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January 2007 Archives

'This is prejudicial to the administration of justice.' Official Attacks Top Law Firms For Representing Detainees 13 Jan 2007 The senior Pentagon official in charge of military detainees suspected of terrorism said in an interview this week that he was dismayed that lawyers at many of the nation’s top firms were representing prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and that the firms’ corporate clients should consider ending their business ties. The comments by Charles D. Stimson, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs, produced an instant torrent of anger from lawyers, legal ethics specialists and bar association officials, who said Friday that his comments were repellent and displayed an ignorance of the duties of lawyers to represent people in legal trouble.

Unveiled Threats --A Bush appointee's crude gambit on detainees' legal rights (The Washington Post) 12 Jan 2007 In a repellent interview yesterday with Federal News Radio, Mr. Stimson [Cully Stimson, deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs] brought up, unprompted, the number of major U.S. law firms that have helped represent detainees at Guantanamo Bay ...[I]t's offensive -- shocking, to use his word -- that Mr. Stimson, a lawyer, would argue that law firms are doing anything other than upholding the highest ethical traditions of the bar by taking on the most unpopular of defendants. It's shocking that he would seemingly encourage the firms' corporate clients to pressure them to drop this work. And it's shocking -- though perhaps not surprising -- that this is the person the administration has chosen to oversee detainee policy at Guantanamo.

Round Up the Usual Lawyers (The New York Times) 13 Jan 2007 ...[T]he administration’s new attack on lawyers who dare to give those prisoners the meager representation permitted them is contemptible. Speaking this week on Federal News Radio... Cully Stimson, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs, tried to rally American corporations to stop doing business with law firms that represent inmates of the Guantánamo internment camp. It does not seem to matter to Mr. Stimson, who is a lawyer, that a great many of those detainees did not deserve imprisonment, let alone the indefinite detention to which they are subjected as "illegal enemy combatants." And forget about the fundamental American right that everyone should have legal counsel, even the most heinous villain.

Bar investigates attorney for alleged CIA plane owner 12 Jan 2007 The Oregon State Bar is investigating a Portland attorney who represented a company that owned an executive jet the CIA reportedly used to transport terrorist suspects to foreign countries for interrogation. The inquiry deals only with whether the attorney, Scott D. Caplan, was representing an actual person as a client — and not with the CIA's so-called "extraordinary rendition" [kidnapping] program.

This is a US torture camp --Evidence of prisoner abuse at Guantánamo is overwhelming - and it hasn't made anyone safer. By Vikram Dodd 12 Jan 2007 Camp Delta, which still houses 470 men never convicted of any crime, is a torture camp.

US seeks to banish Iran war 'rumor' 13 Jan 2007 The White House and the Pentagon are struggling to dispel fears that US President [sic] George W. Bush's warnings to Syria and Iran over Iraq and a US military buildup in the Gulf had set the stage for war.

U.S. denies plans against Iran and Syria 13 Jan 2007 The United States denied on Friday it was preparing for military action against Iran and Syria, after President [sic] George W. Bush issued a stern warning to them, raising concerns of a spill-over from the Iraq war.

Bush Authorized Iranians' Arrest in Iraq, Rice Says 13 Jan 2007 A recent series of American raids against Iranians in Iraq was authorized under an order that President [sic] Bush decided to issue several months ago to undertake a broad military offensive against Iranian operatives in the country, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday.

US raids Iran 'liaison office', Russia says it is unacceptable 13 Jan 2007 The US armed forces detained five Iranians working at a "liaison office" located in Erbil, Iraq, and did not "raid the Iranian Consulate General" as earlier reported... Sources said that the US forces first landed their helicopters around the building, then broke through the consulate’s gate, disarmed the guards, confiscated some documents and certain objects, arrested five 'terrorists,' [?!?] and then left for an undisclosed location. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mikhail Kamynin said that the raid was absolutely unacceptable and was a violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. The Kurdistan Regional Government also expressed their shock and disapproval of the raid.

Rice won't rule out military actions on Iran 12 Jan 2007 Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice refused yesterday to rule out cross-border US military action against Iran, a day after President [sic] Bush pledged in a major speech to "seek out and destroy" Iranian and Syrian networks providing weapons and training to anti-American forces in Iraq.

US delivers 20 Humvees to Lebanese army, first batch of US$40 million in military aid 12 Jan 2007 The United States delivered 20 Humvee vehicles to Lebanon on Friday as a first installment of the US$40 million in military aid that Washington has promised to strengthen the Lebanese army for the job of controlling southern Lebanon — the launch pad of last year's war between Hezbollah and Israel.

Bush Lashes Out at Opponents on Iraq 'Plan' 13 Jan 2007 President [sic] Bush fought back at lawmakers opposing his new 'plan' for Iraq today, charging that simply being against the 'strategy' without suggesting alternatives was "irresponsible."

US won't set troop withdrawal timetable 13 Jan 2007 United States Defence Secretary Robert Gates has ruled out announcing any timetable for an eventual troop withdrawal from Iraq, saying if he did the enemy would just wait until afterwards.

Oil on the fire, say American foes 13 Jan 2007 Iran and Syria have angrily denounced US plans to send more troops to Iraq, complaining that it will only prolong the "occupation" and extend insecurity in the wider Middle East.

US troops will leave Iraq "in coffins": Sadr aide 12 Jan 2007 A senior ally of radical Iraqi cleric Moqtada Al Sadr warned on Friday that thousands of the planned 21,500 extra US troops en route for the war-torn nation would "go home in coffins".

For US troops, new duties, more danger --A new offensive in Baghdad will require house-to-house warfare – the most perilous kind. 12 Jan 2007 American GIs are about to launch a new offensive in Baghdad that is very likely to be a type of urban warfare, on a scale not yet seen.

Surge and Mirrors: What Bush Really Said By Paul Craig Roberts 12 Jan 2007 ...Bush says, "We will disrupt the attacks on our forces. We will interrupt the flow of support from Iran and Syria. And we will seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies in Iraq." In those words, Bush states perfectly clearly that victory in Iraq requires US forces to attack Iran and Syria. Moreover, Bush says, "We are also taking other steps to bolster the security of Iraq and protect American interests in the Middle East. I recently ordered the deployment of an additional carrier strike group to the region." What do two US aircraft carrier attack groups in the Persian Gulf have to do with a guerilla ground war in Iraq? The "surge" is merely a tactic to buy time while war with Iran and Syria can be orchestrated.

Rice denies US 'escalating Iraq' 13 Jan 2007 US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has denied that the US intends to escalate the war in Iraq by confronting Iranian groups operating there.

UK 'must continue to fight wars' 12 Jan 2007 Tony Blair has said his foreign policy is "controversial" but his approach of military intervention must continue. In a major speech, he said the "war on [of] terror" may last a generation but to retreat would be a "catastrophe".

Blair pledges increased military spending as he defends intervention 12 Jan 2007 Tony Blair promised more cash for Britain's armed forces today as he defended his policy of intervention in countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mega barf alert! Clinton pushing for troop surge in Afghanistan 12 Jan 2007 Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is heading to Iraq and Afghanistan this weekend -- and calling for a troop "surge" in Afghanistan even though she opposes a similar measure in Iraq.

Royal Marine dies in Afghanistan 12 Jan 2007 A Royal Marine has died during a battle with insurgents in the troubled Helmand province of southern Afghanistan.

Terrorists 'use Google maps to hit UK troops' 13 Jan 2007 Terrorists attacking British bases in Basra are using aerial footage displayed by the Google Earth internet tool to pinpoint their attacks, say Army intelligence sources. Documents seized during raids on the homes of insurgents last week uncovered print-outs from photographs taken from Google.

Martial law declared in Somalia 13 Jan 2007 Somali lawmakers voted Saturday to authorize the government to declare martial law, the deputy parliament speaker said, as the country's 'internationally recognized leaders' [US-installed dictatorship] struggle to assert their authority after battling an Islamic movement that had controlled much of southern Somalia.

Al-Qaeda 'rebuilding' in Pakistan 12 Jan 2007 The head of US spying operations says the leaders of al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] have found a secure hideout in Pakistan from where they are rebuilding their strength. National Intelligence Director John Negroponte said al-Qaeda was strengthening its ties across the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.

Hearts, minds neglected on terrorism - UK's Brown 13 Jan 2007 British finance minister Gordon Brown, expected to succeed Tony Blair as prime minister this year, said on Saturday he believed the battle for hearts and minds had been neglected in the fight against terrorism.

FBI Investigating 8,000 for Terrorism 12 Jan 2007 This week, FBI Director Robert Mueller in effect told Congress the bureau has 8,000 people under investigation for terrorism. In his January 11 testimony to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the FBI chief cited "a recent and rare" disclosure from MI5 that "the United Kingdom is tracking 1,600 individuals who are part of at least 200 networks that are actively plotting terrorist attacks." By comparison, Mueller added, "in general, the number of subjects we are monitoring is proportional to the number of subjects BSS is monitoring–based on gross national population." ...Multiply Britain's 1,600 terrorism suspects by five and you get 8,000. FBI officials confirm that's a ballpark figure, but decline to put the figure on the record.

Armed police to guard key power plants against terror 13 Jan 2007 Armed police are to be stationed at some of Scotland's most important oil and gas terminals and power stations amid fears they could be targeted by terrorists, it was revealed yesterday. The move to bolster security will see armed officers stationed at St Fergus gas terminal near Peterhead for the first time from next week.

Canadians Fear Fallout of U.S. Passport Rules 13 Jan 2007 Canadian and U.S. citizens are lining up for passports to meet tougher U.S. border rules that take effect this month, and Canadian authorities fear the rules will keep more Americans at home. Starting Jan. 23, all airline passengers landing in the United States will have to carry a passport.

Bomb threat to Ohio plane declared hoax 12 Jan 2007 A bomb threat that halted a commuter plane as it was about to take off with 33 people on board Friday morning was a hoax, authorities said.

White powder found in Pennsylvania courthouse 11 Jan 2007 A suspicious white powder was found in a county courthouse in Allentown, Pennsylvania on Friday, a local sheriff said.

NSA and Microsoft Worked Together on Windows Vista Security 12 Jan 2007 The U.S. agency best known for eavesdropping on telephone calls had a hand in the development of Microsoft’s Vista operating system, Microsoft confirmed Tuesday. The National Security Agency (NSA) stepped in to help Microsoft develop a configuration of its next-generation operating system that would meet U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) requirements, said NSA spokesman Ken White.

Group Sues Archives Over WH Visitor Logs 10 Jan 2007 A private group [Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington] sued the National Archives on Wednesday, seeking information about the Secret Service's suspension of its destruction of White House visitor records. The Secret Service stopped the routine destruction of its White House visitor logs in October 2004 at the request of the National Archives.

Scientists Reject Administration Chemical Rules --White House Plan to Change Risk Assessment Called 'Fundamentally Flawed' 12 Jan 2007 When the Bush administration last year proposed a controversial revamping of the rules by which federal agencies decide whether chemicals and other products pose risks to human health, it offered to run the plan by the prestigious National Research Council. Yesterday the White House got its response: a 324-page report that says, in no uncertain terms, "Throw it out and start all over."

Poll: Bush Job Approval Rating at New Low 13 Jan 2007 For the second straight day, 35% of Americans approve of the way that George W. Bush is performing his role as pResident. That's the lowest level of approval ever measured by Rasmussen Reports. Sixty-one percent (61%) now disapprove of his performance.

"You recognize me? My name's Dr. Multimillionaire and I kicked your ass." --Rep. Steve Kagen (D-WI), quoted by the Oshkosh Northwestern [White House denies story of Kagen visit 11 Jan 2007], to White House adviser Karl Rove after Kagen reportedly "held the door to a White House men's room closed when he was alone with Rove." Quote of the Day, 12 Jan 2007

Sen. Tim Johnson Out of Intensive Care 11 Jan 2007 Sen. Tim Johnson has been transferred out of intensive care and has said some words, his doctor said Thursday, nearly a month after the South Dakota Democrat suffered a brain hemorrhage.

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Bush's tough tactics are a 'declaration of war' on Iran 12 Jan 2007 American forces stormed Iranian government offices in northern Iraq, hours after President [sic] George Bush issued a warning to Tehran that was described as a "declaration of war".

US Iraq raid draws Iranian anger 11 Jan 2007 US forces have stormed a building in the northern Iraqi town of Irbil and seized six people said to be Iranians, prompting a diplomatic incident. Iranian and Iraqi officials said the building was an Iranian consulate and the detainees its employees.

US troops attack Iran's representative office in Arbil 11 Jan 2007 The US troops in Iraq attacked Iran's representative office in the northern Iraqi city of Arbil on Thursday morning. Based on reliable sources, the American forces disarmed the guard of Iran's representative office around 5:00 am and then broke the door and entered into the building. Upon entering the office, they arrested five employees, smashed the furniture and took away the detainees along with some computers and administrative documents to an unidentified destination without making any explanation. In objection to such an illegal measure by the American troops, Iran's embassy in Baghdad dispatched a note of protest to Iraq's Foreign Ministry.

Blast at U.S. embassy called 'terrorism' 12 Jan 2007 A rocket was fired at the U.S. embassy early Friday, striking the front of the building but causing no injuries. A senior police official said the blast was an act of terrorism. [Oh, but when the *U.S.* attacks an embassy or consulate - that's called 'targeting suspected al-Qaeda figures.']

Condoleezza Rice says Iraqi government is on "borrowed time" [The Bush regime is on STOLEN time] 11 Jan 2007 U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice suggested on Thursday that the government of Iraqi 'Prime Minister' [US-installed puppet dictator] Nuri al-Maliki was running out of time to restore security in Iraq but repeated her confidence in him.

*LOL* Bush whore, Condoleezza Rice, disputes that a call for 22,000 additional troops to Iraq is an 'increase' or 'escalation.' Instead, she calls it an 'augmentation.'

Rice loves 'her' Fox News anchors 12 Jan 2007 US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice let slip her media preferences, saying "I love every single one" of Fox News network's correspondents and also favours CBS anchor Harry Smith. In comments overheard on an open microphone between morning television interviews, including one with Fox, the top US diplomat said: "My Fox guys, I love every single one of them."

Bush warns of more troop deaths in last-ditch plan 12 Jan 2007 Defying public opinion, congressional opposition and the unease of some of his military commanders, Dictator George Bush will send more troops to Iraq in what is seen as a last-ditch bid to stabilise the country.

Worst yet to come for US in Baghdad 11 Jan 2007 The plan by the US President, [sic] George Bush, to send tens of thousands of US and Iraqi reinforcements to the Iraqi capital to aggressively confront Sunni insurgents and Shiite militias will touch off a more dangerous phase of the war, featuring months of fighting in the streets of Baghdad. [In such a setting, the resistance fighters should do well!]

Bush War Plan Draws Fire on Capitol Hill 11 Jan 2007 President [sic] Bush's decision to send 21,500 more combat troops to Iraq drew heavy fire [Literally? Great!] from both Democrats and some Republicans on Thursday despite a plea by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for a "national imperative not to fail." A day after Bush's prime time speech from the White House, the Senate's top Republican threatened a filibuster to block any legislation expressing disapproval of the plan.

White House sells Iraq plan as Democratic anger rises 12 Jan 2007 The Bush regime was working hard today to persuade a sceptical US of the merits of the pResident's plan to salvage the mission to Iraq. "The President virtually stands alone," said Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, while Chuck Hagel, a Republican Senator from Nebraska and a critic of the war, called Mr Bush's new plan "the most dangerous foreign policy blunder" since Vietnam.

Arabs dismiss Bush's Iraq plan 11 Jan 2007 U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush's plan to send 21,500 more troops will fail to bring peace to Iraq and could aggravate a conflict in which tens of thousands of people have already died, Arab analysts said on Thursday.

Bildt: Bush's Iraq policy inadequate 11 Jan 2007 Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt on Thursday criticised US President [sic] George Bush's new Iraq strategy for failing to tackle political issues in the violence-wracked country.

Anti-War Activists Rush to Hold Protests 12 Jan 2007 Activists angered by President [sic] Bush's decision to send more troops to Iraq staged anti-war demonstrations in several major cities Thursday, protesting that the buildup will cause more bloodshed and give insurgents new American targets.

Bush's legacy: The president who cried wolf --Olbermann: Bush's strategy fails because it depends on his credibility By Keith Olbermann 11 Jan 2007 Only this president, only in this time, only with this dangerous, even messianic certitude, could answer a country demanding an exit strategy from Iraq, by offering an entrance strategy for Iran...This is diplomacy by skimming; it is internationalism by drawing pictures of Superman in the margins of the text books; it is a presidency of Cliff Notes... We are going to put 17,500 more troops into Baghdad and 4,000 more into Anbar Province to give the Iraqi government "breathing space." In and of itself that is an awful and insulting term. The lives of 21,500 more Americans endangered, to give "breathing space" to a government that just turned the first and perhaps the most sober act of any democracy — the capital punishment of an ousted dictator — into a vengeance lynching so barbaric and so lacking in the solemnities necessary for credible authority, that it might have offended the Ku Klux Klan of the 19th century. [A must read]

Defiance and delusion (Leader, The Guardian) 11 Jan 2007 George Bush's announcement last night that he is going to pour more troops into Iraq was the last throw of the dice in a misconceived enterprise that has dragged his country, this country and the Middle East into a nightmare... In opting for a troop surge, Mr Bush has ignored the message of the mid-term elections, the Iraq Study Group, Congress, his own top generals and most world opinion. US generals have difficulty enough maintaining current levels of combat-ready troops and are not convinced that more troops will make any difference.

Troop Surge Already Under Way 10 Jan 2007 President [sic] Bush's speech may be scheduled for tonight, but the troop surge in Iraq is already under way. ABC News has learned that the "surge" Bush is expected to announce in a prime time speech tonight has already begun. Ninety advance troops from the 82nd Airborne Division arrived in Baghdad Wednesday.

Gates wants 92,000 troops for Iraq, war on [of] terror 12 Jan 2007 US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said he would recommend to President [sic] George W. Bush increasing the Army and Marine Corps by 92,000 troops over the next five years for the long-term fight 'against' terrorism.

Pentagon abandons active-duty time limit 11 Jan 2007 The Pentagon has abandoned its limit on the time a citizen-soldier can be required to serve on active duty, officials said Thursday, a major change that reflects an Army stretched thin by longer-than-expected combat in Iraq.

National Guard presses Pentagon for reforms 11 Jan 2007 The White House’s plan to increase the number of U.S. troops in Iraq is prompting National Guard officials to step up pressure for changes to mobilization, training and equipment that would have long-term implications for retention and efficiency.

Britain to unveil timetable for limited withdrawal 12 Jan 2007 Thousands of British troops are to return from Iraq by the end of May, according to a secret timetable for troop withdrawal seen by Britain's The Daily Telegraph.

Soldier gets 18 years for murder 12 Jan 2007 A US soldier has been sentenced to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to murdering three prisoners during a raid on a suspected 'al-Qaeda' compound in Iraq last year.

Somali Capital Awash in Anger At Ethiopia, U.S., [U.S.-Installed] Interim Leaders 11 Jan 2007 A messy, low-level battle for control of the battered streets of Mogadishu continued Wednesday, as a fighter shot a rocket-propelled grenade at a convoy of Ethiopian trucks passing through the combustible Somali capital. [Penta Post rambling snipped] ...who last month swept a popular Islamic movement from power on behalf of the weak, U.S.-backed transitional government [That would be a(nother) US coup d'etat] that is now struggling to assert control.

U.S. Troops Went Into Somalia After Raid --No Top Targets Confirmed Dead 12 Jan 2007 A small team of American military personnel entered southern Somalia to try to determine exactly who was killed in a U.S. airstrike Monday that targeted suspected 'al-Qaeda figures thought to be hiding in swampy mangrove forests' along the Indian Ocean, U.S. sources said Thursday. ['suspected al-Qaeda figures hiding in swampy mangrove forests' ROFL!! Who writes this sh*t?!?]

Oops! Official: Somalia strike missed al Qaeda suspects --Reports says up to 35 killed in fighting, resulting fires 11 Jan 2007 None of the top three suspected terrorists in Somalia were killed in a U.S. airstrike this week, but Somalis with close ties to al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] were killed, a senior U.S. official in the region said Thursday.

Pentagon Trains Local Emergency Workers to Respond to WMD Attacks 10 Jan 2007 The U.S. Department of Defense has been working with local first-responder agencies and state authorities to ensure the American people are prepared to handle a [Bush-engendered] terror attack, weapons of mass destruction (WMD), or a health epidemic. According to the Pentagon, at least 42 weapons of mass destruction civil support teams have been stood up across the country.

Guilty plea could get Hicks home 12 Jan 2007 David Hicks could be home before the end of the year if he accepts a plea bargain that takes into account his five years in jail. Intense lobbying in Washington by the Howard Government on the case of the terror suspect could pay off, with expectations growing that he could be back before the federal election.

Dozens test positive in Litvinenko probe 12 Jan 2007 A total of 116 people have shown signs of exposure to polonium-210, the radioactive substance linked to the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.

The 5,237th reason to hate Joe LIEberBush: Bush's Best Democratic Buddy --Joe Lieberman gives the president a pass on Katrina. 11 Jan 2007 Sen. Joe Lieberman, the only 'Democrat' to endorse President [sic] Bush’s new plan for Iraq, has quietly backed away from his pre-election demands that the White House turn over potentially embarrassing documents relating to its handling of the Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans.

Peso-friendly pizza chain gets death threats --Hate mail follows promotion — management says it's serving customers 11 Jan 2007 A pizza chain has been hit with death threats and hate mail after offering to accept Mexican pesos, becoming another flashpoint in the nation’s debate over immigrants.

GOP: Bush Would Veto Medicare Reforms 11 Jan 2007 President [sic] Bush vowed Thursday to veto Democratic-drafted legislation requiring the government to negotiate with drug companies for lower prices under Medicare. Bush had already threatened to veto another of the top six bills Democrats are pushing across the House floor in the first two weeks of the new Congress.

House Passes Bill for Stem Cell Research 11 Jan 2007 The Democratic-controlled House Thursday passed a bill bolstering embryonic stem cell research that advocates say shows promise for numerous medical cures. But the 253-174 vote fell short of the two-thirds margin required to overturn President [sic] Bush's promised veto, despite gains made by supporters in the November elections. Bush [, a stem cell himself,] vetoed identical legislation last year and the White House on Thursday promised he would veto it again.

Crows dying by the dozens 19 Dec 2006 (Lewiston, ME) Residents of the neighborhood next to the Promenade Mall are puzzled over dozens of dead crows that seem to be dropping from the sky... Animal Control Officer Wendell Strout said he contacted state environmental agencies that could test the bird, but could not attract any interest.

Bird flu feared at western Japan poultry farm 11 Jan 2007 Approximately 750 chickens have died at a western Japan poultry farm [in the town of Kiyotake in western Miyazaki prefecture (state)] in what authorities fear may be a bird flu outbreak, national and local authorities said late Thursday.

Federal Way schools restrict Gore film --'Inconvenient Truth' called too controversial 11 Jan 2007 (WA) This week in Federal Way schools, it got a lot more inconvenient to show one of the top-grossing documentaries in U.S. history, the global-warming alert "An Inconvenient Truth."

Warm winter delays bears' hibernation 12 Dec 2006 Confused by an exceptionally mild autumn Swedish bears have delayed hibernating by more than a month, leaving only a small number of the animals in search of their long winter sleep. "We still have three or four bears that haven't decided it's time to sleep. Temperatures are above zero. The ground hasn't frozen, so they are still awake," curator at Kolmården Safari Park, Lennart Sundén told AFP.

Global warming, warring and warning By Amy Goodman 11 Jan 2007 According to the UCS [Union of Concerned Scientists], ExxonMobil "manufactures uncertainty" with a sophisticated and well-funded campaign. They funded a network of 43 "grass-roots" organizations with $16 million, recruited scientists willing to publish non-peer-reviewed articles that challenge established science, and flooded the media with these "experts," creating the essential "echo chamber." [...] Recall that the initial "Shock and Awe" bombing campaign in March 2003 specifically spared the Iraqi Oil Ministry building. As global temperatures surge, so do oil-company profits, and U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

Fires and global warming threaten river 12 Jan 2007 Global warming and Eucalypt regrowth in the alpine region could drastically reduce mountain water supplies crucial to Australia's biggest river system, new research suggests. Studies from the Australian Greenhouse Office and the CSIRO already predict snow will no longer fall on the Snowy Mountains and bushfires will become more frequent and severe by 2050.

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CIA says it cannot reveal interrogation method documents 11 Jan 2007 The CIA cannot reveal "alternative interrogation methods" used on terrorists [*suspects*] because doing so would cause exceptionally grave damage to national security by telling enemies how the agency gathers intelligence, the government has told a judge.

Intensified Combat on Baghdad Streets Likely --Plan puts U.S. troops in the sort of urban fight that war planners strove to avoid in 2003 invasion. 11 Jan 2007 President [sic] Bush's plan to send tens of thousands of U.S. and Iraqi reinforcements to Baghdad to jointly confront Sunni 'insurgents' and Shiite militias is likely to touch off a more dangerous phase of the war, featuring months of fighting in the streets of the Iraqi capital, current and former military officials warned.

President [sic] Bush's Address to the Nation (transcript) 10 Jan 2007

'I recently ordered the deployment of an additional carrier strike group to the region... And we will work with others to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons and dominating the region.' --Dictator Bush, address to the nation on Iraq, 10 Jan 2007

Bush to send more troops to Iraq, admits mistake 10 Jan 2007 President [sic] George W. Bush told skeptical Americans on Wednesday he was dispatching about 21,500 extra U.S. troops to Iraq, and in a rare admission of a mistake, said he erred by not deploying more forces sooner.

Bush to order 21,500 more troops to Iraq 10 Jan 2007 President [sic] George W. Bush will tell skeptical Americans on Wednesday he will send about 21,500 extra U.S. troops to Iraq... Senior administration officials said 17,500 troops would go to Baghdad and 4,000 to volatile Anbar province, with the first wave of troops expected to arrive in five days.

Bush to defy army chiefs in Iraq push 11 Jan 2007 When George Bush goes before the American people to outline his new strategy for Iraq, he will be doing something he has avoided since the invasion in March 2003: ordering his top military brass to take action they initially resisted and advised against.

PM backs more muscle for Iraq 11 Jan 2007 Prime Minister John Howard says he supports US President [sic] George Bush's announcement that he will send an extra 21,500 American troops to Iraq as a sensible and realistic option.

3,000 British troops to pull out of Iraq by May 11 Jan 2007 Thousands of British troops will return home from Iraq by the end of May, The Daily Telegraph can reveal today. Tony Blair will announce within the next fortnight that almost 3,000 troops are to be cut from the current total of 7,200, allowing the military to recover from four years of battle that have left it severely overstretched.

Republicans May Face Backlash Over Bush's Iraq Troop Buildup 11 Jan 2007 George W. Bush's decision to send 21,500 more troops to Iraq has members of his own party scared that the strategy could fail and cause voters to turn on Republicans in 2008 in a replay of the midterm elections.

Democrats: Bush picks 'wrong direction' 10 Jan 2007 In the Democratic response to President [sic] George Bush's Wednesday speech on Iraq, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said Bush has chosen "the wrong direction."

Democrats Plan Symbolic Votes Against Bush's Iraq Troop Plan 10 Jan 2007 Democratic leaders said Tuesday that they intended to hold symbolic votes in the House and Senate on President [sic] Bush’s plan to send more troops to Baghdad, forcing Republicans to take a stand on the proposal and seeking to isolate the president politically over his handling of the war.

Surging in Iraq–the count's 100,000 off. A true accounting of U.S. 'forces' in Iraq By Barry Lando 08 Jan 2007 ...The number of American forces in Iraq is not 140,000, but more like 240,000. What makes up the difference is the huge army of mercenaries - known these days as "private contractors." ...Their salaries, are, in the end, paid directly by the U.S. government - or tacked on as huge additional "security charges" to the bills of private American or other contractors.

Bush's new strategy - the march of folly --So into the graveyard of Iraq, George Bush, commander-in-chief [thief], is to send another 21,000 of his soldiers. The march of folly is to continue... By Robert Fisk 11 Jan 2007 There will be timetables, deadlines, benchmarks, goals for both America and its Iraqi satraps. But the war against terror can still be won. We shall prevail. Victory or death. And it shall be death.

Bombings, shootings kill 13 across Iraq 10 Jan 2007 A suicide bomber killed four civilians in a crowd outside a police station Wednesday in the northern Iraqi city Tal Afar, police said.

US military says 4 soldiers die in combat in Iraq 10 Jan 2007 Four American soldiers have died from combat wounds in Iraq, the military said Wednesday.

Grim picture of Iraq from US government watchdog 09 Jan 2007 US government auditors released a grim report card of the American record in violence-wracked Iraq, on the eve of President [sic] George W. Bush's televised rollout of a new strategy.

Soldier to plead guilty to murdering 3 detainees in Iraq, lawyer says 10 Jan 2007 A soldier will plead guilty to murdering three detainees in Iraq as part of a deal with prosecutors, his attorney said. Spc. William B. Hunsaker, 24, intends to plead guilty to murder, attempted murder and obstruction of justice Thursday at Fort Campbell, his civilian attorney, Michael Waddington, said Wednesday.

Iraqi regime set to hand over oil reserves to US energy giants By Jerry White 11 Jan 2007 As the Bush administration prepares to escalate military violence against the Iraqi people the US-installed regime in Baghdad is set to approve a new hydrocarbon law that will hand unprecedented control of the country’s vast oil reserves to US and British energy conglomerates. [See: Future of Iraq: The spoils of war --How the West will make a killing on Iraqi oil riches 07 Jan 2007]

Troops in fiercest Afghanistan fight so far 11 Jan 2007 British troops encountered some of the fiercest fighting in Afghanistan so far yesterday as they launched an offensive against Taleban forces.

"As we speak now, the area is being bombarded by the American air force." U.S. launches new air strike on Somalia 10 Jan 2007 U.S. forces launched a fresh air strike on southern Somalia on Wednesday, a Somali government source said. "As we speak now, the area is being bombarded by the American air force." he said, without giving further details.

Uranium 'killing Italian troops' 10 Jan 2007 Italian soldiers are still dying following exposure to depleted uranium in the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo, their relatives say.

Depleted uranium risk 'ignored' 01 Nov 2006 UK and US forces have continued to use depleted uranium weapons despite warnings they pose a cancer risk, a BBC investigation has found.

Italy CIA kidnap hearings begin 10 Jan 2007 A court in Milan has begun hearings into whether to charge 26 Americans and five Italian secret service officials with kidnapping an Egyptian cleric in the city in 2003.

Amnesty demands closure of Guantanamo Bay prison 10 Jan 2007 Demanding immediate closure of the US' Guantanamo Bay detention centre for terror suspects, Amnesty International-India on Wednesday asked the Indian government to take an active stand against the prison facility.

Guantánamo inmates 'driven insane' 10 Jan 2007 Prisoners held at the Guantánamo Bay detention camp in Cuba are being driven insane by a tightening of conditions and the situation of their indefinite detention without trial, according to lawyers and rights activists involved with the US camp.

Hicks charges 'within three weeks' 11 Jan 2007 David Hicks would be one of the first terror suspects to be charged when the new rules for US military tribunals were unveiled, says the chief military prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay, Colonel Morris Davis.

Pentagon, students settle privacy case 10 Jan 2007 The Pentagon has agreed to new limits on the use of student information contained in a massive database used for military recruiting. The rule changes, reported in the Federal Register yesterday, settle a lawsuit by the New York Civil Liberties Union on behalf of five high school students who said the database violated their privacy rights.

Force of explosions may triple --Boost pending appeal over fears of radiation 08 Jan 2007 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has permission to more than triple the amount of explosives it uses at its Site 300, south of Tracy. The approval from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District allows the lab to detonate up to 350 pounds of explosives a day but not more than 8,000 pounds annually.

German interior minister seeks to introduce martial law measures By Justus Leicht 11 Jan 2007 ...The current interior minister, Wolfgang Schäuble (Christian Democratic Union, CDU), has reacted to this judgement by proposing a constitutional amendment that goes much further. Schäuble’s proposed law not only permits the shooting down of civilian aircraft in the case of an assumed terrorist attack, but also authorises the government to mobilise the German army for domestic purposes against the civilian population.

New Orleans, Iraq: New Orleans Police to Establish Checkpoints 10 Jan 2007 Police plan to set up checkpoints beginning Wednesday, Mayor Ray Nagin said, stopping short of imposing a curfew on the city. The checkpoints will operate between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. While Nagin did not declare a curfew, he said the message to citizens was to stay off the streets in high-crime areas and in early morning hours.

U.S. report accuses Canadian coins of spying 10 Jan 2007 They say money talks, and a new report suggests Canadian currency is indeed chatting, at least electronically, on behalf of shadowy spies. Coins containing tiny transmitters have mysteriously turned up in the pockets of at least three American contractors who visited Canada, says a branch of the U.S. Defence Department.

U.S. defense workers warned about Canadian spy coins 10 Jan 2007 The Defense Department is warning its American contractor employees about a new espionage threat seemingly straight from Hollywood: It discovered Canadian coins with tiny radio frequency transmitters hidden inside.

NSA helped Microsoft make Vista secure --Agency helped to bring OS into compliance with DOD requirements 10 Jan 2007 The U.S. agency best known for eavesdropping on telephone calls had a hand in the development of Microsoft Corp.'s Vista operating system, the software vendor confirmed yesterday.

Telemarketers plague Bloomberg secret line 10 Jan 2007 New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a top-secret emergency telephone line known to few people but reached by dozens of telemarketers. Testilying in Washington before the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday, Bloomberg acknowledged he had the line installed in the kitchen of his townhouse, the New York Post reported.

Supreme Court passes on e-voting paper trail suit --A Florida congressman wants paper trails for e-voting across the state 09 Jan 2007 The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear an appeal from a Florida congressman who wants his state to be able to perform manual election recounts. The court yesterday denied the appeal of U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.), who had sought to overturn a lower court's ruling against him in September.

Bush Drops Plans to Renominate 3 Judges 10 Jan 2007 In an apparent effort to lower the temperature in the fierce battle over federal judges — and in a concession to political reality — President [sic] Bush said Tuesday that he was dropping plans to nominate three of his choices for the federal appeals courts who have been vigorously opposed by Senate Democrats.

S.M.U. Faculty Complains About Bush Library 10 Jan 2007 Intimates of President [sic] Bush have singled out Southern Methodist University as the likely site of his presidential library [to house 'The Pet Goat'], but faculty members, complaining of being bypassed, are raising sharp questions about the school’s identification with his p_residency.

House Votes to Boost Minimum Wage to $7.25 an Hour 10 Jan 2007 The House of Representatives approved raising the U.S. minimum wage by $2.10 an hour as Congress moves toward passing the first federal increase in a decade for the country's lowest-earning workers.

Schwarzenegger Orders Cuts in Emissions 10 Jan 2007 Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Tuesday that he would ask regulators to require the state’s petroleum refiners and gasoline sellers to cut by 10 percent the emissions of heat-trapping gases associated with the production and use of their products.

School district muzzles Al Gore 10 Jan 2007 (WA) The Federal Way School Board Tuesday night put the brakes on schools showing Al Gore’s global warming movie, "An Inconvenient Truth." The board required that an opposing view be presented in order for teachers to present the film.

Thousands of birds fall from sky over town 10 Jan 2007 Thousands of birds have fallen from the skies over Esperance and no one knows why. Wildlife officers are baffled by the "catastrophic" event, which the Department of Environment and Conservation said began well before last week's freak storm. On Monday, Esperance, 725km southeast of Perth, was declared a natural disaster zone.

Are the dead porpoises on Scottish beaches more evidence of global warming? 10 Jan 2007 Harbour porpoises are starving to death in the North Sea as a result of rising water temperatures, scientists have revealed.

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CIA gets the go-ahead to take on Hizbollah 10 Jan 2007 The Central Intelligence Agency has been authorised to take covert action against Hizbollah as part of a secret plan by President [sic] George W. Bush to help the Lebanese government prevent the spread of Iranian influence. The finding was signed by Mr Bush before Christmas after discussions between his aides and Saudi Arabian officials. Details of its existence, known only to a small circle of White House officials, intelligence officials and members of Congress, have been passed to The Daily Telegraph. The secrecy of the finding means that US involvement in the activities is officially deniable.

U.S. sends stealth fighter planes to South Korea 09 Jan 2007 The United States is deploying a squadron of stealth fighters to South Korea, a U.S. military spokesman said on Wednesday, amid speculation that North Korea may be ready to test a second nuclear device.

Special Forces clash with the CIA 09 Jan 2007 U.S. Special Forces teams sent overseas on secret spying missions have clashed with the CIA and carried out operations in countries that are staunch U.S. allies, prompting a new effort by the agency and the Pentagon to tighten the rules for military units engaged in espionage, according to senior U.S. intelligence and military officials. The spy missions are part of a highly classified program that officials say has better positioned the United States to track terrorist networks and capture or kill enemy operatives in regions such as the Horn of Africa, where weak governments are unable to respond to emerging threats.

Italian, U.S. Agents Urge CIA Trial Be Stopped 09 Jan 2007 A lawyer for a CIA agent accused in the 2003 kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric in Milan withdrew from the case shortly after a court opened hearings Tuesday on whether to indict him and 25 other Americans. Five Italian secret service officials also are facing indictment in the case that highlights the CIA's alleged extraordinary rendition [kidnapping] program, in which terror suspects are transferred to third countries where critics say they may face torture.

Human Rights Groups Plan Protests Around the World to Mark Guantanamo Bay Prison's Fifth Anniversary 09 Jan 2007 A legal-aid group that represents hundreds of Guantanamo Bay detainees condemned the U.S. military prison Tuesday as an "abomination" and called on Washington to close the facility, which opened five years ago this week.

Vigil for detainees at Guantanamo 10 Jan 2007 A candlelit vigil is to take place for UK residents held at the US detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, on the eve of the fifth anniversary of its opening.

Number of Guantanamo Bay hunger strikers double 09 Jan 2007 The number of Guantanamo Bay detainees participating in a hunger strike has more than doubled since a month ago to 11, including five who are being force-fed, the US military said.

With Iraq Speech, Bush to Pull Away From His Generals 10 Jan 2007 When President [sic] Bush goes before the American people tonight to outline his new strategy for Iraq, he will be doing something he has avoided since the invasion of Iraq in March 2003: Ordering his top military brass to take action they initially resisted and advised against.

Troop Surge Begins By Feb. 1 09 Jan 2007 Setting up a potential confrontation between the White House and Congress, a senior defense official said Tuesday that a first wave of additional U.S. troops will go into Iraq before the end of the month.

Official: First wave of troops to Iraq by Jan. 31 --Kennedy says Hill must act on surge; move may spark constitutional debate 09 Jan 2007 A first wave of additional U.S. troops will go into Iraq before the end of the month under President [sic] Bush’s new 'plan,' a senior defense official said Tuesday. Up to 20,000 troops will be put on alert and be prepared to deploy under the president’s plan, but the increase in forces on the ground will be gradual, said the official, who requested anonymity because the plans have not yet been announced.

Blair refuses to match US troop 'surge' in Iraq 08 Jan 2007 Tony Blair will make clear this week that Britain is not going to send more troops to Iraq even if the US pushes ahead with a "surge" of 20,000 extra soldiers.

War call: Bush won't seek more Aussies 10 Jan 2007 The United States hasn't asked Australia to send extra troops to Iraq but President [sic] George W Bush has briefed Prime Minister John Howard on his plans to bolster forces in the war-ravaged nation.

Danish PM to Bush: Denmark to reduce Iraq force 09 Jan 2007 Denmark wants to reduce its troop numbers in southern Iraq this year, Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen told US President George W. Bush in a telephone call Tuesday.

Kennedy Calls Iraq Bush's 'Vietnam' 09 Jan 2007 U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., laid down the gauntlet today, making the first formal effort to block President [sic] Bush's expected plan for a surge of American troops in Iraq with a bill that would block funding for the additional soldiers and offering clear comparisons to Vietnam.

Congress must act against Iraq troop rise -Kennedy 09 Jan 2007 A leading Democratic senator proposed legislation on Tuesday to block U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush from sending more troops to Iraq unless Congress specifically approves.

Poll: Bush job approval in Iraq at 26% 09 Jan 2007 President [sic] Bush will outline his "new way forward" in Iraq Wednesday to a nation that overwhelmingly opposes sending more U.S. troops and is increasingly skeptical that the war can be won. A USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken Friday through Sunday reveals that hose surveyed oppose the idea of increased troop levels by 61%-36%. Approval of the job Bush is doing in Iraq has sunk to 26%, a record low.

Timing of Iraq Intelligence Estimate Questioned By Mary Louise Kelly 09 Jan 2007 President [sic] Bush will unveil his new Iraq strategy Wednesday night, in a prime-time address to the nation. As the White House puts the finishing touches on his speech, the nation's top intelligence analysts are toiling away on a document of their own — a new National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq... But it won't be ready until the end of the month, after the President proposes his new Iraq policy. That's leading some to question whether the NIE is being held back, to avoid embarrassing the president.

Bush's Rush to Armageddon By Robert Parry 08 Jan 2007 George W. Bush has purged senior military and intelligence officials who were obstacles to a wider war in the Middle East, broadening his options for both escalating the conflict inside Iraq and expanding the fighting to Iran and Syria with Israel’s help.

One in eight of Iraqis have left their homes --UN makes $60m Iraq refugee appeal 09 Jan 2007 The United Nations' refugee body has appealed for $60m (£30.8m, 45m euros) in emergency aid for those fleeing violence in Iraq. One in eight of Iraqis have left their homes, with up to 50,000 people leaving each month, the UNHCR said.

Iraqi, US forces "kill 50" in Baghdad battle 10 Jan 2007 Iraqi and U.S. forces said they killed 50 people in central Baghdad on Tuesday as American jets and helicopters prowled overhead and Iraq's government welcomed word from Washington that more U.S. troops are on their way.

Shia hostages hanged in streets in revenge for Hussein's execution 10 Jan 2007 Saddam Hussein's execution has inspired a gruesome cycle of revenge, with scores of Shia Muslims found hanged from lampposts in Baghdad.

UNICEF worker shot dead in Baghdad 09 Jan 2007 A UNICEF worker was shot dead in his car as he drove through Baghdad, the UN children's agency confirmed Tuesday. Janan Jabero, 52, an engineer, married and the father of two, was killed on Monday evening, said a UNICEF spokesman.

At least 27 killed as 'war on terror' moves to land of Black Hawk Down disaster --US launches air strikes at 'al-Qaida' suspects 10 Jan 2007 Somalia became the latest frontline in America's "war on [of] terror" yesterday after the Pentagon said it had ordered US gunships to strike at suspected al-Qaida operatives in the south of the country. In America's first direct military action in the country since the disastrous Black Hawk Down operation of the early 1990s, the Pentagon said it had launched a series of strikes to kill or capture what officials called the "Big Three" of al-Qaida's [al-CIAduh's] network in Africa, operatives suspected in the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people.

US air strike on Somali village 09 Jan 2007 US air strikes on a southern Somali village are reported to have left many people dead. Many people are reported to have been killed by the US warplanes in air strikes on southern Somalia. The attack, on the village of Hayo, is thought to have targeted 'al-Qaida' members in the area. [From a f*cking warplane? How can they tell who's al-CIAduh and who's not?!? --LRP]

Airstrike Rekindles Somalis' Anger at the U.S. 10 Jan 2007 Somali officials said Tuesday that dozens of people were killed in an American airstrike on Sunday, most of them 'Islamist fighters' [?!?] fleeing in armed pickup trucks across a remote, muddy stretch of the KenyaSomalia border.

Afghan war needs troops 07 Jan 2007 Radical Islamist Taliban forces, shattered and ejected from Afghanistan by the U.S. military five years ago, are poised for a major offensive against U.S. troops and undermanned NATO forces, prompting American commanders here to issue an urgent appeal for a new Marine Corps battalion to reinforce the American positions.

UN rejects landmines along Afghanistan border 09 Jan 2007 The United Nations has rejected Pakistan's decision to fence and mine the border with Afghanistan to prevent cross-border militancy.

Canada tells Pakistan fence, don't mine Afghan border 09 Jan 2007 Despite suffering some of the heaviest casualties among NATO forces in Afghanistan, Canada on Tuesday opposed a Pakistani proposal to lay landmines near the Afghan border, but supported fencing to stop Taliban fighters crossing back and forth.

Funeral container company feels ripped off by Pentagon 08 Jan 2007 A woman who owns a Portsmouth company says the Pentagon hired her to make containers to carry our fallen heroes home from war and alleges that officials later gave away her drawings and a contract for the containers to another company. C&L Containers makes air tray domes - protective, heavy-duty cardboard boxes used to ship caskets containing human remains.

House Passes Anti-Terror Legislation 10 Jan 2007 Anti[pro]-terror legislation sailed through the House on Tuesday, the first in a string of measures designed to fulfill campaign promises made by Democrats last fall.

MI5 told MPs on eve of 7/7: no imminent terror threat 09 Jan 2007 The director-general of the security service MI5 [Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller] told senior MPs there was no imminent terrorist threat to London or the rest of the country less than 24 hours before the July 7 suicide bombings.

Thousands join the fight against road pricing 10 Jan 2007 (UK) A petition against Government plans to force motorists to pay as they drive had more than 150,000 signatures last night. The protest appeared to be gathering steam with thousands of people adding their names to the Downing Street website every day.

Study: Price for border fence up to $49 billion --Lawmakers' estimate falls far short of total, research service says 08 Jan 2007 The cost of building and maintaining a double set of steel fences along 700 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border could be five to 25 times greater than congressional leaders forecast last year, or as much as $49 billion over the expected 25-year life span of the fence, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service.

Israel influence-peddling scandal widens 09 Jan 2007 Another Israeli tax official has been arrested, widening an influence-peddling case involving close aides of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert even as the premier visits China.

Photo shows Bush with disgraced lobbyist --White House has sought to distance president from Abramoff 08 Jan 2007 A liberal watchdog group [Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington] published on its Web site Monday a picture of President [sic] Bush and imprisoned lobbyist Jack Abramoff, the kind of photo the White House has refused to release.

Bush [Reichwing] judicial nominees ask to withdraw 09 Jan 2007 In a concession to the Senate's new Democratic majority, President [sic] Bush won't rename four controversial federal appeals court nominees whose confirmations were blocked last year, Republican officials said Tuesday.

Senators renew push for Internet bill 09 Jan 2007 Backers of the idea that all Internet traffic should be treated equally are making a fresh attempt to pass "network neutrality" legislation, hoping that a new Democratic majority in Congress will improve its chances.

Bush lifts Alaska oil, gas drilling ban 09 Jan 2007 President [sic] Bush lifted a ban Tuesday on oil and gas drilling in Alaska's Bristol Bay, an area known for its endangered whales and the world's largest run of sockeye salmon. The action clears the way for the Interior Department to open 5.6 million acres of the fish-rich waters northwest of the Alaska Peninsula as part of its next five-year leasing plan.

China confirms human bird flu case 10 Jan 2007 A Chinese farmer has contracted the H5N1 strain of bird flu, the country's first human case in months, leading to questions about whether the virus is circulating undetected among poultry.

Connecticut Bolstering Levees After Pressure From Army Corps 09 Jan 2007 Federal scrutiny of levees around the country increased after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, prompting several communities in Connecticut to begin repairs on their flood control infrastructure.

2006 warmest on record in United States: NOAA 09 Jan 2007 The year 2006 was the warmest in the contiguous United States since record keeping began 112 years ago, due in large part to an unusually warm December, U.S. government weather forecasters said on Tuesday.

Greenhouse Gases Linked to Record Warmth 09 Jan 2007 Last year was the warmest on record for the United States, with readings pushed over higher than normal by the unusual and unseasonably warm weather during the last half of December.

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US twists civilian arms to fill Fortress Baghdad 07 Jan 2007 At the heart of George W. Bush’s "new way forward" is the plan already under way to expand the US civilian presence across Iraq and complete the world’s largest embassy in Baghdad. The embassy compound being built inside Baghdad’s Green Zone covers 104 acres, making it six times larger than the United Nations compound in New York. The compound is scheduled for completion by September 1 at a cost of $592m (€455m, £307m).

Britain's Channel 4 TV puts Tony Blair on trial 08 Jan 2007 The British TV channel behind "Death of a President" - a drama in which US President [sic] Bush was assassinated - plans to broadcast a dramatization of Prime Minister Tony Blair's retirement from office and the buildup to his trial on war crimes charges. [If only life could imitate art...]

They have made a killing --The US has spent a million dollars for every dead Iraqi - is that what they mean by value for money? By Terry Jones 06 Jan 2007 Early this year the Bush administration is to ask Congress to approve an additional $100bn for the onerous task of making life intolerable for the Iraqis. This will bring the total spent on the White House's current obsession with war to almost $500bn - enough to have given every US citizen $1,600 each... Take the al-Fatah pipeline: KBR went through $75.7m of taxpayers' money, supposedly trying to replace a pipeline across the river Tigris that US forces had blown up. They never finished the job, but still got paid... In January 2006 the Bush administration intervened in a dispute between the Pentagon and Halliburton, and agreed to pay the company $199m in disputed charges. On January 26 2006 Halliburton announced that its 2005 profits were the "best in our 86-year history". And to date KBR has received around $16bn from its contracts in Iraq.

Murder sparks Arab support for Hussein 08 Jan 2007 Another leaked video from Saddam Hussein's killing carried fresh adulation Monday of the fallen leader, who in death has become a martyr and hero of Arab nationalism for some in the Middle East.

The whole bloody thing was obscene --Butchery was supposed to have been presented as a solemn execution By Robert Fisk 06 Jan 2007 The lynching of Saddam Hussein - for that is what we are talking about - will turn out to be one of the determining moments in the whole shameful crusade upon which the West embarked in March of 2003... Like the lies of Bush and Blair - that everything in Iraq was getting better when in fact it was getting worse - butchery was supposed to have been presented as a solemn judicial execution... And just who exactly were those leather-jacketed hangmen last week, by the way? ...[T]he Americans who managed the whole roadshow from the start, who so organised Saddam's trial that he was never allowed to reveal details of his friendly relations with three US administrations - and thus took the secrets of the murderous, decade-long Baghdad-Washington military alliance to his grave?

No Honor among Murderers By Anwaar Hussain 08 Jan 2007 Saddam Hussein's execution on Dec. 30 not only prevents him from being put on trial for his most serious crimes – genocide against the Kurds and the use of poison gas in the Iran-Iraq war – but more importantly, silences him forever... The poetic irony is that Saddam's executioners were once his bosom buddies too. As many as 100,000 Kurds were killed in 1988. Why then was Saddam tried by a kangaroo court and executed for killing 148 men and boys in the Shiite town of Dujail in 1982? Why this sham trial was pursued with such fervor by the United States of America that the New York Times in its May 21st issue of this year had to observe that: "The American influence has been undeniably pervasive, with about 90 percent of the $145 million in annual costs for the court and associated investigations paid for by the United States Justice Department, and lawyers sent by Washington acting as advisers."

Marines' Photos Provide Graphic Evidence in Haditha Probe 07 Jan 2007 Capturing images of war on their digital cameras, as many troops in Iraq have done, Marines took dozens of gruesome photographs of the 24 civilians who were killed in Haditha, Iraq, in November 2005... The images are contained in thousands of pages of NCIS investigative documents obtained by The Washington Post. Post editors decided that most of the images are too graphic to publish.

War's Toll on Iraqis Put at 22,950 in '06 08 Jan 2007 More than 17,000 Iraqi civilians and police officers died violently in the latter half of 2006, according to Iraqi Health Ministry statistics.

Bush to announce new Iraq 'plan' Wednesday --Democrats promise harsh scrutiny [Yeah, right!] 08 Jan 2007 President [sic] Bush will address the nation at 9 p.m. EST Wednesday about his new approach for the war in Iraq, the White House said. Bush is expected to announce an increase of up to 20,000 additional U.S. troops.

Bush to offer $1bn in 'aid' and 20,000 troops to Iraq 08 Jan 2007 President [sic] Bush is widely expected to order as many as 20,000 new US combat troops to Baghdad in a renewed "push" against the 'insurgents.' The US is also planning to pump up to $1bn (£500m) into Iraq's shattered economy [Halliburton and Blackwater USA].

Republicans' division over Iraq grows 08 Jan 2007 Leading Republicans on Sunday showed further signs of dissent over President [sic] George W. Bush's reported plans to send more troops to Iraq, while the Democrats, now in control of Congress, said they would not give the president a "blank cheque" for reinforcements. Senator Chuck Hagel last week called the idea "Alice in Wonderland", while, on his return from Iraq last month, Senator Norm Coleman said he would "stand against" any such plan.

CIA Rift Seen In Italian Terror Rendition 08 Jan 2007 The 2003 abduction of a Muslim cleric from Italy to Egypt was opposed by Milan's CIA mission chief, who is now wanted by Italian prosecutors. A preliminary hearing into the February 2003 abduction of suspected terror recruiter Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr jointly by the CIA and Italian SISMI intelligence agents is to begin Tuesday in Milan, but none of the 25 CIA staff allegedly involved will be present, as they face arrest, a Chicago Tribune correspondent reported.

Newly released FBI files document widespread torture at Guantánamo By Tom Carter 08 Jan 2007 The FBI has declassified under the Freedom of Information Act detailed documents regarding the torture of detainees at the infamous Guantánamo Bay facility... Reading these documents, one gets the sense not only that torture is sadistically and widely practiced at Guantánamo, but that a whole culture has developed around its employment.

Thanks to Bush: More heroin from Afghanistan pouring into U.S. cities 05 Jan 2007 More heroin from Afghanistan is hitting U.S. city streets, five years after the United States toppled the country's fundamentalist Taliban regime. [They did?]

Oops! Nuclear sub and oil tanker collide 09 Jan 2007 A US nuclear-powered submarine and Japanese merchant ship collided in the Arabian Sea, the US Navy and Japanese Government said today. No one was seriously injured.

U.S. targeted al Qaeda suspects in Somalia-report 08 Jan 2007 A U.S. helicopter gunship conducted a strike against two suspected al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] operatives in southern Somalia, but it was not known whether the mission was successful, CBS News reported on Monday.

American Passports Found on Bodies of Al Qaeda Fighters in Somalia 05 Jan 2007 Alexis Debat Reports: A senior official in the Somali government's new Ministry of the Interior told ABC News government forces had recovered "dozens of foreign passports," including several American passports, on the bodies of al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] fighters killed in combat between forces affiliated with the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) and Ethiopian forces in Somalia.

Pentagon to train a sharper eye on Africa --Strife, oil, and 'Al Qaeda' are leading the US to create a new Africa Command. 05 Jan 2007 One of Donald Rumsfeld's last acts before Robert Gates replaced him last month as Defense secretary was to urge President [sic] Bush to let the Pentagon create a new Africa Command to pay more attention to the troubled continent. Mr. Bush is said to have agreed to the idea and is expected announce it early this year. The US government's motives include countering Al Qaeda's known presence in Africa, safeguarding future oil supplies, and competing with China, which has been courting African governments in its own quest for petroleum, they suggest.

Metal detected on sea floor could belong to missing plane 09 Jan 2007 An Indonesian Navy ship has detected metal on the sea floor that might be the wreckage of a jetliner that disappeared a week ago with 102 people on board, a navy commander said yesterday.

Another North Korea nuclear test likely: U.S. general 08 Jan 2007 North Korea is likely to test another nuclear device, the commander of U.S. military in South Korea said on Tuesday, but he declined to comment on reports that an explosion was imminent.

Experts Suggest the CIA, Not Kim Jong-il, is Counterfeiting Dollars --Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Germany Translated by Armin Broeggelwirth 06 Jan 2007 The American secret service, the CIA, could be responsible for manufacturing the nearly-perfect counterfeit 50 and 100-dollar-notes that Washington['s terror regime] pins on the 'terror regime' of North Korea. The charge comes after an extensive investigation in Europe and Asia by the Sunday edition of the Frankfurter Allgemeinen Sonntagszeitung of Frankfurt, and after interviews with counterfeit money experts and leading representatives of the high-security publishing industry... The sources, which do not wish to be identified, allege that the CIA prints the falsified "Supernotes" at a secret facility near Washington to fund covert operations without Congressional oversight. [Original: Stammen die „Supernotes“ von der CIA? 06 Jan 2007]

Bush Senior Early CIA Ties Revealed By Russ Baker and Jonathan Z. Larsen 08 Jan 2007 Newly released internal CIA documents assert that former president George Herbert Walker Bush's oil company emerged from a 1950's collaboration with a covert CIA officer. Bush has long denied allegations that he had connections to the intelligence community prior to 1976, when he became Central Intelligence Agency director under President Gerald Ford.

Bombs, birds, radiation and gas: Bush peppers us with Weapons of Mass Distraction - testing the path to carry out a terrorist attack - in advance of his speech on Iraq which will call for 20,000 more troops. --LRP

2 O'Hare incidents probed 08 Jan 2007 Firefighters were sent to two areas of O'Hare International Airport on Monday afternoon after a report of a radiation leak and a call about a possible mortar round in a package, officials said.

Chemical Cloud in Texas: Sugar Land Plume Causes Lockdown 08 Jan 2007 A huge plume of smoke can be seen at the Nalco chemical plant in Sugar Land, Texas. The chemical cloud can be seen for miles and video footage on cable news channels shows thick white smoke billowing from the plant. Officials have warned residents to stay inside and have issued a lockdown for five area schools.

3 Treated, Dozens Decontaminated After Chemical Release 08 Jan 2007 A leaking tanker-truck sent a large plume of white smoke into the air Monday afternoon, forcing officials to issue a shelter-in-place for more than an hour, KPRC Local 2 reported. More than two-dozen workers were also treated. The chemical release came from a ruptured line at the Nalco Energy Services plant at 7705 Highway 90 near Highway 59 in Sugar Land at about 1:45 p.m. Officials said the tanker leaked ethylenediamine.

Package at Port of Miami Posed No Threat 08 Jan 2007 The Port of Miami was hit by its second terrorism scare in two days Monday when a package that was to be loaded onto a cruise ship tested positive for plastic explosives. Authorities later determined it was harmless.

Plastic Explosives Detected at Miami 08 Jan 2007 A package that was going to be loaded onto a cruise ship at the Port of Miami tested positive for plastic explosives Monday, the Coast Guard said. The package was tested six times, and each time it came back positive for the military-grade explosive known as C4, said Petty Officer James Judge.

Charges Dropped in Miami Port Scare 08 Jan 2007 A judge Monday dropped all charges against three Middle Eastern men whose miscommunication with guards at the Port of Miami had sparked a terrorism scare on Sunday.

Downtown Austin reopens after dead birds found 08 Jan 2007 More than 10 blocks of downtown along Congress Avenue reopened this afternoon after police said the area where 63 grackles, sparrows and pigeons were found dead and sickened posed no danger to people. Dr. Adolfo Valadez, the medical director for Austin and Travis County Health and Human Services, said the massive shutdown of streets and buildings from Cesar Chavez Street to the Capitol was a "typical'' post-9/11 precaution and wasn't influenced by tomorrow's start of the state's 80th legislative session.

Bird Deaths Shut Down Downtown Austin 08 Jan 2007 Police shut down 10 blocks of businesses in the heart of downtown Austin early Monday after dozens of birds were found dead. Emergency workers donned yellow hazardous-material suits, and dozens of fire trucks and ambulances were parked nearby, as they began testing for any sort of environmental contaminant or gas or chlorine leaks that might have cause the bird deaths.

Austin dead birds tested for avian flu, poisoning --Dead birds include grackles, pigeons and sparrows 08 Jan 2007 Dozens of dead birds were found in Downtown Austin, Monday... One bird has been sent to a lab in Ames, Iowa, to be tested for avian flu. Another bird is being sent to College Station, Texas, to determine whether it might have been poisoned. The fire department was called out to the area around 3 a.m. on Monday to test if there had been a gas or chlorine leak, but nothing of that nature was found.

NY gas smell sends 19 to hospital 08 Jan 2007 A powerful, mysterious smell of gas wafted through much of Manhattan and parts of New Jersey on Monday, forcing building evacuations and a temporary suspension of commuter train service before dissipating by mid-afternoon.

Gas-Like Odor Permeates Parts of New York City 08 Jan 2007 A strong odor permeated parts of New York City and nearby areas of New Jersey during the morning commute today, forcing several schools and companies to evacuate and interrupting traffic along some subway and train lines.

NTSB investigates D.C. subway derailment 08 Jan 2007 The National Transportation Safety Board on Monday was investigating what caused a subway train to derail near downtown Washington, injuring at least 20 people, one seriously.

Prepare for terror, businesses urged 09 Jan 2007 (AU) The Federal Government has ramped up concern for terrorism at the start of the election year with the launch of a pamphlet advising businesses how to prepare for a terrorist attack.

'The idea of the state being an overbearing state, which a lot of people have associated with the governments of the past, that cannot be the government of the future.' --Gordon Brown, on the future of Iraq Brown to break with Blair on terror 09 Jan 2007 Britain's prime minister in waiting has vowed to take on President [sic] George Bush over foreign policy as he spells out plans to break from Tony Blair's approach to the war on terror. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, who is on course to succeed Mr Blair as prime minister this year, wants to put Britain's interest above the relationship with Washington.

MI5 launches instant terror alerts by email 08 Jan 2007 Instant email warnings of an imminent terrorist attack will be sent to the public under a new alert system to be launched by MI5.

Rell Questions Arrest of Political Activist At Inaugural Parade 08 Jan 2007 Gov. M. Jodi Rell (R-CT) is questioning the arrest of a political activist who allegedly stepped toward her during her inaugural parade last week. The activist, Ken Krayeske, was on a list of people labeled political threats by police. Rell, in a letter to the state's public safety commissioner, said Monday that she was "disturbed" to learn of the existence of such a list. She called on Commissioner Leonard Boyle to review the circumstances of Krayeske's arrest and determine how he came to the attention of state police and how his name and photograph were provided to the Hartford Police Department. [See: State Called Man 'Threat' 06 Jan 2007]

Bush picks Reagan attorney as replacement for Harriet Miers 08 Jan 2007 President [sic] Bush plans to name Republican lawyer Fred F. Fielding as White House counsel this week, party sources tell TIME. Fielding, who held the same position under President Ronald Reagan, will succeed Harriet Miers, who last week announced her resignation, effective Jan. 31.

1,000 People Spell Out "IMPEACH!" In Pelosi's District (The Beach Impeach Project Press Release) 06 Jan 2007 Over 1000 people gathered in Nancy Pelosi's district, on Ocean Beach in San Francisco, to spell out the message "IMPEACH!" [Click here for photos.]

Sen. Biden announces intent to seek presidency 08 Jan 2007 Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) on Sunday told NBC’s "Meet the Press" that he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.

Global Markets Face 'Severe Correction,' Faber Says 08 Jan 2007 Marc Faber, who predicted the U.S. stock market crash in 1987, said global assets are poised for a "severe correction" and says it's time to sell.

Illinois House Votes To Freeze Electric Rates 07 Jan 2007 The Illinois House has voted to block a sharp increase in electric rates. The freeze passed 71-to-29 tonight and now moves to the Senate. But the Senate is unlikely to consider the measure. New rates are expected to increase bills by up to 55 percent for Ameren customers and 22 percent for Com-Ed customers.

Cold weather in Europe "could bring bird flu to UK," says vet official 08 Jan 2007 A cold spell could increase the risk of bird flu coming to the UK this year, Britain's deputy chief veterinary officer warned Monday.

Bright green light across sky surprises many in Singapore 07 Jan 2007 A bright light across the sky took many Singaporeans by surprise on Sunday evening. Callers to our hotline said that at about 7.40pm, they saw a bright green light across the evening sky. Some described it as a shooting star; others said it was like a satellite re-entering the earth's atmosphere.

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Bush goes on the hunt for a good lawyer 08 Jan 2007 President [sic] George W Bush is about to unveil a new, hard-nosed White House legal counsel as his administration braces itself against a siege of subpoenas and demands for evidence from the new Democrat-controlled Congress.

The Imperial Presidency 2.0 (The New York Times) 07 Jan 2007 Also last month, Mr. Bush issued another of his infamous "presidential signing statements," which he has used scores of times to make clear he does not intend to respect the requirements of a particular law — in this case a little-noticed Postal Service bill. The statement suggested that Mr. Bush does not believe the government must obtain a court order before opening Americans’ first-class mail... The law is clear on this. A warrant is required to open Americans’ mail under a statute that was passed to stop just this sort of abuse using just this sort of pretext. But then again, the law is also clear on the need to obtain a warrant before intercepting Americans’ telephone calls and e-mail. Mr. Bush began openly defying that law after Sept. 11, 2001, authorizing the National Security Agency to eavesdrop without a court order on calls and e-mail between the United States and other countries.

Canadian victim of CIA brainwashing seeks class-action against government 07 Jan 2007 As director of the institute until 1964, Dr. Ewen Cameron conducted a range of experiments, often without the knowledge or permission of patients. Cameron gave patients LSD and subjected them to massive and multiple electroshock treatments. Some underwent sleep deprivation or total sensory deprivation. Others were kept in drug-induced comas for months on end while speakers under their pillows broadcasts messages for up to 16 hours a day [Oh, the precursor to Faux News]. The experiments were part of a larger CIA program called MK-ULTRA, which also saw LSD administered to U.S. prison inmates and patrons of brothels without their knowledge, according to testimony before a 1977 U.S. Senate committee.

'The conditions in which he is being held are worse than any death row I've ever seen.' --Clive Stafford-Smith, one of the lawyers Guantanamo man 'losing his sanity' 07 Jan 2007 Bisher al-Rawi, a British resident held in Guantanamo Bay for four years, is rapidly losing his sanity, according to three lawyers who have visited him during the past month... Brent Mickum, an American lawyer who also represents him, said al-Rawi was 'slowly but surely slipping into madness. Bisher's treatment is designed to achieve a single objective: to make him lose his mind.'

Leahy Introduces Bills to Combat War Profiteering, Public Corruption 04 Jan 2007 Signaling a renewed emphasis on combating corruption at home and abroad, incoming Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), introduced a package of bills Thursday targeting corrupt officials and private companies seeking to defraud American taxpayers and troops.

New U.S. Iraq commander says may need three years 07 Jan 2007 The new commander of U.S. combat forces in Iraq said on Sunday it may take two to three years to meet American [Exxon's] goals... [See: Future of Iraq: The spoils of war --How the West will make a killing on Iraqi oil riches 07 Jan 2007. Why not draft and send Bush's twin guttersnipes to fight for Shell's oil in Iraq?]

The New York Times 'forgets' to mention the 'spOILs of war' Plan Sets Series of Goals for Iraq Leaders 08 Jan 2007 As the policy is being debated in Washington, the new American operational commander in Iraq said Sunday that his plan was to send additional American troops, expected to be part of the policy change, into Baghdad’s toughest neighborhoods, and that under the new strategy it may take another “two or three years” to gain the upper hand [*LOL!*] in the war.

Bush meets security team in advance of Iraq speech 07 Jan 2007 President [sic] Bush met yesterday with his national security team, and he is expected to announce a new Iraq war strategy as early as Wednesday that will include military, political, and economic components. The military plan, which already has attracted skepticism from Congress, will probably call for a rapid increase in US troops, according to lawmakers briefed on the plan.

Democrats vow intense scrutiny of Bush Iraq plan 07 Jan 2007 House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday vowed aggressive scrutiny of President [sic] George W. Bush's expected plan to send more U.S. troops to Iraq, but stopped short of saying Congress would block funding for the White House strategy.

In Days Before Hanging, a Push for Revenge and a Push Back From the U.S. 07 Jan 2007 Even before a smuggled cellphone camera recording revealed the derision Mr. Hussein faced on the gallows, the hanging had become a metaphor, among Mr. Maliki’s critics, for how the "new Iraq" is starting to resemble the repressive, vengeful place it was under Mr. Hussein, albeit in a paler shade... For the Americans to claim the moral high ground afterward by disavowing the hanging, the Iraqi said, was disingenuous. "They cannot wash their hands, this is a joint responsibility," he said. "They had the physical custody, and we had the legal custody."

Hussein lawyers claim his body was abused --Lawyers of deposed Iraqi leader say they will sue Iraqi government at International Court of Justice over abuses by executioners during and after execution 07 Jan 2007 A member of Saddam Hussein's legal team said Sunday that she intends on suing the Iraqi government at the International Court of Justice over the taunting of the former leader by executioners on the gallows. Bushra al-Khalil told the Saudi daily al-Watan that she will sue the Iraqi authorities for allowing two of Hussein's personal foes to attend the execution [murder] and over reports that executioners had abused the dead body of the former leader.

Blair critical of hanging scenes 07 Jan 2007 Tony Blair believes the manner in which Saddam Hussein's execution was conducted was "completely wrong", his official spokesman has said.

UK's Brown: Saddam was hanged in 'deplorable' way 07 Jan 2007 British Finance Minister Gordon Brown has condemned the way Saddam Hussein was hanged as "deplorable" – in contrast to British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who has so far stayed silent on the execution.

Hussein aides 'to die this week' 07 Jan 2007 The Iraqi government has said that the executions of two senior associates of former leader Saddam Hussein, will take place some time during the week. This is despite an appeal from the new UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, that they should not go ahead.

UN calls for halt to Iraq executions 07 Jan 2007 UN chief Ban Ki-moon has called on the Iraqi government to suspend executions due to be carried out in the near future, one week after Saddam Hussein's hanging sparked controversy.

Israel plans 'nuclear' strike on Iran 07 Jan 2007 Israel has drawn up plans to destroy Iranian uranium enrichment facilities with a tactical nuclear strike, a British newspaper has said in a report that was rubbished by the Jewish state.

Israel denies plan to hit Iran enrichment plant with tactical nukes 07 Jan 2007 The Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem denied Sunday a report in the British media that Israel has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iran's uranium enrichment facilities with conventional and tactical nuclear weapons.

Democrats: Nuclear Iran unacceptable 07 Jan 2007 Iran with nuclear weapons is unacceptable, new House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told The Jerusalem Post hours after entering the party leadership position. The Maryland DemocRAT said the view is shared by his party, rejecting assertions that the Democrats would be weaker than the Republicans on Iran. He also said that the use of force against Teheran remained an option.

An unholy alliance threatening catastrophe By Anatole Kaletsky 04 Jan 2007 Most people think that the bungled invasion of Iraq, climaxing last week with the bungled execution-assassination of Saddam Hussein, will go down in history as the ultimate symbol of the Bush Administration’s hubris and incompetence. They should think again... What now seems to be in preparation at the White House, with the usual unquestioning support from Downing Street, is a Middle Eastern equivalent of the Second World War. The trigger for this all-embracing war would be the formation of a previously unthinkable alliance between America, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Britain, to confront Iran and the rise of the power of Shia Islam.

5 more U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq 08 Jan 2007 On Sunday, the U.S. military announced the deaths of five more American troops and at least 14 Iraqis died in bombings and shootings.

U.S. military combat deaths in Iraq are 3,011 07 Jan 2007, at least 3,011 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians [mercenaries]. The AP count is 12 higher than the Defense Department's tally, last updated Friday at 10 a.m. EST.

2 babies, 2 women killed in roadside blast in eastern Afghanistan 07 Jan 2007 A roadside bomb ripped through a vehicle in eastern Afghanistan, killing a woman, her two newborn babies and the children's grandmother, an official said. The father of the twins and the vehicle's driver also were wounded in Sunday's blast in Mandozayi district, Khost province, said Jamal Arsallah, the province's governor.

5 ISAF Soldiers Injured in Afghanistan --Year's first suicide blast in Paktika province 07 Jan 2007 Seven soldiers of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were wounded in three separate incidents in different parts of Afghanistan, officials said on Saturday.

Army urged dead soldiers to return to duty --Recruitment letters mistakenly sent to 275 dead, wounded officers 06 Jan 2007 The Army said Friday it would apologize to the families of about 275 officers killed or wounded in action who were mistakenly sent letters urging them to return to active duty.

U.S. moving to refurbish its nuclear arsenal --Administration looks at hybrid weapon 07 Jan 2007 The Bush regime is expected to announce this week a major step forward in the building of the country's first new nuclear warhead in nearly two decades. The effort, if approved by President [sic] George W. Bush and financed by Congress, would require a huge refurbishment of the nation's complex for nuclear design and manufacturing, with the overall bill estimated at more than $100 billion.

Army Eyes Advanced Hypersonic Weapon 05 Jan 2007 As the Defense Department is working final budget details for its fiscal year 2008 appropriations request to Congress, Army officials are eyeing $30 million for development and testing of the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon, according to defense and congressional officials.

N.Korea Completes Nuke Test Preparations: Lawmaker 08 Jan 2007 North Korea seems to have completed preparations for another nuclear test, a lawmaker [Grand National Party Rep. Chung Hyung-keun] said Sunday.

U.S. Navy Prevents Islamic Fighters From Fleeing By Sea --Troops fight militiamen in the south 05 Jan 2007 (Mogadishu, Somalia) Somali government troops backed by Ethiopian soldiers battled about 600 Islamic militiamen Thursday on the southern tip of this Horn of Africa country, and U.S. Navy forces prevented the 'Islamic fighters' from fleeing by sea, authorities said. [Anyone who opposes US oil-grabbing is an 'Islamic fighter.']

Tape Linked to Al-Qaeda Urges Fight to 'Martyrdom' 05 Jan 2007 A purported audiotape message by al-Qaeda's deputy leader urged Somali supporters of the country's Islamic movement Friday to launch an Iraqi-style guerrilla [resistance] campaign of suicide and other forms of attacks against Ethiopian forces in Somalia. [It's the obligatory al-CIAduh audiotape release (Notice it's never video, lol!) whenever the US sticks its oil-stealing nose where it doesn't belong.]

Intel: A Writer's Blocked 15 Jan 2007 A CIA panel has told former officer Valerie Plame she can't write about her undercover work for the agency, a position that may threaten a lucrative book project with her publisher.

UK troops 'to guard power plants' 07 Jan 2007 Soldiers could be used to guard power plants against terrorist attacks, under plans being considered by ministers.

FBI to store arrivals' full fingerprints 08 Jan 2007 Australians face having the fingerprints of both hands scanned on arrival in the United States and the details stored on an FBI database, under a reported security crackdown in the country's airports.

Britons to be scanned for FBI database --Anger over airport fingerprint plan --Terror tests to start this summer 07 Jan 2007 Millions of Britons who visit the United States are to have their fingerprints stored on the FBI database alongside those of criminals, in a move that has outraged civil rights groups.

"Are there little circles of law-enforcement officers who have lists of who is naughty and who is nice?" State Called Man 'Threat' 06 Jan 2007 (CT Gov. M. Jodi Rell's inaugural parade route, Wed.) A state police intelligence unit had previously identified the man, Ken Krayeske, as a political activist and potential threat. A Hartford police report released Friday by Krayeske says that state police had given them photographs of activists who might be "possible threats" to Rell (R), including Krayeske, a free-lance journalist and anti-war protester who managed the Green Party's gubernatorial campaign... But one witness to the arrest, Eliot Streim, contradicted the police account. Streim, a Hartford lawyer who was watching the parade with a colleague, said police did not intercept Krayeske as he ran into the parade route. On the contrary, Krayeske photographed the governor without incident and was detained by police only after Rell had passed by, Streim said. Krayeske was charged with breach of peace and interfering with a police officer.

Incident at Miami port just 'miscommunication,' authorities say 07 Jan 2007 On Sunday morning, officers stopped a Middle Eastern man driving an 18-wheel tractor trailer with mysterious cargo... The illegal men had tried to "slip" past security and the port was shut down, media outlets reported. The truth, however, emerged far less threatening - the men were not terrorists and were only hauling electrical auto parts. Ultimately, the scare was blamed on miscommunication and unfounded reports [and the US dictatorship].

FBI arrests 3 men trying to enter Port of Miami --Driver's inconsistent statements arouse suspicion at delivery entrance 07 Jan 2007 Authorities detained three men who were caught Sunday trying to slip past security at the Port of Miami, an FBI spokeswoman said.

Volunteers 'with heat' to support National Guard 06 Jan 2007 Gun-carrying volunteer members of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps have launched patrols along the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona in support of National Guard troops who just 48 hours earlier were attacked by gunmen and had to retreat, according to officials.

Mega bulimia alert! A McCain-Lieberman Ticket in 2008? 08 Jan 2007 On Thursday night, not a single top Democratic National Committee official or pundit showed up at the "I'm Sticking With Joe" [*puke*] gala in a palatial ballroom at Washington's Union Station. On Friday, Sen. Joe LieberBush ('R'-CT) and Sen. John McCain (R-Insane-AZ) joined a panel at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research in Washington, where scholar Frederick W. Kagan presented a conservative answer to the Iraqi Study Group. McCain and LieberBush both argued for a "surge" in U.S. troop strength in Iraq, following Kagan's presentation of his report, "Choosing Victory: A Plan for Success in Iraq."

House approves changes to budget rules 05 Jan 2007 Resurgent House Democrats voted Friday, their second day back in control, to block future tax cuts or benefit increases from being financed with dollars that swell the national deficit.

Wal-Mart launching national ads to foil critics 08 Jan 2007 Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will run national television ads starting today praising its record as an employer and corporate citizen, taking its arguments straight to the public in an ongoing battle over its reputation with unions and other critics.

Bird flu drug carries a lethal threat --Scientists warn that Tamiflu use could devastate wildlife and trigger a second, deadlier pandemic 07 Jan 2007 Britain faces an ecological catastrophe that could wreak havoc on wildlife populations when the first outbreak of Asian flu hits the country. Scientists say they fear that tons of the anti-viral agent Tamiflu - taken by Britons trying to combat the disease - would be flushed down sewers into rivers and lakes. [See: Rumsfeld's growing stake in Tamiflu 31 Oct 2005 Defense Secretary [war criminal], ex-chairman of flu treatment rights holder, sees portfolio value growing.]

71 degrees in New York in January: All-time high temp for January recorded at Kennedy Airport 06 Jan 2007

March in January! Or Is It Mayday? It's Nice Out There, But Global Warming Dampens the Fun By Joel Achenbach 07 Jan 2007 January is the new March. The daffodils are busting out everywhere. It's porch weather... The normal high for this time of year is 43 degrees; yesterday's high at Reagan National was a record-breaking 73. And yet it's all a guilty pleasure... Cherry blossoms during the NFL playoffs? Run for your lives.

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Revealed: Israel plans nuclear strike on Iran 07 Jan 2007 Israel has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iran’s uranium enrichment facilities with tactical nuclear weapons. Two Israeli air force squadrons are training to blow up an Iranian facility using low-yield nuclear "bunker-busters", according to several Israeli military sources.

Israeli general suggests to use Azerbaijan's airbases in strike against Iran 02 Jan 2007 In a stark statement published on Saturday Brigadier General Oded Tira observed, "President [sic] Bush lacks the political power to attack Iran. As an American strike in Iran is essential for our existence, we must help him pave the way by lobbying the Democratic Party (which is conducting itself foolishly) and US newspaper editors. We need to do this in order to turn the Iranian issue to a bipartisan one and unrelated to the Iraq failure."

Future of Iraq: The spoils of war --How the West will make a killing on Iraqi oil riches 07 Jan 2007 Iraq's massive oil reserves, the third-largest in the world, are about to be thrown open for large-scale exploitation by Western oil companies under a controversial law which is expected to come before the Iraqi parliament within days. The US government has been involved in drawing up the law, a draft of which has been seen by The Independent on Sunday. It would give big oil companies such as BP, Shell and Exxon 30-year contracts to extract Iraqi crude and allow the first large-scale operation of foreign oil interests in the country since the industry was nationalised in 1972.

Blood and oil: How the West will profit from Iraq's most precious commodity --The 'IoS' today reveals a draft for a new law that would give Western oil companies a massive share in the third largest reserves in the world. To the victors, the oil? That is how some experts view this unprecedented arrangement with a major Middle East oil producer that guarantees investors huge profits for the next 30 years. 07 Jan 2007 So was this what the Iraq war was fought for, after all? As the number of US soldiers killed since the invasion rises past the 3,000 mark, and President [sic] George Bush gambles on sending in up to 30,000 more troops, The Independent on Sunday has learnt that the Iraqi government is about to push through a law giving Western oil companies the right to exploit the country's massive oil reserves.

Lawmaker: U.S. catching, releasing top terror targets 05 Jan 2007 The U.S. military already knows what half of its most-wanted terrorist targets look like because they have been apprehended and photographed in the past, a Republican congresswoman said Friday. The United States is operating "a catch and release program for al Qaeda in Iraq," said Rep. Heather Wilson, a member of the House intelligence committee. [Right, catch-and-release insures that people and structures keep getting blown up and "justifies" the "need" for more "security" and "rebuilding" provided by Halliburton and Blackwater USA.]

U.S. Marines Gunned Down Unarmed Iraqis in 2005: Eyewitness Accounts 06 Jan 2007 U.S. Marines gunned down five unarmed Iraqis who stumbled onto the scene of a 2005 roadside bombing in Haditha, Iraq, according to eyewitness accounts that are part of a lengthy investigative report obtained by The Washington Post. Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich, the squad's leader, shot the men one by one after Marines ordered them out of a white taxi in the moments following the explosion, which killed one Marine and injured two others, witnesses told investigators. Another Marine fired rounds into their bodies as they lay on the ground.

New Guantanamo charges seen by February 05 Jan 2007 The U.S. military expects to file revised charges against a group of Guantanamo prisoners by February and present the first evidence against them at 'trials' in the summer, the tribunals chief prosecutor said on Friday.

At least six months before Hicks is given a hearing 06 Jan 2007 Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks will not have his guilt or innocence examined by a tribunal for at least another six months under the first proposed timetable laid out by the United States Office of Military Commissions.

Hicks' father sceptical of possible new charges 04 Jan 2007 Terry Hicks, father of accused terrorist David Hicks, fears fresh charges that may be laid against his son later this month are a tactic to keep the case out of the courts.

Israeli experts say Middle East was safer with Hussein in Iraq 05 Jan 2007 Although few tears were shed in Israel over Saddam Hussein’s death last week, a small but growing chorus — including government officials, academics and Iraqi émigrés — is warning that Israel could find itself in more danger with him gone, and that it might even regret having welcomed his toppling.

Chirac: Iraq War Destabilized Mideast 06 Jan 2007 French President Jacques Chirac gave a tough critique of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and its fallout on Friday, saying the war destabilized the entire Middle East and allowed terrorism to spread.

Senate Regrets the Vote to Enter Iraq 05 Jan 2007 ABC News surveyed the views of the senators who served in 2002, most of whom remain in the Senate. The survey indicates that those senators say that if they knew then what they know now, President [sic] Bush would never have been given the authority to use force in Iraq.

Bush surrounds himself with war supporters 06 Jan 2007 President [sic] Bush yesterday began an overhaul of his top military and diplomatic teams as he prepared to announce a highly controversial increase of 20,000 US troops in Iraq... The moves are part of a broad mission to surround himself, both in Washington and on the ground in Iraq, with officials who support increasing troop numbers, a move largely opposed on Capitol Hill and among the American public.

Bush purges Iraq command to prepare military escalation By Bill Van Auken 06 Jan 2007 The Bush administration is making sweeping personnel changes in the top leadership of the US military, intelligence and diplomatic establishment in preparation for a major escalation of the war in Iraq.

Adm. Fallon to lead U.S. war in Iraq --The choice is said to reflect a shift of focus to Iran 05 Jan 2007 A retired key Navy admiral says Adm. William J. Fallon will show that a naval officer is qualified to run ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. ...The New York Times said Retired Adm. Thomas Fargo's possible appointment also reflects a greater emphasis on countering Iranian power, a mission that relies heavily on naval forces and combat air power to project American influence in the Persian Gulf.

McCain: Iraq troop surge must be 'significant and sustained' 05 Jan 2007 On the same day the top Democrats in Congress said a troop surge in Iraq would "stretch our military to the breaking point," Arizona GOP Sen. [Reichwing nutcase] John McCain reiterated his support of increasing U.S. forces in the war-torn country and said they must be 'significant and sustained'.

Mega barf alert! Screaming Eagle to lead Bush's Iraq surge [Why doesn't he lead Bush's twin guttersnipes in Iraq?] 06 Jan 2007 President [sic] George W Bush is sending one of his country's most celebrated generals to lead US forces in Iraq as part of an overhaul of senior military and diplomatic staff. Lt Gen David Petraeus, who led the "Screaming Eagles" of the 101st Airborne Division during the Iraq invasion of 2003 and then devised a successful counter-insurgency plan [a *what?!?*] afterwards, is to be sent to Baghdad to oversee a "surge" in American forces.

CBS: Military Tells Bush It Has Only 9,000 Troops Available For 'Surge' 05 Jan 2007 A State Department official leaked word this week that President [sic] Bush is considering sending "no more than 15,000 to 20,000 U.S. troops" to Iraq. "Instead of a surge, it is a bump," the official said.

Critics Slam Possible Iraq Troop Boost 06 Jan 2007 Days from announcing an overhaul of Iraq strategy, President [sic] Bush on Friday encountered a wall of criticism of the U.S. troop escalation that is expected to be the centerpiece of his new war plan. Democrats and Republicans alike took aim at the expected increase in U.S. forces. [They need *better aim.*]

Army asks dead to sign up for another hitch 05 Jan 2007 The Army said Friday it would apologize to the families of about 275 officers killed or wounded in action who were mistakenly sent letters urging them to return to active duty.

Pentagon Advisor Doubts Wisdom of U.S. Military's Recruiting Muslims 04 Jan 2007 Retired Lieutenant Colonel Bob Maginnis, a Pentagon advisor and national defense expert, believes U.S. military officials are making a radical mistake by trying to make America’s armed services more attractive to Muslims.

Saddam's Shi'a Lynch Mob --The shocking spectacle surrounding his execution has only confirmed Sunnis' worst fears of Iraq becoming a Shi'ite Islamic Republic joined with Iran By Robert Baer 04 Jan 2007 Thanks to images from a cell phone, we now know that the Iraqi National Police unit we turned Saddam over to was in fact a Shi'a lynch mob. Saddam's hangmen made no effort to hide their allegiance, taunting the deposed Iraqi leader with the name of radical Shi'ite cleric and power broker Muqtada al-Sadr. Afterwards, they danced around Saddam's corpse.

Counter-IED systems jam tactical comms in Iraq 05 Jan 2007 Jammers used by U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq to defeat radio-controlled improvised electronic devices (IEDs) have the side effect of knocking out a wide range of tactical radio systems, according to the Naval Sea Systems Command.

Hamas doubles force after Abbas calls it illegal --Palestinian leader's move immediately stokes political strains in region 06 Jan 2007 Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday declared illegal a Hamas security force in Gaza. Throwing down the gauntlet to Abbas, the governing Hamas militant movement’s "Executive Force" said it would double its size to 12,000 personnel.

Stolen rocket launchers could be in Melbourne 07 Jan 2007 Federal police fear five stolen rocket launchers may have been hidden in Melbourne by a terrorist group.

Nuclear plant target for stolen rocket launchers, police allege 06 Jan 2007 Stolen Australian Army rocket launchers are in the hands of a home-grown terrorist group which planned to use them to attack Sydney's Lucas Heights nuclear reactor, police allege.

Killers operating under Bush's martial law get a free pass: Cops Charged in La. Shooting Can Work 05 Jan 2007 All seven policemen charged with murder or attempted murder in a bridge shooting after Hurricane Katrina were free on bail Friday, and a judge said the six still on the New Orleans Police force can return to limited duty. One former officer, now a truck driver in Texas, can also return to work, Judge Raymond Bigelow said.

New Orleans looking at curfew to stem violence after 8 slayings in 2007, police chief says [What about slayings by the police?] 06 Jan 2007 With at least eight slayings in the city in the first week of the new year, officials are considering a curfew to help stem the violence, the police superintendent said Saturday.

White House uses secret memo to fight court order 05 Jan 2007 The White House and the Secret Service quietly signed an agreement last spring in the midst of the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal declaring records identifying visitors to the White House are not open to the public. The Bush regime did not reveal the existence of the memorandum of understanding until last fall.

Feds pushing for Internet records 05 Jan 2007 The federal government wants your Internet provider to keep track of every Web site you visit. For more than a year, the U.S. Justice Department has been in discussions with Internet companies and privacy rights advocates, trying to come up with a plan that would make it easier for investigators to check records of Web traffic.

DHS to Boost 6 Cities' Share of Anti-Terror Funds --D.C., New York Among Those to Share $411 Million 06 Jan 2007 The Department of Homeland Security will reserve about $100 million of the $747 million it will dole out to U.S. cities this year to pay for police counter[pro]terrorism operations in six metropolitan areas, officials said yesterday. Chertoff cited the threat of "homegrown terrorism" in encouraging the funding of law-enforcement-led domestic intelligence "fusion centers." [The most dangerous 'homegrown terrorist' is *Bush.*]

146 'High Risk' Threats Against Pataki 05 Jan 2007 In a request for taxpayers to fund security [!?!] for former Gov. George Pataki, state police cited 146 ''high risk'' threats made against the Republican over the past decade, according to a letter obtained Friday by The Associated Press.

Lawsuit Against CIA Dismissed on State Secrets Grounds By Steven Aftergood 05 Jan 2007 Declaring that the need to protect government secrets overrides all other considerations, a federal court yesterday dismissed a lawsuit against the Central Intelligence Agency filed by family members of a former CIA clandestine officer who alleged injuries that are largely classified.

Senator: Illegal images must be reported 11 Dec 2006 Millions of commercial Web sites and personal blogs would be required to report illegal images or videos posted by their users or pay fines of up to $300,000, if a new proposal in the U.S. Senate came into law. The legislation, drafted by Sen. John McCain (GOPervert-AZ) and obtained by CNET News.com, levies the same regulatory scheme--and even stiffer penalties--on even individual bloggers who offer discussion areas on their Web sites.

Prosecutors: Ney at Center of Conspiracy 05 Jan 2007 Facing at least two years in prison, former Rep. Bob Ney is trying to play down his role in a bribery scandal. Prosecutors are pushing for a harsher sentence, portraying him at the center of a conspiracy that sold congressional services for cash.

Prosecutors Cite More Favors by Lawmaker 05 Jan 2007 Federal prosecutors seeking a stiff prison sentence for former Ohio congressman Robert W. Ney (R) have listed previously undisclosed favors that he and his staff provided to clients of lobbyist Jack Abramoff, including two Russian energy executives who have been linked to former House majority leader Tom DeLay.

Dems Prepare Slew of Oversight Hearings 06 Jan 2007 From the war to environmental policy and secret surveillance, the Democrats who now control both the House and Senate are armed with subpoena power and ready to summon panels of witnesses.

Democrats rename 5 House committees 05 Jan 2007 In taking back control of the House, Democrats also are restoring the old names used for committees when they last headed them in 1994.

Bill would permanently bar drilling in Alaskan refuge 06 Jan 2007 Legislation introduced in the House on Friday would make the 1.2 million-acre coastal strip of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge a permanently protected wilderness and end repeated efforts to open the area east of the Prudhoe oil field to energy companies.

New WHO chief issues bird flu warning 05 Jan 2007 The new boss of the World Health Organisation [Dr Margaret Chan] has renewed the agency’s warning that the world must keep up its guard against bird flu.

72-Degree Day Breaks Record in New York 07 Jan 2007 ...The only thing that ruined this winter imagery was the temperature, which reached a record-breaking 72 degrees in Central Park yesterday. And so the make-believe winter collided with reality: People wore T-shirts as they ice-skated on the wet and slushy rink at Rockefeller Center, and the Polar Bears held a moment of silence, turned their backs on the Atlantic and headed toward the boardwalk, a protest, albeit an underdressed one, against global warming.

2007 set for record temperatures 05 Jan 2007 Weather experts are predicting that 2007 will be a record year for temperatures, providing further evidence of the effects of global warming.

Scotland's natural heritage: a victim of global warming 07 Jan 2007 The warmer winters being ushered in by climate change could rob the Scottish landscape of its most iconic landmarks in the future. Amid reports that 2007 is set to be the warmest year on record, environmental experts said that the county's Caledonian pine forests, snow-capped peaks, great salmon rivers and famous grouse moors could all become a thing of the past.

Europe to suffer as the world warms up 05 Jan 2007 Chilly northern Europe could reap big benefits from global warming, while the Mediterranean faces crippling shortages of both water and tourists by the middle of the century, according to the first comprehensive study of its effects on the continent.

Escalating threat to the future of Scotland's seas 06 Jan 2007 Scotland's marine life could be almost wiped out within 50 years unless tough action is taken to manage the way humans use the seas, a consortium of environmental organisations has warned.

Third Snowstorm Blows Into Colo., Plains 06 Jan 2007 The third snowstorm in as many weeks barreled into Colorado on Friday, blanketing the Denver area with up to 8 inches of new snow and further hampering efforts to rescue thousands of cattle stranded by last week's blizzard.

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Democrats to Bush: Time to end Iraq war 05 Jan 2007 The US Congress's new Democratic leaders warned President [sic] George W. Bush that surging more troops into Iraq would fail and it was time to end the war, days before his expected unveiling of a new US strategy.

Top Democrats Oppose More Troops in Iraq 05 Jan 2007 As President [sic] Bush prepares to present his new strategy on Iraq to the American people, Democratic Congressional leaders said today they will fight any approach that calls for deploying more United States troops there.

White House Postponing Loss of Iraq, Biden Says 05 Jan 2007 Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-DE), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said yesterday that he believes top officials in the Bush administration have privately concluded they have lost Iraq and are simply trying to postpone disaster so the next president will "be the guy landing helicopters inside the Green Zone, taking people off the roof," in a chaotic withdrawal reminiscent of Vietnam.

Bush to seek billions, 20,000 more troops for Iraq 05 Jan 2007 President [sic] Bush's new strategy for the war in Iraq will include requests for billions more in economic aid [for Halliburton, Bechtel, Blackwater USA] and 20,000 more solders to secure Baghdad, according to media reports Friday.

Bush launches high-level overhaul of Iraq team 05 Jan 2007 U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush launched a high-level overhaul on Friday of his Iraq team before outlining a shift in course in the unpopular war next week, nominating a new deputy secretary of state and intelligence director.

NBC News: White House sources expect the outgoing Iraq commander, Gen. George Casey, to be nominated to become Army chief of staff later Friday.

Petraeus will take Iraq command, leave Leavenworth 05 Jan 2007 Fort Leavenworth commander Lt. Gen. David Petraeus is reportedly President [sic] Bush’s choice to be the chief U.S. general in Iraq. Media outlets reported Thursday night that Bush has decided on Petraeus to replace Gen. George Casey Jr. as the top military commander in Iraq.

Negroponte steps down to be Rice's new deputy 05 Jan 2007 In a shake-up of the Bush national security team, John Negroponte will step down as America's first national Director of Intelligence to become Deputy Secretary of State, serving under Condoleezza Rice.

Bush nominates cyber expert to become next intel czar 05 Jan 2007 President [sic] Bush nominated retired Vice Adm. J. Michael McConnell, a former National Security Agency director, to become the second director of national intelligence this morning. He will replace John Negroponte, nominated today to replace Robert Zoellick as deputy secretary of the State Department.

The Next Top Spy --Negroponte's likely replacement makes civil libertarians nervous. 04 Jan 2007 John Michael McConnell, the retired vice admiral, is slated to become America's new top spy. The international consultancy that McConnell has worked at for a decade as a senior vice president, Booz Allen Hamilton, won contracts worth $63 million on the TIA "data-mining" program, which was later cancelled after congressional Democrats raised questions about invasion of privacy.

Iraq envoy expected to be tapped for U.N. post 04 Jan 2007 Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, will be nominated by President [sic] Bush to become the U.S. envoy to the United Nations, a senior administration official said Thursday. Khalilzad, known as a protégé of Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney, headed the Bush-Cheney transition team for the Defense Department in 2000 and served as a counselor to former Defense Secretary [War Criminal] Donald H. Rumsfeld.

AP employee found shot to death in Iraq 05 Jan 2007 The body of an Associated Press employee was found shot in the back of the head Friday, six days after he was last seen by his family leaving for work. Ahmed Hadi Naji, 28, was the fourth AP staffer to die violently in the Iraq war and the second AP employee killed in less than a month.

Iraq threatens arrest of police captain who spoke to media 04 Jan 2007 The Interior Ministry acknowledged Thursday that an Iraqi police officer [Capt. Jamil Gholaiem Hussein] whose existence had been denied by the Iraqis and the U.S. military is in fact an active member of the force, and said he now faces arrest for speaking to the media.

Deadly Blasts in Baghdad Leave Gruesome Traces 05 Jan 2007 This violence on Thursday involved two bombs timed to go off one after another in the formerly upscale neighborhood of Mansour, which continues to be ripped apart by sectarian violence. Thirteen people were killed and 22 wounded, just a small fraction of the civilians killed across the country this week.

13 slain in upscale Baghdad neighborhood 05 Jan 2007 Twin car bombs killed 13 people Thursday in an upscale Baghdad neighborhood after a lull in violence during an Islamic holiday, and Iraq prepared to murder two of Saddam Hussein's co-defendants despite an inquiry into an unruly scene in the former dictator's execution chamber.

Kuwaiti in talks to buy Hussein's 'noose' --Businessman ready to pay any amount of money 04 Jan 2007 A well-known Kuwaiti businessman is negotiating hard to own the noose which hanged ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to death. Reliable sources say the businessman's representatives have asked the Iraqi Ministry of Interior Affairs to sell the rope to them.

Hanging 'makes martyr of Saddam' 05 Jan 2007 The circumstances of the hanging of Saddam Hussein have turned the former Iraqi leader into a martyr, Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak has said.

The Low Profile: CNN and the New York Times Execute a Denial of History By John Collins 31 Dec 2006 Throughout the CNN broadcast, as news gradually trickled in concerning the details of the execution, viewers were treated to a highly selective loop of stock images of the condemned: Saddam brandishing a tribal sword offered as a gift by one of his fawning subjects, Saddam firing a gun, Saddam laughing his cartoonish dictator laugh, Saddam defiantly reading a statement at the start of the U.S. invasion in 2003, Saddam smoking a cigar, Saddam being checked for lice by U.S. military doctors, Saddam wildly gesturing during his recent trial. And the photo of Saddam shaking hands with U.S. envoy Donald Rumsfeld back in December 1983? Absent.

Two former UN humanitarian coordinators for IRAQ appeal again for the release of former deputy prime minister of Iraq, Tariq Aziz By Denis Halliday and Hans von Sponeck (The BRussells Tribunal) 02 Jan 2007 As two former UN humanitarian coordinators for Iraq, we repeat the appeal we made last year to the US government for the release of Tariq Aziz, former deputy prime minister of Iraq.

'Millennium' terror plotter recants claims against Guantanamo detainee 05 Jan 2007 An Algerian convicted of plotting to bomb the Los Angeles International Airport at the turn of the millennium has recanted his claim that a man detained by the U.S. at Guantanamo Bay helped him prepare for the thwarted attack.

Australian Lawmakers Want to Visit Hicks at Guantanamo Bay 04 Jan 2007 A group of Australian opposition lawmakers are seeking support from the federal government for them to visit Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks.

Delay over Hicks trial unfair, says police chief 06 Jan 2007 Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty has repeated his call for Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks to be tried as quickly as possible.

US activists plan Guantanamo jail protest 05 Jan 2007 A group of US and other peace activists including Cindy Sheehan plan to march to the gates of the US Navy base in Guantanamo, Cuba on January 11 to protest against abuses at the prison camp for terrorism suspects, organisers said today.

US 'helped Ethiopian choppers target Somalia Islamists' 04 Jan 2007 Ethiopian helicopters, helped by US intelligence, nearly hit fleeing Somali Islamist leaders who abandoned their last stronghold south of Somalia, officials have said.

US warships guard Somali coast 04 Jan 2007 US forces are being deployed off the coast of Somalia to prevent 'Islamists with suspected terrorist links' [those who resist U.S. oil-grabbing] from fleeing the country, it was reported today.

US sees 'severe consequences' to new N. Korea test 05 Jan 2007 The United States warned North Korea on Friday there would be "severe consequences" to the diplomatic effort to end Pyongyang's atomic ambitions if it conducted a second nuclear test.

Nuclear security director forced to resign over lapses 04 Jan 2007 The head of the U.S. nuclear security agency has been forced to resign over management and security issues, Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman said Thursday.

FAA wants security upgrades for new planes 05 Jan 2007 The U.S. government, noting continued security risks and threats, proposed upgrades on Friday for new passenger jets to further secure the cockpit from potential hijackers and reduce the danger posed by bombs.

Democrats Set Homeland Security Changes 04 Jan 2007 House Democrats have disclosed a plan they said would strengthen homeland security... The bill would require private companies to prepare for terrorism and the government would have to inspect cargo on passenger planes and shipping containers leaving the largest ports. Airport screeners would be given whistle-blower protection, money would be set aside to develop technology for detecting explosives at checkpoints and an appeals process would be established for airline passengers mistaken for terrorists on watch lists.

Polonium-210 found in restaurant 05 Jan 2007 The radioactive element believed to have killed ex-Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko has been detected in another central London restaurant.

Congressman sworn in using Quran once owned by Thomas Jefferson 04 Jan 2007 Keith Ellison (D-MN) made history Thursday, becoming the first Muslim member of Congress and punctuating the occasion by taking a ceremonial oath with a two-volume Quran once owned by Thomas Jefferson.

Rangel Evicts Cheney From Choice Capitol Digs 04 Jan 2007 Rep. Charles Rangel has evicted Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney from his office in the Capitol, and the Harlem heavyweight is moving into the prime digs today, The Post has learned.

Blumenthal Files Lawsuit Over Federal Electricity Surcharge 04 Jan 2007 (CT) Connecticut is suing federal regulators over a federal surcharge that will cost state electricity customers about $800 million over the next four years, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said Thursday.

Oil briefly dips below $55 as temperature climbs 05 Jan 2007 Oil prices slipped slightly Friday, a day after plunging more than $2 a barrel as warm weather in the United States cut heating demand. Light, sweet crude for February delivery dropped 26 cents to $55.33 a barrel in morning trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. [No worries; I'm sure Cheney Halliburton has a secret plan to send those oil price soaring again!]

ExxonMobil Accused of Disinformation on Warming 03 Jan 2007 Like the tobacco industry that for decades denied a link between smoking and lung cancer, ExxonMobil has waged a "sophisticated and successful disinformation campaign" to mislead the public about global warming, according to a major new report by the U.S.-based Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

71 degrees predicted for Saturday - Manhattan, NY (New York, NY NOAA forecast) 05 Jan 2007 Saturday: A chance of rain, mainly before noon... Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly sunny, with a high near 71.

Washington, DC's cherry blossoms bloom in January 03 Jan 2007 (photo) Cherry blossoms are seen behind the last autumn leaves on Connecticut Avenue in Washington on Wednesday Jan. 3, 2007. The Washington region is experiencing unseasonably warm weather this week.

Where's Winter? 18 holes of golf in Connecticut's warm January sun 05 Jan 2007 Connecticut has yet to receive a measurable snowfall this season, compared with the last five weeks of 2005, when more than 16 inches of snow fell. In addition, temperatures have been unusually high, with Connecticut marking its second-warmest December on record. On Saturday, forecasters say, temperatures will reach the mid-60s.

Warm winter wreaks havoc --Balmy temperatures have smashed records 05 Jan 2007 The combination of El Niño and global warming prompted Britain's Meteorological Office to say Thursday that 2007 could become the hottest year ever recorded. It said there is a 60% chance to break the record set in 1998, when global temperatures were 1.2 degrees warmer than the long-term average.

Bears on Thin Ice 08 Jan 2007 Although bears may spend part of the year on land, sea ice is their essential habitat; biologists have warned that Ursus maritimus could be the first large mammal to fall victim to global warming, which is rapidly shrinking the polar ice cap. And so environmentalists are delighted with the announcement by the Interior Department that it is proposing the polar bear for listing as "threatened," a step below the more urgent category of "endangered."

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W pushes envelope on U.S. spying --Bush signing statement allows U.S. to open mail without warrant 04 Jan 2007 President [sic] Bush has quietly claimed sweeping new powers [again] to open Americans' mail without a judge's warrant, the Daily News has learned. Bush asserted his new authority when he signed a postal reform bill into law on Dec. 20. Bush then issued a "signing statement" that declared his right to open people's mail under emergency conditions. That claim is contrary to existing law and contradicted the bill he had just signed, say experts who have reviewed it.

Bush: Government Can Open Your Mail 04 Jan 2007 President [sic] Bush says he and other government officials have the power to snoop through your mail without a judge's warrant. Bush made the claim last month in a signing statement attached to a postal reform bill.

Prez makes yet another 'statement' 04 Jan 2007 President [sic] Bush has issued more than 130 signing statements after etching his signature on a bill to make it law. Bush's statements have challenged more than 800 statutes, by some counts. The most infamous was the 2005 Detainee Treatment Act sponsored by presidential hopeful and ex-POW Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). The bill's intent was to outlaw torture of detainees, but Bush's signing statement was seen as simultaneously nullifying it by claiming commander in chief powers to interrogate [torture] terror suspects.

20,000 mall security guards to receive anti-terrorism training 03 Jan 2007 Starting this month, malls across the country will begin training guards to 'fight terrorism.' The 14-hour program is being developed by the International Council of Shopping Centers, a trade group, and the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University at a cost of $2 million.

Second U.S. carrier group to deploy to Gulf: sources 03 Jan 2007 The Pentagon will send a second aircraft carrier and its escort ships to the Gulf, defense officials said on Wednesday, as a warning to Syria and Iran and to give commanders more flexibility in the region.

Old guard back on Iraq policy --An influential faction of neoconservatives is behind Bush's expected call for more troops. 04 Jan 2007 Ever since Iraq began spiraling toward chaos, the war's intellectual architects — the so-called neoconservatives — have found themselves under attack in Washington policy salons and, more important, within the Bush administration. A small but increasingly influential group of neocons are again helping steer Iraq policy.

Bush Could Send Up to 40,000 More Troops to Iraq 04 Jan 2007 President [sic] Bush could be adding up to 40,000 more U.S. troops to the current 132,000 U.S. troops already stationed in Iraq, but the final figure has not yet been disclosed.

Pentagon Discussed Adding Troops in Iraq 04 Jan 2007 One option the Pentagon has presented to President [sic] Bush for bolstering U.S. forces in Iraq is an initial infusion of 8,000 to 9,000 troops, mainly to reinforce Baghdad, defense officials said Wednesday.

Bush's spy chief quits to support Iraq 'surge' 04 Jan 2007 President [sic] Bush’s intelligence chief John Negroponte is to resign after less than two years in the job days before the White House is expected to announce an escalation of the war.

Intelligence Chief to Shift to Deputy State Dept. Post 04 Jan 2007 John D. Negroponte, whom President [sic] Bush installed less than two years ago as the first director of national intelligence, will soon leave his post to become the State Department’s second-ranking official, administration officials said Wednesday.

Iraqi PM's aide taunted Hussein 04 Jan 07 Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's own national security adviser was one of two officials who took unauthorised mobile-phone footage of Saddam Hussein's execution. Mowaffak al-Rubaie was identified as having filmed the death as it was announced two of Hussein's co-defendants - his half-brother Barzan Ibrahim, a former intelligence chief, and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, the former chief justice of the Revolutionary Court - would be hanged today.

Italian daily Corriere della Sera: Moqtada al-Sadr would have been among Hussein's executioners 03 Jan 2007 Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr would have been present at the execution of Saddam Hussein, in al-Qadhimiya neighborhood of Baghdad. The Italian daily writes that this is what the Saudi press report. [...] Two daily newspapers al-Riadh and al-Watan quote as source some eyewitnesses. "I saw al-Sadr wearing the black hoods inside the room – the eyewitness said – and there was also Abdulaziz al-Hakim [leader of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq – SCIRI]. They were among the six men wearing hoods that one can see in the images aired by the TV".

Militias hijacked Hussein's execution, claims government official 04 Jan 2007 Saddam Hussein was hanged by [US] "militias and outsiders" who infiltrated the execution chamber, an official claimed yesterday. He said the hanging was meant to be carried out by executioners employed by the interior ministry but that "militias" had taken over instead.

UN trying to halt 2 executions in Iraq --Hussein's co-defendants would be next 04 Jan 2007 The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, has asked President Jalal Talabani to halt the killing of two former officials convicted and sentenced to death with Saddam Hussein, citing lingering questions over the fairness of the 'trial.'

Blair fails to condemn hanging as Bush ducks the question 04 Jan 2007 No 10 has declined to endorse comments by John Prescott who said the unauthorised filming and taunting of the former Iraqi president by guards who told him to "go to hell" was "deplorable" and that those responsible should be "ashamed."

White House Won't Condemn Hussein Taunts 03 Jan 2007 The Bush regime sent conflicting signals Wednesday about the taunting and baiting that accompanied Saddam Hussein's murder, with the White House declining to join criticism of the procedure and the State Department and U.S. military raising questions about it.

'Illegal' Execution Enrages Arabs By Dahr Jamail and Ali Al-Fadhily 02 Jan 2007 The execution of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein carried out at the start of the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha has angered Iraqis and others across the Middle East... Judge Rizgar Mohammed Amin, the Kurdish judge who had first presided over Saddam Hussein's trial told reporters that the execution [murder] at the beginning of Eid was illegal under Iraqi law, besides violating the customs of Islam.

90 Percent of Iraqis Say They Were Better Off Under Hussein 03 Jan 2007 Many adults in Iraq believe the coalition effort has been negative, according to a poll by the Iraq Centre for Research and Strategic Studies and the Gulf Research Center. 90 per cent of respondents think the situation in their country was better before the U.S.-led invasion.

Horror of Iraq leads even its own PM to say: I want to resign 04 Jan 2007 The man with the most difficult and dangerous job in the world [US-installed puppet, Nouri al-Maliki] had little appetite for the post in the first place and yesterday came the news that he has had enough and would like to step down.

Bombs kill at least 13 people in western Baghdad 04 Jan 2007 Two bombs exploded in Baghdad's upscale Mansour neighborhood Thursday, killing 13 people and wounding at least 25, police said.

Troops will not face charges for Iraq assault 04 Jan 2007 Nine British soldiers investigated over a filmed assault on Iraqi civilians after a riot in 2004 will not face criminal charges, the Ministry of Defence said on Thursday.

Year of Military Setbacks Shows Futility of Using Force 04 Jan 2007 Some of the most significant events of the outgoing year were in the military sphere - the defeat of the US-led occupation forces in Iraq, the Israeli army's setback in Lebanon, and the return of the Taliban to Afghanistan despite the presence of 20,000 NATO troops there.

Israel seeks operational link with U.S. missile defense system 03 Jan 2007 Israel wants to increase the likelihood of the U.S. deploying emergency missile defense systems within Israeli territory. The heads of the Homa anti-missile project in the Defense Ministry asked the U.S. Department of Defense about two months ago for information on two advanced defense systems being developed in the U.S.

Israel raids Ramallah before summit 04 Jan 2007 Israeli forces mounted a rare raid into the West Bank city of Ramallah on Thursday, killing four Palestinians, and a senior Palestinian commander died in factional fighting in the Gaza Strip.

Foreigners advised to leave Gaza 03 Jan 2007 Palestinian security officials have advised foreign nationals to leave Gaza due to kidnap threats two days after Jaime Razuri, a photographer, was snatched by unknown armed men.

Toyota creating alcohol detection system 03 Jan 2007 Toyota Motor Corp. is developing a fail-safe system for cars that detects drunken drivers and automatically shuts the vehicle down if sensors pick up signs of excessive alcohol consumption, a news report said Wednesday.

Bush lawyer Harriet Miers resigns - White House 04 Jan 2007 White House counsel Harriet Miers, whose controversial nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court was withdrawn, has resigned effective January 31, the White House said on Thursday.

Rehnquist FBI File Sheds New Light on Drug Dependence, Confirmation Battles 04 Jan 2007 The late Chief Justice William Rehnquist's Senate confirmation battles in 1971 and 1986 were more intense and political than previously known, according to a newly released FBI file that also offers dramatic new details about Rehnquist's 1981 hospitalization and dependence on a painkiller. The FBI file on Rehnquist, released last week under the Freedom of Information Act, reveals that in 1971, as Rehnquist's confirmation hearings for associate justice approached, the Nixon Justice Department asked the FBI to run a criminal background check on at least two potential witnesses who were expected to testify against Rehnquist. Then-FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover approved the request.

U.S. Bars Lab From Testing Electronic Voting --The commission acted last summer, but the problem was not disclosed then. 04 Jan 2007 A laboratory that has tested most of the nation’s electronic voting systems has been temporarily barred from approving new machines after federal officials found that it was not following its quality-control procedures and could not document that it was conducting all the required tests.

Electronic voting led to errors, report says [Not to mention, the 2000, 2004 GOP coup d'etats] --Malfunctioning machines and late poll openings among complaints 03 Jan 2007 Electronic voting machines meant to streamline the Election Day process have resulted in late poll openings, data-retrieval errors and widespread machine failures, according to a new report about last year's midterm election.

Missing votes in Ohio call races into question 03 Jan 2007 By Bob Fitrakis While Democratic Party supporters celebrate their success in Ohio, where their statewide candidates won four out of five executive offices and they now control both the U.S. House and Senate, they are ignoring massive and verifiable irregularities in the 2006 election.

Democrats Elect 1st Woman House Speaker 04 Jan 2007 Democrats made history on Thursday by electing Rep. Nancy Pelosi as the first woman Speaker of the House of Representatives.

New US Congress convenes under Democratic control 04 Jan 2007 The 110th U.S. Congress convened on Thursday with President [sic] George W. Bush facing Democrats for the first time in control of both the Senate and House of Representatives.

Democrats Push for Quick Ban on Travel Paid for by Corporations 04 Jan 2007 The U.S. House of Representatives, after installing its new Democratic leadership, is moving quickly to ban lawmakers from flying on corporate jets and accepting gifts and meals from lobbyists.

Rep. Frank promises hard look at wage gap 03 Jan 2007 Incoming House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-MA) pledged to take a sustained look at wage inequality among U.S. workers on Wednesday, and said the Federal Reserve should do the same.

At least 12 hurt after toxic chemical leak 04 Jan 2007 At least 12 people have been taken to hospital after a leak of toxic chemicals from a chemical plant in northern England on Thursday, site operator BASF said.

2 officers' lawyers want charges dropped 04 Jan 2007 Attorneys for two of the seven police officers charged in a deadly bridge shooting in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath asked a judge Wednesday to throw out charges against their clients, saying testimony they were forced to give a grand jury is being used against them.

FEMA: Calif. Levees Worse Than Thought 03 Jan 2007 A fast-growing region near the state capital is at greater risk of a potentially catastrophic flood than originally believed, and insurance rates could double for some residents, the government said Wednesday.

Temperatures 20 degrees higher than normal in parts of US --New York City saw a November and December without snow for the first time since 1877. 03 Jan 2007 Crocuses are pushing out of the ground in New Jersey. Ice fishing tournaments in Minnesota are being canceled for lack of ice. And golfers are hitting the links in Chicago in January. Much of the Midwest and the East Coast are going through a remarkably warm winter, with temperatures running 10 and 20 degrees higher than normal in many places.

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FBI files detail Guantánamo torture tactics 03 Jan 2007 Captives at Guantánamo Bay were chained hand and foot in a fetal position to the floor for 18 hours or more, urinating and defecating on themselves, an FBI report has revealed. The accounts of mistreatment were contained in FBI documents released yesterday as part of a lawsuit involving the American Civil Liberties Union, a civil liberties group.

FBI: Workers saw prisoner abuse at Guantanamo 02 Jan 2007 The FBI on Tuesday released documents showing at least 26 FBI employees witnessed 'aggressive mistreatment and harsh interrogation techniques' [torture] of prisoners by other government agencies or outside contractors at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Detainees seen "chained hand and foot ... with no chair/food/water;" Prisoners "urinated or defecated on selves and were left there 18, 24 hours;" Witness saw a detainee "with a full beard whose head was wrapped in duct tape;" Witness saw detainee draped in an Israeli flag.

Pentagon Not Pursuing Guantanamo Report 03 Jan 2007 The Pentagon plans no action as a result of a newly released FBI report on detainee abuse at the Guantanamo Bay military prison, a spokesman said Wednesday, asserting there is nothing new in the report.

Leahy warns Justice over terror policies 03 Jan 2007 The incoming chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday described as "disappointing" the Justice Department's refusal to release documents detailing the Bush administration's interrogation and detention policy for terrorism suspects.

Justice Dept. refuses senator's document request --Leahy says may use subpoenas to get material 03 Jan 2007 The inJustice Department has refused to turn over two secret documents, describing the CIA's detention and interrogation policies for suspected terrorists, to the incoming chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee [Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT)].

Hussein Guard Is Arrested, Officials Say 03 Jan 2007 The Iraqi prime minister’s office gave its first public defense today of the way the government carried out the killing of Saddam Hussein, and said that a guard who they believe recorded the moment in a macabre unauthorized video had been arrested.

Prescott attacks 'deplorable' images of Saddam execution 03 Jan 2007 An Iraqi prosecutor revealed yesterday that he almost halted the killing of Saddam Hussein because of the behaviour of witnesses who were taunting the condemned man. The Iraqi government announced an inquiry into chaotic scenes at the murder, which the Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, condemned as "deplorable".

Iraq government to investigate video of Hussein being taunted --Unauthorised footage may have been taken by security guards 03 Jan 2007 Unease at home and abroad about the killing of Saddam Hussein yesterday forced the Iraqi government to order an investigation into unauthorised filming of the former president being taunted and abused in the minutes before his hanging.

Saddam Hussein execution: A sectarian lynching By Patrick Martin 03 Jan 2007 A video of the final minutes of Saddam Hussein, released to the Arab media late Saturday and widely broadcast around the world, demonstrates that the execution of the former Iraqi president was an act of sectarian vengeance by the Shiite Muslim groups placed in power by the US invasion of the country.

Shocked by Hussein, Italy seeks UN death penalty ban 02 Jan 2007 Italy will campaign at the United Nations for a global ban on the death penalty, Prime Minister Romano Prodi said on Tuesday, after graphic images of Saddam Hussein's hanging shocked people around the world.

Agencies should order civilian employees to fill key jobs in Iraq: ISG 03 Jan 2007 The Iraq Study Group, chaired by former secretary of state [and 2000 GOP coup d'etat architect] James A. Baker III and former House member Lee H. Hamilton, has recommended that agencies order civilian employees to fill key jobs in Iraq if not enough volunteers step forward. John Gage, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, questions how civil service employees could be ordered to Iraq when the violence in Baghdad makes it exceedingly difficult to move around and perform jobs.

U.S. military combat deaths in Iraq hit 3,004 02 Jan 2007 As of Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007, at least 3,004 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military 'civilians' [mercenaries].

A promising Iraqi province is now a tinderbox --'Insurgents' gain upper hand as U.S. troops hand reins to forces who prove to be abusive and ineffective. 03 Jan 2007 Security has collapsed in Diyala province, which now ranks as one of Iraq's most troubled regions. Insurgent attacks have more than doubled in the last year... Assassinations have claimed the lives of mayors, tribal chieftains, police officials and judges, including a Shiite Muslim member of the provincial council who was killed Tuesday.

Olbermann: Special comment about 'sacrifice' --BBC reports Bush will reveal troop surge plan in sacrifice-themed speech By Keith Olbermann 03 Jan 2007 Mr. Bush, your judgment about Iraq — and now about "sacrifice" — is at variance with your people’s, to the point of delusion. Your most respected generals see no value in a "surge" — they could not possibly see it in this madness of "sacrifice." [...] Mr. Bush, you do not own this country! To those Republicans who have not broken free from the slavery of partisanship — those bonded still, to this president and this administration, and now bonded to this "sacrifice" —proceed at your own peril.

German Muslim Held, Denied U.S. Entry 02 Jan 2007 A German businessman of Syrian descent who wanted to surprise his daughter with a holiday visit was detained for four days in a Las Vegas holding cell before being sent back home without explanation. A civil rights group called authorities' treatment of Majed Shehadeh a case of anti-Muslim discrimination.

$2 rocket launcher found [!!!] 03 Jan 2007 The type of single-use "fire-and-forget" rocket launcher found in a central Queensland town tip and handed into police this morning is used by two overseas defence forces that recently underwent live-fire exercises at a nearby army training area.

Robertson Predicts Terror Attack On U.S. With 'Mass Killing' 02 Jan 2007 In what has become an annual tradition of prognostications, religious broadcaster [Reichwing terrorist] Pat Robertson said Tuesday God has told him that a terrorist attack on the United States would result in ''mass killing'' late in 2007.

Bush bin Laden's privati$ation is a colossal failure: 6 of 75 Cities Get Top Disaster Rating 02 Jan 2007 Only six of 75 U.S. metropolitan areas won the highest grades for their emergency agencies' ability to communicate during a disaster, five years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to a federal report obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

TSA Nears Decision on Contract for Government ID Cards 02 Jan 2007 Competition is heating up among contractors to supply the government with identity technology as one agency prepares to award a major contract and another readies a request for bids.

Central Banks Tiptoeing Away From the Dollar 02 Jan 2007 Countries with large holdings of dollars in their foreign-exchange reserves are showing a new willingness to dump the dollar in favor of the rising euro.

100 Years Later, the Food Industry Is Still 'The Jungle' By Adam Cohen 02 Jan 2007 Since the Reagan era, conservatives have tried to turn "government regulation" into an epithet... Food safety has been particularly hard-hit by this anti-regulatory climate. Harmful bacteria are rampant in meatpacking plants and in produce fields, but government oversight is eroding. The Bush administration has slashed the number of Food and Drug Administration inspectors, and it has installed a former lobbyist for the cattle industry as the Agriculture Department’s chief of staff.

Poll Shows Support for Democrats' Goals 02 Jan 2007 People overwhelmingly support two of the Democrats' top goals _ increasing the minimum wage and making it easier to buy prescription drugs from other countries _ as the party takes control of Congress for the first time in a dozen years.

After 200 years, D.C. residents may get a vote in Congress 02 Jan 2007 After more than 200 years of paying taxes, fighting in the nation's wars and abiding by sometimes arbitrary acts of Congress, Washington residents are close to getting a full-fledged representative in the House.

Lawmaker to Repay Cost of Abramoff Trip 03 Jan 2007 Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL) has agreed to pay the costs of a 2003 trip to Scotland that apparently was paid for by convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, leaders of the House ethics committee leaders announced Wednesday.

Leaked dossier hits Giuliani hopes 03 Jan 2007 Even before proper US presidential campaigning has begun, the former New York mayor [and 9/11 co-conspirator] Rudy Giuliani's bid for the Republican campaign has been hit by a particularly painful leak. A 140-page dossier compiled by the Giuliani camp, leaked to the New York Daily News, outlines a series of deep concerns over his chances.

Revealed: Rudy's '08 battle plans 01 Jan 2007 It's clearly laid out in 140 pages of printed text, handwriting and spreadsheets: The top-secret plan for Rudy Giuliani's bid for the White House.

Report: Giuliani aims to raise $100 million in 2007 from big donors 02 Jan 2007 The presidential campaign strategy for former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani includes a $100 million (€75.4 million fundraising target for this year.

New Jersey Panel Urges End to Death Penalty 02 Jan 2007 Amid growing unease about capital punishment and a state moratorium on executions, a legislative commission recommended today that New Jersey become the first state in more than 35 years to abolish the death penalty.

Departing hurricane center chief warns of the 'Big One' --Max Mayfield is convinced that the Southeast is inviting disaster. 03 Jan 2007 Frustrated with people and politicians who refuse to listen or learn, National Hurricane Center Director Max Mayfield ends his 34-year government career today in search of a new platform for getting out his unwelcome message: Hurricane Katrina was nothing compared with the big one yet to come.

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Bush 'to reveal Iraq troop boost' 02 Jan 2007 US President [sic] George W Bush intends to reveal a new Iraq strategy within days, the BBC has learnt. The move comes with figures from Iraqi ministries suggesting that deaths among civilians are at record highs.

Report: Bush Leaning to More Iraq Troops 02 Jan 2007 U.S. President George Bush reportedly favors sending more troops to Iraq but has less Republican support for it, the Financial Times reported from Washington.

Blair: UK to remain in Iraq, Afghanistan in 2007 01 Jan 2007 Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday British troops must remain in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2007 - in his 10th and likely final, New Year's message as prime minister.

Iraq orders shutdown of Baghdad office of TV station 01 Jan 2007 The 'Iraqi government' [US-installed puppet dictatorship] Monday ordered the closure of the Baghdad office of a Dubai-based television station whose newscaster wore black mourning clothes while reporting on the hanging of Saddam Hussein. [The Cheney-Halliburton dictatorship needs to be eliminated in Iraq, and in the US. --LRP]

16,273 Deaths Reported in Iraq in 2006 02 Jan 2007 As enraged crowds protested the hanging of Saddam Hussein across Iraq's Sunni heartland Monday, government officials reported that 16,273 Iraqi civilians, soldiers and police died violent deaths in 2006, a figure larger than an independent Associated Press count for the year by more than 2,500.

Iraqi deaths reach record high as fears grow of new surge in militancy 02 Jan 2007 The number of Iraqi civilians killed in political violence hit a record high in December, according to Iraqi Interior Ministry figures. The Interior Ministry data, almost certain to be an underestimate, showed 12,320 civilians were killed in 2006 in what officials term [US] "terrorist" violence.

U.S. Military Combat Death Toll in Iraq Surpasses 3,000 01 Jan 2007 U.S. troops killed six people Monday during a raid on a possible safe house for 'al-Qaida' [al-CIAduh] in Iraq, the military said, while the death toll of American service members in Iraq surpassed 3,000.

Two More U.S. Soldiers Killed In Iraq 01 Jan 2007 The U.S. military announced Monday that two soldiers assigned to the Third Brigade Combat Team of the First Cavalry Division were killed in an explosion Sunday in Diyala province.

US peace groups rally after 3,000th soldier killed 01 Jan 2007 U.S. peace groups pledged on Sunday to start the new year with protests and vigils to mark the death of the 3,000th U.S. soldier in Iraq and to press their call for an end to the war.

Prisoners clash with guards in Iraq jail 01 Jan 2007 Prisoners in a jail in Iraq smashed cell doors, burned furniture and broke cameras during a riot on Monday that began when visitors told inmates that Saddam Hussein had been murdered.

Iraq to investigate filming of Hussein murder 02 Jan 2007 The Iraqi government will investigate how the hanging of Saddam Hussein came to be filmed and images of his death broadcast around the world, it was announced today. The showing of footage of Saddam's last moments has been widely condemned, and is feared likely to further inflame tensions in an already volatile situation.

Former Hussein judge says execution violates Iraqi law 01 Jan 2007 The first chief judge [Rizkar Mohammed Amin] who presided over Saddam Hussein's trial for crimes against humanity has said that the late president's execution [murder] by the Iraqi government was illegal.

Saddam Hussein tended birds and plants in jail, nurse says 01 Jan 2007 A military nurse who cared for Saddam Hussein said the former dictator saved bread crusts to feed birds and tended a small plot of weeds while in jail. Master Sergeant Robert Ellis was under orders to prevent the former Iraqi president from dying in US custody. "That was my job: to keep him alive and healthy, so they could kill him at a later date," he told the St Louis Post-Dispatch after Hussein's killing on Saturday.

Saddam Hussein Hanged for the Wrong Reason By Gwynne Dyer 01 Jan 2007 It was not the Iraqi government but its American masters that chose to execute Saddam Hussein in a great rush as soon as the first sentence was confirmed, thus canceling all the other trials on far graver charges that awaited him. The current Iraqi government had nothing to hide if those trials went ahead; the United States government did... The Reagan administration stopped Congress from condemning Saddam's use of poison gas, and the US State Department tried to protect Saddam when he gassed his own Kurdish citizens in Halabja in 1988, spreading stories (which it knew to be false) that Iranian planes had dropped the gas... The US was deeply involved in all of Saddam’s major crimes, one way or another, so no trial that delved into the details of those crimes could be allowed. Instead, the spin-doctors in the current Bush administration put the Dujail trial first and scheduled the trials for Saddam’s bigger crimes for later, knowing that they would all be canceled once the death penalty for the Dujail incident was confirmed. The dirty laundry will never have to be displayed in public. But it does mean that the man who was hanged last Saturday morning not only had a farce of a trial before a kangaroo court; he was executed for the wrong crime.

Taliban says Hussein's execution to intensify jihad 30 Dec 2006 A top commander of Afghanistan's Taliban said on Saturday that the execution [murder] of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein would galvanize Muslim opposition to the United States.

Taliban commander vows bloody 2007 in Afghanistan 02 Jan 2007 The Taliban will step up attacks on foreign troops in Afghanistan this year and kill anyone who negotiates with the government, a top rebel commander said on Tuesday.

Taliban torch Afghan office; police chief missing 01 Jan 2007 An Afghan police chief was missing after Taliban insurgents raided and torched a district-level government office and clinic, police said on Monday.

Hicks to be tried soon: Ruddock 02 Jan 2007 Australia is pressing the United States to bring terror suspect David Hicks to trial as soon as possible, Attorney-General Philip Ruddock says. The Government also expects charges to be laid soon against Adelaide-born Hicks, who has been detained by US authorities at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba for five years without charge.

Australia has betrayed Hicks, says Fraser 01 Jan 2007 Former prime minister Malcolm Fraser says he never thought he would see the time Australia departed from providing justice to all citizens like it has with David Hicks. Hicks has been detained by the US at its Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention centre since January 2002.

In CIA leak case, reporters will be key witnesses 01 Jan 2007 Some journalists who made careers out of questioning government officials and bearing witness to history may soon find themselves answering questions from prosecutors as key witnesses in the CIA leak case.

Mexican Police Detain 4 Iraqis in Border City of Tijuana 25 Dec 2006 Federal police and immigration agents detained four Iraqi citizens in the border city of Tijuana on suspected immigration violations, after the Iraqis failed to present proper visas.

Fighters Scrambled For Bush Ranch TFR Violation --Pilot Busted Restricted Airspace Twice Prompting Calls to NORAD 01 Jan 2007 A man flying an as yet unidentified "small plane" flew into restricted airspace near President [sic] Bush's Crawford Ranch in central Texas not once, but twice on Sunday. KWTX reports the second violation prompted calls to North American Aerospace Defense Command who scrambled fighters to investigate.

Plane violates airspace over President Bush's ranch 01 Jan 2007 A small airplane twice flew into restricted airspace above President [sic] George W. Bush's Texas ranch in what the Secret Service decided was an inadvertent violation, a Secret Service spokeswoman said on Monday.

DNI Awards $2 Million in Hush-Hush Money 29 Dec 2006 Director of National Intelligence John D. Negroponte awarded $200,000 grants earlier this month to 10 scientists in the intelligence community, one of whom could not be named and several of whom declined to be interviewed, for projects whose details remain secret.

Director of National Intelligence Fellows Award Winners Announced (ODNI News Release No. 24-06) 15 Dec 2006 Director of National Intelligence, John D. Negroponte, along with Associate Director of National Intelligence for Science and Technology, Dr. Eric C. Haseltine, presented the second annual DNI Fellows Awards to 10 renowned members of the Intelligence Community today at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence headquarters. [...] The name of one DNI Fellow award recipient is not included in this news release because of the sensitive position he occupies in his organization.

'Dirty bomb' police numbers rise 29 Dec 2006 The government is increasing the number of police officers trained to deal with chemical, biological or radiation "dirty bombs", the BBC has learned. Manufacturers are bidding to supply 12,000 personal protection suits to the Home Office, to be worn by UK police.

La. Town's 1st Black Mayor - Elect Killed 02 Jan 2007 The newly elected mayor of this southwest Louisiana town was found shot to death in a parking lot over the weekend three days before he was to become the town's first black mayor.

7 indicted New Orleans cops to surrender 02 Jan 2007 More than 200 supporters applauded as seven indicted policemen arrived at a jail Tuesday to face charges in a deadly bridge shooting amid the 'chaos' [Halliburton-Blackwater USA police state] that followed Hurricane Katrina.

Poll: Americans predict attacks in 2007 31 Dec 2006 Another terrorist attack, a warmer planet, death and destruction from a natural disaster. These are among Americans' grim predictions for the United States in 2007.

Bird flu raging in Vietnam's Mekong delta 02 Jan 2007 Nguyen Hien Trung, head of Hau Giang’s animal health department, said a new site had been identified in Vi Thuy district yesterday after a dead bird had tested positive for the deadly H5N1 virus strain. A total of three communes in two districts had bird flu, he said.

Snow-Covered Plains Still Without Power 02 Jan 2007 Utility crews struggled to restore electrical service to tens of thousands of homes... after a blizzard dumped nearly 3 feet of snow on the Plains and Colorado. National Guard and state workers were preparing Tuesday to bring groceries into snowbound areas with Humvees and drop hay bales into farm fields.

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US 'licence to snoop' on British air travellers 01 Jan 2007 Britons flying to America could have their credit card and email accounts inspected by the United States authorities following a deal struck by Brussels and Washington. Not only will such material be available when combating [fomenting] terrorism but the Americans have asserted the right to the same information when dealing with other serious crimes.

US will be defeated in Afghanistan: Former CIA official 31 Dec 2006 A former senior CIA operative who tracked Osama bin Laden for 10 long years foresees "an apparent American defeat in Afghanistan". Michael Sheuer said the way ahead in Afghanistan and along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border "ultimately would lead to the defeat of US and NATO forces and the demise of the Karzai government".

A Grim Milestone in Iraq: 3,000 American Deaths 01 Jan 2007 On Sunday, with the announcement of the death in Baghdad of Specialist Dustin R. Donica, 22, of Spring, Tex., the list reached the somber milestone of at least 3,000 military combat deaths since the March 2003 invasion. December was the third deadliest month for American troops since the start of the war, with 'insurgents' claiming 111 soldiers’ lives.

U.S. military combat deaths in Iraq reach 3,000 31 Dec 2006 The number of U.S. military combat deaths in Iraq has reached 3,000 since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, an authoritative Web site tracking war deaths said on Sunday.

2999th US soldier killed in Iraq 01 Jan 2007 A US soldier has been killed by a roadside bombing in southeastern Baghdad, becoming the 2999th member of the US military to die in Iraq since the invasion of 2003.

Lugar Warns Bush Against More Troops in Iraq 31 Dec 2006 The outgoing Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee [Sen. Richard Lugar, R-IN] expressed doubt about the wisdom of increasing troops in Iraq and urged President [sic] Bush to consult with lawmakers before changing his war strategy.

Edwards terms Iraq surge "McCain doctrine" 31 Dec 2006 Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards, targeting a potential Republican rival in 2008, dubbed plans for a short-term U.S. troop increase in Iraq "the McCain doctrine," in an interview aired on Sunday.

2006 deadliest year for reporters since 1994: RSF 31 Dec 2006 At least 81 reporters were killed in 2006, the highest toll in more than a decade, with Iraq once again proving the deadliest place for journalists, media watchdog Reporters without Borders (RSF) said on Sunday.

Guards taunted Hussein in final seconds 01 Jan 2007 Saddam Hussein went to his death in a scornful exchange with the masked hangmen who taunted him with sectarian jibes even as the noose was tightened around his neck.

Press fears over Hussein killing 31 Dec 2006 Newspapers in the Arab world and Israel reflect a combination of cynicism, anger and fear over the execution of Saddam Hussein. Arab commentators are angry about the timing of the execution on one of the holiest days of the Muslim calendar. Some argue Washington rather than Baghdad dictated the timing and ask why Americans have not been brought to justice for all the Iraqis killed since the 2003 invasion.

Execution 'should not have happened on our holy day' 01 Jan 2007 Pilgrims in Saudi Arabia taking part in the Haj have expressed anger that the holiest day of the Muslim year was overshadowed by the killing of Saddam Hussein. Many Arab Muslims said his hanging for crimes against humanity was provocatively timed to coincide with the feast of Eid al-Adha and would worsen violence in Iraq.

Outrageous (The Hindu) 31 Dec 2006 The present Baghdad regime, which is propped up by the occupation forces, did not just lean on the judiciary; it went so far as to replace judges until a sufficiently partisan presiding officer was found. This judge did the bidding of his political masters and scandalously ensured that the defence was always at a disadvantage. The appeal court that confirmed the sentence of death handed down by the trial judge acted as if the completion of other cases against the accused was of no consequence. That all these legal proceedings were nothing but a sordid farce became clear to the whole world when the Prime Minister of Iraq, who had announced ahead of the appeal court's verdict that the former President would be executed before New Year, even usurped the judiciary's prerogative of setting the date for execution. To go by the manner in which the client Iraqi regime has behaved in all spheres, it was a small mercy that Mr. [Saddam] Hussein was handed over to it by his American jailors just before he was forced to mount the gallows. Various components of this regime run militias that have tortured and butchered hundreds of innocents. Those who engineered this violent and unjust end to the life of a leader who was overthrown by war — in flagrant violation of international law — have much to answer for before the court of humanity.

Plane downed by Hussein bomb alert 31 Dec 2006 A Greek aircraft bound for New York was given the all-clear after a dawn emergency landing in Ireland today prompted by a telephone tip-off that there was a bomb on board "for Saddam".

Five Years and Counting in Cuba --There's still little clarity on the legal status of Guantánamo–and its prisoners 31 Dec 2006 On January 11, the U.S. naval base at Guantánamo Bay will mark five years since it opened its doors to some of the earliest government-designated "enemy combatants" in the war against [for] terrorism... Last month, the first detainees moved into a new $37 million, maximum-security building, called Camp 6. And officials hope the proposed courtroom complex, which could cost up to $125 million, will be ready to hold multiple 'trials' [kangaroo courts] as early as July. According to the Pentagon's instructions for submitting a bid for the project, the courtroom buildings must be designed to last at least 30 years. "If anything, it doesn't look like it's closing down over there," says Oregon public defender Patrick Ehlers, whose office represents several detainees. "It looks like they're digging in."

Afghans protest killings by US-led troops 31 Dec 2006 Scores of people protested in eastern Afghanistan today over the killing of two civilians and the arrest of three by US-led troops.

'Higher levels of fighting' upcoming in Afghanistan, top U.S. general says 30 Dec 2006 The outgoing U.S. commander in Afghanistan predicted more fighting this spring and summer and said Taliban militants would try to overrun towns to "unhinge the Afghan people's morale."

Durban man dies fighting in Afghanistan 31 Dec 2006 A young Durban man has become the second South African to die serving in the British army in Afghanistan.

Bangkok: 3 bombs burst after midnight 01 Jan 2007 Nine bombs exploded across Bangkok on New Year's Eve and early Monday, killing two people, wounding 34 - at least six of them foreigners - and driving home thousands of revelers.

Bush resolute on terrorism battle 31 Dec 2006 22:21 US President [sic] George W Bush has warned the American public that there is no quick end in sight in the fight against [for] terrorism.

A disaster of historic proportions --George W. Bush presidency one huge bungle after another By Harry Bruce 01 Jan 2007 George W. Bush steps into 2007 not just as the worst president [sic] in American history, but as one whose monstrous bungles in Iraq have made the entire world hugely more dangerous than it was before he came to office. The disasters that he and his bull-headed henchmen allowed to unfold in Iraq, and the hatred of America that these aroused among millions of Muslims, are a godsend for the recruiters of terrorists everywhere.

Bush "outpolled by Lucifer" --Apparently, when Chavez called him El Diablo - he meant it as a compliment. Posted by qrswave 30 Dec 2006 [MSNBC Host, Joe] SCARBOROUGH: Now[,] you don't have to have a [doctorate] in Political Science to realize it's never a good sign when you're outpolled by Lucifer. [Source: AP Poll: Bush #1 Villain of 2006 28 Dec 2006]

Feds to use crack UK police skills 01 Jan 2007 Federal Police have called in a veteran of the London bombings investigation to bolster Australia's counter-terrorism intelligence effort. A police superintendent from London's Metropolitan Police will join the AFP's counter-terrorism unit this month as police confront the challenge of identifying potential attacks before they happen.

Morales says Cuban doctors top U.S. medical aid 29 Dec 2006 President Evo Morales on Friday heeded the wishes of six visiting U.S. senators by acknowledging the positive effects of American aid in his country -- but added that Cuban doctors had had a greater impact on Bolivia than their U.S. counterparts. In a Friday interview with Bolivian radio network Fides, Morales said the assistance of Cuban leader Fidel Castro -- who has sent Bolivia some 1,700 doctors and paramedics this year alone, setting up free hospitals and eye clinics throughout Bolivia -- outshines the United States' own medical aid.

FBI is inside every recent cellphone 30 Dec 2006 After the news that China has decided to force manufacturers to standardise phone charging ports to the mini-USB format, it turns out that there’s an even easier way to get the industry-wide feature you want implemented: just be the FBI. What cellphone manufacturers are reluctant to include in-among all the blurb about Bluetooth and high-speed data connectivity is that apparently every recent phone sold in the US has a built-in tracking device that, once activated remotely, can be set to keep the microphone powered on even when the phone itself is switched off. [Source: Can You Hear Me Now? 05 Dec 2006]

Democrat gives GOP Pa. House majority 31 Dec 2006 A DemocRATic legislator from Reading [Thomas R. Caltagirone] stunned his colleagues yesterday by announcing he will support Republican John Perzel for House speaker rather than Democrat H. William DeWeese. State Chairman T.J. Rooney called Mr. Caltagirone's action "reprehensible ... selfish ... a slap in the face to his constituents and all Democrats throughout Pennsylvania. Make no mistake, this is an act of political treason. Caltagirone sold out to an ineffective ... Republican Party that was handed enormous losses as a result of unprecedented arrogance and 12 years of unchecked power."

Actions to stop this fiasco: 1. Call Caltagirone at (610) 371-9940 and demand he re-think his despicable decision. 2. E-mail Caltagirone at tcaltagi@pahouse.net and demand he vote to elect Democrat Bill DeWeese Speaker of the House. 3. Attend a rally in front of Caltagirone’s office on Tuesday at 3pm. His office is located at 645 Penn Street in Reading. [Actions from: The Pennsylvania Democratic Party. See: Rooney Blasts Caltagirone for Betraying Pennsylvania Voters --Sold out to Perzel and Republicans for personal interests in defiance of his constituents 30 Dec 2006.]

Highway Robbery --Privatizing New Jersey's Toll Roads By Anthony Cowell 28 Dec 2006 Governor Jon Corzine intends to sell New Jersey's toll roads to private investors for $10 billion... Goldman Sachs took the Indiana Toll Road and the Chicago Skyway private in 2005... After privatization, tolls on the Indiana Toll Road and the Chicago Skyway immediately doubled... MIG Cintra holds a locked down monopoly where states must pay protection cash to a toll road mafia led by Goldman Sachs, foreign corporations, and super rich investors.

Herbicide-Resistant Superweed Spreading Among Genetically Engineered Cotton Fields in the U.S. 19 Dec 2006 The cotton industry is concerned about the discovery of a herbicide-resistant weed that spreads easily, can grow an inch a day even during droughts and could force farmers to return to older growing methods that were harsher on the environment... Monsanto revolutionized cotton growing in the 1990s when it introduced BT cotton -- cotton that was genetically engineered with its own built-in pest defenses. Monsanto also introduced Roundup Ready cotton -- plants that wouldn't perish with the weeds when a field was sprayed with a glyphostate herbicide. [Source: Herbicide-Resistant Weed Worries Farmers 19 Dec 2006]

Vietnam Reporting First Cases of Suspected Bird Flu In Humans In 2006 31 Dec 2006 Vietnam has reported its first case of bird flu. Four members of the same family were admitted to a hospital in southern Vietnam suffering with symptoms consistent with avian flu, a doctor said on Saturday.

World faces hottest year ever, as El Niño combines with global warming 01 Jan 2007 A combination of global warming and the El Niño weather system is set to make 2007 the warmest year on record with far-reaching consequences for the planet, one of Britain's leading climate experts has warned.

'If we fail to act, we will end up with a different planet' 01 Jan 2007 One of the world's leading experts on climate change has warned that the Earth is being turned into a "different planet" because of the continuing increase in man-made emissions of greenhouse gases.

From Sydney to Bucharest, fireworks welcome New Year 31 Dec 2006 Hundreds of thousands of revelers flooded Times Square to watch the famed crystal ball as it dropped to mark the New Year. It was a scene repeated, with some variations, around the globe as millions of others cheered impressive fireworks celebrations while others saw 2006 capped with bombings and death.

Revelers Gather in Times Square for 2007 01 Jan 2007 Hundreds of thousands of revelers from all over the world flooded Times Square on Sunday to ring in the New Year at the city's massive holiday party.

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Opponents of Law on Detainees Rebuffed --Judges Reject Brief On a Technicality 30 Dec 2006 An appeals court considering whether Guantanamo Bay detainees have constitutional rights said yesterday that it will not accept arguments by seven retired federal judges who oppose a new U.S. anti-terrorism law. In a 2 to 1 decision yesterday, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said it would not accept the judges' brief on a legal technicality, saying the title "judge" should not be used to describe former judges in legal proceedings. The court is examining whether "enemy combatants" should be allowed to challenge their detention in U.S. courts.

Appeals Court Rejects Brief Submitted by Ex-Judges 30 Dec 2006 Seven former federal judges were told yesterday that their views were not welcome at the federal appeals court in Washington. A divided panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which will soon decide an important case concerning detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, rejected a friend-of-the-court brief submitted in the case by the retired judges. The brief rejected yesterday urged the appeals court to allow Guantánamo detainees to challenge their detentions notwithstanding a new law, the Military Commissions Act, that the government says now bars the courthouse door.

"There is no hint of any kind of due process in this." For Guantánamo Review Boards, Limits Abound 31 Dec 2006 As the hearing concluded, the detainee, who cannot be identified publicly under military rules, had a question. He is a citizen of Pakistan, he noted. He was arrested on a business trip to Thailand. On what authority or charges was he even being held? "That question," a Marine colonel presiding over the panel answered, "is outside the limits of what this board is permitted to consider."

In Search of a Criminal: Donald Rumsfeld's Name Tops the List of Accused of War Crimes By Alexia Garamfalvi 25 Dec 2006 The complaint [filed in Germany] against Rumsfeld, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former CIA director George Tenet, and other senior civilian and military officials, was filed in mid-November on behalf of 11 Iraqis who had been detained at Abu Ghraib prison and Mohammed al-Qahtani, a Saudi detained at Guantánamo. It alleges that the defendants ordered, aided, and abetted war crimes and failed to prevent the commission of war crimes by their subordinates. In international law, war crimes are defined as grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions, including torture and inhuman treatment. [Let the war crimes trials begin!]

Hanging Saddam "barbaric" - top EU official 30 Dec 2006 Hanging former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was "barbaric" and may turn him into a martyr, the European Union's aid and development Commissioner told Reuters on Saturday.

Hussein's fate fuels death-penalty critics 30 Dec 2006 Ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's death by hanging has fueled opponents of the death penalty in the United States, which is at odds with many of its closest allies who view the practice as barbaric.

Iraqi TV channel shows film of Hussein's body 30 Dec 2006 An Iraqi television channel on Saturday showed film of the body of Saddam Hussein in a white shroud. The short clip of amateur quality appeared to have been filmed on a mobile phone or other small camera.

Iraqi forces detain 20 suspects in raids in western Iraq 31 Dec 2006 Iraqi forces backed by U.S. troops detained 20 people in raids against insurgents suspected of manufacturing or planting bombs, the U.S. military said Sunday.

Saddam hanged but no let-up in Iraq violence 30 Dec 2006 Saddam Hussein was hanged at dawn on Saturday for crimes against humanity after Iraq's prime minister rushed through a killing few believed would help stem the 'sectarian' [US] violence tearing the country apart.

Typical violent day in Iraq after Hussein's death 30 Dec 2006 In the aftermath of the hanging death of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, there was no signed of a Sunni Arab uprising as some feared, and the usual body count from murders and car-bombings totaled 92 -- not far off the daily average for the Middle Eastern country simmering in a civil war.

Deadliest month for US in Iraq in years 31 Dec 2006 December became the deadliest month for US troops in Iraq in two years after the US military reported six more combat deaths, leaving the tally just two short of 3000. The number who died in December is now 109, three more than the previous high this year in October, and the highest since November 2004 when 137 US servicemen and women died.

Attacks kill 80 Iraqis, 6 U.S. troops 30 Dec 2006 Six new deaths announced by the U.S. military included three Marines and a soldier killed in combat in Iraq‘s volatile western Anbar province, and two soldiers killed by roadside bombs in Baghdad.

Maryland Reservist killed by police after refusing deployment to Iraq By a reporter 30 Dec 2006 A 29-year-old ex-soldier who had served 12 months in Afghanistan, upset over orders to deploy to Iraq, was shot to death December 26 after a night-long standoff at a house in Maryland. James E. Dean was notified earlier this month to report to Fort Benning, Georgia, on January 14, 2007, for service in Iraq.

U.S. death toll in Iraq seen spurring anti-war protests 28 Dec 2006 In all, organizers say some 140 demonstrations in 37 states are planned to mark the 3,000th U.S. military death in Iraq, a milestone that is likely only days away. By Thursday, some 2,989 U.S. troops had died in Iraq since the start of the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003. Tens [hundreds] of thousands of Iraqis have been killed in the unrelenting violence.

Canada pulled reporters from Afghanistan after Aust complaints 31 Dec 2006 Documents released today have confirmed a number of journalists embedded with Canadian troops in Afghanistan were removed on short notice after complaints from other nations including the United States and Australia. According to the documents, several of Canada's allies had complained the country's policy on embedded journalists was too liberal [?!?]. The actual incident occurred in April, when four journalists were removed from their embedded positions after very short notice. In at least one case, a helicopter was sent in during fighting to remove the reporter.

US presence in Afghanistan source of instability 30 Dec 2006 Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said in spite of US presence in Afghanistan for 5 years, terrorism has not been wiped out there and there is no security in that country, IRNA reported.

Car bomb explodes at Madrid airport 30 Dec 2006 A car bomb exploded in a car park at Madrid's international airport injuring four people today and an anonymous caller claimed responsibility for Basque guerrillas ETA.

The 5,723,457th failure by the Bush regime: Failure to Navigate: Security Effort by Coast Guard Is Falling Short 30 Dec 2006 A Coast Guard plan to combat terrorism by creating the maritime equivalent of an air traffic control system in the coastal waters here, a test for a nationwide effort, has fallen far short of expectations. Officials acknowledge the limited progress that the Department of Homeland Security and the Coast Guard have made toward creating a viable defense here in Miami or at harbors nationwide against a maritime attack, despite the billions of dollars invested in port security since 2001.

Iris scan database forms in Galveston --Sheriff hopes to scan all 71,000 irises in county 29 Dec 2006 (TX) The Galveston County Sheriff's Department is the first sheriff's department in Texas and the 47th nationwide to join the Children's Identification Database, or CHILD Project. The addition of Galveston County is part of an effort to image the irises of 5 million children into a nationwide database over the next few years, said Robert Melley, vice president and CEO of Biometric Intelligence & Identification.

Interior Officials' Ties to Oil Probed 30 Dec 2006 Federal investigators are looking at whether Interior Department officials played favorites or took money from companies vying for big oil and gas contracts.

U.S. Official Overseeing Oil Program Faces Inquiry 30 Dec 2006 The Justice Department is investigating whether the director of a multibillion-dollar oil-trading program at the Interior Department has been paid as a consultant for oil companies hoping for contracts.

U.S. nuclear energy expands in 2007 29 Dec 2006 The U.S. nuclear power industry ends 2006 optimistic as what has been dubbed a "nuclear renaissance" is on the horizon and applications for the first new [deadly] nuclear plants in more than two decades are expected to be filed in 2007.

PM urges Australia to go nuclear 29 Dec 2006 The Australian prime minister [and Reichwing whackjob], John Howard, has urged his country to exploit its large uranium deposits and develop nuclear energy.

Cheney hails Nixon pardon at Ford's state funeral 30 Dec 2006 Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney hailed former U.S. President Gerald Ford at a state funeral on Saturday for pardoning Richard Nixon, his disgraced predecessor, and helping to 'heal' the nation after the Watergate scandal.

"The evidence will show that a revote is necessary." House Democrats to Object to Florida Election Outcome 30 Dec 2006 Democrats said Friday that they would open the new Congress by formally objecting to the election result in Florida’s 13th District, in the hope that the Democrat who is contesting the narrow outcome there will ultimately take the place of the Republican whom the state has certified as the winner.

Overflow Crowd Greets Edwards' Tour 29 Dec 2006 (NH) More than a year ahead of the nation's first presidential primary, so many people turned out Friday to hear Democratic hopeful John Edwards' call for a new spirit of American activism that hundreds were left standing outside in freezing temperatures. About 750 people squeezed into the elementary school cafeteria where Edwards was to speak, but at least that many were turned away.

House Democrats Commit to Holding Bush Accountable By Chip 11 Dec 2006 House Democrats have issued their broad general outline of goals titled "A New Direction for America" saying "Our goal is to restore accountability, honesty and openness at all levels of government..." You can send Madam Speaker Pelosi a note asking her to follow through on the commitments made in "A New Direction for America."

Penn. Breaking News: Urgent message from PA Democratic Party Chairman, T.J. Rooney 30 Dec 2006 Earlier today, Democratic Representative Tom Caltagirone of Berks County announced his intention to support Republican John Perzel for the position of Speaker of the House. Make no mistake – this is an act of political treason! [...] On Tuesday, the House will begin the new session and elect a Speaker. Democrats have nominated Representative Bill DeWeese. Democrats hold a ONE vote majority in the State House. We can't let one power-hungry politician feather his own nest by selling out the party he has called home for over 30 years that he has spent in Harrisburg. 1. Call Caltagirone at (610) 371-9940 and demand he re-think his despicable decision. 2. E-mail Caltagirone at tcaltagi@pahouse.net and demand he vote to elect Democrat Bill DeWeese Speaker of the House. 3. Attend a rally in front of Caltagirone’s office on Tuesday at 3pm. His office is located at 645 Penn Street in Reading. Caltagirone must be stopped. This blatant sell-out must not occur. Too many Democrats, for too many years, have worked too hard to let this one devious, power-hungry politician abuse the voters of Pennsylvania!!!

Rooney Blasts Caltagirone for Betraying Pennsylvania Voters --Sold out to Perzel and Republicans for personal interests in defiance of his constituents (The Pennsylvania Democratic Party) 30 Dec 2006 Chairman T.J. Rooney today issued the following statement regarding the treacherous actions of Rep. Tom Caltagirone who announced that he would vote for House Speaker John Perzel to keep the state House of Representatives in Republican control: "Tom Caltagirone’s actions are not only reprehensible in their selfish motivations, but are a slap in the face to his constituents and all Democrats throughout Pennsylvania, not just Berks County. Make no mistake – this is an act of political treason."

Silent majority for single-payer 31 Dec 2006 In September, an ABC News/Kaiser Family Foundation/USA Today survey found that 56 percent of Americans preferred a government-run universal health system "like Medicare" to our current employment-based system run by private insurers. That is, they want a single-payer system... If this were a presidential election, it would be a landslide. Yet policy makers and the media dismiss single-payer by telling us the public doesn't want it.

Researchers: Warming May Change Amazon 29 Dec 2006 Global warming could spell the end of the world's largest remaining tropical rain forest, transforming the Amazon into a grassy savanna before end of the century, researchers said Friday.

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Vignette on front page of Italy's "Corriere della Sera"
LA VIGNETTA DI GIANNELLI Dal Corriere della Sera di sabato 30 dicembre 2006

Saddam Hussein hanged at dawn 30 Dec 2006 Saddam Hussein was hanged for crimes against humanity at dawn on Saturday, a dramatic, violent end for a leader [and key US ally] who ruled Iraq by fear for three decades before he was toppled by a U.S. invasion four years ago. [There's a lot of extra rope that needs to be put to good use here. --MDR]

Saddam Hussein 'executed in Iraq' 30 Dec 2006 Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has been murdered by hanging at an unspecified location, reports say. Iraqi TV said the execution took place just before 0600 local time (0300GMT). It was witnessed by a doctor, lawyer and officials. It was also filmed. [Comment from CLG reader: The Importance of Language 29 Dec 2006 "Executed" is a word one uses when there has been a bona-fide Trial, with a genuine opportunity to defend the accusations on the merits. "Murdered", "Killed", or "Silenced," is the appropriate word when there has been a sham proceeding with an inevitable result without regard to the facts or legitimate defenses. --Terry L. Clark, Esq.]

Sean Hannity (Faux News) asks his Machiavellian pundits, 'Is hanging a good way to execute people?' Let's try key war criminals of the Bush regime in the Hague and *find out!* --LRP

U.S. Courts Refuse to Stop Killing of Hussein 29 Dec 2006 A U.S. judge refused to stop Saddam Hussein's murder Friday, rejecting a last-minute court challenge by the former Iraqi president. "Petitioner Hussein's application for immediate, temporary stay of execution is denied," U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said after a hearing over the telephone with attorneys. Hussein's lawyers filed the court challenge late Friday night, giving the judge just hours to act before the killing was expected to be carried out.

Hussein's lawyers ask US court to stop murder 29 Dec 2006 Lawyers for former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, who could be hanged within hours, on Friday asked a U.S. court to order a halt to his killing. In a last-minute filing to the U.S. District Court of Washington, Hussein's lawyers asked for a temporary stay of execution because Hussein is a defendant in a civil case in the same court and he has been prevented from being able to defend himself.

Saddam trial verdict tarnished by Iraqi court's failings By Anne Penketh 30 Dec 2006 ...[T]he first trial against Saddam Hussein, in which he was charged with human rights violations dating back to 1982, was so rife with defects that the guilty verdict was unsound, according to Human Rights Watch. In a 97-page report on a trial which centred on the execution of almost 150 Shia Muslims and the arrest of 1,500 in Dujail, Human Rights Watch identified the following flaws...

The Rush to Hang Saddam Hussein (The New York Times) 29 Dec 2006 After a flawed, politicized and divisive trial, Mr. [Saddam] Hussein was handed his sentence: death by hanging. This week, in a cursory 15-minute proceeding, an appeals court upheld that sentence and ordered that it be carried out posthaste. Most Iraqis are now so preoccupied with shielding their families from looming civil war that they seem to have little emotion left to spend on Mr. Hussein or, more important, on their own fading dreams of a new and better Iraq.

The execution of the president (Members of the BRussells Tribunal Executive Committee) 30 Dec 2006 The execution of President Saddam Hussein would be a grave war crime imputable under international law. The US-orchestrated tribunal that sentenced President Saddam Hussein has no legal standing. The imminent execution of Iraq’s lawful president is testimony to the gutting of international law by the Bush regime and its criminal partners.

Why Saddam Hussein should not hang (commentary) 29 Dec 2006 Richard Dicker, Director of the International Justice Program At Human Rights Watch "The Iraqi government should not implement the death sentence against Saddam Hussein, which was imposed after a deeply flawed trial for crimes against humanity. The Appeals Chamber of the Iraqi High Tribunal, which was first reported by Iraq’s national security adviser to have upheld the sentence, should have conducted a thorough legal review of the verdict and then announced its findings... That a judicial decision was first announced by Iraq’s national security advisor underlines the political interference that marred Saddam Hussein's trial."

A dictator created then destroyed by America By Robert Fisk 30 Dec 2006 Who encouraged Saddam [Hussein] to invade Iran in 1980, which was the greatest war crime he has committed for it led to the deaths of a million and a half souls? And who sold him the components for the chemical weapons with which he drenched Iran and the Kurds? We did. No wonder the Americans, who controlled Saddam's weird trial, forbad any mention of this, his most obscene atrocity, in the charges against him. Could he not have been handed over to the Iranians for sentencing for this massive war crime? Of course not. Because that would also expose our culpability.

U.S. Urges Vigilance Against Terrorism 29 Dec 2006 Government officials said Friday that people should be vigilant about the possibility of a [Bush bin Laden] terror attack associated with Saddam Hussein's impending execution in Iraq. But an advisory that the FBI and the Homeland Security Department sent to local law enforcement agencies and intelligence community figures was routine and did not cite any specific threat.

U.S. on 'high alert' for violence amid killing --Pentagon says forces braced ahead of expected hanging of Saddam Hussein 29 Dec 2006 The Pentagon said Friday that U.S. forces in Iraq are ready for any escalation of violence associated with the murder of former President Saddam Hussein.

Defense Department: U.S. forces in Iraq vigilant about any escalation in violence 29 Dec 2006 The Defense Department said Friday that U.S. forces in Iraq are ready for any escalation of violence there — even as condemned former President Saddam Hussein waged an 11th-hour appeal in American courts to spare his life.

Pentagon maps plans for an influx of troops to Iraq if Bush asks for it 30 Dec 2006 Extending U.S. military units already in Iraq and moving troops from other locations, including Kuwait, are among the options Pentagon planners are looking at if President [sic] George W. Bush calls for an increase in troops on the battlefront.

U.S. weighs sending 17,000 to 20,000 more troops to Iraq 29 Dec 2006 The Bush administration is considering an increase in troop levels in Iraq of 17,000 to 20,000, which would be accomplished in part by delaying the departure of two Marine regiments now deployed in Anbar Province, Pentagon officials said.

U.S. soldier killed in Baghdad, 3,000 mark nearing 30 Dec 2006 A U.S. soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in Baghdad on Friday, the U.S. military said on Saturday, bringing the number of U.S. military deaths in Iraq since the beginning of the war to at least 2,996.

Iraq poll: U.S. troops departure is asset 29 Dec 2006 About 90 percent of Iraqis feel the situation in the country was better before the U.S.-led invasion than it is today, according to a new ICRSS poll.

Iraq War Wrong, Ford Told Interviewers 28 Dec 2006 Former President Gerald Ford told reporters in 2004 and 2005 that he strongly disagreed with the justifications for the war in Iraq and he would never have approved domestic spying.

Iraq Expels 2 Iranian 'Agents' Captured in U.S. Operation --American Defense Official Calls Release 'Obviously Troubling' 30 Dec 2006 Two senior Iranian operatives who were detained by U.S. forces in Iraq and were 'strongly suspected' [in a 'yellowcake-from-Niger' sort of way] of planning attacks against American military forces and Iraqi targets were expelled to Iran on Friday, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials. The decision to free the men was made by the Iraqi government and has angered U.S. military officials who say the operatives were seeking to 'foment instability here.' [LOL! *Instability* was *fomented* by the illegal, immoral invasion/occupation of Iraq by the Cheney Halliburton regime! --LRP]

World laughing at US: Mahathir 30 Dec 2006 The US has become an international laughing stock because of Iraq, and Australia is suffering for its relationship with America, former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has said. "America has lost," he said yesterday. "It used to be a world power. It is no longer a world power." In an exclusive interview with The Weekend Australian in his office near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's longest-serving prime minister said: "The whole world is laughing at America, at the stupidity of the decisions they made and at the refusal to recognise the situation." He described US President [sic] George W.Bush as being in "total self-denial".

How I Was Kidnapped by the CIA --Letter from Abu Omar al Masri Imprisoned in Egypt 29 Dec 2006 "They left me without the blindfold and the cell was extremely hot. Temperatures inside the cell would reach 50 degrees Celsius in the summer and would fall below zero in the winter, causing me rheumatism and osteoporosis." Abu Omar continued, "The interrogation went on for seven months, from 18 February to 14 September 2003. Those seven months felt like seven years; seven years of pain and torture."

Palestinian death toll triples this year 30 Dec 2006 The number of Palestinians killed by Israeli security forces in the West Bank and Gaza Strip tripled this year, according to an Israeli human rights organisation. B'Tselem said 660 Palestinians had been killed during 2006, including 141 minors.

Rice Told Lieberman: 'Choke Hamas' 28 Dec 2006 American Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told Strategic Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman in Washington this month that Israel must "choke off" Hamas, the Hebrew newspaper Ma'ariv reported.

Would You "Support the Troops" in Bolivia? By Jacob G. Hornberger 27 Dec 2006 Soldiers who join the military voluntarily sign a very unusual contract with the federal government. It is a contract that effectively obligates the soldier to go anywhere in the world on orders of the president and kill people as part of an invasion force against other countries.

U.S. opens another battlefront in the Muslim world (Islam Online) 29 Dec 2006 Earlier this week, the [US] State Department bluntly expressed its support for the Ethiopian military attacks in Somalia, noting that Ethiopia has had "genuine security concerns" stemming from the rise of Islamist forces in its eastern neighbor. Department spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos stated that the Ethiopian military acted at the request of Somalia's transitional government, which has been resisting with little power the rising influence of the Union of Islamic Courts, which now controls almost the entire south of the country. But that’s not true. It was the U.S.'s full support and military aid that enabled the 15,000 Ethiopian troops enter Somalia in an illegal war of aggression against the Islamists. Ethiopia's Christian-led government has received great assistance from the United States, including military training for aviation security, police training and border and coastal security, according to the Pentagon.

Mandatory anthrax vaccinations raise concerns 22 Dec 2006 Some 200,000 troops, who unlike private employees are barred from suing the U.S. government, will be required to take the anthrax vaccine. The Pentagon is reviving its mandatory anthrax vaccinations despite allegations that the shots have contributed to as many as 23 deaths and sickened hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of soldiers.

UK police to get 'dirty bomb' protection 29 Dec 2006 Thousands more British police will be issued with protective suits to wear in the event of a chemical, biological or radiological attack, the government said on Friday. The 12,000 new suits would be worn at the scene of a "dirty bomb" attack, where explosives are used to spread radioactive material. Britain's security services are on the second-highest level of alert for a terrorist attack.

Senators Nix Pre-9/11 Hijacker ID Theory 26 Dec 2006 A lengthy Senate investigation has debunked charges by a Republican congressman [Curt Weldon, PA], that military analysts identified Mohamed Atta and other Sept. 11 hijackers before the attacks, according to a committee aide familiar with the report.

What do the Statue of Liberty and WTC Towers have in common? By Karl W. B. Schwarz 29 Dec 2006 In 1989 - there were plans to erect scaffolding and disassemble the WTC towers and rebuild them. Cost projection was around $5.6 billion. One of the architects shows up to work one day and the MIB's were there - had confiscated all of the plans, specs, details, etc for WTC. They even confiscated their office cubicles and had tape on the floor outlining where they went. Reason - the exterior cast aluminum WTC panels had been directly connected to the steel superstructure of the building, thus causing galvanic corrosion. In short, the "life cycle" of the WTC was not 200 - 300 years, more like 30 years or so... There was a 1989 meeting and the folks at the architectural firm Emory Roth, the project architect that took over after the design architects completed the conceptual drawings that had their office, records, plans and specs seized - were told that the $5.6 billion "take it down, rebuild it" project was cancelled and in about "10-12 years" they would "blow it up and start over".

"In order to avoid offending religious fundamentalists, our National Park Service is under orders to suspend its belief in geology." How Old Is the Grand Canyon? Park Service Won't Say --Orders to Cater to Creationists Makes National Park Agnostic on Geology 28 Dec 2006 (PEER) Grand Canyon National Park is not permitted to give an official estimate of the geologic age of its principal feature, due to pressure from Bush administration appointees. Despite promising a prompt review of its approval for a book claiming the Grand Canyon was created by Noah's flood rather than by geologic forces, more than three years later no review has ever been done and the book remains on sale at the park, according to documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). "In order to avoid offending religious fundamentalists, our National Park Service is under orders to suspend its belief in geology," stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch. "It is disconcerting that the official position of a national park as to the geologic age of the Grand Canyon is 'no comment.'"

Lawyer Asks Bush to Revoke His Nomination to the Bench 29 Dec 2006 A Mississippi lawyer [Michael B. Wallace] asked President [sic] Bush to withdraw his nomination to an appellate court, saying that he does not believe that the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee considers him a consensus nominee. In February, Bush nominated Wallace, a former aide to Sen. Trent Lott (R-Racist-Miss.), to fill the seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit vacated more than a year ago by Judge Charles Pickering Sr., also a Mississippian. And, buried in the PentaPost article is this nugget: Wallace drew opposition from Democrats, civil rights groups and the American Bar Association, which for the first time in almost a quarter-century unanimously rated a judicial nominee "unqualified."

Ohio governor reprimanded on attorney record for ethics violations 28 Dec 2006 Governor Bob Taft (R-OH) Wednesday received a public reprimand from the Ohio Supreme Court for ethics violations stemming from charges that he received over 50 gifts worth up to $6,000 during four years in office. The reprimand will be a permanent mark on his record as an attorney, but while the justices had the option of issuing a stronger punishment in their 6-0 opinion, they cited Taft's previously clean record as a lawyer and otherwise unblemished record in public office. [See: The Supreme Court of Ohio Press Release.]

House candidate can't inspect secret voting software 29 Dec 2006 A Leon County judge today shot down a request by Democratic congressional candidate Christine Jennings to access the secret software that runs electronic voting machines that were used in Sarasota County. Jennings has alleged that the machines made by ES&S, which also manufactured the voting machines used in South Florida, had malfunctioned.

U.S. stocks end 2006 with best gains in three years --Dow industrials close 2006 with 16% gain; Nasdaq and S&P rise 10% and 14%, respectively 29 Dec 2006 U.S. stocks finished the year with strong gains, with all three major stock averages booking their best performance since 2003. The Dow Jones Industrial Average stood at 12,463 at the unofficial 4 p.m. close on Friday, the final trading session of the year, marking a 16% for the year.

Australians will reject cloned meat, anti-GM group says 29 Dec 2006 A lobby group opposed to the genetic modification of animals says the Australian public will reject 'meat' from cloned animals, even though the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ruled it is safe.

Bushes put in armored car for tornado warning --Stormy weather swirls at Bush's Texas ranch 29 Dec 2006 President [sic] Bush and first lady Laura Bush were moved to an armored vehicle on their ranch Friday when a tornado warning was issued in central Texas, the White House said.

Flights canceled, roads shut in new Colo. storm --Statewide disaster declared, Denver gets more than a foot of snow 29 Dec 2006 The second major snow storm in a week pounded Colorado on Friday, burying the foothills under another 2 feet of snow, shutting down highways and forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights at the Denver airport.

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