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February 2006 Archives

Former CIA official says Bush misled country to war 10 Feb 2006 The former CIA official charged with managing the U.S. government's secret intelligence assessments on Iraq says the Bush administration chose war first and then misleadingly used raw data to assemble a public case for its decision to invade.

Ex-C.I.A. Official Says Iraq Data Was Distorted 11 Feb 2006 A C.I.A. veteran who oversaw intelligence assessments about the Middle East from 2000 to 2005 on Friday accused the Bush administration of ignoring or distorting the prewar evidence on a broad range of issues related to Iraq in its effort to justify the American invasion of 2003.

Former aide: Bush 'cherry picked' CIA intelligence to make Iraq case 11 Feb 2006 The Bush administration deliberately misused or ignored intelligence analysis in the buildup of the 2003 invasion into Iraq, according to a former top intelligence official.

Football and pizza point to US staying for long haul 11 Feb 2006 ...The US military is beginning to implement at immense cost the next stage in its policy for Iraq. It is one likely to disappoint those hoping for a quick exit of all foreign troops. Last summer reports began to emerge that plans had been drawn up to create four "super-bases", giant camps that would house tens of thousands of US soldiers similar to other sprawling military facilities around the world.

Seven dead in Iraq attacks 11 Feb 2006 Three policemen, two security force members, including an Iraqi army spokesman, and two civilians were killed in various attacks throughout Iraq Saturday.

Eight killed by Baghdad car bomb 10 Feb 2006 On Friday, at least eight people were killed and 22 wounded by a car bomb in the southern Doura district of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, police said... A roadside bomb also killed two US Marines near the city of Falluja, the US military has said.

Roadside bombs kill 8 Afghan soldiers --Seven wounded in two explosions in Kunar province 10 Feb 2006 Roadside bombs killed eight Afghan soldiers on Friday, a provincial governor said, in the latest incidents in a surge of violence.

State Department sees exodus of weapons experts 07 Feb 2006 State Department officials appointed by Dictator Bush have sidelined key career weapons experts and replaced them with less experienced political operatives who share the White House and Pentagon's distrust of international negotiations and treaties.

France secretly upgrades capacity of nuclear arsenal --Modification increases range of missiles --Altitude bomb to knock out electronic systems 10 Feb 2006 France has secretly modified its nuclear arsenal to increase the strike range and accuracy of its weapons. The move comes weeks after President Jacques Chirac warned that states which threatened the country could face the "ultimate warning" of a nuclear retaliation.

7 parties to oppose Bush's India visit 11 Feb 2006 Seven political parties, including CPI, CPI(M) and Samajwadi Party, have decided to oppose the coming visit of US Dictator George W Bush to the country. "Under President [sic] Bush, the US continues to occupy Iraq and oppress its people... He is certainly not welcome in India," a joint statement of CPI, CPI(M), RSP, AIFB, CPI(ML) Liberation, JD(S) and SP said after a decision in this regard was taken at a meeting here.

Venezuela's Chavez Calls Bush 'Madman' 09 Feb 2006 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez unleashed more criticism toward President [sic] Bush Thursday and accused the United States and Britain of planning to invade Iran. The Venezuelan leader also said British Prime Minister Tony Blair has teamed up with Bush in a confrontation with Venezuela. "He's the madman's unconditional and subordinate ally, and now he also came out shooting against us," said Chavez.

A 'long war' designed to perpetuate itself 10 Feb 2006 By William Pfaff "The U.S. Defense Department and the White House have decided that the United States is now conducting 'the Long War.' ...Al Qaeda and individual international terrorists are the object of worldwide intelligence and police operations. They are a marginal phenomenon. The Bush administration's conflation of them with the social upheaval in their world is exploited to perpetuate changes in American society that provide a much more sinister threat to democracy than anything ever dreamed by Osama bin Laden. The radical threat to the United States is at home."

Bail Denied for Brooklyn Bookseller Accused of Financing Terrorism 11 Feb 2006 A federal judge denied bail yesterday to a Muslim bookseller from Brooklyn accused of plotting to buy arms for Islamic fighters in Afghanistan, saying the government appeared to have "very strong evidence" [?!?] for the terror charges against him.

FBI says imam has links to terrorism 11 Feb 2006 An FBI agent on Friday revealed in testimony that a Seattle mosque leader facing deportation on immigration charges is also the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation into whether he diverted funds from his mosque to political and terrorist groups.

Some Doubt Seriousness of Terror Scheme Described By Bush 10 Feb 2006 Several U.S. intelligence officials are playing down the relative importance of an alleged al-Qaida plot to strike the West Coast after Sept. 11, 2001, cited by Dictator Bush Thursday in defense of his campaign 'against' terrorism. [Bush *is* the terror scheme!]

L.A. Mayor Blindsided by Bush Announcement 09 Feb 2006 Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday he was blindsided by President [sic] Bush's announcement of new details on a purported 2002 hijacking plot aimed at a downtown skyscraper, and described communication with the White House as "nonexistent." "I'm amazed that the president would make this (announcement) on national TV and not inform us of these details through the appropriate channels," the mayor told The Associated Press... Bush has referred to the 2002 plot before but he publicly filled in the details Thursday [to get the Patriot Act renewed and to justify his illegal domestic spying operation].

Bush details "terror plot" to deflect NSA spying furor By Bill Vann 11 Feb 2006 "In a blatant attempt to once again suppress political criticism by evoking the threat of terrorism, President [sic] Bush Thursday delivered a speech that included previously classified details about a supposed foiled plot to carry out a September 11-style attack on the tallest building on the US West Coast. The inclusion of the incident in Bush’s speech to the US National Guard Association in Washington was an obvious response to the mounting criticism of the administration’s illegal and previously secret use of the National Security Agency (NSA) to conduct warrantless wiretapping of American citizens."

Compromise on Patriot Act clears way for a Senate vote 11 Feb 2006 Legislation to renew the Patriot Act was cleared for final congressional passage yesterday when House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert blessed a day-old compromise between the White House and Senate Republicans.

Patriot Act Compromise Clears Way for Senate Vote 10 Feb 2006 Efforts to extend the USA Patriot Act cleared a major hurdle yesterday when the White House and key senators agreed to revisions that are virtually certain to secure Senate passage and likely to win House approval, congressional leaders said.

Police blotter: Patriot Act e-mail spying approved By Declan McCullagh 09 Feb 2006 What: The Justice Department asks a judge to approve Patriot Act e-mail monitoring without any evidence of criminal behavior. When: Decided Feb. 2, 2006 by U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan in Washington, D.C. Outcome: E-mail surveillance approved. What happened: As part of a grand jury investigation that's still secret, the Justice Department asked a federal magistrate judge to approve monitoring of an unnamed person's e-mail correspondents.

Gag me with a chainsaw! U.S. Concludes 'Cyber Storm' Mock Attacks 10 Feb 2006 The government concluded its "Cyber Storm" wargame Friday, its biggest-ever exercise to test how it would respond to devastating attacks [?!?] over the Internet from anti-globalization activists, underground hackers and bloggers. Participants confirmed parts of the worldwide simulation challenged government officials and industry executives to respond to deliberate misinformation campaigns and activist calls by Internet bloggers, online diarists whose "Web logs" include political rantings and musings about current events. [Bush's illegitimate dictatorship is the result of deliberate misinformation campaigns, including the 2000 and 2004 stolen elections!]

Drug Smuggling Air Marshals 10 Feb 2006 On Thursday, two Federal Air Marshals were taken into custody in Houston. Government sources tell TIME that the two Air Marshals are allegedly involved with the possession or transportation of cocaine, and may have been paid several thousand dollars to move the drugs.

Censorship Is Alleged at NOAA --Scientists Afraid to Speak Out, NASA Climate Expert Reports 11 Feb 2006 James E. Hansen, the NASA climate scientist who sparked an uproar last month by accusing the Bush administration of keeping scientific information from reaching the public, said Friday that officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are also muzzling researchers who study global warming.

Brown warned White House before Katrina struck 10 Feb 2006 Former federal disaster chief Michael Brown told a U.S. Senate panel on Friday he warned pResident George W. Bush of impending catastrophe in New Orleans last summer and informed White House aides of dangerous flooding shortly after Hurricane Katrina struck.

Brown: I Warned White House As Katrina Hit 11 Feb 2006 Former federal disaster chief Michael Brown, the face of the government's listless response to Hurricane Katrina, said Friday he told top Bush officials the day the storm howled ashore of massive flooding in New Orleans and warned "we were realizing our worst nightmare.'' More defiant than defensive, Brown told senators he dealt directly with White House officials the day of the Aug. 29 storm, including chief of staff Andrew Card and deputy chief of staff Joe Hagin.

Bush inaction 'delayed' Katrina aid 12 Feb 2006 Senior aides to Dictator George Bush were informed on the day hurricane Katrina hit that their "worst nightmare" had befallen New Orleans, a Senate investigation has been told, contradicting assertions by the White House that they were not immediately aware of the scale of the disaster.

Death toll from Katrina likely higher than 1,300 --Number of bodies found offers only partial indicator of deaths, experts say 10 Feb 2006 Nearly six months after Hurricane Katrina, more than 1,300 bodies have been found, but the real death toll is clearly higher. How much higher, no one can say with any certainty.

No worries, Halliburton has made a *killing* on Bush's blown levies: Halliburton gets another $33 million for Hurricane Katrina clean-up 12 Oct 2005 The U.S. Navy awarded $33 million to Halliburton for clean up work at naval air stations damaged by Hurricane Katrina, the Department of Defense announced last night. The money will be added to the $12 million awarded to Halliburton on August 29, the day Katrina made landfall.

Auditors Find Huge Fraud in FEMA Aid 11 Feb 2006 Thousands of applicants for federal emergency relief money after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita used duplicate or invalid Social Security numbers or bogus addresses, suggesting that the $2.3 billion program was a victim of extensive fraud, a Congressional auditor will report Monday.

More than $16 million in fines against mine operators are unpaid 11 Feb 2006 MSHA [Mine Safety and Health Administration], part of the Labor Department, was owed more than $16 million in delinquent fines at the end of last year, said agency spokesman Dirk Fillpot. More than $11 million was for violations at coal mines.

Large Sale of Forest Planned --The White House wants to help pay for rural roads and schools by auctioning 300,000 acres of what it considers non-vital [?!?] parcels. 11 Feb 2006 The Bush regime Friday laid out plans to sell off more than $1 billion in public lands over the next decade, including 85,000 acres of national forest land in California. Most of the proceeds would help pay for rural schools and roads, making up for a federal subsidy that has been eliminated from Dictator Bush's 2007 budget. Congress must approve the plans, which several experts said would amount to the largest land sale of its kind since President Theodore Roosevelt established the U.S. Forest Service in 1905 and created the modern national forest system. [Cut Halliburton's subsidies, instead of selling national forests!]

Bush administration moves to sell national forest land 09 Feb 2006 The Bush regime will unveil a proposal Friday to sell up to 200,000 acres of national forest land in "isolated parcels" ranging from a quarter of an acre to 200 acres, much of it in California.

Bush's Budget Cuts Elderly Nutrition Plan 10 Feb 2006 The boxes arrive every month at churches, senior citizen centers and other sites for distribution to nearly a half-million poor elderly people. Each is stocked with a mix of nutritious foods... Sometimes volunteers deliver them right to people's homes. Now Dictator Bush wants to eliminate the program, one of 141 federal initiatives that his proposed new budget would scrap or cut dramatically.

Abramoff says Bush met, even joked, with him --Statement follows White House claim that president does not know lobbyist 09 Feb 2006 Jack Abramoff said in correspondence made public Thursday that President [sic] Bush met him "almost a dozen" times, disputing White House claims Bush did not know the former lobbyist at the center of a corruption scandal.

Abramoff Pressed GSA Contact on Getting Land 11 Feb 2006 Convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff had more extensive discussions than previously disclosed with a top General Services Administration official regarding federal property the lobbyist sought to acquire around the time the two men went on a $130,000 golf trip to Scotland in 2002, according to papers filed by prosecutors in federal court yesterday.

Delphi wins court OK on executive salaries --$38 million to retain top bosses 11 Feb 2006 Delphi Corp. can give its executives as much as $38 million in bonuses to keep them from leaving at the same time the auto supplier wants to cut the jobs of 24,000 hourly workers and pay remaining workers less than half their wages.

Heights crowd steps up for anti-Bush activist 09 Feb 2006 (Cleveland Heights, OH) About 45 people, many wearing 'Bush Step Down' lapel stickers, filled council chambers Monday night at City Hall in support of political activist Carol Fisher. Fisher claims police officers brutalized her one afternoon last month while she was hanging posters on utility poles along Lee Road to promote upcoming protests and demonstrations organized by the 'World Can't Wait: Drive the Bush Regime Out' movement.

South Dakota House Approves Abortion Ban 10 Feb 2006 The South Dakota House has approved a bill banning almost all abortions in the state, and the state Senate is next to take up the proposed ban. The measure, HB1215, cleared the state House by a vote of 47 to 22 Thursday after over an hour of debate.

Ind. Proposal: Life Starts at Conception 11 Feb 2006 Indiana women seeking an abortion would be told life begins at conception under a proposal that would give the state one of the furthest-reaching abortion consent laws in the country.

Get ready for military-enforced quarantines, KBR's detention centers, and Bush's full-blown police state: 08 Feb 2006 Dallas Co. Approved to Test For Bird Flu Dallas County health officials say they have received approval to conduct testing for the Bird Flu. As far as medical officials know, the virus has not reached the United States, but local health officials outlined how a possible Bird Flu pandemic could quickly spread.

Bird Flu Detected in Swans in Italy, Greece and Bulgaria 12 Feb 2006 The dreaded A(H5N1) bird flu virus has been detected in wild birds in Italy, Greece and Bulgaria, European officials announced yesterday, the first time its presence has been detected in the European Union.

Bird flu hits Italy 11 Feb 2006 The highly pathogenic strain of H5N1 bird flu has been detected in wild swans in Italy. According to Italian health minister Francesco Storace, H5N1 was found in two dead swans in Sicily on Saturday.

Several wild birds killed by H5N1 flu in Italy 11 Feb 2006 Several wild swans died of H5N1 in southern Italy, Health Minister Francesco Storace said on Saturday, confirming the arrival in the European Union of the strain of the bird flu virus that can be deadly for humans.

Spread of Bird Flu Boosts Pandemic Chances 11 Feb 2006 The spread of bird flu from Asia to eastern Europe and now west Africa has increased the chance the virus will mutate and set off a pandemic, the U.N. bird flu chief said.

Nor'easter Set to Dump Snow On East Coast --More Than 1 Foot of Snow Predicted For Mid-Atlantic 11 Feb 2006 A weekend snowstorm is expected to move up the Eastern Seaboard. Forecasts call for up to 14 inches of snow in the mid-Atlantic states, and heavy snow warnings are in effect in many areas until Sunday night.

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NBC: Libby defense will allege Cheney role --Attorneys: Vice pResident OK'd sharing classified information with reporters 09 Feb 2006 I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, will in part base his defense on the claim that Cheney instructed and encouraged Libby to share classified information with reporters, sources familiar with the case tell NBC News.

House Committee Squashes Torture Queries 08 Feb 2006 Republicans easily defeated three resolutions seeking information about the Bush regime's policies on torture after a heated committee hearing.

Italy may put CIA agents on trial in absentia 09 Feb 2006 Milan prosecutors expect to launch procedures within a month that could put 22 CIA agents accused of kidnapping a Muslim cleric in Milan on trial in absentia, a senior judicial source said.

Romania 'unsure on CIA flights' 09 Feb 2006 President Traian Basescu conceded yesterday that CIA flights may have passed through Romania but said authorities were not able to determine which American agency was piloting US planes.

Lawyer: U.S. Force-Fed Hunger Strikers 09 Feb 2006 A lawyer for detainees at Guantanamo Bay said Thursday that the military has used increasingly harsh methods, including strapping prisoners to a special chair, to force-feed those on hunger strike and persuade them to end their protest.

Many Guantanamo prisoners never saw battle: report 09 Feb 2006 The majority of prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay naval base are not accused of committing hostile acts against the United States or its allies, and only a small percentage were captured by U.S. forces, a review of government documents has found.

Guantanamo inmate sues for libel 08 Feb 2006 Former Guantanamo Bay inmate Mamdouh Habib was defamed by a series of newspaper articles that branded him a suburban terrorist and questioned claims he had been tortured, a court was told today.

Rumsfeld says force is an option against Iran 07 Feb 2006 American Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said the United States does not rule out using military force against Iran to prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons.

Lawmakers say U.S. failing Iraq 08 Feb 2006 The Bush administration is falling short in its efforts to rebuild Iraq, increase oil production and spawn a new government that is representative of all factions there, lawmakers of both parties said Tuesday. [Well, Halliburton's stock value has skyrocketed since Bush took (literally, *took*) office, and that's all that counts.]

Soldier pays for armor --Army demanded $700 from city man who was wounded 07 Feb 2006 The last time 1st Lt. William "Eddie" Rebrook IV saw his body armor, he was lying on a stretcher in Iraq, his arm shattered and covered in blood... Soldiers yanked off his blood-soaked body armor. He never saw it again. But last week, Rebrook was forced to pay $700 for that body armor, blown up by a roadside bomb more than a year ago.

Doubts over withdrawal of UK troops from Iraq 10 Feb 2006 Doubts about the withdrawal of coalition troops from Iraq were raised last night after the Cabinet Office rejected calls for an audit to be published on the readiness of Iraqi forces to take over their own security.

Military resister to highlight Vermont anti-war rally 08 Feb 2006 Hundreds of Vermonters are expected at a demonstration Saturday in front of the Statehouse to demand that Vermont’s elected representatives call on Dictator Bush to immediately remove all troops from Iraq.

US plans massive data sweep --Little-known data-collection system could troll news, blogs, even e-mails. Will it go too far? 09 Feb 2006 The US government is developing a massive computer system that can collect huge amounts of data and, by linking far-flung information from blogs and e-mail to government records and intelligence reports, search for patterns of terrorist activity.

Judge Gives U.S. Wiretap Response Deadline 09 Feb 2006 A federal judge gave the government two months to respond to an Ohio trucker's request that his terrorism conviction be thrown out on grounds that the government illegally spied on him.

Secret Court's Judges Were Warned About NSA --Spy Data Program May Have Led Improperly to Warrants 09 Feb 2006 Twice in the past four years, a top Justice Department lawyer warned the presiding judge of a secret surveillance court that information overheard in Dictator Bush's eavesdropping program may have been improperly used to obtain wiretap warrants in the court, according to two sources with knowledge of those events.

Bush faces Congress revolt over spying 09 Feb 2006 Congressional Republicans are threatening to force a legal showdown with Dictator George W. Bush over his claim that he has the constitutional power to order domestic surveillance of Americans in the name of national security.

Bush: U.S. Surveillance Helped Stop Attack 09 Feb 2006 Under fire for eavesdropping on Americans, Dictator Bush said Thursday that spy work stretching from the U.S. to Asia helped thwart terrorists plotting to use shoe bombs to hijack an airliner and crash it into the tallest skyscraper on the West Coast. [LOL, we just happen to learn this *now,* when Dictator Bush is under fire for his illegal domestic spying operations.]

Bush provides details of 2002 terrorist plot aimed at Los Angeles 09 Feb 2006 The plot envisioned a replay of the attack that brought down the World Trade Center, only this time the terrorists wanted to crash a plane into the tallest building in Los Angeles. The plan unraveled in early 2002 with the arrest of one of the ringleaders, but Dictator Bush provided new details about it Thursday in defending his handling of the war on [of] terrorism.

Nerve Agent Scare Clears Senate Building 08 Feb 2006 A Capitol office building was evacuated Wednesday night after sensors indicated the presence of a nerve agent, but subsequent tests proved negative.

Nerve gas warning proves false alarm 08 Feb 2006 A nerve gas alarm at a Senate office building sent jitters through the Capitol Wednesday night, forcing about a dozen senators and 200 staff members to be quarantined in a parking garage for three hours until tests proved negative. [Of course! Bush wants the Patriot Act renewed.]

Senate Republicans craft Patriot Act deal 09 Feb 2006 Senate Republicans reached a deal with the White House on Thursday that would likely clear the way for renewing the USA Patriot Act, a key element of Dictator Bush's war on [of] terror.

Republicans, Durbin, Bush Reach Accord on Patriot Act 09 Feb 2006 Republicans in the U.S. Senate and the Bush administration agreed to changes in the USA Patriot Act that they say will allow its renewal. The deal was endorsed by Richard Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid called the accord "a step in the right direction.''

Taliban bomber kills 13 as British troops prepare for Afghan mission 08 Feb 2006 At least 13 people were killed by a Taliban suicide bomber in the Afghan city of Kandahar as British troops prepare to move into the restive southern region.

Paper: White House Knew About Levees Early 09 Feb 2006 Twenty-eight government agencies, from local Louisiana parishes to the White House, reported that New Orleans levees were breached Aug. 29, the day Hurricane Katrina roared ashore, documents released Thursday show. [Of *course* they knew - they had them blown.]

Abramoff says he met Bush "almost a dozen" times 09 Feb 2006 Jack Abramoff said in correspondence made public on Thursday that pResident Bush met him "almost a dozen" times, disputing White House claims Bush did not know the former lobbyist at the center of a corruption scandal.

Bush squirms as policies denounced at King funeral 08 Feb 2006 President [sic] George Bush led a crowd of 10,000 mourners at yesterday's funeral for civil rights icon Coretta Scott King, only to squirm in his seat as one speaker after another invoked Mrs King's spirit to lambast his administration on everything from the Iraq war to the response to last year's Hurricane Katrina.

Reverend Dr. Joseph Lowery: No WMD's and no help for the poor (Atrios, Crooks and Liars) 07 Feb 2006 "We know now there were no weapons of mass destruction over there [standing ovation]... but Coretta kew and we know that there are weapons of misdirection right down here. Millions without health insurance. Poverty aounds. For war billions more but no more for the poor." --Reverend Dr. Joseph Lowery, at the Coretta Scott King funeral, in front of 4 [sic, three] presidents.

DeLay Lands Coveted Appropriations Spot 08 Feb 2006 Indicted Rep. Tom DeLay, forced to step down as the No. 2 Republican in the House, scored a soft landing Wednesday as GOP leaders rewarded him with a coveted seat on the Appropriations Committee.

Bush seeks to slash public broadcast funds 07 Feb 2006 Dictator George W. Bush took a swipe at Big Bird and his ilk Monday as he proposed slashing funds to public broadcasting by more than $150 million.

GM 'food' must be allowed into Europe, WTO rules 08 Feb 2006 Europe faces new pressure to open its markets to genetically-modified 'food' from the US after the World Trade Organisation ruled that the EU broke international rules with its moratorium on new licences.

Florida officials outraged as U.S. proposes oil drilling 100 miles from state 09 Feb 2006 A fresh proposal would allow the Bush regime to open another 2 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas drilling. The plan, announced Wednesday by the Department of Interior, lays out the administration's blueprint for oil exploration from 2007-2012 and would allow drilling in the Gulf as close as 100 miles from Florida's coast.

'Now Joining the Bird Flu Summit...' 09 Feb 2006 Lt Col Kimberly Robinson, Department of Defense; Taha A. Kass-Hout, MD, MS, Northrop Grumman CDC Programs [?!?]; and Lauren C. Thompson, The MTIRE Corporation. Bird Flu Summit, 27-28 February - Washington, D.C. --New Fields' Bird Flu Summit, 1050 Seventeenth Street, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC 20036 (202) 536-5000 [Note: The Bird Flu Summit agenda has not yet listed the above participants on their website. Citizens For Legitimate Government has obtained this information. *Why* is the Department of Defense, Northrop Gumman ('Battle Management' specialists), and The MITRE Corporation ('Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I)s' for the Department of Defense) attending a *Bird Flu Summit?* The Bird Flu Summit is presented by New Fields. See: New Fields CEO Joins Bechtel, Halliburton on Highly Anticipated SBA Expo '04 Panel (New Fields) 06 May 2004 "New Fields Exhibitions is the organizer of the successful Rebuilding Iraq series, which has brought together business leaders from over thirty countries for networking opportunities with key Iraqi entrepreneurs and government officials." See also: Homeland Security Expo, Washington, Jun. '05 (New Fields) 20 Feb 2005 "Bringing together experts representing all regions of the globe and a variety of industries to share new ideas is the goal of New Fields’ Homeland and World Security Expo."]

'Highly pathogenic' bird flu found in Nigeria 08 Feb 2006 A "highly pathogenic" strain of the H5N1 bird flu virus has been 'found' [put?] in poultry stocks in Nigeria? the first reported case of the disease in Africa, the Paris-based World Organization for Animal Health said Wednesday.

Nigerian bird flu outbreak worries experts 09 Feb 2006 The mysterious mass deaths of chickens in northern Nigeria fueled fears on Thursday the H5N1 avian flu virus was spreading rapidly just days after it was first detected in Africa.

Greece Suspects EU's First Case of Deadly Bird Flu 09 Feb 2006 Greece discovered avian influenza in three swans and is testing to determine whether it's the European Union's first case of the strain of the disease that has killed birds and people across Asia.

World has 7 years for key climate decisions: Blair 07 Feb 2006 The world has seven years to take vital decisions and implement measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions or it could be too late, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Tuesday.

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U.S. Initiates Legal Processes Against Christian Group that Marched to Guantánamo 07 Feb 2006 (Witness Against Torture) "Seven individuals from Witness Against Torture, a group protesting the denial of rights to prisoners at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, were served papers by the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) last week. The group of twenty-four U.S. Christians marched over 60 miles to the Naval Base in an attempt to practice the Christian act of prisoner visitation."

Is CIA Leak Probe a 'Witch Hunt'? --Director Launches Internal Investigation Into Who Gave Sensitive Information to the Media 07 Feb 2006 The director of the CIA has launched a major internal probe into media leaks about covert operations. According to people familiar with the [Porter] Goss e-mail, sent in late January and classified secret, the CIA director warned that any CIA officer deemed suspect by the agency's Office of Security and its Counter Intelligence Center (which handles internal affairs) could be subjected to an unscheduled lie detector test... One former intelligence officer called the new warning a "witch hunt."

CIA chief looks inside agency for media leaks-ABC 07 Feb 2006 CIA director Porter Goss has launched an internal investigation into leaks of secret information about covert operations to the media, ABC News reported on Tuesday.

Cheney resists changing U.S. spy program 08 Feb 2006 U.S. Vice pResident Dick Cheney on Tuesday resisted bipartisan appeals for changes in a hotly disputed warrantless eavesdropping program, saying he believed "we have all the legal authority we need."

Republican Who Oversees N.S.A. Calls for Wiretap Inquiry 08 Feb 2006 A House Republican whose subcommittee oversees the National Security Agency broke ranks with the White House on Tuesday and called for a full Congressional inquiry into the Bush administration's domestic eavesdropping program.

Lawyers: Many Gitmo Detainees Not Accused 07 Feb 2006 More than half of the terror suspects being held at Guantanamo Bay have not been accused of committing hostile acts against the United States or its allies, two of the detainees' lawyers said in a report released Tuesday.

US audit finds 'spectacular' waste of funds in Iraq 27 Jan 200 "Spectacular misuse of tens of millions of dollars." That is what The Australian says an audit by the the US Special Inspector-General for Iraq Reconstruction of the former Coalition Provisional Authority office in Hilla, Iraq, has uncovered... The findings come almost a year after Stuart Bowen, the Inspector-General, found that more than $9 billion of Iraq's oil revenues, which was disbursed in 2004 by the then US-led CPA, could not be accounted for.

Millions wasted in Iraq cash orgy 27 Jan 2006 An audit of US reconstruction spending in Iraq has uncovered spectacular misuse of tens of millions of dollars in cash, including bundles of money stashed in filing cabinets, a US soldier who gambled away thousands and stacks of newly minted notes distributed without receipts. The audit, released on Wednesday by the US Special Inspector-General for Iraq Reconstruction, describes a country in the months after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein awash with US dollars and a "wild west" atmosphere where even multi-million-dollar contracts were paid for in cash.

Navy to increase numbers inside Iraq 07 Feb 2006 The U.S. Navy will try to lift some of the burden off U.S. Army troops in Iraq this year by increasing the number of sailors inside that country and taking on duties soldiers have been doing, according to the Navy's top sailor.

Seven Iraqis, four U.S. Marines killed in Iraq attacks 07 Feb 2006 Two bombs exploded minutes apart Tuesday near a central Baghdad square, killing at least seven people and wounding 20. Also Tuesday, the U.S. military said four Marines died in separate explosions in western Iraq and masked gunmen killed a Sunni Arab cleric who headed the city council in the western city of Fallujah.

Ex-U .N. inspector: Iran's next 06 Feb 2006 The former U.N. weapons inspector who said Iraq disarmed long before the U.S. invasion in 2003 is warning Americans to prepare for a war with Iran. "We just don’t know when, but it’s going to happen," Scott Ritter said to a crowd of about 150 at the James A. Little Theater on Sunday night.

Chief of CIA's Counter-Terror Center Ousted --Robert Grenier is criticized for not pursuing 'Al Qaeda' and its ilk aggressively enough. No successor is announced. 07 Feb 2006 The head of the CIA's counter-terrorism center was forced to step down Monday over concerns that he was not aggressive enough in leading the agency's pursuit of Al Qaeda [al CIAduh] and other terrorist organizations, current and former intelligence officials said.

A Young Bush Appointee Resigns His Post at NASA 08 Feb 2006 George C. Deutsch, the presidential appointee at NASA who told public affairs workers to limit reporters' access to a top climate scientist resigned yesterday, agency officials said. Mr. Deutsch's resignation came on the same day that officials at Texas A&M University confirmed that he did not graduate from there, as his résumé on file at the agency asserted. Mr. Deutsch, 24, was offered a job as a writer and editor in NASA's public affairs office in Washington last year after working on Dictator Bush's re-s-election campaign and inaugural committee, according to his résumé.

Bush Budget Pumps Propaganda, Slashes PBS (mediacitizen.blogspot) 07 Feb 2006 "[George W.] Bush's proposed 2007 budget calls for a $671.9 million for the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the federal agency that supervises all US government non-military propaganda. Bush’s budget also cuts by more than $53 million money set aside for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the agency that allocates federal money for NPR, PBS and other federally funded media."

Bush Plan Would Eliminate Survivor Benefits 07 Feb 2006 Dictator Bush's budget calls for elimination of a $255 lump-sum death payment that has been part of Social Security for more than 50 years and urges Congress to cut off monthly survivor benefits to 16- and 17-year-old high school dropouts.

Teachers, doctors protest budget cuts 07 Feb 2006 ...Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pennsylvania, called Bush's proposed cuts in education and health "scandalous" while Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, said she was "disappointed and even surprised" at the extent of the administration's proposed cuts in Medicaid and Medicare.

Thousands of Katrina Victims Evicted 07 Feb 2006 The occupants of more than 4,500 government-paid hotel rooms were ordered to turn in their keys Tuesday, as the Federal Emergency Management Agency began cutting off money to pay for their stays.

Bush Gets an Earful at Coretta King's Funeral 07 Feb 2006 A day of eulogizing Coretta Scott King turned into a rare, in-person rebuke of Dictator Bush, with a succession of civil rights and political leaders assailing White House policies as evidence that the dream of social and racial equality pursued by King and her slain husband is far from reality.

Way clear for electronic 'voting' machines 07 Feb 2006 (Pittsburgh) An Allegheny County judge rejected a request Monday from a group of voters seeking to bar the county from buying new voting machines. The ruling set the stage for the Allegheny County Board of Elections to select a manufacturer of computerized voting machines as soon as today to comply with a federal law written after Florida's 2000 'voting problems during the 2000 presidential election' [Bush's first coup d'etat].

Pittsburgh Must Undo the Coup! 05 Feb 2006 CLG Webpage that contains the following information and full contact info for the Allegheny County Council members, and an 'email this page to a friend' option

Senate Votes to Debate Bill for Asbestos Victims' Fund 08 Feb 2006 Backers of legislation to create a $140 billion trust fund for victims of asbestos exposure won an important victory on Tuesday evening, when the Senate voted to begin debate on the measure.

WMass asbestos victims condemn bill 03 Feb 2006 Two former Easthampton residents who worked at the now-closed Zonolite plant in Easthampton told lawmakers yesterday that a pending liability bill would prevent them from seeking damages for their asbestos-related illnesses.

Europe's Biotech-Seed Rules Ruled Illegal by WTO, U.S. Says 08 Feb 2006 The World Trade Organization ruled that the European Union unfairly blocked imports of genetically engineered crops, U.S. trade officials said, setting a precedent that may force other nations to drop their restrictions.

January Was America's Warmest on Record 08 Feb 2006 America's average temperature for the month was 39.5 degrees Fahrenheit, 8.5 degrees above average for January, the National Climatic Data Center said Tuesday.

86 Evangelical Leaders Join to Fight Global Warming 08 Feb 2006 Despite opposition from some of their colleagues, 86 evangelical Christian leaders have decided to back a major initiative to fight global warming, saying that "millions of people could die in this century because of climate change, most of them our poorest global neighbors."

Iraq Finds 7 Possible Bird Flu Cases as Virus Spreads 08 Feb 2006 Iraq is treating seven people for suspected bird flu in the country, where a possible third fatality indicates the lethal virus may have spread to the south.

Steelers Nation turns out for Super Bowl champs --250,000 pack Downtown to cheer the champion Steelers 08 Feb 2006 Clinging to lampposts, perched in trees, hanging out of office windows and standing 15-deep in places, an estimated quarter of a million people -- one of the largest crowds in Pittsburgh's history -- clogged Downtown arteries yesterday to honor the Steelers and their Super Bowl XL victory.

Steelers Super Bowl XL parade and celebration (Photo galleries) 08 Feb 2006

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Gonzales: NSA may tap 'ordinary' Americans' e-mail 06 Feb 2006 Agents operating a controversial National Security Agency surveillance program may have inadvertently spied on the e-mails and phone calls of Americans with no ties to terrorists, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Monday.

Q.: FEINSTEIN: Can the President suspend the application of the Posse Comitatus Act? GONZALES: Of course, Senator, that is not what is at issue here. This is not about law enforcement, this is about foreign intelligence - FEINSTEIN: I understand. I'm asking the questions. You choose not to answer it? GONZALES: Yes, ma'am. [Link to exchange between Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, NSA Surveillance & Presidential Wartime Powers hearing, 06 Feb 2006]

US law chief defends domestic wiretapping --Attorney general clashes with Senate critics 07 Feb 2006 The US attorney general, Alberto Gonzales, yesterday strongly defended the Bush regime's domestic spying as an "early warning system" for the 21st century, and said the pResident did not break the law when he ordered surveillance of Americans without court oversight.

Defense of Eavesdropping Is Met With Skepticism in Senate 06 Feb 2006 "I am here to explain the department's assessment that the president's terrorist surveillance program is consistent with our laws and Constitution," Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales testiLIED before the Senate Judiciary Committee. ...Senator Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, the committee's ranking Democrat and a former prosecutor, said Gonzales's assertions were not supported by history. "Congress has given the president authority to monitor Al Qaeda messages legally, with checks to guard against abuses when Americans' conversations and e-mails are being monitored," Mr. Leahy said. "But instead of doing what the president has the authority to do legally, he's decided to do it illegally, without safeguards."

Telecoms let NSA spy on calls 05 Feb 2006 The National Security Agency has secured the cooperation of large telecommunications companies, including AT&T, MCI and Sprint, in its efforts to eavesdrop without warrants on international calls by suspected terrorists, according to seven telecommunications executives.

Rove counting heads on the Senate Judiciary Committee (Insight) 06-12 Feb 2006 "The White House has been twisting arms to ensure that no Republican member votes against President [sic] Bush in the Senate Judiciary Committee’s investigation of the administration's unauthorized wiretapping. Congressional sources said Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove has threatened to blacklist any Republican who votes against the president. The sources said the blacklist would mean a halt in any White House political or financial support of senators running for re-election in November."

Europe, U.S. Governments At Risk Over CIA Flights 06 Feb 2006 Switzerland allowed non-commercial U.S. aircraft access to Swiss air space again on Feb. 1, after Washington provided assurances that it had not used it to transport terrorist suspects. There is growing evidence of widespread illegal activities linked to the "rendition" of terrorist suspects by many governments. If it is authenticated, a number of European Union governments will find themselves politically embarrassed.

Iraqi detainee dies in Abu Ghraib prison 06 Feb 2006 An Iraqi detainee held at the U.S.-controlled Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad has died in custody and an 'investigation' is under way, the military said Monday.

Amnesty's appeal for 'forgotten prisoners' 06 Feb 2006 Campaigners have appealed for the Government to intervene to help the nine "forgotten prisoners" from Britain who are languishing in Guantanamo Bay.

Guantánamo: A life sentence of suffering and stigmatization (Amnesty International) 03 Feb 2006 "The US detention centre at Guantánamo Bay is condemning thousands of people across the world to a life of suffering, torment and stigmatisation. Hundreds of people remain held in a legal 'black hole', after four years of indefinite detention."

Guantánamo: Lives torn apart – The impact of indefinite detention on detainees and their families (Amnesty International) 06 Feb 2006 "As the unlawful detentions of 'enemy combatants' at the US detention centre at the Guantánamo Bay naval base, Cuba, enter their fifth year, Amnesty International is renewing its call for the detention centre to be closed and for all those held to be released or given fair trial according to international law and without recourse to the death penalty on the US mainland."

Severe water shortage hits Baghdad suburbs 06 Feb 2006 Residents of Baghdad's suburbs have been experiencing serious water shortages for a month due to poor infrastructure, leaking pipes and wastage, according to experts.

Iraq's Sadr says US spreading strife among Arabs 06 Feb 2006 Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim leader Moqtada al-Sadr met Syrian leaders on Monday and said the United States and Israel were trying to spread strife among Arab countries.

Attacks Across Iraq Kill at Least 11 06 Feb 2006 Drive-by gunmen and roadside bombs killed at least 11 people across Iraq on Monday, while police uncovered the bullet-riddled bodies of two men in Baghdad, police said.

Servicemember Killed in Afghanistan 06 Feb 2006 A U.S. servicemember was killed today when enemy forces northwest of Methar Lam in Afghanistan's Lagham province opened fire on a U.S. patrol, Combined Forces Command Afghanistan officials announced.

Iran paper plans Holocaust cartoons 06 Feb 2006 Iran's largest selling newspaper has announced it is holding a contest on cartoons of the Holocaust in response to the publishing in European papers of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

Interpol Launches Global Alert for Escaped Terrorists 06 Feb 2006 The International Criminal Police Organization, known as Interpol, issued a worldwide alert yesterday for 23 prison escapees, including 13 convicted 'al Qaeda' terrorists, according to an Interpol news release. [Interpol needs to hurry and catch them, before Bush bin Laden can put them on his payroll.]

The CIA Leak: Plame Was Still Covert 13 Feb 2006 Newly released court papers could put holes in the defense of Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, in the Valerie Plame leak case. Lawyers for Libby, and White House allies, have repeatedly questioned whether Plame, the wife of White House critic Joe Wilson, really had covert status when she was outed to the media in July 2003. But special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald found that Plame had indeed done "covert work overseas" on counterproliferation matters in the past five years, and the CIA "was making specific efforts to conceal" her identity, according to newly released portions of a judge's opinion.

Lab officials excited by new H-bomb project 06 Feb 2006 (Lawrence Livermore, CA) For the first time in more than 20 years, U.S. nuclear weapons scientists are designing a new H-bomb, the first of probably several new nuclear explosives on the drawing boards. If they succeed, in perhaps 20 or 25 more years, the United States would have an entirely new nuclear arsenal, and a highly automated factory capable of turning out more warheads as needed, as well as new kinds of warheads.

Bush's media whores are already prepping us for Coup 2006: Election officials fear '06 season of the glitch [coup] 06 Feb 2006 More than 30 million Americans will be looking at new and unfamiliar voting machines when they cast their ballots this year, perhaps the most rapid changeover of voting equipment in history. With that change comes an increased risk of errors and confusion, election officials say. [OMFG, how stupid do they think we are? The Republicans are *forcing* their electronic 'voting' machines down our throats, in order to steal 2006 and 2008 'elections.' The machines need to be *eliminated.* We will *not* accept any more stolen elections!]

Pittsburgh Must Undo the Coup! 05 Feb 2006 CLG Webpage that contains the following information and full contact info for the Allegheny County Council members, and an 'email this page to a friend' option

Full Text: The 2007 Budget 06 Feb 2006 Budget of the United States Government - Fiscal Year 2006

Bush budget seeks to recycle spent nuclear fuel 06 Feb 2006 Dictator George W. Bush on Monday asked the U.S. Congress for $250 million in research funds to restart a controversial program that would reprocess spent nuclear fuel. The United States abandoned the technology in the 1970s because it was too expensive and there was fear terrorist groups or rogue nations could get access to the plutonium and make nuclear bombs. [Right, but that's what Bush bin Laden *wants* to happen - so he can implement a full-blown police state and fill KBR's detention camps.]

Bush seeks defence spending rise 06 Feb 2006 President George W Bush has proposed a $2,770bn (£1,600bn) annual budget, with more money for defence, but less for many social areas. Outlining spending plans for the 2007 fiscal year, Mr Bush has sought backing for a 6.9% jump in US military spending to $439.3bn.

Bush proposes record $439.3 bln defense budget 06 Feb 2006 U.S. Dictator George W. Bush on Monday proposed a record $439.3 billion U.S. 'defense' budget for 2007 aimed at fighting [fomenting] both unconventional terrorism and major conflicts with other nations if necessary.

Bush's $2.77 Trillion Budget Plan Calls for Medicare Cuts --The plan calls for cutting $20 billion from 150 programs, but provide more money for national 'security' 06 Feb 2006 Dictator Bush submitted a $2.77 trillion budget plan to Congress today that calls for cutting Medicare and putting tight limits on most spending not related to national security. Mr. Bush also repeated his call for Congress to make tax cuts passed in 2001 permanent.

Reid blasts Bush's Medicare cuts 06 Feb 2006 Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid called President Bush's $2.77 trillion budget, which was released Monday, "Republican corruption on display."

US Treasury says extending tax cuts would cost blns 06 Feb 2006 Key White House tax proposals would cost the U.S. government tens of billions of dollars in lost revenue, the Treasury Department said on Monday...

US proposes hike in air passenger security fee 06 Feb 2006 The Bush regime proposed on Monday to boost security fees on commercial airline flights to raise an additional $1.3 billion in receipts from passengers. In its fiscal year 2007 budget proposal, the homeland suckyourity agency sought to hike the one-way passenger fee from $2.50 to $5 for all flights.

Bush Budget to Cut Deeper Into Education 06 Feb 2006 Dictator Bush's budget would cut money for education, the second straight time has he has sought less school spending after a first term of steady increases.

Bush Budget Would Phase Out Timber Funding 06 Feb 2006 The Bush regime proposed Monday phasing out a program that has pumped more than $2 billion into rural states hurt by logging cutbacks on federal land. The plan would cut in half payments made to rural counties in 41 states and Puerto Rico for schools, roads and other infrastructure needs.

Pittsburgh Must Undo the Coup! 05 Feb 2006 CLG Webpage that contains the following information and full contact info for the Allegheny County Council members, and an 'email this page to a friend' option

Pittsburgh - which is CLG and Steelers country - will *STOP* Diebold in its tracks. Voting machine firm's past questioned 05 Feb 2006 (PA) Diebold Inc. soon may sell 5,600 touch-screen voting machines to Allegheny County. In 2003, then-chief executive officer Wally O'Dell -- a top fund-raiser for President [sic] Bush's re-s-election campaign -- sent out a letter to Ohio Republicans promising that he was "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the President next year." Diebold has told Allegheny County that it could deliver 5,600 machines by the May 16 primary election, at a cost of $11.9 million.

Quick Actions!! Call, write, email and fax the Allegheny County of Elections and tell them to STOP Diebold and all GOP-owned and operated touch-screen 'voting' machines!! Office of the County Council Email: council@county.allegheny.pa.us

No New Katrina Aid in Bush Budget 06 Feb 2006 The Bush regime offered no new aid for Hurricane Katrina victims in the budget it released Monday, instead putting modest amounts of money into preparedness and response plans for future disasters.

Mayor: New Orleans will seek aid from other nations 06 Feb 2006 Shortcomings in aid from the U.S. government are making New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin look to other nations for help in rebuilding his hurricane-damaged city.

PA Governor Rendell Orders Re-inspection of Pennsylvania's Underground Mines (PRNewswire) 06 Feb 2006 "Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell today ordered the re-inspection of each of the commonwealth's 77 active underground mines in the next 30 days, and urged the state's mine operators to heed the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration's call for a voluntary 'timeout' to discuss safety with workers."

Researchers Uncover 4 Different Genetic Bird-Flu Strains 06 Feb 2006 Researchers have identified several different genetic strains of the avian flu virus, H5N1, in different bird populations in Southeast Asia -- any one of which could trigger a pandemic.

Iraq confirms second bird flu death 07 Feb 2006 A second Iraqi Kurd has been confirmed to have died from the deadly H5N1 bird flu strain as international teams scrambled to combat the spread of the virus in the country's north.

It's Steel curtains for Seahawks in Super Bowl XL 06 Feb 2006 The Pittsburgh Steelers earned the long-awaited "one for the thumb," the one so desperately sought for 26 years by this tradition-bound franchise, in a stadium filled with Steelers fans and for a coach who grew up in the 'Burgh.

Hundreds of Steelers celebrants pour into the cold Oakland, South Side night 06 Feb 2006 Bill Cowher got his Gatorade dunking at 10:02 last night, and then Steeler Nation exploded. Car horns blared, ale-fueled fans poured out of bars into the streets; private homes erupted in cheers and high-fives. Thousands jammed Carson Street on the South Side and Forbes Avenue in Oakland...

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Halliburton bills U.S. taxpayers $50 for $5 labor in Iraq 06 Feb 2006 (HalliburtonWatch.org) "Halliburton's KBR subsidiary pays $5 to $16 a day in wages to third world laborers in Iraq, but bills U.S. taxpayers between $50 and $80 a day for each laborer, military requisitions obtained by HalliburtonWatch reveal... For example, an invoice from KBR subcontractor, Ranj Company, shows 'washer folders' (laundry workers) are paid $7 a day, but the requisition shows the military is billed between $60 and $70 a day for this work, a roughly ten-fold markup for KBR..."

Oops! USS Cole bombing suspects have escaped twice! 'Cole' bombing suspects escape from Yemeni prison 12 Apr 2003 Ten men, including key suspects in the bombing of the USS Cole, escaped from a Yemeni prison Friday, dealing a major blow to the investigation into the bombing blamed on the al-Qaida terrorist network. A massive manhunt is under way for the men... (Yes, so Bush bin Laden can rehire them!) Details of the prison break were few, and officials said the incident was being investigated.

'Cole' Attack Planner Escapes Yemen Prison 05 Feb 2006 An al-Qaida operative sentenced to death for plotting the USS Cole bombing that killed 17 sailors in 2000 was among a group of convicts who escaped from a Yemen prison last week, Interpol said Sunday in issuing a global security alert.

Can the President Order a Killing on U.S. Soil? Newsweek 13 Feb 2006 In the latest twist in the debate over presidential powers, a Justice Department official suggested that in certain circumstances, the president might have the power to order the killing of terrorist suspects inside the United States. Current and former government officials said they could think of several scenarios in which a president might consider ordering the killing of a terror suspect inside the United States.

Fascism Begins in Toledo By Bob Fertik 05 Feb 2006 "And so fascism begins in America - with an anonymous article, with no named sources in a major urban newspaper - the Toledo Blade. The question is: will anyone notice?"

Marine Corps Reservists plan downtown exercises 03 Feb 2006 U.S. Marine Corps Reservists will hold routine [?!?] exercises from 5 a.m. today until 3 a.m. Sunday at the Madison Building and Promenade Park in downtown Toledo. During the exercises, the Marines will wear green camouflage uniforms, operate military vehicles, carry rifles, perform foot patrols, and may fire blank ammunition. The exercises are designed to enhance the Reservists' proficiency in urban operations.

Surveillance Net Yields Few Suspects --NSA's Hunt for Terrorists Scrutinizes Thousands of Americans, but Most Are Later Cleared 05 Feb 2006 Intelligence officers who eavesdropped on thousands of Americans in overseas calls under authority from Dictator Bush have dismissed nearly all of them as potential suspects after hearing nothing pertinent to a terrorist threat, according to accounts from current and former government officials and private-sector sources with knowledge of the technologies in use.

Specter: Administration broke law 05 Feb 2006 Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says pResident George W. Bush's warrantless surveillance program appears to be illegal. Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," Specter called the administration's legal reasoning "strained and unrealistic" and said the program appears to be "in flat violation" of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Pittsburgh Must Undo the Coup! 05 Feb 2006 CLG Webpage that contains the following information and full contact info for the Allegheny County Council members, and an 'email this page to a friend' option

Pittsburgh - which is CLG and Steelers country - will *STOP* Diebold in its tracks. Voting machine firm's past questioned 05 Feb 2006 (PA) Diebold Inc. soon may sell 5,600 touch-screen voting machines to Allegheny County. In 2003, then-chief executive officer Wally O'Dell -- a top fund-raiser for President [sic] Bush's re-s-election campaign -- sent out a letter to Ohio Republicans promising that he was "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the President next year." Diebold has told Allegheny County that it could deliver 5,600 machines by the May 16 primary election, at a cost of $11.9 million. But the county's elections board, which meets Tuesday, needs to decide soon.

Quick Actions!! Call, write, email and fax the Allegheny County of Elections and tell them to STOP Diebold and all GOP-owned and operated touch-screen 'voting' machines!! Office of the County Council Email:
council@county.allegheny.pa.us

Mark Wolosik, Division Manager
County Office Building

542 Forbes Avenue

Room 604

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: (412) 350-4500 Fax: (412) 350-5697

Dan Onorato, Office of the Allegheny County Chief Executive
Courthouse

436 Grant Street

Room 101

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: (412) 350-6500 Fax: (412) 350-6512

Email: executive@county.allegheny.pa.us

The Allegheny County Council and Board of Elections Chief Executive Dan Onorato have opened their deliberations to the public and solicited public input. Board of Elections meeting: Tuesday, February 7, 2:00 PM
Conference Room 1

Courthouse

436 Grant Street

Room 119

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: (412) 350-6490 Fax: (412) 350-6499

UK considers curbing citizens' right to arrest alleged war criminals --Move follows Israeli anger over warrant for general 03 Feb 2006 The government is considering weakening laws designed to capture alleged war criminals and torturers who enter Britain, after pressure from the Israeli government, the Guardian has learned.

Amnesty renews call for Guantanamo closure 06 Feb 2006 Amnesty International has renewed its call for the United States to close its Guantanamo Bay detention facility and try or release the prisoners held there. "The US detention centre at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is condemning thousands across the world to a life of suffering, torment and stigmatisation," the London-based rights group says in a statement accompanying a new report.

U.K. Will Challenge Citizenship Application by Australian Hicks 06 Feb 2006 The U.K. government will challenge the application by Australian terrorism suspect David Hicks for citizenship, his Adelaide-based lawyer David McLeod said... Hicks planned to ask U.K. officials to lobby for his release from the Guantanamo naval base in Cuba.

Powell's Former Chief of Staff Lawrence Wilkerson Calls Pre-War Intelligence a 'Hoax on the American People' --Tonight on PBS Program 'NOW' 03 Feb 2006 PRNewswire "In an interview airing tonight on the PBS weekly newsmagazine NOW, Colin Powell's former Chief of Staff Lawrence Wilkerson makes the startling claim that much of Powell's landmark speech to the United Nations laying out the Bush Administration's case for the Iraq war was false. 'I participated in a hoax on the American people, the international community, and the United Nations Security Council,' says Wilkerson, who helped prepare the address."

'In Less than Three Years': The cliché of US sponsored "democracy" to justify invasion and mass murder By Ghali Hassan 04 Feb 2006 "As the pretexts to justify the illegal war of aggression against Iraq started to collapse one after the other, the Bush Administration, its vassals and the mass media adopted the cliché of 'democracy' to justify the invasion and the mass murder of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi men, women and children. However, from the outset of the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the U.S. objective was conspicuous; to destroy Iraq, install a puppet government and pillage the nation’s resources."

US triples spending to stop Iraq bomb attacks-NYT 05 Feb 2006 The Pentagon is tripling its spending to about $3.5 billion, on a newly expanded effort to combat the rising number of increasingly powerful homemade bombs that are the No. 1 killer of U.S. troops in Iraq, The New York Times reported on its Web site on Sunday.

Pentagon Widens Program to Foil Bombings in Iraq 06 Feb 2006 The Pentagon is tripling its spending, to about $3.5 billion this year, on a newly expanded effort to combat the rising number of increasingly powerful and sophisticated homemade bombs that are the No. 1 killer of American troops in Iraq, military officials say.

Little Testimony Ties Hussein to Crackdown --Nearly Four Months Into His Trial, Little Links Hussein to Bloody 1982 Crackdown 04 Feb 2006 After four months and 26 witnesses, prosecutors in the Saddam Hussein trial have offered little credible testimony directly linking the former leader to the killings and torture for which he's charged.

Again, not too bright --The Bush team should have known Hamas would get elected. Now it should quit the name-calling By Eric Margolis 05 Feb 2006 "Hamas has around 2,000 men with rifles. Israel has 200 nuclear weapons, armed forces of 568,000, 3,687 tanks, 10,400 armored fighting vehicles, 5,432 heavy guns, and 402 superb combat aircraft. Hamas bombers have killed Jewish civilians, but they do not threaten the Jewish state."

'CIA behind Tsvangirai trip' 05 Feb 2006 State media in Zimbabwe on Sunday claimed that the CIA was behind opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai's recent trip to Zambia that ended in his deportation. The Sunday Mail claimed the US embassy in Harare arranged a meeting between Tsvangirai, the head of the fractured Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party and a US-funded 'civic' group called Freedom House in Livingstone, Zambia.

Bush Budget Favoring Defense, Security 05 Feb 2006 Dictator Bush's 2007 budget proposes spending more than $2.7 trillion, showering big increases on 'defense' and homeland security and a smattering of other favored programs such as scientific research, education and energy.

Oil prices soar as Iran resumes nuclear enrichment [due to U.S. corpora-terrorists' greed] 06 Feb 2006 Oil prices surged on Monday after Iran resumed uranium enrichment and ended United Nations checks of its nuclear sites in response to being reported to the Security Council over concerns it is building nuclear weapons.

Chavez says Bush worse than Hitler 04 Feb 2006 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez told a rally of thousands of supporters on Saturday that U.S. President George W. Bush was worse than Hitler and vowed to buy more arms to defend his nation as their diplomatic relations deteriorated. [WTG, Chavez! Support President Hugo Chavez and help the poor - buy your gas at CITGO.]

Britain defies US with funding to boost safe abortion services --Attempt to replace lost dollars after 'global gag' 06 Feb 2006 The British government will today publicly defy the United States by giving money for safe abortion services in developing countries to organisations that have been cut off from American funding...

Reichwing group airs ad on 24, hoping to influence debate on Patriot Act 02 Feb 2006 During a commercial break while Jack Bauer [the fictional counterterrorism agent on the Fox Network's 24 show] was desperately searching for canisters of deadly nerve gas that had fallen into the hands of terrorists, viewers saw an advertisement questioning the wisdom of real-life senators who would "weaken" the Patriot Act. "What if they are wrong?" the commercial asked. The Patriot Act commercial was paid for by an ad hoc conservative group whose public supporters include many prominent former Bush administration officials and is housed at a hawkish Washington think tank, the Center for Security Policy.

Data on Americans faxed to Manitoba company 05 Feb 2006 Confidential information on hundreds of United States citizens, including social security numbers, health information and bank account numbers, is being sent mistakenly by fax to a small Manitoba company.

A 9/11 Conspirator in King Bush's Court? Sheehan Wasn't Welcome But a Saudi Accused of Support for al Qaeda Was By Jeremy Scahill 02 Feb 2006 "While Cindy Sheehan was being dragged from the House gallery moments before President [sic] Bush delivered his State of the Union address for wearing a T-shirt honoring her son and the other 2,244 US soldiers killed in Iraq, Turki al-Faisal was settling into his seat inside the gallery. Faisal, a Saudi, is a man who has met Osama bin Laden and his lieutenants on at least five occasions, describing the al Qaeda leader as 'quite a pleasant man.'"

Party Leaders Censure Lieberman 03 Feb 2006 Windsor Democrats on Thursday followed their colleagues in Manchester by publicly chastising U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman [LieberBush] for his support of President [sic] Bush and the Iraq war.

40 States Re-Examining Eminent Domain 05 Feb 2006 Echoes of the debate are happening across the country, after a U.S. Supreme Court decision brought new attention to governments' ability to seize property through the tool of eminent domain. Some 40 states are re-examining their laws - with action in Congress, too - after the court's unpopular ruling.

9,000 Gallons of Oil Leak Into N.J. River 05 Feb 2006 A ruptured tank spilled more than 9,000 gallons of refined oil into a river Sunday, causing an eight-mile oil slick, authorities said.

Champions! Steelers win fifth Super Bowl 05 Feb 2006 Pittsburgh is the City of Champions once again. The Steelers used a trick play and the speed of Willie Parker to score two second-half touchdowns and beat the Seattle Seahawks 21-10 in Super XL at Detroit's Ford Field. The Steelers become only the third franchise to win five Super Bowls, joining the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers.

Black and Gold Glory: Steelers Win 05 Feb 2006 Antwaan Randle El threw 43 yards for a touchdown on a trick play and Willie Parker set a record with a 75-yard scoring run to highlight Pittsburgh's fifth championship, a 21-10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL at Ford Field.

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The New York Times *finally* reports CLG's January 24 lead story: Halliburton Subsidiary Gets Contract to Add Detention Centers 04 Feb 2006 The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract worth up to $385 million for building 'temporary immigration' detention centers to Kellogg Brown & Root, the Halliburton subsidiary that has been criticized for overcharging the Pentagon for its work in Iraq. KBR would build the centers for the Homeland Security Department... to house people in the event of a natural disaster or for new programs that require additional detention space, company executives said. ['New programs that require additional detention space...' such as Rumsfeld's plans to incarcerate dissenters after Bush's (next) terror attack?]

Pentagon Hones Its Strategy on Terrorism 05 Feb 2006 The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has completed a new, classified counterterrorism strategy that for the first time orders the military to focus on nine areas identified as necessary for any terrorist network to operate, senior Pentagon officials say, and warns that ill-conceived military operations could add to terrorists' ranks. Dated Feb. 1, signed by Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and endorsed by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, the strategy document orders the Defense Department to undertake a broad campaign to find and attack or neutralize terrorist leaders [or, as in the case of Osama bin Laden, hire them], their havens, financial networks, methods of communication and ability to move around the globe. It also orders the military to focus on terrorist information-gathering systems, personnel and ideology. [Bush is laying the foundation for a full-blown police state, to arrest and incarcerate those who rebel after he attacks Iran.]

GAO head stymied in quest to audit anti-terror efforts --Comptroller general says Congress, spy agencies balk at oversight 04 Feb 2006 The head of the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, said yesterday that he has been frustrated in his efforts to persuade Congress and the intelligence agencies to allow his agency to monitor the effectiveness of the nation's intelligence agencies as they pursue new programs to track terrorism.

Bush signs extension of anti-terrorism law 03 Feb 2006 Dictator George W. Bush signed an extension on Friday of an anti[pro]-terrorism law enacted after the September 11 attacks that critics say infringes on civil liberties.

Potent Firepower for Weapons Lab --Modern Gatling guns to defend against land, air terrorist attack 03 Feb 2006 (CA) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory plans to install high-powered machine guns over the next few months capable of hitting land vehicles or aircraft almost a mile away in the event of a terrorist attack.

Rumsfeld: War on terrorism needs Cold War-like solidarity 04 Feb 2006 Defense Secretary [war criminal] Donald H. Rumsfeld pushed Saturday for unity in the fight against terrorism, telling a meeting of the world's top security officials that "a war has been declared on all of our nations and on our people [by the Bush regime]."

American Citizen's Transfer to Iraqis Is Blocked --Judge Stays Move of U.S. Citizen 04 Feb 2006 A U.S. District Court judge temporarily blocked the federal government from transferring an American citizen to the custody of the Iraqi government, noting Friday that the move could place the prisoner at risk of torture and indefinite confinement. American forces arrested Shawqi Omar on Oct. 29, 2004, at his apartment in Baghdad. The United States military has not charged Omar with a crime, nor has it let him talk with his U.S. lawyers.

Fighter jets force down small plane flying too close to Bush ranch 04 Feb 2006 Two fighter jets forced a small plane to land after the pilot flew too close to Dictator Bush's ranch in central Texas on Friday, while he was spending the weekend there.

UK was warned of July suicide attacks 05 Feb 2006 Senior White House officials have confirmed that Britain received a warning about a potential attack on London involving a cell of four bombers just a few months before the July atrocities in which 52 people were killed.

Super-tight security for Superbowl 03 Feb 2006 With just two days to Superbowl XL, the city of Detroit is under a massive security net -- one that expands all the way into Canadian airspace -- as officials mobilized thousands of personnel in a security operation that spans land, sea and air.

Frist says military action a possibility against Iran 04 Feb 2006 Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Saturday night that the United States must be prepared to take military action against Iran if nonviolent means don't deter the country from building nuclear weapons.

Rice: "world will not stand by" over nuclear Iran 04 Feb 2006 .S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned "the world will not stand by" if Iran progresses toward building a nuclear bomb despite its case being reported on Saturday to the U.N. Security Council over its suspicious atomic programs.

Iran nuclear situation intensifies 05 Feb 2006 The United Nations nuclear watchdog has voted to report Iran to the UN Security Council over suspicions it plans to build atomic weapons. Tehran immediately responded that it would start enriching uranium fuel that can be used in bombs.

US and allies win vote to report Iran to UN 04 Feb 2006 The international dispute over Iran’s nuclear programme moved into an uncertain new phase on Saturday when the United Nations nuclear watchdog voted to report the issue to the UN Security Council. After the vote on Saturday, Iran said it was immediately curtailing voluntary cooperation with nuclear inspectors.

U.N. Nuclear Agency Reports Iran to Security Council 04 Jan 2006 The United Nations nuclear agency reported Iran to the U.N. Security Council on Saturday, signaling growing worldwide unease about the nature and intent of Iran's nuclear program, and concern that it might be military.

Revealed: secret plan to keep UK troops permanently in Iraq 05 Feb 2006 Britain is laying secret plans to maintain a permanent military presence in Iraq... The scale of the commitment is yet to be formally agreed, but defence sources confirmed that it could see the UK maintaining a military base in south Iraq, near Basra, which it currently controls, for years to come.

2,000 British troops to withdraw from Iraq 05 Feb 2006 Britain plans to begin withdrawing 2,000 troops from Iraq, starting this spring, according to a secret blueprint agreed with allies. The pull-out plan would see an initial 500 British troops depart from southern Iraq by the end of May, a Whitehall source confirmed.

Generals call for faster Iraq pull-out 05 Feb 2006 Military chiefs are urging a reduction in the 8,500-strong British force in Iraq as they struggle to find troops for a new and potentially far more dangerous mission in Afghanistan.

Latest British Iraq death brings toll to 101 04 Feb 2006 A British soldier has been killed in a road traffic accident in Iraq - the third to die there within a week.

More Allegations of Libby Lies Revealed --Judge's Report Shows Cheney Aide Is Accused of Broad Deception 04 Jan 2006 The special prosecutor in the CIA leak case alleged that Vice pResident Cheney's former chief of staff was engaged in a broader web of deception than was previously known and repeatedly lied to conceal that he had been a key source for reporters about undercover operative Valerie Plame, according to court records released yesterday.

New Details Revealed on C.I.A. Leak Case 04 Jan 2006 Vice pResident Dick Cheney's former chief of staff told prosecutors that Mr. Cheney had informed him "in an off sort of curiosity sort of fashion" in mid-June 2003 about the identity of the C.I.A. officer at the heart of the leak case, according to a formerly secret legal opinion, parts of which were made public on Friday.

Friends Raise $2 Million for Libby Defense 03 Feb 2006 Friends and supporters of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby have raised $2 million to help him pay his legal bills.

Mega barf alert! Army Teaches Troops How to Pick a Spouse 04 Feb 2006 They are the Pentagon's new "rules of engagement" — the diamond ring kind. U.S. Army chaplains are trying to teach troops how to pick the right spouse, through a program called "How To Avoid Marrying a Jerk."

Chavez makes call to arms 05 Feb 2006 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he is considering buying enough rifles to arm one million people ready to repel a possible US invasion. [Great!]

2007 Budget Favors Defense --141 Programs to Be Cut or Halted 05 Feb 2006 Dictator Bush plans to propose a $2.7 trillion budget tomorrow that would shrink most parts of the government unrelated to the nation's 'security...' The spending plan Bush is to recommend to Congress will call for the elimination or reduction of 141 programs across a broad swath of federal agencies... Wide-ranging as they are, those cuts pale in comparison with the White House's attempt to carve money from Medicare...

Bush to Propose Vast Reduction in Medicare Payments, Increased Premiums 04 Feb 2006 In his budget next week, pResident Bush will propose substantial savings in Medicare, administration officials and health care lobbyists said Friday. Mr. Bush will try to reduce projected Medicare payments to hospitals and other health care providers by billions of dollars over the next five years. In addition, they said, Mr. Bush intends to seek further increases in Medicare premiums for 'high-income' people, beyond those already scheduled to take effect next year.

R.I. candidate calls for Bush impeachment 02 Feb 2006 Declaring that President [sic] George W. Bush "has repeatedly lied to our Congress and Americans, broke our laws and abused his executive authority with impunity," U.S. Senate candidate Carl Sheeler called for Bush’s impeachment at a Statehouse news conference Wednesday. On Friday, Sheeler plans to have a billboard posted off Exit 18 of Route 95 at the Thurbers Avenue curve that says "Be Patriotic, Impeach Bush."

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Bush 'plotted to lure Saddam into war with fake UN plane' 03 Feb 2006 George Bush considered provoking a war with Saddam Hussein's government by flying a United States spyplane over Iraq bearing UN colours, enticing the Iraqis to take a shot at it, according to a leaked memo of a meeting between the US pResident and Tony Blair.

Blair-Bush deal before Iraq war revealed in secret memo --PM promised to be 'solidly behind' US invasion with or without UN backing 03 Feb 2006 Tony Blair told pResident George Bush that he was "solidly" behind US plans to invade Iraq before he sought advice about the invasion's legality and despite the absence of a second UN resolution, according to a new account of the build-up to the war published today.

Pentagon Announces Sweeping Defense Review 03 Feb 2006 The Pentagon Friday announced plans to significantly increase special operations forces, expand psychological warfare and develop a program to 'counter' biological terrorism as part of a new broadbased military strategy for the 21st century.

DOD to take greater role in bankrolling foreign militaries 03 Feb 2006 Changes passed in the 2006 Defense Authorization Act allows the Pentagon, rather than the State Department, to take a greater role in foreign military financing, including security assistance programs, training and equipment sales.

US counts war cost: $585bn 04 Feb 2006 President [sic] George W. Bush is about to ask Congress for another $160 billion ($US120 billion) for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, bringing their total cost so far to $585 billion.

Iraq war is costing $100,000 per minute 03 Feb 2006 ...Currently, the Defense Department says it is spending about $4.5 billion a month on the conflict in Iraq, or about $100,000 per minute. Current spending in Afghanistan is about $800 million a month, or about $18,000 per minute.

Bush Wants $120 Billion More For Wars 02 Feb 2006 The Bush regime said Thursday it will ask Congress for $120 billion more for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan... If approved by Congress, the war money would push spending related to the wars toward a staggering half-trillion dollars.

US official admits he smuggled $2m of aid meant for Iraq 03 Feb 2006 In the first US corruption conviction relating to the occupation of Iraq, a former official pleaded guilty yesterday to stealing more than $2m (£1.13m) of reconstruction funds and taking more than $1m worth of contract kickbacks under a deal with an American businessman.

Americans Forced to Supply Iraqi Military 03 Feb 2006 The troops on patrol in this city west of Baghdad [Khaldiyah] are Iraqi... But most of the supplies still come from a nearby American base — delivered by American convoys. ...Food for the Iraqi soldiers is provided by Western contractors — whose local offices are protected within the American compound.

Roadside Bomb Kills Soldier 03 Feb 2006 A soldier was killed in Iraq yesterday. A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier died after a roadside bomb struck the vehicle he was riding in north of Baghdad, officials reported today.

British soldier killed in Iraq road accident 03 Feb 2006 A British soldier has been killed in a road traffic accident in Iraq, the third serviceman to die in four days, the Ministry of Defence said today.

Five American Servicemen Killed in Iraq 02 Feb 2006 Five American servicemen were killed in Iraq in separate attacks, the U.S. military said Thursday, including three soldiers who died in a roadside bomb blast.

Reservist, 32, sues Army to leave service 02 Feb 2006 (MA) Jonathan O'Reilly of Norton, who turns 32 this month, said top commanders have refused to let him leave the Reserve, even though he finished his service obligation in May 2004 and has repeatedly tried to resign. The Army Reserve captain has filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Boston last week accusing the Army of breach of contract and involuntary servitude.

Former weapons inspector warns of US-Iran war 02 Feb 2006 Former United Nations weapons inspector and ex-marine intelligence officer Scott Ritter told a crowd of about 500 gathered at the West Hartford Town Hall that, "...the Bush administration is fixing intelligence around policy on Iran," and that it could lead to a new US war in the Middle East.

Trial for Ex-Aide to Cheney Is Set for January 2007 [*After* the 2006 'elections'] 03 Feb 2006 The trial of I. Lewis Libby Jr., Vice pResident Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, in the C.I.A. leak case will start next January, a federal judge said today.

White House e-mails missing in CIA name case --Relevance to key questions about Karl Rove's involvement in question 02 Feb 2006 A letter from special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald to the I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby defense team reveals that some White House e-mails from 2003 weren't archived as they should have been. The year 2003 is significant in the CIA leak investigation. It's the year that CIA operative Valerie Plame's name was allegedly leaked to reporters to discredit her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson.

CIA leak investigation 'slowed down,' due to Libby's 'messy handwriting' MSNBC, live report by David Shuster, 2:35PM EST. (no link) The CIA leak investigation has 'slowed down,' as investigators cannot ready I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby's handwriting on the documents! [Gag me with a chainsaw!]

High-security centre to house terror suspects 02 Feb 2006 Call it Guantanamo North, or perhaps Guantanamo Lite. The new high-security detention centre being built near Kingston to house foreign terrorism suspects is exceedingly small, with space for just six inmates... The self-contained unit... is due to open at the end of March and all four suspects [none charged with a crime] will be going there, a Correctional Service Canada spokeswoman said yesterday.

Bush approved multi-agency program to spy on Americans By Doug Thompson 03 Feb 2006 "Although President [sic] Bush publicly claims he has limited spying on Americans by the National Security Agency to overseas phone calls involving members of al-Qaeda, privately he has authorized a massive multi-agency domestic surveillance operation that routinely pries into the lives of millions of Americans who have no involvement in terrorism or represent no threat to the security of the United States."

Senate Intelligence Chairman: Bush Can Spy 03 Feb 2006 Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) said Friday the Bush administration's domestic spying is within the president's inherent power under the Constitution, and he rejected criticism that Congress was kept in the dark about it.

Navy Commissions Anti[Pro]-Terror Force Unit 03 Feb 2006 Naval Coastal Warfare Squadron Five will 'protect' shipping lanes and U.S. forces overseas, defend harbors and provide port security with small, fast gunboats not seen since Vietnam... Elements of the squadron can go ashore with a mobile sensor unit to provide surveillance of the operating area and relay communications.

NORAD and U.S. Coast Guard Set for Super Bowl Security 03 Feb 2006 The North American Aerospace Defense Command and the U.S. Coast Guard will contribute to security operations for the Feb. 5 Super Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich. Command mission assets for Super Bowl XL will include CF 18s, F 16s, an E-3 airborne early warning and control system aircraft, and air refueling tankers, NORAD officials said.

Security for Super Bowl called into question 27 Jan 2006 The NFL has cut ties with the nationally respected security firm it has used for the last 29 Super Bowls, California-based Contemporary Services Corporation. It will go a less expensive route this year, hiring three smaller, less-experienced companies to handle security for Super Bowl XL next week in Detroit... The NFL sure has picked a strange time to make a security switch of this magnitude, considering that next week's game will be played just a half-mile from an international border.

The End of the Internet? By Jeff Chester 01 Feb 2006 "The nation's largest telephone and cable companies are crafting an alarming set of strategies that would transform the free, open and nondiscriminatory Internet of today to a privately run and branded service that would charge a fee for virtually everything we do online. Verizon, Comcast, Bell South and other communications giants are developing strategies that would track and store information on our every move in cyberspace in a vast data-collection and marketing system, the scope of which could rival the National Security Agency."

WHO sends Tamiflu to Iraq after bird flu confirmed 03 Feb 2006 The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday that it was sending several thousand courses of influenza drug Tamiflu to Iraq to help 'treat' any further cases of deadly bird flu in humans.

Tamiflu found ineffective in bird flu treatment 21 Dec 2005 The drug most of the world is counting on to prevent an avian flu pandemic may not be a failsafe defence, according to a New England Journal of Medicine report. The authors say they have found evidence the H5N1 virus can mutate into a form unaffected by Tamiflu -- rendering the world's ever-growing stockpiles of the drug ineffective if the mutated strain were to spread.

Rumsfeld's growing stake in Tamiflu --Defense Secretary, ex-chairman of flu treatment rights holder, sees portfolio value growing. 31 Oct 2005 The prospect of a bird flu outbreak may be panicking people around the globe, but it's proving to be very good news for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other politically connected investors in Gilead Sciences, the California biotech company that owns the rights to Tamiflu, the influenza remedy that's now the most-sought after drug in the world. Rumsfeld served as Gilead (Research)'s chairman from 1997 until he joined the Bush administration in 2001, and he still holds a Gilead stake valued at between $5 million and $25 million, according to federal financial disclosures filed by Rumsfeld.

"The Republican Party would have the American flag and the swastika flying side by side." [They already do.] NAACP chairman compares GOP to Nazis 02 Feb 2006 Civil rights activist and NAACP Chairman Julian Bond delivered a blistering partisan speech at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina last night, equating the Republican Party with the Nazi Party... "The Republican Party would have the American flag and the swastika flying side by side," he charged.

Charlotte Church calls President Bush a 'twat' 30 Jan 2006 The famous soprano Charlotte Church has recently slammed US president [sic] George W Bush by calling him "twat". She revealed that when she met George W Bush he asked her what state Wales was in. She called him Sulky and said, I thought, "You twat."

Prosecutor Seeks Texas GOP Bank Records 02 Feb 2006 Prosecutors investigating former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on felony conspiracy and money laundering charges are seeking bank records for the Texas Republican Party.

Jeb shredding state records? 01 Feb 2006 By Joe Baker "A source inside the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation told Insider magazine that Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has ordered the shredding of documents and public records, a clear violation of Florida law... A source in the FBI confirmed that public records are being destroyed on orders of Jeb Bush."

Medicaid cuts to affect 13 million 02 Feb 2006 Roughly 13 million people, or about one-fifth of the nation's Medicaid beneficiaries, will face new or increased co-payments and premiums for doctors visits, non-emergency hospital visits and prescription drugs under soon-to-be-enacted budget cuts.

Your F*ck the Poor tally for today: Senate RollVote Taxes 02 Feb 2006 The 66-31 roll call Thursday by which the Senate passed $70 billion in tax cuts. Voting "yes" [to pass the measure] were 18 Democrats and 48 Republicans.

Will County chairman calls for federal, state probes of radioactive leak 03 Feb 2006 (Joliet, Ill.) The chairman of the Will County Board is calling for federal and state investigations into why it took a nuclear power company and state agencies nearly eight years to report the leak of millions of gallons of radioactive wastewater from a central Illinois plant.

Rally overshadows Phil's show 03 Feb 2006 Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow... There were a few boos at the groundhog's prediction of six more weeks of winter, but most of the hundreds of revelers instead turned the event into an impromptu Pittsburgh Steelers rally. Fans in football jerseys sang ''Here we go Steelers,'' and members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club's Inner Circle -- the top-hat- and tuxedo-wearing businessmen responsible for carrying on the groundhog tradition each year -- threw black and gold Steelers ''Terrible Towels'' as they waited to rouse Phil from his burrow. [LOL!]

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Fitzgerald Hints White House Records Lost [?!?] 02 Feb 2006 Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald is raising the possibility that records sought in the CIA leak investigation could be missing because of an e-mail archiving problem [Gag me with a chainsaw!] at the White House. The prosecutor in the criminal case against Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff said in a Jan. 23 letter that not all e-mail was archived in 2003, the year the Bush administration exposed the identity of undercover CIA officer Valerie Plame.

Senate Panel Rebuffed on Documents on U.S. Spying 02 Feb 2006 The Bush regime is rebuffing requests from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee for its classified legal opinions on Dictator Bush's [illegal] domestic spying program, setting up a confrontation in advance of a hearing scheduled for next week, administration and Congressional officials said Wednesday... The Bush regime has already drawn fire from Democrats in the last week for refusing to release internal documents on Hurricane Katrina as well as material related to the lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

AG's memo suggests Patriot Act not needed for domestic spying 25 Jan 2006 A footnote in Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales's 42-page legal memo defending Dictator Bush's domestic spying program appears to argue that the administration does not need Congress to extend the USA Patriot Act in order to keep using the law's investigative powers against terror suspects. The memo states that Congress gave Bush the power to investigate terror suspects using whatever tactics he deemed necessary when it authorized him to use force against 'Al Qaeda.'

Official: Army Has Authority to Spy on Americans 31 Jan 2006 "Contrary to popular belief, there is no absolute ban on [military] intelligence components collecting U.S. person information," the U.S.Army’s top intelligence officer said in a 2001 memo that surfaced Tuesday. Not only that, military intelligence agencies are permitted to "receive" domestic intelligence information, even though they cannot legally "collect" it," according to the Nov. 5, 2001, memo issued by Lt. Gen. Robert W. Noonan Jr., the deputy chief of staff for intelligence.

House Extends Patriot Act Another 5 Weeks 01 Feb 2006 The House of Representatives prepared to vote this afternoon to extend the antiterrorism [sic] law known as the USA Patriot Act to March 10, giving House and Senate negotiators another five weeks to resolve their long-running dispute over the statute.

NORTHCOM Prepares for Possible Pandemic 01 Feb 2006 U.S. Northern Command recently hosted representatives from more than 40 international, federal and state agencies for an exercise designed to provoke discussion and determine what governmental actions, including military support, would be necessary in the event of an influenza pandemic in the United States. "NORTHCOM will not be running the show in the event of a pandemic," said Dave Wilkins, the NORTHCOM exercise facilitator. "We will be taking guidance and requests from other agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security, via the secretary of defense."

"We have to have more detention space." --George W. Bush, Nashville, TN 01 Feb 2006 [And, Halliburton/KBR is happy to oblige! See: KBR awarded $385M Homeland Security contract for U.S. detention centers 24 Jan 2006 BTW, during the speech, Bush had trouble with the word 'implement.' He tried to say it three times, then resorted to the word 'put.' LOL!]

Seventh-Grade School Essay Brings in Secret Service 02 Feb 2006 The Secret Service is investigating a seventh-grader who wrote a school essay that authorities say advocated violence against Dictator Bush, and others. The boy's homework assignment for English class was to write what he would do on a perfect day...

Here's an essay not written by a seventh-grader: 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 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..."

Former Priest Condemns US' Guantanamo Policy 02 Feb 2006 Peace campaigner and former Catholic priest Bruce Kent has told a London rally the ongoing detention of people by the US at the Guantanamo camp in Cuba has made him question his pride in being British in view of the UK’s lack of action in taking their allies up on the matter.

CIA Chief Says Wiretap Disclosure Damaging 02 Feb 2006 CIA Director Porter Goss said Thursday that the disclosure of pResident Bush's [illegal] eavesdropping-without-warrants program and other once-secret projects had undermined U.S. intelligence-gathering abilities.

U.K. Lords Seek More Limits on Blair's Anti-Terrorism Laws 01 Feb 2006 Britain's House of Lords voted to introduce new restrictions on Prime Minister Tony Blair's anti[pro]-terrorism laws, urging limits on police powers to ask Internet service providers to remove information from their sites.

Government criticised in new terror warning 02 Feb 2006 (UK) The government was criticised today for its treatment of suspected terrorists, in a report warning of a "real and present danger" of new acts of terror.

UK 'should expect more terror attacks' 02 Feb 2006 The UK should expect more suicide bombers to strike in attacks similar to those which killed 52 on London's transport network last year. The Government's anti-terror watchdog warned there is a "real and present danger" of fresh terror attacks on Britain. [Translation: Blair is getting ready to play the Tube terror card...]

US Officials Warn of Greater Threats From Terrorists 02 Feb 2006 Top American intelligence and military officials said today that the threat of terror attacks against American interests might be greater than ever... [Translation: Bush is getting ready to play the bioterror card...]

Terror threat 'greater than ever' 02 Feb 2006 The United States has made progress in the war on [of] terror, but the threat may be greater than ever before because the available weapons are far more dangerous, Defence Secretary [war criminal] Donald Rumsfeld said.

Pentagon Now Prepares to Fight Long War 01 Feb 2006 Now, the Pentagon is preparing for The Long War. In the 2007 budget due out next week and a soon-to-be-released long-range plan for reshaping the military, the Defense Department talks about the military's future in terms of its ability to fight a new kind of war. It is one that cannot be won in days or weeks, and will be fought on many fronts and against a vast array of enemies.

Contractor 'stole $2.6m in Iraq funds' 03 Feb 2006 A Pentagon contractor put in charge of at least $US82 million ($109 million) in reconstruction money earmarked for the Iraqi city of Hilla will plead guilty to conspiracy, bribery, money laundering and other crimes, it was reported today.

Former official from N.C. pleads guilty on Iraq contracts 02 Feb 2006 A former U.S. occupation official in Iraq pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring to steal more than $2 million and rigging bids on $8.6 million in reconstruction contracts.

Bush's death squads in Iraq are busy little bees: Iraq police find 14 bound bodies 03 Feb 2006 Police in Baghdad have discovered 14 bodies that appeared to have been tortured, according to an Iraq Interior Ministry source. The corpses were blindfolded with hands tied behind their backs, he said. Some of the victims had been beheaded or repeatedly stabbed.

Canadian diplomat says soldiers fired on her SUV without warning 02 Feb 2006 Inside the white Envoy with a Maple Leaf flag plastered to the windshield, the first inkling that a routine daily trip for Canadian diplomats in Baghdad had gone nightmarishly wrong sounded like an explosion. Michelle Cameron, one of the four Canadians inside the SUV when a U.S. gunner opened fire on them inside the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad on Tuesday.

Two car bombs kill 16 in Baghdad 02 Feb 2006 Two car bombs killed at least 16 people and wounded 65 others in Baghdad on Thursday, police sources said.

Police Apologize, Drop Charge Vs. Sheehan 01 Feb 2006 Capitol Police dropped a charge of unlawful conduct against anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan on Wednesday and apologized for ejecting her and a congressman's wife from Dictator Bush's State of the Union address for wearing T-shirts with war messages. [Sheehan was arrested; the congressman's wife was not.]

9/11 Attacks - Avoiding the hard questions by Robert Steinback 01 Feb 2006 "How did a fire fed by jet fuel, which at most burns at 1,700 degrees Fahrenheit, cause the collapse of the Twin Towers, built of steel that melts at 2,800 degrees? (Most experts agree that the impact of airliners, made mostly of lightweight aluminum, should not have been enough alone to cause structural failure.) ...Why did building WTC-7 fall, though no aircraft struck it? Fire alone had never before caused a steel skyscraper to collapse. Why did all three buildings collapse largely into their own footprints -- in the style of a controlled demolition? Why did no U.S. military jet intercept the wayward aircraft? Why has there been no investigation of BBC reports that five of the alleged 9/11 hijackers were alive and accounted for after the event?"

Probe Faults Feds for Katrina Response 01 Feb 2006 Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff or another top official should have been a ''central focal point'' of the Bush administration's response to Hurricane Katrina, congressional investigators asserted Wednesday, saying the lack of a clear chain of command hindered relief efforts.

Shell profit sets UK company record 02 Feb 2006 Royal Dutch Shell posted a $23 billion (13 billion-pound) profit for 2005 on Friday, up 30 percent from the previous year and a record for a UK-listed company, as higher oil prices helped outweigh a sharp fall in production.

Sen. Specter weighs action against big oil 01 Feb 2006 The chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said on Wednesday that Congress would attempt to address growing concerns about rising fuel prices and soaring oil industry profits.

House approves $39 billion cut to Medicaid, student loans 01 Feb 2006 House Republicans pushed through a measure today to rein in spending [Yeah, right! What about the *spending* on Halliburton, KBR, Blackwater USA, and billions in corporate welfare for the pharma-terrorists?] by nearly $40 billion over the next five years, with cuts in student loans, crop subsidies and Medicaid, the government's health insurance program for the poor.

Rowland Back In Prison After Grand Jury Testimony 01 Feb 2006 Former [Republican] Gov. John G. Rowland returned to federal prison Wednesday, a day after testifying before a federal grand jury in Hartford.

Republicans choose Boehner to replace DeLay --Runoff vote with Blunt of Missouri produces surprise outcome 02 Feb 2006 Rep. John Boehner of Ohio was elected House majority leader Thursday to replace indicted Rep. Tom DeLay.

US firms must go green, says Gore 02 Feb 2006 Corporate America must face up to green and ethical challenges if they are to avoid disaster, former US Vice President Al Gore has told the BBC.

From Garry Shay: This year, both Groundhog Day and the State of the Union Address fall on the same day. As Air America Radio pointed out, "It is an ironic juxtaposition: one involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to a creature of little intelligence for prognostication, and the other involves a groundhog."

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US Troops Shoot at Canadian Diplomats 01 Feb 2006 American troops reportedly opened fire on a car carrying Canadian diplomats in Baghdad on Tuesday. The vehicle was carrying the Canadian charge d'affaires in Iraq.

U.S. forces fire on Canadian vehicle in Iraq 31 Jan 2006 A vehicle carrying four members of a Canadian diplomatic mission in Iraq was fired on by U.S. forces inside Baghdad's Green Zone on Tuesday.

Suicide bomber kills at least eight in Baghdad 01 Feb 2006 At least eight people were killed on Wednesday when a suicide bomber strapped with explosives attacked a crowd of labourers in central Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.

Pressure mounts on Blair as British fatalities reach 100 01 Feb 2006 The death the 100th British soldier in Iraq has sparked protests once again, with fresh demands for British troops to be pulled out of Iraq. A cross-party group of MPs renewed their calls for an inquiry into Tony Blair's conduct in taking Britain into the war.

2 British troops killed in Iraq, bringing country's deaths to 100 since 2003 31 Jan 2006 A British soldier was killed in a roadside bombing Tuesday, the second member of the country's armed forces to die in Iraq in as many days and the 100th fatality since the conflict began in March 2003.

MOD accused of hiding real cost of Iraq war --MOD issues misleading figures on number of military injuries in Iraq 30 Jan 2006 The Ministry of Defence has admitted that it issued misleading figures for the number of British soldiers injured in Iraq after a Scotsman investigation found that they were wildly inaccurate.

Casualty figures are 'wrong', admits Reid 31 Jan 2006 Official figures for the number of UK troops injured in Iraq may have to be corrected, the Defence Secretary admitted yesterday. John Reid conceded that the previously published statistic of 230 soldiers injured in action did not reflect the true scale of British casualties and that there may have been many more.

Guantanamo in spotlight at Berlin film festival 30 Jan 2006 The U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay will be thrust into the spotlight at the Berlin Film Festival this year, with Michael Winterbottom's feature about the base among the main competition entries.

U.S. Capitol police arrest activist Sheehan 01 Feb 2006 Activist Cindy Sheehan was arrested in the House of Representatives chamber on Tuesday shortly before Dictator George W. Bush gave his State of the disUnion address because she refused to cover up an anti-war slogan on her shirt.

Libby's Lawyers Seek Papers on Plame's CIA Employment 01 Feb 2006 Attorneys for Vice pResident Cheney's former chief of staff urged a court yesterday to force a prosecutor to turn over CIA records indicating whether former CIA operative Valerie Plame's employment was classified, saying the answer is not yet clear.

FBI Agents Back Down When Librarian Refuses to Let Them Seize 30 Computers Without a Warrant 31 Jan 2006 An e-mail threat that prompted the evacuation of more than a dozen Brandeis University buildings on January 18 led to a standoff in a public library in Newton, Mass., a few miles from the Brandeis campus. Federal Bureau of Investigation agents tried to seize 30 of the library's computers without a warrant, saying someone had used the library's Internet connection to send the threat to Brandeis. But the library director told the agents they could not take the machines unless they got a warrant first.

New Patriot Act Provision Creates Tighter Barrier to Officials at Public Events 31 Jan 2006 A new provision tucked into the Patriot Act bill now before Congress would allow authorities to haul demonstrators at any "special event of national significance" away to jail on felony charges if they are caught breaching a security perimeter.

Gonzales Is Challenged on Wiretaps --Feingold Says Attorney General Misled Senators in Hearings 31 Jan 2006 Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) charged yesterday that Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales misled the Senate during his confirmation hearing a year ago when he appeared to try to avoid answering a question about whether the president could authorize warrantless wiretapping of U.S. citizens.

AT&T Sued Over NSA Eavesdropping 31 Jan 2006 The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a class-action lawsuit against AT&T on Tuesday, accusing the telecom company of violating federal laws by collaborating with the government's secret, warrantless wiretapping of American citizens' phone and internet usage.

UK police armed Irish terrorists 31 Jan 2006 A policeman who served in Ireland admitted in a radio interview this morning that the police supplied Irish terrorists with guns directly from the police armory (Radio 4 at 09:07 GMT precisely). Loyalist terrorists acted with immunity and support from the Royal Ulster Constabulary's "Special Branch" (UK government's secret police).

Terrorism laws will strip power from judges, court told 01 Feb 2006 (AU) The Federal Government's terrorism laws would close off courts "as tight as a drum" and co-opt judges into a regime of "extreme secrecy", the NSW Supreme Court heard yesterday.

Experts Claim Official 9/11 Story is a Hoax --Scholars for 9/11 Truth call for verification and publication by an international consortium. Duluth, MN (PRWEB) 30 Jan 2006 "A group of distinguished experts and scholars, including Robert M. Bowman, James H. Fetzer, Wayne Madsen, John McMurtry, Morgan Reynolds, and Andreas von Buelow, have concluded that senior government officials have covered up crucial facts about what really happened on 9/11."

Clinton seeks help for ground zero workers 31 Jan 2006 Sen. Hillary Clinton said Tuesday she will bring the debate over Sept. 11 ground zero worker health to the floor of the U.S. Senate in coming days, seeking help for first responders through a troubled asbestos litigation bill.

Left's Chorus Grows for Bush Impeachment 31 Jan 2006 As Dictator Bush prepared to address Congress, some members of the House began calling for his impeachment — a call that has been growing over the last few months, when only the far fringes [?!?] of the American left called for his ouster. [No, the 'far fringes' of the American left have been calling for his *treason trial.*]

52 percent say Bush's pResidency a failure 31 Jan 2006 More than half of the people asked in a recent poll said the term of U.S. pResident George W. Bush has been a failure.

State of the War? U.S. Support Fades --Majority says U.S. has done all it could and should withdraw: Enemy has staying power, new Zogby Interactive poll shows 31 Jan 2006 President [sic] Bush is under fire over his Iraq policies, as a majority of likely voters nationwide say they are not pleased with his handling of the war there, a new Zogby Interactive survey shows... 55% of the voting public favors a phased withdrawal of troops from Iraq, believing the U.S. has accomplished all it realistically can in the Middle Eastern nation.

MSNBC Poll: Did President [sic] Bush persuade you that he has the right plan for the country? * 40118 responses - Yes 32%; No 68% [Poll snapshot: 03:00 EST 01 Feb 2006]

Dictator Bush's State of the disUnion Address (transcript) 31 Jan 2006

Alito sworn in as member of Supreme Court 31 Jan 2006 Samuel Alito was sworn in as a U.S. Supreme Court justice on Tuesday after a divided Senate confirmed him as a second conservative appointed by Dictator George W. Bush in his effort to move the high court to the right.

Alito confirmed 58-42 31 Jan 2006 Samuel Alito was confirmed to the Supreme Court today after a contentious and partisan battle in the Senate, becoming the nation's 110th justice to serve on the high court. The Senate approved Alito 58-42, one of the most divided tallies in modern history as all but four Democrats [traitors] opposed him.

DemocRATs who voted to confirm Alito: Byrd (WV) Conrad (ND) Johnson (SD) Nelson (NE); DemocRATs who voted for cloture to bust the filibuster Akaka, Hawaii; Baucus, Mont.; Bingaman, N.M.; Byrd, W.Va.; Cantwell, Wash.; Carper, Del.; Conrad, N.D.; Dorgan, N.D.; Inouye, Hawaii; Johnson, S.D.; Kohl, Wis.; Landrieu, La.; Lieberman, Conn.; Lincoln, Ark.; Nelson, Fla.; Nelson, Neb.; Pryor, Ark.; Rockefeller, W.Va.; Salazar, Colo.

Matthews on Sen. Kennedy: "the guy that molested" Martha-Ann Alito 31 Jan 2006 During the January 30 edition of MSNBC's Hardball, host Chris Matthews called Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) "the guy that molested" Martha-Ann Alito, wife of Supreme Court nominee Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. Matthews said: "Won't they say [during Dictator Bush's State of disUnion speech] something very upbeat and bucking up, like isn't she a great woman, and then they'll put the camera right on Ted Kennedy. And show how he was the guy that molested her, basically... the way they [presumably Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats] beat up Judge Alito to make his wife cry."

Sweeping anti-abortion laws proposed 31 Jan 2006 Legislators in at least five states are proposing bold anti-abortion measures as the Bush regime reshapes the U.S. Supreme Court, a report said. Lawmakers in Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, South Dakota and Tennessee propose banning all abortions except when the woman's life is in danger, Stateline.org reported.

White House Official Warned Abramoff 29 Jan 2006 The Bush administration's former chief procurement official tipped off lobbyist Jack Abramoff that the government was about to suspend the federal contracts of an Abramoff client, newly filed court papers say.

Ohio GOP poised to gut election protection on way to permanent national domination By Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman 30 Jan 2006 "Ohio's GOP-controlled legislature is poised to pass... a repressive new law that will gut free elections here and is already surfacing around the US. The bill is designed to help end free elections and continue the process of installing the GOP as America's permanent ruling party. Called HB3, the bill demands discriminatory voter ID, severely cripples the possibility of statewide recounts and actually ends the process of state-based challenges to federal elections---most importantly for president---held within the state."

Diebold earnings take big hit 31 Jan 2006 Diebold Inc.'s overhaul of its operations led to a 76 percent decline in fourth-quarter earnings, the Green, Ohio, manufacturer said.

Iraq says treating 12 possible human bird flu cases 31 Jan 2006 Officials in northern Iraq said on Tuesday they were treating 12 patients suspected of having bird flu as a World Health Organization (WHO) team prepared to travel to the area to give urgent 'assistance.'

Call for drills to test bird flu readiness 01 Feb 2006 A plan prepared by the UAE Armed Forces for intervention in case of an outbreak of bird flu pandemic in the country was presented at the fourth meeting of the Secretariat of the National Committee for Emergency Response to Bird Flu.

Britain ready to deploy CO2 to combat bird flu 31 Jan 2006 Britain will allow poultry [and what/who else?] to be poisoned with carbon dioxide as a measure to combat any bird flu outbreak, the farm ministry said on Tuesday.

Coretta Scott King, a Civil Rights Icon, Dies at 78 01 Feb 2006 Coretta Scott King, known first as the wife of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., then as his widow, then as an avid proselytizer for his vision of racial peace and nonviolent social change, died Monday at a hospital in Mexico.

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Halliburton unit's detention center contract is repeat deal 30 Jan 2006 When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was picking someone to plan and perhaps build detention centers, it turned to a familiar name. The Corps last week awarded a contract worth up to $385 million to KBR, a subsidiary of engineering and defense contractor Halliburton Co. KBR has been paid $5.9 million so far under a similar contract from 2000 through 2005. Halliburton said KBR might also be used to open more detention centers if they were needed for new government programs. [All U.S. detention centers need to be destroyed - before Bush puts us all in them - in order to justify additional concentration camp construction.]

Deal struck to build detention centers 30 Jan 2006 A Houston-based construction firm with ties to the White House has been awarded an open-ended contract to build 'immigration' detention centers that could total $385 million - a move that some critics called questionable. The contract calls for KBR, a subsidiary of the oil engineering and construction giant Halliburton, to build 'temporary' detention facilities... Under the contract awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, KBR could also be assigned to operate one or more temporary detention facility, and develop a plan for responding to a natural [or, Bush-generated] disaster in which U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel participate in 'relief' efforts.

Bush administration pays Halliburton $199 million in Iraq overcharges 30 Jan 2006 The Bush regime settled a dispute between the Pentagon and Halliburton by agreeing to pay the company nearly all of $208 million in costs in Iraq and Kuwait that were criticized in one of the official military audits of the company, an international accounting agency announced today. The settlement, announced by the International Advisory Monitoring Board (IAMB) -- an independent accounting agency that monitors Iraq's oil finances -- allows Halliburton to keep $199 million of the $208 million in gasoline costs paid by the Pentagon, but disputed in the audit.

U.S. Official Seeks Billions in Iraq 'Rebuilding' Funds 31 Jan 2006 The U.S. official who oversees reconstruction spending in Iraq has called for money beyond $18.4 billion originally earmarked, saying postwar funds will be exhausted by the end of 2006 with many projects likely to be unfinished.

Blair in secret plot with Bush to dupe U.N. 29 Jan 2006 A White House leak revealing astonishing details of how Tony Blair and George Bush lied about the Iraq war is set to cause a worldwide political storm. A new book exposes how the two men connived to dupe the United Nations and blows the lid off Mr Blair's claim that he was a restraining influence on Mr Bush.

Calls grow to 'impeach' Blair as 99th soldier dies in Iraq 31 Jan 2006 The soldier's death intensified pressure at Westminster for an inquiry by a committee of seven Privy Councillors into the Prime Minister's handling of the Iraq war and the use of intelligence reports to boost public support for the invasion. Leaders of a cross-party group calling for Mr Blair to be impeached will meet tonight at Westminster to discuss their tactics.

Straw rules out threat of military action against Iran 29 Jan 2006 Yesterday, Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary struck a conciliatory note by insisting that military action against Iran was "genuinely" not on the table, despite a growing groundswell of support [?!?] for that option in America.

Iran crisis 'could drive oil over $90' --Prices climb ahead of critical week as [Bush's] nuclear row escalates. Opec says it won't increase quotas to cover for production shutdown 29 Jan 2006 Analysts warn that crude prices could reach $90 a barrel if the oil-rich state retaliates by blocking supplies.

Army's Rising Promotion Rate Called Ominous 30 Jan 2006 Struggling to retain enough officers to lead its forces, the Army has begun to dramatically increase the number of soldiers it promotes, raising fears within the service that wartime strains are diluting the quality of the officer corps. Last year, the Army promoted 97% of all eligible captains to the rank of major, Pentagon data show.

Judge offers a choice: Join the Army or go to jail 30 Jan 2006 A judge offered a 20-year-old man facing sentencing an unusual choice: Enlist in the Army or go to jail for up to a year.

Anti-terror laws 'could increase chance of attack' 31 Jan 2006 (AU) A legislative committee examining the ACT's proposed anti[pro]-terror laws has heard the new legislation could actually increase the chance of a terror attack.

Lawyers' group questions ACT counter terrorism laws 31 Jan 2006 (AU) A peak lawyers' group will give evidence before a public inquiry this morning, warning the ACT's proposed anti[pro]-terrorism laws breach human rights.

Al Qaeda Detainee's Mysterious Release 30 Jan 2006 For more than a decade, Osama bin Laden had few soldiers more devoted than Abdallah Tabarak... During the battle of Tora Bora in December 2001, when al Qaeda leaders were pinned down by U.S. forces, Tabarak sacrificed himself to engineer their escape. He headed toward the Pakistani border while making calls on Osama bin Laden's satellite phone as bin Laden and the others fled in the other direction. Tabarak was captured and taken to the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he was classified as such a high-value prisoner that the Pentagon repeatedly denied requests by the International Committee of the Red Cross to see him. Then, after spending almost three years at the base, he was suddenly released. [Yes, Rove has Bush bin Laden's next assignment ready to be carried out, so that the Patriot Act can be extended and the illegal NSA domestic spying can be 'justified.']

Holy coincidence, Batman! Just in time for Dictator Bush's State of disUnion speech (which will focus on 'national security,' LOL!) Arab TV Gets Another Al Qaeda Video 30 Jan 2006 'Al Qaeda' No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri said in a videotape aired Monday that pResident Bush was a "butcher" and a "failure" because of a deadly U.S. airstrike targeting the bin Laden deputy.

In videotape, Al-Zawahri labels Bush the 'butcher of Washington' [Well-said, even if the tape *is* the CIA's words!!] 30 Jan 2006 Showing that the United States failed to kill him in a recent missile strike, Al-Qaida No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri said in a videotape aired Monday that pResident Bush was a "butcher" and a "failure" because of the attack.

Britain and US split over defeating Afghan opium trade 31 Jan 2006 American officials are pressing for aerial crop-spraying. But aid agencies and human rights groups point out that poppy fields are often adjacent to ones growing vegetables and wheat. British officials are against spraying. But a report by the Senlis Council, the think-tank, showed yesterday that the US administration was advertising for aerial spraying jobs in Afghanistan...

Chavez ends forum with warning to U.S. 30 Jan 2006 A gathering of anti-globalization activists ended with Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez warning that an American attack on Iran would be "10 times worse than Iraq" and saying, "Down with the U.S. empire!"... "Enough already with the imperialist aggression!" Chavez said, listing countries from Panama to Iraq where the U.S. military has intervened. "Down with the U.S. empire! It must be said, in the entire world: Down with the empire!"

Chavez: Agents Have Infiltrated U.S. Spies 30 Jan 2006 President Hugo Chavez said Monday that Venezuela's intelligence agencies have ''infiltrated'' a group of military officials from the U.S. Embassy who were allegedly involved in espionage... ''The military officers of the U.S. Embassy are involved in espionage and we have them infiltrated,'' Chavez said. [WTG, Chavez!!]

Chavez tells U.S. envoy to stop spying 31 Jan 2006 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez warned the U.S. ambassador against spying on Monday and said his agents had infiltrated the U.S. embassy, which he has accused of links to espionage... "I recommend to the U.S. embassy that they stop spying, we have you infiltrated, ambassador. Don't move around too much because we are watching you," Chavez said at a business event.

Aide: Reagan Warned Before Beirut Blast 31 Jan 2006 A former defense secretary for Ronald Reagan says he implored the president to put Marines serving in Beirut in a safer position before terrorists attacked them in 1983, killing 241 servicemen.

Exxon Mobil 4th-Qtr Profit Climbs to Record $10.7 Bln 30 Jan 2006 Exxon Mobil Corp., the world's biggest oil company [predatory capitalists], said fourth-quarter profit rose 27 percent on surging energy prices to a record $10.7 billion, capping the most profitable year for any company in U.S. history. Net income climbed to $1.71 a share from $8.42 billion, or $1.44 a share, a year earlier, the Irving, Texas-based company said today in a statement.

Exxon profits surge to new record 30 Jan 2006 Surging oil and gas prices have helped Exxon Mobil to unveil the highest quarterly profits reported by a publicly-traded US company. Fourth-quarter earnings jumped to $10.7bn (£8.8bn) from $8.4bn in the same period last year. The results drove Exxon's annual profit to $36.13bn - 42% up on last year.

Corporate Wealth Share Rises for Top-Income Americans 29 Jan 2006 New government data indicate that the concentration of corporate wealth among the highest-income Americans grew significantly in 2003, as a trend that began in 1991 accelerated in the first year that Dictator Bush and Congress cut taxes on capital.

Bush takes us back to the Great Depression: Savings Rate at Lowest Level Since 1933 30 Jan 2006 Consumer spending rose at a rapid pace in December, far outpacing income growth, a development that helped to push the savings' rate for the year down to the lowest level since the Great Depression.

Dell to hire 5,000 people... in India 30 Jan 2006 Computer maker Dell Inc. said Monday it planned to add 5,000 jobs in India over the next two years, bringing its work force in the country to 15,000.

Senate Clears the Way for Final Vote on Alito Confirmation 30 Jan 2006 The nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. for the Supreme Court cleared an all-important procedural hurdle in the Senate this afternoon as liberal Democrats failed to muster enough support to block a vote on his confirmation.

GOP lawmakers: Bush should disclose Abramoff contacts 29 Jan 2006 Republican lawmakers said Sunday that pResident Bush should publicly disclose White House contacts with Jack Abramoff, the lobbyist who has pleaded guilty to felony charges in an influence-peddling case.

Enron trial opens in new test for US corporate governance 30 Jan 2006 Enron kingpins Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling went on trial accused of fraud and conspiracy over the multi-billion dollar bankruptcy of the energy giant.

'Deliberate' Neglect Laid to Bush In Policy on Katrina's Aftermath 30 Jan 2006 Senator Clinton told a largely friendly audience here Saturday night that the slow pace of government-sponsored reconstruction following Hurricane Katrina was the result of a deliberate decision by the Bush administration and may have been motivated by a desire to discourage Democratic voters from returning to the devastated region.

Primary care near collapse, physicians warn 30 Jan 2006 Primary care, the basic medical care that people get when they visit their doctors for routine physicals and minor problems, could fall apart in the United States without immediate reforms, the American College of Physicians said on Monday.

Deadly bird flu in Iraq 30 Jan 2006 A United Nations official confirmed today that an Iraqi girl who died earlier this month in Kurdistan was a bird flu victim. The official, who refused to be named... said the girl was a victim of the deadly H5N1 strain. [I saw *this one* marching down Broadway a mile away... mandatory vaccines and quarantines could commence, against the backdrop of Bush's full-blown police state in Iraq.]

Officials Confirm Bird Flu Death of Iraqi 30 Jan 2006 Iraqi and U.N. health officials said Monday a 15-year-old girl who died this month was a victim of the deadly H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus, the first confirmed case of the disease in the Middle East.

Jacksonville explosion exposes 40 to 'low levels' of radiation 30 Jan 2006 About 40 workers were exposed to a small amount of radiation Monday when a container filled with krypton gas exploded at a defense contractor, company and fire officials said.

Radiation Leak In Jacksonville Building Prompts Evacuations 30 Jan 2006 (FL) Fire-Rescue personnel said that an explosion Monday morning in 7500 bock of Baymeadows Way has resulted in the release of radiation inside a building, according to WJXT-TV. The Unison Industries building was evacuated and police have blocked streets in the area. Members of the hazardous material team report picking up radiation with Geiger counters. There is no word on whether anyone was exposed. [Homeland Security will undoubtedly announce that 'no one' was exposed, to protect the nuclear-industrial complex.]

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US plans to 'fight the net' revealed 27 Jan 2006 A newly declassified document gives a fascinating glimpse into the US military's plans for "information operations" - from psychological operations, to attacks on hostile computer networks. The declassified document is called "Information Operations Roadmap". The "roadmap" calls for a far-reaching overhaul of the military's ability to conduct information operations and electronic warfare.

Shell and Exxon to smash transatlantic profit records 29 Jan 2006 Oil companies on both sides of the Atlantic will gush record profits this week, with America’s Exxon Mobil posting the world’s biggest-ever profit, and Shell setting a new record for British companies. Exxon is tomorrow expected to unveil a profit of about $32 billion (£18 billion) for 2005, according to Thomson Financial. It will be the largest single profit in the history of corporate America.

Pentagon Can Now Fund Foreign Militaries 29 Jan 2006 Congress has granted unusual authority for the Pentagon to spend as much as $200 million of its own budget to aid foreign militaries, a break with the traditional practice of channeling foreign military assistance through the State Department.

US Army forces 50,000 soldiers into extended duty 29 Jan 2006 The U.S. Army has forced about 50,000 soldiers to continue serving after their voluntary stints ended under a policy called "stop-loss," but while some dispute its fairness, court challenges have fallen flat.

Blair and Bush 'conspired to go to war regardless of United Nations' --PM knew pResident was only going through the diplomatic motions, claims new edition of book 29 Jan 2006 Tony Blair knew that George Bush was only "going through the motions" of offering support for a second UN resolution in the run-up to the Iraq war, it was claimed last night. According to reports in The Mail on Sunday, the Prime Minister and the US pResident decided to go to war regardless of whether they obtained UN backing.

Audit: U.S.-Led Occupation Squandered Aid 29 Jan 2006 A U.S. government audit found American-led occupation authorities squandered tens of millions of dollars that were supposed to be used to rebuild Iraq through undocumented spending and outright fraud. In some cases, auditors recommend criminal charges be filed against the perpetrators.

20 killed in Iraq attacks 30 Jan 2006 At least 20 Iraqis were killed in rebel attacks and bombings yesterday, including six co-ordinated car bombs set off near churches, while a roadside bombing wounded a US television news anchor and his cameraman.

ABC News anchor, cameraman stable after Iraq bombing 29 Jan 2006 ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff and camera operator Doug Vogt were in serious but stable condition on Sunday after suffering head injuries when their Iraqi military vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb.

Bombs at Iraqi churches kill at least four 29 Jan 2006 Two car bombs targeting churches in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk killed at least four people on Sunday, a police official said. Colonel Burham Taher said the blasts at two churches also wounded nine people.

Iraq bombs kill three policemen, two women 28 Jan 2006 Three policemen were killed while two policemen and three civilians were injured in a roadside bomb explosion targeting a police patrol in downtown Fallujah, police said Saturday.

Two Soldiers, One Marine Killed 29 Jan 2006 Two soldiers were killed yesterday and one Marine was killed Jan. 27 in three separate incidents in Iraq.

Iran gives UN inspectors access to nuclear site 30 Jan 2006 UN nuclear inspectors have visited sites related to the former Lavizan military complex in Iran in what is a key concession in the UN investigation of the Islamic Republic's contested nuclear program, diplomats have told AFP.

Iran vows missile retaliation to any attack --Accuses Britain and United States of arming 'rebels' [terrorists] in its south 28 Jan 2006 Iran said on Saturday it would launch medium-range missiles if attacked and accused Britain and the United States of arming 'rebels' [terrorists] in its south, as international pressure on Tehran over its nuclear plans grew. [Why are Iraq's rebels called 'terrorists' and Iran's terrorists called 'rebels?']

U.S. expands 'targeted killing' --Predator airstrikes on suspected terrorists are widening despite international criticism 29 Jan 2006 Despite protests from other countries, the United States is expanding a top-secret effort to kill suspected 'terrorists' with drone-fired missiles as it pursues an increasingly decentralized 'al-Qaida,' U.S. officials say. The CIA's failed attempt to assassinate al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri in Pakistan on Jan. 13 was the latest strike in the government's "targeted killing" program, a highly classified initiative that officials say has broadened...

CIA unlikely to back off al Qaeda attacks in Pakistan 29 Jan 2006 The Bush regime is unlikely to shy away from using Predator missile attacks on 'al Qaeda' leaders in Pakistan, despite the risk of political backlash for U.S. ally, President Pervez Musharraf, officials and intelligence experts say.

BYU professor's group accuses U.S. officials of lying about 9/11 28 Jan 2006 Last fall, Brigham Young University physics professor Steven E. Jones made headlines when he charged that the World Trade Center collapsed because of "pre-positioned explosives." Now, along with a group that calls itself "Scholars for 9/11 Truth," he's upping the ante. "We believe that senior government officials have covered up crucial facts about what really happened on 9/11," the group says in a statement released Friday announcing its formation. "We believe these events may have been orchestrated by the administration in order to manipulate the American people into supporting policies at home and abroad."

Duke Professor Skeptical of bin Laden Tape 19 Jan 2006 Duke professor Bruce Lawrence has just published "Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama Bin Laden," a book translating Osama bin Laden's writings. He thinks bin Laden is dead and has doubts about the Thursday's audiotape. Lawrence recently analyzed more than 20 complete speeches and interviews of the al Qaida leader for his book. He says the new message is missing several key elements.

Spy data system a 'boondoggle' --After 6 years and $1.2 billion, NSA still hasn't set up Trailblazer 29 Jan 2006 A program that was supposed to help the National Security Agency identify electronic data crucial to the nation's safety is not up and running more than six years and $1.2 billion after it was launched, according to current and former government officials.

ID cards 'will not stop terrorism' 29 Jan 2006 Compulsory ID cards would have only "limited value" in the fight against terrorism, the Government's reviewer of anti[pro]-terror laws has admitted as he signalled a U-turn in his support for the controversial measure.

Police 'faked Tube death log' --Special Branch 'altered record' in attempt to switch the blame for de Menezes shooting 29 Jan 2006 Extraordinary allegations that Special Branch officers deliberately falsified vital evidence to hide mistakes which led to the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes at a south London Underground station were made last night.

Coverup alleged over tube shooting 29 Jan 2006 Special Branch officers launched a "blatant" cover-up in an attempt to hide their role in the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes - it's been alleged.

Google challenges EU plan to regulate the internet 29 Jan 2006 Google, the giant internet search company, is to lead industry opposition to new proposals from the European Commission to regulate online content.

Climate Expert Says NASA Tried to Silence Him 29 Jan 2006 The top climate scientist at NASA says the Bush administration has tried to stop him from speaking out since he gave a lecture last month calling for prompt reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases linked to global warming. The scientist, James E. Hansen, longtime director of the agency's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said in an interview that officials at NASA headquarters had ordered the public affairs staff to review his coming lectures, papers, postings on the Goddard Web site and requests for interviews from journalists.

Hurricane Investigators See 'Fog of War' at White House 28 Jan 2006 The White House was beset by the "fog of war" in the crucial days immediately after Hurricane Katrina, leaving it unable to respond properly to the unfolding catastrophe, House investigators said Friday after getting the most detailed briefing yet on how pResident Bush's staff had handled the events.

Papers Link GOP Lawmaker, Abramoff Clients 29 Jan 2006 A California congressman who accepted campaign cash from disgraced ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff and used his sports box for a fundraiser interceded on behalf of two American Indian tribes that were represented by Abramoff's firm, documents show.

Peace activist Cindy Sheehan considers run against Sen. Feinstein 28 Jan 2006 U.S. peace activist Cindy Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq, said she was considering running for office against Sen. Diane Feinstein while she waited for the California lawmaker to back a filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito.

Kerry Defends Senate Filibuster on Alito as 'a Vote of History' 28 Jan 2006 In a largely empty Capitol, Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) defended his call for a filibuster that effectively delayed until Tuesday the Senate confirmation vote, which both parties say Alito will win. "Why are we so compelled to accept in such a rush a nominee who has so clearly been chosen for political and ideological reasons?" Kerry said in a 30-minute floor speech. "This is not the vote of Monday afternoon. This is a vote of history."

The Alito 48 By Bob Fertik 27 Jan 2006 "We need to stop George Bush from getting 60 Senators to end the filibuster on Monday at 4:30 p.m. That means we must convince 41 Senators to either support a filibuster or stay away from the Senate on Monday, preferably by visiting maimed soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital. [With this] list of 44 Democrats, 1 Independent, and 3 Republicans whose support is possible - the 'Alito 48.'"

U.S. Jewish leaders consider financially assisting fired AIPAC officials 29 Jan 2006 U.S. Jewish leaders are considering providing financial support to Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman, two former American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) employees on trial for their entanglement in a high-profile affair involving the possession and transfer of classified information.

Gaining faith in federal money? 16 Jan 2006 The federal government has become a major source of money for Operation Blessing, Pat Robertson’s international charity, under the Bush initiative. In two years, the group’s annual revenue from government grants has ballooned from $108,000 to $14.4 million. Critics worry that the pResident’s program, which directed more than $2 billion to religious groups nationwide in 2004, is subsidizing evangelistic activity and religious discrimination in hiring.

Pharmacists Sue Over Birth Control Policy 28 Jan 2006 Four pharmacists [Reichwing whackjobs] who refused to sign a pledge promising to dispense the morning-after birth-control pill sued Walgreen drug stores Friday, alleging they were illegally fired... The pharmacists were being represented by the American Center for Law and Justice, a public-interest group founded by evangelist Pat Robertson.

UN may use 'flu-casters' if pandemic hits 28 Jan 2006 The United Nations is considering using "flu-casters," modeled on television weather forecasters, to publicize vital information if a global flu pandemic strikes.

Suit blasts fungi biz at Fox News 27 Jan 2006 There's something noxious at Fox News that's making people sick - and it's not Bill O'Reilly [Well, in addition to Bill O-Lie-y]. Two Fox News employees are suing the cable news channel for allegedly ignoring a toxic stew of mold and pesticides in its Manhattan headquarters.

Killer bees join list of hazards of Florida living 28 Jan 2006 As if hurricanes, roaches, sea lice, insurance bills [and Jeb Bush] weren't bad enough, Floridians can add a new menace to their list of worries. Killer bees are here.

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Documents Show U.S. Army Seized Wives As Tactic 27 Jan 2006 The U.S. Army in Iraq has at least twice seized and jailed the wives of suspected 'insurgents' in hopes of "leveraging" their husbands into surrender, U.S. military documents show. In one case, a secretive task force locked up the young mother of a nursing baby, a U.S. intelligence officer reported.

MEPs want face-to-face with Cheney and Rumsfeld over torture 27 Jan 2006 Dick Cheney, the American vice-pResident, and Donald Rumsfeld, the defence secretary [war criminal], should be called to testify before the European Parliament on allegations of secret CIA prisons and torture of detainees, MEPs said yesterday.

Govts knew of CIA terror 27 Jan 2006 Europe’s human-rights watchdog this week accused Washington of "gangster tactics" by flying terrorist suspects to countries where they would face torture, and criticised European countries who appear to have done nothing to intervene.

Europe Pretended to be Unaware of CIA's Torture Prisons 25 Jan 2006 The European Council Parliamentary Assembly (ECPA) member Dick Marty declared European administrations were in fact aware of the CIA's secret torture prisons.

Report finds evidence of "rendition" system 25 Jan 2006 A European investigator said Tuesday that there is evidence that the United States set up a system to outsource the interrogations of terrorism suspects to countries where torture is used, and European governments probably knew about it.

McCain Still Concerned About Guantanamo 27 Jan 2006 Sen. John McCain said Friday that interrogation techniques at the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay are still of concern, and the prisoners held there should have their cases processed after spending up to four years in detention without charge.

Halliburton swings to $1.1 billion profit, cites 2005 as company's best 27 Jan 2006 Oilfield services conglomerate Halliburton Co. swung to a profit in its fourth quarter on robust sales and increased rig activity, and called last year the best in its 86-year history.

Halliburton to spin off KBR 27 Jan 2006 The Associated Press reported Friday that Halliburton Co. plans to spin off a portion of its KBR unit, which provides engineering and construction services and is the largest U.S. contractor in Iraq. [See: KBR awarded $385M Homeland Security contract for U.S. detention centers 24 Jan 2006 KBR, the engineering and construction subsidiary of Halliburton Co., said Tuesday it has been awarded a contingency contract from the Department of Homeland Security to support its Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities in the event of an emergency.]

U.S. Must Submit Papers to Moussaoui Team 25 Jan 2006 A federal judge has ordered the government to give admitted terrorist [Bush regime] conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui's defense team documents describing what officials knew before Sept. 11, 2001, about al-Qaida threats and some of its hijackers. [Well, as their empolyers, the Bush Administration knew quite a bit!!]

Oops! U.S. posts wrong photo of 'al-Qaida operative' --After year and a half, wrong man's photo removed from wanted page 26 Jan 2006 For a year and a half, the U.S. government has been asking for the public's help in finding Midhat Mursi al-Sayid 'Umar, also known as Abu Khabab al-Masri, a dangerous 'al-Qaida' operative. But now intelligence officials admit to NBC News they were using a photo of a different man.

US general: Forces in Iraq 'stretched' 26 Jan 2006 The top U.S. general in Iraq acknowledged Thursday that American forces in this country are "stretched," but he said he will only recommend withdrawals based on operational needs.

UK to deploy 4,150 extra troops to Afghanistan 26 Jan 2006 A peak of 5,700 British troops will be deployed in Afghanistan over the coming months, the defence secretary, John Reid, announced today.

U.K. to Send 3,300 Troops for Afghanistan Drugs 'Fight' The U.K. will send 3,300 troops to southern Afghanistan, aiming to curb [promote Bush's] drug production and aid reconstruction in a 1 billion pound ($1.8 billion) operation.

There's no Diebold in Ramallah: Hamas Sweeps Palestinian Elections 27 Jan 2006 The radical Islamic movement Hamas won a large majority in the new Palestinian parliament, according to official election results announced Thursday, trouncing the governing Fatah party.

New Bolivian Leader Cuts Salary in Half 27 Jan 2006 New President Evo Morales cut his salary by more than half and ordered that no Cabinet minister collect a higher wage than his own, with the savings earmarked for hiring more public school teachers.

Chevron 4th-Quarter Profit Rises to $4.14 Bln as Prices Soar 27 Jan 2006 Chevron Corp., the second-largest U.S. oil company, said fourth-quarter profit rose to $4.14 billion from $3.44 billion as oil and fuel prices jumped.

Pa. Families Latest to Get Venezuelan Oil 27 Jan 2006 Low-income families in the Philadelphia area will receive discounted Venezuelan heating oil in the latest deal bringing fuel to U.S. communities that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez claims are neglected by Washington. Citgo, the Houston subsidiary of the Venezuelan national oil company, will ship 5 million gallons of heating oil marked down by 40 percent for distribution to low-income families next month in a deal brokered by Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah.

Cost-of-gas charge gets expanded role 27 Jan 2006 Gas utility customers in Kansas will automatically pay the uncollected gas costs owed by other utility customers in a program quietly approved by state regulators last summer... Kansas, one of only a handful of states that so far have made the move, is expanding the charge's role to include collecting unpaid gas costs owed by other customers.

More taxpayer-funded corpora-terrorism on the way: Bush to discuss nuclear energy in State of disUnion 27 Jan 2006 Dictator George W. Bush plans to promote nuclear energy 'as a way of reducing U.S. oil dependence' when he delivers his State of the disUnion address next week, the White House said on Friday.

EPA to accept pesticide tests on humans 23 Jan 2006 The Environmental Protection [sic] Agency for the first time is establishing criteria for tests by pesticide makers on human subjects. Susan Hazen, the EPA's principal deputy assistant administrator for the Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances, said Monday the new rule for accepting tests won't allow "intentional pesticide dosing studies of children and pregnant women." [So *un*intentional testing is 'good to go?' BTW, Bush should be their first test subject, but since he's not human, that point is moot.]

State deems second-hand smoke 'toxic' 26 Jan 2006 California regulators became the first in the nation today to designate second-hand tobacco smoke as a "toxic air contaminant,'' placing it in the same category as the poisons arsenic and benzene.

Spineless DemocRATs give cool response to Kerry's call to filibuster Alito 27 Jan 2006 Late Thursday afternoon, Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts began calling fellow Democratic senators in a last-minute effort for a filibuster to stop the nomination... Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic leader, sounded almost apologetic about Mr. Kerry's statements.

Coulter Jokes About Poisoning Supreme Court Justice 27 Jan 2006 Conservative commentator [GOP whore] Ann Coulter, speaking at a traditionally black college, joked that Justice John Paul Stevens should be poisoned.

Sen. Kerry calls for filibuster of Alito --Unclear if Massachusetts Democrat has votes needed to block nominee 26 Jan 2006 Sen. John Kerry has decided to support a filibuster to block the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, CNN's Congressional Correspondent Ed Henry reported Thursday.

Majority Believe White House Should Release Abramoff Records 27 Jan 2006 A strong bipartisan majority of the public believes pResident Bush should release records of meetings between disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and White House staffers despite administration claims that media requests for details about those contacts amount to a "fishing expedition," according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Programmer Jeff Dean worked for chief of White House Plumbers unit 25 Jan 2006 By Bev Harris "Convicted of 23 felonies for computer crimes, Jeffrey Dean was sent to prison for four years. Shortly after his release from incarceration, his company was awarded one of the largest ballot printing contracts in history."

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