney Blumenthal 05 Jan 2006 "New ranges of secret government are emerging from the fog of war. The latest disclosure, by the New York Times, of domestic surveillance by the National Security Agency performed by evasion of the special Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court surfaces a vast hidden realm. But the NSA spying is not an isolated island of policy; it is connected to the mainland of Bush's expansive new national security apparatus."
Supreme Court Says U.S. Can Move Padilla 05 Jan 2006 The Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to let the military transfer accused "enemy combatant'' Jose Padilla to Miami to face criminal charges in at least a temporary victory for the Bush administration. The justices overruled a lower court, which had attempted to block the transfer as part of a rebuke to the White House.
Justices Let U.S. Transfer Padilla to Civilian Custody 05 Jan 2006 The Supreme Court late Wednesday granted the Bush regime's request to transfer the terrorism suspect Jose Padilla from military to civilian custody, ending an odd two-week standoff over where he should be held while the justices decide whether to hear his case.
Feds issue dirty bomb cleanup standards that allow significant radiation 04 Jan 2006 The government has issued "dirty bomb" cleanup guidelines that some critics maintain would expose people returning to such a site to high cancer risk. The guidelines issued Tuesday by the Homeland Security Department would allow 'cleanup' standards that in some cases would be far less stringent than what is required for Superfund sites, commercial nuclear power plants and nuclear waste dumps. Long-term radiation exposure using some of the cleanup standards in the guidelines could be as high as 10,000 millirems a year, equal to more than 1,600 chest X-rays or 30 times the average background radiation from natural sources.
Bush Administration Neglected Coal Mining Safety By Faiz 04 Jan 2006 "By the time that President Clinton signed the International Labor Organization’s Convention 176 concerning safety and health in mines, mining deaths dropped from 425 in 1970 to 85 in 2000... 'The problem with the current laws is enforcement.' According to an AFL-CIO analysis, the Bush administration cut 170 positions from federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and has not proposed a single new mine-safety standard or rule during its tenure. And there’s a reason for that. The Washington Post reported that West Virginia coal firms raised $275,000 for Bush."
Mine had hundreds of violations 04 Jan 2006 The West Virginia coal mine where an underground explosion left 12 miners dead and another with serious injuries had been cited for hundreds of federal safety violations since it opened in 1999, government records show... The United Mine Workers union contends that the federal government has lessened its enforcement of mining safety regulations in recent years. And despite problems at the Sago Mine, the highest proposed fine issued by the government last year was $440 for one of the ventilation violations. Many of the violations prompted $60 fines.
Email CLG received (no link, forwarded by Mark Crispin Miller) From: Liz Allen to Liz Rich, January 4, 2006 --From A Coal Miner's Daughter "Dear Liz: I am a coal miner's daughter. Our family farm was located 45 miles from the Sago Mine. This morning I called some friends of mine near Morgantown, W. VA... The miners who were outside, couldn't believe they didn't pump air down into the holes...that is what is always done...they didn't......why? They say they kept drilling holes but never put the air shafts down...when the families heard they were alive, they started celebrating...they waited for 3 hours to hear where their loved ones had been taken...and then 3 hours later were told they were all dead...MOST WENT HOME TO GET THEIR GUNS...THEY HAD ENOUGH...DON'T KNOW IF CENSORED TV WILL SHOW THIS OR TELL THAT STORY... BUT THEY INSIST ITS TRUE...AND KNOWING THESE FOLKS AS I DO...I ABSOLUTELY BELIEVE IT. I personally think the owner wanted to have 'some protection of his own before he told the truth'... he knew what would happen when they found out...This is a crime, this is an industrialized crime...and again, LAYS SQUARELY AT THE FEET OF THE BUSH REGIME...WHO HAVE LOWERED THE SAFETY STANDARDS DOWN TO NOTHING." [Note: Letter was edited for length, spelling - content not altered.]
Email CLG received (no link) From: blueridge, January 04, 2006 --Re: SWAT team, state police were positioned near W. Va. church "A medical student on the radio today thought he had a theory to explain the 'miscommunication' (which was suspicious for its length of time in issuing a correction, and was not contradicted when first given), which is the only thing that accounts for the lack of carbon monoxide poisoning in the sole survivor: He hypothesises that oxygen was immediately given to the men, which overwhelmed their systems (as he claims medically can happen after deprivation) and CAUSED their deaths! He stated that this was the only explanation for why the sole survivor had no evidence of carbon monoxide poisoning at all. One thing is certain, the slow response on day 1--over 5 hours before a single rescue person showed up (WVU football pre-occupation for Sugar Bowl and morning after New Years parties?)--and the fact that ONE MAN SURVIVED, with no trace of gas poisoning, is prima facie evidence that delayed rescue efforts resulted in negligence, a delay which actually caused the deaths of the other 12!! I predict the medical examiner may be able to show 'time of death', which would prove that the delayed rescue CAUSED their deaths. The evidence is clear that the miners, trained in emergency scenarios, did NOT die by the blast, used their breathing apparatus, and removed and BUILT a bunker in the mine, to stay away from possible gases or carbon monoxide from blast." [Note: Letter was edited for length, spelling - content not altered.]
SWAT team, state police were positioned near W. Va. church 04 Jan 2006 In a stunning and heartbreaking reversal, family members were told early Wednesday that 12 of 13 trapped coal miners were dead - three hours after they began celebrating news that they were alive... International Coal Group Chief Executive Officer Ben Hatfield blamed the wrong information on a "miscommunication.'' ..."There was no apology. There was no nothing. It was immediately out the door,'' said Nick Helms, son of miner Terry Helms. Chaos broke out in the church and a fight started. About a dozen state troopers and a SWAT team were positioned along the road near the church because police were concerned about violence. Witnesses said one man had to be wrestled to the ground when he lunged for mining officials. [The violence is the violence that is perpetrated on workers in the U.S. (and all over the world) every day, due to the Bush regime's expansion of predatory capitalism.]
Some 120 killed in one of Iraq's bloodiest days 05 Jan 2006 Two suicide bombers killed 120 people and wounded more than 200 in the Iraqi cities of Kerbala and Ramadi on Thursday in Iraq's bloodiest day for four months. Seven U.S. soldiers were also blown up in two separate attacks; another three bombs exploded in Baghdad, two of them detonated by suicide bombers; and 'insurgents' sabotaged an oil pipeline near the northern city of Kirkuk, causing a huge fire.
Seven US soldiers killed in Iraq: military, police 05 Jan 2006 Five U.S. soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb hit their vehicle while on patrol in Baghdad on Thursday, the U.S. military said. Another two American soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb near the southern Iraqi city of Najaf, Iraqi police said.
Bill Would Limit Protests At Military Funerals 05 Jan 2006 A Nebraska lawmaker wants to limit how close protests can be to a military funeral service. Sen. Mike Friend (R) of Omaha has introduced a bill that would make it illegal to picket within 100 feet of any part of a funeral service. Similar measures have been introduced in Missouri, Indiana and Oklahoma.
CIA had plenty of evidence Iraq had no illegal weapons, book reveals 05 Jan 2006 The CIA had evidence from 30 Iraqi weapons scientists that Saddam Hussein had abandoned its weapons of mass destruction programs long before the US invaded, an explosive new book on America's spying operations says. ["State of War, Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration," by James Risen]
U.S. Freezes Assets of Iranian Companies Called Nuclear Fronts 04 Jan 2006 The U.S. government froze the assets of two Iranian companies that Treasury Department officials said are fronts for the Islamic country's nuclear program. [See: CIA Gave Iran Bomb Plans, Book Says 04 Jan 2006.]
Israeli Prime Minister Sharon's Condition Remains Grave 05 Jan 2006 Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon emerged from emergency brain surgery Thursday morning after suffering a massive stroke as the national vigil over his life continued. Doctors said his vital signs appeared normal, but that the prime minister's condition remained grave.
Sharon Suffers Massive Stroke --Israeli Leader Undergoes Surgery; Vice Premier Olmert Assumes Power 05 Jan 2006 Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a massive stroke Wednesday night and was rushed into surgery to relieve what doctors described as significant bleeding in his brain.
Greek paper prints photo of 'MI6 agent' 05 Jan 2006 A photograph purporting to be Britain's top MI6 agent in Greece was published today on the front page of an Athens newspaper, as controversy continues over the alleged role of British agents in the arrest and supposed abuse of a group of Pakistanis living in Athens.
DNA of 37% of black men held by police --Home Office denies racial bias [Gag me with a chainsaw! What *else* would you call it???] 05 Jan 2006 The DNA profiles of nearly four in 10 black men in the UK are on the police's national database - compared with fewer than one in 10 white men, according to figures compiled by the Guardian.
Concern over racial bias in Britain's bulging DNA database 06 Jan 2006 The DNA profiles of nearly four in 10 black men in Britain are on the national police database, compared with fewer than one in 10 white men. There are also concerns at predictions that by 2008 the samples of 4.2 million people - 7 per cent of the British population - will be on the database, which is growing by about half a million a year.
Branded By James Moore --Author, critical of Bush, is on 'No-Fly' list 04 Jan 2006 "I have been on the No Fly Watch List for a year. I will never be told the official reason. No one ever is. You cannot sue to get the information... There were 35,000 Americans in that database last year. According to a European government that screens hundreds of thousands of American travelers every year, the list they have been given to work from has since grown to 80,000."
Florida Supreme Court declares vouchers unconstitutional 05 Jan 2006 The Florida Supreme Court struck down the state's voucher system that allows some children to attend private schools at taxpayer expense, saying it violates the state constitution's requirement of a uniform system of free public schools.
CTA rejects big fuel discount offer --Citgo deal too good to miss, officials tell cash-short agency 05 Jan 2006 The Chicago Transit Authority's president, on Wednesday, dismissed Citgo Petroleum Corp.'s offer to provide discounted diesel fuel for its buses... Politicians and community leaders have urged CTA President Frank Kruesi to accept the Venezuelan-owned company's offer--which the CTA and critics agree could save at least $15 million-- and roll back its Jan. 1 fare increase.
In Florida, Abramoff Again Pleads Guilty --The lobbyist pleaded guilty to conspiracy and wire fraud a day after entering guilty pleas to three other federal charges. 05 Jan 2006 Former lobbyist Jack Abramoff's second guilty plea in two days sealed his role as a star witness in the federal government's largest congressional corruption investigation in decades. The admission completes the corruption defendant's shift to government witness.
Bush to Give Up $6,000 In Abramoff Contributions 05 Jan 2006 Republican Party officials said yesterday that pResident Bush will give up $6,000 in campaign contributions connected to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, joining an expansive list of politicians who have shed more than half a million dollars in tainted campaign cash.
Bush, Others Dump Abramoff Donations 05 Jan 2006 Dictator Bush and numerous lawmakers hastily jettisoned campaign donations linked to lobbyist Jack Abramoff on Wednesday as Republican Party officials pondered the impact of a spreading scandal on their 2006 election prospects.
The Pimping of the Presidency --Jack Abramoff and Grover Norquist Billing Clients for Face Time with G.W. Bush By Lou Dubose (2001 article) "Four months after he took the oath of office in 2001 [not to mention, the office itself], President George W. Bush was the attraction, and the White House the venue, for a fundraiser organized by the alleged perpetrator of the largest billing fraud in the history of corporate lobbying. In May 2001, Jack Abramoff’s lobbying client book was worth $4.1 million in annual billing for the Greenberg Traurig law firm. He was a friend of Bush advisor Karl Rove. He was a Bush 'Pioneer,' delivering at least $100,000 in bundled contributions to the 2000 campaign..."
Trolls and Maggots --List of Reichwing whackjobs and corpora-terrorists 'Recessed Appointed' by Dictator George W. Bush, himself an 'appointee' of the 2000 election. 04 Jan 2006
Bush goes around Congress again on Amtrak board 04 Jan 2006 For the second time, Dictator George W. Bush has circumvented Congress to seat two members of the Amtrak board, the White House said on Wednesday. Floyd Hall and Enrique Sosa were again placed on the panel through recess appointments.
Disgruntled Dems Consider Challenge to Lieberman 19 Dec 2005 Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman may be some Republicans' idea of a good Democrat, but a growing number of fellow party members in his home state couldn't disagree more. "It's at the point where he's no longer interested in his own party's opinion, he's really out of touch with reality," said Mitchell Fuchs, chairman of the Fairfield Democratic Town Committee in Connecticut.
Conn. scraps new 'voting' machines 04 Jan 2006 There likely will not be a high-tech 'voting' machine in your future this year. After announcing late last year that Connecticut's 3,300 mechanical, lever-style voting machines could no longer be used, the secretary of the state reversed herself.
WHO confirms Turkish teens died of bird flu, first cases outside East Asia 05 Jan 2006 The World Health Organization confirmed Thursday that two Turkish teenagers who died after exposure to infected poultry were victims of the H5N1 virus, making them the first known human cases outside of the nexus of the avian flu outbreak in East Asia.
Turkey's Bird-Flu Deaths Bring Virus Nearer to Europe 05 Jan 2006 Turkey said a second teenager infected with avian flu died, indicating the virus that's killed at least 74 people since 2003 has moved outside East Asia to the threshold of Europe.
UK told not to panic over bird flu 05 Jan 2006 A leading microbiologist urged the British public not to panic as bird flu crept closer towards central Europe with two people dying in Turkey from the virus.
Cat Rides 70 Miles Under SUV --Furry Hitchhiker to Go Up For Adoption 04 Jan 2006 Curiosity didn't kill one cat on a wild ride on the New Jersey Turnpike. The kitten, now known as "Miracle," hitchhiked a ride on the underbelly of a sport utility vehicle just before Christmas. The gray and white feline traveled some 70 miles under the vehicle as it whizzed along the Turnpike on Dec. 23...
New Jersey CLGers: Adopt 'Miracle' Miracle truly lives up to his new name. He came to AWA when he was discovered underneath an SUV while it was being driven! He traveled about 60 miles from Newark, NJ holding on for his life. His fur and paws were burned, and this frightened 9 month old kitten was missing a claw when he arrived. He is now resting and recovering at AWA and looking for a new home. To adopt Miracle, ontact our Cat Manager, Shannon, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Animal Welfare Association 509 Centennial Boulevard Voorhees, New Jersey 08043 856-424-2288 Contact us at email@example.com.
Billion Dollar Bunker --U.S. plans Baghdad embassy more secure than Pentagon 03 Jan 2006 America is to spend £1billion on an embassy in Baghdad "more secure than the Pentagon". Plans for the hi-tech complex are being kept secret [Oops! Secret's out!] because of the 'terrorist threat' [fear of the public learning about the misspent money] in Iraq. The exact location is not being released until later this year but it is likely to be built in the heavily fortified Green Zone area where the Iraqi government and US military command is based.
UK says it's 'showtime' for Syria 04 Jan 2006 The current international pressure on Syria is "entirely deserved" and it is now "showtime" for its president, UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw says. [I am waiting for 'showtime' for Bush - when his treason trial begins.]
CIA Gave Iran Bomb Plans, Book Says 04 Jan 2006 In a clumsy effort to sabotage Iran's nuclear program, the CIA in 2004 intentionally handed Tehran some top-secret bomb designs laced with a hidden flaw that U.S. officials hoped would doom any weapon made from them, according to a new book about the U.S. intelligence agency. But the Iranians were tipped to the scheme by the Russian defector hired by the CIA to deliver the plans and may have gleaned scientific information useful for designing a bomb, writes New York Times reporter James Risen in "State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration."
Secret services say Iran is trying to assemble a nuclear missile --Document seen by Guardian details web of front companies and middlemen 04 Jan 2006 The Iranian government has been successfully scouring Europe for the sophisticated equipment needed to develop a nuclear bomb, according to the latest western intelligence assessment of the country's weapons programmes. [That is because the f*cking CIA gave them the plans. See: CIA Gave Iran Bomb Plans, Book Says 04 Jan 2006.]
UK drops allegations of Iran 'involvement' in Iraq bombings 04 Jan 2006 The UK government is reported to have dropped its allegations of Iranian 'involvement' in supplying Iraqi insurgency groups with bombs to attack British soldiers. Military and diplomatic officials have stopped pointing the finger at Tehran after carrying out a thorough assessment of the latest intelligence, wrote the daily Times.
CIA 'ignored Iraqi weapons evidence' 04 Jan 2006 The Bush regime is facing new charges over its handling of pre-war intelligence, with a book alleging that the CIA ignored a mass of evidence gleaned from Iraqi weapons scientists, months before the 2003 invasion, that Saddam Hussein had abandoned his WMD programmes.
Last year deadliest for journalists since 1995-RSF 04 Jan 2006 At least 63 journalists were killed around the world in 2005 -- the highest toll in more than a decade -- with Iraq again the deadliest country, media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on Wednesday.
U.S. Aircraft Bomb Iraqi Family After Drone Detects *Possible* Threat --At least six die, witnesses say. 04 Jan 2006 A U.S. airstrike guided by a remote-controlled surveillance plane killed several members of a household in a Sunni Arab area of northern Iraq, witnesses said, touching off anger Tuesday among some Sunni leaders.
The US death squads in Iraq are busy little bees: Senior Iraqi oil official shot dead in Baghdad 04 Jan 2006 A senior official from Iraq`s oil ministry and his son were shot dead Wednesday in Baghdad, an interior ministry official said. [See: Iraq oil minister survives assassination bid 03 Oct 2005 Iraqi Oil Minister Ibrahim Bahr al-Uloum survived an assassination attempt in Baghdad on Monday when his motorcade came under attack, seriously wounding three of his escorts, police sources said.]
Multiple attacks on Iraq's bloodiest day in weeks 04 Jan 2006 A suicide bomber killed 36 people and wounded 40 at a Shia funeral and gunmen ambushed a vital fuel convoy outside Baghdad amid a wave of attacks that made Wednesday Iraq’s bloodiest day in weeks.
Iraq bomber kills 36 at funeral; 8 dead in Baghdad car blast 04 Jan 2006 A suicide bomber killed 36 people and wounded 40 at a Shi'ite funeral on Wednesday and a car bomb exploded in the holy city of Kerbala... A car bomb also went off in a Shi'ite district of Baghdad, killing at least eight people. The bombers defied a major security operation, launched to find the kidnapped sister of a government minister, to detonate the vehicle in the north of the city.
Fuel convoy ambushed near Baghdad -police 04 Jan 2006 Gunmen ambushed a convoy of 60 fuel tankers north of Baghdad on Wednesday, destroying 20 of them, police and oil officials said. A militant group, the Islamic Army in Iraq, claimed responsibility, posting a statement on an Internet site generally used by 'insurgents.' ['Insurgents,' or maybe those with an interest to slow the oil flow - and cause the prices to skyrocket?]
Iraq oil exports hit post-war low 02 Jan 2006 Oil exports from Iraq - which is estimated to have the world's second largest reserves - have hit a record post-war low, an Oil Ministry spokesman says.
U.S. to Seek Dismissal of Guantánamo Lawsuits --Bush administration wants federal judges to deny hearing habeas corpus petitions effecting at least 300 detainees 04 Jan 2006 The Bush regime notified federal trial judges in Washington that it would soon ask them to dismiss all lawsuits brought by prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, challenging their detentions, Justice Department officials said Tuesday. The action means that the administration is moving swiftly to take advantage of an amendment to the military bill that Dictator Bush signed into law last Friday. The amendment strips federal courts from hearing habeas corpus petitions from Guantánamo detainees.
DOJ to seek dismissal of challenges to Guantanamo detentions 03 Jan 2006 The Justice Department will seek dismissal of lawsuits from more than 300 Guantanamo Bay detainees fighting the legality of their confinement.
Former British envoy releases torture documents on web 30 Dec 2005 Craig Murray, Britain's former ambassador to Uzbekistan whose controversial memoirs have been blocked by the Foreign Office, today side-stepped the ban by releasing the most controversial documents [letters and legal opinion] in full on the internet.
the death of the Official Secrets Act By Craig Murray 03 Jan
2006 "...[O]n the torture telegrams, the [UK] government has been
caught using material from the World's most hideous torture chambers.
Jack Straw and Tony Blair have been caught lying about the fact that
they do this. And they have been shown to be completely impotent in
their efforts to suppress the truth when faced with blogger revolt and
modern technology. They can still try to prosecute
me if they want, but WE ARE THE PEOPLE!! And we cannot be suppressed."
[See: CLG's publication of the Murray documents:
Democracy in Uzbekistan - Confidential letters (.pdf) Confidential
letters from Ambassador Craig Murray 30 Dec 2005 "SUMMARY
1. We receive intelligence obtained under torture from the Uzbek intelligence
services, via the US. We should stop. It is bad information anyway...
4. In the period December 2002 to March 2003 I raised several times
the issue of intelligence material from the Uzbek security services
which was obtained under torture and passed to us via the CIA. I queried
the legality, efficacy and morality of the practice."
U.S. needs some brave ambassadors like Craig Murray By Amitabh Pal 03 Jan 2006 "The former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray, is a genuine hero. Where is his American counterpart? Murray has been an outspoken critic of Uzbekistan dictator Islam Karimov—and U.S. and U.K. indulgence of the tyrant—ever since Murray’s stint as ambassador from 2002 to 2004. He has most recently been in the news for publishing documents on his website revealing that the American and the British governments got information from the Uzbek regime that it extracted from prisoners using torture."
Bush, Cheney Fight for Patriot Act Renewal 04 Jan 2006 Dictator Bush and Vice pResident Dick Cheney will team up Wednesday to lobby Congress for a permanent extension of the Patriot Act... Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., said Bush should spend more time negotiating about the Patriot Act with Democrats and others on Capitol Hill and less on "staged meetings with hand-picked participants."
Cheney strongly defends eavesdropping 04 Jan 2006 Vice pResident Dick Cheney on Wednesday strongly defended a secret domestic eavesdropping operation and said had it been in place before the September 11 attacks the Pentagon might have been spared. [NO, because - one, the surveillance was already in operation prior to September 11, 2001, and two, the 9/11 terrorist attacks were authorized and/or carried out by agents working for the Bush regime.]
Secret Surveillance May Have Occurred Before Authorization 04 Jan 2006 Even before the White House formally authorized a secret program to spy on U.S. citizens without obtaining warrants, such eavesdropping was occurring and some of the information was being shared with the FBI, declassified correspondence and interviews with congressional and intelligence officials indicate.
Agency First Acted on Its Own to Broaden Spying, Files Show 04 Jan 2006 The National Security Agency acted on its own authority, without a formal directive from pResident Bush, to expand its domestic surveillance operations in the weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, according to declassified documents released Tuesday.
Morales Aligns Himself With Castro, Chavez 04 Jan 2006 President Hugo Chavez offered Bolivia's president-elect diesel fuel, trade benefits and help in financing his social reforms as the two leftists cemented ties, reasserting their opposition to U.S. policy in Latin America. [Odd, when Dictator Bush meets with John Howard and Tony Blair, the Associated Press does not insert adjectives such as 'rightist' or 'fascist' to describe them, but the AP adds the term 'leftist' whenver Chavez, Morales, or Castro is mentioned.]
Board Rescinds 'Intelligent Design' Policy 03 Jan 2006 The Dover (PA) school board on Tuesday rescinded its policy of presenting "intelligent design" as an alternative to evolution in high school biology classes, two weeks after a federal judge found the concept was religious and not scientific.
Bush to return Abramoff donations as scandal widens 04 Jan 2006 Dictator George Bush will pay back donations made to his 2004 re-election campaign by Jack Abramoff, the disgraced Republican lobbyist at the heart of a Capitol Hill bribery investigation, the White House said today.
Lobbyist Set to Plead Guilty in Florida; Second Plea in 2 Days 04 Jan 2006 A day after he pleaded guilty to three felony counts in Washington, Jack Abramoff, a once prominent Republican lobbyist, was set to plead guilty today in Miami to two charges of conspiracy and fraud in a case stemming from his purchase of a casino boat line in 2000.
Lobbyist Abramoff pleads guilty to Florida fraud 04 Jan 2006 Lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty on Wednesday to defrauding lenders in a Florida casino ship deal. The plea was part of an agreement to help prosecutors in a Washington influence-peddling probe that could involve top Republican lawmakers.
Bush Assistant Labor Secretary worked on troubled Abramoff accounts worth millions of dollars By John Byrne 04 Jan 2006 "A onetime member of Jack Abramoff's lobbying team who romanced Congress and opinion leaders for lobbying accounts valued at more than $11 million and shuttled members of Congress to the Northern Marianas Islands remains an Assistant Secretary in the Department of Labor, RAW STORY has found."
The man who bought off Washington --Lobbyist's guilty plea set to expose bribery scandal at the heart of US political system 04 Jan 2006 Jack Abramoff, the disgraced former Republican super-lobbyist, has agreed a deal with US government prosecutors, opening the way for what could be the biggest political influence peddling scandal in Washington for decades.
The DeLay-Abramoff Money Trail --Nonprofit Group Linked to Lawmaker Was Funded Mostly by Clients of Lobbyist 31 Dec 2005 The U.S. Family Network, a public advocacy group that operated in the 1990s with close ties to Rep. Tom DeLay and claimed to be a nationwide grass-roots organization, was funded almost entirely by corporations linked to embattled lobbyist Jack Abramoff, according to tax records and former associates of the group. During its five-year existence, the U.S. Family Network raised $2.5 million but kept its donor list secret. The list, obtained by The Washington Post, shows that $1 million of its revenue came in a single 1998 check from a now-defunct London law firm whose former partners would not identify the money's origins.
Jack Abramoff's "Cesspool of Corruption" By Robert Scheer 03 Jan 2006 "Ironically touting its commitment to 'moral fitness' for the nation, the front group with the multi-million dollar budget had a single staff member housed in the backroom of a capital townhouse it owned and rented out to other organizations linked to [Jack] Abramoff and Tom DeLay--the latter’s staffers called it, ominously, DeLay’s 'safe house...' In another scam detailed in the [Washington] Post story (which could be quickly optioned by Hollywood for a thriller), players in the mafia-dominated Russian energy industry slid a cool $1 million payment through a now-defunct London law firm into the U.S. Family Network’s account – which was, de facto, a slush fund for the Abramoff-DeLay network."
Mysterious illness could have Katrina ties 01 Jan 2006 "The abdominal cramps were extremely painful, the skin rash was still there and the vomiting was horrific," Pafford Ambulance Service EMT Greg Coleman said. "The doctor told me he had never seen anything like what my symptoms were and said he couldn’t diagnose what I had." ...The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Web site at www.ashp.org, has posted an article claiming several residents in other states who traveled to New Orleans in the wake of Katrina have come down with skin infections and rashes.
Louisiana gets its first FEMA bills, totaling $156 million 03 Jan 2006 Louisiana's first bills from FEMA for its share of federal hurricane recovery efforts arrived over the holidays, and they were a doozy: $155.7 million, with a 30-day due date before interest starts accruing. [Governor Blanco should send back to the Feds the mysterious illness, in lieu of payment.]
Twelve of 13 miners found dead after false rescue report By Jerry Isaacs 04 Jan 2006 "State officials in West Virginia have confirmed that 12 miners were killed in the massive explosion that ripped through the Sago Mine on Monday morning. The horrifying news came only hours after the miners’ families had been told, and CNN prominently reported, that all but one of the miners had been found alive and were being pulled up to safety."
Grieving family members 'lunged at company officials' [Good! We need to do more than lunge...] 04 Jan 2006 Family members of victims in a fatal mining accident became enraged and lunged at a coal company official after being told today that only one of 13 miners had survived a mine explosion, witnesses said. The scene unfolded inside the Sago Baptist Church, three hours after the family members had been told that 12 of the miners had survived...
Mine Where Explosion Occurred Was Cited for Hazards 04 Jan 2006 Federal authorities issued 21 citations last year for a build-up of combustible materials at the West Virginia mine where 12 men died, according to U.S. Labor Department statistics.
Safety Violations Have Piled Up at Coal Mine 04 Jan 2006 Time and again over the past four years, federal mining inspectors documented the same litany of problems at central West Virginia's Sago Mine: mine roofs that tended to collapse without warning. Faulty or inadequate tunnel supports. A dangerous buildup of flammable coal dust... That record, as reflected in dozens of federal inspection reports, shows a succession of operators struggling to overcome serious, long-standing safety problems, some of which could be part of the investigation into the cause of the explosion that trapped 13 miners.
On Tuesday, CLG Founder and Chair, Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D. and CLG General Manager, Lori Price, were interviewed on the L.A. Steel Show on Q-103 - WQQQ 103.3 FM, from Lakeville, CT. Q-103 serves the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut, Southern Berkshire County of Massachusetts and Dutchess and Columbia counties in New York State. The show starts airs from 8-10 PM EST; Mike will be interviewed shortly after 9PM. 03 Jan 2006
Book describes how CIA discounted Iraq intelligence 03 Jan 2006 ...New York Times reporter James Risen describes how the CIA ignored information that Iraq no longer had weapons of mass destruction. His book, "State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration" describes secret operations of the Bush regime's war on [of] terror.
"Since 9/11, the 'most covert tools of national-security policy have been misused.'" The Book Behind the Bombshell By Romesh Ratnesar 01 Jan 2006 "It now appears he [New York Times reporter James Risen]may pay a price for the disclosure: last Friday the Justice Department opened an investigation into who leaked the existence of the NSA program to the Times, raising the prospect of Risen's being compelled to reveal the identities of the 'nearly dozen' current and former officials who spoke to him about the program or face jail time for contempt of court."
Bush pushes for Patriot Act renewal 03 Jan 2006 Dictator George W. Bush opened a 30-day push to gain renewal of the anti[pro]-terrorism USA Patriot Act on Tuesday with a partisan blast at Democrats and a meeting with U.S. prosecutors who called the law essential.
Homeland Security Opened Kansas University Professor's Mail 20 Dec 2005 A retired Kansas University professor says the federal government has been poking into the mail he receives from abroad. Grant Goodman on Monday showed the Journal-World a recent letter he had received from a friend in the Philippines; it apparently had been opened, then re-closed with green tape bearing the seal of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and a message that it had been opened "by Border Protection."
Questions about CIA flights in store as Rice visits Europe 04 Jan 2006 US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrives in Germany Monday to start a four-country tour expected to be dogged by questions about reports of secret CIA prison camps and 'torture flights'.
Anger at refusal to reveal legal advice on possible torture flights 02 Jan 2006 Ministers were under attack last night for refusing to reveal secret legal advice on so-called American torture flights passing through Scottish airports. The Scottish Executive said it was not in the public interest [?!?] to disclose advice on extraordinary rendition, the process which critics believe involves the CIA flying terror suspects to be tortured in countries such as Morocco, Egypt and Uzbekistan.
Protests over CIA flights 07 Jan 2006 Protesters gathered outside three major Scottish airports before Christmas to make their voices heard against the US’s extraordinary rendition of "terror suspects"... Prestwick airport’s slogan of "Pure dead Brilliant!" was changed by protesters to "Pure dead Torture".
Car Bomb Kills 3 Iraqi Police 03 Jan 2006 Three Iraqi police officers were killed and 14 others were wounded today when a car bomb detonated alongside a bus in Baqubah, Iraq, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported.
Murtha says he wouldn't join military now 03 Jan 2006 Rep. John Murtha, a key Democratic voice who favors pulling U.S. troops from Iraq, said in remarks airing on Monday that he would not join the U.S. military today.
A Life, Wasted --Let's Stop This War Before More Heroes Are Killed By Paul E. Schroeder 03 Jan 2006 "Early on Aug. 3, 2005, we heard that 14 Marines had been killed in Haditha, Iraq. Our son, Lance Cpl. Edward "Augie" Schroeder II, was stationed there... Two painful questions remain for all of us. Are the lives of Americans being killed in Iraq wasted? Are they dying in vain? President [sic] Bush says those who criticize staying the course are not honoring the dead. That is twisted logic: honor the fallen by killing another 2,000 troops in a broken policy?"
Military Times Poll finds high morale, but less support for Bush, war effort 03 Jan 2006 Support for President [sic] Bush and for the war in Iraq has slipped significantly in the last year among members of the military’s professional core, according to the 2005 Military Times Poll.
New Device Will Sense Through Concrete Walls 03 Jan 2006 Troops conducting urban operations soon will have the capabilities of superheroes, being able to sense through 12 inches of concrete to determine if someone is inside a building. [Yes, but can it sense through Bush's head?]
UK 'cover-up' on Israel's nukes 09 Dec 2005 Britain is being accused of trying to cover up its role in helping Israel develop its nuclear weapons programme. In August, Newsnight revealed that more than 40 years ago, Britain sold heavy water, a key substance, to Israel.
Rules for Granting Terror Aid Are Overhauled 03 Jan 2006 Facing cuts in antiterrorism financing, the Department of Homeland Security announced today that it has overhauled its system for evaluating new requests for money from a $765 million aid program for cities.
Stand with Congressman Conyers --Demand Censure for Bush-Cheney Misconduct; Investigate Impeachable Offenses "I am taking steps against the Bush Administration’s handling of the Iraq War and its collection of intelligence. I am going to need you to stand with me in fighting for accountability." [Link to 'Demand Censure for Bush-Cheney Misconduct, Investigate Impeachable Offenses' petition, on the Conyers website.]
US lobbyist faces long prison sentence 04 Jan 2006 US lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy, tax evasion and mail fraud, clearing the way for him to cooperate in a massive US government investigation of influence peddling involving members of Congress. He faces 30 years in prison.
Abramoff Pleads Guilty to 3 Felony Charges 04 Jan 2006 Jack Abramoff, the once-powerful lobbyist at the center of a wide-ranging public corruption investigation, pleaded guilty yesterday to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials in a deal that requires him to provide evidence about members of Congress. The plea deal could have enormous legal and political consequences for the lawmakers on whom Abramoff lavished luxury trips, skybox fundraisers, campaign contributions, jobs for their spouses, and meals at Signatures, the lobbyist's upscale restaurant.
Summary of Charges Against Abramoff 03 Jan 2006 Details of the three federal charges to which lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty on Tuesday, according to a Justice Department filing in U.S. District Court
DeLay prosecutor subpoenas Abramoff documents 03 Jan 2006 The prosecutor in the Texas money laundering case against Rep. Tom DeLay issued subpoenas Tuesday looking for links between lobbyist Jack Abramoff and fundraising by the former majority leader.
Abramoff plea deal ties Ney to corruption --Feds say Ohio congressman got 'things of value' from lobbyist 03 Jan 2006 Rep. Bob Ney of Heath received a "stream of things of value" from a Washington lobbyist, according to a court document released this morning by the Department of Justice.
Plea deal may hurt top Republicans 03 Jan 2006 Embattled U.S. lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty on Tuesday to federal charges after agreeing to cooperate in a corruption probe that could involve several top Republican lawmakers, including former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
Police find 'Sharon bribe clues' 03 Jan 2006 Israeli police have evidence that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's family received $3m in bribes, it has been alleged on an Israeli television channel. Police have been investigating illegal political contributions allegedly made in 1999, when Mr Sharon was running for the leadership of the Likud Party.
Officials at mine rescue 'very discouraged' --Emergency workers speed up search efforts for 13 trapped miners 03 Jan 2006 Rescue crews scrapped their conservative approach to free 13 trapped miners Tuesday after efforts to contact the men went unanswered and air samples showed continued high levels of contaminated air.
Alert: EPA to Allow Pesticide Testing On Orphans & Mentally Handicapped Children (organicconsumers.org) 03 Jan 2006 "OCA's focal concerns with this proposed rule specifically involve the following portions of text within the EPA document." [Full EPA proposed rule -- .pdf and HTML versions]
Windows PCs face 'huge' virus threat 02 Jan 2006 Computer security experts were grappling with the threat of a new weakness in Microsoft’s Windows operating system that could put hundreds of millions of PCs at risk of infection by spyware or viruses.
Wiretapping plan bypassed National Security Council: Report 02 Jan 2006 The Bush administration plan for wiretapping without warrants was so sensitive that the "Lawyers' Group," an organisation of government attorneys in the National Security Council, was bypassed. Instead, the legal vetting was given to Alberto Gonzales, the then White House counsel 'Time' magazine quoted administration officials as saying.
Has Bush Gone Too Far? 01 Jan 2006 In 2002, Dictator Bush issued a secret Executive Order to allow the NSA to eavesdrop without a warrant on phone conversations, e-mail and other electronic communications, even when at least one party to the exchange was in the U.S.--the circumstance that would ordinarily trigger the warrant requirement. For four years, Bush's decision remained a closely guarded secret. Because the NSA program was so sensitive, Administration officials tell TIME, the "lawyers' group," an organization of fewer than half a dozen government attorneys the National Security Council convenes to review top-secret intelligence programs, was bypassed.
Ashcroft Refused to Sign Off On Bush's Warrantless Spying 09 Jan 2006 NEWSWEEK has learned that ferocious behind-the-scenes infighting stalled, for a time, the Bush administration's ambitious program of electronic spying on U.S. citizens at home and abroad. On one day in the spring of 2004, White House chief of staff Andy Card and the then White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales made a bedside visit to John Ashcroft, attorney general at the time, who was stricken with a rare and painful pancreatic disease, to try—without success—to get him to reverse his deputy, Acting Attorney General James Comey, who was balking at the warrantless eavesdropping.
White House investigates contractor's Web tracking 01 Jan 2006 Unbeknown to the Bush regime [Yeah, right!], an outside contractor has been using Internet tracking technologies that may be prohibited to analyze usage and traffic patterns at the White House's Web site, an official said.
Bush Says Spying 'Necessary' 02 Jan 2006 Dictator Bush today mounted his third defense in two weeks of his secret domestic spying program, calling his order authorizing warrantless eavesdropping on U.S. citizens a limited, legal program that Americans understand is protecting their security.
A Criminal Administration By Paul Craig Roberts 02 Jan 2006 "Caught in gratuitous and illegal spying on American citizens, the Bush administration has defended its illegal activity and set the Justice (sic) Department on the trail of the person or persons who informed the New York Times of Bush’s violation of law... Bush has actually declared it treasonous to reveal his illegal behavior! His propagandists, who masquerade as news organizations, have taken up the line: To reveal wrong-doing by the Bush administration is to give aid and comfort to the enemy... The Bush administration’s lies, felonies, and illegalities have revealed it to be a criminal administration with a police state mentality and police state methods."
Should the White House continue ordering selected wiretaps without warrants? MSNBC Poll --Yes, 13%; No, 86%; I don't know, 1%. *26642 responses [Poll snapshot: 19:04 EST 02 Jan 2006]
Muslim Scholars Were Paid to Aid U.S. Propaganda 02 Jan 2006 A Pentagon contractor that paid Iraqi newspapers to print positive articles written by American soldiers has also been compensating Sunni religious scholars in Iraq in return for assistance with its propaganda work, according to current and former employees.
Iraq Oil Minister 'Resigns' Under Pressure --Ahmad Chalabi Is New Iraq Oil Minister 02 Jan 2006 Iraq's oil minister said Monday he 'resigned' after the government last week gave him a forced vacation and replaced him with Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Chalabi following criticism about fuel price increases.
U.S. Has No Rebuilding Funds For Iraq 02 Jan 2006 The Bush regime does not intend to seek any new funds for Iraq 'reconstruction' in the budget request going before Congress in February, officials say. The decision signals the winding down of an $18.4 billion U.S. 'rebuilding' effort in which roughly half of the money was eaten away by the 'insurgency,' a buildup of Iraq's criminal justice system and the investigation and 'trial' of Saddam Hussein [NO, nearly ALL of the money was 'eaten away' by Bush's no-bid corpora-terrorists - Halliburton and Blackwater USA.]
SC National Guard told to leave $50 million worth of equipment in Iraq 02 Jan 2006 South Carolina National Guard units that deployed to Iraq last year had to leave $50 million in equipment behind and they are not sure when the items will be returned or even replaced.
Thirteen bombs injure 20 in Iraq 02 Jan 2006 Thirteen car bombs exploded in Iraq yesterday, including eight over three hours in Baghdad as 'insurgent' attacks continued.
Suicide Bombing Kills at Least 7 in Iraq 02 Jan 2006 A suicide bomber slammed an explosives-packed vehicle into a bus carrying police recruits in the central Iraqi city of Baqubah on Monday, killing at least seven other people and wounding 13, officials said.
Four U.S. Mercenaries Die in Iraq Accident 02 Jan 2006 Four U.S. mercenaries ['civilian contractors'] died in a non-hostile vehicle accident at Al Asad Air Base Jan 1.
Aljazeera crew freed after Kabul arrest 01 January 2006 Afghan police have released three Aljazeera employees in Kabul after holding them for hours, following their arrest by US forces earlier.
U.S. military shuts down soldiers' blogs 02 Jan 2006 As hundreds of soldiers overseas have started keeping Internet journals about the heat, the homesickness, the bloodshed, word speeds from the battlefront faster than ever. More and more, though, U.S. military commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan are clamping down on these military Web logs, known as milblogs.
Teacher pursues free speech lawsuit 26 Dec 2005 In the tense months before the United States invaded Iraq, elementary school teacher Deb Mayer was asked by one of her students whether she'd ever join an anti-war protest... That conversation in January 2003, which lasted all of five minutes, launched a nearly three-year odyssey for Mayer, who now lives in Madison, Wis. as she awaits the outcome of her federal lawsuit against the Monroe County, Ind., school system for firing her.
Ankara denies report US wants Turk base to hit Iran 02 Jan 2006 Turkey said on Monday that newspaper reports which say the United States has asked Ankara for permission to use military bases in Turkey for possible attacks on neighbouring Iran are not connected with reality.
Venezuela takes over 32 privately operated oilfields 01 Jan 2006 Thirty-two privately operated Venezuelan oilfields returned to state control Sunday with the start of the new year, the government said.
Toward an 'axis of good' 02 Jan 2006 Evo Morales, the president-elect of Bolivia, will travel to Venezuela this week from a visit to Cuba. But he would have been happy to travel to the US - except that Washington did not invite him. The Bolivian leader has good relations with Fidel Castro, in Cuba, and Hugo Chavez, in Venezuela, who are both critics of George Bush's government in the US...
U.S. Research Budget Worries Scientists 01 Jan 2006 Defense and space projects account for most increases in the $135 billion federal research and development budget next year, worrying scientists who fear that after years of growth the nation is beginning to skimp on technology that fuels marketplace innovation.
Lugar supports hearings on secret domestic spying order 02 Jan 2006 Indiana Senator Richard Lugar (R) says he supports congressional hearings to look into pResident Bush's contention that he had constitutional and congressional authority to authorize domestic wiretaps without a court order.
E-tracking, coming to a DMV near you 05 Dec 2005 By Declan McCullagh "The U.S. Department of Transportation has been handing millions of dollars to state governments for GPS-tracking pilot projects designed to track vehicles wherever they go... Now electronic tracking and taxing may be coming to a DMV near you. The Office of Transportation Policy Studies, part of the Federal Highway Administration, is about to announce another round of grants totaling some $11 million."
ACLU will provide cameras to tape police 31 Dec 2005 The St. Louis chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, a frequent critic of the city police, says it plans to arm residents of the city's north side with video cameras to record officers' dealings with the public.
Curfew plan to control unruly children 26 Dec 2005 Tearaway children will be subject to tough control orders and night-time curfews even before they commit a criminal offence under a new drive against anti-social behaviour.
Mega barf alert! Sen. John Kerry Keeps 2008 Options Open [Let's see... When the 2008 'election' is stolen by an even greater margin than the 2004 'election,' how many hours will it take Kerry or Gore to 'offer their concession' to the Bush terror team?] 02 Jan 2006 It's almost as if Sen. John Kerry never stopped running for president... The Massachusetts Democrat, defeated by Bush in 2004 [NO, Kerry won, but couldn't *wait* to concede to Bush right after the coup d'etat], insists it is far too early to talk about the 2008 race, but some analysts assume he has already positioning himself for another shot at the White House.
FEMA: Evacuees in Hotels Get New Deadline 02 Jan 2006 Hurricane Katrina evacuees around the nation who faced a Jan. 7 deadline for checking out of their government-funded hotel rooms have received a reprieve: Federal officials will keep paying for the rooms beyond that date as they iron out issues arising from a class-action lawsuit.
States Take Lead in Push to Raise Minimum Wages 02 Jan 2006 Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have acted on their own to set minimum wages that exceed the $5.15 an hour rate set by the federal government, and this year lawmakers in dozens of the remaining states will debate raising the minimum wage.
Bank of America, Absorbing MBNA, Is No. 1 in Credit Cards 02 Jan 2006 The Bank of America Corporation became the nation's No. 1 credit card issuer yesterday as it completed its $34.2 billion acquisition of the MBNA Corporation.
Australia battles wildfires as new year brings record heatwave --Sydney records highest temperature since 1939 --Buildings destroyed as fires burn out of control 02 Jan 2006 Sydney sweltered through its hottest New Year's Day on record yesterday as blowtorch conditions pushed the mercury to 44.2C (112F), causing power blackouts and sparking more than 40 bushfires along Australia's east coast.
NSA Gave Other U.S. Agencies Information From Surveillance --Fruit of Eavesdropping Was Processed and Cross-Checked With Databases 01 Jan 2006 Information captured by the National Security Agency's secret eavesdropping on communications between the United States and overseas has been passed on to other government agencies, which cross-check the information with tips and information collected in other databases, current and former administration officials said.
Justice Deputy Resisted Parts of Spy Program 01 Jan 2006 A top Justice Department official objected in 2004 to aspects of the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program and refused to sign on to its continued use amid concerns about its legality and oversight, according to officials with knowledge of the tense internal debate. The concerns appear to have played a part in the temporary suspension of the secret program.
Top Bush officials should testify on NSA: Senator 01 Jan 2006 Top White House and Justice Department officials should be called to testify before a U.S. Senate committee investigating a secret domestic eavesdropping program, Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer said on Sunday.
Schumer Seeks Motive in U.S. Spy Probe 01 Jan 2006 The investigation into leaks about a domestic spying program should determine whether the motivation was damaging security or revealing a potentially illegal activity, a Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Sunday. ''There are differences between felons [that would be Bush] and whistleblowers, and we ought to wait 'til the investigation occurs to decide what happened,'' said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.
Leak Hypocrisy 31 Dec 2005 By Larry C. Johnson "The Bush Administration's new offensive against leakers just reminds us that when the President's political standing is at stake all is fair if the purpose is to protect the Pres...., er I mean the nation. Too bad George Bush did not express the same outrage when Scooter Libby, Karl Rove, and others in his employ, told eager journalists that Joe Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, was a CIA operative... I also seem to recall that the Bush White House used leaks in the midst of the 2004 Presidential campagin to burnish the President's image and keep Americans on edge."
Suspected CIA tactics spread outrage in EU 01 Jan 2006 It is difficult to name a Western European nation that has not announced some kind of investigation into whether the U.S. has been using its airports or airspace to ferry 'terrorist' suspects to countries such as Egypt, Syria and Jordan for interrogations. "Renditions," as the CIA calls that practice, have become an incendiary issue in Sweden, Norway, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, France, Great Britain, Spain, Portugal and Malta. A report that the CIA secretly detained high-level 'Al Qaeda' operatives in Eastern Europe has caused additional turmoil in Poland and Romania, considered the most likely host nations.
CIA may need decade to rebuild clandestine service 01 Jan 2006 A former CIA counterterrorism officer who tracked Osama bin Laden through the mountains of Afghanistan says the U.S. spy agency could need a decade to build up its clandestine service for the U.S. war on [of] terrorism.
UK police gain greater arrest powers 01 Jan 2006 British police will be able to arrest anyone for any criminal offence, including minor misdemeanours such as dropping litter, under new laws which come into force with the new year... The new law requires only that the police have reasonable grounds for believing that a person's arrest is necessary. This can include a suspect's refusal to give their name and address.
Pupils Being Given 'Patriotism' Tests in Washington State Schools By Paul Joseph Watson 30 Dec 2005 "Children in Washington State are being given 'Patriotism tests' which are completely unrelated to their studies. The paper gauges whether or not the student shows fealty to the power of the state and whether the student believes in the right to overthrow a corrupt government."
At the sound of the beep . . . By Doug De Clue 31 Dec 3005 "I've included a sample script below that may be helpful to your readers when recording an outgoing message on their answering machine in the future in light of President [sic] Bush's determination to continue to use the NSA to spy on American citizens..."
Government Prepares for Next Big [Bush] Disaster 01 Jan 2006 The Bush administration is retooling its disaster plan to react more quickly to the next catastrophe. [The Bush regime *is* the disaster!] Chief among the changes to the original 426-page plan are several ideas for rushing federal resources to a stricken area, including: Dropping small military or civilian vehicles, packed with communications gear, into a disaster zone by helicopter or driving them from nearby staging areas. Helping local and state police catch looters and snipers by providing federal law enforcement officers if requested.
'US planning strike against Iran' 31 Dec 2005 The United States government reportedly began coordinating with NATO its plans for a possible military attack against Iran. The German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel collected various reports from the German media indicating that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization are examining the prospects of such a strike.
Military fears big Afghan losses 01 Jan 2006 British troops set to deploy to southern Afghanistan this spring could sustain losses on a scale not seen since the Falklands war, military intelligence officers have warned. They say insurgent forces in the south are preparing for a large offensive by Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, backed by sophisticated weapons and training from Iran. [Iran? LOL! The GOP media whores are going to start fabricating evidence linking 'al Qaeda' to Iran, in order to justify Bush's next illegal invasion.]
US forces step up Iraq airstrikes 01 Jan 2006 American forces are dramatically stepping up air attacks on insurgents in Iraq as they prepare to start the withdrawal of ground troops in the spring.
844 in U.S. Military Killed in Iraq in 2005 01 Jan 2006 At least 844 American service members were killed in Iraq in 2005, nearly matching 2004's total of 848, according to information released by the United States government and a nonprofit organization that tracks casualties in Iraq.
Thousands of US troops to oversee Iraqi police 31 Dec 2005 Thousands of American troops will be assigned to Iraqi police units to monitor their work and rein in [promote] those who abuse prisoners, according to US military officials in Baghdad.
12 Car Bombs Detonated in Iraq 01 Jan 2006 'Insurgents' exploded 13 car bombs across Iraq on Sunday, including eight in Baghdad within a three-hour span, but the New Year's Day bombings killed no one and injured only 20 people, police said.
Mortar attacks on Green Zone 31 Dec 2005 At least three mortars have been fired at the Green Zone in central Baghdad and sirens were heard wailing throughout the heavily fortified area.
Jazeera TV team freed in Kabul after interrogation by U.S., Afghan forces 01 Jan 2006 U.S. and Afghan forces released the Kabul correspondent of the Arab television station Al Jazeera, his driver and a cameraman on Sunday hours after holding and questioning them, the station said.
Number of nations sending troops to Iraq declining 01 Jan 2006 The number of countries providing troops to serve in Iraq as part of the American-led occupation is declining, and some key U.S. allies have announced plans to keep forces there only at reduced levels.
N. Korea Urges U.S. Pullout From S. Korea 01 Jan 2006 North Korea on Sunday accused the United States of seeking to start a new war on the Korean Peninsula, vowing to boost its own military and calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from South Korea.
150+ 9/11 'Smoking Guns' Found in the Mainstream Media By Killtown 29 Dec 2005
FEMA dumps unused hurricane drinking water 31 Dec 2005 One million cans of drinking water donated for hurricane relief have been emptied and recycled because the water was never used at Texas and Louisiana hurricane shelters, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said.
Florida gets an F in science 30 Dec 2005 A new state-by-state analysis by an influential education foundation concludes that Florida's standards are among the worst in the nation - with a big reason being its failure to adequately explain evolution. The report by the Washington,D.C.-based Fordham Institute calls Florida's standards "thin," "naive," "disappointing" - and in some cases, flat wrong.
2 taxes on wealthy expiring --5-year phaseout starts Jan. 1; move to cost treasury $27 billion 31 Dec 2005 They call them the PEP and Pease provisions of tax law, and they are on their way out. If you are wealthy, this should make you smile. You could be a little richer.
Democrats Want Congress to Rethink Budget 31 Dec 2005 Reconsidering the federal budget should be one of Congress' first priorities in the new year, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Saturday in the Democrats' weekly radio address.
Grand jury decision on Ohio reactor may come soon 31 Dec 2005 Ohio residents are expected to learn next month whether criminal charges will be filed against any current or former FirstEnergy Corp. employees linked to the near-rupture of Davis-Besse's old nuclear reactor head in 2002. The reactor head became so dangerously thinned out by uncontrolled acid that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has repeatedly called it an avoidable safety lapse that posed the greatest risk to the public since the partial meltdown of the Three Mile Island Unit 2 reactor near Harrisburg, Pa., in 1979.
Report blasts lack of oversight of test fields --Investigators say the USDA lacks details on what happens with pharma-crops. 30 Dec 2005 The U.S. Department of Agribusiness ['Agriculture'] has failed to properly oversee field trials of genetically engineered crops, including plants designed to produce chemicals for medical and industrial uses, investigators say. A report released Thursday by the USDA's inspector general said the department "lacks basic information" on where field tests are or what is done with the crops after they are harvested.
U.S. to investigate mercury levels in canned fish 31 Dec 2005 The Food and Drug Administration will investigate whether tens of millions of cans of tuna sold each year contain potentially hazardous levels of mercury.
Tropical Storm Zeta lingers over open Atlantic 01 Jan 2006 A slightly weakened Tropical Storm Zeta lingered over the open Atlantic on Sunday, a month after the end of the official Atlantic and Caribbean hurricane season. Zeta is the 27th named storm of a season that broke a whole catalogue of weather records...
White House will continue to track Internet 30 Dec 2005 The White House said Friday its Web site will keep using Internet tracking technologies, deciding that they aren't prohibited after all under 2003 federal privacy guidelines. [It is time for us to start 'bugging' them. 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..."]
Covert CIA Program Withstands New Furor 30 Dec 2005 The effort pResident Bush authorized shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, to fight [foment] al Qaeda has grown into the largest CIA covert action program since the height of the Cold War, expanding in size and ambition despite a growing outcry at home and abroad over its clandestine tactics, according to former and current intelligence officials and congressional and administration sources.
US investigates Bush spying leak 30 Dec 2005 The US justice department has opened an inquiry into how information about Dictator George Bush's secret spying programme was leaked, officials say. The investigation is expected to focus on how the New York Times newspaper obtained the information. [Why doesn't the 'Justice' Department investigate Bush - for breaking the law - instead of probing the source of the leak?!?]
U.S. Justice Department Probes NSA Eavesdropping Leak 30 Dec 2005 The U.S. Justice Department has opened a probe into who revealed a secret domestic eavesdropping program authorized by Dictator George W. Bush.
Bush signs 5-week extension of Patriot Act 30 Dec 2005 Dictator George W. Bush on Friday signed legislation extending key provisions of the anti[pro]-terrorism USA Patriot Act until February 3, despite earlier objecting to anything short of a permanent renewal.
Leahy wants to know about Pentagon spying on protests 30 Dec 2005 Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) wants the Defense Department to give him the details about two Vermont anti-war protests that were monitored by government officials.
Brit envoy says UK lied on torture 30 Dec 2005 The British government was accused Friday of lying over its connivance at the use of torture by one of its own ambassadors. Craig Murray, former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan, has posted on his personal website a series of documents that the British government sought to suppress and that appear to buttress his charges.
U.S. to Restrict Iraqi Police 30 Dec 2005 After a series of prison abuse scandals that have inflamed sectarian tensions, U.S. officials announced plans Thursday to rein in Iraqi special police forces, increasing the number of American troops assigned to work with them and requiring consultations before the Iraqis mount raids in Baghdad. [?!? The US has been directing the abuse and raids in order to inflame the sectarian tensions and hence justify continuing the occupation.]
US reports surge in Guantanamo hunger strike 30 Dec 2005 The number of Guantanamo Bay prisoners taking part in a hunger strike that began nearly five months ago has surged to 84 since Christmas Day, the U.S. military said on Thursday.
UN concern at Guantanamo force-feeding 30 Dec 2005 There are credible allegations that Guantanamo hunger strikers are being force-fed in a cruel manner, the UN special rapporteur on torture has said.
US denies guards force-feed Guantanamo hunger strikers 31 Dec 2005 The United States is denying allegations that its methods of force-feeding hunger strikers at the Guantanamo Bay military base constitute torture. The United Nations special rapporteur on torture, Manfred Nowak, says visiting lawyers have made well-substantiated allegations of cruelty.
Two Soldiers Die in Iraq 30 Dec 2005 A Task Force Baghdad soldier died today when a roadside bomb struck his patrol vehicle in southern Baghdad, and a soldier assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, died of wounds suffered from enemy small-arms fire Dec. 29 in Fallujah.
Five killed, 23 injured in Baghdad blasts 30 Dec 2005 At least five people were killed and 23 wounded when two mortars hit a busy street in central Baghdad on Friday, officials said.
Uranium suspected in Iraq merc's death 29 Dec 2005 The death of a Peruvian security guard who had worked in Iraq may have been caused by exposure to depleted uranium.
Mega barf alert! Ahmed Chalabi Named Iraqi Oil Minister 30 Dec 2005 Iraqi Oil Minister Ibrahim Bahr al-Uloum has been temporarily released from his post amid a dispute over the government's petrol pricing policy. He is to be replaced for 30 days by 'Deputy Prime Minister' [CIA troll] Ahmed Chalabi. Mr Bahr al-Uloum had publicly objected to the Iraqi government's decision this month to raise petrol prices threefold.
Exxon Mobil terrorists trolling for more profits: Long Lines Form in Baghdad as Major Refinery Shuts Down 30 Dec 2005 Long lines formed at gas stations in Baghdad on Friday as word spread that Iraq's largest oil refinery had shut down in the face of threats against truck drivers, and fears grew of a gas shortage. [Gee, I wonder who is making the threats... Let's see.. who would benefit from an oil refinery shutdown - the 'insurgents?' LOL.]
Two-Thirds of Australians Regret Iraq War 31 Dec 2005 Many adults in Australia believe their government made a mistake in joining the coalition effort, according to a Newspoll published in The Australian. 66 per cent of respondents think it was not worth it going to war in Iraq, up eight points in a year.
German media: U.S. preparing Iran strike 30 Dec 2005 The Bush regime is preparing its NATO allies for a possible military strike against suspected nuclear sites in Iran in the New Year, according to German media reports, reinforcing similar earlier suggestions in the Turkish media.
Is Washington Planning a Military Strike? 30 Dec 2005 Recent reports in the German media suggest that the United States may be preparing its allies for an imminent military strike against facilities that are part of Iran's suspected clandestine nuclear weapons program.
NATO will take fight into southern Afghanistan, says U.S. commander 30 Dec 2005 A U.S. commander expressed confidence Friday that NATO-led peacekeeping troops will aggressively keep up the fight against 'insurgents' when they take over control of southern Afghanistan from American troops in the spring.
10 Commandments OK'd at courthouse 21 Dec 2005 A Cincinnati appeals court ruled Tuesday that a Kentucky courthouse can display the Ten Commandments alongside other historical documents, even though the U.S. Supreme Court recently barred a similar display 50 miles away.
Authorities urge states to find 2,000 evacuee sex offenders 30 Dec 2005 Governors in states that accepted Katrina evacuees are being urged to locate about 2,000 registered sex offenders who fled the Gulf region during the hurricane's mayhem and may have vanished from legally required tracking. [They should start searching for the thousands of missing children snagged by numerous GOPedophilia rings.]
An Extensive Web of Financial Ties --Nonprofit Group Linked to DeLay Was Funded Mostly by Clients of Abramoff 31 Dec 2005 The U.S. Family Network, a public advocacy group that operated in the 1990s with close ties to Rep. Tom DeLay and claimed to be a nationwide grass-roots organization, was funded almost entirely by corporations linked to embattled lobbyist Jack Abramoff, according to tax records and former associates of the group.
Congress Is Asked to Raise Debt Limit 30 Dec 2005 Treasury Secretary John W. Snow said yesterday that the United States could be unable to pay its bills in early 2006 unless Congress raises the government's borrowing authority, which is now capped at $8.18 trillion.
Stocks drop, Dow's loss for year first since '02 30 Dec 2005 U.S. stocks fell in the year's final trading session on Friday, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average to its first loss since 2002...
Oil Prices End 2005 40 Percent Higher 30 Dec 2005 Oil futures settled above $61 a barrel Friday and finished 40 percent higher than they started in 2005, capping a tough year for energy consumers but a great one for the petroleum industry as prices soared.
Heating costs imperil those who rely on aid --Lagging subsidies bring fears of a harsh winter 30 Dec 2005 The maximum combined federal and state government subsidy this winter for Massachusetts is $765, and most households on the margins receive less. But with surging world demand driving up energy prices, that amount covers only one-quarter to one-third of a household's winter heating needs, said energy specialists.
Touch-screen voting machines a go 30 Dec 2005 (Penn.) Westmoreland County's commissioners voted unanimously in favor of purchasing touch-screen voting machines from a Nebraska company after hearing concerns from a number of people who feel the wrong choice was made.
Tropical storms forming in late December... Gee, do you think global warming is a problem? Tropical Storm Zeta forms in Atlantic 30 Dec 2005 Tropical Storm Zeta formed Friday in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, another installment in a record-breaking hurricane season that officially ended last month. Zeta, the 27th storm of the season, formed Friday about 1,000 miles south-southwest of the Azores islands, according to an advisory posted on the National Hurricane Center's Web site.
to Uzbekistan goes public on torture 30 Dec 2005 Britain's former
ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray, has defied the Foreign Office
by publishing on the internet documents providing evidence that the
British Government knowingly received information extracted by torture
in the "war on terror".
US frees Aussie from the hell of Abu Ghraib 30 Dec 2005 Australian Ahmed Aziz Rafiq, who travelled to Iraq to marry his cousin and ended up imprisoned in the notorious Abu Ghraib jail for "security reasons" has finally been released by the US military, after being held without charge for almost two years.
US to spend £30million on Iraq prisons to hold 'insurgents' 30 Dec 2005 American forces in Iraq have launched a £30 million programme to expand military prisons after the number of suspected 'insurgents' in custody doubled to 15,000.
US fighter jets kill 10 in northern Iraq 29 Dec 2005 US fighter jets dropped two 500-pound bombs on suspected 'insurgents' in a northern Iraq town, killing 10 people, the US military said in a statement today.
Roadside Bomb Kills Soldier in Eastern Baghdad 29 Dec 2005 A U.S. soldier was killed in Baghdad today, and Defense Department officials have announced the identities of five soldiers killed in action earlier.
Pentagon propaganda program orders soldiers to promote Iraq war while home on leave By Doug Thompson 29 Dec 2005 "...[H]undreds of American military men and women returned to the United States on holiday leave this month with orders to sell the Iraq war to a skeptical public. The program, coordinated through a Pentagon operation dubbed 'Operation Homefront,' ordered military personnel to give interviews to their hometown newspapers, television stations and other media outlets and praise the American war effort in Iraq."
As Bush bumbles his way toward Armageddon: Pentagon Shakes Up Doomsday Hierarchy 29 Dec 2005 In a Bush regime revision of plans for Pentagon succession in a doomsday scenario, three of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's most loyal advisers moved ahead of the secretaries of the Army, Navy and Air Force... In its current incarnation, the doomsday plan moves to near the top three undersecretaries who are Rumsfeld loyalists and who previously worked for Vice pResident Dick Cheney when he was defense secretary.
Victory in name only --Empty talk of turning points has failed to stop Bush's election [sic] triumph being reduced to ashes By Sidney Blumenthal 30 Dec 2005 "In his second inaugural address, George Bush four times summoned the image of fire - 'a day of fire', 'we have lit a fire', 'fire in the minds of men', and 'untamed fire'. Over the course of the first year of his second term, all four of the ancient Greek elements have wreaked havoc: the fire of war, the air and water of Hurricane Katrina, the earth ravaged by whirlwinds raging from Iraq to Florida, from Louisiana to Washington."
Marines pays $100K for retooled Vietnam-era jeep 29 Dec 2005 The Marine Corps is paying General Dynamics $100,000 apiece for a revamped Vietnam-era jeep, Pentagon records show. That's seven times what a deluxe commercial version of the vehicle costs. It's also three times what U.S. Export-Import Bank records show the Dominican Republic paid four years ago for a military version of the vehicle, called the Growler, a recycled version of the M151 jeep.
U.S. No Longer Promoting Landmine Ban 28 Dec 2005 In 1994, the United States was the first nation to call for the elimination of landmines that killed and maimed hundreds of thousands of innocent people around the world... Today, Washington not only stands in opposition to an international treaty that bans the use and production of antipersonnel landmines, but intends to make new ones too.
US intelligence service bugged website visitors despite ban --Agency apologises for use of 'cookie' tracking files --Exposure adds to pressure over White House powers 30 Dec 2005 The intelligence service at the centre of the row over eavesdropping tracked visitors to its website, despite US government regulations. Monitoring files, known as "cookies", were discovered by a privacy activist at a time when the White House is on the defensive about its use of the National Security Agency to monitor the communications of US citizens.
NSA just one of many federal agencies spying on Americans By Doug Thompson 27 Dec 2005 "Spying on Americans by the super-secret National Security Agency is not only more widespread than President [sic] George W. Bush admits but is part of a concentrated, government-wide effort to gather and catalog information on U.S. citizens, sources close to the administration say."
Police-State Powers Are Our Biggest Threat By Martin Garbus 26 Dec 2005 "What has happened in this country? ...If or when there’s another terrorist attack, the government will seek more powers, claiming that it shows current laws are inadequate... The attempt to end habeas corpus started at Guantánamo; it is now spreading to the rest of America... The legal system to treat the new prisoners of the war on terror, created out of thin air, disgraces us. No one ever before suggested such a legal system—not during the Civil War, not during World War I or World War II, and not during the Cold War. We are better than military commissions, Abu Ghraib, Guantánamo, the Patriot Act and 'rendition'—the sending of prisoners overseas to be tortured at C.I.A.-controlled prisons. This country is approaching a dangerous turning point." [a must read]
Mandatory anthrax inoculations should resume, court told 22 Dec 2005 A government agency’s ruling that the controversial anthrax vaccine is safe should clear the way for resumption of mandatory shots for military personnel, government attorneys argue in a new court filing.
Effects of Anthrax vaccine downplayed 20 Dec 2005 The Pentagon never told Congress about more than 20,000 hospitalizations involving troops who took the anthrax vaccine from 1998 through 2000, despite repeated promises that such cases would be publicly disclosed. Instead, generals and Defense Department officials claimed that fewer than 100 people were hospitalized or became seriously ill after receiving the shot, according to an investigation by the Daily Press of Newport News.
Special Report: Anthrax Puzzle 04 - 07 Dec 2005 (The Daily Press) "Who's telling the truth about the military's anthrax vaccine? The Pentagon and government-financed experts, who say the drug is safe and effective? Or veterans who say their health took a nose-dive after they got the shot? Now that troops have a choice, they have to decide whom to trust. Decide for yourself, as the Daily Press brings you four days of coverage."
Bad vaccines may trigger bird flu: expert 29 Dec 2005 China is most likely using substandard poultry vaccine or not enough good vaccine, which would explain recent outbreaks of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus in poultry, a prominent virologist said on Thursday. Dr Robert Webster, of St Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, said the problem of substandard vaccines was not exclusive to China. [And, that is Bush's main reason behind his efforts to make the deadly vaccines mandatory and to remove all manufacturer liability. When the bird flu pandemic arrives, Bush will invoke police state measures while he pursues further dictatorial power. See article summaries, below.]
US uses live bird flu viruses in vaccine experiment 18 Dec 2005 In an isolation ward of a Baltimore hospital, up to 30 'volunteers' will participate this April in a bold experiment: A vaccine made with a live version of the most notorious bird flu will be sprayed into their noses.
U.S. [Bioterror] Team Will Test Live-Virus 18 Dec 2005 Bird Flu Vaccine Researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health will soon recruit 30 human volunteers to test the effectiveness of a vaccine containing a live but weakened form of the H5N1 bird flu virus.
U.S. House approves $3.8 billion for avian flu [for pharma-terrorists] 19 Dec 2005 The U.S. House of Representatives early on Monday approved $3.78 billion to begin preparations for a possible avian flu epidemic. The bill would also shield manufacturers of vaccines and drugs from lawsuits during an epidemic.
House OKs Liability Protections for Drug Makers 19 Dec 2005 Drug manufacturers are a step closer toward winning the liability protections they say they need before investing in medicines to combat a bird flu pandemic. Opponents described the protections, approved early Monday by the House, as a "massive Christmas bonus to the drug companies." Consumers seeking damages on claims they were harmed by a vaccine would have to prove willful misconduct on the part of the drug manufacturers.
Bird-Flu Bill Slammed as Loophole for Drugmakers 19 Dec 2005 Bird flu preparedness legislation headed for a final vote in the Senate this week would create loopholes allowing vaccine makers to avoid legal liability even if a patient is harmed by negligence, critics said today.
White House holds bird flu drill with military leaders 10 Dec 2005 Warning an outbreak may be inevitable, the White House on Saturday conducted a test of its readiness for a feared bird flu pandemic and said federal agencies fared "quite well" [Yes, they did so well with Hurricane Katrina, I can hardly wait for their response to a bird flu pandemic.] without offering any details. Cabinet secretaries, military leaders and other top officials took part in the four-hour tabletop drill, which officials said was designed to assess the level of federal preparedness for a possible outbreak of bird flu or another deadly virus. "This is about being ready for what inevitably will come," Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt said. [How does Leavitt know that a pandemic is 'inevitable?' Apparently, the Bush bioterror team is ready to attack, and a full-blown police state is surely on the way.]
Secretive agency proposed to develop vaccines, drugs 03 Dec 2005 The proposed Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency, or BARDA, would be exempt from long-standing open records and meetings laws that apply to most government departments, according to legislation approved Oct. 18 by the Senate health committee. The agency would be exempt from the Freedom of Information and Federal Advisory Committee acts, both considered crucial for monitoring government accountability.
God V Google --Pope's internet warning 26 Dec 2005 The Pope yesterday warned against technology and progress becoming a modern god in his first Christmas message... The Pope - wearing a gold cape and mitre - also urged humanity to unite against terrorism, poverty and environmental blight. And he called for a "new world order" to help fight [foment] poverty.
FEMA spent nearly $274,000 to store relief ice in Portland 29 Dec 2005 The Federal Emergency Management Agency spent nearly $274,000 to store thousands of bags of ice in Portland, Maine, that were initially bought for hurricane relief efforts more than 1,500 miles away.
Homeland Security poorly managed: audit [Nah... 'ya think?] 29 Dec 2005 Nearly three years after Dictator George W. Bush created the Department of Homeland Security after the September 11 attacks, the sprawling agency still faces management problems that were partly to blame for the poor response to Hurricane Katrina, an internal audit showed.
President Bush's "Brownie" quote wins award 29 Dec 2005 Call it the wrong phrase at the wrong time but "Brownie, you're doing a heckuva job" was named on Thursday as U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush's most memorable phrase of 2005. The ill-timed praise of a now disgraced agency head became a national punch line for countless jokes and pointed comments about the administration's handling of the Hurricane Katrina disaster and added to the president's reputation for verbal gaffes and clumsy turns of phrase...
Leave evolution out of standards, Bush says 28 Dec 2005 Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said last week he did not think Darwin's theory of evolution needed to be part of the state's public school science standards, according to an account in the Miami Herald.
Black Lawmakers Vow to Repeal Ga. Voter Law --Black Lawmakers Vow to Repeal Georgia Law Requiring Photo ID to Vote 29 Dec 2005 At the end of a losing battle during the past legislative session, Georgia state Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan burst into the civil rights anthem "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around" to protest the passage of a law requiring voters to show a photo ID at the polls.
Double dose of snow set to fall 29 Dec 2005 Much of Britain continued to shiver through sub-zero temperatures as forecasters warned of more bitterly cold weather and snow on the way.
In pictures: Cold snap in Europe 28 Dec 2005
White House wants Sahara Desert as new front for war on [of] terror 27 Dec 2005 The U.S. government reportedly plans to spend $500 million over five years to make the Sahara Desert a vast new front in its war on [of] terrorism. The operation is called the Trans-Sahara Counter-Terrorism Initiative, begun in June to provide military expertise, equipment and 'development aid' to nine Saharan countries.
Army Can't Account For $68 Million In Parts and Tools 28 Dec 2005 The Army can't account for $68 million in parts and tools shipped to contractors for repairs in 2004 because it doesn't demand receipts [?!?], congressional auditors said Wednesday. "Although the (Defense Department) policy requires the military services to confirm receipt of all assets shipped to contractors, the Army is not consistently recording shipment receipts in its inventory management systems," the Government Accountability Office said in a 34-page report.
'US tortures Iraqi prisoners' 28 Dec 2005 A former prisoner held by the United States military with senior officials of Saddam Hussein's ousted Iraqi government charged on Wednesday that fellow detainees had been tortured, some of them to death.
Iraqi police kill rioting prisoners 28 Dec 2005 Iraqi police have shot dead several prisoners in a shootout at a Baghdad military base after one prisoner grabbed a weapon from a guard and opened fire.
Two Americans Killed in Afghan Attacks 29 Dec 2005 Two soldiers, an American and an Afghan, were killed and two U.S. service members were wounded in a roadside bomb attack Wednesday in eastern Afghanistan, a U.S. military spokesman said.
Marines in Iraq exempt from fat limits 28 Dec 2005 The U.S. Marines decided the battle of the bulge should be fought only on U.S. soil and those in Iraq are exempt from the corps' rigid weight-loss program. [Yeah, I guess it was a bit hypocritical of the Armed Forces to enforce soldiers' fat limits while simultaneously carrying out a massive recruitment drive on pizza delivery boxes. See: Guard Turns to Pizza, iTunes for Recruiting 26 Dec 2005 --LRP]
U.S.-led coalition in Iraq continues to shrink --Bulgaria, Ukraine withdraw; Poland reduces its force 28 Dec 2005 The U.S.-led international military coalition [occupation] in Iraq shrank further Tuesday after Bulgaria and Ukraine completed troop withdrawals and Poland announced it was reducing its contingent by 40 percent while switching to a noncombat role.
Is the US State Department still keeping April Glaspie under wraps? By Kaleem Omar 25 Dec 2005 "It is now more than fifteen years since that fateful meeting on July 25, 1990 between then-US Ambassador to Iraq April Glaspie and President Saddam Hussein that the Iraqi leader interpreted as a green light from Washington for his invasion of Kuwait eight days later. The US State Department, which is said to have placed a gag order on Glaspie in August 1990 prohibiting her from talking to the media about what had transpired at that meeting, is apparently still keeping her under wraps despite the fact that she retired from the American Foreign Service in 2002."
NSA Web site puts 'cookies' on computers 28 Dec 2005 The National Security Agency's Internet site has been placing files on visitors' computers that can track their Web surfing activity despite strict federal rules banning most of them.
Spy Agency Removes Illegal Tracking Files 29 Dec 2005 The National Security Agency's Internet site has been placing files on visitors' computers that can track their Web surfing activity despite strict federal rules banning most files of that type. The files, known as cookies, disappeared after a privacy activist complained and The Associated Press made inquiries this week.
Wiretaps fail to make dent in terror war; al Qaeda used messengers 26 Dec 2005 U.S. law enforcement sources said that more than four years of surveillance by the National Security Agency has failed to capture any high-level al Qaeda operative in the United States. They said al Qaeda 'insurgents' have long stopped using the phones and even computers to relay messages. Instead, they employ couriers.
Terrorism cases in US may be reopened after wiretap scandal 29 Dec 2005 Defence lawyers in several terrorism cases in the United States are planning to appeal against the convictions of their clients on the ground that evidence may have been garnered from illegal wiretapping by a federal government surveillance agency.
Homeland Security Is Faulted in Audit --Inspector General Points to FEMA, Cites Mismanagement Among Problems 29 Dec 2005 Nearly three years after it was formed, the immense Department of Homeland Security remains hampered by severe management and financial problems that contributed to the flawed response to Hurricane Katrina, according to an independent audit released yesterday.
Airport security uses talk as tactic 28 Dec 2005 The Transportation Security Administration plans to train screeners at 40 major airports next year to pick out possible terrorists by engaging travelers in a casual conversation to detect whether a person appears nervous or evasive and needs extra scrutiny.
Terror suspect challenges US president's 'unchecked' power 28 Dec 2005 Lawyers for an American 'war on terror' detainee said they had petitioned the Supreme Court to examine the US president's powers, citing "the danger of an unchecked Executive Branch".
Supreme Court asked to transfer Padilla 28 Dec 2005 The U.S. government on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to transfer American "enemy combatant" Jose Padilla from U.S. military custody to federal authorities in Florida -- one week after an appeals court refused a similar request.
British court rules Guantánamo detainee David Hicks entitled to UK citizenship By Richard Phillips 28 Dec 2005 "In a politically embarrassing decision for the Australian government, a British High Court has ruled that Australian citizen David Hicks, who has been incarcerated in Guantánamo Bay for almost four years, has the right to a UK passport."
Billboard shows world leaders in ménage à trois --Austrian chancellor yanks art project showing British queen, Bush, Chirac 28 Dec 2005 A Vienna-wide art project by 'euroPART,' an independent artists’ group, depicts US Dictator George W. Bush and French President Jacques Chirac naked and engaged in a sexual act with British Queen Elizabeth II.
Bolivian president-elect takes pay cut 29 Dec 2005 Bolivia's socialist president-elect has announced that he and his cabinet will take a 50% pay cut so more staff can be hired for the education and health sectors. Evo Morales, who won the recent presidential election, said late on Tuesday: "This is a democratic revolution and we will answer the Bolivian people's call."
Report Finds Far-Flung Use of 9/11 Loans 29 Dec 2005 The Small Business Administration allowed special post-9/11 loans to go to Dunkin' Donuts and Subway franchises and thousands of other businesses nationwide without ensuring that they had been financially hurt by the attacks, according to a report released Wednesday by the agency's inspector general.
After EFF Litigation, Diebold Pulls Out of North Carolina 28 Dec 2005 After a series of lawsuits led by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to defend North Carolina's election integrity laws, controversial electronic voting machine manufacturer Diebold Election Systems finally withdrew from the state's voting machine procurement process on last Thursday.
Ex-Enron Accountant Pleads Guilty to Fraud 28 Dec 2005 A former top accountant at Enron Corp. sealed his plea deal with prosecutors Wednesday and became a key ally for the government in its pursuit of convictions of former CEOs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling — who were granted two extra weeks to adjust to the setback.
US west energy crisis settlements at $6.3 bln-FERC 28 Dec 2005 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said on Wednesday it has helped work out more than $6.3 billion in settlements related to the [GOP-engendered] 2000-01 energy crisis in California and other western states.
Connecticut Power Company Gets 22.4 Percent Rate Increase 28 Dec 2005 The Department of Public Utility Control gave final approval Wednesday to a 22.4 percent rate increase for Connecticut Light & Power customers... Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has vowed to fight the increase, calling it "appalling." [Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has been fighting tirelessly for Connecticut's citizens for years. Please encourage him to continue to help us. Telephone: (860) 808-5318; Snail mail: Office of the Attorney General, 55 Elm Street, Hartford, Connecticut, 06106; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org]
Oops! Marriott unit loses personal data of 206,000 customers 28 Dec 2005 A subsidiary of the Marriott hotel group lost tapes containing the personal data of 206,000 associates, timeshare owners and timeshare customers, the unit said.
Chile fingerprints Pinochet as rights case builds 28 Dec 2005 Chilean police took mug shots and fingerprinted former ruler Augusto Pinochet on Wednesday over his indictment related to the murder and disappearance [and torture] of [thousands of] 'leftist opponents' under his [US-installed] dictatorship.
10 EU nations to miss Kyoto emissions goal 28 Dec 2005 European countries who led the attack on the Bush regime's stance on global warming are themselves failing by large margins to meet Kyoto Protocol targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
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