March 2006 Archives, Page Two
Senate hearing set on move to censure Bush 24 Mar 2006 The Republican-led U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee announced on Friday it would hold a hearing next week on a call by a Democratic lawmaker to censure President [sic] George W. Bush for his domestic spy program.
DOJ: NSA Could Have Monitored Lawyers' Calls 25 Mar 2006 The National Security Agency could have legally monitored ordinarily confidential communications between doctors and patients or attorneys and their clients, the Justice Department said Friday of its controversial [illegal] warrantless surveillance program. Responding to questions from Congress, the department also said that it sees no prohibition to using information collected under the NSA's program in court.
The Fix Is In For Bush --Senate Races to Make The Illegal Legal 23 Mar 2006 (The Philadelphia Inquirer) "Across the U.S. capital, lawmakers are scurrying from pillar to post in a frantic effort to put lipstick on a pig. In an attempt to rein in the Bush administration and its cowboy tactics with the illegal wiretapping of Americans making calls overseas, various Republicans are floating proposed legislation that would make the president's actions legal... Rather than trying to fix a law that wasn't broken until Bush decided to break it, Congress should be considering censuring the president."
Feingold's Censure Call Gives Him Boost 26 Mar 2006 While only two Democrats in the Senate have embraced Sen. Russ Feingold's call for censuring President Bush, the idea is increasing his standing among many Democratic voters as he ponders a bid for the party's presidential nomination in 2008.
US high court judge said to slam detainee rights 26 Mar 2006 U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dismissed the idea that Guantanamo prison detainees have constitutional rights and called European concerns over the issue hypocritical, Newsweek magazine reported on Sunday.
Should Scalia Recuse Himself From Guantánamo Case? 03 Apr 2006 The Supreme Court this week will hear arguments in a big case: whether to allow the Bush regime to try Guantánamo detainees in special military tribunals with limited rights for the accused. During an unpublicized March 8 talk at the University of Freiburg in Switzerland, Justice Antonin Scalia dismissed the idea that the detainees have rights under the U.S. Constitution or international conventions, adding he was "astounded" at the "hypocritical" reaction in Europe to Guantánamo prison.
Bush's powers again under review by court 25 Mar 2006 His wartime powers undercut once before by the Supreme Court, President [sic] Bush could take a second hit in a case in which a Guantanamo Bay prisoner is seeking to head off a trial before military officers. At stake is more than whether Salim Ahmed Hamdan, after nearly four years at the Navy prison in Cuba, goes on trial for war crimes before a special military tribunal.
Arar tells EU investigators of ordeal he suffered under U.S. rendition policy 23 Mar 2006 Canadian Maher Arar told an investigative committee of the European Parliament on Thursday that he was kidnapped in New York and deported by U.S. authorities via Rome and Jordan to Syria, where he was tortured for 10 months.
Militias Kill More Iraqis Than "Terrorists": US Envoy 25 Mar 2006 US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said on March 25 that militias, many with strong ties to powerful Shiite leaders and well entrenched in [U.S.-installed] security and police forces, are killing more Iraqis than "terrorists," urging Iraqi leaders to rein them in. "More Iraqis are dying from the militia violence than from the terrorists," he told reporters during a visit to a Baghdad youth center newly renovated with US funds, reported Reuters.
US envoy urges crackdown on Iraq militias 25 Mar 2006 The U.S. ambassador urged Iraq's divided leaders to rein in [U.S.-created, funded] militias on Saturday as political blocs failed again to break a deadlock on forming a unity 'government' that they hope can avert civil war.
Militants threat to 'watch' reporters 26 Mar 2006 An Iraqi militant group which killed an Italian reporter in 2004 said it was watching foreign journalists but would only kill those it considers to be spies for its U.S.-led enemies. Al Jazeera television broadcast an interview overnight with a man it described as the spokesman of the Islamic Army in Iraq [Ibrahim al-Shemmari], who accused the United States of responsibility for the car bombs that have killed thousands of civilians since 2003. "There is information that many of the car bombs are the work of the Americans ... they have long been working to distort the reputation of the resistance so that the Iraqi people would reject it," al-Shemmari said.
30 Beheaded Bodies Found; Iraqi [U.S.] Death Squads Blamed 27 Mar 2006 The bodies of 30 beheaded men were found on a main highway near Baquba this evening, providing more evidence that the [U.S.] death squads in Iraq are becoming out of control. Interior Ministry officials said a driver discovered the bodies heaped in a pile next to a highway that links Baghdad to Baquba
Baghdad fighting 'leaves 18 dead' 26 Mar 2006 Iraqi security forces earlier found 30 bodies - all of them beheaded - near the town of Baquba. In Baghdad, an aide to Mr Sadr accused the US of killing unarmed people at the mosque. "The American forces went into Mustafa mosque at prayers and killed more than 20 worshippers," Hazim al-Araji told Reuters news agency, citing a larger death toll than the 18 counted by medical sources.
US forces kill 18 Iraqis in Baghdad, medics say 26 Mar 2006 At least 18 Iraqis were killed on Sunday after U.S. troops [attacked them], medics and police said. Police said the clashes erupted after the Mehdi Army militia loyal to cleric Moqtada al-Sadr tried to stop U.S. troops from entering a mosque. A medic said 18 bodies were found around the mosque. A senior aide to Sadr accused U.S. troops of killing more than 20 unarmed worshippers during evening prayers at a mosque in east Baghdad.
Iraqi Boy Killed While Walking to School 26 Mar 2006 A 13-year-old boy was killed by a roadside bomb as he walked to school in the southern city of Basra, one of 20 victims of violence that continued to rattle Iraq on Sunday. At least one mortar round also slammed to earth within 50 yards of cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's home in the holy city of Najaf. The popular, anti-American leader was at home but not hurt, an aide said.
Navy Ship Collides With Tanker in Gulf 26 Mar 2006 A U.S. Navy destroyer collided with an oil tanker in the Persian Gulf off Iraq, slightly injuring four people, the Navy said Sunday.
Report: 7,000 troops on call for World Cup 25 Mar 2006 As many as 7,000 troops will be on call in case of emergency at the World Cup, the German defense minister said in remarks released Saturday.
Venezuela slaps British oil giant BP with back-tax bill 25 Mar 2006 Venezuela on Friday ordered British oil giant BP and one of its consortiums to pay $61.39 million in back taxes, the latest in a fiscal crackdown on mostly foreign energy companies.
Pentagon stays the course with laser weapon --Airborne Laser given a reprieve — and challenging development schedule 22 Mar 2006 The threat of cancellation no longer looms over the Pentagon's Airborne Laser effort, as senior program officials prepare for a missile-intercept demonstration in 2008. The Airborne Laser, or ABL, is a Boeing 747 aircraft being equipped with a high-powered chemical laser to destroy ballistic missiles in their boost phase.
Dick Cheney's Suite Demands --Faux News, Wall Street Urinal, 68 degrees 23 Mar 2006 (thesmokinggun.com) "...[B]elow you'll find a copy of Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney's standard 'tour' rider. The document is provided to hotels where Cheney will be bunking and lists how the Republican pol's 'Downtime Suite' needs to be outfitted. ...Cheney does like his suite at a comfy 68 degrees. And, of course, all the televisions need to be preset to the Fox News Channel... Decaf coffee should be ready upon his arrival along with four cans of caffeine-free Diet Sprite." [I have a few *suggested items* that should be placed in the hotel room prior to Cheney's arrival... --LRP]
Globalization: The Final Demise of National Security By Patrick Wood 07 Mar 2006 "...[O]n January 24, 2006, President [sic] George W. Bush appointed Dave Sanborn to head MARAD [Maritime Administration]. Who is Dave Sanborn? He was most recently a senior executive for Dubai Ports World (DP World, Director of Operations for Europe and Latin America), the same United Arab Emirates company that caused a firestorm in American politics just a few weeks later when the U.S. public found out about the Arab takeover of 6 U.S. ports."
Biggest protest in city history hits tough immigration bill 26 Mar 2006 In the largest protest rally ever in Los Angeles, a crowd estimated at 500,000 jammed downtown streets Saturday to denounce a federal legislative proposal that would criminalize illegal immigration and require building a 700-mile wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Gulf, war frustrations aired in Louisiana 20 Mar 2006 Iraq war protesters walked through New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward on Sunday, the third anniversary of the U.S.-led war in Iraq. Veterans and war protesters marched past gutted houses and piles of rotting wood and debris, saying the slow pace of rebuilding the hurricane-ravaged city shows the price the country is paying for continuing to wage war in Iraq.
Entergy seeks $1B+ in federal hurricane relief 21 Mar 2006 Entergy Corp. officials will ask the state to allocate more than $1 billion in federal hurricane relief funds to reimburse its three Louisiana power companies for 'expenses incurred' in rebuilding infrastructure after the storms. The requests: $472 million for Entergy Louisiana, $164 million for Entergy Gulf States, and $718 million for Entergy New Orleans.
Judge rejects Allstate request to dismiss hurricane lawsuit 25 Mar 2006 A federal judge on Friday refused to throw out a lawsuit that a couple filed against Allstate Insurance Co. after the insurer refused to cover damage to their home from Hurricane Katrina.
Hurricane victims must start paying rent for FEMA trailers May 1 25 Mar 2006 Victims of the 2004 hurricanes still living in temporary trailers will have to start paying rent May 1 and find somewhere else to live by late September, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said.
Dems Lambast Prescription Drug Benefit 25 Mar 2006 Seniors need another six months to sign up for the Medicare prescription drug benefit, a Democratic congressman who's also a pharmacist said Saturday. Rep. Marion Berry of Arkansas also said the government needs to think long and hard about meaningful Medicare reform.
Schools Cut Back Subjects to Push Reading and Math 26 Mar 2006 Thousands of schools across the nation are responding to the reading and math testing requirements laid out in No [All But Rich] Child Left Behind, Dictator Bush's signature 'education' law, by reducing class time spent on other subjects and, for some low-proficiency students, eliminating it.
Florida Bill Asks High Schoolers to Declare Major 26 Mar 2006 The Florida House passed a bill on Thursday that would make the state the first to require high school students to declare a major, just as college students do. The bill, backed by House Republicans and Gov. Jeb Bush, passed 85 to 35 on a straight party-line vote.
Timing of donations to Gov. Bush raises eyebrows --He criticizes fundraising during legislative sessions but has collected more than $600,000 recently. 25 Mar 2006 In the three weeks since the Legislature convened for its 2006 session, the Foundation for Florida's Future -- an organization created by Governor Jeb Bush and some of his closest allies to promote his educational policies -- has collected more than $600,000. The vast majority of the money collected since the session began March 7: $500,000 from Cast-Crete Corp., a Tampa-area company that makes pre-cast concrete materials used in construction; $50,000 from The Villages, the sprawling Central Florida retirement development headed by GOP fund-raiser H. Gary Morse; and $50,000 from The Geo Group, a Boca Raton-based company that runs private prisons.
Former DeLay Aide Enriched By Nonprofit --Bulk of Group's Funds Tied to Abramoff 26 Mar 2006 A top adviser to former House Whip Tom DeLay received more than a third of all the money collected by the U.S. Family Network, a 'nonprofit' organization the adviser created to promote a pro-family political agenda in Congress, according to the group's accounting records.
Hero of Katrina, sheriff may be prosecuted 24 Mar 2006 Randy Walker swears he would have died from his diabetes after Hurricane Katrina had a sheriff not seized two FEMA trucks filled with ice and distributed it to residents, many of whom had to keep their insulin cold. Now, that sheriff could be prosecuted on charges of interfering with a federal operation. Forrest County Sheriff Billy McGee commandeered two 18-wheelers full of ice from Camp Shelby, a Federal Emergency Management Agency staging area, after five days passed with little relief for residents living without electricity in the wake of the deadly storm.
Hurricane Donation Benefited Bush Son --Barbara Bush required that some of her gift be spent on software from Neil Bush's Texas firm. 25 Mar 2006 More than a few eyebrows were raised when former first lady Barbara Bush stipulated that part of her contribution was to be spent on educational software purchased from her son Neil's company, Ignite Learning of Austin, Texas.
Study Doubles Estimate of Smog Deaths --State may raise its official figures. 25 Mar 2006 The number of deaths from breathing sooty smog in California may be more than twice as high as previously estimated, based on a recent USC study that examined the risk of such deaths in the Los Angeles Basin.
Be Worried. Be Very Worried. Global Warming Heats Up The climate is crashing, and global warming is to blame. (TIME, by Jeffrey Kluger) 23 Mar 2006 "No one can say exactly what it looks like when a planet takes ill, but it probably looks a lot like Earth. Never mind what you've heard about global warming as a slow-motion emergency that would take decades to play out. Suddenly and unexpectedly, the crisis is upon us."
Poll: Americans See a Climate Problem --In a new TIME survey, most people see global warming worsening — and want action 26 Mar 2006 A large majority of Americans — 85% — say global warming is probably happening, according to a new TIME magazine/ABC News/Stanford University poll. An even larger percentage (88%) think global warming threatens future generations. [Right, only Bush and his corpora-terrorists don't see a problem.]
Disgraced defense contractor planned to promote 'democracy' in Iran 24 Mar 2006 In a new example of disgraced defense contractor Mitchell Wade's attempts to exert influence in Washington and beyond, Wade and two business partners formed a nonprofit group in 2004 to promote democracy [sic] in Iran, according to documents and interviews. Wade and the two partners, who have been large contributors to Republican political campaigns, formed the Iranian Democratization Foundation in April 2004, according to incorporation papers filed in Washington.
Bush Quietly Says No Need Follow Patriot Act Oversight Measure 24 Mar 2006 When President [sic] Bush renewed the revised USA Patriot Act on March 9, Congress added oversight measures intended to keep the federal government from abusing the special terrorism-related powers to search homes and secretly seize documents... It was not known at the time, however, that the White House added an addendum stating that the president didn't need to adhere to requirements that he inform members of Congress about how the FBI was using the Patriot Act's expanded police powers. After the bill-signing ceremony, the White House discreetly issued a ''signing statement," an official document in which a president lays out his interpretation of a new law.
Bush shuns Patriot Act requirement; issues 'signing statement' --In addendum to law, Bush says oversight rules are not binding 24 Mar 2006 When Dictator Bush signed the reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act this month, he included an addendum saying that he did not feel obliged to obey requirements that he inform Congress about how the FBI was using the act's expanded police powers... The statement represented the latest in a string of high-profile instances in which Bush has cited his 'constitutional authority' [sic] to bypass a law.
Doctors Calls Could Have Been Captured 24 Mar 2006 The National Security Agency would not have been barred from capturing communications between doctors and patients or attorneys and their clients during its controversial [illegal] warrantless surveillance program, the Justice Department told Congress Friday. Such communications normally receive special legal protections.
EU buries Guantanamo bay text 24 Mar 2006 Despite demands by the Netherlands and Belgium, the conclusions of a two-day EU summit in Brussels do not contain any reference to the US Guantanamo prison camp, but a press statement prepared by Vienna explicitly backs closure of the camp.
Italy responsible for rendition of 'terror' suspect 24 Mar 2006 European lawmakers probing alleged CIA actions in Europe said Thursday that Italy had helped the US to transport 'terror' suspects to other countries for interrogation.
Arar seeks probe of secret U.S. flights 24 Mar 2006 Maher Arar has told European legislators that he wants Canadian politicians to be more like them and probe secret U.S. flights that whisk terrorism suspects away to harsh prison conditions.
Rumsfeld Says U.S. Trainers May Be in Iraq in 2009 23 Mar 2006 U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on March 23 U.S. forces may still be in Iraq in 2009 to ['train Iraqi troops'] continue Halliburton's funding.
Battle for Baghdad 'has already started' 25 Mar 2006 The battle between Sunni and Shia Muslims for control of Baghdad has already started, say Iraqi political leaders who predict fierce street fighting will break out as each community takes over districts in which it is strongest.
Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Thursday, 23 March 2006. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice. [When will the 'Blue State Resistance Reports' begin? We are waiting...]
Bomb in Police Booth Kills 4 in Baghdad 25 Mar 2006 A bomb exploded in a booth for traffic police in north Baghdad Saturday, killing four civilians, police said.
Two Soldiers Killed in Anbar Province 24 Mar 2006 Two soldiers assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 28th Division, died due to enemy [resistance] action yesterday while operating in Iraq's Anbar province, Multinational Force Iraq officials announced today.
Fighting in Afghanistan Kills U.S. Soldier 25 Mar 2006 Afghan and U.S. troops backed up by American aircraft 'fought suspected Taliban rebels' in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, leaving one U.S. service member and an unknown number of militants dead, officials said.
Broken chain / Low-level soldiers take the rap for Abu Ghraib (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) 25 Mar 2006 "One more low-ranking soldier was found guilty this week of abusing prisoners at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq three years ago. Once again military brass supposedly in charge at the jail hunkered in their bunkers and let the enlisted forces take the heat... These soldiers and their commanders -- right up to Secretary Rumsfeld -- betrayed the very principles they went to Iraq to uphold."
Hussein's FM unveiled as double spy for French, CIA 24 Mar 2006 Saddam Hussein's last foreign minister was a paid spy for French intelligence, which later turned him over to the CIA for information about Iraq's secret weapon programs, The Washington Post reported Thursday.
Good versus evil isn't a strategy --Bush's worldview fails to see that in the Middle East, power politics is the key. By Madeleine Albright 24 Mar 2006 "Three years after the invasion of Iraq and the invention of the phrase 'axis of evil,' the administration now highlights the threat posed by Iran — whose radical government has been vastly strengthened by the invasion of Iraq. This is more tragedy than strategy, and it reflects the Manichean approach this administration has taken to the world. It is sometimes convenient, for purposes of rhetorical effect, for national leaders to talk of a globe neatly divided into good and bad. It is quite another, however, to base the policies of the world's most powerful nation upon that fiction."
Pentagon 'hedge' strategy targets China 17 Mar 2006 The Pentagon is moving strategic bombers to Guam and aircraft carriers and submarines to the Pacific as part of a new "hedge" strategy aimed at preparing for conflict with China, Pentagon officials said yesterday.
Judge Quashes Subpoena for TSA Lawyer 25 Mar 2006 The federal judge in the case of Zacarias Moussaoui quashed a subpoena Friday for the government lawyer whose conduct caused major problems for the prosecution.
CNN 'Quick Vote' 23 Mar 2006 'Do you agree with Charlie Sheen that the U.S. government covered up the real events of the 9/11 attacks?' [Poll snapshot: 08:34 EST 25 Mar 2006 Yes 83% 29461 votes; No 17% 5901 votes; Total: 35362 votes - Vote!! Then, sign CLG's petition: Petition to Senate to Investigate Oddities of 9/11 28,575 signatures]
FBI Whistleblower asks judge to withdraw 24 Mar 2006 An FBI whistleblower [Sibel Edmonds] is calling on the judge in her case to recuse himself, because his decision to keep his financial disclosure information private creates the appearance of a conflict of interest.
Israeli Software Firm Abandons U.S. Deal 24 Mar 2006 A leading Israeli software company [Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. of Ramat Gan] failed to resolve security objections by the Bush administration over its plans to buy a smaller U.S. technology rival and abruptly abandoned the $225 million deal.
San Antonio-area school board reverses book ban 24 Mar 2006 A suburban San Antonio school board has reversed the superintendent's ban of a critically acclaimed science fiction novel.
Near Paul Revere Country, Anti-Bush Cries Get Louder 25 Mar 2006 To drive through the mill towns and curling country roads here is to journey into New England's impeachment belt. Three of this state's 10 House members have called for the investigation and possible impeachment of President [sic] Bush.
Abramoff, ex-partner may be subpoenaed in slaying case 24 Mar 2006 A judge has approved subpoenas for former lobbyist Jack Abramoff and an ex-business partner to answer questions about the mob-style slaying of the owner of a gambling fleet they bought.
Cardinals Scramble to Defeat Abuse Bills 24 Mar 2006 Roman Catholic Church officials are putting a full-court press on Maryland legislators to reject bills that would extend the time allowed for victims of childhood sex abuse to file lawsuits against abusers and their employers.
Reichwing WashingtonPost.com Blogger Quits 14 Mar 2006 A new conservative blogger [Ben Domenech] for washingtonpost.com resigned Friday, a day after allegations surfaced that he had plagiarized movie reviews as a journalist in college.
Katrina Donation Earmarked for Bush Firm 24 Mar 2006 Former first lady Barbara Bush gave relief money to the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund on the condition that it be spent to buy 'educational' software from her son Neil's company, Ignite Learning.
Supporters rally behind McGee 26 Feb 2006 (MS) About 150 people gathered in support of Forrest County Sheriff Billy McGee on Sunday, outraged at federal charges against him stemming from a dispute over ice trucks in the days following Hurricane Katrina. Most who convened at the McLaurin Community Center added their signatures to a petition, which asserts that McGee acted in the best interests of residents when he seized a pair of 18-wheelers full of ice from Camp Shelby without Federal Emergency Management Agency authorization on Sept. 4. "We had diabetic people who hadn't been able to put their insulin on ice for three days," said Lee Behrens, 53, chief of the McLaurin Volunteer Fire Department. "If it was up to FEMA, those trucks would still be at Camp Shelby."
Charity TV marathon for 1984 hit --On Sunday, US music channel VH1 Classic will play Nena's 1984 hit 99 Red Balloons non-stop for an hour after a viewer pledged $35,000 (£20,000) for charity. 24 Mar 2006 The channel has been running a charity jukebox to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina... Also known as 99 Luftballons, the single tells the story of 99 red balloons floating into the air, triggering an apocalypse when the military sends planes to intercept them.
Drive launched against S. Dakota abortion ban 24 Mar 2006 Abortion-rights supporters launched a referendum drive on Friday to overturn a new South Dakota abortion ban passed as a challenge to the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized the practice.
Conn. May Drop Wal-Mart From Health Insurance Plan 24 Mar 2006 Comptroller Nancy Wyman wants Wal-Mart to guarantee that women will be able to get emergency contraception at all of its Connecticut pharmacies.
Conn. Bill Would Prohibit Discrimination Against Transgendered 24 Mar 2006 The Connecticut state Legislature is considering a bill that would prohibit discrimination against transgendered people.
Dissing Diebold 24 Mar 2006 Diebold, dubbed an "e-voting recidivist" by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, may soon be blocked from operating their voting machines in Maryland. Two weeks ago, the Maryland House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly to require paper ballots—not electronic voting machines—be used in this year's elections. The Maryland Senate will consider the measure any day now.
Court OKs bid to block burned tree logging 24 Mar 2006 An environmental group may proceed with its bid to block harvesting of burned trees in the El Dorado National Forest because forest managers have not adequately assessed the effect of the logging on the endangered California spotted owl, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday. The court also sharply criticized the U.S. Forest Service, saying the agency is putting potential timber profits ahead of environmental regulations.
Further proof Bush's corpora-terrorists want us dead: Government Won't Allow Mad Cow Tests; Meatpacker Sues 23 Mar 2006 A Kansas meatpacker sued the government on Thursday for refusing to let the company test for mad cow disease in every animal it slaughters. Creekstone Farms Premium Beef says it has Japanese customers who want comprehensive testing.
Now the Pentagon tells Bush: climate change will destroy us --Secret report warns of rioting and nuclear war --Britain will be 'Siberian' in less than 20 years --Threat to the world is greater than terrorism 22 Feb 2004 Climate change over the next 20 years could result in a global catastrophe costing millions of lives in wars and natural disasters. A secret report, suppressed by US defence chiefs and obtained by The Observer, warns that major European cities will be sunk beneath rising seas as Britain is plunged into a 'Siberian' climate by 2020. Nuclear conflict, mega-droughts, famine and widespread rioting will erupt across the world.
US-led forces round up whole Iraq village in security sweep 23 Mar 2006 The entire adult male population of a village west of Baghdad was rounded up in a major joint US-Iraqi operation against 'insurgents' that netted two "high value targets."
UN rights office urges Iraq to rein in death squads 23 Mar 2006 The United Nations has called on Iraqi authorities to rein in [Bush's] "death squads" allegedly operating within security forces and said it received regular reports of torture in detention centres.
More Journalists Killed in Iraq War Than in Vietnam Conflict 23 Mar 2006 More journalists and media staffers have been killed [by Bush's death squads] during the Iraq war than during any conflict since World War II, Reporters Without Borders said Monday, the third anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. A total of 84 reporters and media staffers have been killed in the Iraq war -- including eight this year -- according to a report by the Paris-based media advocacy group. That was more than the 63 journalists killed during 22 years of conflict in Vietnam, the statement said.
Reporters in Iraq under fire there, and from critics 23 Mar 2006 As they begin a fourth year covering the war in Iraq, journalists there face increasing threats to their safety and increasing criticism of their work.
Bombings Kill Another 35 People in Iraq 23 Mar 2006 Bombings in Baghdad on Thursday killed at least 35 people and wounded dozens, many of them children, while another 11 bodies were found throughout Iraq in the continuing string of shadowy 'sectarian' [*U.S.*] slayings.
58 Dead As Violence Continues in Iraq 23 Mar 2006 The U.S. military spokesman in Iraq asserted Thursday that major violence is largely confined to just three of the country's 18 provinces [?!?], but fighting there raged on with at least 58 people killed in execution-style slayings, bombings and gunbattles.
Danish soldier dies in Iraq bomb blast 23 Mar 2006 A Danish soldier was killed Thursday by a roadside bomb in southern Iraq, the army said. He was the third Danish soldier to die in the conflict.
Canadian, British peace hostages freed in Iraq 24 Mar 2006 Two Canadian hostages held in Iraq for nearly four months have been freed in a carefully planned military operation involving Canadian, British, American and Iraqi forces, local media reported Thursday.
Chavez: U.S. Has Been Routed in Iraq 22 Mar 2006 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Tuesday that U.S. troops have been routed by a strong resistance movement in Iraq, but haven't pulled out because officials in Washington won't acknowledge defeat.
Rumsfeld says he has no plans to step down 23 Mar 2006 Defense Secretary [War Criminal] Donald Rumsfeld says the calls for his resignation are prompted by "politics." Rumsfeld told a Pentagon news conference he remains "hard at the job, working hard." [Yes, it's a HARD job, f*cking over everything on the planet 24/7, save Halliburton, ExxonMobil, the terrorists at Blackwater USA, and his $5 mln Tamiflu stock portfolio.]
Bush's Uncle Earned Millions in War Firm Sale --An SEC filing shows William H.T. Bush collected about $1.9 million in cash, plus stock valued at $800,000, from the deal. 23 Mar 2006 As Dictator Bush embarks on a new effort to shore up public support for the war in Iraq, an uncle of the commander in chief [thief] is collecting $2.7 million in cash and stock from the recent sale of a company that profited from the war.
Closed hearing held in CIA abuse case 23 Mar 2006 A closed hearing was held Wednesday in U.S. District Court to decide what classified information defense lawyers may use during the trial of a former CIA contractor charged with assaulting an Afghan man who later died.
Abu Ghraib dog handler gets nearly six months in prison 23 Mar 2006 An Army dog handler received six months behind bars for using his snarling dog to torment Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib, but the sentence did not set a clear standard for other soldiers, observers said.
Impact of Detainee Act Debated in Court --Panel to Decide Whether It Has Jurisdiction Over Bids for Freedom 23 Mar 2006 Bush regime lawyers argued yesterday that a new law forces the dismissal of more than 200 lawsuits filed in federal courts on behalf of detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, urging a federal appellate court to instead adopt a far more limited process that still would give the prisoners access to judicial review.
Straw to demand release of 'MI5 man' in Guantanamo after U-turn 23 Mar 2006 In a foreign policy U-turn, Jack Straw has agreed to intervene in the case of a British resident who has been held in Guantanamo Bay for the past three years. The concession emerged during a court hearing yesterday after lawyers had alleged that the Iraqi-born businessman, who has lived in Britain since 1985, was an MI5 informer.
Pentagon weighs military tribunal rule 22 Mar 2006 The Pentagon is considering issuing a written rule barring the use of any evidence obtained through torture in the military trials of suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, a spokesman said Wednesday.
ABC News Exec: [and, entire population of the planet] 'Bush Makes Me Sick' 23 Mar 2006 A top producer at ABC NEWS declared "Bush makes me sick" in an email obtained by the DRUDGE REPORT. John Green, currently executive producer of the weekend edition of GOOD MORNING AMERICA, unloaded on the president in an ABC company email. "If he uses the 'mixed messages' line one more time, I'm going to puke," Green complained.
Oops! Sloppy CIA: American Arrested in Bolivian Bombings 22 Mar 2006 An American man and his Uruguayan girlfriend were arrested Wednesday after bombs severely damaged two low-budget hotels in Bolivia's capital, killing two people and injuring at least seven. Police initially said the blasts were "typical of terrorist crime," and President Evo Morales lost no time in denouncing them as an attack on Bolivia's democracy. "This American was putting bombs in hotels," Morales said. "The U.S. government fights terrorism, and they send us terrorists."
North Korea says U.S. does not have 'monopoly' on pre-emptive strike 21 Mar 2006 North Korea suggested Tuesday it had the ability to launch a pre-emptive attack on the United States, according to the North's official news agency.
Lords pass law against glorifying terrorism 23 Mar 2006 The long-running dispute between the Government and the House of Lords over new anti[pro]-terror laws ended yesterday when peers dropped their opposition to outlawing the glorification of terrorism.
U.K. Lords Pass Tony Blair's Terrorism Bill on Third Attempt 22 Mar 2006 The U.K. House of Lords, the upper chamber of parliament, passed Prime Minister Tony Blair's Terrorism Bill having previously rejected it twice.
U.S. Hiring Hong Kong Co. to Scan Nukes 23 Mar 2006 In the aftermath of the Dubai ports dispute, the Bush regime is hiring a Hong Kong conglomerate to help detect nuclear materials inside cargo passing through the Bahamas to the United States and elsewhere.
Kansas to let nuclear plant guards "shoot to kill" 22 Mar 2006 Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed a bill on Wednesday authorizing security guards to shoot to kill to protect the state's lone nuclear power plant. The law is called the "Nuclear Generating Facility Security Guard Act."
Dept. of Homeland Security Shoots Down Movie Script 22 Mar 2006 A Los Angeles screenwriter is claiming that the Department of Homeland Security has informed him that he may not use the agency's name "or any of the Department's official visual identities" in the script for his film, Lady Magdalene, despite the fact that the film presents a positive image of the DHS.
Feds used Patriot Act to investigate Clark County commissioners 23 Mar 2006 Federal investigators used the Patriot Act to obtain financial records while probing whether a strip club owner was funneling money and gifts to Clark County commissioners, according to testimony in an ongoing corruption trial.
High Court Trims Police Power to Search Homes 23 Mar 2006 The Supreme Court narrowed police search powers yesterday, ruling that officers must have a warrant to look for evidence in a couple's home unless both partners present agree to let them in.
Group Says NYPD Lying About GOP Arrests 23 Mar 2006 A civil liberties group accused police Wednesday of lying about the circumstances surrounding the arrests of hundreds of protesters during the Republican National Convention.
US web site sued for major privacy violations 23 Mar 2006 New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer [Gratis Internet] filed a lawsuit accusing a company of selling e-mail addresses in what he described as the largest deliberate breach of privacy in Internet history.
Government Lawyer Subpoenaed in Moussaoui Case --Carla J. Martin Caused Trial Delay After Violating Court Order 23 Mar 2006 A government lawyer whose misconduct threatened to derail the death penalty trial of Zacarias Moussaoui has been subpoenaed to testify at a court hearing about her conduct, sources familiar with the Moussaoui case said today.
Barbara Bush's donation aids son --Katrina funds earmarked to pay for Neil Bush's software program 22 Mar 2006 Former first lady Barbara Bush donated an undisclosed amount of money to the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund with specific instructions that the money be spent with an educational software company owned by her son Neil.
Bear Stearns warns against airline stocks due to 'imminent' bird flu 21 Mar 2006 Investment bank Bear Stearns has advised investors to start dumping airline and retail stocks in favour of blue-chip utilities as a hedge against bird flu, warning that a full human pandemic of the H5N1 virus could set off the worst global stock market crash since the 1930s.
Radioactive material found under N.Y. plant --High levels of strontium detected in groundwater near Hudson River 22 Mar 2006 High levels of a radioactive material — nearly three times the amount permitted in drinking water — were found in groundwater near the Hudson River beneath a nuclear plant, the owner said Tuesday.
Calif. Air Is Among Nation's Most Toxic --Only New York has a higher risk of cancer caused by airborne chemicals, the EPA says. 22 Mar 2006 Despite two decades of cleaning up carcinogenic fumes from cars and factories, Californians are breathing some of the most toxic air in the nation, with residents of Los Angeles and Orange counties exposed to a cancer risk about twice the national average.
Melting ice sheets could spur oceans' rise: study 23 Mar 2006 In an issue of the journal Science focusing on global warming, climate scientist Jonathan Overpeck of the University of Arizona reported that if global trends continue, Earth could ultimately see sea levels 20 feet higher than they are now.
New Studies Warn of Effects of Melting Polar Ice 23 Mar 2006 Within the next 100 years, the growing human influence on earth's climate could lead to a long and irreversible rise in sea levels by eroding Earth's vast polar ice sheets, according to new observations and analysis by several teams of scientists.
Bush Says U.S. Troops Will Stay in Iraq Past '08 --GOP Unrest Dismissed As Sign of Election Year 22 Mar 2006 President [sic] Bush acknowledged yesterday that the war in Iraq is dominating nearly every aspect of his presidency, and he served notice for the first time that he expects the decision on when all U.S. troops come home to fall on his successors.
28 killed in Iraq police station attack 21 Mar 2006 'Insurgents' stormed a jail in the Sunni Muslim heartland north of Baghdad, killing at least 17 police officers and a courthouse guard. Authorities said all 33 prisoners in the lockup were freed and 10 attackers were killed in the pre-dawn battle on Tuesday.
US troops hit by bombs, mortar attacks in Iraq 21 Mar 2006 U.S. troops were hit in separate roadside bombs and mortar attacks in western Iraq on Tuesday, causing casualties, local residents said.
Soldier Killed in Baghdad 21 Mar 2006 A U.S. soldier was killed in Baghdad Tuesday. A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier was killed by small-arms fire today while patrolling in western Baghdad.
Multiple wounds mark bodies of Iraqis killed in disputed U.S. raid 21 Mar 2006 Iraqi police investigating the deaths of 11 people in the town of Ishaqi after a U.S. military raid last week reported that each of the bodies bore multiple wounds, according to a preliminary report reviewed by Knight Ridder Newspapers. The report contradicted an Iraqi police commander's claim on Sunday that each of the dead had been shot once in the head.
US soldier guilty of abuse 22 Mar 2006 A court martial has found a US soldier guilty of assaulting and maltreating detainees with his guard dog at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad.
Former detainees describe life at Guantanamo Bay prison 21 Mar 2006 They described the horrific and the mundane. Stories of savage beatings, desperate hunger strikes, months in isolation. And interrogators who asked their favourite colour...
Iraq: The wages of chaos By Mark LeVine 01 Mar 2006 "It is clear that US Special Forces trained in Israel to prepare for the kind of 'Arab urban warfare' that Israel has extensive experience waging in the Occupied Territories. And evidence from Abu Ghraib and other detention centers reveals that the US has used many of the same coercive interrogation techniques deployed by Israel on Palestinian prisoners, much to the dismay of Israeli, Palestinian and international human-rights organizations."
A roster of the Iraq insurgency By Jonathan Finer 21 Mar 2006 "Long considered a fragmentary and disorganized collection of groups with varying tactics and aims, Iraq's insurgency [resistance fighters] is showing signs of increasing coordination, consolidation and confidence, those who study it now say. There is no consensus on the precise number of insurgent fighters, but estimates range from a few thousand to more than 50,000." [It's actually *millions,* if you include its sympathizers.]
Concern over 'explosion' in use of military-style SWAT teams in U.S. 21 Mar 2006 The recent killing of an unarmed Virginia doctor has raised concerns about what some say is an explosion in the use of military-style police Swat teams in the United States. Armed with assault rifles, stun grenades - even armoured personnel carriers - units once used only in highly volatile situations are increasingly being deployed on more routine police missions.
Man held for tossing harmless package at White House 22 Mar 2006 A man was taken into custody after throwing a suspicious package over the White House fence on Wednesday but no explosives were found, the Secret Service said.
Bird flu virus 'now in two forms' 21 Mar 2006 The H5N1 virus responsible for the current virulent strain of bird flu has evolved into two genetically distinct strains, US scientists have confirmed. [See: Killer flu recreated in the lab 07 Oct 2004 UK Scientists have shown that tiny changes to modern flu viruses could render them as deadly as the 1918 strain which killed millions. A US team added two genes from a sample of the 1918 virus to a modern strain known to have no effect on mice. Animals exposed to this composite were dying within days of symptoms similar to those found in human victims of the 1918 pandemic.]
Bird flu mutation 'adds to threat of human pandemic' 21 Mar 2006 The virus that causes bird flu has split into two distinct genetic subgroups, widening the gene pool from which a form that could trigger a human pandemic might evolve. [Military intelligence warns that avian flu could be used as weapon: report 08 Mar 2005 The military's intelligence arm has warned the federal government that avian influenza could be used as a weapon of bioterrorism, a heavily censored report suggests. It also reveals that military planners believe a naturally occurring flu pandemic may be imminent. The report, entitled Recent Human Outbreaks of Avian Influenza and Potential Biological Warfare Implications, was obtained under the Access to Information Act by The Canadian Press. It was prepared by the J2 Directorate of Strategic Intelligence, a secretive branch of National Defence charged with producing intelligence for the government. Note: this article has been pulled.]
OIE says some China bird flu vaccines ineffective 21 Mar 2006 China may be using some substandard poultry vaccines to fight bird flu that could allow birds to keep spreading the virus despite not showing symptoms, a top animal health expert said on Tuesday. [The deadly vaccines (The Bush regime has removed all liability for the pharma-terrorists) are Bush's ticket to get the dissenters into FEMA camps and KBR detention centres.]
Allowing the Drug Companies to Poison Our Children By Lewis Seiler & Dan Hamburg "Top Republican so-called leaders—Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) and House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL)—recently sold the future of our children to Big Pharma for a paltry $4 bucks a pop. That’s the additional cost to produce a safe vaccine, a vaccine minus the mercury-based preservative thimerosal... At the end of last year, President [sic] Bush signed the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREPA), granting blanket immunity to pharmaceutical companies for vaccine-induced injuries. The measure is a carte blanche for industry, allowing it even to reintroduce mercury in vaccines that are currently clean, and under the behest of the World Health Organization, to continue shipping tainted vaccine to the 'developing world.'"
Here come the quarantines: Schools urged to prepare for bird flu --How will students be taught if classes are shut down during pandemic? 22 Mar 2006 Who coordinates decisions on closing schools or quarantining kids? [Halliburton!] If classes shut down for weeks, how will a district keep kids from falling behind? Who will keep the payroll running, or ease the fear of parents [They need to fear Bush's Waffen-SS, who will come to haul Leftists away], or provide food to children who count on school meals? [Halliburton to the rescue! You can be sure, Cheney Halliburton is coordinating the quarantines, FEMA camps and KBR detention centres, even as we speak. Halliburton has been caught providing unsafe water and rotten food to U.S. troops in Iraq - can you imagine Halliburton coordinating U.S. security, food, and water during a bird flu pandemic? See below.]
Bird flu virus confirmed in central Stockholm 21 Mar 2006 Two wild swans found in central Stockholm last week died of the highly pathogenic strain of H5 bird flu.
Bird flu kills five in Azerbaijan 22 Mar 2006 The bird flu deaths of five people in Azerbaijan have pushed the world total human deaths from H5N1 past 100, the World Health Organization said yesterday.
Newspaper sues for documents in NSA wiretap case 21 Mar 2006 The company that publishes the Oregonian newspaper in Portland has filed a motion in U.S. District Court in Oregon to unseal documents in a pending case that alleges the Bush administration illegally intercepted international phone conversations between the codirector of an Islamic charity and his two lawyers in the United States.
N.Y.C. police commissioner orders 505 surveillance cameras 21 Mar 2006 New Yorkers, get ready for your closeup. The NYPD is installing 505 surveillance cameras around the city - and pushing to safeguard lower Manhattan with a "ring of steel" that could track hundreds of thousands of people and cars a day, authorities revealed yesterday.
FBI ripped for IT upgrade costs 21 Mar 2006 The FBI squandered $10.1 million on "questionable contractor costs"--including custom-made ink pens and highlighters--and another $7.6 million on missing equipment while upgrading its computer systems, government auditors reported.
F.B.I. Agent Testifies Superiors Didn't Pursue Moussaoui Case 21 Mar 2006 The F.B.I. agent who arrested and interrogated Zacarias Moussaoui just weeks before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks told a jury on Monday how he had tried repeatedly to get his superiors in Washington to help confirm his certainty that Mr. Moussaoui was involved in an imminent terrorist airline hijacking plot.
Supervisor: I Never Read Moussaoui Memo 21 Mar 2006 The headquarters supervisor [now retired, Michael Rolince] of the FBI's international terrorism operations section testified Tuesday he had never read an Aug. 18, 2001, memo in which an agent proposed a full criminal investigation of Zacarias Moussaoui as a possible terrorist airplane hijacker.
Actor Charlie Sheen Questions Official 9/11 Story --Calls for truly independent investigation, joins growing ranks of prominent credible whistleblowers By Alex Jones & Paul Joseph Watson 20 Mar 2006 "Actor Charlie Sheen has joined a growing army of other highly credible public figures in questioning the official story of 9/11 and calling for a new independent investigation of the attack and the circumstances surrounding it."
Blair and the £14m questions --Scotland Yard is now investigating Labour's secret loans scandal. So how serious is it for the Prime Minister, a key mover in the affair? 22 Mar 2006 1. Why did the Labour Party need to raise £14m in the first place? And why was this money raised as loans rather than gifts?...
Court-at-law recount suspended --Electronic machines not providing all info 21 Mar 2006 On orders from the Texas Secretary of State’s office, the recount for the Tom Green County Court-at-Law No. 2 race has been suspended midway through its second day. About 1:30 p.m. today, county Republican Chairman Dennis McKerley stopped the recount after workers found discrepancies of as much as 20 percent between what was counted Monday and what was reported Election Night.
Voter group sues to keep Diebold from Calif elections 21 Mar 2006 A group of voters sued the state of California and 18 counties on Tuesday in a bid to prevent those counties from using Diebold Election Systems' electronic 'voting' machines in November's general election.
Sen. Bowen comments on Diebold lawsuit 22 Mar 2006 The non-profit group Voter Action filed a lawsuit today in San Francisco Superior Court against Secretary of State Bruce McPherson, asking the court to reverse the Secretary’s decision to re-certify the Diebold TSx electronic voting machine for use in California... Senator Debra Bowen (D-Redondo Beach), the chairwoman of the Senate Elections, Reapportionment & Constitutional Amendments Committee, has been arguing for over a month that the Secretary of State’s February 17 decision to re-certify the Diebold system for use in California violated state law.
Rewriting The Science (CBS) 19 Mar 2006 "As a government scientist, James Hansen is taking a risk. He says there are things the White House doesn't want you to hear but he's going to say them anyway. Hansen is arguably the world's leading researcher on global warming. He's the head of NASA's top institute studying the climate. But this imminent scientist tells correspondent Scott Pelley that the Bush administration is restricting who he can talk to and editing what he can say. Politicians, he says, are rewriting the science."
Bush Using Straw-Man Arguments in Speeches 18 Mar 2006 (AP) "Some look at the challenges in Iraq and conclude that the war is lost and not worth another dime or another day," President [sic] Bush said recently. Another time he said, "Some say that if you're Muslim you can't be free." "There are some really decent people," Bush said earlier this year, "who believe that the federal government ought to be the decider of health care ... for all people." Of course, hardly anyone in mainstream political debate has made such assertions...
Grants Flow to Bush Allies --On Social Issues Federal Programs Direct At Least $157 Million 22 Mar 2006 Under the auspices of its religion-based initiatives and other federal programs, the Bush administration has funneled at least $157 million in grants to organizations run by political and ideological allies, according to federal grant documents and interviews.
IRS plan would allow sale of tax data to marketers 21 Mar 2006 The Internal Revenue Service is quietly moving to loosen the once-inviolable privacy of federal income-tax returns. If it succeeds, accountants and other tax-return preparers for the first time would be able to sell information from individual returns -- or even entire returns -- to marketers and data brokers.
Penn. bill would shackle child molesters for life --Senate panel OKs measure that also mandates 25-year prison terms 22 Mar 2006 Big Brother might soon descend upon child molesters in a big way under a bill proposed by state Sen. Jane Orie, R-McCandless. The bill, which yesterday passed the Senate Judiciary Committee, would require sex offenders who prey on children to serve at least 25 years in prison and to wear global positioning devices for life.
Humans Spur Worst Extinctions Since Dinosaurs 21 Mar 2006 Humans are responsible for the worst spate of extinctions since the dinosaurs and must make unprecedented extra efforts to reach a goal of slowing losses by 2010, a U.N. report said on Monday.
Halliburton lands $72 million in bonuses 10 May 2005
Bush advance staff impersonated reporters: W Post 18 Mar 2006 The White House said it would discipline two government employees who impersonated journalists in advance of a trip by U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush to the Gulf Coast, The Washington Post said on Saturday... Elaine Akins told the newspaper she and her husband Jerry were initially told by the two men that they were Fox News journalists, but that they later identified themselves as Secret Service agents. [Is there a f*cking difference? Meanwhile, Bush has been impersonating the president.]
Advance Workers for Bush Impersonated Reporters 18 Mar 2006 The White House said yesterday that it will discipline two government employees [Yeah, right!] who masqueraded as journalists this month while scouting locations for a presidential visit to the Gulf Coast. [What are they going to do to the guy who's masquerading as president?]
Genetic differences of H5N1 strains viewed 20 Mar 2006 Analyses of H5N1 Southeast Asian bird flu samples shows the two strains causing human disease are related and belong to two distinct genetic subgroups. "As the virus continues its geographic expansion, it is also undergoing genetic diversity expansion," said Rebecca Garten, a researcher on the study. "Back in 2003 we only had one genetically distinct population of H5N1 with the potential to cause a human pandemic. Now we have two." [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.]
Bird flu likely in US this year: gov't 20 Mar 2006 Bush regime officials said on Monday it was "increasingly likely" that bird flu would be detected in the United States as early as this year but added it would not mean the start of a human pandemic. [See: Rumsfeld's growing stake in Tamiflu 31 Oct 2005]
Bird flu spreads to two more Israel communities 20 Mar 2006 On Monday morning veterinarians from the Agriculture Ministry reported that bird flu had in all likelihood spread to two more Israeli communities in the western Negev.
NSA may have mined more data from taps 20 Mar 2006 The National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program may have been broader than previously described. On February 28, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales sent Senate Judicial Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., a six-page letter "to clarify" some of his responses in Feb. 6 testimony to the committee. In the letter, "Gonzales didn't say that Justice had contemplated the legality of purely domestic eavesdropping without a warrant, but he also didn't say it hadn't," National Journal reported Monday.
Increase in Contracting Intelligence Jobs Raises Concerns 20 Mar 2006 ...These positions and thousands like them are part of a growing trend at the Pentagon to contract out intelligence jobs that were formerly done primarily by service personnel and civil service employees. But, by using contract employees, government agencies lose control over those doing this sensitive work and an element of profit is inserted into what is being done. Also, as investigations have revealed, politics and corruption may be introduced into the process.
Multiple Layers of Contractors Drive Up Cost of Katrina Cleanup 20 Mar 2006 Last Thursday, Congress's independent auditor, the Government Accountability Office, said inadequate oversight had cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars, by allowing contractors to build shelters in the wrong places or to purchase supplies that were not needed... In instances reviewed by The Washington Post, the difference between the job's actual price and the fee charged to taxpayers ranged from 40 percent to as high as 1,700 percent. [Halliburton in action, your tax dollars at work!]
Cheney says he won't resign, will serve out [what should be his prison] term 19 Mar 2006 Vice pResident Dick Cheney, a lightning rod for criticism about Bush regime policies, on Sunday rejected the notion of resigning and said he would serve out his term. [Hopefully, his treason trial will begin before his term is completed. Why is this monster still in office? He should be impeached, tried for treason and sent to an Abu Ghraib of his and Halliburton's own making!]
Congress probes 'IoS' revelations on IRA link to Iraq 19 Mar 2006 A new cloud hangs over the legacy of the Troubles and the alleged role played in a number of deaths by both American and British security agencies. A new political storm may erupt over how and why FBI officials and MI5 operatives conspired to supply deadly bomb-making equipment to the Provisional IRA in the early 1990s, mechanisms the paramilitary organisation later shared with Palestinian fighters. Today in Iraq the same technology is being used by 'insurgents' to kill and maim British and American soldiers.
Iraqi diplomat gave U.S. prewar WMD details --Saddam Hussein's foreign minister told CIA the truth, so why didn't agency listen? 20 Mar 2006 NBC News has learned that for a short time the CIA had contact with a secret source [Naji Sabri] at the highest levels within Saddam Hussein’s government, who gave them information far more accurate than what they believed... In the weeks following September 2002, after first contact with Sabri was made in New York, the agency kept much of his information concealed within its ranks.
Iraq War Enters 4th Year With More Deaths 20 Mar 2006 Suspected 'insurgents' marked the third anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq Monday with roadside bombings that killed at least seven policemen, and authorities reported finding 10 more bullet-riddled bodies dumped in the capital, one of them a 13-year-old girl. The violence took up where it left off Sunday when at least 35 people died.
Navy investigators probe civilian deaths in Iraq 20 Mar 2006 The Naval Criminal Investigative Service has sent a team of investigators to Iraq, including forensics experts, to investigate the reports that U.S. Marines indiscriminately killed 15 civilians, including some women and children, during a firefight in Haditha, Iraq, in November.
How long does U.S. plan to stay in Iraq? 20 Mar 2006 Are the Americans here to stay? A is sure of it as he looks around Balad. "I think we'll be here forever," 19-year-old Air Force mechanic Josh Remy from Wilkes-Barre, Pa., told a visitor to his base. The Iraqi people suspect the same. Strong majorities tell pollsters they'd like to see a timetable for U.S. troops to leave, but believe Washington plans to keep military bases in their country.
Iraq War Protesters Arrested Near Pentagon 20 Mar 2006 Fifty-one Iraq war protesters who said they wanted to deliver a mock coffin to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld were arrested Monday after crossing a temporary barrier near the Pentagon.
Peers inflict fourth ID card defeat on government 20 Mar 2006 The government suffered another defeat in the Lords today over its plans for identity cards. It is the fourth time the government has been overruled by the Lords on the issue of linking ID cards with passport applications from 2008.
Terrorism raid on jail and homes: police accused 21 Mar 2006 Police have raided homes in Sydney and inmates' cells at Goulburn prison in a fresh counter-terrorism swoop. The Herald learned that the raids - orchestrated by ASIO, the Australian Federal Police and NSW police - resulted in the seizure of several documents, including notes made by the terrorist suspect Omar Baladjam. His lawyer, Greg Walsh, said the seizure was a serious breach of legal privilege.
Go directly to Guantanamo! It's Patriot Act board game 18 Mar 2006 In this send-up of the famous "Monopoly" board game, players don't go directly to jail; they go to Guantanamo Bay. They don't lose cash by landing on certain squares; instead they lose civil liberties. A scowling former Attorney General John Ashcroft dominates the center of the board, replacing the "Mr. Monopoly" character... Designed by a New Jersey graphic artist and Arab civil rights advocate, "Patriot Act: The Home Version" pokes fun at "the historic abuse of governmental powers" by the recently renewed anti[pro]-terrorism law.
US government set Osama bin Laden free! (theinsider.org) "A new study of the war on Afghanistan, which documents statements from key US military personnel, reveals that the US government caught Osama bin Laden but then set him free."
Paramedic who worked at WTC morgue dies of respiratory illness 20 Mar 2006 A paramedic who worked at a morgue for months after the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center was buried Monday after dying of an asbestos-related cancer. Deborah Reeve, a 17-year paramedic, died on March 15 of mesothelioma, a lung cancer associated with exposure to asbestos, her family said. A pending lawsuit alleges more than 20 deaths have been linked to ground zero exposure.
Bush signs debt limit increase to $8.965 trillion [for Halliburton] 20 Mar 2006 Dictator George W. Bush on Monday signed into law a $781 billion increase in U.S. borrowing authority, making the Treasury Department's new debt limit $8.965 trillion, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said.
Cyclone hits Australia 'like atomic bomb' 20 Mar 2006 Cyclone Larry pounded northeastern Queensland state early Monday with winds gusting to 290 kilometers per hour (180 mph)... Larry was the most powerful cyclone to lash Australia's east coast in decades.
Another Cyclone Heads For Australia 20 Mar 2006 Forecasters warned that a Category 2 cyclone was heading for Australia's eastern coast on Tuesday just as residents took stock of devastation wreaked by what officials said was the most powerful cyclone to hit the country in three decades.
US Northeast due for major hurricane: AccuWeather 20 Mar 2006 The 2006 hurricane season will be more active than normal and could bring a devastating storm to the U.S. Northeast, private forecaster AccuWeather said on Monday.
Iraqi police report details civilians' executions at hands of U.S. troops 19 Mar 2006 Iraqi police have accused American troops of executing 11 people, including a 75-year-old woman and a 6-month-old infant, in the aftermath of a raid last Wednesday on a house about 60 miles north of Baghdad. The villagers were killed after American troops herded them into a single room of the house, according to a police document obtained by Knight Ridder Newspapers. The soldiers also burned three vehicles, killed the villagers' animals and blew up the house, the document said.
Iraqi [U.S.] Death Squads Engage in Dirty War --Gunmen, Militias Allegedly [?] Part of [U.S.-installed] Interior Ministry, Police 10 Mar 2006 While many Americans may be under the impression that most violence here is from car bombs and improvised explosive devices, experts say most murders are executions. John Pace, the former director of the United Nations' human rights office in Baghdad, said up to 2,000 are being executed a month -- handcuffed, shot in the head. Six more were discovered in Baghdad this morning. "Certainly, the Ministry of Interior is well-known to be responsible for this kind of summary execution and torture," Pace said, "and also the militias." Militias, such as the Badr Brigades, work within the Interior Ministry. [Up to 2,000 executed a month? It's becoming obvious that it's far worse under the illegitimate Bush dictatorship than under Saddam Hussein's Iraq.]
Former Iraqi torture chambers converted for U.S. 19 Mar 2006 An elite US Special Operations forces unit has converted one of Saddam Hussein's former military bases near Baghdad into a top-secret detention centre and used one of the former Iraqi leader's torture chambers as its own interrogation cell, The New York Times reported yesterday.
In Secret Unit's 'Black Room,' a Grim Portrait of U.S. Torture 19 Mar 2006 As the Iraqi insurgency intensified in early 2004, an elite Special Operations forces unit converted one of Saddam Hussein's former military bases near Baghdad into a top-secret detention center. There, American soldiers made one of the former Iraqi government's torture chambers into their own interrogation cell. They named it the Black Room.
Revelations add to picture of US torture 20 Mar 2006 As the Iraqi insurgency intensified in early 2004, an elite US special operations forces unit converted one of Saddam Hussein's former military bases near Baghdad into a top-secret prison. There, US soldiers turned a former government torture chamber into their own interrogation cell, calling it the Black Room.
'Iraq was awash in cash. We played football with bricks of $100 bills' 20 Mar 2006 At the beginning of the Iraq war, the UN entrusted $23bn of Iraqi money to the US-led occupation to redevelop the country. With the infrastructure of the country still in ruins, where has all that money gone? Callum Macrae and Ali Fadhil report one of the greatest financial scandals of all time
American general says troops will remain "a couple more years" 19 Mar 2006 The top U.S. commander in Iraq says he expects "a couple more years of" the American military operations in Iraq, with a gradual decline in troop numbers.
Most Australians want troops out 20 Mar 2006 The overwhelming majority of Australians - 65 per cent - want troops to be withdrawn from Iraq either immediately or, at the latest, when their mission providing security for the Japanese humanitarian mission ends in May, according to a poll.
Rumsfeld: Leaving Iraq like giving Nazis Germany [*INVADING* Iraq was like giving Nazis Germany.] Leaving Iraq now would be the same as handing postwar Germany back to the Nazis, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in a column published on Sunday, as retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton called Rumsfeld incompetent and urged him to resign.
Soldiers going Awol have trebled since the invasion of Iraq 19 Mar 2006 The number of soldiers absconding from the British Army has trebled since the invasion of Iraq, raising fears that the military is facing a crisis in morale... Ministers are planning to tackle the "refusenik" problem by introducing a new definition of desertion in the Armed Forces Bill now going through Parliament. Soldiers could now face life imprisonment if they refuse to take part in the occupation of a foreign country - a move thought to be directly linked to concerns over Iraq.
Deaths Continue As Iraq War Enters Year 4 19 Mar 2006 As the Iraq war entered its fourth year, nearly 1,500 U.S. and Iraqi soldiers on Sunday sought to root out insurgents from farming villages an hour's drive north of the capital, and at least 35 people died in insurgent and sectarian violence nationwide.
Tequesta council member wants resolution opposing Iraq war, seeking Bush's impeachment 19 Mar 2006 (FL) Incoming Tequesta Councilman Basil Dalack is proposing a village (6,500 residents) resolution calling for the immediate withdrawal of American forces from Iraq and the impeachment of President [sic] George W. Bush.
Three Crazy Things Democratic Politicians Believe By Cenk Uygur 17 Mar 2006 "The latest poll of independents has President [sic] Bush's approval rating at 23%. Milosevic had better numbers in Croatia. But Democrats explained that's because Croatian centrists rallied to Slobodan's defense when the World Court tried to censure him... Amazing fact: Nineteen Democratic Senators who are still in the Senate voted to censure Bill Clinton for receiving oral sex, but those same Senators are now refusing to censure President Bush for breaking a federal law and ignoring Congress."
Belarussian leader labels Bush "terrorist no. 1" 19 Mar 2006 Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko, derided in Washington for running "Europe's last dictatorship", hit back on Sunday by denouncing U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush as "terrorist No. 1 on the planet".
Chavez blasts Bush as "donkey" and "drunkard" 19 Mar 2006 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Sunday lobbed a litany of insults at U.S. Dictator George W. Bush ranging from "donkey" to "drunkard" in response to a White House report branding the Venezuelan leader a demagogue.
Smallpox Drill Held at White House Complex 18 Mar 2006 Cabinet secretaries participated in a drill Saturday that simulated a smallpox attack as the government tested plans to counter the potential use of bioweapons by [Bush's] terrorists.
U.S. puts machine-guns on Great Lakes coast guard vessels 15 Mar 2006 For the first time since 1817, U.S. Coast Guard vessels on the Great Lakes are being outfitted with weapons – machine-guns capable of firing 600 bullets a minute.
NYC cops used covert tactics, 'proactive arrests' at protests 17 Mar 2006 In five internal reports made public Thursday as part of a lawsuit, New York City police commanders candidly discuss how they had successfully used "proactive arrests," covert surveillance and psychological tactics at political demonstrations in 2002, and recommend those approaches be employed at future gatherings.
Losers Go to Guantanamo In Patriot Act Board Game 18 Mar 2006 In the Patriot Act board game, players don't go to jail -- they go to Guantanamo Bay. A send-up up of the "Monopoly" board game is poking fun at the anti-terrorism law recently renewed. But the New Jersey graphic artist and Arab civil rights advocate who designed the game said the message is serious: The loss of civil liberties makes everyone a loser.
W.House pushes more schools to drug-test students 19 Mar 2006 Student athletes, musicians and others who participate in after school activities could increasingly be subject to random drug testing under a program promoted by the Bush regime.
Time running out for Martin County FEMA trailer residents 19 Mar 2006 (FL) Martin County officials are telling Lee Staugaitis time almost is up for her family to stay in the travel trailer that the Federal Emergency Management Agency placed alongside the wreckage of their home three months ago.
Major Changes Raise Concerns on Pension Bill 19 Mar 2006 ...Companies also persuaded lawmakers to add dozens of specific measures, including a multibillion-dollar escape clause for the nation’s airlines and a special exemption for the makers of Smithfield Farms hams. As a result, the bill now being completed in a House-Senate conference committee would weaken it, according to a little-noticed analysis by the government’s pension agency.
Health care now free for elderly in Chile 17 Mar 2006 The new entitlement mostly affects those older than 60 with small pensions...
Man Who Attacked Rosa Parks Offers Apology --Man who attacked Rosa Parks in 1994 offers another apology and seeks redemption 19 Mar 2006 A man who beat civil rights icon Rosa Parks and took $53 from her during a break-in at her Detroit home in 1994 says he dreams of redemption.
Nuclear Reactors Found to Be Leaking Radioactive Water 17 Mar 2006 Several nuclear power plants have been discovered to be leaking radioactive water into the ground... In a survey of all 10 of its nuclear plants, the Exelon Corporation found tritium in the ground at two others.
Exelon kept leaks quiet, files show 19 Mar 2006 Exelon officials took several steps that for years kept the public in the dark about radioactive tritium spills at a Will County nuclear power plant and the groundwater contamination the spills caused, public records obtained by the Tribune show.
Oil Spill Raises Concerns on Pipeline Maintenance 20 Mar 2006 An oil spill this month in Alaska, the largest ever on the North Slope, has raised new concerns among state and federal regulators about whether BP has been properly maintaining its aging network of wells, pumps and pipelines that crisscross the tundra.
Super cyclone hits northeastern Australia 19 Mar 2006 A super cyclone smashed into tropical northeastern Australia, with winds of up to 290 kilometers an hour (180 mph) ripping up trees and toppling power lines. Tropical Cyclone Larry was upgraded to the top category five shortly before it hit land near Innisfail in the far north of Queensland state, the Queensland weather bureau said.
Second Human Bird Flu Case Found in Egypt 19 Mar 2006 Egypt reported its second human case of avian flu Sunday, and Israel continued its slaughter of hundreds of thousands of birds while waiting to learn if the disease had spread to poultry.
Pentagon hired contractor to advise on collecting information on churches, mosques, other U.S. sites 17 Mar 2006 A Pentagon intelligence agency that kept files on American anti-war activists hired one of the contractors who bribed former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, R-Calif., to help it collect data on houses of worship, schools, power plants and other locations in the United States.
Carlyle Group explores acquisition of port operations 10 Mar 2006 Private equity firm [Bush bin Laden terrorism facilitator] The Carlyle Group established a team to acquire public-purpose facilities such as ports a day after a United Arab Emirates company said it would transfer newly acquired operations at American ports to a U.S. organization. D.C.-based Carlyle Group announced an eight-person team would invest in public-purpose infrastructure projects such as ports, transportation and water facilities, airports, bridges and stadiums.
Bird flu plan 'may spread virus' --British measures to deal with an outbreak have been attacked as likely to promote wider infection 18 Mar 2006 Farmers will be free to move birds out of areas hit by avian flu, with permission from a vet, under British plans to deal with an outbreak of the disease.
British airports handled 73 CIA flights 18 Mar 2006 Aircraft suspected of being used by the CIA for "extraordinary rendition" - the practice of sending detainees to camps, including Guantánamo Bay, where they were at risk of being tortured - passed through British airports on 73 occasions since 2001, the government disclosed yesterday.
Ahern seeks more US transparency on Shannon CIA flights 18 Mar 2006 (Ire.) The Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said that he would prefer if the US were more transparent on the nature of their military flights through Shannon.
Pentagon opens probe on Halliburton water contract: senator 17 Mar 2006 The Defense Department inspector general has opened a probe into allegations that US troops were provided contaminated water under a contract with Halliburton, a US lawmaker said.
Ex-Halliburton worker: Troops' water was unsafe 17 Mar 2006 The Pentagon's official watchdog will investigate allegations by Halliburton Co. water experts that their company endangered U.S. troops in Iraq by failing to provide safe water. The most serious allegation came from the company's water-treatment manager in the war zone whose internal report said troops and civilians in Iraq were left vulnerable to "mass sickness or death." A former Halliburton water expert who found contamination at the Ramadi base a year ago said he was told by superiors not to advise the military or senior company officials of his discovery.
Cost of Iraq war could surpass $1 trillion --Estimates vary, but all agree price is far higher than initially expected 17 Mar 2006 The tab for the Iraq war [Halliburton] grows by at least $200 million each and every day... Even if the U.S. exits Iraq within another three years, total direct and indirect costs to U.S. taxpayers will likely by more than $400 billion, and one estimate puts the total economic impact at up to $2 trillion.
House approves $67 bln for wars 16 Mar 2006 The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday easily approved $67 billion that President [sic] George W. Bush sought for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, bringing the wars' costs so far to nearly $400 billion; $19 billion for the Gulf Coast, bringing that to about $90 billion, and $4.1 billion in emergency foreign aid [to other Reichwing dictatorships]. Conservative Republicans tried to strip the hurricane funds...
1,000 more sailors expected to join ground forces in Iraq 17 Mar 2006 U.S. to pull planes, copters from Iceland base Three years after Baghdad fell, the Navy is poised to dramatically increase the number of sailors in Iraq and Afghanistan, filling gaps in Army and Marine Corps units.
Two US soldiers killed, one wounded in Iraq attack 18 Mar 2006 Two U.S. soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division were killed and another wounded in an attack northwest of Tikrit on March 16, the U.S. military said in a statement on Saturday.
Oops! Iraq operation fails to find insurgents 18 Mar 2006 US and Iraqi forces have spent a second day hunting for 'insurgents' in villages and fields north of the capital Baghdad.
On Scene: How Operation Swarmer Fizzled --Not a shot was fired, or a leader nabbed, in a major offensive that failed to live up to its advance billing 17 Mar 2006 By Brian Bennett/Al Jallam "...[C]ontrary to what many many television networks erroneously reported, the operation was by no means the largest use of airpower since the start of the war. ('Air Assault' is a military term that refers specifically to transporting troops into an area.) In fact, there were no airstrikes and no leading insurgents were nabbed in an operation that some skeptical military analysts described as little more than a photo op. What’s more, there were no shots fired at all and the units had met no resistance, said the U.S. and Iraqi commanders."
Protests under way on Iraq war anniversary --Demonstrations planned across globe three years after U.S.-led invasion 18 Mar 2006 Thousands of anti-war protesters marched in Australia, Turkey and Asian countries at the start of global demonstrations Saturday, as campaigners marked the third anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq with a demand that 'coalition' [occupation] troops pull out.
'Crash' director to lead Hollywood anti-Iraq war protest 17 Mar 2006 Paul Haggis, the Canadian director of "Crash", this year's Oscar winner for best picture, will lead a protest in Hollywood this weekend against the war in Iraq, now three years old, organizers said.
5 Ambushed, Killed in Eastern Afghanistan 18 Mar 2006 Suspected Taliban resistance fighters shot and killed an influential former governor and four others Saturday in an ambush in eastern Afghanistan, police said.
Huge energy reserves 'found' in Afghanistan 17 Mar 2006 Two geological basins in northern Afghanistan hold 18 times the oil and triple the natural gas resources 'previously thought,' [Yeah, right!] scientists said yesterday as part of a U.S. assessment aimed at enticing energy development in the country.
Pentagon to weigh in on US rocket-launch merger 16 Mar 2006 Pentagon officials will present long-awaited recommendations on Friday on a proposed merger of the struggling government-rocket launch arms of Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp., the two biggest U.S. defense contractors, a top Pentagon official said Thursday.
Deranged, Disconnected, and Dangerous By William Rivers Pitt 17 Mar 2006 "The man [George W. Bush] is deranged, disconnected, dangerous. It appears, finally, that a significant portion of the country now sees this clearly. Only 33% of Americans, according to the latest Pew poll, approve of Mr. Bush and the job he is doing."
Terrorism hotline callers may be monitored 18 Mar 2006 (Aus.) It has been revealed that new legislation introduced into Federal Parliament would allow phone and email taps of people who call the terrorism hotline. The legislation was introduced last month and a Senate inquiry began this week into the laws.
Tougher law urged after man jailed for terror links 18 Mar 2006 A judge yesterday called for tougher sentences for terrorism offences as he jailed a man said to be a "quartermaster" for jihadists allegedly linked to al-Qaida.
Terror lab still unbuilt four years after funding --Called priority, completion may be '08 18 Mar 2006 (PA) Almost four years after the project was launched, the Allegheny County Health Department is still waiting for its sophisticated lab with bioterror testing capability to be built.
Ginsburg Faults GOP Critics, Cites a Threat From 'Fringe' 17 Mar 2006 Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg assailed the court's congressional critics in a recent speech overseas, saying their efforts "fuel" an "irrational fringe" that threatened her life and that of a colleague, former justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
Lawyers: Coaching Was to Aid 9/11 Airlines 17 Mar 2006 Lawyers for two airlines being sued by 9/11 victims prompted a federal attorney to coach witnesses in the Zacarias Moussaoui death penalty trial so the government's case against the al-Qaida conspirator would not undercut their defense, victims' lawyers allege.
U.S. Lawyer in Terrorism Trial Suggests She Didn't Act Alone 17 Mar 2006 Government lawyer Carla J. Martin suggested Thursday that she did not act alone in allegedly tampering with government witnesses in the sentencing trial of terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui.
Judge turns down tampering probe in 9/11 civil case 17 Mar 2006 A federal judge overseeing civil lawsuits related to the Sept. 11 attacks refused Friday to investigate whether those cases may have been tainted by a government attorney whose actions have come under scrutiny in the Zacarias Moussaoui trial.
Blair's party declares big loans in UK sleaze row 17 Mar 2006 A sleaze row threatening British Prime Minister Tony Blair gained momentum on Friday when his Labour party said it had received 14 million pounds ($25 million) in previously undeclared loans from individuals.
How to Steal an Election 16 Mar 2006 It's easier to rig an electronic voting machine than a Las Vegas slot machine, says University of Pennsylvania visiting professor Steve Freeman. That's because Vegas slots are better monitored and regulated than America's voting machines, Freeman writes in a book out in July that argues, among other things, that President [sic] Bush may owe his 2004 win to an unfair vote count.
Senate panel to OK ANWR drilling bill by mid-May 17 Mar 2006 The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will approve legislation by mid-May to open Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, according to the panel's chairman.
Relaxed Emission Rules Are lllegal, Court Says 18 Mar 2006 A federal appeals court blocked the Bush regime's four-year effort to loosen emission rules for aging coal-fired power plants, unanimously ruling yesterday that the changes violated the Clean Air Act and that only Congress could authorize such revisions.
S. Dakota abortion ban may affect tourism --Boycotts of Mount Rushmore, state's No. 1 attraction, threatened 17 Mar 2006 The superintendent of Mount Rushmore was surprised at first when people from all over the country started calling up to express their opinion about South Dakota’s ban on nearly all abortions.
LAPD Chief Won't Give Details on Consultants 17 Mar 2006 Over the last two years, Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton has used more than $1 million in grants to hire longtime friends and former business associates as LAPD consultants, and now refuses to tell the City Council exactly what work was performed.
US Marines investigated for Iraq war crimes 17 Mar 2006 About a dozen US Marines are being investigated for possible war crimes after the deaths last year of 15 Iraqi civilians caught in the crossfire during a gun battle with resistance fighters.
New U.N. Human Rights Council created over U.S. objections 16 Mar 2006 The General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to replace the U.N.'s discredited human rights body with a new Human Rights Council, ignoring U.S. objections that not enough was done to prevent abusive countries from becoming members.
Human rights defeat for US 16 Mar 2006 America's attempt to derail a new human rights body for the United Nations was foiled in a landslide vote yesterday, with nations as diverse as Britain and Cuba ignoring Washington's plea for rejection. In an unusual display of near-unanimity, the world body voted 170-4 to create a Human Rights Council to replace its discredited predecessor, the Commission on Human Rights.
CIA-linked jet landing questioned 16 Mar 2006 The mysterious American jet that set Maher Arar en route to a grim Syrian prison visited Canada this week, prompting new questions about landings by aircraft linked to U.S. intelligence.
MI5, Camp Delta, and the story that shames Britain By George B. Mickum 16 Mar 2006 "Bisher al-Rawi and Jamil el-Banna are among eight British residents who remain prisoners at the U.S. Naval Air Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. They are jailed because British officials rendered them into the hands of the CIA in Africa, a fact that may explain why the British government refuses to intercede on their behalf. Bisher and Jamil have been wrongfully imprisoned now for more than three years. This is the story of their betrayal by the British government and their appalling treatment at the hands of the CIA and the U.S. military."
Officer Approved Abu Ghraib Prison Tactics 16 Mar 2006 The top U.S. military intelligence officer at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq testified yesterday that he inappropriately approved the use of dogs for interrogations without consulting higher-ranking officers, accepting responsibility for giving his subordinates an aggressive tool that was used to terrify detainees.
Memo: Halliburton failed to purify GIs' water --Internal report says contamination could've caused 'mass sickness or death' 16 Mar 2006 Halliburton Co. failed to protect the water supply it is paid to purify for U.S. soldiers throughout Iraq, in one instance missing contamination that could have caused "mass sickness or death," an internal company report concluded. [Cheney Halliburton is killing more U.S. soldiers than the entire resistance movement in Iraq.]
Pentagon to investigate Halliburton's Iraq water contamination 16 Mar 2006 The Pentagon has decided to investigate a story first broke by HalliburtonWatch which accused Halliburton's KBR subsidiary of providing contaminated water to the troops throughout Iraq, Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) announced today.
U.S. launches largest Iraq air assault in 3 years --50 aircraft, 1,500 soldiers attack targets north of Baghdad 16 Mar 2006 The U.S. military said on Thursday it had launched its biggest air offensive in Iraq since the 2003 invasion of the country.
U.S., Iraqi Troops Search for Insurgents 17 Mar 2006 Heliborne U.S. and Iraqi troops pressed their sweep through a 100-square-mile swath of central Iraq on Friday in a bid to break up a center of 'insurgent' resistance, the U.S. military said.
U.S. Forces in Big Assault Near Samarra 17 Mar 2006 The United States military announced Thursday that it had begun a large-scale assault on 'insurgent' bases outside Samarra, a city north of Baghdad where the bombing of a revered Shiite shrine last month sent violence soaring in Iraq.
U.S. accuses Iran of "unhelpful activities" in Iraq 17 Mar 2006 U.S. officials in Iraq on Friday again accused Iran of meddling in its neighbour's internal affairs, saying the Islamic Republic was carrying out "unhelpful activities" there. [What about the Bush regime's 'unhelpful activities' all over the world?]
Bush Sees Iran As Possibly Greatest Threat 16 Mar 2006 President [sic] Bush said Thursday Iran may pose the greatest challenge to the United States and diplomacy to thwart Iran's nuclear program must prevail to avoid confrontation. In a 49-page national security report, Bush reaffirmed the strike-first, or pre-emptive policy he first outlined in 2002.
New York Times says subpoenaed in CIA leak case 16 Mar 2006 Lawyers for a former aide to Vice President Dick Cheney have issued subpoenas to The New York Times and one of its former reporters to provide information in his obstruction of justice case, the Times reported on Thursday. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Cheney's former chief of staff, has pleaded not guilty to five counts of perjury, making a false statement and obstruction of justice over leaks about the identity of a CIA operative.
Airline screeners fail government bomb tests 21 airports nationwide don’t detect bomb-making materials 16 Mar 2006 Imagine an explosion strong enough to blow a car's trunk apart, caused by a bomb inside a passenger plane. Government sources tell NBC News that federal investigators recently were able to carry materials needed to make a similar homemade bomb through security screening at 21 airports.
DHS to get failing grade in computer security report --DOD also whiffs annual federal government assessment 16 Mar 2006 The U.S. government will get low marks for computer security in a congressional report scheduled to be released today. According to documents obtained by the IDG News Service, the federal government will get a D+ overall rating on the 2005 federal computer security scorecards, the same score it received last year.
New FBI management system could cost $500M --A contract for the 'Sentinel' project is expected in the next few weeks 16 Mar 2006 A new case management system being implemented by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation to help fight terrorism could cost as much as $500 million, blowing away the $170 million it sank into a previous project that was abandoned a year ago, according to a government watchdog group.
Senate Passes $2.8 Trillion 2007 Budget 17 Mar 2006 A $2.8 trillion election-year budget blueprint that narrowly passed the Senate forsakes President [sic] Bush's tax cuts...
Senate Approves Budget, Breaking Spending Limits 17 Mar 2006 The Senate narrowly approved a $2.8 trillion election-year budget Thursday that broke spending limits only hours after it increased federal borrowing power to avert a government default.
French Police Detain 300 Labor Protesters 17 Mar 2006 Police detained some 300 people around France after nationwide student marches against a new labor law turned violent, as street cleaners cleared away torched cars Friday and the government braced for more protests.
Russia says bird flu may hit US in autumn, mutate 16 Mar 2006 The deadly bird flu virus, which has hit Asia, Europe and Africa, may spread to the United States late this year and risks mutating dangerously there, Russia's top animal and plant health inspector said on Thursday. [Just in time for pre-'election' quarantines, FEMA camps and KBR detention centres!]
Five more nations confirm bird flu outbreak 18 Mar 2006 Four Asian nations and Denmark have confirmed the presence of the deadly H5N1 strain of avian flu.
Israel confirms first bird flu cases in poultry 16 Mar 2006 Israel said that initial tests showed bird flu had killed hundreds of poultry at a southern farm in the country's first outbreak.
Laura Bush shares her fitness routine on TV 14 Mar 2006 First, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice lifted weights on television. Now it's the first lady's turn to show off her workout. Laura Bush, who has traveled the country speaking about women's heart health and childhood obesity, appears on Washington's NBC4 TV today and Thursday to illustrate her healthy ways. [Lose weight by reading the article, as it's enough to make you puke.]
Bush to Reaffirm 2002 Doctrine of Preemptive War 16 Mar 2006 President [sic] Bush plans to issue a new national security strategy today reaffirming his doctrine of preemptive war against 'terrorists' and hostile states with chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, despite the 'troubled experience' [?!? complete disaster] in Iraq.
200,000 People in U.S. Terror Database 14 Mar 2006 Police and other government workers in the U.S. have come in contact with terrorists or people suspected of foreign terror ties more than 6,000 times in the past 28 months, the director of the federal Terrorist Screening Center said Tuesday. [Wow! Is the most dangerous terrorist on earth, Bush bin Laden, in the database?]
FCC Proposes $3.6M Against CBS For Indecency 15 Mar 2006 The government proposed a fine of $3.6 million against CBS and dozens of its stations and affiliates Wednesday in a crackdown on what regulators called indecent television programming. The Federal Communications Commission said a network program, "Without a Trace," that aired in December 2004 was indecent. It cited the graphic depiction of "teenage boys and girls participating in a sexual orgy." [What about the f*cking Abu Ghraib *torture* orgy*? Why wasn't Bush fined $3.6M for his torture orgy? -LRP]
The Abu Ghraib files (salon.com) 14 Mar 2006 "279 photographs and 19 videos from the Army's internal investigation record a harrowing three months of detainee abuse inside the notorious prison -- and make clear that many of those responsible have yet to be held accountable."
Few Rules in Use of Abu Ghraib Dogs, an Officer Testifies 15 Mar 2006 The Army lacked clear rules for using dogs in interrogations at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, its former military intelligence chief acknowledged Wednesday during a court-martial of a dog handler.
Guantanamo Bay Documents Hard to Follow 15 Mar 2006 A U.S. court ordered the Pentagon to give The Associated Press transcripts of secret hearings at its jail in Guantanamo Bay - but it didn't require the documents to be easy to read or follow. The more than 5,000 pages of documents, everything from typed transcripts to handwritten letters, were scanned into files on a CD-ROM with no indexing or even titles to indicate whose hearing was being conducted.
Ex-CIA Contractor Free on Bail Until Trial 15 Mar 2006 A former CIA contractor charged with beating a suspected 'terrorist' in Afghanistan who later died must be released from jail so he can better help prepare his defense, a federal judge ruled [!?!].
U.S. to Send 700 More Soldiers to Iraq 15 Mar 2006 The U.S. military is dispatching an Army battalion of about 700 soldiers to Iraq from their base in Kuwait to provide extra security during the holiday of Ashura, three military officers said Wednesday.
US 'may want to keep Iraq bases' 15 Mar 2006 The United States may want to keep a long-term military presence in Iraq to bolster moderates against extremists in the region and protect oil supplies, the army general overseeing US operations in Iraq has said. While the Bush regime has downplayed prospects for permanent US bases in Iraq, General John Abizaid told a House of Representatives subcommittee on Tuesday he could not rule that out.
Hussein Trial Closed to Public; Ex-President Calls for Uprising 15 Mar 2006 The presiding judge closed Saddam Hussein's Baghdad trial to the public, saying the former Iraqi president was making political speeches [?!?] in his testimony … He introduced himself as "Saddam Hussein al-Majid, President of Iraq and Commander of the Armed Forces,'' and told Iraqis they should fight “the invaders'' not each other. "I call on you Iraqi men and women to rise up against the invaders,'' Hussein said.
British Officer Contends Iraq War Illegal 15 Mar 2006 A British serviceman facing his first day of a court martial contended Wednesday that the war in Iraq is illegal. Flight Lt. Malcolm Kendall-Smith, a Royal Air Force medic, is the first British officer accused of refusing to serve in Iraq.
RAF doctor 'had duty to disobey' 15 Mar 2006 An RAF doctor who refused to go to Iraq "honestly" believes the war is illegal, a court martial hearing was told. Flight Lieutenant Dr Malcolm Kendall-Smith refused to return to Iraq even though he had served two tours of duty in the country. He faces five charges of failing to comply with a lawful order.
Feingold accuses Democrats of 'cowering' 15 Mar 2006 Wisconsin Sen. Russell Feingold accused fellow Democrats on Tuesday of cowering rather than joining him on trying to censure President [sic] Bush over domestic spying. "Democrats run and hide" when the administration invokes the war on terrorism, Feingold told reporters. [He's exactly right. They are cowering because they are cowards. As I said on "Scarborough Country" on Monday night, the Dems have stop taking their talking points from Karl Rove and ATTACK when they smell blood, instead of backing down when Republicans invoke our engagement in an ILLEGAL WAR as reason for our complicity!--MR]
Ahern urged to raise CIA flights with Bush 15 Mar 2006 (Ire.)Opposition politicians are calling on the Taoiseach to raise the issue of CIA torture flights with US President [sic] George W Bush this St Patrick's Day.
Federal funds for firm making counter-terrorism vehicles (Aus.) 15 Mar 2006 A company in Tasmania's north-west which manufactures vehicles to be used for counter-terrorism has been given Federal Government funding to expand.
RFID tags vulnerable to viruses, study says 15 Mar 2006 Three computer science researchers are warning that viruses embedded in radio tags used to identify and track goods are right around the corner, a danger that so far has been overlooked by the industry's high interest in the technology.
U.S. Seeks Reversal of Moussaoui Ruling 15 Mar 2006 Prosecutors asked a judge Wednesday to reconsider her decision to toss out half of the government's case against confessed terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui.
Justice Ginsburg Reveals Details of Threat 15 Mar 2006 Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she and former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor have been the targets of death threats from the "irrational fringe" [Bush-like] of society, people apparently spurred by Republican criticism of the high court.
"They kept thousands in swing states from voting, and prevented thousands of ballots from being counted." Stop the Election Day cheating -- or it will spread further By Robert Steinback 15 Mar 2006 "Anyone who questions the reliability of the  election is assumed to be a sour-grapes bad sport who has fallen into the thrall of aluminum-foil helmeted conspiracy theorists. And the media, ever tremulous about affirming their critics' allegations of liberal bias, would sooner remove a hot radiator cap than make a mission of investigating the anomalies. But the anomalies were real. Many have been documented. They kept thousands in swing states from voting, and prevented thousands of ballots from being counted."
Sen. leading Katrina inquiry rejects subpoena against White House 15 Mar 2006 The Republican leading a Senate inquiry of the government's botched response to Hurricane Katrina denied a Democratic request Wednesday to subpoena the White House for information.
Bush Approval Falls to 33% 15 Mar 2006 George W. Bush's overall approval measure stands at 33%, the lowest rating of his pResidency... The single word most frequently associated with George W. Bush today is "incompetent,"and close behind are two other increasingly mentioned descriptors: "idiot" and "liar." All three are mentioned far more often today than a year ago. [We called him an 'Idiot Usurping Lying Weasel' in 2002.]
Top Food Safety Advocates Call for Big Food Brand Boycott 14 Mar 2006 "Responding to the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of the controversial 'National Uniformity in Food Act,' the bill that would wipe out more than 200 state laws protecting consumers from infected, toxic and carcinogenic food, leading food safety advocates call for a boycott of the big food brands who wrote the legislation and lobbied Congress to secure its passage."
Russian leader sees U.S. behind bird flu outbreak 14 Mar 2006 Russian Communist party leader Gennady Zyuganov has blamed the United States for the spread of avian influenza, or bird flu, in a number of European countries, including Russia. "The forms of warfare are changing. It's strange that not a single duck has yet died in America - they are all dying in Russia and European countries. This makes one seriously wonder why," Zyuganov said at a press conference at the Interfax main office on Tuesday. [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.]
Bird Flu Hits Sweden; Afghans Suspect It 15 Mar 2006 Sweden recorded its first case of the deadly H5N1 bird flu strain on Wednesday, saying European laboratory tests confirm two wild birds found dead in the southeast were infected with the virus. Afghan authorities, meanwhile, said preliminary test results from a U.N. lab left them "99 percent certain" that the country's first bird flu outbreak was the deadly H5N1 strain.
Denmark detects first case of H5 bird flu 15 Mar 2006 Denmark has detected its first case of highly pathogenic H5 bird flu in a wild bird, the Danish family and consumer affairs ministry announced today.
Baby Raccoons Rescued At Construction Site --Worker Accidentally Kills Mother 15 Mar 2006 Six baby raccoons were rescued from a Texas construction site Tuesday. A construction worker accidentally killed the racoons' mother, but was able to stop his equipment and call for help before hitting the babies.
Pentagon eyeing weapons in space --Budget seeks millions to test new technologies 14 Mar 2006 The Pentagon is asking Congress for hundreds of millions of dollars to test weapons in space, marking the biggest step toward creating a space battlefield since President Reagan's long-defunct ''star wars" project during the Cold War, according to federal budget documents.
Bring on the Raid: U.S. military plans to make insect cyborgs 12 Mar 2006 Facing problems in its efforts to train insects or build robots that can mimic their flying abilities, the U.S. military now wants to develop "insect cyborgs" that can go where its soldiers cannot. The Pentagon is seeking applications from researchers to help them develop technology that can be implanted into living insects to control their movement and transmit video or other sensory data back to their handlers. [I think they have been using this technology on George W. Bush. --LRP]
More U.S. Troops Moving Into Iraq 14 Mar 2006 March was supposed to be the month when the U.S. commander in Iraq made a recommendation to pull more troops out of Iraq. Instead, he has asked for more troops to be sent in, reports CBS News.
Iraq Edges Closer to Open Civil Warfare 14 Mar 2006 Iraqi authorities discovered at least 87 corpses — men shot to death execution-style — as Iraq edged closer to open civil warfare. Twenty-nine of the bodies, dressed only in underwear, were dug out of a single grave Tuesday in a Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad.
At Least 86 Found Shot Or Strangled In Baghdad 15 Mar 2006 Daylight Tuesday brought the discovery of at least 86 shot or strangled men across the city, most of them with hands tied and many of them tortured, according to police. They included 27 corpses in one of the first mass graves to be found in the capital since the U.S. invasion three years ago.
U.S. contractor with explosives, guns in car arrested in Iraq 14 Mar 2006 Iraqi police detained an *American private security contractor* [Halliburton? Blackwater USA?] working at a U.S. military base in northern Iraq for several hours on Tuesday, a U.S. military spokesman said. The spokesman said the man was arrested at a checkpoint in the northern town of Tikrit. He denied initial reports that explosives were found in the car, but said two AK-47 assault rifles were in the vehicle. [Are U.S. contractors blowing things up in Iraq, so that Halliburton can be paid to 'rebuild' them?]
Blair was warned of 'Iraq mess' three years ago 15 Mar 2006 Senior diplomatic and military staff gave British Prime Minister Tony Blair explicit warnings three years ago that the US was disastrously mishandling the occupation of Iraq, according to leaked memos.
'An unbelievable mess': Memo from John Sawer, Blair's special envoy to Iraq after Saddam's overthrow 14 Mar 2006 "Confidential Personal from special rep for Iraq For: No 10: Powell, Manning, Campbell, Rycroft FCO: PS/SOS, PS/O'Brien, PUS, Ricketts, E m, Chaplin, Chilcott Subject: Personal: Iraq: What's Going Wrong?"
Top U.S. Military Official: No Evidence of Iran Involvement in Iraq 14 Mar 2006 Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, said today he has no evidence the Iranian government has been sending military equipment and personnel into neighboring Iraq. On Monday, pResident Bush suggested [*said*] Iran was involved in making roadside bombs, known as improvised explosive devices, that are being used in Iraq. And Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld last week accused Iran of sending members of its Revolutionary Guard to conduct operations in Iraq.
Australian Democrats petition for Guantanamo Bay closure 14 Mar 2006 The Australian Democrats are petitioning for the Guantanamo Bay detention centre to be closed. South Australian David Hicks has been in the facility for four years and Senator Natasha Stott Despoja says that is too long.
Dog Handler at Abu Ghraib on Trial 14 Mar 2006 An Army dog handler charged with abusing Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib said he was competing with another canine team to frighten detainees into soiling themselves, another soldier testified at the man's court-martial Tuesday.
Judge to consider testimony against CIA contractor 15 Mar 2006 A former CIA contract employee (David Passaro) accused of using a flashlight to beat an Afghan prisoner who died in custody in 2003 used to beat his 6-year-old stepson the same way, federal prosecutors said.
'Scarborough Country' for March 13 --Michael Rectenwald on 'Scarborough Country' (transcript) 13 March 2006 "JOE SCARBOROUGH, MSNBC HOST: So, are you accusing Mike Rectenwald of treason also?"
Judge deals blow to Moussaoui death penalty case 14 Mar 2006 The judge in the trial for Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui issued a devastating blow to the prosecution's death penalty case Tuesday, barring key witnesses after she learned a government lawyer had improperly shared information with them.
FBI spied on Pittsburgh pacifists, papers show 14 Mar 2006 FBI anti-terrorism agents spied on a peace group simply because it opposed the Iraq war, part of an "unprecedented campaign" to spy on innocent citizens, the American Civil Liberties Union said on Tuesday.
Google resists demand to hand over search records 15 Mar 2006 The Bush regime is embroiled in a courtroom showdown with the world's largest search engine company, demanding that Google hand over details of what internet users have been looking for.
Viruses can taint radio frequency ID tags --Technology could be used to aid terror, research says 15 Mar 2006 A group of European computer researchers has demonstrated that it is possible to insert a software virus into radio frequency identification tags, part of a microchip-based tracking technology in growing use in commercial and security applications.
DP World: No Plan to Sell Miami Port Ops 13 Mar 2006 The Dubai-owned company that promised to surrender its U.S. port operations has no immediate plans to sell its U.S. subsidiary's interests at Miami's seaport, a senior executive wrote Monday in a private e-mail to business associates.
Senate panel to scrutinize Big Oil mergers, profits 13 Mar 2006 Oil companies and their record profits come under more congressional scrutiny on Tuesday, when a Senate committee holds a hearing on the effect industry mergers have had on gasoline and other energy prices.
President Bush's Job Approval Ratings Continue to Drop --Less than one-third of U.S. adults believe the country is going in the right direction [Oh, it's going in the "right" direction all right!] 14 Mar 2006 President [sic] Bush's job approval numbers have again taken a downward slide this month as just over one-third (36%) of U.S. adults rate his job performance as positive and 64 percent rate his performance as negative.
Democrat to Face Lieberman for Nomination 13 Mar 2006 A telecommunications executive announced plans Monday to challenge Connecticut Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman [LieberBush] for the Democratic nomination, hoping to win over voters turned off by Lieberman's support for the war in Iraq. Greenwich [the GOP media whores keep reminding us Lamont lives in Greenwich] businessman Ned Lamont represents the first opposition Lieberman has faced within his party during his 18 years in office.
Switzerland confirms bird flu in wild ducks 15 Mar 2006 Swiss authorities said on Tuesday that they had discovered two new cases of the broad H5 bird flu virus family in wild ducks.
Monday, 13 March 2006, CLG Founder and Chair, Michael Rectenwald, appeared on MSNBC's 'Scarborough Country,' to discuss Senator Feingold's measure to censure pResident Bush over the domestic eavesdropping program. Rectenwald joined Carl Bernstein to debate Joe Scarborough and Tony Perkins.
"So, are you accusing Mike Rectenwald of treason also?" --Joe Scarborough [Read the transcript.]
W.House, senators spar over move to censure Bush 13 Mar 2006 A Senate Democrat's move to censure pResident George W. Bush for ordering domestic spying ignited heated debate among lawmakers on Monday and was dismissed by the White House as politically motivated.
[Spineless] Democrats Beat Quick Retreat on Call to Censure Bush 14 Mar 2006 Senate Democrats on Monday blocked an immediate vote on a call by one of their own to censure President [sic] Bush for his eavesdropping program. They acted after Republicans said they were eager to pass judgment on a proposal that they portrayed as baseless and 'disruptive to the antiterror effort.' [?!? LOL!!!]
Senator to Propose Censure of Bush Over Spy Program 13 Mar 2006 Senator Russell D. Feingold said Sunday that he would introduce a measure in the Senate to censure President [sic] Bush over the domestic eavesdropping program.
US postwar Iraq strategy a mess, Blair was told 14 Mar 2006 Senior British diplomatic and military staff gave Tony Blair explicit warnings three years ago that the US was disastrously mishandling the occupation of Iraq, according to leaked memos.
Mr. 'Shock & Awe' comments on Iraq bombings: Bush blames Iran for some bombs in Iraq 13 Mar 2006 Iran has been supplying explosives to those intent on wreaking violence in Iraq, U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush said Monday.
The War Dividend: The British companies making a fortune out of conflict-riven Iraq 13 Mar 2006 British businesses have profited by at least £1.1bn since coalition forces toppled Saddam Hussein three years ago, the first comprehensive investigation into UK corporate investment in Iraq has found.
U.S. Spending Billions to Stop Iraq IEDs 13 Mar 2006 The United States is pouring billions more dollars and fresh platoons of experts into its campaign to "defeat IEDs," the roadside bombs Dictator Bush describes as threat No. 1 to Iraq's future. [*Bush* is the No. 1 threat to Iraq's future!! Rest assured, btw, friends of Bush's criminal cabal are the ones receiving the billions.]
72 bodies found in fresh wave of Iraq killings 14 Mar 2006 Iraqi police today reported they had found at least 72 bodies killed by gunshots, most bound hand and foot, in a gruesome wave of apparent sectarian reprisal killings over the past 24 hours.
800 UK troops to leave Iraq but start of full pullout denied 14 Mar 2006 The government yesterday announced the withdrawal of 800 British troops from Iraq - one in 10 of the troops deployed there - but said the move did not signal the start of a complete pullout.
Iraqi Judge Admits Ordering Shiite Trials 13 Mar 2006 A former judge from Saddam Hussein's regime acknowledged sentencing 148 Shiites to death in the 1980s but insisted that they were given a proper trial... [And, under the illegitimate Bush dictatorship in Iraq: 13 Convicted Insurgents Are Executed in Iraq --Move comes as Premier Jafari faces criticism that he has been ineffective against resistance fighters. 10 Mar 2006 Iraqi authorities Thursday hanged 13 prisoners, including a woman, convicted of being 'insurgents,' said an official who was present. The executions, which were authorized by the [U.S.-installed] Iraqi government, were the first to involve insurgents. '14,000 detained without trial in Iraq' 06 Mar 2006 US and UK forces in Iraq have detained thousands of people without charge or trial for long periods and there is growing evidence of Iraqi security forces torturing detainees, Amnesty International said today.]
Magazine: Bradlee Knows Woodward's Source on Plame 14 Mar 2006 Vanity Fair is reporting that former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee says it is reasonable to assume former State Department official Richard L. Armitage [deputy secretary of state in pResident Bush's first term] is likely the source who revealed CIA operative Valerie Plame's name to Post Assistant Managing Editor Bob Woodward.
Judge Calls Halt to Penalty Phase of Terror Trial 14 Mar 2006 An angry federal judge delayed the sentencing trial of Zacarias Moussaoui on Monday and said she was considering ending the prosecution's bid to have him executed after the disclosure that a government lawyer had improperly coached some witnesses... "In all my years on the bench, I've never seen a more egregious violation of the rule about witnesses," Judge Leonie M. Brinkema said before sending the jury home for two days.
CIA cited as worst freedom of information agency 13 Mar 2006 The CIA has the worst record of any U.S. government agency for complying with the Freedom of Information Act, an independent archive that publishes declassified U.S. government documents said on Monday.
Thousands of CIA operatives named online 13 Mar 2006 The names of thousands of CIA personnel - including covert operatives - as well as internal phone numbers and the locations of two dozen secret installations can easily be found through Internet searches, it has emerged.
ID cards survive new rebellion 14 Mar 2006 The Lords are facing calls to end their battle over identity cards after Tony Blair's plans survived a fresh Commons rebellion. The Prime Minister's majority was cut from 69 to 33 in a vote on Monday night on forcing people applying for a passport to join a national ID register.
Frist: Ports Deal Could Still Go Through 12 Mar 2006 Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said U.S. ports could still end up being managed by a Dubai-owned company. Frist told ABC's "This Week" that if an American buyer is not found and the Bush administration determines there are no security risks, then a deal could go through with Dubai-owned DP World.
Lawmaker to press for US infrastructure ownership 12 Mar 2006 A leading Republican opponent of the collapsed Dubai ports deal said on Sunday that he would press ahead with legislation requiring U.S. ownership of infrastructure deemed critical to homeland security.
U.S. bird flu pandemic ("final") solution - in addition to FEMA camps and KBR'S detention centres: Store canned tuna and powdered milk under your bed. 13 Mar 2006 In a remarkable speech over the weekend, Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt recommended that Americans start storing canned tuna and powdered milk under their beds as the prospect of a deadly bird flu outbreak approaches the United States.
Bird flu outbreak in U.S. could usher in 12-hour workdays 13 Mar 2006 Employers are planning for a few possible back-up scenarios... Well employees might also be required to work longer shifts. Instead of a typical eight-hour shift, demands due to shortages in manpower would mean an extension to 10- or 12-hour shifts.
Bird flu spreads to Myanmar, likely in Afghanistan 13 Mar 2006 Myanmar has reported what is believed to be the secretive country's first case of bird flu, while Afghanistan was checking on Monday to see if it is the latest country to be infected by the deadly disease.
Gov't Confirms Mad Cow Case In Alabama 13 Mar 2006 The U.S. Agriculture Department confirmed Monday the third case of mad cow in the U.S.
Engineers: 1985 Test Predicted Levee Break 13 Mar 2006 Scientists working on an independent study of a floodwall that collapsed during Hurricane Katrina said Monday that a government test 21 years ago predicted the wall could fail.
Al Gore fires up crowd at West Palm Beach fund-raiser 13 Mar 2006 Former President Al Gore returned Sunday to what one supporter called "the scene of a crime," telling a feisty, partisan crowd that the administration of President [sic] Bush poses an unprecedented test for U.S. democracy.
Climate change 'irreversible' as Arctic sea ice fails to re-form 14 Mar 2006 Sea ice in the Arctic has failed to re-form for the second consecutive winter, raising fears that global warming may have tipped the polar regions in to irreversible climate change far sooner than predicted.
Former top judge says US risks edging near to dictatorship --Sandra Day O'Connor warns of rightwing attacks --Lawyers 'must speak up' to protect judiciary 13 Mar 2006 Sandra Day O'Connor, a Republican-appointed judge who retired last month after 24 years on the supreme court, has said the US is in danger of edging towards dictatorship if the party's rightwingers continue to attack the judiciary.
Dictatorship is the danger --A Reagan-appointed supreme court justice voices her fears over attacks on US democracy By Jonathan Raban 13 Mar 2006 "Linking the words 'America' and 'dictatorship' is a daily staple of leftwing blogs, which thrive on the idea that Bush administration policies since 9/11 are taking the country ever closer to totalitarian rule. ...It'll surprise no one to learn that another voice was added to the chorus last Thursday, warning that recent attacks on the American judiciary were putting the democratic fabric in jeopardy and were the first steps down the treacherous path to dictatorship. What is surprising - more than that, electrifying - is that the voice belonged to Sandra Day O'Connor, who retired a few weeks ago from the supreme court. O'Connor is a Republican and a Reagan nominee. Regarded as the 'swing vote' on the court, she swung the presidential election to George Bush in 2000."
No comment by US on secret CIA flights 11 Mar 2006 As fresh claims emerge that the CIA used European airports to fly detainees to secret interrogation prisons, the United States is adamant in not confirming or denying intelligence activities.
Pentagon: No halt to forced feedings 11 Mar 2006 The Pentagon has said it will not halt the forced feeding of detainees on hunger strike at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, despite medical and legal protests that consider it a form of torture.
US says looking at alternatives to Guantanamo 12 Mar 2006 The United States is seeking ways to repatriate terrorism suspects held in Guantanamo Bay, a move that could eventually lead to the closure of the detention camp, a senior U.S. official said on Sunday. A U.S. State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Colleen Graffy told Reuters that there was no immediate plan to close the camp but that there were ongoing considerations about what to do with the detainees in the long term.
Top 10 firms profiting from Iraq (UK) 13 Mar 2006
Rove Says Troops Will Remain In Iraq 12 Mar 2006 Dictator Bush's top political adviser, Karl Rove, says the administration will not pull American troops out of Iraq until victory is won.
SAS soldier quits Army in disgust at illegal American tactics in Iraq 12 Mar 2006 An SAS soldier has refused to fight in Iraq and has left the Army over the "illegal" tactics of United States troops and the policies of coalition [occupation] forces. After three months in Baghdad, Ben Griffin told his commander that he was no longer prepared to fight alongside American forces.
Dozens Killed in Baghdad Explosions --At Least 22 Dead in Other Attacks 13 Mar 2006 Page A series of powerful explosions ripped through a Shiite area of eastern Baghdad on Sunday evening, killing about 50 people and wounding more than 200.
10 Dead as Violence Continues in Baghdad 12 Mar 2006 Bomb blasts, rocket and gunfire killed at least 10 people and injured 23 in the Iraqi capital Sunday, police said. The low thud of mortar fire could also be heard, but it was not immediately clear where the shells were landing.
Bomb kills 4 US soldiers in Afghanistan 12 Mar 2006 Four U.S. soldiers were killed on Sunday after a blast ripped through their armoured vehicle in Afghanistan, the U.S. military said.
Revealed: UK develops secret nuclear warhead 12 Mar 2006 Britain has been secretly designing a new nuclear warhead in conjunction with the Americans, provoking a legal row over the proliferation of nuclear weapons. The government has been pushing ahead with the programme while claiming that no decision has been made on a successor to Britain’s Trident nuclear deterrent.
Judge orders CIA to hand over presidential briefs 12 Mar 2006 A US judge yesterday ordered the CIA to turn over summaries of top-secret intelligence briefs to lawyers representing indicted ex-White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, setting up a possible constitutional showdown.
Report: Web Searches Can ID CIA Employees 11 Mar 2006 The identities of 2,600 CIA employees and the locations of two dozen of the agency's covert workplaces in the United States can be found easily through Internet searches, according to an investigation by the Chicago Tribune.
Wisconsin senator proposes Bush censure over spying 12 Mar 2006 Senator Russ Feingold (D-MN) said Sunday he is seeking to censure President [sic] Bush over his domestic eavesdropping program. A censure resolution, which simply would scold the president, has been used just once in U.S. history —against Andrew Jackson in 1834. [Feingold needs to be careful - lest he get 'Wellstoned' by Cheney.]
US religious charities win $2.15bn in state grants --White House increases awards to faith groups --Concern that public funds used to gain converts 11 Mar 2006 The Bush regime channelled $2.15bn (£1.25bn) to faith-based charities last year, advancing its mission to increase the share of government aid money given to religious organisations.
Tracking of HIV Tied to Grants --Refusal to Use Patients' Names Could Cost Millions 13 Mar 2006 The District of Columbia and Maryland may lose millions of dollars in federal AIDS grants if they do not agree to have local health departments collect and record the names of people with newly diagnosed HIV infection.
Former Top Bush Aide Arrested 12 Mar 2006 Former Bush domestic policy advisor, Claude A. Allen resigned in February, citing a need to spend more time with family. Allen, 45, was arrested last week in suburban Maryland on charges he stole merchandise from Target and other stores... The charges also are another blow for the pResident and the GOP: Allen is the third member of the Bush regime to face criminal charges. [When will Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Rove face criminal charges?]
Newspaper Chain Agrees to a Sale for $4.5 Billion 13 Mar 2006 Knight Ridder, the second-largest newspaper company in the United States, agreed Sunday night to sell itself for about $4.5 billion in cash and stock to the McClatchy Company, a publisher half its size, according to people involved in the negotiations.
Pentagon says Halliburton may be overcharging for hurricane cleanup 11 Mar 2006 Halliburton's KBR subsidiary may have over-billed the Navy for labor costs during clean-up work in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan, the Pentagon's inspector general reported March 3rd. The report said KBR's subcontractors had been billing for labor at rates "significantly higher" than the prevailing market rate.
Donald Rumsfeld makes $5m killing on bird flu drug 12 Mar 2006 Donald Rumsfeld has made a killing out of bird flu. The US Defence Secretary has made more than $5m (£2.9m) in capital gains from selling shares in the biotechnology firm that discovered and developed Tamiflu, the drug being bought in massive amounts by Governments to treat [sic] a possible human pandemic of the disease.
Tamiflu found ineffective in bird flu treatment 21 Dec 2005 The drug most of the world is counting on to prevent an avian flu pandemic may not be a failsafe defence, according to a New England Journal of Medicine report. The authors say they have found evidence the H5N1 virus can mutate into a form unaffected by Tamiflu -- rendering the world's ever-growing stockpiles of the drug ineffective if the mutated strain were to spread.
Doctor says bird flu drug is 'useless' 04 Dec 2005 A Vietnamese doctor who has treated dozens of victims of avian flu claims the drug being stockpiled around the world to combat a pandemic is "useless" against the virus. "Tamiflu is really only meant for treating ordinary type A flu. It was not designed to combat H5N1 . . . (Tamiflu) is useless," Dr Nguyen Tuong Van, who runs the intensive care unit at the Centre for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi, said.
Bird flu spreads to Cameroon, possibly Myanmar 12 Mar 2006 Cameroon became the fourth African country to report an outbreak of H5N1 bird flu on Sunday, and authorities in Myanmar tested scores of dead birds for the virus.
A Cancer Drug's Big Price Rise Is Cause for Concern 12 Mar 2006 On Feb. 3, Joyce Elkins filled a prescription for a two-week supply of nitrogen mustard, a decades-old cancer drug used to treat a rare form of lymphoma. The cost was $77.50. On Feb. 17, Ms. Elkins returned to her pharmacy for a refill. Following a huge increase in the wholesale price of the drug, the cost was $548.01...
U.S. probing possible third mad-cow case 11 Mar 2006 The Department of Agriculture [Agribusiness] is investigating a possible third U.S. case of mad cow disease, officials said Saturday, which could be a setback after months of work to reopen beef trade with Japan and South Korea.
13 Convicted Insurgents Are Executed in Iraq --Move comes as Premier Jafari faces criticism that he has been ineffective against resistance fighters. 10 Mar 2006 Iraqi authorities Thursday hanged 13 prisoners, including a woman, convicted of being 'insurgents,' said an official who was present. The executions, which were authorized by the [U.S.-installed] Iraqi government, were the first to involve insurgents.
'14,000 detained without trial in Iraq' 06 Mar 2006 US and UK forces in Iraq have detained thousands of people without charge or trial for long periods and there is growing evidence of Iraqi security forces torturing detainees, Amnesty International said today.
Dozens seized at Baghdad security firm: police 08 Mar 2006 Gunmen wearing the uniform of Iraqi police commandos seized dozens of employees from the offices of a security company in eastern Baghdad on Wednesday, police sources said.
Doctors call for ban on Guantanamo Bay prisoner forcefeeding 10 Mar 2006 More than 26O doctors have called for a ban on strapping hunger-striking Guantanamo Bay prisoners to chairs and force-feeding them through tubes.
US defends, continues Guantanamo force-feeding 10 Mar 2006 The Pentagon will not stop force-feeding Guantanamo detainee hunger strikers despite criticism from some doctors that has mounted, officials said on Friday. A group of 263 doctors from seven countries called on the United States to end the force-feeding and use of restraint chairs for detainees fed through nasal tubes into their stomachs at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Their letter, in the British medical journal The Lancet, also questioned how seriously the U.S. medical profession takes allegations of torture by its own members.
Prison of shame to close 11 Mar 2006 The US military prison at Abu Ghraib, Saddam Hussein's torture centre that became a symbol of shame for the American occupation of Iraq, is to close within months.
Iraq won't use Abu Ghraib after US quits jail 10 Mar 2006 Iraq said on Friday it would turn Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison into a warehouse after the U.S. military abandons the building in the next few months.
German spy probe to include CIA kidnapping, flights 10 Mar 2006 A parliamentary inquiry will probe the alleged CIA kidnapping of a German national as well as focusing on the role of German spies during the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the three opposition parties agreed on Friday.
Judge Issues Secret Ruling in Case of 2 at Mosque 11 Mar 2006 A federal judge issued a highly unusual classified ruling yesterday, denying a motion for dismissal of a case against two leaders of an Albany mosque who are accused of laundering money in a federal terrorism sting operation. Because the ruling was classified, the defense lawyers were barred from reading why the judge decided that way. The defense lawyers had asked the judge to dismiss the case, saying that they believed the government's evidence came from wiretaps obtained without a warrant by the National Security Agency.
Bush making new push to bolster support for Iraq 10 Mar 2006 Amid rising sectarian violence in Iraq, President [sic] George W. Bush will make a new push to bolster support for his Iraq policy in a series of speeches that begin on Monday.
Marine Killed in Iraq 11 Mar 2006 A U.S. Marine was killed yesterday when a car bomb detonated near the city of Fallujah, Iraq, military officials in Iraq reported.
American Hostage Killed In Iraq 10 Mar 2006 The State Department says an American who was among four Christian activists kidnapped last year in Iraq has been killed.
Afghan Attacks Kill 5 Security Officers 11 Mar 2006 A series of attacks killed five security officers and wounded nine in Afghanistan's [CIA's] main opium poppy-producing area, officials said Saturday.
Feds Order U.S. Banks to Sever Syria Ties 09 Mar 2006 Acting to crack down on terrorist financing, the Treasury Department on Thursday ordered all commercial banks in the United States to end their relationships with two Syrian banks.
Libby Defense to Get Some CIA Reports --Bush May Still Assert Executive Privilege 11 Mar 2006 A federal judge ordered the government yesterday to provide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby redacted versions of documents he reviewed or information he requested during highly classified morning intelligence briefings when he was chief of staff to Vice pResident Cheney.
Berlusconi 'to be charged' 10 Mar 2006 Italian prosecutors are set to lay corruption charges against Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and the lawyer husband of a British Cabinet minister, the Italian press reported today.
Milosevic Found Dead in His Cell, U.N. Tribunal Says 11 Mar 2006 Slobodan Milosevic, the former president of Yugoslavia and architect of a decade of war that took more than 250,000 lives and tore the Balkans apart, was found dead in his prison cell here on Saturday morning, the United Nations war crimes tribunal said.
Bush bin Laden is poised to strike again, as his poll numbers are in the gutter: FBI warns of a possible terror attack at a sporting event 11 Mar 2006 The FBI warned that terrorists may be seeking to target a major sports event in the Untied States, it was reported, citing a weekly agency bulletin.
Chertoff: Bird flu possible in U.S. within months 11 Mar 2006 Migratory birds could carry the avian flu virus to U.S. shores in the next few months, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff warned Thursday. 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.]
Experts Say Medical Ventilators Are in Short Supply in Event of Bird Flu Pandemic 12 Mar 2006 If an avian flu pandemic were to cause widespread illness in the United States, public health experts and officials agree on one thing: the nation's hospitals would not have enough ventilators, the machines that pump oxygen into sick patients' lungs. [Oh, but KBR's detention centres won't be in short supply!]
Prison chaplain suspended for accusing White House of terrorism 10 Mar 2006 The head chaplain for the New York’s jails has been suspended while the city investigates incendiary statements he allegedly made last year, including a comment that the "greatest terrorists in the world occupy the White House". The New York Post reported the remarks were captured on an audiotape last April by the Investigative Project, a counterterrorism [sic] group. [Suspended? He should have received a Medal of Honor, for speaking the truth about the Bush dictatorship.]
Senator wants answers on 2,000 missing in Katrina 09 Mar 2006 Calling it "totally unacceptable" that nearly 2,000 people remain unaccounted for more than six months after Hurricane Katrina, a Michigan senator Wednesday called on federal investigators to determine whether overly rigid governmental policies have made it harder for people to find missing family and friends.
Former White House Adviser Arrested --Former White House Adviser, Onetime No. 2 at Homeland Security, Arrested on Theft Charges 10 Mar 2006 A former domestic policy adviser to President [sic] Bush has been charged with theft for allegedly receiving phony refunds at department stores. Claude Alexander Allen was the No. 2 official in the Health and Human Services Department when Bush nominated him in April 2003 to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va.
Norton to End 5-Year Tenure at Interior Secretary --Says Resignation Is Unrelated to Probe of Abramoff's Ties to Department 11 Mar 2006 Gale A. Norton, who as secretary of the interior reopened Yellowstone National Park to snowmobiles and pushed for greater energy development on public land, announced yesterday that she will relinquish her post by the end of the month.
Push to Tighten Lobbying Rules Loses Strength 11 Mar 2006 The drive for a tighter lobbying law, just two months ago a major priority on Capitol Hill, is losing momentum, a victim of shifting political interests, infighting among House Republicans and a growing sense among lawmakers of both parties that wholesale change may not be needed after all.
Feds May Relax Rules on Endangered Turtles 10 Mar 2006 Federal fish managers are proposing to relax rules designed to protect endangered leatherback sea turtles and allow some fishing off the West Coast under strict government supervision.
Bush's Approval Rating Hits New Low 10 Mar 2006 More and more people, particularly Republicans, disapprove of President [sic] Bush's performance, question his character and no longer consider him a strong leader against terrorism, according to an AP-Ipsos poll documenting one of the bleakest points of his pResidency. On issues, Bush's approval rating declined from 39 percent to 36 percent for his handling of domestic affairs...
Polar ice sheets show net loss 09 Mar 2006 There is a net loss of ice to the ocean from the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, a study has found.
Impact of Climate Warming on Polar Ice Sheets Confirmed 03 Mar 2006 In the most comprehensive survey ever undertaken of the massive ice sheets covering both Greenland and Antarctica, NASA scientists confirm climate warming is changing how much water remains locked in Earth's largest storehouse of ice and snow.
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