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May 2006 Archives

Afghan poppy farmers expect record opium crop and the Taliban will reap the rewards 11 May 2006 Helmand province last year produced more than 20 per cent of the world's heroin on its own... A law and order vacuum has allowed an increasingly well-organised drugs cartel, a corrupt local government and resurgent Taliban to structure the poppy cultivation of the province as never before. Country-wide, it is now clear the poppy harvest will be close to record levels again [thanks to Bush].

Furor erupts over government collection of phone records 11 May 2006 Revelations that the government collected the phone-call records of millions of Americans touched off a political firestorm Thursday, prompting calls for a congressional investigation and fueling opposition to President [sic] Bush's choice for CIA director.

Anger grows over Bush surveillance report 11 May 2006 Capitol Hill politicians reacted angrily on Thursday to a new report about how President [sic] Bush's eavesdropping program has secretly collected records of telephone calls made by tens of millions of Americans. ...A wide range of top Democrats took aim at the program throughout the day and called for immediate hearings to investigate the pResident's eavesdropping and data-mining efforts.

Bush defends spying after NSA database report --Agency collecting information on tens of millions of Americans, paper says 11 May 2006 Following a report that the U.S. agency in charge of a domestic spying program is building a database of every phone call made within the country, Dictator Bush told the nation from the White House that all anti-terrorism efforts are within the law.

Specter wants to know about NSA phone database 11 May 2006 The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said on Thursday he would ask U.S. phone companies whether they are providing phone records of tens of millions of Americans to the National Security Agency.

US spy agency 'monitoring calls' 11 May 2006 A United States intelligence agency has been collecting data on the phone calls of tens of millions of Americans, a report in USA Today has alleged. President [sic] Bush refused to confirm or deny the existence of the programme.

Qwest Refuses to Give Customer Records to NSA 11 May 2006 Phone companies, including AT&T and Verizon, have handed over millions of customer records to the National Security Agency. Denver-based Qwest Communications has refused to take part. According to the report in USA Today, Qwest is the only major telecom company that said it would not hand over its customer’s phone records without a court order. USA Today reported the phone records of ordinary Americans were secretly handed over to the NSA. A database was built without the knowledge of the secret court established by Congress.

House Injects Prayer Into Defense Bill 12 May 2006 The House passed a $513 billion defense authorization bill yesterday that includes language intended to allow chaplains to pray in the name of Jesus at public military ceremonies, undercutting new Air Force and Navy guidelines on religion.

Britons held at Guantanamo Bay win right to sue their captors 11 May 2006 Four British citizens released from the US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay have won the right to sue their captors for violation of their religious rights.

British Guantanamo detainees sue US for $10m 11 May 2006 Four Britons who were held at Guantanamo Bay have won the right to go ahead with a lawsuit suing their captors for allegedly violating their religious rights. Shafiq Rasul, Asif Iqbal and Rhuhel Ahmed, the so-called Tipton Three, and Jamal Al-Harith, from Manchester, want $10 million dollars (£5.4 million) damages from US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and 10 US military commanders.

US rejects Britain's call to close down Guantanamo Bay 11 May 2006 The US state department today rejected the calls from the British government to close Guantanamo Bay in the near future, saying that it is a necessary evil in the War on [of] Terror.

Army Interrogation Rules Put on Hold --The revised field manual seeks to permit harsher interrogations of terror suspects, which some lawmakers say violates the ban on torture. 11 May 2006 The Pentagon has been forced to delay the release of its updated Army Field Manual on interrogation because of congressional opposition to several provisions, including one that would allow tougher techniques for unlawful combatants than for traditional prisoners of war.

Iraq to put Baghdad under unified security command 12 May 2006 Iraq will bring its Baghdad security forces under a unified command in a bid to quash [US] death squad activity, national security advisor Muwaffaq Rubaie told AFP Thursday.

Baghdad security forces to be united 12 May 2006 Iraqi leaders are planning to put all Baghdad's police officers and paramilitary troops under one commander, in a bid to curb the capital's 'sectarian' [US-generated] chaos.

Exodus of the Iraqi middle class --Shia militias [US death squads] are driving out professionals in Baghdad 11 May 2006 ...The expulsion of the doctor was a brutal warning to other staff who might question the right of the al-Mahdi Army, a Shia militia, to install one of their own to run the hospital. The same is happening in schools and colleges, the Civil Service and government ministries and leading businesses as Baghdad’s middle classes are sacked to make way for militia apparatchiks... One woman doctor working at the hospital, who asked not to be named, said: "We can't fathom their logic. Why harm your own neighbourhood by driving away anaesthetists so we can't do operations, unless they want to sabotage everything and drive people to all-out civil war?" [See: Return of the Death Squads - Iraq's Hidden News By John Pilger 04 May 2006 "...[T]he Salvador Option has been invoked in Iraq. This is the campaign of terror by death squads armed and trained by the US, which attack Sunnis and Shias alike. The goal is the incitement of a real civil war and the break-up of Iraq, the original war aim of Bush's administration."]

3 Soldiers Killed by Roadside Bombs in Iraq 11 May 2006 Three Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers were killed today in roadside bomb attacks, U.S. military officials in Iraq said... In addition, a soldier from the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team died from non-combat-related wounds May 9 near Mosul.

Sign Petition Opposing Attack on Iran --Cindy Sheehan to Lead Delivery of Petition to White House --Ray McGovern to Lead March to Sec. Rumsfeld's Home - Delivery of petition to White House opposing attack on Iran - When: 1-3 p.m., Thursday, May 18 Where: Lafayette Square Park, in front of White House, Washington, D.C. March to Secretary of War Donald Rumsfeld's House When: Departing at 3 p.m., Thursday, May 18 Where: Lafayette Square Park, in front of White House, Washington, D.C. A broad coalition of organizations has collected over 40,000 signatures on a petition opposing a U.S. attack on Iran. [Click here for DontAttackIran.org flyer.]

Troops Hurt At Fort Sill Punished With Physical Abuse, Medical Neglect 12 May 2006 (Lawton, OK) The Army has shaken up a program to heal recruits injured in basic training after soldiers and their parents said troops hurt at Fort Sill were punished with physical abuse and medical neglect. ...At Fort Sill, recruits said, injuries were often subject to derision, ignored or improperly treated. "I am an inmate," one soldier, Pfc. Mathew Scarano of Eureka, Calif., wrote in a letter home in January two months before he died. "I sometimes ask those friends of mine with jailhouse tattoos if they'd rather be back in jail, or here. So far, they are unanimous — jail."

U.S. Oil Executive Slain In Nigeria 11 May 2006 A gunman on a motorcycle shot dead a U.S. executive in Nigeria's oil heartland Wednesday, authorities said. Militants said they had no hand in the killing of the executive, who worked for Texas oil services company Baker Hughes Inc. A diplomat and oil industry source said it was more likely the slaying was linked to a work-related dispute.

Bombers slipped through net of watching MI5 --Greater resources no guarantee future attacks would be foiled 12 May 2006 A lack of resources allowed the July 7 bombers to slip through the security net, according to two reports published yesterday, and police and the intelligence services are highly unlikely to be able to prevent all similar attacks in the future. Two of the four suicide bombers had come to the attention of the security service, MI5, time and again, yet the reports' authors concluded that there was no reason for the authorities to have known that they posed a threat.

Two 7/7 bombers were under surveillance 11 May 2006 Two of the July 7 suicide bombers were under surveillance by British intelligence but were not fully investigated because of a lack of resources [?!?], a parliamentary committee said today.

Two London Bombers Known Before 2005 Suicide Attacks 11 May 2006 U.K. security services knew about two men before they carried out suicide bombings in London on July 7 last year without recognizing the threat they posed, a parliamentary report into the attacks found.

ISC report into London terrorist attacks on July 7 2005 May 2006

7/7 survivors renew call for public inquiry 11 May 2006 Survivors of the July 7 terror attacks, and relatives of the victims, today renewed their call for an independent public inquiry into why security services failed to prevent the bombings.

Satellites may track ships to fight terrorism -IMO 11 May 2006 The world's supreme maritime body [International Maritime Organisation] said on Thursday it was reviewing new proposals to track suspect ships by satellite to fight terrorism and prevent the movement by sea of illicit material such as weapons of mass destruction.

The War of Internet Democracy --The Internet has been the place where Davids can take on Goliaths. But if the Internet service providers have their way, that will no longer be the case. By Robert B. Reich 10 May 2006 "This week, the House is expected to vote on something termed, in perfect Orwellian prose, the 'Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement Act of 2006.' It will be the first real battle in the coming War of Internet Democracy."

Don't Let the Right Remake America (pfaw.org) "1. The Right’s Two-Prong Strategy: Take Away the Rights; Take Away the Money 2. Pack the Courts, Take Away the Rights 3. Cut Taxes at the Top, Take Away the Money"

"Thank goodness for what bloggers are calling Watergategate. Mere rank incompetence isn't usually enough to move Bush to get rid of an appointee." CIA Won't Change -- Bush Is Still President By Margaret Carlson 11 May 2006 "[Air Force General Michael] Hayden's nomination is one more chapter in the Bush administration's campaign to simultaneously punish the CIA for not completely rolling over in the run-up to the war and blame it for suckering the Congress and public into the worst foreign policy disaster in a generation. It's quite a card trick for the president and vice president to slice and dice the info to their needs, add homegrown material from Rumsfeld's shop as needed, and then claim we were all fooled by the same faulty data... And what a heckuva job [Porter] Goss did until he was shown the door last Friday."

Bush, GOP Congress Losing Core Supporters 11 May 2006 Disaffection over spending and immigration have caused conservatives to take flight from President [sic] Bush and the Republican Congress at a rapid pace in recent weeks, sending Bush's approval ratings to record lows and presenting a new threat to the GOP's 12-year reign on Capitol Hill, according to White House officials, lawmakers and new polling data.

Bush's Approval Rating Drops to 29 Percent 11 May 2006 Dictator Bush’s job-approval rating has fallen to its lowest mark of his pResidency, according to a new Harris Interactive poll. Of 1,003 U.S. adults surveyed in a telephone poll, 29% think Mr. Bush is doing an "excellent or pretty good" job as president, down from 35% in April and significantly lower than 43% in January.

E-mails reveal White House-Abramoff link --Top Bush procurement official offered lobbyist help with 'damage control' 10 May 2006 The Bush administration’s top procurement official offered his assistance to now-disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff as his lobbying empire began to crumble, according to e-mails released Wednesday by the White House.

Lewis Surfaces in Probe of Cunningham 11 May 2006 Federal prosecutors have begun an investigation into Rep. Jerry Lewis, the Californian who chairs the powerful House Appropriations Committee, government officials and others said, signaling the spread of a San Diego corruption probe. The U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles has issued subpoenas in an investigation into the relationship between Lewis (R-Redlands) and a Washington lobbyist linked to disgraced former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Rancho Santa Fe), three people familiar with the investigation said.

The Case of Roberts's Missing Papers --Investigators Are Still Unable to Locate File On Affirmative Action 11 May 2006 The country has John G. Roberts Jr. as its newest chief injustice. What it doesn't have is an answer to the mystery of the missing file of his work papers on affirmative action.

Senate passes $70 billion tax cut bill --Passage will extend lower rates; Bush expected to sign measure into law 11 May 2006 The Senate gave final approval Thursday to a $70 billion package of tax cuts that will extend lower rates for investors and also save billions for 'families with above-average incomes' [the wealthy].

Diebold voting machine spurs security concerns 11 May 2006 Officials overseeing elections in three states have directed local authorities to take additional security measures with a popular type of electronic 'voting' machine to prevent election fraud. California, Iowa and Pennsylvania issued the voting directives in recent weeks after researchers discovered a feature that could allow someone to load unauthorized software on Diebold Election Systems computerized machines.

Diebold stock dips on inquiry --SEC's informal probe looks at 'revenue recognition policy' 11 May 2006 Diebold Inc. shares finished down slightly in trading Wednesday, a day after the Green maker of automated teller machines and electronic voting machines disclosed that the Securities and Exchange Commission has started an informal inquiry into the company.

Mega barf alert! Wal-Mart Eyes Organic Foods 12 May 2006 Wal-Mart wants to sell more organic food — and because of its size and power, Wal-Mart usually gets what it wants. ...Some say the initiative will ultimately hurt organic farmers, will lower standards for the production of organic food and will undercut the environmental benefits of organic farming.

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"It's the largest database ever assembled in the world." NSA has massive database of Americans' phone calls 11 May 2006 The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth, people with direct knowledge of the arrangement told USA TODAY. The NSA program reaches into homes and businesses across the nation by amassing information about the calls of ordinary Americans — most of whom aren't suspected of any crime.

Government Kills Domestic Spying Probe 10 May 2006 The U.S. government has abruptly ended an inquiry into the warrantless eavesdropping program because the National Security Agency refused to grant Justice Department lawyers the necessary security clearance to probe the matter.

Two-week U.S. Northern Command exercises for pandemic flu outbreak (DoD) 10 May 2006 More than 5,000 U.S. and Canadian servicemembers are working with authorities in five U.S. states and two Canadian provinces to test their response capabilities to crises ranging from a major hurricane to a terrorist attack to a pandemic flu outbreak. Ardent Sentry 2006, a two-week U.S. Northern Command exercise, kicked off May 8 to test military support to federal, provincial, state and local authorities while continuing to support the Defense Department's homeland defense mission, according to Air Force Lt. Col. Eric Butterbaugh, a NORTHCOM and North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesman. [Why is *NORTHCOM* involved with bird flu, a 'medical' issue? See: Research teams have reconstructed deadly 1918 flu virus 06 May 2006 Trekking into the permafrost region of Alaska to unearth the remains of an Inuit Indian woman who died of the so-called Spanish flu, researchers in 1997 gathered tissue to retrieve fragments of the killer virus. The sample was compared with those preserved by the U.S. military from World War I soldiers who died of the infection. Such protein snippets provided enough biological information for scientists to genetically engineer the pathogen in the lab, resurrecting a killer that mysteriously rose in September 1918.]

Mushroom Cloud Blast in Nevada Delayed 09 May 2006 A 'non-nuclear' explosion expected to generate a mushroom cloud over the Nevada desert will be postponed at least three weeks, while a federal court reviews plans for the blast, test officials said Tuesday.

Secret U.S. shipment of 200,000 AK47s to Iraq goes missing --Air traffic controllers in Baghdad have no record of supposed July 2004, July 2005 flights 10 May 2006 Some 200,000 guns the US sent to Iraqi security forces may have been smuggled to terrorists... The 99-tonne cache of AK47s was to have been secretly flown out from a US base in Bosnia. But the four planeloads of arms have vanished. Orders for the deal to go ahead were given by the US Department of Defense. But the work was contracted out via a complex web of private arms traders... A separate probe claiming that thousands of guns meant for Iraq's police and army instead went to al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh]... This year a newspaper claimed two UK firms were involved in a deal in which thousands of guns for Iraqi forces were re-routed to al-Qaeda. One arms broker's lawyer is said to have admitted that nearly all of a shipment of 1,500 AK-47s went missing. And a US official said £270million of equipment could not be traced.

Iraqi Journalists Killed by Captors; Bodies Dumped, Kurds Say 09 May 2006 The bodies of two Iraqi journalists were discovered south of Baghdad, a day after they were kidnapped by gunmen [US death squads], President Jalal Talabani's political party said.

Slated for killing: More than 450 Iraqi intellectuals fear for their lives 08 May 2006 A militia group with immense power in Iraq has issued names of 461 intellectuals which it says it has ordered its armed men to assassinate. The name list is distributed across the country and copies are not hard to obtain in Baghdad. Several Iraq-related websites have issued the names. The list includes some of the brightest Iraqi authors, journalists, doctors and scientists.

Baghdad April death toll 'more than 1000' 10 May 2006 At least 1091 people were killed in Baghdad alone last month in ongoing sectarian violence, President Jalal Talabani said in a statement today. "We received a report from the morgue about the deaths in Baghdad that 1091 people were killed between April 1 and 30," Mr Talabani was quoted as saying in a statement issued by his office. [See: Return of the Death Squads - Iraq's Hidden News By John Pilger 04 May 2006 "...[T]he Salvador Option has been invoked in Iraq. This is the campaign of terror by death squads armed and trained by the US, which attack Sunnis and Shias alike. The goal is the incitement of a real civil war and the break-up of Iraq, the original war aim of Bush's administration. The ministry of the interior in Baghdad, which is run by the CIA, directs the principal death squads."]

Iraq Bus Ambush Kills 11, Injures 3 10 May 2006 Eleven Iraqi government employees were killed and three others injured in Baquba Wednesday by 'insurgents' who attacked a bus.

Guantánamo is symbol of injustice, says Goldsmith 11 May 2006 Lord Goldsmith, the attorney general, last night called for the immediate closure of Guantánamo Bay in the most full-blown attack on the US detention centre by a member of the government. Going far further than cabinet ministers, notably Tony Blair, have done in their criticism, he described the existence of the camp on Cuba as "unacceptable".

President Ahmadinejad's letter to Dictator Bush (LeMonde) 09 May 2006 Letter from Mahmood Ahmadi-Najad, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, to Dictator George W. Bush "September Eleven was a horrendous incident... Our government immediately declared its disgust with the perpetrators and offered its condolences to the bereaved and expressed its sympathies... Reportedly your government employs extensive security, protection and intelligence systems – and even hunts its opponents abroad. September eleven was not a simple operation. Could it be planned and executed without coordination with intelligence and security services – or their extensive infiltration? Of course this is just an educated guess. Why have the various aspects of the attacks been kept secret? Why are we not told who botched their responsibilities? And, why aren’t those responsible and the guilty parties identified and put on trial?"

U.S. Under Pressure to Talk to Tehran --Experts From Both Parties Speak Out 11 May 2006 The Bush regime is facing pressure both in the United States and overseas to drop its long-standing refusal to talk directly with Iran about its nuclear program, particularly in the wake of the unusual 18-page letter sent this week to Dictator Bush by Iran's president.

Putin lashes out at 'wolf-like' America --Response to Cheney attack feeds war of words --US 'eats and listens to no one', warns president 11 May 2006 Relations between the US and Russia sank to the lowest point in a decade yesterday [thanks to Cheney Halliburton] when Vladimir Putin harshly rebuked Washington for its criticism last week and compared the US to a hungry wolf that "eats and listens to no one".

Putin takes swipe at hungry America's 'Comrade Wolf' 10 May 2006 President Vladimir Putin took a swipe at the hungry "wolf" of America today in a strident state-of-the-nation address in which he said that post-Soviet Russia should build up its economic and military might.

Army Policy Bars Officer Resignations 11 May 2006 The Army Reserve, taxed by recruiting shortfalls and war-zone duty, has adopted a policy barring officers from leaving the service if their field is undermanned or they have not been deployed to Iraq, to Afghanistan or for homeland defense [?!?] missions. The reserve has used the unpublicized policy... to disapprove the resignations of at least 400 reserve officers, according to Army figures.

E-Mails Show Brown Disputed Levee Breach 09 May 2006 Former FEMA director Michael Brown disputed that floodwaters had breached New Orleans' levees in the early hours after Hurricane Katrina roared ashore, new e-mails released Tuesday show. The 928 pages of e-mails, obtained and released by the Center for Public Integrity, also portray Brown and the Federal Emergency Management Agency as obsessed with media coverage in the days leading up to and immediately following the Aug. 29, 2005, disaster.

Hayden may favor eavesdropping law changes: Durbin 10 May 2006 Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, President [sic] George W. Bush's nominee for CIA director and architect of his domestic spying program, appears to favor changes in federal law that would allow judicial oversight of the program, a Democratic lawmaker and his staff said on Wednesday.

Disarm the First Amendment? By Nat Hentoff 10 May 2006 "The CIA's firing of senior career officer Mary McCarthy is a prelude to a much bigger story -- the White House's intensifying war on those parts of the American press it accuses of aiding the enemy."

House approves $70 billion tax cut bill 10 May 2006 The House of Representatives on Wednesday agreed to extend a tax break on investment income in a $70 billion tax cut package that Democrats said would mostly help the rich while deepening budget deficits. The House voted 244-185, mostly along party lines, for the package that will extend for two years a 15 percent top tax rate for income from capital gains and dividends.

Noe to change his not-guilty plea on 3 federal charges 10 May 2006 Tom Noe intends to change his not-guilty plea in connection with three federal charges that he illegally funneled money into the re[s]election campaign of President [sic] Bush, according to court records released today.

Logs show Abramoff made two White House visits 10 May 2006 The Secret Service said on Wednesday its record show that lobbyist Jack Abramoff made at least two visits to the White House long before being convicted of political corruption this year, but acknowledged there may have been more.

Costly Words: 'I Don't Like President Bush' By Al Kamen 10 May 2006 "Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson was back home in Dallas on April 28 giving a speech to minority real estate folks and offering a most interesting take on how business is done in Washington... He [potential contractor] said, 'I don't like President Bush.' I thought to myself... If you have a problem with the president, don't tell the secretary. He didn't get the contract,' Jackson continued. ...Democrats, led by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (N.J.), called for Jackson's head. Aside from violating the Constitution's prohibitions on government retaliation for speech, we're told Jackson's peculiar view may violate federal procurement law, which requires 'complete impartiality and . . . preferential treatment for none.'"

Poll Gives Bush His Worst Marks Yet 10 May 2006 Americans have a bleaker view of the country's direction than at any time in more than two decades, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll... Mr. Bush's approval ratings for his management of foreign policy, Iraq and the economy have fallen to the lowest levels of his pResidency... Just 13 percent approved of Mr. Bush's handling of rising gasoline prices.

Bush faces an election disaster as voters turn Democrat 11 May 2006 Like Tony Blair, and for many of the same reasons, George Bush's popularity has hit a nadir and his Republicans risk losing control of Congress at mid-term elect-ions in November. [Will Bush play the bioterror card before the 'elections?']

Blair under fire again over date of departure 11 May 2006 Tony Blair's authority as Prime Minister appears to be draining away after he was thrown on to the defensive in the Commons about his departure timetable.

Mega bulimia alert! Bush Backs Brother Jeb for White House 10 May 2006 Dictator Bush suggested Wednesday that he'd like to see his family's White House legacy continue, perhaps with his younger brother Jeb as the chief executive. The pResident said Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is well-suited for another office and would make "a great president.''

New security glitch found in Diebold system --Officials say machines have 'dangerous' holes 10 May 2006 Elections officials in several states are scrambling to understand and limit the risk from a "dangerous" security hole found in Diebold Election Systems Inc.'s ATM-like touch-screen voting machines... California, Pennsylvania and Iowa are issuing emergency notices to local elections officials, generally telling them to "sequester" their Diebold touch screens and reprogram them with "trusted" software issued by the state capital. Then elections officials are to keep the machines sealed with tamper-resistant tape until Election Day.

Diebold reveals new 'security vulnerability' with its touchscreen voting machines 10 May 2006 (californiachronicle.com) "Voting machines certified for use in California. Company tells Pennsylvania about its flaw it says could let 'unauthorized software' be loaded onto the system. How does the Secretary of State plan to resolve this security nightmare and guarantee people's votes are accurately counted?"

Utility may face investigation for sale of unscrubbed drives --One buyer said the drives held data on the Idaho Power grid 09 May 2006 State and federal regulatory agencies have not yet determined whether Idaho Power faces any penalties after a salvage operator offered unscrubbed hard disk drives for sale on eBay Inc.’s auction Web site.

Fed Raises Key Rate to Highest Level in 5 Years 10 May 2006 The Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rates to 5 percent today, from 4.75 percent, and said that it may need to raise borrowing costs further in the coming months to contain inflation.

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EU Group Seeks Information on CIA Prisons 09 May 2006 A group of European Union lawmakers sought Tuesday to find out from U.S. officials, lawmakers and human rights groups whether any European countries were involved in secret CIA prisons or flights for terror suspects. Clandestine prisons and secret flights via or from Europe to countries where suspects could face torture would breach the EU's human rights conventions.

Return of the Death Squads - Iraq's Hidden News By John Pilger 04 May 2006 "...[T]he Salvador Option has been invoked in Iraq. This is the campaign of terror by death squads armed and trained by the US, which attack Sunnis and Shias alike. The goal is the incitement of a real civil war and the break-up of Iraq, the original war aim of Bush's administration. The ministry of the interior in Baghdad, which is run by the CIA, directs the principal death squads. ... On 16 March, Reuters reported the arrest of an American 'security contractor', who was found with weapons and explosives in his car. Last year, two Britons disguised as Arabs were caught with a car full of weapons and explosives; British forces bulldozed the Basra prison to rescue them. The Boston Globe recently reported: 'The FBI's counter-terrorism unit has launched a broad investigation of US-based theft rings after discovering that some of the vehicles used in deadly car bombings in Iraq, including attacks that killed US troops and Iraqi civilians, were probably stolen in the United States, according to senior government officials.'"

Eleven bodies found in Tigris near Baghdad 09 May 2006 The bodies of 11 Iraqis, including the headless corpse of a 10-year-old boy, were found dumped in the Tigris river south of Baghdad on Tuesday, police sources said. The bodies, nine of whom were beheaded, were discovered near the Sunni town of Suwayra, 25 miles southeast of Baghdad... All had their hands tied.

Suicide Truck Bomber Kills 17 in Iraq 09 May 2006 A suicide truck bomber attacked a crowded market in Tal Afar late Tuesday, killing at least 17 people and wounding 35 in a city cited by President [sic] Bush as a success story [?!?] in battling 'insurgents.'

Ex-NSA Chief Assails Bush Taps 09 May 2006 Former National Security Agency director Bobby Ray Inman lashed out at the Bush regime Monday night over its continued use of warrantless domestic wiretaps, making him one of the highest-ranking former intelligence officials to criticize the program in public, analysts say.

Hayden hearing may probe NSA wiretaps 09 May 2006 Human rights groups are urging the U.S. Senate to probe NSA warrantless wiretaps in its hearing on Gen. Michael Hayden. The Senate will be holding confirmation hearings on Dictator George W. Bush's appointment of Air Force Gen. Hayden to head the Central Intelligence Agency. But some privacy rights groups want to turn the hearings into an investigation of the wiretapping program carried out by the National Security Agency, National Journal's Technology Daily reported Monday.

General who eavesdropped on public is new CIA chief 09 May 2006 President [sic] Bush yesterday named Michael Hayden, a four-star air force general, to be the new director of the CIA. General Hayden is expected to face tough questioning both for his military background and his role superintending the warrantless domestic eavesdropping programme by the ultra-secret National Security Agency, which he led between 1999 and 2005. But his confirmation by the Senate seemed in little doubt last night.

Gen. Hayden: "4th Amendment and wrong" 08 May 2006 (crooksandliars) "Knight-Ridder's Jonathan Landay questioned Gen. Michael Hayden at the National Press Club in January: Landay: '...the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution specifies that you must have probable cause to violate an American's right against unreasonable searches and seizures...' Gen. Hayden: 'No, actually - the Fourth Amendment actually protects all of us against unreasonable search and seizure.' Landay: 'But the --' Gen. Hayden: 'That's what it says.' Landay: 'The legal measure is probable cause, it says.'"

Hastert Indicates He'll Oppose Hayden CIA Appointment 09 May 2006 Opposition within President [sic] Bush's own party to his new nominee to head the CIA, General Michael Hayden, may start at the top. Time Magazine is reporting on its website that House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill) has indicated that he may oppose Hayden's appointment. "The Speaker believes they should not have a military person leading the CIA, a civilian agency," Ron Bonjean, Hastert's communications director, told TIME.

Rumsfeld backs Hayden, denies "power grab" 09 May 2006 Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Tuesday acknowledged a past disagreement with Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden but backed the nominee to head the CIA while ridiculing the notion of a Pentagon "power grab" over intelligence functions.

CIA Official Quits; FBI Probes Role in Defense Contracts 09 May 2006 The FBI is investigating whether a top-ranking CIA official who announced his resignation yesterday steered contracts to a boyhood friend at the center of a congressional bribery scandal, law enforcement officials said. The investigation of CIA Executive Director Kyle "Dusty" Foggo follows an ongoing investigation by the agency's inspector general, which is examining whether Foggo was involved in CIA contracts awarded to a firm owned by San Diego defense contractor Brent R. Wilkes.

Court nominee says didn't know of torture, spying 09 May 2006 A White House aide nominated for an appeals-court seat told senators on Tuesday he was not involved in controversial Bush regime policies that had concerned Democrats. Brett Kavanaugh told the Senate Judiciary Committee that his position as staff secretary in the White House would not affect his ability to be an independent judge on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Asked whether he had a role in White House policies covering the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, warrantless eavesdropping and torture of detainees overseas, Kavanaugh said he did not know about these issues until he read about them in the newspaper.

U.S. to prohibit "water-boarding" 09 May 2006 The U.S. Army will prohibit "water-boarding" — the controversial practice of submerging a prisoner's head in water in an effort to make him talk — when it issues its new interrogation manual, the State Department's legal adviser told the U.N. Committee Against Torture on Monday. John Bellinger said banning water-boarding wasn't an admission [?!? LOL!] that U.S. interrogators had used the technique on detainees during anti-terrorism efforts.

Blair to cut Iraq force 10 May 2006 Prime Minister Tony Blair could announce a cut in the size of Britain's force in Iraq within the next few weeks.

Hawaii State Senate resolution to withdraw Hawaii's troops from Iraq 15 Mar 2006 The 23rd Hawaii State Legislature "Calling Upon the Governor of Hawaii to Take Steps to Withdraw the Hawaii Army and Air National Guard Troops From Iraq."

An Army of one wrong recruit --The signing of a disabled Portland man despite warnings reflects problems nationally for military enlistment 07 May 2006 (OR) Jared Guinther, 18, didn't know there was a war raging in Iraq until his parents told him last fall -- shortly after a military recruiter stopped him outside a Southeast Portland strip mall and complimented him on his black Converse All Stars... Last month, Jared came home with papers showing that he not only had enlisted, but also had signed up for the Army's most dangerous job: cavalry scout... Officials are now investigating whether recruiters at the U.S. Army Recruiting Station in Southeast Portland improperly concealed Jared's disability - autism, which should have made him ineligible for service.

Pentagon plans record-breaking explosion in Nevada desert 01 Apr 2006 The Pentagon is preparing to set off a record-breaking bang, detonating 635 tonnes of high explosives and sending a mushroom cloud into the sky over the Nevada desert. The blast, on June 2, codenamed Divine Strake, is likely to be the biggest controlled conventional explosion in military history, experts said, and is designed to test the impact of bunker-busting bombs aimed at underground targets.

Research teams have reconstructed deadly 1918 flu virus [Why?!?] 06 May 2006 Trekking into the permafrost region of Alaska to unearth the remains of an Inuit Indian woman who died of the so-called Spanish flu, researchers in 1997 gathered tissue to retrieve fragments of the killer virus. The sample was compared with those preserved by the U.S. military from World War I soldiers who died of the infection. Such protein snippets provided enough biological information for scientists to genetically engineer the pathogen in the lab, resurrecting a killer that mysteriously rose in September 1918... Dr. Christopher Basler, assistant professor of microbiology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan, and colleagues, used the samples' blueprint to begin re-creating the pathogen that infected one in four in the United States and killed about 550,000 nationwide. Dr. Jeffrey Taubenberger, chief of molecular pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in suburban Washington, began the quest for the 1918 killer. [See: Rumsfeld's growing stake in Tamiflu 31 Oct 2005 Defense Secretary, ex-chairman of flu treatment rights holder, sees portfolio value growing. Rumsfeld served as Gilead's chairman from 1997 until he joined the Bush administration in 2001, and he still holds a Gilead stake valued at between $5 million and $25 million, according to federal financial disclosures filed by Rumsfeld. See: Vaccine makers helped write Frist-backed shield law --E-mails reveal private meetings 08 May 2006 Vaccine industry officials helped shape legislation behind the scenes that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist secretly amended into a bill to shield them from lawsuits, according to e-mails obtained by a public advocacy group.]

HUD secretary's blunt warning --Alphonso Jackson says deal was scuttled after contractor admits not liking Bush 05 May 2006 Once the color barrier has been broken, minority contractors seeking government work may need to overcome the Bush barrier. That's the message U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson seemed to send during an April 28 talk in Dallas.

HUD Official in Hot Water Over 'Story' 10 May 2006 Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson reportedly told a business group in Dallas that he rejected a government contract with an advertiser because the man told him he didn't like President [sic] Bush.

Rove prepares 20 judges 09 May 2006 Presidential adviser Karl Rove and White House counsel Harriet Miers yesterday told conservative activists and Senate staff that the administration would soon send the names of more than 20 judicial nominees to Capitol Hill for confirmation.

U.S. tipping Mexico to 'Minutemen' patrols 09 May 2006 While Minuteman civilian patrols are keeping an eye out for illegal border crossers, the U.S. Border Patrol is keeping an eye out for Minutemen -- and telling the Mexican government where they are. [The Bush regime doesn't want to deprive the corpora-terrorists of its slave labor.]

Buried provision would raise debt ceiling to nearly $10 Trillion 09 May 2006 A $2.7 trillion budget plan pending before the House would raise the federal debt ceiling to nearly $10 trillion, less than two months after Congress last raised the federal government's borrowing limit. The provision -- buried on page 121 of the 151-page budget blueprint -- serves as a backdrop to congressional action this week.

Chapel Hill council backs impeachment of Bush 09 May 2006 (Chapel Hill, NC) The Town Council unanimously backed a call Monday for the impeachment of President [sic] George W. Bush, in a meeting in which it managed to touch on politics, panhandling and downtown parking.

Madness of King George Continues By Bill Gallagher 09 May 2006 "Dick Cheney has systematically and repeatedly attacked the fundamental constitutional rights of the American people. He favors illegal spying, denial of due process and claims unlimited executive authority. He and his boy Bush should be impeached and tried for treason. For 'enemy combatants,' Cheney supports torture, imprisonment without charges, kidnapping and the rejection of international law and the Geneva accords. He claims the 'war-time president' can do anything with no accountability to any one. In a just world, those actions would assure Cheney and Bush a war crimes trial in the Hague."

Stephen Colbert Being Held At Guantanamo Bay (satire) 08 May 2006 Stephen Colbert is now being held at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. One week after he launched a scathing “tribute” to President Bush at the White House Correspondents Dinner, the host of “The Colbert Report” was apprehended, blindfolded and transported on a military plane to Guantanamo Bay.

ChoicePoint executives among Lieberman's biggest contributors --Senator received $11,700 from 14 ChoicePoint officials 09 May 2006 ChoicePoint Inc. - which bought the company whose list Florida officials used to prevent thousands from voting in the 2000 presidential election - were among the biggest contributors to U.S. Sen. (CT) Joseph I. Lieberman's re-election campaign from January to March, records show. Lieberman, the Democratic vice presidential candidate in 2000 who often quips that he actually was elected despite the bitterly disputed Florida results, reported to the Federal Election Commission that over a two-week period in March he collected a total of $11,700 from 14 ChoicePoint officials, only one of whom resides in Connecticut.

Diebold faces informal SEC inquiry 09 May 2006 Diebold Inc., one of the world's largest makers of automated teller and electronic 'voting' machines, on Tuesday said staff at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission have begun an informal inquiry into how the company recognizes revenue.

E-mails from the Edge of Disaster 09 May 2006 (publicintegrity.org) On the day Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans, a former U.S. senator [Tim Hutchinson (R-AR)] who had become a registered lobbyist was trying to get the nation's top emergency manager to schedule a meeting to complain about a no-bid contract that was heading to his client's competitor... The e-mail message to Michael Brown, then head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, arrived only hours after the devastating storm first made landfall in the Gulf Coast, pummeling Louisiana and Mississippi with Category 3 hurricane winds.

Michael Brown's E-mails -- 928 pages of e-mail messages to and from former FEMA head Michael Brown 09 May 2006 The e-mails cover the period from Aug. 26 to Sept. 8, 2005, just before, during and after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast. The Center for Public Integrity obtained the documents on May 5, seven months after filing a Freedom of Information Act request. FEMA withheld additional e-mails, citing FOIA exemptions related to personnel, internal decision-making and privacy concerns.

669 file suit against State Farm for denying Katrina claims 09 May 2006 A lawsuit filed Tuesday by nearly 700 Gulf Coast homeowners accuses State Farm Insurance Co. of using a "one-size-fits-all" engineering report as the basis for refusing to cover damage to homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

Fla. Governor Declares State of Emergency 09 May 2006 Gov. Jeb Bush declared a state of emergency and called in the Florida National Guard to help fight wildfires that have burned thousands of acres and blanketed highways with thick smoke.

Priest Accused of Sexually Assaulting Girl 09 May 2006 (CT) A New Britain priest was arrested after he allegedly sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl inside of a church.

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Vaccine makers helped write Frist-backed shield law --E-mails reveal private meetings 08 May 2006 Vaccine industry officials helped shape legislation behind the scenes that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist secretly amended into a bill to shield them from lawsuits, according to e-mails obtained by a public advocacy group. E-mails and documents written by a trade group for the vaccine-makers show the organization met privately with Frist's staff and the White House about measures that would give the industry protection from lawsuits filed by people hurt [or killed] by the vaccines. Public Citizen's study follows a February story in The Tennessean that Frist, along with House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., ordered the vaccine liability language inserted in a defense spending bill in December without debate and in violation of usual Senate practice.

Homeland Security Will Embed Reporters (Broadcasting & Cable) 27 Apr 2006 Reporters will be embedded with the government during natural disasters, according to a plan outlined by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff at the Radio-Television News Directors Association convention in Las Vegas. Chertoff said that it is not a battleground so "we're not going to be censoring information." [So, the U.S. government censors *in* battleground situations - Bush's team of emBEDded media whores in Iraq.]

Pentagon Is Winner Over CIA 08 May 2006 The pending appointment of General Michael Hayden as director of the Central Intelligence Agency will pave the way for the agency's emasculation and for the Pentagon to assume full authority over paramilitary operations. A senior intelligence community official yesterday said the director of national intelligence, John Negroponte, has indicated "he is willing to give up covert operations to the Pentagon." The source also pointed out that the Pentagon has requested increased budget authority to prepare for the acquisition of the CIA's targeted military operations.

Bush nominates Air Force general to lead CIA 08 May 2006 President [sic] Bush on Monday chose Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden to lead the embattled CIA, re-igniting a debate over the domestic surveillance program that he once ran. Republican and Democratic critics also questioned the wisdom of putting a military officer in charge of the civilian spy agency.

Bush faces battle over 'Pentagon man' for CIA --Concern over military leader for civilian agency --Nomination opposed in both political parties 09 May 2006 George Bush's choice of a controversial air force general to head the CIA raised the prospect of a contentious confirmation battle yesterday amid Republican and Democratic alarm that the civilian spy agency risks being swallowed up by the Pentagon.

Lawmakers Concerned About Putting CIA Under Military Leadership 07 May 2006 Even before President [sic] Bush has named his choice to take over the CIA, the Air Force general who is the front-runner drew fire Sunday from lawmakers who say a military man should not lead the civilian spy agency. If Gen. Michael Hayden were to get the nomination, military officers would run all the major spy agencies, from the ultra-secret National Security Agency to the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Foggo Out at CIA --No. 3 Man at CIA Resigns Amid Growing Corruption Allegations 08 May 2006 ABC News has learned that Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, the hand-picked executive director of the CIA under Porter Goss, has resigned -- the same day as his boss's replacement was announced by the White House. Foggo is at the center of a swirling storm of corruption allegations -- and there are suggestions that the scandal, which involves poker parties, sweetheart contracts and prostitutes -- could spread, further tainting the agency.

CIA No. 3, facing bribe probe, quits 08 May 2006 CIA Director Porter Goss' No. 3 man at the agency, facing investigation as part of a congressional bribe probe, quit Monday, an official said. The departure of Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, the CIA's executive director, follows Goss' hasty resignation Friday, which some reports have linked to the broadening bribe probe centered on disgraced former California GOP Congressman Randall "Duke" Cunningham.

Florida police make data-sharing progress --State officials want to link Tallahassee, Fort Myers and Miami with other regional networks 08 May 2006 Florida law enforcement officials are preparing for the second phase of a 15-month project to create a single statewide information-sharing system by linking several regional ones. Florida Department of Law Enforcement officials will release a requirements document for developing information-sharing systems for the Tallahassee, Fort Myers and Miami regions and the FDLE.

Spies Among Us --Despite a troubled history, police across the nation are keeping tabs on ordinary Americans By David E. Kaplan 08 May 2006 "U.S. News has identified nearly a dozen cases in which city and county police, in the name of homeland security, have surveilled or harassed animal-rights and antiwar protesters, union activists, and even library patrons surfing the Web... A U.S.News inquiry found that federal officials have funneled hundreds of millions of dollars into once discredited state and local police intelligence operations. Millions more have gone into building up regional law enforcement databases to unprecedented levels."

Signing the Constitution Away By Eric Alterman 03 May 2006 "Last Sunday, the Boston Globe’s Charlie Savage broke a story that should be shocking to all of us had we not grown inured to the casual contempt toward the Constitution that the Bush administration deems to be its droite d’etat. ...Savage reported that, 'President [sic] Bush has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution.'"

US clamped down on prisoner abuse, officials tell UN 08 May 2006 US officials told the UN's anti-torture body that the United States had held 103 courts martial for mistreatment of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan under a broad clampdown against ill treatment. Another 170 investigations are still under way, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Charles Stimson said during Washington's first appearance before the UN Committee on Torture since Dictator George W. Bush unleashed a "war on [of] terrorism".

U.S. Bars Use of Torture in Interrogations 09 May 2006 The U.S. government told a U.N. watchdog Monday that all American officials — including intelligence agents — are barred from using torture in interrogating terror suspects and other prisoners. American officials acknowledged, however, that there had been past mistreatment [torture] of detainees, and members of the U.N. panel expressed concern about how the United States defines torture as well as the U.S. delegation's refusal to give details about interrogation techniques used by the CIA.

2 Years Later, Slayings in Iraq and Lost Cash Are Mysteries 09 May 2006 The killing of Fern Holland, a young human rights worker from Oklahoma, remains as unsolved and mysterious [US death squads] as it was when her body was found riddled with bullets on a desolate stretch of road near one of Iraq's southern holy cities in March 2004. Now, federal investigators in the United States are grappling with a second mystery: what happened to hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash issued by U.S. government authorities to Holland and Robert Zangas, a press officer who died in the same incident, in the days before their deaths?

Two Soldiers, Marine Killed in Iraq 08 May 2006 Two soldiers and a Marine were killed in separate incidents in Iraq yesterday and today, military officials in Iraq reported.

The USDA on Iraq: Everything's Coming Up Rosy By Al Kamen 08 May 2006 "Career appointees at the Department of Agriculture were stunned last week to receive e-mailed instructions that include Bush administration 'talking points' -- saying things such as 'President [sic] Bush has a clear strategy for victory in Iraq' -- in every speech they give for the department... There's a sample introduction: 'Several topics I'd like to talk about today -- Farm Bill, trade with Japan, WTO, avian flu...but before I do, let me touch on a subject people always ask about...progress in Iraq.'... If it looks like the audience is with you, try to slip in the old Iraq/al-Qaeda/terrorism link and say Americans are helping build a country 'that will never again be a safe haven for terrorists.'"

Operation Mountain Lion Roars Into Korengal Valley [LOL! Who writes this propaganda?!?] 08 May 2006 Operation Mountain Lion began April 11 [And, we're hearing about it . . . May 8?] with night helicopter insertions of Afghan and occupation forces at strategic points throughout the valley, followed shortly by troops pushing up on foot through the mouth of the valley.

Blair: U.K. will not invade Iran 08 May 2006 Britain would not take part in any invasion of Iran resulting from the dispute over its nuclear programs, Prime Minister Tony Blair pledged Monday.

Blair refuses to name departure date 08 May 2006 British Prime Minister Tony Blair Monday refused to set a date for his departure, amid claims from internal critics that his leadership is destabilizing the party.

Rats trained for front-line role in landmine search 08 May 2006 Colombia, awash with landmines as its civil conflict enters its 43rd year, is developing a new weapon to detect explosives: rats. [Rats? Just send in Rove, instead.]

Israeli Arabs send 250 tons of food, medicine to West Bank 08 May 2006 Israeli Arabs on Monday transferred 250 tons of food and medical supplies to the Palestinians in the West Bank via the Jalama roadblock, at the northern entrance to Jenin.

Venezuela Seeks Top Oil Company Tax Rate of 50% 08 May 2006 Venezuela, the world's fifth-largest oil exporter, plans to raise oil taxes on companies including Exxon Mobil Corp. and ConocoPhillips as President Hugo Chavez demands a greater share of surging oil industry profit.

Cuban, Venezuelan Aid Streams Into Bolivia 06 May 2006 Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez have made a fast and extensive start in providing President Evo Morales' three-month-old left-wing government with humanitarian aid, winning the thanks of its beneficiaries as well as political points. It's part of what Morales, in a veiled taunt to the Bush administration, calls an "axis of good."

Republicans Set Aside Middle-Income Tax Cuts to Focus on Rich 08 May 2006 Republican lawmakers plan to extend breaks that mostly benefit the wealthy and Wall Street at the expense of reductions for middle-income households. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee and House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois are focusing on extending the 15 percent rate on investments and repealing the estate tax.

Medical Malpractice Payment Limits Blocked by U.S. Senate Vote 08 May 2006 U.S. Senate Democrats blocked a Republican-sponsored measure supported by Dictator George W. Bush to limit what doctors would have to pay injured patients for pain and suffering in malpractice lawsuits.

Senate Rejects Award Limits in Malpractice 09 May 2006 The Senate on Monday once again rebuffed a Republican effort to limit jury awards in medical malpractice cases, taking the issue — a high priority for both President [sic] Bush and the majority leader, Senator Bill Frist — off the agenda for this year.

CDC Wants Routine AIDS Virus Testing 08 May 2006 Testing for the AIDS virus could become part of routine physical exams for adults and teens if doctors follow new U.S. guidelines expected to be issued by this summer. Federal health officials say they'd like HIV testing to be as common as a cholesterol check.

Bush approval rating hits new low 08 May 2006 Dictator Bush's approval rating has slumped to 31% in a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, the lowest of his pResidency and a warning sign for Republicans in the November 'elections.'

New lawsuit seeks records of White House visits by Abramoff allies 08 May 2006 Democrats are suing the Secret Service for copies of White House logs to determine how often allies and associates of convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff have visited the Executive Mansion. The Democratic National Committee says the Secret Service has failed to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request for the logs.

Ney Ex-Aide to Plead Guilty to Conspiracy 08 May 2006 A former aide [Neil Volz] to Rep. Robert W. Ney (R-Ohio) who went on to work with lobbyist Jack Abramoff has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy in connection with the investigation into bribery of public officials, a Justice Department official said today... Prosecutors have alleged in court records that the witnesses say that Ney accepted "a stream of things of value" in exchange for official actions as far back as 2000.

Former Aide to Rep. Ney Pleads Guilty 08 May 2006 Neil Volz, who served as chief of staff to Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy, including wire fraud and violating House rules, charges stemming from his work on Capitol Hill and the lobbying practice he joined after leaving Ney's office... The penalties could vary, U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle said, depending how helpful Volz is in the government's ongoing investigation of influence-peddling involving lawmakers, their aides and members of the Bush regime.

Gov. Bush Doubts Harris Can Win Sen. Seat 08 May 2006 Gov. Jeb Bush said Monday that U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris has dropped so low in public opinion polls she cannot beat Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in November. "I just don't think she can win," Bush said at the Capitol in his strongest statement yet about his fellow Republican's struggling campaign.

1,000 ordered to flee Florida brush fire; Interstate 95 closed in Volusia County 08 May 2006 Firefighters battled blazes in Volusia and Brevard counties Monday, which forced about 1,000 people to evacuate their homes and the closure of a 12-mile stretch of Interstate 95.

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Rep. Kucinich Requests Pentagon Death Squad Records (Congressional Record) 04 May 2006 [April 5, 2006 Letter to Secretary Rumsfeld from Hon. Dennis J. Kucinich of Ohio] "Mr. KUCINICH. Mr. Speaker, I sent the following letter to Secretary Rumsfeld requesting records pertaining to Pentagon plans to use U.S. Special Forces to advise, support and train Iraqi death squads... Dear Secretary Rumsfeld: I am writing to request a copy of all records pertaining to Pentagon plans to use U.S. Special Forces to advise, support and train Iraqi assassination and kidnapping teams. On January 8, 2005, Newsweek magazine first published a report that the Pentagon had a proposal to train elite Iraqi squads to quell the growing Sunni insurgency."

Targeted Killings Surge in Baghdad --Nearly 4,000 civilian deaths, many of them Sunni Arabs slain execution-style, were recorded in the first three months of the year. 07 May 2006 More Iraqi civilians were killed in Baghdad during the first three months of this year than at any time since the toppling of Saddam Hussein's regime — at least 3,800, many of them found hogtied and shot execution-style. Others were strangled, electrocuted, stabbed, garroted or hanged. Some died in bombings. Many bore signs of torture such as bruises, drill holes, burn marks, gouged eyes or severed limbs. Every day, about 40 bodies arrive at the central Baghdad morgue, an official said.

US guards kill ambulance crewman 02 May 2006 American security contractors shot dead an Iraqi ambulance crewman today, when they opened fire on his vehicle after a roadside bomb blasted their convoy... The incident drew an angry response from Iraqi officials, who often complain private foreign guards kill civilians with impunity. Tens of thousands of armed foreigners work in Iraq licensed by US authorities and beyond the reach of Iraqi law.

Iraqi Brigadier General shot dead 04 May 2006 Gunmen shot dead a top Iraqi army officer and a driver in the ministry of human rights on Tuesday, a defence ministry official said today. Brigadier General Mohammed Raza Abdellatif, who was in charge of the logistics department for the Iraqi army in Baghdad, was killed by gunmen while he was driving to work in the capital's western Yarmuk district. [Apparently, the U.S. death squads didn't like his numbers.]

Iraq arrests general over death squads - minister 08 May 2006 Iraq's interior minister said his police had arrested a general in the ministry on suspicion of involvement in kidnaps and death squads. "We have arrested an officer, a major general. . . along with 17 people who kidnapped citizens and in some cases killed them... We also found a terror group in the 16th brigade that carries out killings of citizens," said Bayan Jabor, who is fighting to keep his job in the new Iraqi regime.

42 Killed or Found Dead in Iraq Violence 07 May 2006 Car bombs killed at least 16 people and injured dozens Sunday in Baghdad and a Shiite holy city. At least 26 others were killed or found dead Sunday, including a U.S. Marine mortally wounded in Anbar province in western Iraq, police and the U.S. military said. Some of the victims appeared to have been abducted and killed by 'sectarian' [U.S.] "death squads." The dead included three brothers whose charred bodies were found before dawn in Baghdad's Dora district.

British soldiers die as helicopter is shot down. Then Basra erupts in bloody gun battles 07 May 2006 Bloody battles were fought on the streets of Basra last night after a British helicopter crashed in the city, reportedly killing four airmen and drawing an Iraqi crowd shouting 'Victory to the Mahdi army'. At least three British army vehicles were set on fire as the crowd hurled petrol bombs at troops trying to reach the blazing wreckage. Iraqi police officials believed the aircraft had been brought down by a shoulder-fired missile. Four charred bodies were seen inside it, reports said. In the ensuing fighting, unconfirmed reports suggested that four Iraqis - some of them bystanders and thought to include a child - had also been killed.

Blair's terrible legacy: UK soldiers dig in after five killed 08 May 2006 May 2006: A crowd cheers the shooting down of a British military helicopter; petrol bombs set fire to Warrior armoured vehicles; accusations are made that British troops are responsible for civilian deaths, including two children. This is Basra, three years after Iraq's "liberation".

Germany paid over $10 mln for Iraq hostages-report 06 May 2006 The German government paid more than $10 million in ransom to win the freedom of two men held hostage in Iraq for 99 days, public television station ARD reported on Saturday, quoting security sources.

Iraq says 100,000 have fled homes 08 May 2006 More than 100,000 people have fled their homes in Iraq since late February because of the insurgency and rising sectarian bloodshed, up from 65,000 just over two weeks ago, Iraqi officials said.

Bush says he would like to close Guantanamo 07 May 2006 President [sic] George W. Bush said he would like to close the U.S.-run prison at Guantanamo Bay -- a step urged by several U.S. allies -- but was awaiting a Supreme Court ruling on how suspects held there might be tried... The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule by the end of June on whether military tribunals of foreign terrorist suspects can proceed.

Terry Hicks asks PM for help 08 May 2006 The Prime Minister should press the US next week to allow British officials to travel to Guantanamo Bay and grant David Hicks British citizenship, the inmate's father said yesterday. Terry Hicks made the call after the British Court of Appeal ruled that it would not allow the Blair Government further appeals against a decision that Hicks be granted British citizenship.

U.S. House bill allows expansion of ground troops 04 May 2006 A new bill approved by a U.S. House panel allows the U.S. military to expand its ground troops, reflecting growing concerns of inadequate wartime troop levels, CNN reported Thursday. The bill, adopted by the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday on a 60-1 vote, permits the U.S. Army to increase the number of active-duty soldiers by 30,000... to a maximum target of 512,400.

Spot the rogue By Prem Shankar Jha 04 May 2006 "The countdown to a massive aerial bombing of Iran, possibly using bunker busting nuclear weapons, has begun... Such a strike would most probably not be confined to a few key nuclear and missile installations... According to one estimate, it would involve strikes on more than a thousand targets. Worst of all, since the Natanz uranium enrichment facility is more than 75 feet underground, the Pentagon has already warned the White House that it will have to use a nuclear weapon to destroy it."

Star Trek shields in US trials 07 May 2006 Force fields seen in science fiction movies and the cries of "raise shield" in Star Trek could soon become a reality. The US military is experimenting with an electronic shield defence system to neutralise rocket-propelled grenades.

Sniffer bees: New flying squad in war against terror 07 May 2006 Terrorists, beware the ultimate sting: a British company has developed a device to detect explosives at airports with the help of specially trained honey bees.

Military PR flies friendly skies --Pentagon pays United to show in-flight video 06 May 2006 United Airlines has begun showing an in-flight video about military glamor jobs that was produced and funded by the Department of Defense--a fact passengers do not learn from watching it... The airlines usually pay for the entertainment programs. But the Department of Defense is [U.S. taxpayers are] paying United about $36,000 to run its video from April 17 to May 17, said Lt. Bradley Terrill, project officer for [*barf*] "Today's Military."

Rove Role in Plame Case Eyed 08 May 2006 Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald is wrapping up his investigation into White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove's role in the CIA leak case. Fitzgerald is weighing Rove's foggy-memory defense against evidence he has acquired or accumulated over nearly 2 1/2 years that shows Rove was very involved in White House efforts to beat back allegations that Bush twisted U.S. intelligence to justify the Iraq war, according to sources involved in the case.

Bush in trouble over military chief at CIA 08 May 2006 President [sic] George W Bush's attempt to restore order at the CIA has run into fierce opposition, with allies and enemies questioning his choice of a senior military officer to lead the civilian spy agency. Leading congressmen criticised today's expected nomination of Gen Michael Hayden, the deputy director of national intelligence, amid fears that it would place the military in charge of all the major intelligence agencies.

White House set to fight for Hayden --Nomination for CIA Chief Would Reopen Domestic Eavesdropping Controversy; Deputy of intel Hayden has been biggest defender of Bush's program 07 May 2006 The nomination of Gen. Michael V. Hayden to take over the CIA would trigger a fresh battle over the secret [illegal] warrantless surveillance program he oversaw on behalf of Dictator Bush, a debate that could help shape the contours of the fall midterm congressional elections, officials in both parties said yesterday.

Key Republican Airs Concerns on C.I.A. Pick 07 May 2006 The man widely expected to be President [sic] George W. Bush's choice to lead the C.I.A. encountered surprisingly strong bipartisan opposition today, with the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee bluntly calling him "the wrong man at the wrong place at the wrong time." Peter Hoekstra (MI) told Faux-TV, "We should not have a military person leading a civilian agency at this time."

US Democrats pledge to investigate Bush 08 May 2006 US Democrats will launch a series of investigations of the Bush administration if they take control of Congress in November, but are not out to impeach President [sic] George W Bush, a top Democrat says.

Did Bush Force British Minister Out? --London Papers: Foreign Secretary Jack Straw's Iran Stance Prompted Angry Bush Call to Blair --Two London papers have speculated this weekend that complaints by President [sic] George W. Bush forced a British minister from his post because of his opposition to the use of nuclear force against Iran. Both The Independent and the Guardian write that Straw's "fate was sealed" after a White House phone call to Blair.

Blair's MPs stage revolt 07 May 2006 A new and orchestrated campaign to get rid of Prime Minister Tony Blair — masterminded by his own colleagues — is under way following an extraordinary 24 hours in British politics... The Guardian yesterday reported that a backbench letter with up to 75 signatures was in preparation. It would demand a resignation timetable from Mr Blair, who did not appear publicly after his reshuffle announcement.

Blair 'target of Old Labour coup' 07 May 2006 Tony Blair is the victim of a left wing plot to oust him as prime minister, Home Secretary John Reid has said. About 50 Labour MPs are thought to have signed a letter calling for Mr Blair to name a departure date to end "debilitating" leadership speculation.

Venezuela Imposing New Oil Extraction Tax 07 May 2006 President Hugo Chavez said Sunday that Venezuela would impose a new tax on companies that extract oil as part of a plan to increase revenues from its petroleum industry.

Patriot Act threatens our [Canada's] privacy By David Canton 06 May 2006 "The [Patriot] act allows U.S. law enforcement officials to access information about individuals without their knowledge. This includes access to personal information about Canadians -- if the information is stored in, or accessible from, the U.S. This is a troubling proposition to many Canadians."

Homeland Security Spending: a Dallas Case Study By Laray Polk 07 May 2006 "Yesterday, two of us were standing in the same place we always do [the public sidewalk outside the Federal Building and offer GI Rights pamphlets to those being recruited] when three Homeland Security cars hurriedly zoomed in... When we began explaining our understanding of the law [to the agent], that is, where we had been told by local law enforcement we could stand legally, he let us know right away that we were in a whole new realm; these cats supersede any agency. Period."

Oops! Truck With Radioactive Material Rolls Over 07 May 2006 A tractor-trailer carrying low-level radioactive items [?!?] rolled over Sunday on Interstate 40 near this northern Arizona community when it rear-ended another vehicle.

BP Refinery in Texas Called Biggest Polluter 07 May 2006 The nation's worst polluting plant is the BP PLC oil refinery where 15 workers died in an explosion last year, raising questions about whether the company has been underreporting toxic emissions. BP's Texas City refinery released three times as much pollution in 2004 as it did in 2003, according to the most recent data from the Environmental Protection Agency. The increase at BP was so large that it accounted for the bulk of a 15 percent increase in refinery emissions nationwide in 2004, the highest level since 2000.

Firms Harvesting Energy From Public Land May Owe U.S. --Under the False Claims Act, Groups Sue for More Fees 07 May 2006 As soaring prices prompt huge increases in gas and oil drilling on public land, an ad hoc posse of state governments, Indian tribes and individual "bounty hunters" is charging that big energy companies are shortchanging taxpayers by billions of dollars.

Chemtrails Are Over Las Vegas (Part I) By Marcus K. Dalton 19 Aug 2005 Las Vegas Tribune editor's note: "Las Vegas residents are increasingly noticing the appearance of chemical trails overhead. They appear EVERY weekend without fail, the only exception being the two weeks after September 11, 2001. Such 'chemtrails' are substantially different in appearance to the normal condensation trails left by jet airliners. The difference is that while condensation trails are composed of water vapor that dissipates rapidly, 'chemtrails' linger much longer and spread out over time to eventually cover the sky with a thin haze."

Chemtrails Coming Out of the Closet? By William Thomas 31 Aug 2005 "...[T]he Bush White house will soon have a legitimate weather control agency to finally 'launder' one of the biggest cons ever perpetrated. Introduced in the US Senate on March 1, 2005, Bill S517 calls for a US 'Weather Modification Advisory and Research Board' to officially commence operations in October 2005. When passed as expected, this law will make large-scale chemical alteration of the atmosphere legal across... America."

Pfizer Tested Unapproved Drug on Children --Panel Faults Pfizer in '96 Clinical Trial In Nigeria 07 May 2006 A panel of Nigerian medical experts has concluded that Pfizer Inc. violated international law during a 1996 epidemic by testing an unapproved drug on children with brain infections at a field hospital. That finding is detailed in a lengthy Nigerian government report that has remained unreleased for five years, despite inquiries from the children's attorneys and from the media.

Graphical Evidence Shows Vaccines Didn't Save Us (vaccinationdebate.com) "...[G]raphs, based on the official death numbers as recorded in the Official Year Books of the Commonwealth of Australia, are taken from Greg Beattie's excellent book 'Vaccination - A Parent's Dilemma' and represent the decline in death rates from infectious disease in Australia. They clearly show that vaccines had nothing to do with the decline in death rates."

Ice-capped roof of world turns to desert --Scientists warn of ecological catastrophe across Asia as glaciers melt and continent's great rivers dry up 07 May 2006 Global warming is rapidly melting the ice-bound roof of the world, and turning it into desert, leading scientists have revealed. The Chinese Academy of Sciences - the country's top scientific body - has announced that the glaciers of the Tibetan plateau are vanishing so fast that they will be reduced by 50 per cent every decade.

PennDOT puts 74 patches on road paved a year before By Joe Grata 07 May 2006 PennDOT [Pennsylvania Department of Transportation - a criminal enterprise, unto itself] has been prettying up lots of roads with fresh asphalt this spring, completing contracts carried over from last year... PennDOT said it "found" [?!?] money from department savings, frugality and unspent legal claims and can afford to spend an extra $100 million this construction season for an expanded statewide resurfacing program... Route 3109 through the heart of the community is now an embarrassing quilt of patches, 74 of them, by my count, some a half-lane wide and longer than a football field. "It's the worst-looking PennDOT resurfacing project I've ever seen," Mr. [Brian Sokol, a Rostraver commissioner who oversees the township road department] said. "If [the township] paved a road like this, we'd be hanged."

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'Measles Chart' Shows Reconstruction Progress in Iraq (DoD) 06 May 2006 Coalition officials call it the "measles chart" -- a map of Iraq showing all the planned, in-progress and completed infrastructure projects that makes the country look like it has developed a case of the measles. Green is good on the chart. That indicates completed projects, and most of the dots, triangles, squares and diamonds on the map are green. Yellow means the projects are started, and there is a scattering of those around the country. Red means "planned - not started," and there are some of those - mostly in Anbar province and in eastern and western Baghdad... If terrorists don't blow up transmission lines, distribution nodes and power generating plants, there should be enough power to give all residents of Iraq 12 hours of electricity per day, officials said. [But, prior to the U.S. invasion, residents of Iraq had *24 hours* of electricity per day! The only *dots* to connect are to Bush's Palace - through Dick Cheney, the Energy Task Force, Halliburton, Blackwater USA, and billion$ for the above-mentioned, stolen via U.S. oil smuggling operations. --LRP]

Be afraid, be very afraid: General Hayden Expected to Be CIA Nominee 06 May 2006 With Gen. Michael Hayden's expected nomination to run the CIA, a military officer will be in charge of every major spy agency.

CIA boss Goss is cooked 06 May 2006 CIA Director Porter Goss abruptly resigned yesterday amid allegations that he and a top aide may have attended Watergate poker parties where bribes and prostitutes were provided to a corrupt congressman. Kyle (Dusty) Foggo, the No. 3 official at the CIA, could soon be indicted in a widening FBI investigation of the parties thrown by defense contractor Brent Wilkes, named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the bribery conviction of former Rep. Randall (Duke) Cunningham (R-CA), law enforcement sources said... "It's all about the Duke Cunningham scandal," a senior law enforcement official told the Daily News in reference to Goss' resignation.

CIA chief quits after 'Hookergate' 07 May 2006 All the ingredients for a spy thriller involving prostitutes, poker, a congressman called Randy and parties at the legendary Watergate complex may lie behind the sudden resignation of Porter Goss as director of the CIA last Friday. The saga has already been named "Hookergate" and the CIA is buzzing with rumours that there is more to Goss’s departure than meets the eye.

CIA's Foggo under federal criminal investigation 06 May 2006 Porter Goss, the director of central intelligence who presided over the nation's top spy shop at a time of spiraling scandal and diminishing influence, abruptly resigned Friday... The agency also has been drawn into a federal investigation of bribery that has sent former Rep. Randall "Duke" Cunningham (R) to prison. Just this past week, the CIA confirmed that its third-ranking official, a hand-picked appointee of Mr. Goss, had attended poker games at a hospitality suite set up by a defense contractor implicated in the bribing of former Rep. Cunningham. Friday, people with knowledge of the continuing Cunningham inquiry said the CIA official, Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, is under federal criminal investigation in connection with awarding agency contracts.

DeLay Office Knew Abramoff Arranged Trip 06 May 2006 Prosecutors have e-mails showing Rep. Tom DeLay's office knew lobbyist Jack Abramoff had arranged the financing for the GOP leader's controversial European golfing trip in 2000 and was concerned ''if someone starts asking questions.'' The e-mails obtained by The Associated Press show DeLay's staff asked Abramoff -- not the advocacy group -- to account for the costs that had to be legally disclosed on congressional travel forms. DeLay's office was worried the group being cited as paying the costs might not even know about them, the e-mails state.

More Questions Surface in the Wake of a Congressman's Bribery Case 07 May 2006 A federal investigation into one congressman's bribe-taking last year has produced a second round of inquiries into the actions of officials at the C.I.A. and the Homeland Security Department and of members of the House Intelligence Committee, government officials say. These new inquiries reach beyond Randy Cunningham, the former Republican House member from California who was sentenced in March to more than eight years in prison for taking $2.4 million in bribes from military contractors. The investigations suggest a growing suspicion among some lawmakers that corrupt practices may have influenced decision-making in Congress and at executive-branch agencies.

Cheney has no regrets over Iraq invasion 04 May 2006 Three years into the war that has come to define the legacy of the Bush regime Dick Cheney, the vice-pResident, has said he has no regrets about the decision to invade Iraq. In an interview to appear in June's Vanity Fair magazine, he remained a picture of certitude...

Bomber wearing Iraqi army uniform kills 3 --'Militants' [U.S. terrorists] kidnap bus drivers; mortars kill 2 children, woman; 7 bodies found 06 May 2006 A suicide bomber wearing an Iraqi army uniform blew himself up Saturday on an Iraqi military base in Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, killing at least three Iraqi officers, officials said.

British copter downed in Iraq, 4 dead 07 May 2006 A British military helicopter was brought down in Basra yesterday, killing four people aboard, officials said, and sparking clashes between troops and youths chanting militia slogans and hurling petrol bombs.

Iraqis Cheer Crash of British Helicopter 06 May 2006 A British military helicopter crashed in Basra on Saturday, and Iraqis hurled stones at British troops and set fire to three armored vehicles that rushed to the scene. Clashes broke out between British troops and Shiite militias, police and witnesses said.

Soldier in Iraq Killed 06 May 2006 A U.S. soldier was killed in Baghdad yesterday. The soldier killed in Baghdad died when a roadside bomb struck his vehicle, officials said.

Attorney General calls for Guantanamo to close --Lord Goldsmith risks row with White House by denouncing detention centre as 'unacceptable' 07 May 2006 The Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, is set to trigger a diplomatic row between Britain and the United States by calling for Guantánamo Bay to close.

Swiss artists break into Guantanamo 06 May 2006 Ever wanted to get into Guantanamo Bay without getting locked up or shot? Thanks to two Swiss artists you can be inside at the click of a mouse. The pair have created a 3D computer reconstruction of the notorious United States naval base in Cuba, which can be downloaded from their website Zone*Interdite (Restricted Zone).

10 U.S. Soldiers Are Killed in Afghan Helicopter Crash 07 May 2006 Ten American soldiers were killed when their helicopter crashed Friday in eastern Afghanistan, near the Pakistani border, the United States military said Saturday.

The Enron-isation of Afghanistan? 03 May 2006 "Contractors in Afghanistan are making big money for bad work" -- that is the conclusion reached in a new report from CorpWatch written by an Afghan-American journalist who returned to her native country to examine the progress of reconstruction. "The [George W.] Bush administration touts the reconstruction effort in Afghanistan as a success story," the report says, but claims that reconstruction has been "bungled" by "many of the same politically connected corporations which are doing similar work in Iraq", receiving "massive open-ended contracts" without competitive bidding or with limited competition.

US blocks Palestinian aid plan 05 May 2006 European diplomats say the US is blocking a plan to resume direct financial aid to the Palestinians. The European Commission is considering plans to send funds to the office of the president, bypassing the [*elected*] Hamas-led Palestinian government.

U.S. Pressing Russia, China on Iran Vote 06 May 2006 The United States said Saturday it was prepared to bring a U.N. resolution on Iran's nuclear program to a vote - with or without Russia and China's support - but was still seeking to bridge differences and win unanimous Security Council approval.

Hawks Looking for New and Bigger Enemies? By Jim Lobe 05 May 2006 "As if rallying fading public support for keeping more than 100,000 U.S. troops in a disintegrating Iraq and preparing the ground for a possible military attack on Iran were not enough, some influential hawks are now promoting a more confrontational stance against Russia and China, as well."

Mayor is host as Chávez snubs Blair 05 May 2006 The Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez, who has described Tony Blair as "a pawn of imperialism", is planning to meet London's mayor, Ken Livingstone, and union officials, rather than the prime minister or foreign secretary when he comes to London this month.

Livingstone to host lunch for Chavez 04 May 2006 The mayor of London is to host a lunch for the Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, who called Tony Blair "an ally of Hitler". [No, Chavez is not an ally of Bush.]

Surveillance society: The DNA files --Police files hold the DNA of more than 50,000 children who have committed no offence. And that's only the tip of the iceberg - Britain now has the largest DNA database in the world. 07 May 2006 (UK) More than 51,000 innocent children have had DNA samples lodged on a national police database - more than twice the figure previously admitted by ministers. The children, including 30 under the age of 10, have had DNA swabs taken even though they have never been charged with or cautioned for an offence. MPs last night called for the genetic samples of innocent people, including those of children, to be immediately removed from what is now the world's largest DNA database.

Mandate for ID Meets Resistance From States 06 May 2006 Congress passed the Real ID law last year, but with the deadline for setting up the law two years away, states are frustrated. Two states have considered resolutions calling for the law to be repealed, the New York City Council passed a resolution opposing it and New Hampshire is considering opting out entirely.

U.S. visitors could face screening 02 May 2006 Canadian travellers who look sick to flight attendants could be pulled off a plane and forcibly detained under proposed new quarantine regulations by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The controversial plan would affect all travellers on airlines, cruise ships and at border entry points. Civil liberty activists are opposed to the plan, saying it expects people with no medical background to diagnose passengers. The CDC is also proposing airline operators be required to collect and store an array of personal information on travellers for 60 days, to be handed over to the Centers for Disease Control in the event of a public health risk. The expanded data would include a passenger's email address, emergency contact, home address, return flight number, names of travelling companions, and phone numbers at both departure and destination points.

Feds detain 5 'suspicious' passengers on flight --Crew noticed at least one man reading [?!?] 'aviation manuals,' source says 06 May 2006 Law enforcement officials on Saturday boarded an American Airlines flight at Newark Liberty International Airport and detained five foreign-born [!?!] passengers who had been acting suspiciously, NBC News reports.

5 Released After Detention at N.J. Airport 06 May 2006 Five airline passengers speaking in foreign languages [?!?] and carrying "aircraft flight materials" were briefly detained Saturday until authorities determined they were simply returning to their home countries after attending a U.S. helicopter training school.

FBI Puts SOA Watch under "Counterterrorism" Surveillances By Matthew Rothschild 04 May 2006 "The FBI has been keeping tabs on SOA Watch, the human rights group that monitors the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia. In fact, the FBI has elevated its concern to 'priority' level, claiming that the group is subject to 'counterterrorism' monitoring, according to documents released on May 4 by the ACLU and its Georgia chapter."

A chilling FBI fishing expedition By Mark Feldstein 06 May 2006 "On March 3 two FBI agents showed up at my home, flashing their badges and demanding to see 25-year-old documents I've been reading as part of my research for a book I'm writing about Jack Anderson, the crusading investigative columnist who died in December... I asked what crimes the agents were investigating. 'Violations of the Espionage Act,' was the response. The Espionage Act dates to 1917 and was used to imprison dissidents who opposed World War I."

Oil giants' charm offensive as US politicians threaten action 07 May 2006 The oil industry is to channel millions of dollars to US Congressional election campaigns this year as part of a desperate plan to squash calls for a windfall tax on their record profits... The industry has spent an estimated $20m (£11m) this year on media adverts.

Democrats push to end tax breaks for oil companies 07 May 2006 Democrats on Saturday pressed the U.S. Congress to slash tax breaks for profit-flush oil companies amid record high gasoline prices and quickly pass legislation aimed at protecting consumers from price-gouging.

Chevron Memo Raises Suspicion 05 May 2006 A Chevron memo is raising suspicion that oil executives intentionally reduced refining capacity in an effort to boost profits. The 1995 memo, obtained by Consumers Union, reads: "If the U.S. petroleum industry doesn't reduce it's refining capacity, it will never see any substantial increase in refinery profits." In the last 20 years, 18 of California's 32 refineries have shut down. The industry is now seeing record prices and profits at the pump.

Leaked Oil Industry Memo Suggests Bid to Curb Refinery Output 15 Jun 2001 Even as the Bush administration cites a lack of refineries as a cause of energy shortages, oil industry documents show that five years ago companies were looking for ways to cut refinery output to raise profits.

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Bush says fight against terror is 'World War III' 05 May 2006 US President [sic] George W. Bush, in an interview with the financial news network CNBC, said the September 11 revolt of passengers against their "hijackers" on board Flight 93 had struck the first blow of "World War III."

Resignation of CIA chief sparks talk of scandal 06 May 2006 Porter Goss, the man handpicked by George Bush to reform and revitalise the CIA, resigned yesterday afternoon. No reason was given for Mr Goss quitting after less than 18 months and the announcement that he was stepping down took Washington by surprise. It is a fresh crisis for an administration that has not had its troubles to seek since Mr Bush won his second term in 2004. Speculation has arisen that Mr Goss's resignation portends revelations that might embarrass the White House, with his name being spoken of in connection with a corruption scandal that has seen a congressman jailed.

Goss Was Told to Resign, Sources Say --National Intel Director Negroponte Told CIA Chief to Quit, CIA Sources Say 05 May 2006 In the midst of the war on [of] terror and after just 19 months on the job, CIA Director Porter Goss has announced his resignation... Sources have told ABC News, National Intelligence Director John Negroponte told Goss it was time to go.

Goss Leaves CIA; NSA Deputy Eyed for Job 05 May 2006 CIA Director Porter Goss resigned suddenly Friday, nudged out after a turmoil-filled 19 months at the spy agency as it struggled to forge a new identity in an era of intelligence blunders and government overhauls. Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, top deputy to National Intelligence Director John Negroponte, is the leading candidate to replace Goss, a senior administration official said. Hayden served as National Security Agency director until becoming the nation's No. 2 intelligence official one year ago. Since December, he has aggressively defended the Bush regime's warrantless surveillance program. Hayden was one of its chief architects.

"Gobbledygook." Judges challenge Internet wiretap rules --'Your argument makes no sense,' appeals judge tells FCC lawyer 05 May 2006 A U.S. appeals panel sharply challenged the Bush regime Friday over new rules making it easier for police and the FBI to wiretap Internet phone calls. A judge said the government’s courtroom arguments were "gobbledygook." "Your argument makes no sense," U.S. Circuit Judge Harry T. Edwards told the lawyer for the Federal Communications Commission, Jacob Lewis. "When you go back to the office, have a big chuckle. I'm not missing this. This is ridiculous. Counsel!"

2 in Congress rip Bush on bypassing of laws 05 May 2006 Two Massachusetts congressmen announced yesterday that they will sponsor a resolution to protest President [sic] Bush's assertions that he is not bound to obey more than 750 laws enacted over the past five years, saying that Congress must push back against the White House's expansive interpretation of executive authority. Representatives Barney Frank of Newton and Edward J. Markey of Malden, both Democrats, said in a joint statement that Bush's legal claims are part of an ''alarming pattern" in which the administration is ''blatantly and deliberately violating the fundamental constitutional principle of the right of Congress to make the laws of this country."

Veto? Who Needs a Veto? (The New York Times) 05 May 2006 "President [sic] Bush doesn't bother with vetoes; he simply declares his intention not to enforce anything he dislikes. [The Boston Globe] reported recently that Mr. Bush had issued more than 750 'presidential signing statements' declaring he wouldn't do what the laws required... The founding fathers never conceived of anything like a signing statement. The idea was cooked up by Edwin Meese III, when he was the attorney general for Ronald Reagan, to expand presidential powers. He was helped by a young lawyer who was a true believer in the unitary presidency, a euphemism for an autocratic executive branch that ignores Congress and the courts. Unhappily, that lawyer, Samuel Alito Jr., is now on the Supreme Court."

Libby lawyer to argue Bush's role in leak 05 May 2006 The lawyer for former White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby said on Friday he would argue that his client revealed intelligence on Iraq after Vice pResident Dick Cheney authorized it and President [sic] George W. Bush declassified the information.

Book Deal for Ex-C.I.A. Officer 06 May 2006 Valerie Wilson, the former Central Intelligence Agency officer whose identity was publicly disclosed three years ago, has agreed to sell her memoir for a little more than $2.5 million, according to people involved in the bidding process for the book.

Ex-CIA analyst condemns Bush 'manipulation campaign' on Iraq 04 May 2006 A former Middle East specialist of the US Central Intelligence Agency [Paul Pillar] has condemned what he called an organised campaign of manipulation by the Bush administration to justify the Iraq war. Pillar, in an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pais, said that the United States had particularly wanted to prove a link between Al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein. "That was not the case," he was quoted as saying. "I suppose by some definitions that could be called a lie."

White House rejects direct talks with Iran 04 May 2006 The White House again rejected the idea of one-on-one talks with Iran, saying that the dispute over Tehran's nuclear program is not bilateral, but one that affects many countries.

Annan calls on US to enter direct talks with Iran 04 May 2006 Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan called on Thursday for a direct talk between the United States and Iran to help peacefully resolve the nuclear issues.

Cheney speech spurs new Cold War: Russian press 05 May 2006 A speech by Vice pResident Dick Cheney strongly critical of the Kremlin marks the start of a new Cold War that could drive Moscow away from its new-found Western allies, the Russian press said on Friday.

Bush administration refuses to talk directly with its main foes 04 May 2006 Last month, the chief U.S. negotiator with North Korea wanted to meet privately with his North Korean counterpart, hoping he could persuade Pyongyang to return to talks on eliminating its nuclear weapons program. But Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill's superiors in Washington forbade him from talking directly to the North Koreans... The Bush regime also is refusing to talk directly with Iran about its nuclear program, with Syria about Middle East security and the infiltration of terrorists into Iraq, and, like Europe, with the Palestinian government led by Hamas, which it considers a terrorist organization. This approach to diplomacy is drawing criticism.

Senate opposes Iraq military bases 04 May 2006 The U.S. Senate accepted an amendment Wednesday mirroring Rep. Barbara Lees House measure to prevent creation of permanent military bases in Iraq. The Senate amendment to the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill to bankroll the war, introduced by U.S. Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., puts the chamber on record against permanent U.S. military bases or control of oil in Iraq. The House unanimously approved a similar amendment by Lee, D-Oakland, on a March 16 voice vote.

3 Soldiers Killed in Roadside Bomb Attack 05 May 2006 Three Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers died at about 11:45 a.m. today when the vehicle they were riding in was struck by an improvised explosive device south of Baghdad in Babil province, officials in Iraq said.

Second Marine with Connecticut ties killed in Iraq this week 05 May 2006 The Defense Department on Friday confirmed the deaths of two U.S. Marines with Connecticut ties who were killed in combat in Iraq this week.

Iraqi police 'killed 14-year-old boy for being homosexual' 05 May 2006 Human rights groups have condemned the "barbaric" murder of a 14-year-old boy, who, according to witnesses, was shot on his doorstep by Iraqi police for the apparent crime of being gay.

US sends Chinese Guantanamo detainees to Albania 05 May 2006 The United States said on Friday it had flown five Chinese Muslim men who had been held at the Guantanamo Bay prison to resettle in Albania, declining to send them back to China because they might face persecution.

Guantanamo inmates not entitled to UK help, court rules 05 May 2006 Three British residents held at Guantanamo Bay for more than three years have lost an attempt to force Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, to come to their aid. [That's *former* Foreign Secretary, LOL!!]

'West Point' Off Limits to Anti-War Alums 05 May 2006 The Army warned an anti-war group of former U.S. Military Academy cadets to stop using the words "West Point" in its name, saying they are trademarked.

Labour suffers local poll losses 05 May 2006 Tony Blair has suffered a bad night in England's local elections with Labour losing more than 300 councillors. The main winners were the Tories, who had their best results since 1992.

Heads roll in Blair cabinet after heavy poll losses --British prime minister Tony Blair has sacked home secretary Charles Clarke in a cabinet reshuffle designed to restore his battered authority after one of the Labour Party's worst local election results on record.

Clarke sacked, Shaw demoted in major cabinet reshuffle 05 May 2006 Tony Blair today sacked Charles Clarke, demoted Jack Straw and stripped John Prescott of his departmental brief in a wide-ranging reshuffle aimed at reinvigorating his government after heavy losses in yesterday's local elections. The Liberal Democrat leader, Sir Menzies Campbell, said, "Mr Clarke has gone but the mess remains. The prime minister needs to spell out his own exit strategy."

Bush's pharma-terrorists poised to make a *killing*: $1 Billion Awarded For Flu Vaccine --5 Companies Get Federal Contract 05 May 2006 The federal government yesterday awarded $1 billion in contracts to five pharmaceutical companies to help them develop modern [?!?] methods of producing influenza vaccine... Unlike flu vaccines that contain killed virus, MedImmune's product is a live, 'weakened' strain of influenza.

Approval ratings of Bush, GOP-led Congress at 'dismal new lows' 05 May 2006 Angry conservatives are driving the approval ratings of President Bush and the GOP-led Congress to dismal new lows, according to an AP-Ipsos poll that underscores why Republicans fear an Election Day massacre. [Hope springs eternal!]

Pa. Governor Opens Lead on GOP Challenger 04 May 2006 Gov. Ed Rendell has gained ground on Republican challenger Lynn Swann, according to a poll released Thursday, three months after the same researcher found the football legend nipping at the governor's heels.

Anti-flag-burning amendment clears Senate panel 04 May 2006 A Senate panel approved a measure on Thursday that would change the Constitution to let Congress ban burning of the American flag, setting up an election-year debate over a perennial hot-button issue.

Principal bars Coral Springs student from singing anti-Bush song at talent show 05 May 2006 (FL) A 10-year-old Coral Springs girl won't be allowed to sing a Dictator Bush-bashing ballad at her school talent show after her principal deemed it inappropriate and too political.

Report: Katrina Contractors Bilk Taxpayers 04 May 2006 While removing enough debris to cover Britain, contractors working on hurricane recovery have overbilled the government in a $63 billion operation that only will get more expensive, according to a House report Thursday.

6 Arrested in Boston Big Dig Investigation 04 May 2006 (Boston) Six men who worked for the Big Dig's largest concrete supplier were arrested Thursday on federal charges accusing them of falsifying records to hide the inferior quality of concrete delivered to the massive highway project. The Big Dig, formally called the Central Artery and Third Harbor Tunnel project, was plagued by long delays and cost overruns that ballooned from $2.6 billion to $14.6 billion.

More than half of US streams polluted: EPA 05 May 2006 More than half of U.S. streams are polluted, with the worst conditions found in the eastern third of the country, according to a study by the Environmental Protection Agency.

400 million face famine as pollution pushes up temperatures 05 May 2006 Global warming is made worse by man-made pollution and even optimistic projections suggest that the Earth will warm by a dangerous 3 degrees by 2050, according to a draft report by the world's leading climate scientists. The increase will be the biggest in 20,000 years and is likely to cause drought, famine and mass extinction, scientists said.

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US does not consider Taliban terrorists [Right! They're considered *employees*.] Even as the Taliban attacks US, Canadian, and British forces, organization is left off terrorist list in 'political' decision. 02 May 2006 When the US State Department issued its annual Country Reports on Terrorism last Friday, it listed numerous state-sponsors of terrorism. Conspicuously absent from the lists was the Taliban. In an article entitled "Terrorism's Dubious 'A' List," the non-partisan Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) reports that the Taliban has never been listed as a terrorist group by the US, Britain, the EU, Canada, Australia, or any of the coalition partners.

US terror list does not mention Taliban 04 May 2006 The Taliban does not find a mention in the United States department of State's "Country Reports on Terrorism" (2005) released last week, and many in that country are wondering why.

US Senate passes $109B war-funds bill 04 May 2006 The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a $108.9 billion bill to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and 'hurricane recovery efforts,' ignoring a veto threat from President [sic] George W. Bush because it includes money for expensive projects he did not request.

Baghdad anger at Bush's undiplomatic palace 04 May 2006 The question puzzles and enrages a city: how is it that the Americans cannot keep the electricity running in Baghdad for more than a couple of hours a day, yet still manage to build the biggest embassy on earth? Irritation grows as residents deprived of air-conditioning and running water three years after the US-led invasion watch the massive US embassy they call "George W's palace" rising from the banks of the Tigris... In a week when Washington revealed a startling list of missed deadlines and overspending on building projects, Congress was told the bill for the embassy was $US592million ($772million).

16 Police Recruits Killed in Iraq; 34 Other Bodies Found 04 May 2006 More than 50 Iraqis were killed or found dead on Wednesday... Iraqi officials said that the bodies of 34 men, who all appeared to have been tortured [U.S. death squads] before being killed, were discovered strewn about Baghdad.

Three Soldiers Die in Baghdad 04 May 2006 Three Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers have died in two incidents since yesterday. Two soldiers were killed today at about 11:45 a.m. when their vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in south-central Baghdad. Another soldier died in a noncombat related incident at 4:30 p.m. yesterday.

Celebrate Mission Accomplished Day! By Bill Gallagher 02 May 2006 "We are marking the third anniversary of MAD: Mission Accomplished Day... MAD is the most emblematic moment of the Iraq war so far. It represents the arrogant and perverted politicians who brought us the disaster, the shameless cheerleaders in the mainstream media who helped sell the war and the gullible masses who sucked up the images and lies. ...I wonder how the American people could allow this vile, vainglorious man to lead our nation into such a mess. He fabricated the reasons for an imperial war of choice to serve his megalomania and the interests of his corporate sponsors."

Rumsfeld Heckled by Former CIA Analyst --Rumsfeld Challenged on Iraq, Heckled by a Former CIA Analyst and Others, During Atlanta Speech 04 May 2006 Anti-war protesters repeatedly interrupted Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld during a speech Thursday and one man, a former CIA analyst, accused him in a question-and-answer session of lying about Iraq prewar intelligence. "Why did you lie to get us into a war that caused these kind of casualties and was not necessary?" asked Ray McGovern, the former analyst. "I did not lie." [LOL!!]

Guantanamo Britons lose court battle 04 May 2006 British residents detained without trial by the US at Guantanamo Bay lost their High Court challenge today against the Government's refusal to petition for their release. Human rights lawyers acting for the men and their families told the court there was now "compelling evidence" that they had been "severely tortured and suffered inhuman and degrading treatment" at the American detention facility in Cuba.

Appeal over Guantanamo Bay ruling 04 May 2006 Three UK residents held by the US at Guantanamo Bay since 2003 are to appeal against a court's refusal to force the government to request their release. The men's relatives, many of whom are British, said the High Court decision breached human rights laws. The sister of detainee Omar Deghayes, Amani Deghayes, said: "Guantanamo has been condemned by so many independent organisations, it's just not good enough for the UK government to say that they can't even make a plea."

Somali leader slams US on terror 04 May 2006 The US is funding a coalition of Somali warlords who earlier this year battled Islamic groups in Mogadishu, Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf has said... The US has previously refused to comment on reports that it has had Islamic leaders kidnapped in Mogadishu and flown abroad for 'questioning' [torture].

Protesters, police clash over US base 04 May 2006 One thousand South Korean anti-US protesters and farmers clashed with police today as forces moved in to clear two rural townships and pave the way for a new, consolidated, US military base.

After U.S. warning, Fox refuses to sign drug bill 04 May 2006 Mexican President Vicente Fox refused to sign a drug decriminalization bill yesterday, hours after U.S. officials warned the plan could encourage "drug tourism." Fox sent the measure back to the Mexican Congress for changes, but his office did not mention the U.S. criticism.

Ginsburg: Congress' Watchdog Plan 'Scary' 02 May 2006 Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Tuesday that a Republican proposal in Congress to set up a watchdog over the federal courts is a "really scary idea." "My sense now is that the judiciary is under assault in a way that I haven't seen before," she said. As an example, she mentioned proposals by senior Republicans who want an inspector general to police judges' acceptance of free trips or their possible financial interests with groups that could appear before them.

FCC keeps deadline for broadband wiretap access --Carriers had asked the agency to reconsider the May 14, 2007, deadline 04 May 2006 The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted yesterday to preserve its May 14, 2007, deadline for some high-speed Internet broadband services to comply with U.S. wiretapping laws that require access for law enforcement officials to conduct authorized surveillance.

Conn. House gives final passage to shield bill 04 May 2006 The Connecticut State Legislature has voted to give reporters the legal right to protect their sources. The House gave final passage to a shield law bill; the Senate had passed the law unanimously earlier Wednesday. The bill defines a reporter as someone who works for a newspaper, magazine, radio or television station, or electronic media.

Sen. Leahy calls for summit on privacy --Senator wants Congress, White House to discuss spying on citizens 03 May 2006 Sen. Patrick Leahy, (D-Vt.), today called for the U.S. Congress and President [sic] George Bush to convene a conference on privacy in the wake of recent reports that federal agencies spied on U.S. citizens and monitored protesters of the Iraqi war.

Our monarch, above the law By Scot Lehigh 02 May 2006 "Has George W. Bush come to believe he's king?... Bush's position reduces to this: The president needn't execute the laws as they are written and passed, but rather, has the right to implement -- or ignore -- them as he sees fit. (Were it not for our pesky written Constitution, perhaps George II could take his cue from Charles I, dismiss Congress, and rule -- ah, govern -- without any legislative interference whatsoever.)... Rendering Bush's assertion more worrisome is this reality: Because so much of what this administration does is shrouded in secrecy, it's hard to know which laws are being followed and which are being ignored."

Ridicule and contempt --An imperial president is smothering the system of checks and balances, imperiling free speech. By Sidney Blumenthal 04 May 2006 "The day after [Stephen] Colbert's performance, the New York Times published a front-page story on the latest phase of the administration's war on the press. [George W.] Bush is weighing 'the criminal prosecution of reporters under the espionage laws'... At Bush's orders, dragnets are being conducted throughout the national security bureaucracy in search of press sources."

Las Vegas Passes Resolution Opposing the Patriot Act 03 May 2006 The Las Vegas City Council has passed a resolution opposing the Patriot Act. Las Vegas now joins several other cities across the country opposed to the controversial [unconstitutional] law.

Switzerland announces new accord with U.S. against terrorism 03 May 2006 The Swiss government announced on Wednesday a new cooperation accord with the United States on the fight against terror, Swiss Radio International (SRI) reported. The new accord, which will go before parliament for approval, is to replace a secret judicial aid agreement signed between the two countries in 2002, following the terrorist attacks of September 2001 in New York.

Videotaping Sparks Warning of Possible Terror Surveillance 04 May 2006 Two incidents of "suspicious videotaping" of a European mass-transit system this year prompted a U.S. government warning to domestic homeland security officials this week about possible terrorist surveillance.

GOPedophile Update: Homeland Security press aide appears in Polk County on sex charges 04 May 2006 A Homeland Security Department press aide [GOPredator] charged with sexually preying on a detective posing on the Internet as a 14-year-old girl made his first appearance today in Polk County... Brian Doyle also allegedly provided the undercover detective with his government-issued office phone and cell phone numbers and showed off his department ID. He may have used his official computer in communicating with her.

Santorum pushes for new rules, lives by old --The senator took flights sponsored by corporations while arguing against the perk. 03 May 2006 Speaking from the Senate floor on March 8, U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) urged his colleagues to curtail a popular perk: private corporate-sponsored flights at bargain rates for members of Congress. Two days earlier, he had taken a BellSouth plane from a runway near his home in Leesburg, Va., to fund-raising events in North Carolina and South Carolina. The jet ferried Santorum, two aides and Ward White, BellSouth's top Washington lobbyist. Santorum paid $6,955... a fraction of what it costs to operate the plane... Santorum, in an interview, said he did not have the "luxury" of a self-imposed ban.

Rep. Harris's Action Prompts Call for Probe 04 May 2006 A political strategist who left U.S. Rep. KKKatherine Harris's Senate campaign last month said Harris (R-Terrorist) ignored her staff's recommendation to reject a defense contractor's $10 million appropriation request, now being challenged by a congressional watchdog group.

An Unqualified Judicial Nominee (The New York Times) 03 May 2006 "Senate Republicans have announced plans to push for a quick vote on Brett Kavanaugh, whose nomination for a powerful appeals court judgeship has languished since 2003... Mr. Kavanaugh was unqualified then, and he is unqualified now. Since Mr. Kavanaugh's nomination was first considered, information has come to light about a number of troubling policies that he could have had a hand in, including domestic spying, torture and rendition of detainees to other countries. Senate Democrats would like to question Mr. Kavanaugh about these programs, and about what connection he had, if any, to the Jack Abramoff scandal."

Impeachment weighed again --President Bush's actions threaten basic freedoms and the American system of checks and balances. By Dave Lindorff and Barbara Olshansky 03 May 2006 "Among [George W.] Bush's most serious impeachable actions:... Lying to Congress and the American people about the need to invade Iraq... Refusing to cooperate with congressional and 9/11 Commission probes... Violating the Bill of Rights... Obstruction of justice... War crimes... Abuse of power... Criminal negligence. Incompetence isn't impeachable, but, in the cases such as Bush's abject failure to deal with the threat and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, or in his failure to adequately protect troops sent into Iraq, or to plan for the aftermath of the Iraq invasion, gross incompetence becomes criminal negligence."

Voting machine warning issued in Penn. --Schuylkill, Carbon bolster security efforts after glitch found. 04 May 2006 Alerted late Tuesday that new electronic voting machines that many counties bought are vulnerable to tampering, election officials in Schuylkill and Carbon counties say they will keep the equipment locked up tight until the May 16 primary. A ''potential security vulnerability'' in machines sold by Diebold Election Systems Inc. of McKinney, Texas, could let ''unauthorized software to be loaded on to the system,'' Pennsylvania Secretary of State Pedro Cortez said in a warning issued to the counties.

Nine states sue Bush over fuel efficiency 03 May 2006 Nine states have sued the administration of President [sic] George W. Bush for lenient automotive fuel economy standards that they say worsen an energy crunch and contribute to air pollution and climate change.

Telecom's Secret Plan to Wire Entire Yellowstone Park --Industry Invited to Illegal Closed-Door Meeting to Divide Up Park (PEER) 03 May 2006 "Yellowstone National Park will soon be blanketed with coverage from cell phone towers, wireless internet service, and two-way radio, as well as television and AM/FM radio signals under a plan being written behind closed doors by the telecommunications industry and park officials, according to agency records released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The March 31, 2005 meeting had representatives from Sprint, Verizon, Qwest, Western Wireless (now Alltel) and other companies conferring with Yellowstone park officials and concessionaires. The purpose of the meeting was to develop a 'Wireless Telecommunications Plan' for the park."

Montana pardons 78 for WWI sedition 03 May 2006 Before a packed crowd in the state Capitol, Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) signed pardons on Wednesday to clear the names posthumously of 78 Montanans convicted of sedition during World War One.

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Seen through a Syrian lens, 'unknown Americans' are provoking civil war in Iraq [The Independent] By Robert Fisk 28 Apr 2006 "The Americans, my interlocutor [Syrian 'security source'] suspected, are trying to provoke an Iraqi civil war so that Sunni Muslim insurgents spend their energies killing their Shia co-religionists rather than soldiers of the Western occupation forces. 'I swear to you that we have very good information,' my source says, finger stabbing the air in front of him. 'One young Iraqi man told us that he was trained by the Americans as a policeman in Baghdad and he spent 70 per cent of his time learning to drive and 30 per cent in weapons training. They said to him: 'Come back in a week.' When he went back, they gave him a mobile phone and told him to drive into a crowded area near a mosque and phone them. He waited in the car but couldn't get the right mobile signal. So he got out of the car to where he received a better signal. Then his car blew up.' Impossible, I think to myself. But then I remember how many times Iraqis in Baghdad have told me similar stories."

In the chaos of Iraq, one project is on target: a giant US embassy 03 May 2006 The question puzzles and enrages a city: how is it that the Americans cannot keep the electricity running in Baghdad for more than a couple of hours a day, yet still manage to build themselves the biggest embassy on Earth? Irritation grows as residents deprived of air-conditioning and running water three years after the US-led invasion watch the massive US Embassy they call "George W's palace" rising from the banks of the Tigris. In a week when Washington revealed a startling list of missed deadlines and overspending on building projects, Congress was told that the bill for the embassy was $592 million (£312 million). [Maybe the Iraqi resistance fighters will find it.]

Iraqi boy drowned after soldiers 'forced him to swim at gunpoint' 02 May 2006 Four British soldiers forced an Iraqi teenager into a river at gunpoint and watched him disappear beneath the water "to teach him a lesson", a court martial heard today.

15 Iraqis killed by suicide bomber 03 May 2006 'Insurgents' killed 15 police recruits in a suicide attack Wednesday and fatally shooting three soldiers who recently had entered the Iraqi army, officials said.

7 US soldiers killed in Iraq Iraq 02 May 2006 The Department of Defense announced today and yesterday the death of 7 US soldiers in Iraq.

IEDs killing more despite armor upgrades 03 May 2006 Although the Pentagon has strengthened the armor on more than 50,000 Humvees and other military vehicles throughout Iraq and Afghanistan, roadside bombs have killed more U.S. troops this year, Pentagon records show.

Taliban Threat Is Said to Grow in Afghan South 27 Apr 2006 Building on a winter campaign of suicide bombings and assassinations and the knowledge that American troops are leaving, the Taliban appear to be moving their insurgency into a new phase, flooding the rural areas of southern Afghanistan with weapons and men.

Cut and Run? You Bet. --Why America must get out of Iraq now. By Lt. Gen. William E. Odom May/June 2006 The prewar dream of a liberal Iraqi democracy friendly to the United States is no longer credible. No Iraqi leader with enough power and legitimacy to control the country will be pro-American. Still, U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush says the United States must stay the course. Why? Let’s consider his administration’s most popular arguments for not leaving Iraq."

At House Government Reform Subcommittee Hearing, UN Ambassador Bolton Refuses to Answer Kucinich's Questions About US Troops In Iran --States That US Is Prepared to Act With or Without The UN (kucinich.house.gov) 02 May 2006 "Despite numerous public reports stating that US troops are currently conducting operations within Iran, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) refused to answer repeated questions by Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH) about US troops in Iran, today at a House Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations."

In Support of Mutiny by Dennis Morrisseau 29 Apr 2006 "The Administration's planned attack on Iran following upon the Bush/Cheney disaster in Iraq is indeed likely to stimulate a mutiny among our armed forces... There is no legal or Constitutional authority, to date, under which this administration can proceed to an attack on Iran, much less one involving an unprovoked and unnecessary resort to nuclear weaponry. There has been no Declaration of War."

Theologians, faculty sign letter objecting to Rice BC honorary degree 03 May 2006 Two leading theologians at Boston College have written a stinging letter objecting to the college's decision to invite Secretary of State [war criminal] Condoleezza Rice to speak at graduation and to give her an honorary degree. Nearly 100 faculty members have signed the letter, according to the theology department, which declined to release their names.

U.S. Conducting Research Into Laser Weapon 03 May 2006 The Bush regime is seeking to develop a powerful ground-based laser weapon that would use beams of concentrated light to destroy enemy satellites in orbit. The largely secret project, parts of which have been made public through Air Force budget documents submitted to Congress in February, is part of a wide-ranging effort to develop space weapons, both defensive and offensive.

Hearing vowed on Bush's powers --Senator questions bypassing of laws 03 May 2006 The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee [Arlen Specter, R-PA], accusing the White House of a ''very blatant encroachment" on congressional authority, said yesterday he will hold an oversight hearing into President [sic] Bush's assertion that he has the power to bypass more than 750 laws enacted over the past five years. Specter's announcement followed a report in the Sunday Globe that Bush has quietly asserted the authority to ignore provisions in 750 bills he has signed -- about 1 in 10. Over the past five years, Bush has stated that he can defy any statute that conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution.

Investigate Big Dick By Stephen Pizzo 03 May 2006 "Did Cheney and oil company execs lick their chops over Iraqi oil less than two years before we invaded Iraq? Shouldn't someone find out? If the US Senate really wants to earn our respect, I have a suggestion for them: Hold bipartisan hearings into Dick Cheney's 2001 Energy Task Force. If not now, when?"

U.S. European, Northern, and Pacific Commands sponsored pandemic response exercises: DoD 03 May 2006 If a flu pandemic hit the United States, the Defense Department's top priority would be to protect the military's operational readiness so it can play a supporting role to the Homeland Security and State departments, as outlined in a national response plan released today by the White House... Military forces might be asked to provide security as pharmaceuticals are transported and distributed. National Guard troops would likely help keep the peace. U.S. European Command, U.S. Northern Command and U.S. Pacific Command have already sponsored pandemic influence response exercises, Air Force Col. Richard Chavez said.

U.S. outlines $7.1 billion flu pandemic plan --'Road map' outlines which government agency is responsible for more than 300 tasks [?!?] in pandemic flu 03 May 2006 The United States government plans to stockpile vaccines, limit international and domestic flights, quarantine those who become ill and bring in the military to maintain order if a flu pandemic strikes the country. The $7.1 billion plan, released Wednesday, lists more than 300 recommendations including: "Infected people should voluntarily quarantine themselves, and quarantine would be mandatory in the most extreme cases"

National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza: Implementation Plan (whitehouse.gov) Statement by George W. Bush 03 May 2006

Implementation Plan for the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza --Report by the Homeland Security Council May 2006 (.pdf)

MSNBC poll: Government's Bird Flu Response: Does it make you feel safe? 11446 responses Yes 9.9%; No 90% [Poll snapshot: 10:32 DST 04 May 2006]

U.S. Mass Transit on Alert 03 May 2006 ABC News has learned that the Department of Homeland Security has alerted U.S. mass transit officials to "suspicious videotaping" of European rail systems that point to a continuing terrorist interest in targeting mass transit and "possible surveillance or pre-operational planning."

Terrorism threat still 'very high' 03 May 2006 The threat to Britain from terrorism is still "very high", the country's top security chief told MPs. Britain needed a "better understanding of the threat we face from terrorism," Sir Richard Mottram, the Cabinet Office's security and intelligence co-ordinator, told the House of Commons transport committee.

Blair Says Foreigners in U.K. Jails Must Be Deported 03 May 2006 Prime Minister Tony Blair said the U.K. should send home all foreigners in the nation's prisons and accused former Conservative leader Michael Howard of helping to create a problem with the deportation system.

No death penalty for Moussaoui 03 May 2006 A federal jury rejected the death penalty for 'al-Qaeda' conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui on Wednesday and decided he must spend life in prison for his role in the deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. history. After seven days of deliberation, the nine men and three women rebuffed the government's appeal for death for the only person charged in this country in the four 'suicide jetliner hijackings' that killed nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001.

Jury sentences Zacarias Moussaoui to life in prison for conspiracy to commit terrorism, destroy aircraft, use of weapons of mass destruction. [Bush could be easily convicted of the same crimes... when is his trial?]

Birmingham leader calls in police as claims of vote rigging increase --Council requests scrutiny of inner-city wards --Anomalies found in postal ballot patterns, say Tories 03 May 2006 (UK) Fears about the potential for widespread fraud in tomorrow's local elections mounted last night after the leader of Britain's largest council called for the police to be deployed at polling stations to prevent intimidation and vote rigging... Last week George Galloway's Respect party claimed cheating was rife there, with blocks of residents falling victim to postal vote fraudsters.

Democrats introduce new Net neutrality bill --The stand-alone bill is similar to a version crafted in the Senate 02 May 2006 After failing last week to add a provision to a telecommunications 'reform' [sic - GOP-corpora-terrorists'] bill, four Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday introduced a free-standing bill aimed at preventing broadband carriers from discriminating against competing Web content or services... The Democrats' amendment failed, on a vote of 34-22, largely along party lines, when the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a wide ranging telecom 'reform' bill last week.

Bush Renews Call to Make Tax Cuts Permanent 03 May 2006 Dictator Bush renewed his call on Congress to make his tax cuts permanent in a speech today, saying that letting them expire or rolling them back as some Democrats have suggested should be done would imperil the country's economic growth.

Secret Service records of Abramoff visits to White House will be incomplete 03 May 2006 The White House said Tuesday the list the Secret Service has been ordered to release concerning convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff's contacts with the Bush administration will be incomplete. But spokesman Scott McClellan declined to say what is wrong with the Secret Service list, why it is inaccurate and whether it includes far fewer meetings than took place.

Polls Stay Open Until 9:30 At Garden Valley 02 May 2006 (OH) A judge ordered the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections [Remember Cuyahoga County from the 2004 Bush coup d'etat?] to keep the polling location at Garden Valley Neighborhood House at 7100 Kinsman Ave. open until 9:30 p.m. Tuesday When poll workers had trouble setting up the equipment in the morning, the polling place didn't open until 1:30 p.m. for voting... With all the problems reported at the polls Tuesday, NewsChannel5 has learned that the absentee results will be delayed. About 17,000 absentee votes will have to be hand counted because of a problem with optical scanners. There were also reports of problems with the new electronic machines. Both machines are made by Diebold, NewsChannel5's Duane Pohlman reported.

Sheriff to Start Posse Patrols to Curb Illegal Immigration Flow 02 May 2006 (AZ) Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced that approximately 100 volunteer posse and Sheriff's Deputies will soon begin randomly patrolling the desert areas and main roadways in southwest Maricopa County as a part of an operation to curb the flow of illegal immigrants entering the county.

Faulty Testimony Sent 2 to Death Row, Panel Finds 03 May 2006 Faulty evidence masquerading as science sent two men to death row for arson in Texas and led to the execution of one of them, a panel of private fire investigators concluded in a report released Tuesday in Austin.

Line from NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" May 02 episode: Captain Cragen answers the phone and says, "What, did Cheney shoot someone else?"

Beverage companies to stop selling non-diet soft drinks to schools 03 May 2006 In a deal announced Wednesday by the William J. Clinton Foundation, the nation's largest beverage distributors agreed to stop selling non-diet soft drinks to most public schools, where childhood obesity has become an increasing concern.

New Red List paints bleak picture of extinction 02 May 2006 Two out of every five species on the planet that have been assessed by scientists face extinction, according to the latest World Conservation Union (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Overall, 16,119 animal and plant species are in danger of extinction, including 1 in 8 birds, 1 in 4 mammals and 1 in 3 amphibian species.

Fairfield's Lewis the Cat Case Going to Trial 03 May 2006 The case involving a Fairfield, Conn., cat that's accused of viciously attacking several neighbors is going to trial. The case of Lewis, who was ordered confined to Cisero's High Street home after he attacked several women has attracted international attention.

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Bush in 'ceaseless push for power' 01 May 2006 President [sic] George W. Bush had shown disdain and indifference for the US constitution by adopting an "astonishingly broad" view of presidential powers, a leading libertarian think-tank said on Monday. The critique from the Cato Institute reflects growing criticism by conservatives about administration policy in areas such as the "war on [of] terror" and undermining congressional power.

US general urged "outer limits" Iraq interrogation 02 May 2006 The top U.S. commander in Iraq during the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal urged U.S. forces to "go to the outer limits" to extract information from prisoners, according to a U.S. officer cited in a military document. "This is evidence that raises additional questions about the role of Lt. Gen. Sanchez in authorizing and endorsing the abuse of prisoners," Jameel Jaffer, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer, said on Tuesday.

Bush Hails a 'Turning Point' in Iraq [Yes, it's turning into a meltdown instead of a civil war.] 01 May 2006 President [sic] Bush today called the formation of a new Iraqi government "a turning point," after hearing from Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld about their weekend meeting with that country's prime minister designate.

Roadside Bomb Kills Soldier 02 May 2006 A U.S. soldier was killed in Iraq yesterday. The Multinational Division Baghdad soldier was killed when a roadside bomb struck his vehicle south of Baghdad, military officials reported.

Report: Iraq oil production remains below prewar level 02 May 2006 New numbers this week from the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction (SIGIR) show oil production at 2.18 million barrels per day, 400,000 below 2003 prewar levels...The Bush regime once projected that Iraq would be rebuilt principally from Iraqi oil revenues, but that prediction has fallen by the wayside. U.S. taxpayers have funded more than $30 billion in reconstruction costs, plus tens of billions of dollars for military operations.

ExxonMobil gets $185M DoD contract for oil, gasoline 02 May 2006 ExxonMobil Fuels Marketing Co., Fairfax, Va., is being awarded a maximum $184,552,289 firm-fixed-price with economic price adjustment contract for fuel oil and gasoline. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

Report: Japan to Pull Out of Iraq When U.K., Australia Go 01 May 2006 Japan will withdraw its non-combat troops deployed in southern Iraq at the same time that British and Australian troops are pulled out, a news report said Tuesday.

UK troops 'doomed to fail' in Afghanistan 02 May 2006 British Army commanders formally took over responsibility for Afghanistan's lawless Helmand province yesterday as Britain's strategy to eradicate opium production and defeat Taleban insurgents was criticised as "doomed to failure".

U.S. and Europe Draft U.N. Resolution on Iran 02 May 2006 The United States, Britain and France have drafted a binding Security Council resolution requiring Iran to stop key nuclear activities, but Russia and China are already resisting, officials involved in the negotiations said today.

Strikes on Iran too risky, says US general 02 May 2006 Military action against Iran would be fraught with risk and would have repercussions across the region, a leading American general conceded. "Any action militarily is very complicated," Lt Gen Victor Renuart, the director of planning for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told The Daily Telegraph.

U.S. use of secret warrants climbed 18 pct in 2005 01 May 2006 The number of court-approved warrants allowing the Bush administration to conduct intelligence searches and electronic surveillance inside the United States climbed 18 percent to 2,072 in 2005, the Justice Department said on Monday.

Did you know Corporate America may be helping George Bush illegally spy on you? (centerforconstitutionalrights) "A new lawsuit argues that AT&T has been helping the NSA’s illegal surveillance for years. Court papers describe the program as a "vast fishing expedition" to monitor Americans’ communications, without the warrants required by the U.S. Constitution. We need your help to press AT&T for answers."

U.S. Pandemic Draft: Federal Troops, National Guard to Maintain Order --Military activated to enforce travel restrictions and deliver [!?!] vaccines and medicines 02 May 2006 According to a 228-page draft of the government's pandemic flu plan obtained by The Associated Press, an outbreak could lead to a variety of restrictions on movement in and around the country, including limiting the number of international flights and quarantining exposed travelers... The report envisions possible breakdowns in public order and says governors might deploy National Guard troops or request federal troops to maintain order. The military also could be activated to enforce travel restrictions and deliver vaccines and medicines, the report says. [See: The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878.]

Rapid Containment Key to Preventing Bird Flu Pandemic 02 May 2006 The WHO regional director for the Western Pacific, Shigeru Omi, says once there are signs the H5N1 bird-flu virus is spreading among people, there will only be two or three weeks to prevent or at least slow down [foment] a global pandemic. Omi says those measure include giving large numbers of people anti-viral drugs, restricting travel, quarantining infected areas and closing schools.

Flight curbs 'won't halt bird flu' 02 May 2006 British experts say closing international airports will do little to halt a bird flu outbreak. Their prediction follows another computer simulation that shows the folly of travel restrictions in the face of a pandemic.

Egypt finds 13th case of human bird flu 02 May 2006 A 27-year-old Egyptian woman is being treated in hospital for bird flu, the country's 13th human infection with the feared virus, a spokesman from the health ministry said on Tuesday.

Loose Change (loosechange911.com) "This film shows direct connection between the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the United States government."

Castro slams US terrorism charge 01 May 2006 Cuban President Fidel Castro charged on Monday that the U.S. characterization of his country as a terrorist nation was cynical and shameless as Washington had harbored 'violence-prone Cuban exiles' [Reichwing terrorists] for decades. Castro charged the United States had organized terrorist attacks on Cuba, from the 1976 bombing of Cuban commercial airliner to dozens of bombings and shootings over the years.

US tops list of rogue states on congestion toll 02 May 2006 It is the ultimate list of rogue states: the countries whose diplomats repeatedly refuse to pay the congestion charge stumped up by every ordinary motorist in London. And it is no surprise to the mayor, Ken Livingstone, that the serial offender topping the non-payment charts for the last six months is the United States, whose ambassador he memorably likened to a "chiselling little crook" for his refusal to pay the £8-a-day charge. [The US tops the list of rogue states, *period.*]

US embassy owes the Mayor £271,000 02 May 2006 The US embassy has racked up £271,000 in London congestion charge fines in the past six months, more than any of the other embassies which refuse to pay the charge.

Palestinian professor sentenced for terrorism in US 02 May 2006 A Florida judge told a Palestinian computer engineer yesterday that he must spend another 18 months in prison before being deported, in a case that had been seen as a key test for sweeping anti-terror legislation brought in after September 11.

Bolivia nationalizes oil, gas industry --Populist leader vows to establish control of natural resources [Great!] 02 May 2006 President Evo Morales, who won a landslide election in December vowing an end to foreign looting of the country's natural resources, nationalized Bolivia's crucial natural gas and oil industry yesterday in the latest indication of Latin America's leftward drift.

US govt, ExxonMobil say looking at options after Bolivian nationalization 01 May 2006 The US government and energy giant ExxonMobil Corp said they were examining their options after Bolivia's dramatic decision to nationalize its oil and gas industry.

Massive immigration protests hit U.S. 01 May 2006 From the streets of New York to the lettuce fields of California, hundreds of thousands of immigrants left their jobs, shunned business as usual and marched in a powerful bid to legitimize millions of workers now in the United States illegally.

Bushite Neo-Cons Responsible For May Day Immigration Protests By Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones "Today's massive immigration protests which are being afforded lavish and complimentary media attention were orchestrated by the Neo-Cons and the Bush administration... The agenda is multi-faceted and includes protecting government drug-running operations, balkanizing the US and lowering the standard of living, and inciting race riots that lead to the justification of martial law and internment procedures being implemented. As we reported last month, in late December 2005, Mexican President Vicente Fox hired a lobbying firm to sweeten political sentiment in the US towards Mexicans and the immigration issue. The same PR expert and GOP political consultant helped George W. Bush defeat Ann Richards for the governorship of Texas in 1994 and worked on both Bush's presidential campaigns. Rob Allyn of Rob Allyn & Co. secretly engineered Fox's 2000 presidential victory and is closely tied with George W. Bush." [As to 'lavish and complimentary media attention,' yes, that was the case - even on Faux News. Yet, there was a virtual media black-out on the April 29 anti-Iraq war demonstrations - as there exists with nearly all anti-Bush protests. Why the discrepancy in media coverage? The corpora-terrorists, who do not want to pay decent wages and provide benefits to workers, benefit from undocumented workers. As to 'internment procedures' cited in the article, see: KBR Awarded U.S. Department of Homeland Security Contingency Support for Emergency Support Services 24 Jan 2006 (halliburton.com) "The contract, which is effective immediately, provides for establishing temporary detention and processing capabilities to augment existing ICE Detention and Removal Operations (DRO) Program facilities... to support the rapid development of new programs." --LRP]

ABC: Top CIA Official Under Investigation 03 Mar 2006 A stunning investigation of bribery and corruption in Congress has spread to the CIA, ABC News has learned. The CIA inspector general has opened an investigation into the spy agency's executive director, Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, and his connections to two defense contractors accused of bribing a member of Congress and Pentagon officials.

Secret Service to Release Logs on Abramoff Visits 02 May 2006 The Secret Service has agreed to turn over White House visitor logs that will show how often Jack Abramoff, the convicted former lobbyist, met with Bush administration officials -- and with whom he met.

Common Cause asks feds to investigate Harris --The watchdog wants to know whether the Senate candidate violated bribery laws. 01 May 2006 A well-known government-watchdog group will ask the Justice Department today to investigate U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris' dealings with a now disgraced defense contractor accused of bribery.

36 US House Reps Want Bush Impeachment Probe 02 May 2006 36 US House Representatives have signed on as sponsors or co-sponsors of H. Res 635, which would create a Select Committee to look into the grounds for recommending President [sic] Bush’s impeachment, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.

Bush Losing About One Point per Month Since January 2005 --New 34% approval rating is lowest of administration 02 May 2006 President [sic] George W. Bush's job approval rating is now at the low point of his administration at 34%.

Skewering comedy skit angers Bush and aides 01 May 2006 Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert's biting routine at the White House Correspondents Association dinner won a rare silent protest from Bush aides and supporters Saturday when several independently left before he finished.

Stephen Colbert Lampoons President Bush 30 Apr 2006 (Video, parts 1 - 3)

Hanford cleanup cost soars to $11.3 billion ... if Congress will pay 01 May 2006 It's costing Americans $1.4 million a day to build a facility to safely treat millions of gallons of radioactive and toxic waste stored in the Hanford Nuclear Reservation's leak-prone underground tanks. [Why aren't Bush's corpora-terrorists paying for the cleanup? *They* are the ones who stored the radioactive waste in 'leak-prone' tanks.]

10 States to Sue Government Over Light-Truck Fuel Economy 02 May 2006 Ten states said Tuesday they plan to sue the federal government to try to force the Bush administration to strengthen gas mileage requirements for sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks.

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Government DNA databases expected to expand 01 May 2006 Federal and state governments are seeking to add millions of DNA profiles to anti-crime databases by including genetic information about people who are charged — but not yet convicted — of crimes.

Congress may consider mandatory ISP snooping 28 Apr 2006 Last week, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales gave a speech saying that data retention by Internet service providers is an "issue that must be addressed." Now, a member of the Congressional Internet Caucus is preparing to introduce an amendment--perhaps during a U.S. House of Representatives floor vote next week--that would make such data deletion illegal. Colorado Rep. Diana DeGette's (D) proposal says that any Internet service that "enables users to access content" must permanently retain records that would permit police to identify each user.

FBI issued over 9,000 national security letters in 2005: DOJ report 30 Apr 2006 The FBI issued a total of 9,254 National Security Letters (NSLs) in 2005 related to 3,501 US citizens and legal residents, according to a new US Department of Justice report. The NSLs allow the executive branch to gather information about individuals suspected in terrorism or espionage cases from banks, credit card, telephone and Internet companies without court approval or a grand jury subpoena.

Examples of the president's signing statements 30 Apr 2006 Since taking office [literally, *taking* office] in 2001, Dictator Bush has issued signing statements on more than 750 new laws, declaring that he has the power to set aside the laws when they conflict with his legal interpretation of the Constitution. The federal government is instructed to follow the statements when it enforces the laws. (10 examples and the dates Bush signed them)

ABC: Homeland Inspector General says he was pressured to 'tone down' criticism of Bush before 'election' (Interview with Brian Ross) 01 May 2006 (.pdf) The former Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security says he was pressured to tone down criticism of security failures in the months before the 2004 Presidential election. Clark Kent Ervin says he was confronted personally by then Secretary Tom Ridge "to intimidate me, to stare me down, to force me to back off, to not look into these areas that would be controversial, not to issue critical reports."

Televised White House press briefings may end: Bolten 30 Apr 2006 Incoming White House press secretary Tony Snowjob will be tasked with reviewing whether or not to continue live televised briefings to journalists, newly promoted White House chief of staff Josh Bolten said. In an interview with the Faux News Sunday program, Bolten said "it's worth considering" an end to the live televised format of White House press briefings.

Madonna attacks Bush at festival 01 May 2006 Madonna radically altered her music to attack US Dictator George W Bush during her appearance at California music festival Coachella, yesterday... During an energetic rendition of her song I Love New York, Madonna roared, "Just go to Texas and suck George Bush's dick."

New York protesters seek Guantanamo base shutdown 01 May 2006 Protesters seeking a shutdown of the Guantanamo Bay U.S. prison camp marched to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations on Monday and held an interfaith service in its entryway after building owners asked New York police not to arrest them.

Ex-professor gets over 4 years in Florida terror case --Fla. prof. gets another year and a half in prison, receives credit for time served 01 May 2006 A judge sentenced former professor Sami Al-Arian on Monday to another year and a half in prison before he will be deported in his terrorism conspiracy case. Al-Arian, 48, was sentenced to four years and nine months, but he will get credit for the three years and three months he already has served while being held before and after his trial.

Bush approves Dubai buying defense supplier 29 Apr 2006 President [sic] Bush approved on Friday a Dubai-owned company's $1.24 billion takeover of Doncasters, a British engineering company with U.S. plants that supply the Pentagon.

Billions wasted in Iraq, says US audit --Projects behind schedule despite massive outlay 01 May 2006 A US congressional inspection team set up to monitor reconstruction in Iraq today publishes a scathing report of failures by contractors, mainly from the US, to carry out projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Huge fraud exposed in Iraq contracts 02 May 2006 A US Congressional inspection team set up to monitor reconstruction in Iraq has published a scathing report on failures by contractors to carry out projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

U.S. taxpayers protecting Cheney Halliburton's oil smuggling operations: 'Ring of Steel' Encircles Iraqi Oil Platforms 01 May 2006 There's a "ring of steel" around Iraqi oil terminals in the Northern Arabian Gulf. That's the way Royal Navy Cmdr. Steve Dainton, the captain of HMS St. Albans, described the coalition [occupation] maritime protection of the Iraqi oil terminals.

Oil-industry graft keeps Iraq unsteady, U.S. says 01 May 2006 Corruption in Iraq's oil and natural gas sector continues unchecked and could have "devastating effects" on efforts to stabilize the country, according to a U.S. government report that said Iraq's oil production still lagged well below prewar levels.

Connecticut exporter charged with illegal technology sale to Iraq 01 May 2006 Two men who ran exporting businesses in Connecticut and New York have been indicted on federal charges that they participated in a scheme with China to sell telecommunications equipment to Saddam Hussein's government in Iraq.

Gang activity seen in U.S. troops in Iraq 01 May 2006 A growing amount of U.S. gang-related graffiti and activity is being reported among U.S. troops in Iraq, The Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday. "I have identified 320 soldiers as gang members from April 2002 to present," said Scott Barfield, a Defense Department gang detective at Fort Lewis, Wash. "I think that's the tip of the iceberg."

U.S.: Ramadi battle kills 100-plus 'insurgents' 01 May 2006 U.S. and Iraqi troops killed more than 100 'insurgents' last week in Ramadi, west of Baghdad, a U.S. Army officer said Monday. [But... buried deep within the article, the reality check: "Meanwhile, in an attempt to reach out to insurgents, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said he has been meeting with seven armed groups in hopes of agreeing a deal to include them in Iraq's political process." Gee, that sounds a lot like *surrender.*]

Four killed in Iraq market bombing; two killed in drive-by shootings 01 May 2006 In Iraq, four people were killed Monday when a bomb exploded in a market in Madain, a mostly Shiite town 14 miles southeast of Baghdad, police said. Two people were wounded. At least 15 bullet-riddled bodies were found in the capital, the Interior Ministry said. The victims were men aged 20-40 years; all were handcuffed and blindfolded, the ministry said. In addition, two people were killed Monday in drive-by shootings in Diyala province northeast of Baghdad, police said.

Denmark Reduces Number of Troops in Iraq 01 May 2006 The Danish government plans to reduce the number of Danish troops to one fifth of the total soldiers deployed in Iraq.

Occupation kills 27 'militants' in Afghanistan 01 May 2006 Canadian and Afghan forces killed as many as 27 'militants' and captured three in fighting throughout Afghanistan over the weekend, and Afghan army sergeant also was killed, officials said Monday.

US rejects Iran's offer to allow nuclear inspections 01 May 2006 The United States has rejected Iran's offer to allow inspections of its nuclear facilities and Washington will continue to press the UN Security Council to penalise Tehran.

Why shouldn't Iran have nuclear weapons? Israel has American warheads ready to fire --Iranians see only hypocrisy from the world's nuclear powers By James C Moore 30 Apr 2006 "Iran's antipathy toward the West did not spontaneously generate out of the crazed rhetoric of radical mullahs. It has been spurred by what Iranians see as hypocrisy on the part of members of the world's nuclear community, and the bumbled meddling of the US and UK in Iranian affairs for more than a half century. Iran is dangerous, but the British and the Americans have helped to make it that way."

Turkey won't allow US to use its bases 30 Apr 2006 Turkey does not intend to allow the United States to launch an attack against Iran from the Inchirlik military base, Turkish news agencies reported Sunday.

US escalating spy flights over North Korea 01 May 2006 North Korea accused the United States of stepping up aerial espionage activities over its territory during high-level inter-Korean talks in Pyongyang this month, the official media reported.

Bolivia Leader Orders Army to Gas Fields [Great!] 01 May 2006 President Evo Morales ordered soldiers to immediately occupy Bolivia's natural gas fields Monday and threatened to evict foreign companies unless they sign new contracts within six months giving Bolivia majority control over the entire chain of production.

Immigrants Stage Protests Across U.S. 01 May 2006 Hundreds of thousands of immigrants and their supporters gathered in cities across the country today in demonstrations and an economic boycott intended to show the impact the workers have on the nation's economy as Congress grapples with new immigration legislation.

Dollar starts the big slide against major currencies 30 Apr 2006 The dollar has embarked on a big decline that will see it fall against all leading currencies, according to analysts. The plunge is being prompted by America’s $800 billion (£438 billion) current-account deficit, they say.

Court overturns rule on evidence blaming others 01 May 2006 In a victory for a death row inmate, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a state rule that restricted the ability of murder defendants to present evidence that someone else committed the crime.

Secret Service to turn over records of Abramoff's White House visits 01 May 2006 The Secret Service has agreed to turn over White House visitor logs (from January 1, 2001, to the present) that will show how often convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff met with Bush regime officials - and with whom he met.

Conn. Official Took Gifts, Now Holds State Job 01 May 2006 A state official who helped send former Gov. John G. Rowland (R-Convicted) to prison in a corruption case told a federal grand jury that she received many of the same expensive hotel getaways, lavish dinners and limousine rides that were used to bribe the governor's office. Yet Kristine Ragaglia made a deal for her testimony that spared her prosecution and allowed her to keep the $104,000-a-year state job she now has investigating government fraud.

Conn. Governor Reassigns Official 01 May 2006 Connecticut's Republican governor (M. Jodi Rell) stripped a top fraud investigator of her duties Monday after learning the investigator had testified to receiving many of the same gifts that toppled former Gov. John G. Rowland's administration.

New Black Panthers barred from Duke campus 01 May 1006 Duke University police barred members of the New Black Panthers from the school's campus this morning. About 40 members of the group came to protest against white lacrosse players charged with raping a black 'escort service dancer' [North Carolina Central University student] at a team party.

Mild form of avian flu found in New Jersey 01 May 2006 Authorities have discovered a mild form of avian influenza at a live bird market in New Jersey, but it is not the deadly H5N1 strain governments around the world are trying to contain, the state's agriculture department said.

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Bush quietly claimed authority to disobey over 750 laws 30 Apr 2006 Dictator Bush has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office [literally, *took* office], asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution. Among the laws Bush said he can ignore are military rules and regulations, affirmative-action provisions, requirements that Congress be told about immigration services problems, ''whistle-blower" protections for nuclear regulatory officials, and safeguards against political interference in federally funded research.

Cheney exempts his own office from reporting on classified material 29 Apr 2006 As the Bush regime has dramatically accelerated the classification of information as "top secret" or "confidential," one office is refusing to report on its annual activity in classifying documents: the office of Vice pResident Dick Cheney.

Mega barf alert! U.S. Says It Fears Detainee Abuse in Repatriation 30 Apr 2006 A long-running effort by the Bush administration to send home many of the terror suspects held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, has been stymied in part because of concern among United States officials that the prisoners may not be treated humanely by their own governments, officials said. [Yes, U.S. interrogators *cutting prisoners' penises with scalpels* and *force-feeding them* must have seemed like a day at the Beverly Hills Hilton for the detainees; I can see where the U.S. officials would want to make sure that they receive similar "humane" treatment by their own governments. --LRP]

US allowed Zarqawi to escape 01 May 2006 The United States deliberately passed up repeated opportunities to kill the head of 'al-Qaeda' in Iraq, Jordanian-born terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, before the March 2003 US-led invasion of that country. The claim, by former US CIA agent Mike Scheuer, was made in an interview to be shown on ABC (Aus.) TV's Four Corners tonight.

Pentagon planning July war game with Iran 19 Apr 2006 The Pentagon is planning a war game in July so officials can explore options for a crisis involving Iran. The July 18 exercise at National Defense University's National Strategic Gaming Center will include members of Congress and top officials from military and civilian agencies.

Hizbollah sees Bush as top terrorist [They got that right!] 30 Apr 2006 Lebanon's Hizbollah group said President [sic] Bush should be named the world's top terrorist, responding to a U.S. official report that did not remove the group from a list of terrorist organizations.

Iraq invasion spurs terrorism --The count has soared since the Iraq invasion, but only now are attacks there being included. 01 May 2006 The US State Department's annual report on global terrorism says that the number of reported terrorist incidents and deaths has increased exponentially in the years since the US invaded Iraq, largely because of Iraq itself.

Iraq war set to be more expensive than Vietnam 28 Apr 2006 The Iraq war has already cost the United States $320bn (£180bn), according to an authoritative new report, and even if a troop withdrawal begins this year, the conflict is set to be more expensive in real terms than the Vietnam War, a generation ago.

U.S. Pays for 150 Iraqi Clinics, and Manages to Build 20 30 Apr 2006 A $243 million program led by the United States Army Corps of Engineers to build 150 health care clinics in Iraq has in some cases produced little more than empty shells of crumbling concrete and shattered bricks cemented together into uneven walls, two reports by a federal oversight office have found.

U.S. Soldier Injured in Afghanistan 29 Apr 2006 A U.S. soldier was injured after his helicopter experienced a hard landing yesterday in Zabul province, Afghanistan, U.S. military officials reported. The cause of the incident was mechanical failure [!?!], officials said.

Pentagon Bills Injured Soldiers $1.2 Million 28 Apr 2006 After suffering paralysis, brain damage, lost limbs and other wounds in war, nearly 900 soldiers have been saddled with $1.2 million in government debt because of the military's "complex, cumbersome" pay system, congressional investigators said Thursday.

Powell Says He Advised Bush to Invade Iraq With a Larger Force 30 Apr 2006 Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said he urged President [sic] George W. Bush to deploy a greater numbers of troops for the 2003 invasion of Iraq than advocated by the Pentagon.

Tens of thousands in NYC protest war 29 Apr 2006 Tens of thousands of protesters marched Saturday through lower Manhattan to demand an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, just hours after this month's death toll reached 70.

Berlusconi Concedes Italy Defeat, Without Saying 'Concede' 30 Apr 2006 Nineteen days, one high court decision and thousands of chest-pounding words later, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi more or less admitted Saturday that he had lost Italy's close national elections.

Sentencing Set for Accused Fla. Professor 30 Apr 2006 A lengthy terrorism conspiracy case in which the government failed to win a conviction is drawing to a close, with a former college professor likely to soon walk out of a jail cell - and straight into deportation.

Colbert Lampoons Bush at White House Correspondents Dinner-- President Not Amused? 29 Apr 2006 A blistering comedy "ttribute" to President [sic] Bush by Comedy Central’s faux talk show host Stephen Colbert at the White House Correspondent Dinner Saturday night left George and Laura Bush unsmiling at its close.

Tower City shuts off band for anti-Bush T-shirts 29 Apr 2006 A band wearing anti-Dictator Bush T-shirts was silenced in mid-performance at Tower City Friday because the mall's management felt the band's attire was inappropriate. Mifuné, an Afro-beat band, was performing as part of the Tri-C JazzFest when the sound was cut off about 20 minutes into the set on orders from Tower City management. [That's when they should have *shut down* the mall.]

Activist tells supporters she will refuse test, go to jail 30 Apr 2006 Activist Carolyn Fisher finds it interesting that a judge believes anyone who would challenge authority must be mentally unstable... The 53-year-old Cleveland Heights woman was found guilty Friday of fighting with police who tried to stop her from putting up posters for an anti-George Bush concert.

Citgo to Sell Asphalt Unit, Its Second U.S. Asset 29 Apr 2006 Citgo Petroleum Corp., the U.S. subsidiary of Venezuela's state oil company, said it will sell its asphalt plants in New Jersey and Georgia, the second sale announced this year as relations between the two countries sour.

New oil shock ahead as $100 spike looms 30 Apr 2006 The 'growing international crisis over Iran's nuclear programme' [oil corpora-terrorists' greed] could trigger a catastrophic oil price spike, sending crude prices over $100 a barrel, senior Wall Street analysts are warning.

Arizona lawmaker pushes to end oil companies' royalty break 28 Apr 2006 Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl (R) is teaming with Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., to end a federal rule that allows oil and gas companies to avoid paying royalties for drilling and mining on public lands. It is estimated the federal government will lose out on $7 billion in royalty money over the next five years because of rules that allow energy companies to avoid paying such fees.

Loss of Competition Is Seen in Health Insurance Industry 30 Apr 2006 Federal investigators have found that a handful of companies account for a growing share of the health insurance policies sold to small businesses in most states, leaving consumers with fewer options and higher costs.

Ex-Head of F.D.A. Faces Criminal Inquiry 29 Apr 2006 Dr. Lester M. Crawford, the former commissioner of food and drugs, is under criminal investigation by a federal grand jury over accusations of financial improprieties and false statements to Congress, his lawyer said Friday.

18 rich families pay for campaign to kill estate taxes 26 Apr 2006 Eighteen of America's wealthiest families are bankrolling efforts to permanently repeal estate taxes that would save their families a total of $71.6 billion, according to a report released Tuesday by public interest groups.

Scientists study hundreds of dead dolphins 29 Apr 2006 Scientists tried to discover Saturday why hundreds of dolphins washed up dead on a beach popular with tourists on the northern coast of Zanzibar. Among other possibilities, marine biologists were examining whether U.S. Navy sonar threw the animals off course... Experts planned to examine the dolphins' heads to assess whether they had been affected by military sonar.

Top 25 Towns for Clean Air, Dirty Air --Hint: Los Angeles Should Be Jealous of Cheyenne, Wyo. 27 Apr 2006 The American Lung Association's "State of the Air 2006" annual report focuses on particle pollution (soot) in the air, as well as ozone levels (smog).

More UK chickens test positive for bird flu 30 Apr 2006 More poultry flocks will be slaughtered after chickens tested positive for the H7 strain of bird flu in two more farms in eastern England, the British environment ministry said on Saturday.

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'Grand Mafiosi' Syphon Billions From Iraq's Oil Sector 28 Apr 2006 A new class of grand mafiosi [Bush Crime Family] is sucking billions of pounds out of Iraq's vital oil sector, according to an official report published in Baghdad. The findings of the Oil Ministry's independent inspector-general painted a sordid picture of massive abuses pervading every corner of the industry, from the well-head to the petrol pump. It said that since Saddam Hussein's overthrow in 2003, the spread of smuggling had turned Iraq from a major exporter of petrol products into an importer.

Bush administration invokes "state secrets" in suit against NSA 28 Apr 2006 The Bush regime formally said Friday that it will try to halt a lawsuit that accuses AT&T of helping the National Security Agency spy on Americans illegally. In an 8-page document filed with a federal court in the northern district of California, the U.S. Justice Department said it will intervene in the lawsuit and try to have it tossed out of court... The Justice Department said in its filing that the "United States intends to assert the military and state secrets privilege" and have the case dismissed.

U.S. moves to quash privacy suit against AT&T 29 Apr 2006 The Bush regime said Friday that it will ask a federal judge to dismiss a privacy rights group's lawsuit against AT&T over the company's reported role in a government surveillance program, because the case might expose state secrets.

FBI secretly sought data on 3,501 people in 2005 --Agency ramped up use of approach that requires no court approval 28 Apr 2006 The FBI secretly sought information last year on 3,501 U.S. citizens and legal residents from their banks and credit card, telephone and Internet companies without a court's approval, the Justice Department said Friday.

CIA puts new gags on its contractors 28 Apr 2006 The CIA has imposed new and tighter restrictions on former employees remain contractors with it. The restrictions will apply to books, articles, and opinion pieces published by them, National Journal reported Friday.

EU probes alleged CIA abduction in Macedonia 29 Apr 2006 European Union investigators, probing the alleged CIA abduction of a Kuwaiti-born German, on Saturday visited a hotel where he stayed in Macedonia in 2004.

US admits Iraq could become haven for terror [Nah, 'ya think?] 29 Apr 2006 The US state department acknowledged yesterday that there is a risk of Iraq becoming a safe haven for terrorists three years after the invasion of the country.

U.S. Soldier Dies In Bomb Attack; Military Deaths In Iraq Top 2,400 29 Apr 2006 Military officials said an Army soldier died Saturday when a roadside bomb hit his convoy near Baghdad. The attack raises to 70 the number of U.S. troops who have died in Iraq during April.

Six killed; 12 bodies found tortured in Iraq 29 Apr 2006 Within the last 24 hours, 'insurgents' [U.S.] in Iraq killed five people; a roadside bomb killed an American soldier; and 12 bodies, all shot in the head and bearing signs of torture, were found in Baghdad.

100,000 Families Are Fleeing Violence, Iraq Official Says 30 Apr 2006 A new estimate by one of Iraq's vice presidents has put the number of Iraqi families fleeing sectarian violence at 100,000, far outstripping previous projections and raising the possibility that a total of a half-million people could be displaced.

Army Intelligence Officer Charged in Abu Ghraib Abuse Case 28 Apr 2006 The former head of the interrogation center at Abu Ghraib prison was charged with abusing detainees and lying to investigators about it, making him the highest- ranking U.S. military officer accused in the prisoner-abuse case.

Guantanamo Bay prisoners plant seeds of hope in secret garden 29 Apr 2006 ...Prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have fashioned a secret garden where they have grown plants from seeds recovered from their meals. For some of the detainees - held without charge for more than four years and who the US say are now cleared for release - the garden apparently offers a diversion from the monotony and injustice of their imprisonment.

Going to War with the Morons you have By Mike Whitney 28 Apr 2006 "Most of the grumbling about [Secretary of 'Defense,' Donald] Rumsfeld seems to center on his two salient attributes; arrogance and ineptitude, the twin-axels of predictable failure. There isn’t one part of the 3 year occupation he hasn’t mishandled, mismanaged or completely bungled. His tenure at the War Dept represents the greatest collapse of leadership in the history of the republic. You’re doin’ a heck-uva job, Rummy."

Command Responsibility? By Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith 10 Jan 2006 "A jury verdict in Memphis late last year caused little stir among the general public, but it may have caught the attention of Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and other high officials of the Bush administration. The jury found Colonel Nicolas Carranza, former Vice Minister of Defense of El Salvador and now a U.S. citizen living in Memphis, responsible for overseeing the torture and killing in that country 25 years ago. Could similar charges be brought against high U.S. officials for the actions of their subordinates in Abu Ghraib, Falluja, and Guantanamo?"

Thousands in NYC March Against Iraq War 29 Apr 2006 A day after the military announced that April was the deadliest month for U.S. forces in Iraq this year, thousands of anti-war demonstrators marched Saturday through lower Manhattan to demand an immediate withdrawal of troops.

Pentagon Halts Contractor Clearances 29 Apr 2006 The Pentagon stopped processing security clearances for government contractors this week, potentially exacerbating a shortage of employees authorized to work on the government's most secret programs.

Report: Injured Soldiers Drowning In Medical Debt 28 Apr 2006 After suffering paralysis, brain damage, lost limbs and other wounds in war, nearly 900 Army soldiers ran up $1.2 million in debt because of the military's "complex, cumbersome" pay system, congressional investigators said Thursday.

Report Sets Stage For Action on Iran 29 Apr 2006 In a sharply worded report, the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed Friday that Iran is accelerating its uranium enrichment efforts and hiding crucial information about its nuclear program. The report opens the way for the U.N. Security Council to debate potential actions against Iran.

US brands Iran enemy No 1 --Tehran says it 'doesn't give a damn' about inspectors --US and UK lead calls for action as crisis deepens 29 Apr 2006 The US regime branded Iran public enemy number one, calling it one of the world's most active sponsors of terrorism [they should know], as the UN nuclear inspectors revealed that Tehran has successfully enriched uranium and is racing ahead with its nuclear programme.

Italy's Berlusconi to quit and make way for Prodi 29 Apr 2006 Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Saturday he would resign, ending three weeks of wrangling over a narrow election defeat and clearing the political decks for Romano Prodi to take power.

Cuba, Venezuela and Bolivia cement left alliance 29 Apr 2006 Leftist leaders of Cuba, Venezuela and Bolivia met in Havana on Saturday to complete an integration agreement cast as an alternative to U.S. plans for a free-trade pact with the Latin American region.

What You Won't See in Flight 93, the Film --American Airlines Could Have Saved That Flight; Instead They Tried to Keep the Hijackings Secret By James Ridgeway "On Flight 11, flight attendants Betty Ong and Amy Sweeney were on the phone to American Airlines ground personnel minutes after the hijacking began. Even though both the FAA and the airlines had been warned more than 50 times in the months preceding the attack, officials on the ground reacted with skepticism an annoyance to Betty Ong’s desperate call."

More GOP 'Family Values' Prostitution Alleged In Cunningham Case 29 Apr 2006 Federal authorities are investigating allegations that a California defense contractor arranged for a Washington area limousine company to provide prostitutes to convicted former congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Calif.) and possibly other lawmakers, sources familiar with the probe said yesterday.

Chavez Announces 10 Pct. Minimum Wage Hike 28 Apr 2006 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Friday announced a 10 percent boost in the minimum wage starting Sept. 1 _ the second such increase this year.

Union Leader, Out of Jail, Vows to Fight No-Strike Law 29 Apr 2006 Roger Toussaint, the president of the transit workers' union, sounded as defiant as ever after walking out of jail at 9 a.m. yesterday, having served nearly 4 days of his 10-day sentence for leading an 'illegal' strike.

1 in 5 pay more in Medicare Rx plan 27 Apr 2006 Medicare's new prescription-drug program has increased out-of-pocket costs for about one in five participants, causing some to risk their health by reducing or eliminating medications.

Chevron joins US oil firm bonanza 28 Apr 2006 Chevron has seen its first quarter profit jump 49% to $4bn (£2.2bn), making it the latest oil company to cash in on soaring world energy prices. Its revenues rose 32% on last year, also boosted by sales from Unocal, the oil firm it bought in 2005.

Bush rejects calls for tax on oil profits 28 Apr 2006 President [sic] Bush said Friday that taxing enormous oil industry profits is not the way to calm Americans' anxieties about pain at the gas pump... Bush's remarks suggested the former Texas oilman is unlikely to take harsh action against oil companies despite public anger about the rising cost of fuel.

Coal plants spew more mercury 29 Apr 2006 Mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants is increasing nationwide, even as the Bush regime touts an overall decline in toxic chemicals released by industry into the environment. Though total mercury emissions decreased less than 2 percent from 2003 to 2004, the amount blown into the air by power plants increased 4 percent, a Tribune analysis of newly released federal data shows.

'At Some Point, Reality Has Its Day' By Eleanor Clift 28 Apr 2006 (Interview with President Al Gore) "Al Gore: Then governor George W. Bush [in 2000] publicly pledged to regulate CO2 emissions and to forcibly, with the rule of law, reduce them—and publicly said 'this is a serious problem and I will deal with it.' Now, the other way that issues get covered in the media is if there’s conflict, and if there’s a sharp difference. And one is tempted to conclude that [Karl] Rove crafted those positions that were immediately abandoned after the election—in the first week after the inauguration, the first week—one is tempted to conclude that Rove wrote those positions in order to take from that issue any sense of contrast or conflict and thereby make it non-newsworthy. It certainly had that effect, whether it was intentional or not."

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Bush Set to Approve Takeover of 9 Military Plants by Dubai 28 Apr 2006 Dictator Bush is expected on Friday to announce his approval of a deal under which a Dubai-owned company would take control of nine plants in the United States that manufacture parts for American military vehicles and aircraft, say two administration officials familiar with the terms of the deal.

11 House Members to Sue Over Budget Bill 27 Apr 2006 Eleven House Democrats said Thursday they would sue the Bush administration, alleging the $39 billion deficit-reducing legislation signed by the pResident is unconstitutional because the House and Senate failed to approve identical versions.

U.S. calls Iran "most active state sponsor of terrorism" 28 Apr 2006 The United States described Iran on Friday as the most active state sponsor of terrorism. "Iran [?!? the *U.S.*] remained the most active state sponsor of terrorism", the U.S. State Department said in its annual Country Reports on Terrorism for the year 2005. [OMG! Hello, Pot? This is Kettle...]

Rice Says U.N. Must Act on Iran Nuke Plan 28 Apr 2006 Iran seems determined to defy international demands to control its disputed nuclear program, so it is time for the U.N. Security Council to act, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday.

Iraq VP warns Americans against striking Iran 28 Apr 2006 An Iraqi vice president warned the United States on Friday against attacking Iran... "We will not allow anyone to attack anyone," said Adel Abdul Mahdi, the Shi'ite member of the three-man Presidency Council, "We think that the use of force is not appropriate for solving any problem."

Musharraf insists: I'm not George Bush's poodle [LOL! No, *Blair* is the poodle, you're just one of Bush's many obedient lapdogs!] General says US air strikes infringe sovereignty --President denies running military dictatorship 28 Apr 2006 General Pervez Musharraf, facing a surge of anti-American sentiment, yesterday warned that covert US air strikes against al-Qaida inside Pakistan were an infringement of national sovereignty. Admitting that his popularity was waning, the Pakistani president insisted he was "not a poodle" of George Bush and rejected accusations he was running a military dictatorship. [Well, *he* may not be running a military dictatorship, but his master - George W. Bush - is!]

US admits Iraq is terror 'cause' --Report says that 11,000 attacks worldwide shows the war has become driving factor for extremists 29 Apr 2006 Three years after its invasion of Iraq the US Administration acknowledged yesterday that the war has become "a cause" for Islamic extremists worldwide and there is a risk of the country becoming a safe haven for terrorists hoping to launch fresh attacks on America.

Iraqi Civilian Killings by Insurgents Soar, U.S. Says 29 Apr 2006 The number of 'insurgent' [U.S.] attacks on civilians in Iraq skyrocketed last year, resulting in nearly 8,300 deaths and accounting for more than 50 percent of those killed in terrorist attacks worldwide, according to a State Department report released today.

SOS over Iraqi scientists By Ahmed Janabi 10 Apr 2006 "Since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, an alarming number of the country's leading academics have been killed. A human rights organisation puts the number at about a thousand and has a documented list of 105 cases. These professors, it says, were not random casualties - they were assassinated."

Roadside Bomb Kills U.S. Soldier 28 Apr 2006 A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier was killed last night when his vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb north of Baghdad.

Iraq's new man --Till it exits, the U.S. calls the shots in Baghdad (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) 28 Apr 2006 "So the bottom line is, even though this government is more credible than previous administrations the United States has put in place since the March 2003 invasion, the [Nouri al-] Maliki team is still an occupation regime, not unlike the Vichy government of Marshal Petain in France under the Germans in World War II. That is to say that the choice of an independent, truly Iraqi government will still await U.S. withdrawal."

GIs, Beware Radioactive Showers! By Irving Wesley Hall 27 Apr 2006 "...[D]epleted uranium (DU) is steadily taking down our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan... The Iraqi capital was saturated with radioactive dust from the initial explosions of 1,500 American bombs and missiles, many of them made from solid depleted uranium. After the saturation bombing, the city was the scene of street battles with M-1 Abrams tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicles, A-10 Warthog attack jets and Apache helicopters firing DU munitions."

Prosecutor Weighs Charges Against Rove in Leak Case 28 Apr 2006 Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor in the C.I.A. leak case, is expected to decide in the next two to three weeks whether to bring perjury charges against Karl Rove, the powerful adviser to President [sic] Bush, lawyers involved in the case said Thursday.

NSA spying comes under legal, political attack 27 Apr 2006 President [sic] Bush's no-longer-secret surveillance program employing the National Security Agency came under a two-pronged attack this week on both political and legal fronts.

'Clear terror threat to UK' 28 Apr 2006 The terror threat faced by the UK remains "clear and manifest", Britain's top police officer has said. Sir Ian Blair said the danger presented by would-be terrorists was at the same level as it had been since the [Bush Blair Laden] July 7 bombings.

Many questions linger on Flight 93 27 Apr 2006 United Flight 93, the hijacked jetliner that crashed into a coal field in western Pennsylvania, has been put into the new Hollywood feature film about the doomed voyage. Here are questions: Q. Why weren't military fighters under the command of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, able to intercept the doomed flight? Q. Did high-ranking officials from the Bush administration order fighters to shoot down Flight 93, and did Bush know about it? Q. Why haven't we heard cockpit recordings nor seen the flight-data recording from the other three flights?

Police prepared with crowd control plan --Thousands to march in Loop Monday 27 Apr 2006 Chicago officials unveiled their plan to deal with a major protest scheduled for Monday morning. As many as 500,000 people are expected to march through the Loop in support of illegal immigration reform.

Mystery disturbance traced to sound wave 27 Apr 2006 A group of Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists has uncovered some clues to the source of a mysterious disturbance that rattled San Diego County on the morning of April 4, shaking windows, doors and bookcases from the coast to the mountains. The scientists say the disturbance was caused by a sound wave that started over the ocean and petered out over the Imperial County desert. That spot is in the general vicinity of Warning Area 291, a huge swath of ocean used for military training exercises. The Navy operates a live-fire range on San Clemente Island, which is within Warning Area 291 and sits about 65 miles from Mission Bay.

Internet shut-down in two to four days during flu pandemic: Booz Allen 27 Apr 2006 Telephone and Internet services could be overwhelmed and shut down in the early stages of a bird flu pandemic, according to a report released on Thursday. Businesses need to think of other ways to keep going as governments close schools and direct people to stay home, management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton reported... "Telecommunications (phone and Internet) will likely be overwhelmed early in a pandemic, with experts predicting shut-downs in two to four days, meaning that telecommuting will not be viable and alternative communications need to be explored," the report read. "Governments will likely direct the general population to stay in their homes, and minimize social contact," it added. ['Overwhelmed?' No. The Bush dictatorship is going to *shut it down.*]

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

Bird flu one of many pandemic threats 27 Apr 2006 Birds are not the only source of viruses that could become the next flu pandemic, say two Australian virus experts, who argue the 1918 Spanish flu virus came from mammals, not birds, as recently suggested... In October 2005, a team led by Dr Jeffrey Taubenberger of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in the US, reported in Nature that the Spanish flu virus, which killed millions around the world in 1918-1919, was a bird virus that leapt the species barrier into humans.

White House scribe asks for the remote 28 Apr 2006 During a briefing led by White House spokesman Scott McClellan as pRsident Bush was traveling to New Orleans, Louisiana, the Washington Post's Jim VandeHei asked why the White House televisions always seemed to be tuned to Fox News and if it was possible to have them tuned instead to CNN. "It's come to my attention that there's been requests -- this is a serious question -- to turn these TVs onto a station other than Fox, and that those have been denied," VandeHei told McClellan... "My question would be, is there a White House policy that all government TVs have to be tuned to Fox?" VandeHei asked. "They're always turned to Fox, which a lot of people consider a Republican-leaning network." VandeHei noted that the televisions are paid for with taxpayer dollars.

Profits, Prices Spur Oil Outrage 28 Apr 2006 Exxon Mobil Corp. reported $8.4 billion in first-quarter profit yesterday, as members of Congress outraged over high gasoline prices hastened to propose measures... The earnings outstripped the oil giant's profit in the first quarter of last year. Given current oil market conditions, analysts said, that puts Exxon Mobil on track to break the $36 billion record profit it made last year.

Exxon Mobil Earnings Top $8 Billion (for one quarter) 28 Apr 2006 Exxon Mobil Corp. brought home huge barrels of money in the first three months of the year — more than any first quarter in company history, the oil giant said Thursday - $8.4-billion net income. Within hours of Exxon Mobil's earnings report, California Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer announced he would subpoena financial and other records from refiners in the state to "determine whether the firms are profiteering and gouging consumers."

Chevron Profits Soar 49 Percent to $4 Billion (for one quarter) 28 Apr 2006 Chevron Corp.'s first-quarter profit soared 49 percent to $4 billion, joining the procession of U.S. oil companies to report colossal earnings as lawmakers consider ways to pacify motorists agitated about rising gas prices.

10 States Sue E.P.A. on Emissions 28 Apr 2006 In the latest legal broadside against the Bush regime's policy on global warming, ten states sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday for refusing to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. New York City, the District of Columbia and three environmental groups also joined in the suit, along with New York, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin.

U.S. files criminal charges against W.Va. mine's owner 28 Apr 2006 The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia has filed criminal charges against a subsidiary of Massey Energy Co., which owns the Aracoma Alma Mine No. 1 in Logan County, W.Va., where two miners died in January.

Rush Limbaugh arrested on prescription fraud charges --Conservative talk-show host [Reichwing hypocritical whackjob] has been released on bail 28 Apr 2006 Rush Limbaugh was arrested Friday on prescription drug charges, law enforcement officials said. Limbaugh turned himself in to authorities on a warrant issued by the State Attorney's Office, said Teri Barbera, a spokeswoman for the State Attorney's Office.

Connecticut Lawmakers Pass School Soda Ban 28 Apr 2006 Connecticut's public schools will be banned from selling soda and other sugary beverages under a bill given final legislative approval Thursday.

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