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January 2006 Archives, Page Two

Police stop and search 100 people a day under new anti-terror laws 25 Jan 2006 (UK) Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, is facing an onslaught over the Government's anti[pro]-terror laws after figures showed nearly 36,000 people were stopped and searched under the emergency powers last year. The number of people stopped and searched each year has soared since the Act came into force in 2001, when 10,200 people were stopped.

'Millions of reconstruction dollars stuffed casually into footlockers' Audit Describes Misuse of Funds in Iraq Projects 25 Jan 2006 A new audit of American financial practices in Iraq has uncovered irregularities including millions of reconstruction dollars stuffed casually into footlockers and filing cabinets, an American soldier in the Philippines who gambled away cash belonging to Iraq, and three Iraqis who plunged to their deaths in a rebuilt hospital elevator that had been improperly certified as safe.

Pentagon and CIA refer detainee-abuse cases to DOJ 25 Jan 2006 Twenty cases of detainee abuse allegations against CIA and Defence Department employees have been referred to the Justice Department for possible prosecution, a senior U.S. official said in a letter released on Tuesday. Assistant Attorney General William Moschella said in a January 17 letter to Sen. Richard Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, that the cases span both the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and contain not only allegations of physical abuse but also possible violations of federal law and U.S. treaties.

MPs link with human rights groups to get facts on rendition 26 Jan 2006 The all-party parliamentary group on rendition agreed with human rights groups yesterday on a strategy to force the British and US governments to reveal all they know about the practice of transporting detainees to countries where they risked being tortured.

'CIA did illegal things in EU' 24 Jan 2006 The head of a European investigation into alleged CIA secret prisons will maintain on Tuesday that the CIA conducted illegal activities in Europe by transporting and detaining prisoners.

CIA flights likened to the work of gangsters 25 Jan 2006 The United States was accused of "gangster tactics" yesterday, and European governments were accused of turning a blind eye to the "outsourcing of torture", as a human rights watchdog concluded that the CIA conducted illegal anti-terror activities in Europe.

Army debates Guantanamo executions 25 Jan 2006 US Army rule changes on executions of military prisoners did not apply to "war on terror" detainees at the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, an army spokesman said. Paul Boyce corrected an earlier statement by another army spokesman, Sheldon Smith, who said the revision of the army regulations on procedures for military executions could affect enemy combatants at Guantanamo.

Hunger strikers close to death 25 Jan 2006 Despite force feeding by the American military, several hunger strikers at Guantanamo Bay may be close to death, according to lawyers acting for the detainees.

US Marine killed in Iraq 26 Jan 2006 A US Marine was killed by small-arms fire in the western Iraqi province of Al Anbar. He died on Tuesday in Al Karmah, near Fallujah, a statement said.

GOP group wants death count list removed 24 Jan 2006 (Doylestown, Pa.) The death count of Iraq casualties posted in the front window of the Bucks County Democratic Committee irks a Republican group so much that they’ve asked for it to be removed.

Report: Deployments Nearly Breaking Army 25 Jan 2006 Stretched by frequent troop rotations to Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army has become a "thin green line" that could snap unless relief comes soon, according to a study for the Pentagon.

New weapon allows a soldier to zap enemy with energy bolt --"Active Denial System" nonlethal [?!?] weapon developed at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico 26 Jan 2006 Using an invisible ray that travels at the speed of light, the soldier zaps a person with a bolt of energy that feels like a body-wide bee sting. The beam's punch, which leaves neither a burn nor residual pain, instantly stops the individual.

U.S. threatens India over backing for Iran nukes 25 Jan 2006 A landmark nuclear deal between India and the United States will "die" in Washington if New Delhi supports Iran at the upcoming meeting of the U.N. atomic watchdog agency, the U.S. ambassador said Wednesday.

Venezuela tells McCain "go to hell" for wackos jibe 23 Jan 2006 Venezuela's Vice President, Jose Vicente Rangel, on Monday told top U.S. Republican Sen. John McCain he could "go to hell" for suggesting that "wackos" were governing the oil-producing South American country. [Well-said, Mr. Rangel!]

Iran accuses UK of bombing link 25 Jan 2006 Iran has accused the UK of co-operating with bombers who killed eight people in attacks in the south-western city of Ahwaz on Tuesday.

Bush: Bin Laden Should Be Taken Seriously 25 Jan 2006 Dictator Bush, defending the government's secret surveillance program, said Wednesday that Americans should take Osama bin Laden seriously when he says he's going to attack again. [We know to take him seriously - you hired him!]

Lawsuit Filed in Support of Muslim Scholar Barred From U.S. 26 Jan 2006 Citing the case of a prominent Muslim scholar who has been barred from the United States, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit yesterday seeking to strike down a clause of the USA Patriot Act that bars foreigners who endorse terrorism from entering to this country.

City demands warrant in FBI investigation 25 Jan 2006 (MA) Law enforcement and Newton Free Library officials were embroiled in a tense standoff for nearly 10 hours last week when the city refused to let police and the FBI examine library computers without a warrant. Police rushed to the main library last Wednesday [LOL! They were in hot pursuit of a book!] after it was determined that a 'terrorist threat' to Brandeis University had been sent from a computer at the library.

Super Bowl; Super Security --10,000 security personnel on duty for Super Bowl 25 Jan 2006 Sunday is D-Day. The FBI and Detroit Police will open one of the largest security operations in U.S. history, guarding against any threats to Super Bowl XL and aided by more than 50 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

Coalition objects to RFID chips for driver's licenses 23 Jan 2006 A coalition of conservative groups and privacy advocates is urging the Homeland Security Department not to include the use of radio frequency identification contactless chips in its regulations for implementing the Real ID Act for state driver’s licenses.

US grand jury indicts three for 'eco-terrorism' 25 Jan 2006 A federal grand jury indicted three alleged "eco-terrorists" on Wednesday on charges of plotting to blow up facilities like dams and cell phone towers.

You've got jail! By Robert Scheer 25 Jan 2006 "In case someone in the Justice Department is reading this, let me hasten to explain why I just clicked on the Victoria's Secret online catalog photo featuring a certain 'Very Sexy Lace & Mesh Garter Belt.' AOL made me do it... The bottom line is these guys in the Bush administration are obsessed voyeurs, poking their noses into everyone's business, whether the excuse is squelching pornography or preventing terrorism."

Lawmakers Seek Ground Zero Health Czar 25 Jan 2006 Two members of Congress called on the federal government Wednesday to appoint a health czar to oversee treatment and testing for workers and residents affected by the destruction of the World Trade Center.

Democrat blasts Bush before State of the Union 24 Jan 2006 Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday urged pResident George W. Bush to "swagger" less and show more honesty and humility in his annual State of the Union speech to the nation next week.

Paper: Texas Favored Firm Tied to Abramoff 26 Jan 2006 The state of Texas hired a firm with close ties to lobbyist Jack Abramoff after rejecting competing bids that met more of its selection criteria and cost less, a newspaper reported Wednesday. What the winning firm, Cassidy & Associates, had was access all the way to presidential aide Karl Rove, the Austin American-Statesman reported, citing memos and e-mails it obtained through a Texas open records request.

Senators in Need of a Spine (The New York Times) 26 Jan 2006 "Judge Samuel Alito Jr., whose entire history suggests that he holds extreme views about the expansive powers of the presidency and the limited role of Congress, will almost certainly be a Supreme Court justice soon. His elevation will come courtesy of a president whose grandiose vision of his own powers threatens to undermine the nation's basic philosophy of government — and a Senate that seems eager to cooperate by rolling over and playing dead. It is hard to imagine a moment when it would be more appropriate for senators to fight for a principle."

Quick action! Filibuster Alito now!! (democrats.com) Toll free: 888-355-3588 or 888-818-6641... You can also send that message to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (202-224-2447) and the Democratic National Committee (202-863-8000).

Ga. Lawmakers Approve Requiring Voter ID 25 Jan 2006 A birth certificate might not be enough to vote in Georgia this year — legislation sent to the governor Wednesday would require photo identification before voters could cast their ballots.

Middletown Holds Court-Ordered Special Election 25 Jan 2006 (CT) Middletown voters chose eight Democrats and four Republicans for the Common Council Tuesday night in a special election ordered by the state Supreme Court. The high court voided the Nov. 8 council election last month because of a defective voting machine.

Big oil spill underscores hurricane hazards in Gulf 20 Jan 2006 A double-hulled tanker barge now drained and floating upside down at a dock off Mobile Bay was responsible for what appears to be one of the Gulf of Mexico's largest oil spills, which received scant attention when it occurred after midnight Nov. 11. A gash in the hull 35 feet long and 6 feet wide released up to 3 million gallons of oil off the coasts of Louisiana and Texas. Federal officials said the 442-foot ship's hull ruptured and spilled the oil after it collided with a submerged oil platform wrecked by Hurricane Rita in September.

Radioactive leak taints water in Chicago 26 Jan 2006 Radioactive tritium seeping into groundwater near a Chicago-area nuclear power plant has prompted the Exelon Corp. to offer compensation to property owners.

Mega barf alert! Banned spinal material found in US beef supply --No date to resume U.S. beef trade to Japan -USDA 24 Jan 2006 U.S. Agribusiness ['Agriculture'] Undersecretary J.B. Penn said on Tuesday it was premature to talk of a date for resuming U.S. beef imports after materials banned due to fears of mad cow disease were found in a shipment. Penn was speaking at a news conference after talks with Japanese government officials on issues related to the discovery of banned spinal material in a U.S. beef cargo on Jan. 20, which led Tokyo to stop all imports of the meat from the United States.

US pressuring Japan over beef ban 24 Jan 2006 George W Bush says the US will work aggressively to reopen the Japanese beef market after Tokyo reimposed a ban on American beef last week, expressing hope that the trade problem will be resolved quickly.

Bear Who Made Herself at Home Removed to Zoo --Two men who rescued her as a cub are upset after she was seized by Oregon wildlife officials. 25 Jan 2005 Dark-haired with a toothy grin, she used to be a liberated female, footloose and fond of junk food, long showers and wrestling. She favored Dr Pepper, pizza — and the two Oregon mountain men who took her in. But the world occupied by the black bear known as Windfall has shrunk to the size of a zoo cage.

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KBR awarded $385M Homeland Security contract for U.S. detention centers 24 Jan 2006 KBR, the engineering and construction subsidiary of Halliburton Co., said Tuesday it has been awarded a contingency contract from the Department of Homeland Security to support its Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities in the event of an emergency. The maximum total value of the contract is $385 million and consists of a 1-year base period with four 1-year options. The contract, which is effective immediately, provides for establishing temporary detention and processing capabilities to expand existing ICE Detention and Removal Operations Program facilities... The contract may also provide migrant detention support to other government organizations in the event of an immigration emergency [?!?], as well as the development of a plan to react to a [Bush-created] national emergency, the company said.

U.S. 'outsourced' torture, investigator says 24 Jan 2006 The head of a European investigation into alleged CIA secret prisons in Europe said Tuesday there was evidence the United States outsourced torture to other countries and it was likely European governments knew about it.

Report on CIA says 'gangster' methods used 25 Jan 2006 The head of a high-profile probe of CIA prisons in Europe accused the US administration of "gangster-style methods" yesterday but failed to produce hard evidence that European governments had hosted any such facilities.

Ordinary Iraqis feel pinch of predatory capitalism --Grocery prices jump as cost of gasoline soars threefold 23 Jan 2006 A 2003 foreign investment law [Bush's gift to the US corpora-terrorists] continues to anger Iraqi businessmen who say it is squeezing them out of the reconstruction boom. When the privatization drive kicks into full gear, probably within months, thousands of employees in the public sector are likely to be dismissed.

Iraq 'Rebuilding' Badly Hobbled, U.S. Report Finds [Halliburton getting paid billions to 'rebuild' that which it destroyed] 24 Jan 2006 The first official history of the $25 billion American 'reconstruction' effort in Iraq depicts a program hobbled from the outset by gross understaffing, a lack of technical expertise, bureaucratic infighting, secrecy and constantly increasing security costs, according to a preliminary draft.

British, Danish troops seize police in Iraq raids 24 Jan 2006 Hundreds of British and Danish troops staged early morning raids on the homes of Iraqi policemen in the southern city of Basra on Tuesday in an operation to root out rogue elements of the police force.

Two German Engineers Kidnapped in Iraq 24 Jan 2006 Gunmen wearing Iraqi army uniforms kidnapped two German engineers Tuesday in northern Iraq, and British troops detained several police officers among more than a dozen people linked to a series of killings, bombings and kidnappings in the southern city of Basra.

'Insurgent' attacks in Iraq jumped in 2005, US says 23 Jan 2006 'Insurgents' in Iraq mounted more than 34,000 attacks last year on U.S. and other foreign troops, Iraqi security forces and Iraqi civilians, a nearly 30 percent jump from 2004, the U.S. military said on Monday.

Bolton: Bush won't tolerate nuclear Iran 23 Jan 2006 US pResident George W. Bush will not accept a nuclear Iran, John Bolton, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said Monday. [We shouldn't *tolerate* Bush.]

Thanks to Bush, thousands shout: "Long live Osama bin Laden!" Sympathy for al-Qaeda rises after U.S. airstrike 24 Jan 2006 Sympathy for al-Qaeda has surged after a US airstrike devastated a remote mountain hamlet in a border region sometimes as hostile toward the Pakistani government as it is to the US. A week after the attack in Damadola, near the Afghan border, villagers insist no members of the terror network were anywhere near the border village when it was hit. But thousands of protesters flooded a nearby town chanting, "Long live Osama bin Laden!"

Pakistanis Stopped From Protesting U.S. 24 Jan 2006 Pakistani security forces on Monday stopped hundreds of Islamists from heading to northwestern Pakistan to protest against a fatal U.S. missile attack. The convoy of 2,000 protesters was heading to Damadola to protest the Jan. 13 attack that allegedly targeted top al-Qaida leaders, but also killed 13 civilians outraging many in this Islamic nation.

New US Army code hints executions at Guantanamo 25 Jan 2006 Convicted detainees in "war on [of] terror" could be executed at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo, Cuba, according to a new code adopted by the U.S. Army, the U.S. military suggested Tuesday. The new rules authorize the army to set the location for executions "imposed by military courts-martial or military tribunals and authorized by the president of the United States," according to Sheldon Smith, a U.S. Army spokesman. "Enemy combatants could be affected by this regulation," he said.

Army denies rule change could be used for Guantanamo executions 24 Jan 2006 New US Army rules for executions of military prisoners do not apply to "war on [of] terror" detainees at the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, an army spokesman said. Paul Boyce corrected an earlier statement by another army spokesman, Sheldon Smith, who said the revision of the army regulations on procedures for military executions could affect enemy combatants at Guantanamo.

Campaign to Justify [Illegal] Spying Intensifies 24 Jan 2006 A senior U.S. intelligence official offered a wide-ranging and detailed defense of the National Security Agency's domestic spying program yesterday, kicking off a White House campaign aimed at convincing the public that the effort is both legal and necessary to combat al Qaeda terrorists.

House-Senate Talks on Patriot Act Renewal Hit Snag on Privacy Issue 25 Jan 2006 Efforts to resolve House and Senate differences over a revised USA Patriot Act have reached a stalemate, a key committee chairman said yesterday.

More Elite Forces Sought to Fortify Military 24 Jan 2006 A top-level Pentagon review of defense strategy calls for bolstering the U.S. military with thousands more elite troops skilled in fighting terrorists and insurgents and partnering with foreign forces -- as part of a decades-long plan to expand efforts to thwart terrorists worldwide, according to U.S. officials and military analysts familiar with the review.

US stages missile defense "war games" for Congress 24 Jan 2006 The U.S. missile defense shield is still under construction for around $9 billion a year, but lawmakers can play this week on a simulation of the single most expensive U.S. weapons program. The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is hosting war games in Congress to spread propaganda about ['help lawmakers better understand'] the missile shield as the February 6 unveiling of Dictator George W. Bush's budget plan approaches.

Depleted uranium: Dirty bombs, dirty missiles, dirty bullets --A death sentence here and abroad By Leuren Moret 18 Jan 2006 "Vietnam was a chemical war for oil, permanently contaminating large regions and countries downriver with Agent Orange, and environmentally the most devastating war in world history. But since 1991, the U.S. has staged four nuclear wars using depleted uranium weaponry, which, like Agent Orange, meets the U.S. government definition of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Vast regions in the Middle East and Central Asia have been permanently contaminated with radiation."

War Protester Sentenced 24 Jan 2006 Peter De Mott, 59, was sentenced this morning to serve four months in a federal Bureau of Prisons halfway house in either Binghamton or Ithaca, followed by four months in federal prison... The four protesters [the 'St. Patrick's Four'] spattered their own blood on the walls and doors of a military recruiting office on March 17, 2003, in Lansing, to protest the war with Iraq.

Gunmen kill nine in attack on Nigerian oil complex 24 Jan 2006 Freedom fighters stormed a riverside oil complex in the southern Nigerian city of Port Harcourt in a fleet of speedboats and shot dead eight policemen and a civilian worker, officials said.

Canada returns to right after 12 years --Narrow victory on low tax and pro-American ticket 25 Jan 2006 Canada's Conservative leader, Stephen Harper, celebrated election victory yesterday promising lower taxes and better relations with Washington, but he fell far short of a parliamentary majority, limiting his ability to make radical changes.

Canada's new right-wing leader faces uphill fight 24 Jan 2006 The winner of Canada's election began tackling the challenge on Tuesday of pushing his Conservative Party agenda of tax cuts and more defence spending through a Parliament he does not control.

Iris Scanning For New Jersey Grade School 23 Jan 2006 Three grade schools in the Freehold Borough School District will soon require a visitor to submit to a digital image of his or her iris. That photo will establish positive identification to gain entrance into the school. Funding for the project, more than $369,000, was made possibly by a school 'safety' grant through the National Institute of Justice, a research branch of the U.S. Department of Justice.

White House Declines to Provide Storm Papers 25 Jan 2006 The Bush regime, citing the confidentiality of executive branch communications, said Tuesday that it did not plan to turn over certain documents about Hurricane Katrina or make senior White House officials available for sworn testimony before two Congressional committees investigating the storm response.

White House Got Early Warning on Katrina 24 Jan 2006 In the 48 hours before Hurricane Katrina hit, the White House received detailed warnings about the storm's likely impact, including eerily prescient predictions of breached levees, massive flooding, and major losses of life and property, documents show.

White House Was Told Hurricane Posed Danger 24 Jan 2006 The White House was told in the hours before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans that the city would probably soon be inundated with floodwater, forcing the long-term relocation of hundreds of thousands of people, documents to be released Tuesday by Senate investigators show.

Closed-Door Deal Makes $22 Billion Difference --GOP Negotiators Criticized for Change In Measure on HMOs 24 Jan 2006 House and Senate GOP negotiators, meeting behind closed doors last month to complete a major budget-cutting bill, agreed on a change to Senate-passed Medicare legislation that would save the health insurance industry $22 billion over the next decade, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office... After lobbying by the health insurance industry, the final version made a critical change that had the effect of eliminating all but $4 billion of the projected savings, according to CBO and other health policy experts.

More Than 260,000 Can't Get VA Health Care 24 Jan 2006 More than a quarter-million veterans considered to have higher incomes could not sign up for health care with the Veterans Affairs Department during the last fiscal year because of a cost-cutting move.

Alaska rebuffs raw vote demand --Diebold told the state it owns the format, which can't be released because it's a company secret. 24 Jan 2006 The state Division of Elections has refused to turn over its electronic 'voting' files to the Democrats, arguing that the data format belongs to a private company and can't be made public. The Alaska Democratic Party says the information is a public record essential for verifying the accuracy of the 2004 general election and must be provided. The official vote results from the last general election are riddled with discrepancies and impossible for the public to make sense of, the Democrats said Monday.

Impeachment hearings: The White House prepares for the worst 23 Jan 2006 The Bush administration is bracing for impeachment hearings in Congress. "A coalition in Congress is being formed to support impeachment," an administration source said. [I am waiting for the *treason trials* to begin!]

Photos of Bush With Abramoff Are Withheld 24 Jan 20206 Several White House officials have been briefed about pictures of pResident Bush and Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff taken since 2001 but will not release them on grounds that they are not relevant [?!?] to the ongoing money-for-favors investigation, aides said yesterday.

Alito's Supreme Court Nomination Clears U.S. Senate Committee 24 Jan 2006 The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, voting 10-8 along party lines, cleared the way for the full Senate to consider confirming Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr. to succeed retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

Senate Judiciary Committee endorses Alito --Chairman expects full Senate vote and confirmation by end of week 24 Jan 2006 The Judiciary Committee favorably recommended Samuel Alito’s Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate on a party-line vote Tuesday...

Schumer votes no on Alito's nomination 24 Jan 2006 Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer on Tuesday opposed Samuel Alito's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court saying the federal appeals court judge has not been forthcoming on his views on important issues, including abortion.

Supreme Ethics Problem? What Was Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Doing on Day of Supreme Court Swearing-In? 23 Jan 2006 At the historic swearing-in of John Roberts as the 17th chief justice of the United States last September, every member of the Supreme Court, except Antonin Scalia, was in attendance. ABC News has learned that Scalia instead was on the tennis court at one of the country's top resorts, the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Bachelor Gulch, Colo., during a trip to a legal seminar sponsored by the Federalist Society. Not only did Scalia's absence appear to be a snub of the new chief justice, but according to some legal ethics experts, it also raised questions about the propriety of what critics call judicial junkets.

[GOP-Friendly] Retailer Accused of Charging Sales Tax On Exempt Goods 24 Jan 2006 (CT) Customers at Home Depot were improperly charged sales tax on tax-exempt energy conservation products, state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said Tuesday.

U.N.: Bird Flu Pandemic 'Inevitable' 24 Jan 2006 Countries must speed up preparations to deal with an "inevitable" human influenza pandemic, which could strike soon, a senior U.N. official warned Tuesday.

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US military issues new execution regulations for courts-martial, military tribunals 23 Jan 2006 In a little-noticed move, the U.S. Army has issued new regulations governing the death penalty, raising speculation that the military might be preparing for its first execution since 1961. "This regulation establishes responsibilities and updates policy and procedures for carrying out a sentence of death as imposed by general courts-martial or military tribunals," the document said.

Judge Orders U.S. to Supply Prisoner Names 24 Jan 2006 A federal judge has ordered the Pentagon to release the names and nationalities of hundreds of prisoners detained at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, rejecting the government's argument that it would be a violation of their privacy and expose them to retaliation by terrorist groups. [Meanwhile, the U.S. government is invading *everyone's* privacy, via Bush's illegal domestic spying operation!]

Judge Orders Release of Guantanamo Detainee IDs 23 Jan 2006 A federal judge ruled Monday that the Defense Department must release the identities of hundreds of Guantanamo Bay detainees to The Associated Press.

Probe 'to confirm CIA abductions' 24 Jan 2006 A European inquiry is expected to report on Tuesday that the CIA did illegally kidnap and transport detainees from Europe.

Europe 'ignored detention of prisoners by the CIA' 24 Jan 2006 European governments turned a blind eye to the illegal transport and detention of prisoners by the CIA, an investigator from Europe's main human rights watchdog will argue today.

Investigation of CIA focuses on secret flights 23 Jan 2006 The head of a European investigation into alleged CIA secret prisons will maintain Tuesday that the CIA conducted illegal activities in Europe by transporting and detaining prisoners while European countries looked on.

Journalist deaths hit record in 2005 - IFJ --Five Killed By U.S. Troops In Iraq 23 Jan 2006 A record number of media staff died last year in the course of their work, as a trend towards the targeted assassination of journalists intensified, the International Federation of Journalists said on Monday. At least 89 journalists were deliberately murdered because of their professional work, the IFJ said, out of a total of 150 media deaths in 2005... On top of the 35 targeted killings in Iraq, the report noted that another five journalists were killed there by U.S. troops -- including Reuters soundman Waleed Khaled, shot in the face and chest by U.S. military forces on Aug. 28.

'Year of targeting and tragedy' claims 150 journalists 23 Jan 2006 A total of 150 media workers were killed in 2005, making last year the deadliest on record for journalists, an international media rights group claimed today. The International Federation of Journalists said 2005 had been "a year of targeting and tragedy" with journalists in the Middle East the worst affected.

Group presses US military on jailed journalists 23 Jan 2006 The Committee to Protect Journalists on Monday called for the U.S. military to free two journalists, one held without charge in Iraq and the other, the media rights group said, detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Your tax dollars at work - Bush's new death squads: U.S. Occupation, Chieftain Create 3,000-Strong Militia In Iraq 23 Jan 2006 A 3,000-strong militia has been created in the resistance stronghold of Ramadi, central Iraq, to 'protect' civilians from 'insurgent' violence, a tribal chieftain in surrounding Anbar province told Adnkronos International (AKI), speaking on condition of anonymity. "The formation of the new militia was decided in conjunction with the US-led coalition, and is aimed at protecting people in the area and repelling [fomenting] terrorist elements," the chieftain said.

Senior Sunni official killed in Iraq 23 Jan 2006 A senior official of a government department that manages Sunni mosques has been killed by unidentified gunmen, a colleague said.

Bombs rock Iraq 23 Jan 2006 A series of bombings rocked war-ravaged Iraq... At least six people were killed and dozens injured in a number of bomb attacks, including car bombs, while three US troops were killed Sunday and Monday in separate roadside bombings.

Three Civilians, Seven GIs Killed in Iraq 23 Jan 2006 Gunmen wearing uniforms of a Shiite-led security force swept into a Sunni Arab neighborhood in central Baghdad before dawn Monday, killing three men and speeding away with more than 20 others, police and witnesses said. Meanwhile, the U.S. military said seven more U.S. troops had been killed — a soldier in a roadside bombing in Baghdad on Monday, two Air Force members in a blast near Taji north of the capital late Sunday, and four soldiers in a roadside bombing near the northern town of Hawijah on Friday.

Jury Orders Reprimand, No Jail for Soldier 23 Jan 2006 A military jury on Monday ordered a reprimand but no jail time for an Army interrogator convicted of killing an Iraqi general by stuffing him headfirst into a sleeping bag and sitting on his chest.

Halliburton Cited in Iraq Contamination 22 Jan 2006 Troops and civilians at a U.S. military base in Iraq were exposed to contaminated water last year and employees for the responsible contractor, Halliburton, couldn't get their company to inform camp residents, according to interviews and internal company documents. Halliburton, the company 'formerly' headed by Vice pResident Dick Cheney, disputes the allegations about water problems at Camp Junction City, in Ramadi, even though they were made by its own employees and documented in company e-mails.

Rice says time for talking with Iran is over [Too bad the time for looking at her hideous visage isn't over.] 23 Jan 2006 U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Monday there was strong international consensus against Iran's nuclear plans and time had run out for talking to Tehran.

New super-gun to be tested in Feb 20 Jan 2006 Next month, new high-explosive munitions will be fired in Singapore and then tested again by the U.S. Army, heralding what may be a sea change in weaponry: a family of guns that can fire at speeds of up to 240,000 rounds per minute, albeit in short bursts.

Lawmakers Debate New Limits on Spying 23 Jan 2006 Lawmakers of 'both' parties Sunday called for Congress to consider whether new restrictions were needed on government surveillance in suspected terrorism cases involving people in the United States.

Bush rejects charges that domestic spying illegal 23 Jan 2006 Dictator George W. Bush rejected charges his domestic eavesdropping program was illegal on Monday, while other regime officials said the war on terrorism has made the federal law on electronic surveillance outdated.

Former NSA Chief Defends Intercept Program 23 Jan 2006 Michael Hayden, the deputy director of national intelligence and former director of the National Security Agency, defended a controversial NSA eavesdropping program this morning, kicking off a weeklong effort by the White House to counter criticism of the highly secretive program.

Google vs the US Government 23 Jan 2006 A recent filing by the U.S. Department of Justice reveals that the search company refused to comply with a subpoena last year demanding one million random URLs as well as all the search queries entered between June 1 and July 31, 2005; the company dismissed the action as the government overreaching. Now the DOJ wants a judge in a Californian district court to order Google to play along.

New US security device spots weapons under clothes 23 Jan 2006 A new surveillance device using radio waves to look under peoples' clothing for concealed guns, bombs or other weapons may be coming soon to a security checkpoint near you.

'Lolita' Could Be Pulled From Library's Shelves 19 Jan 2006 (FL) A 50-year-old classic novel about forbidden love is shaking things up in Marion County. The controversy centers on the book "Lolita" [Vladimir Nabokov's classic 1955 novel] and whether it's obscene under today's standards, WESH 2 News reported.

Full-blown dictatorship on the way: Alito poised to win Senate panel approval 23 Jan 2006 Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito heads into the first vote of his high court candidacy with victory assured Tuesday in a Senate committee, but Democratic opponents are still working to dampen his support in the full Senate.

Ohio, Indiana Consider Complete Abortion Bans 23 Jan 2006 A measure to ban abortion has been introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives dominated by Republicans, just one of the increasing number of anti-choice measures moving through individual states. The measure proposed in Ohio could ban abortion throughout a pregnancy, and Ohio would join the 15 states that have already enacted such "trigger laws" that could go into effect were Roe v. Wade overturned. A similar bill is being proposed in Indiana...

As Profits Soar, Companies Pay U.S. Less for Gas Rights 23 Jan 2006 At a time when energy prices and industry profits are soaring, the federal government collected little more money last year than it did five years ago from the companies that extracted more than $60 billion in oil and gas from publicly owned lands and coastal waters.

New Docs Show Gov't Forewarned on Katrina 23 Jan 2006 The Homeland Security Department was warned a day before Hurricane Katrina hit that the storm's surge could breach levees and leave New Orleans flooded for weeks or months, documents released Monday show.

FBI Uncovers Post-Katrina Fraud 23 Jan 2006 The FBI has uncovered fraud by public officials in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and has created a task force to investigate corruption as federal money pours into the Gulf Coast region, Mississippi's top agent said Monday.

Questions raised about Wolfowitz style 23 Jan 2006 The World Bank’s career staff charge that Bush's controversial head the bank, Paul Wolfowitz, is relying on a handful of close political advisers, and complain about a lack of confidence in staff who work in difficult conditions in countries with inadequate governance.

Bush nominee broke law 23 Jan 2006 A judge nominated by pResident Bush to one of the highest courts in the nation apparently violated federal law repeatedly while serving on the federal bench. Judge James H. Payne, 64, who was nominated by Bush in late September to join the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Denver, issued more than 100 orders in at least 18 cases that involved corporations in which he owned stock, a review of court and financial records shows.

FDA's Drug Label Rule Fails to Guarantee Access to Vital Information and Includes 'Sneak Attack' on Patients' Legal Rights (publiccitizen.org Press Release) --Bush Administration Abuses Executive Powers in Attempt to Override State Liability Laws "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, though it has improved a drug labeling regulation through revisions announced today, continues to ignore the fact that its rule will not guarantee patients the most accurate, up-to-date information about their medications, Public Citizen said today. Further, in an end-run around Congress, the FDA has added to the rule a preamble designed to preempt lawsuits filed by patients under state law, potentially leaving victims of FDA-approved drugs with no remedy for any harm caused by the approved drug."

Castro offers eye care for US poor 23 Jan 2006 Fidel Castro, the Cuban president, has offered free eye operations to impoverished Americans and asked the US government to let them travel to his country for treatment... Venezuela, meanwhile, recently expanded its programme to provide subsidised heating oil to poor Americans.

US rules out Canadian beef ban after mad cow discovery 23 Jan 2006 The US government ruled out re-imposing a ban on Canadian beef imports after a new case of mad cow disease was detected north of the border.

Bush's Job Approval Rating Returns to Record Low (americanresearchgroup.com) 23 Jan 2006 George W. Bush's overall job approval rating has returned to its lowest point in Bush's presidency [sic] as Americans again turn less optimistic about the national economy according to the latest survey from the American Research Group. Among all Americans, 36% approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president and 58% disapprove.

It's Not Shaping Up to Be A Party For Lieberman 22 Jan 2006 (CT) Greenwich millionaire Ned Lamont is strongly considering a challenge against U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman [LIEberBush] for the Democratic nomination to the Senate.

Ford to Cut Thousands of Jobs and Close 14 Factories 23 Jan 2006 Ford Motor Co. announced today that it will cut as many as 30,000 jobs and shut down 14 factories. The 'restructuring' announcement came shortly after Ford reported a higher than anticipated 19 percent increase in earnings for 2005.

Collapse of U.S. Economy Imminent By notepad 21 Jan 2006 "In its attempt to establish a world empire dominating every nation on the planet, the U.S. has exhausted its ability to finance the expansion and the country now faces imminent financial collapse... Bank of America and Compass Bank managers (probably all other U.S. banks too) have been instructing their employees in the last few weeks on how to respond to customer demands in the event of a collapse of the U.S. economy - specifically telling the employees that only agents from the Department of Homeland Security will have authority to decide what belongings customers may have from their safe deposit boxes - and that precious metals and other valuables will not be released to U.S. citizens."

WHO denies exaggerating bird flu threat 24 Jan 2006 The World Health Organisation (WHO) has denied it is exaggerating the risk of a human influenza pandemic, while China reports a 10th person has been diagnosed with the potentially fatal bird flu virus.

Flu drugs 'will not work' if pandemic strikes --No evidence Tamiflu will be effective, say experts --Relying on medicines alone 'would be suicidal' 19 Jan 2006 There is no evidence that Tamiflu, the drug being stockpiled by Britain, the United States and Europe, will work if a flu pandemic takes off in humans, according to a review published today by the Lancet medical journal.

Ban fishing in harbour, say experts, amid dioxin fears 24 Jan 2006 Sydney Harbour should be closed to commercial and recreational fishing from today because of the discovery of dangerously high dioxin levels in fish, an expert panel of scientists has found.

Steelers win AFC championship 22 Jan 2006 The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Denver Broncos 34-17 in the AFC championship game on Sunday to advance to the Super Bowl after Ben Roethlisberger threw for two touchdowns and ran for another.

Seahawks Super Bowl Bound After Rout 22 Jan 2006 With their MVP back in business, a fierce defense and all the comforts of playing at home, the Seattle Seahawks punched a ticket to their first Super Bowl.

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Belafonte: Bush administration backs Gestapo tactics 21 Jan 2006 Entertainer Harry Belafonte, one of the Bush regime's harshest critics, compared the national Homeland Security department to the Gestapo and attacked the president as a liar during a fiery Saturday speech. "We've come to this dark time in which the Gestapo of Homeland Security lurks here, where citizens are having their rights suspended," Belafonte told thousands of people at the annual meeting of the Arts Presenters Members Conference.

Belafonte Says Bush Misleads --Singer Laments Erosion of Rights 22 Jan 2006 Entertainer Harry Belafonte, one of the Bush administration's harshest critics, compared the Homeland Security Department to the Nazi Gestapo on Saturday and attacked the pResident as a liar.

Pentagon spies on Halliburton protesters handing out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches 30 Jan 2006 Newsweek, summary of article by Michael Isikoff --To U.S. Army analysts at the top-secret Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA), the peanut-butter protest* was regarded as a potential threat to national security. Created three years ago by the Defense Department, CIFA's role is "force protection"—tracking threats and terrorist plots against military installations and personnel inside the United States... A Defense document shows that Army analysts wrote a report on the Halliburton protest and stored it in CIFA's database. [*In June 2004, a group of about 10 peace activists showed up outside the Houston headquarters of Halliburton... The demonstrators wore papier-mache masks and handed out free peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches to Halliburton employees as they left work.]

"I hope the administration ceases and desists, at least out of respect for their own liability.'' Future charges possible, Dems warn White House --Statute of limitations extends past 2008, congressman says 21 Jan 2006 House Democrats warned Dictator Bush, top leaders of his administration and officials of the National Security Agency on Friday that if the political climate changes they could face criminal prosecution for ordering and carrying out warrantless domestic eavesdropping. "These are clearly crimes and the statute of limitations extends beyond this president's term,'' which will end in January 2009, said Rep. Jerry Nadler D-N.Y., at an ad hoc hearing called by House Judiciary Committee's Democrats to assail Bush's contention that his order for warrantless domestic wiretaps on American citizens is legal. Another member, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, said, "I hope the administration ceases and desists, at least out of respect for their own liability.''

Kennedy resolution demands Bush wiretap probe 21 Jan 2006 Sen. Edward Kennedy assailed pResident Bush yesterday for conducting unauthorized eavesdropping on Americans and introduced a resolution that seeks to undermine Bush's legal reasoning for the program.

ACLU to protest monitoring 21 Jan 2006 The Cleveland office of the American Civil Liberties Union plans to hold a news conference Tuesday to draw attention to reported monitoring of two local anti-war groups, a local activist said Friday.

CIA runs detention center in Afghanistan: newspaper 22 Jan 2006 The United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been running a detention center near the Afghan capital of Kabul, an Afghan newspaper reported Sunday.

Human rights group criticizes Bush policy on Guantanamo 22 Jan 2006 A US human rights organization that has been seeking to secure the release of detainees held by US authorities at Guantanamo Bay detention centre in Cuba on Saturday accused the Bush administration of using propaganda to mask the deteriorating situation there.

Westminster misled over CIA torture flights 22 Jan 2006 Pressure over the use of British airports for secret CIA torture flights increased dramatically yesterday after it emerged that a Foreign Office minister misled Parliament over a meeting between the UN and UK civil servants about the issue.

MPs accuse Straw over 'rendition' 22 Jan 2006 The Foreign Secretary has been formally challenged by a parliamentary committee to explain why he twice gave them misleading answers during inquiries over the secret transport of terrorism suspects around Europe.

Straw in rendition flight denial 20 Jan 2006 There are no cases of US 'extraordinary rendition' flights involving the UK which the Government hasn't been told about, Jack Straw says. He rushed out a written statement -after a memo from the Foreign Office to 10 Downing Street was leaked.

Italy wants CIA agents questioned over Milan kidnap 22 Jan 2006 Italy has asked the United States to assist its prosecutors investigating 22 CIA agents accused of kidnapping a Muslim cleric in Milan, officials said on Sunday.

US army officer convicted for former Iraqi general's death 22 Jan 2006 A low-ranking U.S. army officer was found guilty of negligent homicide, but not guilty on the more serious charge of murder of an Iraqi general during an interrogation in 2003, local media reported on Sunday.

CIA Role a Mystery at Army Court-Martial 22 Jan 2006 After this past week's testimony, any role the CIA had _ or didn't have _ in the interrogation of an Iraqi general who died in U.S. custody remains a tantalizing and mysterious backdrop to the court-martial of Army Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer Jr. The CIA is "the ghost at the banquet," said Eugene R. Fidell, an expert in military law who has been following the court-martial but doesn't know if the CIA was involved in the case.

Zarqawi 'sleeps in suicide belt' [Can we get Bush to do that?] 22 Jan 2006 Iraq’s most 'wanted man' [?!? Then why does Halliburton/Blackwater USA keep letting him go, every time he is 'captured?'] Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, goes to sleep every night wearing a suicide belt packed with explosives, according to a leading 'insurgent' who met him two weeks ago.

Osama's New Threat 19 Jan 2006 ('NewsHour with Jim Lehrer' transcript) "MAMOUN FANDY [Senior fellow specializing in Middle East politics at Rice University's Baker Institute and columnist for the Pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat]: Right, but this particular tape is not terribly inspiring, just looking at the language of it. This is the first tape of bin Laden that has no single verse from the Koran. It does not have the flowery language of Arabic. It seems to me that it is written in English first, and then translated into Arabic. It is very western style of tape. It is not very characteristic of bin Laden, at least it tells me that the non-Arabic speaking within the al-Qaida network are taking over the organization -- JIM LEHRER: You mean he didn't write this is what you are suggesting? MAMOUN FANDY: The Arabic speakers in al-Qaida, the parts that are coming from the Arab world, are losing to the non-Arabic speaker, so it's really becoming more of a South Asian organization, rather than an Arab organization."

Iraqi police say US soldiers kill three civilians 22 Jan 2006 Iraqi police accused U.S. soldiers on Sunday of shooting dead at least three civilians after an attack on their patrol, but the U.S. military said the dead men were 'insurgents.' [Yeah, right!]

US troops kill 3 Iraqi soldiers north of Baghdad 22 Jan 2006 U.S. troops opened fire at civilian cars Saturday night in Baiji town, some 200 km north of Baghdad, killing three people, who turned out to be U.S.-trained Iraqi army soldiers, a source from the Iraqi-US liaison office in Tikrit told Xinhua on Sunday.

Iraq 'Insurgent' Attacks Kill at Least 13 22 Jan 2006 Bomb blasts, shootings and rocket-propelled grenade attacks killed at least 13 people throughout Iraq, including a policeman's four children, officials said Sunday.

Suicide car bomb kills two US Marines 21 Jan 2006 A suicide car bomber has killed two US Marines in western Iraq, the military said on Saturday.

Iraq says expects US to free women 22 Iraq's Justice Ministry said on Sunday it still expects U.S. forces to release six Iraqi women prisoners this week, despite U.S. comments to the contrary.

As Elections Near, Officials Challenge Balloting Security --In Controlled Test, Results Are Manipulated in Florida System 22 Jan 2006 Four times over the past year, Leon County supervisor of elections, Ion Sancho told computer specialists to break in to his voting system. And on all four occasions they did, changing results with what the specialists described as relatively unsophisticated hacking techniques. To Sancho, the results showed the vulnerability of voting equipment manufactured by Ohio-based Diebold Election Systems, which is used by Leon County and many other jurisdictions around the country.

Ney shown to have long history of accepting gifts 22 Jan 2006 Ohio Republican Rep. Bob Ney has a history of close relations with lobbyists and special interests that predate golf partner Jack Abramoff.

Mystery firm linked to US lobbyist scandal 21 Jan 2006 US government investigators probing Washington's explosive Congressional bribery scandal centered on disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff recently visited Hong Kong, according to a witness interviewed by the authorities.

One Houston Station to Air Anti-DeLay Ad 22 Jan 2006 At least one Houston television station that rejected an ad targeting embattled U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay said Saturday it would air a toned-down version.

Medicare Drug Program May Harm, Not Help, GOP 21 Jan 2006 Only months ago, congressional Republicans thought the new Medicare prescription drug benefit would help them make political inroads among traditionally Democratic senior citizens. Instead, they are facing a potentially damaging backlash among members of that crucial voting bloc, their families and even conservative activists dismayed over the program's bungled launch.

Bush's predatory Capitalism continues to kill US workers: Bodies of Two Coal Miners Found in W.Va. 22 Jan 2006 Rescuers on Saturday found the bodies of two miners who disappeared after a conveyor belt caught fire deep inside a coal mine, bringing to 14 the number of West Virginia miners killed on the job in less than a month.

Group Seeks Souter Eviction As Protest 21 Jan 2006 Angered by a Supreme Court ruling that gave local governments more power to seize people's homes for economic development, a group of activists is trying to get Supreme Court Justice David Souter evicted from his own home.

'Blue' States Tackling Energy On Their Own --Federal Efficiency Rules Fall Short, Some Say 22 Jan 2006 Democratic-leaning states increasingly are regulating energy use and emissions, working around a GOP-controlled federal government that state officials say has not done enough.

Privatised nuclear clean-up 'will cause accidents' 22 Jan 2006 Plans to privatise the £56 billion clean-up of Britain’s ageing nuclear sites will cause serious accidents, one of the industry’s most senior figures has warned.

France investigates possible human bird flu case 22 Jan 2006 France is investigating a possible case of bird flu in a woman who recently visited Turkey, the French health ministry has said.

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Bin Laden threats may boost Bush 20 Jan 2006 Bush bin Laden's first message for more than a year will be a chilling and visceral reminder that he remains at large, waiting to strike again. It may raise awkward questions about why the world's most advanced military and intelligence services are unable to capture Bin Laden [!?!], believed to be hiding in a rugged area along Afghanistan's border with Pakistan. Yet the most immediate political effect will probably be a boost in support for pResident George W Bush. The commander-in-chief [thief] has been under intense pressure in recent weeks, accused of trampling on civil liberties in pursuit of terror suspects. His defence has been that America is a nation at war. So Bin Laden's latest threats to launch new attacks on the US will only serve to underline this argument.

Al Qaeda' May Already Be in U.S., Security Officials Warn 20 Jan 2006 The nation's top law enforcement officials warned today that 'al Qaeda' may have plotters already inside the United States. "We have to assume that there are persons out there that want to attack us," said FBI director Robert Mueller. [Yes, and they are located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.]

CIA Confirms Bin Laden's Voice On New Tape 19 Jan 2006 Al-Jazeera on Thursday aired an audiotape from 'Osama bin Laden,' who says 'al-Qaida' is making preparations for attacks in the United States but offers a truce on "fair" but undefined conditions. [Of course the CIA *confirms* the tape- they *made* the tape! Notice there is never available video, just audio - which can be easily synthesized in any CIA lab.]

US rejects 'Osama bin Laden's' truce offer 20 Jan 2006 The White House has flatly rejected a truce offer made on a audiotape that CIA analysts verified as an authentic recording of Osama bin Laden... "We do not negotiate with terrorists. We put them out of business," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said. [If we put terrorists out business, why is Bush bin Halliburton still in operation???]

Homeland Security to launch preparedness program for kids 20 Jan 2006 After more than a year of delays, the Department of Homeland Security says it plans to launch a preparedness program next month aimed at alerting and preparing children for terror attacks and natural disasters. The program is part of the Department of Homeland Security's $100 million campaign to prepare American citizens for [Bush's] terrorism disasters.

US charges 10th Guantanamo prisoner 21 Jan 2006 The United States has brought criminal charges against a 10th Guantanamo Bay prisoner, charging an Afghan man with conspiracy, aiding the enemy and attacking civilians, the Pentagon said on Friday. The case against Abdul Zahir means that 2 per cent of the roughly 500 foreign terrorism suspects held at the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been charged with a crime.

Retired military officers push Bush on torture ban 19 Jan 2006 Twenty-two retired military officers urged pResident George W. Bush on Thursday to spell out how he will enforce a ban on the torture of U.S.-held prisoners, complaining he muddied the issue in a statement last month.

U.S. accused of spying on those who disagree with Bush policies 20 Jan 2006 While the White House defended domestic surveillance as a safeguard against terrorism, a Florida peace activist and several Democrats in Congress accused the Bush administration on Friday of spying on Americans who disagree with pResident Bush's policies.

Democrats scold White House over spying 20 Jan 2006 Democratic senators took the Bush regime to task Friday for four years of domestic spying, while the pResident fought back with a planned embrace of the intelligence agency that is carrying out the effort.

Bush launching aggressive defense of eavesdropping 20 Jan 2006 The White House is launching an aggressive effort to defend a domestic eavesdropping program prior to congressional hearings that are to delve into whether Dictator George W. Bush overstepped his authority.

Ominous sign - the president's growing disregard for the law (Pittsburgh Post Gazette) 20 Jan 2006 "President [sic] Bush's latest tool for disrespecting the Constitution, Congress and the American people, used more than a hundred times so far, is the presidential signing statement. ...Mr. Bush has taken the presidential signing statement as another means of asserting his will over and above the country's laws, whatever they may say... He began disregarding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 in 2002 when he authorized wiretapping of foreigners and Americans' telephone calls and e-mails by the National Security Agency without first obtaining a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court." [It started with the first stolen election in 2000 and continued through an illegal invasion, illegal torture, and the spying on Americans. What's new. The guy is the world's worst FELON.]

Security speech gives Gore poll boost 19 Jan 2006 Former Vice President Al Gore's speech blasting pResident Bush has boosted his popularity... Gore's favorable ratings among Democrats increased from 64 percent to 77 percent among those who viewed it.

U.S. Obtains Internet Users' Search Records --Yahoo and others reveal queries from millions of people; Google refuses. 20 Jan 2006 Federal investigators have obtained potentially billions of Internet search requests made by users of major websites run by Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp. and America Online Inc., raising concerns about how the massive data trove will be used. The information turned over to Justice Department lawyers reveals a week's worth of online queries from millions of Americans.

Yahoo Gave Search Data to Bush Administration Lawyers --Yahoo acknowledges handing over search data requested in a subpoena from the Bush regime 19 Jan 2006 One of at least two major search engines subpoenaed by the Bush regime handed over search data in the government's efforts to revive an anti-porn law that was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Google Rebuffs Feds on Search Request 19 Jan 2006 Google Inc. is rebuffing the Bush regime's demand for a peek at what millions of people have been looking up on the Internet's leading search engine - a request that underscores the potential for online databases to become tools for government surveillance.

Bush wants to be nation's 'sole organ' for foreign affairs 19 Jan 2006 The Bush regime today offered its fullest defense of the National Security Agency's domestic eavesdropping program, saying that congressional authorization to defeat 'Al Qaeda' after the Sept. 11 attacks "places the president at the zenith of his powers in authorizing the N.S.A. activities." In a 42-page white paper, the Justice Department expanded on its past arguments in laying out the legal rationale for why the N.S.A. program does not violate federal wiretap law and why the president is the nation's "sole organ" [Yeah, penis. That's why we're f*cking people all over the world.] for foreign affairs. [Too bad he's not the sole organ donor --of his brain --which could then be studied by science for the causes of imbecility.]

Eight years in White House enough - Bush's wife [Eight seconds was enough - human race] 21 Jan 2006 Eight years in the White House is enough and it is right to limit presidents to a pair of four-year terms, first lady Laura Bush said on Friday.

Supremes uphold conviction in landmark free speech case By Chris Kromm 18 Jan 2006 "Yesterday, the Supreme Court made a key decision which even federal officials admit will have major implications for free speech across the country. ...[T]he Court hastily refused to hear the appeal of South Carolina activist Brett Bursey, the first and only person to be prosecuted under the statute governing 'Threats to the President.' Bursey's crime? Four years ago, when President [sic] Bush came to Columbia, SC to whip up support for the Iraq war, Bursey... inserted himself into the pro-Bush crowd with a sign saying 'No more war for oil, don't invade Iraq.'"

Lawyers in C.I.A. Leak Case Seek to Subpoena Journalists 21 Jan 2006 Lawyers for Vice pResident Dick Cheney's former chief of staff told a federal judge on Friday that they would seek to subpoena reporters and news organizations to obtain additional documents that could assist in his defense in the C.I.A. leak case. [No worries. The new 'Osama bin Laden' audiotape is circulating throughout GOP media whore-land, serving as a major-league distraction for the Bush regime.]

Expose 'radical' UCLA teacher, get $100 19 Jan 2006 An alumni group dedicated to "exposing the most radical professors" at the University of California at Los Angeles is offering to pay students $100 to record classroom lectures of suspect faculty. The [Nazi] Web site of the Bruin Alumni Association also includes a "Dirty Thirty" list of professors considered by the group to be the most extreme left-wing members of the UCLA faculty, as well as profiles on their political activities and writings. [Contact the Reichwing whackjob at the Bruin Alumni Association, Andrew Jones: bruinalumni@bruinalumni.com.]

ID Cards: A Titanic project waiting for its iceberg 18 Jan 2006 Q&A: Professor Ian Angell, head of LSE's department of information systems, claims that not only is the scheme likely to blow up in the government's face, it may also be illegal.

Blackhawk Helicopters Seen Over Seattle 19 Jan 2006 Blackhawk helicopters seen flying over Seattle and Puget Sound are part of preparations [?!?] for Sunday's NFC Title game at Qwest Field, KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reported.

Iraqi Police Lock Down Baghdad 20 Jan 2006 Security forces went on high alert in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq to prevent possible terror attacks ahead of Friday's announcement of preliminary 'election' results, police and military said.

Iraq: Baghdad Roads Locked Down 20 Jan 2006 Iraqi police and military officers on January 20 locked down all roads leading in and out of Baghdad, in addition to the Anbar, Diyala, An Najaf and Ninawa provinces, ahead of the release of Dec. 15, 2005, parliamentary 'election' results.

Baghdad bombings kill 23 19 Jan 2006 A suicide attacker detonated an explosive vest in a crowded downtown coffee shop Thursday and another bomb exploded seconds later under a nearby car, killing at least 23 people and wounding 26, police and hospital officials said.

40 British soldiers seriously hurt in Iraq war 21 Jan 2006 Forty British soldiers have been "very seriously injured" in Iraq since the invasion and required urgent life-saving treatment, the Ministry of Defence disclosed yesterday.

UK contractor killed in Iraq 21 Jan 2006 A British civilian worker [mercenary] has been killed in an attack in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Deadline passes with no word on fate of US hostage 20 Jan 2006 A Friday deadline set by kidnappers who have threatened to kill American journalist Jill Carroll passed with no word on her fate.

Iran will be taught a lesson: Burns 21 Jan 2006 Undersecretary of State [Reichwing terrorist] R Nicolas Burns has called Iran "a threat to world peace" and vowed to "teach it a lesson".

Iran shifts billions from banks in Europe amid fears of UN sanctions 21 Jan 2006 The Iranian government has started moving billions of pounds in assets from Britain and the rest of Europe in case international sanctions are imposed over the nuclear crisis.

Conservatives head towards victory in Canadian election 21 Jan 2006 Canada looks poised to take a turn to the right on Monday, when elections are widely expected to end more than 12 years of Liberal government and bring to power a Conservative leader, Stephen Harper, known for his opposition to the Kyoto accord on global warming and his support for George Bush's missile defence scheme.

Not. backing. Hillary. By Molly Ivins 20 Jan 2006 "I'd like to make it clear to the people who run the Democratic Party that I will not support Hillary Clinton for president. Enough. Enough triangulation, calculation and equivocation. Enough clever straddling, enough not offending anyone... Sen. Clinton is apparently incapable of taking a clear stand on the war in Iraq, and that alone is enough to disqualify her. Her failure to speak out on Terri Schiavo, not to mention that gross pandering on flag-burning, are just contemptible little dodges."

Sen. Trent Lott to Seek a Fourth Term 17 Jan 2006 Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., says he is running for a fourth term this year, a decision that ends months of speculation on the Mississippi political scene.

Cheney says bird flu could pose economic risk 20 Jan 2006 Vice pResident Dick Cheney said on Friday that if avian flu were to arrive in the United States, it could deal a blow to the U.S. economy because of disruptions to businesses, schools and transportation systems. [But, you can be sure Halliburton and Blackwater USA will make billion$ on the full-blown police state that will surely follow any outbreak.]

Nuclear plant owner fined $28 million --FirstEnergy admits workers covered up serious damage to facility 20 Jan 2006 Acknowledging that its employees covered up serious damage at a nuclear power plant, the facility's owner has agreed to pay $28 million in fines, restitution and community service projects, the U.S. Justice Department announced Friday.

Next generation of nuclear reactors may be fast tracked 21 Jan 2006 (UK) The nuclear industry is pushing ministers to approve sweeping changes to the way atomic power stations are approved in an attempt to fast-track a new generation of reactors.

11 People Indicted in Ecoterrorism Plot 20 Jan 2006 Eleven people were indicted in a series of arsons, claimed by the radical groups Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front, in five Western states, the inJustice Department said Friday.

NYC Transit workers reject new contract 20 Jan 2006 The city's transit workers, one month to the day after they stranded 7 million riders with a crippling three-day strike, voted Friday to reject their new three-year contract by a margin of just seven votes.

U.S. stocks suffer biggest loss in nearly 3 years 20 Jan 2006 U.S. stocks suffered their biggest loss in nearly three years on Friday, plummeting on disappointing earnings from blue chips Citigroup Inc. and General Electric Co. and a spike in oil caused by geopolitical tensions.

Japan Bans U.S. Beef Imports Again 20 Jan 2006 U.S. beef shipments to Japan have once again been halted. The prime minister announced the move Friday after a recent shipment was found that may contain material considered at risk for mad cow disease.

Greater Georgelandia (animation) By Mark Fiore

Snake Becomes Buddies With 'Dinner' 19 Jan 2006 "Gohan" the hamster was supposed to be dinner. But now he and a rat snake are best buddies. Zookeepers in Tokyo named the dwarf hamster Gohan as a joke, because it means "meal" in Japanese. It was put in the snake's cage in October for the reptile's supper, but zookeepers said the critters have been sharing the cage ever since... The hamster even climbs onto the 4-foot-long snake's back to take naps.

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Report: Bush administration briefings on surveillance 'inconsistent with the law' 19 Jan 2006 A legal analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service concludes that the Bush administration's limited briefings for Congress on the National Security Agency's domestic eavesdropping without warrants are "inconsistent with the law."

Justice Department to declare warrantless wiretaps legal 19 Jan 2006 In a detailed 40-page legal memorandum set for release this evening the Bush Justice Department will defend the pResident's warrantless wiretap program as legal. [Click here for copy of document, in .pdf.]

Why Stanford prof is suing Bush over NSA spying --U.S. agency possibly watching his work 19 Jan 2006 Every day on the Stanford University campus, Larry Diamond teaches his students that the president of the United States is not above the law. Which is why Diamond decided to sue President [sic] Bush when he learned that the president had authorized spying on Americans without consent of Congress or the courts. Diamond believes he is among the targets of surveillance.

US government wants Google's search records 19 Jan 2006 The Bush dictatorship on Wednesday asked a federal judge to order Google to turn over a broad range of material from its closely guarded databases. In court papers filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose, inJustice Department lawyers revealed that Google has refused to comply with a subpoena issued last year for the records, which include a request for 1 million random Web addresses and records of all Google searches from any one-week period.

Reichwing group offers students $100 to spy on professors --Republican graduate's site prompts witch-hunt fears --31 academics listed as 'worthy of scrutiny' 19 Jan 2006 It is the sort of invitation any poverty-stricken student would find hard to resist. "Do you have a professor who just can't stop talking about President Bush [sic], about the war in Iraq, about the Republican party, or any other ideological issue that has nothing to do with the class subject matter? If you help ... expose the professor, we'll pay you for your work." For full notes, a tape recording and a copy of all teaching materials, students at the University of California Los Angeles are being offered $100 (£57) - the tape recorder is provided free of charge - by an alumni group. [Contact the Reichwing whackjob - Bruin Alumni Association's single registered member - Andrew Jones: bruinalumni@bruinalumni.com.]

Advisor Quits UCLA Alumni Group 19 Jan 2006 Former U.S. Rep. James E. Rogan (R) has resigned from the advisory board of a conservative UCLA alumni group after learning that the group's founder had offered students $100 payments to record professors' "non-pertinent ideological comments."

Legislatures to Weigh Classroom Politics 19 Jan 2006 [Reichwing] Legislation modeled after an ''academic bill of rights'' advocated by conservative [nutball] David Horowitz, founder of Students for Academic Freedom, was introduced in at least 15 states last year, but none has passed it, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Senate candidate unapologetic for saying GOP hijacked by fanatics 19 Jan 2006 Ohio's Republican leader wants Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Paul Hackett to apologize for calling some conservative Republicans religious fanatics and comparing them to terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden. [If the shoe fits, shove it up your ass! And, YOU please apologize for BEING LIKE the Islamo-fascists you've declared to be our enemy. Why should we apologize? --MDR]

Arming the Left: Is the time now? --by Charles Southwell

Veteran reporter says 3,000-4,000 Iraqis killed every month 18 Jan 2006 Between 3,000 and 4,000 Iraqis are killed every month, rendering "ridiculous" US pResident George W. Bush's estimate of about 30,000 civilian casualties since the start of the war, veteran British journalist Robert Fisk said Wednesday.

Extent of soldiers' injuries in Iraq 'hidden by MoD' 19 Jan 2006 The Government has been accused of hiding the true human cost of Britain's involvement in the Iraq war by failing to reveal the extent of debilitating injuries suffered by soldiers.

FO paper reveals British knowledge of torture flights --Unease over legality of British cooperation 19 Jan 2006 The government's desperation to get on to "the front foot" over its role in the CIA's so-called rendition campaign, as laid bare by the leaked Foreign Office briefing paper, dates back to the disclosure last September of the extent of British support for the operation. An investigation by the Guardian had shown that the CIA's aircraft had flown in and out of Britain at least 210 times after the attacks of 9/11.

Torture flights: what No 10 knew and tried to cover up --Leaked memo reveals strategy to deny knowledge of detention centres 19 Jan 2006 The government is secretly trying to stifle attempts by MPs to find out what it knows about CIA "torture flights" and privately admits that people captured by British forces could have been sent illegally to interrogation centres, the Guardian can reveal. A hidden strategy aimed at suppressing a debate about rendition - the US practice of transporting detainees to secret centres where they are at risk of being tortured - is revealed in a briefing paper sent by the Foreign Office to No 10.

Report says Britain doubts legality of CIA flights 19 Jan 2006 Britain believes the CIA's reported secret transfer of terrorism suspects to foreign countries for interrogation is illegal, according to a leaked government document published on Thursday. The Foreign Office memo says the practice, known as extraordinary rendition, "could never be legal" if the detainee is at risk of torture, according to extracts printed in the Guardian newspaper.

Chinese Detainees' Lawyers Will Take Case to High Court 17 Jan 2006 Lawyers for a group of Chinese nationals held in the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with no hope of release are taking the rare step of asking the Supreme Court to intervene immediately, saying only the high court can resolve the constitutional crisis their case presents.

US forces admit holding Iraqi women prisoners 19 Jan 2006 US forces in Iraq have admitted holding eight female prisoners, after the abductors of an American journalist threatened to kill her unless the authorities freed all Iraqi women within 72 hours.

US denies prisoner release plan 19 Jan 2006 The US military said today that it has no imminent plans to release female Iraqi prisoners, a move demanded by kidnappers to spare the life of an American journalist.

Soldier Faces Capital Felony, Murder Charges 19 Jan 2006 A Connecticut soldier preparing for deployment to Afghanistan faces capital felony and murder charges in connection with a double slaying at a Hartford grocery store earlier this month, a prosecutor said Thursday.

US Army raises enlistment age to 40 18 Jan 2006 The US Army said Wednesday it has raised its maximum enlistment age from 35 to 40 years old and is doubling signing up bonuses to a high of 40,000 dollars. [Yes, US taxpayers are beefing up the 'Coalition of the Bribed' for Iraq.]

Sen. Clinton Calls for Iran Sanctions 19 Jan 2006 Sen. Hillary Clinton called for United Nations sanctions against Iran and faulted the Bush administration for "downplaying" the threat Tehran's nuclear program poses.

Gee, here's a big bleeping surprise: Oil field services stocks advance 19 Jan 2006 Oil field services stocks continued their climb Thursday after a Morgan Stanley analyst lifted ratings on a host of names, including heavyweights Halliburton Co. and Baker Hughes Inc.

Questions and Answers about Halliburton and the Basis for Suspension By HalliburtonWatch.org and CorporatePolicy.org 19 Jan 2006

Holy convenience, Batman! 'Bin Laden' tape threatens new attacks on US 19 Jan 2006 Preparations for a fresh wave of terror attacks on the US are under way, a tape recording purported to be of Osama bin Laden warned today. [Bush bin Laden is poised to attack the US again - so that the Patriot Act can be made permanent, and Bush can claim 'justification' of his illegal spying program.]

France hints at nuclear riposte to terrorism attack 19 Jan 2006 France said on Thursday it would be ready to use nuclear weapons against any state that carried out a terrorist attack or used weapons of mass destruction against it.

France defends right to nuclear reply to terrorism 19 Jan 2006 Jacques Chirac, France’s president, has threatened to use nuclear weapons against any state that supported terrorism against his country or considered using weapons of mass destruction.

De Menezes family: police should be charged 19 Jan 2006 Relatives of Jean Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian shot by police when he was mistaken for a suicide bomber, today expressed disappointed that the independent report into his killing is to be kept out of their hands.

Top Democrat on Judiciary Panel Opposes U.S. Supreme Court Pick 19 Jan 2006 The ranking Democrat on the U.S. Senate's Judiciary Committee, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, said he will vote against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says no to Alito 19 Jan 2006 U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, the Senate's second-highest ranking Democrat, said Thursday he will vote against confirmation of Samuel Alito as the nation's 110th Supreme Court Justice.

FDA Tries to Limit Drug Suits in State Courts 19 Jan 2006 People who believe they were injured by drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration should not be allowed to sue drug companies in state courts, the agency [corpora-terrorists' trolls] said yesterday in a formal policy statement.

Writer Says Ex-Chief of HealthSouth Paid for Positive Coverage 19 Jan 2006 Throughout the six-month trial that led to Richard Scrushy's acquittal in the $2.7 billion fraud at HealthSouth Corp., a small, influential newspaper consistently printed articles sympathetic to the defense of the fired CEO.

New Law Forces Manufacturers to Pick up Recycling Costs 19 Jan 2006 A first-in-the-nation law went into effect Wednesday in Maine, requiring makers of televisions and computer monitors to pick up the tab to recycle and safely dispose of their products once they are discarded.

Ex-EPA Chiefs Blame Bush in Global Warming 19 Jan 2006 Six former heads of the Environmental Protection Agency — five Republicans and one Democrat — accused the Bush administration Wednesday of neglecting global warming and other environmental problems.

Ex-EPA Chiefs Criticize Bush on Warming 19 Jan 2006 The U.S. is failing to take the lead in confronting global warming, a "dishonest" and "self-destructive'' approach that only worsens the problem, say former federal environmental chiefs. "We need leadership, and I don't think we're getting it," Russell Train said Wednesday at an Environmental Protection Agency symposium commemorating the agency's 35th anniversary.

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Billions in Iraq Rebuilding Funds Go Missing --Government unsure whether it will pursue missing money, including $1.48 billion from Halliburton's KBR --Audit agency to consider if criminal investigation is warranted 17 Jan 2006 One question facing the government is whether to seek recovery of funds paid to the largest contractor, Halliburton Co.'s KBR unit, which was awarded multibillion-dollar no-bid contracts beginning shortly before the U.S. invaded Iraq... A series of 2004 audits by the Defense Contract Audit Agency, the Pentagon's contract-auditing arm, found expenses of $1.48 billion unsupported by adequate documentation on KBR's two largest contracts, which were valued at a total of $9.5 billion. In a recently disclosed letter, the audit agency said it has passed on findings about Halliburton to the Justice Department, to consider whether a criminal investigation is warranted.

Human rights in Iraq 'much worse' 18 Jan 2006 A major humanitarian watchdog group has said "the human rights situation in Iraq deteriorated significantly in 2005." [Well, it's 'deteriorated significantly' since the (illegitimate) Bush regime illegally invaded Iraq and overthrew an existing (legitimate) government.]

EU to probe CIA 'black prisons' 18 Jan 2006 The European Parliament has formally launched a probe into allegations of CIA 'secret prisons' for torturing suspects. EU Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Elmar Brok said: "There must be no Guantanamo on European soil.

EU lawmakers to check "no Guantanamo" in Europe 18 Jan 2006 The credibility of the European Union is at stake over accusations the CIA ran secret prisons in the bloc, a top European lawmaker said on Wednesday as the European Parliament formally launched a probe into the scandal.

European Parliament Will Probe CIA Treatment of Terror Suspects 18 Jan 2006 The European Parliament approved an investigation into reports the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency ran secret detention centers for 'terror' suspects and transported them through European nations.

ACLU Seeks to Block NSA Domestic Spying 17 Jan 2006 A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union seeks to block Dictator Bush's domestic eavesdropping program, which the group calls unconstitutional electronic surveillance of American citizens.

ACLU Sues to Stop Illegal Spying on Americans, Saying President Is Not Above the Law --Prominent Journalists, Nonprofit Groups, Terrorism Experts and Community Advocates Join First Lawsuit to Challenge New NSA Spying Program (ACLU Press Release) 17 Jan 2006 "Saying that the Bush administration’s illegal spying on Americans must end, the American Civil Liberties Union today filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit against the National Security Agency seeking to stop a secret electronic surveillance program that has been in place since shortly after September 11, 2001."

Peers vote against 'glorifying terrorism' law 17 Jan 2006 Plans to crackdown on Islamic extremists by banning the glorification of terrorism suffered a blow tonight after peers voted to quash the proposed new offence. A series of peers denounced the offence as pointless and said its removal from the Terrorism Bill would still allow suspects to be charged with indirect encouragement to commit acts of terror.

Lords defeat for 'glorifying terror' offence 17 Jan 2006 The Government has suffered another defeat over a flagship Bill as the Lords threw out plans for a new offence of "glorifying" acts of terrorism.

Ten killed in Iraq convoy attack 18 Jan 2006 At least 10 Iraqis have been killed and an African engineer kidnapped in an ambush in the west of Baghdad, an Interior Ministry official says.

Bomb kills two in US security team in Iraq 18 Jan 2006 A roadside bomb killed two U.S. private security contractors [mercenaries] and seriously wounded a third in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Wednesday, the U.S. embassy said.

Gunmen shoot Baghdad 'caterers' 17 Jan 2006 Gunmen dressed as Iraqi police have shot dead seven mercenaries who were apparently working for a catering firm supplying security forces in Baghdad.

Suicide Bomber Kills Five, Wounds 18 in Iraq 17 Jan 2006 A suicide car bomber killed four Iraqi police officers and one child and wounded 16 civilians and two Iraqi police officers yesterday at an Iraqi police checkpoint near Muqdadiyah, Iraq, officials reported.

Russian Court Overturns Acquittal of Ex-Guantanamo Inmates 17 Jan 2006 A London-based lawyer today said a Russian court had overturned an acquittal verdict handed down earlier on two former Guantanamo Bay detainees accused of involvement in a gas-pipeline explosion.

US holding 8 women prisoners in Iraq 19 Jan 2006 US forces in Iraq said they were holding eight women prisoners, after the abductors of an American journalist threatened to kill her unless the authorities freed all Iraqi women within 72 hours... Some 14,000 men are held at Abu Ghraib and other jails on suspicion of insurgent activity.

Six female detainees set free in Iraq 18 Jan 2006 Iraq's ministry of justice has told the BBC that six of the eight women being held by occupation forces in Iraq are to be released early.

Jazeera airs video of kidnapped journalist 17 Jan 2006 The abductors of U.S. journalist Jill Carroll have threatened to kill her if the United States does not free Iraqi women prisoners within 72 hours, Al Jazeera television said on Tuesday.

US freezes assets of Syrian intelligence chief 18 Jan 2006 The United States on Wednesday froze the U.S. assets of Syrian military intelligence director Asef Shawkat, accusing him of fomenting terrorism [?!?] against Israel and backing Syria's intrusion in Lebanon.

Rice Rejects Renewal of Talks With Iran 18 Jan 2006 Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday brushed aside suggestions about a possible resumption of negotiations with Iran on its nuclear program.

Oil price rises on corpora-terrorists' greed ['Iran worries and rebel attacks in Nigeria'] 17 Jan 2006 Mounting tension between Iran and the West over the country's refusal to abandon nuclear research and worries over rebel attacks on oil installations in Nigeria drove crude prices higher yesterday.

Nigerian freedom fighters threaten new oil attacks [*Excellent!*] 17 Jan 2006 Nigerian freedom fighters who have sabotaged oil facilities and kidnapped workers in the southern Niger Delta threatened on Tuesday to stage a series of attacks over the next few days to show oil companies their power.

Test Failures Slow U.S. Missile 'Defense' 18 Jan 2006 But after an embarrassing series of test failures in the ambitious, expensive and highly criticized program to build a national missile-defense shield, the U.S. military is slowing the deployment of interceptors while it conducts more testing.

E-Weapons: Directed Energy Warfare In The 21st Century 11 Jan 2006 There is a new breed of weaponry fast approaching—and at the speed of light no less. They are labeled "directed-energy weapons" and may well signal a revolution in military hardware—perhaps more so than the atomic bomb.

Protesters at King March Oppose Air Force Flyover 17 Jan 2006 (San Antonio, TX) Protesters wore yellow and black armbands and chanted during speeches Monday in disapproval of the inclusion of Air Force jets at the end of this military city's 20th annual march honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

STMicro to market chip to detect bird flu in humans 18 Jan 2006 STMicroelectronics said on Wednesday it planned to market a disposable laboratory microchip that can confirm within about an hour a human case of bird flu at a limited cost. [This chip can enable the Bush regime to implement a full-blown police state, as the government will forcibly quarantine those who have avian flu.]

Within 7 months, 3 Sept. 11 workers die 18 Jan 2006 James Zadroga spent 16 hours a day toiling in the World Trade Center ruins for a month, breathing in debris-choked air... All three men died in the past seven months of what their families and colleagues say were persistent respiratory illnesses directly caused by their work at ground zero.

Nuke power plant reactor down because of vibration in main emergency cooling line 18 Jan 2006 One of the three reactors at the nation's largest nuclear power plant has been shut down because of vibration in the unit's main emergency cooling line.

Reactor Shut Down At Arizona Power Plant 18 Jan 2006 Utility workers have shut down a reactor at the country’s biggest nuclear power plant. Officials at Arizona Public Service Company say a growing vibration in a coolant pipe led them to stop the reactor.

Sen. Clinton: House 'has been run like a plantation' --New York senator calls Bush Administration 'one of the worst' 17 Jan 2006 Sen. Hillary Clinton on Monday blasted the Bush administration as "one of the worst" in U.S. history and compared the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to a plantation where dissenting voices are squelched.

Mississippi Republican Lott Seeks Fourth Senate Term 17 Jan 2006 Mississippi Republican Trent Lott said he will seek a fourth term in the Senate.

Lott's fourth term bid fuels leadership speculation 17 Jan 2006 Trent Lott, a Mississippi Republican and former majority leader in the US Senate, said on Tuesday he would seek a fourth term in November, quickly igniting speculation that he might try to return to the Republican leadership.

Racist GOP power-grab in Tennessee: Tenn. Senate Nears Voiding Election 18 Jan 2006 The Tennessee Senate took a major step toward voiding a disputed special election... Meeting as a special committee Tuesday, the Senate voted 17-14 in favor of a resolution that would nullify Ophelia Ford's special election victory... Ford decried the move Tuesday as a racist power grab by the Republican Party and hinted at a possible lawsuit. "It's been a Democratic seat for many, many years," Ford said. "I'm black, it's an 85 percent black vote in that district. It's about racism, it's about Jim Crowism and we're going to let the federal courts decide."

High court dodges abortion ruling 18 Jan 2006 The Supreme Court steered clear of a major ruling on abortion Wednesday, instead giving New Hampshire a chance to save its parental notification law.

Supreme Court upholds Ore. suicide law 17 Jan 2006 The Supreme Court, with Chief Justice John Roberts dissenting, upheld Oregon's one-of-a-kind physician-assisted suicide law Tuesday, rejecting a Bush regime attempt to punish doctors who help terminally ill patients die.

Mexico leftist ahead in tight election race: poll 18 Jan 2006 Mexico's leftist presidential front runner holds a six-point lead over his nearest rival, a new poll showed on Wednesday... [Hopefully, there's no Diebold in Mexico.]

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Gore Says Bush Wiretapping Could be Impeachable Offense 16 Jan 2006 In an impassioned speech about pResident Bush's warrantless domestic wiretapping program, former President Al Gore said in Washington, DC, on Monday that "the President of the United States has been breaking the law repeatedly and persistently."

Gore Wants Special Counsel to Investigate Bush Spy Power 16 Jan 2006 Former President Al Gore, charging that pResident Bush's record on civil liberties posed a "grave danger" to America's constitutional freedoms, urged the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Bush's authorization of warrantless domestic surveillance by the National Security Agency.

Bush broke the law with domestic spying program, Gore says 16 Jan 2006 Former President Al Gore charged Monday that pResident Bush had broken the law repeatedly by authorizing domestic eavesdropping without court approval and warned that Bush's aggressive assertion of power puts "America's Constitution in grave danger."

Transcript: Former President Gore's Speech on Constitutional Issues 16 Jan 2006

Spy Agency Data After Sept. 11 Led F.B.I. to Dead Ends 17 Jan 2006 In the anxious months after the Sept. 11 attacks, the National Security Agency began sending a steady stream of telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and names to the F.B.I. in search of terrorists. The stream soon became a flood... But virtually all of them, current and former officials say, led to dead ends or innocent Americans. [In search of terrorists? They should search 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, if they want to locate the most dangerous terrorist on earth.]

Two Groups Planning to Sue Over Federal Eavesdropping 17 Jan 2006 Two leading civil rights groups plan to file lawsuits Tuesday against the Bush regime over its domestic spying program to determine whether the operation was used to monitor 10 defense lawyers, journalists, scholars, political activists and other Americans with ties to the Middle East.

Al-Jazeera asks to see Bush 'bombing' transcript 17 Jan 2006 Lawyers representing al-Jazeera yesterday demanded to see a Downing Street record of a conversation between Tony Blair and George Bush in which the US dictator said he wanted to bomb the Arabic satellite television station based in the Gulf state of Qatar.

British troops to stay in Iraq 17 Jan 2006 The Army's long-heralded deployment to Afghanistan has been postponed by several months as other Nato countries dither over putting their troops in jeopardy.

U.S. Helicopter Crashes North of Baghdad --Both Pilots Killed in 3rd Such Incident This Month; 2 Groups Assert Responsibility 17 Jan 2006 A U.S. Army helicopter on patrol crashed in a swampy area north of Baghdad on Monday morning, killing both crew members, U.S. authorities said. It was the third such incident this month.

U.S. helicopter shot down in Iraq - witnesses 16 Jan 2006 A U.S. helicopter was shot down north of Baghdad on Monday, witnesses said. They said they saw a rocket hit the helicopter in an area where the small town of Mishahda is situated.

USAID Paper Details Security Crisis in Iraq 17 Jan 2006 The U.S. Agency for International Development paints a dire and detailed picture of the Iraq security situation in its request for contractors to bid on its $1.32 billion, 28-month project to help stabilize 10 major Iraqi cities.

Catholic Worker plans Guantanamo protests over Lent 17 Jan 2006 Twenty-five people based at a Catholic Worker Community in New York City have gained international attention for their protest against US policy on the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba. They now have plans to extend the protest over the season of Lent, which begins next month.

Nuclear chief gives Iran a deadline 17 Jan 2006 The chief international nuclear inspector has given Iran an ultimatum to come clean about its nuclear programme or face political isolation, sanctions and ultimately military force.

Pakistan's ruling party demands American apology for CIA air strike 16 Jan 2006 Pakistan's ruling party Monday demanded an apology for an alleged CIA air strike that killed at least 17 people, but the country's prime minister said his trip to the United States this week would go ahead as planned.

Pakistanis vent fury over US attack --Musharraf under pressure after air strike kills 18 --Reports cast doubt on presence of 'al-Qaida' target 16 Jan 2006 Thousands of angry protesters took to the streets across Pakistan yesterday to condemn an American air strike aimed at al-Qaida's deputy leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, that left at least 18 people dead.

Shell may pull out of Niger Delta after 17 die in boat raid 17 Jan 2006 The oil giant Royal Dutch Shell was considering pulling out of the volatile Niger Delta region yesterday after heavily armed freedom fighters stormed one of its facilities and killed at least 17 people.

Bush poised to attack us (again), in order to justify his illegal spying program and ram the Patriot Act extension down our throats: Anti[Pro]-terrorism official says WMD attack inevitable 17 Jan 2006 A terrorist attack using weapons of mass destruction in a Western country is inevitable, a senior U.S. anti-terrorism official said in an interview published on Tuesday in The Daily Telegraph.

'Only a matter of time before terrorists use weapons of mass destruction' 17 Jan 2006 Biological weapons pose a far more serious long-term terrorist threat to the West than nuclear weapons, according to Washington's leading counter-terrorism expert. And Henry "Hank" Crumpton, the newly-appointed head of counter[pro]-terrorism at the US State Department, believes that it is simply a matter of time before international terrorist groups such as 'al-Qa'eda' acquire weapons of mass destruction and use them in attacks.

ID Cards Bill in crisis after peers inflict defeat 17 Jan 2006 (UK) Proposals for a national ID card scheme are in crisis after peers inflicted a treble defeat on the Government's flagship programme.

Hacker penetrated US Navy network 17 Jan 2006 An alleged computer hacker was detained by Spanish police on Monday on suspicion of having compromised the security of a US Navy yard used in the maintenance of nuclear submarines, the Spanish Government said.

Senate Panel's Vote on Alito Delayed Until Next Week --Democrats Aim to Shorten GOP Victory 17 Jan 2006 The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee reached an agreement yesterday evening to wait until next Tuesday to vote on the nomination of Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the Supreme Court.

Pa. lobbying costs average $1.4 million per senator 17 Jan 2006 Lobbyists are spending more money than ever, according to a new report released by the state Senate. Senate lobbyists spent $67.8 million in the first half of 2005 alone, according to the latest figures available. That is the equivalent of about $1.4 million per senator.

US honours Martin Luther King, but kills dream of equality --Harvard report says school segregation increasing 17 Jan 2006 Millions of Americans marked Martin Luther King Day yesterday with tributes to the civil rights leader, despite a Harvard University report showing that racial segregation in schools has been increasing since the early 1990s, when the courts made a series of decisions to dissolve desegregation orders.

Time of essence in bird flu fight, experts warn 17 Jan 2006 Bird flu experts meeting in Beijing warned on Tuesday that time was of the essence in battling a disease that has killed almost 80 people since 2003 and has now arrived at the gates of Europe and the Middle East.

Europe urged to increase checks of airline passengers to prevent spread of bird flu 17 Jan 2006 With outbreaks of bird flu continuing in Turkey, European countries should adopt policies such as increased checks of airline passengers and their belongings to prevent the disease from spreading across the Continent, a UN agriculture official recommended here Monday.

Nuclear power 'cannot tackle climate change' --Energy efficiency far more important, expert says --Standard of debate in UK condemned as abysmal 17 Jan 2006 New nuclear power stations would do little to combat climate change, according to a leading expert who has hit out at what he calls the "abysmal" standard of debate on the issue in the UK.

Environment in crisis: 'We are past the point of no return' 17 Jan 2006 The world has already passed the point of no return for climate change, and civilisation as we know it is now unlikely to survive, according to James Lovelock, the scientist and green guru who conceived the idea of Gaia - the Earth which keeps itself fit for life.

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Senators: Military last option on Iran 15 Jan 2006 Republican and Democratic U.S. lawmakers said Sunday there must be major immediate diplomatic action on Iran's nuclear activities, and that the option of military action cannot be taken off the table.

US Must Be Willing to Take Military Action Against Iran: McCain 15 Jan 2006 Washington should be prepared to take military action if necessary against Iran, a senior US lawmaker said Sunday, calling the standoff over Tehran's nuclear program the biggest international crisis in more than a decade. "The military option is the last option but cannot be taken off of the table," US Senator John McCain said.

Iran issues stark warning on oil price 16 Jan 2006 Iran stepped up its defiance of international pressure over its nuclear programme yesterday by warning of soaring oil prices if it is subjected to economic sanctions [which is *exactly* what Bush and ExxonMobil want].

McCain: Oil Prices Can't Stop U.S. From Pressing Iran 15 Jan 2006 The prospect of higher energy prices should not stop the world from imposing sanctions against oil-rich Iran, U.S. senators said Sunday. [That is because only McCain can afford them.]

US military frees two Reuters journalists in Iraq 15 Jan 2006 The U.S. military freed two Iraqi journalists who work for Reuters on Sunday after holding them for several months without charge.

IFJ Calls on United States to Explain Army Raid on Home of Investigative Journalist in Iraq 16 Jan 2006 (International Federation of Journalists Press Release) "The International Federation of Journalists today called on the United States army in Iraq to explain why the home of an award-winning Iraqi journalist investigating a high-level corruption scandal was raided by troops at the weekend. American troops in Baghdad forced their way into the home of Ali Fadil, who is working with the Guardian and Channel 4, and fired shots into the room where he was sleeping with his wife and children. He was taken away and released a few hours later, but video tapes he had produced were confiscated and not returned..."

2,000 More M.P.'s Will Help Train the Iraqi Police 16 Jan 2006 American commanders are assigning more than 2,000 Army military police advisers to work side by side with Iraq police officers in one of the most extensive efforts yet to team Americans with uniformed Iraqis.

Cronkite: Time for U.S. to leave Iraq 15 Jan 2006 Former CBS anchor Walter Cronkite, whose 1968 conclusion that the Vietnam War was unwinnable keenly influenced public opinion then, said Sunday he'd say the same thing today about Iraq. "It's my belief that we should get out now," Cronkite said in a meeting with reporters.

Bomb Hits Canadian Convoy in Afghanistan 15 Jan 2006 A suicide car bomb hit a Canadian military convoy in a southern Afghan city Sunday, killing at least one person and wounding seven, officials said.

The drone, the CIA and a botched attempt to kill bin Laden's deputy 15 Jan 2006 In the hunt for al-Qaeda, a missile attack on a mountain village killed women and children. The attack was precise, the intelligence was flawed, and the strained relation between Pakistan and the US has been pushed to breaking point.

Missile attack is a warning from CIA 16 Jan 2006 The Central Intelligence Agency may not have achieved its prime target, Dr Aiman Al Zawahri, but the January 13 air attack on Damadola village in Bajaur Agency has certainly left a deep psychological impact on the tribesmen. The tribesmen believe that the attack was a warning not to host 'foreign guests' in the future... "The CIA has sent a clear message to all tribesmen along the Pak-Afghan border that they are aware of all activities and can launch strikes as precise as the Friday attack," a security official in Khar told Daily Times, on condition of anonymity.

Swiss want Berne protest over alleged CIA flights 15 Jan 2006 The Swiss want their government to protest to Washington at the reported use by the CIA of local air space to fly terrorism suspects to alleged secret detention centers in eastern Europe, according to a newspaper poll on Sunday.

Tough Interrogation Tactics Were Opposed Pentagon --Task Force Was Told Not to Use Techniques Approved in 2002, Records Show 13 Jan 2006 Members of a Defense Department investigative task force were told not to participate in aggressive interrogation techniques approved for use at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2002 because officers and lawyers believed the tactics violated policy and would not elicit information, according to documents released by the Pentagon.

Speedboat attack on Nigeria oil rig 15 Jan 2006 Gunmen using speedboats have clashed with Nigerian soldiers as they attacked an oil platform operated by Shell in the Niger Delta... The Nigerian army, which has thousands of troops in the Delta, has been unable to prevent attacks by militants who object to the country's oil wealth leaving their region. [*Awesome!*]

Socialist Bachelet Wins Chilean Presidency 15 Jan 2006 A socialist doctor and former political prisoner was elected Sunday as the country's first female president, defeating a conservative multimillionaire opponent in a race that reflected Latin America's increasingly leftward tilt.

Terror Conviction Questioned --Trial Transcripts Show Lack of Evidence 16 Jan 2006 For three years, federal agents trailed Mohammed Yousry, a translator and U.S. citizen who worked for radical lawyer Lynne Stewart. Prosecutors wiretapped his phone, and FBI agents shadowed and interviewed him. They read his books and notepads and every file on his computer. This was their conclusion: ..."Mohammed Yousry is not someone who supports or believes in the use of violence." Still, the prosecutor persuaded the jury to convict Yousry of supporting terrorism.

Specter says no 'blank check' for Bush on spying 15 Jan 2006 The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee promised a thorough investigation on Sunday into pResident George W. Bush's secret domestic eavesdropping program and said there would be no blank check for Bush.

Americans Support Impeaching Bush for Wiretapping By David Swanson 16 Jan 2006 "By a margin of 52% to 43%, Americans want Congress to consider impeaching President [sic] Bush if he wiretapped American citizens without a judge's approval, according to a new poll commissioned by AfterDowningStreet.org, a grassroots coalition that supports a Congressional investigation of President Bush's decision to invade Iraq in 2003."

Bush's disastrous new drug 'plan:' Several states declared public health emergencies 16 Jan 2006 With tens [*hundreds*] of thousands of people unable to get medicines promised by Medicare, the Bush regime has told insurers that they must provide a 30-day supply of any drug that a beneficiary was previously taking, and it said that poor people must not be charged more than $5 for a covered drug. The actions came after several states declared public health emergencies, and many states announced that they would step in to pay for prescriptions that should have been covered by the federal Medicare program... [which was the Bush regime's plan, all along] In California, officials estimate that 200,000 of the state's 1.1 million low-income Medicare beneficiaries had trouble getting their medications.

Silent Holocaust Among Us --A BuzzFlash letter 13 Jan 2006 "Look up ChildAbuse-Aids Experiment and read firsthand the articles written by Liam Scheff on the Administration of Children's Services in New York unlawfully seizing children from poor black and Hispanic families that were supposedly HIV positive. They were placed in a hell hole full of horrors and subjected to twice or more times the amount for adults of highly toxic aids drugs... This went on since the early eighties and the studies were funded by the National Institutes of Health for the big pharma GlaxoSmithKline. Families that didn't give the drugs had their children seized immediately and were threatened if they didn't sign documents they would never see these children again... One doctor admitted under oath 'when it came to compliance, we were like Nazis.'"

Alumnus slams Alito's 'insensitivity' 14 Jan 2006 Princeton University alumnus Steven Dujack last night slammed Supreme Court justice nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr. for his membership in the Concerned Alumni of Princeton (CAP), a conservative organization he said frequently published racist and misogynistic material.

Ney Says He's Relinquishing Chairmanship Amid Abramoff Probe 15 Jan 2006 House Administration Committee Chairman Bob Ney, an Ohio Republican, said tonight he will temporarily relinquish his chairmanship, a decision made amid allegations he received gifts and other benefits from Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Rep. Ney to Temporarily Cede Panel Chair 15 Jan 2006 Rep. Bob Ney, an Ohio Republican implicated in a lobbying corruption investigation, will step aside temporarily as chairman of the House Administration Committee, his spokesman said Sunday.

Poll: DeLay Losing Support in Own District 15 Jan 2006 Barely one of every five of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's constituents would vote for him if the election were held now, according to a newspaper poll released Saturday.

Bush job approval dips again to 39% 15 Jan 2006 In the face of rising gas prices, partisan sniping over Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, and a resumption of 'insurgent' violence in Iraq, pResident Bush’s job approval rating has slipped into a post-holiday funk, again dipping below 40%, a new telephone poll by Zogby International shows.

British firms form bird flu plans 15 Jan 2006 A survey of dozens of British companies found more than 80 percent had made emergency plans in the event bird flu mutates and spreads from human to human.

Why Are These Frogs Croaking? --Massive die-offs in the American tropics are an early warning of the effects of global warming 15 Jan 2006 When entire species of brightly colored harlequin frogs started dying off in the cloud forests of Central and South America about 25 years ago, scientists suspected that something in the amphibians' ecosystems... had gone awry. Now an international team of scientists think they've solved the mystery. Comparing changes in annual temperatures with the number of frog species spotted, they've documented for the first time a direct correlation between global warming and the extinction of about two-thirds of the 110 known species of harlequin frog.

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MI5 will get new powers to bug MPs --Furious cabinet revolt as Blair gives green light for security services to spy on elected representatives 15 Jan 2006 Tony Blair is preparing to scrap a 40-year ban on tapping MPs' telephones, despite fierce Cabinet opposition, The Independent on Sunday can reveal.

Bush: Guantanamo habeas corpus lawsuits 'frivolous actions' --U.S. Seeks to Avoid Detainee Ruling 13 Jan 2006 The Bush regime took the unusual step yesterday of asking the Supreme Court to call off a landmark confrontation over the legality of military trials for terrorism suspects, arguing that a law enacted last month eliminates the court's ability to consider the issue... Separately, the administration is trying to eliminate habeas corpus lawsuits filed on behalf of nearly every detainee, saying they have clogged federal courts with frivolous actions.

Guantanamo prisoner records horrors of detention 14 Jan 2006 A man now detained at Guantanamo [Jumah al-Dossari] has given a harrowing account of his treatment at the hands of his captors and keepers, reported Amnesty International.

Bush rejects Merkel's call for closure of Guantanamo 14 Jan 2006 Dictator George W. Bush has turned down a request by new German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the US close its detention center in Guantanamo Bay -illegally occupied by the United States in eastern Cuba-, saying that it is a "necessary part of protecting the American people".

Bush could seize absolute control of U.S. government [Oh. He hasn't already?] By Doug Thompson 13 Jan 2006 "President [sic] George W. Bush has signed executive orders giving him sole authority to impose martial law, suspend habeas corpus and ignore the Posse Comitatus Act that prohibits deployment of U.S. troops on American streets. This would give him absolute dictatorial power over the government with no checks and balances."

NSA used city police as trackers --Activists monitored on way to Fort Meade war protest, agency memos show 13 Jan 2006 The National Security Agency used law enforcement agencies, including the Baltimore Police Department, to track members of a city anti-war group as they prepared for protests outside the sprawling Fort Meade facility, internal NSA documents show.

Pakistan furious over US air strikes 15 Jan 2006 Pakistan said today it would summon the US ambassador to protest against an air strike that killed - according to residents, 18 civilians - in a village where US intelligence officials suspected al-CIAduh's deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri was visiting.

Pakistan Condemns Deadly U.S. Airstrike 14 Jan 2006 Pakistan on Saturday filed a formal protest with the U.S. Embassy over a deadly airstrike in which the CIA reportedly targeted al-Qaida's [hundredth] second-in-command as villagers denied he was ever there and thousands of Pakistanis protested the attack.

2 U.S. copter pilots die in Iraq --Hostile fire blamed; attacks seen increasing as 'election' results near 14 Jan 2006 By the time the two pilots were removed, the helicopter was little more than a tangled mass of wire and shredded metal... The U.S. Army reconnaissance helicopter crashed in a muddy trash-strewed clearing in central Mosul after coming under small-arms fire Friday -- the second fatal helicopter crash in less than a week.

Marine Killed in Iraq 14 Jan 2006 A U.S. Marine was killed in Iraq yesterday, U.S. military officials in Baghdad reported today. Officials said the Marine, assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, died of wounds received from small-arms fire in Ramadi.

Pentagon to families: Go ahead, laugh 12 Jan 2006 When the stress of the war in Iraq becomes too severe, the Pentagon has a suggestion for military families: Learn how to laugh. With help from the Pentagon's chief laughter instructor, families of National Guard members are learning to walk like a penguin, laugh like a lion and blurt "ha, ha, hee, hee and ho, ho." No joke.

Basra: What really happened 14 Jan 2006 The Defence Secretary, John Reid, was quick to play down the severity of the clashes last September... An investigation by The Independent, however, reveals that September's violence was much more widespread than claimed. And one of the youngest soldiers in the blazing Warriors is still in hospital.

Hussein judge threatens to quit over govt pressure 14 Jan 2006 The chief judge in the trial of Saddam Hussein has tendered his resignation in protest at pressure from the Iraqi government on himself and the court, a source close to the judge told Reuters on Saturday.

Bush Warns Against Nuclear-Armed Iran --U.S. Presses 'Allies' for U.N. Action 14 Jan 2006 Dictator Bush declared yesterday that a nuclear-armed Iran would pose "a grave threat to the security of the world" as he tried to rally support from other major powers for U.N. Security Council action unless a defiant Tehran abandons any aspirations for nuclear weapons. [See: CIA Gave Iran Bomb Plans, Book Says 04 Jan 2006]

Foreign fighters flood into Afghanistan 13 Jan 2006 Hundreds of foreign Islamic fighters are gathering in Afghanistan ahead of the deployment of 4,000 British troops to the country in the spring.

British troops could be victims of Iran's nuclear stand-off with West 14 Jan 2006 Iran could take retribution against British troops in Iraq if the British government continues with its leading role in the campaign against the country's nuclear programme, senior defence sources have warned.

Carlyle 'given sweetener' in Qinetiq deal --Fresh uncertainty over flotation plans as MPs call for new probe into MoD's largest contract 15 Jan 2006 MPs are calling for a fresh inquiry into a £5.6bn government contract used to 'sweeten' the controversial part-sale of defence group Qinetiq to US private equity group Carlyle.

UPI Intelligence Watch 13 Jan 2006 The Venezuelan government President Hugo Chavez Frias believes that the Bush administration is plotting it, and Vheadlines.com reports that Venezuelan intelligence believes that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency is preparing the ground for a coup.

Intelligence sources warn Venezuela's Chavez: Beware the Ides of January! By Roy S. Carson 13 Jan 2006 "A United States move to 'deal with' Washington D.C.'s perceived problem with Hugo Chavez Frias could be close to execution if usually accurate intelligence sources are to be believed ... warning that Venezuela's President should take extreme care as the 'Ides of January' approaches this Sunday, January 15."

Left-Leaning Candidate Surges in Peru 14 Jan 2006 When Venezuela's populist leader welcomed Bolivia's socialist president-elect at a ceremony in Caracas, an unexpected guest had a front-row seat: Ollanta Humala, a left-leaning nationalist who is surging in popularity in Peru's presidential race.

Disaster Planning: Norway builds a 'doomsday vault' 12 Jan 2006 Norway has revealed a plan to build a "doomsday vault" hewn out of an Arctic mountain to store two million crop seeds in the event of a global disaster.

Sen. Durbin: U.S. Deserves Honest Leaders 14 Jan 2006 America deserves honest leadership in Washington to replace the current Republican-dominated government, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said Saturday in the Democrats' weekly radio address.

Fla. boy shot by police unlikely to live -reports 14 Jan 2006 A 15-year-old Florida student who was shot by police after aiming a weapon that turned out to be a pellet gun at a SWAT team remained on life support on Saturday and media reports said he was not expected to live.

SWAT Team Shoots 15-Year-Old Carrying Pellet Gun 14 Jan 2006 With a SWAT team surrounding him, Christopher David Penley slipped into an alcove in a school bathroom and raised what officers believed was a black 9 mm Beretta handgun, authorities said. Moments later, a deputy shot him. The 15-year-old had been holding what turned out to be a pellet gun, authorities said.

Lawyer: Authorities were told student's gun was fake 14 Jan 2006 The father and brother of a teenager shot at school Friday while brandishing a pellet gun told authorities before an officer opened fire that Christopher Penley's gun was not real, the family's attorney said Saturday.

Protesters Win Ruling on D.C. Arrests --Assistant Police Chief Can Be Liable for Damages, Federal Appeals Court Says 14 Jan 2006 A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that a top D.C. police official can be held personally liable for the arrest of hundreds of protesters at a 2002 anti-globalization rally, but it said more information was needed before it could decide whether Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey can be held liable as well.

3 Eco-Terror Suspects Held in Northern California Plot 14 Jan 2006 FBI agents in Sacramento arrested three suspected Earth Liberation Front members Friday in connection with an alleged plot to blow up U.S. Forest Service facilities, cellular phone towers and power-generating stations at various locations in Northern California.

Dems Ready Proposal on Code of Conduct 14 Jan 2006 Democrats intend to unveil a sweeping plan this week to tighten Congress' code of conduct, officials said Saturday night, including a ban on lobbyists' gifts to lawmakers and a crackdown on special interest provisions slipped into legislation in the final moments before passage.

Troubles erode DeLay's support in 22nd District 14 Jan 2006 A criminal indictment and continuing investigations have severely eroded support for U.S. Rep Tom DeLay in his district, most notably among Republicans who have voted for him before, according to a Houston Chronicle poll.

City residents denounce "Bring New Orleans Back" rebuilding plan --Remaking New Orleans for the wealthy By Kate Randall 14 Jan 2006 "New Orleans residents reacted with anger and defiance Wednesday to a proposed rebuilding plan for the city devastated by Hurricane Katrina... The plan amounts to a calculated and cruel scheme to permanently depopulate low-income parts of New Orleans and build up more affluent residential areas, as well as the tourist districts. There can be little doubt that wealthy Washington insiders and cronies of local and state politicians will have the option at some point to buy up the vacant land at fire-sale prices and make an eventual killing in the real estate market."

Brown: Remembrance Sunday should become 'British Day' July 14 Jan 2006 Gordon Brown will propose today that Remembrance Sunday should be developed into a national day of patriotism to celebrate British history, achievements and culture. The chancellor envisages a "British Day", equivalent to the Fourth of July independence celebrations in the United States.

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U.S. pays millions to Halliburton for excess trucks sitting idle in Iraq 12 Jan 2006 Halliburton charges millions of dollars to U.S. taxpayers for Mercedes trucks that sit idle and unused in the Iraqi desert, an internal Pentagon memo obtained by HalliburtonWatch reveals.

U.S. anti-terror policies 'contravening human rights law': investigator 14 Jan 2006 United States anti-terror policies are contravening human rights law, says Dick Marty, head of a European investigation into alleged CIA prisons in Europe. At a media conference on Friday, the Swiss senator also criticised Switzerland and Europe for having a passive attitude towards such policies.

Europe complicit in CIA "dirty work": investigator 13 Jan 2006 A Swiss investigator said on Friday European governments had been complicit in illegal CIA activities in the "war on [of] terror", after reports that the Americans ran secret prisons in Europe.

Europe 'complicit over CIA jails' 13 Jan 2006 A Swiss senator carrying out an inquiry into claims the CIA has run illegal secret detention centres in Europe has said he has no doubt they exist. Dick Marty accused the US of violating human rights and attacked European nations for their "shocking" passivity in the face of such violations.

MEPs to study CIA jails claim 13 Jan 2006 Euro MPs are to investigate claims that the CIA detained suspected terrorists at secret prisons in eastern Europe. A committee of inquiry made up of 46 MEPs was set up yesterday to examine allegations that detainees have been held in Romania, Poland, or other countries.

"It was horrific to sit there and watch this happen." Guantanamo defense lawyers criticize tribunals 13 Jan 2006 U.S. military officers ordered to defend accused war criminals at Guantanamo base in Cuba have joined the outcry of activists assailing the court system for human rights violations. "It was horrific to sit there and watch this happen," said Army Maj. Tom Fleener, who represented a Yemeni prisoner in pretrial hearings at Guantanamo this week.

Defense Team Outnumbered in Guantanamo Trials 13 Jan 2006 Prosecutors outnumber defense lawyers 4-to-1 at military trials for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, the chief defense counsel said, arguing that his team needs more staff.

Bush Rejects Call to Shut Guantanamo Prison 13 Jan 2006 Dictator Bush rejected a suggestion by Germany's new leader that the U.S. close its prison at Guantanamo Bay, saying after a first meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday that the facility is "a necessary part of protecting the American people."

We found Padilla's al Qaeda application, U.S. says 13 Jan 2006 Prosecutors said the U.S. government discovered alleged terrorist José Padilla's written application to join al Qaeda. [?!? LOL!! I guess Bush is Al-CIAduh's HR Director.] After the U.S. military invaded Afghanistan to oust its Taliban rulers, authorities found a locker full of applications to join al CIAduh's 'holy war' overseas. Among the alleged applicants: José Padilla, the former ''enemy combatant'' who once lived in Broward County.

Al Gore to Attack Bush 'Police State' 13 Jan 2006 [Gee, it's too bad you were so quick to 'offer your concession' after the first Bush coup d'etat, Al. Due to your 'surrender,' hundreds of thousands of people have been murdered by the Bush regime. You should have, instead, called for the Second American Revolution.] Former Vice President Al Gore will attack President [sic] Bush’s domestic eavesdropping program at a Washington, D.C., speech on Martin Luther King Day—with a Republican by his side.

Gonzales to testify on domestic spying program 13 Jan 2006 U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will testify in a Senate hearing on the legal reasons behind a secret domestic eavesdropping operation approved by pResident George W. Bush after the September 11 attacks, a Justice Department official said on Friday. [Notice how the 'September 11 attacks' finds its way into *every* discussion regarding Bush's illegal surveillance?]

NSA's Web Site Rendered Inaccessible 13 Jan 2006 The Web site for the National Security Agency, which has been under scrutiny over domestic wiretaps it conducted without warrants, was inaccessible for more than seven hours Friday. A spokesman, Don Weber, declined to say whether the site suffered an attack by hackers or a technical glitch. [Hopefully, the former.]

National ID, State Nightmare (AP) 12 Jan 2006 An anti[pro]-terrorism law creating a national standard for all driver's licenses by 2008 isn't upsetting just civil libertarians and immigration rights activists. State motor vehicle officials nationwide who will have to carry out the Real ID Act say its authors grossly underestimated its logistical, technological and financial demands.

LAPD turns to data analysis to fight terrorism 12 Jan 2006 The Los Angeles Police Department’s counterterrorism unit next month will begin using a new data analysis system designed to identify and connect related pieces of intelligence to help officers deter [foment] and respond to terrorist attacks.

SWAT Team Shoots 'Armed' Fla. 8th-Grader 13 Jan 2006 An eighth-grader was shot and wounded by a SWAT team officer in a school bathroom Friday after he pulled out a pellet gun that resembled a real weapon, authorities said.

Calls for commuters to help with police's anti-terrorism campaign 13 Jan 2006 (UK) Police are urging commuters "to remain alert" and foil terrorist activity. As part of a new campaign, posters will be displayed on bus shelters and in stations asking the public to remain vigilant and to report suspicious bags or behaviour by calling 999.

George Bush's rough justice --The career of the latest supreme court nominee has been marked by his hatred of liberalism By Sidney Blumenthal 12 Jan 2006 "'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?' 'No treaty,' replied John Yoo, the former justice department official who wrote the crucial memos justifying President [sic] Bush's policies on torture, detainees and domestic surveillance without warrants. Yoo publicly debated last month the radical notion of the 'unitary executive' - that the president, as commander-in-chief, is sole judge of the law, unbound by hindrances such as the Geneva conventions, and has inherent authority to subordinate independent government agencies to his fiat. This is the cornerstone of the Bush legal doctrine."

Berlin admits giving US bombing targets in Iraq 14 Jan 2006 A growing scandal has erupted over reports that German intelligence had fed America key information about military targets in Iraq before the US invasion. German MPs have called for a full inquiry into the allegations amid speculation about the future of Franz Walter Steinmeyer, Mrs Merkel's Social Democrat Foreign Minister, who was a senior government official during the Iraq war.

Heat rises on German spies in Iraq, CIA activities 13 Jan 2006 German's security services faced the prospect of a parliamentary inquiry on Friday, triggered by reports that German agents in Baghdad had helped the United States pinpoint bombing targets at the start of the Iraq war. Despite official denials, the reports have stirred unease in Germany and drawn accusations that the then government of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder was secretly aiding the U.S. war effort, while publicly opposing it to win votes.

Two Killed When U.S. Chopper Shot in Iraq 13 Jan 2006 'Insurgents' apparently shot down a U.S. Army reconnaissance helicopter in this northern city Friday, killing its two pilots, in the second fatal helicopter crash in Iraq in less than a week.

Hussein trial judge plans to quit 13 Jan 2006 The chief judge in the trial of Saddam Hussein plans to step down, a source close to the judge told Reuters on Friday, in a development that could throw an already turbulent process into further disarray.

Toll from 9/11 climbs, albeit too quietly 13 Jan 2006 A police officer was laid to rest who may have been the 2,753nd casualty of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. His family believes it. His employer — the NYPD — believed it, at least insofar as providing a disability pension for pulmonary disease "related to 9/11." And certainly James Zadroga, aged 34 when he died last Thursday in his parents' Little Egg Harbor home, believed it...

Did someone in FBI want 9/11 attacks? By Richard Miller 13 Jan 2006 "Why did FBI higher-ups pass up three opportunities for investigations that could have conceivably prevented the 9/11 attacks? Two of these opportunities were covered pretty extensively in the media in the year following the attacks. The third opportunity was less publicized... Could certain officials in the Bush administration, including a couple in the upper level of the FBI hierarchy, have had some motive for wanting the planned attacks to succeed?"

Katrina cited as deficit likely to top $400B 13 Jan 2006 The White House said on Thursday deficit spending in the 2006 budget would soar above $400 billion, well over a July forecast, and the election-year jolt was blamed largely on Hurricane Katrina costs. [OMG, *Katrina?* In the *first* place, the levees were possibly blown to flood the impoverished areas of New Orleans, so that the GOP-owned corpora-terrorists could be (over)paid to rebuild that which Bush destroyed! In the *second* place, can you say... *IRAQ?* *RESURRECTING THE OPIUM TRADE IN AFGHANISTAN?* *HALLIBURTON?* *BLACKWATER USA?* *PROJECT (Bullsh*t) BIOSHIELD?* *7.2 BILLION FOR THE PHARMA-TERRORISTS' BIRD FLU PANDEMIC?* *FIVE HUNDRED (Bush-privatized) USELESS HOMELAND SUCKYOURITY PROJECTS?* Bush's media whores at CNN actually think we are going to blame a Category 3 hurricane (Yes, Katrina was later determined have hit New Orleans as a Cat 3 storm) for his deficit woes?!? Gag me with a chainsaw!! --Lori Price]

Democrats May Delay Alito Nomination Vote 13 Jan 2006 Democrats confirmed Friday that they will make a last-ditch attempt to slow Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito's momentum by delaying the first vote on his candidacy.

Ney Under Pressure to Resign Chairmanship 13 Jan 2006 House Speaker Dennis Hastert is trying to force out Ohio Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) as chairman of the House Administration Committee, a week after Justice Department documents linked Ney to a bribery scheme involving convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Abramoff Scandal Threatens to Derail Reed's Political Ambitions 11 Jan 2006 The Washington scandal over lobbyist Jack Abramoff may claim a casualty outside the nation's capital: Ralph Reed, a former presidential-campaign adviser who once headed one of the U.S.'s largest Christian activist groups. [In every cloud, there is a silver lining!]

USDA Using Satellites to Monitor Farmers 13 Jan 2006 Satellite images are now increasingly turning up in courtrooms across the nation as the Agriculture Department's Risk Management Agency cracks down on farmers involved in crop insurance fraud. The Agriculture Department's Farm Service Agency, which helps farmers get loans and payments from a number of its programs, also uses satellite imaging to monitor compliance.

Maryland Senate Overrides Governor's Veto of 'Wal-Mart Bill' 12 Jan 2006 The Maryland Senate today voted to override a Republican Governor's veto of the so-called "Wal-Mart bill,'' requiring companies with more than 10,000 employees in the state to pay a set amount of money for health-care benefits. The state's House of Delegates plans to cast its vote later in the day.

Oops! People's Bank Tape Lost With Information On 90,000 Customers 12 Jan 2006 (CT) A tape containing the Social Security numbers and other confidential data of 90,000 People's Bank customers was lost recently while en route to a credit reporting bureau, state and bank officials said Wednesday.

WHO warns army may be needed to fight bird flu 13 Jan 2006 The World Health Organisation yesterday predicted authorities might need to use the army and police to quarantine about 120,000 people to contain an initial pandemic flu outbreak of just 19 cases. [If you think the illegal NSA spying was a breach of civil liberties, wait until the bird flu pandemic gives the Bush dictatorship another 'justification' to complete the Police State.]

Bird flu mutation raises threat to humans 13 Jan 2006 The first sign that the avian flu virus H5N1 may be mutating into a form more infectious to humans has been reported by scientists.

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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 --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."]

Swiss paper claims proof of secret US torture camps --AM (Australia) transcript 12 Jan 2006 "TONY EASTLEY: A newspaper in Switzerland has published what it believes is the first concrete proof that the US is operating secret interrogation camps for terrorist suspects in Eastern Europe. The SonntagsBlick newspaper obtained a fax sent by the Egyptian Government to its embassy in London, which apparently reveals that Egypt is aware of Iraqis and Afghans being questioned at a camp in Romania."

EU Parliament to investigate CIA allegations 12 Jan 2006 The European Parliament launched an investigation on Thursday into allegations that the CIA used EU countries for the illegal transport and detention of prisoners.

Ex-CIA Lawyer: No Legal Basis for NSA Spying 11 Jan 2006 Former CIA General Counsel Jeffrey Smith will testify in House hearings that there is no legal basis for pResident Bush's controversial National Security Agency domestic surveillance program, ABC News has learned. [Note: the gutless wonders at ABC News appear to have pulled to story.]

General Asserts Right On Self-Incrimination In Iraq Abuse Cases 12 Jan 2006 Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller, a central figure in the U.S. detainee-abuse scandal, this week invoked his right not to incriminate himself in court-martial proceedings against two soldiers accused of using dogs to intimidate captives at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, according to lawyers involved in the case.

US Army its own worst enemy: British officer 12 Jan 2006 A senior British Army officer has written a scathing critique of the US Army and its performance in Iraq, accusing it of cultural ignorance, moralistic self-righteousness, unproductive micromanagement and unwarranted optimism. In an article published this week in the army magazine Military Review, Brigadier Nigel Aylwin-Foster, who was deputy commander of a program to train the Iraqi military, said American officers in Iraq displayed such "cultural insensitivity" that it "arguably amounted to institutional racism" and may have spurred the growth of the insurgency.

US army in Iraq institutionally racist, claims British officer 12 Jan 2006 A senior British officer has criticised the US army for its conduct in Iraq, accusing it of institutional racism, moral righteousness, misplaced optimism, and of being ill-suited to engage in counter-insurgency operations.

US military expects surge in Iraqi rebel attacks 12 Jan 2006 US forces in Iraq expect a surge in 'insurgent' attacks as political factions prepare to negotiate the first full-term government [US-dictatorship] since the fall of Saddam Hussein, a US general warned

Iraqi found guilty in Germany of recruiting insurgents 12 Jan 2006 An Iraqi man was on Thursday found guilty in a landmark German trial of helping to smuggle suicide bombers from Europe into his native country. [Bush needs to be found guilty of 'recruiting insurgents' --by illegally invading and occupying Iraq.]

Santorum says liberals, media are undermining war support 12 Jan 2006 Sen. Rick Santorum on Thursday accused the news media and liberals of undermining support for the Iraq war at a time when, he said, Islamic fundamentalist pose a serious threat to national security. "The challenge for liberty today, the challenge for our generation is the spread of Islamic fascism," said Santorum, the No. 3 Senate Republican. [NO, the challenge for liberty today is the spread of *Bush's* fascism.]

Military Tribunals Resume at Guantanamo 11 Jan 2006 A U.S. military commission began a pretrial hearing Wednesday for a Yemeni man who was Usama bin Laden's bodyguard and is charged with conspiracy.

Guantanamo Hearing Opens Amid Legal Issues 12 Jan 2006 A two-and-a-half-hour session yesterday morning raised thorny legal issues in the military commissions proceeding against an accused al Qaeda propagandist held at the U.S. detention facility here.

Guantanamo Detainee Set to Boycott Tribunals 12 Jan 2006 A Yemeni man accused of being Usama bin Laden's former bodyguard told a U.S. military tribunal Wednesday he regarded Americans as enemies and announced he would boycott the hearings, which proceeded anyway.

Former 'Enemy Combatant' Pleads Not Guilty 12 Jan 2006 Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen who was held for more than three years as an ''enemy combatant,'' pleaded not guilty Thursday to criminal charges alleging he was part of a secret network that supported violent Muslim extremists around the world.

Former Pinochet henchman takes over "peacekeeping" operation in Haiti By Kevin Skerrett 11 Jan 2006 "The apparent suicide on 7 January of the Brazilian general leading the UN military force currently occupying Haiti has exposed serious conflict and disarray within the management of the disastrous 'peacekeeping' mission there... On 5 January, the notorious coup supporter and head of Haiti’s Chamber of Commerce Reginald Boulos called upon the UN generals to carry out a 'necessary and courageous action' in Cité Soleil, where 'you have to break some eggs to make an omelette'. (Radio Metropole) Boulos, a leader of the elite-led 'Group 184' and financier for the Washington DC 'Haiti Democracy Project' [sic - 'Haiti Assassination Project'] had been working for months to increase pressure on the UN force to crack down on those resisting Haiti’s coup government. Two days after Boulos gave this interview the Brazilian commander of the UN force, General Urano Bacellar, was found dead in his apartment, shot in the head in an apparent suicide."

Labour peers will try to extend terror detention limit to 60 days 12 Jan 2006 Pro-Government peers are planning to rewrite the Terrorism Bill to let police hold suspects without charge for up to 60 days.

Bush to criminalize protesters under Patriot Act as "disruptors" By Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse 11 Jan 2006 "Bush wants to create the new criminal of 'disruptor' who can be jailed for the crime of 'disruptive behavior.' A "little-noticed provision" in the latest version of the Patriot Act will empower Secret Service to charge protesters with a new crime of 'disrupting major events including political conventions and the Olympics.' Secret Service would also be empowered to charge persons with 'breaching security' and to charge for 'entering a restricted area' which is 'where the President or other person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting.'"

ACLU Opposes Patriot Act Provision --Secret Service's Reach Questioned 13 Dec 2005 The American Civil Liberties Union raised objections yesterday to a little-noticed provision of the latest version of the USA Patriot Act bill, arguing that it would give the Secret Service wider latitude to charge protesters accused of disrupting major events including political conventions and the Olympics.

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide if Police Can Barge in Unannounced 12 Jan 2006 Forget the ongoing privacy debate over U.S. government spying on telephone conversations--soon you may not have the right to tell cops to wait until you open your door. In a case involving a private citizen and Michigan police authorities, a team of civil rights lawyers appeared before the Supreme Court this week to challenge the police practice of storming into homes to look for whatever they want as evidence of a crime.

"It's going to be baby Iraq for Joe Canizaro." Blacks accuse city elite of land grab 13 Jan 2006 Under a controversial proposal, residents of the New Orleans suburbs most heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina will have four months to prove strong support for rebuilding their areas before possibly being forced to sell their properties to the US Government... Much of the ire was heaped on a New Orleans developer, Joseph Canizaro, a key architect of the plan, who was booed at a residents' meeting. "How many people from my backyard are up there?" yelled Harvey Bender, a laid-off worker from mainly black New Orleans East, disrupting the proceedings. "I'm ready to rebuild, and I'm not letting you take mine. I'm going to fight, whatever it takes, to rebuild my property. It's going to be baby Iraq for Joe Canizaro."

Protest to greet Bush at New Orleans visit 11 Jan 2006 Four months after Dictator Bush stood in Jackson Square and vowed to rebuild New Orleans, protesters plan to jam the same square today during his ninth visit to this battered city and demand the government rebuild broken levees stronger than before.

Poll: Bush approval at 38 percent 12 Jan 2006 The poll, conducted Jan. 4-8 by the Pew Research Center for the Public & the Press, found U.S. pResident George W. Bush's job approval rating at 38 percent -- the same as it was in December.

Pelosi wants probe of 'corrupt Congress' 12 Jan 2006 House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said Republicans had created "one of the most closed, corrupt congresses in history" and urged the House ethics committee to investigate GOP lawmakers linked to lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Houston TV stations withhold ads attacking DeLay 11 Jan 2006 Several Houston television stations withheld a political ad on Wednesday accusing U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay of corruption after a lawyer for the former House majority leader said the ad was false and could lead to legal action. [But they didn't withhold the 'Swiftboat Nazis for Rove' ads against John Kerry, did they?]

DeLay Faces Viable Republican Challenger 12 Jan 2006 U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, who lost his leadership post because of his ties to a disgraced lobbyist and faces felony charges in his home state, now has another worry: an unprecedented four-way primary for the seat he's held comfortably for 22 years.

Alito Leaves Door Open to Reverse Roe v. Wade --Membership In Controversial Group Surfaces As an Issue 12 Jan 2006 The once-sluggish confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr. turned confrontational yesterday, as the nominee signaled he might be willing to revisit the ruling that legalized abortion nationwide and Democrats pummeled him over his membership in an alumni group that wanted to restrict enrollment of women and minorities.

Judge Alito, in His Own Words (The New York Times) 12 Jan 2006 "We learned that Judge [Samuel] Alito had once declared that Judge Robert Bork - whose Supreme Court nomination was defeated because of his legal extremism - 'was one of the most outstanding nominees' of the 20th century. We heard Judge Alito refuse to call Roe v. Wade 'settled law,' as Chief Justice John Roberts did at his confirmation hearings. And we learned that Judge Alito subscribes to troubling views about presidential power. Those are just a few of the quiet bombshells that have dropped. In his deadpan bureaucrat's voice, Judge Alito has said some truly disturbing things about his view of the law. In three days of testimony, he has given the American people reasons to be worried - and senators reasons to oppose his nomination."

ACLU Opposes Nomination of Judge Alito (ACLU) Jan 2006 "The American Civil Liberties Union has taken the extraordinary step of formally opposing the nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. to the United States Supreme Court. Throughout his career, Judge Alito has promoted an expansive view of executive authority and a limited view of the judicial role in curbing abuses of that authority." [ACLU Action: Tell Your Senators to Oppose Alito Nomination to the Supreme Court]

I.R.S. Move Said to Hurt the Poor 11 Jan 2006 Tax refunds sought by 1.6 million poor Americans over the last five years were frozen and their returns labeled fraudulent, although the vast majority appear to have done nothing wrong, the Internal Revenue Service's taxpayer advocate told Congress yesterday.

FBI checking prints in death row cases 10 Jan 2006 The FBI is reviewing the cases of all state and federal prisoners scheduled for execution to determine whether bureau fingerprint examiners made errors that led to death sentences.

Interior Department to Open Alaskan Land to Oil Drilling --Environmentalists Question Statement That Exploration Can Have Minimal Impact on Wildlife 12 Jan 2006 The Interior Department yesterday agreed to open about 400,000 acres on Alaska's North Slope for exploratory oil drilling, an area that previously had been off limits because of concerns about the impact on wildlife.

US opens Alaskan area to oil leases 12 Jan 2006 The U.S. government paved the way on Wednesday for oil drilling in an Alaskan region used by migrating caribou and birds, three weeks after Congress blocked energy development in the nearby Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Warming Tied To Extinction of Frog Species 12 Jan 2006 Rising temperatures are responsible for pushing dozens of frog species over the brink of extinction in the past three decades, according to findings being reported today by a team of Latin American and U.S. scientists.

Europe Increases Its Efforts to Stop Bird Flu 12 Jan 2006 As Turkish officials shifted into high gear to control the outbreaks of avian influenza that have spread across their country, neighboring countries and nations across the European Union enhanced their surveillance efforts so the virus would be detected quickly if it crossed the border.

Pandemic warning as bird flu spreads 12 Jan 2006 Turkey has reported more human cases of deadly bird flu as the World Health Organization said the threat of a pandemic was growing daily.

WHO confirms 18 human bird flu cases in Turkey 12 Jan 2006 The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday the number of people who have caught the deadly bird flu virus in Turkey has risen to 18 from 15, mostly children.

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