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April 2006 Archives, Page Two

U.S.: More Than 600 Implicated in Detainee Abuse --Investigations Lag Two Years After Abu Ghraib Photos (Human Rights Watch) 26 Apr 2006 Two years after the Abu Ghraib scandal, new research shows that abuse of detainees in U.S. custody in Iraq, Afghanistan, and at Guantánamo Bay has been widespread, and that the United States has taken only limited steps to investigate and punish implicated personnel.

By the Numbers --Findings of the Detainee Abuse and Accountability --A joint project of New York University's Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, Human Rights Watch and Human Rights First Project April 2006 Volume 18, No. 2(G)

Guantanamo Bay prisoner 'tried to commit suicide a dozen times' 27 Apr 2006 A prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, held without charge for more than four years, has tried to kill himself a dozen times in an attempt to escape the misery and isolation of his incarceration.

1,000 secret CIA flights revealed --MEPs' report says member states knew of abductions --Documents show 'strange routes' and stopovers 27 Apr 2006 The CIA has operated more than 1,000 secret flights over EU territory in the past five years, some to transfer terror suspects in a practice known as "extraordinary rendition", an investigation by the European parliament said yesterday.

CIA kidnapped terror suspects in the EU: lawmaker 26 Apr 2006 A top European Union lawmaker [Claudio Fava] on Wednesday backed allegations the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency had kidnapped and illegally detained terror suspects on EU territory and flown them to countries who used torture.

CIA warns ex-agents away from media 27 Apr 2006 The Central Intelligence Agency is clamping down on current and former staff with warnings against speaking to the media without clearance. One former official told Britain's Financial Times the agency had warned several retired employees who have consulting contracts with the agency that they could even lose their pensions by talking to reporters without permission.

US privacy campaigners fear mark of the beast 26 Apr 2006 A decision by the Bush administration to proceed with what is believed to be the largest radio frequency tagging programme in history has triggered protests from US privacy campaigners. The US department of agriculture [agribusiness] (USDA) wants to keep track of all livestock production and movements in what it claims is an attempt to improve the traceability of disease outbreaks.

Archives Files Wrongly Kept Secret 27 Apr 2006 The CIA and other agencies wrongly kept secret about a third of the records they pulled from public shelves at the National Archives during reclassification efforts that were far more extensive than previously disclosed, according to an audit released yesterday.

Sen. Specter Threatens to Block NSA Funds 27 Apr 2006 Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) said Thursday he is considering legislation to cut off funding for the Bush administration's secret domestic wiretapping program until he gets satisfactory answers about it from the White House.

Official: national card due by 2010 27 Apr 2006 Australians will need a photo identity card within four years to receive Medicare and welfare payments but will not be forced to carry it at all times.

N.H. Leads Revolt Against Federal ID Rules 25 Apr 2006 New Hampshire has become a battleground in the fight over privacy rights versus homeland security, with state legislators voting against strict new federal standards for issuing driver's licenses.

Iraq Costs Said to Hit $320 Bln, Then Double Before War Ends 27 Apr 2006 The cost of the war in Iraq will hit $320 billion once Congress approves an emergency spending measure that's now before the Senate, and that figure probably will double before the war ends, according to the Congressional Research Service.

Projected Iraq War Costs Soar --Total Spending Is Likely to More Than Double, Analysis Finds 27 Apr 2006 The cost of the war in Iraq will reach $320 billion after the expected passage next month of an emergency spending bill currently before the Senate, and that total is likely to more than double before the war ends, the Congressional Research Service estimated this week.

Gunmen kill sister of Iraq's Sunni vice president --In south, four occupation soldiers killed when Italian convoy bombed 27 Apr 2006 A sister of Iraq’s new Sunni Arab vice president was killed Thursday in a drive-by shooting [U.S. death squads] in Baghdad.

Raids on Iraqi checkpoints kill 11 27 Apr 2006 At least 11 people, including two civilians, were killed when hundreds of 'insurgents' attacked several police checkpoints in Baquba 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad on Thursday, police said.

Iraq groups claim killing 3 Italians, 1 Romanian-Web 27 Apr 2006 Two 'Iraqi militant groups' [U.S. death squads] said they were behind an attack that killed three Italian soldiers and a Romanian on Thursday, according to Internet statements.

12 Iraqis, 14 Suspected 'Insurgents' Killed 27 Apr 2006 U.S. troops backed by a helicopter and jets struck a suspected safe house of 'foreign [U.S.?] insurgents,' killing 12 resistance fighters and a woman in a raid near the site where an American helicopter crashed, the U.S. military said Wednesday.

After Year of Gov't, Killings Up in Iraq 27 Apr 2006 One year ago Friday, when 'Iraq formed its first freely elected government' [sic - the US installed an illegal puppet Cheney-Halliburton dictatorship] Americans and Iraqis hoped it would lead to a drop in violence. But Iraqis have continued to die in the thousands, and this year the trend is up.

Tories rebuked over rules for war dead 25 Apr 2006 Relatives of soldiers killed in Afghanistan are reacting with dismay to changes by the new Conservative government in the way Canada’s war dead are commemorated — changes made without the input of military families. Families, military officials, opposition parties and even some Tory MPs criticized a decision to ban journalists from covering a repatriation ceremony for fallen soldiers returning to Canadian soil. Many are also unhappy that flags on Parliament Hill will no longer be lowered to half-mast when a soldier is killed in the line of duty.

Iranian Leader Warns of Reprisal on U.S. Targets 27 Apr 2006 Escalating the threats between Washington and Tehran, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, warned Wednesday that his country would strike U.S. targets around the world in the event it is attacked over its refusals to curb its nuclear program.

Judge won't dismiss case against Libby 27 Apr 2006 A federal judge refused Thursday to dismiss charges against I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the former top White House aide who was indicted on perjury and obstruction charges last year in the CIA leak scandal. In a 31-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton turned down a motion by lawyers for Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney's one-time top assistant, who challenged the authority of Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald to handle the case. [I challenge the 'authority' of the entire Bush dictatorship, which illegally installed itself, *twice.*]

Rove Testifies 5th Time On Leak --Bush Aide Is Said to Be Unsure if He Will Be Indicted 27 Apr 2006 White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove sought to convince a federal grand jury yesterday that he did not provide false statements in the CIA leak case, testi-lying for more than three hours before leaving a federal courthouse unsure whether he would be indicted, according to a source close to the presidential aide. Rove's fifth appearance before the grand jury suggests that prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald remains keenly interested in Rove's role in the case.

Rove testifies in leak case 26 Apr 2006 President [sic] George W. Bush's top political adviser, Karl Rove, testi-lied on Wednesday before a federal grand jury investigating the leak of a covert CIA operative's identity, his lawyer said. His appearance marked the fifth time that Rove, the deputy White House chief of staff, testified before a grand jury as part of the investigation.

Sweden boycotts air force drills due to Israel's participation 27 Apr 2006 Sweden called off its participation in international air force exercises to take place in Italy next month because of the involvement of the Israel Air Forces in the drills.

Black Wednesday: New Labour's triple whammy 27 Apr 2006 A sex scandal, a public humiliation, a Home Office bungle, and apologies in triplicate. New Labour has hardly experienced a tougher 24 hours than its own version of Black Wednesday, at the end of which there were question marks over the future of three of Tony Blair's most senior ministers.

Md. High Schoolers Suspended After Protest 27 Apr 2006 Five high school students were suspended after staging a "die-in" in front of a Marine Corps recruiting booth during an on-campus job fair, one of the students said.

7 Charged for Dismantling Campus Display 27 Apr 2006 (Highland Heights, KY) A professor and six students at Northern Kentucky University were charged with uprooting 400 crosses meant to represent fetuses in an anti-abortion display, prosecutors said.

Senate panel recommends abolishing FEMA --Disaster agency beyond repair, Senate inquiry decides 27 Apr 2006 The nation’s beleaguered disaster response agency should be abolished and rebuilt from scratch to avoid a repeat of multiple government failures exposed by Hurricane Katrina, a Senate inquiry has concluded.

House panel rejects plan to check all cargo abroad 26 Apr 2006 A House of Representatives committee on Wednesday rejected a Democratic proposal to require physical inspection of all U.S.-bound marine containers but approved a separate plan that may lead to expanded screening.

A Letter to the Verizon/AT&T Five By Matt Stoller 26 Apr 2006 "These five people I'm highlighting are the Democrats who voted against a free internet, and I'd like you to call them up and let them know that their vote against the Markey Amendment (that's what the amendment was called) is simply outrageous. They need to know people are mad."

Exxon Mobil 1st-Qtr Profit Rises as Oil Prices Surge --Exxon Mobil's quarterly net climbs to $8.4B, up 6.9% 27 Apr 2006 Exxon Mobil Corp., the world's biggest oil company, said profit climbed 6.9 percent to a first-quarter record of $8.4 billion as output rose for the first time in a year and a half and increasing energy demand lifted prices. Revenue climbed 8.4 percent to $89 billion.

ConocoPhillips profit soars as oil prices surge --ConocoPhillips' quarterly net climbs to $2.91B, up 13% 26 Apr 2006 ConocoPhillips, the No. 3 U.S. oil company, on Wednesday reported quarterly profit surged 13 percent, as oil prices continued their march upward. Net income in the first quarter surged to $3.29 billion. Revenues surged to $47.9 billion, up from $38.9 billion a year earlier.

Senate Panel Demands Oil Co. Tax Records 26 Apr 2006 A Senate committee Wednesday announced an investigation into taxes paid by major oil companies and asked the Internal Revenue Service for the companies' tax returns.

Senator says Senate must study breakup of oil firms 25 Apr 2006 In a speech today on the Senate floor, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) proposed considering the breakup of oil firms.

Doolittle blames media in letter to fellow Mormons 24 Apr 2006 In an e-mail letter to fellow Mormons, Rep. John Doolittle (R-Roseville, CA) blasted the media for highlighting his ties to disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff and defended his reputation. Doolittle is running for his ninth term representing the 4th Congressional District and faces Auburn Mayor Mike Holmes in the Republican primary.

4 sentenced to jail for 'GOP' tire slashings 26 Apr 2006 (WI) A [Reichwing] judge today ignored a plea deal calling for probation and sentenced four Democratic campaign workers to jail terms for their roles in a 2004 tire slashing caper. They had been charged with damaging 40 tires on 25 rented vans parked outside Republican Party offices on W. Capitol Drive, hours before the vans were going to be used for electioneering. [Slashing tires? Bush bin Laden murdered 3,000 people on 9/11, lost an entire city, and killed hundreds of thousands in Iraq for ExxonMobil and Halliburton! I am waiting for different 4 to be sentenced - Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Rove - for treason.]

Bernanke: Rate hike pause wouldn't signal the end 27 Apr 2006 A pause in rate hikes wouldn't necessarily mean the Federal Reserve is finished raising rates, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said Thursday.

35,000 birds to be culled in new avian flu outbreak 27 Apr 2006 Government officials last night ordered the immediate slaughter of 35,000 chickens on a poultry farm in Norfolk - the centre of Britain's poultry industry - after dead birds were found to be infected with an avian flu virus.

Thanks to Bush's environmental policies, we need a 'Noah's Ark' Deadly fungus devastating populations of amphibians 25 Apr 2006 A devastating fungus is sweeping the world, wiping out entire populations of amphibians at such a rate that Brookfield Zoo (Brookfield, IL) biologists are helping pull together a massive "Noah's Ark" project to capture frogs, toads and salamanders and put them in safe places. A variety of factors already have combined to cause more than 120 amphibian species to vanish since 1980, in what one biologist has called "one of the largest extinction spasms for vertebrates in history."

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Rove testifying before CIA leak grand jury --NBC: White House aide is expected to address new evidence since last fall 26 Apr 2006 Top White House aide Karl Rove prepared to testify [testi-lie] Wednesday for a fifth time before the federal grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA officer’s identity, a person familiar with the case told NBC News.

Iraqi commander discovered supplying army weapons to local insurgents 25 Apr 2006 Eight Iraqi soldiers, mostly privates, have turned in their company commander, a major, and a captain who were supplying army weapons to local 'insurgents.' U.S. and Iraqi intelligence officers had believed for some time that munitions from the Badush ordnance depot in al Kisik, near Tal Afar, were being purloined and supplied to 'insurgents,' who used them to manufacture improvised explosive devices. U.S. intelligence noted that local resistance fighters seemed to have a limitless supply of artillery shells and other military ordnance.

Build your own Iraqi police squad for a little cash 25 Apr 2006 It doesn't cost a lot to set up your own death squad in Iraq. Military uniforms, guns and even police vehicles are easily available to all comers in the markets of Baghdad. At Baghdad's Bab al-Sharjee market, anyone can walk into one of about 15 shops selling police and military supplies and buy a police commando uniform for 35,000 Dinars (about 13 pounds) or an ordinary police uniform for $15 (about 8 pounds). No questions asked, no identity checks.

KBR's $75 mln pipeline project gone crazy "No driller in his right mind would have gone ahead." 25 Apr 2006 When Robert Sanders was sent by the Army to inspect the construction work Kellogg Brown & Root was doing on the banks of the Tigris River, he expected to see workers drilling holes beneath the riverbed to restore a crucial set of large oil pipelines, which had been bombed [by the U.S.?] during the invasion of Iraq. What he found instead that day in July 2004 looked like some gargantuan heart-bypass operation gone nightmarishly bad... A few weeks later, after the project had burned up all of the $75.7 million allocated to it, the work came to a halt. The project, called the Fatah pipeline crossing, had been a critical element of a $2.4 billion no-bid reconstruction contract that Halliburton subsidiary (KBR, formerly Kellogg Brown & Root) had won from the Army in 2003.

Abu Ghraib Interrogation Chief to Face Charges 25 Apr 2006 The Army plans to charge Lieut. Col. Steven L. Jordan, the former head of the interrogation center at Abu Ghraib prison, with dereliction of duty, lying to investigators and conduct unbecoming an officer, the officer's lawyer said Tuesday. Colonel Jordan would be the highest-ranking officer at Abu Ghraib to face criminal charges in connection with the abuses at the prison.

Subject to the Penalty of Death By Dahr Jamail 25 Apr 2006 "Since the entire catastrophe in Iraq is primarily the handiwork of the Commander in Chief of the United States Armed Forces, let it be noted that under US Federal Law, the War Crimes Act of 1996 makes committing a war crime, defined as '...a grave breach in any of the international conventions signed at Geneva 12 August 1949, or any protocol to such convention to which the United States is a party ...'punishable by being'...fined under this title or imprisoned for life or any term of years, or both, and if death results to the victim, shall also be subject to the penalty of death.' (Emphasis added.)"

Guantanamo Bay detainee boycotts trial 25 Apr 2006 An alleged al-Qaida militant facing a military trial chose Tuesday to boycott the proceedings, dismissing the legal process and saying his fate was in the hands of God.

Mixed Response to Rice and Rumsfeld's Iraq Visit 26 Apr 2006 U.S. Defense Secretary [war criminal] Donald H. Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice [war criminal] both arrived in Baghdad today in an apparent show of support for newly named Prime Minister Jawad Maliki.

Greek Youths Protest Against Rice Visit 25 Apr 2006 (Athens) 'Militant' [*pro-democracy*] Greek youths greeted United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice with a hostile reception today, clashing with riot police while trying to march to the American Embassy to protest her visit here.

House to vote on CIA, NSA power to make warrantless arrests 25 Apr 2006 Congress is taking up an expansive intelligence measure that proposes tougher steps in cracking down on leaks of classified information and authorizes broad arrest powers for security officers at intelligence agencies... If the measure is approved by Congress (the House is expected to vote on the legislation as early as tomorrow) the nation's spy chief would be ordered to consider a plan for revoking the pensions of intelligence agency employees who make unauthorized disclosures. It also would permit security forces at the National Security Agency and the CIA to make warrantless arrests outside the gates of their top-secret campuses.

VA wants DNA from veterans 23 Apr 2006 The Department of Veterans Affairs plans a genetic database from potentially millions of VA patients, launching into profound legal, ethical and privacy debates to claim a leading role in genetic medicine. The VA intends to collect the first 100,000 samples in fiscal 2007, which begins in October, and foresees a database as large as veterans will allow.

Oops! Plague-infested mice, vials of anthrax spores missing from New Jersey labs 25 Apr 2006 (Newark, NJ) In the past year, two New Jersey laboratories have been unable to account for plague-infested mice and vials of deadly anthrax spores, and top state officials are scrambling to devise better ways to safeguard deadly material.

'Terrorism manual' a 'Boy's Own spy kit' 26 Apr 2006 The case against accused Sydney terrorist Faheem Khalid Lodhi was completely and utterly rebutted and based on "speculative analysis", a court has heard. Lodhi not only did not believe in "violent jihad", as alleged by the Crown, but did not support any type of violence against anyone, his defence barrister told the NSW Supreme Court today.

Lodhi's spy kit mistaken for terrorism, says lawyer 27 Apr 2006 The so-called terrorism manual of Faheem Khalid Lodhi was nothing more than a "boy's own spy kit" used by a suspicious ASIO and police force to support a case that does not extend beyond "speculative analysis", a court has heard.

Bush's Hypocrisy: Cuban Terrorists By Robert Parry 26 Apr 2006 "But like much else from the post-9/11 period – when frightened Americans put their faith in Bush’s tough talk – this supposedly clear-cut rule applies differently when a Bush ally is implicated in terrorism and the Bushes are the ones doing the harboring. While the anti-harboring principle is cited when invading Afghanistan and Iraq, the Bush administration continues to turn a blind eye to the presence of right-wing Cuban terrorists living in the United States."

Bush Picks Faux News's Snow as White House Spokesman 26 Apr 2006 President [sic] George W. Bush picked Tony Snow, a Faux News radio host and former presidential speechwriter, as the White House press secretary, replacing Scott McClellan. [Now we're in for a *real* snow job!]

GOP Blocks Measures Boosting Taxes on Oil Companies' Profits --Provisions Passed by Senate Would Raise About $5 Billion 26 Apr 2006 While Republican leaders sharply criticize soaring gasoline prices and energy industry profits, GOP negotiators have decided to knock out provisions in a major tax bill that would force the oil companies to pay billions of dollars more in taxes on their profits.

Bush: Gasoline Environmental Requirements May Be Waived "[It] won't make much difference because the reserve is almost full. It was a brilliant political move." 25 Apr 2006 Crude oil fell, pulled lower by gasoline, after President [sic] George W. Bush said he would grant the Environmental Protection Agency the authority to waive requirements for gasoline to be blended with ethanol... Bush said he would defer deliveries to the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve until after the summer driving season is over.

Bee County Commissioners call for boycott of ExxonMobil 25 Apr 2006 (Beeville, TX) On Monday, Bee County commissioner's court voted 4-1 to pass a resolution that urged people to stop buying gasoline from ExxonMobil on May 1, and not to buy it again - until the price drops to a $1.30 point nine.

Venezuela plans more oil discounts 25 Apr 2006 Leftist President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela said yesterday he would greatly expand the discounted home heating oil program he started last year for needy people in Massachusetts and other northeastern states. [? Why do the Reichwing media whores at the Boston Globe add 'Leftist' before Hugo Chavez's name but don't add 'Rightist' when they mention Bush?]

Ohio Churches' Political Activities Challenged 25 Apr 2006 In a challenge to the ethics of conservative Ohio religious leaders and the fairness of the Internal Revenue Service, a group of 56 clergy members contends that two churches have gone too far in supporting a Republican candidate for governor. Two complaints filed with the tax agency say that the large Columbus area churches, active in pResident Bush's 'narrow Ohio win' [coup] in 2004, violated their tax-exempt status by pushing the candidacy of J. Kenneth Blackwell, who is the secretary of state and the favored candidate of Ohio's religious right.

Top Rowland Aide, Contractor Each Receive 2 1/2 Years in Prison 25 Apr 2006 A federal judge has sentenced a former top aide to Governor Rowland (R-CT) and a contractor who bribed him to two and a-half years in prison for corruption. Peter Ellef, Rowland's former co-chief of staff, had pleaded guilty in October to receiving bribes from state contractor William Tomasso.

Duke suspect also accused of 'gay' assault --Finnerty accused of taunting, beating man in separate case in November 25 Apr 2006 A Duke University lacrosse player [Collin Finnerty] charged with raping a stripper was ordered Tuesday to stand trial in an unrelated assault case.

Experts: Global warming behind 2005 hurricanes 25 Apr 2006 The record Atlantic hurricane season last year can be attributed to global warming, several top experts, including a leading U.S. government storm researcher, said on Monday.

I'm The Decider (Koo-Koo-Ka-Choo) By Paul Hipp 25 Apr 2006 (Music)

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Tehran insider tells of US black ops 25 Apr 2006 A former Iranian ambassador and Islamic Republic insider has provided intriguing details to Asia Times Online about US covert operations inside Iran aimed at destabilizing the country and toppling the regime - or preparing for an American attack.

US calls in Paras for Baghdad secret war 24 Apr 2006 British paratroopers secretly operating in support of the SAS in Iraq are using American uniforms, weapons and vehicles as part of their cover, The Daily Telegraph has learned.

US to Deploy Troops from Bulgaria Without Asking 24 Apr 2006 The US will soon be able to deploy troops to other countries from Bulgaria's bases without asking the Balkan country's permission, the Washington Times reported. This matter is sensitive for many Bulgarians, the newspaper writes in an article.

Bulgaria OKs 3 bases for U.S. troops 24 Apr 2006 Bulgaria has agreed to open three military bases to permanent use by 2,500 U.S. troops who would be available for combat in the Middle East and other nearby regions. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is expected to sign a broad defense-cooperation agreement with the new NATO ally that would authorize the stationing of foreign forces on its soil for the first time in its 1,325-year history, U.S. and Bulgarian officials said. The final draft of the agreement, which was seen by The Washington Times, allows the United States to deploy troops from the bases for missions in third countries without the specific permission of the Bulgarian authorities, a sensitive matter for many Bulgarians.

Colonel admits British may have aggressive role in Afghanistan 25 Apr 2006 A senior commander has acknowledged that British soldiers may carry out offensive operations in Afghanistan, despite government denials.

U.S. Military Tribunals to Resume This Week at Guantanamo 24 Apr 2006 (Guantanamo Bay, Cuba) U.S. military commission proceedings will resume this week in the cases of three 'enemy combatants' held here since 2002.

Pentagon to free 141 Guantanamo detainees 25 Apr 2006 The Pentagon plans to release nearly a third of those held at the prison for 'terror' suspects at Guantanamo Bay because they pose no threat to U.S. security, an official of the war crimes tribunal said Monday. Charges are pending against two dozen of the remaining 330 prisoners at Guantanamo, Air Force Col. Morris Davis, the chief prosecutor said.

$106.5 Bln Iraq Funding Bill to Hit Senate Floor 25 Apr 2006 A must-pass spending bill to pay for the rising costs of the war in Iraq and for additional hurricane aid for the storm-ravaged Gulf Coast to debut on the Senate floor to poor reviews from conservatives over its massive cost.

Kidnapped recruits found shot 25 Apr 2006 The bodies of 32 Iraqi police and security forces recruits were discovered in two areas of Baghdad yesterday, Interior Ministry sources said. A group of 17 found in the Baghdad district were kidnapped then shot dead after they signed up to join the police a week ago. The 15 others were found riddled with bullets in cars in Abu Ghraib, on the western edge of the city.

Two bombs explode in Baghdad; bodies of two tortured men found 25 Apr 2006 Two roadside bombs — one targeting a U.S. military convoy and the other an Iraqi police patrol — exploded in Baghdad on Tuesday, wounding three Iraqis, officials said. In Baghdad, police also found the bodies of two Iraqi men who apparently had been tortured and killed in captivity. Sunni Arabs say Shiite militias have infiltrated the Interior Ministry — controlled by the 'biggest Shiite party' [U.S.] — and used death squads to kill Sunnis.

Car Bombs Kill 10, Wound Nearly 80 in Iraq 24 Apr 2006 A string of car bombs rocked Baghdad on Monday, killing 10 people and wounding nearly 80 in an apparent campaign to discredit Iraq's new leadership. At least 15 people were killed in other bombings and shootings.

Blasts Kill 23 in Egyptian Resort Town 25 Apr 2006 A series of explosions ripped through this Egyptian resort town Monday night, killing at least 23 people, injuring more than 60...

10 Arrests Made in Egypt Resort Attack 25 Apr 2006 Police arrested 10 people Tuesday after three bombs ripped apart a Sinai beach resort at the height of Egypt's tourist season, killing 24 people and injuring more than 80, many of them foreigners.

Leaks of Military Files Resume --Despite security efforts, flash drives stolen from U.S. base in Afghanistan are still sold at bazaar. 25 Apr 2006 Just days after U.S. troops were ordered to plug a security breach at their base here, the black market trade in computer memory drives containing military documents was thriving again Monday.

CENTCOM Leaders Urge Civilian Group to Observe, Learn During Trip 25 Apr 2006 A top admiral at U.S. Central Command challenged a group of civilian leaders visiting here yesterday to use the experience to learn all they can about ongoing military operations so they can 'act on that knowledge' [spread propaganda] when they return home as better informed citizens.

Lawsuit claims illegal use of Defense Dept. data 24 Apr 2006 The U.S. Defense Department is violating the privacy of millions of high school students nationwide with a detailed database it uses for military recruitment, a federal lawsuit alleged Monday.

Ex-Guantanamo French 'face trial' 24 Apr 2006 Six French former inmates of the US prison in Guantanamo Bay face terrorism charges in Paris, reports say. They are to stand trial in May charged with "associating with criminals in relation to a terrorist enterprise", [Oh, they know Bush?] according to the AFP news agency.

Police hold two under anti-terrorism law 24 Apr 2006 Scottish police said they had arrested two men under anti[pro]-terrorism laws on Monday, less than two weeks after they held another man using the same powers.

CIA gives its watchdog a polygraph 24 Apr 2006 The crackdown on leaks at the Central Intelligence Agency that led to the dismissal of a veteran intelligence officer last week included a highly unusual polygraph examination of the agency's independent watchdog, Inspector General John Helgerson, according to intelligence officials with knowledge of the investigation.

Dismissed CIA Officer Denies Leak Role --Official says agency isn't asserting she disclosed the existence of secret prisons. 25 Apr 2006 A lawyer representing fired CIA officer Mary O. McCarthy said yesterday that his client did not leak any classified information and did not disclose to Washington Post reporter Dana Priest the existence of secret CIA-run prisons in Eastern Europe for suspected terrorists.

CDC proposal to detain, quarantine passengers opposed "What they're proposing is nonsensical." 24 Apr 2006 Health experts, airlines and civil libertarians are demanding that the government reconsider proposed quarantine rules that would battle an avian flu pandemic by detaining sick airline and ship passengers. The rules would require airlines and cruise ship operators to collect personal information from all passengers and report sick ones to the government. Critics say the plan is difficult, costly and in violation of passengers' rights. Barry Steinhardt of the American Civil Liberties Union says the CDC should drop the proposal. He says it would give the government a "free pass" to detain people. "We couldn't do this to a criminal," he says.

Why is Booz Allen Hamilton sending a speaker to a Bird Flu Summit? New-Fields 2nd Bird Flu Summit Washington, DC, June 28-29, 2006. By Lori Price "The purpose of the summit is to prepare the US and the world to fight [profit from] this potentially infectious disease." Confirmed speakers: Douglas E. Himberger, vice president and member of the board of directors at Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., USA; Michael S. Cochran, Engelhard Company, USA. [Source: e-mail obtained by Citizens For Legitimate Government, 24 Apr 2006. See also: New Fields to Assist Companies in Networking for Iraq Opportunities Washington, DC, June 08, 2005. See: Wargaming and Strategic Simulation "Recognized worldwide as a leader in wargaming and strategic competitive simulations, Booz Allen Hamilton has created and facilitated wargames for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, military services, and numerous other government organizations."]

Official worried about 2nd wave of 9/11 victims --Autopsy linking detective's death to ground zero's toxic dust a warning sign 24 Apr 2006 The government’s point man on Sept. 11 health programs said he is worried that an autopsy linking a retired detective’s death to recovery work at ground zero may be a warning sign of other life-threatening cases.

New York AG blames Bush for rising gas prices 24 Apr 2006 New York's attorney general says rising prices at the pump are President [sic] Bush's fault. Democrat Eliot Spitzer says the spike demonstrates a failed national energy policy. Spitzer says he's investigating recent price hikes by "vertically integrated" oil companies that drill and refine oil, and distribute and sell gas retail.

Bush Eases Environmental Rules on Gasoline 25 Apr 2006 President [sic] Bush on Tuesday ordered a temporary suspension of environmental rules for gasoline, making it easier for refiners to meet demand [Yeah, right!] and possibly dampen prices at the pump. He also halted for the summer the purchase of crude oil for the government's emergency reserve.

Drug Firms' Deals Allowing Exclusivity --Makers of Generics Being Paid to Drop Patent Challenges, FTC Review Finds 25 Apr 2006 Brand-name drug companies have resumed the practice of slowing the sale of cheaper generic competitors by cutting deals that result in paying millions of dollars to makers of generic drugs while consumers continue to pay brand-name prices.

Democrats Beat Republicans in 2005 Fund-Raising on Wall Street 24 Apr 2006 Democrats outdid Republicans last year in attracting political donations from investment banks, brokerages and fund managers for the first time since 1994, helped by support from hedge funds and companies such as Merrill Lynch & Co.

Bush's approval rating drops to 24 percent in Connecticut [Further evidence of the highest IQ state in the nation.] 25 Apr 2006 A new Hartford Courant/Connecticut poll shows that President [sic] George W. Bush's job approval rating has dropped to 24 percent among Connecticut residents.

Bush's approval rating hits new low of 32 percent 24 Apr 2006 U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush's public approval rating has fallen to 32 percent, a new low for his pResidency, a CNN poll showed on Monday.

Peppers call for Bush impeachment 24 Apr 2006 The Red Hot Chili Peppers have called for US President [sic] George W. Bush to be impeached in a posting on their official website.

NBC, Maury Povich hit with sexual harassment suit 24 Apr 2006 TV talk show host [Reichwing whackjob] Maury Povich was hit with a $100 million lawsuit on Monday by a producer who alleges she was forced to expose herself in the studio for crude videos that were shown to guests of the show.

Wash. Officials: Hunter Hurt Chasing Bear 24 Apr 2006 (Forks, WA) A hunter mauled by a black bear had been chasing the animal on private timberland when the bear turned the tables on its pursuers [WTG, bear!], officials said. It appeared the hunters had been pursuing the bear for some time, said Fish and Wildlife Officer Brian Fairbanks... The hunter and the bear were in heavy brush, the officer said. "He didn't realize the bear was there, and when he got close enough the bear jumped out and grabbed him." [Great!]

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Bush ignored intelligence on Iraqi weapons, says ex-CIA officer 24 Apr 2006 A former leading CIA official said yesterday that the White House deliberately ignored intelligence that showed that there were no weapons of mass destruction in the run-up to the war in Iraq. Tyler Drumheller, who was once the highest-ranking CIA officer in Europe, told CBS's 60 Minutes programme that the White House shifted its focus to regime change in the months before the invasion. "The policy was set. The war in Iraq was coming and they were looking for intelligence to fit into the policy," Mr Drumheller said.

Bush was warned there were no WMD, says former CIA man 24 Apr 2006 The Central Intelligence Agency tried to warn the Bush administration on the eve of the 2003 invasion of Iraq that Saddam Hussein did not appear to have weapons of mass destruction but the warning was dismissed because the US political leadership was not interested in what the intelligence showed, according to a retired senior CIA operative.

2000 Coup Architect, James Baker III, to 'Fix' Iraq For Bush Family Crime Syndicate --Whore York Times pushes bogus analogy of consigliere James Baker to statesman Dean Acheson! Baker, Bush Family Fixer, Will Advise President on Iraq 24 Apr 2006 Republicans and Democrats are seeing parallels between the quiet designation last month of former Secretary of State [2000 coup architect] James A. Baker III to head up a Congressionally mandated effort to generate new ideas on Iraq and the role of Dean Acheson, who served under President Harry S. Truman.

US forces planning for the long haul in Iraq 24 Apr 2006 The US armed forces are planning to stay in Iraq for at least a decade, a media report claimed on Monday, quoting military strategists. A report in Newsweek said that the 38 square kilometres mini-city and airport Balad was the evidence that American forces were preparing for the long haul.

Stuck in the Hot Zone --Don't dream about full exits. The military is in Iraq for the long haul. By Michael Hirsh 01 May 2006 "There is ample evidence elsewhere of America's long-term plans. The new $592 million U.S. Embassy being built at the heart of Baghdad's 'international zone' is 'massive ... the largest embassy to date,' says Maj. Gen. Chuck Williams, head of the State Department's Overseas Building Operations office."

Building to Stay: A massive new U.S. embassy complex rises in Baghdad, rivaling the size of the Roman Catholic church's enclave in Rome. The $600 million embassy will be located inside Baghdad's 'International [sic] Zone.' The embassy will include 21 buildings, including six apartment buildings, a gym and a pool. Power and water-treatment plants will also be on site.

Four UK soldiers tried for Iraqi death by drowning 24 Apr 2006 A British military court began hearings on Monday in the case of four soldiers accused of manslaughter for forcing an Iraqi prisoner into a canal in Basra where he drowned.

Inspectors Find More Torture at Iraqi Jails --Top General's Pledge to Protect Prisoners 'Not Being Followed' 24 Apr 2006 Last Nov. 13, U.S. soldiers found 173 incarcerated men, some of them emaciated and showing signs of torture, in a secret bunker in an Interior Ministry compound in central Baghdad... Two sources involved with the inspections of the detention centers said abuse of prisoners was found at all the sites visited through February. U.S. military authorities confirmed that signs of 'severe abuse' [that would be torture, PentaPost] were observed at two of the detention centers.

Searching Mosques and People Using Dogs By Doug Bracewell 24 Apr 2006 Canadians, Afghan troops using contractors' dogs to search Mosques and people (article summaries)

Large fire at oil and gas complex in northern Iraq 23 Apr 2006 Officials in Iraq are reporting a large fire at a government oil and gas complex. It is not known whether the fire was the result of accident or sabotage. [Doesn't matter. Either way, Halliburton will get millions to rebuild that which was destroyed.]

Iraqi Resistance Report for events of 23 April 2006. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.

Bombs Kill 6 in Baghdad; 15 Die Elsewhere 24 Apr 2006 Seven car bombs exploded across the capital Monday, killing at least six people and wounding dozens. Police discovered the bodies of 20 Iraqis apparent victims of 'sectarian' [U.S.] killings.

Three U.S. Soldiers, Two Iraqi Citizens Killed in Iraq 23 Apr 2006 Three Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers and two Iraqi citizens were killed and injured today by roadside bombs near Baghdad, U.S. officials announced.

US 'anti'-drugs team's plane hits Afghan homes, kills five 24 Apr 2006 Five people were killed and 10 injured when a plane leased to US 'anti'-drugs agents crashed while landing and hit a nomad camp in southern Afghanistan. Another five people were missing after the accident.

Doctor: At least 22 dead in Egypt explosions --3 blasts rock resort city; 160* wounded at one hotel 24 Apr 2006 Three explosions rocked the Egyptian resort city of Dahab at the height of the tourist season Monday night, killing at least 22* people and wounding more than 150 at just one hotel, according to the doctor who runs Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula rescue squad. [*Updated numbers, 14:47 DST 24 April 2006]

Been there, done that --Talk of a U.S. strike on Iran is eerily reminiscent of the run-up to the Iraq war. By Zbigniew Brzezinski 23 Apr 2006 "If there is another terrorist attack in the United States, you can bet your bottom dollar that there also will be immediate charges that Iran was responsible in order to generate public hysteria in favor of military action. But there are four compelling reasons against a preventive air attack on Iranian nuclear facilities... In short, an attack on Iran would be an act of political folly, setting in motion a progressive upheaval in world affairs."

A U.S. Intelligence Hoax on Venezuela? 19 Apr 2006 "Yesterday morning, Caracas awoke to the news in the Venezuelan daily paper, 2001, that US intelligence sources had reported the existence of a secret agreement between Iran and Venezuela whereby Iran will be sending nuclear weapons to Venezuela and Cuba... A deeper investigation, however, reveals an uncanny similarity between yesterday morning’s 2001 article and the information found in an article by former self-proclaimed criminal and current US law-enforcement collaborator Kenneth Rijock. According to Washington Technology, 'Kenneth Rijock [was a] former banking lawyer and money-launderer in Miami in the 1980s, who spent two years in jail for his crimes and is now teaching law enforcement how financial criminals work and think.'"

Moves Signal Tighter Secrecy Within C.I.A. 24 Apr 2006 The crackdown on leaks at the Central Intelligence Agency that led to the dismissal of a veteran intelligence officer last week included a highly unusual polygraph examination for the agency's independent watchdog, C.I.A. Inspector General John L. Helgerson, intelligence officials with knowledge of the investigation said on Sunday. The special polygraphs, which have been given to dozens of employees since January, are part of a broader effort by C.I.A. Director Porter J. Goss to re-emphasize a culture of secrecy.

Democrats Suggest Double Standard on Leaks --White House Aides' Actions Are Cited 24 Apr 2006 Key Democratic legislators yesterday questioned whether a double standard exists that lets the White House give reporters secretly declassified information for political purposes.

Paper calls for Dick Cheney's early retirement 23 Apr 2006 A Los Angeles Times editorial on Sunday called for a "far more audacious" makeover of President [sic] George W. Bush's administration, saying he should send Vice pResident Dick Cheney into early retirement.

Bush's third term (Los Angeles Times) 23 Apr 2006 "If President [sic] Bush hopse the 'shake-up' of his administration initiated last week will re-energize his listless presidency, he's bound to be disappointed. A far more audacious makeover is needed — one that sends Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney into early retirement. ...[T]hat means dismissing [Defense Secretary Donald H.] Rumsfeld. The secretary should go not because he has been criticized by a group of retired generals but because he embodies the smugness and inability to acknowledge error that has characterized both the Iraq war and the wider war on terrorism."

Bush Brandishes Jail Time at Critics By Robert Parry 23 Apr 2006 "[George W.] Bush and his team – faced with plunging poll numbers and cascading disclosures of wrongdoing – appear determined to punish and criminalize resistance to their regime. That is the significance of recent threats from the administration and its supporters who bandy about terms like sedition, espionage and treason when referring to investigative journalists, government whistle-blowers and even retired military generals – critics who have exposed Executive Branch illegalities, incompetence and deceptions."

The battle for civil liberties: Government on offensive after criticism of 'authoritarian' laws 24 Apr 2006 (UK) The Government has been forced on to the offensive over its record on civil liberties. Essential measures - or chipping away at our freedom? [list] Antisocial Behaviour Orders, Detention Without Charge, ID Cards, Glorification of terrorism, and Control Orders.

Clarke attacks 'poisonous' liberal media 24 Apr 2006 In an outspoken attack on "liberal media commentators" the home secretary, Charles Clarke, will tonight claim there is a "pernicious and even dangerous poison" infecting press coverage on the government's civil liberties record.

Union Leader Heads to Jail Over 'Illegal' N.Y. Transit Strike 25 Apr 2006 New York's transit union leader said he will march to jail Monday. Roger Toussaint plans to march across the Brooklyn Bridge with labor leaders and workers before turning himself in to authorities in Manhattan. Toussaint has been sentenced to 10 days in jail for the union's 'illegal' [sic] three-day subway and bus strike in December.

Wal-Mart in $1.5 mln settlement with Michigan AG 24 Apr 2006 Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox said on Monday that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. agreed to pay the largest fine in the state's history to settle claimed violations, of Michigan's item pricing law.

The 10 Worst Corporations of 2005 By Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman Nov/Dec 2005 "2005 was a good year for bad corporations... Benefiting from the spike in oil prices associated with the tragedy of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, ExxonMobil recorded the most profitable year any company has ever achieved... The corporations will never give up power, unless forced to do so by the people."

Climate change forces plants to search for better places to live --Orchid and fern species move north and west --Rising temperatures mean some plants will die off 24 Apr 2006 Climate change is reshaping the landscape of Britain as rising temperatures allow orchids and ferns to flourish in the north, while other species retreat to cooler conditions on high land and mountainsides.

'Perfect storm' bears down on Darwin 24 Apr 2006 A hugely destructive cyclone described as a "perfect" storm bore down on Monday on the isolated northern Australian city of Darwin, devastated by a killer cyclone in 1974. Packing winds of up to 350kph (the top of a category-five range), Tropical Cyclone Monica was moving relentlessly towards Darwin, the government's weather bureau said.

Advertiser Counts on Sheep to Pull Eyes Over the Wool 24 Apr 2006 The latest low-technology billboards along highways in the Netherlands are startling enough to prompt motorists to indulge in U-turns. Or make that ewe-turns. These ads are walking, woolly flocks of bleating sheep... On Saturday, the town of Skarsterlan began fining Hotels.nl 1,000 euros a day for putting branded blankets on sheep. Advertising on livestock violates the town's ban on advertising along the highways.

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New Secret Plans Foresee Fighting Terrorism Beyond War Zones --Pentagon to Rely on Special Operations 23 Apr 2006 Details of the new plans approved by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld are secret, but in general they envision a significantly expanded role for the military -- and, in particular, a growing force of elite Special Operations troops -- in continuous operations to combat terrorism outside of war zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan... In a shift contained in a classified order last year, the Pentagon gained the leeway to inform -- rather than gain the approval of -- the U.S. ambassador before conducting military operations in a foreign country, according to several administration officials. "We do not need ambassador-level approval," said one defense official familiar with the order.

Post: Rumsfeld approves anti-terror plan 22 Apr 2006 U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has approved a new plan for the war on [of] terror, the Washington Post reported. Citing anonymous sources familiar with the documents, the Post said in its Sunday edition that the plan for an anti[pro]-terror campaign includes battling terrorism around the world and retaliating in the event of another major terrorist strike on the United States.

Purported Bin Laden Tape Aired On Arab TV Network 23 Apr 2006 A new audiotape said to be from Osama bin Laden calls for a global Muslim boycott of American goods. The tape was broadcast Sunday on Al-Jazeera television. The network has apparently had the tape for a while, according to reports. [A new Osama bin Forgotten audiotape (Notice it's never a videotape?) has purportedly been released! Of course - look at the price of gas! Time for Rove to launch a new Weapon of Mass Distraction. --LRP]

Bin Laden Accuses West of Aiming to Steal Oil in Sudan's Darfur 23 Apr 2006 Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden accused the West of seeking to steal oil in Sudan's Darfur region in an audiotape attributed to him that was broadcast on the satellite television station al-Jazeera.

British troops to remain in Afghanistan for 3 more years 23 Apr 2006 British troops will remain in Afghanistan for at least three more years to keep pounding Taliban and al-Qaida militants and prevent them from returning to power, British Defense Secretary John Reid said Sunday.

Army pleads for more troops after Afghanistan firefight 23 Apr 2006 Military commanders have demanded an extra 600 British troops for Afghanistan after a series of suicide bombings and a firefight against hundreds of Taliban.

4 Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan 22 Apr 2006 Four Canadian soldiers have been killed in a roadside bomb explosion in southern Afghanistan, the Department of National Defence has confirmed.

Nine Occupation Servicemembers Killed in Iraq, Afghanistan 22 Apr 2006 Five Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers died in Iraq and four occupation troops died in Afghanistan today, U.S. officials announced.

Bush Won't Commit to Drawdown of Troops 22 Apr 2006 Dictator Bush said Saturday that the new political leadership in Iraq will shoulder the burden for securing the country, but he did not commit to a drawdown of American forces that now are playing the lead role.

3 GIs Killed by Roadside Bomb in Baghdad 23 Apr 2006 Three U.S. soldiers were killed Sunday when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb northwest of Baghdad, the U.S. command said. That brought the number of American troops killed in the Iraqi capital area over the weekend to eight.

Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Friday, 21 April 2006. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.

Sailors Getting Soldiers' Training in S.C. 23 Apr 2006 Navy sailors are trading their sea legs for dry land combat skills to help them survive in war zones, and the training is coming from an unusual place -- the Army. The Navy is sending thousands of men and women to Iraq and Afghanistan to relieve pressure on Army and Marine ground forces, some of whom have faced repeated deployments to the region.

Stuck in Guantánamo 22 Apr 2006 Nearly 30 percent of the Guantánamo detainees have been cleared to leave the prison but remain jailed because the U.S. government has been unable to arrange for their return to their home countries, the Pentagon said Friday.

Iraq a disaster: Albright 24 Apr 2006 Invading Iraq would go down as one of the worst US foreign policy blunders ever, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said. ...The former top US diplomat told the New York Times, "I think Iraq may end up being one of the worst disasters in American foreign policy."

A Spy Speaks Out 21 Apr 2006 A CIA official who had a top role during the run-up to the Iraqi war charges the White House with ignoring intelligence that said there were no weapons of mass destruction or an active nuclear program in Iraq... "[The source] told us that there were no active weapons of mass destruction programs," says Tyler Drumheller. "The [White House] group that was dealing with preparation for the Iraq war came back and said they were no longer interested. And we said 'Well, what about the intel?' And they said 'Well, this isn't about intel anymore. This is about regime change.'"

From Vietnam to Iraq: The revolt of the Generals By Eric S. Margolis 23 Apr 2006 "The US has suffered decisive defeat in Iraq by failing to achieve its strategic political objective of turning that nation into an obedient, oil-supplying colony. No one in official Washington will yet admit this fact, but the writing is clearly on the wall. Last week, six retired generals stunned the Americas by publicly accusing Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld of arrogance, mismanagement and failure of leadership in the Iraq war. This dramatic general’s revolt, unprecedented in modern times, reflects the unspoken fact that the US has lost the Iraq war."

"This is a trash presidency, founded on lies and knavery, fraud and ignorant ideological crackpottery." Tide turns on Dubya's wreck By Mike Carlton 22 Apr 2006 "In recent weeks, scanning the political coverage in the mainstream US media and sampling the blogs has been to watch a flood tide ebbing to reveal a rotting, skeletal hulk. It is the George W. Bush ship of fools, stuck in the mud for the world to see in all its mendacity, its incompetence, its faith-based stupidity... The famous Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein raised just that possibility in a recent article in Vanity Fair magazine. 'We have never had a presidency in which the single unifying thread that flows through its major decision-making was incompetence stitched together with hubris and mendacity on a Nixonian scale,' he wrote. Exactly. Compared to this lot, Bill Clinton was John the Baptist."

CIA woman in 'secret prisons' leak sacked 23 Apr 2006 The CIA has sacked a senior officer who leaked information about secret prisons in eastern Europe for terrorist suspects. The officer, Mary McCarthy, had failed a polygraph test and confessed to contacts with a reporter.

Dalack offers own oath, rebuffed 14 Apr 2006 (Tequesta, FL) Under heightened security, Councilman-elect Basil E. Dalack arrived at Thursday's village council meeting armed with his own oath of office — one he believes in and will swear to uphold. Dalack refused to take the village's one-sentence oath, which he has said would amount to expressing backing for the Iraq War. Instead, he offered his own version, which would not require him to "support, protect and defend" federal and state governments.

Wartime Dissent Is Part of Patriotism, Kerry Says --Views on Vietnam, Iraq Wars Defended 23 Apr 2006 Thirty-five years after Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kerry (D) appeared before a Senate committee to call for an end to the war in Vietnam, he defended that decision yesterday in a speech in his home town and linked it to his current insistence on an early drawdown of troops from Iraq.

Italian court confirms victory for incoming PM Prodi 22 Apr 2006 An appeals court officially confirmed the incoming Italian prime minister's electoral victory on Saturday when it certified a two-seat Senate majority for centre-left leader Romano Prodi.

Fidel ordered Chávez's 'rescue' --"They attempted to execute Chávez but the firing squad refused to shoot" 20 Apr 2006 By Ignacio Ramonet "In the book 'Fidel Castro, a two-voiced biography,' published by the Debate Publishing House, the Cuban president told Ignacio Ramonet information not previously released about the events of April 2002 in Venezuela. Castro states that he phoned Miraflores Palace before Chávez surrendered and told him: 'Don't kill yourself, Hugo. Don't do like Allende, who was a man alone. You have most of the Army on your side. Don't quit, don't resign.' Later, Fidel directed Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Pérez Roque, to fly to Caracas in one of two planes to pick up Chávez and fly him to safety."

Two F-16s from Buckley AFB scrambled to escort suspect airliner 22 Apr 2006 A passenger who claimed to have a bomb aboard a United Airlines flight was subdued by passengers as the California-bound plane was diverted to Denver International Airport. Two F-16 fighter jets from Buckley Air Force Base scrambled to escort the plane... The apparatus that could ultimately have lead to the plane with 138 passengers and six crew members being shot down - put in place after [before] 911 - was fully operational Friday, with agencies that included the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Homeland Security on an open phone line monitoring the flight... President [sic] Bush would ultimately make the decision.

'MIHOP Gone Bad' - New Details! Police follow money trail from nuke plant 23 Apr 2006 For now, there are still few answers as to what two Texas men were doing with more than $500,000 in cash at the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station on Tuesday, but investigators insist there was no terrorist activity involved. A group of state troopers and investigators from the FBI are continuing to investigate the bizarre incident, in which two men from Houston went to the plant to pick up tools [?!?] for Bechtel Corp. On Friday, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security said the agency had been notified of the incident, which was not being viewed as a security threat. The department said it would not be involved in the investigation. [Right, it was just the Bush terror team setting the stage to blow up another Blue State facility, nothing for the GOP media whores or the GOPedophiles at Homeland Suckyourity to actually investigate. --LRP]

Bomb squad called in as protesters greet Bush in California 22 Apr 2006 A bomb squad was called in Saturday, after a man dropped a knapsack in a crowd of protesters outside a building Dictator Bush was touring. Authorities later said it appeared to be a "sophisticated hoax device." [!?!]

69 Vermont lawmakers sign Bush impeachment letter 21 Apr 2006 Almost 70 Vermont legislators have signed a letter urging Congress to begin an investigation of President [sic] Bush's domestic surveillance program and the reasons for the war in Iraq and, which would lead to impeachment proceedings, if warranted.

Neil Young's protest album to go online 22 Apr 2006 Neil Young's newly recorded protest album "Living With War," including a song calling for the impeachment of President [sic] Bush, will be posted for free Internet streaming next week, his label said on Friday.

Sen.: U.S. Should Look at Tax on Oil Cos. 23 Apr 2006 The government should consider a tax on oil companies if they make excessive profits amid rising gasoline prices, leading Republican senator Arlen Specter (PA) said Sunday.

In New Orleans, Dean Criticizes G.O.P. on Lack of Aid 23 Apr 2006 Howard Dean, the Democratic National Committee chairman, offered a broad attack on the Republican Party on Saturday, saying the White House has "cut and run" in its approach to rebuilding this hurricane-ravaged region.

US Homeland Security: Not ready for bird flu 22 Apr 2006 US Homeland Security Department inspectors at US airports said don't have enough training to keep a deadly strain of bird flu from getting into the country, a union official charged Saturday, citing the handling of live birds found in the luggage of a passenger from Vietnam.

Bill would make sale of sex toys illegal in South Carolina 21 Apr 2006 A South Carolina bill, proposed by Republican Rep. Ralph Davenport, would make it a felony to sell devices used primarily for sexual stimulation and allow law enforcement to seize sex toys from raided businesses. [Yes, the GOPedophiles want the sex toys all for themselves.]

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Groups question US plan to detain, quarantine sick travelers 21 Apr 2006 Infectious disease experts and the American Civil Liberties Union raised concerns on Friday about an agreement that would allow U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and customs agents to detain anyone who looked sick with bird flu. "CDC is authorized to isolate and/or quarantine arriving persons reasonably believed to be infected with or exposed to specified quarantinable diseases and to detain carriers and cargo infected with a communicable disease," it reads. It also provides for Customs or Border Patrol agents to forcibly detain, if necessary, anyone coming in who appears to be sick while the CDC is contacted. [See: KBR awarded $385M Homeland Security contract for U.S. detention centers 24 Jan 2006 [See: KBR Awarded U.S. Department of Homeland Security Contingency Support for Emergency Support Services 24 Jan 2006 (halliburton.com) "The contract, which is effective immediately, provides for establishing temporary detention and processing capabilities to augment existing ICE Detention and Removal Operations (DRO) Program facilities... to support the rapid development of new programs."]

White House knew there were no WMD: CIA 22 Apr 2006 The CIA had evidence Iraq possessed no weapons of mass destruction six months before the 2003 US-led invasion but was ignored by a White House intent on ousting Saddam Hussein, a former senior CIA official [Tyler Drumheller] said, according to CBS.

Iraq War Costs Could Hit $1 Trillion 20 Apr 2006 Not only in human lives, but in monetary terms as well, the costs of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq far exceed the administration's initial projection of a $50 billion tab. ABC analyst Tony Cordesman, who also holds the Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, says the exorbitant costs come down to poor planning. "When the administration submitted its original budget for the Iraq war, it didn't provide money for continuing the war this year or any other. We could end up spending up to $1 trillion in supplemental budgets for this war."

Iraq says ready to negotiate oilfield contracts --$20-$25 bln needed to get the sector back up on its feet: Oil ministry official. 21 Apr 2006 Iraq is ready to move swiftly in negotiating multi-billion-dollar oilfield contracts with international majors and can sign deals before an investment law is passed by the government, a top oil official said on Friday... Among those expected in Doha, Qatar, for the International Energy Forum were Exxon Mobil Chief Executive Rex Tillerson and Chevron boss David O'Reilly.

"Torture and summary executions happen every day." UN damns illegal Iraq detention 21 Apr 2006 The UN's human rights official in Iraq has said the Iraqi authorities are illegally holding thousands of people. Gianni Magazzeni said that thousands of people were being detained by the interior ministry and hundreds by the defence ministry, in clear breach of Iraqi law. More than 14,000 people are also being held by US-led occupation forces in Iraq. [Looks like Saddam Hussein was the 'better deal.']

Lawyer: Rice Leaked Defense Information 21 Apr 2006 Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice leaked national defense information to a pro-Israel lobbyist in the same manner that landed a lower-level Pentagon official a 12-year prison sentence, the lobbyist's lawyer said Friday.

C.I.A. Employee Fired for Alleged Leak 21 Apr 2006 The Central Intelligence Agency has dismissed a senior career officer for disclosing classified information to reporters, including material for The Washington Post's Pulitzer Prize-winning articles about the agency's secret prisons overseas for terror suspects, intelligence officials said today.

CIA fires employee for alleged leak, contact with news media 21 Apr 2006 The CIA has fired an employee for leaking classified information to the news media, an agency official said Friday.

CIA Holds Terror Suspects in Secret Prisons --Debate Is Growing Within Agency About Legality and Morality of Overseas System Set Up After 9/11 By Dana Priest 02 Nov 2005 The CIA has been hiding and interrogating some of its most important al Qaeda captives at a Soviet-era compound in Eastern Europe, according to U.S. and foreign officials familiar with the arrangement. The secret facility is part of a covert prison system set up by the CIA nearly four years ago that at various times has included sites in eight countries, including Thailand, Afghanistan and several democracies in Eastern Europe, as well as a small center at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, according to current and former intelligence officials and diplomats from three continents.

Second Man Held on Terrorism Charge in Georgia 21 Apr 2006 Federal agents said today they are holding a second suspect, a 19-year-old Virginia man who was seized in Bangladesh on Monday, in connection with an international 'terrorism' investigation that was revealed in court documents unsealed Thursday.

Ga. student indicted on terrorism charge 21 Apr 2006 A 21-year-old college student has been indicted on suspicion of giving material support of terrorism, a federal prosecutor said Thursday. Syed Haris Ahmed, a naturalized citizen who attends Georgia Tech, is being held at an undisclosed location, U.S. Attorney David E. Nahmias said. He was arrested March 23 and has waived his right to arraignment [?!?]. It is unclear what Ahmed is accused of doing because the indictment is sealed and authorities provided few details.

FBI detains Georgia Tech student, won't say why 20 Apr 2006 A Georgia Tech student born in Pakistan has been in federal custody for nearly a month, apparently because authorities suspect a videotape he made of a building [?!?] may have been related to terrorism, his family said. Syed Haris Ahmed, a 21-year-old mechanical engineering major, was arrested by the FBI March 23 and has been held since, his family said.

'Terrorist' attacks up as definition loosens 21 Apr 2006 The number of 'terrorist' attacks documented by U.S. intelligence agencies increased sharply in 2005, surpassing 10,000 for the first time, according to U.S. counterterrorism officials and documents obtained by Knight Ridder Newspapers. Officials caution that much of the increase, due to be reported publicly next week, stems from a change last year in how terror attacks are counted, coupled with a more aggressive effort to tally such violence worldwide.

US to monitor Nigerian airports for terrorism 21 Apr 2006 The U.S. government is to install security gadgets and other high risk detection equipment to enhance safety and security at the country’s major airports.

Gonzales calls for mandatory Web labeling law 20 Apr 2006 Web site operators posting sexually explicit information must place official government warning labels on their pages or risk being imprisoned for up to five years, the Bush administration proposed Thursday... Attorney General Alberto Gonzales also warned that Internet service providers must begin to retain records of their customers' activities to aid in future criminal prosecutions and indicated that legislation might be necessary there as well.

Ancram calls for Britain to pull out of Iraq 22 Apr 2006 Michael Ancram, the former Conservative deputy leader, has broken ranks with his party to demand that British troops should pull out of Iraq.

Australian soldier killed in Iraq 22 Apr 2006 An Australian soldier has died in Iraq after he accidentally shot himself while maintaining his gun.

Marine Killed In Al Anbar Province 21 Apr 2006 A Marine assigned to Regimental Combat Team 7 died due to enemy action while operating in al Anbar Province April 20.

US soldier killed in Afghanistan 21 Apr 2006 A US soldier and six Afghan policemen have been killed in clashes with suspected Taliban fighters.

Russia Will Not Agree to Iran Sanctions Without Proof 21 Apr 2006 Russia says again it will not agree to sanctions against Iran until Moscow sees hard evidence that Tehran's nuclear program is not for peaceful purposes.

Suit filed to block explosion --700-ton blast scheduled on June 2 21 Apr 2006 The Western Shoshone tribe and a group of Utah downwinders on Thursday filed a lawsuit in federal court in Las Vegas to prevent a 700-ton explosion scheduled June 2 at the Nevada Test Site.

Hugo Chavez blames U.S. for high oil prices 21 Apr 2006 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez blamed the United States for the high cost of oil Thursday, saying the American hard line on Iran was driving prices to record levels. [Yes, and corpora-terrorists' greed.]

Energy drives higher Halliburton profit 21 Apr 2006 A day after setting an all-time high $83.97, Halliburton shares closed up 0.6% to $83.33 on Friday... The majority of Halliburton's sales were attributed to its energy-services group, which brought 35% higher revenue of $2.9 billion as oil companies around the world scramble for supplies in the face of record-high crude prices.

Oil tops $75 a barrel 21 Apr 2006 Crude-oil prices spiked more than $1.50 and closed at a record high above $75 a barrel Friday. [See: Exxon Chairman's $400 Million Parachute --Exxon Made Record Profits in 2005 14 Apr 2006 Last year, Exxon made the biggest profit of any company ever, $36 billion, and its retiring chairman appears to be reaping the benefits. Exxon is giving Lee Raymond one of the most generous retirement packages in history, nearly $400 million...]

Hastert, Frist to Ask Bush for EPA Waivers to Aid Oil Refiners 21 Apr 2006 House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) are preparing to send a letter to Dictator Bush Monday asking him to direct the Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department to investigate alleged price gouging by oil companies and to instruct the Environmental Protection Agency to issue waivers that might make it easier for oil refiners to 'produce adequate gasoline supplies,' [pollute] Hastert spokesman Ron Bonjean said.

President Bush-Impeachment --Bill Status of HJR0125 94th General Assembly (Illinois General Assembly) 20 Apr 2006 "Urges the General Assembly to submit charges to the U. S. House of Representatives to initiate impeachment proceedings against the President [sic] of the United States, George W. Bush, for willfully violating his Oath of Office to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and if found guilty urges his removal from office and disqualification to hold any other office in the United States."

Protesters Block Bush From Meeting At Stanford 21 Apr 2006 (CA) Plans by Dictator Bush to attend a private meeting at Stanford University's conservative Hoover Institution were canceled Friday evening when protesters blocked his motorcade from going through the only entrance. Instead, the session was moved to the Palo Alto home of former Secretary of State George Shultz.

Justice Department OKs Ga. Voter ID Law 21 Apr 2006 The U.S. Justice Department gave its approval Friday to a Georgia law requiring voters to show a photo ID at the polls. Opponents of the law say it unfairly discriminates against minorities, the poor and the elderly, who are less likely to have a driver's license.

Rowland contractor seeks shorter prison sentence 21 Apr 2006 A Connecticut contractor convicted in the Rowland (R-Convicted) administration corruption case is seeking a shorter prison sentence.

Contractor picked up dinner tab for Harris --Meal may have cost up to $2,800 at restaurant where lawmaker was lobbied 21 Apr 2006 A defense contractor [Mitchell Wade] seeking help from Rep. Katherine Harris for $10 million in federal money last year took her to one of Washington's most exclusive restaurants, where he paid for a meal that may have cost as much as $2,800 and offered to sponsor a campaign fundraiser for her.

Pandemic may mean less effective vaccine testing: specialist 19 Apr 2006 Public fear caused by a flu pandemic could lead to vaccines being rushed out without effective testing or monitoring of side effects, a health specialist warned Tuesday. [See: Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations bill) The new law providing vaccine makers with protection against lawsuits --Among its key provisions are: It allows the secretary of Health and Human Services to issue a declaration that a "disease or other health condition or other threat to health constitutes a public health emergency." The secretary may also issue a declaration if there is a "credible risk" that there may be such a problem in the future. Excludes any state or federal court from reviewing the secretary's decisions under the law.]

WHO confirms 12 human cases of bird flu in Egypt 21 Apr 2006 The World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed on Friday that there have been 12 human cases of bird flu in Egypt, four of them fatal.

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Ex-ambassador says US, UK used testimony obtained under torture 21 Apr 2006 A former United Kingdom ambassador to Uzbekistan told members of European Parliament on Thursday that American and British intelligence services have used terror information obtained by using torture on suspects. "Under the UK-US intelligence sharing agreement, the US and UK have taken a policy decision that they will get testimonies obtained under torture in third countries. I say that with regret and with certainty," said Craig Murray, former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, speaking to MEPs in the temporary committee investigating the alleged use of European countries by the CIA for illegal activities.

"There's an SS group within the agency." The CIA "Wehrmacht" By Ken Silverstein 19 Apr 2006 "An ex-senior agency officer who keeps in contact with his former peers told me that there is a 'big swing' in anti-Bush sentiment at Langley... This former senior officer said there 'seems to be a quiet conspiracy by rational people' at the agency to avoid involvement in some of the particularly nasty tactics being employed by the administration, especially 'renditions...' My source, hardly a softie on the topic of terrorism, said of the split at the CIA: 'There's an SS group within the agency that's willing to do anything and there's a Wehrmacht group that is saying, 'I'm not gonna touch this stuff'."

Romney, Huckabee to visit Guantanamo Bay [Visit? Put them in there!!] 20 Apr 2006 Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) plan to visit on Friday the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, where they'll tour the detention center, attend an intelligence briefing and meet with Defense Department officials... The one-day trip is an opportunity for them to see how the prison operates and to share ideas on the way their state prisons are run, Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom said. [Here is how it's run, morons: Detainee says he was tortured with a scalpel 07 Apr 2006. I guess Rumsfeld, Romney and Huckabee want to watch. --MDR]

Pentagon Guantanamo List Angers Nations 20 Apr 2006 A chorus of complaints against the Bush administration erupted Thursday after the Pentagon released a previously secret list of the names and nationalities of 558 people held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay.

Straw demands release of man with MI5 links from Guantánamo 20 Apr 2006 The British government has formally asked the United States for the release from Guantánamo Bay of a London man who says he was incarcerated after helping MI5 keep track of an alleged Muslim extremist.

Intelligence Director's Budget May Near $1 Billion, Report Finds 20 Apr 2006 The budget next year for National Intelligence Director John D. Negroponte's office and the several agencies attached to it may be near $1 billion or more, according to language buried in the report of the House intelligence committee on the fiscal 2007 intelligence authorization bill.

Spy Chief Says U.S. Intelligence Personnel Number 100,000 20 Apr 2006 The nation's spy chief disclosed for the first time Thursday that the number of U.S. intelligence personnel worldwide totals nearly 100,000.

Rocketing US war spending under fire 21 Apr 2006 WITH the expected passage through the Senate next month of the largest emergency spending bill in American history, annual war expenditures in Iraq will have nearly doubled since the US-led invasion three years ago.

Halliburton 1st-quarter earnings surge 20 Apr 2006 Halliburton Co., the world's No. 2 oilfield services company, posted sharply higher first-quarter earnings on Thursday. The Houston-based company reported first-quarter net income of $488 million, or 91 cents per share, versus $365 million, or 72 cents per share in the year-earlier quarter.

Democrats: Army pays bonus to Halliburton despite overcharges 20 Apr 2006 Democratic senators criticized the Army Corps of Engineers for paying Halliburton over $250 million in costs in Iraq, plus profits and bonuses, despite conclusions by the Pentagon's own auditors that those costs were unreasonably high, unsupported or unjustified.

Iraq corruption probe to expand --American businessman pleads guilty; several Army Reserve officers implicated. 20 Apr 2006 Philip Bloom, the American businessman at the center of a widening inquiry into corruption in Iraq, pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges of conspiracy, bribery, and money laundering for illegally obtaining millions of dollars in 2003 and 2004 that were meant for the reconstruction of Iraq. The New York Times reports that the court papers explaining the plea, and interviews with contractors and government officials in Iraq, show that the case is almost certain to expand to include several senior US Army Reserve officers.

Highly decorated U.S. military officer accused of wrongdoing with Iraq reconstruction 19 Apr 2006 Air Force colonel Kimberly D. Olson is accused of profiting from the post-invasion chaos by using her position to benefit a private security firm that she helped operate, according to interviews and government documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times. Pentagon investigators allege that while on active duty as one of the most powerful figures in Iraq, Olson established a U.S. branch of a South African security firm after helping it win more than $3 million in contracts to provide protection for senior U.S. and British officials, as well as for KBR, a subsidiary of Halliburton Co.

Robbery, not reconstruction, in Iraq By Derrick Z. Jackson 18 Apr 2006 "The great liberator of Iraq was actually the hyena that cleaned out the nation... Money was given to the puppet government with no follow-up. US government investigators can account for only a third of the $1.5 billion given by the CPA to the interim government and it appears that a substantial portion of the $8 billion given to Iraqi ministries went to 'ghost employees.' Because of the way the United States set things up after the invasion, contractors are immune from prosecution by Iraqis. And even when firms are prosecuted, the millions of dollars in fines go to the US Treasury, not the Iraqi people. It amounts to two invasions. First the bombs. Then the banks."

Baghdad mosques become vigilante forts as sectarianism divides suburbs --Shrines store arms and host weapons training --Fears grow that fiefdoms could turn against US 21 Apr 2006 In the wave of sectarian violence that has hit Iraq since the destruction of one of the country's holiest shrines in February, many mosques around Baghdad have become training grounds and weapons stores as much as places of prayer... Hundreds of Baghdad Sunnis have been abducted and murdered in recent weeks, usually by armed men turning up at night, knocking on doors and seizing people. Sunnis wonder how the killers can so easily defy Baghdad's nightly curfew if they are not linked to the police.

Iraq PM Abandons Claim on Another Term 21 Apr 2006 Bowing to intense pressure, Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari agreed Thursday to allow Shiite lawmakers to find someone else to head the new government, abandoning his claim on another term in the face of Sunni and Kurdish opposition.

Berlusconi silent after Prodi declared Italian election victor --Appeal court confirms win for centre-left coalition --New legal challenge rejected within hours 20 Apr 2006 Romano Prodi was last night officially declared the winner of Italy's general election, nine days after polling stations closed. But his opponent, Silvio Berlusconi, who has challenged Mr Prodi's right to form the next government, made no immediate acknowledgement of defeat.

Gov't Concedes No Moussaoui-Reid Evidence 20 Apr 2006 The government conceded Thursday it had no evidence that would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid was to have conducted a terrorist hijacking on Sept. 11, 2001, with Zacarias Moussaoui, as Moussaoui has claimed.

$500K Seized; Strange Situation Reported At Nuclear Plant 19 Apr 2006 (PA) Two workers [for Bechtel Corp.] looking for tools set off a security situation at a Beaver County nuclear power plant that drew a response from police and federal investigators, WTAE Channel reported... A state trooper got a warrant to search the vehicle and found a duffel bag, which he said contained $504,230 in mostly small bills. The men, who are from Houston, said they picked up the bag in Chicago and had no knowledge of its contents, according to police. [MIHOP II thwarted?]

No one claims $500,000 stash in truck 20 Apr 2006 (PA) When security guards at the Beaver Valley Power Station discovered a bag containing thousands of dollars in a tractor-trailer cab, one of the vehicle's occupants told them his boss planned to use the cash to buy a truck. State police said the bag, which guards spotted on Tuesday while conducting a routine search of the tractor-trailer at the entrance to the nuclear power plant, contained 10 plastic-wrapped bundles of cash totaling $504,230. State police were investigating to determine who owns the money and how it got into the tractor-trailer... The truckers worked for a company hired by San Francisco-based Bechtel Corp., which is performing construction work and replacing equipment at the plant, said Richard Wilkins, spokesman for plant owner First Energy Nuclear Operating Co.

Creationist descends on Britain to take debate on evolution into the classroom 21 Apr 2006 A leading creationist [John Mackay] who claims to use science to prove the Bible's version of how the Earth was made begins a controversial tour of Britain today. ...Randall Hardy, Mr Mackay's spokesman in the UK, expressed dismay that leading critics of creationism, such as the zoologist Richard Dawkins, had refused invitations to debate the issue. [OMG! Let's get Michael Rectenwald to debate this academic charlatan right now!]

Georgia OKs Bible Classes, Commandments 20 Apr 2006 Georgia became what is believed to be the first state to offer government-sanctioned elective classes on the Bible, with Gov. Sonny Perdue (R) signing a bill into law Thursday. The governor also signed a bill permitting the display of the Ten Commandments at courthouses...

FOX Poll: Gloomy Economic Views; Bush Approval at New Low 20 Apr 2006 More Americans disapprove than approve of how George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld and Congress are doing their jobs, while a majority approves of Condoleezza Rice. President [sic] Bush’s approval hits a record low of 33 percent this week, clearly damaged by sinking support among Republicans.

Plenty of Embarrassment to Go Around By Dana Milbank 19 Apr 2006 "The Metaphor Alert sounded at the White House at about 9:45 a.m. Minutes earlier, press secretary Scott McClellan had announced his resignation on the South Lawn and hopped aboard Marine One for a trip to Andrews Air Force Base with President [sic] Bush. The helicopter doors closed, the rotors began to spin, and then stopped a minute later. The doors re-opened and the president exited with a shrug. He just can't gain altitude these days."

New WH Policy Chief Was "Brooks Brothers" Rioter By Justin Rood 19 Apr 2006, "The man Bush tapped to fill Karl Rove's spot as his policy wizard is none other than Joel Kaplan, who took part in the infamous 'Brooks Brothers riot' of 2000. That's when a bunch of Washington GOP operatives, posing as outraged Floridians, waved fists, chanted 'Stop the fraud!' and pounded windows in an effort to intimidate officials engaged in the Florida recount effort."

Harris drops L-bomb on Sen. Nelson --Incumbent is 'liberal,' she says 20 Apr 2006 U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris is touring conservative North Florida with a message that has worked well for Republicans running against better-known incumbent Democrats in statewide races. After months on the defensive - her Senate campaign battered by staff defections, upside-down poll numbers and financial woes - the Sarasota congresswoman is calling Sen. Bill Nelson a "liberal."

Big business sees a chance for ethnic and class cleansing --Black and poor residents are excluded from the city elections and they're still finding bodies, but America has lost interest By Gary Younge 20 Apr 2006 (New Orleans) "Having gorged themselves on the undeniable evidence of glaring disparities in race and class, they [the American media] soon got sick and went to sleep. Up in the mostly white and wealthy Garden District, the Boulangerie on Magazine Street offers a delicious choice of croissants. Down in the ninth ward they are still finding dead bodies - nine in March, some half-eaten by animals, plus a skull."

Oil Prices Set New Records 20 Apr 2006 The surging price of oil set more records in trading today, briefly topping $74 per barrel in New York trading.

Oil scales fresh peak in London 20 Apr 2006 Crude oil traded in London has hit a record high of $74.16 a barrel, the seventh consecutive day in which it has set a new price peak.

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20,000 kidnapped in Iraq in 2006 19 Apr 2006 Nearly 20,000 people have been kidnapped in Iraq since the beginning of the year alone, according to a report published today on violence in the war-torn country. The survey, which underscores the massive social upheaval caused by rebel activity and increasing sectarian conflict, does not give the number of people killed. However, it says 15,462 people have been wounded.

With the expected passage this spring of the largest emergency spending bill in history, annual war expenditures in Iraq will have nearly doubled since the U.S. invasion. War Bill Grows With Extra Costs 20 Apr 2006 The cost of the war in Iraq in treasure continues to rise, from $48 billion in 2003 to $59 billion in 2004 to $81 billion in 2005 to an anticipated $94 billion in 2006, according to the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. The U.S. government is now spending nearly $10 billion a month in Iraq and Afghanistan, up from $8.2 billion a year ago, a new Congressional Research Service report found.

Sex and money bought Iraq contracts 20 Apr 2006 A contractor [Philip Bloom] in Iraq has pleaded guilty to providing money, sex and designer watches to US officials in exchange for more than $US8 million ($10.8 million) in reconstruction contracts. [Last paragraph of article:] Also in Baghdad yesterday, separate groups of gunmen entered two primary schools and beheaded two teachers in front of their students, the Ministry of State for National Security said.

Wasted Funds? $190 Million Spent, Only 6 Iraq Health Centers Completed 19 Apr 2006 In March 2004, the Pentagon awarded the California-based company Parsons Global a contract to build 150 health care centers throughout Iraq. Two years later, almost all of them sit idle, including one ABC News visited in the Sadr City section of Baghdad. According to a government audit obtained by ABC News, only six of the promised health care centers have been completed.

UK fights to safeguard immunity of officials accused of torturing Britons --Confessions to bombings made after beatings 17 Apr 2006 The government will argue in Britain's highest court next week that foreign officials who commit torture abroad should be immune from civil action in the English courts. Christopher Greenwood QC will argue for the British government, which has intervened in support of Saudi Arabian officials accused of detaining and torturing four Britons in Saudi jails.

Briton jailed for 15 years in Iraq 20 Apr 2006 A British student who claims he was on a humanitarian mission to Iraq when he was arrested by US forces has been jailed for 15 years for passport violations. It is not known exactly what charges were brought against him by the court, or on what grounds US forces held him. His lawyers claim he did not have a fair hearing as charges were only brought on April 15.

Pentagon Releases Extensive Guantanamo List 19 Apr 2006 The U.S. government released the first list [558 people] of detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay prison on Wednesday the most extensive accounting yet of the hundreds of people held there, nearly all of them labeled enemy combatants.

Blair 'had early Iraq war tip-off' 19 Apr 2006 Tony Blair was warned by a top diplomat to prepare for war in Iraq almost two months before the US-led invasion was finally launched, MPs heard. Britain's former ambassador to Washington Sir Christopher Meyer said "the die was cast for war" before the Prime Minister met pResident Bush on January 31.

Rice: Expect more violence in Iraq 19 Apr 2006 U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says Americans should be prepared for more violence in Iraq -- even after a government 'forms' [is installed] there.

Roadside Bomb Kills Soldier 19 Apr 2006 A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier died yesterday from wounds suffered when a roadside bomb struck his vehicle north of Baghdad, military officials reported today.

Blast Destroys Iraqi Police Station 19 Apr 2006 'Insurgents' blew up a new Iraqi police station under construction south of Baghdad yesterday, military officials reported. The explosion caused half of the building to collapse. Iraqi soldiers from 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, secured the site after the blast to prevent further damage [?!?].

Huge blast rocks Kabul, near U.S. Embassy 19 Apr 2006 A massive explosion rocked the Afghan capital late Wednesday near the diplomatic area where the U.S. Embassy is located.

Study faults US health effort in Iraq, Afghanistan 19 Apr 2006 The United States has botched efforts to improve public health Iraq and Afghanistan, missing a chance to gain support in those countries, an independent report released on Wednesday said.

"New urgency" to curb Iran: US ["Old urgency" to curb Bush: Planet] 19 Apr 2006 Russia said on Wednesday it wanted to refrain from taking action before a U.N. deadline set for Tehran to halt uranium enrichment expired, but a top U.S. official believed other countries were inching toward action.

Prominent U.S. Physicists Send Letter to President Bush on Iran 17 Apr 2006 Thirteen of the nation’s most prominent physicists have written a letter to President [sic] Bush, calling U.S. plans to reportedly use nuclear weapons against Iran "gravely irresponsible" and warning that such action would have "disastrous consequences for the security of the United States and the world."

Italian court confirms Prodi's election win 19 Apr 2006 Italy's supreme court has confirmed Romano Prodi's razor-thin victory over Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in last week's general election, an Italian television news channel said on Wednesday.

Faux News Propagandist Among Possible White House Spokesman Candidates [As opposed to the entire Faux News 'reporters' - de facto White House spokesmen?] 19 Apr 2006 One of the people the White House has approached as a possible replacement for presidential spokesman Scott McClellan is Faux News Radio host Tony Snow. The White House discussed the possibility with Snow as recently as this week.

Rove gets frontline role in Bush team shake-up 19 Apr 2006 George Bush's political guru Karl Rove is to be moved to a frontline role in a major shake-up of the US president's core team designed to boost poll ratings. The shuffle also saw the resignation today of the pResident's official spokesman Scott McClellan.

Rove Gives Up Policy Duties to Focus on Vote [Coups] 19 Apr 2006 The overhaul of the White House staff intensified on Wednesday as Karl Rove, one of the president's most powerful and feared advisers, gave up day-to-day control over the regime's domestic policy to concentrate on the midterm 'elections.'

McClellan Out as White House Press Secretary --Karl Rove Gives Up Policy Oversight to Focus on 2006 'Elections' [coups] 19 Apr 2006 Karl Rove, the pResident's most influential adviser and a dominant force in the Bush regime since its beginning, surrendered key policy responsibilities today while press secretary Scott McClellan announced his resignation.

Rumsfeld: No plan to resign 18 Apr 2006 Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is not considering resigning in the wake of criticism from a number of retired general officers, he said Tuesday.

Prosecutors drop Patriot Act librarian gag order --Feds had sought to silence those who received demand for patrons' records 12 Apr 2006 Federal prosecutors said Wednesday they will no longer seek to enforce a gag order on Connecticut librarians who received an FBI demand for records about library patrons under the Patriot Act.

FBI Rebuffed on Reporter's Files 19 Apr 2006 The family of the late newspaper columnist Jack Anderson yesterday rejected a request by the FBI to turn over 50 years of files to agents who want to look for evidence in the prosecution of two pro-Israel lobbyists, as well as any classified documents Anderson had collected.

Suspicious device found at Atlanta airport 19 Apr 2006 Officials shut down all security checkpoint at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport after a "suspicious device" was detected in a screening machine.

Bush warmongering for Exxon Mobil: Oil hits record $74 on Iran, US gasoline stocks 19 Apr 2006 Oil hit a record $74 a barrel Wednesday on fears Iran's intensifying dispute with the West may hit oil supplies and after U.S. gasoline stocks dropped.

Bush's Approval Remains Low, Pessimism Grows, Poll Shows 19 Apr 2006 President [sic] Bush's job-approval rating slipped for the third consecutive month and remains near the lowest mark of his pResidency, according to a new Harris Interactive poll. Thirty-five percent of 1,008 U.S. adults surveyed in the telephone poll think Mr. Bush is doing an "excellent or pretty good" job as president, down from 36% in March...

The Worst President in History? One of America's leading historians assesses George W. Bush By Sean Wilentz 21 Apr "2006 George W. Bush's presidency appears headed for colossal historical disgrace. Barring a cataclysmic event on the order of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, after which the public might rally around the White House once again [OMFG, don't give Bush bin Laden any more ideas!], there seems to be little the administration can do to avoid being ranked on the lowest tier of U.S. presidents. And that may be the best-case scenario. Many historians are now wondering whether Bush, in fact, will be remembered as the very worst president in all of American history.

Clinton war chest adds weight to rumours of 2008 White House bid 19 Apr 2006 Hillary Clinton increased speculation about her presidential aspirations yesterday with the release of figures that reveal a White House-sized fundraising effort for her Senate re-election campaign.

Judge overturns West Palm's clinic buffer law 18 Apr 2006 A federal judge has ruled that a city law imposing a buffer zone on abortion protesters violates free-speech rights and has ordered the city not to enforce it. [OK, now get rid of the 'First Amendment Zones' for antiwar protesters, you hypocritical whackjobs.]

Source: McKinney fiasco shakes Capitol Police, officer knew her By Robert "Rob" Redding Jr. 19 Apr 2006 "A source said an officer, who says Rep. Cynthia McKinney struck him in the chest with a closed fist, knew who she was, and claims the incident has caused infighting among U.S. Capitol Police. The source, who is close to the ongoing grand jury investigation of the March 29 scuffle, said Paul McKenna, a third year officer in the U.S. Capitol Police, was given a picture of the congresswoman in training. 'No one believes that a man with a name that similar to hers would not know who she is,' the source told Redding News Review. 'He clearly knew who she was and what she looked like but stopped her anyway.'"

Woman Has Rare Case of Bubonic Plague 19 Apr 2006 A woman is in stable condition with bubonic plague, the first confirmed human case in Los Angeles County since 1984, health officials said Tuesday.

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Threat of world war builds, Israel warns 19 Apr 2006 Israel has warned the United Nations that a new "axis of terror" - Iran, Syria and the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority - is sowing the seeds of a new world war. [The actual "axis of terror:" Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld.]

Bush: 'All Options on the Table' With Iran 19 Apr 2006 Dictator Bush said Tuesday that "all options are on the table'' to prevent Iran from developing atomic weapons, but said he will continue to focus on the international diplomatic option to persuade Tehran to drop its nuclear ambitions.

Lock him away to stop the next war --With his presidency reduced to a mess, George W. Bush may just decide to lash out wildly at Iran By Phillip Adams 18 Apr 2006 "We cannot wait any longer for the impeachment of George W. Bush. Far more efficient to have Bush certified. There is no need for further debate on his mental state. The US President is bonkers. Having turned the White House into a madhouse, having taken more lunatic positions on more issues than any head of state since GeorgeIII (are they, perchance, related?). GWB needs a long rest and a change of medication. And it shouldn't be too hard to guide him into a padded cell."

U.S. Envoy: Iran Sanctions Discussed 18 Apr 2006 A U.S. diplomat said Tuesday that envoys from the five permanent Security Council members plus Germany discussed sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, but failed to agree on how to proceed.

Attorney Pursues Iraq Contractor Fraud --Lawyer uses Civil War-era law to go after firms for corruption, but Administration won't help 19 Apr 2006 Lawyer Alan Grayson is waging a one-man war against contractor fraud in Iraq. Mr. Grayson has filed dozens of lawsuits against Iraq contractors on behalf of corporate whistle-blowers. He won a huge victory last month when a federal jury in Virginia ordered a security firm called Custer Battles LLC to return $10 million in ill-gotten funds to the government... There are an estimated 50 such cases pending against Iraq contractors, including large firms like Halliburton Co.'s Kellogg Brown and Root subsidiary. A technicality in the statute, however, has allowed the Bush administration to prevent the other lawsuits from moving forward.

U.S. Contractor Admits Bribery For Jobs in Iraq --Occupation Officials Got Cash and Gifts for Deals 19 Apr 2006 An American businessman [Philip H. Bloom] who is at the heart of one of the biggest corruption cases to emerge from the reconstruction of Iraq has pleaded guilty to conspiracy, bribery and money-laundering charges, according to documents unsealed yesterday in federal court in Washington.

Baghdad street battle smacks of open civil war 18 Apr 2006 Snipers held rooftop positions as masked Sunni Arab insurgents said they were gearing up for another open street battle with pro-government Shi'ite militiamen in Baghdad's Adhamiya district on Tuesday. The Arab Sunni stronghold is still feeling ripples from overnight clashes on Monday that appeared to be the closest yet to all-out sectarian fighting.

On the ground, it's a civil war 14 Apr 2006 The conflict in Iraq is not marked by front lines or raging battles between warring Iraqi factions. There is no Green Line separating sectarian militias, as in Beirut in the 1970s and 1980s, nor are there clearly defined armies and commanders. But by any measure, Iraqis will tell you that their country is embroiled in what amounts to civil war.

Iraqi Resistance Report for events of 17 April 2006. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.

Ministry copes with rising numbers of orphaned children 18 Apr 2006 Orphans in Iraq, who often lack protection, food supplies and medical assistance, require urgent assistance, according to officials at the Orphans Houses Department at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. [Hopefully, the GOPedophiles at the Department of Homeland Suckyourity and TSA don't find them.]

Aid agencies focus on children detainees 18 Apr 2006 The Iraqi juvenile justice system has suffered from neglect and disruption caused by 25 years of crises, according to officials at the UN's Children's Agency, UNICEF.

UN torture panel presses US on detainees 18 Apr 2006 The United Nations committee against torture has demanded that the United States provide more information about its treatment of prisoners at home and foreign terrorism suspects held in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.

Top Officer Ordered to Testify on Abuse --Use of Dogs to Scare Detainees at Issue 19 Apr 2006 A military judge in Washington yesterday ordered prosecutors to produce Army Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller as a defense witness in the trial of a military dog handler accused of abusing detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, the first time a general officer will be compelled to testify in court about controversial [illegal] U.S. interrogation and detention policies.

The 'American Inquisition' By James Reston Jr. 17 Apr 2006 "Through the mist of time, the Spanish Inquisition has come down to us as one of the most barbarous periods in all of history... Clandestine trials, secret prisons, rampant eavesdropping, torture, desecration of Islam's holy books, and gruesome public executions created an atmosphere of pervasive terror. Suspects were assumed to be guilty, with no recourse to a defense, to a jury, or to a legitimate court. In the chaos now roiling the Western world, does any of this sound familiar? It is time to ask whether the United States, with some of these same touchstones, is entering a period of its own peculiar Inquisition."

ACLU Challenges Ohio Patriot Act's Oath Requirement 15 Apr 2006 On Friday, the day the Ohio Patriot Act went into effect, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a writ in the Ohio Supreme Court challenging unnecessary and potentially dangerous requirements of the Act. The section of the Ohio Patriot Act in question requires anyone doing business with the state to sign an oath stating they are not terrorists, do not employ terrorists and has never materially supported terrorist groups. If the person refuses to sign the oath, they may not conduct business with the state. The ACLU's challenge to this provision involves court-appointed attorneys directly, but the oath could be required of social workers, building contractors and vendors, among others. The suit was filed on behalf of lawyer Marc Triplett who objected to the Bellefontaine Municipal Court requiring him to sign a form declaring that he has not assisted or supported a terrorist-related organization as a condition of him receiving court appointments to represent indigent defendants.

F.B.I. Is Seeking to Search Papers of Dead Reporter 19 Apr 2006 The F.B.I. is seeking to go through the files of the late newspaper columnist Jack Anderson to remove classified material he may have accumulated in four decades of muckraking Washington journalism.

CIA mines 'rich' content from blogs 19 Apr 2006 President [sic] Bush and U.S. policy-makers are receiving more intelligence from open sources such as Internet blogs and foreign newspapers than they previously did, senior intelligence officials said. The new Open Source Center (OSC) at CIA headquarters recently stepped up data collection and analysis based on bloggers worldwide and is developing new methods to gauge the reliability of the content, said OSC Director Douglas J. Naquin.

Big Brother is watching closer in NYC 18 Apr 2006 The New York Police Department has started installing the first of 500 security cameras in the city's streets and buildings as part of a plan modeled on London's video surveillance system.

Chertoff: U.S. Still Plans Passport Rule 18 Apr 2006 The Bush administration said Tuesday it still plans to require passports from all foreigners entering the United States by the end of next year, despite calls for a delay by some Republicans worried about strained relations with Canada.

Foreign group taking over Indiana Toll Road 16 Apr 2006 In the biggest highway privatization deal in U.S. history, state officials last week signed an agreement to turn the 157-mile Indiana Toll Road over to a foreign consortium [Spanish-Australian consortium Cintra-Macquarie] that will operate it for a profit for the next 75 years.

Carl Bernstein calls for probe of Bush --Journalist urges Watergate-style investigation in Senate 17 Apr 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Carl Bernstein, who with Bob Woodward helped expose President Nixon's role in the Watergate scandal, Monday called for the U.S. Senate to open a full-scale probe of President [sic] Bush's conduct in office.

Senate Hearings on Bush, Now By Carl Bernstein May 2006 "The ostensible subject: whether Bush should be censured for unconstitutional conduct in ordering electronic surveillance of Americans without a warrant. Raising the worse-than-Watergate question and demanding unequivocally that Congress seek to answer it is, in fact, overdue and more than justified by ample evidence stacked up from Baghdad back to New Orleans and, of increasing relevance, inside a special prosecutor's office in downtown Washington... [I]t is essential that the Senate vote—hopefully before the November elections, and with overwhelming support from both parties—to undertake a full investigation of the conduct of the presidency of George W. Bush, along the lines of the Senate Watergate Committee's investigation during the presidency of Richard M. Nixon."

Chavez Begins Training Civilian Militia 18 Apr 2006 President Hugo Chavez constantly warns Venezuelans a U.S. invasion is imminent. Now he's begun training a civilian militia as well as the Venezuelan army to resist in the only way possible against a much better-equipped force: by taking to the hills and fighting a guerrilla war. Supporters of the president, a former paratroop commander, are increasingly taking up his call. [Of course! *Everyone* can't wait to sign up!]

Bush death threat tied to Purdue University student 18 Apr 2006 A Purdue University graduate student was arrested and charged with threatening to kill Dictator George W. Bush, Laura Bush, Vice pResident Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense [war criminal] Donald Rumsfeld. Vikram Buddhi allegedly posted his messages on a Yahoo finance board. A 'concerned citizen' [Reichwing maggot] contacted the Secret Service office in Dallas to report that a subject was posting threatening messages about Bush, according to the criminal complaint filed in Hammond’s federal court and unsealed Monday.

Bush Defector to Demolish 911 Lies On May 6 (rense.com) 18 Apr 2006 "The former top economist in Bush's Department of Labor, Morgan Reynolds, will speak out on the 9/11 inside job at the State Historical Society, University of Wisconsin-Madison on Saturday, May 6th... Dr. Reynolds, who holds three U.W.-Madison degrees, and who is currently Professor of Economics at Texas A&M University, will present evidence that top Bush Administration officials orchestrated the controlled demolition of the World Trade Center, and the murder of almost 2,500 Americans, as a pretext for initiating their pre-planned 'long war' in the Middle East."

Cheney Tax Return Shows Katrina Tax Benefits for Non-Katrina Charitable Contributions By Michael Kirsch 17 Apr 2006 "It appears that the VP [sic] is a major beneficiary of the Hurricane Katrina tax relief act. In particular, he claimed $6.8 million of charitable deductions, which is 77% of his AGI -- well in excess of the 50% limitation that would have applied absent the Katrina legislation. The press release indicates that the charitable contribution reflects the amount of net proceeds from an independent administrator's exercise of the VP's Halliburton options -- apparently, the VP had agreed back in 2001 that he would donate the net proceeds from the options to charities once they were exercised."

Democrats sue Alaska for election records 18 Apr 2006 The Alaska Democratic Party sued state elections officials Tuesday, asking the court to order the release of electronic voting records from the 2004 statewide election. In the 2004 presidential 'election,' district-by-district counts show 292,268 votes cast for George Bush, but the statewide summary shows 190,889 votes. A total of the district tallies showed U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski receiving 226,992 votes, while the statewide summary showed her getting 149,446 votes.

Sen. Santorum Banks $9M for Pa. Race 17 Apr 2006 Republican Sen. Rick Santorum, considered one of the most vulnerable incumbents, raised more than $3 million in the first three months of the year and has a 2-to-1 cash advantage over his leading Democratic opponent.

'No Child' Law Raises Segregation Fear 18 Apr 2006 (Hartford, CT) The oldest public school in one of the nation's oldest cities, Henry C. Dwight Elementary School finds itself at the center of a growing national debate over whether the nation's newest education experiment is - unexpectedly - encouraging school segregation. That's because the No Child Left Behind Act requires schools to demonstrate that students in specific racial, social and economic groups are making annual progress.

PHEAA's secrets / The aid agency spurns the public on disclosure (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) 18 Apr 2006 "Meet PHEAA [Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency] -- student-aid source, recipient of $420 million a year in public dollars, agency with 16 Pennsylvania legislators on its 21-member board and, oh yes, withholder of public documents... The Patriot-News of Harrisburg reported last year that PHEAA had spent $885,000 on trips to resorts in California's Napa Valley, Maryland's Eastern Shore, Virginia and West Virginia. A trip last June to Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Fayette County cost $135,000 to treat [?!?] 70 people, including 10 legislators on the PHEAA board."

Panel to Propose Exceptions to Governance Rules 19 Apr 2006 An influential advisory committee appointed by the Securities and Exchange Commission is about to formally propose that thousands of smaller companies be exempted from significant parts of the four-year-old law that imposed significant new auditing rules on corporate America.

Crude touches Nymex high at $70.55 a barrel 18 Apr 2006 Crude-oil futures rose to their highest-ever level on the New York Mercantile Exchange early Tuesday amid 'continued concerns about the nuclear standoff between Iran and the west' [corpora-terrorists' greed]. [See: Exxon Chairman Gets $400 Million Retirement Package Amid Soaring Gas Prices --Exxon Made Record Profits in 2005 14 Apr 2006]

Energy stocks soar on $71 oil 18 Apr 2006 Oil and gas stocks set a blistering pace Tuesday, extending their rally into a second session as crude oil futures topped $71 a barrel for the first time.

As oil prices soar, Exxon defends Raymond's $400m farewell 18 Apr 2006 Exxon was forced to defend a near $400m (£230m) retirement package for its outgoing chairman Lee Raymond yesterday as rumours of a shareholder backlash grew. The oil giant made record profits of $36bn last year...

Democrats blast Bush for runaway gasoline prices 18 Apr 2006 Democrats on Tuesday accused President [sic] George W. Bush of an "absence of leadership" for failing to slow the rapid rise of US gasoline (petrol) prices, which now have breached the three dollars per gallon mark in parts of the country.

Scientists condemn US as emissions of greenhouse gases hit record level 19 Apr 2006 The United States emitted more greenhouse gases in 2004 than at any time in history, confirming its status as the world's biggest polluter.

Gore movie puts heat on Bush By Richard Cohen "'An Inconvenient Truth' is a cinematic version of the lecture that [Al] Gore has given for years warning of the dangers of global warming. The case Gore makes is worthy of sleepless nights: Our Earth is in extremis. It's not just that polar bears are drowning because they cannot reach receding ice floes or that 'The Snows of Kilimanjaro' will exist someday only as a Hemingway short story. It's rather that Hurricane Katrina is not past, but prologue."

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Sunni District in Baghdad Is Sealed Off 18 Apr 2006 American and Iraqi troops sealed off one of Baghdad's most prominent Sunni Arab neighborhoods on Monday after a night of raging gun battles that left homes and storefronts riddled with bullets and at least one civilian dead, Iraqi officials and witnesses said. A leading Sunni Arab political group, the Iraqi Islamic Party, released a statement on Monday calling for calm and saying that a "human disaster might occur."

Bullet-riddled bodies surface as Iraq political crisis deepens 17 Apr 2006 At least 17 bullet-riddled bodies of men killed in apparent 'sectarian' [US-engendered] bloodshed, surfaced across Baghdad as Iraq was thrown into political turmoil after leaders cancelled a much-awaited parliament session.

Insurgents mount bold attacks in Baghdad, Ramadi 17 Apr 2006 About 50 'insurgents' mounted a brazen attack on Iraqi forces in Baghdad on Monday, prompting U.S. troops to provide support in a battle that lasted seven hours, a U.S. military spokesman said.

Kidnapped brother of Iraqi Sunni leader killed 17 Apr 2006 Gunmen killed the brother of a top Iraqi Sunni politician, officials said on Monday, in the second killing in days of a relative of a Sunni leader as deadlock over a unity government showed no sign of loosening.

US military deaths rise in Iraq after 5-month fall 17 Apr 2006 U.S. military deaths in Iraq have risen sharply in April -- after five straight months of decline -- amid warnings by American officials that the failure to form a new Iraqi government has helped perpetuate violence.

Car bomb explodes near U.S. post in Iraq 17 Apr 2006 A car apparently driven by a suicide bomber exploded Monday in front of a U.S. observation post in central Iraq, sending up a huge fireball and damaging buildings and cars on a main road.

Roadside bomb kills Royal Scots Dragoons lieutenant 17 Apr 2006 A British soldier killed in southern Iraq by a roadside bomb was last night named as Lieutenant Richard Palmer, 27, of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

No Iraq withdrawal timetable: PM 18 Apr 2006 Prime Minister John Howard said he still had no idea when Australian troops might be pulled out of Iraq. With the country's security situation showing no sign of improving, Mr Howard again refused to put any time limit on Australia's military commitment.

Iraqi women's plight worsens By Bonnie Erbe 17 Apr 2006 "A new poll of leaders of Iraqi women's-rights groups finds that women were treated better and their civil rights were more secure under deposed President Saddam Hussein than under the faltering and increasingly sectarian U.S.-installed government... The report says more men are ordering women to 'take the veil' (wear coverings from head to toe), and fewer women are working in professional jobs than when Saddam was in power."

Supreme Court rejects appeal from Guantanamo detainees 17 Apr 2006 The Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from two Chinese Muslims who were mistakenly captured as 'enemy combatants' more than four years ago and are still being held at the U.S. prison in Cuba... Previously, a federal judge said the detention of the ethnic Uighurs in Guantanamo Bay is unlawful, but that there was nothing federal courts could do.

Top Court Rejects Appeal at Guantanamo 17 Apr 2006 The Supreme Court declined on Monday to consider whether a federal judge can free two Chinese Muslims who remain imprisoned unlawfully at Guantanamo Bay, despite being cleared as "enemy combatants."

Army Activates First Interrogation Battalion 17 Apr 2006 The first joint interrogation and debriefing battalion in the Army stood up April 12 during a ceremony at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The 201st Military Intelligence Battalion is the first of four joint interrogation battalions to be activated in the next several years. Its mission is to conduct detainee screening and interrogation missions [Rumsfeld's torture sessions] in support of military operations throughout the world.

Pentagon declines comment on report of Iran strike plans 17 Apr 2006 The Pentagon declined to comment on a report that US military planning for Iran began in 2002 and has been continually updated since... William Arkin, a well-connected military analyst writing in the Washington Post on Sunday, said the planning has been conducted under the code-name TIRANNT, an acronym for Theater Iran Near Term.

The Pentagon Preps for Iran By William M. Arkin 16 Apr 2006 "In early 2003, even as U.S. forces were on the brink of war with Iraq, the Army had already begun conducting an analysis for a full-scale war with Iran. The analysis, called TIRANNT, for 'theater Iran near term,' was coupled with a mock scenario for a Marine Corps invasion and a simulation of the Iranian missile force. U.S. and British planners conducted a Caspian Sea war game around the same time. And Bush directed the U.S. Strategic Command to draw up a global strike war plan for an attack against Iranian weapons of mass destruction."

"The Germans had concluded, years before the Busheviks decided to go to war with Iraq, that 'Curveball' was a fraud, a liar and a nut." President Bush Now Caught In the Tangled Web of Deception He Spun By Bill Gallagher 18 Apr 2006 "President [sic] George W. Bush's character is diseased. Serial lies spew from his forked tongue as the result of a damaged mind and personality that will not permit him to face the truth. He lies about leaks and leaks about lies... Poor Rummy. All those generals are calling for his head. What took them so long? Rumsfeld is the worst defense secretary in American history and certainly one of the worst military strategists since the invention of gunpowder. The very name Rumsfeld should mean an arrogant person bursting with incompetence."

Hagel: I've lost confidence in Rumsfeld 17 Apr 2006 Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) said Monday he shares the lack of confidence in Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld separately voiced by six retired generals.

Generals advance on Rumsfeld 16 Apr 2006 Republicans are divided over the future of Donald Rumsfeld, America’s embattled defence secretary, as a generals’ revolt against his conduct of the Iraq war gathers force.

Big Rewards for Defense Firms --Extra Fees Paid Regardless of Performance, GAO Finds 17 Apr 2006 In late February 2004, the Army announced that it was canceling plans to build a radar-evading helicopter called the Comanche, a project that was nearly three years behind schedule and more than $3.5 billion over budget. Those problems, however, didn't stop an Army panel a few weeks later from granting the Boeing Co.-Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. partnership running the program a $33.9 million "award fee" for their work on the helicopter, part of more than $200 million in such fees paid to the partnership over four years.

Boeing Parts and Rules Bent, Whistle-Blowers Say 17 Apr 2006 Three whistle-blowers contend that Boeing officials knew from their own audits about thousands of parts that did not meet specifications, allowed them to be installed and retaliated against people who raised questions. They say the parts, manufactured from 1994 to 2002, fit the Federal Aviation Administration's definition of "unapproved" because they lack documentation proving that they are airworthy.

Death squad allegations threaten to derail Bush's last Latin ally 18 Apr 2006 Alvaro Uribe's procession to a second term as Colombia's President hit a stumbling block yesterday as he responded wildly to allegations that his government colluded with paramilitaries to kill civilians. They involve an alleged conspiracy to assassinate leftists and union leaders, and leaking sensitive information to drug traffickers and right-wing paramilitary groups. [Yup, typical Bush ally.]

US ambassador to Venezuela agrees to report activity plans 17 Apr 2006 U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela William Brownfield has agreed to inform the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry of his public activity plans in Venezuela after experiencing repeated harassment here, a government official said on Sunday.

Berlusconi 'trying to do deal to avoid prosecution' 17 Apr 2006 [Bush crony] Silvio Berlusconi refused again yesterday to concede defeat to Romano Prodi's centre-left coalition in the Italian election, demanding the formation of a broad coalition in a letter that commentators said amounted to a request by the media mogul for immunity from prosecution.

National Archives Pact Let C.I.A. Withdraw Public Documents 18 Apr 2006 The National Archives signed a secret agreement in 2001 with the Central Intelligence Agency permitting the spy agency to withdraw from public access records it considered to have been improperly declassified, the head of the archives, Allen Weinstein, disclosed on Monday.

Archives Pledges to End Secret Agreements 18 Apr 2006 The National Archives will no longer enter into secret agreements with federal agencies that want to withdraw records from public access on Archives shelves and will do more to disclose when documents are removed for national security reasons.

CIA CYA: Intelligence agencies classified their reclassifying (The Salt Lake Tribune) 17 Apr 2006 "Question: How many government spooks does it take to screw in a light bulb? Answer: Sorry, that's been reclassified. We learned last week that a dubious program in which thousands of pages of once-classified historical documents were removed from public view was protected by an agreement in which the National Archives and Records Administration covertly helped the Air Force, the CIA and other agencies to pull the documents and cover up the reclassification effort."

Citing Security, C.I.A. Seeks Suit's Dismissal 18 Apr 2006 State secrets are involved in a lawsuit against the Central Intelligence Agency brought by the wife of a former covert operative, lawyers for the agency said yesterday in a New York federal court, arguing that national security will be at risk if the case is allowed to proceed.

US-style terror alerts for UK 17 Apr 2006 A cross-party committee investigating the background to the July 7 bombings is expected to recommend a transparent official public warning system for the threat posed by terrorist attacks. It would be similar to the kind that has proved controversial in America... One of the most controversial uses of the elevated level came in August 2004, in the thick of the election campaign, immediately after a Democratic convention thought to have been a triumph for John Kerry. "I am concerned that every time something happens that's not good for President Bush, he plays this trump card, which is terrorism," Mr Kerry's former rival for the Democratic nomination Howard Dean told CNN at the time. [Well, the bird flu card is next in the deck.]

From the 'people' who brought you the Hurricane Katrina response: Bush expected to approve dramatic pandemic flu response plan 17 Apr 2006 U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush is expected to approve within days a national pandemic influenza response plan under which the government would expand the Internet and possibly permit foreign countries to print U.S. currency during a flu pandemic. [Not to mention, National Guard troops could be dispatched to cities facing possible "insurrection." See: U.S. Plan For Flu Pandemic Revealed 16 Apr 2006]

U.S. Solicits Border Surveillance Technology Proposals 17 Apr 2006 The long-awaited request for proposals for the Department of Homeland Security's Secure Border Initiative-Net was released last week, marking the start of competition for a contract worth an estimated $2 billion.

Busted '5 Tons of Coke' Plane's Owners: "Royal Sons," Tom DeLay Appointee By Daniel Hopsicker 17 Apr 2006 "One of the two owners of the DC9 (tail number N900SA) busted at an airport in the Yucatan last week after lumbering in from Caracas, Venezuela carrying an astonishing 5.5 TONS of cocaine was appointed in 1993 to the Business Advisory Council of the National Republican Congressional Committee by then-Congressional Majority Leader Tom DeLay, The MadCowMorningNews can exclusively report."

Mississippi Senators' Rail Plan Challenged --War Bill Includes Millions to Move Just-Rebuilt [Carlyle Group-owned] CSX Freight Line 18 Apr 2006 Mississippi's two Republican U.S. senators included $700 million in an emergency war spending bill to relocate a Gulf Coast rail line that has already been rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina at a cost of at least $250 million.

Georgia governor signs sweeping immigration law 17 Apr 2006 The state of Georgia approved a sweeping measure on Monday to crack down on illegal immigrants and the people who hire them as a passionate debate on immigration heats up in the United States.

Ryan, Ex-Illinois Governor, Convicted of Corruption 17 Apr 2006 Former Illinois Governor George Ryan, who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for commuting the state's death sentences [right, that was the actual 'crime' for which the Reichwing convicted him], was convicted today of charges that he took cash, gifts and trips in exchange for state contracts.

Two Gulf Coast papers win Pulitzers for Katrina work 17 Apr 2006 The Times-Picayune of New Orleans and The Sun Herald of Gulfport, Miss., each won the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday for their dauntless coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. The Times-Picayune also received the Pulitzer in breaking news reporting for its storm coverage.

Puddles as wetlands (The Toledo Blade) 17 Apr 2006 "Nobody would color the Bush Administration green. However, it claims it has not only reversed decades of wetlands loss but increased wetlands acreage by nearly a couple hundred thousand acres to more than a hundred million in six years. How did it do that? By changing the definition of wetlands and including lots more land that's - well - wet. Talk about fuzzy math... According to the federal regulatory code, marshy areas with saturated soils and plants with roots that live in water at some point are wetlands. The description at the Interior Department, however, is much more expansive, even including parts of golf courses and man-made ponds, providing the surface is under 20 acres."

Death, famine, drought: cost of 3C global rise in temperature --Change would destroy half of nature reserves 15 Apr 2006 Global temperatures will rise by an average of 3C due to climate change and cause catastrophic damage around the world unless governments take urgent action, according to the UK government's chief scientist. In a stark warning issued yesterday Sir David King said that a rise of this magnitude would cause famine and drought and threaten millions of lives.

The Dead Sea is 'dying' 17 Apr 2006 The Dead Sea is dying, with the world's saltiest water body threatened by a lack of fresh water and an increasingly tense political situation, environmentalists have warned.

1,000 miles of devastation --Danube reached over 8 metres (26ft) above its highest-ever level 17 Apr 2006 The Blue Danube of legend was yesterday a torrent of brackish floodwater after it burst its banks in Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria, causing widespread destruction and raising fears of mass evacuations. Romanian officials began a programme of controlled flooding, after the Danube reached its highest levels for more than a century, to prevent low-lying villages being submerged.

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Spy Chief: CIA Detainees Will Be Held Indefinitely --U.S. Director of National Intelligence says accused Al-Qaeda members will remain in secret prisons as long as 'war on terror continues.' 12 Apr 2006 The U.S. Director of National Intelligence, John D. Negroponte, told TIME told that three dozen or so of the worst al-Qaeda terrorists held in secret CIA prisons are likely to remain in captivity as long as the "war on terror continues." ...Negroponte's comments appear to be the first open acknowledgement of the secret U.S. detention system and the fact that captives such as Khalid Shaikh Mohammad may be held indefinitely.

"We are fiddling with rights that only a few years ago seemed untouchable." Europe, Too, Takes Harder Line in Handling Terrorism Suspects 17 Apr 2006 Many European governments, including some that had criticized the United States for its antiterrorism measures, have been extending their own surveillance and prosecution powers. Officials, lawyers and human rights experts say that Europe, too, is experiencing a slow erosion of civil liberties as governments increasingly put the prevention of possible terrorist actions ahead of concerns to protect the rights of people suspected, but not convicted, of a crime.

Rights group urges French inquiry into alleged CIA rendition flights 16 Apr 2006 The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) is urging French prosecutors to open a judicial inquiry into allegations that CIA-operated rendition flights stopped at French airports. A local French prosecutor has already opened a preliminary investigation into claims that CIA planes which landed at Le Bourget airport outside Paris carried terror suspects being transported to countries where they could be subject to torture.

Guantanamo Tortures Approved by Rumsfeld 16 Apr 2006 US Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, whom many American generals call to resign due to the Iraqi fiasco and torture scandals revealed in the country, allegedly approved the abusive and degrading tortures in Guantanamo Bay.

Rumsfeld under renewed attack 16 Apr 21006 Senior Democrats sought to raise the heat on embattled Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Sunday as Republicans and the Pentagon came together to defend him and the way he has conducted the war in Iraq.

General Reveals Rift with Rumsfeld on Insurgents 15 Apr 2006 A military assessment of the Iraqi insurgency in late 2004 concluded that it had the active support of millions of Sunnis who rejected the legitimacy of a U.S. installed government, according to Lt. Gen. John R. Vines, who led all coalition [occupation] forces in Iraq from January 2005 to January 2006.

Behind the Military Revolt By Richard Holbrooke 16 Apr 2006 "...[The] target is not just Rumsfeld. [Retired Marine Lt. Gen. Greg] Newbold hints at this; others are more explicit in private. But the only two people in the government higher than the secretary of defense are the president and vice president... But if he [Bush] keeps Rumsfeld, he risks more resignations -- perhaps soon -- from generals who heed Newbold's stunning call that as officers they took an oath to the Constitution and should now speak out on behalf of the troops in harm's way and to save the institution that he feels is in danger of falling back into the disarray of the post-Vietnam era."

US plots 'new liberation of Baghdad' 16 Apr 2006 The American military is planning a "second liberation of Baghdad" to be carried out with the Iraqi army when a new government is installed.

Killings lead to brain drain from Iraq 17 Apr 2006 At least 182 academics have been killed since the invasion in 2003 and there have been many more kidnappings and murder attempts... Many believe that the targeting of professionals is part of an orchestrated campaign.

4 Marines killed in Iraq 16 Apr 2006 Four U.S. Marines were killed in action in Anbar province west of Baghdad, the U.S. military said Sunday.

US kills seven Afghan civilians 17 Apr 2006 The US military has admitted killing seven civilians during a battle with 'insurgents' in Afghanistan.

US - Led Forces Probe Afghan Civilian Deaths 17 Apr 2006 U.S.-led occupation forces have launched an investigation into the deaths of seven Afghan civilians during an offensive against 'Taliban and other militants' [resistance fighters] in the east of the country over the weekend, a statement said. [The U.S. is going to investigate... *itself.*]

Contract Dispute Delays Body Armor Tests 16 Apr 2006 A dispute over testing is stalling the Army's plans to move ahead with buying a new high-tech body armor now off-limits to soldiers... Murray Neal, Pinnacle Armor's chief executive officer, said he is worried the vests may be tampered with before the ballistic tests are conducted _ potentially giving the Army an excuse not to buy from Pinnacle Armor.

A Bad Leak (The New York Times) 16 Apr 2006 "Mr. Bush did not declassify the National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq — in any accepted sense of that word — when he authorized I. Lewis Libby Jr., through Vice President Dick Cheney, to talk about it with reporters. He permitted a leak of cherry-picked portions of the report. The declassification came later. And this president has never shown the slightest interest in disclosure, except when it suits his political purposes. He has run one of the most secretive administrations in American history, consistently withholding information and vital documents not just from the public, but also from Congress. Just the other day, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told the House Judiciary Committee that the names of the lawyers who reviewed Mr. Bush's warrantless wiretapping program were a state secret."

NASA Won't Release DART Mission Report Saying the information is too sensitive, NASA announced Friday that it will not release its report on the failed rendezvous of two spacecraft [Demonstration for Autonomous Rendezvous Technology] in what would have been the first such maneuver without human intervention.

NYPD Deploys First of 500 Security Cameras 16 Apr 2006 Along a stretch of street in Brooklyn, wireless video cameras peer down from lamp posts about 30 feet above the sidewalk. They were the first installment of a program to place 500 cameras throughout the city at a cost of $9 million. Hundreds of additional cameras could follow if the city receives $81.5 million in federal grants it has requested to safeguard Lower Manhattan and parts of midtown with a surveillance "ring of steel" modeled after security measures in London's financial district.

US government wants PayPal records 13 Apr 2006 The US government has ordered online auctioneer eBay's payment service PayPal to turn over records that could expose foreign accounts where tax cheats have hidden money [?!?], PayPal said last night.

Senior officers undermine Yard claims on shot Brazilian 17 Apr 2006 Fresh doubt has been cast on a statement by the Metropolitan police commissioner, Sir Ian Blair, that he and his aides did not know for 24 hours that the Brazilian shot dead by his officers at Stockwell Tube station was an innocent man. Two senior officers, one a counter-terrorism expert, have given testimony that appears to contradict Blair’s claims.

"Among the issues: a touch-screen voting machine that 'blew up like an M80'" [Great!] Election called a mess 14 Apr 2006 Claiming that scores of votes from last month's Cook County (IL) primary still haven't been accurately counted, a group of Republicans and losing candidates called for several unprecedented fixes Thursday, ranging from an audit of ballots to an entirely new election. Democrat Frank Avila, a lawyer, said he has lined up close to 30 plaintiffs, mostly Democratic primary losers, for a possible federal lawsuit to seek recounts in every race... Among the issues, Maureen Murphy [vice chair of the county GOP and a member of the county Board of Review] said, were a touch-screen voting machine that "blew up like an M80" [Too bad they all didn't suffer the same fate, in 2000 and 2004.] and had to be unplugged; machines showing votes that hadn't been cast; and machines not working at all. In one meeting she asked about 125 judges how many of them were confident that every vote at their polling place had been counted, and no hands went up, she said.

Senator expects seven lawmakers to go to jail 14 Apr 2006 US Senator Tom Coburn, MD (R-OK) isn't naming names, but he expects six congressmen and a fellow senator will go to jail. That's because he thinks they'll be facing corruption charges following investigations involving lobbyist Jack Abramoff and others.

US turns back the clock: racially segregated schools get OK 16 Apr 2006 Fifty years after the US abolished segregated schools, the state of Nebraska has been accused of seeking to carve up its largest school district along broadly racial lines.

Feeling taxed? Not big business --Two decades of cuts have slashed Oregon's corporate tax burden, and households are footing the bill 16 Apr 2006 When Oregonians file their state income tax returns Monday, they will be on track to pay $10.6 billion over two years -- nearly 90 percent of the tab for state government -- while corporations that do business in Oregon will pay $705 million.

Oil Rises to $70 in New York on Gasoline Demand, Iran Standoff [Exxon Mobil's greed] 17 Apr 2006 Crude oil topped $70 a barrel in New York, nearing a record, on concern changes to U.S. gasoline content will disrupt supplies as the peak driving season begins. [See: Exxon Chairman Gets $400 Million Retirement Package Amid Soaring Gas Prices --Exxon Made Record Profits in 2005 14 Apr 2006]

Canada confirms 5th case of mad cow disease 16 Apr 2006 The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Sunday that tests have confirmed mad cow disease in a cow in British Columbia, the country's fifth case of the brain-wasting illness.

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U.S. arming of Iraq cops skates close to legal line --Required checks on rights abuses skipped 15 Apr 2006 U.S. officials are doling out millions of dollars of arms and ammunition to Iraqi police units without safeguards required to ensure they are complying with American laws that ban taxpayer-financed assistance for foreign security forces engaged in human-rights violations, according to an internal State Department review.

US firms suspected of bilking Iraq funds --Millions missing from program for rebuilding 16 Apr 2006 American contractors swindled hundreds of millions of dollars in Iraqi funds, but so far there is no way for Iraq's government to recoup the money, according to US investigators and civil attorneys tracking fraud claims against contractors. Legal roadblocks have prevented Iraq from recovering funds that were seized from the Iraqi government by the US-led occupation and then paid to contractors who failed to do the work.

"The question at this point is not whether Secretary Rumsfeld should resign, it's whether he should be indicted." U.S.: Rumsfeld Potentially Liable for Torture 14 Apr 2006 Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld could be criminally liable for the torture of a detainee at Guantanamo Bay in late 2002 and early 2003, Human Rights Watch said today. A December 20, 2005 Army Inspector General's report, obtained by Salon.com this week, contains a sworn statement by Lt. Gen. Randall M. Schmidt that implicates Secretary Rumsfeld in the abuse of detainee Mohammad al-Qahtani. Based on an investigation that he carried out in early 2005, which included two interviews with Rumsfeld, Gen. Schmidt describes the defense secretary as being "personally involved" in al-Qahtani's interrogation.

White House uses big guns to defend Rumsfeld 17 Apr 2006 The Pentagon has issued a memorandum to a group of former military commanders and civilian analysts that challenges criticisms by retired generals of the Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld.

Pentagon Memo Aims to Counter Rumsfeld Critics 16 Apr 2006 The Defense Department has issued a memorandum to former military commanders and analysts that offers a direct challenge to the criticisms made by retired generals about Defense Secretary [war criminal] Donald H. Rumsfeld. The one-page memorandum was sent by e-mail on Friday to the group, which includes several retired generals who appear regularly on television, and came as the Bush regime stepped up its own defense of Mr. Rumsfeld.

Boston Globe poll: Six retired US generals have called for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to resign, claiming he should be held accountable for the chaos in Iraq. Do you think Rumsfeld should be ousted? Yes - 89.9% No - 8.1% I don't know. - 2.0% Total votes: 2247 [Poll snapshot: 10:40 DST 16 Apr 2006]

Milan Wants CIA Agents Extradited 15 Apr 2006 The Milan, Italy prosecutor´s office said it will press ahead for the extradition of Central Intelligence agents that operated illegally in Italy. The CIA agents were apparently involved in the 2003 kidnapping of terror suspect Egyptian Iman Asan Mustafa Osama Nasr, alias Abu Omar, from Milan and his transfer to Cairo through Germany.

Twenty dead in Iraq attacks 16 Apr 2006 At least 20 people were killed in a string of attacks in Iraq today, including bombings against a market and a minibus. A predawn raid by the US military on a suspected 'al-Qaeda' hideout southwest of Baghdad also left five alleged 'insurgents' and a woman dead.

U.S. Raid Leaves Six People Dead South of Baghdad 16 Apr 2006 Six people were killed during a pre-dawn raid Sunday, when U.S. troops stormed into a house looking for an 'al Qaeda' suspect south of Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

Iraq car bomb kills at least 10 16 Apr 2006 At least 10 people were killed and 20 injured when a car bomb exploded in the Iraqi town of Mahmudiya south of Baghdad, Iraqi police say.

Baghdad Car Blast Kills 7 and Injures 24 15 Apr 2006 A car bomb killed at least seven people and wounded 24 on a busy avenue Saturday. The blast occurred at lunchtime outside an east Baghdad restaurant frequented by police officers, four of whom were among the injured, Sgt. Sabah Mohsen said.

British soldier killed in bomb blast in south Iraq 16 Apr 2006 A British soldier was killed in a bomb blast in south Iraq on Saturday, the Defense Ministry said.

47 killed in major Afghan battle 15 Apr 2006 Forty-one suspected Taliban and six policemen were killed in a major battle in southern Afghanistan in an area where the 'Taliban leader' once lived, a governor said Saturday. The battle southwest of Kandahar city lasted almost the entire day Friday, with helicopters from the US-led occupation firing rockets assisting Afghan forces on the ground.

US analysts detail war plans against Iran 16 Apr 2006 The United States began planning a full-scale military campaign against Iran that involves missile strikes, a land invasion and a naval operation to establish control over the Strait of Hormuz even before the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, a former US intelligence analyst disclosed.

Blair refuses to back Iran strike 16 Apr 2006 Tony Blair has told George Bush that Britain cannot offer military support to any strike on Iran, regardless of whether the move wins the backing of the international community, government sources claimed yesterday. [?!? See: Britain took part in mock Iran invasion --Pentagon planned for Tehran conflict with war game involving UK troops 15 Apr 2006 British officers took part in a US war game aimed at preparing for a possible invasion of Iran, despite repeated claims by the foreign secretary, Jack Straw, that a military strike against Iran is inconceivable.]

Iran warns against US attack 16 Apr 2006 Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Sunday that any U.S. attack on Iran over its nuclear programme would plunge the region into instability. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan also warned that U.S. military intervention in Iran was not the best solution to resolve the nuclear standoff.

U.S. strike on Iran could make Iraq look like a warm-up bout 15 Apr 2006 "The most dangerous delusion is that a conflict [with Iran] would be either small or quick," says Richard Haass, the president of the non-partisan Council on Foreign Relations. Haass, who until July 2003 was a principal adviser to former secretary of state Colin Powell, says destroying Iran's nuclear capacity would require numerous cruise missiles and aircraft... The bluntest assessment of diplomatic success came from Karl Rove, U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush's political adviser and deputy chief of staff, who told a Houston audience Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was "not a rational human being." [OK, but at least he *is* a human being - and hence, trumps Bush. --LRP]

'Speak softly, don't argue and slow down' 16 Apr 2006 The State Department in Washington has joined forces with American industry to plan an image make-over by issuing guides for Americans travelling overseas on how to behave. Under a programme starting next month, several leading US companies will give employees heading abroad a "World Citizens Guide" featuring 16 etiquette tips on how they can help improve America's battered international image. [If we could only get rid of Bush and Cheney Halliburton, America's image would improve a googol-fold.]

The joke's on Bush as Chavez strikes it even luckier --Estimated oil reserves have just overtaken those of Saudi Arabia 16 Apr 2006 Venezuela has just overtaken Saudi Arabia in its estimated oil reserves to become number one in the world. Venezuela is here to stay. When the reports of the country's latest good fortune came through to New York, a banker turned to me and said: "Surely by now George Bush must realise God is not on his side."

Venezuela nationalizes two oilfields 15 Apr 2006 Powering ahead with stringent nationalist reforms, Hugo Chávez's Venezuela is showing multinational oil firms little mercy. Tense relations between private firms and Mr. Chávez's government escalated last week when the government seized fields operated by two European oil giants - France's Total and Italy's ENI - after the two companies snubbed government demands to convert their contracts to joint ventures with the state by April 1.

I knew the Bush regime would drop a bombshell on Easter Sunday, when everyone is busy hunting for Easter eggs! Buried in this PentaPost article is this nugget from Homeland Suckyourity's chief medical officer: National Guard troops could be dispatched to cities facing possible "insurrection." U.S. Plan For Flu Pandemic Revealed --Multi-Agency Proposal Awaits Bush's Approval 16 Apr 2006 Dictator Bush is expected to approve soon a national pandemic influenza response plan that identifies more than 300 specific tasks for federal agencies... the Bush administration would tap into its secure stash of medications [?!?], cancel large gatherings... National Guard troops could be dispatched to cities facing possible "insurrection," said Jeffrey W. Runge, chief medical officer at the Department of Homeland Security. [See: The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878.]

"The detention period expires at 7.06am on Thursday, 20 April." Terror suspect 'quizzed on laptop images' 15 Apr 2006 (UK) The 20-year-old Muslim man arrested in an anti-terror operation was interrogated by police at Glasgow Airport eight days earlier, when he was about to fly to Pakistan, it emerged last night. Police stopped Mohammed Siddique on 5 April and questioned him for more than four hours in relation to images found on a laptop computer he was carrying.

More time to quiz terror suspect 14 Apr 2006 Police have been granted more time to question a 20-year-old man who was detained under the Terrorism Act in a Scottish town. At a special hearing, the sheriff gave permission to extend the period Mohammad Siddique was held to a total of seven days.

Britain needs terrorism tsar, says Labour MP 14 Apr 2006 Britain needs a counter-terrorism minister to maintain the impetus of reform after the London bombings, a senior Labour MP said today.

Spain's Supreme Court throws out convictions of three men in 9/11 terror case 08 Apr 2006 Spain's Supreme Court on Friday threw out the convictions of three men found guilty last year of being part of an al-Qaida-linked group after prosecutors agreed there was not sufficient evidence to jail them, a court official said. The men -- Driss Chebli, Sadik Merizak and Abdelaziz Benyaich -- were among 18 people convicted in a high-profile trial last year linked to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Calif. Residents: No Sign of Terror Cell 15 Apr (Lodi, CA) Ten months ago, FBI agents arrested a father and son and detained two Muslim clerics, suggesting the men were participants in activities linked to terrorism... Today, however, as jurors deliberate in the trial of the father and son, who are charged with lying about whether the son attended an al-Qaida training camp in Pakistan, residents said that what they saw in the nine-week trial assured them that their fears were unfounded.

US to deport ex-professor accused in terrorism case --Palestinian activist makes agreement 15 Apr 2006 Federal authorities have decided to deport a former Florida professor and longtime Palestinian rights activist after failing to convict him of charges that he helped finance terrorist attacks in Israel.

50 million Medicaid recipients will soon have to produce birth certificates, passports 16 Apr 2006 More than 50 million Medicaid recipients will soon have to produce birth certificates, passports or other documents to prove that they are United States citizens, and everyone who applies for coverage after June 30 will have to show similar documents under a new federal law.

Bush urges Congress to make tax cuts permanent 15 Apr 2006 President [sic] George W. Bush on Saturday pressed Congress to extend tax cuts [for the wealthy], saying they create jobs and economic growth.

Homeless arrests in L.A. ruled unconstitutional 14 Apr 2006 A U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday that a Los Angeles city policy of arresting homeless people found sitting, lying or sleeping in public access areas is unconstitutional.

3 degrees: Chief scientist warns bigger rise in world's temperature will put 400 million at risk 15 Apr 2006 The world's temperature is on course to rise by more than three degrees Centigrade despite efforts to combat global warming, Britain's chief scientist has warned.

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Baghdad Morgue Overflowing Daily 14 Apr 2006 As sectarian [US] killings continue to rise in Iraq, the central morgue in Baghdad is unable to keep up with the daily influx of bodies. The morgue is receiving a minimum of 60 bodies a day and sometimes more than 100, a morgue employee told IPS on condition of anonymity. At the cemetery administration, an official told IPS: "From February 1 to March 31, we've logged and buried 2,576 bodies from Baghdad."

Sunnis accuse Iraqi forces of murdering 68 14 Apr 2006 Prominent Sunni Arab leaders accused Shia-led [US-installed] Iraqi government forces of killing 68 people in the past week. Amid increasing sectarian bloodshed which Sunnis blame on alleged government [US] death squads, the principal Sunni Arab organisation in Iraq accused security services linked to the government of having tortured and killed 68 Iraqis.

Dead Cities By Chris Floyd 14 Apr 2006 "Of all the war crimes that have flowed from the originating crime of President [sic] George W. Bush's unprovoked invasion of Iraq, perhaps the most flagrant was the destruction of Fallujah in November 2004. Now, as ignominious defeat looms for Bush's Babylonian folly, some of the key players in fomenting the war are urging that the 'Fallujah Option' be applied to an even bigger target: Baghdad."

U.S. building its largest embassy in Iraq --The fortress-like compound rising beside the Tigris River here will be the largest of its kind in the world, the size of Vatican City, with the population of a small town, its own defense force [ Blackwater USA terrorists?], self-contained power and water [Halliburton boondoggle], and a precarious perch at the heart of Iraq's turbulent future. The new U.S. Embassy also seems as cloaked in secrecy as the ministate in Rome. [A nice, big target for the Iraqi resistance?]

Two Marines killed, 22 hurt in Iraq fighting --Two of wounded in critical condition after 'enemy action' in Anbar province 14 Apr 2006 Two U.S. Marines were killed and 22 wounded — two of them critically — in fighting in western Iraq, the U.S. military said Saturday. It was the largest number of American casualties reported from a single engagement in weeks.

Four dead in Iraq mosque bombings 14 Apr 2006 Four people have been killed and five others wounded by two roadside bombs that exploded near two Sunni mosques in the Iraqi city of Baquba as worshippers finished Friday prayers.

At least 17 Iraqi police officers killed in ambush 14 Apr 2006 Gunmen ambushed a large police convoy in a rural area north of the capital on Thursday, killing at least 17 officers, according to a police lieutenant.

13 killed in Baghdad market blast 14 Apr 2006 Thirteen people have been killed and eight wounded in a car bomb attack on a market located in a Shia-dominated Baghdad neighbourhood, an Interior Ministry official said. The blast occurred at 7:45pm (1545 GMT) on Thursday on the outskirts of Baghdad's western Kadhimiyah neighbourhood, the official said.

British troops hurt in Iraq and Afghanistan attacks 14 Apr 2006 Seven British soldiers have suffered minor injuries in incidents in Afghanistan and Iraq.

U.S. military buys back data from Afghans [*Morons.*] Merchants sell stolen information back to investigators for thousands 14 Apr 2006 American investigators armed with a "box full" of [taxpayers'] cash have paid thousands of dollars to buy back stolen computer drives — many of which contain sensitive military data, shopkeepers outside the main U.S. military base in Afghanistan said Friday.

US will push for asset freeze, sanctions on Iran 14 Apr 2006 The United States will push its allies next week to consider targeted sanctions on Iran that include a freeze on assets and visa restrictions, the State Department said on Friday.

Britain took part in mock Iran invasion --Pentagon planned for Tehran conflict with war game involving UK troops 15 Apr 2006 British officers took part in a US war game aimed at preparing for a possible invasion of Iran, despite repeated claims by the foreign secretary, Jack Straw, that a military strike against Iran is inconceivable. The war game, codenamed Hotspur 2004, took place at the US base of Fort Belvoir in Virginia in July 2004. Hotspur took place at a time of accelerated US planning after the fall of Baghdad for a possible conflict with Iran.

Army report on al-Qaida accuses Rumsfeld --Donald Rumsfeld said to have been "personally involved" in a Guantánamo Bay interrogation. 15 Apr 2006 Donald Rumsfeld was directly linked to prisoner abuse for the first time yesterday, when it emerged he had been "personally involved" in a Guantánamo Bay interrogation found by military investigators to have been "degrading and abusive". Human Rights Watch last night called for a special prosecutor to be appointed to investigate whether the defence secretary could be criminally liable for the treatment of Mohamed al-Qahtani, a Saudi al-Qaida suspect forced to wear women's underwear, stand naked in front of a woman interrogator, and to perform "dog tricks" on a leash, in late 2002 and early 2003.

Bush Says Defense Chief Rumsfeld Has His Full Support 14 Apr 2006 U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush said Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has his "full support and deepest appreciation" following calls for Rumsfeld's resignation by six retired U.S. generals.

List of Defense Secretary's critics gets longer 14 Apr 2006 A sixth former general joined the criticism of Defense Secretary [war criminal] Donald Rumsfeld on Thursday, saying Rumsfeld should resign for mishandling the war in Iraq. "We need a new secretary of Defense," retired major general Charles Swannack, former commander of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division, said on CNN.

Cheney Authorized Leak of CIA Report, Libby Says By Murray Waas 14 Apr 2006 "Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney directed his then-chief of staff, I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, on July 12, 2003 to leak to the media portions of a then-highly classified CIA report that Cheney hoped would undermine the credibility of former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, a critic of the Bush administration's Iraq policy, according to Libby's grand jury testimony in the CIA leak case and sources who have read the classified report."

White House admits Iraq WMDs error 13 Apr 2006 The White House has acknowledged for the first time that a key moment in post-war Iraq, the declaration by George Bush that "we have found the weapons of mass destruction", was based on intelligence known in Washington to be false.

14 war protesters arrested near Bush ranch 14 Apr 2006 Fourteen war protesters were arrested Friday near President [sic] Bush's ranch, once again challenging a county roadside camping ban.

CIA failed to warn of Indian N-tests: Secret documents 14 Apr 2006 US intelligence failed to warn of India's nuclear tests conducted in 1974 and 1998 despite tracking the Asian giant's atomic weapons potential for nearly half a century, according to documents declassified on Thursday.

Blair urged to appoint terrorism minister 14 Apr 2006 Tony Blair has been urged to appoint a counter[pro]-terrorism minister to coordinate the battle against violent extremism.

ISP snooping gaining support 14 Apr 2006 The explosive idea of forcing Internet providers to record their customers' online activities for future police access is gaining ground in state capitols and in Washington, D.C. Top Bush administration officials have endorsed the concept [gee, there's a big f*cking surprise], and some members of the U.S. Congress have said federal legislation is needed to aid law enforcement investigations into child pornography [Yes, but then what would the GOPedophiles working for Homeland Suckyourity and the TSA read?]

Focus on terrorism left government unprepared for Katrina, report says 14 Apr 2006 The Homeland 'Security' Department's focus on terrorist threats left it unprepared to deal with a natural disaster on the scale of Hurricane Katrina, the agency's internal watchdog says. [Bush is terrorist threat we need to deal with is *Bush.*]

Judge rules Allstate's policy exclusions "valid and enforceable" 14 Apr 2006 Provisions in Allstate Insurance Co.'s policies that exclude damage from Hurricane Katrina's flood waters are "valid and enforceable," a federal judge in Mississippi has ruled - a setback for Gulf Coast policyholders whose claims were denied by the insurer.

Hero from Katrina evacuation faces federal indictment 14 Apr 2006 A man hailed by some as a hero for stealing a school bus the day after Hurricane Katrina to take 60 stranded residents to safety in Houston has been indicted on 'federal drug and gun charges' [?!?]. [So, the Allstate 'insurance' company steals millions of dollars, and the hero who saved lives who is under federal indictment?]

E-Mails Cited in Lobbyist, Bush Aide Ties 15 Apr 2006 A batch of 278 e-mails between lobbyist Jack Abramoff and a Bush administration official show a highly inappropriate relationship where gifts and business interests mixed freely and frequently, federal prosecutors said Friday.

Exxon Chairman Gets $400 Million Retirement Package Amid Soaring Gas Prices --Exxon Made Record Profits in 2005 14 Apr 2006 Last year, Exxon made the biggest profit of any company ever, $36 billion, and its retiring chairman appears to be reaping the benefits. Exxon is giving Lee Raymond nearly $400 million, including pension, stock options and other perks... New corporate documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission revealed Raymond's retirement deal and his $51.1 million paycheck in 2005. That's equivalent to $141,000 a day, nearly $6,000 an hour.

Bush Pays $187,768 in 2005 Taxes; Cheney Gets $1.94 Mln Refund 14 Apr 2006 President [sic] George W. Bush paid $187,768 in taxes on taxable income last year of $618,694, according to returns released today at the White House. Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne, reported owing $529,636 on taxable income of $1,961,157. The couple's total income in 2005 was $8,824,762. The Cheneys are claiming a tax refund of $1.94 million, according to their return, released three days before Monday's filing deadline.

The world is set to get 3C hotter, warns chief scientist 14 Apr 2006 (UK) According to the most optimistic predictions about global warming the world's temperature is set to rise by 3C, putting up to 400 million people at risk of hunger, the Government's chief scientist has warned.

Scientist issues grim warning on global warming 14 Apr 2006 (UK) The Government's chief scientist today gave his starkest warning yet about the world's increasing carbon emissions saying that even the best-case scenario put millions of lives at risk by the end of the century.

Warming Arctic Is Taking a Toll Peril to Walrus Young --Seen as Result of Melting Ice Shelf 15 Apr 2006 The rapid melting of Arctic sea ice appears to be separating walrus young from their mothers, leaving them likely to die at sea, a team of researchers said.

Is This Humanity's First Planetary Emergency? There's a New Level of Concern About the Coming Effects of Global Warming By Bill Blakemore 14 Apr 2006 "The reports of a number of leading scientists show a new level of concern about the possibility of global warming producing planetwide upheaval in the lifetimes of today's children."

NYC Cat Finally Rescued After 14 Days 14 Apr 2006 Molly the cat is finally free. After two weeks stuck behind a brick wall in a 19th century Greenwich Village building, workers rescued the bashful 11-month-old feline from her plight late Friday, according to Jean Tannenbaum, a spokeswoman for Animal Care & Control of New York City.

The Fraidy-Cat of Hudson Street Is Yanked to Safety 15 Apr 2006 The epic search for Molly, the black, 11-month old fraidy-cat stuck in the wall of a Greenwich village food store for two weeks, ended in jubilation last night after rescue workers spotted her in a small opening and quickly yanked her away to safety.

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America's Secret Police? --Intelligence experts warn that a proposal to merge two Pentagon intelligence units could create an ominous new agency. 13 Apr 2006 An informal panel of senior Pentagon officials has been holding a series of unannounced private meetings during the past several weeks about how to proceed with a possible merger between the Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA), a post-9/11 Pentagon creation that has been accused of domestic spying, and the Defense Security Service (DSS), a well-established older agency responsible for inspecting the security arrangements of defense contractors... Both Pentagon insiders and privacy experts fear that if CIFA merges with, or, in effect, takes over DSS, there would be a weakening of the safeguards that are supposed to regulate the release of the estimated 4.5 million security files on defense-contractor employees currently controlled by DSS.

Bush to make decision on Dubai defense purchase 13 Apr 2006 A secretive U.S. panel has sent President [sic] Bush a recommendation on a Dubai-owned company's proposed $1.24 billion takeover of Doncasters, a British group with U.S. plants that supply the military.

"If I can't find out from my own government what is going on, it ain't congressional oversight." Lawmaker upset by silence on another Dubai deal 11 Apr 2006 A U.S. lawmaker on Tuesday fumed that the Bush administration refused to divulge anything about a security review it is conducting of a Dubai-owned company that is planning to take over several plants in the U.S. that make equipment for defense contractors... "If I can't find out from my own government what is going on, it ain't congressional oversight," Rep. John Barrow (D-GA) said in a telephone interview with Reuters. "We (lawmakers) can't find out things ... We have no reason to believe they (the administration) are doing anything other than sleepwalking through the review process," he said.

More Retired Generals Call for Rumsfeld's Resignation 14 Apr 2006 The widening circle of retired generals who have stepped forward to call for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's resignation is shaping up as an unusual outcry that could pose a significant challenge to Mr. Rumsfeld's leadership, current and former generals said on Thursday... Current and former officers said they were unaware of any organized campaign to seek Mr. Rumsfeld's ouster, but they described a blizzard of telephone calls and e-mail messages as retired generals critical of Mr. Rumsfeld weighed the pros and cons of joining in the condemnation. [Let it snow!]

Rumsfeld under friendly fire for 'flawed leadership paid in blood' 14 Apr 2006 US Defence Secretary [war criminal] Donald Rumsfeld is facing apparently concerted calls from the American military establishment for his resignation. In the past month no fewer than four recently retired generals have openly criticised his management style and handling of the war in Iraq.

US allies are behind the death squads and ethnic cleansing --Iraq's American overlords at last seem to have grasped the danger posed by their friends' militias. But it may be too late. By Jonathan Steele 14 Apr 2006 "Shortly before the formal transfer of sovereignty to Iraqis, America's then top official Paul Bremer ordered all militias to disband... His decree was not enforced and now, two years later, this failure has come back to haunt Iraq. 'More Iraqis are dying from militia violence than from the terrorists,' [US ambassador in Baghdad, Zalmay] Khalilzad said recently. 'The militias need to be under control.' His blunt comment came in the wake of over 1,000 abductions and murders in a single month, most of them blamed on Shia militias."

Prisoner of conscience: RAF doctor who refused Iraq service is jailed --Doctor. RAF officer. And now war criminal. Flt Lt Malcolm Kendall-Smith was yesterday jailed for refusing to serve in Iraq 14 Apr 2006 An RAF doctor who refused to serve in Iraq because he believed the war to be illegal was jailed for eight months yesterday. The conviction and imprisonment of Flight Lieutenant Malcolm Kendall-Smith, the first member of the armed forces to be charged with disobeying orders to deploy in Iraq, has provoked widespread condemnation.

Iraq car bomb kills 13 near Baghdad 13 Apr 2006 A car bomb exploded near a market on the outskirts of Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 13 people, Interior Ministry sources said. The blast in the mostly Shi'ite Saba'a al-Bor area came one day after a car bomb killed 29 people in a town north of the capital.

Soldier, Marine Killed in Iraq 13 Apr 2006 Military officials in Baghdad announced a U.S. soldier's death today and a Marine's death yesterday.

Judge in CIA Leak Case Threatens Gag Order 14 Apr 2006 The federal judge presiding over the pending trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby threatened yesterday to impose a gag order barring statements or disclosures to the news media by Libby's defense team or by the special prosecutor investigating alleged wrongdoing by the former White House official.

Petition Opposing Attack on Iran (dontattackiran.org ) 14 Apr 2006 "We write to you from all over the United States and all over the world to urge you to obey both international and U.S. law, which forbid aggressive attacks on other nations. We oppose your proposal to attack Iran."

UK denotes 10,000 legal books to Afghanistan 13 Apr 2006 The professional body of barristers in the UK announced Thursday that it was delighted to be donating 10,000 legal books to the people of Afghanistan with the financial support of the Foreign Office.

New anti-terrorism laws come into force 13 Apr 2006 New laws making it illegal to glorify terrorism came into force across Britain on Thursday following months of bitter political debate. The Terrorism Act 2006 allows groups or organisations to be banned for glorifying terrorism [glorifying US policies?] and distributing publications promoting terrorist acts.

Apprehension as new terror laws come into force in UK 13 Apr 2006 Terror laws Civil rights groups Thursday renewed their concerns over the excesses of British legislation as the new Terrorism Act 2006 came into force, making the "glorification" of terrorism a criminal offence and political groups facing bans.

Alleged hacker may face jail in Guantánamo Bay 13 Apr 2006 Gary McKinnon, 40, an alleged computer hacker accused of accessing Pentagon, army, navy and Nasa computers, causing £350,000 of damage [?!? Military data is sold for twenty bucks at Afghan bazaars], could face detention in Guantánamo Bay.

British computer hacker 'could be sent to Guantanamo', court told 12 Apr 2006 A British man who allegedly crippled US defence systems in the "biggest military computer hack of all time" could be sent to Guantanamo Bay if he is extradited, his lawyer argued. Edmund Lawson told Bow Street Magistrates Court in central London that Washington wanted "administrative revenge" on his client, Gary McKinnon, because he had exposed embarrassing weaknesses in its IT security.

U.S. military data for sale --Available at bazaars for $20-$50 --Computer disks pilfered from base 13 Apr 2006 A shopkeeper outside the U.S.-led occupation headquarters in Afghanistan was selling computer memory drives yesterday containing seemingly sensitive military data stolen from inside the base, including the Social Security numbers of four American generals.

Homeland Security refused to patch --Worm killed border screening systems 13 Apr 2006 Border screening systems at airports across the US were floored by a virus last August because Homeland Security officials deliberately held back a security patch.

Border Security System Left Open 12 Apr 2006 A computer failure that hobbled border-screening systems at airports across the country last August occurred after Homeland Security officials deliberately held back a security patch that would have protected the sensitive computers from a virus then sweeping the internet, according to documents obtained by Wired News.

House panel OKs evacuee ID bill (LA) Legislation [House Bill 794] was approved Thursday by the House Civil Law Committee, authored by Rep. Mike Powell, R-Shreveport. The bill says sheriffs can obtain names and addresses of anyone applying for disaster assistance in their parishes. Recipients of regular federal assistance are not included.

War Games 13 Apr 2006 E-mail messages peppered Air Force Academy computers like rapid-fire artillery Wednesday. The blasts were sent from National Security Agency headquarters in Fort Meade, Md., leaving a group of nine Air Force Academy cadets reeling from the attack on their computer network in an Internet version of a war game.

Terrorist 'lookalike' wins $27.5m 13 Apr 2006 An economics professor from California who was arrested because a flight attendant thought she looked like a terrorist has been awarded $27.5m (£15.7m).

GOPedophilia alert: TSA officer charged in boy's kidnap attempt --Police in Idaho say man also possessed documents for 5 separate identities 13 Apr 2006 Authorities in Idaho say they aren’t sure of the true identity of a Transportation Security Administration officer charged with attempting to kidnap a 10-year-old boy because they found personal identification documents — including Social Security numbers — for five separate individuals in his possession.

Audits Cite Waste in U.S. Response to Katrina 14 Apr 2006 FEMA's temporary housing program misspent $1B in funds, according to after-action studies and Department of Homeland Security reports.

Budget deficit $85.47 bln, record for March 12 Apr 2006 The U.S. government posted an $85.47 billion federal budget deficit in March -- its highest in history for that month, the U.S. Treasury Department reported on Wednesday.

Interest Rates Set to Rise as Treasury Note Tops 5% 13 Apr 2006 Investors pushed up the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note to its highest point in nearly four years today, signaling that some consumers will soon be paying more interest on credit cards and home mortgages.

Gas Prices Rise Before Holiday Weekend 13 Apr 2006 Gasoline prices continue to climb today, heading into the holiday weekend, with a gallon of regular unleaded selling for $2.79, on average, in the Washington region, up 21 percent since the beginning of March, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.

Hand Counted Paper Ballots in 2008 By Shiela Parks 10 Apr 2006 "The presidential elections of 2000 and 2004, and at least six contests in the mid-term elections of 2002, raised many questions about fraud and electronic voting machines... Roughly 80% of votes in the 2004 presidential election were cast and counted on machines manufactured by two private companies, Diebold and ES&S (Election Systems & Software, Inc.), both controlled by registered Republicans."

Scientist silenced; 15 Kyoto programs axed 13 Apr 2006 A scientist with Environment Canada was ordered not to launch his global warming-themed novel Thursday at the same time the Conservative government was quietly axing a number of Kyoto programs.

Toxic Chinese mercury pollution travelling to US 12 Apr 2006 Mass quantities of air pollutants from China, including mercury discharged from traditional coal-fired power plants, are travelling to places as far away as the US, according to the US environment agency.

Helping Save Prickly Victims of Development 14 Apr 2006 (AZ) The operation began military-style at the crack of dawn... It was the 141st mission of the Cactus Rescue Crew. The group was organized six years ago by the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society. Since then, it has rescued over 27,000 cactuses and other native plants from road widenings, subdivisions, golf courses and shopping malls.

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US on par with Nazi Germany, says RAF officer in Iraq trial 13 Apr 2006 An RAF doctor told a court martial yesterday he refused to serve in Iraq because he believed the actions of US armed forces there were "on a par with Nazi Germany". Flight Lieutenant Malcolm Kendall-Smith told the military court he was not prepared to take part in an "act of aggression" contrary to international law... Yesterday, he told the court martial at Aldershot: "I have evidence that the Americans were on a par with Nazi Germany with its actions in the Persian gulf... This is on the basis that ongoing acts of aggression in Iraq and systematically applied war crimes provide a moral equivalent between the US and Nazi Germany." Flt Lt Kendall-Smith said he considered the war in Iraq to be the equivalent of an "imperial invasion and occupation". He said he was extremely disturbed by America's "imperial campaign of military conquest", which was in direct conflict with his duties.

Iraq protest officer says US behaved 'like Nazis' 13 Apr 2006 An RAF doctor facing a court-martial for refusing a posting to Iraq said yesterday he believed the United States to be the moral equivalent of Nazi Germany. Flight Lieutenant Dr Malcolm Kendall-Smith could face an unlimited jail sentence for disobeying an order to go to Iraq last year, and four orders to prepare for his deployment.

Rumsfeld Rebuked By Retired Generals --Ex-Iraq Commander Calls for Resignation 13 Apr 2006 The retired commander of key forces in Iraq called yesterday for [war criminal] Donald H. Rumsfeld to step down, joining several other former top military commanders who have harshly criticized the defense secretary's authoritarian style for making the military's job more difficult.

Iraq's Interior Ministry admits death squads 12 Apr 2006 Iraq's [U.S.-installed] Interior Minister acknowledged the existence of death squads and other unauthorized [Blackwater USA mercenaries] armed groups that carry out sectarian killings in Iraq.

Bomb kills 26 at Iraq mosque 12 Apr 2006 A car bomb killed at least 26 people outside a Shi'ite mosque north of Baghdad on Wednesday as Iraqi leaders failed to make progress toward forming a national unity government they hope can avert sectarian civil war.

Three Soldiers Die in Iraq 12 Apr 2006 Military officials reported that roadside bombs killed three U.S. servicemembers in Iraq today.

Prodi confirms intention to withdraw troops from Iraq 13 Apr 2006 Italian center-left leader Romano Prodi confirmed on Wednesday that his coalition intended to withdraw Italian troops from Iraq by the end of 2006, local media reported. ['Centre-left' always precedes Prodi's name. Why doesn't 'right-right' precede Bush's name? Why are only 'Leftists' identified?]

Councilman refuses oath over Iraq war 11 Apr 2006 (Palm Beach County, FL) Basil E. Dalack so strongly believes the war in Iraq is illegal, he's willing to give up his office over it. Dalack, an appellate lawyer who recently won a seat on the Tequesta Village Council, is refusing to take the oath of office because it requires him to "support, protect and defend" the federal and state governments. To him, that's the equivalent of "blind support" of the war and of Bush administration policies.

White House Decries Report on Iraqi Trailers 13 Apr 2006 The Bush regime yesterday denounced a Washington Post report that questioned the handling of postwar intelligence on alleged Iraqi biological weapons labs. A White House spokesman acknowledged that President [sic] Bush's assertions about the suspected labs were in error but said this was caused by flawed intelligence work rather than an effort to mislead.

Now Powell Tells Us By Robert Scheer 11 Apr 2006 "Pointing out that the October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate showed that his State Department had gotten it right on the nonexistent Iraq nuclear threat, I asked [former Secretary of State, Colin Powell] why did the president ignore that wisdom in his stated case for the invasion? 'The CIA was pushing the aluminum tube argument heavily and Cheney went with that instead of what our guys wrote,' Powell said. And the Niger reference in Bush’s State of the Union speech? 'That was a big mistake,' he said. 'It should never have been in the speech. I didn’t need Wilson to tell me that there wasn’t a Niger connection. He didn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know. I never believed it.' When I pressed further as to why the president played up the Iraq nuclear threat, Powell said it wasn’t the president: 'That was all Cheney.'"

Pathological lies in the name of national security By Robyn Blumner 11 Apr 2006 "Slowly this country has come to the realization that nothing the president [sic] and his minions say is believable, yet they still want us to just trust them. There hasn't been a more dangerous combination of incompetence, mendacity and arrogance since Lansford Hastings encouraged the Donner Party to diverge from the Oregon trail and take his 'shortcut.'"

Rice Calls for 'Strong Steps' Against Iran 12 Apr 2006 Denouncing Iran's successful enrichment of uranium as unacceptable to the international community, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday the U.N. Security Council must consider "strong steps" to induce Tehran to change course.

Robo-Jet Plan to Strike Iran --Bush prepares unmanned attack over nukes 10 Apr 2006 The Pentagon has secret plans for a "remote control" blitz on Iran if it does not comply with demands to curb its nuclear programme. Dozens of targets, including nuclear complexes deep underground, would be destroyed by bunker-busting cruise missiles. And assassinations of key personnel working on the installations are planned using Hellfire rockets fired from unmanned Predator planes. The Mirror learned details of the plans yesterday as Foreign Secretary Jack Straw dismissed reports that Iran will be attacked with nuclear weapons by the US... The three day blitz was planned in the past six months by a small unit in the Defence Department.

More Sensitive Data Turns Up at Afghan Bazaar 12 Apr 2006 A computer drive sold openly Wednesday in a bazaar outside the U.S. air base here holds what appears to be a trove of potentially sensitive American intelligence data, including the names, photographs and telephone numbers of Afghan spies informing on the Taliban and al-Qaida.

Italian Minister Won't Seek Extradition of C.I.A. Agents 12 Apr 2006 Italy's justice minister said he would not seek the extradition of 22 American C.I.A. agents accused of kidnapping a Muslim cleric, Abu Omar, from the streets of Milan and flying him to Egypt for interrogation. However, the Milan prosecutor heading up the investigation pledged to resubmit the extradition request once Italy's new government is in place.

PM's Guantanamo stand shames Britain, says lord 13 Apr 2006 Prime Minister Tony Blair's refusal to condemn Guantanamo Bay detention centre is "shaming for our country", a former British law lord says.

Britain's Court of Appeal backs Hicks in fight for citizenship 13 Apr 2006 The Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee, David Hicks, yesterday won a crucial victory in his bid to become a British citizen and gain his release from prison when the British Court of Appeal denied the Government's attempt to deprive him of citizenship.

U.K. Terrorism Law Breaches Human Rights, Court Says 12 Apr 2006 U.K. anti-terror legislation authorizing the use of control orders against suspected terrorists breaches European human rights laws, the High Court in London ruled.

Government's control orders ruled unlawful 12 Apr 2006 The first British citizen to have a control order imposed on him has won a High Court declaration that the Government's anti-terror laws are "incompatible" with human rights legislation. The court ruled that the terror suspect, referred to as MB, had been denied his right to a fair hearing.

Military recruiters, confronted by crowd, leave campus job fair --Anti-war protesters at university block doors to building 12 Apr 2006 (CA) Four military recruiters hastily fled a job fair Tuesday morning at UC Santa Cruz after a raucous crowd of student protesters blocked an entrance to the building where the Army and National Guard had set up 'information' [propaganda] tables. Members of Students Against War, who organized the counter-recruiting protest, loudly chanted "Don't come back. Don't come back," as the recruiters left the hilltop campus, escorted by several university police officers.

'No-fly' list delays Marine's Iraq homecoming --Minnesota reservist detained after being identified as possible terrorist 12 Apr 2006 A Minnesota reservist [Marine Staff Sgt. Daniel Brown] who spent the past eight months in Iraq was told he couldn't board a plane to Minneapolis because his name appeared on a "no-fly" list as a possible terrorist.

CDC Eyes Air Travel in Mumps Epidemic 12 Apr 2006 Two infected airline passengers may have helped spread Iowa's mumps epidemic to six other Midwestern states, health officials said Wednesday, the latest example of how quickly disease can spread through air travel.

Feds: Rell Has Control of Base, But Not Planes 12 Apr 2006 The federal government argued Wednesday that while Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell (R) may control the fate of the state's Air National Guard base, the Pentagon controls the planes. The state is asking a U.S. District Court judge to overturn a decision by the federal Base Closure and Realignment Commission to realign the Bradley base and its 103rd Fighter Wing, by removing its 15 A-10 Thunderbolts. State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D) argues the realignment is illegal because Rell, the commander in chief of the Connecticut National Guard, didn't give her consent. State officials also said that Connecticut would become the only state without an Air Force flying mission, leaving it at risk during a natural disaster or terrorist attack.

Spain indicts 29 for Madrid bombings, sees no al-Qaida connection 12 Apr 2006 A Spanish judge issued the first indictments in the 2004 Madrid train bombings, charging 29 people Tuesday with murder, terrorism or other crimes after a probe that uncovered a hornet's nest of Islamic militancy but no apparent link to 'al-Qaida.'

U.S. jury hears tape from crashed Sept. 11 plane [Yes, it only took 4.5 years for the CIA to complete the edits.] 12 Apr 2006 The jury deciding whether Zacarias Moussaoui should die heard the dramatic cockpit recording on Wednesday of passengers struggling to thwart hijackers in the plane that crashed [shot down] in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001.

"The 2000 presidential election has adversely affected the opinion of the average American on our electoral process." Official cites eroding faith in process 09 Apr 2006 A federal elections official, speaking at a colloquium at Princeton University on Friday, offered four modest but pointed solutions to what he called the "alarming erosion" of American voter confidence following the last two presidential elections. [That is because they were not 'elections' - they were coup d'etats.] The official, Ray Martinez, a U.S. Election Assistance Commission vice chairman, was the keynote speaker at 'Making Every Vote Count: A Colloquium on Election Reform Legislation.' ..."One of the most alarming trends in our country is the continual erosion of voter confidence in the accuracy of our tabulated results," Martinez said. "The 2000 presidential election has adversely affected the opinion of the average American on our electoral process."

US Election Commissioner (EAC) Martinez Resigns --Commissioner Met With Election Activists On Saturday By Warren Stewart 10 Apr 2006 "The current vice chair of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, Ray Martinez submitted his resignation to President [sic] George W. Bush this morning. Mr. Martinez' resignation will become effective June 30, 2006."

E-Mails Show Abramoff's Donation Leverage 11 Apr 2006 A Republican Party official and Jack Abramoff's lobbying team bluntly discussed using large political donations as a way to pressure lawmakers into securing federal money for a tribal client, according to e-mails gathered by prosecutors.

Pa. nuclear plant on 48-hour waiver 12 Apr 2006 A nuclear plant [Beaver Valley Unit Two reactor] near Pittsburgh has 48 hours to replace an air filtration system or shut down after a sprinkler system malfunction rendered it useless.

Where your money goes... (Political cartoon) by Cristian Fleming 15 Apr 2006

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