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January 2007 Archives, Page Two

Thousands may be involuntarily called for tours 28 Jan 2007 Hundreds of thousands of National Guard and Reserve members previously mobilized for tours in Iraq and Afghanistan are exposed anew to involuntary call-up under a policy change unveiled with President [sic] Bush's plan to "surge" forces into Baghdad. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he has rescinded a rule, set in 2002, that barred involuntary mobilization of reserve personnel beyond a "cumulative" 24-month ceiling for a wartime emergency.

US military: Afghan leaders steal half of all aid 28 Jan 2007 Corrupt police and tribal leaders are stealing vast quantities of reconstruction aid, The Sunday Telegraph has learnt. In some cases, all the aid earmarked for an area has ended up in the wrong hands. Defence officials in the United States and Britain estimate that up to half of all aid in Afghanistan is failing to reach the right people. [See: U.S. to Seek $10.6B for Afghanistan 25 Jan 2007 President [sic] Bush will ask Congress for $10.6 billion to help 'Afghanistan' [Halliburton, Blackwater USA]. The money would be on top of $14.2 billion in aid the United States has already given to Afghanistan since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001 that toppled [installed] the Taliban.]

Army probes war contractor fraud 28 Jan 2007 From high-dollar fraud to conspiracy to bribery and bid rigging, Army investigators have opened up to 50 criminal probes involving battlefield contractors in the war in Iraq and the U.S. fight against [for] terrorism, The Associated Press has learned.

Cheney: U.S. carrier to Gulf sends "strong signal" 28 Jan 2007 By deploying a second aircraft carrier to the Gulf the United States has sent a "strong signal" that it is in the region to stay and working with 'allies' [?!?] to deal with an Iranian threat, Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney said. [Is there any leftover rope from the Hussein hanging? Just curious.]

Iran condemns U.S. raids against its operatives --Top lawmaker lashes out at [psychopath] Bush's order to kill, capture Iranians in Iraq 27 Jan 2007 A top Iranian lawmaker denounced the United States on Saturday for allowing its troops to kill or capture Iranians in Iraq whom U.S. forces believe pose a threat. "This is support for terrorism. It is against all recognized international treaties to order the death of nationals of another country in a foreign land," Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the head of Parliament’s Foreign Policy and National Security Committee, said on state television.

Nuclear plans in chaos as Iran leader flounders --Boasts of a nuclear programme are just propaganda, say insiders, but the PR could be enough to provoke Israel into war. 28 Jan 2007 Iran's efforts to produce highly enriched uranium, the material used to make nuclear bombs, are in chaos and the country is still years from mastering the required technology.

Report: Iran denies centrifuge work 27 Jan 2007 An Iranian nuclear agency official has denied claims made by a top lawmaker that the Islamic Republic had begun installing 3,000 centrifuges at an uranium enrichment plant, Iran's 'state-run' [as opposed to corporate-run] news agency reported late Saturday.

Iran begins big nuclear build-up 28 Jan 2007 Iran plans next month to begin installing equipment that will enrich uranium on an industrial scale, dramatically raising the bidding in its confrontation with the West.

Israel May Have Violated Arms Pact, U.S. Officials Say 28 Jan 2007 The Bush administration will inform Congress on Monday that Israel may have violated agreements with the United States when it fired American-supplied cluster bombs into southern Lebanon during its fight with Hezbollah last summer, the State Department said Saturday.

U.S. may censure Israel for misuse of cluster bombs 28 Jan 2007 The U.S. State Department has completed a preliminary report on whether Israel misused American-made cluster bombs in civilian areas of Lebanon. [Yeah, right! The US censuring Israel --there's as much chance as that as cat with a long tail in room filled with rockers. --LRP]

Israel to assist U.S. in efforts to boycott Iranian bank ventures 28 Jan 2007 Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will appoint a special coordinator responsible for monitoring the flow of funds from Iran to elements hostile to Israel. The coordinator will assist the United States in its efforts to boycott Iranian banking operations.

Biden: Bush's 'failed policy' emboldens enemy 28 Jan 2007 The Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman on Sunday dismissed criticism that a resolution opposing a troop buildup in Iraq would embolden the enemy. "It's not the American people or the U.S. Congress who are emboldening the enemy," said Democratic Sen. Joe Biden, a White House hopeful in 2008. "It's the failed policy of this president — going to war without a strategy, going to war prematurely."

Bush defiant in face of anti-war demonstrations --White House increasingly isolated as even the Republicans join condemnation of 'surge' 28 Jan 2007 As thousands of demonstrators protested against the Iraq war outside the Capitol yesterday, top Congressional Republicans have warned President [sic] George Bush that his controversial troop increase has a few months at the very most to show results.

Thousands join bicoastal war protest --The Washington rally draws about 100,000 people. Marchers also take to the streets in L.A. and San Francisco. 28 Jan 2007 About 100,000 antiwar protesters from around the country converged Saturday on the National Mall, galvanized by opposition to President [sic] Bush's plan to increase the number of troops in Iraq.

Protesters in Washington demand pullout of U.S. troops from Iraq 28 Jan 2007 Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Washington on Saturday, demanding the Bush administration withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq.

US plea to Britain: 'Don't abandon main Iraq base' 28 Jan 2007 The US is urging Britain to reconsider plans to close its main base in southern Iraq. Since the 2003 invasion, the largest part of Britain's 7,100-strong force has been stationed at the Shaibah logistics base, in the desert south of Basra.

Death squad chieftains flee to beat Baghdad surge 28 Jan 2007 Death squad leaders have fled Baghdad to evade capture or killing by American and Iraqi forces before the start of the troop "surge" and security crackdown in the capital. A former 'senior Iraqi minister' [CIA troll] said most of the leaders loyal to Moqtada al-Sadr, the radical anti-American cleric, had gone into hiding in Iran. [LOL!]

Battle for Baghdad: City braces itself for US surge --Urban fighting amid the ruins 28 Jan 2007 The plan is for US forces, along with Iraqi army and police, to enter Sunni and Shia districts in the capital, cleanse them of insurgents and militia and then stay put, preventing their return. In his State of the Union speech last week Mr Bush told Congress: "With Iraqis in the lead, our forces will help secure the city by chasing down the terrorists, insurgents, and the roaming death squads." [The US forces *are* the 'terrorists, insurgents and the roaming death squads.']

US confirms helicopter down in Najaf fighting 28 Jan 2007 A U.S. military helicopter went down Sunday during combat operations near Najaf and two crew members were killed, the U.S. military said.

Iraqi Authorities: 250 'Extremists' Killed 28 Jan 2007 An American military helicopter crashed on Sunday during fighting near the Shiite holy city of Najaf, and the U.S. military said two crew members were killed. Iraqi military authorities said about 250 militants died in the battle.

20 Killed in Baghdad on Eve of Holiday 28 Jan 2007 Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad came under fierce assault once again on Saturday, following two weeks of [US] violence that left at least 300 dead and many hundreds more wounded.

Mortar attack kills 5 girls at Baghdad school 28 Jan 2007 Iraqi schoolgirls were the target of a mortar attack Sunday morning that killed five of the students and wounded 21, an Iraqi interior ministry official said. 'Insurgents' fired at least three mortar rounds at the al-Khulood girls secondary school in western Baghdad, the official said.

7 U.S. Troops Killed in Iraq 27 Jan 2007 The U.S. military reported the deaths of seven more soldiers Saturday. Two died in Diyala province northeast of the capital on Friday, three in an unspecified location [?!?] north of Baghdad on Saturday and two in east Baghdad on Thursday.

Taliban warn of summer offensive 27 Jan 2007 The Taliban is gearing up for a massive summer offensive, with more than 2,000 suicide bombers ready for action and even more preparing, a senior commander said on Saturday.

World War III has already begun, says Israeli spy chief --Former head of Israel's intelligence service tells Portuguese newspaper it would take at least 25 years before battle against fundamentalist terrorism is won; says nuclear strike by Muslim terrorists 'very likely' 27 Jan 2007 A third World War is already underway between Islamic militancy and the West but most people do not realize it, the former head of Israel’s intelligence service Mossad said in an interview published Saturday in Portugal.

U.S. Missiles in E. Europe Opposed by Locals, Russia --Kremlin Calls Proposed Interceptors a 'Clear Threat' 28 Jan 2007 A Bush regime plan to deploy a missile defense shield in Eastern Europe is drawing protests from Russia and from residents who oppose hosting foreign military bases and fear the facilities might make their countries targets for attack.

Democrats (AU) call for end to Hicks' detention 28 Jan 2007 The detention of terror suspect David Hicks in a Guantanamo Bay "hell hole" is an abuse of human rights that must end immediately, the Australian Democrats say. Democrats legal affairs spokeswoman Natasha Stott Despoja said it was an "outrage" that Hicks was being held in solitary confinement for 22 hours a day, with fluorescent lighting, air-conditioning and restricted access to reading materials. [We need to storm Guantanamo Bay, free the prisoners, then stick Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Gates, and Rice in there - and then carry out ***all*** of the tactics on them that were carried out by the US torturers on the prisoners. --LRP]

Maine rejects compliance with national ID card law 26 Jan 2007 Maine became the first state in the nation yesterday to officially decline to comply with the Real ID Act of 2005, the federal law that critics say lays the foundation for the creation of a national identity card.

U.S. Says Air Passenger Data Needed 26 Jan 2007 Keeping terrorists off airplanes does not require seeking large amounts of data, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Friday, defending U.S. demands for passenger information as a potential lifesaver for citizens of other countries as well.

"This order is just the latest in a series of unacceptable power grabs by the Bush administration." While you were sleeping (Bush took over the Government) By Canada IFP 26 Jan 2007 The United States President [sic] stealthily took over the Federal Government last week through a new executive order last week that takes away all autonomy from Agencies, according to public interest organizations. The order amends a series of previous executive orders that culminated in Executive Order No. 12,866, which the White House has used to give itself the power to review regulations before they can be officially published in the Federal Register. The new order applies the review power not just to regulations but also to what it calls "significant guidance documents."

White House Plays By Its Own Rules Again By Andrew Cohen 26 Jan 2007 We saw it with Yaser Hamdi and then Jose Padilla. We saw it with the military tribunals for Guantanamo Bay. And we are seeing it again with the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program. Over the past few years, whenever the White House has seen or sensed trouble looming for its most controversial and tenuous positions in the legal war on [of] terrorism, it has suddenly changed course, altered the playing field, or unilaterally declared itself beyond the purview of the prevailing rule of law. No legal defeats for this administration, no explicit concession of limits on its authority, just a series of tactical or strategic retreats that allow it to show to the world a visage of supreme executive branch power-- while at the same time allowing it at some future date to advance the same losing arguments. And all of it is done in secret, under the cloak of national security, so as to hide not just true secrets but embarrassing facts and legal opinions.

Manipulating the Oil Reserve By Thomas I. Palley 26 Jan 2007 2006 was the year that oil prices came close to breaching $80 per barrel. This was despite the fact that there were no significant supply interruptions and oil demand actually fell in industrialized countries. That raises the question of what caused the spike. It turns out there is good reason to believe that record oil prices may be due to our own strategic oil reserve, which the Bush administration may have been manipulating to drive up prices for the benefit of its clients.

"Millions are being spent on a war that nobody wants." Rangel and Others Condemn Bush Medicaid Plan 28 Jan 2007 Representative Charles B. Rangel and a number of city officials urged President [sic] Bush yesterday to reconsider a proposed change to Medicaid that could cost the city’s public hospital network millions of dollars in annual financing.

Lieberman Might Back Republican in 2008 28 Jan 2007 Connecticut Sen. Joe LieberBush says he is open to supporting any party's White House nominee in 2008. LieberBush is an ally of GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona, a 2008 hopeful, and supports President [sic] Bush's new Iraq strategy.

Experts: Latest climate report too rosy 28 Jan 2007 Later this week in Paris, climate scientists will issue a dire forecast for the planet that warns of slowly rising sea levels and higher temperatures. But that may be the sugarcoated version.

Protect Polar Bears from Global Warming 24 Jan 2007 ...[T]he U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to list the polar bear as a threatened species. Polar bears are threatened with extinction as global warming literally melts away their Arctic sea-ice habitat. Please let the Bush administration know that you support the proposal to list the polar bear, and that we must reduce greenhouse gas pollution immediately to slow global warming and save the polar bear from extinction.

Little Bear

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Iraq in Talks With Chevron, Exxon 25 Jan 2007 Iraq is in negotiations with Chevron Corp. and Exxon Mobil Corp. to build a new $3 billion petrochemical facility, and is in talks with several other Western companies over industrial projects... Over the next several years, Iraq's minister for industry and minerals, Fowzi Hariri, said Iraq would look to privatize all of state-owned industry, which number around 60 companies.

Go take a hike, Senate --Bush rips anti-surge vote, says he'll make decisions 27 Jan 2007 A defiant President [sic] Bush indicated yesterday he'll ignore a Senate resolution opposing his Iraq strategy, saying when it comes to war he's the "decision maker."

Gates: Anti-Iraq Plan Resolution Emboldens Enemy 26 Jan 2007 Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday an effort in Congress to pass a resolution opposing President [sic] Bush's troop buildup undercuts U.S. commanders in Iraq and "emboldens the enemy." At the same time, he said the Pentagon is hoping to speed the deployment of five additional Army brigades to Baghdad to 'bolster' [destroy] security in the capital.

Lethal-Force Order Justified, Bush Says --pResident Says Iran Poses Threat in Iraq 27 Jan 2007 President [sic] Bush yesterday defended a Pentagon program to kill or capture Iranian operatives inside Iraq, saying that U.S. troops would use all necessary measures to protect [subject] themselves and Iraqi civilians from [to] harm.

Iraq PM says Bush reiterates backing in phone call 27 Jan 2007 Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's office said U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush had expressed his full backing for a planned security crackdown in Baghdad during a phone call between the two leaders on Saturday.

US warns Iran of global wrath if it cranks up nuclear capacity 26 Jan 2007 The United States warned Iran of "universal" opposition if it proceeds with plans to beef up its nuclear capacity by installing at least 3,000 centrifuges at a key atomic plant.

Iran says banning UN atomic inspectors legal 27 Jan 2007 Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Saturday Iran's decision to ban 38 U.N. atomic inspectors was within the country's legal right and should not create problems with the U.N. atomic watchdog.

Car bomb kills 26 as Green Zone blasted 26 Jan 2007 Iraq's prime minister insisted Thursday that there will be "no safe place in Iraq for terrorists," hours before a suicide car bombing killed at least 26 people in Karradah and two rockets slammed into the heavy fortified Green Zone not far from the U.S. Embassy.

Car bombs kill 15 in Baghdad shopping area 27 Jan 2007 Two car bombs killed 15 people in Baghdad on Saturday in the latest in a series of attacks by militants on crowded shopping areas in the Iraqi capital.

Birdcage bomb kills 15 pet lovers in Baghdad 26 Jan 2007 A bomb disguised as a birdcage killed 15 animal lovers in a Baghdad pet market today. The blast, which also wounded 55, hit the Ghazel market on the eastern banks of the Tigris just before the weekly curfew. Today, police confirmed that 30 people were killed in a suicide car bombing in the central neighbourhood of Karada yesterday, and 61 wounded.

U.S. soldiers were abducted, then executed in Karbala 26 Jan 2007 Four American soldiers, whom the U.S. military originally reported were killed when unknown gunmen stormed an Iraqi provincial office in Karbala last Saturday, were in fact taken hostage and later executed by their kidnappers, military officials said Friday.

Rockefeller: Cheney applied 'constant' pressure to stall investigation on flawed Iraq intelligence 25 Jan 2007 Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney exerted "constant" pressure on the Republican former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee to stall an investigation into the Bush administration's use of flawed intelligence on Iraq, the panel's Democratic chairman [Sen. Jay Rockefeller, WV] charged Thursday.

Libby jury is told Cheney 'obsessed' 26 Jan 2007 Vice President [sic] Cheney grew obsessed with Iraq war critic Joseph Wilson in July 2003 and ordered his closest aides to keep aggressive tabs on him, a senior White House official [Cathie Martin] testified yesterday.

Lawyers probe Fleischer's immunity deal 27 Jan 2007 Attorneys for former vice presidential [sic] aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby want more information about an unusual immunity-from-prosecution deal that government lawyers gave former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer in the CIA leak case.

Bush adviser Rove subpoenaed for Libby trial 27 Jan 2007 Two of President [sic] Bush's top advisers have been subpoenaed as possible witnesses in the trial of former White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a legal source familiar with the case told CNN on Friday. It remains unclear whether either of the aides -- Karl Rove and Dan Bartlett -- will actually be called to the stand.

Will Rove Testify? [Testilie] 26 Jan 2007 White House anxiety is mounting over the prospect that top officials—including deputy chief of staff KKKarl Rove and counselor Dan Bartlett-may be forced to provide potentially awkward testimony in the perjury and obstruction trial of Lewis (Scooter) Libby.

Australians Upset with Government Over Iraq 26 Jan 2007 Many adults in Australia are disappointed with the way their federal administration is dealing with the 'coalition' effort, according to a Newspoll published in The Australian. 62 per cent of respondents oppose the way the government has handled the Iraq war.

War opponents say rally will start movement to bring US troops home 27 Jan 2007 Protesters energized by fresh congressional skepticism about the Iraq war demanded a withdrawal of U.S. troops in a demonstration Saturday that drew tens of thousands. Demonstrators Saturday carried signs to the National Mall that said "The surge is a lie" and "Clean water speaks louder than bombs."

U.S. Troops Plan to Attend Iraq Protest 26 Jan 2007 A small number of active military troops will take part in Saturday's rally in Washington against the Iraq war, co-founders of an active-duty protest group [Appeal for Redress] say.

Europe resists US pressure to boost presence in Afghanistan 27 Jan 2007 Europe appeared last night to be resisting pressure from Washington to pour more money and troops into Afghanistan in expectation of a major campaign in the spring.

Bush to pump another $8bn into Afghanistan 26 Jan 2007 Facing failure in Iraq, where violence is worsening, the US is anxious to avoid a similar catastrophe in Afghanistan. Billions of dollars are to be pumped into Afghanistan [Halliburton, Blackwater USA] to help build up the army and for reconstruction projects such as 'roads, water, schools and clinics.' [Yeah, right!]

Afghan government rejects poppy-spraying program --Rebuffs US calls to poison plant used in heroin 26 Jan 2007 Rebuffing months of US pressure, Afghan President Hamid Karzai decided against a Colombia-style program to spray this country's heroin-producing poppies after the Cabinet worried herbicide would hurt legitimate crops, animals, and humans, officials said yesterday.

US army orders court-martial for Abu Ghraib officer 27 Jan 2007 The only officer [Lt Col Steven Lee Jordan] criminally charged in the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal will be court-martialled on eight charges, including cruelty and maltreatment of detainees, a US Army spokesman said today.

"This is your God!", US torturer tells POW while pointing at his penis: The jail, the torturer, and the most unlikely defence witness 26 Jan 2007 Two years after US soldiers used bolt-cutters to break Moazzam Begg's shackles and release him into British custody, America has found a new way to torment the man leading the campaign to close his former prison. Attorneys acting for one of the guards accused of torturing captives held in the "war on terror" asked Mr Begg to be their client's character witness... The guard in question is Damien Corsetti, a specialist Bagram interrogator who even among his colleagues was known as the "king of torture". "I said while it was true I didn't experience any of the things that Corsetti was accused of, people had told me that he done these things," said Mr Begg, 38. "A Saudi still in Guantanamo, Ahmed al-Darbi, told me in Bagram that Corsetti had taken out his penis, threatened to rape him and, while pointing to his manhood, screamed, 'This is your God!'"

EU presses Italy on its role in Arar case 25 Jan 2007 The European Union is urging Italy to apologize for allowing the United States to use Rome as a stopover base for the U.S. flight that took Maher Arar away to be tortured in the Middle East.

Canada compensates man U.S. deported to Syria 26 Jan 2007 Canada's prime minister apologized to Maher Arar on Friday and announced the government would compensate him C$10.5 million (US$8.9 million) for its role in his deportation from the U.S. to Syria, where he was tortured while held in prison for nearly a year. Prime Minister Stephen Harper again called on the U.S. government to remove the Ottawa telecoms engineer from any of its no-fly or terrorist watchlists and reiterated that Ottawa would keep pressing Washington to clear Arar's name.

U.S. rebuffs Canada to keep Arar on terror list 23 Jan 2007 The Bush regime on Monday rejected the Canadian government's request to remove Maher Arar from an American terror watch list, saying its earlier decision to bar him from the U.S. remains ''supported'' by a recent re-examination of the case.

ID cards for foreigners under new immigration rules 26 Jan 2007 Foreigners from outside Europe who live in Britain will be forced to carry identity cards or face a £1,000 fine and deportation, the Government announced today. The Government's new Borders Bill will compel all foreign nationals from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who live in Britain to carry a "biometric immigration document." The Bill also includes the roll-out of a hi-tech computer system to every airport worldwide to check the fingerprints of everyone attempting to get a visa to enter the UK.

Court extends detention of Halifax terror suspects 25 Jan 2007 Detectives have been given more time to question two men arrested under the Terrorism Act in West Yorkshire this week. Officers now have until Tuesday January 30 to hold the pair, aged 25 and 29, who were arrested in Halifax during a series of dawn raids.

Justice Wants Spying Lawsuit Dropped 26 Jan 2007 The Bush regime sought on Thursday to drop its appeal of a federal court ruling that concluded the government's domestic spying program is unconstitutional, saying the entire issue is moot since the surveillance now is monitored by a secret court. Responding, lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union said they would continue to push for their day in court since President [sic] Bush retains authority to continue the warrantless spying program.

Sanctioned for 'Disrespect' --Utah high court tosses case because of inappropriate appeals brief 26 Jan 2007 A unanimous Utah Supreme Court says it won’t consider Boyd Kimball Dyer’s arguments because his briefs included "a substantial amount of material that is offensive, inappropriate and disrespectful" of the appeals court. In a Jan. 12 decision, the supreme court struck Dyer’s briefs, affirmed the appellate ruling against his client and assessed attorney fees. Peters v. Pine Meadow Ranch Home Association, No. 20050806. [...] Charles A. Gruber, a Sandy, Utah, lawyer who handles ethics and attorney discipline matters, says the court’s action regarding Dyer is not surprising. Recently, he says, that body has made it clear it places a priority on civil behavior among lawyers. "I think everyone in Utah is on notice," Gruber says.

2 more football players facing charges in racially tinged fight 26 Jan 2007 (NC) Five players face charges of assault and ethnic intimidation in connection with a fight Saturday. The charges were approved by a magistrate judge after a complaint was filed by the accusers - Guilford College students Faris Khader and Osama Sabbah and North Carolina State student Omar Awartani, who was visiting Greensboro from Raleigh. The Palestinian men said they were taunted with racial slurs and called "terrorists'' as they were beaten and kicked, according to court documents.

One dead, 3 missing in Seahawk crash 26 Jan 2007 A Navy MH-60S Seahawk helicopter crashed in the Pacific on Friday afternoon, and at least one of the four-member crew was found but later died, Navy officials said Friday evening.

Chávez tells US ambassador to stop meddling 27 Jan 2007 The Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez, is threatening to expel the outspoken US ambassador William Brownfield for what he claimed was meddling in the country's affairs.

Indonesia asks troops to fight bird flu 27 Jan 2007 Indonesia has called on the military to help fight bird flu, a day after a young girl became the country's sixth victim this month.

Indonesia on highest alert over bird flu -minister 26 Jan 2007 Indonesia is doing all it can to fight bird flu, the welfare minister said on Friday, a day after officials announced the country's 63rd death from the virus.

Toll Road Giant Buys Newspapers to Silence Critics --Critics charge that the Macquarie purchase of American Consolidated Media is designed to silence critics of a Texas toll road project. 26 Jan 2007 Australian toll road giant Macquarie agreed Wednesday to purchase forty local newspapers, primarily in Texas and Oklahoma, for $80 million. Macquarie Bank is Australia's largest capital raising firm and has invested billions in purchasing roads in the US, Canada and UK. Most recently the company joined with Cintra Concesiones of Spain in a controversial 75-year lease of the 157-mile Indiana Toll Road. Sal Costello, the leading opponent of toll road projects as head of the Texas Toll Party, says the move is directly related to a 4000-mile toll road project known as the Trans-Texas Corridor.

Diebold Compromised Its Own Voting Machine Security 25 Jan 2007 Chalk up another problem for embattled voting machine maker Diebold. The latest security lapse for Diebold is a product of the company's own marketing: A picture of a voting machine key on the Diebold Web site has been used to create real duplicate keys that can open Diebold's voting machines.

A Sorry State 27 Jan 2007 The state of the Bush administration is at its worst yet, according to the latest NEWSWEEK poll. The president's [sic] approval ratings are at their lowest point in the poll's history—30 percent—and more than half the country (58 percent) say they wish the Bush pResidency were simply over, a sentiment that is almost unanimous among Democrats (86 percent), and is shared by a clear majority (59 percent) of independents and even one in five (21 percent) Republicans.

Judge Rules Against Bush EPA Policy 26 Jan 2007 The Environmental Protection Agency must force power plants to protect fish and other aquatic life even if it's expensive, a federal appeals court said in a ruling favoring states and environmental groups. The decision late Thursday by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that it was improper for the EPA to let power plants circumvent environmental laws - for instance, restocking polluted water with new fish instead of paying to upgrade their technology.

OMFG: US answer to global warming: smoke and giant space mirrors --Washington urges scientists to develop ways to reflect sunlight as 'insurance' 27 Jan 2007 The US government wants the world's scientists to develop technology to block sunlight as a last-ditch way to halt global warming, the Guardian has learned. It says research into techniques such as giant mirrors in space or reflective dust pumped into the atmosphere would be "important insurance" against rising emissions, and has lobbied for such a strategy to be recommended by a major UN report on climate change, the first part of which will be published on Friday.

Melting threat to polar bears 25 Jan 2007 More of Alaska's pregnant polar bears are digging snow dens on land instead of sea ice, and researchers blame global warming. The study is likely to give ammunition to conservation groups that want polar bears to be protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Under water by 2100? Risk of the rising sea --Scientists seek ways to avert a creeping catastrophe in Bay Area 26 Jan 2007 At the Golden Gate Bridge, the Pacific Ocean crept seven inches higher during the past century, as global warming melted glaciers and expanded ocean waters. In one of the first efforts of its kind in the state, officials are starting to address the threats rising seas pose to the Bay Area.

Anchorage Is Getting Socked With Snow 26 Jan 2007 The snow is already piled so high that drivers cannot see around corners... In one of the strangest winters across America in many years, Alaska's biggest city has gotten more snow _ over 74 inches so far _ than it normally receives in an entire winter (68 inches). And there are still four more months of snowy weather ahead.

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Bush: 'I'm the decision-maker' on Iraq 26 Jan 2007 Dictator Bush, on a collision course with Congress over Iraq, said Friday "I'm the decision-maker" about sending more troops to the war. The president [sic] had strong words for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who are lining up to support resolutions opposing his decision to send 21,500 troops to Iraq. He challenged them to put up their own ideas. [*WHY* does Congress have to 'come up with their own ideas' to extricate BUSH from HIS mess? --LRP]

The World Agrees: Stop Bush Before He Kills Again --President [sic] Bush has accomplished what Osama bin Laden only dreamed of by disgracing the model of American democracy in the eyes of the world. By Robert Scheer 24 Jan 2007 Stop him before he kills again. That is the judgment of the American people, and indeed of the entire world, as to the performance of our president, and no State of the Union address can erase that dismal verdict.

Iran attack possible, says Cameron 26 Jan 2007 A pre-emptive military strike against Iran involving British troops could be launched under a Conservative government after David Cameron yesterday refused to rule out the use of force against the Gulf state. Mr Cameron said it would be wrong for a future Tory administration to rule out an attack on Iran.

Bush authorizes U.S. forces in Iraq to act against Iranians 26 Jan 2007 American soldiers will do what they must to protect themselves from Iranian agents operating inside Iraq, the White House said today, following a report that President [sic] Bush had authorized the killing of Iranian agents. But more questions about the campaign in Iraq, and in particular whether it includes a more aggressive approach to Iraq's neighbor Iran, seem certain following a report in The Washington Post today.

U.S. Troops Authorized to Kill Iranians In Iraq --New "kill or capture" program authorized by George W. Bush last fall 26 Jan 2007 The Bush regime has authorized the U.S. military to kill or capture Iranian 'operatives' inside Iraq, according to government and counterterrorism officials with direct knowledge of the effort. For more than a year, U.S. forces in Iraq have secretly detained dozens of suspected Iranian 'agents,' holding them for three to four days at a time. U.S. forces collected DNA samples from some of the Iranians without their knowledge, subjected others to retina scans, and fingerprinted and photographed all of them before letting them go.

Iran undeterred by psychological war: officials 20 Jan 2007 Iran's Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani yesterday played down what was described as the psychological warfare aimed at deterring Iran from its principle stand on gaining peaceful nuclear energy.

Iran Set to Try Space Launch 25 Jan 2007 Iran has converted one of its most powerful ballistic missile into a satellite launch vehicle. The 30-ton rocket could also be a 'wolf in sheep's clothing' for testing longer-range missile strike technologies, Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine reports in its Jan. 29 issue.

Iran demands UN nuclear inspector removed from country 26 Jan 2007 Iran has demanded the removal of the United Nations official overseeing nuclear inspections in the country, accusing him of breach of trust, and barred all inspectors from nations behind sanctions, diplomats said on Friday.

U.S. invasion was "idiot decision"-Iraq vice president 25 Jan 2007 The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 was an "idiot decision" and Iraqi troops now need to secure Baghdad to ensure the country's future, Vice-President Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Thursday. "Iraq was put under occupation, which was an idiot decision," Mahdi said at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Chalabi has key role in Baghdad effort 25 Jan 2007 One of the Iraq government's critical tasks to pacify the country is to rein in the excesses of de-Baathification. The man in charge of the effort is Ahmad Chalabi, the controversial Iraqi Shiite expatriate [Pentagon troll] who formerly headed the Iraqi National Congress, lobbied hard for regime change, and was a key link in the chain of inaccurate intelligence about Saddam Hussein's alleged [nonexistent] weapons of mass destruction program.

Iraqi General: U.S. Can Withdraw by 2008 26 Jan 2007 The Iraqi army will have enough equipment and strength to allow most U.S. troops to withdraw by 2008 [in time for the US 'elections'], Iraq's army chief said Friday.

Top generals tell Congress 'surge' won't end soon 25 Jan 2007 Top military commanders told Congress this week they don’t know when or if troop levels will go back down under the pResident’s new plan to stabilize Iraq. Earlier this month, Multi-National Force-Iraq Commander Gen. George Casey suggested the 21,500 soldiers and Marines being sent to Iraq could be returned home as early as this summer if conditions improve.

Pelosi Says She Wasn't Consulted On Iraq 25 Jan 2007 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said yesterday that President [sic] George W. Bush did not consult her before announcing his new strategy for the war in Iraq — a sign that, despite the cozy rhetoric, the relationship between Washington's two powerhouses has already had its share of friction.

Feingold Pushes Plan to Cut Off War Funds 26 Jan 2007 Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., has scheduled a hearing next Tuesday in his Judiciary Committee subcommittee to explore whether Congress has the authority to cut off funding for the U.S. military campaign in Iraq.

Senate confirms Petraeus as US military commander in Iraq 26 Jan 2007 The US Senate, deeply skeptical about the White House strategy in Iraq, unanimously confirmed the nomination of Lieutenant General David Petraeus as commander of US forces deployed in the country.

Iraq crash killed key U.S. officers --A missile strike is suspected. 26 Jan 2007 Two colonels, a lieutenant colonel and two command sergeants major were among the 12 U.S. soldiers killed last weekend in the crash of a Black Hawk helicopter northeast of Baghdad, the Pentagon said. It appeared to be the largest number of key officers and command sergeants killed in a single incident since the Iraq war started nearly four years ago. The Army has said the cause of the crash is under investigation. But a Pentagon official has said debris indicates the helicopter was hit by a surface-to-air missile. Ten of the dead were members of the National Guard, making the crash the deadliest single combat incident for the Guard since at least the Korean War, said Mark Allen, a National Guard Bureau spokesman.

Top U.S. Surgeon in Iraq Killed in Crash 25 Jan 2007 The top U.S. surgeon in Iraq was among the 12 soldiers killed when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed near Baghdad, military officials said Thursday.

Soldiers killed in Karbala were first abducted --U.S. military earlier said they died 'repelling' the sneak attack 26 Jan 2007 Contrary to U.S. military statements, four U.S. soldiers did not die repelling a sneak attack at the governor’s office in the Shiite holy city of Karbala last week. New information obtained by The Associated Press shows they were abducted and found dead or dying as far as 25 miles away. In a written statement, the U.S. command [*lied*] reported at the time that five soldiers were killed while "repelling the attack."

More US troops for Afghanistan 26 Jan 2007 The number of American troops in Afghanistan is to rise by 3,500 to tackle the expected spring offensive by the Taliban 'insurgency.' General David Richards, Nato commander in Afghanistan In addition, Condoleezza Rice, the US Secretary of State, announced last night an extra $10.6 billion in aid for Afghanistan [Halliburton, Blackwater USA] this year.

AP: Military gives police free equipment 26 Jan 2007 The Defense Department is giving away free equipment the military no longer needs to state and local police. About 16,000 departments obtained more than 380,000 pieces of equipment in the 2005 budget year, according to an analysis of data provided by the Pentagon at the request of The Associated Press. The program is administered by the Defense Logistic Agency. The military gives away only items it considers obsolete for its own use, parts that already have been replaced or are no longer needed in places such as Iraq.

US unveils 'heat gun' to quell rioters 26 Jan 2007 A ray gun that can blast out intense heat to control rioters and disable terrorists was unveiled by American military chiefs yesterday. Raytheon, the company which worked on it, hopes to create a multi-billion-pound world market. The US military said more than 10,000 people had been exposed to the weapon since testing began 12 years ago.

US military looks to 'black ice' 25 Jan 2007 The US military has appealed to scientists to help develop a novel weapon - artificial black ice. The plastic-like substance is brainchild of the US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa)... Researchers interested in joining the Polymer Ice Project [LOL!] are being invited to respond by the middle of April 2007.

Military Builds Robotic Insects 23 Jan 2007 Israel is developing a robot the size of a hornet to attack terrorists. And although the prototype will not fly for three years, killer Micro Air Vehicles, or MAVs, are much closer than that. British Special Forces already use 6-inch MAV aircraft called WASPs for reconnaissance in Afghanistan.

Italians Seize Ex-CIA Chief's Villa 26 Jan 2007 Magistrates have seized a villa in northern Italy belonging to a former CIA station chief who faces a possible indictment in the alleged kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric, officials said Friday. A preliminary hearing to decide whether to indict 26 Americans and five Italian intelligence officials on criminal charges continues Monday in Milan.

European Parliament Involved in CIA Actions 25 Jan 2007 European Union governments were aware of the secret CIA flights to transport terrorism suspects to clandestine prisons, states a report approved Tuesday by a European Parliament committee. The document makes clear that the United States has implemented extrajudicial detention in a systematic way. Likewise, it confirms the US has transported terrorism suspects to illegal offshore prisons for their interrogation.

'Europe was aware of secret CIA flights and abduction of suspects' 25 Jan 2007 Britain, Poland, Germany, Italy and other European Union countries were aware of secret CIA flights over Europe and the abduction of terror suspects by US agents, according to a report. The report, approved by a special committee of the European Parliament, also accused EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and other high-ranking officials of not cooperating with the probe and not revealing all they know about the US secret detention programme.

Guantanamo conditions said worse 26 Jan 2007 Some Guantanamo Bay prisoners have been moved to a new wing where they face the worst conditions since their arrival, as interrogators make a last attempt to extract confessions, a U.S. lawyer said on Friday... "Entire cans of Mace have been sprayed in prisoners' faces. Prisoners are being denied medical care unless they give information to interrogators," U.S. lawyer, Zachary Katznelson, said.

Hicks' men Cuba-bound but lack belief they will be seen 26 Jan 2007 David Hicks' Australian and American lawyers will fly to Cuba on Sunday, hoping the Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee will be well enough to see them. David's father, Terry Hicks, said he regretted being unable to send the latest novel by Tasmanian author Richard Flanagan, which was dedicated to Hicks and came with a handwritten note from Flanagan to Hicks to "Hang in there, mate". Mr Hicks said the book, The Unknown Terrorist, would never get security clearance.

Canadian government to apologise to Arar 26 Jan 2007 Canada will formally apologise on Friday to software engineer Maher Arar, who was deported to Syria by U.S. agents after Canadian police mistakenly labelled him an Islamic extremist, and offer him C$10 million (4.3 million pounds) compensation, according to news media reports.

Republican: government to review scripts before filming begins 26 Jan 2007 (NC) Citing the controversy surrounding the film Hounddog, the leader of the state Senate Republicans says he wants the government to review scripts before cameras start rolling in North Carolina. That system, said state Sen. Phil Berger, R-GOPedophile-Rockingham, would apply only to films seeking the state's lucrative filmmaker incentive, which refunds as much as 15 percent of what productions spend in North Carolina from the state treasury. "Why should North Carolina taxpayers pay for something they find objectionable?" said Berger, who is having proposed legislation drafted. [Contact info: Senator Phil Berger, Office of the Republican Leader, North Carolina Senate, 1026 Legislative Building, Raleigh, NC 27601 (919) 733-5708. Email: senatorberger@philberger.com or via philbe@ncleg.net.]

Gonzales Appointment of U.S. Attorney Challenged 24 Jan 2007 A Little Rock attorney has filed a motion to declare Tim Griffin’s appointment last month as U. S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas unconstitutional. John Wesley Hall Jr. said in a 16-page motion filed Tuesday that Griffin’s appointment last month by U. S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales violates Article II, Section 2, of the U. S. Constitution, which covers presidential appointments. He said it also violates a section of the U. S. Code altered last year during Congressional reauthorization of the USAPATRIOT Act.

'Plaintiffs and judges' clerks cannot see its secret filings.' Secrecy Is at Issue in Suits Opposing Domestic Spying 26 Jan 2007 The Bush regime has employed extraordinary secrecy in defending the National Security Agency’s highly classified domestic surveillance program from civil lawsuits. Plaintiffs and judges’ clerks cannot see its secret filings. Judges have to make appointments to review them and are not allowed to keep copies. Judges have even been instructed to use computers provided by the Justice Department to compose their decisions. But now the procedures have started to meet resistance.

Maine revolts against digital U.S. ID card 25 Jan 2007 Maine lawmakers on Thursday became the first in the nation to demand repeal of a federal law tightening identification requirements for drivers' licenses, a post-September 11 security measure that states say will cost them billions of dollars to administer.

Federal judge dismisses charges against NSA protesters 26 Jan 2007 A federal judge dropped charges against 13 peace activists arrested for protesting outside the headquarters of the secretive National Security Agency.

NSA electricity crisis gets Senate scrutiny 26 Jan 2007 The National Security Agency's impending electricity shortfall is "sort of a national catastrophe," Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said yesterday.

Spiked Study Leads to New FCC Query 25 Jan 2007 ...The Federal Communications Commission also realized they had turned up what one of the researchers, economist Keith Brown, called "inconvenient facts." The findings were at odds with what their agency, under heavy lobbying from the broadcast industry, had endorsed. The months-long study was spiked by the agency with "no plausible explanation," Brown says. He suspects it was because the conclusions were at odds with the shared position of the FCC and the broadcast industry: that media ownership rules were too restrictive and should be loosened.

U.N. climate report will shock the world - chairman 25 Jan 2007 A forthcoming U.N. report on climate change will provide the most credible evidence yet of a human link to global warming and hopefully shock the world into taking more action, the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said on Thursday.

First Polar Bear Born in Berlin Zoo in 30 Years 23 Jan 2007 Berlin Zoo is delighted at the birth of Knut, the first polar bear to be born in the animal park in over 30 years. The polar bears in Berlin Zoo may be having trouble getting to sleep as unseasonably warm weather interferes with their hibernation schedule, but one little bear is just happy to be alive.

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Scientists tighten security over germ terror threat --MI5 issues warning to universities and labs 25 Jan 2007 Britain’s laboratories have been ordered to strengthen security on stocks of more than 100 deadly viruses and bacteria after an MI5 warning that 'Islamic terrorists' [US bioterrorists] are training in germ warfare. The biological agents include polio, rabies, tuberculosis and avian flu. Scientists and laboratory staff in universities, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies who deal with agents will have to be vetted by police, and their laboratories will be checked by government safety inspectors... The crackdown comes after MI5 privately warned the Foreign and Commonwealth Office that 'al-Qaeda' was actively recruiting scientists. [But as we know, and as the CLG has been documenting for two years, it is the US Army that is reconstructing the deadly 1918 flu, to foment bioterror. The U.S. is going to engineer and unleash the pandemic and then blame 'al-Qaeda.' --LRP]

Bush preparing to play the bioterror card and declare martial law in time for the 2008 'elections:' U.S. not scared enough of bird flu, Senate told 24 Jan 2007 Bird flu poses as big a threat to the world as ever, and people need to worry about it more, U.S. senators and health leaders agreed on Wednesday. The H5N1 avian flu virus could cause a human pandemic at any time, killing perhaps millions, yet preparations are slow, they told a Senate hearing. [See: Scientists Recreate 1918 Flu and See Parallels to Bird Flu --In 2005, U.S. Army scientists reconstructed Spanish flu virus by extracting genetic fragments from the bodies of victims exhumed from the Alaskan permafrost. 18 Jan 2007]

Bird Flu Reappears in EU 25 Jan 2007 Bird flu has reappeared in the EU as the European Commission confirmed on Wednesday (24 January) that dead geese in Hungary were contaminated with the highly virulent H5 strain.

U.S. homeland security chief sees terrorism getting worse 25 Jan 2007 Five years after the United States started its global "war on [of] terror" following the Sept. 11 attacks, the anti-terrorism situation is getting worse, the U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said on Thursday.

Whitehall 'super database' planned 14 Jan 2007 Ministers have been promoting plans to create one huge 'superdatabase' across Whitehall. The move would mean relaxing regulations that restrict different parts of government from sharing information. The proposal is likely to encounter resistance from civil liberties groups who fear the creation of a 'Big Brother' state.

Detention extended for two terrorism suspects 24 Jan 2007 Police were granted more time on Wednesday to question two men arrested under security laws during searches of five properties in northern England. The men were arrested on Tuesday under the Terrorism Act 2000 by detectives from London's Counter Terrorism Command and local West Yorkshire officers. Police have now been given until Tuesday next week to continue questioning them.

U.S. extends combat tours in Afghanistan 24 Jan 2007 The Pentagon has decided to extend the combat tour of 3,200 soldiers from a 10th Mountain Division brigade in Afghanistan for four months in hopes of 'quelling' [fomenting] the violence.

U.S. to Seek $10.6B for Afghanistan 25 Jan 2007 President [sic] Bush will ask Congress for $10.6 billion to help Afghanistan strengthen its security forces and rebuild [Halliburton, Blackwater USA] from years of [US] war, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday. The money would be on top of $14.2 billion in aid the United States has already given to Afghanistan since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001 that toppled [installed] the Taliban.

Dems Wary of $1.2 billion Iraq Reconstruction Cost 25 Jan 2007 Emboldened by a successful first vote against President [sic] Bush's Iraq war policy, Senate Democrats leveled their sights Thursday on the administration's anticipated $1.2 billion request for reconstruction [Halliburton, Blackwater USA] there.

Southern Iraqi Tribes Joining Armed Resistance By Dahr Jamail and Ali al-Fadhily 21 Jan 2007 Violence is spreading further across Iraq, as Shi'ite Arab tribes in the south begin to engage occupation forces in new armed resistance. Resistance in the southern parts of Iraq has been escalating over the last three months, leading to increased casualties among British and other occupation forces.

Conway: Troop buildup can't last long 24 Jan 2007 Building up the Marine presence in Anbar province for longer than six months would put a hardship on the Corps, its top commander Commandant Gen. James Conway told lawmakers Tuesday.

Please Join Me in the Virtual March on Washington to End the Iraq War (democrats.com) By Bob Fertik 22 Jan 2007 Please join me in protesting the Iraq War through the Virtual March on Washington. It only takes 1 minute - just email your Representatives in Congress.

Soldier admits murdering Iraqi detainee 25 Jan 2007 A 101st Airborne Division soldier [Pfc. Corey R. Clagett] was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison for murdering a detainee and taking part in the killings of two others in Iraq last year. The [four] soldiers first told investigators they shot the detainees because they were attempting to flee _ a story they now say they made up _ and that commanders had given them orders to kill all military-age males on the mission.

Rumsfeld's transition raises questions 25 Jan 2007 Former Defense Secretary [war criminal] Donald H. Rumsfeld has left the Pentagon, but not the Defense Department. On Jan. 4, Mr. Rumsfeld opened a government-provided transition office in Arlington and has seven Pentagon-paid staffers working for him, a Pentagon official said. The Pentagon lists Mr. Rumsfeld as a "nonpaid consultant," a status he needs in order to review secret and top-secret documents, the official said.

Ex-Spokeswoman Questions Libby's Account 25 Jan 2007 Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney's spokeswoman testified Thursday that she told Cheney and his chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, that a prominent war critic's wife worked for the CIA days before Libby said he learned it from a reporter. Cathie Martin's testimony during the third day of Libby's perjury trial described Cheney's personal eagerness to refute war criticism by former ambassador Joseph Wilson in 2003.

Bush declassification unnerved White House aide 25 Jan 2007 President [sic] George W. Bush's 2003 decision to declassify an intelligence report to rebut an Iraq war critic stirred unease even in the White House, an administration official [Cathie Martin] said on Thursday in the perjury trial of a vice presidential aide.

Military shows off new ray gun 25 Jan 2007 The military calls its new weapon an "active denial system," but that's an understatement. It's a ray gun that shoots a beam that makes people feel as if they are about to catch fire. During the first media demonstration of the weapon Wednesday, airmen fired beams from a large dish antenna mounted atop a Humvee at people pretending to be rioters and acting out other scenarios that U.S. troops might encounter in war zones. Anyone hit by the beam immediately jumped out of its path because of the sudden blast of heat throughout the body. While the 130-degree heat was not painful, it was intense enough to make the participants think their clothes were about to ignite.

Navy Can Keep Using Sonar for Two Years 24 Jan 2007 The Defense Department gave the Navy permission Tuesday to keep training with sonar for another two years, a move denounced by activists who say the sound waves can harm dolphins and other marine mammals.

Israel raises nuclear stakes with Iran 25 Jan 2007 The Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, dramatically raised the stakes in the international showdown with Iran last night, with a clear warning that his country was prepared to use military force to prevent Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. [Why is it OK for Israel and the US to have nuclear weapons?]

Israel faces nuclear Holocaust warns Gingrich 23 Jan 2007 The Israeli people are facing the threat of a nuclear Holocaust, former US Speaker of the House of Representatives [GOPedophile] Newt Gingrich warned the Herzliya Conference held by the Institute for Policy and Strategy at IDC Herzliya on Tuesday afternoon. Meanwhile, he said, the United States could lose a few million people or a number of cities to a terrorist attack with weapons of mass destruction.

Israeli Holocaust trustee blasts Hebron settlers 20 Jan 2007 A senior official of Israel's central Holocaust memorial [Yosef Lapid] on Saturday assailed Jewish settlers who harass Palestinians in a tinderbox West Bank city, saying the abuse recalled the anti-Semitism of 1930s Europe.

Palestinians beaten at Guilford College 24 Jan 2007 (NC) Three football players at Guilford College, a school with a Quaker background, face assault and ethnic intimidation charges after an attack on three Palestinian students, authorities said. The victims were beaten with fists, feet and brass knuckles early Saturday by attackers who called them "terrorists" and used racial slurs, the News & Record of Greensboro reported Tuesday.

Appointment called unconstitutional --A lawyer alleges recent U.S. attorney selection violates appointments clause. 25 Jan 2007 A veteran Little Rock, Ark., attorney has lodged the first constitutional challenge to the Bush administration's attempt to appoint a U.S. attorney without seeking Senate approval. John Wesley Hall alleged in a brief filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Little Rock that Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales' Dec. 20 appointment of Tim Griffin as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas violated the presidential appointments clause of the Constitution. Griffin, who used to work for Bush political advisor Karl Rove, replaced Bud Cummins, a Bush appointee and one of seven U.S. attorneys around the country whom the administration has ousted since late December.

"I am very concerned, because technically under the Patriot Act, you can appoint someone without confirmation for the remainder of the president's term." U.S. attorney was forced out, Feinstein says 19 Jan 2007 U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan, who announced his resignation Tuesday after 4 1/2 years as the top federal prosecutor in coastal Northern California, actually was fired by the Bush administration, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Thursday. The California Democrat made her assertion at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing while questioning Attorney General Alberto Gonzales about federal prosecutors who have been recently removed by President [sic] Bush. Feinstein introduced legislation last week to repeal a provision of the USA Patriot Act that allows Bush to choose replacement prosecutors to serve until his term expires, without Senate confirmation.

Dropping like flies --Resignations of U.S. attorneys raise suspicion of politically motivated Justice Department purge. (Houston Chronicle) 24 Jan 2007 In the past year 11 U.S. attorneys have resigned their positions, some under pressure from their Justice Department superiors and the White House, even through they had commendable performance records... No president should be able to fire top government prosecutors from their positions for political reasons and then install successors without a thorough vetting by the constitutionally charged legislative body.

Surging and purging By Paul Krugman 19 Jan 2007 Since the middle of last month, the Bush administration has pushed out at least four U.S. attorneys, and possibly as many as seven, without explanation... In Senate testimony Thursday, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales refused to say how many other attorneys have been asked to resign, calling it a personnel matter. In case you're wondering, such a wholesale firing of prosecutors midway through an administration isn't normal... Since the day it took power [literally, *took* power] this administration has shown nothing but contempt for the normal principles of good government.

Political Meddling With Justice (The New York Times) 25 Jan 2007 The federal investigation into Congressional corruption is approaching a crucial deadline and potential dead end. Feb. 15 is the last day on the job for United States Attorney Carol Lam of San Diego, the inquiry’s dedicated prosecutor, who is being purged by the Bush administration... Congress must demand a clear explanation from Mr. [Alberto] Gonzales and the White House on why these prosecutors are being ousted. It must search out every shady aspect of this clearly politically motivated purge — with a particular eye on Feb. 15.

Government Reportedly Monitoring Anti-War Groups In Austin 24 Jan 2007 KXAN's Shannon Wolfson has been investigating a new report that says the federal government is monitoring anti-war groups in Austin. According to the ACLU report released this week, the Department of Defense has been monitoring peace groups around the country.

In Cheney's world, we all report to the military By Robyn Blumner 21 Jan 2007 The vice president [sic] made it a point to go on Fox News Sunday last week and declare that the recently reported spying being done on Americans by the military is all just fine and dandy. As usual, the vice president cut through all the legal niceties with his explanation of why the military's use of an investigative tool known as a national security letter to obtain the banking and credit records of potentially hundreds of Americans was not a violation of the general rule against domestic intelligence-gathering by the military. "There's nothing wrong with it or illegal," Cheney said. "It doesn't violate people's civil rights." Ah. It's legal because he says it is - just like waterboarding isn't torture because the vice president considers it otherwise.

The Enemy Within --Journalists, under fire today by the Bush White House, have been the enemy before. By Nat Hentoff 21 Jan 2007 In the more than half a century I've been a reporter, there has never been as systematic an operation to intimidate and then silence the press as is now taking place under the Bush-Cheney-Gonzales administration. Along with a sharp increase in subpoenas for reporters' notes and telephone records, there are threats of prosecution under the Espionage Act of 1917 for reporting such classified information as the president's [sic] secret authorization of the National Security Agency's warrantless secret authorization of the National Security Agency's warrantless eavesdropping on us.

Ohio election workers convicted of rigging '04 presidential recount 24 Jan 2007 Two election workers were convicted Wednesday of rigging a recount of the 2004 presidential election to avoid a more thorough review in Ohio's most populous county. Ohio gave President [sic] Bush the electoral votes he needed to defeat Democratic Sen. John Kerry in the close 'election' [2nd GOP coup d'etat] and hold on to the White House in 2004.

SPIEGEL poll: Is George W. Bush the worst president [sic] ever of the US? Yes, 9299 82.67%; No, 881 7.83%; Do not know, 1068 9.50%; Total votes: 11248 [Poll snapshot: 25.01.2007, 09.16 Uhr]

CDC Adviser Arrested for Urinal Incident 22 Jan 2007 A prominent public health expert who is a top adviser [Bush GOPedophile] to federal health agencies was arrested on suspicion of public indecency in an airport men's room. Dr. Hugh H. Tilson, 67, was arrested Jan. 16 at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport after a plainclothes police officer said he saw Tilson masturbating at a urinal while watching other men urinate.

Prosecutors Want DeLay Charge Reinstated 24 Jan 2007 Prosecutors attempting to restore a conspiracy charge against former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R) argued Wednesday that the "plain language" of Texas law means he can be charged with conspiring to violate the election code.

Obama calls for universal health care 25 Jan 2007 Every American should have health care coverage within six years, Democratic Sen. Barack Obama said Thursday as he set an ambitious goal soon after jumping into the 2008 presidential race.

Survey Finds Mercury in Fish in West 24 Jan 2007 Scientists looking for fish tainted by mercury found them in every fish and every river they sampled across the West, suggesting that industrial pollution generated around the world is likely responsible for at least some of it.

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Senate Panel Votes Against Bush on Iraq 24 Jan 2007 The Democratic-controlled Senate Foreign Relations Committee dismissed President [sic] Bush's plans to increase troops strength in Iraq on Wednesday as "not in the national interest," an unusual wartime repudiation of the commander-in-chief [thief].

'There is no strategy.' Senators start rebuke of Iraq strategy 24 Jan 2007 Democrats took the first step toward a wartime repudiation of President [sic] George W. Bush today, convening a Senate committee to endorse legislation declaring that the deployment of additional troops to Iraq is "not in the national interest." Sen. Chuck Hagel, of Nebraska, is the only Republican on the committee to announce support for the measure. "There is no strategy," said Hagel of the Bush regime’s war management. "This is a Ping-Pong game with American lives... And we better be damn sure we know what we’re doing, all of us, before we put 22,000 more Americans into that grinder."

Senate panel debates rejection of troop increase 24 Jan 2007 Brushing aside President [sic] George W. Bush's plea to give his new war strategy a chance, Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Senate moved ahead on Wednesday with a resolution opposing his plan to send more troops to Iraq.

4 Americans in Iraq Crash Shot in Head 24 Jan 2007 Four of the five Americans [mercenaries] killed when a Blackwater USA helicopter crashed in a Sunni neighborhood in central Baghdad were shot execution style in the back the head, Iraqi and U.S. officials said Wednesday. The helicopter was shot down after responding to assist a U.S. Embassy ground convoy that came under fire, said a U.S. diplomatic official in Washington. A second helicopter also was struck, but there were no casualties among its crew, said the diplomatic official...

Iraq Channel 4 News exclusive By Jon Snow 24 Jan 2007 Not only does our footage show the active ethnic cleansing of both Sunnis and Shi'as daubing paint on doors to identify people who need to be driven out but it also shows fire-fights between ethnic groups and worse. We also see a joint patrol of US and Iraqi troops in Baghdad, where our camera captures the pretty brutal treatment meted out by the newly trained Iraqi soldiers to three suspected insurgents caught in a car, all to the accompaniment of laughter, whoops and egging on from the US soldiers who watch from their Humvee. We now know that the incident is regarded as sufficiently serious for the US sergeant who was present to be suspended pending further investigation.

Scant evidence found of Iran-Iraq arms link --U.S. warnings of advanced weaponry crossing the border are overstated, critics say. 23 Jan 2007 For all its aggressive rhetoric regarding Iranian networks providing "advanced weaponry and training to our enemies," however, the Bush administration has provided scant evidence to support these claims. Nor have reporters traveling with U.S. troops seen extensive signs of Iranian involvement... British officials have similarly accused Iran of meddling in Iraqi affairs, but say they have not found Iranian-made weapons in areas they patrol.

Russia completes Iran missile deliveries: Tass 23 Jan 2007 Russia has completed a contract to deliver its TOR-M1 anti-aircraft missile systems to Iran, Itar-Tass news agency quoted Sergei Chemezov, head of state arms exporter Rosoboronexport as saying on Tuesday.

President [sic] Bush's State of the Disunion Address 23 Jan 2007 Tonight I ask the Congress to authorize an increase in the size of our active Army and Marine Corps by 92,000 in the next five years. A second task we can take on together is to design and establish a volunteer Civilian Reserve Corps [Waffen-SS]. Such a corps would function much like our military reserve. It would ease the burden on the Armed Forces by allowing us to hire civilians with critical skills to serve on missions abroad when America needs them.

Give war a chance: Bush 24 Jan 2007 US President [sic] George Bush today urged a rebellious Congress to give his new Iraq war plan a chance, insisting it was not too late to shape the outcome. Facing defiant lawmakers and the weakest approval ratings of his six years in office, Mr Bush said the best chance for success was to send 21,500 additional US troops to Iraq.

Off the Rails: Big Oil, Big Brother Win Big in the State of the Union By Greg Palast 24 Jan 2007 Instead of unleashing the Reserve and busting Big Oil’s price gouging [George W.] Bush will double the Reserve, which will require buying three-quarters of a billion barrels of oil. This is a nice $40 billion pay-out to Big Oil from the US Treasury... But the $40 billion in loot the oilmen will get from us taxpayers for doubling the Reserve is nothing compared to the boost in the worldwide price of crude caused by this massive, mad purchase... Clearly, the state of the Saudi-Bush union is still pretty good.

Democratic Response of Senator Jim Webb to the pResident's State of the Disunion Address 23 Jan 2007 The President [sic] took us into this war recklessly... We are now, as a nation, held hostage to the predictable ­ and predicted ­ disarray that has followed... Regarding the economic imbalance in our country, I am reminded of the situation President Theodore Roosevelt faced in the early days of the 20th century. America was then, as now, drifting apart along class lines. The so-called robber barons were unapologetically raking in a huge percentage of the national wealth. The dispossessed workers at the bottom were threatening revolt. ['We want either a hammer or a fire, to break the spell or dissolve the ice.' Artisan radical freethinker, George Jacob Holyoake, Reasoner V (1848): 2.]

'Tonight we are calling on this president to take similar action. … If he does, we will join him. If he does not, we will be showing him the way.' Sen. Webb: Congress may show way on Iraq 23 Jan 2007 While President [sic] Bush urged opponents of his planned troop increase in Iraq to give it a chance to see if it works, the Democrats turned to an old soldier Tuesday night to hammer away at the president's war strategy. "The president took us into this war recklessly," said Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), the Vietnam War veteran and opponent of the invasion who delivered the party's televised response to Bush's State of the Union speech. "The majority of the nation no longer supports the way this war is being fought; nor does the majority of our military, nor does Congress. We need a new direction."

General: Bigger Army will cost $70 billion 24 Jan 2007 Increasing the size of the Army, strained by America’s two ongoing wars, will cost an estimated $70 billion, a top Army general said Tuesday. And if yet another conflict were to develop before the force can be bolstered, it would take longer to fight and cost more American casualties than otherwise might be expected, said Lt. Gen. Stephen Speakes, a deputy chief of staff.

U.S. Launches New Strikes In Somalia --Air Attacks Earlier This Week Carried Out In Secret 24 Jan 2007 U.S. special forces have once again attacked 'terrorist' targets in Somalia - their second air strike in two weeks, CBS News has learned.

'I was set up by White House to shield aide' 24 Jan 2007 A key aide to Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney was "set up" by the White House over the leaking of a CIA operative's identity as a way of protecting President [sic] George W Bush's chief adviser, a court heard yesterday. The explosive allegation that the White House plotted to shield Karl Rove, Mr Bush's long-time strategist, was made, as the trial opened, by the lawyer defending Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Mr Cheney's former chief of staff.

'You can't learn something startling on Thursday that you are giving out on Monday or Tuesday.' Ex-White House aide 'stole the truth' in CIA leak case: prosecutor 23 Jan 2007 Former top White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby lied "repeatedly" to investigators probing the leak of a CIA agent's name, a prosecutor [Patrick Fitzgerald] said in a politically sensitive trial.

EU committee slams Irish complicity in CIA 'torture flights' 23 Jan 2007 The Irish Government is coming for more severe criticism today over the use of Shannon Airport by planes involved in the Bush regime's rendition [kidnapping] programme. In a report out today, a European Parliament committee investigating the so-called "torture flights" says thousands have crossed through EU airspace and landed at EU airports in recent years. Ireland is named as one of the worst offenders.

Ministers 'knew about rendition flights' 24 Jan 2007 European governments, including Britain, knew about secret CIA flights across the continent, MEPs concluded yesterday, as they lambasted politicians and senior officials for failing to co-operate with an inquiry into secret US renditions.

Gonzales says the Constitution doesn't guarantee habeas corpus --Attorney general's remarks on citizens' right astound the chair of Senate judiciary panel 24 Jan 2007 One of the Bush regime's most far-reaching assertions of government power was revealed quietly last week when Attorney General Alberto Gonzales testified that habeas corpus -- the right to go to federal court and challenge one's imprisonment -- is not protected by the Constitution. "The Constitution doesn't say every individual in the United States or every citizen is hereby granted or assured the right of habeas,'' Gonzales told Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Jan. 17... Specter was incredulous, asking how the Constitution could bar the suspension of a right that didn't exist -- a right, he noted, that was first recognized in medieval England as a shield against the king's power to dispatch troublesome subjects to royal dungeons.

Let's Impeach Alberto Gonzales NOW By Bob Fertik 18 Jan 2007 Impeaching Alberto Gonzales is a no-brainer for Democrats purely on the merits: Gonzales is at the center of Bush's crimes, including authorizing torture and illegal wiretapping (which wasn't restricted at all by Gonzales' announcement that a FISA judge mysteriously approved the illegal program.) Sign Petition to Impeach Alberto Gonzales by democrats.com.

'There is no war on terror' --DPP takes on Blair and Reid over fear-driven legal response to threat 24 Jan 2007 The director of public prosecutions, Sir Ken Macdonald, put himself at odds with the home secretary and Downing Street last night by denying that Britain is caught up in a "war on terror" and calling for a "culture of legislative restraint" in passing laws to deal with terrorism. Sir Ken warned of the pernicious risk that a "fear-driven and inappropriate" response to the threat could lead Britain to abandon respect for fair trials and the due process of law.

'Surrender to nihilism' CPS chief warns MPs over terror threat to human rights 23 Jan 2007 Politicians who seek to water down human rights protections were sent a strong warning by the director of public prosecutions tonight. Sir Ken Macdonald said the terrorist threat must not tempt democracies into undermining their own values, and suggested that abandoning fair trials in terror cases would be a "surrender to nihilism". The head of the Crown Prosecution Service also renewed his calls for intercept evidence such as telephone tapping to become admissible evidence in court.

Huge majority say civil liberty curbs a 'price worth paying' to fight terror --Research finds most support compulsory ID cards, with phone tapping, curfews and tagging for suspects 24 Jan 2007 An overwhelming majority of people in Britain are willing to surrender civil liberties to help tackle the threat of terrorism, the nation's leading social research institute will disclose today. The survey found seven in every 10 people think compulsory identity cards for all adults would be "a price worth paying" to reduce the threat of terrorism. Eight in 10 say the authorities should be able to tap the phones of people suspected of involvement in terrorism, open their mail and impose electronic tagging or home curfews.

Loss of liberty is price for fighting terrorism 24 Jan 2007 A strong commitment to civil liberties, once considered a defining British characteristic, has weakened dramatically over the past 20 years, a survey found. More people than ever are prepared to see freedoms that used to be taken for granted, such as free speech and the right to protest, dispensed with... Nearly half those questioned thought denying people a jury trial was "a price worth paying" to tackle terrorism, though without explaining how it would.

Anti-terrorism police arrest five men in UK 24 Jan 2007 Police arrested five men in northern England under the country's security laws in two separate operations today. "This is not about bomb-making or planting bombs," a police source said, adding the men were suspected of being involved in logistical work [?!?]. "At this stage, there is no intelligence of any planned terrorist activity in the UK and the arrests are part of an ongoing investigation," Manchester Police said in a statement.

Olmert Calls for Katsav Resignation 24 Jan 2007 Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called on President Moshe Katsav to resign, as charges of rape and abuse of power loomed Wednesday. Katsav asked parliament to temporarily remove him from office in an effort to blunt growing calls for his resignation.

Israeli President, Facing Rape Charge, Asks for Leave 24 Jan 2007 Israeli President Moshe Katsav asked parliament to relieve him temporarily of his duties to fight a rape charge, dismissing calls for his resignation and attacking the media and police for their handling of the allegations.

Kerry to bow out of '08 presidential race 24 Jan 2007 Senator John F. Kerry plans to announce today that he is bowing out of the 2008 presidential race, and will instead remain in Congress and seek reelection to his Senate seat next year, according to senior Democratic officials.

Senate Republicans block minimum wage hike 24 Jan 2007 Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a Democratic bill to increase the federal minimum wage for the first time in a decade, demanding it first include small-business tax relief.

300 students turned away by N.O. schools --Buildings, teachers are in short supply 24 Jan 2007 In an exceedingly rare move for a public school system, hundreds of children seeking spots in the city's schools have been turned away -- "wait-listed" -- and told that the campuses have no room, school officials said Tuesday.

White Atlanta suburbs push for secession 23 Jan 2007 A potentially explosive dispute is taking shape over a proposal by Georgia Legislature's Republican [racist] majority to break Fulton County in two and split off Atlanta's predominantly white, affluent suburbs to the north from some of the metropolitan area's poorest, black neighborhoods.

Microsoft in hot water over Wikipedia edits 24 Jan 2007 Microsoft Corp. has landed in the Wikipedia doghouse after it offered to pay a blogger to change technical articles on the community-produced Web encyclopedia site.

U.N.: Bird flu outbreak alert 23 Jan 2007 The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization is warning nations, particularly in East Asia and Africa, to be vigilant for outbreaks of bird flu. New cases of the avian flu virus have been 'found' in China, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, Nigeria, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.

Environmental disaster feared as hundreds of oil-covered seabirds washed up in Devon 24 Jan 2007 Thousands of birds have been covered in black oil leaking from the MSC Napoli, which was beached off the Devon coast.

Experts: Alps glaciers will melt by 2050 22 Jan 2007 Glaciers will all but disappear from the Alps by 2050, scientists warned Monday, basing their bleak outlook on mounting evidence of slow but steady melting of the continental ice sheets.

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U.S. warns Iran to back down --2nd U.S. aircraft carrier strike group steaming toward Middle East 23 Jan 2007 A second U.S. aircraft carrier strike group now steaming toward the Middle East is Washington's way of warning Iran to back down in its attempts to dominate the region [?!? Hello, Pot? This is Kettle.], a top U.S. diplomat said here Tuesday. Nicholas Burns, U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs, ruled out direct negotiations with Iran and said a rapprochement between Washington and Tehran was "not possible" until Iran halts uranium enrichment. [Why doesn't the US stop *its* uranium enrichment?]

Russian Admiral Says U.S. Navy Prepares Missile Strike on Iran 15 Jan 2007 U.S. Navy nuclear submarines maintaining vigil off the coast of Iran indicate that the Pentagon’s military plans include not only control over navigation in the Persian Gulf but also strikes against Iranian targets, a former commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, Admiral Eduard Baltin has told the Interfax news agency.

The REAL Plan for Iran By George Washington 22 Jan 2007 A top former U.S. intelligence analyst has stated that the U.S. plans a broad-scale war against Iran... But how would the U.S. -- which has already stretched its military thin in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars -- pull it off? By using "The Khuzestan Gambit", as military planners call it. Basically, the U.S. would invade Khuzestan, a small region of Iran containing 90% of Iran's oil.

"They're trying to set me up. They want me to be the sacrificial lamb... I will not be sacrificed so Karl Rove can be protected." Prosecutor: Libby 'wiped out' Cheney memo --Defense in CIA leak trial counters that White House tried to set up Libby 23 Jan 2007 Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald used his opening statement in the CIA leak trial Tuesday to allege that Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney's chief of staff lied about Cheney's early involvement in the disclosure of a spy’s identity... In their opening statements, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's attorneys said Bush administration officials tried to blame him for the leak to cover up for presidential adviser Karl Rove’s own disclosures.

Libby was "set up" to protect Rove - lawyer 24 Jan 2007 The former vice presidential aide charged with perjury was "set up" by the White House to protect political strategist Karl Rove during a CIA leak investigation, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

Bush Poll Ratings Before Speech Fall to Nixon's Level 22 Jan 2007 President [sic] George W. Bush's approval ratings are now the lowest for any president the day before a State of the Union speech since Richard Nixon in 1974, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. Sixty-five percent of those surveyed said they disapprove of how Bush is handling his job as pResident while 33 percent approve.

View of US's global role 'worse' --More than 80% of respondents in Argentina, France and Germany disapprove of US approach to global warming 23 Jan 2007 The view of the US's role in the world has deteriorated both internationally and domestically, a BBC poll suggests. [See: World View of US Role Goes From Bad to Worse (.pdf) 23 Jan 2007.]

Bush to seek Congress support for Iraq plan 24 Jan 2007 U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush prepared to urge opponents in Congress on Tuesday to back sending thousands more troops to Iraq, as the U.N. envoy in the country said it was "sliding into the abyss of sectarianism."

Al Qaeda chief mocks Bush over extra troops 23 Jan 2007 Al-Qaeda's deputy leader has mocked US President [sic] George W Bush's plan to send 21,000 more troops to Iraq, challenging him to send "the entire army".

Petraeus says 'tough days' ahead in Iraq 23 Jan 2007 The Army general who would carry out President [sic] Bush's troop buildup in Iraq [Lt. Gen. David Petraeus] urged a skeptical Congress and American public on Tuesday to be patient with the plan and predicted "tough days" ahead.

Blackwater USA helicopter down in Iraq [<g>] 23 Jan 2007 A helicopter owned by the private security firm Blackwater USA crashed Tuesday in central Baghdad, killing five 'civilians' [US taxpayer-funded terrorists] on board, U.S. military officials said.

U.S. helicopter crash caused by hostile fire: report 22 Jan 2007 The U.S. military helicopter that crashed outside Baghdad, killing all 12 on board, was shot down by a shoulder-fired missile, CNN reported on Monday.

Soldier aquitted of beating Iraqi suspects in Basra 23 Jan 2007 A soldier has been acquitted of beating and seriously injuring an Iraqi captive during a round-up of civilians in Basra in 2003. Sergeant Kelvin Stacey, one of seven Queen's Lancashire Regiment soldiers on trial for allegedly ill-treating suspected 'insurgents' in Iraq, was found not guilty by a seven-member judging panel at a court martial in Bulford, Wiltshire.

137 killed or found dead across Iraq 22 Jan 2007 Suicide bombings and car bombings comprised attacks in the latest in a renewed campaign of 'insurgent' violence in advance of a U.S.-Iraqi security operation. In all, 137 people were killed or found dead across Iraq.

The Invisible Enemy in Iraq By Steve Silberman 22 Jan 2007 Since Operation Iraqi Freedom began in 2003, more than 700 US soldiers have been infected or colonized with Acinetobacter baumannii. A significant number of additional cases have been found in the Canadian and British armed forces, and among wounded Iraqi civilians.

Escalation Forces Bush to Resort to Recruiting Convicts By Robin Morgan 22 Jan 2007 In 2005, already desperate for fresh recruits, the Army started increasing, by nearly half, the rate at which it grants what it terms "moral waivers," permitting recruits with criminal records, emotional problems, and weak educational backgrounds to serve.

U.S. mulls putting more money, men into Afghanistan 23 Jan 2007 The United States hopes to fend off a resurgent Taliban by putting more money and manpower into Afghanistan, U.S. officials and analysts said on Monday.

Suicide bomber kills up to 10 near U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan 23 Jan 2007 A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of laborers outside a U.S. military base in eastern Afghanistan, killing as many as 10 people in the deadliest suicide attack in four months.

Australia asks US to bring new charges against Guantanmo Bay inmate 23 Jan 2007 Australia has asked the United States to bring new charges against Australia's sole remaining inmate [David Hicks] at Guantanamo Bay by the middle of next month, the prime minister said Tuesday.

U.S. says Arar should be on watch list 22 Jan 2007 Despite being cleared by a Canadian investigation, a Syrian-born Canadian citizen should remain on a U.S. security watch list, based on recently reviewed U.S. information, two U.S. officials said in a letter released on Monday.

Five men held as anti-terror police swoop in dawn raids 23 Jan 2007 Five men have been arrested under anti[pro]-terrorism laws after two separate operations this morning.

UK police arrest 5 men under the Terrorism Act 23 Jan 2007 Police arrested five men in northern England on Tuesday in two separate investigations into alleged terrorist offenses, including the disappearance of a terror suspect [?!?], authorities said.

US brings in new passport rules 23 Jan 2007 New rules go into effect on Tuesday requiring citizens of Canada, Mexico and Bermuda to produce a passport on arrival by air in the United States. American citizens returning home from the three countries will also have to show their passports.

Judges cannot add years to prisoners' sentences, high court rules 22 Jan 2007 The U.S. Supreme Court today struck down a part of California's 30-year-old sentencing law, which allows judges to add several years to a criminal's prison term.

Israel's President to Be Indicted on Rape, Abuse of Power Charges 23 Jan 2007 Israel's attorney general notified President Moshe Katsav on Tuesday that he plans to indict him on charges of rape and abuse of power, a stunning accusation against the country's ceremonial head of state.

Knesset members call on president to resign --'A sad day for Israel and its citizens,' says MK Orlev; Meretz party threatens to move for Katsav's impeachment should he fail to resign 23 Jan 2007 Officials from both ends of the political spectrum called on President Moshe Katsav to resign immediately, following Attorney General Menachem Mazuz's decision on Tuesday to charge him with a series of sexual offences, including rape.

WSJ: New Indictment Expected in Hill Scandals By Justin Rood 22 Jan 2007 When Duke Cunningham went down in one of the largest congressional bribery scandals in history, he tried to take his main bribers with him: Mitchell Wade [...] and Brent Wilkes... Now, the Wall Street Journal says that federal prosecutors are under orders to deliver a grand jury indictment against Wilkes by Feb. 15.

The EPA Closes Its Libraries, Destroys Documents 17 Jan 2007 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun closing its nationwide network of scientific libraries, effectively preventing EPA scientists and the public from accessing vast amounts of data and information on issues from toxicology to pollution. Several libraries have already been dismantled, with their contents either destroyed or shipped to repositories where they are uncataloged and inaccessible. [...] Please call EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson at (202) 564-4700 and urge him to keep the library system open until all materials are available online.

I saw this one marching down Broadway, a mile away: Wal-Mart Accused of Mislabeling Organics 22 Jan 2007 A year after Wal-Mart laid out ambitious plans to become a much bigger player in the organic foods business, the giant retailer is running into trouble over its organic effort with consumer activists and government regulators, reports BusinessWeek Online.

U.N. climate panel to project wrenching change 23 Jan 2007 A U.N. climate panel will project wrenching disruptions to nature by 2100 in a report next week blaming human use of fossil fuels more clearly than ever for global warming, scientific sources said.

Al Gore 'Thrilled' by Oscar Nominations 23 Jan 2007 "An Inconvenient Truth," Al Gore's film on the perils of global warming, scored two Oscar nominations Tuesday for best documentary feature and best original song.

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Prominent lobbyist Perle: U.S. will attack Iran if it obtains nukes 22 Jan 2007 President [sic] George Bush will order an attack on Iran if it becomes clear to him that Iran is set to acquire nuclear weapons capabilities while he is still in office, Richard Perle told the Herzliya Conference on Sunday.

MP says Iran bars 38 atomic inspectors: agency 22 Jan 2007 Iran has barred 38 inspectors with the U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), from entering the country, an Iranian lawmaker was quoted by Iran's ISNA news agency on Monday as saying.

Iraqi PM told Bush to withdraw US troops from Baghdad 21 Jan 2007 Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki proposed to President [sic] George W. Bush in November to withdraw US troops from Baghdad and let the Iraqi government take over security in the capital, a US newspaper [The Washington Post] reported. But soon after, Bush rejected the idea, the paper said.

Bush rejects timetables for pullout from Iraq 22 Jan 2007 US President [sic] George W. Bush distanced himself from predictions US troops could begin leaving Iraq by late summer, stating bluntly he would accept no timetable for such a pullout.

Confidence in Bush Leadership at All-Time Low, Poll Finds 22 Jan 2007 President [sic] Bush will deliver his State of the disUnion address on Tuesday at the weakest point of his presidency, facing deep public dissatisfaction over his Iraq war policies and eroding confidence in his 'leadership,' according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll... The poll also shows that 65 percent of Americans oppose sending more troop to Iraq.

Bombs Kill at Least 100 People in Iraq 22 Jan 2007 Twin bombings Monday tore through stalls of vendors in a busy Baghdad market. A market also was attacked north of the capital, and police said nearly 100 people died in the renewed campaign blamed on 'Sunni Muslim insurgents' [US terrorists].

US troops surge into Iraq as death toll mounts 22 Jan 2007 The first troops in President [sic] George Bush's "surge" arrived in Baghdad yesterday to the news that America had suffered its deadliest day in Iraq for nearly two years.

U.S. Troops Caught in Ambush in Iraqi City --Gunmen, using disguises, infiltrated secured Iraqi site 22 Jan 2007 Five American service members were killed in a hail of grenades and gunfire in a breach of security that Iraqi officials called unprecedented.

2 U.S. Marines Killed in Anbar Province 22 Jan 2007 Two U.S. Marines were killed in separate attacks in Anbar province, the military said Monday.

U.S. Toll in Iraq Is 27 for Deadly Weekend 22 Jan 2007 The United States military said that two marines died Sunday in western Iraq and that an additional seven service members died Saturday. The deaths brought the weekend toll to 27 and made Saturday the third-deadliest day for United States forces since the war here began.

Details Emerge About Possible Terror Threat --Suspects, Reportedly Tied to Al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] in Iraq, Sought Student Visas 22 Jan 2007 Mimicking the 'hijackers' who executed the Sept. 11 attacks, 'insurgents' reportedly tied to al Qaeda in Iraq considered using student visas to slip terrorists into the United States to orchestrate a new attack on American soil. Lt. Gen. Michael D. Maples, head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, recently testified that documents 'captured' [planted] by occupation forces during a raid of a safe house believed to house Iraqi members of al Qaeda six months ago "revealed [AQI] was planning terrorist operations in the U.S."

Carlyle Group mentioned in UK nuclear subs yard talks --MoD floats consolidation plan 15 Jan 2007 BAE Systems is in talks with Rolls-Royce over a £200 million bid for Devonport as part of moves to consolidate Britain’s submarine industry, The Times has learnt. BAE has also lined up Carlyle Group, the private equity investor, as an alternative should it be unable to agree terms with industry partners.

U.S. Plans Missile Bases in Europe 22 Jan 2007 The United States has entered a decisive phase in a plan to set up missile defense sites in Eastern Europe.

Czechs give go-ahead for US 'son of star wars' base 22 Jan 2007 The Czech government has announced that it wants to host a large US military site for the Pentagon's much-criticised missile shield system, confirming for the first time that Washington had asked Prague for permission to build a radar site for the national missile defence programme.

Israeli Knesset passes law to revoke citizenship of 'unpatriotic' Israelis 10 Jan 2007 A new law passed Wednesday will allow the Israeli government to revoke the citizenship of citizens considered unpatriotic to the Jewish state of Israel. The law is expected to be applied especially to the 20 percent of Israeli citizens who are of Palestinian origin.

Canada making enemies, Hamas warns --Palestinian minister shunned by MacKay 22 Jan 2007 Canada risks making itself an enemy of the Palestinian people and of the broader Islamist movement by boycotting Hamas and openly siding with Israel, Palestinian foreign minister Mahmoud Zahar said Sunday after he was shunned by visiting Foreign Minister Peter MacKay. During an hour-long interview that he said was a replacement for the meeting Mr. MacKay denied him, Mr. Zahar alternated between saying he was anxious to open a dialogue with Canada and saying he looked forward to the moment that Canadians voted the "extremist" Conservative government out of office. [We are all waiting!]

Blair likely to quit if aides charged in loans inquiry 22 Jan 2007 Tony Blair is likely to stand down early if charges are brought in the cash-for-honours affair against any of his key aides, including Ruth Turner, arrested on Friday on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

Chavez to U.S. Officials: 'Go to Hell' 22 Jan 2007 President Hugo Chavez told U.S. officials to "Go to hell, gringos!" and called Secretary of State [war criminal] Condoleezza Rice "missy" on his weekly radio and TV show Sunday, lashing out at Washington for what he called unacceptable meddling in Venezuelan affairs.

Turning the tables on Washington, Cuba says US harbours terrorists 22 Jan 2007 Cuba, which for years has figured on the US list of states that sponsor terrorism, has turned the tables on Washington, claiming the United States harbors terrorists responsible for the deaths of dozens of people. The Cuban government is waging a major campaign to demand the extradition of Luis Posada Carriles, who is accused here and in Venezuela of masterminding the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner that killed 73 people.

SAS unit moves to London in terror fight 22 Jan 2007 An SAS unit is now for the first time permanently based in London on 24-hour standby for counter-terrorist operations, The Times has learnt. The basing of a unit from the elite special forces regiment "in the metropolitan area" is intended to provide the police with a combat-proven ability to deal with armed terrorists in the capital. The small unit also includes surveillance specialists and bomb-disposal experts. Defence sources emphasised that a minister would have to make the decision to use the unit based in London.

Parliament protester's legal win 22 Jan 2007 Anti-war protester Brian Haw has won his latest legal battle to maintain his demonstration in Parliament Square. Police claimed Mr Haw, from Redditch, Worcestershire, posed a threat as terrorists could hide bombs under his many banners and placards [!?!].

Police Printed Flier Warning of Activist 19 Jan 2007 (CT) Hours before the controversial arrest of political blogger Kenneth Krayeske at Gov. (R) M. Jodi Rell's Jan. 3 inaugural parade, state police distributed copies of a full-color, two-page document describing Krayeske as an activist who had invited people to join him in a protest outside Rell's inaugural ball that night.

Political T-shirt leaves man stranded 23 Jan 2007 An anti-war protester who was refused boarding on a Qantas flight to London because he wore a provocative T-shirt has issued a challenge to the airline to fly him home dressed the same way. Allen Jasson, an IT specialist living in London, risks missing his chance of permanent residency if he spends more than two months out of Britain. Mr Jasson was told he could not fly last Friday from Melbourne Airport while wearing a T-shirt that said US President [sic] George Bush was the world's number one terrorist. [He is!]

Pa. man's letter brings Secret Service 21 Jan 2007 An elderly man who wrote in a letter to the editor about Saddam Hussein's execution that "they hanged the wrong man" got a visit from Secret Service agents concerned he was threatening Dictator Bush. The letter by Dan Tilli was published in Monday's edition of The Express-Times of Easton, Pa. It ended with the line, "I still believe they hanged the wrong man." [Well, they did!]

Companies Refusing to Reveal Biotech Research 10 Jan 2007 By Sherwood Ross Some 113 university, government, hospital and corporate laboratories engaged in research often with potential to be used for germ warfare have refused to disclose their operations to the public as required by Federal rules, a nonprofit watchdog agency has charged.

Website offers whistleblowers chance to go global 20 Jan 2007 The internet could become even more difficult for governments to regulate with a new website, Wikileaks, promising to provide a safe haven for whistleblowers to upload confidential documents.

Court Rules Against Sentencing Rules in Calif. 22 Jan 2007 The Supreme Court ruled 6 to 3 today that California’s system of sentencing criminals is unconstitutional because it gives judges some authority that really belongs to jurors and thus deprives a defendant of a fair trial.

FBI Should Have Pursued Foley E-Mails, Report Says 22 Jan 2007 The FBI should have followed up on e- mails sent in 2005 by then-U.S. Representative (GOPervert) Mark Foley to a former teenage male congressional page instead of deciding not to investigate, a Justice Department report says.

More U.S. states consider erecting barriers to Wal-Mart's banking plans 22 Jan 2007 Wal-Mart Stores, the world's largest retailer, faces legislation in at least five more U.S. states that would ban it and other nonfinancial companies from operating banks.

Fears over oil and acid on stricken ship --Up to 200 of the ship's 2,400 containers enter water and are washed up 22 Jan 2007 A Major anti-pollution operation was underway last night after a stricken cargo ship off Devon coast leaked up to 200 tonnes of oil into the sea.

Surge in carbon levels raises fears of runaway warming 19 Jan 2007 Carbon dioxide is accumulating in the atmosphere much faster than scientists expected, raising fears that humankind may have less time to tackle climate change than previously thought.

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US prison is 'threat' to Geneva treaties 21 Jan 2007 The United States is undermining international law by unilaterally rejecting demands to grant detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp protection against mistreatment and torture, an influential committee of British MPs has warned. The Foreign Affairs Committee claims the US is threatening the future of the Geneva Conventions by refusing to recognise the terror suspects interned at the camp as "military combatants" and give them the rights due under the international agreements.

Guantanamo fails to meet basic British standards-lawmakers 21 Jan 2007 The U.S. detention centre in Guantanamo fails to meet even basic British standards for prisoners, British lawmakers who visited the base said on Sunday. A cross-party parliamentary committee also said a new U.S. military commissions system, expected to start trying terrorism suspects this year, gave cause for concern and London should raise any human rights misgivings with Washington.

Official blasts Guantanamo inmate's lawyers 19 Jan 2007 Australia's foreign minister [Alexander Downer] on Friday criticized lawyers representing the only Australian inmate at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay for disputing his report that the man is healthy. David Hicks' Pentagon-appointed lawyer, Maj. Michael Mori, has repeatedly said his client is suffering from severe depression after being incarcerated for five years without a trial.

UK admits prior knowledge of secret CIA prison network 20 Jan 2007 British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett admitted Friday in a written response to a parliamentary question that Britain was "aware of the existence of a secret US detention program" prior to a September speech by President [sic] Bush acknowledging the existence of CIA-operated secret prisons for terror detainees. A cabinet Intelligence and Security Committee report has also stated that British intelligence service MI5 was also aware that the US was holding detainees in facilities other than those in Guantanamo, but did not have knowledge of the locations, conditions and access to the detainees.

UK monitoring every Muslim Mecca pilgrim 21 Jan 2007 The intelligence agencies are monitoring every Muslim who travels from Britain to Mecca on pilgrimage in a wider effort to piece together intelligence on suspected Al-Qaeda [Al-CIAduh] terrorist activity. A senior Whitehall official has disclosed that the operation targeting trips to the holy city in Saudi Arabia by more than 100,000 British Muslims is part of a trawl by MI5 and MI6 for information about movements of suspected terrorists.

Muslims protest '24' terrorism role --Some fear becoming targets if viewers blur plot's fiction with fact 21 Jan 2007 Two years ago, Muslim groups protested when the plot of the hit Fox drama 24 cast Islamic terrorists as the villains who launched a stolen nuclear missile in an attack on America... This time, the terrorists this time have already succeeded in detonating a nuclear bomb in a Los Angeles suburb. Being portrayed again as the heartless wrongdoers has drawn renewed protests from Muslim groups, including one that had a meeting with Fox executives two years ago about the issue.

Feinstein claims White House using Patriot Act to oust prosecutors 19 Jan 2007 Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is claiming that the White House has taken advantage of the Patriot Act to oust the top prosecutor in coastal Northern California and other federal prosecutors.

'The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.' --William Shakespeare, Henry VI (Act IV, Scene II). The Bush regime's most recent assault on the law --Compilation by Lori R. Price, Editor, Citizens for Legitimate Government 18 Jan 2007 [Updated!]

"This is a pack of lies." Tribe: U.S., not Pakistan, hit village 19 Jan 2007 Tribesmen from a Pakistani mountain village [Zamzola] where an airstrike hit a suspected 'al-Qaida' hideout claimed Friday that missiles were fired from an American plane and denied the dead were terrorists... "This is a pack of lies," said Jalandhar Khan, 40, holding a shovel near the ruins of a neighbor's ruined house. "There was no al-Qaida man. Those killed or injured in this attack by America were innocent woodcutters."

Insurgent TV channel turns into Iraq's newest cult hit 15 Jan 2007 An American soldier slumps in the turret of his tank, felled by the Baghdad sniper. A Humvee is vapourised by a roadside bomb. Rockets launch from a pick-up truck to shouts of "Allah u Akhbar [God is great]". Back in the studio a TV anchorman, dressed in fatigues, urges viewers to rise up and fight the invaders. [We need to get that anchorman over here, to encourage people to rise up and fight the Bush occupation.]

Iraq violence follows spike in U.S. military death toll Baghdad bombings kill 6 and wound 21 21 Jan 2007 Violence raged across Iraq on Sunday, a day after the U.S. military sustained one of its worst one-day death tolls in the country since the war began in 2003.

Bomb Explodes on Bus in Baghdad; 6 Dead 21 Jan 2007 A bomb struck a small bus in Baghdad as it headed to a predominantly Shiite area on Sunday, killing six passengers and wounding 10, police said.

29 tortured bodies found in Iraq 21 Jan 2007 Police found 29 bodies with gunshot wounds to the head and signs of torture in various parts of Baghdad in the 24 hours to Saturday evening, a police source said.

At least 27 U.S. troops killed in Iraq over weekend 21 Jan 2007 At least 27 U.S. troops were killed in a helicopter crash and 'insurgent' attacks across Iraq over the weekend in one of the deadliest stretches for the American military here in nearly two years.

U.S. helicopter crashes near Baghdad --All 13 on board reported killed 20 Jan 2007 A U.S. helicopter crashed Saturday northeast of Baghdad, killing all 13 people on board, the military said.

Roadside bomb kills British soldier in Iraq 21 Jan 2007 A roadside bomb killed a British soldier and wounded four more on Sunday north of Basra in southern Iraq, the British military said.

Ala. Republicans lining up behind Bush on Iraq troop increase 20 Jan 2007 After initially raising concerns, Alabama's Republican-dominated congressional delegation is lining up squarely behind a White House plan to send 21,500 additional troops to Iraq. All five Alabama Republicans in the House and both of the state's GOP senators said they will support President [sic] Bush.

Most Americans See U.S. in Iraq Beyond 2007 21 Jan 2007 Many adults in the United States believe their federal government’s commitment to the coalition effort will continue into 2008, according to a poll by Rasmussen Reports. 80 per cent of respondents think it is unlikely that U.S. troops will be out of Iraq within a year.

Dirge for a 'Surge' 20 Jan 2007 The latest NEWSWEEK poll finds that pResident George W. Bush’s call for a "surge" in troops is opposed by two-thirds (68 percent) of Americans and supported by only a quarter (26 percent). Almost half of all respondents (46 percent) want to see American troops pulled out "as soon as possible." Bush's personal approval rating is again stuck at its lowest point in the history of the poll, 31 percent.

5 NATO Soldiers Wounded in Afghanistan 20 Jan 2007 A car bomb exploded near a NATO convoy in a volatile area of southern Afghanistan, wounding five soldiers, a spokesman for NATO's International Security Assistance Force said Saturday.

No child left behind: Taliban to Open Schools in Afghanistan 21 Jan 2007 The Taliban said it will open its own schools in areas of southern Afghanistan under its control, an apparent effort to win support among local residents and undermine the Western-backed government's efforts to expand 'education.'

FBI details threat from gangs in military --Says members of Illinois biker gangs in Iraq 20 Jan 2007 Members of the Hells Angels, including an Army lieutenant colonel from Illinois, have served the U.S. military in Iraq. Another Iraq war veteran, a Marine who belongs to the Maniac Latin Disciples street gang, is charged with shooting three teens in Aurora. They are examples of growing gang activity in the military, which "poses a threat to law enforcement officials and national security," according to a new FBI report obtained by the Sun-Times.

Iraqi president urges US to talk to Syria 20 Jan 2007 Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is urging the United States to talk with Syria, claiming in an interview that Damascus "supports" Iraq in fighting the 'insurgency.'

Rice rules out talks with Syria, Iran 20 Jan 2007 US Secretary of State [War Criminal] Condoleezza Rice has reiterated Washington's opposition to talking to Syria or Iran to get their help in easing unrest in Iraq.

US plans to foment strife in Iran: Rezai 21 Jan 2007 The United States wants to incite a popular uprising in Iran, a senior Iranian official [Mohsen Rezai, secretary of Iran's Expediency Council] has been quoted as saying, adding that a confrontation between Washington and Tehran is "inevitable."

Iran Announces Short-Range Missile Tests 21 Jan 2007 Iran announced new tests of short-range missiles Sunday, and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed criticism that the country's economy has been hurt by U.N. sanctions imposed for its suspect nuclear program.

Iran to Conduct Missile War Games 21 Jan 2007 Iran plans three days of military maneuvers, including short-range missile tests, beginning Sunday - its first since the U.N. Security Council imposed sanctions against it in late December, state-run [as opposed to 'corporate-run'] television said.

"In light of what's happened in the past six years, we haven't adhered to snuffing attempts from the administration. ... (Documentaries) have become more of a truth to power in an environment where lying is treated like a political asset." Redford lands left hook, criticizes Bush policy 20 Jan 2007 Robert Redford came out swinging at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival's opening news conference Thursday, attacking the Bush regime for its politics as strongly as he dismissed film buyers who want his fest to serve as a market. "Anyone with a rational mind and a sense of decency is being positioned as a lefty by the extreme right," he said, responding to an attendee who asked whether he thought Sundance selections were politically oriented to the left. "I believe in the tenets of democracy, and when they get pushed, it pisses me off," he said.

New Passport Rules Taking Effect For Air Travel 19 Jan 2007 Starting Tuesday, air travelers who are U.S. citizens returning home from all out of the country locations must ,with few exceptions, display passports to enter the United States.

Halliburton Huckabee: $tealing 500K to pay for that which he destroyed: Huckabee left computers, fund gutted 19 Jan 2007 Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Criminal-AR) depleted the governor’s office emergency fund in the final weeks of his administration in part to pay for the [his] destruction of computer hard drives in his office [to erase evidence?]. That left Gov. Mike Beebe (D), who replaced Huckabee on Jan. 9, with no emergency funds for the last half of fiscal 2007.

Blair's 'gatekeeper' arrested over cash for peerages affair 20 Jan 2007 The cash-for-peerages drama moved beyond the door of 10 Downing Street and straight to the Prime Minister's personal "gatekeeper" yesterday after Ruth Turner, a key aide of Tony Blair, was arrested by police under suspicion of perverting the course of justice... Last night she denied any allegations of wrongdoing and Mr Blair issued a statement saying he had "full confidence" in his key aide, who sits yards away from his "den". [LOL!]

Clinton Launches 2008 White House Bid 20 Jan 2007 Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton embarked on a widely anticipated campaign for the White House on Saturday, a former first lady intent on becoming the first female president. "I'm in and I'm in to win," she said on her Web site.

Hillary Clinton launches historic bid for president 20 Jan 2007 Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton embarked on a widely anticipated campaign for the White House on Saturday, a former first lady intent on becoming the first female president. "I'm in and I'm in to win," she said on her Web site.

Concern as revived 1918 flu virus kills monkeys --Questions raised over safety of revived microbe. 17 Jan 2007 The 1918 influenza virus, which killed some 50 million people worldwide, has proved fatal to macaques infected in a laboratory. The study follows Nature's controversial publication of the virus's sequence in 2005, alongside a paper in Science that described the recreation of the virus from a corpse and its potency in mice... "The pathogenesis is interesting," Michael Gale, a virologist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, says. "But the key question is: how was it spread so efficiently?" [LOL, Bush is poised to play the bioterror card, declare martial law, and have the GOP steal the 2008 'elections.']

Hundreds of dead ducks discovered 20 Jan 2007 (Denver, CO) Almost 200 dead ducks have been found in a chlorine basin at a wastewater treatment facility. An engineer first noticed several distressed ducks on site January 2nd, and then a week later, the staff discovered a pattern; hundreds of ducks dead in the water.

US toxic gases push British pollution over safety limit 21 Jan 2007 Toxic gases blown across the Atlantic from America are pushing British cities over the legal limit for air pollution and damaging people’s health, an official study shows.

Alps Still Have Snow Shortage 21 Jan 2007 Freakish high temperatures and rain revisited this posh ski resort in the French Alps and other mountain areas of Europe last week, prolonging a mild winter that is striking hard at alpine economies and fueling debate about what is causing the strange weather.

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"I've seen some of the planning ... You're not talking about a surgical strike." U.S. plans envision broad attack on Iran: analyst 19 Jan 2007 U.S. contingency planning for military action against Iran's nuclear program goes beyond limited strikes and would effectively unleash a war against the country, a former U.S. intelligence analyst [Wayne White] said on Friday.

US congressmen seek Iran block 18 Jan 2007 A bipartisan group of US congressmen have put forward legislation to prevent the president [sic] from attacking Iran without the authorisation of Congress. The move comes amid concern at George W Bush's attitude towards Iran.

Washington 'snubbed Iran offer' 18 Jan 2007 Iran offered the US a package of concessions in 2003, but it was rejected by Vice-President [sic] Dick Cheney's office, a senior former US official has told the BBC's Newsnight programme.

"This is a shock-and-awe tactic." Blackwater USA countersues attorney representing estates of employees killed in Iraq 19 Jan 2007 Private security contractor [terrorists] Blackwater USA is seeking $10 million from the attorney representing the estates of four employees killed and mutilated in Iraq, arguing their families breached the security guards' contracts by suing the company for wrongful death. Dan Callahan, a California-based attorney representing the families, called the claim "appalling." "This is a shock-and-awe tactic," Callahan said Friday.

100 Saddam regime officials to be tried [by the Bush regime] 18 Jan 2007 More than 100 former members of Saddam Hussein's regime will stand trial this year in connection with the deaths of tens of thousands of Shiite Muslims during an uprising after the 1991 Gulf War, prosecutor Jaafar al-Moussawi said Thursday.

U.S. seizes Sadr aide as Gates visits Iraq 19 Jan 2007 U.S. and Iraqi troops seized a prominent spokesman for Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Friday, confronting a movement that has a key role in the ruling occupation but is accused by Washington of running [US] death squads.

1,000 US Troops Present Petition for Iraq Withdrawal to Kucinich 16 Jan 2007 Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today received petitions from over 1,000 active duty members of the armed services who are calling for an end to the war in Iraq. They are using a little known procedure called an appeal for redress which is provided for in the rules of the Department of Defense.

US not obliged to stay in Iraq: Pelosi 20 Jan 2007 Epitomising the growing pressure in Congress against President [sic] Bush’s Iraq war buildup, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said yesterday that the conflict there “is not an obligation of the American people in perpetuity”.

Bush fights to quash vote of no confidence 19 Jan 2007 A beleaguered President [sic] George W Bush was battling yesterday to prevent Republican rebels in Congress joining Democrats to pass a vote of no confidence in his Iraq policy.

U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne quick-reaction force faces possible problem: Full deployment 19 Jan 2007 The four brigades in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division usually rotate the role of the United States' "ready" brigade, prepared to leave for anywhere in the world within 18 hours. But in the latest example of how the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are pushing the Army to its limits, the brigade may have to briefly give up its role this summer.

'US bomb used' in Pakistan raid 19 Jan 2007 Al Jazeera has obtained exclusive pictures of the aftermath of an airstrike by Pakistani forces which killed at least 10 people. The footage shows an unexploded bomb that could not have been fired from the helicopter gunships that the Pakistani military said carried out the raid. In Salamat Ghundi, another village, residents told Reuters news agency that an unmanned US drone aircraft carried out the attack.

Targeting "Modern Bullet Factory," POG to Block CMU Building 18 Jan 2007 Calling Carnegie Mellon University "the world leader in warfare robotics," Alex Bradley and other anti-war organizers from the Pittsburgh Organizing Group are planning a March 2 "complete blockade" of CMU's National Robotics Engineering Center.

Britain Admits Awareness of CIA Prisons 20 Jan 2007 The British foreign secretary [Margaret Beckett] admitted Friday that her government was aware of a secret CIA prison network before President [sic] Bush acknowledged its existence in September.

Law Council slams 'unfair system' 19 Jan 2007 The US Defence Department today released a manual which revamps regulations for its US military tribunals set to try Hicks and other Guantanamo Bay detainees. But the law council said today the new rules fell short of fair trial standards. "After the Military Commissions Act was passed last year, we knew that this new regime established to try Guantanamo detainees was fundamentally flawed and unfair," council president Tim Bugg said.

MP backlash as US sets Hicks terror trial rules 20 Jan 2007 The Federal Government could be facing a backbench revolt over David Hicks after the United States revealed the rules under which he will be tried.

N.C. lawmakers want SBI to probe alleged CIA flights 19 Jan 2007 Nearly two dozen state lawmakers are urging Attorney General Roy Cooper to investigate whether a North Carolina company provided planes to the CIA to shuttle terrorism suspects to countries where they may have been tortured. The 22 lawmakers, all Democrats, who signed a letter sent to Cooper and the State Bureau of Investigation urge an investigation into "credible allegations that Aero Contractors conspired to commit federal crimes," according to a copy of the letter provided by advocacy group Stop Torture Now.

Oregon Bar asks lawyer about mysterious jet owner 19 Jan 2007 Who is Leonard Bayard? A company registered in Oregon and bearing his name owned an executive jet the CIA is reported to have used to transport terrorist suspects to foreign countries for interrogation -- the so-called "extraordinary rendition" program. The disciplinary counsel for the Oregon State Bar is pressing forward with an investigation of Portland lawyer Scott Caplan by asking him, just who is Leonard Bayard and did you represent him?

Detainee DNA may be put in database 19 Jan 2007 The federal government could add DNA from tens of thousands of immigration violators, captives in the war on [of] terrorism and others accused but not convicted of federal offenses to the FBI's crime-fighting database under a plan being finalized by the Justice Department.

Senators Demand Details on New Eavesdropping Rules 19 Jan 2007 Lawmakers demanded more information on new rules for governing a domestic surveillance program on Thursday, a day after the Bush regime announced that it had placed the National Security Agency eavesdropping under court supervision. The Justice Department has tried to streamline the application for warrants under the surveillance law, creating a computerized system called Turbo FISA.

Negroponte says domestic spy program was critical 19 Jan 2007 U.S. intelligence chief John Negroponte on Friday cited the Bush administration's recently disbanded domestic spying program as a critically important post-September 11 change in intelligence practices.

Gonzales Questions Habeas Corpus By Robert Parry 19 Jan 2007 In one of the most chilling public statements ever made by a U.S. Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales questioned whether the U.S. Constitution grants habeas corpus rights of a fair trial to every American. Responding to questions from Sen. Arlen Specter at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Jan. 18, Gonzales argued that the Constitution doesn’t explicitly bestow habeas corpus rights; it merely says when the so-called Great Writ can be suspended. "There is no expressed grant of habeas in the Constitution; there’s a prohibition against taking it away,"

Invisible RFID Ink Tattoos for Cattle, People By Bill Christensen 18 Jan 2007 Somark Innovations announced biocompatible RFID ink, which can be used to tattoo cattle and laboratory rats... This is a passive RFID technology that contains no metals; the tattoos themselves can be colored or invisible. The Somark ID System creates a "biocompatible ink tattoo with chipless RFID functionality." ...Somark Innovations co-founder Mark Pydynowski noted that [...] RFID ink tattoos could be used to track and rescue soldiers. He remarked "It could help identify friends or foes, prevent friendly fire, and help save soldiers' lives."

Lockheed awarded $135 mln CDC terrorism preparation contract [Yes, the Bush regime is *preparing* terrorism, six ways from Sunday.] 19 Jan 2007 Lockheed Martin Corp. said Friday it has been awarded a five-year, $135 million contract by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to continue providing support to the agency's Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response. [See: Scientists Recreate 1918 Flu and See Parallels to Bird Flu --In 2005, U.S. Army scientists reconstructed Spanish flu virus by extracting genetic fragments from the bodies of victims exhumed from the Alaskan permafrost. 18 Jan 2007]

Lockheed Stock and Two Smoking Barrels By Richard Cummings Jan 2007 If you think the Iraq war hasn't worked out very well for anyone, think again. Defense contractors such as Lockheed are thriving. And no wonder: Here's the story of how Lockheed's interests--as opposed to those of the American citizenry--set the course of U.S. policy after 9/11.

Two Governors Appeal for Antiterror Aid 20 Jan 2007 Warning that it would be a "grave mistake" to further reduce antiterrorism financing to the nation’s busiest urban center, Govs. Eliot Spitzer of New York and Jon S. Corzine of New Jersey pressed the Bush administration on Friday for a substantial increase in federal money to improve security for the region’s highways and mass transit lines.

'We had to federalize Louisiana because she's a white, female Democratic governor and we have a chance to rub her nose in it.' Brown: Politics Played Role in Katrina 20 Jan 2007 Party politics played a role in decisions over whether to take federal control of Louisiana and other areas affected by Hurricane Katrina, former FEMA director Michael Brown said Friday. Some in the White House suggested only Louisiana should be federalized because it was run by a Democrat, Gov. Kathleen Blanco, Brown told a group of graduate students at a lecture on politics and emergency management at Metropolitan College of New York. Brown said he had recommended to President [sic] Bush that all 90,000 square miles along the Gulf Coast affected by the hurricane be federalized, making the federal government in charge of all agencies responding to the disaster. ''Unbeknownst to me, certain people in the White House were thinking 'We had to federalize Louisiana because she's a white, female Democratic governor and we have a chance to rub her nose in it,'' he said. Blanco reacted sharply on hearing what Brown had said. ''This is exactly what we were living but could not bring ourselves to believe. Karl Rove was playing politics while our people were dying,'' Blanco said through a spokeswoman, referring to Bush's top political strategist.

Former lawmaker sentenced to 30 months in prison 19 Jan 2007 Former Republican Rep. Bob Ney of Ohio was sentenced on Friday to 2-1/2 years in prison for his role in the Jack Abramoff political corruption scandal that helped Democrats win control of the U.S. Congress.

GSA Chief Scrutinized For Deal With Friend --No-Bid Contract A Mistake, She Says 19 Jan 2007 The chief of the U.S. General Services Administration [Lurita Alexis Doan, a former government contractor appointed by pResident Bush] attempted to give a no-bid contract to a company founded and operated by a longtime friend, sidestepping federal laws and regulations, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Washington Post.

Concern over China's missile test 19 Jan 2007 China is facing international criticism over a weapons test it reportedly carried out in space last week. Japan has expressed concern, as have the US and Australia.

Prosecutor says presidential recount rigged in Ohio county 18 Jan 2007 Three elections workers in the state's most populous county conspired to avoid a more thorough recount of ballots in the 2004 presidential election, a prosecutor told jurors during opening statements at their trial Thursday. Witnesses testified that, two days before a planned recount, selected ballots were counted so the result would be determined.

Top Blair aide arrested over 'cash for honours' 20 Jan 2007 The net tightened on Tony Blair yesterday after one of his senior advisers was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice, by police investigating the alleged "cash for honours" scandal. Ruth Turner, the director of government relations inside Downing Street, was arrested under caution and bailed without charge after questioning.

New Winter Storm Stalks Southern Plains --At Oklahoma Shelter 'We're Packed to the Gills' 19 Jan 2007 A storm carrying the threat of more snow and ice moved across the Southern Plains on Friday as more than 100,000 homes and businesses remained in the dark from earlier blasts of cold, wet weather. Winter storm warnings covered much of New Mexico and parts of Texas and Oklahoma, with a half-foot to more than a foot of snow and sleet expected. In Texas, 90 National Guard members were activated.

Hurricane-Force Winds Hit Northern U.K. 19 Jan 2007 Hurricane-force winds and heavy downpours hammered northern Europe on Thursday, killing 27 people and disrupting travel for tens of thousands.

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Terror suspects can be imprisoned, convicted or put to death based on hearsay evidence or coerced testimony --Pentagon sets rules for detainee trials 18 Jan 2007 The Pentagon has drafted a manual for upcoming detainee trials that would allow suspected terrorists to be convicted on hearsay evidence and coerced testimony and imprisoned or put to death. According to a copy of the manual obtained by The Associated Press, a terror suspect's defense lawyer cannot reveal classified evidence in the person's defense until the government has a chance to review it.

Ex-Guantanamo Navy officer arraigned on charges of passing secrets 17 Jan 2007 A Navy lawyer charged with passing secret information about Guantanamo Bay detainees to an unauthorized person was arraigned Wednesday in military court. Lt. Cmdr. Matthew M. Diaz, who was stationed at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay from July 2004 until January 2005, could face more than 36 years in prison if convicted.

Lawyer tried over detainee leak 18 Jan 2007 A US navy lawyer accused of leaking the names of detainees at a US prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to a non-governmental organisation will be court-martialled. Lieutenant Commander Matthew Diaz, 40, is accused of copying and transmitting secret documents about war-on [of]-terror detainees at the US naval base in Guantanamo to unauthorised persons.

U.S. 'knew damn well' Arar would be tortured: senator 18 Jan 2007 After sitting through withering criticism in a Senate hearing, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has promised more information on the case of Maher Arar, a Canadian who ended up in a cell in Syria after U.S. officials grabbed him on a stopover in New York. Senate judiciary committee chairman Patrick Leahy said that when Arar — a citizen of both Canada and Syria travelling on a Canadian passport — was detained in 2002, American authorities knew he would be tortured if they deported him to Syria. "We knew damn well if he went to Canada he wouldn't be tortured," said Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont. "He'd be held and he'd be investigated. We also knew damn well if he went to Syria, he'd be tortured."

Hicks like 'a monkey in a cage' 19 Jan 2007 David Hicks' lawyer has blasted new rules for trying Guantanamo Bay inmates, saying the Australian terrorist suspect has no chance of a fair trial under the system. The US Defence Department has drafted a manual for trying detainees at the American naval base in Cuba that would allow terrorist suspects to be imprisoned, convicted and executed on the basis of hearsay evidence or coerced testimony.

Ex-Guantanamo prisoner, once among youngest held, back in U.S. custody 18 Jan 2007 Nearly three years after his release, an Afghan who was one of three young teens from his country held at Guantanamo Bay [who was about 15 when he was swept up along with hundreds of others], is in custody in Afghanistan for fighting against U.S. forces, a senior camp official said.

U.S. considers Guantanamo to imprison non-terror suspects 18 Jan 2007 Cubans flee in droves when Fidel Castro dies, those intercepted at sea will likely wind up at this base where nearly 400 men captured in the war on [of] terror are held, creating "an incredible challenge" for U.S. forces, the base commander said. Military officials say they have begun planning for a possible mass exodus, scouting potential sites to detain migrants in tents while keeping them far from the prisoners suspected of links to al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] or the Taliban.

Gitmo Defense Counsel Stand Accused By Andrew Cohen 17 Jan 2007 Here is how our executive branch last week waged its legal war on terrorism against the detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. While federal lawyers and intelligence officials earnestly prepared behind the scenes to put on trial some of the major terror suspects, a skuzzy Pentagon lawyer was front and center on the radio attacking the motives and integrity and even the patriotism of detainee defense attorneys and the law firms that support them... [Cully] Stimson should be immediately fired for what he said last week and, furthermore, he should be investigated for breaching the code of professional ethics... What Stimson said, and why, and how, constitutes conduct unbecoming a member of government and a member of the bar. [A must read]

Pentagon Aide Regrets Stance on Law Firms for Detainees 18 Jan 2007 A senior Pentagon official apologized on Wednesday to the lawyers of Guantánamo Bay detainees for suggesting that corporations should consider severing business ties with law firms that represent the detainees.

An Apology to Detainees' Attorneys By Cully Stimson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs 17 Jan 2007 During a radio interview last week, I brought up the topic of pro bono work and habeas corpus representation of detainees in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Regrettably, my comments left the impression that I question the integrity of those engaged in the zealous defense of detainees in Guantanamo. I do not... I apologize for what I said and to those lawyers and law firms who are representing clients at Guantanamo.

Gonzales warns judges not to meddle 18 Jan 2007 Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Wednesday warned federal judges not to meddle in cases involving national security, following a string of judicial rebukes of the Bush regime's anti-terrorism initiatives.

Resignation of Lawyers At FEC Raises Concern 18 Jan 2007 The announcement yesterday that the top two lawyers for the Federal Election Commission [FEC General Counsel Lawrence H. Norton and Deputy General Counsel James A. Kahl] had resigned helped spread an undercurrent of concern about the diminishing role of a once-prominent public voice on the intersection of money and politics.

2 U.S. Attorneys in Calif. quit, critics say Bush forced them out 17 Jan 2007 Two U.S. Attorneys in California [Kevin Ryan and Carol Lam] announced they are stepping down, as critics alleged political pressure from the Bush administration was pushing them and others out of their jobs. The two are among 11 top federal prosecutors who have resigned or announced their resignations since an obscure provision in the USA Patriot Act reauthorization last year enabled the U.S. attorney general to appoint replacements without Senate confirmation.

Panel grills Gonzales over spy program 18 Jan 2007 Senators demanded details Thursday from Attorney General Alberto Gonzales about new orders putting the government's domestic spying program under court review — and questioned why it took so long to do so.

Protesters Found in Talon Database --ACLU Is Questioning Entries in Defense Dept. System 17 Jan 2007 A Defense Department database devoted to gathering information on potential threats to military facilities and personnel, known as Talon, had 13,000 entries as of a year ago -- including 2,821 reports involving American citizens, according to an internal Pentagon memo to be released today by the American Civil Liberties Union. The Pentagon memo says an examination of the system led to the deletion of 1,131 reports involving Americans, 186 of which dealt with "anti-military protests or demonstrations in the U.S."

ACLU Report Shows Widespread Pentagon Surveillance of Peace Activists --Pentagon Tracked at Least 186 Anti-Military Protests (ACLU Press Release) 17 Jan 2007 The American Civil Liberties Union today released a new report revealing that the Pentagon monitored at least 186 anti-military protests in the United States and collected more than 2,800 reports involving Americans in an anti-terrorist threat database.

FBI Launches E-Mail Alerts on Public Website (Federal Bureau of Investigation Press Release) 17 Jan 2007 To improve public safety and law enforcement partnerships, the FBI recently launched a service that sends out e-mail alerts when new and vital information is posted on its Internet website.

Lawmakers seek to bar U.S. attack on Iran 18 Jan 2007 A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives pushed legislation on Thursday to prohibit a U.S. attack on Iran without congressional permission.

Defense official says Pentagon hid unspent funds in accounts 17 Jan 2007 The Pentagon has hidden at least $1.4 billion in other agencies' accounts instead of returning unspent money to the U.S. Treasury, the Defense Department's internal watchdog told Congress Wednesday... The General Services Administration (GSA) and the Interior Department then spent the money on Pentagon contracts, circumventing the law, Gimble said.

Pentagon sees U.S. war cost in Iraq rising 18 Jan 2007 The steadily rising Iraq war [Halliburton] price tag will reach about $8.4 billion a month this year, Pentagon spokesmen said on Thursday... The Pentagon has been estimating last year's costs for the increasingly unpopular war at about $8 billion a month, having increased from a monthly "burn rate" of around $4.4 billion during the first year of fighting in fiscal 2003.

Tony Snow: Are War Critics in Congress Aiding Al-Qaeda? By E&P Staff 17 Jan 2007 At his White House briefing today, Press Secretary Tony Snow [...] suggested that war opponents in congress need to consider what message they are sending in favoring a resolution or legislation that opposes the president's "surge"-- saying it was "worth asking" the question of whether they might sending a message to al-Qaeda. The implication was that their opposition could be seen as giving al-Qaeda a green light to expand their actions.

Hussein's aides were tortured by executioners, defence team claims 18 Jan 2007 The defence team of executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein on Wednesday charged that two former Saddam aides were 'killed and tortured' and not executed as claimed by the Iraqi authorities.

Sudan says U.S. troops raid, search Baghdad embassy 17 Jan 2007 Sudan on Wednesday summoned the senior U.S. diplomat in Khartoum after it said American troops raided the Sudanese embassy in Baghdad, violating diplomatic conventions, a foreign ministry spokesman said. "Nine American soldiers in four military vehicles forcibly went into the embassy after overpowering the guards and searched the embassy offices inside," said Ali al-Sadig, Sudan's foreign ministry spokesman.

Insurgents in Iraq Claim Convoy Attack 18 Jan 2007 An 'al-Qaida'-linked coalition of Iraqi Sunni 'insurgents' claimed responsibility Thursday for an attack in Baghdad on a convoy of a Western 'democracy' institute that killed a 28-year-old Ohio woman and three 'security contractors' [mercenaries].

Baghdad bombs kill 19 19 Jan 2007 Six car bombs killed at least 19 people across Baghdad on Thursday. Three bombs in quick succession killed at least 10 people and wounded 30 in a wholesale vegetable market in the violent southern district of Dora, police said.

Maliki hits out at lack of US backing 18 Jan 2007 The Iraqi prime minister, Nuri al-Maliki, has hit back at US criticism of his failure to halt sectarian violence and complained about the lack of strong support from Washington. Mr Maliki took issue with comments by the US secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, that the Iraqi government was living on "borrowed time". "I believe that such statements give moral boosts to the terrorists and push them towards making an extra effort and making them believe that they have defeated the American administration, but I can tell you that they haven't defeated the Iraqi government."

Strikes on U.S., Afghan forces up fourfold 17 Jan 2007 Cross-border attacks against U.S. and Afghan forces have increased fourfold since Pakistan signed a pact in September giving tribal groups greater control of some border areas, U.S. military officials said yesterday.

Defense Department Retracts Spy Coin Report 18 Jan 2007 Reversing itself, the Defense Department says an espionage report it produced that warned about Canadian coins with tiny radio frequency transmitters was not true.

Methodists oppose Bush library at SMU in petition 18 Jan 2007 A group of Methodist ministers have started an Internet petition urging Southern Methodist University to reject any plans to build U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush's presidential library and policy center on its Dallas campus, saying it would be "utterly inappropriate." [Looks like 'The Pet Goat' will have to be housed elsewhere.]

Senate Passes Vast Ethics Overhaul 19 Jan 2007 The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed sweeping changes to ethics and lobbying rules, overcoming bipartisan reluctance to ban many of the favors that lobbyists do for lawmakers and to illuminate the shadowy legislative practice of earmarking money for special projects. The measure passed around 9 p.m. by a vote of 96 to 2.

U.S. House seeks more oil royalties, kills tax breaks 18 Jan 2007 The new Democratic-led House of Representatives passed legislation on Thursday aimed at "Big Oil" that would roll back some industry tax breaks and force energy companies to pay more drilling royalties, valued at $14 billion over 10 years.

Pelosi forming select energy bill panel 18 Jan 2007 U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday she is forming a special committee to draft legislation aimed at diversifying the nation's energy supply, developing new energy sources and cutting emissions linked to global warming.

Scientists Recreate 1918 Flu and See Parallels to Bird Flu --In 2005, U.S. Army scientists reconstructed Spanish flu virus by extracting genetic fragments from the bodies of victims exhumed from the Alaskan permafrost. 18 Jan 2007 Scientists infected monkeys with a virus that caused the 1918-19 influenza pandemic and said in the Jan. 18 issue of the journal Nature that it caused an illness like that suffered by patients with the bird flu now spreading in Asia.

Scientists recreate 1918 flu virus [Why?] 17 Jan 2007 The virus that caused the 1918 influenza pandemic triggered an overwhelming immune response that swamped the lungs of macaque monkeys — the first primates deliberately infected with the Spanish flu virus, Canadian and American scientists reported Wednesday. The research, published in the journal Nature, involved an ambitious project to painstakingly recreate the 1918 virus — only the second time this feat has been achieved. In 2005 scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control made history by becoming the first team to recreate the virus. Yoshihiro Kawaoka, a leading influenza scientist working at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, built each of the virus's eight genes from scratch, using genetic blueprints housed in a public access database... The recreated virus was then used to infect seven macaques housed in a Level 4 laboratory in Winnipeg — the highest level of biosecurity available. [Bush is poised to play the bioterror card, impose martial law, stuff any dissenters into KBR detention centres and invade any oil-bearing countries for Cheney Halliburton, unmolested. --LRP]

Bird Flu Takes Flight 18 Jan 2007 Winter in the Northern Hemisphere means one chilling prospect for global health officials: it's bird-flu season. Nine countries have announced outbreaks in recent weeks, and a replay of 2006--when H5N1 killed 80 people and spread to the Middle East and Africa--could well be on the way.

Europe must remain on high bird flu alert -expert 18 Jan 2007 New outbreaks of bird flu in Asia mean Europe must remain alert to the threat posed by the disease, an animal health expert said on Thursday.

Bird flu in Egypt moderately Tamiflu-resistant--WHO 18 Jan 2007 Two people who died of bird flu in Egypt last month had a strain of the H5N1 virus which has shown "moderate" resistance to the frontline antiviral Tamiflu, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday.

New report of mystery bird deaths in WA 17 Jan 2007 (AU) Investigations into the mysterious death of thousands of birds in WA have been widened, with toxins now considered a possible cause. Autopsies have ruled out viral and bacteriological causes. The Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) is running tests after about 4,000 birds were found dead around Esperance, on the state's south coast.

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Gonzales: Judges unfit to rule on terror policy --Attorney general says federal jurists should defer to president's will 17 Jan 2007 Attorney General Alberto Gonzales says federal judges are unqualified to make rulings affecting national security policy, ramping up his criticism of how they handle terrorism cases. In remarks prepared for delivery Wednesday, Gonzales says judges generally should defer to the will of the president and Congress when deciding national security cases.

Did Specter Give WH Power to Replace Prosecutors? By Paul Kiel 17 Jan 2007 In order to replace several U.S. Attorneys with handpicked successors, the Bush Administration has relied on a tiny, obscure provision tucked into last year's USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act... Former Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) slipped the language into the bill at the very last minute, according to one of the Republican managers of the bill.

WH Moved Swiftly to Replace US Attorneys By Paul Kiel 16 Jan 2007 The administration is replacing U.S. Attorneys throughout the country... It was an obscure provision in the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act, and it didn't take them very long to use it. The president [sic] signed it into law in March of last year -- by June, they were already moving to replace unwanted prosecutors.

Secret Court to Govern Wiretapping Plan 17 Jan 2007 The Justice Department, easing a Bush administration policy, said Wednesday it has decided to give an independent body [the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court] authority to monitor the government's controversial domestic spying program.

White House Says Judiciary Will Monitor Spy Program 17 Jan 2007 The Bush regime, in what appears to be a concession to its critics, said today it will allow an independent court to monitor its warrantless electronic-eavesdropping program. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, created by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to supervise anti-terrorism wiretapping within the United States, will supervise the eavesdropping operations.

Iran shoots down U.S. spy drone amid growing U.S. military pressure 17 Jan 2007 Iranian troops have shot down a U.S. pilotless spy plane recently, an Iranian lawmaker announced on Tuesday as Iran was facing increasing military pressure from its arch rival --the United States. The aircraft was brought down when it was trying to cross the borders "during the last few days," Seyed Nezam Mola Hoveizeh, a member of the parliament, was quoted by the local Fars News Agency as saying.

Britain and US turn screws on Iran 17 Jan 2007 Britain has joined a campaign to strengthen substantially America's military presence in the Persian Gulf in an effort to blunt Iranian influence in Iraq and the region. In a move likely to heighten tension, US forces have been ordered to detain Iranian agents in Iraq as outgoing US ambassador to Baghdad Zalman Khalilzad said: "We are going after their (Iran's) networks in Iraq."

US military strike on Iran seen by April '07; Sea-launched attack to hit oil, N-sites 17 Jan 2007 Washington will launch a military strike on Iran before April 2007, say sources. The attack will be launched from the sea and Patriot missiles will guard all oil-producing countries in the region, they add.

U.S. bringing second carrier to Mideast for first time since Iraq invasion 16 Jan 2007 The deployment of the USS John C. Stennis to the Middle East will put two U.S. aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf region for the first time since the [illegal] 2003 Iraq invasion.

Gates arrives in Saudi Arabia for talks on Iran 17 Jan 2007 U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for unannounced talks with King Abdullah on topics that would include Iran, Al Arabiya television reported.

Iran invites global organizations to its nuclear facilities 17 Jan 2007 Iranian authorities have invited representatives of international organizations, which suspect the nation of pursuing a clandestine weapons program, to visit its nuclear facilities February 2-5, the ISNA news agency said Wednesday.

Tehran demands Washington release consular officials 15 Jan 2007 Iran has demanded the immediate release of five diplomats held in a U.S. military raid in northern Iraq. Washington claims that the detainees, arrested on Thursday last week in Arbil, are linked to groups that train and arm resistance fighters in Iraq. But Iran's foreign ministry says the five were involved in consulate affairs.

Iran President Sends Note to Saudi King 17 Jan 2007 Iran's hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that he sent a message to Saudi King Abdullah proposing that they cooperate in helping stabilize Iraq.

Saudis back US Iraq strategy as fears grow over Iran's influence 17 Jan 2007 Saudi Arabia declared yesterday that it held Iraq's [US-installed] Shia-led government responsible for its sectarian strife and warned that America's new war strategy would fail without a radical change of heart by the Baghdad leadership.

Dodd Introduces Bill to Cap U.S. Troops in Iraq 17 Jan 2007 Senator Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT) today introduced a measure seeking a legislative cap on American forces in Iraq. Dodd introduced legislation to cap the number of troops in Iraq at roughly 130,000, saying that lawmakers should take an up-or-down vote on Bush's plan to send additional troops to the country and not settle for the nonbinding resolution several Senate leaders prefer.

Senators Agree on Iraq War Resolution 17 Jan 2007 A group of senators including a Republican war critic announced agreement Wednesday on a resolution opposing President Bush's 21,500 troop build up in Iraq, setting their marker for a major clash between the White House and Congress over the unpopular war.

1,000 U.S. troops urge Iraq pull-out 16 Jan 2007 More than 1,000 active-duty U.S. military personnel are said to have signed a petition calling for a full U.S. withdrawal from Iraq.

British troops may leave within a year, says Iraqi Vice-President 16 Jan 2007 British troops could withdraw from Iraq within a year provided the Iraqi armed forces are 'reformed,' [?!?] says the country's Vice President.

Spain seeks US soldiers' arrest 16 Jan 2007 Spain has issued an international arrest warrant for three US soldiers accused of causing the death of a TV cameraman during the Iraq war. Jose Couso, 37, died in April 2003 after a US tank fired on a hotel used by foreign journalists in Baghdad.

Bombers in N. Iraq kill 27 17 Jan 2007 Car bombs here in the capital and in northern Iraq killed at least 27 people today, even as mourners buried the dead from devastating blasts a day earlier.

3 Bombs Kill at Least 70 at University in Baghdad 17 Jan 2007 At least 70 people were killed at Mustansiriya University in northeastern Baghdad on Tuesday when a wave of explosions tore through a crowd of students and employees leaving the main gate minutes after classes ended.

Baghdad ambush kills US aid worker 17 Jan 2007 A US aid worker was among three foreigners killed during a Baghdad ambush as bombers again hit the capital's volatile Shiite district of Sadr City, killing 15 people.

Australian soldiers under fire in Baghdad 17 Jan 2007 Australian troops escaped unhurt when their armoured vehicles came under fire in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Amid bloodshed, Bush wants a 'thank you' By Derrick Z. Jackson 17 Jan 2007 On "60 Minutes," President [sic] Bush was asked, "Do you think you owe the Iraqi people an apology for not doing a better job?" [He replied,] "I think the Iraqi people owe the American people a huge debt of gratitude." That is inhuman. We destroyed a nation under the false pretense of weapons of mass destruction. Between our invasion and the ensuing civil war, at least 53,000 Iraqi civilians and over 3,000 American soldiers have been killed. Nearly 23,000 US soldiers have been wounded... And the Iraqi people owe us a debt of gratitude?

Israel knew of secret peace talks with Syria, say officials 17 Jan 2007 Israeli officials have confirmed that the Foreign Ministry knew about a series of peace talks that have taken place in Europe between Syrians and an Israeli team headed by a former senior diplomat.

U.S. ponders more troops for Afghanistan 17 Jan 2007 U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates said on Wednesday he would consider more troops for Afghanistan where U.S. commanders say the Taliban 'insurgency,' controlled from Pakistani sanctuaries [?!?], is expected to intensify.

Turkish army gathered on the Kurdistan's boarder ready for attack 16 Jan 2007 The Turkish army have gathered and intensified its forces on the Kurdistan’s boarder ready for attack, reported local sources on Tuesday.

Doomsday clock ticks closer to midnight 18 Jan 2007 The world is nudging closer to nuclear or environmental apocalypse, a group of prominent scientists warned as it pushed the hand of its symbolic Doomsday Clock closer to midnight. The clock, which was set two minutes forward to 11:55, represents the likelihood of a global cataclysm.

The Doomsday Clock: Nuclear threat to world 'rising' 17 Jan 2007 Today the Doomsday Clock, devised by the Chicago-based Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in 1947 at the dawn of the nuclear age, will make official what most thinking citizens feel in their bones - that the world has edged closer to nuclear Armageddon than at any time since the most precarious moments of the Cold War in the early 1980s.

CIA leak case figures reject Cheney immunity 16 Jan 2007 As jury selection began Tuesday in the criminal trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney, former ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife, Valerie Plame, claim that the vice president cannot assert immunity from their complaint.

U.S. embassies in war on [of] terror 16 Jan 2007 The growing role of the military in the global profile of the United States is a source of policy tension and possible turf conflicts inside the U.S. government, and is jeopardizing the country's relationships with some of its allies, according to a report prepared by Senate GOP staff.

Appeals Court Moves Quran Lawsuit Ahead 17 Jan 2007 A lawsuit filed by the ACLU and a Muslim woman seeking the use of the Quran or other non-Christian texts in addition to the Bible for courtroom oaths should be allowed to go forward, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

Vast Data Collection Plan Faces Big Delay 17 Jan 2007 The Treasury Department reported to Congress yesterday that a data-collection program to give counterterrorism analysts routine access to as many as 500 million cross-border financial transactions a year could not be implemented until 2010. The department had hoped to implement it by the end of this year.

U.S. to let people apply to get off no-fly lists 17 Jan 2007 The Bush administration said on Wednesday it will launch a new travel security system next month designed to deal with the problem of innocent travelers mistakenly identified as being on U.S. no-fly lists. The Department of Homeland Security Traveler Redress Inquiry Program, dubbed DHS TRIP, is billed as a voluntary one-stop process allowing people to seek a review if they have been wrongly delayed or prevented from boarding a plane or barred from entering or leaving the United States.

Russia's anti-terrorist unit warns of attack 16 Jan 2007 Russia on Tuesday said it had received information from foreign sources which suggested terrorists were planning to strike a Russian public transport system.

Olmert to be investigated by police over role in bank privatisation 17 Jan 2007 Police have opened a criminal investigation into the role of the Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, in the privatisation of an Israeli bank.

TJX reports computer system hacked 17 Jan 2007 (MA) The TJX Cos. Inc., a Framingham-based retail giant, disclosed this afternoon that its computer system for processing and storing customer transaction data, such as credit card numbers, was broken into and some information was stolen. The computer breach occurred in mid-December, and TJX immediately notified and began working with law enforcement authorities including the U.S. Department of Justice, Secret Service and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the company said. The law enforcement agents insisted the intrusion and subsequent investigation be kept a secret until today.

HK confirms dead bird carried H5N1 avian flu virus 17 Jan 2007 Hong Kong confirmed on Wednesday that a bird of prey found in the city carried the H5N1 virus, the second such case this month.

Pelosi May Create Global Warming Panel 17 Jan 2007 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is intent on putting global warming atop the Democratic agenda. She's moving to create a special committee to recommend legislation for cutting greenhouse gases, most likely to be chaired by Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., a Democratic leadership aide said Wednesday.

Savage winter storm leaves 46 dead, thousands powerless across USA 16 Jan 2007 More than 200,000 homes remain without power in Missouri, and 50 people have been killed in nine states by winter weather that left a trail of misery from California to the Northeast.

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AP: Iran gets army gear in Pentagon sale 16 Jan 2007 The U.S. military has sold forbidden equipment at least a half-dozen times to middlemen for countries - including Iran and China - who exploited security flaws in the Defense Department's surplus auctions. The sales include fighter jet parts and missile components. In one case [Just *one?*], federal investigators said, the contraband made it to Iran.

Hello, Pot? This is Kettle. U.S. criticizes Russian arms sale to Iran 16 Jan 2007 The United States on Tuesday criticized Russia's sale and delivery of anti-aircraft missile systems to Iran, saying the move sent the wrong signal.

Iran target of US Gulf military moves, Gates says 15 Jan 2007 Increased US military activity in the Gulf is aimed at Iran's "very negative" behaviour, the Bush administration said today. The defence secretary, Robert Gates, told reporters that the decision to deploy a Patriot missile battalion and a second aircraft carrier to the Gulf in conjunction with a "surge" of troops in Iraq was designed to show Iran that the US was not "overcommitted" in Iraq.

We are not leaving, Gates warns Iran as troop surge begins --Tehran sends out diplomatic feelers amid row over arrests 16 Jan 2007 The US defence secretary, Robert Gates, said yesterday that Iran believed it had gained the upper hand over Washington in the Middle East, but he declared the US military buildup was intended to signal American determination to remain a dominant player in the region.

Saudis consider sending troops to Iraq --Government 'deeply skeptical' al-Maliki can make Bush surge plan work 16 Jan 2007 Saudi Arabia believes the Iraqi government is not up to the challenge and has told the United States that it is prepared to move its own forces into Iraq should the violence there degenerate into chaos, a senior U.S. official told NBC News on Tuesday.

Eight Arab Nations Warn Iran Against Interfering in Iraq 16 Jan 2007 A group of eight Arab nations on Tuesday joined the United States in issuing a veiled warning to Iran against interfering in Iraq's affairs and offered tepid support for President [sic] Bush's new plan for stabilizing [destroying] Iraq.

Iranian leader faces rebellion 17 Jan 2007 Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has suffered a potentially fatal blow to his authority after the country's supreme leader gave an apparent green light for MPs to attack his economic policies. In an unprecedented rebuke, 150 MPs signed a letter blaming Mr Ahmadinejad for raging inflation and high unemployment and criticising his Government's failure to deliver the budget on time.

Exiles train to overthrow Tehran 14 Jan 2007 Washington has warned that it will not tolerate Iran supporting armed groups fighting in Iraq, but in the far northeast of the country Al Jazeera discovered armed Iranian exiles training to overthrow the government in Tehran.

US to hunt foreign networks in Iraq 15 Jan 2007 The United States has said it plans to "go after" what it says are networks of Iranian and Syrian agents in Iraq. "We're going after their networks in Iraq," Zalmay Khalilzad, the US ambassador to Iraq, told a news conference in Baghdad on Monday.

Congress can't stop buildup, Bush says --In CBS interview, Bush calls himself 'educator in chief' 15 Jan 2007 As Congress and the administration gird for conflict over troop levels in Iraq, Dictator Bush says he has the power to send more U.S. forces, regardless of what lawmakers want... In a "60 Minutes" interview, taped last week, Bush said he wasn't bothered by his low approval ratings and called himself the "educator in chief," arguing that sharing his views would help to overcome public and congressional resistance.

Pelosi warns Bush shouldn't 'abuse power' on troop escalation 15 Jan 2007 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, returning to her hometown of San Francisco, strongly warned today that President [sic] Bush "should not abuse his power" with regard to troop escalation in the Iraq war and said it is the duty of Congress to "exercise oversight over his power.''

Bush: 'Iraq should be grateful' 15 Jan 2007 US President [sic] George W Bush said Iraqi people should be grateful to the US for the 2003 invasion and the removal of Saddam Hussein. He accepted that the conflict, which has cost tens of thousands of lives, had destabilised Iraq but insisted getting rid of Saddam was essential.

U.N.: 34,352 Iraqi Civilians Killed In '06 16 Jan 2007 The United Nations said Tuesday 34,452 Iraqi civilians were killed by [US] violence in Iraq in 2006, three times as many as reported by Iraq's Interior Ministry.

Attacks in Baghdad kill at least 103 17 Jan 2007 A series of deadly attacks in Baghdad killed at least 103 people and injured more that 240 on Tuesday, casting shadows on a security operation between the Iraqi government and U.S. forces to curb [foment] violence. Two car bombs and a suicide bomber killed 65 people and wounded 132 near a university in eastern Baghdad, a well-informed Interior Ministry official told Xinhua.

Four U.S. soldiers killed by bomb in northern Iraq 16 Jan 2007 Four U.S. soldiers were killed by a bomb in northern Iraq on Monday, the military said in a statement on Tuesday.

Iraqis will never accept this sellout to the oil corporations --The US-controlled Iraqi government is preparing to remove the country's most precious resource from national control. 16 Jan 2007 The oil law is likely to open the door to these corporations at a time when Iraq's capacity to regulate and control their activities will be highly circumscribed... This law has been discussed behind closed doors for much of the past year. Secret drafts have been viewed and commented on by the US government, but have not been released to the Iraqi public - and not even to all members of parliament. If the law is pushed through in these circumstances, the political process will be further discredited even further.

Law school deans sign letter condemning boycott --Pentagon official provoked outcry 16 Jan 2007 The deans of Massachusetts' major law schools joined about 100 law deans in signing a letter condemning a senior Pentagon official's suggestion that US companies should boycott law firms representing detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The deans' letter denounces comments by Charles D. "Cully" Stimson [Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs] as "contrary to the basic tenets of American law" and calls on the Bush administration to "promptly and unequivocally repudiate" them.

U.S. attorney general says Guantanamo trials delayed because of legal challenges 16 Jan 2007 Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Tuesday blamed delays in trying terror detainees at Guantanamo Bay on legal challenges filed by their lawyers. Those trials may start by this summer, Gonzales told Associated Press reporters and editors. In the wide-ranging interview that lasted an hour, the attorney general defended a number of Bush regime policies criticized by Democrats and civil libertarians as overstepping legal boundaries, including intelligence gathering and the recent firing of U.S. Attorneys. Gonzales bristled at the suggestion by Democratic senators that the Justice Department's request for the resignations of several U.S. attorneys was politically motivated or was intended to circumvent the Senate confirmation process.

Al-Qaeda, not Hicks, top priority for US tribunal 17 Jan 2007 When the new regulations governing the conduct of the military tribunals are released, possibly within days, their target will not be the wandering Australian who was captured by the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan and reportedly sold to US forces for $1000 [David Hicks]. Instead, they will be designed to try to convict the most senior figures in 'al-Qaeda.'

Judge rules agent's lawsuit against CIA can proceed 15 Jan 2007 A fired CIA employee, who collected prewar intelligence that Iraq was not developing weapons of mass destruction, can continue with a lawsuit challenging his dismissal, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler decided on technical grounds that the lawsuit could not be dismissed. But she did not rule on the covert agent’s contention that he was fired because he refused to alter intelligence that contradicted Bush administration policies.

Attorneys for Marine ask for leak probe 15 Jan 2007 Attorneys for a Marine [war criminal] charged in the killing of Iraqi civilians in Haditha want the U.S. military to look into the leak of an investigative report to the news media.

Iraqi Hangings Bring More Condemnation --Head of Hussein's Half Brother Is Severed 16 Jan 2007 By the time the corpses of Saddam Hussein's half brother and another top official, hanged before dawn Monday, arrived in the village of Auja for burial, the word had spread among the mourners: The head of Hussein's brother had been severed from his body.

Second Iraq Hanging Also Went Awry 15 Jan 2007 Iraq’s turbulent effort to reckon with the violence of its past took another macabre turn on Monday when the execution of Saddam Hussein’s half brother ended with the hangman’s noose decapitating him after he dropped through the gallows trapdoor.

Israeli Army Chief of Staff Resigns 16 Jan 2007 Israeli army commander Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz, under fire for failures in last summer's war in Lebanon, has resigned, the Defense Ministry said early Wednesday.

Commander wants Afghan tours extended 16 Jan 2007 The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Tuesday he wants to extend the combat tours of 1,200 soldiers amid rising violence, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he was "strongly inclined" to recommend a troop increase to President [sic] Bush if commanders believe it is needed.

Somalia orders crackdown on media 15 Jan 2007 Somalia's government, newly equipped with emergency powers, ordered four major media outlets to shut as the [US-installed] president named a team to take charge of Mogadishu, the war-torn capital.

Group: U.S. GIs fighting in Philippines 15 Jan 2007 U.S. troops, in possible violation of the Philippines' constitution, have taken part in combat operations against guerrillas linked to 'al-Qaida,' an activist group said in a report Monday.

Italy to give green light to U.S. air base expansion 16 Jan 2007 Italy will not object to U.S. plans to expand one of the largest American military bases in Europe, Prime Minister Romano Prodi said on Tuesday, despite divisions in his centre-left government over the Vicenza air base.

U.S. guns pour into Mexico 16 Jan 2007 The destruction of the Mexican village of Zazalpa is just one of dozens of unrelated drug skirmishes in Mexico with a common element: American guns. Combat-style rifles are pouring into Mexico, aided by the end of the U.S. Assault Weapons Ban in 2004 and an arms race among several Mexican cartels battling for control of lucrative drug routes.

Report Faults BP for Safety Procedures 16 Jan 2007 Poor management and cost-cutting created a dangerous work environment at oil giant BP, according to a report released today based on hundreds of interviews with employees.

Senate votes to disclose pet projects 16 Jan 2007 The Senate voted Tuesday to shine more light on thousands of expensive pet projects buried in legislation every year after the new Democratic majority bowed to a successful push by Republicans to make new disclosure rules even tougher than originally planned.

Obama to run for US presidency 17 Jan 2007 Democratic Senator Barack Obama of Illinois jumped in the 2008 White House race, promising to bring Americans together and "change our politics" with a campaign that could make him the first black president in US history.

Bird flu detected in Japan identified as H5N1 16 Jan 2007 Tests have confirmed that bird flu detected in chickens in southern Japan was the virulent H5N1 strain that has been blamed for more than 160 human deaths worldwide, the Japanese Agricultural Ministry said Tuesday.

Global warming to blame as anglers delay salmon season 16 Jan 2007 For more than 150 years, the start of Scotland's salmon fishing season on the river Tay has been celebrated in the middle of January. But the apparent impact of climate change on spawning patterns has forced conservationists and anglers to postpone this year's official seasonal opening on sections of the waterway for two weeks.

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Kuwait media: U.S. military strike on Iran seen by April 14 Jan 2007 U.S. might launch a military strike on Iran before April 2007, Kuwait-based daily Arab Times released on Sunday said in a report. The report, written by Arab Times' Editor-in-chief Ahmed al-Jarallah citing a reliable source, said that the attack would be launched from the sea, while Patriot missiles would guard all Arab countries in the Gulf.

Opening a New Front in the War, Against Iranians in Iraq 15 Jan 2007 For more than two years after Saddam Hussein’s fall, the war in Iraq was about chasing down 'insurgents' and Al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] in Iraq. Last year it expanded to tamping down sectarian warfare. Over the past three weeks, in two sets of raids and newly revealed orders issued by President [sic] Bush, a third front has opened — against Iran.

Iran Denies Officials Arrested in Iraq Are Terrorists 15 Jan 2007 The Iranian government rejected U.S. claims that it's interfering in Iraq and insisted that five consular officials detained by American forces aren't terrorists. All activities at the consulate raided in northern Iraq last week are "legal, official and endorsed by Iraqi officials,'' Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said yesterday in Tehran, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

White House: Can't rule out attack on Iran 14 Jan 2007 The White House said Sunday it is not planning military action against Iran, but refused to rule out the possibility, bucking pressure from several senators who said the administration is not authorized to do so.

Cheney says critics of new US Iraq plan play into hands of Bin Laden 14 Jan 2007 US Vice-President [sic] Dick Cheney accused critics of the administration's new strategy in Iraq of playing into the hands of [his hireling,] Osama bin Laden and global terrorism.

More Hangings In Iraq [Yeah, we need some here. *See above.*] 15 Jan 2007 Saddam Hussein's half brother [Barzan Ibrahim] and the former head of Iraq's Revolutionary Court [Awad Hamed al-Bandar] were hanged before dawn Monday, Prosecutor Munqith al-Faroon said, two weeks and two days after the former Iraqi leader was executed in a chaotic scene that has drawn worldwide criticism.

Bush warns Iran to keep clear of Iraq [Why doesn't he follow his own f*cking advice?] 15 Jan 2007 A US failure in Iraq would empower Iran and threaten world peace, President [sic] George W Bush has said, warning Tehran that if any Iranians were caught in Iraq "we will deal with them".

Bush faces mutiny over extra troops for Iraq 15 Jan 2007 As George Bush and Vice-President [sic] Dick Cheney inveighed against their Democratic critics, the White House tried to prevent a Republican mutiny on Capitol Hill from engulfing the pResident's bitterly contested decision to send more than 20,000 extra US troops to Iraq.

Bush vows to defy Congress on Iraq plan 15 Jan 2007 President [sic] George W. Bush and other senior administration officials on Sunday vowed to press on with their controversial plans to send more troops to Iraq, despite bipartisan opposition in Congress including threats to cut off funding for the new deployment.

Bush says Congress can't halt plan to boost Iraq troops 14 Jan 2007 U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush, facing opposition from both parties over his plan to send more troops to Iraq, said he has the authority to act no matter Congress wants. "I fully understand they could try to stop me from doing it. But I've made my decision. And we're going forward," Mr. Bush told CBS' 60 Minutes in an interview to air Sunday night.

Cheney says congressional opposition won't influence Bush's Iraq policy 14 Jan 2007 President [sic] Bush, facing opposition from both parties over his plan to send more troops to Iraq, said he has the authority to act no matter Congress wants... Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney asserted that lawmakers' criticism will not influence Bush's plans and he dismissed any effort to "run a war by committee. The president is the commander in chief [thief]. He's the one who has to make these tough [illegal] decisions," Cheney said.

Blair rejected US Iraq troops plea 14 Jan 2007 Tony Blair formally rejected an American appeal to send hundreds more British troops to Iraq to help with US "surge" tactics, Scotland on Sunday can reveal. The Prime Minister was confronted with the request for extra help to supplement the thousands of American reinforcements on their way to Baghdad, during conversations with President [sic] Bush before Christmas.

First of new troops in Baghdad 16 Jan 2007 The first additional American troops who will take part in a major new security 'plan' in Baghdad have arrived in the Iraqi capital, the US commander in Iraq, General George Casey, said on Tuesday.

Iraqi rebels make $1 bln/yr from refinery-govt 14 Jan 2007 'Iraqi militants' [US corpora-terrorists] are taking most of the $1.5 billion a year that is stolen from Iraq's main oil refinery through smuggling and corruption, the government told parliament on Sunday.

Bush plan's $1B won't go far in Iraq 14 Jan 2007 The extra billion dollars 'of reconstruction aid' [for Halliburton's coffers] in President [sic] Bush's Iraq plan won't go far in a country where electricity output still barely meets half the demand and oil production is falling short by almost a million barrels a day.

Baghdad morgue took 16,000 bodies in 2006 14 Jan 2007 The Baghdad morgue took in about 16,000 unidentified bodies last year, the bulk of them victims of [US] death squads and other 'sectarian' [US] violence, a source at the morgue told Reuters on Sunday.

Officials cagey on driver shot in Iraq 16 Jan 2007 Foreign Affairs officials have refused to say whether the American contractor who was shot and killed by Australian troops in Baghdad on Saturday had an appointment at the Australian embassy. The Age revealed yesterday that the dead man, who had been driving a garbage truck-sized vehicle, was an employee of the giant American contracting [mercenary] firm KBR, a subsidiary of Halliburton.

U.S. forces raid student dormitories in Tikrit University 14 Jan 2007 U.S. forces raided the students dormitories in Tikrit University and detained four students and an administrative official, a university source said on Sunday... The American forces, the source added, went on the rampage and destroyed furniture and electrical equipments inside the two-storey building and assaulted a number of students. The U.S. troops left the place at dawn today by did not release the students or the official. The raid is the fourth by U.S. soldiers on Tikrit University.

Film shows Hussein's brother beheaded 15 Jan 2007 Iraq hanged two aides to Saddam Hussein before dawn on Monday but government efforts to avoid a repeat of uproar over the ousted leader's rowdy execution were thwarted when his half-brother's head was severed by the noose.

Botched hanging arouses suspicions 16 Jan 2007 The botched hanging of Saddam Hussein's half-brother Barzan al-Takrition Tuesday aroused Arab suspicions of foul play, deepening the divide between the Iraqi government and Arabs in other countries.

U.S. soldier commits suicide in Iraq 14 Jan 2007 A U.S. marine took his own life by putting a bullet through his head on Sunday morning near the restive city of Fallujah, local police source said.

Two British soldiers killed 14 Jan 2007 Two more British servicemen have been killed, one in Afghanistan and one in Iraq.

Why Do War Attacks Suddenly Stop for Three Days Following Announcement of Every New Bush Policy on Iraq? By Hassan El-Najjar 13 Jan 2007 For the third consecutive day, the main corporate media units in the US-EU have not published news about the US war in Iraq, no attacks on US forces, no so-called Shi'i-Sunni sectarian violence or civil war... In fact, it has become a pattern for observers to record and analyze. Every time President [sic] Bush announces a new policy or plan in Iraq, news coverage of the war would not include any attacks for two or three days following the announcement.

Democratic Congressman reintroduces bill for military draft in US By Joe Kay 12 Jan 2007 Charles Rangel, the Democratic chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, reintroduced a bill on Thursday that would institute a military draft for all legal residents of the United States between the ages of 18 and 42.

Russian President blasts Guantanamo camp 11 Jan 2007 Russia's president Thursday harshly criticized the U.S. detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, which marked its fifth anniversary today. Human rights organizations in the U.S. and worldwide have been highly critical of the facility for holding prisoners without trial and over allegations of torture.

Cover-up is focus of CIA leak trial 14 Jan 2007 The only criminal trial to result from a three-year investigation of government leaks begins on Tuesday and prosecutors will focus on the cover-up, not the crime. Rather than being charged with disclosing the identity of a clandestine CIA officer, former White House official Lewis "Scooter" Libby is accused of lying to investigators.

New Law Could Subject Civilians to Military Trials 15 Jan 2007 Civilians, government employees, and journalists serving with U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan could be subject for the first time to military courts-martial under a new federal provision that legal scholars say is almost certain to spark constitutional challenges. The provision, which was slipped into a spending bill at the end of the last Congress, is intended to close a long-standing loophole that critics say puts contractors in war zones above the law. But the provision also could affect others accompanying U.S. forces in the field, including civilian government employees and embedded journalists.

Pentagon conducting probes in U.S. --It has been asking financial and telecom firms for data on people. 14 Jan 2007 The Pentagon has been requesting information from financial institutions and telecommunications companies to investigate people within the United States suspected of spying or terrorism, the Defense Department said Saturday.

Arming the Left: Is the time now? By Charles Southwell 21 Oct 2003 "As long as we pose no REAL threat to the powers-that-be, to what is shaping up into [is] a dictatorship, we will continue to be ignored. Right now, we are ignored because we present no organized power to fight this onslaught of anti-democratic, totalitarian government that we are up against..."

7/7 ringleader 'was watched since 2003' [And hired since 2002] 14 Jan 2007 The 7 July bombers who killed 52 people in terrorist attacks in London in 2005 were once described by Britain's security service as 'clean skins'. The vivid phrase implied that a gang of homegrown terrorists had come from nowhere, without an intelligence trail... MI5 now admits that far from being a 'clean skin', Khan had been on their radar screen since 2003. And The Observer can now reveal that more than a year before he detonated his Tube bomb, Khan had been listed as a 'desirable suspect' by MI5, along with fellow bomber Shehzad Tanweer.

More bombs may have been planned for UK 16 Jan 2007 An Islamist cell tried to carry out suicide bombings on London's transport system just two weeks after attacks that killed 52 people and wounded about 700, a prosecutor said on Tuesday. The "extremist Muslim plot" was not a hastily arranged copycat scheme but a long-planned operation, chief prosecutor Nigel Sweeney said as six British men went on trial over the failed attacks of July 21, 2005.

Thanks to Bush bin Laden: Terror: 'We're Going to Get Hit' 22 Jan 2007 Henry Crumpton, the outgoing State Department terror coordinator and ex-CIA operative, told NEWSWEEK that a worldwide surge in Islamic radicalism has worsened recently... He cites Iraq as a factor; the war has fueled resentment against the United States. Crumpton warned of future attacks. "We don't want to acknowledge we're going to get hit again in the homeland, but we are," he said. "That's a hard, ugly fact. But it's going to happen."

U.S. cranking out passports 15 Jan 2007 Tourism officials are ecstatic that a record amount of Americans are applying for passports which they - and Canadians - will require in nine days to cross the border by air. U.S. State Department officials said they issued 320,000 passports during the first week of this year and more than a million were distributed last month.

Oops! Flier gets $400g in jet flap: Crew mistook him for terrorist 15 Jan 2007 In what’s being hailed as a landmark post-9/11 verdict, a Boston jury has ordered American Airlines [AMR] to pay a computer consultant [John Cerqueira] $400,000 for suspecting him of being a Middle Eastern terrorist.

VT Towns Urged to Pass Impeachment --Citizens Petition to Have Resolutions Ousting Bush Placed On Town Meeting Agendas 14 Jan 2007 Dan DeWalt, a member of his town Select Board, got a meeting to vote last year to support a call for Congress to impeach President [sic] Bush. He said this year people in 50 Vermont towns are circulating petitions to get the question before voters at Town Meeting, the first Tuesday in March.

The Imperial Presidency By Dahlia Lithwick 14 Jan 2007 The endgame in the war against terrorism isn't holding the line against terrorists. It's holding the line on hard-fought claims to limitless presidential authority. Enter these signing statements. The most recent of the all-but-meaningless postscripts Bush tacks onto legislation gives him the power to "authorize a search of mail in an emergency" to "protect human life and safety" and for "foreign intelligence collection." ...The purpose of these signing statements is to plant a flag on the moon -- one more way for the chief executive to stake out the furthest corners in the field of his desired powers.

Kucinich: Congress to Take On FCC 15 Jan 2007 Over the weekend, the National Conference for Media Reform was held in Memphis, TN. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) made an surprise appearance at the convention to announce that he would be heading up a new House subcommittee which will focus on issues surrounding the Federal Communications Commission. Kucinich said that the committee would be holding "hearings to push media reform right at the center of Washington."

Druggists calling for ban on exports to U.S. 15 Jan 2007 Canada's pharmacists have asked the federal government to ban the export of prescription drugs to the United States following the introduction of a bill in the U.S. Congress that would open the door to medicines intended for Canadians... Because of domestic controls, pharmaceutical companies offer prescription drugs to Canadians at prices below those charged to Americans -- but they restrict the supply to what is needed in Canada. There is concern that bulk export of the cheaper drugs to the U.S. market will provoke the drug manufacturers [corpora-terrorists] to argue for an end to that pricing agreement.

New Bird Flu Cluster May Signal Change in H5N1 Virus 15 Jan 2007 A new cluster of bird flu infections involving at least two members of a family in Indonesia may indicate a change in the virus's ability to sicken people, researchers studying the disease said.

Ice storms kill 20 15 Jan 2007 Ice storms that have been blamed for at least 20 deaths continued to lash much of the United States on Sunday as crews tried to restore power to hundreds of thousands and as slick roads spawned accidents.

US skunk needs driver for ride home 15 Jan 2007 Canadian wildlife officials are looking for a brave driver prepared for a 3,500-kilometre trip to take a stinky stowaway skunk back to her home in California. But the skunk, who survived a seven-day journey across the United States and into Canada without food and water, after being accidentally locked away in a transport truck, is having a hard time finding someone to give her a ride home.

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Deletions in Army Manual Raise Wiretapping Concerns 14 Jan 2007 Deep into an updated Army manual, the deletion of 10 words has left some national security experts wondering whether government lawyers are again asserting the executive branch's right to wiretap Americans without a court warrant. The original guidelines, from 1984, said the Army could seek to wiretap people inside the United States on an emergency basis by going to the secret court set up by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, known as FISA, or by obtaining certification from the attorney general "issued under the authority of section 102(a) of the Act." That last phrase is missing from the latest manual, which says simply that the Army can seek emergency wiretapping authority pursuant to an order issued by the FISA court "or upon attorney general authorization." It makes no mention of the attorney general doing so under FISA.

Military Expands Intelligence Role in U.S. --Plan to incorporate records into database at the Pentagon's Counterintelligence Field Activity office 14 Jan 2007 The Pentagon has been using a little-known power to obtain banking and credit records of hundreds of Americans and others suspected of terrorism or espionage inside the United States, part of an aggressive expansion by the military into domestic intelligence gathering. The C.I.A. has also been issuing what are known as national security letters to gain access to financial records from American companies.

Pentagon accessing bank information 13 Jan 2007 The Pentagon and to a lesser extent the CIA have been using a little-known power to look at the banking and credit records of hundreds of Americans and others suspected of terrorism or espionage within the United States, officials said Saturday.

Cheney: Credit checks by Pentagon, CIA aren't illegal 14 Jan 2007 Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney said Sunday the Pentagon and CIA are not violating people's rights by examining the banking and credit records of hundreds of Americans and others suspected of terrorism or espionage in the United States. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, the new chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said his panel will be the judge of that.

Views on Detainee Representation Draw Fire --Pentagon Official's Suggestion of a Boycott Is Irresponsible, Legal Groups 14 Jan 2007 The Pentagon yesterday disavowed a senior official's remarks suggesting companies boycott law firms that represent detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Charles "Cully" Stimson, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs, said in a radio interview last week that companies might want to consider taking their business to firms that do not represent suspected terrorists. Legal experts and advocacy groups viewed Stimson's remarks as an attempt to intimidate law firms that provide legal help to all people, even unpopular defendants.

ACLU Condemns Administration Attack on Guantánamo Lawyers (ACLU Press Release) 12 Jan 2007 In a radio interview yesterday, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs, Cully Stimson, said he found it "shocking" that major American law firms would agree to represent Guantánamo detainees, and predicted that those firms would suffer financially once that representation became know to the firm's corporate clients. To speed that process along, he then read on the air a list of prominent law firms that have been involved in the Guantánamo litigation.

"We try not to micromanage the Defense Department, but I tell you, they need micromanagement. They're out of control." --John P. Murtha Democrats may push to shutter war prisons --Party leaders say they'll cut funding 13 Jan 2007 House Democratic leaders yesterday outlined plans to try to force the Bush regime to close the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba, taking aim at two sites that have sparked an international furor over the Bush regime's war policy.

Iran Calls for Immediate Release of Diplomats 14 Jan 2007 Iran on Sunday called on the US troops to release the five Iranian diplomats who have been kidnapped during an earlier raid by the US forces on the Islamic Republic's consulate general in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil.

US threatens Iran over Iraq 14 Jan 2007 The White House said today that Iranians are aiding the insurgency in Iraq and that the US has the authority to pursue them because they "put our people at risk." "We are going to need to deal with what Iran is doing inside Iraq," national security adviser Stephen Hadley said.

Tensions rise as Washington accuses Iran over militias 14 Jan 2007 Tensions between the US and Iran were set to escalate last night after it was revealed that President [sic] George Bush had signed an executive order several months ago, authorising American troops to undertake wide-ranging military action against Iranian operatives active inside Iraq. That discreetly issued directive was the basis for at least two raids against Iranian targets last week - including one in the Kurdish city of Irbil.

Rice: U.S. aims to curb Iran aggression 13 Jan 2007 U.S. raids that President Bush approved against Iranian targets in Iraq are part of broad efforts to confront Tehran's aggression, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Saturday. [Will someone - anyone - please curb U.S. aggression?]

Arrested Iranians tied to group arming Iraqis--U.S. 14 Jan 2007 Five Iranians arrested by U.S. forces in northern Iraq are connected to an Iranian Revolutionary Guard group that provides weapons to Iraqi 'insurgents,' the U.S. military said on Sunday.

Where can I donate? Iran and Venezuela plan anti-U.S. fund 13 Jan 2007 Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad — fiery anti-American leaders whose moves to extend their influence have alarmed Washington — said Saturday they would help finance investment projects in other countries seeking to thwart U.S. domination.

Ratcheting up the Nuclear Ante By Praful Bidwai 11 Jan 2007 The stunning story by the London ‘Sunday Times' alleging that Israel has drawn up plans to destroy Iran's nuclear facilities with nuclear weapons has focused attention on the growing global nuclear danger and on the worsening situation in the Middle East... Is the Israeli plan credible, akin to its 1981 attack which destroyed an Iraqi nuclear reactor? Does it have the tacit backing of the United States, and at least represent a common approach shared by Tel Aviv and neocons in the United States?

Shock and oil: Iraq's billions & the White House connection 14 Jan 2007 The American company appointed to advise the US government on the economic reconstruction of Iraq has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars into Republican Party coffers and has admitted that its own finances are in chaos because of accounting errors and bad management. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, BearingPoint employees gave $117,000 (£60,000) to the 2000 and 2004 Bush election campaigns, more than any other Iraq contractor.

Iraq will not nationalize oil: White House [There was as much chance of *that* as a cat with a long tail in a room filled with rocking chairs.] 12 Jan 2007 Iraq's pending law on oil-revenue sharing will not nationalize the country's petroleum industry, the White House said. [See: Future of Iraq: The spoils of war --How the West will make a killing on Iraqi oil riches 07 Jan 2007]

War costs are hitting historic proportions --The price tag for the Iraq conflict and overall effort against terrorism is expected to surpass Vietnam's next year. 14 Jan 2007 By the time the Vietnam war ended in 1975... it cost the U.S. more than $660 billion in today's dollars. If U.S. involvement continues on the current scale, the funding for the Iraq war — combined with the conflict in Afghanistan and other foreign fronts in the war on [of] terrorism — is projected to surpass this country's Vietnam spending next year.

Gates: troops should stay even if Iraq 'plan' fails --US Defense Secretary rejects Democrats' call to withdraw from Iraq in four to six months time. 13 Jan 2007 The United States should not withdraw troops from Iraq even if its 'plan' to send in 20,000 extra forces to stabilize the country fails, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday.

Opposition to Iraq 'Plan' Leaves Bush Isolated --Even Some in GOP Keeping Distance 14 Jan 2007 The bipartisan opposition to Dictator Bush's troop-increase 'plan' has proved more intense than his advisers hoped and has left them scrambling to find support, but the White House is banking on the assumption that it can execute its "new way forward" in Iraq before Congress can derail it.

Surge: US troops prepare for George Bush's last stand --But with allies they don't trust and enemies who confuse them, commanders know it will be bloody. 14 Jan 2007 The narrow ambush alleys of Kadhamiyah, the tenements providing sniper cover at Diyala Bridge, the dusty, sprawling killing grounds of Sadr City. These are the strongholds of the Shia militias that the Americans will have to take in the battle for Baghdad.

On Iraq, U.S. Turns to Onetime Dissenters --Desperate to combat 'sectarian' violence and avoid all-out civil war [Uh, I think that horse has already left the barn], the White House is embracing the same strategies -- and people -- it once cast aside. 14 Jan 2007

Sorry at last: minister apologises to widow of soldier killed by lack of body armour 14 Jan 2007 Two British servicemen were killed yesterday. A Marine died in Kajaki, northern Helmand, Afghanistan and a soldier was killed in Basra, southern Iraq. The news made 13 January the bloodiest day for British servicemen overseas for two months. It came as Samantha Roberts, the widow of tank commander Steve Roberts, who died because of a shortage of body armour, finally received an official apology.

NGOs to sue US over WMD claims 14 Jan 2007 Some 30 non-governmental organisations in Niger said overnight they are going to sue the United States for nearly two billion dollars for "unfairly accusing" Niger of selling uranium to the late Iraqi leader, Saddam Hussein.

Spy case puts Vice-President in the stand 15 Jan 2007 A politically charged courtroom drama centred on the Iraq war, a blonde-bombshell spy and a vice-president [sic] in the witness box will be on show this week when Dick Cheney's former chief of staff goes on trial for his alleged role in the CIA leak scandal.

Residents rally against Iraq war 13 Jan 2007 (Lake Worth, FL) Protesters carried posters outside City Hall on Friday, calling for an end to the war in Iraq and objecting to the President [sic] Bush's call for more troops to shore up the war effort there.

Scientists prepare to move Doomsday Clock forward 12 Jan 2007 The keepers of the "Doomsday Clock" plan to move its hands forward next Wednesday to reflect what they call worsening nuclear and climate threats to the world. The symbolic clock, maintained by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, currently is set at seven minutes to midnight, with midnight marking global catastrophe.

Another Bush coup d'etat: Martial law imposed in Somalia --Law bans unauthorized demonstrations, allows president more powers, gives backing to presence of Ethiopian troops. 13 Jan 2007 Somalia's parliament gave interim President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed backing Saturday to impose martial law after the government's Islamist enemies were forced from their last remaining hideout.

Somalia declares state of emergency 13 Jan 2007 Somalia's Parliament has declared a three-month state of emergency amid fears of a return of clan [US] violence after weeks of war ousted Islamists.

'US pumping millions into the fight against terrorism' 14 Jan 2007 The US is pumping millions of dollars into Bahrain as part of its global campaign against [for] terrorism. The Bush regime has requested authorisation for a further $17.3 million (BD6.52m) for military and counter-terrorism assistance to Bahrain for this year, says a report by an international watchdog.

Anti-terror police give parking fines 14 Jan 2007 Anti-Terrorist police are giving out parking tickets at Melbourne Airport as part of their routine to track down terror threats. The 25 elite agents have been patrolling airport car parks for two months.

FBI Teaches Screenwriters a Thing or Two By Jennifer DeFilippo 12 Jan 2007 The FBI held the first in a series of workshops for Hollywood screenwriters to help them create a realistic portrayal of the FBI -- as per the FBI's recent request. [...] They focused on the Islamic radicalism that has had the strict attention of FBI and the Department of Homeland Security since September 11, 2001... The FBI then discussed what they do; profiling terrorist organizations, dissecting the hundreds of daily terrorist threats, and what areas in Los Angeles are constant targets for terrorist activity.

Transmitting Canadian coins found 09 Jan 2007 They say money talks, and a new report suggests Canadian currency is indeed chatting, at least electronically, on behalf of shadowy spies. Canadian 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. Defense Department.

Judge orders ICE to provide specifics on Swift detainees 13 Jan 2007 A federal judge ordered immigration officials Friday to provide the names and whereabouts of at least 260 immigrant workers arrested during a raid at Greeley's Swift & Co. meat-packing plant.

Big Box Retailers Fight Cargo Screening; White House Opposes Bill 12 Jan 2007 Rhonda Schwartz Reports: Washington DC lobbying groups representing Wal-Mart and other big retail chains, blanketed capital hill with letters this week in a futile last ditch attempt to stop passage of a House bill calling for 100% screening of air and sea cargo which they said would "impose costly mandates on American business."

Democrats Aim to Cut Student Loan Fees 12 Jan 2007 Following up on an election-year promise, House Democrats said Friday they plan quick action to lower interest rates for student loans. Their proposal, scheduled for a vote next week, would cut interest rates on some student loans in half.

House GOP Shows Its Fractiousness In the Minority 14 Jan 2007 House Republican leaders, who confidently predicted they would drive a wedge through the new Democratic majority, have found their own party splintering, with Republican lawmakers siding with Democrats in droves on the House's opening legislative blitz.

Rocky Anderson calls for Bush impeachment 11 Jan 2007 Salt Lake Mayor Rocky Anderson is saying he now supports the impeachment of both the President [sic] and Vice-President [sic]. The mayor is reacting strongly to the President's Iraq speech Wednesday night.

Texas Congressman Seeks Presidency 11 Jan 2007 Rep. Ron Paul, the iconoclastic, nine-term lawmaker from southeast Texas, took the first step Thursday toward a second, quixotic presidential bid _ this time as a Republican. Paul filed papers in Texas to create a presidential exploratory committee that will allow him to raise money.

Warmest December in Italy on record: Meteorologists 13 Jan 2007 Italy recorded its warmest December last month since records began in 1860, with an average temperature of 6.9 Celsius (44.4 Fahrenheit), Italian media said, quoting meteorologists at the University of Modena.

Grumbling volcano has island on alert 14 Jan 2007 The earth shook on Comoros as its volcano, Mount Karthala, began emitting fumes, residents and officials have said as the Indian Ocean archipelago's largest island was put on red alert for a possible evacuation.

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