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May 2005 Archives, Page Two

Bush, Other Top Officials Should Face Torture Probes, Urges Arrests if Warranted, Says Amnesty --Rights watchdog Amnesty International urged foreign governments Wednesday to investigate and prosecute President George W. Bush much as they once did former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. Others on the Amnesty list of potential targets for investigation and prosecution include Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, and former Central Intelligence Agency ( CIA) chief George Tenet. ''If those investigations support prosecution, the governments should arrest any official who enters their territory and begin legal proceedings against them," William Schulz, executive director of Amnesty International USA, said in a statement launching Amnesty's annual report. ''The apparent high-level architects of torture should think twice before planning their next vacation to places like Acapulco or the French Riviera because they may find themselves under arrest as Augusto Pinochet famously did in London in 1998.''

Defense Department Personnel Impersonated State Department Officials in Guantánamo Interrogations, FBI Documents Show (ACLU Press Release) 26 May 2005 --Defense Department and CIA Are Unlawfully Withholding Photographs and Documents Concerning Torture Of Prisoners, ACLU Argues in Court Today "Documents released by the FBI state that Defense Department personnel impersonated State Department officials in interrogations at Guantánamo Bay, the American Civil Liberties Union said today. 'Defense Department interrogators, possibly on instructions from high-level officials, went to great lengths to avoid being held accountable for the use of unlawful interrogation methods,' said Jameel Jaffer, a staff attorney with the ACLU. 'Apparently Defense Department personnel were willing to use torture but they wanted others to be held responsible for it.'"

Judge: Public Has Right to See Abuse Photos --A federal judge has told the government it will have to release additional pictures of detainee abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, civil rights lawyers said. Judge Alvin Hellerstein, finding the public has a right to see the pictures, told the government Thursday he will sign an order requiring it to release them to the American Civil Liberties Union, the lawyers said.

Marine Cleared in Killing of 2 Iraqi Detainees --The lieutenant says he acted in self-defense against the unarmed men to 'send a message.' A Marine lieutenant accused of murdering two unarmed detained Iraqis and hanging a taunting sign over their corpses was cleared of all charges Thursday, a decision the Marine Corps said was in "the best interests" of the officer and the country.

Pentagon admits five acts of 'mishandling' the Koran --The Pentagon admitted last night it had substantiated five occasions when US military personnel at Guantanamo Bay prison "mishandled" the Koran of Muslim detainees.

Protests Worldwide Blast U.S. Over Koran --Thousands of Muslims marched Friday in Islamic countries from Asia to the Middle East, burning symbols of America to protest the alleged desecration of the Koran by military personnel at a U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

20 Killed in Bomb Blast at Muslim Shrine --A suicide bomber struck Friday at a Muslim shrine packed with Shiite worshippers and close to the U.S. Embassy, killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens. After the blast, hundreds of Shiite pilgrims, beating their chests in mourning, clashed with baton-wielding police, who charged the crowd to clear the way for ambulances. Some of the Shiite protesters chanted, "Down with America!"

U.S. Helo Crash Claims Two Lives; Marine Killed in Operation 27 May 2005 --Two soldiers died May 26 after a U.S. helicopter crashed near Baqubah, Iraq, officials reported today, and a U.S. Marine was killed May 25 by enemy small-arms fire in Haditha during Operation New Market ['Operation New Market?' Which moron comes up with these names, Bush himself?]

Rebels down US chopper in Iraq --Two US soldiers were killed when insurgents shot down their helicopter, the military said on Friday, as the Iraqi government sealed off Baghdad in a bid to quell mounting attacks on the capital.

U.S. House Passes $491B 'Defense' Bill --Includes New Money for Iraq War --The U.S. House of Representatives on May 25 overwhelmingly approved a $491 billion defense bill that contains new funds for the war in Iraq, but it rejected an attempt to force on the Bush regime a timetable for withdrawing troops from the country... The amendment, proposed by Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), a firm opponent of the war, called on the president to develop a plan for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq and submit it to Congress. "Its time to give Iraq back to its own people," Woolsey said in the run-up to the vote. "And its time to truly support our troops — by bringing them home."

Mega barf alert! Bush: Iraq war will be seen as 'America's golden moment' --The U.S. military is on the offensive in the War on [of] Terror to prevent [invite] terrorists from reaching America's shores, Dictator Bush said Friday, adding that 20 years from now, historians will look back on the Iraq war as "America's golden moment."

Bush the despot --The Senate's compromise on the filibuster won't stop the president's quest for absolute power. --by Sidney Blumenthal "President [sic] Bush's drive for absolute power has momentarily stalled. In a single coup, he planned to take over all the institutions of government. By crushing the traditions of the Senate he would pack the courts, especially the Supreme Court, with lock-step ideologues. Sheer force would prevail. But just as his blitzkrieg reached the outskirts of his objective he was struck by a mutiny. Within a span of 24 hours he lost control not only of the Senate but, temporarily, of the House of Representatives, which was supposed to be regimented by unquestioned loyalty. Now he prepares to launch a counterattack -- against the dissident elements of his own party."

Secret Service looks into yearbook prank (CO) Most Mesa Ridge High School students got yearbooks with a black mark under one student's picture, covering up a phrase that has caught the Secret Service's interest. After about 100 yearbooks were distributed May 6, somebody [Reichwing whackjob] complained about the caption, which reads "most likely to assassinate President Bush."

Outspoken U.K. Lawmaker to Tour U.S. --Maverick British lawmaker George Galloway, who captured headlines this month during a fiery Senate appearance, plans on continuing his anti-war theme during a summer speaking tour of the United States. Galloway said his talks would focus on America "and the way in which the United States has dragged us into disaster."

Galloway's new venture --The Respect MP George Galloway launched his publishing company last night at a familiar venue - the curry house in east London's Brick Lane where he held his victory party after winning the seat of Bethnal Green and Bow. Mr Galloway's upcoming book, The Battle for Bethnal Green, will include a chapter on his memorable trip to Washington to defend himself against allegations of corruption.

N. Korea Calls U.S. Reports 'Fabrication' --North Korea has denied reports that it might be preparing to test a nuclear weapon, calling them a U.S. "fabrication," South Korea's Yonhap news agency said Friday.

US Senate delays vote on Bolton --Democrats in the US Senate have managed to delay a vote on Dictator George W Bush's controversial nomination for UN ambassador, John Bolton. Bolton has been accused by opponents of bullying and arrogance.

Domestic terror law to be used against animal welfare activists --Seven members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty go on trial in Trenton next week... The defendants are the first to be charged in New Jersey under the expanded federal Animal Enterprise Protection Act, a 2002 law that equates their alleged activities with domestic terrorism and provides for harsher penalties than its 1992 predecessor. The indictment alleges that on SHAC's Web site [?!? Oh, the government is looking at *Websites* when generating indictments?!?], the defendants encouraged others to "operate outside the confines of the legal system" to achieve the goal of shutting down Huntingdon Life Sciences, and posted a list of "top 20 terror tactics..."

Senate Intelligence Committee Considers Patriot Act Expansion Bill in Secret; ACLU Calls for Open and Public Dialogue (ACLU Press Release) 26 May 2005 "The American Civil Liberties Union denounced today’s closed-door votes by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence of legislation designed to reauthorize - and expand - the Patriot Act. Included in the committee’s deliberations are proposals to make the Patriot Act’s most controversial provisions permanent, and to expand it by allowing FBI agents issue their own search orders with no advance court approval."

CIA war game simulates major Internet attack --The CIA is conducting a cyber-war game this week geared to simulate a major Internet attack by enemy computer hackers, an intelligence official said Thursday.

Oops! Homeland Security flunks cybersecurity prep test --The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has failed to live up to its cybersecurity responsibilities and may be "unprepared" for emergencies, federal auditors said in a scathing report released Thursday.

Waste, Fraud and Security (The Washington Post) "Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of the investigation by Post reporters... into wasteful homeland security spending is how much of the information they assembled had been published by the Government Accountability Office, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Department of Homeland Security's own inspector general -- meaning that the warning signs have been there from the beginning... [H]as DHS made a difference in the nation's safety commensurate with the amount of money spent? -- the answer is probably no."

US wants to be able to access Britons' ID cards --The United States wants Britain's proposed identity cards to have the same microchip and technology as the ones used on American documents. The aim of getting the same microchip is to ensure comparability in screening 'terrorist' suspects. But it will also mean that information contained in the British cards can be accessed across the Atlantic.

Manhole Explodes Near World Bank, IMF --Buildings were evacuated in an area near the World Bank and International Monetary Fund on Thursday because of a manhole blast that was said to be a result of a transformer explosion under the street level.

Small Plane Intercepted Near Air Force Base --A small plane that repeatedly ventured close to restricted air space at Edwards Air Force Base was intercepted by two F-15 fighter jets Thursday and escorted to a local airport. The FBI was interviewing the pilot and a passenger, officials said. The plane approached restricted air space several times and the FAA notified Western Air Defense, which scrambled military jets, officials said. [Gee, where were the 'scrambled military jets' on 9/11?]

Storm Brews Over Santorum PAC's Weather Dealings --Two days before Sen. Rick Santorum introduced a bill that critics say would restrict the National Weather Service, his political action committee received a $2,000 donation from the chief executive of AccuWeather Inc., a leading provider of weather data. Opponents say the bill would endanger the public by preventing the dissemination of certain weather data, and force taxpayers to pay for the data twice. The bill would prevent the weather service from competing for certain services offered by the private sector.

S. 517: A bill to establish a Weather Modification Operations and Research Board, and for other purposes - Introduced: Mar 3, 2005 Sponsor: Sen. Kay Hutchison [R-TX] Status: Introduced (By Sen. Kay Hutchison [R-TX]) Last Action: Mar 3, 2005: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. (text of measure as introduced: CR S2025-2026)

NBC clashes with Tom DeLay on Law & Order --U.S. House of Representative Majority Leader [terrorist] Tom DeLay accused NBC on Thursday of slurring his name by including an unflattering reference to him on the NBC police drama "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." DeLay's name surfaced on Wednesday night on the show's season finale, which centered on the fictional slayings of two judges by suspected right-wing extremists. In the episode, police are frustrated by a lack of clues, leading one officer to quip, "Maybe we should put out an APB (all-points-bulletin) for somebody in a Tom DeLay T-shirt." Producer Dick Wolf, creator of the "Law & Order" franchise, took a swipe at DeLay in his own statement on Thursday, saying, "I ... congratulate Congressman DeLay for switching the spotlight from his own problems to an episode of a TV show." The flap came as ethics questions swirling around DeLay mounted with a Texas judge ruling on Thursday that a political action committee formed by the congressman violated state law by failing to disclose $600,000 in mostly corporate donations.

Delay Slams NBC Over Law & Order: Criminal Intent --House Majority leader Tom Delay fired off a letter to NBC Universal Television Group President Jeffrey Zucker Thursday calling "a failure of stewardship of our public airwaves," and a "brazen lack of judgment" a shot taken at him during NBC's Law & Order: Criminal Intent finale May 25. According to a transcript excerpt supplied B&C by Delay's office, the show's finale features a white supremacist who kills a judge's family, and the killing of an appellate judge. As the detectives hunt for the judge killer, one says: "Maybe we should put out an APB for somebody in a Tom DeLay T-Shirt." [LOL! Works for me, and be sure to thank the producers of the show: Victoria.Brody@nbc.com, 212-664-5276.]

The Frist Problem (Los Angeles Times) "The best thing a Senate majority leader with presidential aspirations can do is quit... Before Frist truckles any further to the conservative base, he would do well to remember that the Hippocratic oath should apply to the Senate as well: First do no harm.

2 Boca high schools requiring Bible readings over summer (FL - of course) The English Department at West Boca Raton High School is asking all incoming 11th-graders to read from the book of Genesis over the summer. Nearby Olympic Heights High School also requires the reading for students in honors 11th-grade English classes. "Whatever happened to the separation of church and state?" parent Fran Eppy asked. "This is a public school."

Judge: Parents can't teach pagan beliefs --Father appeals order in divorce decree that prevents couple from exposing son to Wicca. An Indianapolis father is appealing a Marion County judge's unusual [unconstitutional] order that prohibits him and his ex-wife from exposing their child to "non-mainstream religious beliefs and rituals."

Kentucky Judge Upholds Same-Sex Amendment --A judge on Thursday upheld the state's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages, saying it was properly presented to voters last fall.

Cross burnings investigated in North Carolina --Three large crosses were burned in separate spots around the city during a span of just over an hour, and yellow fliers with Ku Klux Klan sayings were found at one location, police said.

Ohio Officials: More Than $10 Million in Rare Coins Is Missing --A scandal over Ohio's investment in rare coins deepened Thursday as authorities learned that more than $10 million in coins may now be missing... The focus of the investigation is Tom Noe, a private coin dealer and Republican donor who led the coin investment. Democrats have alleged that Noe was awarded the state's business in return for campaign contributions to Republicans, who control most of state government.

Microsoft Deletes Ralph Reed --The company is ending its relationship with the choirboy-lobbyist, but its ties to others in the seemingly infinite loop of the Republican lobbying scandal are deep—in D.C. and Seattle. --by Rick Anderson "In 2003–04, Microsoft's PAC gave Tom DeLay a $10,000 campaign donation, and [CEO Steve] Ballmer added $2,000, while, IRS records show, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave DeLay's Foundation for Kids $100,000. Just coincidence, say the company and the foundation. It was no coincidence, however, that Microsoft twice engaged [religious conservative Ralph] Reed while he was helping direct the Bush campaigns. In 2000, Microsoft engaged Reed's firm to push for settlement of its landmark antitrust lawsuit. Reed urged supporters to write his candidate, Bush, in support of his client, Microsoft."

House calls for temporary storage of nuclear waste at federal sites --The House voted Tuesday to begin temporary storage of commercial nuclear waste at one or more federal facilities, fearing further delays in a proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada. The directive was included [buried] in a $29.7 billion measure funding the Energy Department...

Senate Panel Advances Energy Bill --Governors, mayors and local officials would have little chance to block construction of a liquefied natural gas facility under an energy bill that advanced Thursday from a Senate committee.

Senate Panel OKs Coastal Oil Survey --Lawmakers are expected to try to pull the study from the energy bill, fearing it could lead to ending a freeze on new offshore drilling. A Senate panel Thursday backed a study to determine how much oil and natural gas lies off the coasts, a step critics warned could lead to weakening the decades-old ban on new offshore drilling...

Government Shirked Its Duty to Wild Fish, a Judge Rules --A federal judge in Oregon ruled Thursday that the Bush administration had arbitrarily limited and skewed its analysis of the harm that 14 federal dams cause to endangered Columbia and Snake River salmon and steelhead.

Biotech food debate spices up scientist meeting --Critics of biotech foods spoke of stomach lesions and dead lab rats while backers of the technology cited increased crop production and hopes for healthier foods in a debate before a group of U.S. scientists on Thursday. "We believe that the current version of genetically modified crops are unsafe... they should be banned," Jeffrey Smith, director of the Institute for Responsible Technology, told members of the Association of Official Analytical Communities (AOAC).

Medium level flu pandemic could kill up to 207,000 in USA, says CDC Director 27 May 2005 --Julie Gerberding, CDC Director, said a mere medium-sized flu pandemic could kill up to 207,000 people in the USA and place nearly three-quarters of a million people in hospital. Experts fear we may be sitting on a flu-pandemic time bomb. The culprit - the bird flu H5N1 virus.

US braces for flu pandemic 27 May 2005 US health authorities are taking urgent precautions against a 'flu pandemic' that experts warned could erupt at any time and claim tens of thousands of lives.

Bird flu virus 'close to pandemic' 26 May 2005 Expert warns estimate of 7.5m global deaths is optimistic --A leading scientist warned yesterday that the avian flu virus is on the point of mutating into a pandemic disease and says that current estimates that such a pandemic could cause 7.5m deaths may understate the threat.

Alaska scientist warns of impact of permafrost thaw --A warming climate has heated much of Alaska's permafrost to temperatures just below freezing and drastic changes are expected in the coming decades as that layer of frozen soil thaws, a prominent scientist said on Wednesday.

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Warsaw Ghetto, Redux: Troops to Cordon Off Baghdad --The government said Thursday a security cordon of 40,000 Iraqi soldiers and police will ring Baghdad starting next week in what it dubbed Operation Lightning, aimed at halting the resistance movement. "We will establish, with God's help, an impenetrable blockade surrounding Baghdad like a bracelet surrounds a wrist," Defense Minister Saadoun al-Duleimi said. "With God's help and the support of those who believe in their cause and defeating terrorism and fundamentalists, they will not allow anyone to break this cordon." (Good luck, LOL! History 101 has shown us that the occupation of Iraq will *fail.*)

Give Rumsfeld the Pinochet Treatment, Says U.S. Amnesty Chief --If the administration of pResident George W. Bush fails to conduct a truly independent investigation of U.S. abuses against detainees in Iraq and elsewhere, foreign governments should investigate and prosecute those senior officials who bear responsibility for them, the head of the U.S. chapter of Amnesty International said here Wednesday. Speaking at the release of Amnesty's annual report, William Schulz charged that Washington has become ''a leading purveyor and practitioner'' of torture and ill-treatment and that senior officials should face prosecution by other governments for violations of the Geneva Conventions and the U.N. Convention Against Torture.

Coalition of citizen groups seek formal inquiry --Coalition of citizen groups seek formal inquiry into whether Bush acted illegally in push for Iraq war --by Larisa Alexandrovna "A coalition of citizen activist groups running the gamut of social and political issues will ask Congress to file a Resolution of Inquiry, the first necessary legal step to determine whether President [sic] Bush has committed impeachable offenses in misleading the country about his decision to go to war in Iraq, RAW STORY has learned. The formal Resolution of Inquiry request, written by Boston Constitutional attorney John C. Bonifaz, cites the Downing Street Memo and issues surrounding the planning and execution of the Iraq war." [The secret Downing Street memo SECRET AND STRICTLY PERSONAL - UK EYES ONLY -- David Manning From: Matthew Rycroft Date: 23 July 2002 S 195 /02 --Iraq: Prime Minister's Meeting, 23 JULY]

Our S&M government: FBI accused over torture in detention --Two US citizens yesterday alleged that FBI interrogators were complicit in their torture and illegal detention by Pakistani security forces over an eight-month period. Brothers Zain and Kashan Afzal, American passport holders of Pakistani origin, said they had been beaten with whips and rods, refused medical treatment and imprisoned in "grave-like" rooms from August 2004 until their release last month.

Amnesty likens Guantanamo Bay to 'gulag' --Human rights organization Amnesty International says the United States should shut down its prison camp in Guantanamo Bay. In its annual human rights report, published Wednesday in London, Amnesty said Guantanamo was a human rights failure. "Guantanamo has become the gulag of our time," Amnesty Secretary General Irene Khan said as she called for the closure of the camp.

Wall Street Journal alibis for Nazi-style crimes in Iraq --by Bill Van Auken "In an editorial titled 'As bad as the Nazis,' the Wall Street Journal Monday launched a smear campaign against the International Committee of the Red Cross, while attempting to cover up the crimes carried out by the US military in the illegal war in Iraq. The newspaper’s editorial board, whose right-wing writings closely reflect prevailing opinion within the Bush administration, feigned outrage at an alleged incident in which an exasperated Red Cross official compared the US personnel at Camp Bucca, a detention camp in Iraq, to Nazi concentration camp guards." [Excellent comparison!]

Documents Say Detainees Cited Abuse of Koran by Guards --Newly released documents show that detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, complained repeatedly to F.B.I. agents about disrespectful handling of the Koran by military personnel and, in one case in 2002, said they had flushed a Koran down a toilet.

Thousands rally against Quran desecration --Karachi: Over 5,000 people rallied against the alleged desecration of the Koran by US military interrogators at Guantanamo Bay prison here on Wednesday and burnt an effigy of United States Dictator George W Bush, said witnesses.

FBI memo reports Guantanamo guards flushing Koran --An FBI agent wrote in a 2002 document made public on Wednesday that a detainee held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, had accused American jailers there of flushing the Koran down a toilet.

Three Detainees Escape From Abu Ghraib [Great!!] Iraqi and occupation forces are searching for three detainees who escaped from the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad, Iraq, before sunrise today. At about 5:50 a.m., during a normal headcount, prison guards discovered three detainees missing.

US Soldiers Opened Fire at a Bus in Baghdad --Three civilian Iraqis travelling in a minibus were killed, reportedly shot dead by US forces, AFP reported, citing officials. "American forces opened fire on a minibus in the Dura district, in southern Baghdad, killing three people and wounding four others," said a defence ministry source. [And Bush calls the resistance fighters 'terrorists?' Hello, Pot? This is Kettle...]

Huge US raid on western Iraq town --Hundreds of US soldiers have swept through the western Iraqi town of Haditha, searching homes and seizing suspected resistance fighters. An Associated Press report says helicopters dropped US marines near palm groves to block off one side of the town, while other troops established checkpoints and moved into the centre of the city on foot and in armoured vehicles. [Too bad Bush's idea of bringing 'Democracy' to Iraq excludes the *Fourth Amendment* (and every other Constitutional/human right).]

US starts offensive in western Iraq --The US military on Wednesday began its second major offensive in less than a month in western Iraq, reportedly killing at least 10 'militants.'

Nine Killed, 17 Wounded in Baghdad Attacks --Nine Iraqis, including three Iraqi policemen and a man working as a translator for the U.S. military, were killed in separate attacks in Baghdad on Thursday, police officials said.

House Kills First Vote on Iraq Withdrawal --The House of Representatives voted down a measure, by a 128 to 300 vote, that called on Dictator Bush to devise a plan for a withdrawal from Iraq. It came in the form of an amendment to the $491 billion budget for the Pentagon that was passed on Wednesday night. But the withdrawal amendment marks the first time that Congress has officially voted and debated legislation that deals with a withdrawal.

French fries protester regrets war jibe --The US politician who led the campaign to change the name of french fries to "freedom fries" has turned against the war. Walter Jones, the Republican congressman for North Carolina who was also the brains behind french toast becoming freedom toast in Capitol Hill restaurants, told a local newspaper the US went to war "with no justification".

Navy ships, one from Florida, sail to disrupt 'terrorists' at sea --As part of its faster response to requests [?!?] from overseas, the Navy announced Tuesday it is sending five ships to the Middle East with a mission to disrupt 'terrorist' operations at sea.

Asefi: Long-term US presence in Afghanistan detrimental 25 May 2005 --Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said here Wednesday that the long-term presence of the US in Afghanistan and establishment of military bases in the country would cause instability and be a threat to regional security.

Iran in new nuclear arms pledge --Iran has renewed its pledge not to seek nuclear weapons during talks in Geneva with European Union countries.

British Equipment Used in Uzbekistan Massacre - Claim --British military equipment was used in the massacre of hundreds of protesters in Uzbekistan, it was reported today.

Pipeline opens new oil route to west --Central Asian project fuels environmental fears 26 May 2005 --A £2.2bn pipeline that will deliver a million barrels of crude oil a day to the Mediterranean Sea, and is set to become a vital gateway for central Asian energy resources to the west, opened yesterday.

Connecticut sub base a 'minefield' of pollution --Environmental and military records show that despite years of cleanup, the Navy's submarine base in Groton remains heavily polluted, especially along the Thames River.

Rumsfeld sued over veterans' home --Veterans at a 150-year-old Washington retirement home are suing the US defence secretary over budget cuts they say have harmed medical care standards. Residents at the Armed Forces Retirement Home, managed by the Pentagon, say they can no longer get prescriptions or check-ups on site. They say the measures have put their health in danger.

Pivotal Vote on Bolton Debate Is Set for Today 26 May 2005 --The Senate debate over John R. Bolton, President Bush's embattled nominee for United Nations ambassador, was in its final stages this afternoon, with at least one pivotal vote set for early this evening.

Judge: DeLay-founded group broke law --Funds not reported. The treasurer of a political committee formed by U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay violated Texas election code by not reporting hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions, a judge ruled Thursday in a civil case brought by Democratic candidates. [Send Detectives Goren and Eames (see next news item) to *arrest* DeLay!!]

Law & Order Rocks, Day 2!! 'Law & Order' Ties Judge Killer to DeLay Fan; Congresscritter Plans Complaint --The House Majority Leader [and Reichwing whackjob] Tom DeLay plans a letter of protest later this afternoon, congressional sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT. Transcript of Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode, which aired 25 May, 'False-Hearted Judges.' In the season finale, Detectives Goren and Eames suspect an imprisoned white supremacist is behind the shootings of a judge's family, but their investigation widens when an appellate judge is later murdered... "ADA RON CARVER: An African-American judge, an appellate court judge, no less. MAN: Chief of DS is setting up a task force. People are talking about multiple assassination teams. DET. ALEX EAMES: Looks like the same shooters. CSU found the slug in a post, matched it to the one that killed Judge Barton. Maybe we should put out an APB for somebody in a Tom DeLay T-Shirt." Quick Action! Thank the producers of Law & Order: Criminal Intent Victoria.Brody@nbc.com, 212-664-5276.

[25 May] Quick Action! Please thank the producers of Law & Order: SVU. Their season finale, which aired 24 May, took on Quinium, the Department of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, coverups, stonewalling by the U.S. Army, for an *entire hour.* Let me put it this way: it was as if *I* wrote the script!! We need to thank them to offset the impending likely Reichwing onslaught... A.D.A. Novak sends a subpoena to Donald Rumsfeld!!! Line from the episode: 'You [A.D.A. Novak] just called the Secretary of Defense a murderer.' Law & Order: SVU 'Goliath - Violent police behavior is linked to an anti-malaria drug, administered to them by the U.S. Army' --When two Police officers from separate precincts attack their wives and demonstrate suicidal behavior, Detectives Benson and Stabler investigate, and connect the incidents to both men serving in the same Reserve unit in Afghanistan. Linking this behavior to a similar trail of attacks in 2002 by officers, Benson and Stabler connect this to a drug called Quinium, which the Army prescribes to fight malaria. When they discover that the Army is aware of its side affects, Novak goes after the government for administering the drug. Meanwhile, Detective Stabler faces some tough personal issues at home with his wife. Thank the producers of Law & Order: SVU LawOrderSVU@nbcuni.com.

CIA Overseeing 3-Day War Game on Internet --The CIA is conducting a war game this week to simulate an unprecedented, Sept. 11-like electronic assault against the United States. The three-day exercise, known as "Silent Horizon," is meant to test the ability of government and industry to respond to escalating Internet disruptions over many months, according to participants.

In terrorism fight, government finds a surprising ally: FedEx --FedEx has opened the international portion of its databases, including credit-card details, to government officials. It has created a police force recognized by the state of Tennessee that works alongside the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The company has rolled out radiation detectors at overseas facilities to detect dirty bombs and donated an airplane to federal researchers looking for a defense against shoulder-fired missiles. Moreover, the company is encouraging its 250,000 employees to be spotters of would-be terrorists. It is setting up a system designed to send reports of suspicious activities directly to the Department of Homeland Security via a special computer link.

By 2013 everyone over 16 will have to own ID card --Improved technology allows physical details to be linked to central database (UK) The identity cards bill published yesterday will give the government the legal powers to set up the scheme and charge the fees it needs to recover the costs of enrolment, issuing and maintaining the cards and providing verification services.

Mich. Lawsuit Allege Naked Detention --Detroit - Dozens of accounts of humiliating treatment that have emerged as part of a lawsuit against the county... The plaintiffs' attorneys, joined by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, say the practice has continued and has probably been applied to more than 200 people, some of whom claim they were held naked for days on end. The FBI has launched its own investigation.

Denied Voting Role By GOP, Dems Won't Take Part in Medicaid Panel --Democratic lawmakers said Thursday that they would not participate on a commission that will recommend how to trim Medicaid by $10 billion over the next five years. Sen. Harry Reid, the Democratic leader in the Senate, and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the House, said that they would not accept an advisory role for lawmakers rather than a voting role.

Drug Companies Influence Medical Research --Many U.S. medical schools are willing to give companies that sponsor studies of new drugs and treatments considerable control over the results, according to survey results that some doctors found troubling.

Shays Blasts Bush On Threats to Veto Stem Cell Bill --A Connecticut Republican said Wednesday that history will not look kindly on pResident George W. Bush if he carries out his threat to veto a bill expanding federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

Log Cabin Calls On Scott Bloch, Office of Special Counsel, to Resign (Log Cabin Republicans Press Release) "'Scott Bloch has made it clear that he is not enforcing the law and is openly defying the President [sic], accordingly he should resign immediately,' said Log Cabin Political Director Chris Barron. Yesterday, in testimony before the United States Senate, Bloch said that he did not believe current law protects federal employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation."

Study says nation's urban roads deteriorating --A study to be released Thursday by The Road Information Program (TRIP), a transportation industry research group, says the condition of major roads in urban areas continues a decline. More than a quarter of roads in major metropolitan areas, 26%, are judged to be in poor condition, up from 22% in 1998 when the decline began, the group says.

Balloting Irregularities (AZ) --John Brakey insists there was fraud at one precinct during November's election--and he has evidence backing him up. Pacing as he talks, John Brakey believes he has uncovered serious problems with November's election results in Pima County--results that could have national implications. ...After six months of extensive research, Brakey is convinced what he saw on Election Day was voter fraud. He accuses some of the people who worked at his polling place of stealing votes for George Bush.

Massive review of voting laws under way --Long lines, challenged ballots and two of the closest presidential elections in the country's history have touched off a landslide of proposed voting law changes across the United States. Some are hailed as much-needed upgrades that will assure everyone of a vote with no fraud; others are alarming civil libertarians who fear new restrictions could disenfranchise the poor and others at society's margins. [Translation: The GOP is trying make it even easier to steal elections.]

Voters Group: Fla. Audit Shows Problems --A voters' rights group said Wednesday its audit of November's presidential election ballots in Miami-Dade County showed counting problems -- and an instance of a number of votes being counted three times. A report released by the Miami-Dade Election Reform Coalition said during the elections there were ''serious problems with policies and procedures that are supposed to protect the integrity of the ballot.''

Flu pandemic looms, experts warn world --Many millions will die if Southeast Asian bird virus mutates to lethal form, spreads 26 May 2005 --A lineup of leading infectious disease experts warned Wednesday that the world is unprepared for the health and economic consequences of an outbreak of pandemic influenza that could spring from a lethal strain of bird flu now ravaging poultry flocks in Southeast Asia.

Bird flu threat urgent, medical journal says 26 May 2005 --In an attempt to draw attention to what it believes is an underappreciated threat, the scientific journal Nature is devoting most of today's issue to the likelihood that the avian influenza circulating in Southeast Asia could spawn an international epidemic that would kill millions.

33-Pound Cat Gets New Home, Name --Sacramento's "fat cat" finally has a new home. The 33-pound cat was dropped off at the Sacramento County Animals Shelter a few weeks ago. Now, he has a new name and a new home.

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Newspaper union leader: U.S. military targets journalists --A public statement by Newspaper Guild President Linda Foley is reviving questions about the intentional targeting of journalists in Iraq by the U.S. armed forces. At a May 13 meeting in St. Louis, Foley said: "Journalists, by the way, are not just being targeted verbally or politically. They are also being targeted for real in places like Iraq. What outrages me as a representative of journalists is that there's not more outrage about the number, and the brutality, and the cavalier nature of the U.S. military toward the killing of journalists in Iraq."

Iraq Oil Money Abuses Condemned --The board monitoring Iraq’s oil revenue accused Iraq's interim government of mishandling about 100 million dollars in oil money meant for development in the six months after they took power from the US government on June 28 last year. The International Advisory and Monitoring Board said a new audit also found the now-defunct US Coalition Provisional Authority used questionable accounting practices with money from the Development Fund for Iraq. It also singled out the US Army Corps of Engineers for refusing to provide files for contracts that were funded with Iraqi oil revenue.

House panel backs $45 bln for Halliburton ['Iraq'] --A House of Representatives subcommittee on Tuesday approved another $45 billion for Halliburton ['the Iraq and Afghanistan wars'], which would bring the costs of the U.S. military operations there to more than $300 billion.

Resistance Flourishes in Iraq's Wild West --The center of the rebel movement has shifted to Al Anbar province, near the border with Syria. But the U.S. has been moving its forces away. The U.S. military's plan to pacify Iraq has run into trouble in a place where it urgently needs to succeed. [Oops!] U.S. officials in Washington and Baghdad agree that Al Anbar province — the vast desert badlands stretching west from the cities of Fallouja and Ramadi to the lawless region abutting the Syrian border — remains the epicenter of the country's deadly resistance.

1,000 U.S. troops launch major offensive against resistance fighters --One thousand U.S. marines, sailors and soldiers encircled the Iraqi city of Haditha on the Euphrates River Wednesday as part of a massive offensive aimed at breaking up militant operations.

May on target to become one of deadliest months for U.S. troops --Hostile fire has killed more U.S. soldiers and Marines in Iraq in May than during each of the three previous months. If the trend continues, May will be one of the deadliest months for U.S. troops during the past year.

Five U.S. Troops Dead in Iraq Incidents 25 May 2005 --Five U.S. military personnel were killed in three separate incidents in Iraq over the last two days, military officials said.

14 U.S. Soldiers Killed in 3 Days in Iraq --A car bomb exploded next to a U.S. Army convoy in Baghdad on Tuesday, killing three soldiers, while another American died in a drive-by shooting a half-hour later. Their deaths pushed the number of U.S. troops killed in three days to 14, part of a surge in attacks that have also killed about 60 Iraqis.

Dozens killed in Iraq attacks --Resistance attacks left eight U.S. soldiers and dozens of Iraqis dead over a 48-hour period Monday and Tuesday. Meanwhile, occupation forces Tuesday rounded up hundreds of 'suspects' in and around Baghdad...

Tabloid says it paid U.S. official for Saddam Hussein photos --The U.S. military condemned the publication Friday of photographs showing an imprisoned Saddam Hussein naked except for his white underwear, and ordered an investigation of how the pictures were leaked to a tabloid. The New York Post, which is also owned by Murdoch, also published the photos on Friday.

Baghdad's Polluted Water Makes Children Sick With Cholera --Cholera is spreading in Baghdad’s impoverished al-Amil quarter where overcrowding and contaminated water are leading to fears of an epidemic. City officials blame resistance attacks on infrastructure for the outbreak in southwest Baghdad. [Really? Well, we blame the Bush/Blair illegal, immoral invasion of Iraq: the water was fine before the U.S./U.K. terrorists invaded the country.]

U.S. leads global attack on human rights -Amnesty --Four years after the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington, human rights are in retreat worldwide and the United States bears most responsibility, rights watchdog Amnesty International said on Wednesday.

Newsweek didn't create White House image --by Helen Thomas "It was an act of desperation when the White House tried to blame Newsweek magazine for the United States' low esteem around the world, particularly in the Middle East. The Bush administration could look in the mirror and see that the real cause for rampant anti-Americanism is the U.S. invasion of Iraq."

Church bells ring in G8 protest --Churches across Scotland are to sound a wake-up call to the leaders of the G8 countries at the Gleneagles summit. The Kirk is demanding action over climate change from the world's most powerful leaders - a key theme of Britain's G8 presidency.

Caspian oil pipeline opens --Officials today inaugurated the first section of a 1,100-mile pipeline bringing oil from the Caspian Sea to the west, a project that has sparked environmental and human rights concerns.

Venezuela Demands Posada be Tried for Terrorism not Immigration --Venezuela’s embassy in the US sent a "verbal note" to the US State Department yesterday, requesting information concerning the status of their extradition request for self-described terrorist Luis Posada Carriles. Posada is currently in the custody of immigration officials who are charging him with illegal entry into the United States. He is wanted by Venezuela for masterminding the 1976 bombing of a Cubana Airlines passenger jet that killed all 73 people on board.

Military Was Set to Down Cessna --Authority Granted As Plane Strayed Deep Into Capital --Defense Secretary [war criminal] Donald H. Rumsfeld gave military officials the authority to shoot down, if necessary, a small plane that wandered into restricted airspace over the nation's capital May 11, according to two senior federal officials. [Well, Rumsfeld had Flight 93 shot down over Shanksville, PA on 9/11 - so it would not be the first time. See: Rumsfeld says 9-11 plane 'shot down' in Pennsylvania --During surprise Christmas Eve trip, defense secretary contradicts official story (27 December 2004)]

Flu pandemic 'could hit 20% of world's population' 25 May 2005 --A global taskforce should be urgently formed to tackle a potential influenza pandemic that could affect 20% of the world's population, trigger economic disaster and kill millions, experts warned today.

Bird flu plan calls for airport screening --Hawaii officials want to test people arriving at Honolulu Airport 25 May 2005 --As nations prepare for a possible avian flu virus pandemic, state and federal health officials are working on a proposal to screen travelers who arrive at Honolulu Airport with influenza-like illness. The state Health Department began developing the proposal a few months ago with the federal quarantine office [?!?] at the airport, said Dr. Paul Effler, state epidemiologist.

ID card cost soars as new bill published --The price of an identity card will be higher than previously thought at £93, the Home Office admitted today, as it published a new bill to introduce the controversial scheme. It also revealed that the biometric technology due to underpin the system was far from failsafe, with even the best form of identification - iris scans - only scoring a 96% success rate. [Click here to read UK's Identity Cards Bill in full.]

FBI asks US Congress for power to seize documents --The FBI on Tuesday asked the U.S. Congress for sweeping new powers to seize business or private records, ranging from medical information to book purchases, to investigate terrorism without first securing approval from a judge.

Homeland Security taps anti-snooping tool --The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has signed a deal with content security provider Websense to protect its systems from spyware and other malicious code. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement division has 40,000 employees. Controls within the Websense product will now control the access of those ICE employees to any blocked Web sites or content deemed inappropriate, Websense said Tuesday in a statement.

Federal Prison Safety Chief Abruptly Resigns --Toxic Contamination Worries in Computer Recycling Shops Widen to Other Prisons (PEER Press Release) 25 May 2005 "The top safety official for the Federal Bureau of Prisons has abruptly resigned as concerns over mishandling of toxic residues from prison industry computer recycling operations spread from one prison to other facilities, according to agency emails released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)."

Democrat Says Bolton May Have Mishandled Classified Data --The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee said today that John R. Bolton might have mishandled classified information by sharing with another State Department official details about a communication intercepted by the National Security Agency.

Voinovich Asks Senators to Reject Bolton --The maverick Republican who denied Dictator Bush's U.N. nominee a smooth sail through the GOP-led Senate asked colleagues Tuesday to vote against a "controversial and ineffective ambassador."

Democrats clear way for Senate vote on Bolton --Democrats agreed on Tuesday to clear the way for the Senate to vote on the controversial nomination of John Bolton as the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, which was expected to pass mainly on party lines.

Priscilla Owen Confirmed As Federal Judge --The Senate on Wednesday confirmed [corpora-terrorist] Priscilla Owen as a federal appellate judge, ending the four-year ordeal of the Texas jurist who was thrust into the center of the partisan battle over Dictator Bush's [Reichwing] judicial nominations.

Frist issues new warning on filibusters --In the afterglow of the bipartisan accord announced Monday night to avert a Senate showdown on changing the filibuster rule, Senate Majority Leader [and cat torturer] Bill Frist emphasized Tuesday that he wasn’t a party to the deal and would quickly try to implement the rule change if Democrats resumed use of the filibuster to derail Dictator Bush’s judicial nominees.

Inside the Beltway --by John McCaslin "...[W]hy did so few members of the White House press corps show up for yesterday's question-and-answer session in the East Room with President [sic] Bush and Afghan President Hamid Karzai? So few reporters were on hand, in fact, that the White House hurried to have White House interns fill the empty seats. ...A member of the press corps we spoke to yesterday equated reporters at such staged White House functions with 'props.' He explained that because the president only takes four questions at each press availability -- two from U.S. wire service reporters and two from foreign scribes -- many in the press corps don't bother to show up. 'Since we can't ask questions, why schlep over there?' he reasons."

Official Says Law Doesn't Cover Gays --Counsel Cites Lack of Authority to Enforce Discrimination Ban --Special counsel Scott J. Bloch told a Senate panel yesterday that he lacks the legal authority to enforce the Bush regime's ban on discrimination against federal employees based on sexual orientation.

House Defies Bush on Research --Despite veto threat, many Republicans vote to repeal funding restrictions for stem cell research. 50 Republicans help pass bill to repeal restrictions on Federal funding --Defying Dictator Bush's threat to impose his first veto, a broad swath of House Republicans voted with an overwhelming number of Democrats yesterday to repeal his restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

'Star Wars' exerts force in earthly politics --Cautionary tale about tyranny or is the film just anti-Bush? Even before it opened in theaters last week, some observers were drawing unflattering parallels between the story of interplanetary treachery in "Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith" and the Bush regime’s war on [of] terror and its decision to invade Iraq.

When the President Talks to God [2005] Bright Eyes rocks The Tonight Show with a scathing attack on the President. This video has caused quite a stir in the blogosphere. (Lyrics)

Wash. Judge Allows GOP Charges of Fraud --A top King County elections official on Tuesday denied knowing about an absentee ballot report allegedly falsified by county workers while counting ballots in the 2004 governor's election. Republicans are trying to prove election errors and fraud stole the election from Republican Dino Rossi. They want Chelan County Superior Court Judge John Bridges to nullify the 129-vote victory of Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire, prompting a new election. [OMFG! I wanted a new presidential election back in 2000, due to the *minus* 16,022 votes that Diebold registered for Gore in Volusia County, not to mention J. Kenneth Whackjob and the stolen state of Ohio in 2004!!]

Ballots cast on machine require scrutiny --by Kat L'Estrange "With the proliferation of electronic voting machines, plus partisan secretaries of state, state and county elections officials are having difficulty conducting fair elections in which legally registered citizens get to vote, and to have their votes counted... Bush supposedly won the popular vote by more than 3 million nationwide, while Kerry had a 51 percent to 48 percent margin in exit polls. Similar discrepancies in Ukraine led to a revote, supported by Bush, and a different outcome there last December."

U.S. backs B of A fees from Social Security deposits --Government urges appeals court to block a ruling requiring bank to repay clients for such charges. The federal government urged a California appeals court to block a ruling requiring Bank of America Corp. to pay $284.4 million to customers who claimed the bank illegally raided their Social Security benefits to collect fees.

Bankers linked to Enron fraud face extradition --Three British bankers accused of fraud relating to the $67bn (£36bn) collapse of Enron are facing a trial in America after the Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, ruled that they should be extradited.

Arctic Leaders Appeal Over Global Warming --Indigenous leaders from Arctic regions around the world called on the European Union on Tuesday to do more to fight global warming and to consider giving aid to their peoples.

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Homeland Security Weighs Plane Shootdowns --The Homeland Security Department is considering whether it should seek authority for its pilots to shoot down errant planes around the nation's capital like the one that came within three miles of the White House this month, according to an internal agency memo obtained by The Associated Press.

British lawmaker: Iraq war was for oil --Labour politician and former UK environment minister Michael Meacher has slammed Prime Minister Tony Blair and US Dictator George Bush for starting a war, he says, to secure oil interests.

Decorated British Colonel Faces Iraq War Crimes Charges --A highly decorated British army officer is facing prosecution for war crimes over the death of an Iraqi civilian beaten to death by his troops, British papers revealed on Sunday. Army prosecutors are preparing war crimes charges against Colonel Jorge Mendonca, commanding officer of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment, faces an inquiry after the 26-year-old hotel receptionist Baha Mousa died in custody, The Independent on Sunday said.

Behind three lines in a secret Army log lies real story of an alleged war crime --Officers and soldiers are in the dock on some of the most serious charges brought against the Army. At least one senior officer, alongside up to four other members of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment, face some of the most serious charges yet brought against the British military - charges of war crimes and of murder. For the first time, a British Army commander, Colonel Jorge Mendonca, could face a court martial under either the Geneva Convention or recent British legislation outlawing war crimes under a treaty setting up the International Criminal Court.

U.S. Soldier Instructed Iraqi Detainee to Dig Own Grave, According to New Army Documents (ACLU Press Release) Documents Indicate Soldiers Used Religious Icons to Degrade Muslim Detainees, ACLU Says 19 May 2005 --"New documents released by the Department of Defense reveal more cases of abuse including mock executions and use of a religious symbol to taunt detainees, the American Civil Liberties Union said today."

At least 8,000 treasures looted from Iraq museum still untraced --The latest figures, presented to the art crime conference yesterday by John Curtis of the British Museum, suggested that half of the 40 iconic items from the Iraq National Museum in Baghdad still had not been retrieved. And of at least 15,000 items looted from its storerooms, about 8,000 have yet to be traced.

Government Puts Resistance Fighters' Trial on TV --Iraqi television aired extended broadcasts of the trial of three accused resistance fighters facing the death penalty, and a new music video introduced on state TV featured Abul Waleed, commander of a feared police commando unit, saying: "We will cut off the arms" of terrorists [the U.S., hopefully]. Meanwhile, bombings targeting U.S. and Iraqi forces and Shiite Arab civilians killed more than 50 people across Iraq on Monday, officials said, taking the death toll past 600 since a new government was installed [They've got that right!] less than a month ago.

Resistance fighters shot down British C-130: report --Concern for the safety of transport flights in Iraq grew Monday following a report a C-130 was downed earlier this year by hostile fire. The Sunday Times of London reported a Royal Air Force C-130 Hercules carrying 10 British Special Forces troops that crashed on Jan. 30 was shot down by a volley of missiles.

428 suspected resistance fighters nabbed in Iraq 24 May 2005 --Iraqi and US forces detained 143 suspected resistance fighters, taking the number of people rounded up in a two-day offensive in western Baghdad to 428, the military says.

Eight U.S. Soldiers Killed Over Two Days in Iraq 24 May 2005 --Eight American soldiers were killed in attacks by resistance fighters over the past the two days, the military said today, as a renewed wave of violence continued. Four soldiers died in two separate attacks in central Baghdad today, and another four were killed south of the capital on Monday.

5 US soldiers killed in Iraq --Five US soldiers were killed and another wounded on Sunday in four incidents in Iraq, the US military said on Monday.

Deadly Car Bomb Explodes Near Iraq School --A car bomb exploded Tuesday near a Baghdad junior high school for girls, killing six people, and seven American soldiers were killed in two days of bombings in and around Baghdad, the military said.

Day of Car Bombs Kills 45 Throughout Iraq --Car bombs ripped through Iraq, killing as many as 45 people Monday, wounding more than 140 and increasing pressure on the new Iraqi government to stop a wave of insurgent violence.

Gunmen kill adviser at Iraq PM's office --Gunmen assassinated an adviser to Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari's office on Monday, an interior ministry official and police sources said.

U.S. Claims Over Siege Challenged --by Dahr Jamail "As with the siege of Fallujah six months back, U.S.. claims over the siege of the Iraqi town Al Qa'im are being challenged now by independent sources. The U.S. military claims a 'successful' end to the weeklong operation earlier this month around Al-Qa'im, a town about 320km west of Baghdad close to the Syrian border. The operation was launched against what the U.S. military saw as the presence of Al-Qaeda fighters in the town. Iraqi civilians and doctors in the area say no foreign fighters were present in the town... Abu Ahmed, a resident of Al-Qa'im, told IPS on telephone that 'all the fighters here are Iraqis from this area.' ..."The fighters are just local people who refuse to be treated like dogs," he said. "Nobody wants the Americans here."

Iraq Suspends Oil Exports to Turkey --Iraq has suspended oil exports to the Turkish port of Ceyhan because of a production shortage in the northern fields of Kirkuk, an Iraqi official said Tuesday. The northern pipeline and facilities regularly are sabotaged by resistance fighters. [Either that or by Halliburton's henchmen, who keep blowing up pipelines and facilities in order to rebuild them at profit levels previously unseen in corporate history.]

Tillman's parents lash out at Army --Handling of Ranger's death called a 'sign of disrespect' --Former NFL player Pat Tillman's family is lashing out against the Army, saying that the military's investigations into Tillman's friendly-fire death in Afghanistan last year were a sham and that Army efforts to cover up the truth have made it harder for them to deal with their loss.

Marine [UK] killed by scratch and superbug --A superfit Royal Marine collapsed and died within days of scratching his leg on a bush while on a training run — victim of a mutated superbug one doctor described as the worst she had ever seen.

Alabama congressman: HBO comedian's remark "borders on treason" --Republican Rep. Spencer Bachus says comedian Bill Maher's comment that the U.S. military has already recruited all the "low-lying Lynndie England fruit" [LOL!] is possibly treasonous and at least grounds to cancel the HBO show. [The *treason* is the notion that this pathetic Reichwing whackjob actually believes that the *government* can pressure a network to cancel a television show.]

Bush denies Afghan president's request for more military authority --Afghan President Hamid Karzai came to the White House on Monday an angry man. He was particularly angry at new, graphic reports of U.S. abuse of Afghan prisoners since the invasion in 2001... Bush publicly rebuffed the Afghan leader on his high-priority plea for more authority over U.S. military operations in Afghanistan.

Bush, Karzai Sign 'Strategic Partnership' --Afghan President Hamid Karzai and U.S. Dictator George W. Bush signed a document yesterday on a "strategic partnership" between their countries. Pentagon officials say the agreement shows Afghanistan's willingness to allow U.S. forces to continue using installations like the Bagram Air Field north of Kabul as a key logistical center.

Syria Stops Cooperating With U.S. Forces and C.I.A. --Syria has halted military and intelligence cooperation with the United States, its ambassador to Washington said in an interview, in a sign of growing strains between the two nations over the insurgency in Iraq.

Uzbek Activist Says She Saw 500 Bodies --An Uzbek rights activist said Tuesday that she saw about 500 bodies in the eastern Uzbek city of Andijan after troops fired on protesters, contradicting the official claim that 169 died.

Earth-penetrating nuclear weapons could kill more than a million people: study --Earth-penetrating nuclear weapons can destroy hard-to-reach underground facilities but could also kill more than a million people on the surface if used in heavily populated areas, an official US study has concluded. The congressionally-mandated study comes as US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is pressing Congress for 8.5 million dollars to study the feasibility of designing nuclear weapons casings hard enough to bore through rocket and concrete before detonating.

Senate Panel Set to Debate Patriot Act [In Secret] --The long political battle over the USA Patriot Act will enter a new phase this week as the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence debates whether to approve a bill that not only would renew the anti[pro]-terrorism law, but also would give the FBI significant new powers in conducting counterterrorism and counterintelligence investigations.

The 9/11 Commission Report: A 571-Page Lie --by Dr. David Ray Griffin, 9/11 Visibility Project 22 May 2005 "In discussing my second 9/11 book, The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions, I have often said, only half in jest, that a better title might have been 'a 571-page lie.' (Actually, I was saying 'a 567-page lie,' because I was forgetting to count the four pages of the Preface.) In making this statement, one of my points has been that the entire Report is constructed in support of one big lie: that the official story about 9/11 is true."

Jammed Radio Signal Cited in Capital Plane Incident --A Black Hawk helicopter dispatched to intercept a private plane that entered forbidden airspace here on May 11 directed the plane's pilots to tune to a frequency that was not usable at the time, the Department of Homeland Security acknowledged on Monday. A crewman on the helicopter, kneeling in the open doorway, held up a sign instructing the men on an errant Cessna to tune to an emergency frequency. But at the time the frequency was jammed by a device on an airplane on the ground, an emergency locator transmitter, which broadcasts on that frequency to alert rescuers in case of a crash. There was no crash, and officials are not certain why or from where the transmitter was broadcasting.

Pilot Thought Jets Would Shoot Him Down --The pilot of a plane that was intercepted by the military earlier this month said Tuesday he thought he was going to get "shot out of the sky." "There was no doubt in my mind," said Hayden L. "Jim" Sheaffer, who also revealed that he was handcuffed and interrogated by federal authorities when he subsequently landed his single-engine Cessna aircraft May 11 in nearby Frederick, Md.

US fighter jets intercept another plane near DC --U.S. military jets intercepted a small plane that strayed into restricted airspace around Washington on Monday, the second time in nearly two weeks fighter planes steered a wayward aircraft away from the capital with flares, aviation and military officials said.

Senate Briefly Recesses After Plane Scare --The Senate recessed for a brief period Monday night after an unidentified plane entered Washington's restricted airspace, two weeks after another airplane caused emergency evacuations of the White House and Capitol.

Mega barf alert! Lawsuit: PA school violated rights by preventing Bible reading --A Pennsylvania school district violated the free-speech rights of a parent who was prevented from reading the Bible to her son's kindergarten class, an attorney for the woman said on Monday.

Ga. County Removing Evolution Stickers --Workers in Cobb County have begun removing controversial evolution disclaimer stickers from science textbooks to comply with a judge's order. By the end of the day Monday, several thousand stickers, which said evolution was a theory and not a fact, had been scraped off.

Governor, lawmakers in daily contact on Schiavo, e-mails show --Gov. Jeb Bush was in daily contact with congressional leaders in March as court efforts to intervene on behalf of Terri Schiavo faltered, according to e-mails obtained Monday from the governor's office. The e-mails, released to The Palm Beach Post in response to a public records request, also show that state lawmakers persevered with legislative maneuvering to keep the severely brain-damaged woman's feeding tube intact, despite advice from Bush's top Schiavo attorney that such an effort was hopeless.

Bush's approval rating on crucial issues hits a low --Dictator Bush's approval ratings for handling the economy, Iraq and Social Security have fallen to the lowest levels of his White House tenure [seizure], according to a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll taken Friday through Sunday. On specific issues, 40% approved of his handling of Iraq and the economy, 33% of his handling of Social Security.

Senate expected to vote on judicial nominee -- With a bipartisan agreement reached on filibusters, the Senate is expected to vote on the long-delayed nomination of Judge [corpora-terrorist] Priscilla Owen as early as Tuesday. Under the compromise reached Monday evening by seven Democratic and seven Republicans senators, votes on Owen and two other nominees for appellate courts stalled by filibusters will go forward.

Breakthrough Pact Unlikely to End Battle --By Dan Balz "Senate Democrats not in the group quickly embraced the deal. Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) hailed it for taking the nuclear option 'off the table.' Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) was more cautious, noting that he still believes that all judicial nominees deserve up-or-down votes and that the agreement 'falls short' of that principle and 'will require careful monitoring.' ...But if the deal heads off a filibuster on a Supreme Court nominee with a record as conservative as those of the three appellate court judges given a green light last night, organizations on the left may be disappointed later."

Senators Reach Deal to Avert Showdown on Judicial Nominees --An evenly divided bipartisan group of 14 senators said tonight that they had reached an agreement that would avert a potentially explosive vote on Tuesday on banning filibusters against judicial nominees.

Senators Reach Deal on Filibuster --Fourteen Republican and Democratic senators announced this evening they had reached a compromise designed to prevent a showdown over Dictator Bush's judicial nominations. [The Democrats bow down to the Bush juggernaut oh-but-again and betray the American people: we are going to be stuck with most of Bush's Nazi 'judges' due to the 'deal.']

Supreme Court to Re-enter Abortion Debate With New Case --The Supreme Court, re-entering the abortion debate amid burgeoning speculation about Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist's retirement, agreed Monday to hear an appeal of a decision striking down a state parental notification law.

Bank data theft could hit nearly 700,000 --More than 100,000 customers of Wachovia Corp. and Bank of America Corp. have been notified that their financial records may have been stolen by bank employees and sold to collection agencies. In all, nearly 700,000 customers of four banks may be affected, according to police in Hackensack, N.J., where the investigation was centered.

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Black market organ trade is Baghdad's new growth industry --Last week, in a shabby ward in the city's Al Karama hospital, Ali Hameed lay bandaged on a bed, one kidney lighter and $1,400 (about £765) richer after a three-hour operation. In a nearby room, his body similarly bandaged, lay the man who had paid for it - the other player in a grim new black market trade in organs that is one of Iraq's few growth industries. "I abandoned my taxi driving job because of the security situation," Mr Hameed, 22, told The Sunday Telegraph. In 2001, the going rate for a donor was $2,000. The fact that the price has tumbled, some doctors say, suggests that Iraqis are even more desperate for money now than they were under Saddam Hussein. [Remember the 2000 presidential campaign, whereupon Ralph Nader exclaimed that there was 'no difference' between Al Gore and George W. Bush?]

Union rep: U.S. troops killing journalists --President of Newspaper Guild echoes claim of ex-CNN exec 19 May 2005 --Echoing a claim that led to CNN executive Eason Jordan's resignation, the president of the 35,000-member Newspaper Guild asserted U.S. troops deliberately are killing journalists in Iraq.

Court sentences three Iraq rebels to death --An Iraqi court yesterday sentenced three rebels to death for rape, kidnapping and murder, the first death sentences passed in connection with the ongoing resistance, as three Romanian journalists captured nearly two months ago were freed. [Rape, kidnapping and murder -- sounds like the work of Bush's Halliburton henchmen.]

British Army colonel faces war crimes inquiry after Iraqi's death --A British Army commander is being investigated for alleged war crimes following the death of an Iraqi civilian. Baha Mousa's death is one of four Iraq war cases earmarked for a court martial.

Escape tunnel discovered at U.S.-run prison camp in Iraq --The weight of a fuel truck collapsed the roof of an escape tunnel being dug out of Camp Bucca, where more than 6,000 suspected resistance fighters are being held.

Head of Iraqi trade ministry gunned down --Gunmen killed a top Iraqi Trade Ministry official Sunday, as aides of a radical Shiite cleric met with a key Sunni group seeking to ease rising sectarian tensions.

U.S. soldier killed by car bomb in Iraq --A U.S. soldier was killed when a car bomb exploded near a patrol just north of Tikrit, the U.S. military said on Monday.

US military [taxpayers] to build four giant new bases in Iraq --US military commanders are planning to pull back their troops from Iraq's towns and cities and redeploy them in four giant bases in a strategy they say is a prelude to eventual withdrawal.

Big bucks beckon Galloway --George Galloway is to cash in his new-found status as the poster boy of the anti-war movement in America with plans for a speaking tour that could earn him a six-figure sum. The Respect MP for Bethnal Green and Bow is also likely to boost his profile in America by fitting in a series of free events, addressing opponents of the occupation of Iraq.

Blair faces US probe over secret Iraq invasion plan --Senior American congressmen are considering sending a delegation to London to investigate Britain’s role in preparations for the war in Iraq. Democratic opponents of Dictator George W Bush have seized on a leaked Downing Street memo, first published three weeks ago by The Sunday Times, as evidence that American lawmakers were misled about Bush’s intentions in Iraq.

Karzai Seeks More Control After Charges of U.S. Abuse --Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday that he was shocked by allegations that U.S. soldiers had abused detainees in Afghanistan. He said his government wanted custody of all Afghan prisoners and greater control over U.S. military operations. *See: In U.S. Report, Brutal Details of 2 Afghan Inmates' Deaths.

Army Faltered in Investigating Detainee Abuse --Despite autopsy findings of homicide and statements by soldiers that two prisoners died after being struck by guards at an American military detention center in Bagram, Afghanistan, Army investigators initially recommended closing the case without bringing any criminal charges, documents and interviews show.

Bush regime accused of hypocrisy over Newsweek, Koran allegations --The US government, which has called Newsweek magazine to account over a discredited article alleging US soldiers desecrated the Koran at Guantanamo Bay military base, should try and clean up its own act, some politicians and US commentators say. Critics remind the US administration of how it used imprecise information itself to justify the war in Iraq, and point out what they see as unconvincing inquiries into other alleged ['misdeeds'] torture at Guantanamo and at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, where serious abuses of prisoners occurred last year.

Secret UK troops plan for Afghan crisis --Defence chiefs are planning to rush thousands of British troops to Afghanistan in a bid to stop the country sliding towards civil war, Scotland on Sunday can reveal. Ministers have been warned they face a "complete strategic failure" of the effort to 'rebuild' [occupy] Afghanistan and that 5,500 extra troops will be needed within months if the situation continues to deteriorate.

Terrified Uzbeks tell of three massacres --Wounded finished off in cold blood [by Bush's ally] ...At daybreak their bodies were found slumped in the front of their car, which had been pierced by more than 100 bullets. They remained in the middle of the street under a baking sun for more than two days while police prevented relatives from retrieving them for burial. "They had been hit by so many bullets I couldn't recognise them at first," said one of Khakkarov’s relatives. "Soldiers just opened fire on the vehicle, cutting them down without warning — two gentle men on their way to celebrate the birth of a baby."

Where are U.S. sanctions on Syria heading? Congressman suggests military action is on the horizon --U.S. sanctions against Syria are a step away from military action, a U.S. congressman said at the World Economic Forum in Jordan. "Sanctions are one step below a military confrontation, and sanctions are preferable to military confrontation, frankly," said U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, a Republican from Connecticut, during a panel discussion.

U.S. Proposal in the O.A.S. Draws Fire as an Attack on Venezuela --An American proposal to create a committee at the Organization of American States that would monitor the 'quality of democracy' [?!?] and the exercise of power in Latin America is facing a hostile reception from many countries in part because it is being viewed as a thinly veiled effort to attack Venezuela. [The U.S. wants to monitor the 'quality of democracy?' LOL. Maybe the hypocritical whackjobs should monitor the F.B.I.'s email tracking, the 'extraordinary renditions,' or the torture and murder of the Afghan detainees at Bagram Collection Point, for starters.]

What Did John Bolton Do with the NSA Intercept Information? Did He Violate National Security Laws? By Steven C. Clemons 21 May 2005 "We know little about the controversial NSA intercept materials (and roster of redacted names of U.S. officials mentioned in the transcripts) which were requested and reviewed by John Bolton... [O]ne of the biggest issues that has eluded the mainstream media and venues like TWN [The Washington Note] is what Bolton did with the intelligence he reviewed... What TWN has just learned from a source -- a single source -- is that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is now looking into whether or not Bolton misused the super-secret information he retrieved from the intercepts."

US congressmen: Israel first in US Mideast policy --While top Israeli and Palestinian officials met here to talk security, a US senator dispensed bitter pills to Arab leaders: The United States isn't ready to risk the prestige needed to create a Palestinian state and America's priority is to secure Israel in a way that, "if possible," is just to the Palestinians.

Dictator Bush solves the Middle East crises - he has succeeded in *uniting Jews and Muslims* (against the U.S.)!] Laura Bush heckled in Jerusalem shrine visit --Jewish and Muslim protesters heckled U.S. first lady Laura Bush when she visited a flashpoint Jerusalem holy site on Sunday during a Middle East propaganda tour. ...A crowd jostled Bush as she entered the mosque and a Palestinian worshipper cried at her: "You are not welcome here. Why are you hassling our Muslims? How dare you come in here?"

Protesters mob Laura Bush --Protesters besieged Laura Bush during her visit Sunday to two of Jerusalem's most sacred sites, with Israeli police locking arms to restrain the crowd and Secret Service agents packed tightly around her.

Von Trier Slams America --Danish director Lars Von Trier shocked [and, likely delighted] crowds at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday (18May05), when he branded US Dictator George W. Bush "an a**hole" and launched into a bitter tirade against globalisation. The Dancer In the Dark film-maker, who has been promoting his new film Manderlay at the movie showcase, hit out when he was asked why his movies take an anti-American stance.

Authorities plan show of force during OAS in South Florida --Authorities said Friday they are prepared to meet any threat by land, sea or air during the upcoming three-day meeting of the Organization of American States. To make their point, they brought along some muscle: A Blackhawk helicopter; a Coast Guard patrol boat lacking its bow-mounted machine gun; police motorcycles; several oversized black Chevy Suburbans with tinted windows; and a bulletproof black limousine.

Volunteers recruited to help catch illegal immigrants in East Tennessee --They work on the U.S border in Arizona, as part of a volunteer army called the Minutemen. Soon, the brigade will be in Tennessee with a mission of catching companies that hire illegal immigrants. Those behind the effort say volunteers will patrol local businesses, looking for employers that are hiring people who've illegally crossed the border.

White House Plan to Let F.B.I. Track Mail in Terrorism Inquiries --The F.B.I. would gain broad authority to track the mail of people in 'terror' investigations under a Bush regime proposal, officials said Friday. The proposal, to be considered next week in a closed-door meeting of the Senate Intelligence Committee, would allow the bureau to direct postal inspectors to turn over the names, addresses and all other material appearing on the outside of letters sent to or from people connected to foreign intelligence investigations.

Spy vs. Spy --By Bill Piper "A senior congressman, James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), is working quietly but efficiently to turn the entire United States population into informants--by force. Sensenbrenner, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman, has introduced legislation that would essentially draft every American into the war on drugs. H.R. 1528, cynically named 'Safe Access to Drug Treatment and Child Protection Act,' would compel people to spy on their family members and neighbors, and even go undercover and wear a wire if needed. If a person resisted, he or she would face mandatory incarceration... If you 'witness' certain drug offenses taking place or 'learn' about them, you must report the offenses to law enforcement within 24 hours and provide 'full assistance in the investigation, apprehension and prosecution' of the people involved. Failure to do so would be a crime punishable by a mandatory minimum two-year prison sentence, and a maximum sentence of 10 years."

Man Without I.D. Vows to Board Flight or be Jailed (Manchester, NH) 18 May 2005 --"Russell Kanning of Keene has announced he will approach a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint at Manchester airport on June 11 and refuse to cooperate with the requirement to show ID until he is arrested." Action!! Civil disobedience against ID requirements under federalized airport security, Manchester Airport in New Hampshire (exact spot to be determined), Saturday, 11 June at noon --Russell Kanning of Keene, NH, supporters from NHfree.com, to draw attention to the recent and continuing loss of privacy and freedom due to federalized airport security and National ID. How: By approaching a TSA checkpoint with a ticket but no ID, refusing to show ID, and refusing to cooperate with the law until arrested or allowed to board the plane. Contacts: Russell Kanning or Kat Dillon at (603) 357-2049; Mike Fisher (603) 498-7935. More contacts and details to appear in future releases, which will be posted to NHfree.com.

Contracting Rush For Security Led to Waste, Abuse --Since fiscal 2001, annual spending on contracts managed by the Homeland Security Department or its precursor agencies has more than doubled, to $5.8 billion, according to data from Eagle Eye Publishers Inc., a company that analyzes government contracting data. The beneficiaries include Unisys Corp., Boeing Co., Lockheed Martin Corp., General Dynamics Corp. and Accenture Ltd., along with such lesser-known companies as Veritas Capital Inc. and Datatrac Information Services Inc. At a recent gathering of contractors in Northern Virginia, the chief contracting officer for one Homeland Security division said he wasn't sure how his agency had spent $700 million -- more than one-third of its budget last year was listed under "other."

Senate Leaders Prepare for Crucial Filibuster Vote --A dozen Senate negotiators hope to avert a showdown today over judicial filibusters, but the chamber's Democratic and Republican leaders signaled yesterday that they are ready for a long-awaited vote that could deeply affect the federal judiciary and the operations of Congress.

Senator Santorum calls Hitler quip 'mistake' --Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Terrorist-Penn.), who likened Democrats to Adolf Hitler during a heated debate over the future of U.S. judicial nominees on Friday, said such language was a "mistake."

Trial for Governor's Seat Set to Start in Washington --On Monday, a two-week trial is scheduled to begin before Judge John Bridges of Chelan County Superior Court. Republicans have sued to overturn the results of the gubernatorial election, which Christine Gregoire, the Democratic candidate, won over Dino Rossi after two recounts and about 2.9 million ballots cast.

Illegals bolster Social Security --Put in 7B a year, never recoup --Undocumented immigrants contribute an estimated $6.5 to $7 billion to Social Security each year, according to researchers and federal government estimates. The money is held in a trust fund called the "earnings suspense file." A top Social Security official acknowledged that if it were not for undocumented immigrants who work with false numbers, the system would be in even worse fiscal shape.

Senate panel takes aim at 'stealth tax' --It is called the "stealth tax" because most U.S. taxpayers are unaware of it, but in a few years, millions of people will pay the so-called alternative minimum tax that only the rich were supposed to pay.

11 states sue over U.S. mercury trading plan --'Cap-and-trade' would allow utilities to swap credits --Eleven states sued the Bush regime Wednesday to block new rules allowing coal-burning utilities to trade rights to emit toxic mercury, adding to other lawsuits challenging the regulations.

In Exam of 126 Walls, Cracks, Bulges and Leaks (NY) An examination by The New York Times of 126 privately owned retaining walls across the five boroughs, totaling more than 43,500 square yards, revealed a range of conditions, including considerable decay.

Bird-flu crisis plan --City sees lethal bug's arrival as inevitable 22 May 2005 --Convinced it's only a matter of time before a new flu strain capable of killing millions reaches New York, city health officials have started drawing up a crisis plan, the Daily News has learned. Infectious-disease experts at the Health Department have been meeting every two weeks to prepare a strategy for protecting the city against diseases such as the Asian bird flu, or H5N1.

Revealed: health fears over secret study into GM food --Rats fed GM corn due for sale in Britain developed abnormalities in blood and kidneys --Rats fed on a diet rich in genetically modified corn developed abnormalities to internal organs and changes to their blood, raising fears that human health could be affected by eating GM food. The Independent on Sunday can today reveal details of secret research carried out by Monsanto, the GM food giant, which shows that rats fed the modified corn had smaller kidneys and variations in the composition of their blood.

Conn. Nears Strict School Junk Food Ban --Lawmakers want to make sure Connecticut students aren't part of the Pepsi Generation. Connecticut is on the verge of adopting the most far-reaching ban in the country on soda and junk food in public schools, in an effort to curb rising rates of childhood obesity.

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LOL! Bush plays the 'yelllowcake card' again: Iran Said to Be Smuggling Nuclear Matter --Iran is circumventing international export bans on sensitive dual-use materials by smuggling graphite and a graphite compound that can be used to make conventional and nuclear weapons, an 'Iranian dissident' [CIA troll on the NeoCons' payroll] and a senior diplomat said Friday.

U.S. doesn't have needed support in U.N. to punish Iran, official says --If Iran ignores U.S. pleas not to make nuclear fuel, the United States lacks support from China in the U.N. Security Council to punish Iran, a State Department official said Thursday.

The New York Times *finally* covers story CLG featured twenty days ago: British Memo on U.S. Plans for Iraq War Fuels Critics --More than two weeks after its publication in London, a previously secret British government memorandum that reported in July 2002 that Dictator Bush had decided to "remove Saddam, through military action" is still creating a stir among administration critics. They are portraying it as evidence [That's because it *is* evidence, morons!!] that Mr. Bush was intent on war with Iraq earlier than the White House has acknowledged. Eighty-nine House Democrats wrote to the White House to ask whether the memorandum, first disclosed by The Sunday Times on May 1 [Where was the New York Times on May 2? Not doing their jobs, of course!], accurately reported the regime's thinking at the time, eight months before the American-led invasion.

Call for Iraq war inquiry rejected (UK) The Government's lawyers have formally rejected calls for a public inquiry into the legality of the Iraq war from the relatives of servicemen killed in the conflict, it has emerged.

Red Cross told U.S. of Koran incidents --The International Committee of the Red Cross documented what it called credible information about U.S. personnel disrespecting or mishandling Korans at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and pointed it out to the Pentagon in confidential reports during 2002 and early 2003, an ICRC spokesman said Wednesday.

In U.S. Report, Brutal Details of 2 Afghan Inmates' Deaths --Even as the young Afghan man was dying before them, his American jailers continued to torment him. The story of Mr. Dilawar's brutal death at the Bagram Collection Point - and that of another detainee, Habibullah, who died there six days earlier in December 2002 - emerge from a nearly 2,000-page confidential file of the Army's criminal investigation into the case, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times. [Warning! Graphic article reveals torture tactic used by U.S. terrorists.]

US abuse of Afghan prisoners 'widespread' --US soldiers carried out widespread abuse of detainees at the US-run Bagram prison camp in Afghanistan, according to a confidential US army report revealed today in the New York Times.

"Kill, kill USA, kill, kill George Bush." 20 May 2005 --Muslim protesters today called for the bombing of New York in a demonstration outside the US embassy in London. There were threats of "another 9/11" from militants angry at reports of the desecration of the Koran by US troops in Iraq. Led by a man on a megaphone, they chanted, "USA watch your back, Osama is coming back" and "Kill, kill USA, kill, kill George Bush". A small detail of police watched as they shouted: "Bomb, bomb New York" and "George Bush, you will pay, with your blood, with your head." Demonstrators in Grosvenor Square, some with their faces covered with scarves, waved placards which included the message: "Desecrate today and see another 9/11 tomorrow."

Freedom Fighters Attack Abu Ghraib Prison --Five detainees were wounded in a rocket attack by resistance fighters on Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison today, military officials reported. The rocket landed in one of the prison compounds at about 10:15 a.m.

Two U.S. Soldiers Killed In Drive-By Shooting --Two Task Force Baghdad Soldiers died May 19 at approximately 5:40 p.m. from wounds suffered when their convoy was fired upon by resistance fighters in another vehicle in central Baghdad.

Bush Extends Order Protecting Iraq Oil Assets --Dictator Bush on Thursday extended for another year an order that protects Iraq's oil assets from companies seeking compensation for losses under Saddam Hussein's rule.

Iraq's 'Qaeda' denies meetings in Syria - Web --Iraq's [Bush's] al Qaeda has denied U.S. accusations that an upsurge in car bomb attacks in Iraq was ordered at a meeting of resistance fighters in Syria, according to an Internet statement posted on Friday.

Lawyer condemns jailing of Saddam Hussein --A lawyer for Saddam Hussein says it is "regrettable" that a British tabloid published pictures of the former dictator living in captivity, but he is more concerned that U.S. and Iraqi authorities are flouting the former Iraqi president's legal rights by keeping him jailed without issuing an indictment.

Saddam Hussein to sue over prison photos --Saddam Hussein plans to take legal action after a British newspaper published photos of him half-naked in his prison cell and doing his washing. "We will sue the newspaper and everyone who helped in showing these pictures," said Saddam Hussein's chief lawyer Ziad Al-Khasawneh, speaking from Jordan.

Military Recruiters Lie About Dangers In Iraq --Army to Suspend Recruiting For Retraining Following Target 5 Investigation (Text of WLWT's report, 11 p.m. newscast, 18 May 2005) Announcer: "An explosive Target 5 investigation. Our hidden cameras catch military recruiters making the Tri-state sound more dangerous than Iraq." Recruiter: "You've got more chance of dying over here than you do over there." Announcer: "So, why are Tri-state recruits ready to risk their lives not getting honest answers?" Anchor: "The problem is so bad the military is planning a nationwide stand-down day. That means, this Friday, the Army won't do any recruiting. Why? Recruiters using outrageous tactics to get your son or daughter to enlist. You won't believe how bad the problem is..."

Uzbekistan rejects deaths probe --Uzbek President Islam Karimov has rejected requests for an international inquiry into a bloody crackdown in the town of Andijan last week, the UN says.

Uzbek refugees scared to return, fresh graves found --Refugees who fled a crackdown by Uzbek troops said on Friday they dared not return home, and the United Nations turned up the volume on its demands for an inquiry into deaths believed to have run into hundreds.

Venezuelan Prez Lambastes U.S. --Newly released U.S. government documents citing a confidential informant reveal a Cuban exile talked of attacking a Cuban plane weeks before the 1976 bombing of a passenger jet that killed 73 people. The information came to light as Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez lambasted U.S. officials for charging Luis Posada Carriles with a measly immigration-related crime Thursday, saying not extraditing him would amount to sheltering a terrorist.

Beauty of the orange grove is crushed as Sharon prepares to move Gaza's settlers --by Donald Macintyre in Nitzanim "The sinking sun across the Mediterranean was a deep red and the birds in full pre-twilight chorus as Hananiya Cohen switched off his engine. We were at the edge of what had been, 24 hours earlier, a mature, secluded orange grove at the foot of the dunes that help make this Israel's most famous area of coastal beauty... Some 100 of the trees, still in fruit, were lying on the ground."

FBI, ATF address domestic terrorism --Officials: Extremists pose serious threat -- Violent animal rights extremists and eco-terrorists [?!? You mean the GOP congress-critters that want to drill in the ANWR? Those are the only 'eco-terrorists' *I* know!] now pose one of the most serious terrorism threats to the nation, top federal law enforcement officials say. Senior officials from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms (ATF) and Explosives told a Senate panel Wednesday of their growing concern over these groups. [Oops! They forgot about the White Supremacists and the anti-abortion bombers, not to mention - the most dangerous terrorist on the planet: George W. Bush.]

Gee, this sure looks like *eco-terrorism* to me: Amazon Deforestation Up 6 Percent in 2004 --Deforestation in the Amazon rain forest in 2004 was the second worst ever, figures released by the Brazilian government showed Wednesday. Satellite photos and data showed that ranchers, soybean farmers [sic - agribusiness terrorists] and loggers burned and cut down a near-record area of 10,088 square miles of rain forest in the 12 months ending in August 2004, the Brazilian Environmental Ministry said.

Early Version of New Patriot Act Gives Administration Everything It Asks for, GOP Aides Say --The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee is working on a bill that would renew the Patriot Act and expand government powers in the name of fighting [fomenting] terrorism, letting the FBI subpoena records without permission from a judge or grand jury.

Democrats Fault Plan for F.B.I. --Several Democrats voiced strong objections on Thursday to a plan by the Bush administration and Republican leaders for expanding the Federal Bureau of Investigation's counterterrorism powers and said they would fight to have the issue fully debated in public rather than behind closed doors in the Senate.

GOP Sets Stage for Filibuster Showdown --Republicans Set the Stage for a Showdown Tuesday on Filibusters of Bush Judicial Nominees --Senate Republicans set the stage for a showdown next Tuesday over the filibusters blocking several of Dictator Bush's judicial nominees, an historic vote that could determine whether an out-of-power party can stop a president from placing like-minded jurists on the nation's highest courts. Unless a deal is reached, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist will force a test vote Tuesday on Texas judge Priscilla Owen's nomination to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

GOP Files Cloture Motion to End Debate --The Senate's Republican majority today began a countdown to a vote that has been dubbed the "nuclear option," a decision on whether to end the ability of the chamber's minority to use filibusters to block the appointment of federal judges. After a third day of debate on one of Dictator Bush's most controversial judicial nominees, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) filed a cloture motion to end the debate and put the nomination to a vote.

Democrats preparing to bow down to Bush again: Deal would allow vote on 5 Bush judicial picks --Proposal leaves filibuster for 'extraordinary circumstances' -- A bid to end the Senate standoff over pResident Bush's judicial picks would let five nominees advance to a final vote while preserving the right of a minority of senators to block two others.

Black lawmakers say filibuster ban offensive to African-Americans --The Congressional Black Caucus argues that a ban on Senate filibusters would be offensive to people of color. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, members of the caucus say supporters of civil rights legislation 50 years ago had to overcome filibusters by conservative Southern Democrats and Republicans.

Bush Vows to Veto Stem Cell Legislation --Bush Says He'll Veto Legislation That Would Loosen Restrictions on Stem Cell Research --pResident Bush on Friday condemned stem cell research advances in South Korea and said he worried about living in a world in which human cloning was condoned. He said he would veto any legislation aimed at loosening limits on federal support in the United States.

Santorum tax rebate questioned --Allegheny County (Pittsburgh) District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. has asked the county manager's office to see if U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum is improperly receiving a $70 per year tax rebate on his Penn Hills home.

Ehrlich Vetoes Gay Rights Bill --Maryland Gov. (R-Terrorist) Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has decided to veto legislation that would grant unmarried couples, including gay partners, certain rights if they register with the state.

Ohio Court Won't Punish Lawyers Over Vote --Ending one of the last fights from the contentious 2004 presidential campaign, Ohio's top judge on Thursday declined to punish four attorneys who had challenged the results in court. Chief Justice Thomas Moyer ruled against (Republican) Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro's attempt to have the lawyers sanctioned for filing "a meritless claim" against the vote that gave Dictator Bush a win in Ohio and, as a result, enough electoral votes to win a second term in the White House.

Judge orders Exxon to pay gas stations --A federal judge has ordered Exxon Mobil Corp. to pay damages to more than 10,000 gas station owners for overcharging on gasoline for more than a decade, a ruling that could cost the company $1.3 billion, an attorney for the plaintiffs said on Friday.

Legislators Working to Reshape Endangered Species Act --Lawmakers are pushing to 'transform' [read: allow the animals to perish, destroy their inhabitants] the nation's approach to protecting imperiled species, making it tougher to add to the federal list of endangered animals and plants, and providing new incentives for landowners to protect crucial habitats.

Lake disappears, baffling villagers --A Russian village was left baffled Thursday after its lake disappeared overnight. NTV television showed pictures of a giant muddy hole bathed in summer sun, while fishermen from the village of Bolotnikovo looked on disconsolately... "I am thinking, well, America has finally got to us," said one old woman, as she sat on the ground outside her house. [HAARP?]

Warming Is Blamed for Antarctica's Weight Gain --The eastern half of Antarctica is gaining weight, more than 45 billion tons a year, according to a new scientific study. The gain in eastern Antarctica snow partly offsets the rise in sea level caused by the melting of ice and snow in other parts of the world. The finding also matches expectations that the earth's warming temperatures would increase the amount of moisture in the air and lead to greater snowfall over Antarctica.

Anthrax scare hits Brooklyn hospital (NY) The emergency room at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn was evacuated Thursday night after three people walked in complaining of exposure to a white powder that was sent to them in an envelope four days ago, police said.

Vietnam Bird Flu Death Toll Reaches 53 20 May 2005 --Bird flu has killed another person in Vietnam bringing the regional death toll to 53, the World Health Organization said as it continued to warn of a potential pandemic.

Bird flu death toll up to 37 20 May 2005 --Vietnam's death toll from bird flu since January 2004 has risen by one to 37, bringing to 17 the number who have died since a surge in mid-December, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Biologists Advocate Study On Marburg Origin [Uh, Fort Detrick?] 20 May 2005 --The Association of Biologists of Angola today in Luanda defended the need to carry out a thorough study to find out the agents which favour the appearance of the haemorrhagic fever by the Marburg virus in the country, which already claimed 311 deaths in a universe of 337 cases registered.

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Generals Offer Sober Outlook on Iraqi War --American military commanders in Baghdad and Washington gave a sobering new assessment on Wednesday of the war in Iraq... One officer suggested Wednesday that American military involvement in Iraq could last "many years."

Iraqi oil official gunned down in Baghdad --Gunmen killed an Oil Ministry official Thursday, the latest assassination in escalating violence that threatens to push Iraq toward civil war.

Iraqi oil official, 23 others killed --Gunmen killed an Oil Ministry official on Thursday and escalating violence claimed at least 24 more lives, fueling fears Iraq may be moving toward civil war.

Gunmen in Iraq kill top Shiite cleric's aide --Second aide slain this week; police say 9 die in separate attack --An aide to Iraq's most powerful Shiite cleric was shot to death Thursday in Baghdad, police said, the second of his aides killed this week.

Polish troops injured by roadside bomb in Iraq --Two Polish soldiers were slightly injured in Iraq on Thursday when a roadside bomb exploded as their convoy was returning to base in Hillah from Baghdad, the Polish military reported.

Al-Qaida Issues Statement Accusing Americans of Setting Up Iraqis to Kill Civilians (Jihad Unspun) "Over the weekend, Al-Qaida in the Land of the Two Rivers issued a statement that highlighted how the Americans are creating sectarian violence inside occupied Iraq. While there has been differences amongst Sunnis and Shias in the past, the two groups have lived for the most part in peace – until the Americans landed that is... Here is the statement from Al-Qaida, uncut and uncensored, as translated by JUS."

Iraq asks neighbors to stop infiltration of terrorists [If only the U.S. terrorists would leave, Iraq would be fine] --Syria rejects U.S. charges that it is aiding insurgency --Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari called on his country's neighbors to help prevent the infiltration of foreign terrorists [from the U.S.] into Iraq as a series of attacks around the country killed at least a dozen Iraqis and two American soldiers.

US captain staged mock execution in Iraq: new documents --A US Army captain staged the mock execution of an Iraqi in 2003 and was later reprimanded for a string of abuses, according to newly released military documents.

Afghan aid group workers killed --Six Afghans working for an aid agency have been shot dead by U.S death squads ['suspected Taleban militants'], officials say. The men were travelling in a vehicle in the southern Zabul province, along the main highway linking the city of Kandahar with the capital, Kabul.

Bush prepping for another 9/11-style attack on DC: Pentagon Aims to Disperse Facilities --The Pentagon's recommendation to move more than 20,000 defense jobs from sites in the Washington area is based in part on Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's goal of shifting operations out of the capital region, according to the base realignment and closure plan released last week.

DynCorp International Again Wins State Department Contract for Narcotics Eradication and Interdiction --DynCorp International LLC has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of State to assist foreign governments in the eradication and interdiction [Yeah, right!!] of illicit crops such as coca and opium poppy. This is the third consecutive eradication and interdiction contract State has awarded to DynCorp International and its corporate predecessors.

DynCorp Disgrace 14 January 2002 --Americans were seen in Bosnia as defenders of the children, as shown here, until U.S. contractors began buying children as personal sex slaves. Middle-aged men having sex with 12- to 15-year-olds was too much for Ben Johnston, a hulking 6-foot-5-inch Texan, and more than a year ago he blew the whistle on his employer, DynCorp, a U.S. contracting company doing business in Bosnia. According to the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) lawsuit filed in Texas on behalf of the former DynCorp aircraft mechanic, "in the latter part of 1999 Johnston learned that employees and supervisors from DynCorp were engaging in perverse, illegal and inhumane behavior [and] were purchasing illegal weapons, women, forged passports and [participating in] other immoral acts. "

CSC/DynCorp (corpwatch.org) "The world's premier rent-a-cop business runs the security show in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the US-Mexico border. They also run the coca crop-dusting business in Colombia, and occasional sex trafficking sorties in Bosnia. But what can you expect from a bunch of mercenaries?" Note: CSC sold DynCorp in January 2005]

Posada charged with entering the country illegally --Luis Posada Carriles, the Cuban exile terrorist accused of bombing a Cuban passenger jet and tourist spots in Cuba, was [finally] charged by the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday with entering the United States illegally.

Patriot II: subpoenas sans courts --The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee is working on a bill that would renew the Patriot Act and expand government powers in the name of fighting [fomenting] terrorism, letting the FBI subpoena records without permission from a judge or grand jury.

Plan Would Significantly Expand F.B.I.'s Terror Role --The Bush dictatorship and Senate Republican leaders are pushing a plan that would significantly expand the F.B.I.'s power to demand business records in terror investigations without obtaining approval from a judge, officials said on Wednesday. The proposal, part of a broader plan to extend anti[pro]terrorism powers under the law known as the USA Patriot Act, was concluded in recent days by Republican leaders on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in consultation with the Bush regime, Congressional officials said.

As Patriot II is being debated, we suddenly learn: Live Grenade Was Near pResident, FBI Says --The FBI said today that a hand grenade was hurled toward Dictator Bush, and landed within 100 feet of him, as he addressed a massive crowd in Freedom Square in Tbilisi, Georgia, on the afternoon of May 10. The Soviet-made fragmentation grenade failed to detonate only because the [29-cent] blasting cap malfunctioned, authorities said. [Bush's assassin is as incompetent as bush himself.]

National ID Cards Among Blair's Proposals as Parliament Reopens --Government seeks wider use of biometric data. Prime Minister Tony Blair unveiled a controversial measure for a national identity card embedded with the bearer's biological data, one of 45 laws proposed as the British Parliament reopened Tuesday after the hotly contested election earlier this month.

Animal activists top FBI terrorist list --The FBI says the United States' top domestic terrorism threat is environmental and animal rights activists who have turned to arson and explosives. Some of the activists also target companies abroad who have policies they disagree with. [We think *Bush* should top the list of 'domestic terrorism threats.']

Halliburton Protest: 16 Arrested, a Dozen Trampled by Horses (houston.indymedia.org) "Four women and six men are at Houston Police Southeast, 8300 Mykawa and six men at at Houston Police Central, 61 Reisner... At the Four Seasons this morning, before 8 am, barricades were erected, over 30 Houston horse police, undercover cops and heavy foot police presence was amassed. By 8:30, the march had reached the hotel, with about 140 - 300 protesters... By 9 am, there were 12 activists inside the hotel... Outside, things began heating up with pushing, cops on horses and arrests. Some concerns have been raised about cruelty to the horses. The horses trampled several people.

Speech at conference assails right wing --Bill Moyers denounced on Sunday the right wing and top officials at the White House, saying they are trying to silence their critics by controlling the news media. He also took aim at reporters who become little more than willing government "stenographers."

Voters dissatisfied with Bush, Congress --NBC/WSJ poll reveals 'angry electorate' --As the Senate marches closer toward a nuclear showdown over Dictator Bush’s judicial nominees, the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that the American public is dissatisfied — with Congress and its priorities, with Bush’s plan to overhaul Social Security and with the nation’s economy and general direction.

Stabenow says Republicans trying to silence Democrats on judges --Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., waded into the Senate's battle over the confirmation of Dictator Bush's judicial appointments Thursday, accusing majority Republicans of trying to silence the views of Democrats.

Senate nears showdown on judges, compromise sought --With time running out, a group of lawmakers pressed for compromise on Thursday to avert a U.S. Senate confrontation that could strip Democrats of the power to block Dictator Bush's judicial nominees, including potential ones to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Senate Passes $295 Billion Transportation Measure --The Senate easily approved $295 billion in new transportation money, more than pResident Bush wanted to spend but the bare minimum that lawmakers say is needed to address the country's ailing road and rail system.

U.S. House rejects lifting offshore drilling ban --U.S. lawmakers on Thursday voted against lifting a federal drilling ban in offshore waters to allow natural gas exploration.

11 states sue EPA on mercury rules --Pennsylvania and 10 other states have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for adopting a federal rule to control mercury emissions from electric power plants that they say will not protect human health.

Ehrlich Vetoes 'Wal-Mart' Bill --Maryland Gov. (R-Terrorist) Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. this afternoon vetoed legislation that would effectively have required retailing giant Wal-Mart to spend more money on employee health benefits or pay into a state insurance program for the poor.

Cost for Wash. Election Challenge Tops $4M --A legal battle to overturn the Washington governor's election [by the GOP] has cost more than $4 million so far and could exceed $6 million before it's done, officials from the two parties said Wednesday.

FCC orders Net phones to link to 911 --Emergency service must be in place within 120 days --Federal regulators voted Thursday to require that Internet phone service providers connect their customers to the same emergency 911 capabilities as callers with traditional services.

Bird flu early warning system planned 19 May 2005 --The European Union will tomorrow take another step towards creating an early warning system to prevent, or at least to limit, an influenza pandemic by the launch of a new continent-wide monitoring system.

Bird Flu Could Be Capable of Human-to-Human Transmission 19 May 2005 --Bird flu may be capable of human-to-human transmission, the World Health Organization is warning. A strain of bird flu in Southeast Asia is blamed for more than 50 deaths, and so far the virus has only jumped from animals to humans, but the health agency says "the viruses are continuing to evolve and pose a continuing and potentially growing pandemic threat."

Bird flu virus mutating, posing bigger threat -WHO 19 May 2005 --The spate of human bird flu cases in Vietnam this year suggests the deadly virus may be mutating in ways that are making it more capable of being passed between humans, the World Health Organisation said.

Health chiefs fear flu may kill millions 19 May 2005 --Health chiefs warn they may be unable to detect and tackle a more deadly flu strain before it causes millions of deaths worldwide.

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Air Force Seeks Bush's Approval for Weapons Programs --The Air Force, saying it must secure space to protect the nation from attack, is seeking Dictator Bush's approval of a national-security directive that could move the United States closer to fielding offensive and defensive space weapons, according to White House and Air Force officials.

Galloway takes on US oil accusers -- British MP George Galloway has told US senators who accused him of profiting from Iraq oil dealings their claims were the "mother of all smokescreens". In a combative performance before a Senate committee, the Respect Coalition MP accused the US lawmakers of being "cavalier" with justice. He told committee chairman Senator [and Reichwing coupmeister] Norm Coleman: "I know that standards have slipped over the last few years in Washington but for a lawyer you are remarkably cavalier with any idea of justice." Mr Galloway said he had met Saddam Hussein on two occasions - the same number of times as US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. "The difference is Donald Rumsfeld met him to sell him guns and maps - the better to target those guns. I met him to try to bring about an end to sanctions, suffering and war," he said.

British lawmaker blasts U.S. on Iraq allegations --'Mother of all smokescreens,' he says of claims he got oil vouchers --British politician George Galloway rejected the accusations and also defended his opposition to the U.N. sanctions and the U.S.-led Iraq war. "I gave my heart and soul to stop you from committing the disaster that you did commit, in invading Iraq," Galloway said. "And I told the world that the case for war was a pack of lies." "Have a look at Halliburton and the other American corporations that stole not only Iraq's money, but the money of the American taxpayers. Have a look at the 800 million dollars you gave to American military commanders to hand out around the country, without even counting it, or weighing it." [Click here for must view video (Real Media format).]

Galloway: "I was an opponent of Saddam Hussein when British and American governments and businessmen were selling him guns and gas." Galloway rejects Senate accusations --British politician George Galloway has vehemently rejected a US Senate subcommittee's claim that Saddam Hussein awarded him lucrative allocations under the UN oil-for-food programme.

In quotes: Galloway showdown --Here are some of the quotes from British MP George Galloway as he confronted his accusers on a US Senate sub-committee. "Who paid me hundreds of thousands of dollars? The answer to that is nobody and if you had anybody who paid me a penny you would have produced them here today."

Galloway v the US Senate: transcript of statement --George Galloway, Respect MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, delivered this statement to US Senators today who have accused him of corruption.

Galloway's acerbic tongue unsettles his inquisitors --As he emerged triumphant from his showdown with the Senate committee on Tuesday, George Galloway told reporters: "I'm a politician that pleads guilty to using events like these for political purposes." By most reckoning the British MP, an outspoken leftwinger who has campaigned in the UK against Iraq's occupation, stole the show. But in the event it was Mr Galloway who was on the offensive and it was Mr [Republican Senator Norm] Coleman's credibility that was called into question.

Mr. Galloway Goes to Washington --by Jim Nichols "Norm Coleman is a fool... The Minnesota Republican senator who took Paul Wellstone's seat after one of the most disreputable campaigns in American political history, has been trying over the past year to make a name for himself by blowing the controversy surrounding the United Nations Oil-for-Food program into something more than the chronicle of corporate abuse that it is... Instead of forcing the president, his aides and the executives of Bayoil, the Texas oil company that the report shows paid 'at least $37 million in illegal surcharges to the Hussein regime'... Coleman started to make wild charges about European officials such as British parliamentarian George Galloway... Galloway called Coleman's bluff and flew to Washington for a remarkable appearance before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations."

UK 'will keep troops in Iraq until job done' --The Government today underlined its promise not to pull out of Iraq "before the job is done". The Foreign Office said UK troops would stay in the country as long as the Iraqi government wanted them to.

Iraq to confiscate property of resistance supporters --New measures to fight insurgency include freezing assets, banning from speaking on the air. The Iraqi government said Tuesday it will soon introduce new measures to fight the resistance, allowing for the confiscation of property of people accused of abetting the rebels. Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari's spokesman Leith Kubba told reporters that the measures to be implemented "soon" would "hold accountable anyone who doesn't inform authorities about threats to national security".

Iraq Torture: 'Claims Against Soldiers Swept under Carpet' --Allegations by nine Iraqi men who claim to have been tortured at the hands of British soldiers at an aid camp were set out today. The men say they were subjected to beatings and abuse at Camp Breadbasket, just outside Basra, in May 2003.

Resistance Fighters Post Sniper Training Exercises Online --Web sites maintained by Iraqi resistance fighters [?!?] and their supporters contain chilling instructions that tell recruits how to become snipers and how to inflict the maximum damage, ABC News has learned. A Defense Department document is being disseminated to U.S. commanders in Iraq to inform them about the insurgency's newest tactic, ABC News has learned.

Bodies of Seven Men Found Outside Baghdad --Resistance fighters [allegedly] gunned down a senior Iraqi Interior Ministry official Wednesday and the bodies of seven men shot in the head were found outside Baghdad.

White House Presses Newsweek to Help Promote its Agenda -- The White House pressed Newsweek on Tuesday to go beyond a retraction and "help repair the damage" to the image of the United States in the Muslim world after the magazine mistakenly reported that a Pentagon investigation had found that interrogators at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, tried to flush a Koran down a toilet.

Desecration of Koran Had Been Reported Before --Newsweek magazine's now-retracted story that a military guard at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, flushed a copy of the Koran down a toilet has sparked angry denunciations by the White House and the Pentagon, which have linked the article to Muslim riots and deaths abroad. But American and international media have widely reported similar allegations from detainees and others of desecration of the Muslim holy book for more than two years.

Uzbek victims shot in back of head: opposition --The death toll from weekend violence in Uzbekistan is 745 and rising, an opposition leader in the former Soviet republic said Tuesday. Nigara Khidoyatova also said many of those reportedly killed by troops during anti-government protests were shot in the back of the head, possibly as they tried to flee.

Rebels Seize Control of Uzbekistan Town --Rebels were firmly in control of this border town Wednesday, throwing up a new challenge to the government as it tried to prove to skeptical diplomats that its troops didn't fire on innocent civilians. "We will be building an Islamic state here in accordance with the Quran," rebel leader Bakhtiyor Rakhimov told The Associated Press in Korasuv, a town of 20,000. "People are tired of slavery."

Muslim Leader Announces Revolt in Uzbek Town --Diplomats and U.N. officials toured the eastern city of Andijan under government escort Wednesday to investigate widely differing accounts of recent bloodshed, as a rebel leader deepened the crisis in eastern Uzbekistan by announcing an Islamic uprising in his border town.

Boiling butcher's bill is paid for by Bush --by Martin Samuel "Islam Karimov, President of Uzbekistan, boils people alive. ...When the West is your pal you are able, quite literally, to get away with murder. And what murder! It is a surprise Karimov has time for governing at all, once he has spent the morning formulating new ways to poach, grill, tenderise, smoke and flambe his citizens to death. Boiling water, electrocution, chlorine-filled gas masks, drowning, rape, shooting, savage beatings, Karimov's Uzbekistan is the absolute market leader in torture right now. The CIA would not shop anywhere else, which is why a mysterious Gulfstream 5 executive jet routinely delivers terrorist subjects from Afghanistan there for interrogation and, perhaps, percolation."

He's our sonofabitch --The west's support for the Uzbek regime exposes its destructive reliance on despots and tyrants --by Jonathan Freedland "Like so many despots before him, Karimov has looked to medieval times for ever more brutal methods of oppression. Hence the return of the cauldron, boiling alive two of his critics in 2002. Uzbekistan holds up to 6,000 political prisoners; independent economic activity has been crushed; religious practice is severely restricted; there is no free press; and the internet is censored. On December 26, when the world was marvelling at Ukraine's orange revolution, Karimov was hosting an election that was not nearly as close - he had banned all the opposition parties. But, hey, what's a little human rights violation among friends? And Karimov has certainly been our friend. Shortly after 9/11, he allowed the US to locate an airbase at Khanabad - a helpful contribution to the upcoming war against Afghanistan."

FBI: Grenade at Bush speech could have exploded [What a shame!] New information has emerged about a grenade found in the crowd at Dictator Bush's speech last week in the former Soviet republic of Georgia. An FBI agent says the grenade could have exploded. Agent Brian Parmen's statement comes after Georgian officials gave differing accounts of the device. They said it either wasn't in condition to explode or that it was an "engineering grenade" that would be fatal only at close range had it gone off. The Georgians also said the grenade wasn't thrown -- the FBI says it was.

A million Cubans demand U.S. arrest accused bomber --President Fidel Castro led one million protesters past the U.S. diplomatic mission on Tuesday to demand the arrest and extradition to Venezuela of an accused Cuban airline bomber who is seeking U.S. asylum. "Bush, fascist, capture the terrorist," soldiers, students, athletes and workers, many wearing red T-shirts, chanted as they marched along Havana's seafront.

U.S. [finally] arrests suspect in terror attacks on Cuban plane, hotels --A foe of Castro, Cuban exile was planning to flee --The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday detained anti-Castro militant and alleged bomber Luis Posada Carriles, blunting criticism -- much of it from Havana -- that the United States was harboring a dangerous fugitive even as it wages a war on terrorism overseas. [Why is this bomber called a 'militant' in the media, instead of 'terrorist?']

Plane with 'no-fly' passenger diverted to Bangor 18 May 2005 --For the second time in less than a week, an international flight to Boston was diverted to Bangor International Airport after U.S. officials discovered a passenger's name matched one on a federal no-fly list.

Protesters Subjected to 'Pretext Interviews' --FBI Memo Shows No Specific Threats --New FBI documents to be released today show that anti-terrorism agents who questioned antiwar protesters last summer in Denver were conducting "pretext interviews" that did not lead to any information about criminal activity.

Smarting after GOP's party --They were captured in nets, handcuffed and thrown into crowded jail cells. For more than 1,800 protesters arrested at last year's Republican convention, free speech came at a price. Some are still fighting charges such as disorderly conduct and failure to disperse. Of those who have made their way through the judicial system, nine in 10 were not found guilty of anything.

U.S. House Endorses Spending $30.8 Bln for Homeland Security --The U.S. House approved and sent to the Senate a $30.8 billion spending measure for the Department of Homeland Security that increases spending and manpower for border 'protection.'

FBI Joins LA Task Force To Combat Computer Crimes --The Federal Bureau of Investigation is officially joining the U.S. Secret Service's Los Angeles Electronic Crimes Task Force and its partners. This move will forge stronger working relationships with federal and local cyber investigative agencies. Current full time members of the task force are the LAPD, LA County Sheriff's Dept, LA County District Attorney's Office, California Highway Patrol, U.S. Secret Service and now the FBI.

They Really Are Watching You --Ready for your own all-new, sinister ID card, courtesy of Homeland Security? Shudder --by Mark Morford "Real ID is coming very soon... What's more, the card's design plan includes multiple openings for the Homeland Security Department to add on whatever features they deem necessary, with or without your knowledge, consent or who the hell cares what you think because we do what we want now please shut the hell up and quit asking questions. Computer (RFID) microchip? Likely. Digital fingerprint? Sure. Political affiliation? You bet. Web-site-visit log and religious affiliation and recent sperm count and arrest record and drug addictions and medical history and blood type and gender orientation and parent's/children's home address and number of personal blog posts calling Dr. Phil a 'slug-licking ego-bitch charlatan' and your recent purchase history on shotathome.com? One guess."

FEMA Subsidized Bush's Florida 2004 Campaign FEMA gave $31M in aid to the unqualified --The Federal Emergency Management Agency gave more than $31 million to thousands of Floridians who may not have qualified for any disaster aid after Hurricane Frances, one of several findings of a federal audit that said the aid system was vulnerable to fraud. The finding, released to a Senate committee Wednesday, said the Federal Emergency Management Agency granted requests for aid in Miami-Dade County on verbal assurances, without proof of damage like repair receipts or proof of ownership.

Senate Showdown on Judges and Filibusters Begins to Unfold --The Senate opened a long-awaited debate today to decide if the minority can block a president's federal court nominees through filibuster, beginning intense exchanges over the separation of powers, the intricate rules of the Senate and the qualifications of candidates kept off the bench through Democratic procedural tactics.

Democrats accuse GOP of withholding documents in phone jamming -- Lawyers for Democrats and Republicans clashed in court over whether documents were withheld related to a scheme to jam Democratic phone lines during the 2002 general election. Steven Gordon, a lawyer for the Democratic State Committee, said the documents may contain new information about the phone-jamming operation. He accused the Republican Party of violating a court order by withholding them.

Jane Fonda Film Banned From Ky. Theaters --The owner of two Kentucky theaters has refused to show the new Jane Fonda film "Monster-in-Law" because of the activist role the actress took during the Vietnam War.

Stronach crosses the floor, joins Liberal cabinet --In a move that's given a sudden boost to the minority government while sparking calls of betrayal from the Tories, Conservative MP Belinda Stronach crossed the floor Tuesday to join the Liberal party.

Vietnam Bird-Flu Pattern Suggests Virus Is Evolving, WHO Says 18 May 2005 --The pattern of human bird flu infections in Vietnam, the nation hit hardest by the disease, suggests the H5N1 virus that causes the illness is evolving in ways that make it more contagious, according to the World Health Organization.

Marburg milestone shocks Angolans 18 May 2005 --The world's worst outbreak of the Ebola-like Marburg virus has claimed 311 lives in Angola, a joint statement by Angola's health ministry and the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday.

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US 'backed illegal Iraqi oil deals' --Report claims blind eye was turned to sanctions busting by American firms --The United States administration turned a blind eye to extensive sanctions-busting in the prewar sale of Iraqi oil, according to a new Senate investigation. A report released last night by Democratic staff on a Senate investigations committee presents documentary evidence that the Bush regime was made aware of illegal oil sales and kickbacks paid to the Saddam Hussein regime, but did nothing to stop them. The Senate report found that US oil purchases accounted for 52% of the kickbacks paid to the regime in return for sales of cheap oil - more than the rest of the world put together.

Galloway Oil Claims 'Based on Forgery' --Rebel MP George Galloway’s Respect Party claimed today that evidence that he profited from Saddam Hussein’s regime was forged. Ahead of Mr Galloway’s appearance in front of a committee of US senators in Washington, his party said the committee was relying on a counterfeit document created in Baghdad.

Bush's (Gag me with a chainsaw!) terrorist trolls are busy little bees in Burma: 'Superpower behind' Burma blasts --Burma's government says rebels trained abroad by a "superpower" were behind last week's bombings at three shopping centres in the capital, Rangoon. The explosives used were not available in the country, and the plot was funded by a "world famous organisation", the government said. Information Minister Kyaw Hsan also accused the unnamed organisation - based in Washington - of having given $100,000 (£54,000) [Your tax dollars at work!] to a dissident group led by a cousin of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Even though the minister refused to name the suspected country and organisation, correspondents believe he was referring to the United States and the CIA.

Bush's 'war on terror' (Gag me with a chainsaw!) terrorist trolls are busy little bees in Uzbekistan: Uzbek civilians 'shot like rabbits' --Families of hundreds killed in Uzbekistan when troops opened fire to quell protests had buried their dead as witnesses told of bloody mayhem in which women and children were shot "like rabbits". In an incident in Andijan, witnesses said soldiers fired on a crowd including women and children and their own police comrades who begged them not to shoot.

Uzbekistan digging graves amid reports hundreds killed by security forces -- Flowers dotted the streets and freshly dug graves scarred the earth across this eastern Uzbek city Monday as residents mourned what witnesses said were hundreds killed by security forces last week - the worst unrest since the former Soviet republic won independence in 1991. New reports emerged that violence in nearby towns killed hundreds more, further threatening the stability of the government of President Islam Karimov, a key U.S. ally in the war against terrorism.

Bush's 'Operation Iraqi Freedom' (Gag me with a chainsaw!) terrorist trolls are busy little bees in Iraq: Iraqi government denies killing civilians in Baghdad [Right, it was the *U.S.* government that killed the Iraqi civilians.] The Iraqi government on Monday denied reports that the Iraqi National Guards killed 13 civilians in Baghdad's northern neighborhood, accusing terrorists wearing military uniforms of involving in the execution. [?!? The 'insurgents' dressed up as National Guardsmen? LOL, these people really should take this absurd material and begin writing for Jay Leno.] "The detainees' families said they were kidnapped by the Iraqi forces and shot in the heads with hands tied behind their backs," he added. [That action has 'U.S. death squads' written all over it, one of Negroponte's old Contra death squad tactics resurrected for the Iraqis.]

U.S. Troops Clash With Resistance Fighters in Mosul -U.S. troops backed by attack helicopters clashed with resistance fighters in Mosul on Tuesday, the military said. In Baghdad, gunmen [U.S. death squads] killed a Shiite Muslim cleric, and two missing Sunni clerics were found shot dead, police said.

US soldier killed, another injured in Baghdad --One US soldier was killed and another was injured on Tuesday in a blast in Baghdad, said a press release by the Multi-National Force (MNF).

Attack Kills 4 Baghdad University Students --A rocket struck a residential building at Baghdad's Mustan-Sirya University Monday morning, killing four engineering students and wounding ten.

Italian Woman Kidnapped In Kabul --Armed men kidnapped an Italian woman working for an international relief agency in the center of the Afghan capital on Monday, officials said.

Iraq bars its soldiers from mosque raids --Government ends practice many say has fueled violence; Shiite cleric condemns U.S. -- Iraq's government said Monday its soldiers would no longer participate in raids on mosques in their fight against an increasingly active resistance, banning a tactic that Sunni Muslim Arab leaders had long argued was provoking sectarian strife.

Rice points finger at Syria on Iraq violence --U.S. Secretary of State [Reichwing whackjob] Condoleezza Rice revived U.S. allegations on Monday that Syria had allowed foreign fighters to cross into Iraq and fuel the Iraqi resistance movement.

Fresh bid to lift veil on security work in Iraq --More disclosure sought from armed contracting firms --As the rising death toll of hired security contractors in Iraq and other hotspots heightens attention, lawmakers are calling for greater disclosure about how these private firms carry out military-type missions.

LOL, you can be sure the PentaPost won't have *this* story on page A1: Pakistan Denies Report of CIA Predator Killing --ABC News, quoting unidentified intelligence sources, reported Friday that senior al-Qaida operative Haitham al-Yemeni was killed by a missile fired from an unmanned CIA Predator aircraft. But Pakistan's Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Amhed told The Associated Press that, "No such incident took place near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border."

Newsweak Caves Under Pressure From Bush Dictatorship --Newsweak Says It Is Retracting Koran Report --After a drumbeat of criticism from the Bush regime and others, Newsweak magazine yesterday went beyond an apology it issued Sunday and retracted an article published May 1 that stated that American interrogators at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, had tried to rattle Muslim detainees by flushing a Koran down a toilet.

Pakistan dismisses Newsweak retraction on Koran --Pakistan dismissed on Tuesday as inadequate an apology and [Bush regime forced] retraction by the Newsweak magazine of a report that U.S. interrogators at Guantanamo Bay had desecrated the Koran.

U.S. reservist found guilty of Abu Ghraib abuses --A military jury has found Army reservist Sabrina Harman guilty of mistreating Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib in a scandal that badly damaged America's image worldwide. [Well, Bush did that shortly after he stole the 2000 'election.']

Rather accepts media award with nod to allies --CBS News' Dan Rather accepted broadcast journalism's most prestigious honor on Monday for the "60 Minutes Wednesday" story that exposed the shocking conditions inside Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison. Rather and former CBS producer Mary Mapes received the Peabody Award at a luncheon at the Waldorf Astoria in Midtown Manhattan.

UK court allows terror suspect to be sent to US --A British court agreed on Tuesday to allow a computer expert to be sent to the United States to be tried for allegedly funding Islamic militants, despite ruling that Washington mistreats suspects classified as enemy combatants.

Terrorism Trial Set for Fla. Ex-Professor -- A former computer science professor and three others are going on trial on charges they helped fund a terrorist group that carried out a bombing in Israel.

Greenpeace Charged Under Danish Terror Law for GM Crops Action (14/5/2005) 12 May 2005 --The environmental organization Greenpeace has become the first body to be charged under the provisions of the anti-terrorism package over a protest action against genetic modification. This charge conflicts with the aim of the anti-terrorism legislation, several Danish parliamentarians have said.

Thousands March Demanding Nationalization of Oil Industry in Bolivia --Tens of thousands of protesters demanding the nationalization of Bolivia's oil industry marched Monday through downtown La Paz, paralyzing the capital and staging scattered clashes with police.

Zippo Homeland Security --Pittsburgh - Zippo lighters are welcome on U-S airliners again -- as long as they're empty and in checked bags. The rule change by the Transportation Security Administration is posted on the agency's Web site. Zippo said earlier this year that banning all lighters from luggage could have cut into their company's sales by as much as 30 percent.

Democrats, GOP End Talks on Filibusters --Senate Showdown Over Nominees Nears --Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) announced yesterday that he and Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Terrorist-Tenn.) had broken off negotiations aimed at averting a showdown over President Bush's judicial nominees, moving the Senate to the brink of a constitutional confrontation and a battle that holds peril for both political parties and the White House.

Reid Says Showdown Imminent in Senate --Democratic Leader Harry Reid declared an end Monday to compromise talks with Republican leaders over Dictator Bush's controversial judicial nominees, saying their fate along with the future of long-standing filibuster rules will be settled in a showdown on the Senate floor. "I've tried to compromise and they want all or nothing, and I can't do that," Reid told reporters after a private meeting with Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Terrorist-Tenn.

The chemotherapy pharma-terrorists will be all over this one like a duck on a June bug, to stop its production: Drug's Effect on Cancer Stuns Doctors --No one could have been more surprised than the doctors themselves. They were just hoping to relieve the symptoms of a deadly blood disorder - and ended up treating the disease itself. In nearly half of the people who took the experimental drug, the cancer became undetectable. [Gee, what excuses will Bush's FDA come up with to stop this drug from entering the market, to keep profiting from deadly chemotherapy?]

Threat of Bird Flu Pandemic Dominates World Health Assembly 17 May 2005 --Avian influenza is the most serious known health threat the world is facing, World Health Organization Director-General Lee Jong-wook told opening of the 58th World Health Assembly on Monday.

Indonesia tests more pigs for bird flu virus 16 May 2005 --Indonesia is testing pigs in several regions for bird flu after discovering the virus in swine on densely populated Java island, an official said on Monday.

Vietnam reports 2 more bird flu patients 17 May 2005 --Two men from Vietnam's northern region have fallen victim of bird flu virus strain H5N1, Vietnam News on Tuesday quoted a doctor at the Institute of Tropical Diseases as saying.

Angola: Marburg outbreak not under control 16 May 2005 --As the death toll from the Marburg virus in Angola creeps up to the 300 mark, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has expressed concern at the current situation and is warning that the outbreak is not yet over.

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U.S. Is Warning North Koreans on Nuclear Test --The Bush regime on Sunday warned North Korea for the first time that if it conducted a nuclear test, the United States and several Pacific powers would take punitive action, but officials stopped short of saying what kind of sanctions would result.

MI6 boss 'tried to sex up' Iraq study --Sir John Scarlett, head of MI6, has been accused of trying 'to sex up' a report by the Iraq Survey Group, the body charged with finding weapons of mass destruction after Saddam Hussein was toppled.

The quintessential 'Hello, McFly?' Iraqi rebels better armed than we first thought, say US marines --Iraqi insurgents have proved to be better equipped and more elusive than expected, United States Marines have said at the end of a week-long operation near the Syrian border.

Offensive near Syrian border ends with 9 Marines, 115 Iraqi rebels dead --More than 1,000 Marines and Army soldiers near the Syrian border completed a weeklong offensive Saturday, the Occupation's biggest campaign since last year's bloody Al-Fallujah battle in terms of resistance fighters reportedly killed, more than 115, and the number of troops deployed. Meanwhile, in Baghdad, a top Iraqi Foreign Ministry official was assassinated in a drive-by shooting while he stood outside his home, authorities said.

U.S./Iraqi death squads are busy little bees: Bodies of 38 Men Discovered in Iraq -- The bodies of 38 men shot execution-style were found dumped at an abandoned chicken farm, a trash-strewn lot and a resistance stronghold west of the capital, police said Sunday.

Day of violence marks Rice visit --The bodies of 38 men shot execution-style were found in three locations in less than 24 hours, a day when drive-by shootings and suicide bombings killed at least eight Iraqis, including a senior Industry Ministry official and a top Shi'ite cleric.

Four Marines Killed in Operation Matador --Four Marines have been killed in fighting in western Iraq, the American military said Saturday, bringing to nine the number of U.S. personnel killed during a weeklong operation against resistance fighters. [Looks like oh-but-another failed U.S. mission in Iraq...]

The deserters: Awol crisis hits the US forces --As the death toll of troops mounts in Iraq and Afghanistan, America's military recruiting figures have plummeted to an all-time low. Thousands of US servicemen and women are now refusing to serve their country.

Briton heads to U.S. to clear name over Iraq report --Maverick British parliamentarian George Galloway flies to the United States Monday to counter allegations made against him that Saddam Hussein awarded him the right to buy oil.

Anger as US backs brutal regime --Human rights concerns as troops put down uprising in Uzbekistan --Heated criticism was growing last night over 'double standards' by Washington over human rights, democracy and 'freedom' as fresh evidence emerged of just how brutally Uzbekistan, a US ally in the 'war on terror', put down Friday's unrest in the east of the country. Outrage among human rights groups followed claims by the White House on Friday that appeared designed to justify the violence of the regime of President Islam Karimov, claiming - as Karimov has - that 'terrorist groups' [LOL!] may have been involved in the uprising. Critics said the US was prepared to support pro-democracy unrest in some states, but condemn it in others where such policies were inconvenient.

Uzbekistan on the brink as clashes spread --The violence that has reportedly killed hundreds of protesters in eastern Uzbekistan appeared to be spreading to neighbouring towns last night, raising fears that the volatile Central Asian state could erupt into a full-scale revolution. As human rights workers in the flashpoint town of Andijan warned that the death toll there could reach 500, an official from the neighbouring country of Kyrgyzstan said sporadic rioting had broken out in the border town of Karasu, with government buildings and police cars on fire and military helicopters circling overhead.

Karzai warns heavy-handed US troops as riots spread --President Hamid Karzai insisted the Kabul government will veto US military operations after a week of hugely destructive anti-American rioting left Afghan cities and towns in flames and hospitals overflowing with casualties.

U.S. Special Ops troops preparing to train foreign soldiers in Africa --U.S. forces are preparing to deploy in June to northern Africa for military exercises designed to foment corpora-terrorism throughout the world 'help make the countries more stable and secure.' [Oh. You mean... like Iraq?]

Report Critical of Rumsfeld Is Pulled After DOD Protest --A government commission studying overseas military bases sent Congress a report critical of Defense [War Criminal] Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, then removed the document from the commission Web site after the Pentagon complained that it divulged classified information.

Lugar expects Bolton to be confirmed for U.N. post --A leading Republican senator said on Sunday he believed John Bolton would be confirmed as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations but that pResident Bush could have picked a less contentious candidate to push for reforms at the world body.

Cannes premiere of 'Star Wars' raises questions of U.S. imperialism --Audiences viewing "Episode Three -- Revenge of the Sith" at the Cannes Film Festival are comparing the story of Anakin Skywalker's fall to the dark side and the rise of an emperor through warmongering to Dictator Bush's war on terrorism and the invasion of Iraq. Among the lines they cite is when Anakin tells former mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi "If you're not with me, then you're my enemy." After the Nine-Eleven attacks, Bush said, "Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists."

Venezuela to Stop Reimbursing Oil Companies' Costs in Dollars -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez forbid the state oil company to reimburse in dollars the operating costs of international oil companies working in the country, one month after he raised their income taxes. " These contracts are perverse,'' Chavez said, charging that previous governments "sold our sovereignty.''

House OKs homeland security funding bill for first-responders --A bill that would base homeland security first-responder grant funding largely on risk, not population, overwhelmingly passed the House on Thursday.

Former professor, three others to face terrorism finance charges --Sami Al-Arian, a University of South Florida professor and nationally known Palestinian rights activist, was already secretly under investigation by FBI foreign intelligence agents at the time of an April 9, 1995 Gaza Strip bombing.

Fast track for ID cards (UK) Ministers hope Tory disarray will let contested bill through --The cabinet has decided to rush through its controversial identity cards legislation, one of the centrepieces of tomorrow's Queen's Speech, to try to take advantage of the Tories' post-election disarray to get it through the Commons, Whitehall sources have confirmed.

Air travelers stripped bare with X-ray machine --The agency in charge of the nation's air security expects later this year to begin using a controversial X-ray machine that will show airport screeners a clear picture of what's under passengers' clothes — whether weapons or just bare skin. ...The ACLU says the scanners invade personal privacy. "This leads directly to a surveillance society," says Barry Steinhardt, who runs the group's technology program. But Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told a Senate subcommittee last month that he wants to employ the technology and doesn't want an "endless debate" over privacy issues. [Gee, that's just *too bad,* whackjob! It's not *your* decision whether we have an 'endless debate' or NOT!]

Homeland security communications trucks will soon blanket Ohio --Within the next month, the first of 11 mobile communications trucks will be stationed around Ohio to assist law enforcement agencies during emergencies. The diesel-powered trucks each cost $440,000 and were paid for with federal Homeland Security Act grants.

Pilots decry D.C. mistake --But say thought of shooting down wayward plane hardly warranted --Many Private pilots agree that two Pennsylvanians made one of the dumbest aviation mistakes ever when they strayed into restricted space near the White House last week.

Rove Guided Career of Judicial Nominee in Filibuster Fight --Justice Priscilla R. Owen of the Texas Supreme Court declined a chance to be the court's first female chief justice last year so she could remain one of Dictator Bush's nominees to a federal appeals court, Texas lawyers and political figures said in recent interviews.

Dean rips DeLay at convention --Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Party, said yesterday that the US House majority leader, Tom DeLay, "ought to go back to Houston where he can serve his jail sentence," referring to allegations of unethical conduct against the Republican leader.

U.S. Senator [the Cat Torturer] got more than he bargained for when he stopped off to buy shoes --U.S. Senator Bill Frist got more than he bargained for when he stopped off to buy shoes in D-C. Frist was buying pricey shoes beneath the offices of Americans United to Protect Social Security, and 40 to 50 protesters quickly greeted sprung into action...On a side note, the Senator received a parking ticket because his SUV was illegally parked.

Houston Lawyer Calls On Churches to Investigate Schools --Houston Lawyer Bruce Shortt, who called on Southern Baptists to remove their children from "godless" public schools last year, is now asking churches to investigate whether schools are promoting acceptance of homosexuality.

Priest denies communion to protesters --A Roman Catholic priest denied communion to more than 100 people Sunday, saying they could not receive the sacrament because they wore rainbow-colored sashes to church to show support for gay Catholics.

F.B.I. Said to Misuse Funds for Health Fraud Cases --Money earmarked by Congress for investigating health care fraud appears to have been shifted improperly to other purposes, like fighting [fomenting] terrorism, Congressional auditors say in a new report... The money came from an account in the Medicare trust fund.

Bush's bioterrorists running amok: US scientists push for go-ahead to genetically modify smallpox virus 16 May 2005 --US scientists are awaiting World Health Assembly approval to begin experiments to genetically modify the smallpox virus, one of the most lethal organisms the planet has known.

Indonesia Finds Bird Flu in Pigs 14 May 2005 --Indonesian researchers have found a strain of bird flu in pigs on the densely populated island of Java, raising fears the virus could more easily spread to humans, the government and scientists said Saturday.

Vietnam reports its second bird flu patient in two days 15 May 2005 --Doctors have confirmed a case of the deadly avian flu in a man, the second human case reported in the last two days in northern Vietnam, hospital officials said yesterday.

New Outbreak of Deadly Ebola Virus Is Feared in Congo Republic 16 May 2005 --Nine people have died in the Congo Republic since late April from what appears to be an outbreak of the Ebola virus, the second episode of a deadly hemorrhagic fever to strike the region this year, a spokesman for the World Health Organization said Friday.

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After getting the opium trade up and running again in Afghanistan, Bush turns to Iraq: Lawless Iraq is 'key drug route' --Drug smugglers exploiting internal chaos in Iraq have turned the country into a transit route for Afghan heroin, an influential drug agency says. High levels of insurgent violence and porous borders have drawn [Bush's] traffickers to Iraq, according to the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB). ...Authorities in Afghanistan say their drug problem is so severe the country's existence could be threatened.

Italy sent troops to Iraq to secure oil deal: report 13 May 2005 ROME --Italian troops were sent to Iraq to secure oil deals worth 300 billion dollars, and not just for post-war humanitarian purposes, an Italian television report by RAI claimed on Friday. In a 20-minute report, broadcast by RAI News 24, the Silvio Berlusconi administration is accused of picking the Nasiriyah area to safeguard a 1997 deal signed by Italy’s largest energy producer, ENI, and former president Saddam Hussein.

Oops! Leaks plague battle against Iraqi insurgents --In a war where intelligence is as important as guns, leaks of information from Iraqi soldiers are undermining the battle against resistance fighters, senior U.S. and Iraqi officers say. Officers told Reuters it was almost impossible to keep secrets [LOL! Army as second graders] among soldiers who have members of their family or tribe on the other side.

'Thousands' flee fighting in Iraq --Thousands of Iraqis have fled fighting between US troops and resistance fighters in the west of the country, aid workers say. The head of the Iraqi Red Crescent in the country told the BBC that about 1,000 families had been displaced from the border town of Qaim.

Jets Said to Destroy Rebel Hide-Out in Marine Push in Iraq --Fighter jets flattened what the United States military said was an insurgent hide-out on Thursday, the fifth day of the Marines' 1,000-man-strong offensive in the western Iraqi desert near the Syrian border, and aid officials said the attacks were forcing hundreds of Iraqi families in the area to flee. At least one American soldier, four members of the Iraqi military forces and five civilians were killed Friday in Baghdad and three other cities. [Gee, it sure looks like the U.S./Halliburton is losing the war...]

U.S. Assault Intensifies at Syria Border --American fighter jets flattened a suspected insurgent safe house near the Syrian border, the U.S. military said Friday, and hundreds of U.S. troops conducted house-to-house searches in remote desert villages for followers of Iraq's most-wanted militant leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. [Too bad the Fourth Amendment does not apply to Iraqis.]

Explosion effectively finishes off squad --The explosion enveloped the armored vehicle in flames, sending orange balls of fire bubbling above the trees along the Euphrates River near the Syrian border... Among the four Marines killed and 10 wounded when a bomb exploded under their amtrac on Wednesday were the last battle-ready members of a squad that four days earlier had battled foreign fighters [?!? The *U.S. Marines* are the *foreign fighters.* Hello, McFly?] holed up in a house in the town of Ubaydi. In that fight, two squad members were killed and five wounded. In 96 hours of fighting and ambushes in far western Iraq, the squad had just ceased to be.

Car bombing kills three in Iraq 13 May 2005 --Three Iraqis, two of them soldiers, have been killed in a car bomb attack on an Iraqi army truck. A car, believed to be driven by a suicide bomber, blew up in the central Iraqi town of Baquba as a truck carrying 40 Iraqi soldiers passed by... A roadside bomb hit an American convoy on the road leading to the Baghdad airport, police said... [T]elevision News footage showed a US Humvee on fire at the scene.

US denies copters downed in Iraq; civilians killed at checkpoint An Iraqi official said two US helicopters have been shot down in northwest Iraq, near al-Qaim, but the US military has denied the report. The director of communications for the Iraqi government in al-Qaim, Abdul-Khaliq al-Rawi, told Aljazeera that he confirmed two US helicopters were shot down in Qusaybah on Wednesday during fighting that has raged since Saturday. ...In another incident, at least two civilians - a woman and a child - were killed late on Tuesday at a US checkpoint southeast of Obaidi, the border town which saw some of the fiercest fighting of the latest US offensive, the military said.

Iraqi police vent anger at US after car bombings --Iraqi police hurled insults at US soldiers after two suicide car bomb blasts in Baghdad killed at least seven people and left 19 wounded, including policemen. "It's all because you're here," a policeman shouted in Arabic at a group of US soldiers after the latest in a bloody wave of attacks that have rocked Baghdad this month. "Get out of our country and there will be no more explosions," he told the uncomprehending Americans staring at the smouldering wreck of a car bomb... "Since Americans invaded our country they have brought nothing but evil," minibus driver Abdullah Jassim Mohammed said, who sustained slight head wounds.

Losing hearts and minds --by Derrick Z. Jackson "NPR reporter Philip Reeves followed American soldiers around Mosul. At one point, the soldiers decided to take over a civilian house for two hours as a surveillance post. ...When the family continue to appear to be 'baffled and unhappy,' another soldier stepped in and said (with obscenities bleeped out by NPR): ''Look, check this out. You tell them this. You're not [bleep] leaving. Nobody's [bleep] leaving this house. You're not using the phone. Anybody comes, they're going to [bleep] stay here. OK? You give me a [bleep] hard time, I'll turn you [bleep] guys into the commandos, and they'll [bleep] you up.' ...Bush has boasted how 'Iraqis have laid the foundations of a free society, with hundreds of independent newspapers.' The reality was a bit more totalitarian."

U.S. policy errors fuel Iraq mess --A senior U.S. strategist has accused the Bush administration of "a major strategic mistake" in failing to plan for nation-building in Iraq. "The problem was that the United States chose a strategy whose post-conflict goals were unrealistic and impossible to achieve and only planned for the war it wanted to fight and not for the 'peace' that was certain to follow," Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, and a former director of intelligence assessment at the Pentagon, said in a CSIS report published Thursday.

Proof Bush Fixed The Facts --by Ray McGovern "Never in our wildest dreams did we think we would see those words in black and white—and beneath a SECRET stamp, no less... [S]ome brave soul has made the most explosive 'patriotic leak' of the war by giving London's Sunday Times the official minutes of a briefing by Richard Dearlove, then head of Britain's CIA equivalent, MI-6. Fresh back in London from consultations in Washington, Dearlove briefed Prime Minister Blair and his top national security officials on July 23, 2002, on the Bush administration's plans to make war on Iraq."

What happened to the $82 billion we just gave you three days ago? $50 billion more asked for Iraq, Afghan terror wars 13 May 2005 --The Senate Armed Services Committee has recommended a further $50 billion be set aside for Halliburton ['to fund U.S. military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the U.S.-declared global war on [of] terrorism.'] The proposed new war spending for fiscal 2006, which starts Oct. 1, would push the cost of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and its aftermath toward $250 billion. Three days ago, Congress gave final approval for an $82 billion emergency war-spending bill... Even with such a large, emergency funding measure, the Pentagon has said more money would be needed as early as October. By 2010, war costs could top $500 billion, some experts have projected. [Yes, it was an 'emergency.' Halliburton needed its bonus. See: Halliburton gets $72 million bonus for work in Iraq 10 May 2005]

On Way Out, Okrent Knocks 'N.Y. Times' WMD and Civilian Casualty Coverage --by E&P Staff "About to be liberated from his duties at The New York Times, outgoing Public Editor Daniel Okrent, who was critical of the paper's pre-Iraq war coverage but in a measured way, spoke more bluntly in an interview with Salon.com this week. Okrent said the Times did 'a lousy job on WMD,' and, while it was 'not consciously evil,' it was 'bad journalism, even very bad journalism.'" [See: The Weasel Watch Tracks New York Times Staff Exodus --by Mary Titus (satire)]

Saudi ire at Koran 'desecration' --Saudi Arabia has voiced "deep indignation" at reports that a copy of the Koran was desecrated at the US prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Riyadh called for a quick investigation into the alleged incident and for the perpetrators to be punished.

Anti-US protests grow after Quran report --Thousands of Palestinians have staged protests over the alleged abuse of the Quran at the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Aljazeera has reported. The protests follow mass demonstrations across Afghanistan in the past few days that have left more than 10 people dead and dozens injured after clashes with the police.

Afghan anti-US violence escalates --Three more people have died in anti-US protests in Afghanistan, bringing the total to seven over the last two days. The protesters are angry over reports that interrogators at the Guantanamo Bay prison desecrated the Koran.

Afghan riots bode ill for US long-term plans --Riots and protests that have spread from Jalalabad to the Afghan capital in the wake of a report that US interrogators had desecrated the Koran have taken a political turn, with students demanding the government reject US intentions to create a permanent military presence there. --by Daan van der Schriek 13 May 2005 "The biggest anti-US protests since the fall of the Taliban are spreading in Afghanistan, kindled by an unconfirmed report that US interrogators at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, desecrated the Muslim holy book, the Koran, to insult Muslim detainees."

Note: Bush's Uzbek dictatorship has 'blocked all television coverage' of the events. (No link - MSNBC - 15:06 GMT 13 May)

Uzbek [U.S.-funded] troops shoot at protesters --Fighting has broken out afresh in eastern Uzbekistan after a night in which soldiers clashed with demonstrators, leaving at least nine and perhaps as many as 20 demonstrators dead, according to witnesses. Galima Bukharbaeva, a journalist witnessing the discord, said tanks were heading towards protesters Friday as the violence renewed.

Nine Dead, 34 Wounded in Uzbekistan Clashes --Outrage over the terror trial of 23 Muslims exploded into broader unrest in eastern Uzbekistan on Friday when armed protesters stormed a jail to free defendants, clashing with police in violence that brought thousands of protesters into the streets. At least nine people were killed and dozens wounded, witnesses and officials said. One protester, who put the death toll as high as 20, said 30 soldiers were being held hostage because they were shooting at demonstrators. [Excellent job!! That's thirty less torturers that the Bush's terrorist ally, Uzbekistan, can use as *boilers.* See: Uzbekistan: Six-Year Jail Demand For Mother of Boiled Muslim 12 February 2004 and US looks away as new ally tortures Islamists - Uzbekistan's president steps up repression of opponents 26 May 2003]

Anti-U.S. Afghan protests: 7 dead --Seven people have been killed and more than 20 wounded in fresh protests in Afghanistan as anger spread over a report about the desecration of Islam's holy book by U.S. interrogators at Guantanamo Bay, according to reports.

Russian Official Calls Iran's Nuclear Development "Legitimate" --Iran’s intention to restart sensitive nuclear activities earlier frozen under a deal with the European Union is "legitimate" and will not alter Russia’s nuclear cooperation with the Islamic state, a Russian nuclear official told AFP agency Thursday.

Venezuelan leader: U.S. citizens oppressed --Hugo Chavez in Havana for trade talks (April 29, 2005) Saying that U.S. citizens are oppressed by their own government, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez promised Friday that he would not visit the United States again until Americans "liberate" their nation. "I have not returned, nor do I think about returning again, until the people of the United States liberate that nation," said Chavez, saying that Americans are "oppressed" by their government and U.S. media.

F.B.I. Questions Journalists in Military Secrets --Federal agents have begun asking reporters about any conversations they had with a former Pentagon analyst who has been charged with illegally disclosing military secrets, senior government officials said on Friday. The interviews by the Federal Bureau of Investigation are starting with four reporters, among them at least one newspaper journalist and others whose work has been published on the Internet, the officials said.

Senate passes bill creating electronic ID card --The Real ID Act has been criticized by privacy groups and the ACLU --The U.S. Senate yesterday passed a bill that would create an electronic ID card designed to 'stop illegal immigrants from getting driver's licenses.' The U.S. House of Representatives already passed the bill, which was tacked onto an Iraq military spending measure, earlier this year. The legislation, which George W. Bush is expected to sign, requires states to issue federally approved electronic ID cards, including driver's licenses. Anyone without such a card would not be able to board an airplane, an Amtrak train, open a bank account or enter a federal building.

'Protocols' Left Bush Out of the Loop --The nation was put on red alert... Thousands of people ran for their lives. Yet government protocols apparently didn't call for the commander in chief [thief] to be interrupted from a noontime bike ride on Wednesday when an errant plane entered Washington's restricted airspace.

Divided Panel Sends Bolton Nomination to Full Senate --Republicans Agree to Rare Move Without Endorsement --A bitterly divided Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted along party lines yesterday to send the nomination of John R. Bolton to become U.N. ambassador to the full Senate without any endorsement.

GOP Senators Back Pryor, Reject a Democratic Deal 13 May 2005 --The Senate continued its march toward a historic partisan showdown yesterday, as the Republican-controlled Judiciary Committee approved another of Dictator Bush's nominees to a federal appeals court despite threats from Democrats to block the nomination with a filibuster on the Senate floor.

Dems rally around the clock to save filibuster --Yesterday morning at 3:55 a.m., Stanford sophomore Matt Vassar could be heard reading from Jon Stewart’s best-seller "America." Vassar had an audience of one — his fellow filibusterer Bobby Lepore, a sophomore, who had just finished reading excerpts from the 9 / 11 Commission report. The participants are protesting the efforts of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) to change Senate rules to prohibit Democrats from using the filibuster to block pResident George W. Bush’s judicial nominees.

33 Major [Blue State] U.S. Bases Would Close Under Plan --The Pentagon will propose shutting more than 150 military installations from Maine to Hawaii, including 33 major bases, The Associated Press learned Friday, triggering the first round of base closures in a decade and an intense struggle by communities to save their facilities.

Blue States, Security of Northeast F*cked By Bush: List of Major U.S. Bases on Closure List --The 33 major military bases that the Pentagon said Friday it wants to close. The military defines "major'' as bases whose replacement cost would be $100 million or greater.

Pentagon Proposes Closing Walter Reed --The Pentagon wants to close the Army's century-old hospital at Walter Reed Medical Center, the world-renown facility in the nation's capital that has treated presidents and foreign leaders as well as soldiers and veterans...

US real wages fall at fastest rate in 14 years --Real wages in the US are falling at their fastest rate in 14 years, according to data surveyed by the Financial Times.

Connecticut Carries Out Its First Execution in 45 Years --Connecticut carried out its first execution in 45 years early today, administering a lethal injection to Michael Bruce Ross, a convicted serial killer who abandoned his appeals and died willingly after 18 years on death row.

Rebuffing Bush, 132 Mayors Embrace Kyoto Rules --Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels has begun a nationwide effort to do something the Bush regime will not: carry out the Kyoto Protocol on global warming. Mr. Nickels, a Democrat, says 131 other likeminded mayors have joined a bipartisan coalition to fight global warming on the local level, in an implicit rejection of the administration's policy. The mayors, from cities as liberal as Los Angeles and as conservative as Hurst, Tex., represent nearly 29 million citizens in 35 states, according to Mayor Nickels's office.

May 15-21, 2005 is national Bear Awareness Week. This event is being held to educate the public about the integral role that bears play in nature as well as the importance of respecting biological diversity. There are eight species of bears around the world and here in North America we are lucky enough to have three of them: polar bear (Ursus maritimus); grizzly (brown) bear (Ursus arctos); and the American black bear (Ursus americanus). The International Association for Bear Research and Management (IBA) maintains an excellent web site with additional information regarding the other five species of bears from around the world. View a state-by-state Schedule of Events for Bear Awareness Week 2005.

Vietnamese man tests positive to bird flu 13 May 2005 --Initial tests by doctors from the Institute of Tropical Diseases in Hanoi have found that a man in northern Vietnam has the H5N1 virus, the first human case in more than three weeks.

RPT-Cambodian bird flu suspect hospitalised in Vietnam 13 May 2005 --A young Cambodian woman has been hospitalised in Vietnam after showing symptoms of the bird flu virus that has killed 52 people in Asia since 2003, a doctor said on Friday.

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CLG Exclusive: Judge who exonerated Cheney is on payroll from Exxon --Research, commentary by Mary Titus, CLG Contributing Writer "Judge Raymond Randolph is with the George Mason University Law and Economics Center - funded by Exxon! George Mason University, Law and Economics Center has received $115,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998. Say Hey! Its good being a judge!"

Indignation Grows in U.S. Over British Prewar Documents --Reports in the British press this month based on documents indicating that Dictator Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair had conditionally agreed by July 2002 to invade Iraq appear to have blown over quickly in Britain. But in the United States, where the reports at first received scant attention, there has been growing indignation among critics of the Bush White House, who say the documents help prove that the leaders made a secret decision to oust Iraqi President Saddam Hussein nearly a year before launching their attack, shaped intelligence to that aim and never seriously intended to avert the war through diplomacy.

Gee, the PentaPost *finally* does its job, and reports on a story CLG covered... *twelve days ago,* LOL! British Intelligence Warned Blair of War --Prime Minister Was Told of White House's Resolve to Use Military --Seven months before the invasion of Iraq, the head of British foreign intelligence reported to Prime Minister Tony Blair that pResident Bush wanted to topple Saddam Hussein by military action and warned that in Washington intelligence was "being fixed around the policy," according to notes of a July 23, 2002, meeting with Blair at No. 10 Downing Street. [The secret Downing Street memo SECRET AND STRICTLY PERSONAL - UK EYES ONLY -- David Manning From: Matthew Rycroft Date: 23 July 2002 S 195 /02 --Iraq: Prime Minister's Meeting, 23 JULY]

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Indignation Grows in U.S. Over British Prewar Documents --Reports in the British press this month based on documents indicating that Dictator Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair had conditionally agreed by July 2002 to invade Iraq appear to have blown over quickly in Britain. But in the United States, where the reports at first received scant attention, there has been growing indignation among critics of the Bush White House, who say the documents help prove that the leaders made a secret decision to oust Iraqi President Saddam Hussein nearly a year before launching their attack, shaped intelligence to that aim and never seriously intended to avert the war through diplomacy.

Gee, the PentaPost *finally* does its job, and reports on a story CLG covered... *twelve days ago,* LOL! British Intelligence Warned Blair of War --Prime Minister Was Told of White House's Resolve to Use Military --Seven months before the invasion of Iraq, the head of British foreign intelligence reported to Prime Minister Tony Blair that pResident Bush wanted to topple Saddam Hussein by military action and warned that in Washington intelligence was "being fixed around the policy," according to notes of a July 23, 2002, meeting with Blair at No. 10 Downing Street. [The secret Downing Street memo SECRET AND STRICTLY PERSONAL - UK EYES ONLY -- David Manning From: Matthew Rycroft Date: 23 July 2002 S 195 /02 --Iraq: Prime Minister's Meeting, 23 JULY]

Bush Approves $82 Billion in Supplemental War Funding --Dictator Bush signed into law on May 11 legislation that provides $82 billion in supplemental funding, most of it for Halliburton ['to help cover the cost of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.']

Bush's Baghdad: It's just pure hell. (Newsweek) "The Pentagon secretly keeps track of many grim statistics in Iraq. The numbers are not encouraging... An accidentally declassified Pentagon report about a killing on the road to Baghdad airport at the beginning of March shows quite clearly how much worse the overall situation is than the Bush administration would like us, or even its allies in the Coalition [Occupation] forces, to believe... 'From July 2004 to late March 2005,' says the document, 'there were 15,527 attacks against Coalition Forces throughout Iraq.' Then comes one of several paragraphs marked S//NF (secret, not for distribution to foreign nationals): 'From 1 November 2004 to 12 March 2005 there were 3306 attacks in the Baghdad area. Of these, 2400 were directed against Coalition Forces.' In a span of four and a half months, which included the election [sic] turning point, that’s not only a hell of a lot of hits in the capital city, it's just pure hell."

Two US helicopter gunships reportedly downed in Qaim --Iraqi insurgents downed two US helicopter gunships near the town of Qaim on the Syrian border on Thursday, the Al-Jazeera TV channel reported quoting the head of the city post office.

Iraq Car Bombings Kill 21, Injure 90 --A car bomb exploded in a jammed commercial district Thursday, turning the sky gray as shops and restaurants caught fire in the most deadly of a string of attacks that killed 21, including a general and colonel who were assassinated. Iraqis expressed growing fury at the relentless bloodshed, throwing stones at police and U.S. forces who came to the scene of the bombing. More than 90 were also wounded in Thursday's violence.

14 Are Killed in Baghdad as Insurgents Press Their Offensive -- In the Marine-led offensive near the Syrian border, two more Americans were killed and 14 were wounded when a military vehicle struck a roadside bomb Wednesday, the Second Marine Division said in a statement today. This morning, a suicide car bomber exploded his vehicle on a busy main street in the New Baghdad district, killing at least 12 civilians and wounding 80, an Interior Ministry official said. Thirteen cars were set ablaze and many shops were damaged.

Three U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq attacks --Three U.S. soldiers were killed in separate bomb attacks in Iraq on Thursday, the U.S. military said in statements.

Seventeen U.S. soldiers killed since Saturday --The U.S. military is reeling from escalating casualties in Iraq. Since last Saturday at least 15 troops have died in combat in Iraq, mostly from explosions. Another two died in action in Afghanistan.

Jordan considers Iraqi request to pardon Chalabi --Jordan is considering a request by Iraq to pardon former Pentagon favorite Ahmad Chalabi but would insist on the return of millions of dollars he was convicted of embezzling in a bank scandal, officials said on Thursday.

What Is Depleted Uranium? Crawford, TX - The Lone Star Iconoclast last week conducted a test by asking 20 Texans, representing all walks of life and from different territories of the state, “What are your views on depleted uranium?” Nineteen had no clue what the interviewer was talking about... None knew that depleted uranium (DU) is radioactive material being used in military ammunition and none knew that the U.S. military is utilizing weapons to launch these nuclear DU projectiles in Iraq.

Sailor Who Refused to Ship Out for the Persian Gulf Sentenced to Hard Labor --A U.S. sailor was sentenced to three months of hard labor Thursday for refusing to ship out for the Persian Gulf in a protest against the war in Iraq.

Wired Iraqi prisoner photo done in jest: lawyer --A U.S. Army reservist accused of attaching wires to a hooded Iraqi prisoner did so in a joke shared with the prisoner, her lawyer said at the start of a court-martial said on Thursday. Spc. Sabrina Harman is accused of posing before a pyramid of naked Iraqi prisoners and photographing them as they were forced to masturbate. She is also charged with placing wires on an Iraqi detainee dubbed Gilligan by guards and telling him he would be electrocuted if he stepped off a box in a picture seen worldwide. [So, the lawyer would OK 'wiring' Bush and Cheney, since it's done in 'jest?']

US soldier pleads not guilty to wiring Iraqi --A U.S. Army reservist charged with attaching wires to a hooded Iraqi prisoner in a picture seen around the world pleaded not guilty on Thursday in the second Abu Ghraib case to go to trial.

Terror Suspects Sent to Egypt by the Dozens, Panel Reports --The United States and other countries have forcibly sent dozens of terror suspects to Egypt, according to a report released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch. The rights group and the State Department have both said Egypt regularly uses extreme interrogation methods on detainees. ['Extreme interrogation methods.' Uh, that would be *torture.*]

Afghan election candidate killed in rebel ambush --Taliban rebels ambushed a candidate for Afghanistan's September parliamentary election, killing him and his driver, a provincial governor said on Thursday.

Anti-U.S. Protests Spread in Afghanistan and Pakistan --Anti-American violence [No, the violence was perpetrated by the American occupiers] spread across Afghanistan and into Pakistan today in the third day of demonstrations and clashes with the police. A provincial office of CARE International was ransacked and four protesters were killed in a continuation of the most widespread protests against the American presence since the fall of the Taliban regime more than three years ago.

MPs demand parliamentary inquiry into voting reform --Tony Blair faced a direct challenge on his mandate to govern without a majority of votes as MPs called for a parliamentary inquiry to examine the case for voting reform. [Oh, like Bush has done, since 2000?]

Russia Accuses U.S., Other Foreign Agencies of Spying --Russia's security chief accused U.S. and other foreign intelligence services Thursday of using non-governmental organizations that promote democracy to spy on Russia and bring about political upheaval in former Soviet republics.

Blix criticizes U.S. nuke policy, Bolton --Washington isn't taking "the common bargain" of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty as seriously as it once did, and that's dimming global support for the U.S. campaign to shut down the North Korean and Iranian nuclear programs, the former chief U.N. weapons inspector said.

British legislator to testify in Senate --A British lawmaker and fierce critic of the Iraq war said yesterday that he will travel to Washington next week to rebut claims by a Senate committee that he was bribed by Iraqi president Saddam Hussein through the U.N. oil-for-food program.

US senators will get 'good hiding' pledges Galloway --George Galloway pledged that he would give a "bloody good hiding" to a US Senate committee over accusations that he was granted allocations for millions of barrels of oil from Saddam Hussein's government.

Protesters take to the streets in Uzbekistan --Thousands of protesters surged through the streets of an eastern Uzbekistani city on Friday, enraged by the government's decision to jail 23 Muslim businessmen on charges of religious extremism. An armed crowd took over the high-security jail in Andijon shortly after midnight and released as many as several thousand prisoners. [*Awesome!!* That's a few less thousand prisoners that the Bush terror team (and its perverted ally, Uzbekistan) can *boil to death.* See: Uzbekistan: Six-Year Jail Demand For Mother of Boiled Muslim 12 February 2004 and US looks away as new ally tortures Islamists - Uzbekistan's president steps up repression of opponents 26 May 2003]

Corpses seen on streets in Uzbek town --At least three corpses lay on the streets in the Uzbek town of Andizhan and several buildings were ablaze on Friday after an apparent jail break, Reuters correspondent Shamil Baigin said.

Ex-marine claims nuclear weapons stored at Nfld. base --An American veteran who says he guarded a secret stash of nuclear weapons in Newfoundland claims his government would rather see him dead than admit to violations of international law.

Muslims Report 50% Increase in Bias Crimes --Reported hate crimes against Muslims in the United States increased by more than 50 percent last year, with New York State ranking second nationally in the number of bias cases, according to a study released yesterday by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, an Islamic advocacy group in Washington.

Bush pressured to drop UN choice --Dictator George W Bush is coming under increasing pressure to withdraw his nomination of outspoken conservative John Bolton for UN ambassador. A leading Democratic senator, Joe Biden, told the BBC the time had come for Mr Bush to think again about his choice.

Panel Sends Bolton Nomination to Senate --John R. Bolton, Dictator Bush's sharp-elbowed nominee to become U.N. ambassador, survived a cliffhanger Senate committee vote Thursday after renewed criticism from both Democrats and Republicans, leaving the final confirmation decision to the full Senate.

Republican rips Bolton, but nomination still on course --'Serious deficiencies,' Voinovich says; but 3 GOP fence-sitters now back U.N. nominee --A key Republican senator on Thursday questioned John Bolton's qualifications to be Dictator Bush's U.N. ambassador, citing "serious deficiencies." Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio, who had earlier stunned Republican peers by saying he wanted to review allegations against Bolton, portrayed the nominee as "arrogant" and "bullying." ..."John Bolton is the poster child of what someone in the diplomatic corps should not be," Voinovich said, adding that Bolton would be fired if he was in private business.

Voinovich Slams Bolton but OKs Senate Vote --In a tense atmosphere, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee debated John Bolton's fitness to be United Nations ambassador on Thursday. A critical Republican senator, George Voinovich of Ohio, agreed to let the nomination go to the full Senate but he called the diplomat "arrogant" and "bullying."

9/11 test flip-flop EPA to check 30 buildings for debris --Pressured by residents and lawmakers, the federal government reversed itself yesterday and will start testing for World Trade Center-related debris in Brooklyn. But the Environmental Protection Agency plans to test only 30 buildings in the borough. "That's just a fig leaf to say that they're doing something," blasted City Councilman David Yassky (D-Brooklyn Heights). "That's not going to give a picture of the contamination in Brooklyn."

Officials Weighed Shooting Down Errant Plane --As a wayward Cessna flew deep in restricted airspace, national security officials were on the phone discussing whether to implement the last line of defense: shooting it down. It was a close call. One senior Bush regime counter[sic]terrorism official said it was "a real finger-biting period because they came very close to ordering a shot against a general aircraft." [Well, Rumsfeld had Flight 93 shot down over Shanksville, PA on 9/11 - so it would not be the first time. See: Rumsfeld says 9-11 plane 'shot down' in Pennsylvania --During surprise Christmas Eve trip, defense secretary contradicts official story (27 December 2004)]

Cessna pilot in White House scare campaigned for Bush Lancaster, PA - Local pilots panic capitol --Fighter jets intercept small Cessna --The pilot, Hayden "Jim" Sheaffer Jr., 69, of Lititz, and his passenger, Troy D. Martin, 36, of Akron, were taken into federal custody and questioned for several hours before being released. No charges were filed against the two men after Secret Service agents determined they simply got lost on their way to an air show in North Carolina. ...Sue Youmans, 54, a neighbor of Sheaffer Jr., said that Sheaffer is a Republican and campaigned for President [sic] Bush. "He's a big President Bush supporter," she said.

Was it just a test and/or Weapon of Mass (Comments on terror 'alert' system in yesterday's news cycle, UAL's pension default) Distraction? D.C. Scare Puts Alert System to the Test --Washington's Terror Alert System Put to the Test by Plane Scare; Ridge Praises Quick Response --The terror alert system in the nation's capital was put to the test by a small plane that flew within three miles of the White House, leading to the frantic evacuation of government buildings. Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge on Thursday praised security officials for quick, appropriate response as the lost pilot was being diverted away from Washington.

Iris Scanning to Begin At Orlando International Airport --Florida's busiest airport will begin using high-tech iris-scanning technology to filter out possible 'terrorists' and add an additional layer of security, according to Local 6 News. Workers and other people at Orlando International Airport will have both irises scanned at special computers to determine their identity. [They don't recognize the workers, after say, six years of employment?]

California border police proposed --Ballot initiative would establish new agency to enforce immigration law --A proposed ballot measure in California would establish a new California border police to enforce federal immigration law.

Border Patrol Takes Fire From Across Border --Border Patrol agents come under automatic weapons fire from across the Rio Grande after 'finding a truck being loaded with drugs' [Yeah, right!] at the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge south of Alamo.

Border Patrol told to stand down in Arizona --U.S. Border Patrol agents have been ordered not to arrest illegal aliens along the section of the Arizona border where protesters patrolled last month because an increase in apprehensions there would prove the effectiveness of Minuteman volunteers, The Washington Times has learned.

FBI Nabs Troops, Officers in Drug Sting --FBI agents posing as cocaine traffickers in Arizona caught 16 current and former U.S. soldiers and law enforcement personnel who took about $220,000 in bribes to help move the drugs through checkpoints, Justice Department officials said Thursday.

Reid cites FBI file on judicial pick --Minority Leader Harry Reid strayed from his prepared remarks on the Senate floor yesterday and promised to continue opposing one of pResident Bush's judicial nominees based on "a problem" he said is in the nominee's "confidential report from the FBI."

The real scandal of Tom DeLay --by Mark Shields "Forget the freebie trips across the Atlantic and the Pacific. Forget the casinos and the allegedly illicit contributions -- they represent only degrees of avarice... Later, DeLay would tell The Washington Post's Juliet Eilperin that the low-wage, anti-union conditions of the Marianas constituted 'a perfect petri dish of capitalism. It's like my Galapagos Island.'"

DeLay Tells Audience That Democrats Have 'No Class' --House Majority Leader Has Been Dogged By Ethics Questions --House Majority Leader [and Reichwing terrorist] Tom DeLay, facing an audience of conservative well-wishers, is firing back at Democrats by calling them members of a party with no ideas and "no class." The Texas congressman's supporters staged a high-profile show of support by throwing a $250-a-plate gala in his honor Thursday night in Washington.

Unions threaten to strike over United pension plan --Three unions at United Airlines say they are prepared to strike to protect their contracts after the carrier, which is operating under bankruptcy protection, received court permission to terminate four pension plans.

UPS pilots authorize strike --United Parcel Service Inc.'s pilots voted to authorize their union to call a strike, the Independent Pilots Association said on Thursday.

Tamil Nadu orders probe into bird flu virus report 12 May 2005 --The Tamil Nadu government has ordered an inquiry into reports that a strain of bird flu was found [planted?] in this south Indian state by an American laboratory. A media report said two days ago that the Atlanta-based Centre for Disease Control and Prevention had confirmed that it found the H5N1 bird flu virus in samples sent by the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) when the disease was raging in many Asian countries last year.

Number of cases of deadly Marburg virus in Angola climbs to 316 12 May 2005 --The number of cases from an outbreak of the rare Marburg virus in the northern province of Uige, Angola, has climbed to 316, the World Health Organization said.

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