March 2006 Archives
U.S. Sets Plan for Iraq Civil War --Defense secretary says military will rely on Iraqi forces to put down a civil war if one breaks out. [LOL, who writes Rumsfeld's material, Jerry Seinfeld? '...Well, civil war broke out in Iraq this morning, and yada, yada, yada... but at least we can say that Saddam Hussein is no longer "Master of His Domain." BTW, there is no 'civil war' in Iraq; a unified resistance movement against the illegal U.S. occupation is taking shape. --LRP]
U.S. Expands Training to Address Iraqi Police Woes 09 Mar 2006 U.S. officials have revamped and expanded training programs for Iraqi police units amid mounting concern that their focus on fighting 'insurgents,' and not protecting citizens, has created an unaccountable force plagued by corruption and rights abuses. The [U.S.-installed] police units are under the Iraqi Interior Ministry, led by Bayan Jabr... The predominantly Shiite force has become highly politicized and is accused of [U.S.-installed] torture and death squad operations against Iraq's Sunni Arab minority.
Security firm found guilty of bilking government in Iraq 09 Mar 2006 A federal jury found Thursday that a private security company bilked the U.S.-led government in Iraq out of millions of dollars. Custer Battles, which has had offices in Virginia and Rhode Island, was found to have used shell companies, fake invoices and even stolen forklifts in an elaborate scheme to defraud the Coalition Provisional Authority that oversaw Iraq after the invasion... "There is an orgy of greed among contractors in Iraq, and the Bush administration is for all practical purposes participating in it," said Alan Grayson, lawyer for the whistle-blowers who filed the case.
NORAD orders Web deletion of transcript 09 Mar 2006 In an unusual follow-up to a public event, the Defense Department and the Transportation Security Administration have ordered that a transcript of an open hearing on aviation restrictions be yanked from the Web.
"Faced with a president who is almost certainly breaking the law" The Death of the Intelligence Panel (The New York Times) 09 Mar 2006 "The Senate panel has become so paralyzingly partisan that it could not even manage to do its basic job this week and look into President [sic] Bush's warrantless spying on Americans' international e-mail and phone calls... [T]he committee's Republicans voted to create a subcommittee that is supposed to get reports from the White House on any future warrantless surveillance. It's breathtakingly cynical. Faced with a president who is almost certainly breaking the law, the Senate sets up a panel to watch him do it and calls that control."
Bush signs renewal of Patriot Act 09 Mar 2006 After a long battle with Congress that went down to the wire, Dictator Bush signed a renewal of the USA Patriot Act on Thursday, a day before 16 major provisions of the old law expire.
Pentagon admits errors in spying on protesters --NBC: Official says peaceful demonstrators’ names erased from database 09 Mar 2006 The Department of Defense admitted in a letter obtained by NBC News on Thursday that it had wrongly added peaceful demonstrators to a database of possible domestic terrorist threats. The letter followed an NBC report focusing on the Defense Department’s Threat and Local Observation Notice, or TALON, report.
Woman sues for alleged firing over talk show bumper sticker 08 Mar 2006 A San Diego County woman is suing her former employer, accusing her manager of firing her on the spot when she saw the woman's car had a bumper sticker advertising a progressive talk radio station. The suit also alleges that, after seeing the sticker, the employer commented that the woman could be a member of al-Qaida.
At least two' secret CIA flights in Belgium 09 Mar 2006 At least two secret CIA flights have passed through Belgium, a newspaper report claimed on Thursday. The assertion was made by the French-language daily 'Le Soir', which cited information from a highly placed federal public servant.
I was tortured, says Australian held in Iraq 10 Mar 2006 A Sydney man, Ahmed Jamal, imprisoned in northern Iraq for 18 months without charge has told Australian officials he was tortured. Mr Jamal was finally visited by Australia's consul-general in Iraq, Alan Elliott, on February 27 and found in a distressed state.
US says to close Abu Ghraib prison 09 Mar 2006 The U.S. military will close Abu Ghraib prison, probably within three months, and transfer some 4,500 prisoners to other jails in Iraq, a military spokesman said on Thursday.
Iraq executes 'insurgents' for the first time since Hussein ouster 09 Mar 2006 [U.S.-installed] Iraqi authorities hanged 13 'insurgents' Thursday, marking the first time militants have been executed in the country since Saddam Hussein was ousted, the government said.
Academics become casualties of Iraq War 09 Mar 2006 Gunmen [U.S. death squads] have killed some 182 Iraqi university professors and academics since the U.S. invasion in early 2003 and a group representing Iraqi academia said on Thursday the killings constituted a war crime.
Two Marines Killed in Iraq 09 Mar 2006 Two Marines assigned to 1st Marine Logistics Group were killed in Anbar province, Iraq, March 7 and 8, military officials in Iraq reported.
Bomb Kills Nine As Dust Storm Hits Baghdad 09 Mar 2006 A dust storm driven by howling wind enveloped the Iraqi capital Thursday, muffling the sound of five heavy explosions, including a car bomb that killed at least nine people and wounded six - all of them passers-by, police said.
Iran 'number one challenge to US' 10 Mar 2006 Iran was the biggest challenge facing the United States, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in urging Congress to adopt a package aimed at promoting 'democracy' [terrorism] in the Islamic republic.
Ex-IDF chief: Israel has military option against Iran 10 Mar 2006 Former Israel Defense Forces chief of staff Moshe Ya'alon said Thursday that Israel definitely has a military option to counter the Iranian nuclear threat, and that this fact must be taken into consideration.
US demands drastic action as Iran nuclear row escalates 09 Mar 2006 The US called for extraordinary action to get to the bottom of Iran's nuclear programme yesterday as Tehran and Washington moved into confrontational mode in the long-running dispute.
White House sticks to ports veto threat 09 Mar 2006 The White House warned on Thursday that rebellious House of Representatives Republicans could jeopardize funding for Iraq, Afghanistan and hurricane rebuilding if they attach a bid to stop the Dubai ports deal to emergency spending legislation.
Dubai threat to hit back 09 Mar 2006 Dubai is threatening retaliation against American strategic and commercial interests if Washington blocks its $6.8 billion takeover of operations at several U.S. ports.
Dubai Port Company to Divest Itself of American Holdings 09 Mar 2006 The United Arab Emirates company that was attempting to take over management operations at six U.S. ports announced today that it will divest itself of all American interests.
Knee-Jerk Liars --The Legend of United Flight 93 By Ted Rall 07 Mar 2006 "Another eyebrow-raising portion of the official account of Flight 93 states that 'the passengers and flight crew began a series of calls from GTE airphones and cellular phones' after the hijacking... Moreover, there's zero signal, and thus no ability to place a call, above 8,000 feet. Flight 93, en route from Newark to San Francisco at a cruising altitude of 35,000 feet, dropped 700 feet when it was hijacked at 9:28 am. Cell calls? Not likely... The 9/11 Commission Report says that 'at some time between 10:10 and 10:15' Dick Cheney ordered the Air Force to shoot down the plane, which had turned east towards Washington... Was United 93 shot down, despite the official story? Local media accounts offer some evidence of that possibility."
Third elections worker indicted over presidential recount 09 Mar 2006 The third highest ranking employee at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections has been indicted on charges of mishandling ballots during the 2004 presidential [s]-election recount.
GOP Halts Paid Voter-Drive Program --Probes in Orange and San Bernardino counties spark suspension of signups using hired agents. 08 Mar 2006 The California Republican Party has suspended its fee-based voter registration program while prosecutors in San Bernardino and Orange counties investigate possible registration fraud connected to private firms hired by the party, GOP officials said. The suspension came after election officials in the two counties discovered thousands of flawed registration forms and received complaints from residents who said they had been improperly registered as Republicans.
60 House Republicans Oppose Medicare Cut 09 Mar 2006 President [sic] Bush's plan to cut $36 billion from Medicare ran into stiff opposition from 60 Republicans in the House. Bush has proposed trimming the money over five years from the federal health plan for the elderly.
F.D.A. Panel Recommends M.S. Drug Despite Lethal Risk 09 Mar 2006 A federal advisory panel unanimously recommended yesterday that the multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri, which was withdrawn about a year ago for causing a deadly brain disease, be returned to the market. [Bush's pharma-terrorist sympathizers at the F.D.A. are need to be indicted on murder charges.]
House votes to dump state food safety laws 09 Mar 2006 The House approved a bill Wednesday night that would wipe out state laws on safety labeling of food, overriding tough rules passed by California voters two decades ago that require food producers to warn consumers about cancer-causing ingredients.
House votes to remove food label warnings, bowing to pressure from companies 08 Mar 2006 The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to strip many warnings from food labels, potentially affecting alerts about arsenic in bottled water, lead in candy and allergy-causing sulphites, among others.
Trade gap widens in January to record $68.5 bln 09 Mar 2006 The U.S. trade deficit widened more than expected in January to a record $68.5 billion, as record imports fueled by high oil prices outstripped record exports propelled by stronger foreign demand, a U.S. Commerce Department report showed on Thursday.
Reich: U.S. headed for 'day of reckoning' 07 Mar 2006 The United States is headed for a "day of reckoning" as oil prices and the budget deficit remain high, consumers keep spending and not saving, wages remain stagnant, housing prices rise and the working population ages, warned Robert Reich, former Department of Labor secretary in the Clinton administration.
NY firm tapped by IRS to collect owed taxes 09 Mar 2006 The IRS is trying harder to go after deadbeat taxpayers... The tax collection agency said Thursday it has contracted with three firms, including Pioneer Credit Recovery, Inc., in Arcade, N.Y., located in Wyoming County.
Radiation levels low in Indian Point water leak 06 Mar 2006 A leak from the Indian Point nuclear power plants had 'tiny concentrations' [?!?] of radioactive tritium, officials said Monday.
Oil pipeline breach sparks one of worst spills in Alaska 09 Mar 2006 An oil pipeline leak on Alaska's North Slope has spewed up to 220,000 liters (58,000 gallons) of crude onto the tundra, causing one of the region's worst spills, officials said.
A Dark Cloud Over Disclosure By Jim Jeffords and Julie Fox Gorte 10 Mar 2006 "...President [sic] Bush and the Environmental Protection Agency want to weaken the largely successful Toxics Release Inventory program, which requires companies to tell the public how they dispose of or release nearly 650 chemicals that may harm human health and the environment... This is just one more example of the Bush Administration's efforts to quietly undermine our nation's environmental protections."
Bird Flu Found in Weasel-Like Animal 09 Mar 2006 A German lab has found the H5N1 bird flu virus in a weasel-like [Bush-like] animal called a stone marten, officials said Thursday, marking the disease's spread to another mammal species beyond cats.
Bird flu 'heading for America' 09 Mar 2006 Bird flu could reach the Americas in six to 12 months or even sooner following its rapid expansion through Asia, Europe and Africa, the UN bird flu chief said yesterday. [KBR is ready for it!]
Gonzales: NSA Program Doesn't Need a Law 08 Mar 2006 Attorney General Alberto Gonzales made clear Wednesday that the White House is not seeking congressional action to inscribe the National Security Agency's monitoring into U.S. law, even as members of Congress negotiate with the Bush administration about legislation.
Justice Dept. Report Cites F.B.I. Violations 09 Mar 2006 The Federal Bureau of Investigation found apparent violations of its own wiretapping and other intelligence-gathering procedures more than 100 times in the last two years, and problems appear to have grown more frequent in some crucial respects, a Justice Department report released Wednesday said.
Sen. Clinton slams GOP immigration bill 08 Mar 2006 Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday some Republicans are trying to create a "police state" to round up illegal immigrants. The House measure would make unlawful presence in the United States, which is currently a civil offense, a felony. Clinton said it would be "an unworkable scheme to try to deport 11 million people, which you have to have a police state to try to do."
Bush Orders DHS to Create Center for Faith-Based Aid 08 Mar 2006 President [sic] Bush ordered the Department of Homeland Security yesterday to create a center for faith-based and community initiatives within 45 days to eliminate regulatory, contracting and programmatic barriers to providing federal funds to religious groups to deliver social services, the White House announced last night.
U.S. Soldier Killed in Iraq 08 Mar 2006 A U.S. soldier was killed by a roadside bomb Tuesday near the northwestern Iraq city of Tal Afar. Four other soldiers were wounded in the attack, the military said.
US records serious rights abuses in Iraq 08 Mar 2006 Three years after U.S. forces invaded Iraq in part to stop human rights violations a U.S. report said on Wednesday that the country was again racked by abuses from arbitrary killings and arrests to torture.
Official Says Shiite Party Suppressed Body Count 09 Mar 2006 The leading Shiite party in Iraq's governing coalition has directed the Health Ministry to stop tabulating execution-style shootings, according to a ministry official familiar with the recording of deaths. The official said a representative of the Shiite party, the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, ordered that government hospitals and morgues catalogue deaths caused by bombings or clashes with 'insurgents,' but not by execution-style shootings.
Gunmen kidnap at least 50 at Iraq security firm --Abductors disguised as police; earlier, 24 bodies found around capital [That's because the abductors *are* the police!] 08 Mar 2006 Gunmen in camouflage uniforms stormed the offices of a private Iraqi security company and kidnapped as many as 50 employees, police said Wednesday, as U.S. and Iraqi patrols discovered 24 bodies in various of the capital.
Israel will have to act on Iran if UN can't 08 Mar 2006 If the U.N. Security Council is incapable of taking action to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, Israel will have no choice but to defend [?!?] itself, Israel's defense minister said on Wednesday.
Official says Moscow opposes Iran sanctions 08 Mar 2006 Russia’s foreign minister suggested Wednesday that Moscow would oppose sanctions on Iran because such measures rarely achieve their intended goals.
Pentagon Seeks to Fund New Force of Conventional-Warhead Missiles 08 Mar 2006 The Pentagon is asking Congress for $500 million to create a new force of conventionally armed, long-range missiles capable of striking anywhere in the world within an hour after an order is given, a senior defense official said yesterday.
Peer calls for more power to search 'rendition' flights 08 Mar 2006 Police or customs would be obliged to search planes arriving in Britain which they believed were transporting suspected terrorists across the world, under new plans.
Parliament probes alleged CIA activities in Europe 08 Mar 2006 The controversy over whether the CIA operated secret detention centres in Europe and a policy of "extraordinary rendition" to move terrorist suspects around using European airports refuses to die down. Amid the furore, the Parliament voted on 18 January to set up a cross-party committee of members to investigate the allegations - in particular whether they involved "abductions.....torture, inhuman or degrading treatment...."
CIA Refuses to Release Documents 08 Mar 2006 U.S. intelligence officials don't plan to give copies of secret papers sought by lawyers for Lewis Libby, former vice presidential chief of staff.
Negative Perception of Islam Increasing --Poll Numbers in U.S. Higher Than in 2001 09 Mar 2006 As the war in Iraq grinds into its fourth year, a growing proportion of Americans are expressing unfavorable views of Islam, and a majority now say that Muslims are disproportionately prone to violence, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Terrorism stop and search 'valid' 08 Mar 2006 The use by police of anti[pro]-terror laws to stop and search demonstrators at an east London arms fair was valid, the House of Lords has ruled.
Senior officers: we knew wrong man was shot --Statements question Met chief's account 09 Mar 2006 An official inquiry into the Stockwell tube station shooting has received evidence from senior police officers raising questions about Sir Ian Blair's account of the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes and its aftermath, the Guardian has learned.
House Republicans defy Bush on ports deal --Full House to vote next week on issue; Senate also considering measure 08 Mar 2006 In a double-barreled repudiation of President [sic] Bush, House Republicans pressed legislation Wednesday to block a Dubai-owned firm from taking control of some U.S port operations while Democrats clamored for a vote on the issue in the Senate.
Ariz. governor orders troops to border 08 Mar 2006 Gov. Janet Napolitano on Wednesday ordered more National Guardsmen posted at the Mexican border to help stop illegal immigrants and curb related crimes.
Ariz. Governor says she will veto GOP bill 08 Mar 2006 Governor Napolitano announced today she will veto legislation requiring her to send National Guard troops to the border. She said she considers the Republican-bill an unconstitutional infringement of her powers as commander in chief of the Arizona National Guard. Meanwhile, Napolitano said today she's signed an executive order to expand the National Guard's presence along the border.
Retirement Fund Tapped to Avoid National Debt Limit 08 Mar 2006 The Treasury Department has started drawing from the civil service pension fund to avoid hitting the $8.2 trillion national debt limit. The move to tap the pension fund follows last month's decision to suspend investments in a retirement savings plan held by government employees.
Voters Challenge Northampton County Voting Machine Purchase (WFMZ) 08 Mar 2006 (PA) Months before any votes are cast on new computerized machines, some Northampton County residents are raising concerns about the system. Concerns about money, reliability and security...
Vanity Fair: Bush Had Ties to Abramoff 09 Mar 2006 Convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff says President [sic] Bush knew him well enough to joke with him about weightlifting. "What are you benching, buff guy?" Abramoff said Bush asked him. Bush has said he doesn't know Abramoff.
Vermont towns want Bush impeached --Towns direct state's congressman to file articles over Iraq, spying 08 Mar 2006 In five Vermont communities, a centuries-old tradition of residents gathering in town halls to conduct local business became a vehicle to send a message to Washington: Impeach the president.
Woman Accuses Top Bishop of Abuse 09 Mar 2006 A woman has accused Spokane Bishop William S. Skylstad, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, of sexually abusing her when she was a minor in the early 1960s.
Bird flu could hit Americas within a year: UN 08 Mar 2006 Bird flu, already spreading across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, is expected to jump across the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas within a year, a senior U.N. official said on Wednesday. [Or even sooner, if Bush plays the bioterror card prior to his impeachment/treason trial. FEMA's camps and KBR's detention centres will be filled with those who defy the quarantines and refuse the pharma-terrorists deadly vaccines; Rudy Giuliani will make a *killing* (literally) off of the clampdown (as he did during Bush bin Laden's 9/11 attacks) and the Bush regime will seize further dictatorial powers. --LRP]
Bird-flu cats reject virus 07 Mar 2006 Three cats were at one point carriers of the H5N1 bird flu virus in the southern Austrian province of Styria, but two of them have since rejected the virus, says a health official.
Elite Troops Get Expanded Role on Intelligence 07 Mar 2006 The military is placing small teams of Special Operations troops [Bush's death squads] in a growing number of American embassies to gather intelligence on terrorists in unstable parts of the world and to prepare for potential missions to disrupt, capture or kill them.
Annan: U.S. forces may be violating international law 07 Mar 2006 U.S.-led coalition [occupation] forces and Iraq's authorities may be violating international law by arbitrarily detaining thousands of people, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a report published Tuesday.
Minister says Guantanamo must close to save democracy 08 Mar 2006 The US camp at Guantanamo Bay should be closed before it undermines the cause of democracy worldwide, a Foreign Office minister [Kim Howells] has warned.
US A-G defends Guantanamo Bay 08 Mar 2006 The Attorney-General of the United States has defended Guantanamo Bay, arguing the prison camp is lawful and consistent with the Geneva Convention. In the past week, the British Prime Minister and the head of the Anglican Church, the Archbishop of Canterbury, have called for the US detention camp to close.
UK Admits CIA-run Rendition Flights: Report 07 Mar 2006 A British minister admitted that CIA-chartered planes, suspected to have been used to render terror suspects from one country to another, usually where torture is used as an interrogation tool, landed in Britain several times, a leading British newspaper revealed on Tuesday.
Minister admits 'rendition' planes used RAF bases --Government breaks silence on CIA flights --Aircraft landed at Brize Norton and Northholt 07 Mar 2006 The government last night admitted for the first time that aircraft suspected of being used by the CIA to transport detainees to secret interrogation centres had landed at British military airfields.
Republicans aim to legalize Bush's secret spy program 07 Mar 2006 Several moderate Senate Republicans are coalescing around legislation that would give President [sic] Bush's [illegal] domestic surveillance program the force of law, more than four years after the program was secretly initiated.
Senate Republicans block investigation into Bush's eavesdropping 07 Mar 2006 Senate Republicans blocked an investigation into President [sic] Bush's secret domestic spying program on Tuesday, but agreed to expand congressional oversight of the surveillance system in the future.
House approves Patriot Act renewal --Approval sends measure to Bush's desk before deadline 07 Mar 2006 Congress on Tuesday renewed controversial provisions of the USA Patriot Act, the 2001 law passed weeks after [Bush bin Laden's] September 11 attacks. Three provisions of the renewed act would be reviewed in four years; the other provisions are permanent.
C.I.A. Fights Effort by Libby's Lawyers for Bush Briefings 08 Mar 2006 The Central Intelligence Agency objected to producing presidential briefing documents sought by lawyers for the former chief of staff to Vice pResident Dick Cheney, according to an affidavit unsealed Tuesday in the C.I.A. leak case.
Libby Defense Request Strongly Resisted by CIA 08 Mar 2006 The CIA said in an affidavit released yesterday that meeting the demand of former White House official I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby for copies of highly classified intelligence documents he saw before he was indicted would "impose an enormous burden" and divert its analysts from more important tasks.
US envoy to Iraq: 'We have opened the Pandora's box' --80% of Americans think civil war likely 08 Mar 2006 The US ambassador to Baghdad conceded yesterday that the Iraq invasion had opened a Pandora's box of sectarian conflicts which could lead to a regional war and the rise of religious extremists who "would make Taliban Afghanistan look like child's play".
U.S. death squads in Iraq are busy little bees: 18 bodies found in Iraq minibus 08 Mar 2006 A US military patrol found 18 bodies in an abandoned minibus in Baghdad early today. The victims had been handcuffed, blindfolded and hanged or shot, police Lieutenant Maitham Abdul-Razzaq said.
Cheney: Iran faces 'meaningful consequences' --Vice pResident warns Tehran of pursuing uranium-enriching ambitions 07 Mar 2006 Iran will not be allowed to have nuclear weapons and faces "meaningful consequences" if it persists in defying the international community, Vice pResident Dick Cheney said Tuesday. [Yes, maybe he can take their leaders hunting with him. Meanwhile, look who's talking about defying the international community? Do the words "irony" and "hypocrite" mean anything to you, DICK?]
The USS Ronald Reagan deployed in the Persian Gulf 21 Feb 2006 The U.S. Navy has deployed its latest aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. The U.S. Fifth Fleet said the USS Ronald Reagan has been deployed for maritime security [?!?] operations in the Gulf region. The nuclear-powered surface vessel headed a carrier group that contains a guided missile cruiser, two destroyers and support ships.
Parsippany officials say H.S. mock trial of Bush crossed line Board members blast class project; final 'testimony' to come -- The war crimes "trial" of President Bush in a Parsippany High School classroom is expected to conclude today with additional defense testimony from the student playing Bush, but controversy over the project is continuing. [What "line" is that, the one between cowardice and courage, between lies and the truth? The line that the "officials" are too weak, wimpy and afraid to cross? The one that most weak-kneed Democrats won't cross either, because they are cowards? That line? CROSS AWAY!]
Gag me with a chainsaw! Student says he fears for safety 07 Mar 2006 The Aurora teen says he won't return to Overland High after getting threatened online. The high school sophomore whose recording of a teacher's lecture set off a fiery national debate about classroom speech said Monday that he will not return to Overland High School because he fears for his safety.
Mega barf alert! Governor praises student who taped criticism of Bush 07 Mar 2006 Gov. Bill Owens praised the Overland High School student who taped and then made public a teacher's classroom criticism of President Bush's foreign policy, saying Monday that the teenager has been unfairly targeted for ridicule.
U.S. drawing lots of Mideast oil money 7 Mar 2006 Middle Eastern companies flush with fortunes from last year's oil price increases are buying U.S. and European properties at an accelerating pace.
Tensions Increase Over Delay of a Play 07 Mar 2006 Just a week after a potential production of the controversial British play "My Name Is Rachel Corrie" was delayed at the New York Theater Workshop because of political concerns, the Royal Court Theater in London said it was considering several other offers to take the play to New York.
G.O.P. Leaders Vowing to Block Ports Agreement 08 Mar 2006 Defying President [sic] Bush, House Republican leaders said Tuesday that they would take immediate steps to scuttle a deal giving a Dubai company control of some major seaport operations without awaiting the outcome of a 45-day review of potential security risks.
Bush extends faith-based initiative to Homeland Security 07 Mar 2006 Dictator Bush is extending his faith-based initiative into the Department of Homeland Security. On the eve of his latest visit to hurricane-ravaged Louisiana and Mississippi, Bush has ordered the department which includes FEMA to remove barriers to funding religious relief efforts. [Gee, between Bush's faith-based Homeland Suckyourity and the Dubai ports deal, I feel so much safer already. Actually, Bush is laying the groundwork to facilitate his next terror attack, before his impeachment/treason trial can take root.]
DeLay Claims Victory in Texas Congressional Primary Election 08 Mar 2006 Representative Tom DeLay claimed victory over three Republican primary challengers in his first election since he was indicted and left his post as House majority leader.
New York Puts Mental Patients in Homes Illegally, Groups Say 08 Mar 2006 New York State regularly sends patients from mental hospitals to nursing homes, where it illegally houses hundreds of them without the care they need and often under conditions that approach imprisonment, according to legal groups designated by the state to represent the disabled.
Warning Sounded About Levees 08 Mar 2006 An expert panel monitoring reconstruction of New Orleans's hurricane-protection system warned federal engineers last month about the presence of weak, sandy soils in a newly rebuilt levee, the panel's leader said yesterday, escalating a dispute over the soundness of the government's rebuilding effort.
Industry plan would raise power rates 12% 07 Mar 2006 New Englanders would face electric bill increases of 12 percent for the next four years, and undetermined increases after that, under a plan endorsed late yesterday to 'promote construction of power plants' [maximize windfall profits], officials said.
Bird Flu Spreads in Nigeria, Reaches Oil-Producing Delta Region 08 Mar 2006 Bird flu spread to three more Nigerian states, reaching the oil-producing Delta region where attacks by gunmen on pipelines and export terminals and kidnappings of workers in the past two months disrupted supply. [LOL, looks like the terrorists running Exxon Mobil are poised to blame *bird flu* for their next round of windfall profiteering!]
CLG Exclusive: It's Hard Out Here for a Chimp By Leopolds Ghost 06 Mar 2006 Sung to the tune of, It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp, by Three 6 Mafia
admonished by MSNBC host for "call[ing] guests names on the air"
(mediamatters.org) Appearing on the March 5 edition of MSNBC News
Live to discuss the suspension
of Colorado high school teacher Jay Bennish, who linked President Bush
and Adolf Hitler during an in-class lecture, host Contessa Brewer admonished
right-wing activist David
Horowitz for calling Citizens
for Legitimate Government founder Michael
Rectenwald -- appearing opposite Horowitz -- a "communist," "pro-terrorist,"
and "a menace." Brewer said: "All right. OK, here's what we're not going
to do, is to call guests names on the air." From the March 5 edition
of MSNBC News Live:
Most in U.S. Fear Iraq Civil War --Poll Also Finds Growing Doubt About Bush 06 Mar 2006 An overwhelming majority of Americans believe that fighting 'between Sunni and Shiite Muslims' [no, they have united against the illegal U.S. occupation] in Iraq will lead to civil war, and half say the United States should begin withdrawing its forces from Iraq, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Top Iraqi general killed by sniper 06 Mar 2006 One of the highest-ranking generals in Iraq's new, U.S.-trained army was shot dead in Baghdad on Monday, the U.S. military and Iraqi police said.
U.S. Soldier Killed in Iraq 06 Mar 2006 A soldier assigned to U.S. Marine Regimental Combat Team 7 was killed in Iraq yesterday in the Anbar province.
8,000 desert during Iraq war 07 Mar 2006 At least 8,000 members of the all-volunteer U.S. military have deserted since the Iraq war began, Pentagon records show...
British troops out of Iraq in two years, says general 07 Mar 2006 Most British troops should have been withdrawn from Iraq by the summer of 2008 under a phased plan disclosed to The Daily Telegraph yesterday by the most senior Army officer in Baghdad.
Peace activist Sheehan arrested in NY protest 06 Mar 2006 Cindy Sheehan, the anti-war activist whose son was killed in the Iraq war, was arrested with three other protesters in New York on Monday after a rally with women from Iraq.
Supreme Court Rules Against Schools in Military Recruiting Case 06 Mar 2006 The nation's top law schools lost a significant legal argument on Monday when a unanimous Supreme Court ruled that the federal government could withhold funding from schools that bar military recruiters in protest of the anti-gay "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
Archbishop of Canterbury speaks out against Guantanamo Bay detention 06 Mar 2006 (The World Today) ELEANOR HALL: The Church of England's most senior clergyman has today joined criticism of the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, warning that it's set a dangerous precedent. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, says the United States' disregard of international law sends the wrong message to tyrants elsewhere in the world, as Toni Hassan reports.
The NSA's relationship with Reuters and AP By Jeremy Bigwood 06 Feb 2006 "In a letter dated February 2, 2006 and signed by its Director of Policy, the NSA revealed that it has contracts with at least two of the major mainstream press wire services, Reuters and Associated Press (AP), and that the information that it had received from these wire services could not be released to the public."
CIA sued over deletions in book 06 Mar 2006 A former CIA member is suing the US intelligence agency for allegedly violating his constitutional right to free speech.
New Jersey Bill Would Prohibit Anonymous Posts on Forums Assembly, No. 1327 State of New Jersey 212th Legislature Pre-filed for Introduction in the 2006 Session "The operator of any interactive computer service or an Internet service provider shall establish, maintain and enforce a policy to require any information content provider who posts written messages on a public forum website either to be identified by a legal name and address, or to register a legal name and address with the operator of the interactive computer service or the Internet service provider through which the information content provider gains access to the interactive computer service or Internet, as appropriate."
Negroponte Makes the Most of His Post as Minister Without Portfolio By Jeff Stein "On many a workday lunchtime, the nominal boss of U.S. intelligence, John D. Negroponte, can be found at a private club in downtown Washington, getting a massage, taking a swim, and having lunch, followed by a good cigar and a perusal of the daily papers in the club’s library. 'He spends three hours there [every] Monday through Friday,' gripes a senior counterterrorism official, noting that the former ambassador has a security detail sitting outside all that time in chase cars."
H.RES.635 Title: Creating a select committee to investigate the Administration's intent to go to war before congressional authorization, manipulation of pre-war intelligence, encouraging and countenancing torture, retaliating against critics, and to make recommendations regarding grounds for possible impeachment. Sponsor: Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-14] introduced 18 Dec 2005 Cosponsors (27)
18%? 05 Mar 2006 The latest CBS News poll found that only 18 percent of the public has a favorable view of Dick Cheney. How bad is a rating of 18 percent? Less popular with Americans than Joseph Stalin is with Russians...
Party Hacks By Chris Floyd 03 Mar 2006 "...[T]he sudden, hugger-mugger decision by California Secretary of State Bruce McPherson to override the objections of his own experts and certify the eminently hackable voting machines of the politically partisan firm, Diebold, for use throughout the state means, quite simply, that the fix is in for 2008... [T]he 2008 election will be conducted largely on wide-open machines programmed by avowed partisans and paymasters of a ruthless gang that has already committed demonstrable vote fraud on a massive scale in engineering narrow 'victories' in 2000 and 2004."
The BuzzFlash Mailbag 06 Mar 2006 "The Diebold 'voting' machines need to be destroyed, since they are GOP machinery." --Lori Price [Scroll to end for comment.]
S.D. governor signs abortion ban into law 06 Mar 2006 Gov. Mike Rounds signed legislation Monday banning nearly all abortions in South Dakota, setting up a court fight aimed at challenging the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. The bill would make it a crime for doctors to perform an abortion unless the procedure was necessary to save the woman's life.
Retired couple seen with $200,000 health need 06 Mar 2006 An American couple that retires at age 65 will, on average, need $200,000 in retirement to cover out-of-pocket medical costs, Fidelity Investments, the No. 1 mutual fund firm, said on Monday.
AT&T: BellSouth Deal Would Lead to 10,000 Job Cuts 06 Mar 2006 AT&T Inc. plans to cut up to 10,000 jobs, mostly through attrition, if its $67 billion purchase of BellSouth Corp. goes through, AT&T's chief financial officer said Monday.
Senate Democrats oppose ANWR oil drilling in budget 06 Mar 2006 Democratic lawmakers on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee said on Monday they opposed putting in the 2007 budget bill language assuming the government will raise billions of dollars in oil drilling leasing fees from Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Gas prices continue to surge upward 06 Mar 2006 U.S. drivers saw gasoline prices soar an average 7.7 cents a gallon over the last week, while truckers paid the most for diesel fuel since November, the government said on Monday. The price increases in many cities were much higher, skyrocketing more than 19 cents a gallon in just one week in Chicago and more than 16 cents in Cleveland.
H5N1 bird flu reaches Poland, experts fear pandemic 06 Mar 2006 The deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu swept into Poland, a laboratory confirmed, as world health experts prepared for a feared mutation of the virus that could kill millions.
For First Time, Flu Spreads From Birds 06 Mar 2006 Three cats have tested positive for the deadly strain of bird flu in Austria's first reported case of the disease spreading to an animal other than a bird, state authorities said Monday.
H5N1 bird flu infects cats in Austria, feeding pandemic fears 06 Mon 2006 The deadly H5N1 bird flu virus has been found in several cats in Austria, as world health experts prepared for a feared mutation of the disease capable of jumping from human to human.
White House Trains Efforts on Media Leaks --Sources, Reporters Could Be Prosecuted 05 Mar 2006 The Bush regime, seeking to limit leaks of classified information, has launched initiatives targeting journalists and their possible government sources. The efforts include several FBI probes, a polygraph investigation inside the CIA and a warning from the Justice Department that reporters could be prosecuted under espionage laws.
Few critics on Capitol Hill seek to end NSA program 03 Mar 2006 Despite widespread criticism of President [sic] Bush's warrantless surveillance program, even vociferous detractors in Congress stop short of calling for an end to the anti-terrorist eavesdropping.
CIA trainee sues agency over right to free speech 06 Mar 2006 A member of the CIA's first post-11 September 2001 class is alleging in a federal lawsuit that the agency violated his constitutional right to free speech by ordering dozens of deletions in his book about spy training after initially approving it.
Ex-CIA worker sues over book deletions 05 Mar 2006 A member of the CIA's first post-9/11 class is alleging in a federal lawsuit that the agency violated his First Amendment rights by ordering dozens of deletions in his book about spy training after initially approving it.
Guantánamo detainee told Geneva rights 'irrelevant' --Tribunal proceedings revealed in US documents --Transcript shows Briton's clashes with colonel judge 06 Mar 2006 A senior US military officer at Guantánamo Bay told a detainee that he did not care about international law and that the Geneva conventions did not apply to proceedings at the military prison, according to thousands of Pentagon documents released over the weekend by the US government after a court action by the Associated Press news agency.
Amnesty: Torture of Iraq detainees continues 06 Mar 2006 Human rights group Amnesty International released a report Monday claiming detainees in Iraq are still being tortured by their captors despite negative attention generated by the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal.
UN envoy concerned about human rights in Iraq 06 Mar 2006 The UN envoy to Iraq has expressed serious concern about human rights in the country, citing reports of excessive use of force, illegal detention centres and disappearances - many of them the responsibility of 'insurgents.'
Expert on Iraq: 'We're In a Civil War' 05 Mar 2006 Military experts told ABC News that Sunni and Shiite groups in Iraq already are engaged in a civil war, and that the Iraqi government and U.S. military had better accept that fact and adapt accordingly. "We're in a civil war now; it's just that not everybody's joined in," said retired Army Maj. Gen. William L. Nash, a former military commander in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Military denies withdrawal plan 05 Mar 2006 The U.S. military in Iraq said on Sunday media reports that America and Britain planned to pull all troops out of Iraq by spring 2007 were "completely false," reiterating that there was no timetable for withdrawal.
Where's All the War Dough? 05 Mar 2006 The hefty -- and growing --bill for the war efforts may be getting some new auditors. Over the past three years, Congress has approved $320 billion for military spending over and above the regular Department of Defense budget, which itself has risen about 40% since 2001. ...A new watchdog project called Follow the Money will begin monitoring from the outside.
Iran and Qaeda benefit from US in Iraq: congressman 05 Mar 2006 The U.S. presence in Iraq is hurting the worldwide war on terrorism and benefits only Iran and al Qaeda [al CIAduh], U.S. Rep. John Murtha said on Sunday.
Everything is on table, Iran warned --US envoy says military action is an option --UN watchdog to forward report on nuclear activity 06 Mar 2006 The US ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, has told British MPs that military action could bring Iran's nuclear programme to a halt if all diplomatic efforts fail.
U.S. alleges Iran has a nuke blueprint 05 Mar 2006 U.S. officials said they have evidence Iran wants to build a nuclear bomb, but not enough proof of an alleged full-scale weapons program.
Chavez instructs military, civilians to repel invasion 05 Mar 2006 At a rural military base on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuelan officers have started classes in unconventional warfare to repel an invasion left-wing President Hugo Chavez warns Washington is planning.
Max Cleland calls Bush a "disaster" 05 Mar 2006 Former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland, D-Ga., energized and frightened Missouri Democrats Saturday as he laid out the stakes for the party and the country. Cleland, who lost [sic- had his seat stolen] his seat in a nasty contest in 2002, had harsh words for the Bush administration. "This crowd is leading this country into disaster," Cleland said in his Saturday evening speech to about 550 people packed into the dining room of the Hannibal Inn. "Working class Americans are being trickled on. They’re not seeing any trickle down."
Bush to Propose Line - Item Veto Legislation 05 Mar 2006 President [sic] Bush plans to send proposed legislation to Congress on Monday that would allow him to control spending by vetoing specific items in larger bills, a Bush administration official said.
Parental Notice Has Scant Effect in Teen Abortion 06 Mar 2006 For all the passions they generate, laws that require minors to notify their parents or get permission to have an abortion do not appear to have produced the sharp drop in teenage abortion rates that some advocates hoped for, an analysis by The New York Times shows.
Huge Phone Deal Seeks to Thwart Smaller Rivals 06 Mar 2006 AT&T's acquisition of BellSouth would recreate a big chunk of the Ma Bell monopoly that was broken up in 1984. The AT&T Corporation, in announcing plans yesterday to buy BellSouth Corporation for $67 billion, took the offensive against low-cost rivals in the free-for-all for phone, wireless and television customers.
Ministers back 'terminator' GM crops --Website reveals plan to scrap prohibition on seeds that threaten Third World farmers with hunger 05 Mar 2006 Ministers are trying to scrap an international agreement banning the world's most controversial genetic modification of crops, grimly nicknamed "terminator technology", a move which threatens to increase hunger in the Third World.
Buffett links hurricane insurance to climate 06 Mar 2006 Berkshire Hathaway, the investment group run by Warren Buffett, is pushing up the price of hurricane insurance as a precaution against the possible impact of climate change.
Himalayan melting risk surveyed 05 Mar 2006 A new weather station is expected to show the extent of warming in the Himalayas, one of the world's biggest deposits of ice and a key source of fresh water.
Industry caused the flu; why blame wild birds? By Ashok B Sharma 06 Mar 2006 "Not just in India, industrial poultry is the cause of the spread of the bird flu outbreak worldwide. Several studies show that transnational poultry industry is the root cause of the problem. The spread of industrial poultry production and trade networks have created ideal conditions for the emergence and transmission of lethal viruses like the H5N1 strains of bird flu."
Sunday, 05 March: Horowitz versus Rectenwald, part two! Citizens For Legitimate Government Founder and Chair, Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D., appeared on MSNBC's Sunday afternoon news show (1:00 p.m. EST) to debate David Horowitz. The topic focused on the Overland High School (CO) teacher who criticized President [sic] Bush, capitalism and U.S. foreign policy during his geography class while a Reichwing student recorded the session. Horowitz and Rectenwald are also going to discuss the mock war crimes trial of Dictator Bush being held in a Parsippany class room. [Boy, isn't Bush lucky that it's only a *mock* war crimes trial?]
'Scarborough Country' transcript for 02 March 2006 Updated: 10:58 a.m. ET March 3, 2006 "MICHAEL SMERCONISH, GUEST HOST: We haven‘t talked—men, we haven‘t even talked about the war crimes trial. Dr. Rectenwald, are you going to support what‘s going on in Parsippany? A war crimes trial for the president of the United States? ... MICHAEL RECTENWALD, CITIZENS FOR LEGITIMATE GOVT.: That's right, and George Bush is lucky he's not on trial for war crimes right now, because he is a war criminal... What‘s the definition of a crime? It‘s breaking a law. He broke international law conducting the war in Iraq, plus he defrauded Congress in lying about the evidence. He should be impeached."
US pumps cash into prisons as Iraq crumbles 02 Mar 2006 The only extra US funding for Iraq next year will be for new prisons, officials have revealed, as America continues to cut federal money for reconstruction. State Department co-ordinator James Jeffrey said he would ask Congress for US$100 million ($151 million) extra for prisons, but it would be the only request for additional funds in 2006 and 2007 as the US winds down its US$20 billion ($30.2 billion) reconstruction scheme. "This is the one bit of construction we will be doing - US$100 million for additional bed capacity for the Iraqi legal system," he said.
Guantanamo Bay: The testimony 04 Mar 2006 The US defence department has for the first time put the names of detainees to transcripts of tribunals at Guantanamo Bay. But the 6,000 pages of documents released under the Freedom of Information Act do not always name the person attending the tribunal. Many as listed as "detainee".
Documents Reveal the Stories of Prisoners at Guantanamo Bay 04 Mar 2006 Forced by a federal court to lift the cloak of secrecy that had long shrouded the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Pentagon released thousands of pages of documents Friday containing names and other details for hundreds of detainees scooped up after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Gitmo: The Worst of the Worst? A report, based entirely on Defense Department documents, exposes the truth about Guantánamo By Nat Hentoff 03 Mar 2006 "What has newly inflamed human rights critics of Guantánamo's treatment of its prisoners—whom Donald Rumsfeld has described as 'terrorists' and 'the worst of the worst' of the suspected terrorists we have captured—are confirmed reports of the force-feeding of desperate prisoners, held for four years with no end in sight."
Fate Worse Than Guantanamo? --The U.S. Has an Obligation to the Prisoners It Is 'Releasing' Overseas By Eric Umansky 05 Mar 2006 "Scattered reports -- from local lawyers and human rights groups -- show that at least two dozen former Guantanamo detainees, including those returned to Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, have been moved, only to languish in their new jails again without charges... What is clear is that the numbers are about to increase."
Iraqi President: U.S. to Stay As Needed 04 Mar 2006 President [sic] Jalal Talabani on Saturday underscored the need for a unity government in Iraq after a spasm of sectarian killing and said he had been assured U.S. forces would remain in the country as long as needed -- ''no matter what the period.'' [Only Halliburton and Blackwater USA 'need' U.S. forces in Iraq.]
All British soldiers to be out of Iraq in 12 months - but may be in Afghanistan for 10 years 05 Mar 2006 All British and United States troops serving in Iraq will be withdrawn within a year in an effort to bring peace and stability to the country. The news came as defence chiefs admitted privately that the British troop commitment in Afghanistan may last for up to 10 years.
Harkin calls for troop pullout in Iraq 04 Mar 2006 Senator Tom Harkin has called for the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq, saying it's the only solution after recent religious violence in that nation. The Iowa Democrat says Iraq is now in a civil war. He says American withdrawal should begin immediately to--quote--"extricate ourselves from that quagmire over there."
Indonesians Demand U.S. Pullout From Iraq 05 Mar 2006 Several thousand Muslims demonstrated in front of the U.S. Embassy in Indonesia's capital Sunday to protest the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Roadside Bomb Kills Five in Afghanistan 04 Mar 2006 A roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan killed an intelligence official and four others on Saturday and the Taliban claimed responsibility as part of its campaign to overthrow a U.S.-backed [installed] government.
Suicide bomb wounds Canadian troops in Afghanistan 04 Mar 2006 Five Canadian soldiers were wounded, one seriously, in a suspected suicide car bomb attack today on their armoured vehicle in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, the Canadian military said.
Army to open criminal probe of Tillman death --Friendly fire blamed in death of former NFL player in Afghanistan 04 Mar 2006 The U.S. Defense Department inspector general has directed the Army to open a criminal investigation into the death of former NFL star Pat Tillman, CNN learned on Saturday.
US to present Iran with 30-day ultimatum 04 Mar 2006 The United States will present a 30-day ultimatum to the UN Security Council this week, the Washington Post reported Saturday, calling on Iran to cease with its nuclear program. It was reported however, that the US would not request further economic sanctions on Iran.
Hoon: ban Lords from challenging controversial Bills 05 Mar 2006 Britain's peers would be legally forbidden from challenging controversial legislation, such as the ID cards Bill and the ban on glorifying terrorism, under a radical constitutional reform proposed by Geoff Hoon.
White House Seeks to Plug Leaks 05 Mar 2006 The Bush administration, seeking to limit leaks of classified information, has launched initiatives targeting journalists and their possible government sources. The efforts include several FBI probes, a polygraph investigation inside the CIA and a warning from the Justice Department that reporters could be prosecuted under espionage laws.
Lee's call for NSA spying info rebuffed 04 Mar 2006 Although the House Intelligence Committee agreed Thursday to expand an inquiry into the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program, an Oakland Democrat's [U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee] broader effort was killed on a party-line vote.
Many Defendants' Cases Kept Secret (AP) 05 Mar 2006 Despite the Sixth Amendment's guarantee of public trials, nearly all records are being kept secret for more than 5,000 defendants who completed their journey through the federal courts over the last three years. Instances of such secrecy more than doubled from 2003 to 2005.
Study: Few Americans Know 1st Amendment 01 Mar 2006 Americans apparently know more about "The Simpsons" than they do about the First Amendment. Only one in four Americans can name more than one of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment (freedom of speech, religion, press, assembly and petition for redress of grievances.) But more than half can name at least two members of the cartoon family, according to a survey.
Pay too much and you could raise the alarm 28 Feb 2006 Walter and Deana Soehnge decided to pay the remaining balance on their JCPenney Platinum MasterCard, $6,522. The credit card company informed them that the amount they had sent in was much larger than their normal monthly payment. And if the increase hits a certain percentage higher than that normal payment, Homeland Security has to be notified. And the money doesn't move until the threat alert is lifted...
'Trial' of Bush prompts meeting 03 Mar 2006 Top school officials will huddle privately this morning to discuss a classroom war crimes "trial"of President [sic] Bush at Parsippany High School that suddenly is drawing national attention.
Teacher on leave after alleged anti-Bush remarks 03 Mar 2006 About 150 high school students walked out of class to protest a decision to put a teacher on leave while they investigate remarks he made about President [sic] Bush in class, including that some people compare Bush to Adolf Hitler.
No Iraq Trip for Legislator Who Opposed Deal on Ports 04 Mar 2006 Representative Peter T. King's prominent opposition to a proposal to allow a Dubai company to take over some terminal operations at American ports may have earned him some punishment from the Bush regime: He has been grounded. Mr. King, the New York Republican who is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, confirmed Friday that a few days after he first threatened legislation to hold up the port deal, the Pentagon informed him that it could not provide an aircraft for his planned March Congressional delegation to Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East.
Gov. Bush questions need for state cargo inspections 03 Mar 2006 Two Democratic lawmakers have introduced legislation to strengthen the state's role in port inspections, but Gov. Jeb Bush said on Friday that Florida already has the toughest port security in the nation.
Judge Lets FEMA Remove Evacuee Housing 03 Mar 2006 A federal judge on Friday shot down a lawsuit that sought to keep a cruise ship docked here as temporary housing for hurricane evacuees, saying the question was not a matter for the courts.
Promised tests remain undone for many FDA-approved drugs 04 Mar 2006 When the Food and Drug Administration approves new drugs for sale, it often requires their manufacturers to study whether the medicines are working as intended and whether they have unwanted side effects. But yesterday, the agency reported that two-thirds of the studies hadn't even been started.
Voting machine security alert sent --A state advisory to all counties acknowledges that tests show some machines are vulnerable to hacking. 04 Mar 2006 The state recommended on Friday that elections officials across Florida enhance security safeguards for all voting systems after tests in California and Tallahassee exposed weaknesses.
S.F. supervisors ask lawmakers to impeach Bush 01 Mar 2006 San Francisco's supervisors, on Tuesday, passed a resolution asking the city's Democratic congressional delegation to seek the impeachment of President [sic] Bush for failing to perform his duties by leading the country into war in Iraq, eroding civil liberties and engaging in other activities the board sees as transgressions. [Let's skip impeachment (since Bush was not an elected official, anyway) and go directly to the treason trial... with all possible penalties for treason on the plate.]
Resolution to Impeach Bush-Cheney Passes 7-3 03 Mar 2006 On Tuesday, February 28, 2006, the City and County of San Francisco became the first large municipality to call for the impeachment of George Bush and Dick Cheney, by a 7-3 vote. [Will Bush bin Laden attack San Francisco next, as he needs a new 9/11 to invoke a full-blown police state? Or, maybe he'll skip it and just rely on quarantines and KBR's detention centres when the *recreated* 1918 flu arrives on U.S. shores.]
Former GOP Lawmaker Gets 8 Years --Cunningham Also Must Pay Back Millions for Bribery and Tax Offenses 04 Mar 2006 Former congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham, a decorated fighter pilot in Vietnam who admitted taking $2.4 million in bribes from two defense contractors, was sentenced Friday to eight years and four months in federal prison for selling his office.
Bush Plan Would Raise Deficit by $1.2 Trillion, Budget Office Says 04 Mar 2006 President [sic] Bush's budget would increase the federal deficit by $35 billion this year and by more than $1.2 trillion over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office reported on Friday.
Battle brews as S. Dakota abortion law nears 03 Mar 2006 U.S. abortion-rights defenders and opponents are preparing for battle as South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds considers whether to sign a state abortion ban that advocates hope will lead to a national Supreme Court showdown.
Pizza Magnate Modifies Plans for Fla. Town 03 Mar 2006 Domino's Pizza founder Thomas S. Monaghan, who is helping to bankroll the birth of a Florida town and university, backtracked Friday from comments that he'd like the community to be governed by strict Roman Catholic principles.
Emergency Alert at Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant 02 Mar 2006 An emergency alert that was raised around 9:30 p.m.Wednesday at the Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant in Salem Township in Luzerne County has been lifted.
US nuclear plant leaks fuel health concerns 04 Mar 2006 Years of radioactive waste water spills from Illinois nuclear power plants have fueled suspicions the industry covers up safety problems and sparked debate about the risks from exposure to low-level radiation. The recent, belated disclosures of leaks of the fission byproduct tritium from Exelon Corp.'s Braidwood, Dresden, and Byron twin-reactor nuclear plants -- one as long ago as 1996 -- triggered worries among neighbors about whether it was safe to drink their water, or even stay.
Earth Is Melting at Both Ends --Melting Ice Caps Could Spell Disaster for Coastal Cities 02 Mar 2006 For the first time, scientists have confirmed Earth is melting at both ends, which could have disastrous effects for coastal cities and villages. Recent studies have confirmed that the North Pole and the South Pole have started melting.
Antarctic Ice Sheet Is Melting Rapidly --New Study Warns Of Rising Sea Levels 03 Mar 2006 The Antarctic ice sheet is losing as much as 36 cubic miles of ice a year in a trend that scientists link to global warming, according to a new paper that provides the first evidence that the sheet's total mass is shrinking significantly.
"There are 50,000 professors ... [who] identify with the terrorists" (mediamatters.org) On MSNBC's Scarborough Country, right-wing activist David Horowitz claimed that "[t]here are 50,000 professors" who are "anti-American" and "identify with the terrorists." There are just over 400,000 tenured and tenure-track full-time university professors in the United States. If Horowitz's numbers are accurate, that means approximately one out of every eight tenured or tenure-track college and university professors is a terrorist sympathizer. "HOROWITZ: There are 50,000 professors with the views of [fellow Scarborough Country guest and Citizens for Legitimate Government founder Michael] Rectenwald and [Colorado high school teacher] Jay Bennish, who are anti-American, they're radicals, they identify with the terrorists, they think of them as freedom fighters. It's a huge danger for the country."
Horowitz versus Rectenwald! 02 March 2006 Citizens For Legitimate Government Founder and Chair, Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D., appeared on MSNBC's 'Scarborough Country,' and debated David Horowitz. The topic: Teacher caught in Bush "rant" 02 Mar 2006 An Overland High School (CO) teacher who criticized President [sic] Bush, capitalism and U.S. foreign policy during his geography class was placed on administrative leave Wednesday afternoon after a student who recorded the session went public with the tape.
AC-130 Gunships Returning to Iraq 03 Mar 2006 The U.S. Air Force has begun moving heavily armed AC-130 airplanes — the lethal "flying gunships" of the Vietnam War — to a base in Iraq as commanders search for new tools to counter the Iraqi resistance, The Associated Press has learned.
U.S. Plans to Modernize Nuclear Arsenal 04 Mar 2006 The Bush regime is developing plans to design and deploy refurbished or replacement warheads for the nuclear stockpile, and by 2030 to modernize the production complex so that, if required, it could produce new generations of weapons [of mass destruction] with different or modified capabilities.
U.S. Cites Exception in Torture Ban --McCain Law May Not Apply to Cuba Prison 03 Mar 2006 Bush regime lawyers, fighting a claim of torture by a Guantanamo Bay detainee, yesterday argued that the new law that bans cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of detainees in U.S. custody does not apply to people held at the military prison.
Guantanamo man tells of torture 03 Mar 2006 A Kuwaiti man being held at Guantanamo Bay has told the BBC in a rare interview that the force-feeding of hunger strikers amounts to torture. Fawzi al-Odah said hunger strikers were strapped to a chair and force-fed through a tube three times a day.
Guantánamo Detainee Seeks Court Action 03 Feb 2006 A prisoner at the American-run detention center in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, who says he was tortured when the authorities subjected him to force-feeding in a restraining chair to break his hunger strike, asked a federal district judge Thursday to intervene in his case.
Vatican slams Guantanamo Bay 03 Mar 2006 The Vatican issued a sharp rebuke on Friday to the United States over its continued operation of the Guantanamo Bay prison, accusing it of failing to respect human dignity in its treatment of prisoners there.
Pentagon reveals Guantanamo names 03 Mar 2006 The US defence department has released the names and nationalities of some of the inmates detained at its Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.
Guantanamo 'damages terror fight' 03 Mar 2006 The war against terrorism is being damaged by the US continuing to run its Guantanamo Bay detention centre, an influential committee of MPs has said.
CIA's No. 3 Official Faces Watchdog Probe 03 Mar 2006 The CIA's top watchdog has opened an investigation into the agency's No. 3 official and his relationship with at least one defense contractor with alleged links to the bribery of a former congressman.
Administration Revives Dispute Over Eavesdropping Authority 04 Mar 2006 In a new defense of its warrantless eavesdropping program, the Bush regime yesterday reopened a dispute about whether it tried and failed to obtain direct congressional authority for use of the president's war-making powers on U.S. territory... "Literally minutes before the Senate cast its vote" on Sept. 14, 2001, Daschle wrote, the White House asked to insert the words "in the United States" into the use-of-force resolution. "I could see no justification for Congress to accede to this extraordinary request for additional authority," Daschle added. "I refused." [Is that why Cheney had 100,000+ spores of anthrax send to him from Fort Detrick.]
Paper Said to Show NSA Spying Given to Post Reporter in 2004 03 Mar 2006 A classified document that an Islamic charity says is evidence of illegal government eavesdropping on its phone calls and e-mails was provided in 2004 to a Washington Post reporter, who returned it when the FBI demanded it back a few months later.
Archivist Urges U.S. to Reopen Classified Files 03 Mar 2006 After complaints from historians, the National Archives directed intelligence agencies on Thursday to stop removing previously declassified historical documents from public access and urged them to return to the shelves as quickly as possible many of the records they had already pulled.
Six Animal Rights Advocates Are Convicted of Terrorism 03 Mar 2006 An animal rights group and six of its members were convicted of terrorism and Internet stalking yesterday by a federal jury that found them guilty of using their Web site to incite attacks [?!?] on those who did business with or worked for a British company that runs an animal testing laboratory in New Jersey.
Caught on Tape (The Washington Post) 04 Mar 2006 "Without a doubt, the tape provides evidence that the White House received ample warning of the catastrophe [Hurricane Katrina]. Yet within days of that videoconference, Mr. Bush would excuse the federal government's extraordinarily poor performance by telling an interviewer that 'I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees.'"
Bush Approval Drops as Strength on Terrorism Fades, Poll Shows 02 Mar 2006 President [sic] George W. Bush's public support continues to fall as his signature political strength, fighting terrorism, is undercut by overwhelming opposition to plans to let a Dubai company operate U.S. port facilities.
High school students stage mock trial of president 03 Mar 2006 A mock war crimes trial of President [sic] George W. Bush at a Parsippany high school continued Friday, despite criticism from people across the nation who heard about the classroom exercise from a prominent Web site and talk-radio programs.
Teacher caught in Bush "rant" 02 Mar 2006 An Overland High School (CO) teacher who criticized President [sic] Bush, capitalism and U.S. foreign policy during his geography class was placed on administrative leave Wednesday afternoon after a student who recorded the session went public with the tape.
U.S. Intel: Qaeda Plotting 'Big Bang' 02 Mar 2006 U.S. officials tell CBS News that intelligence has picked up reports that 'al Qaeda in Iraq' [that would be al CIAduh] is planning what one source calls the "Big Bang," a spectacular terrorist attack in Iraq against either a single high-profile target or multiple targets simultaneously.
Chertoff Has 'Few Days Left,' Sources Say 03 Mar 2006 In the aftermath of the public revelation of the presidential "teleconference" and mounting criticism of the performance of Michael Chertoff, Administration sources told HUMAN EVENTS today that the secretary of Homeland Security has "only a few days left" in the Bush Cabinet.
GOP to Hold Seminar on Mastering the Blogosphere 02 March 2006 In the 1990s, talk radio was crucial to disseminating the ideas of the Republican revolutionaries. Today, House GOP Conference Vice Chairman Jack Kingston (Ga.) believes that the blogosphere is poised to become the next big thing in the GOP communication machine’s armada.
Harris Requested Funds At Behest of Contractor 04 Feb 2006 Rep. Katherine Harris (R-Fla.) has acknowledged that she requested last year that $10 million in federal funds be set aside for a Navy intelligence program in her district at the request of Washington contractor Mitchell J. Wade, who pleaded guilty last week to bribing another House member.
Ex-congressman gets eight-plus years 03 Mar 2006 Former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Calif.), who collected $2.4 million in homes, yachts, antique furnishings and other bribes on a scale unparalleled in the history of Congress, was sentenced Friday to eight years and four months in prison, the longest term meted out to a congressman in decades.
State bill proposes Christianity be Missouri's official religion 03 Mar 2006 Missouri legislators in Jefferson City considered a bill that would name Christianity the state's official "majority" religion. House Concurrent Resolution 13 is pending in the state legislature.
Antarctic Ice Sheet Is Melting Rapidly --New Study Warns of Rising Sea Levels 03 Mar 2006 The Antarctic ice sheet is losing as much as 36 cubic miles of ice a year in a trend that scientists link to global warming, according to a new paper that provides the first evidence that the sheet's total mass is shrinking significantly.
Gore Asks for Ad Time to Fight Global Warming 02 Mar 2006 Former President Al Gore launched his keynote address at the Four As media conference in Orlando Thursday morning... He urged the media industry to contribute air time to an upcoming public service campaign alerting consumers to the dangers of global warming.
Crude spills from Alaska's Prudhoe Bay pipeline 02 March 2006 A leak from a feeder line carrying North Slope crude oil to the trans-Alaska pipeline caused a spill and triggered a shutdown of some activities at the biggest U.S. oil field, state and oil company officials said on Thursday.
Pesticides Found in Most Rivers, Streams 03 Mar 2006 Most of the nation's rivers and streams — and the fish in them — are contaminated with pesticides linked to cancer, birth defects and neurological disorders, but not at levels that can harm humans.
Republicans struggle to find ways to make domestic spying legal 01 Mar 2006 A group of Republican senators failed to reach an agreement Tuesday on legislation that would write the Bush regime's controversial eavesdropping program into law. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said he formed the "informal working group" to craft legislation that will strengthen its legal basis.
Saudi Group Alleges Wiretapping by U.S. --Defunct Charity's Suit Details Eavesdropping 02 Mar 2006 Documents cited in federal court by a defunct Islamic charity may provide the first detailed evidence of U.S. residents being spied upon by President [sic] Bush's secret eavesdropping program, according to the organization's lawsuit and a source familiar with the case.
GOP Senators Move to Advance Patriot Act 02 Mar 2006 The Senate on Wednesday cleared the path for renewing the USA Patriot Act, swatting aside objections while adding new protections for people targeted by government investigations. The overwhelming votes virtually assured that Congress will renew Dictator Bush's antiterror [sic] law before it expires March 10.
Feingold reads constitution on Senate floor 01 Mar 2006 Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) has read the text of the U.S. constitution to the U.S. Senate after the body voted 95-4 approving 3 amendments to 16 controversial provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act, set for renewal. Feingold spent 34 minutes sharing the document with his fellow Senators, stopping to repeat the Fourth Amendment, which he feels the law violates.
Video shows Bush got explicit Katrina warning --President, Chertoff were clearly told of storm's dangers numerous times 01 Mar 2006 In dramatic and sometimes agonizing terms, federal disaster officials warned President [sic] Bush and his homeland security chief before Hurricane Katrina struck that the storm could breach levees, put lives at risk in New Orleans’ Superdome and overwhelm rescuers, according to confidential video footage.
Tape: Bush, Chertoff Warned Before Katrina 01 Mar 2006 In dramatic and sometimes agonizing terms, federal disaster officials warned President [sic] Bush and his homeland security chief before Hurricane Katrina struck that the storm could breach levees, put lives at risk in New Orleans' Superdome and overwhelm rescuers, according to confidential video footage.
AP: Video Contradicts Bush Katrina Statements 01 Mar 2006 In dramatic and sometimes agonizing terms, federal disaster officials warned President [sic] George W. Bush and his homeland security chief before Hurricane Katrina struck that the storm could breach levees, put lives at risk in New Orleans' Superdome and overwhelm rescuers, according to confidential video footage.
Ex-FEMA Chief Says Tapes 'Speak For Themselves' 01 Mar 2006 Participating in a briefing from his ranch in Texas, pResident George W. Bush heard former FEMA director Michael Brown say these words specifically about the Superdome. "You may or may not know the Superdome is 12 feet below sea level. So I don't know what the heck … about that roof. I don't know if that roof is designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane. Not to be gross here but I'm concerned about the medical and mortuary resources and their ability to respond to a catastrophe within a catastrophe."...When asked if he’s feels vindicated by the video, Brown said: "It’s not for me to judge whether I’m vindicated or not...I know in my heart what I was doing. And what I was trying to do and the tapes speak for themselves."
Government spends £110m on private security firms in Iraq 28 Feb 2006 The government (UK) was accused of neglecting frontline soldiers in favour of private firms last night after it was revealed more than £110 million has been spent on private security companies in Iraq since the 2003 invasion.
Phones stolen in Iraq used for sex chatlines 02 Mar 2006 The Foreign Office has been apparently paying for an adult sex chatline in a Baghdad street for 17 months without knowing it. The Foreign Office has had to tell MPs that an investigation into how a diplomat lost two satellite phones in Iraq has nothing to do with terrorism but more to do with a budding entrepreneur and a telephone porn network.
Pentagon dismisses US troop poll 02 Mar 2006 The Pentagon has dismissed a poll's finding that 72 per cent of United States troops in Iraq believe the US should pull out within a year or less.
Two Fort Drum soldiers killed by roadside bomb in Iraq 01 Mar 2006 Two soldiers from Fort Drum (NY) were killed in Iraq when a roadside bomb went off near their patrol vehicle, the military said Wednesday.
Families of UK troops killed in Iraq demand meeting with Blair 01 Mar 2006 Bereaved families of service personnel killed in Iraq were today marching on 10 Downing Street demanding a meeting with Tony Blair. The relatives claim that the Prime Minister has repeatedly refused to meet them face to face.
Mother of dead soldier accuses Blair over Iraq 02 Mar 2006 The mother of a British sergeant killed in Iraq last October delivered an impassioned letter to Tony Blair yesterday calling for the removal of British troops from an occupation which "has not achieved anything positive".
Blair's wife takes swipe at US over Guantanamo 02 Mar 2006 Cherie Booth, the lawyer wife of British prime minister Tony Blair, has taken a sideswipe at alleged US practices at its Guantanamo Bay detention camp in a speech on torture in London.
Two killed in Karachi blasts before Bush visit 02 Mar 2006 Two blasts in quick succession killed at least two people outside a Marriott hotel in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi on Thursday, police and security officials said.
Blasts near U.S. consulate in Pakistan kill two, injure 18 01 Mar 2006 Two bomb blasts Thursday shattered windows at the U.S. consulate and a luxury hotel in Pakistan's largest city, killing two people and injuring 18, a police official said.
Mexico City officials attempt to shut down U.S. hotel 01 Mar 2006 City officials moved Tuesday to shut down a U.S.-owned hotel that angered many Mexicans when it kicked out a Cuban delegation under pressure from Washington.
U.S. Reviewing 2nd Dubai Takeover Deal 02 Mar 2006 The Bush regime, stung by the public outcry over the Dubai port deal, has launched a national security investigation of another Dubai-owned company set to take over plants in Georgia and Connecticut that make precision components used in engines for military aircraft and tanks.
U.S. Easing Fines for Mine Owners on Safety Flaws 02 Mar 2006 In its drive to foster a more cooperative relationship with mining companies, the Bush administration has decreased major fines for safety violations since 2001, and in nearly half the cases, it has not collected the fines, according to a data analysis by The New York Times.
AOL accused of planning 'two-tier' internet 01 Mar 2006 AOL, the internet service provider [GOP troll], has been accused of planning to introduce an "e-mail tax" that could lead to a two-tiered internet.
Texas Congressional Redistricting Moves to Supreme Court Today 01 Mar 2006 The US Supreme Court today will hear arguments relating to the 2003 redrawing of Texas Congressional districts, a practice which has been charged with controversy from the outset, 1200 WOAI's Austin bureau chief Robert Wood reported today.
Barbour says he'd likely sign bill to ban most abortions in Miss. 01 Mar 2006 Republican Gov. Haley Barbour said Wednesday that he likely would sign a bill to ban most abortions in Mississippi if it's approved by lawmakers.
US government long-term promises top $46 trillion 01 Mar 2006 As lawmakers prepare to raise the $8.18 trillion U.S. borrowing limit, a congressional agency on Wednesday warned that when promised government health and retirement benefits are taken into account the long-term obligations top $46 trillion.
Bird flu likely in US flocks soon: Health Secretary 01 Mar 2006 The lethal avian flu that is spreading rapidly around the world could soon infect wild birds and domesticated flocks in the United States, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt said on Wednesday.
DoD Officials Prepare for Possible Pandemic 01 Mar 2006 Defense Department officials are working to create a pandemic influenza plan [Yeah, KBR's detention centres] in time for the Department of Homeland Defense's end-of-March deadline, a DoD medical official said Feb. 27. [Just cut the word 'plan.' They are working to create an influenza pandemic, period. See: U.S. to create a bird flu virus mutation 24 Mar 2005 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has begun a series of experiments to see how likely the bird flu virus could result in a human pandemic. The six-month series of experiments seeks to simulate the mixing and matching of genes from the H5N1 avian flu virus that has plagued Asia and a common human flu virus that public-health experts fear could turn avian flu into a pandemic, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. CDC scientists inside an ultra-secure laboratory [?!?] have started swapping the genes of the H5N1 avian virus with the genes of an H3N2 virus, the strain behind most recent human flu outbreaks.]
Calls for bird flu military labs 02 Mar 2006 A military-style approach is needed to counter the worldwide threat of H5N1 bird flu, it has been claimed. US experts want to see a network of rapid-response laboratories set up based on an existing military model established after the Second World War.
Reigniting Spanish flu 05 Oct 2005 The influenza strain that killed up to 50 million people in the 1918 pandemic has been recreated by scientists. ...Other research shows close similarities between the 1918 Spanish Flu virus and the H5N1 bird flu strain that is threatening the world with a new pandemic. Researchers in the United States described how they used a "reverse engineering" technique to re-construct Spanish Flu.
Gene From 1918 Virus Proves Key to Virulent Influenza (University of Wisconsin Press Release) 06 Oct 2004 "Using a gene resurrected from the virus that caused the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic, recorded history's most lethal outbreak of infectious disease, scientists have found that a single gene may have been responsible for the devastating virulence of the virus. Writing Oct. 7 in the journal Nature, virologist Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Tokyo, describes experiments in which engineered viruses were made more potent by the addition of a single gene. The work is evidence that a slight genetic tweak is all that is required to transform mild strains of the flu virus into forms far more pathogenic and, possibly, more transmissible... Using a comparatively mild form of influenza A virus as a template, Kawaoka's team added the two 1918 genes that code for hemagglutinin and neuraminidase and infected mice with the engineered viruses."
Kofi Annan expresses hope of "containing the spread of new infectious diseases, whether natural or man-made" Transcript of Press Conference by Secretary-General Kofi Annan At United Nations Headquarters, 21 Mar 2005 "...[I]f governments take the decisions that I am suggesting in this report, I believe we will have a much better chance of turning the tide against HIV/AIDS and malaria in the next 10 years; a much better chance of containing the spread of new infectious diseases, whether natural or man-made; ... -- through a strengthened Security Council and a new and authoritative human rights council, both working closely with regional organizations -- to put a stop to major crimes against innocent people, such as those we are witnessing in Darfur."
Democrats seek to repeal US vaccine liability law [passed in secret by the GOP] 15 Feb 2006 Congressional Democrats on Wednesday introduced legislation that would repeal a law that gives vaccine, drug and medical device makers broad protection against lawsuits in a public health or bioterror emergency. Massachusetts Democrat Sen. Edward Kennedy and 20 other House and Senate Democrats wrote a letter to Republican leaders saying, "The provision included in the bill is not limited to vaccines for pandemic flu or other major threats to the nation's health, but could instead be used to allow manufacturers of virtually any drug or vaccine to escape responsibility for gross negligence or even criminal acts."
When the avian flu pandemic arrives, the corpora-terrorists will pressure the Bush regime to make a vaccine mandatory, and there will be no recourse. Do you really trust the people who brought you the response to Hurricane Katrina (thousands dead) to handle a response to avian flu? Bush said in October 2005 that he would consider using the military to "effect a quarantine" in the event of an outbreak of pandemic influenza in the United States. In January 2006, KBR was awarded a Homeland Security contract worth up to $385M with four 1-year options to expand existing ICE Detention and Removal Operations Program facilities in the event of an emergency.
KBR awarded $385M Homeland Security contract for U.S. detention centers 24 Jan 2006 KBR, the engineering and construction subsidiary of Halliburton Co., said Tuesday it has been awarded a contingency contract from the Department of Homeland Security to support its Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities in the event of an emergency. The maximum total value of the contract is $385 million and consists of a 1-year base period with four 1-year options. The contract, which is effective immediately, provides for establishing temporary detention and processing capabilities to expand existing ICE Detention and Removal Operations Program facilities... The contract may also provide migrant detention support to other government organizations in the event of an immigration emergency [?!?], as well as the development of a plan to react to a [Bush-created] national emergency, the company said.
Canada tightens borders to halt bird flu --Travellers from Europe queried --Airport dogs join security efforts 01 Mar 2006 Canadian customs officials have beefed up inspections at entry points for travellers arriving from Europe, especially France, to keep the highly lethal H5N1 bird flu strain from entering the country.
FIFA chief warns of bird flu threat to World Cup finals 02 Mar 2006 World Cup might be cancelled because of bird flu, football's top official warned yesterday.
Extent of Eavesdropping May Go Beyond NSA Work --Gonzales Seeks to Clarify Testimony on Spying 01 Mar 2006 Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales appeared to suggest yesterday that the Bush administration's warrantless domestic surveillance operations may extend beyond the outlines that the president acknowledged in mid-December... Gonzales also seemed to imply that the administration's original legal justification for the program was not as clear-cut as he indicated three weeks ago.
Patriot Act Renewal Clears Final Hurdle 28 Feb 2006 The USA Patriot Act renewal cleared a final hurdle in the Senate Tuesday on its way to President [sic] Bush's desk. The Senate voted 69-30 Tuesday _ 60 votes were needed _ to limit debate and bring the bill to a final vote that could occur as early as Wednesday.
Byrd says Patriot Act still gives government too much power --Senate measure limits debate on bill's renewal; final vote draws near 28 Feb 2006 Sen. Robert Byrd, the dean of the Senate and its resident constitutional expert, counts only a few regrets in his 48-year Senate career... Add to the list a new one from this century: supporting the anti-terror Patriot Act after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Bush says bin Laden tape aided re-[s]election: report 28 Feb 2006 U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush said his 2004 re-[s]election victory [*not*] over Sen. John Kerry was inadvertently aided by Osama bin Laden , who issued a taped diatribe against him the Friday before Americans went to the polls, The Examiner newspaper reported on Tuesday. ['Inadvertently?' No, by design. Bin Laden's on Bush's payroll; he was just doing his Rove-assigned job.]
Insurgent Violence Threatens Afghan Government 28 Feb 2006 Escalating 'insurgent' violence in Afghanistan has placed the fledgling government there in greater peril than at any time since the aftermath of the [illegal] U.S.-led invasion in 2001, a senior American intelligence official testified Tuesday.
Intelligence agencies warned about growing local insurgency in late 2003 28 Feb 2006 U.S. intelligence agencies repeatedly warned the White House beginning more than two years ago that the insurgency in Iraq had deep local roots, was likely to worsen and could lead to civil war, according to former senior intelligence officials who helped craft the reports.
Shiites Told: Leave Home Or Be Killed 28 Feb 2006 Salim Rashid, 34, a Shiite laborer in an overwhelmingly Sunni Arab village 20 miles north of Baghdad, received his eviction notice Friday from a man at the door with a rocket launcher. "It's 6 p.m.," Rashid recounted the masked man saying then, as retaliatory violence between Shiites and Sunnis exploded across wide swaths of central Iraq. "We want you out of here by 8 p.m. tomorrow. If we find you here, we will kill you."
Toll in Iraq's Deadly Surge: 1,300 --Morgue Count Eclipses Other Tallies Since Shrine Attack 28 Feb 2006 Grisly attacks and other sectarian violence unleashed by last week's bombing of a Shiite Muslim shrine have killed more than 1,300 Iraqis, making the past few days the deadliest of the war outside of major U.S. offensives, according to Baghdad's main morgue. The toll was more than three times higher than the figure previously reported by the U.S. military and the news media.
Iraq Bomb Attacks Kill at Least 76 28 Feb 2006 A surge in bombings Tuesday left at least 76 Iraqis dead and 179 wounded nationwide, prompting worries that inter-communal violence sparked by the bombing last week of an important Shiite Muslim shrine could reignite.
Iraq situation "very tenuous": US military intelligence chief 28 Feb 2006 Iraq has not been plunged into a civil war yet but the situation is "very tenuous" and further attacks would have "a very significant impact," the chief of US military intelligence said.
Let history judge By Scott Ritter 23 Jan 2006 "Iraq has come to this: a human and social disaster of enormous scale, where unified central governmental authority is not only non-existent, but unachievable under current conditions... In 1946, the Nuremberg Tribunal rejected the German defense of pre-emption when it came to the invasion of Denmark and Norway in 1940. The Germans had cited the imminent occupation of these two nations by the armed forces of France and Great Britain, which would have threatened the German northern front, as just cause..."
Who will extinguish the fires of this warfare? By Amjad al-Smarrai Azzaman 27 Feb 2006 "Since the fall of Baghdad to U.S. troops on April 9, 2003, a new kind of war has started in our country which is more barbaric, more vicious and more evil the modern world has ever seen. Instead of planting democracy, tolerance, human rights and reconciliation, the U.S. occupation has bred sectarian and ethnic strife and an atmosphere of insecurity in which human life has become worthless."
American troops want to leave Iraq 01 Mar 2006 Most American troops in Iraq believe the US should withdraw within the next year, according to the first poll of US military personnel there.
U.S. Troops in Iraq: 72% Say End War in 2006 28 Feb 2006 An overwhelming majority of 72% of American troops serving in Iraq think the U.S. should exit the country within the next year, and nearly one in four say the troops should leave immediately, a new Le Moyne College/Zogby International survey shows.
European investigator to unveil countries' responses to CIA inquiry 28 Feb 2006 The Council of Europe will this week unveil governments' responses to queries on how much they knew about alleged secret CIA detention centres and flights across the continent.
Tortured Logic By Anthony Lagouranis 28 Feb 2006 "From January 2004 to January 2005, I served in various places in Iraq (including Abu Ghraib) as an Army interrogator. Following orders that I believed were legal, I used military working dogs during interrogations. I terrified my interrogation subjects, but I never got intelligence (mostly because 90 percent of them were probably innocent, but that's another story). Perhaps... I also deserve to be prosecuted. But if that is the case, culpability goes much farther up the chain of command than the Army and the Bush administration have so far been willing to admit."
Libby knew CIA spy by name before it was published, filing shows 28 Feb 2006 Handwritten notes taken by the CIA show Vice pResident Dick Cheney's top aide knew the name of CIA spy Valerie Plame Wilson a month before her cover was blown. It appears to be the first known document in the hands of prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald that directly contradicts Lewis "Scooter" Libby's claim he learned from reporters in July 2003 that Valerie Wilson was a CIA employee.
Bush Named As A Defendant In Wiretapping Lawsuit --Suit Claims NSA Illegally Wiretapped Attorneys 28 Feb 2006 A lawsuit filed Tuesday asked a federal court to shut down electronic surveillance by the National Security Agency. It alleges the NSA illegally wiretapped conversations between the director of an Islamic Oregon charity and two of the charity's attorneys... The complaint also names President [sic] Bush as a defendant.
Burns says president's skull is "solid granite" 28 Feb 2006 A Republican senator says President [sic] Bush is stubborn and has a skull of -- quote -- "solid granite." Those are the words of Montana Senator Conrad Burns, in criticizing Bush's continued support for placing some U-S port operations under a company based in Dubai.
Bush Policies Are Weakening National Guard, Governors Say 27 Feb 2006 Governors of both parties said Sunday that Bush administration policies were stripping the National Guard of equipment and personnel needed to respond to hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, forest fires and other emergencies.
Dubai ports firm enforces Israel boycott 28 Feb 2006 The parent company of a Dubai-based firm at the center of a political storm in the US over the purchase of American ports participates in the Arab boycott against Israel, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
Arroyo Sticks to Emergency as Coup Threats Linger 01 Mar 2006 Philippines President [sic] Gloria Macapagal Arroyo sought on Wednesday to placate critics of the emergency rule she imposed after the discovery of a coup plot, saying she wanted to lift the order as soon as possible. [Arroyo stole the election in a coup d'etat!]
Play About Demonstrator's Death Is Delayed 28 Feb 2006 A potential Off Broadway production of "My Name Is Rachel Corrie," an acclaimed solo show about an American demonstrator killed by an Israeli bulldozer while trying to stop the destruction of a Palestinian home, has been postponed because of concerns about the show's political content... Yesterday, James C. Nicola, the artistic director of the workshop, said he had decided to postpone the show after polling local Jewish religious and community leaders as to their feelings about the work.
Vivienne Westwood spices up Paris fashion week 28 Feb 2006 British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood has not been shy to add a political touch to her clothes. Last year, she presented tops reading "I'm not a terrorist. Please don't arrest me" to protest against a tightening of anti-terrorism measures... Westwood told reporters she wanted to raise attention to the case of Leonard Peltier, a American Indian activist convicted for the 1975 killings of two FBI agents.
Group sues to get White House visitor logs 28 Feb 2006 A public-interest group has sued the Secret Service for access to White House visitor logs that the group says would show how often lobbyist Jack Abramoff met with President [sic] Bush and his staff.
Jeb Bush Asked to Explain Cruise Ship Deal 28 Feb 2006 A top House Democrat released e-mails Tuesday detailing Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's role in pushing a $236 million federal contract for Carnival Cruise Lines to house Hurricane Katrina victims.
Bush: Media had more details on Katrina than gov't 28 Feb 2006 President [sic] George W. Bush, who has acknowledged failings in the federal response to Hurricane Katrina, said on Tuesday that the media had better details about the catastrophe than the government did. [A f*cking table leg knew more about Hurricane Katrina than Bush.]
AOL Vows to Institute Fee-Based Service 28 Feb 2006 [GOP media whores] America Online is vowing to carry out its plans to institute fees for mass senders of e-mail, despite protests from groups representing 15 million people that claim the move will stifle communications instead of merely halting spam.
Abortion Opponents Win Dispute 01 Mar 2006 The Supreme Court brought an end Tuesday to a 20-year effort by the National Organization for Women to hold a coalition of anti-abortion groups accountable for a campaign of disrupting and blockading abortion clinics during the 1980's.
Gag me with a chainsaw! *and* Mega barf alert! Shays Endorsing Lieberman 28 Feb 2006 It's been the subject of whispered conversations among top Republican officials for the past month. Now, U.S. Rep. Chris Shays, R-4th District, has let slip the secret: GOP officials have discussed cross-endorsing Democratic Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman this fall.
Factory farms blamed for spread of bird flu 26 Feb 2006 Factory farming and the international poultry trade are largely responsible for the spread of bird flu, and wild birds are being unfairly blamed for the disease, a new report says.
No country safe from bird flu, vets say 28 Feb 2006 No country should consider itself safe from lethal avian flu, veterinary chiefs meeting in Paris said Tuesday, adding that it is “highly likely” that the disease will continue its spread in poultry stocks in Europe and beyond.
Germany put on alert as cat dies of bird flu 01 Mar 2006 German officials warned cat owners yesterday not to sleep accompanied by their pets, and to keep them indoors, following confirmation that a cat has died of the H5N1 avian flu virus.
Flamingo Deaths Spark Bird Flu Probe in Bahamas 01 Mar 2006 Health experts were dispatched on Tuesday to the southern Bahamas island of Inagua to find out if an unexplained spate of bird deaths was linked to a deadly bird flu virus... Over the past two days, 15 of the island's famed flamingos, five roseate spoonbills and one cormorant have been found dead with no external injuries on the island just north of Haiti, officials said.
Bird Flu, Spreading in Africa, May Touch Off Pandemic 28 Feb 2006 Feathers littered on sandy soil and poultry coops filled with empty wire are the few remaining signs of the 28,000 chickens Abdullahi Saidu lost in a week to bird flu on his Nigerian farm last month.
White House Rejects Special Counsel 27 Feb 2006 The White House on Monday rejected the call by more than a dozen House Democrats for a special counsel to investigate the Bush administration's eavesdropping program.
Democrats Seek Special Counsel to Investigate NSA's Eavesdropping 27 Feb 2006 Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should appoint a special counsel to investigate the legality of the Bush administration's eavesdropping program, 18 House Democrats told President [sic] Bush in a letter released Monday.
Specter Proposes NSA Surveillance Rules --Measure Would Make Administration Seek FISA Court's Permission to Eavesdrop [Force the Bush Dictatorship to stop breaking the law?] 26 Feb 2006 The federal government would have to obtain permission from a secret court to continue a controversial form of surveillance, which the National Security Agency now conducts without warrants, under a bill being proposed by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa.).
Justice Dept. Rejects Google's Concerns 25 Feb 2006 Concerns by Google Inc. that a Bush administration demand to examine millions of its users' Internet search requests would violate privacy rights are unwarranted, the Justice Department said in a court filing.
Judge OKs press subpoenas in CIA leak case --Libby defense aims to show any false statements were result of confusion 27 Feb 2006 The judge in the CIA leak case said Monday that lawyers on both sides in the perjury trial of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby will be allowed to subpoena journalists and news organizations.
Iraqis tortured by government death squads 26 Feb 2006 Hundreds of Iraqis are being tortured to death or summarily executed each month by death squads attached to the Interior Ministry in Baghdad, the UN's former human rights chief in Iraq has told The Independent on Sunday.
Iraq's death squads: On the brink of civil war --Most of the corpses in Baghdad's mortuary show signs of torture and execution. And the [U.S.-installed] Interior Ministry is being blamed. 26 Feb 2006 Hundreds of Iraqis are being tortured to death or summarily executed every month in Baghdad alone by death squads working from the Ministry of the Interior, the United Nations' outgoing human rights chief in Iraq has revealed.
Gov't Bans Traffic in Baghdad, Suburbs 25 Feb 2006 The interior minister announced a 24-hour ban on all vehicular movements in Baghdad and its suburbs starting at 6 a.m. Sunday, in an effort contain 'sectarian' [sic - U.S.] violence following the bombing of a Shiite shrine three days ago in Samarra.
Iraq Now Has No Units Able to Stand Alone 25 Feb 2006 The number of Iraqi army battalions judged capable of fighting the insurgency without U.S. help has slipped from one to zero since September, Pentagon officials said Friday.
Iraq makes terror 'more likely' 28 Feb 2006 People across the world overwhelmingly believe the war in Iraq has increased the likelihood of terrorist attacks worldwide, a poll for the BBC reveals.
Army pays back Halliburton $288m 28 Feb 2006 The US army has decided to reimburse a Halliburton subsidiary all but $12 million of $300 million in costs that Pentagon auditors questioned for oil industry work in Iraq, army officials said today.
Army to Pay Halliburton Unit Most Costs Disputed by Audit 27 Feb 2006 The Army has decided to reimburse a Halliburton subsidiary for nearly all of its disputed costs on a $2.41 billion no-bid contract to deliver fuel and repair oil equipment in Iraq, even though the Pentagon's own auditors had identified more than $250 million in charges as potentially excessive or unjustified.
A Growing Afghan Prison Rivals Bleak Guantánamo 26 Feb 2006 While an international debate rages over the future of the American detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, the military has quietly expanded another, less-visible prison in Afghanistan, where it now holds some 500 terror suspects in more primitive conditions, indefinitely and without charges.
Eminem Urged to Sue US Government --Eminem could sue the US government for playing his music to inmates at Camp X-Ray, Guantanamo Bay, without permission. 26 Feb 2006 The Road to Guantanamo director, Michael Winterbottom,discovered that prisoners at the notorious detention centre, are blasted with Eminem’s records as a form of punishment... Winterbottom also claims that Eminem should take the military to court for copyright abuse, his film, which follows four British male prisoners at Camp X-Ray discovered that: "Music by Eminem was apparently used most of the time."
Newly Declassified Documents Show CIA Planes Landed in Canada 25 Feb 2006 Newly declassified documents show that CIA planes have landed in Canada 74 times since the 9/11 terror attacks, underscoring fears that the United States is transporting suspects through its neighboring country en route to foreign prisons for torture.
Don't mention the war: BBC plan for surviving nuclear armageddon 25 Feb 2006 In the event of all-out nuclear war, the BBC was to distract the nation by broadcasting a mix of music and light entertainment shows, secret papers released by the Home Office reveal. Hundreds of security-vetted BBC staff and a select band of unnamed radio artistes were to be clandestinely dispatched to transmission sites across the country at the first signs of international tension.
Department of Defense largest oil consuming government body in US and world By Sohbet Karbuz "'Military fuel consumption makes the Department of Defense the single largest consumer of petroleum in the U.S. Military fuel consumption for aircraft, ships, ground vehicles and facilities makes the DoD the single largest consumer of petroleum in the U.S.' According to the US Defense Energy Support Center Fact Book 2004, in Fiscal Year 2004, the US military fuel consumption increased to 144 million barrels... The US military is the biggest purchaser of oil in the world."
Venezuela expands US fuel sales 27 Feb 2006 Venezuela's controversial fuel subsidies for the U.S. poor expanded into Connecticut on Monday... The assistance, described as "humanitarian aid" by Venezuela's embassy in Washington, deepens an ongoing spat between leftist President Hugo Chavez and [Oops! Reuters forget to add 'rightist' before Bush's name, but (of course) added 'leftist' before Chavez's] rightist pResident George W. Bush, who calls Chavez a threat to democracy in Latin America.
Blumenthal: Venezuelan Oil Program Legal 27 Feb 2006 An arrangement to supply Venezuelan oil to the poor in Connecticut is legal and not subject to a state agency review, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said Monday.
Protesters storm congress over coup charges 27 Feb 2006 A hundred leftwing protesters barged into the Philippine congress today to protest at the charging of five legislators for plotting to overthrow the presidency [sic] of Gloria Arroyo, whose hold on power otherwise appeared to be strengthening. [Why didn't that happen here, when Dictator Bush stole *two* elections?]
US governors concerned about National Guard, ports 27 Feb 2006 State governors voiced concern on Monday about potential National Guard cuts and demanded more consultation with the Bush administration on issues like port security and the Guard's future.
Coast Guard warned of 'intelligence gaps' in deal --Senate panel holds hearing on United Arab Emirates-owned firm's planned takeover of operations at 6 U.S. ports; language in report 'very troubling' 27 Feb 2006 Citing broad gaps in U.S. intelligence, the Coast Guard raised concerns weeks ago that it could not determine whether a United Arab Emirates-based company seeking a stake in some U.S. port operations might support terrorist operations.
Homeland Security Objected to Ports Deal 25 Feb 2006 The Homeland Security Department objected at first to a United Arab Emirates company's taking over significant operations at six U.S. ports. It was the lone protest among members of the government committee that eventually approved the deal without dissent.
Adviser Says White House Set on Ports Deal 24 Feb 2006 The Bush administration said Friday it won't reconsider its approval for a United Arab Emirates company to take over significant operations at six U.S. ports. The former head of the Sept. 11 commission said the deal "never should have happened.''
The Case for Impeachment --Why we can no longer afford George W. Bush --An excerpt from an essay in the March 2006 Harper's Magazine By Lewis H. Lapham 27 Feb 2006
Poll: Bush Ratings At All-Time Low 27 Feb 2006 The latest CBS News poll finds President Bush's approval rating has fallen to an all-time low of 34 percent, while pessimism about the Iraq war has risen to a new high.
Poll: 18 percent have a favorable view of Dick Cheney 27 Feb 2006 Just 18 percent said they had a favorable view of Vice pResident, down from 23 percent in January.
DeLay Using Campaign Funds to Pay Lawyers 27 Feb 2006 Having already spent more than $1 million on attorney fees in the past 20 months, Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) is now dipping into his campaign war chest to pare down some of his mounting legal bills.
Texas Nonprofit Is Cleared After GOP-Prompted Audit --Group Says Probe Was 'Political Retaliation' by DeLay Allies 27 Feb 2006 The Internal Revenue Service recently audited the books of a Texas nonprofit group that was critical of campaign spending by former House majority leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) after receiving a request for the audit from one of DeLay's political allies in the House.
Harris Got Illegal Donations 25 Feb 2006 A defense contractor who pleaded guilty Friday to bribing a California congressman told federal authorities he also funneled illegal campaign contributions to U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris (R-coupmeister) of Longboat Key, who's running for the U.S. Senate.
Harris Uses 2000 Election to Raise Cash 21 Feb 2006 In a recent direct-mail fundraising appeal, U.S. Senate candidate Katherine Harris makes her most direct use yet of her role in the 2000 presidential 'election' [coup d'etat] to rally Republican support, and then asks Republicans to make a "pledge of loyalty," signified by a contribution to her campaign.
Congress Poised to Pass Bill Taking Away Your Right to Know What's in Your Food --Tell your Congressman or Congresswoman to vote "No" on House of Representatives Bill H.R. 4167, the "National Uniformity for Food Act," coming to a vote in Washington, D.C this Thursday, March 2 "The House of Representatives will vote this week on a controversial "national food uniformity" labeling law that will take away local government and states' power to require food safety food labels such as those required in California and other states... This bill would also prevent citizens in local municipalities and states from passing laws requiring that genetically engineered foods and ingredients such as Monsanto's recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) be labeled."
Utah House Kills Evolution Teaching Bill 27 Feb 2006 Public schools won't have to change the way they teach evolution, after the House on Monday gutted, and then killed, a bill that would have required science courses to mention alternative theories.
Justices Won't Expand Death Penalty Review 27 Feb 2006 The Supreme Court refused Monday to directly consider whether the drug combination used in executions across the country amounts to unconstitutional cruel punishment.
17 Counter-Demonstrators Arrested at Florida Neo-Nazi Rally 26 Feb 2006 Fistfights broke out and police made 17 arrests Saturday at a neo-Nazi rally and march through a predominantly black neighborhood. In khaki uniforms, tall black boots and red arm patches bearing swastikas, about 30 members of the National Socialist Movement were barricaded on one side by SWAT team members [protecting their own] at the rally. No members of the neo-Nazi group were arrested, police said.
Niger confirms bird flu cases 27 Feb 2006 Niger has become the third African country to confirm cases of the virulent H5N1 strain of bird flu, a lab official said today.
Bird Flu Raises Concerns in France and Nigeria 26 Feb 2006 The announcement on Saturday that the deadly strain of bird flu was discovered in domesticated turkeys in France has disrupted the country's $7 billion poultry market and raised fears among the French that they could be vulnerable to the disease.
Bird flu: 'don't panic', UK told --Experts seek to reassure the public after restaurant takes wild fowl off its menu and McDonald's admits 'contingency plan' 26 Feb 2006 Britain's health industry has launched a concerted effort to reassure the public about the safety of poultry and eggs after the first restaurant in the country announced it was taking wild fowl off the menu because of fears about bird flu... The McDonald's chain also admitted it had emergency contingency plans in place to replace all chicken products on its menus with alternative items if avian flu reached Britain.
Army Regulation 210-35 dated Jan 14, 2005 - Military responsibilities for creating/operating slave labor camps within USA "1–1. Purpose --This regulation provides Army policy and guidance for establishing civilian inmate labor programs and civilian prison camps on Army installations. Sources of civilian inmate labor are limited to on– and off–post Federal corrections facilities, State and/or local corrections facilities operating from on–post prison camps pursuant to leases under Section 2667, Title 10, United States Code (10 USC 2667), and off–post State corrections facilities participating in the demonstration project authorized under Section 1065, Public Law (PL) 103–337. Otherwise, State and/or local inmate labor from off–post corrections facilities is currently excluded from this program."
US 'aware' of Iraq torture 20 Feb 2006 The US is "aware" of torture taking place in Iraqi prisons, according to the outgoing Maltese UN human rights chief in Iraq. In a frank interview with The Times, Dr [John] Pace says photos and forensic records have proved that torture was rife inside detention centres. Though the process of release has been speeded up, there are an estimated 23,000 people in detention, of whom 80 to 90 per cent are innocent.
Blair faces torrent of criticism on human rights 24 Feb 2006 Tony Blair remained defiant last night in the face of a torrent of protests over Britain's human rights record, accusing his critics of having "the world the wrong way round".
FBI Interrogators in Cuba Opposed Aggressive Tactics 24 Feb 2006 FBI officials who were interrogating 'terrorism' suspects at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2002 and 2003 strenuously objected to aggressive techniques the military was using and believed they could be illegal, according to FBI memos released yesterday.
Senior Lawyer at Pentagon Broke Ranks on Detainees 20 Feb 2006 One of the Pentagon's top civilian lawyers repeatedly challenged the Bush regime's policy on the coercive interrogation of terror suspects, arguing that such practices violated the law, verged on torture and could ultimately expose senior officials to prosecution, a newly disclosed document shows.
Italy calls for closure of Guantanamo Bay prison 24 Feb 2006 Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi has told Arab television station Al Jazeera that the United States should close its Guantanamo Bay prison as soon as possible.
Soldier Acquitted in Afghan Prisoner Abuse 23 Feb 2006 A military jury deliberated for only 15 minutes Thursday before acquitting the last of 11 Army reservists from an Ohio unit who had been charged with abusing prisoners at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.
EU governments 'ignored evidence of CIA flights' 24 Feb 2006 The European Union's top investigator into alleged secret CIA flights and prisons in Europe said Thursday European governments had obviously ignored evidence of clandestine US secret service activities on the continent.
Canadian intelligence approved CIA flights, instructed officials to lie to media 24 Feb 2006 CIA planes have landed in Canada 74 times since the 2001 terror attacks, according to newly declassified government documents. The documents underscored ideas that the United States is ferrying suspected 'terrorists' through Canada on the way to foreign prisons. Internal government briefing notes revealed that senior intelligence officials from six government agencies, including the Security Intelligence Service, met in late November to discuss the flights. One memo dated Nov. 28 instructed officials to tell the media that there was "no credible information to suggest that these planes were used to ferry suspected terrorists to and from Canada, or that illegal activity took place."
Report: NSA continues controversial data-mining program --Total Information Awareness projects, shut down by Congress in 2003, funded under different plan. By Tom Regan 24 Feb 2006 "In 2003, Congress voted to shut down a controversial program called Total Information Awareness (TIA). The project, which would have linked major information databases together in order to 'hunt for terrorists,' was shut down primarily because of privacy concerns, but also because its main advocate was Adm. John Poindexter, known for his involvement with the Iran-Contra scandal of the 1980s... The National Journal reported Thursday that TIA 'was stopped in name only' and has been continued within the National Security Agency (NSA), the intelligence agency now fending off charges that it has violated the privacy of US citizens in the domestic wiretapping scandal."
TIA Lives On By Shane Harris, National Journal 23 Feb 2006 "A controversial counter-terrorism program, which lawmakers halted more than two years ago amid outcries from privacy advocates, was stopped in name only and has quietly continued within the intelligence agency now fending off charges that it has violated the privacy of U.S. citizens."
UAE terminal takeover extends to 21 ports 24 Feb 2006 A United Arab Emirates government-owned company is poised to take over port terminal operations in 21 American ports, far more than the six widely reported. The Bush administration has approved the takeover of British-owned Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co. to DP World, a deal set to go forward March 2 unless Congress intervenes.
UAE, Jolted by Port Deal, Is Key Western Arms Buyer 23 Feb 2006 The United Arab Emirates (UAE), the centre of a growing controversy over its proposed management of U.S. port terminals, is one of the world's most prolific arms buyers and a multi-billion-dollar military market both for the United States and Western Europe. The energy-rich Persian Gulf nation is currently taking delivery of about 8.4 billion dollars worth of military equipment, mostly state-of-the-art fighter aircraft, ordered from the United States (6.4 billion) and France (two billion) over the last five years.
UAE gave $1 million to Bush library 23 Feb 2006 A sheik from the United Arab Emirates contributed at least $1 million to the Bush Library Foundation, which established the George Bush Presidential [sic & barf!] Library at Texas A&M University in College Station. [LOL, to house 'The Pet Goat?']
GOP Leaders Draw Back From Bid to Block Port Deal 25 Feb 2006 A Dubai company's offer to delay taking control of terminal operations at six U.S. ports, combined with aggressive White House lobbying, has tempered a rush by congressional GOP leaders for quick action next week to block the $6.8 billion transaction, which has triggered a political furor.
Just 17% Favor Dubai Ports Deal 24 Feb 2006 Just 17% of Americans believe Dubai Ports World should be allowed to purchase operating rights to several U.S. ports. A Rasmussen Reports survey found that 64% disagree and believe the sale should not be allowed.
US troops poised for quick reaction to Iraq tumult 24 Feb 2006 Iraqi forces are taking the lead security role amid a spike in violence in Iraq but the U.S. military has moved troops into the field for quick backup if the situation worsens, a U.S. commander said on Friday.
Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Friday, 24 February 2006 --Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
Iraq Curfew Extended for Second Day 24 Feb 2006 An extraordinary daytime curfew in Baghdad and nearby provinces appeared to have blunted the surge in sectarian violence [but not U.S. violence]. Late Friday, the Iraqi government ordered the curfew to be extended for a second straight day, state television said. The 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. curfew will remain in effect in Baghdad and the provinces of Diyala, Salaheddin and Babil - the same areas where the daytime movement ban was in force on Friday.
Iraq Regime Orders Daytime Curfews 24 Feb 2006 Police and soldiers blocked major roads and surrounded Baghdad's two main Sunni mosques as streets throughout this city of nearly 7 million emptied of people and traffic. Residents in Samarra, where the shrine bombing took place Wednesday, were instructed over loudspeakers to stay indoors "until further notice."
Baghdad daytime curfew ordered Iraqi police and soldiers fanned out to enforce an extraordinary daytime curfew in Baghdad and three provinces [to stop Iraqis from resisting the U.S.-U.K. occupation.]
Iraq: Holy Shi'ite tomb attacked with rockets 24 Feb 2006 Iraq Gunmen fired two rockets at a tomb sacred for Shiites [Salman Pak, also known as Salman al-Farisi] south of Baghdad causing damage but no casualties, a Shiite official said. [The 'insurgents' have rockets? Yeah, right! The U.S. terrorists are attacking the shrines, so that Bush's media whores can pretend there is a 'civil war' when it's actually a 'civil uprising' against the illegal occupation.]
The night before the bombing: Two eyewitnesses By roadstoiraq.com 24 Feb 2006 "I live in a district very near to the mosque and I will tell you exactly what I saw hours before the bombing. There is a daily curfew in our city (Samarra) starts from 8:00 in the evening until 6:00 in the morning, in the night before the bombing and just when it’s getting dark there was unusual activities by the ING in the area around the mosque, I heard their cars the whole night until next day in the morning. The Mosque Guard's testimony says: Four people with ING uniforms blind folded them and set the bombs. The witness continues, so I ask you how could the terrorists enter the area which is usually surrounded by the ING and enter the mosque then runway without being got by the police?"
President blames occupiers for Iraq problems 25 Feb 2006 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the occupying forces are to blame for all problems in Iraq, IRNA reported. Addressing Iraqi people, he said, "You are in the beginning of the freedom road. You have to know that the occupiers are behind all these problems." [Well-said!]
USIP: Afghanistan more dangerous than Iraq 23 Feb 2006 Despite purported military success in Afghanistan [Yeah, right!], the U.S. Institute of Peace says the country in 2005 was more dangerous for American troops per capita than Iraq. The group also said in a new report that NATO's imminent takeover of operations in southern Afghanistan could derail counter-insurgency operations.
Al-Qaeda claims attempt to blow up Saudi oil processing plant 25 Feb 2006 The Saudi branch of the Al-CIAduh terror network has claimed responsibility for Friday's foiled attempt to blow up a major Saudi Arabian oil processing plant.
Saudis foil militant attack on world's largest oil plant 25 Feb 2006 Suspected Islamist militants tried to attack a major oil facility in Saudi Arabia for the first time yesterday, ramming cars packed with explosives into the gates of a vast processing plant in the country's east. The attack was foiled when guards opened fire on three cars.
Oil Futures Jump $2 on Thwarted Attack 24 Feb 2006 Crude oil futures prices jumped 4 percent Friday after a thwarted attack on a massive oil facility in Saudi Arabia... [Since the attack was thwarted, *why* did the oil futures jump $2?]
Target Missile Test-Launched From Alaska 23 Feb 2006 A missile rose more than 100 miles into the atmosphere from Alaska's Kodiak Island Thursday in the first of several tests planned this year for the national missile defense system.
Clooney relishes 'traitor' attacks for questioning US policy 24 Feb 2006 US actor and director George Clooney says he was proud to be denounced as unpatriotic for questioning US policy because he wanted to be on "the right side of history".
Italian police watching 13,000 terror targets 24 Feb 2006 Italian police and military units arewatching over 13,000 potential terrorist targets, Premier Silvio Berlusconi said in an interview with Al Jazeera due to be broadcast on Friday.
Ex-White House aide says CIA has records he needs 24 Feb 2006 The CIA has the classified documents that a former White House aide [I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby] needs to defend himself against charges that he lied about the leaking of a CIA operative's identity, defense lawyers said Friday.
Drinks query revives Cheney row 24 Feb 2006 Vice-pResident Dick Cheney faced fresh questions yesterday about the shooting of his hunting companion on a Texas ranch, with the release of conflicting witness statements about whether alcohol had been consumed.
Cheney's vice-like grip --Bush has granted his deputy the greatest expansion of powers in American history By Sidney Blumenthal 24 Feb 2006 "On March 25 2003 President [sic] Bush signed executive order 13292, a hitherto little-known document that grants the greatest expansion of the power of the vice-president in US history. It gives the vice-president the same ability to classify intelligence as the president. By controlling classification, the vice-president can control intelligence and, through that, foreign policy. Bush operates on the radical notion of the 'unitary executive', that the presidency has inherent and limitless powers in his role as commander in chief, above the system of checks and balances... Since the coup d'etat of executive order 13292, the vice-presidency has been transformed."
Frustrated council gets voting machines but no paper trail 24 Feb 2006 (FL) Volusia County Council members found themselves back at square one... They didn't get the paper ballot copy of electronic votes they wanted. Council members agreed unanimously to spend $782,185 for the touch-screen machines from Diebold Election System.
S.D. House Approves Abortion Ban Bill 24 Feb 2006 State lawmakers voted Friday to ban nearly all abortions in South Dakota and sent the measure to the governor, who said he is inclined to sign it. Under the legislation, doctors in South Dakota would face up to five years in prison for performing an abortion unless it was necessary to save the woman's life.
Lawmaker's proposal: Bar Republicans from adopting 23 Feb 2006 If an Ohio lawmaker's proposal becomes state law, Republicans would be barred from being adoptive parents. State Sen. Robert Hagan sent out e-mails to fellow lawmakers late Wednesday night, stating that he intends to "introduce legislation in the near future that would ban households with one or more Republican voters from adopting children or acting as foster parents." ...Hagan said his legislation was written in response to a bill introduced in the Ohio House this month by state Rep. Ron Hood, R-Ashville, that is aimed at prohibiting gay adoption.
60 percent of Americans worried about bird flu 24 Feb 2006 Nearly 60 percent of Americans are concerned about bird flu, but fewer than one-third think it will show up in the United States this year, according to a new poll. [Bush is poised to play the bioterror card.]
Medicare May Now Limit Drug Plan Options 24 Feb 2006 After promoting the wide choices available to the elderly and disabled for Medicare drug coverage, the Bush administration is now considering limiting those options.
Katrina contact recovery info (choicechanges.com) By ilyana 23 Feb 2006
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