May 2007 Archives
Cheney warns Iran from deck of aircraft carrier in Gulf 11 May 2007 Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney used the setting of an aircraft carrier in the Gulf to deliver a stern message to Iran on Friday, warning that the United States would not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons or gain the upper hand in the Middle East. "With two carrier strike groups in the Gulf, we're sending clear messages to friends and adversaries alike," he said in a speech on board the U.S.S. John C. Stennis, according to a pool report provided by journalists traveling with Mr. Cheney. "We'll stand with others to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons and dominating the region," he said.
Cheney warns Iran that US will keep sea lanes open 11 May 2007 Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney has a message to Iran -- the U.S. plans to keep the sea lanes open. Cheney issued the warning today during a rally aboard the USS John Stennis aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf.
Commander in Iraq Asks for More Troops 11 May 2007 The U.S. commander in northern Iraq said Friday that he doesn't have enough troops for the mission in increasingly violent Diyala province. Maj. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon also said that Iraqi government officials are not moving fast enough to provide the "most powerful weapon" against 'insurgents' -- a government that works and supplies services for the people.
Iraq asks US troops for another year 11 May 2007 Iraq’s [US-installed] president asked America to keep its troops in Iraq for up to two more years after the US Congress voted to limit funding for the war. Speaking at the Cambridge Union Society, Jalal Talabani said Iraqi forces would not be prepared to take charge of security for "one or two years".
US lawmakers vote to keep Bush on tight leash with war funds 11 May 2007 President [sic] George W. Bush was readying his veto pen again after US lawmakers voted to fund the Iraq combat in phases of just a few months, the latest twist in the political feud over control of the unpopular war. The House of Representatives voted by 221 votes to 205 Thursday to release 43 billion dollars (32 billion euros) in emergency war funds [for Halliburton, KBR and Blackwater USA], but told Bush he must show 'progress' in Iraq in July, before collecting another 53 billion dollars in financing. [What is "progress" - killing as many Iraqis as possible while getting the *oil law* passed?]
Bush aides berate GOP members 11 May 2007 Top Bush administration officials lashed out at a pair of House Republicans at the White House yesterday after details about a contentious meeting between President [sic] Bush and GOP legislators were leaked to the media earlier this week.
Bombers kill 26 in attacks on Iraqi bridges 11 May 2007 Truck bombs exploded on three important bridges near Baghdad on Friday, killing 26 people and damaging two of the spans in an apparent attempt by 'insurgents' to paralyze road links to the Iraqi capital.
Marine describes massacre of Iraqis 11 May 2007 Angered that a popular member of his squad had been killed in an explosion, a US marine urinated on one of 24 Iraqi civilians killed by his unit in Haditha, the marine has admitted. Sergeant Sanick Dela Cruz, who has immunity from prosecution after murder charges against him were dismissed, also testified on Wednesday that he watched his squad leader shoot dead five Iraqi civilians who had surrendered.
US-led raid kills 40 civilians in Afghanistan - witnesses 10 May 2007 At least 40 civilians were killed in an air strike in Afghanistan by foreign forces, witnesses said on Thursday, but the U.S.-led occupation said only rebels were hit and it knew of no other casualties. The deaths on Tuesday in the southern province of Helmand, if confirmed, would raise the civilian toll at the hands of foreign troops to 110 in the past two weeks.
Afghan Lawmakers Call for Cease-Fire 10 May 2007 Lawmakers angered by mounting civilian deaths have sent a sharp warning to U.S. and NATO commanders, passing a motion for a military cease-fire and negotiations with the Taliban. The resolution, which NATO labeled "a warning shot" across its own bow, came as reports emerged Wednesday of 21 villagers killed in airstrikes -- a toll that a Taliban spokesman said the militia would avenge.
Humvee Doors Trap Troops 08 May 2007 Doors that jam shut during an attack are an unintended consequence of the Pentagon's effort to add armor to Humvees transporting U.S. troops in Iraq. Due to the jamming problem, records show the Army must fix the doors of some 18,000 armored Humvees that serve as the main troop transport vehicle, USA Today reports.
U.S. drops plans to limit lawyer Guantanamo visits 11 May 2007 The Bush administration said on Friday it no longer seeks to limit the number of meetings between Guantanamo prisoners and their lawyers, a proposal that had been strongly criticized by civil liberties and legal groups.
U.S., Germans Fear Imminent Terror Attack 11 May 2007 U.S. and German officials fear terrorists are in the advanced planning stages of an attack on U.S. military personnel or tourists in Germany. Law enforcement officials tell the Blotter on ABCNews.com that U.S. air marshals have been diverted to provide expanded protection of flights between Germany and the United States.
U.S. official: Terror plot in Germany 'very real threat' 11 May 2007 U.S. authorities have discovered a terrorist plot in the advanced stages of planning against U.S. facilities in Germany, a senior federal official told CNN on Friday. But other officials from the United States and Germany were quick to say there was no new information beyond what had led the U.S. State Department to issue a "warden message" raising security at U.S. facilities three weeks ago.
U.S. officials say Germany threat may involve Kurds 11 May 2007 A threat warning issued by United States in Germany last month could involve attack plans by an al Qaeda[al-CIAduh]- affiliated group of Kurdish extremists, officials said on Friday. U.S. and German authorities said, however, that there was no new threat in Germany beyond the official April 20 State Department warning.
'The guys sort of led them on.' Informants scrutinized in Fort Dix case 10 May 2007 He railed against the United States, helped scout out military installations for attack, offered to introduce his comrades to an arms dealer, and gave them a list of weapons he could procure, including machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. These were not the actions of a terrorist, but of a paid FBI informant who helped bring down an alleged plot by six Muslim men to massacre U.S. soldiers at New Jersey's Fort Dix. And those actions have raised questions of whether the government crossed the line and pushed the six men down a path they would not have otherwise followed. One defense attorney on the case, Troy Archie, said no decision has been made on whether to argue entrapment, but based on the FBI's own account, "the guys sort of led them on."
Story changed! 'Islamic radicals' added to terror plot --A CLG reader [Ben Zavala] observes that the words 'Islamic radicals' were added to the Fort Dix terror plot story on CNN's homepage --quickly and quietly. By Lori Price 08 May 2007 'For 16 months, the FBI infiltrated the group... We [an FBI informant] provided the weapons.' --U.S. Attorney, Christopher Christie, "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren," 08 May 2007 [If the FBI informant provided the weapons, the *FBI informant* is the terrorist.] Updated!
Cuba says U.S. broke anti-terrorism treaties 11 May 2007 Cuba accused the United States on Friday of violating international anti-terrorism treaties by failing to prosecute an anti-Castro militant and former CIA operative wanted for bomb attacks against the country. Cuba said Washington should have arrested Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles under its own Patriot Act as a security threat and called for his extradition to Venezuela to stand trial for plotting from Caracas the downing of a Cuban airliner that killed 73 people in 1976.
The CIA -- a Terrorist Organization --Agency uses same tactics it claims to be fighting By Claudia Nelson 11 May 2007 The United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) can be considered a terrorist organization according to both international and American definitions of terrorism... In reality, the CIA does not only gather information but consistently targets and engages in covert operations, psychological operations, and acts of terrorism both domestically and internationally... Americans can no longer claim ignorance of the horrors committed by the CIA. They can not allow this guise of "The War on Terror" to continue, since it was started by the CIA a terrorist organization which engages in unconstitutional and illegal behavior.
Judge won't dismiss terrorism charges 10 May 2007 A federal judge has declined to dismiss charges against Minnesota terrorism suspect Mohamad K. Elzahabi, whose attorneys wanted the case dismissed after they learned that conversations with him in prison may have been recorded.
Virginia Tech Shooting 'Oddities' By Lori Price Updated 11 May 2007
Va. Tech massacre witness killed in mysterious car crash (total411.info) 11 May 2007 Jeff Soriano witnessed the Va. tech massacre and was promptly killed in a mysterious car crash five days later. What did he see? Many witnesses reported a 6-foot tall gunman incongruous with the patsy Seung Cho. (CNN report and comments)
Virginia Tech Student Survives Shooting, Dies In Crash 23 Apr 2007 A Virginia Tech freshman who returned home with his family after last week's campus massacre was killed in a car crash, his father [Enrique Soriano] confirmed Sunday. Jeff Santodomingo Soriano, 18, died from his injuries Friday in a Norfolk, Va., hospital after he was pulled from the wreckage of his burning vehicle, police said. Jeff Soriano's vehicle flipped several times and struck a tree, investigators said. Family members who witnessed the accident told WTKR TV that Soriano was speeding and racing [from] another car when the accident happened. They said the person he was 'racing' fled the scene after the accident.
Va. Tech Review Panel Holds 1st Meeting 11 May 2007 The panel studying the shooting rampage at Virginia Tech held its first public meeting Thursday, with Gov. Timothy M. Kaine asking for details about the gunman, how the events unfolded, and how the state and other agencies responded.
REAL ID Revolt Spreads to 33 States 09 May 2007 States are revving up their opposition to the "REAL ID" national driver's license program. At least 33 states are pushing for laws or resolutions blocking the program, the Senate recently held hearings on its implications for civil liberties, and the Department of Homeland Security's own privacy department gave the initiative the thumbs-down.
White House sought investigations of voter fraud allegations before elections 10 May 2007 Only weeks before last year's pivotal midterm elections, the White House urged the Justice Department to pursue voter-fraud allegations against Democrats in three battleground states, a high-ranking Justice official has told congressional investigators. In two instances in October 2006, President [sic] Bush's political adviser, Karl Rove, or his deputies passed the allegations on to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' then-chief of staff, Kyle Sampson.
Judge OKs Immunity Deal in Firings Probe 11 May 2007 A federal judge approved an immunity deal Friday allowing former Justice Department aide Monica Goodling to testify before Congress about the firing of eight federal prosecutors. Goodling, who served as the department's White House liaison, has refused to discuss the firings without a guarantee that she will not be prosecuted.
Democrats Push Gonzales on Attorney Dismissals 11 May 2007 House Democrats pressed Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales at a hearing on Thursday to provide specifics about why federal prosecutors had been dismissed, but he stuck to his past assertions that, although ineptly handled, the dismissals were justified and appropriate.
Moore Blasts Bush Over Film-Trip Probe 11 May 2007 Filmmaker Michael Moore has asked the Bush administration to call off an investigation of his trip to Cuba to get treatment for ailing Sept. 11 rescue workers for a segment in his upcoming health-care expose, "Sicko." Moore said in a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on Friday that the White House may have opened the investigation for political reasons.
Senators who weakened drug bill got millions from industry 11 May 2007 Senators who raised millions of dollars in campaign donations from pharmaceutical interests secured industry-friendly changes to a landmark drug-safety bill, according to public records and interviews.
Oops! Merck problem means extra shot for kids 10 May 2007 Young children needing immunization against chickenpox and three other diseases likely will have to get an extra [deadly] shot, due to manufacturing problems [Too much mercury?] that have halted production of a four-disease combo vaccine made by [pharma-terrorists] Merck & Co.
Minnesota E. Coli Infections Prompt Expansive Beef Recall 11 May 2007 PM Beef Holdings LLC in Windom, Minn., is voluntarily recalling approximately 117,500 pounds of beef trim products used to make ground beef, due to possible contamination with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's [Agribusiness's] Food Safety and Inspection Service announced.
Tainted feed pulled from fish hatcheries 08 May 2007 State Department of Fish and Wildlife officials on Tuesday pulled fish feed laced with an industrial chemical linked to the ongoing recall of pet foods, though federal officials [lying sacks of sh*t] say it contains levels too low to pose a danger to consumers. Workers at six fish hatcheries in Washington stopped feeding Bio-Oregon brand starter food to juvenile fall chinook salmon, steelhead and rainbow trout Tuesday, after learning hours earlier that a batch of that feed contained wheat gluten spiked with melamine.
'The contamination cannot be undone.' Judge extends ban on planting genetically engineered alfalfa 03 May 2007 A federal judge extended his nationwide ban on the planting of genetically engineered alfalfa Thursday and faulted federal officials for approving an herbicide-resistant strain of the crop without studying the dangers of contaminating other farmers' alfalfa or breeding tougher weeds. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer of San Francisco rejected the U.S. Department of Agriculture's [Agribusiness's] assurances that the genetically altered Monsanto Co. product could be safely grown while the department reviewed its effects on the environment. The judge said the government violated federal law by approving the product without conducting an environmental review.
Federal Judge Orders First-Ever Halt to Planting of a Commercialized Genetically-Altered Crop (Center for Food Safety Press Release) Judge Breyer Orders Complete Environmental Review of Monsanto's Gene-Altered Alfalfa 03 May 2007 A Federal judge today made a final ruling that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) 2005 approval of Monsanto's genetically engineered (GE) "Roundup Ready" alfalfa was illegal. The Judge called on USDA to ban any further planting of the GE seed until it conducts a complete Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the GE crop.
Awaiting Rock-Eating Beast, L.I.R.R. Tunnel Is Poised to Finish Trip to Grand Central 11 May 2007 All the parts needed to build a mammoth tunnel boring machine are crossing the Atlantic Ocean on a boat from Italy and are due to arrive tomorrow at the port in Newark. Over the next few weeks, the parts will be hauled to Queens, carried through the 63rd Street tunnel under the East River, to a rock cavern about 140 feet below the corner of Second Avenue and 63rd Street in Manhattan. There, the machine will be assembled and, by the end of the year, it will begin chewing through the rock of Manhattan, headed for Grand Central Terminal.
Pentagon Moved to Fix Iraqi Media Before Invasion --PowerPoint presentation had $51M budget for RRMT operation, part of one-to-two-year 'strategic information campaign' By Jim Lobe 09 May 2007 In the run-up to the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, the Pentagon planned to create a 'Rapid Reaction Media Team' (RRMT) designed to ensure control over major Iraqi media while providing an Iraqi 'face' for its efforts, according to a 'White Paper' obtained by the independent National Security Archive (NSA) which released it Tuesday... Among other items, the budget called for the hiring of two U.S. "media consultants" who were to be paid 140,000 dollars each for six months' work. A further 800,000 dollars were to be paid for six Iraqi "media consultants" over the same period.
Majority of Iraqi Lawmakers Now Reject Occupation By Raed Jarrar and Joshua Holland 09 May 2007 On Tuesday, without note in the U.S. media, more than half of the members of Iraq's parliament rejected the continuing occupation of their country. 144 lawmakers signed onto a legislative petition calling on the United States to set a timetable for withdrawal, according to Nassar Al-Rubaie, a spokesman for the Al Sadr movement, the nationalist Shia group that sponsored the petition.
House votes for more war funds in installments --Lawmakers defy Bush's veto threat 10 May 2007 The House of Representatives voted for additional funds for the Iraq war in installments on Thursday, defying President [sic] Bush's veto threat. The first portion would cover costs until Aug. 1 — $42.8 billion to buy equipment [?] and train [!] Iraqi and Afghan security forces. [*Puke.*] Under the bill, it would take a summertime vote by Congress to free an additional $52.8 billion, the money needed to cover costs through the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year.
House Rejects Nine-Month Iraq Withdrawal 11 May 2007 The Democratic-controlled House defeated legislation Thursday to require the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq within nine months, then pivoted quickly to a fresh challenge of President [sic] Bush's handling of the unpopular war. The vote on the nine-month withdrawal measure was 255-171.
Bush Says He'll Seek Agreement on Iraq Benchmarks 10 May 2007 President [sic] George W. Bush, facing growing dissent among Republicans as well as Democrats over the war, said he'll negotiate with Congress on setting benchmarks for progress in Iraq as part of legislation to fund troops.
Bush begs for more time as Republican revolt gathers pace 11 May 2007 President [sic] Bush pleaded for time over Iraq yesterday after being warned that the war was destroying the Republican Party and that allies on Capitol Hill were poised to defect.
NBC: 11 Republicans Berate Bush Over Iraq In Private White House Meeting 09 May 2007 In a sign of the growing fissure between the White House and its congressional allies over the war, NBC News reports tonight that 11 Republican members of Congress pleaded yesterday with President [sic] Bush and his senior aides to change course in Iraq. One member of Congress called the discussion the "most unvarnished conversation they’ve ever had with the president."
In Iraq, Cheney defends deployment extensions --Vice president vows to 'stay on the offensive' despite growing opposition 10 May 2007 Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney saluted U.S. troops stationed near former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s hometown on Thursday and defended the Bush administration’s recent decision to extend military deployments as "vital to the mission." [What exactly is "the mission?" Monsanto's GM seeds, KBR's detention centres, Blackwater USA's mercenaries, and Exxon Mobil's smuggled oil. Oh, ok. Got it. --LRP]
Strong explosion strikes Iraqi capital during visit by Cheney 09 May 2007 A thunderous explosion struck Baghdad on Wednesday, coinciding with a visit by U.S. Vice-President [sic] Dick Cheney to discuss efforts to reduce the violence in Iraq. The blast, which occurred about 6:25 p.m., appeared to strike in the vicinity of the heavily fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad, but that could not immediately be confirmed. Cheney’s spokeswoman Lea Anne McBride said: "His business was not disrupted. He was not moved." [Of course he was 'not moved.' Nothing moves this heartless bastard. How many must die before he IS moved? --MDR]
Iraqi parliament speaker slams U.S. officials over criticism of its summer break plans 09 May 2007 Iraq's maverick parliament speaker on Wednesday rejected U.S. criticism of the 275-seat legislature over its summer break plans, saying it amounted to unacceptable interference in Iraqi affairs as Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney was expected to take up the issue during a visit to Baghdad.
White House threatens to veto short-term Iraq funding bill 09 May 2007 The White House threatened on Wednesday to veto a proposed House bill that would pay for the Iraq war only through July – a limit Defense Secretary Robert Gates said would be disastrous. The warnings came as Gates also told reporters that his evaluation of force levels in Iraq in September will not lead to a rapid troop withdrawal, and that at least some U.S. forces are likely to be in Iraq for a protracted period of time.
Haditha marine 'watched superior kill surrendering civilians' 10 May 2007 A US marine told a court yesterday that he had "pissed" on the head of one of 24 dead Iraqi civilians killed by his unit and watched a superior officer kill five Iraqis as they tried to surrender. Sergeant Sanick Dela Cruz made the admission at a pre-trial hearing ahead of a series of military trials over the killings and alleged cover-up at Haditha, 120 miles west of Baghdad, in November 2005.
US Marine 'urinated on dead Iraqi' 10 May 2007 Angered that a beloved member of his squad had been killed in an explosion, a US Marine urinated on one of the 24 dead Iraqi civilians killed by his unit in Haditha, the Marine testified. Sergeant Sanick Dela Cruz, who has immunity from prosecution after murder charges against him were dismissed, also said he watched his squad leader shoot down five Iraqi civilians who were trying to surrender.
US Marine killed in fighting west of Baghdad 10 May 2007 A US Marine was killed in fighting west of Baghdad, the military said Thursday.
Two guilty of trying to leak details of Blair's talks with Bush 10 May 2007 Tony Blair's ill-fated war with Iraq claimed two more victims yesterday when a civil servant [David Keogh] and an MP's researcher [Anthony Clarke] were convicted of disclosing details of a secret conversation between the Prime Minister and President [sic] George Bush. Last night, MPs, lawyers and civil rights groups described the prosecution as a "farce" and accused the Government of misusing the Official Secrets Act to cover up political embarrassment over the war.
Britain's Blair to leave office on June 27 11 May 2007 Prime Minister Tony Blair said he will quit on June 27, 10 years after winning power in what was hailed as a new dawn for Britain that has since been darkened by the Iraq war. Blair's resignation triggers a contest for the leadership of the ruling Labour Party, which finance minister Gordon Brown is favourite to win.
Blair leaves saying 'I did what I thought was right' 10 May 2007 Prime Minister Tony Blair announced Thursday he will resign on June 27, ending a tumultuous decade as one of Britain's most successful leaders but who divided the nation over the Iraq war. Blair defended his record supporting the US-led invasion in 2003, insisting: "Hand on heart, I did what I thought was right."
US-led raid kills 40 civilians in Afghanistan 10 May 2007 At least 40 civilians were killed in an air strike in Afghanistan by foreign forces, witnesses said on Thursday... The deaths on Tuesday in the southern province of Helmand, if confirmed, would raise the civilian toll at the hands of foreign troops to 110 in the past two weeks.
Suicide Risk Said Higher for Veterans 11 May 2007 Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are at increased risk of suicide because not all Veterans Affairs health clinics have 24-hour mental care available, an internal review says. The report released Thursday by the department's inspector general is the first comprehensive look at VA mental health care, particularly suicide prevention.
Putin Cites Third Reich in Veiled Criticism of U.S. 09 May 2007 President Vladimir V. Putin obliquely compared the foreign policy of the United States to the Third Reich in a speech on Wednesday commemorating the 62nd anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany.
Canada-U.S. want formal rules for terror suspects caught at sea: sources 09 May 2007 Canada and the United States held talks last fall to set formal rules for the handover of Taliban and 'al-Qaida' fighters captured by Canadian warships at sea. The talks began with a visit to Washington last October by two senior members of the Defence Department's judicial branch, one of them a naval commander, and the exchange continued with at least one followup visit last winter, defence sources told The Canadian Press.
Widow of London bomber held in anti-terror raids 10 May 2007 The widow of Mohammed Sidique Khan - the 'ringleader' of the July 7 suicide bombers - and her brother were among four people arrested yesterday in an anti-terrorist investigation.
Gonzales 'not aware' of DOJ using Wales killing to explain firing 10 May 2007 Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [aka Tortureboy] acknowledged Thursday there was a "great deal of concern" in some quarters about former U.S. Attorney John McKay's handling of election fraud allegations during the 2004 election in Washington state. But he said he doesn't know if that's why McKay was placed on a list of U.S. attorneys to be fired in March 2005. TestiLIEing before the House Judiciary Committee in the nation's capital, Gonzales also said he didn't know if McKay might have been fired because he pushed for appropriate resources to investigate the slaying of Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Wales.
Administration Withheld E-Mails About Rove By Murray Waas 10 May 2007 The Bush administration has withheld a series of e-mails from Congress showing that senior White House and Justice Department officials worked together to conceal the role of Karl Rove in installing Timothy Griffin, a protégé of Rove's, as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.
'This case just reeks of rotten eggs. I would say this is just the perfect example of retaliation for exercising First Amendment rights.' U.S. retroactively labels 2003 leaked memo 'sensitive' 10 May 2007 The Bush dictatorship is belatedly accusing a fired air marshal of disseminating sensitive information, nearly four years after the officer leaked an embarrassing but routine memo on reducing hotel costs. The administration argues that ex-marshal Robert MacLean, who is trying to win his job back, should have known the unlabeled memo he received on his unsecured cell phone was considered "sensitive security information." Lawyers who handle national security cases said they could not recall an instance when the classification of "sensitive security information" was formally applied to a document made public years earlier. If the retroactive designation is upheld, lawyers say, it would instill new fears in whistle-blowers who want to release important but unclassified information to the public.
New Whistleblower Surfaces At Chemical Weapon Depot --Worker Safety, Environmental Violations and Data Falsification at Kentucky Facility (PEER) 10 May 2007 A top scientist overseeing chemical weapons storage operations at the Bluegrass Army Depot claims he was fired for reporting worker safety, environmental and data integrity violations, according to legal filings released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The troubled Army facility in Kentucky is already the subject of a federal grand jury looking into these and other lapses at the repository for storing 500 tons of the world’s deadliest chemical warfare agents.
Countering Radicalization --Our Other Prevention Strategy (FBI) 10 May 2007 On May 7, using our investigative and intelligence capabilities—from undercover operations to informants and surveillance—we foiled an attack on a New Jersey military base by a group of homegrown extremists acting in the name of jihad. Even as we look back on the successful prevention of a terrorist attack, we are left to ask: how do we—we in the FBI and we as a nation—prevent people like these living within our borders from becoming radicalized in the first place ... from taking their faith or political beliefs to the extremes of plotting acts of violence and destruction? [You can't. No justice; no peace. --LRP]
Face recognition next in terror fight 10 May 2007 Homeland Security leaders are exploring futuristic and possibly privacy-invading technology aimed at finding terrorists and criminals by using digital surveillance photos that analyze facial characteristics. The government is paying for some of the most advanced research into controversial face-recognition technology, which converts photos into numerical sequences that can be instantly compared with millions of photos in a database.
Internet Calls Subject to Phone Tapping --Starting May 14th VoIP Calls Will Be Easier to Tap 08 May 2007 Companies that provide Internet phone service have just six days to meet a deadline from the Justice Department. By next Monday, they'll have to make their systems easier to tap. That's right -- make it easier to secretly listen in on your phone calls, or face daily fines of $10,000 dollars.
Anti-Sarkozy protests in Paris, students strike 09 May 2007 French police arrested more than 100 demonstrators and hundreds of students went on strike at a Paris university as left-wing protests against [rightwing] president-select Nicolas Sarkozy continued for a fourth night on Wednesday.
OxyContin: The Giuliani Connection 10 May 2007 Rudolph Giuliani and his consulting company, Giuliani Partners, have served as key advisors for the last five years to the pharmaceutical company that pled guilty today to charges it misled doctors and patients about the addiction risks of the powerful narcotic painkiller OxyContin. Federal officials say the company, Purdue Frederick, helped to trigger a nationwide epidemic of addiction to the time-release painkiller by failing to give early warnings that it could be abused.
Michael Moore Faces U.S. Treasury Probe 10 May 2007 Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore is under investigation by the U.S. Treasury Department for taking ailing Sept. 11 rescue workers to Cuba for a segment in his upcoming health-care documentary "Sicko," The Associated Press has learned.
Police, Bomb Dog Search Colo. School 11 May 2007 Police searched a high school room by room Thursday after a cook reported seeing two suspicious men in the building around dawn, both wearing camouflage and one in a ski mask. Authorities said no classes or groups were meeting in Boulder High School at the time. Police sealed off the building, and school officials canceled classes for the day. A four-hour search by 23 officers in three SWAT teams found no signs of a break-in, Police Chief Mark Beckner said.
Threat evacuates downtown college 10 May 2007 A bomb threat at Columbia College this morning forced the temporary evacuation of one of the school's buildings in downtown Chicago, but no explosives were found, authorities said. The building was evacuated, but no other information on the threat was made available.
Cho's '05 dorm visit led to police complaint 09 May 2007 Virginia Tech police filed a harassment complaint against Seung Hui Cho with the university's honor court after the future mass killer made a late-night visit to a woman's dormitory room in November 2005, according to a campus police report. The university would not say whether Cho was called to a hearing or disciplined by the school.
Kyoto expiry looms over climate talks 10 May 2007 A climate summit in Indonesia this December must launch formal talks to extend the Kyoto Protocol after 2012 or face a hunt for alternatives, climate analysts and policy officials said on Thursday.
Saddam security services get recall in secret 06 May 2007 Authorities with the US-led occupation have begun a covert campaign to recruit and train agents with the once-dreaded Iraqi intelligence service to help identify resistance to American forces here after months of increasingly sophisticated attacks and bombings, according to US and Iraqi officials.
Gee, this can't be good... U.S. Embassy: wear flak jackets, helmets 09 May 2007 A sharp increase in mortar attacks on the Green Zone — the one-time oasis of security in Iraq's turbulent [due to the US] capital — has prompted the U.S. Embassy to issue a strict new order telling all employees to wear flak vests and helmets while in unprotected buildings or whenever they are outside. The order, obtained by The Associated Press, has created a siege mentality among U.S. staff inside the Green Zone following a recent suicide attack on parliament.
Armed groups 'breeding like mushroom' in Baghdad despite U.S. campaign 09 May 2007 Baghdad inhabitants say the presence of armed groups has intensified since the start of U.S. military operations to pacify the city more than two months ago. More and more armed groups are springing up in Baghdad, they say, and restive quarters like Doura and Ghazaliya have turned into major 'insurgent' strongholds... Kadhem Abedsada, who has been forced to flee al-Ghazaliya district, said security conditions have aggravated since the government began its security plan.
Iraq's oil workers to strike against Anglo-US oil-grab By Joshua Holland 09 May 2007 (Hands Off Iraqi Oil Coalition) Iraq's largest oil workers' trade union will strike this Thursday, in protest at the controversial oil law currently being considered by the Iraqi parliament. The move threatens to stop all exports from the oil-rich country. The oil law proposes giving multinational companies the primary role in developing Iraq's huge untapped oilfields, under contracts lasting up to 30 years.
Commanders in Iraq See 'Surge' Into '08 --Pentagon to Deploy 35,000 Replacement Troops 09 May 2007 The Pentagon announced yesterday that 35,000 soldiers in 10 Army combat brigades will begin deploying to Iraq in August as replacements, making it possible to sustain the increase of U.S. troops there until at least the end of this year. U.S. commanders in Iraq are increasingly convinced that heightened troop levels, announced by President [sic] Bush in January, will need to last into the spring of 2008.
Democrats craft new Iraq war-funds plan 08 May 2007 Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives said on Tuesday that they will try to pass a new Iraq war-funding bill to keep combat operations running for the next two or three months while also forcing a troop withdrawal vote in July. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Maryland DemocRAT, said a vote could come as early as Thursday on a new plan to provide more than $30 billion now for combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan before existing war funds run out.
Retired U.S. Army generals to make TV commercials criticizing Bush's handling of Iraq war 08 May 2007 Two retired Army major generals with experience in Iraq will appear in television commercials critical of President [sic] George W. Bush's handling of the war. The ads, to begin airing Wednesday, take aim at key Republicans in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Financed by VoteVets.org, the $500,000 (euro368,785) in ads will feature retired Maj. Gens. John Batiste and Paul Eaton, both of whom have criticized civilian leaders of the U.S. Defense Department in the past.
Pelosi threat to sue Bush over Iraq bill 09 May 2007 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is threatening to take President [sic] Bush to court if he issues a signing statement as a way of sidestepping a carefully crafted compromise Iraq war spending bill. Pelosi recently told a group of liberal bloggers, "We can take the president to court" if he issues a signing statement, according to Kid Oakland, a blogger who covered Pelosi’s remarks for the liberal website, dailykos.
Truck bomb kills 12 in Kurdish Iraq 09 May 2007 A truck bomb in the northern Iraqi city of Arbil on Wednesday killed 12 people and wounded 40, a Kurdish security official said. First Lieutenant Mariwan Kareem, from the local security forces, said the truck had been packed with explosives.
US attack 'kills Iraqi children' 08 May 2007 An attack by a US helicopter against suspected 'insurgents' in Iraq has killed a number of children at a primary school, Iraqi security sources say. The attack took place in Diyala province north-east of Baghdad, the sources say.
Child survival rate plummeting in Iraq --Report finds Iraqi kids fare worse than anywhere else in the world 07 May 2007 The chance that an Iraqi child will live beyond age 5 has plummeted faster than anywhere else in the world since 1990, according to a report released Tuesday, which placed the country last in its child survival rankings.
U.S. Carrier Armada Aims At Iran By Michael T. Klare 09 May 2007 Looking down from the captain's deck some six stories high, the flight deck of the USS Nimitz is an impressive sight indeed: 80 sleek warplanes armed with bombs and missiles are poised for takeoff at any minute, day or night... Today, the Nimitz is rapidly approaching the Persian Gulf, where it will join two other U.S. aircraft carriers and the French carrier Charles De Gaulle in the largest concentration of naval firepower in the region since the launching of the U.S. invasion of Iraq four years ago.
U.S. coalition soldier killed in Afghanistan 09 May 2007 A soldier serving with U.S.-led occupation troops in Afghanistan has been killed in fighting in the south of the country, the occupation forces said on Wednesday
Former Marine Claims Illness From Mystery Vaccine --Military Source Believes Experimental Shots May Have Been Given 08 May 2007 (OH) Target 5 has discovered that an alarming number of U.S. troops are having severe reactions to some of the vaccines they receive in preparation for going overseas. "This is the worst cover-up in the history of the military," said an unidentified military health officer who fears for his job. A shot from a syringe is leaving some U.S. servicemen and women on the brink of death. "When the issue, I believe, of the use of the vaccine comes out, I believe it will make the Walter Reed scandal pale in comparison," said the health officer... The military claimed he [Lance Corporal David Fey] never received a shot... Eleven months later, Fey's medical records were mysteriously changed, with a handwritten notation indicating that the mystery shot was a flu vaccine. Fey is one of a growing number of U.S. servicemen and women who are getting sick after receiving vaccines. And the highly praised Department of Defense medical officer who spoke with Target 5 said that the number is up in the thousands. The symptoms range from joint aches and pains and arthritic symptoms to death.
Two found guilty over Bush-Blair memo leak 09 May 2007 A civil servant and an MP's researcher were today found guilty of leaking a secret memo detailing talks between George Bush and Tony Blair on the Iraq war. David Keogh, a communications officer, passed the "extremely sensitive" memo to Leo O'Connor, a researcher for the anti-war Labour MP, Anthony Clarke. He hoped the document would find its way into the public domain and expose the US president [sic] as a "madman".
UK official leaked Blair-Bush memo 10 May 2007 A British civil servant was found guilty of breaching the Official Secrets Act after leaking a classified memo about a meeting between Prime Minister Tony Blair and President [sic] George W. Bush in which Bush allegedly referred to bombing Arab broadcaster Al-Jazeera.
Terre Haute base stages simulated nuclear explosion drill 07 May 2007 An eight-day military training exercise in which the state coordinates with local emergency response officials will begin Thursday and use Terre Haute International Airport-Hulman Field as a forward operating base. The airport will initially harbor about 1,500 personnel from an estimated 3,000 people who will participate in one of the nation's largest training exercises for a simulated nuclear explosion. In this simulation, a 10-kiloton nuclear device explodes in Indianapolis. The training exercise is called "Vigilant Guard," one part of a nationwide exercise called "Ardent Sentry" that will test the national response plan, said Lt. Col. John R. Newman of the 181st Fighter Wing.
Prosecutors: video store clerk's tip was key to foiling Fort Dix terror plot 09 May 2007 A video store clerk is being credited with tipping off authorities to six foreign-born Muslims [?] accused of planning to assault the Fort Dix army base and slaughter U.S. soldiers with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades. The unidentified clerk alerted authorities in January 2006 after one of the suspects asked him to transfer a video to DVD that showed 10 men shooting weapons at a firing range and calling for jihad, or holy war, prosecutors said. After the video clerk's tip, investigators said they infiltrated the group with two informants and bided their time while they secretly recorded the defendants. The six were arrested Monday night trying to buy AK-47 assault weapons, M-16s and other weapons from an FBI informant, authorities said. It was not clear when the alleged attack was to take place.
Circuit City employee was hero in busting terror plot 09 May 2007 A male employee who works at Circuit City behind the Moorestown Mall is the unsung hero [puke] that first enabled authorities to foil the Fort Dix 'terror plot.' Circuit City corporate spokesman Jim Babb confirmed this morning that a current employee was asked by one of the alleged terrorists to dub a Jihadist training VHS cassette into a DVD. The clerk alerted Mount Laurel police about the video in January 2006, who then contacted the FBI, which launched the investigation... Babb declined to give the clerk's [toadstool's] name.
Companies See Demand For Instant Emergency Alerts --Local School Uses Red Alert System 09 May 2007 EZ School Alert, a new company that was developed after the Weston High School shooting, delivers instant communications to parents about emergencies, school closings and informational reminders. Amtelco, a 30-year-old business in McFarland, sells a notification system called Red Alert. It allows a school, business or government to send emergency messages. Interest in Amtelco's system has increased dramatically since the Virginia Tech Shootings, WISC-TV reported. "Our inflow of Red Alert requests and hits on our site has been 365 percent," said Tim Brady, Amtelco regional manager. "It probably wasn't until the Virginia Tech incident that schools really started to look and say, 'Do we have capabilities, do we have the ability to notify our parents, our students and other relatives instantly?'" said Steve Van Dinter, CEO of EZ School Alert... Amtelco just landed a huge federal government contract, selling its Red Alert system to FEMA.
Coulter: 'Newsweek' Teaming Up with al-Qaeda to Help Obama 09 May 2007 A recent Newsweek poll showing Democrat Barack Obama leading top Republican presidential hopefuls could have been made up and might help al-Qaeda, syndicated columnist commentator MAnn Coulter said in her latest verbal broadside. Coulter, a best-selling 'author,' was asked on Faux News' "At Large" what she thought about the survey results.
U.S. charges against alleged terrorist dropped 09 May 2007 A U.S. judge threw out all charges against anti-Castro Cuban militant Luis Posada Carriles on Tuesday, less than a week before he was supposed to go to trial... Posada is considered a terrorist in Cuba and Venezuela, where he is accused of masterminding the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner. Cuba and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez have criticized Washington for having a double standard in its war on [of] terror, saying Posada Carriles was being treated with kid gloves because of his CIA past. They say he should be charged with terrorism and murder, not immigration crimes.
Four U.S. oil workers kidnapped in Nigeria 09 May 2007 Heavily armed gunmen kidnapped four U.S. oil workers from a barge off the Nigerian coast near Chevron's Escravos crude export terminal on Wednesday, a U.S. diplomat and Nigerian security sources said.
Charges may result from firings, say two former U.S. attorneys 09 May 2007 Two former U.S. attorneys said today they believe ongoing investigations into the dismissals last year of eight federal prosecutors could result in criminal charges against senior Justice Department officials. John McKay, the former U.S. attorney for Western Washington, and David Iglesias, the former U.S. attorney for New Mexico, also said they believe White House political operative Karl Rove and his aides instigated the dismissals and ultimately decided who among the nation's 93 U.S. attorneys should be fired.
Jeb Bush Joins the Tenet Gravy Train By Brett Arends 09 May 2007 Jeb Bush, the president's brother and former governor of Florida, is up for election Thursday as a director of troubled hospital chain Tenet Healthcare. Assuming he's waved through, his pay in his first year would come to nearly $37,000 a day. This is the same Tenet that had to pay $900 million to Uncle Sam last summer to settle charges that it had overbilled Medicare and Medicaid over many years. Nine hundred million dollars... It's also the same Tenet that just paid $80 million to the IRS after an audit found it owed back taxes going back as far as 1995... And this is just the big stuff. Tenet's recent public filings read like a police blotter. One of its clinics in South Carolina performed 436 open heart operations without certification. The company is being sued in California by staff claiming they were systematically short-changed on pay and overtime, in breach of the state's labor code. Three former Tenet staff members, at a New Orleans hospital it owned, are under investigation for allegedly euthanizing four patients following Hurricane Katrina. [Arming the Left: Is the time now? --by Charles Southwell 21 Oct 2003]
Doctors Reap Millions for Anemia Drugs 09 May 2007 Two of the world’s largest drug companies are paying hundreds of millions of dollars to doctors every year in return for giving their patients anemia medicines, which regulators now say may be unsafe at commonly used doses.
State Tells Gas Station to Raise Prices --State Could Penalize Man For Each Discounted Gallon Sold 09 May 2007 A service station that offered discounted gas to senior citizens and people supporting youth sports has been ordered by the state to raise its prices. Center City BP owner Raj Bhandari has been offering senior citizens a 2 cent per gallon price break and discount cards that let sports boosters pay 3 cents less per gallon. But the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection said those deals violate Wisconsin's Unfair Sales Act, which requires stations to sell gas for about 9.2 percent more than the wholesale price. Bhandari said he received a letter from the state auditor last month saying the state would sue him if he did not raise his prices.
Black Death bacteria found in bins left uncollected for fortnight 06 May 2007 Dustbins which are only emptied once a fortnight have been found to harbour bugs from the same family of bacteria that ravaged Europe during the Black Death. Samples taken during a study of the health hazards associated with fortnightly collections tested positive for a string of potentially deadly bacteria, including bugs from the yersinia family.
Epidemic Is Killing Pigs in Southeastern China 07 May 2007 A mysterious epidemic is killing pigs in southeastern China, but international and Hong Kong authorities said today that the Chinese government is providing little information about it, or about the contaminated wheat gluten that has caused deaths and illnesses in other animals... Because pigs can catch many of the same diseases as people, including bird flu, the two U.N. agencies maintain global networks to track and investigate unexplained patterns of pig deaths. Hong Kong television broadcasts and newspapers were full of lurid accounts today of pigs staggering around with blood pouring from their bodies in Gaoyao and neighboring Yunfu, both in Guangdong Province.
Subtropical Storm Andrea forms off SE coast --Weather system appears 3 weeks before official start of hurricane season 09 May 2007 Subtropical Storm Andrea formed Wednesday off the southeastern U.S. coast, more than three weeks before the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season, forecasters said.
Big Georgia Fire Heads for Florida 08 May 2007 Crews already battling more than 200 wildfires across Florida faced a new threat Tuesday as a huge blaze in Georgia moved toward the state line and a smaller fire crossed it.
Discovers [Is Part of] Fort Dix Terror Plot
08 May 2007 The FBI "uncovered" a terror plot to kill soldiers
at Fort Dix Army Base in New Jersey and has arrested six suspects. The
ring of suspects is on its way to the federal courthouse in Philadelphia.
The feds call them six 'Islamic radicals' and say they were plotting
to attack the Fort Dix Army Base in New Jersey. The FBI says they had
been living in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and had
them under surveillance for a year, after being tipped
off by a video store [LOL!] where the suspects had
taken a training video to be copied.
6 held on terror conspiracy charges in N.J. --Men allegedly plotted to attack Fort Dix Army base 08 May 2007 Six men from the former Yugoslavia were arrested on charges they plotted to attack the Fort Dix Army base and "kill as many soldiers as possible," federal authorities said Tuesday. The suspects were described as "Islamic radicals," [?!?] said U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Greg Reinert.
FBI: Fort Dix Target of Plot --Federal Authorities Arrest Six Men in N.J. for Allegedly Planning to Storm Post 08 May 2007 Federal authorities in New Jersey have arrested six men who allegedly plotted for 17 months to attack the Fort Dix military post with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades, federal officials said today.
Oath to al-Qaida [FBI Agent] Heard at Terror Trial 08 May 2007 Jurors on Monday heard a Florida doctor pledging his support to an FBI agent posing as an 'al-Qaida' recruiter in tapes made secretly as part of a terrorism investigation. The oath occurred in a Bronx apartment as FBI Agent Ali Soufan sought to learn whether the doctor, Rafiq Abdus Sabir, was serious about wanting to help the organization led by Osama bin Laden, the agent testified.
Pentagon tells 35,000: Prepare to deploy 08 May 2007 The Pentagon has notified more than 35,000 soldiers and Marines to be prepared to deploy to Iraq beginning this fall, a move that would allow commanders to maintain the ongoing buildup of troops through the end of the year if needed.
River Tigris becoming a graveyard of bodies 08 May 2007 (IRIN) The River Tigris has long been a symbol of prosperity in Iraq but since the US-led invasion in 2003, this amazing watercourse has turned into a graveyard of bodies. In addition, the water level is decreasing as pollution increases, say environmentalists. Pollution in the river is caused by oil derivatives and industrial waste as well as Iraqi and US military waste, they say. The river was one of the main sources of water, food, transport and recreation for the local population but after four years of war and pollution, it has been transformed into a stagnant sewer, according to environmentalists.
Car bomb kills 16 in Iraqi Shi'ite city 08 May 2007 A suicide bomber killed 16 people and wounded 70 at a crowded market in Iraq's Shi'ite city of Kufa on Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a string of sectarian attacks blamed on al Qaeda Sunni militants [but, were carried out by US terrorists].
68 Killed or Found Dead in Iraq 08 May 2007 Suicide bombers killed 13 people in a pair of attacks Monday around the Sunni Arab city of Ramadi... In all, at least 68 people were killed or found dead nationwide Monday, police said. They included the bullet-riddled bodies of 30 men found in Baghdad - the apparent victims of sectarian [US] death squads.
Families begin to flee Baghdad suburb as US-led forces strike 07 May 2007 (IRIN) Dozens of families started to flee Sadr City, the main Shi'a district of Baghdad, on Sunday following raids by US-led forces against suspected militants.
George Tenet, spook for all seasons --The former CIA chief seems strangely oblivious that his self-serving defense is shredding the remains of his reputation. By Sidney Blumenthal 03 May 2007 [George] Tenet's account of the July 20, 2002, meeting of CIA officials and British intelligence officers in Washington is also misleading, according to a former high CIA official with firsthand knowledge, who described it to me as "total bullshit." That meeting was important as the basis of the subsequent briefing of Prime Minister Tony Blair that took place at Downing Street three days later, summarized in the famous so-called Downing Street memo. In the memo, Sir Richard Dearlove, chief of MI6, is quoted: "Military action was now seen as inevitable ... Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD." Even more ominously, Dearlove warned that "the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."
Chevron seen settling case on Iraq oil 08 May 2007 Chevron, the second-largest American oil company, is preparing to acknowledge that it should have known kickbacks were being paid to Saddam Hussein on oil it bought from Iraq as part of a defunct United Nations program, according to investigators. The admission is part of a settlement being negotiated with United States prosecutors and includes fines totaling $25 million to $30 million, according to the investigators, who declined to be identified because the settlement was not yet public.
September Could Be Key Deadline for Iraq War 08 May 2007 Congressional leaders from both political parties are giving President [sic] Bush a matter of months to prove that the Iraq war effort has turned a corner [Oh, ok. We'll go right on killing until fall], with September looking increasingly like a decisive deadline.
GOP Senator: Patience on Iraq Is Limited 08 May 2007 Senate Republican Whip Trent Lott said Monday that President [sic] Bush's new strategy in Iraq has until about fall before GOP members will need to see results. Lott's comment put a fine point on what Senate Republican stalwarts have been discussing quietly for weeks.
Bush won't give up military option on Iran: Rice 08 May 2007 U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush will keep a military option on the table as he seeks a diplomatic solution to the standoff with Iran over its nuclear plans, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said.
Heroin is "Good for Your Health": Occupation Forces support Afghan Narcotics Trade --Multibillion dollar earnings for organized crime and Western financial Institutions By Prof. Michel Chossudovsky 29 Apr 2007 The occupation forces in Afghanistan are supporting the drug trade, which brings between 120 and 194 billion dollars of revenues to organized crime, intelligence agencies and Western financial institutions. The proceeds of this lucrative multibillion dollar contraband are deposited in Western banks. Almost the totality of revenues accrue to corporate interests and criminal syndicates outside Afghanistan. The Golden Crescent drug trade, launched by the CIA in the early 1980s, continues to be protected by US intelligence, in liaison with NATO occupation forces and the British military. In recent developments, British occupation forces have promoted opium cultivation through paid radio advertisements.
U.S. Trainers' Killer Was Afghan Soldier 08 May 2007 The man who shot and killed two American military trainers and wounded two others on Sunday was a soldier in the Afghan National Army, the Afghan Defense Ministry confirmed Monday.
Torture a Kabul speciality --Ottawa's deal to inspect prisoners shows it hasn't learned from war history in Afghanistan By Eric Margolis 06 May 2007 In 2001, the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, allied itself to the Northern Alliance, and overthrew the Taliban. A figurehead, Hamid Karzai, was put in power. Real power, however, was held by the Communist-dominated Northern Alliance. Once the Northern Alliance took Kabul, the KhAD, rechristened NDS, was quickly re-established. The old Communist torturers and war criminals went back into business. Today, an estimated 60% of NDS personnel are former KhAD agents. Canadian and U.S. forces fighting to pacify southern Afghanistan have been routinely handing captives and suspects over to the NDS secret police -- in clear violation of the Geneva Conventions.
Navy helicopter hits power line; 5 killed 08 May 2007 A Navy helicopter struck a power line during a training flight and crashed in a rugged area of the northern Nevada desert, killing all five crew members, the Navy said Tuesday.
Tenet-Bush Pre-9/11 'Small Talk' By Robert Parry 06 May 2007 In late August 2001, when aggressive presidential action might have changed the course of U.S. history, CIA Director George Tenet made a special trip to Crawford, Texas, to get George W. Bush to focus on an imminent threat of a spectacular al-Qaeda attack only to have the conversation descend into meaningless small talk... After reaching the White House, a CIA briefer, identified in the book only as Rich B., started his presentation by saying: "There will be a significant terrorist attack in the coming weeks or months!" Rich B. then displayed a chart showing "seven specific pieces of intelligence gathered over the past 24 hours, all of them predicting an imminent attack," Tenet wrote.
Study Links Rescuers' Lung Ailment to Trade Center Collapse 08 May 2007 In the first clinical study to clearly link World Trade Center dust to serious and sometimes fatal diseases, doctors have found that the number of New York City rescue and recovery workers with a rare type of lung-scarring condition soared in the first year after the trade center collapsed.
Doolittle says raid was made to aid Gonzales --Congressman claims search of his house was staged so the attorney general looked tough on GOP before Senate hearing. 07 May 2007 Rep. John Doolittle said in a weekend opinion article that he believes federal law enforcement agents staged a raid on his house last month, then leaked word of it in an effort to bolster Attorney General Alberto Gonzales as he was about to appear before a Senate committee probing the firing of federal prosecutors.
Moving forward: My right to the presumption of innocence and justice By John Doolittle 05 May 2007 Even though the search warrant only pertained to items related to [wife] Julie's business, agents seized many personal items that clearly had no relevance to their investigation... However, what is more revealing about the government's motives is what they left behind. While the agents were busy rummaging through our personal items, they failed to take an accordion file with information about the work Julie did for Jack Abramoff, all of which was legitimate and legal. Then four days later, details of the search were leaked to a Washington, D.C., newspaper. I do not believe it was a coincidence that the leak came the day before Attorney General Alberto Gonzales testified before Congress on charges that his office was overly partisan in its firing of eight U.S. Attorneys, especially considering Gonzales specifically cited his recent prosecution of Republican members of Congress as evidence to the contrary.
Justice Dept. Allows Immunity Deal for Ex-Gonzales Aide 08 May 2007 The Justice Department cleared the way yesterday for a limited immunity deal between House investigators and Monica M. Goodling, a former top Justice aide who has refused to answer questions about her role in last year's firing of eight U.S. attorneys.
RFK: Rove And Rove's Brain, 'Should Be In Jail,' Not In Office By Greg Palast 07 May 2007 Voting rights attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has called for prison time for the new US Attorney for Arkansas, Timothy Griffin and investigation of Griffin’s former boss, Karl Rove, chief political advisor to President [sic] Bush.
Deal Is Offered for Chief's Exit at World Bank 08 May 2007 Leading governments of Europe, mounting a new campaign to push Paul D. Wolfowitz from his job as World Bank president, signaled Monday that they were willing to let the United States choose the bank’s next chief, but only if Mr. Wolfowitz stepped down soon, European officials said.
World Bank panel says Wolfowitz broke rules 07 May 2007 A World Bank panel has found that bank President Paul Wolfowitz's handling of a promotion and pay increase for his companion represented a conflict of interest and broke staff rules, but made no recommendation on how he should be reprimanded, board sources said on Monday.
If looks could kill, Mr Bush, you'd be a goner 08 May 2007 A cloudless blue sky, a military marching band, an immaculate red carpet - the White House managed to put everything in order yesterday for the Queen's first visit to the United States in 16 years. Everything, that is, except for George Bush. In his opening remarks, the president managed to undo weeks of preparation in a single phrase...
18 Big GOP Donors Dine With the Queen 08 May 2007 An Arizona car dealer, an interior designer and a former Enron executive were among the 18 major Republican donors invited to the dine with the Queen of England, along with celebrities, members of Congress and Bush administration officials, at last night's White House white-tie state dinner. "These are not your rank-and-file donors," says Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the campaign finance watchdog group the Center for Responsive Politics. "In a sense, this is the GOP royalty."
Recall reversed on impeachment plate 08 May 2007 A Rapid City woman will not have to turn in her anti-George Bush license plate after all, a state official announced today. Paul Kinsman, secretary of the state Department of Revenue and Regulation, said officials with the Division of Motor Vehicles will not recall the "MPEACHW" personalized license plate that Heather Morijah has on her 2005 Toyota Prius. Last week, DMV director Deb Hillmer told the Journal that Morijah would have to give up her license plate because someone complained that it was offensive.
Farmed fish fed contaminated material 08 May 2007 Farmed fish have been fed meal spiked with the same chemical that has been linked to the pet food recall, but the contamination was probably too low to harm anyone [!] who ate the fish, federal officials said Tuesday. [Oh. Since the contamination is "too low to harm anyone," I hope the fish make it to Bush and Cheney's dinner table. --LRP]
USDA: 20 million melamine-tainted chickens cleared for sale 08 May 2007 Chickens that ate bird feed made with a small amount [!] of contaminated pet food are safe for human consumption and can be released for slaughter and sale, federal health officials said yesterday. That decision emerged from a government risk analysis completed over the weekend involving 20 million chickens that officials said Friday had inadvertently been fed the tainted feed in several states. [Oh. Since they're "safe," I hope the chickens make it to Bush and Cheney's dinner table. --LRP]
holds 20 million chickens because of melamine-tainted feed 07
May 2007 U.S. officials are conducting a risk assessment to determine
if millions of chickens are safe for human consumption after discovering
their feed was contaminated. The evaluation, drafted by the U.S. Agriculture
[Agribusiness] Department, the Food and Drug Administration and the
Environmental 'Protection' Agency, could be completed as early as Monday.
On Friday, the FDA held back 20 million chickens from going to market
because their feed contained melamine.
C4 accused of falsifying data in documentary on climate change 08 May 2007 The makers of a Channel 4 documentary which claimed that global warming is a swindle have been accused of fabricating data by one of the scientists who participated in the film. The Great Global Warming Swindle was broadcast on 8 March and has been criticised by leading scientists for errors, distortions and misrepresentations.
Death Toll Hits 10 in Kansas Tornado 08 May 2007 A police officer who was critically injured in the tornado that tore apart Greensburg was removed from life support early Tuesday, a few hours after his daughter was married at his bedside. His death raised the tornado's toll to 10.
U.S. refiners set for big profits as pump prices soar 04 May 2007 U.S. refiners' glittering profits are expected to jump this year as robust demand growth from motorists and recurring snags at aging plants push fuel prices near record territory, analysts said. "The profit outlook is incredible, the refinery margins are significantly higher than last year or the past three years," Fadel Gheit, an analyst with Oppenheimer& Co., told Reuters.
Shell registers 14pc profit rise to record $7 billion 06 May 2007 Royal Dutch Shell added to the woes of its arch-rival BP yesterday by shrugging off lower oil prices and a fall in production delivered record profits of $6.9 billion for the first quarter of the year.
Arena Resources' 1Q Profit Jumps 59 Percent 07 May 2007 Oil and gas explorer Arena Resources Inc. said Monday its first-quarter profit jumped 59 percent, as stronger production helped offset lower selling prices. Quarterly earnings rose to $5.7 million, or 37 cents per share, from $3.6 million, or 25 cents per share, in the prior-year period.
Don't pump gas on May 15th. --Email circulating, via the Internet [CLG is not commenting on the effectiveness of a one-day boycott. The May 15 'gas out' is a well-publicized ' action,' --hence, we are posting it.]
White House: U.S. should brace for more casualties in Iraq 07 May 2007 After another bloody weekend for U.S. troops in Iraq, the White House said on Monday Americans should brace for more U.S. casualties in the push for greater security in Baghdad. Eight U.S. soldiers were killed on Sunday in roadside bomb attacks and were among 12 whose deaths were announced, following an April in which more than 100 died.
U.S. casualties will rise in next 90 days, commander says 06 May 2007 Still more carnage is likely over the next three months as additional U.S. forces arrive in Baghdad under President [sic] Bush's troop "surge" because "we're taking the fight to the enemy," a top U.S. military commander warned.
Two suicide car bombs kill 20 near Iraq's Ramadi 07 May 2007 Two suicide car bombers killed 20 people and wounded more than 40 in separate attacks near Iraq's city of Ramadi on Monday, police said.
12 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq Attacks 06 May 2007 A roadside explosion outside the Iraqi capital on Sunday killed six American soldiers and a civilian journalist, the military said, among 12 U.S. troop deaths reported on a day when two car bombs killed at least 44 Iraqis at a Baghdad market and a police headquarters.
4,000 US soldiers arrive in Baghdad 03 May 2007 Nearly 4,000 US soldiers have arrived in Baghdad this week in a bid to bolster a crackdown on [fomenting of] sectarian violence, the US military said.
Iraq War Hampers Kansas Cleanup --60% National Guard equipment is in Iraq 07 May 2007 The rebuilding effort in tornado-ravaged Greensburg, Kansas, likely will be hampered because some much-needed equipment is in Iraq, said that state’s governor. Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D) said much of the National Guard equipment usually positioned around the state to respond to emergencies is gone... The Greensburg administrator estimated that 95 percent of the town of 1500 was destroyed by Friday's tornado. The Kansas National Guard has about 40 percent of the equipment it is allotted because much of it has been sent to Iraq.
Two U.S. soldiers shot dead at Afghanistan prison 07 May 2007 A man in Afghan army uniform shot dead two U.S. soldiers at the high-security Pul-i-Charkhi prison on the eastern outskirts of Kabul, the U.S. military said.
Bus Crash Kills 9 in Afghanistan 07 May 2007 A bus crashed in northern Afghanistan, sparking a fire that left nine people dead and 25 injured, an official said Monday. The bus flipped over as it sped around a corner in Balkh province and burst into flames Sunday, said Sherjan Durrani, spokesman for the Balkh police chief.
Russia to respond to threats from US system: military 07 May 2007 Russia will respond to any threat from the US missile defence system to be deployed in central Europe, the Russian army's chief of staff [Yury Baluyevsky] said on Monday.
Luis Posada Carriles Reveals CIA Links with Terror 07 May 2007 Terrorist Luis Posada Carriles's reaction to the US government's attempts to conceal his CIA-links in his actions confirm that agency's partaking. During the trial against Posada for illegally entering the US, Washington banned any reference of his services to the CIA, and affirmed they stopped in 1976, before the explosion of the Cuban plane in Barbados. However, the accused's reply to the Texas court and published worldwide was conclusive by sustaining that information was false, because he served in the CIA for 25 years.
Congress considers broadening Justice Department inquiry 07 May 2007 Congressional investigators are beginning to focus on accusations that a top civil rights official at the Justice Department illegally hired lawyers based on their political affiliations, especially for sensitive voting rights jobs. Two former department lawyers told McClatchy Newspapers that Bradley Schlozman, a senior civil rights official, told them in early 2005, after spotting mention of their Republican affiliations on their job applications, to delete those references and resubmit their resumes. Both attorneys were hired.
Republican Leader Calls for Alberto Gonzales to Resign 06 May 2007 More Republican leaders on Capitol Hill are getting behind the growing movement calling on U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to call it quits. The latest to climb aboard the bandwagon is Representative Adam Putnam, the third most powerful Republican in the House of Representatives. Putnam is the chairman of the Republican Conference Committee and the highest-ranking Republican official in the House to urge Gonzales to quit.
U.S. Fights Off Bid to Punish UNESCO Official --Former GOP Congressman Accused of Giving 'Preferential Treatment' on Contract to Chicago Firm 06 May 2007 The United States and its key allies last week fended off a campaign by developing countries to discipline UNESCO's highest-ranking U.S. official, Peter Smith, a former Republican congressman from Vermont. Smith resigned in March after an audit found he granted "preferential treatment" to a Chicago-based consulting firm that received $2.15 million in contracts -- often without competitive bidding.
Wolfowitz aide resigns from World Bank 07 May 2007 One of two key aides to World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz resigned on Monday, saying he could no longer effectively help advance the mission of the institution under the current leadership crisis. Kevin Kellems, who was an advisor to Wolfowitz since 2002 at the Pentagon and throughout the planning of the Iraq war, told Reuters he was leaving "for other opportunities."
Bush's approval rate falls to 28 percent: report 06 Mar 2007 President [sic] George W. Bush's approval rating has fallen to 28 percent in a Newsweek Poll released on Saturday, an all-time low for Bush in that survey.
Republicans defect to the Obama camp 06 May 2007 Disillusioned supporters of President George W Bush are defecting to Barack Obama, the Democratic senator for Illinois, as the White House candidate with the best chance of uniting a divided nation.
Israelis camp by Olmert's door to make him quit 08 May 2007 Two Israeli college students have set up camp outside Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's home in a grassroots attempt to force him to resign after being criticized for mishandling last year's war in Lebanon.
Home Secretary to leave Cabinet 06 May 2007 John Reid is planning to resign from the Cabinet in June. The Home Secretary has also announced he will not stand for the Labour leadership when Tony Blair leaves office because he believes the Labour party does not want a contest.
France Lurches to the Right By Stefan Simons 07 May 2007 A large majority of French voters have elected Nicolas Sarkozy to become Jacques Chirac's successor. The election marks a clear shift to the right in the country. But while Sarkozy likes to present himself as a unifier, the radical political and moral cure he wants to prescribe could instead trigger deep social conflicts in French society.
Cars burnt, police hurt in French election violence 07 May 2007 Hundreds of people were arrested in France overnight in clashes between police and protesters who torched cars following conservative Nicolas Sarkozy's victory in Sunday's presidential election, police said.
Police fire teargas at French protesters 07 May 2007 Violence marked Nicolas Sarkozy's victory in the French presidential election last night as police fought running battles with demonstrators in Paris and other cities. Clashes erupted in the centre of the capital when about 2,000 people gathered at the Place de la Bastille – the traditional meeting place of the French Left – in a show of support for the defeated Socialist candidate, Ségolène Royal.
Bomb Threat Closes Edmonds-Kingston Ferry Route 07 May 2007 A note threatening a bomb on a state ferry at Edmonds has shut down the Edmonds-Kingston route, ferry officials said. Officials said ferry workers found a note in the car deck restroom on the ferry Spokane and evacuated everyone. The Washington State Patrol is at the scene with a full bomb squad response, including a robot and a bomb-sniffing dog. Washington State Ferries said the route was closed as of 9:28 a.m.
1 dead in casino parking lot explosion 07 May 2007 A device left in a casino parking garage exploded early Monday, killing a hotel employee who picked it up, authorities said. The man was moving the device from atop a car when it exploded shortly after 4 a.m. on the second floor of a parking behind the Luxor hotel-casino, said Officer Bill Cassell, a police spokesman. He declined to describe the device, but said initial reports that it was a backpack were wrong.
Cho was in grip of demonic power, says church leader 07 May 2007 Cho Hyang-in, desperate to find help for her silent, angry son, sought out some members of One Mind Church in Virginia to heal him of what the church's head pastor called "demonic power".
'It's like icing on the top of angel food cake.' New Orleans' Rebuilt Levees "Riddled With Flaws" 06 May 2007 Almost a year ago the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers declared that it had restored New Orleans' levees and floodwalls to pre-Hurricane Katrina strength. But the system is actually riddled with flaws, and a storm even weaker than Katrina could breach the levees if it hit this year, say leading experts who have investigated the system.
LAPD unit's presence is provocative, activist says 05 May 2007 Riots, dangerous standoffs and terrorism are crises for which the Los Angeles Police Department created its elite Metropolitan Division. So community activists wonder: Why was this helmeted, baton-wielding unit called to clear out a park after Tuesday's peaceful immigration march? And did their appearance somehow instigate the violence that ensued? "Their presence is provocative," said Carol Sobel, president of the National Lawyers Guild, who has worked with the LAPD to change policies, including when Metro officers are activated.
5 in uniform arrested for looting in Greensburg 07 May 2007 Four Fort Riley soldiers and a reserve police officer were arrested for looting cigarettes and alcohol from a store in Greensburg, the state adjutant general's office said.
2 bodies found in Greensburg, Kiowa County fishing lake 07 May 2007 Searchers found the bodies of two more victims of the tornado in or near Greensburg today, City Administrator Steve Hewitt confirmed. That brings the number of dead in Kiowa County to 10. Two more victims from weekend storms died in Stafford and Ottawa counties.
Aerials of Greensburg Tornado Damage (kansas.com) 05 May 2007
Draft law enables US companies to take control of Iraq's oil industry 05 May 2007 A draft law being considered by the Iraqi parliament would enable US companies to take control of Iraq's oil industry, oil experts in the country say. The proposed bill, approved by the Iraqi government in February after months of wrangling, opens the country's oil sector to foreign investors 35 years after it was nationalised. "The law is designed for the benefit of US oil companies," Ramzy Salman, an Iraqi economist who worked for the Iraqi oil ministry for 30 years, said. "If approved, it would take things back to where they were before the nationalisation of Iraq's oil in 1972."
White House Searches for War Czar 06 May 2007 Now that the White House is searching for a "war czar," it begs the question of who has been coordinating U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan the past four years. [Halliburton, KBR, Blackwater USA and Exxon Mobil.]
Bush asks Congress to fill war chest 06 May 2007 US President [sic] George W. Bush urged Congress today to approve a new and "responsible" funding Bill for the Iraq war, warning of new violence if the money fails to materialise quickly.
Tape: Al Qaeda No. 2 Wants 200,000-300,000 U.S. Dead in Iraq --Ayman
al-Zawahiri Says Al Qaeda Wants to Spill More U.S. Blood Before America
Withdraws 05 May 2007 In a new video posted today on the Internet,
al Qaeda's [al-CIAduh] number two man, Ayman al Zawahiri, mocks
the bill passed by Congress setting a timetable for the pullout of U.S.
troops in Iraq. [I thought we killed all the
'al Qaeda number 2s!?' There's seemingly hundreds of 'em. Every time
Bush's approval ratings plummet, a new 'al Qaeda number 2' releases
tape from "dead" Qaeda leader put on Web
05 May 2007 An audio tape has been posted on the Internet purporting
to come from Al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] in Iraq leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri,
who the Iraqi Interior Ministry said was killed in internecine fighting
with fellow militants this week. Its authenticity could not be verified
[it never is], nor when it was recorded. [More
dead al-CIAduh number 2s continue to speak from the grave (which is
actually from where we wish key members of the Bush regime would speak).]
'As we have surged, we find the enemy surging as well.' US commander predicts intensifying fighting, casualties 04 May 2007 A top US commander predicted Friday intensifying fighting and more casualties as US and Iraqi forces move into sanctuaries used by Al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] to mount major terror bombings in Baghdad.
Car bomb kills 35 in Baghdad 06 May 2007 A car bomb killed at least 35 people and wounded 80 on Sunday next to a crowded market in a Shi'ite district of Baghdad which has been a repeated target of attacks...
Bomber kills 15 at Iraqi police recruit centre 05 May 2007 A suicide bomber killed 15 people, mostly police recruits, outside an Iraqi army base west of Baghdad on Saturday in a fresh attack on volunteers for the U.S.-trained local security forces. Police and an army source said the bomber detonated his explosive-packed vest in a queue of recruits lining up for jobs near Abu Ghraib prison, 30 km (20 miles) west of the capital.
Seven U.S. soldiers slain in Iraq 05 May 2007 Seven U.S. Army soldiers were killed and 13 others were wounded recently in Iraq, military officials said. A Task Force Marne soldier was killed and two were wounded Thursday when a roadside bomb struck their patrol south of Baghdad.
Iraqis jail many innocents, U.S. says 06 May 2007 U.S. officers here say they are increasingly troubled by the high number of innocent Iraqis being detained and held — in some cases for many months — by the Iraqi army. Several officers who serve as advisers to the Iraqis said at least half the people detained by the Iraqi army in Baghdad are innocent.
13 Police Killed in Afghanistan 06 May 2007 A roadside bomb killed five police and wounded two others on Sunday in eastern Afghanistan, while a clash in the west left eight police and at least four suspected militants [i.e., civilians] dead, officials said.
US massacres of civilians spark protests in Afghanistan By Joe Kay 05 May 2007 Bombing raids by US-led NATO forces in western Afghanistan last week killed at least 50 civilians and perhaps over 100, reports from Afghan government officials and human rights organizations have confirmed.
Resilient Infections Worry Military Doctors 05 May 2007 Military doctors say they don't know exactly what's causing infections such as the one Jon Harris has, and they are racing to find effective treatments. Four types of bacteria, they say, are causing severe and hard-to-treat infections for many troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan: Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus.
U.S. prisons groom dogs for Iraq war veterans 04 May 2007 Edward Parent is doing 10 years at a medium-security prison here for killing a teenage girl while drunk driving. Chuck, a Labrador retriever who dozes in Parent's cell, is one of dozens of dogs being trained by prison inmates in a fast-growing program that provides "service dogs" to help U.S. veterans who have lost arms and legs or suffered brain injuries in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Police gear up for protesters at Port of Grays Harbor 05 May 2007 (WA) Police in the Grays Harbor city of Aberdeen are bracing for the worst this weekend. A ship is expected to load material bound for Iraq. Prior shipments from Tacoma and Olympia have been met by boisterous protests. This shipment is the first from the Port of Grays Harbor. On Friday, it was all lined up down on a pier. There are personnel carriers, cranes, jeeps, stryker vehicles, boxes all headed for Iraq. There are also 24 helicopters.
Anti-war groups plan Port protests 03 May 2007 (WA) More military equipment from Fort Lewis bound for Iraq continues to arrive at the Port of Grays Harbor as anti-war activists begin making plans for protests, demonstrations and peace rallies in Aberdeen. Flatbed trucks carrying sand-colored Jeeps and other vehicles arrived at the Port near The Home Depot this morning... Meanwhile, local anti-war activists and the Olympia Port Militarization Resistance are beginning to organize to protest the use of the Port for participation in what they characterize as the "illegal occupation of Iraq."
Bush Aide to Leave No. 2 National Security Post 05 May 2007 Deputy national security adviser J.D. Crouch II, who helped spearhead the recent policy review that led President [sic] Bush to send more U.S. troops to Iraq, announced yesterday that he will step down early next month, becoming the latest key aide to depart the White House at a critical juncture.
Sarkozy predicted victor in France: Nicolas Sarkozy serait en tête avec 53-55% 06 mai 2007 17:39 Selon les très nombreuses informations que nous recevons et qui circulent dans les rédactions, Nicolas Sarkozy emporterait le second tour de l'élection présidentielle sur un score de 53-55%. Romandie.com avait annoncé à 16h22 une première fourchette de 52-54%.
Justice Official Says He Was Directed to Call Fired Prosecutors --By Murray Waas 03 May 2007 The chief of staff to Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty [Michael Elston] has told congressional investigators that phone calls he placed to four fired U.S. attorneys -- calls that three of the prosecutors say involved threats about testifying before Congress -- were made at McNulty's direction... At least one member of Congress has questioned whether the phone calls might constitute obstruction of justice.
Britain's Minister of Security to lecture at his alma mater: Virginia Tech 27 Feb 2007 In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, at Virginia Tech, a public lecture by noted alumnus Tony McNulty, Minister for Police and Security in the British government, will be held on Friday, March 23, at 5 p.m. at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. McNulty is responsible for the police service, counter-terrorism, and crime reduction (including violent crime, guns, knives, community safety and anti-social behavior). He also has cross-departmental responsibility for parliamentary business.
Bomb Warning Found Before Tech Shooting 06 May 2007 Minutes before Seung-Hui Cho's rampage inside Virginia Tech's Norris Hall, a note found on a second-floor stairwell door warned, "Bomb will go off if you open the door," a school employee said Saturday. Virginia State Police confirmed a threatening note was found in the room where janitor Pamela Tickle says she left it after the shooting, but they have not linked it to Cho.
Student charged with threatening Clinton 06 May 2007 A Louisiana State University student has been jailed on charges that he threatened to blow up US Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton during a campaign stop in Baton Rouge, police say. The student, 19-year-old freshman Richard Ryan Wargo, was arrested on Thursday after a fellow student reported he said he wanted to kill Clinton, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination and spoke on Saturday to the National Conference of Black Mayors in the Louisiana capital.
Government pursues 'terrorism' sentencing for environmentalists 05 May 2007 A sentencing memorandum filed Friday by federal prosecutors says that arson and sabotage by 10 radical environmentalists convicted of setting fires across five Western states amounted to terrorism. The government's 148-page sentencing memo argues that the crimes qualify for the so-called "terrorism enhancement" that allows additional - and potentially harsh - prison sentences. [When Bush bin Laden and Cheney Halliburton are tried and convicted for treason, will a 'terrorism enhancement' (for their roles in the 9/11 attacks) qualify them for the death penalty?]
GOP convention papers ordered opened 05 May 2007 The city cannot prevent the public from seeing documents describing intelligence that police gathered to help them create policies for arrests at the 2004 Republican National Convention [Repugnant Nazi Convention], a judge [James C. Francis IV] said Friday.
Kucinich calls hearing on gasoline prices 05 May 2007 U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, chairman of the domestic policy subcommittee, said he will conduct a hearing June 7 in Washington into why gasoline prices are more than $3 per gallon.
Ex-Bush official hired at Lilly --Azar to help manage drug maker's image and direct its lobbying amid surge in lawsuits 05 May 2007 Eli Lilly and Co. is turning to a former senior official in the Bush administration to help shape its public image and oversee lobbying efforts. The Indianapolis drug maker said Friday it hired Alex M. Azar II as senior vice president of corporate affairs and communication, reporting directly to Chief Executive Sidney Taurel.
La. recovery program is running short 03 May 2007 Louisiana's $7.5 billion program to buy out homeowners or help them rebuild is going broke, the governor is warning in another crisis in the long-mired effort to rescue neighborhoods smashed by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
The Elephant in the Room --George W. Bush has the lowest presidential approval rating in a generation, and the leading Dems beat every major ’08 Republican. Coincidence? By Marcus Mabry 05 May 2007 ...According to the new NEWSWEEK Poll, the public’s approval of Bush has sunk to 28 percent, an all-time low for this president [sic] in our poll... The NEWSWEEK Poll finds each of the leading Democratic contenders beating the Republican frontrunners in head-to-head matchups.
Karl Rove appearance protested 06 May 2007 (Punta Gorda, FL) They carried their beliefs above their heads and propped against their shoulders. "Where's the money for Charlotte, Karl?" "Rove, you are the environmental problem" "If we kill the innocent we become the enemy" Though their specific concerns varied, the protesters stood together along southbound U.S. 41 in Punta Gorda Saturday in response to one event: Karl Rove's appearance at the Charlotte County Republicans' Lincoln Day Dinner Gala, held that evening at Benedetto's Restaurant in Punta Gorda.
Honorary degree for ex-White House aide draws protests at UMass 03 May 2007 Some University of Massachusetts students and professors are protesting the school’s decision to give former White House aide Andrew Card an honorary degree, saying rallies and demonstrations will disrupt graduation ceremonies.
Bird flu re-emerges 06 May 2007 Bird flu has been found on a duck farm in central Vietnam, the first outbreak of the disease in more than a month, the government said on Sunday.
Tornado Destroys Kansas Town, Kills 9 06 May 2007 News of another approaching storm brought an uneasy quiet Saturday night as emergency crews called off the search for more victims of a tornado that killed at least eight people and devastated this southwest Kansas farming town [Greensburg] a day earlier. The National Weather Service said it had received reports "well into the double digits" of twisters touching down in six southwest Kansas counties. Numerous tornadoes were reported from South Dakota south into Oklahoma as forecasters scrambled to keep issuing warnings.
Wichita Paper on Tornado: 'Greensburg Is Gone' By E&P Staff 06 May 2007 The Wichita Eagle, two days after a massive tornado hit Kansas and other states, puts it succinctly today on the top of its Web site, with this headline: "Greensburg is gone; its future, unknown."
U.S. eyes $500 mln ammunition sale to Iraq 04 May 2007 The Bush regime told Congress on Friday of plans to sell Iraq about 400 million rounds of small arms ammunition, 170,000 grenades, demolition explosives and other military gear and services valued at up to $508 million. As part of the proposed package, the United States would sell 170,000 40mm HEDP grenades, 80,000 C-4 1-1/4 pound plastic explosive packets and 4.2 million feet of detonating cord.
Troops at Odds With Ethics Standards 05 May 2007 More than one-third of U.S. soldiers in Iraq surveyed by the Army said they believe torture should be allowed if it helps gather important information about 'insurgents,' the Pentagon disclosed yesterday. Four in 10 said they approve of such illegal abuse if it would save the life of a fellow soldier. In addition, about two-thirds of Marines and half the Army troops surveyed said they would not report a team member for mistreating a civilian or for destroying civilian property unnecessarily. "Less than half of Soldiers and Marines believed that non-combatants should be treated with dignity and respect," the Army report stated.
Iran accuses US of terrorism in Iraq --Mottaki slams detention of Iranians by American forces 05 May 2007 Iran accused the United States of terrorist acts in Iraq during an international meeting on Friday aimed at discussing security cooperation in the war-torn country. "To create a safe haven for those terrorists who try to turn Iraqi territory into a base for attacking Iraq’s neighbours should be condemned," Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said at the conference. "Mr Mottaki was referring to countries which, like the United States, carry out acts of terrorism in Iraq," he said. "When the United States arrests five Iranian diplomats in Iraq, it is an act of terrorism," he said on condition of anonymity.
Iraqi lawmakers demand U.S. withdrawal 02 May 2007 As calls in the U.S. Congress grow for a scheduled troop withdrawal from Iraq, similar demands are escalating in Iraq's National Assembly. Some 133 Iraqi lawmakers from different political blocs, calling themselves the "free deputies," signed a document demanding a scheduled withdrawal of the U.S.-led 'multinational' troops from their country, according to the Sadrist bloc in Parliament.
Projectile Bomb Attacks Hit Record High in Iraq --U.S. Says Weapons Are Made in Iran 04 May 2007 Attacks in Iraq involving lethal weapons that U.S. officials say are made in Iran hit a record high last month, despite 'efforts' to crack down on networks supplying the armor-piercing weapons known as explosively formed projectiles, according to a senior U.S. commander. The number of attacks with the projectiles rose to 65 in April, said Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, who oversees day-to-day U.S. military operations in Iraq.
Five U.S. Soldiers Killed, 11 Wounded in Iraq 04 May 2007 Five American soldiers were killed and 11 others were wounded in four separate attacks in Iraq, the Defense Department announced today, as a top U.S. military official predicted more service members will die in the coming weeks.
Beleaguered Iraqis now fear their own security forces more than the insurgents 04 May 2007 "Be careful," warned a senior Iraqi government official living in the Green Zone in Baghdad, "be very careful and above all do not trust the police or the army." He added that the level of insecurity in the Iraqi capital is as bad now as it was before the US drive to make the city safe came into operation in February. The so-called "surge", the dispatch of 20,000 extra American troops to Iraq with the prime mission of getting control of Baghdad, is visibly failing.
US Republican presidential hopefuls insist on victory in Iraq 04 May 2007 A packed field of Republican White House hopefuls vowed to pursue victory in Iraq and castigated anti-war Democrats Thursday, in their first head-to-head showdown of the 2008 campaign. [Uh, all that's left is the surrender ceremony, whereupon the occupation forces --Blackwater USA, Halliburton and KBR --lay down their explosives, close their detention centers, and flee. --LRP]
Clinton Proposes Vote to Reverse Authorizing War 04 May 2007 Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, joining Senator Robert C. Byrd, Democrat of West Virginia, proposed Thursday that Congress repeal the authority it gave President [sic] Bush in 2002 to invade Iraq.
Many Prisoners at Guantánamo Rebuff Lawyers 05 May 2007 Many of the prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, are no longer cooperating with their lawyers, adding a largely invisible struggle between the lawyers and their own clients to the legal battle over the Bush regime’s detention policies... The prisoners’ resistance appears to have been fueled by frustration over their long detention and suspicion about whether their lawyers are working for the government, as well as anti-American sentiment, some of the documents and interviews show.
Another Guantanamo outrage (The Boston Globe) 03 May 2007 Unwilling to close Guantanamo, bring its prisoners to US soil, and let them fight their detention in US courts, the Bush administration now wants to shutter the one window the outside world has on the Kafkaesque conditions in the camp. It is proposing to clamp down on the prisoners' only nonmilitary contacts, their lawyers... The last thing the government should do is further limit the prisoners' rights with the proposed restrictions on their lawyers. Those attorneys, most of whom are working on a pro-bono basis, are the thin line that is keeping Guantanamo from becoming a gulag.
Thirteen more civilians killed in coalition raid in Afghanistan --Czech soldier dies in road accident in the north 05 May 2007 At least 13 civilians were killed in a bombing raid by US-led forces battling the Taliban, an Afghan official said on Friday, bringing to 70 the number of such deaths reported this week.
Some 1,600 displaced in Afghanistan after US air raids (IRIN) 03 May 2007 Almost 1,600 families have been displaced and many others need urgent humanitarian assistance two days after US war planes bombed several villages in the Shindand district of the western province of Herat, Afghan officials said. Reports of displacement follow claims that up to 60 civilians may have died in the fighting.
British soldier killed in Afghanistan 03 May 2007 A British soldier was killed in fighting with militants in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said on Thursday. A spokesman for the ministry had no further details but said the next-of-kin of the soldier had been informed.
Army: Milblogging is "Therapy," Media is "Threat" By Noah Shachtman 02 May 2007 To the Army's 1st Information Operations Command, the "media" is just another threat -- along with "al Qaeda," "hackers," and "drug cartels." Military bloggers are even lower than that: just poor saps looking for a "therapeutic" way to get out their feelings. No wonder the Army has put out new rules that could very well kill the sites off. I've pasted a couple of screenshots below. But it's really worth checking out the Information Operation Command's whole presentation on "OPSEC in the Blogosphere," obtained by Steven Aftergood's Secrecy News.
Is This What the Army Thinks of Us? By Paul McLeary 03 May 2007 It looks like it's official: the United States Army thinks that American reporters are a threat to national security. Thanks to some great sleuthing by Wired's "Danger Room" blogger Noah Shachtman, the Army's new operational security guidelines (OPSEC) hit the Web in a big way yesterday... Shachtman reproduces a slide from the new "OPSEC in the Blogosphere," document, which lists and ranks "Categories of Threat." Under "traditional domestic threats" we find hackers and militia groups, while "non-traditional" threats include drug cartels, and -- yes -- the media. Just to put that into some perspective, the foreign "non-traditional threats" are listed as warlords, and Al Qaeda. In other words, the Army has figuratively and literally put the media in the same box as Al Qaeda, warlords, and drug cartels.
Yellow ribbons By Rex Babin 03 May 2007 (Political cartoon)
Blair 'set to stand down as MP after elections' 04 May 2007 Tony Blair is preparing to stand down as an MP rather than stay on in Parliament after he resigns as Prime Minister, according to authoritative reports circulating at Westminister today.
Blair set for ambassador role in Africa 04 May 2007 Tony Blair is to become a roving ambassador in Africa and the Middle East when he leaves Downing Street in an attempt to rebuild his tarnished reputation. The Daily Telegraph can disclose that the Prime Minister is to spurn the chance to earn up to £10 million a year on the international lecture circuit by concentrating on raising money for his new Blair Foundation, which will fund humanitarian work in Africa.
Ecuador refuses US maneuvers 04 May 2007 Ecuador has refused to participate in the UNITAS 2007 maneuvers because of an unacceptable attitude on the part of the United States.
CIA agents' trial scheduled in Italy 04 May 2007 A judge in Milan Friday cleared the way for the trial of 26 CIA agents and two former Italian intelligence officials over the abduction [and torture] of a Muslim cleric. Constitutional Judge Simone Luerti denied the government's claim that prosecutors overstepped in bringing the charges, ANSA reported.
FBI agent testifies he posed as al-Qaida recruiter in terror case 03 May 2007 An FBI agent [Ali Soufan] who posed as an 'al-Qaida' recruiter in a terrorism investigation testified Thursday at a doctor's trial, recalling that a key conspirator in the case showed him how he could strangle somebody with his prayer beads.
FBI opening far fewer civil rights inquiries --Terrorism supersedes hate crimes, police abuse 25 Apr 2007 The FBI touts civil rights enforcement as a top priority, but the number of investigations into such cases -- from hate crimes to the actions of rogue police officers -- has fallen sharply, raising concerns that victims are left with nowhere else to turn. Pressed by the Bush regime to beef up counterterrorism ranks, the FBI has pulled agents off civil rights and slashed the number of criminal investigations conducted nationwide.
'If they are going to do training for torture, are they going to do that on the site? We don't know.' Blackwater Rising By Chuck Goudie 02 May 2007 The world's most controversial security service is now open for business in Illinois... According to critics, Blackwater is nothing more than a corporate warlord, based in North Carolina, with a payroll of hired gunslingers-- hundreds of them now protecting diplomats and contractors in Iraq... The firm has received hundreds of millions of dollars in State Department security contracts the past few years. But Blackwater also has a law enforcement training division. And the company says the facility it just opened in northern Illinois is for police training.
Rove, Still In the Mix By Michael Isikoff 03 May 2007 Deputy chief of staff Karl Rove participated in a hastily called meeting at the White House two months ago. The subject: The firing of eight U.S. attorneys last year. The purpose: to coach a top Justice Department official heading to Capitol Hill to testify on the prosecutorial purge on what he should say. Now some investigators are saying that Rove’s attendance at the meeting shows that the president’s [sic] chief political adviser may have been involved in an attempt to mislead Congress—one more reason they are demanding to see his e-mails and force him to testify under oath.
College student charged with threatening Hillary Clinton 04 May 2007 A 19-year-old Louisiana State University student was being held Friday on $1 million bail, accused of planning an attack against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. State District Judge Mike Erwin set bail after Richard Ryan Wargo of Shreveport, Louisiana, was booked on charges of terrorizing, communicating false information of planned arson and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
State looks to pull anti-Bush license plate 03 May 2007 Heather Moriah loves the personalized license plates on her silver Prius encouraging the impeachment of President [sic] George W. Bush. But somebody doesn’t agree. And that somebody complained to the state. Now, the South Dakota Division of Motor Vehicles is trying to recall the plates -- which read MPEACHW. And if Moriah doesn’t turn them in voluntarily, the state might send law-enforcement officers to pick them up.
Hagel Says He Would Consider Presidential Run as an Independent 04 May 2007 Republican Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska said he would consider entering the 2008 presidential campaign as an independent.
Oops! TSA computer hard drive missing 04 May 2007 The Transportation Security Administration is trying to find a missing computer hard drive containing Social Security numbers, bank data and payroll information for about 100,000 employee records. Authorities realized Thursday the hard drive was missing from a controlled area at TSA headquarters.
US govt says to reduce bird flu testing during '07 04 May 2007 The United States will test fewer wild birds during 2007 for the avian influenza virus than it did a year ago, government officials said on Friday... "There are several theories on how (high-pathogenic H5N1) could get here, if you go by the wild migratory birds theory Alaska is the most likely spot," said Nicholas Throckmorton with the Interior Department. [No, a US Army lab is the most likely spot. See: Scientists Recreate 1918 Flu and See Parallels to Bird Flu 18 Jan 2007.]
U.S. Issues Guidelines on Use of Face Masks in Flu Pandemic 04 May 2007 If a flu pandemic ever emerges, surgical masks "should be considered" by anyone entering a crowd, and thicker industrial masks "should be considered" for anyone taking care of the sick, federal health officials said yesterday as they finally released guidelines for mask use.
USDA: 20 mln birds on farms may have had bad feed 04 May 2007 The U.S. Agriculture [Agribusiness] Department said on Friday as many as 20 million chickens currently on U.S. farms in several states may have been fed contaminated feed. A USDA official said the birds must be held until the government can complete a risk assessment to determine if they can be processed. [OMFG! The Bush regime is going to allow the corpora-terrorists to 'process' the contaminated chickens!!!]
Petfood recall widens on cross-contamination 04 May 2007 A major pet food recall has expanded again as manufacturer Menu Foods Income Fund revealed evidence of cross-contamination by some cat and dog food pulled since March.
Big Pharma Gets its Hooks into Seton Hall Law School (Corporate Crime Reporter) 01 May 2007 For decades, the pharmaceutical industry has marinated the medical profession in millions of dollars of free samples, lunches, trips, and fees. The goal – influence, power, profits. Now, the industry has another target – the legal profession. Last week, industry leaders Schering-Plough Corporation, sanofi-aventis, Johnson & Johnson and Bristol Myers Squibb and the pharma law firm Gibbons PC – announced that they will donate a total of $9.1 million to establish the Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law at Seton Hall Law School in Newark, New Jersey.
Italy's largest river drying up 04 May 2007 Italy declared a state of emergency in northern and central regions on Friday due to fears of drought following unusually warm and dry weather. Farmers have been fretting as Italy's largest river, the Po, has dried up in recent months.
Growling Cat Stops Mail Carriers From Delivering to Home 04 May 2007 Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow will deter the postal carrier from his appointed duty. But apparently a "threatening" cat does. John Samborski, of Winnipeg, received a letter from Canada Post stating that due to his cat Shadow's alleged growling, carriers will no longer deliver mail to his home... A neighbor says there is a small group of aggressive cats who run amok in the area, but Shadow isn't one of them.
Insurgents 'right to take on US' 03 May 2007 'Insurgents' in Iraq are right to try to force US troops out of the country, a former British army commander has said. Gen Sir Michael Rose also told the BBC's Newsnight programme that the US and the UK must "admit defeat" and stop fighting "a hopeless war" in Iraq. Iraqi insurgents would not give in, he said. "I don't excuse them for some of the terrible things they do, but I do understand why they are resisting." Sir Michael has written a book drawing similarities between the tactics of insurgents and George Washington's men in America's War of Independence.
UK and US must admit defeat and leave Iraq, says British general 04 May 2007 A retired British army general [Sir Michael Rose] says Iraq's 'insurgents' are justified in opposing the occupation, arguing that the US and its allies should "admit defeat" and leave Iraq before more soldiers are killed. When he was asked if he thought the Iraqi insurgents were right to try to force the US-led coalition [occupation] out, he replied: "Yes I do. As Lord Chatham [the politician William Pitt, the Elder, who, in the second half of the 18th century called for a cessation of hostilities in the colonies and favoured American resistance to the British Stamp Act] said, 'if I was an American - as I am an Englishman - as long as one Englishman remained on American native soil, I would never, never, never lay down my arms'. The Iraqi insurgents feel exactly the same way. I don't excuse them for some of the terrible things they do, but I do understand why they are resisting the Americans."
US inspector general for Iraq under investigation 02 May 2007 Stuart Bowen, the U.S. special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction whose office has uncovered abuse of both Iraqi and U.S. funds, is under investigation himself, a White House spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Bowen heads the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, or SIGIR.
Iraq says U.S.-backed oil law sent to parliament 02 May 2007 The Iraqi government has sent to parliament a landmark draft oil law, the oil minister said on Wednesday. Parliamentary officials, however, said they were unaware the bill had been submitted to the legislature.
Iraqi Blocs Opposed to Draft Oil Bill 03 May 2007 Kurdish and Sunni Arab officials expressed deep reservations on Wednesday about the draft version of a national oil law and related legislation, misgivings that could derail one of the benchmark measures of progress [for Exxon Mobil] in Iraq laid down by President [sic] Bush. Bush continued to criticize Congress for trying to use the bill to dictate timelines for withdrawal. "The question is, 'Who ought to make that decision, the Congress or the commanders?' " Mr. Bush said. "As you know, my position is clear — I'm the commander guy."
A slippery business By AG Noorani 23 Apr 2007 The draft Iraqi oil law would all but privatise Iraq’s oil industry under the cloak of "production-sharing agreements". Iraq’s five trade union federations, representing hundreds of thousands of workers, oppose the law... Antonia Juhasz recalls that "in March 2001, the National Energy Policy Development Group (better known as US Vice-President [sic] Dick Cheney’s energy task force), which included executives of America’s largest energy companies, recommended that the US government support initiatives by West Asian countries "to open up areas of their energy sectors to foreign investment". This is exactly what the proposed Iraq oil law would achieve. It has happened before. Iran's popular Prime Minister Mohammad Moasddeq was toppled by the US and Britain in 1953 after he nationalised the oil industry. With the oil law, the rape of Iraq will be complete.
Here's what our mission accomplished By Derrick Z. Jackson 02 May 2007 Yesterday, Bush continued to do violence to history by going to Central Command in Tampa to once again string together 9/11 and Al Qaeda and Nazis and communists into Saddam and Iraq... Four years later, we know what mission was truly accomplished. Bush destroyed the credibility of his presidency [sic] and degraded America's standing in the world for years to come. Whatever he tried to accomplish, America is saying the mission is over.
Rocket attack kills four in Baghdad's Green Zone 03 May 2007 Four U.S. government contractors [mercenaries], all from Asia, were killed in a rocket strike on the heavily fortified Green Zone compound in Baghdad on Wednesday, the U.S. embassy said on Thursday. It was one of the deadliest rocket attacks on the Green Zone since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.
Pentagon: 300 Iraqi Troops Killed in April 03 May 2007 April was the deadliest month of the year for U.S. service members in Iraq, but it was an even grimmer month for Iraqi security forces, a high-ranking Pentagon official said this afternoon. "The Iraqis sustained over 300 Iraqi security force losses in the month of April," said Brig. Gen. Perry Wiggins, deputy operations director for the Joints Chiefs of Staff.
Clinton joins Byrd in move to 'deauthorize' Iraq War 03 May 2007 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton announced on the floor of the Senate that she is joining with Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia to introduce legislation to make October 11, 2007 -- the five year anniversary of the original resolution authorizing the use of force in Iraq -- an "expiration date" for that resolution.
Karzai Says Civilian Toll Is No Longer Acceptable 03 May 2007 Afghan President Hamid Karzai declared Wednesday that his government can "no longer accept" civilian casualties caused by U.S.-led operations, shortly before news spread that as many as 51 civilians may have died during clashes this week in far western Afghanistan.
Pentagon study says oil reliance strains military 01 May 2007 A new study ordered by the Pentagon warns that the rising cost and dwindling supply of oil -- the lifeblood of fighter jets, warships, and tanks -- will make the US military's ability to respond to hot spots around the world "unsustainable in the long term."
More than 100,000 protest government in Tel Aviv 03 May 2007 More than 100,000 people joined a mass protest rally in Tel Aviv Thursday evening directed against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defence Minister Amir Peretz.
Lawmakers want VA to explain bonuses 03 May 2007 Congressional leaders on Thursday demanded that the Veterans Affairs secretary explain hefty bonuses for senior department officials involved in crafting a budget that came up $1 billion short and jeopardized veterans' health care. Rep. Harry Mitchell (D-AZ), chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs subcommittee on oversight, said he would hold hearings to investigate after the Associated Press reported that budget officials at the Veterans Affairs Department received bonuses ranging up to $33,000.
Potential Padilla jurors a skeptical bunch --Many candidates for panel unsure who to blame for 9/11 terrorist attacks 03 May 2007 Many potential jurors in the Jose Padilla terrorism-support case say they aren’t sure who directed the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks because they don’t trust reporters or the federal government. A cottage industry of conspiracy theorists [9/11 truth tellers] has sprung up among academics and others who assert that the U.S. was involved in the Sept. 11 attacks, or that explosives planted inside the World Trade Center towers brought the buildings down rather than the jetliners that crashed into them.
US seeks to bar alleged terrorist to speak of CIA ties 30 May 2007 The US government is seeking to bar former CIA agent Luis Posada Carriles, who is wanted in Venezuela and Cuba for the downing of an airliner [terrorism], from talking about his links with the agency when he goes on trial in May.
Putin not able to track all nukes 02 May 2007 Russian President Vladimir Putin told President [sic] Bush he could not account for all of Moscow's nuclear weapons at the same time al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] was seeking to purchase three Russian nuclear devices on the black market, former CIA Director George J. Tenet said.
Senators Wary of Bush's Wiretap Proposal 02 May 2007 Citing FBI abuses and the attorney general's troubles, senators peppered top Justice and intelligence officials Tuesday with skeptical questions about their proposal to revise the rules for spying on Americans. Senate Intelligence Committee members said the Bush administration must provide more information about its earlier domestic spying before it can hope to gain additional powers for the future.
'The attorney general has thoroughly and utterly lost my confidence.' Ex-Aide to Gonzales Accused of Bias 03 May 2007 The Justice Department has launched an internal investigation into whether Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales's former White House liaison illegally took party affiliation into account in hiring career federal prosecutors, officials said yesterday. The allegations against Monica M. Goodling represent a potential violation of federal law and signal that a joint probe begun in March by the department's inspector general and Office of Professional Responsibility has expanded beyond the controversial dismissal of eight U.S. attorneys last year.
Tester Calls on Montana U.S. Attorney to Resign 03 May 2007 Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) called yesterday on a top Justice Department official to resign his U.S. attorney's post after revelations that he worked to alter federal law so that he and a handful of other senior aides could escape residency requirements that governed their assignments as federal prosecutors.
2006 Missouri election was ground zero for GOP 02 May 2007 ...Now, disclosures in the wake of the firings of eight U.S. attorneys show that that Republican campaign to protect the balloting was not as it appeared. No significant voter fraud was ever proved. The preoccupation with ballot fraud in Missouri was part of a wider national effort that critics charge was aimed at protecting the Republican majority in Congress by dampening Democratic turnout. That effort included stiffer voter-identification requirements, wholesale purges of names from lists of registered voters and tight policing of liberal get-out-the-vote drives.
Rove e-mails subpoenaed 03 May 2007 Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) issued a subpoena yesterday to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for all e-mails from White House adviser Karl Rove that relate to the 2006 firings of eight U.S. attorneys. In a letter to Gonzales, Leahy also harshly criticized the Department of Justice (DoJ) for not being responsive to congressional requests for information.
Democrats press student loan cleanup drive 02 May 2007 Opening a new line of inquiry into a scandal in the $85 billion student loan industry, the chairman of the House education committee asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission Wednesday to investigate "unfair and deceptive" lender marketing practices. With previous inquiries focused on conflicts of interest and stock dealings, California Democratic Rep. George Miller took aim at the besieged industry's promotional efforts.
Rep. Clay co-sponsors bill to impeach Cheney 03 May 2007 Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, has joined two other members of Congress in sponsoring a bill to impeach Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney. The bill seeks to have Cheney removed because, the measure contends, he led Americans into a war in Iraq on false pretenses. The other two sponsors are Rep. Janice Schakowsky, D-Ill., and Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio.
Obama placed under Secret Service protection 03 May 2007 The Secret Service said Thursday that Sen. Barack Obama was being placed under their protection, the earliest ever for a presidential candidate. Secret Service spokesman Eric Zahren said Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff authorized Obama’s protection after consultations with the congressional advisory committee.
Obama Gets Secret Service Detail 03 May 2007 Democratic Sen. Barack Obama was placed under Secret Service protection, the earliest ever for a presidential candidate, the agency said Thursday. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff authorized Obama's protection after consultations with the bipartisan congressional advisory committee, according to Chertoff spokesman Russ Knocke and the Secret Service.
House passes hate crimes bill --White House hints at veto 03 May 2007 The U.S. House of Representatives today approved the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, H.R. 1592, in a vote of 237 to 180. The Senate will soon consider its own, identical version of the bill, renamed the Mathew Shepard Act. As debate got underway Thursday, the White House issued a statement that senior advisers would recommend that President [sic] Bush veto the measure.
Police action on journalists at melee is assailed --Some news outlets whose reporters and camera operators were hurt in melee mull legal claims against LAPD. 03 May 2007 One day after several reporters and camera operators were injured while covering an altercation at an immigrant rights rally in MacArthur Park, news organizations condemned the Los Angeles Police Department for its use of batons and riot guns against members of the media, and some said they were considering legal options.
LAPD reviewing police tactics 02 May 2007 The Los Angeles police chief says his department will conduct an investigation into tactics some officers used against immigration protesters. Chief William Bratton has already called some police actions inappropriate. Bratton says he was disturbed by news videos showing police hitting people with batons and firing rubber bullets into crowds that included children.
Anti-war planes buzz GOP debate 03 May 2007 Two planes are circling the sky above the GOP presidential candidates' debate tonight, dragging anti-war banners. Funded and organized by an anti-war coalition -- Americans Against Escalation in Iraq -- the small aircraft are pulling banners reading "McCain, Mission Accomplished" and "Republicans, Mission Accomplished?"
'We have the best healthcare system in the word. We don't want socialized medicine.' --9/11 benefactor and sociopath, Rudy Giuliani ... GOP debate --Huckabee: Life 'separates us from the Islamic fundamentalists' Republican hopefuls meet in 1st debate 03 May 2007 Ten Republicans who often invoke Ronald Reagan hope the Gipper's magic rubs off as they face each other at the late president's library in the first GOP debate of the 2008 race. The setting and the state were fitting.
US Stocks: Indexes rise on data, S&P rises past 1,500 03 May 2007 U.S. stocks rose on Thursday after data suggesting a reinvigorated economy sent the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index past 1,500 for the first time since September 2000.
Foreclosures surge on mortgage woes --Filings were up 35 percent in the first quarter; Detroit and Las Vegas get hammered. 25 Apr 2007 Foreclosure filings surged during the first quarter of 2007, as home price increases slowed or even reversed and borrowers fell behind on payments once their adjustable rates began resetting at much higher levels.
Seattle sinkhole swallows two vehicles under bridge 03 May 2007 A sinkhole opened up yesterday morning at the end of a bridge, swallowing two unoccupied cars, after a water main break undermined the road, police said. University Bridge over Portage Bay was closed as a precaution, and no injuries were reported. [Maybe the sinkhole was hungry. <g>]
Administration will continue to conduct surveillance without warrants --Bush Pulls Back on Surveillance Agreement 02 May 2007 Senior Bush administration officials told Congress on Tuesday that they could not pledge that the administration would continue to seek warrants from a secret court for a domestic wiretapping program, as it agreed to do in January. Rather, they argued that the president [sic] had the constitutional authority to decide for himself whether to conduct surveillance without warrants.
Leahy issues subpoena for Rove e-mails 02 May 2007 Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy issued a subpoena Wednesday for all e-mails from White House adviser Karl Rove that relate to the firings of eight U.S. attorneys. The senator had requested the information from Gonzales when the attorney general testilied before the committee and in a follow-up letter. However, Leahy said that Gonzales did not respond.
House fails to override Bush's veto of Iraq bill --222-203 vote falls far short of the two-thirds majority Democrats sought 02 May 2007 The Democratic-controlled House failed Wednesday to override President [sic] Bush's veto of an Iraqi war spending bill with timetables for troop withdrawals.
Bush Vetoes Bill Tying Iraq Funds to Exit 02 May 2007 President [sic] Bush vetoed a $124 billion war spending bill on Tuesday, setting up a second round in his long battle with Congressional Democrats who are determined to use the financing measure to force the White House to shift course in Iraq.
Bush vetoes Iraq war funding bill 01 May 2007 Dictator Bush 'used his veto pen for only the second time' [No, what about the 750+ signing statements that Bush has signed?] Tuesday after Congress sent him a war spending bill that would impose timelines to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq.
Four years later, mission (passage and implementation of the oil law in Iraq) *not* accomplished! But, alas alak, columns of smoke are rising from the Green Zone, so... it's time to announce that an 'al Qaeda leader in Iraq' might be dead (LOL!) and it's an even better time to bring back the Natalee Holloway story! See: New developments could heat up in Natalee Holloway case. They're going to search Joran van der Sloot's yard! --Lori Price]
Downer can't confirm al-Qaeda chief's death 02 May 2007 Foreign Minister Alexander Downer says reports the leader of 'al-Qaeda' in Iraq has been killed have not being confirmed. Iraqi interior minister Jawad al-Bolani said yesterday highly reliable information indicated Abu Ayyub al-Masri, leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, had been killed north of Iraq. An al-Qaeda linked group denied the report, however, and US officials said it could not be confirmed. [Al-Masri can be used to die again, on the next big US casualty day.]
U.S. toll in Iraq for April is 104 --More troops facing more danger in streets 01 May 2007 Five U.S. troops died in weekend attacks, pushing the April death toll past 100 in the deadliest month for American forces since December, the military said Monday as a wave of [US] violence killed 102 Iraqi civilians, including more than 30 in a suicide bombing at a Shiite funeral.
Gunmen Kill 14 Travelers on Iraq Highway 01 May 2007 Gunmen ambushed travelers on a highway leading from Baghdad to Shiite areas to the south on Tuesday, killing 14 people, while mortar rounds slammed into an area near the Iraqi prime minister's office in the U.S.-controlled Green Zone in the capital, a government official said. [That's the US piling on the pressure to get the oil law passed for Exxon Mobil, ASAP.]
43% of Iraqis live in absolute poverty – government report 02 May 2007 Poverty is rampant throughout Iraq with more than half the population lacking basic means to survive, a government survey shows. The survey by the Central Statistical Bureau says that 43 percent of Iraqis suffer from 'absolute poverty' and another 11 percent of them live in 'abject poverty'.
Afghan students burn Bush effigy in protest 01 May 2007 Afghan students burned an effigy of US Dictator George W Bush on Tuesday as they rallied in a third day of protests against civilians alleged to have been killed by occupation troops. A crowd of about 500 blocked a highway in the eastern province of Nangarhar, where six people were killed on Sunday. Agriculture student Esmatullah, 20, said the US raid was "barbaric" [i.e., a war crime].
Army Squeezes Soldier Blogs, Maybe to Death 02 May 2007 The U.S. Army has ordered soldiers to stop posting to blogs or sending personal e-mail messages, without first clearing the content with a superior officer, Wired News has learned. The directive, issued April 19, is the sharpest restriction on troops' online activities since the start of the Iraq war. And it could mean the end of military blogs, observers say. Military officials have been wrestling for years with how to handle troops who publish blogs. The new rules obtained by Wired News require a commander be consulted before every blog update.
U.S. Army clamping down on soldiers' blogs 02 May 2007 The U.S. Army is tightening restrictions on soldiers' blogs and other Web site postings to ensure 'sensitive information about military operations' [the truth] does not make it onto public forums. Soldiers in war zones are already subject to restrictions on blogging and public posts. But the Army's new regulation could affect service members who have returned from war zones and started blogs about their combat experiences.
Hoon admits fatal errors in planning for postwar Iraq 02 May 2007 A catalogue of errors over planning for Iraq after the invasion, and an inability to influence key figures in the US administration, led to anarchy in Iraq from which the country has not recovered, the British defence secretary during the invasion admits today.
Army Begins to Move Nerve Gas 20 Apr 2007 The Army early Monday morning began shipping VX nerve agent hydrolysate out of its Newport, Ind., Chemical Agent Disposal Facility, according to a spokesman for the Chemical Materials Agency. The liquid waste will be incinerated at the Veolia Environmental Services plant in Port Arthur, Texas. Craig Williams, director of the Chemical Weapons Working Group, said his organization and other community and environmental groups in Indiana and Texas were still working to halt the program.
Prime Minister orders review of MI5 intelligence on bombers 02 May 2007 Pressure on MI5 intensified yesterday as Tony Blair ordered a review into its handling of intelligence about two of the July 7 bombers while demand for a public inquiry increased. The Prime Minister asked the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) to examine the Security Service's actions after it emerged that links between the London bombers and the fertiliser plotters had been missed.
Big Brother microphones could be next step 02 May 2007 Hidden mini-cameras and microphones that can eavesdrop on conversations in the street are the next step in the march towards a "Big Brother" society, MPs were warned yesterday. Richard Thomas, the Information Commissioner, said a debate had begun about whether listening devices should be set up alongside Britain's 4.5 million CCTV cameras.
Record Number of Secret Warrants in 2006 01 May 2007 A secret court approved all but one of the government's requests last year to search or eavesdrop on suspected terrorists and spies, according to Justice Department data released Tuesday. In all, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court signed off on 2,176 warrants targeting people in the United States believed to be linked to international terror organizations or spies.
States Wiretap Far More Often Than Feds 01 May 2007 State investigators listened in on more than 3 million phone conversations last year as local prosecutors sought a record number of wiretaps, mostly to investigate drug crimes. As the federal government has focused its resources on national security investigations, the responsibility for drug investigations — the focus of 80 percent of wiretaps — has fallen to state and local authorities.
Venezuela Seizes Last Private Oil Fields 01 May 2007 President Hugo Chavez's government took over Venezuela's last privately run oil fields Tuesday... Using the country's burgeoning revenues from high oil prices, he is financing widespread programs for the poor. He has built new clinics, refurbished state hospitals and sent thousands of doctors to live in poor neighborhoods and provide free medical care.
Former World Bank ethics body chief says Wolfowitz lied at hearing 02 May 2007 World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz lied at a hearing on Monday when he said a bank ethics panel had advised him to give his girlfriend a promotion, the Dutch news agency ANP reported Wednesday. Ad Melkert, chairman of the ethics committee at the World Bank at the time, told a Dutch TV program Tuesday that Wolfowitz "certainly did not tell the truth," ANP said.
Rupert Murdoch Offers $5 Billion Bid for Dow Jones 02 May 2007 In a bold move to expand his global media empire, Rupert Murdoch, the head of the News Corporation, has made an unsolicited $5 billion offer to buy Dow Jones & Company, the venerable publisher of The Wall Street Journal, which he has long coveted.
Circuit City's Job Cuts Backfiring, Analysts Say 02 May 2007 Circuit City fired 3,400 of its highest-paid store employees in March, saying it needed to hire cheaper workers to shore up its bottom line. Now, the Richmond electronics retailer says it expects to post a first-quarter loss next month, and analysts are blaming the job cuts.
Embattled Interior official resigns post 01 May 2007 An Interior Department official accused of pressuring government scientists to make their research fit her policy goals has resigned. Julie MacDonald, deputy assistant secretary for fish, wildlife and parks, submitted her resignation letter to Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, a department spokesman said Tuesday. MacDonald resigned a week before a House congressional oversight committee was to hold a hearing on accusations that she violated the Endangered Species Act, censored science and mistreated staff of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
US official tells Australia bird flu pandemic inevitable 30 Apr 2007 Australia must brace itself for an influenza which can't be prevented, a visiting US official has warned. [Right, that's because the US is starting it.] Eric Hargan, the US Acting Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services, said during a speech in Sydney that the world was overdue for a flu pandemic, and Australia must take heed. Such an event probably could not be prevented, no nation would be spared, and any community that was relying on a national-level government to offer a life line "will be tragically wrong", Mr Hargan told the conservative think tank The Sydney Institute on Monday night. [See: Killer flu recreated in the lab 07 Oct 2004 UK Scientists have shown that tiny changes to modern flu viruses could render them as deadly as the 1918 strain which killed millions. A US team added two genes from a sample of the 1918 virus to a modern strain known to have no effect on mice. Animals exposed to this composite were dying within days of symptoms similar to those found in human victims of the 1918 pandemic.]
FDA: Millions of Chickens Fed Contaminated Pet Food 01 May 2007 Up to 3 million broiler chickens were fed melamine-tainted pet food and then sold on the U.S. market beginning in early February, U.S. health officials said in a press conference held late Tuesday. The contaminated pet product made its way into poultry feed at 38 Indiana farms, 30 of which produced broiler chickens destined for restaurants and supermarkets, said officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture [Agribusiness].
FDA pet food probe checks 4,000 pet deaths 01 May 2007 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating reports by American households of at least 4,000 pet deaths to determine if any are linked to pet food contaminated with melamine from China, the agency said on Tuesday.
Deserted beehives, starving young stun scientists 01 May 2007 "The bees were gone," David Hackenberg says. "The honey was still there. There's young brood (eggs) still in the hive. Bees just don't do that." On that November night last year in the Florida field where he wintered his bees, Hackenberg found 400 hives empty... The discovery by Hackenberg, a beekeeper from Lewisburg, Pa., was the first buzz about a plague that now afflicts 27 states, from the East Coast to the West. Beekeepers report losses of 30% to 90% of their honeybee hives, according to a Congressional Research Service study in March. Some report total losses.
Arctic ice cap melting 30 years ahead of forecast 01 May 2007 The Arctic ice cap is melting much faster than expected and is now about 30 years ahead of predictions made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a U.S. ice expert said Tuesday. This means the ocean at the top of the world could be free or nearly free of summer ice by 2020, three decades sooner than the global panel's gloomiest forecast of 2050.
Knut to fight global warming 02 May 2007 Baby polar bear Knut, the celebrity cub being hand-raised in a German zoo, is taking on a new role with his own Web site and book to be used in the campaign against global warming. New York-based Turtle Pond Publications and the Berlin Zoo on Monday said they had signed a deal for the publishing rights to Knut, who has drawn attention to the plight of polar bears amid worries that global warming is melting their habitat.
U.S. Cites 91 Percent Rise In Terrorist Acts in Iraq 01 May 2007 The number of [US] terrorist incidents in Iraq -- and resulting deaths, injuries and kidnappings -- skyrocketed from 2005 to 2006, according to statistics released by U.S. counterterrorism officials yesterday. Of the 14,338 reported terrorist attacks worldwide last year, 45 percent took place in Iraq, and 65 percent of the global fatalities stemming from terrorism occurred in Iraq.
April death toll for U.S. troops in Iraq surpasses 100 30 Apr 2007 At least 104 U.S. soldiers died in Iraq in April, capping the deadliest six-month period for U.S. forces since the war began more than four years ago. The military announced on Monday the deaths of five soldiers over the weekend. That made April the deadliest month so far this year and the sixth deadliest of the war.
Loud explosions rock Baghdad - witnesses 30 Apr 2007 Up to a dozen loud explosions rocked central Baghdad after nightfall on Monday and smoke was seen rising from the Green Zone government compound, Reuters witnesses said.
Suicide bomber kills 32 at Iraq funeral 01 May 2007 A suicide bomber wearing a vest packed with explosives killed 32 people when he blew himself up among mourners at a funeral north of Baghdad, Iraqi police said.
'Wrong hand' was placed in coffin after Nimrod crash 30 Apr 2007 The remains of British airmen killed in an air crash in Afghanistan returned to Scotland in the wrong coffins, it emerged yesterday. One of the victims' mothers said she had considered canceling her son's funeral and raised concerns of a wider problem of misplaced remains.
Sunni Ministers Threaten to Quit Cabinet in Iraq 01 May 2007 The largest bloc of Sunni Arabs in the Iraqi Parliament threatened to withdraw its ministers from the Shiite-dominated cabinet on Monday in frustration over the government’s failure to deal with Sunni concerns.
Bush Plans to Veto Iraq War Spending Bill on Tuesday 30 Apr 2007 President [sic] Bush plans to veto legislation to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on Tuesday, but vowed to work with Democrats on the next step to craft a compromise supplemental spending bill that would be free of an Iraq pullout timetable.
Bush veto of Iraq war bill will add another delay to minimum wage increase 30 Apr 2007 A $2.10 boost for America's lowest-paid workers is again being delayed, this time in a tussle over whether to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq. It's been 10 years since the last minimum wage increase, and boosting it from $5.15 to $7.25 per hour over the next two years was a key element of Democrats' midterm election platform.
Indonesia uses IPU meeting to urge US pullout from Iraq 30 Apr 2007 Indonesia will make use of its position as host country of the 116th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) conference to urge the United States to get out of Iraq immediately. The strong statement was made by House of Representatatives (DPR) Speaker Agung Laksono at the opening of the IPU meeting at Bali International Convention Center (BICC) here on Sunday night.
US consulate hit in paint attack 30 Apr 2007 Anti-war activists attacked the United States consulate today, throwing paint at the building and scrawling anti-war graffiti across the front door. Protesters sprayed "Out of Iraq" on the front door of the US consulate, on Regent Terrace, and threw red paint at the building.
UK soldier jailed 1 year for Iraq prisoner abuse 01 May 2007 Britain's first convicted war criminal was sentenced to one year in jail for mistreating Iraqi prisoners in a case that exposed senior commanders to accusations that they had authorised abuse [torture]. Corporal Donald Payne was also kicked out of the army, becoming the only British soldier punished in the case of Baha Musa, an Iraqi hotel receptionist who died after receiving 93 separate injuries from beatings in British custody in 2003.
Officers Testify Against Accused U.S. Colonel 01 May 2007 A senior U.S. military officer accused of aiding the enemy gave gifts to the daughter of a "high-value" detainee, angering the prisoner by violating cultural norms..., a witness said Monday in the opening day of a hearing to determine whether the officer will stand trial. Lt. Col. William H. Steele, 51, an Army reservist who served as a commander at a detention camp in west Baghdad, is accused of nine offenses, including fraternizing with the daughter of a prisoner, having an "inappropriate relationship" with a female interpreter, possessing pornography and illegally storing classified documents.
Court declines to hear case on military tribunals 30 Apr 2007 The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear the case of two Guantanamo Bay prisoners [Omar Khadr and Salim Ahmed Hamdan] who want to challenge the legality of military commissions.
Court won't hear appeal by Guantanamo prisoners 30 Apr 2007 The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to hear an appeal by two Guantanamo prisoners who face trial before a military tribunal and who sought review now of an anti-terrorism law that Dictator George W. Bush pushed through Congress last year. The high court sided with the Bush regime, which argued that the 'trials' should be allowed to take place first before the two men could bring an appeal.
Inside Africa's Guantánamo --The only way the US can prop up its client regime in Somalia is through lawlessness and slaughter by Salim Lone 28 Apr 2007 This is the most lawless war of our generation. All wars of aggression lack legitimacy, but no conflict in recent memory has witnessed such mounting layers of illegality as the current one in Somalia. Violations of the UN charter and of international humanitarian law are regrettably commonplace in our age, and they abound in the carnage that the world is allowing to unfold in Mogadishu, but this war has in addition explicitly violated two UN security council resolutions. To complete the picture, one of these resolutions contravenes the charter itself.
Olmert Rebuked by Israeli Panel on Lebanon War 01 May 2007 An Israeli government commission excoriated Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday for "severe failures" in last summer’s war against the Lebanese militia Hezbollah, setting off a furious debate on whether he should remain in office. The commission accused him of having decided hastily to go to war, neglecting to ask for a detailed military plan, refusing to consult outside the army and setting "over-ambitious and unobtainable goals." [Where's Bush's excoriation --and treason trial?]
Venezuela says to quit IMF, World Bank 01 May 2007 Venezuela will withdraw from the Washington-based lending organizations, the IMF and World Bank, in a symbolic move that distances President Hugo Chavez from much of the international economic community. Chavez, who plans to create an alternative lending bank run by South American nations and funded in part with his OPEC nation's high oil revenue, said on Monday Venezuela no longer needed the institutions dominated by U.S. "imperialism."
Wolfowitz Resignation Deal in the Works 30 Apr 2007 Behind the scenes of the gladiatorial battle that will take place between Paul Wolfowitz and the World Bank Board today are efforts by his lawyer, Robert Bennett, and the Bank staff to negotiate terms of Wolfowitz's departure.
Wolfowitz Says He Won't Quit, Calls Charges 'Bogus' 30 Apr 2007 Paul Wolfowitz, fighting to keep his job as World Bank president, told bank directors today that he won't resign and that allegations over his companion's pay raise are "bogus."
Mexicans Demand Governor's Resignation 01 May 2007 A group of students took over a university radio station in Oaxaca City on Monday and transmitted messages in support of a leftist movement demanding the governor's resignation. The students forced their way into Radio University, which had served as the nerve center for the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca, or APPO. [Awesome!]
Hold on to your hats - the maggots could go live! Exercise tests responses to hurricane, nuke and terrorists 30 Apr 2007 The Pentagon and other US and Canadian agencies plan to carry out a major exercise called Ardent Sentry-Northern Edge 07 that began Monday and will play out over the next 18 days, involving thousands of US troops and state and local officials. The US Northern Command said it is "the largest and most complex exercise" it has undertaken, combining natural and [Bush's] man-made disasters to test preparedness plans on a national level.
5 British Men Guilty in Foiled Bombing Plot 01 May 2007 Five British men were convicted Monday of plotting to kill hundreds of people by bombing a shopping center, nightclub or other target here, in a case that officials said demonstrates increasing links between homegrown British extremists and senior members of the al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] terrorist network in Pakistan.
9 Men to Stand Trial on Terror Charges 01 May 2007 Nine men accused of stockpiling bomb-making chemicals and vowing to avenge perceived [actual] injustices against Muslims have been ordered to stand trial for Australia's largest alleged terrorist conspiracy, a court official said Tuesday.
Melbourne men face terror charges 01 May 2007 Two Melbourne men charged with terrorism-related offences are accused of being members of the Tamil Tigers, police said. The men have each been charged with three offences relating to being a member of a terrorist organisation and making funds available to a terrorist organisation.
Secret Order By Gonzales Delegated Extraordinary Powers to Aides 30 Apr 2007 Attorney General Alberto Gonzales signed a highly confidential order in March 2006 delegating to two of his top aides [D. Kyle Sampson and Monica Goodling] -- who have since resigned because of their central roles in the firings of eight U.S. attorneys -- extraordinary authority over the hiring and firing of most non-civil-service employees of the Justice Department. A copy of the order and other Justice Department records related to the conception and implementation of the order were provided to National Journal.
Students Heckle Attorney General At Harvard 30 Apr 2007 Student protesters heckled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales as he posed for photographs with old classmates on Saturday at the Harvard Law School. Gonzales was in Cambridge to deliver a lunchtime speech at the 25-year reunion with classmates.
Supreme Court Sides With Police [Gee, there's a big f*cking surprise!] --Officers don't have to call off chase of fleeing motorist when they expect others could be hurt. 01 May 2007 The Supreme Court said yesterday that police officers may use potentially deadly force to end a high-speed chase of a suspect who has put the public at risk, with the justices greatly influenced by a videotape of a treacherous pursuit through dark Georgia highways that left the driver paralyzed. The 8 to 1 decision was an important victory for law enforcement officials and was unusual for the way the justices became intensely involved in the details of the case.
NBC show foreshadowed Virginia shootings 01 May 2007 The television network to which the Virginia Tech gunman sent a disturbing multi-media "manifesto" about his motives had only hours earlier shown a documentary about another mentally-ill man who went on a killing spree.
Virginia governor closes gun loophole 30 Apr 2007 The governor on Monday closed the loophole in state law that allowed the Virginia Tech gunman [Seung-Hui Cho] to buy weapons despite a court ruling that he was a threat and needed psychiatric counseling.
Driver In Fiery Tanker Crash Has Record 30 Apr 2007 The driver [James Mosqueda] who crashed a tanker loaded with gasoline and brought down a heavily trafficked highway overpass was given a commercial trucker's license despite a history of criminal convictions, including drug and burglary arrests.
Corps Asked to Explain Pump Contract 30 Apr 2007 When the Army Corps of Engineers solicited bids for drainage pumps for New Orleans, it copied the specifications - typos and all - from the catalog of the manufacturer that ultimately won the $32 million contract, a review of documents by The Associated Press found. The pumps, supplied by Moving Water Industries Corp. of Deerfield Beach, Fla., and installed at canals before the start of the 2006 hurricane season, proved to be defective, as the AP reported in March. In a letter dated April 13, Sen. David Vitter, R-La., called on the Corps to look into how the politically connected company got the post-Hurricane Katrina contract. MWI employed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to market its pumps during the 1980s, and top MWI officials have been major contributors to the Republican Party.
Tainted Pet Food Linked to Ind. Chickens 30 Apr 2007 Chicken feed in some farms in Indiana contained byproducts from pet food manufactured with contaminated wheat gluten imported from China, two federal agencies said Monday... With no evidence of harm to humans, no recall of poultry products processed from these animals was being issued, the FDA and USDA said. On Saturday, the FDA and USDA cited similar reasons for not issuing a recall after determining that hogs in some states may have been fed the tainted pet food.
Obama gains on Clinton in US presidential race 30 Apr 2007 US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's popularity has grown among likely voters, according to a poll released Monday which suggested he was gaining on rival frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
U.S. Balks at New Climate Report 30 Apr 2007 The United States and China want to amend a major report by U.N.-sponsored climate researchers to play down its conclusion that quick, affordable action can limit the worst effects of global warming, according to documents reviewed Monday by The Associated Press.
Celebrity polar bear Knut gets book deal 30 Apr 2007 Knut, the celebrity polar bear cub being hand-raised in a German zoo, is taking on a new role with his own Web site and book to be used in the campaign against global warming.
Murtha says Dems could consider impeachment 29 Apr 2007 Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) said Sunday that Democrats in Congress could consider impeachment as a way to pressure President [sic] Bush on his handling of the war in Iraq. "What I’m saying, there’s four ways to influence a president. And one of them’s impeachment," Murtha, chairman of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, said on CBS’ "Face the Nation."
US Democrat raises prospect of Bush's impeachment over Iraq 30 April 2007 A top US congressional Democrat has raised the possibility of George W. Bush’s impeachment in a bid to force the president to accept a compromise that would place conditions on continued US military involvement in Iraq. Representative John Murtha, who chairs the House Subcommittee on Defence and is close to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, made the comment Sunday in response to repeated threats by the president [sic] to veto legislation that calls for withdrawal of US troops from Iraq by the end of next March.
Lawyers taking Rumsfeld war crimes case to Spain after German rejection 29 Apr 2007 German lawyer Wolfgang Kaleck says that he will refile a war crimes complaint against former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in Spain with the help of Spanish counterparts after the German Federal Prosecutor's office Friday rejected a bid to prosecute the suit in Germany under that country's universal jurisdiction law, according to a report published Saturday in Der Spiegel. The German complaint against Rumsfeld and other top US officials and advisors on behalf of eleven former Abu Ghraib prisoners and one Guantanamo prisoner alleged that they were responsible for the torture of the 12 plaintiffs and authorized the commission of other war crimes in the US "war on [of] terror."
Torture Probe of US Officials Rejected 27 Apr 2007 German federal prosecutors on Friday rejected a U.S. group's formal request to investigate allegations that current and former Bush regime officials were complicit in the torture of military prisoners. The New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights accused former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former CIA director George Tenet and eight other officials of either ordering, aiding or failing to prevent the torture.
Damning war report puts Olmert on the brink 30 Apr 2007 Ehud Olmert was under growing pressure yesterday to resign after media leaks that an inquiry committee into last summer's Lebanon war is to blame the Israeli Prime Minister for the failure to cut Hizbollah down to size or to bring home the two soldiers whose abduction provoked the 34-day conflict. Also in the line of fire of the committee, whose report is published today, are Amir Peretz, the Defence Minister, and the former military commander Dan Halutz.
Iraq Kurdish region says will try to block oil law 29 Apr 2007 Iraq's Kurdish region on Sunday said it would try to block a draft oil law in parliament, raising the stakes in a row with the central government over control of the world's third largest oil reserves. The Kurdistan autonomous region appears to be on a collision course with Baghdad over the U.S.-backed draft law. "These annexes are unconstitutional and will not be supported by the Kurdish regional government in the federal parliament," Ashti Hawrami, minister of natural resources in Kurdistan, told Reuters in a statement in response to questions. Hawrami was referring to annexes that he has said would wrest oilfields from regional governments and place them under a new state-oil company.
Maliki Says Iran Will Attend Iraq Security Meeting 30 Apr 2007 Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Sunday that Iran would join a regional conference to discuss Iraqi security issues and emphasized the need for other countries to cooperate, saying that violence could spill beyond Iraq's borders.
US forces storms Sadr's office, arrest those inside 29 Apr 2007 Armed clashes broke out in Kadhmiya district in northern Baghdad Sunday after an American force stormed Shiitte cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr's office and arrested some of the people inside. A source at the Iraqi police told KUNA US forces exchanged fire shots with the guards of Al-Sadr's office. American army vehicles surrounded the office and the forces started shooting at it then stormed it and arrested the people inside, said the source.
Death toll up to 68 after blast in Shia holy city 30 Apr 2007 In the Shia holy city of Karbala, the death toll from a suicide car bomb attack rose to 68. US troops also detained 72 suspected 'insurgents' and seized nitric acid and other bomb-making materials during raids yesterday, targeting al-Qa'ida [al-CIAduh] in Anbar, and Salahuddin province.
Army chief wants to speed up troop hike --Gen. Casey pushes accelerated plan to boost number of active duty soldiers 29 Apr 2007 The Army’s new chief of staff said Saturday he wants to accelerate by two years a plan to increase the nation’s active duty soldiers by 65,000. The Army has set 2012 as its target date for a force expansion to 547,000 troops, but Gen. George Casey said he told his staff to have the soldiers ready earlier.
Four U.S. soldiers killed in Baghdad - military 30 Apr 2007 Four American soldiers were killed in Baghdad over the past two days, the U.S. military said on Monday. That takes to more than 100 the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq this month, making April one of the deadliest for American forces in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.
Servicemen's body parts mixed up 30 Apr 2007 A mix-up led to remains of airmen killed in a crash in Afghanistan being returned to Britain in the wrong coffins... The Observer revealed yesterday that at least one victim's body parts were put in the wrong coffin. Trish Knight, whose son Ben, 25, died, said: "There may well have been more parts mixed up."
Denmark sends special forces to Iraq 28 Apr 2007 Denmark is sending special forces to reinforce its 460-strong contingent near Basra in southern Iraq to help "resolve a special problem," [?!?] a military spokesman said Saturday. The troops are already on their way after a decision made by Defense Minister Soeren Gade on Friday, said Hans Vedholm, a spokesman for Denmark's armed forces.
At least 136 Taliban in fighting in western Afghanistan, occupation says 29 Apr 2007 U.S.-led occupation and Afghan forces battled with Taliban 'insurgents' over three days in western Afghanistan, leaving at least 136 suspected militants dead, an occupation statement said Monday. The clashes in Herat province were the deadliest reported in Afghanistan since January and sparked angry protests by hundreds of villagers on Monday, chanting "Death to America!"
Terrorism Jumps 29% Worldwide 28 Apr 2007 A US State department report has shown a 30 percent increase in terrorist attacks in 2006 due to [US] growing violence in Iraq and Afghanistan. "The Terrorism Report", will be published next week in the US, its data compiled by the US intelligence community's National Counterterrorism Center.
Six charged with terrorist fundraising in England 29 Apr 2007 Six Muslim men were charged on Sunday with raising funds for terrorists, British police said. Four of the group, including Abu Izzadeen who was seen by millions on television last year heckling Home Secretary (Interior Minister) John Reid, were also charged with inciting terrorism overseas. [Heckle a Nazi and get charged with terrorist fundraising.]
Tenet Says Al-Qaeda Terrorists May Have Cells Waiting in U.S. 29 Apr 2007 Al-Qaeda may have other terrorist cells in the U.S., sent around the time of the Sept. 11 attacks, waiting for a time to strike, former CIA Director George Tenet said. [Well, we know they have at least one cell waiting (and acting) in the White House.]
'The engineer who studied the WTC explosions for the National Science Foundation said that the freeway collapse was quite similar.' Fuel Tanker Melts Bay Bridge Freeway Artery By Elizabeth Gettelman 29 Apr 2007 [The tanker explosion in California] at 3:42am, when the driver of a refinery tanker was speeding along a freeway overpass, lost control and the tanker, holding 8,600 gallons of unleaded fuel, hit the guard rail and flipped. Miraculously, the driver crawled out of the truck and got away before the explosion. James Mosqueda, who was working for Sabek Transportation, apparently walked off the ramp... and called a cab to take him to the hospital. A cab? Wonder why he didn't just dial 911? ...An interesting note, one engineer who studied the WTC explosions for the National Science Foundation said that the freeway collapse was quite similar. Apparently the fireball erupted precisely at the weak point of the skyway - the underside of the pier where all of the supporting steel girders are bare and unprotected by concrete or anything else, said Berkeley civil engineering professor Abolhassan Astaneh-Asl. The steel supports were baked at 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit (the fire reached 2,000 degrees), the point at which steel turns to rubber, causing the steel to buckle and the double-decker freeway to collapse completely.
State of emergency declared after Bay Area freeway collapses 29 Apr 2007 A gasoline tanker truck crashed and exploded in a ball of flames early today, causing a 250-foot stretch of a major Bay Area freeway interchange to melt and collapse on a roadway below, authorities said... GOP Gov. [corporate troll] Arnold Schwarzenegger issued an emergency declaration this afternoon to help expedite freeway repairs by streamlining contracting procedures and providing emergency funding for repairs. [Gee, I wonder who's going to get the prize: Halliburton, KBR, or Bechtel? --LRP]
'It's a giant crime scene.' Four dead in Kansas City shootings 30 Apr 2007 Four people were shot dead, including an assailant, and at least three others were wounded on Sunday in two incidents, including one at a crowded shopping mall in Kansas City, police said. Kansas City police were uncertain if the same man was involved at the two locations and were treating them as two separate incidents. [First account: the shooter was arrested. Later account: the shooter was shot by police, when confronted, *of course.* OMG, it's another *off-duty* policeman that shot the shooter. That happened with the last 'random shooting at a mall.']
MySpace Photo Costs Student a Teaching Certificate 27 Apr 2007 Stacy Snyder, an aspiring teacher who is now 27 years old, was set to graduate last year from Millersville's School of Education. But just days before commencement, campus officials discovered Ms. Snyder's MySpace page -- which featured a photograph of the student wearing a pirate hat and sipping from a plastic cup. The picture's caption read "Drunken Pirate." Although Ms. Snyder was of legal drinking age when the photo was taken, Millersville administrators deemed the image "unprofessional," and they refused to award her an education degree and the teaching certificate that came along with it. Instead they issued her a degree in English. [Now we know the reason for the Manchurian Killer, (Cho) - the clampdown. --MDR]
School sued over MySpace photo response 28 Apr 2007 A woman denied a teaching degree on the eve of graduation because of a MySpace photo has sued the university. Millersville University instead granted Stacy Snyder a degree in English last year after learning of her Web-published picture, which bore the caption "Drunken Pirate."
Univ. of Maryland to offer first minor focusing on terrorism 30 Apr 2007 The University of Maryland will host the first civilian terrorism studies minor in the country next fall in coordination with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, the consortium announced Friday at an informational meeting about the minor.
Interior to propose expanding offshore drilling --Lease plan targets areas in Gulf of Mexico, off Alaska and Virginia 27 Apr 2007 The Interior Department has put the final touches on a five-year plan to expand oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and offshore from Alaska and Virginia.
TXU intentionally inundated transmission lines with more expensive power: FPL 27 Apr 2007 TXU initially sued the Florida Power and Light subsidiary for not supplying the wind-powered electricity promised in a contract from 2000. FPL Energy is now claiming that TXU intentionally inundated the transmission lines with more expensive power, preventing FPL's wind energy from entering the grid, the Forth Worth Star-Telegram reported. FPL attorney David Markarian said that during the disputed time period TXU was operating its Permian Basin gas plant when there was no need.
TXU facing power fight 25 Apr 2007 FPL Energy, the nation's largest producer of wind-generated electricity, has told the Public Utility Commission of Texas that TXU Corp. intentionally flooded West Texas transmission lines with its own higher-cost power to prevent FPL's wind power from reaching customers across the state.
GMO Rice Protein From China Used in EU Animal Feed 30 Apr 2007 The European Commission has expressed concern to China over unauthorised imports of genetically modified rice protein for use in animal feed, Britain's food safety watchdog said. Britain's Food Standards Agency said in a statement issued late Thursday that the GMO line Bt63 had been found in rice protein concentrate imported from China via the Netherlands.
Post-Katrina Foreign Aid Offers Went Unaccepted --Administration has used only fraction of allies' pledged donations in hurricane aftermath, which has cost U.S. taxpayers more than $125B to date. 29 Apr 2007 Allies offered $854 million in cash and in oil that was to be sold for cash. But only $40 million has been used so far for disaster victims or reconstruction, according to U.S. officials and contractors. Most of the aid went uncollected, including $400 million worth of oil... In another instance, the Department of Homeland Security accepted an offer from Greece on Sept. 3, 2005, to dispatch two cruise ships that could be used free as hotels or hospitals for displaced residents. The deal was rescinded Sept. 15 after it became clear a ship would not arrive before Oct. 10. The U.S. eventually paid $249 million to use [Jeb Bush contributors] Carnival Cruise Lines vessels.
CIA boss warned Bush on UK intelligence 29 Apr 2007 America's former spy chief [George Tenet] has revealed how he warned the White House that Britain had "exaggerated" reports that Saddam Hussein tried to buy uranium ore in Niger - claims that President [sic] George W Bush later made central to his case for war.
General says Bush 'AWOL' on Iraq 28 Apr 2007 A retired U.S. Army general said Saturday President [sic] George Bush "seems to have gone AWOL" regarding the war in Iraq. Retired Lt. Gen. William Odom said he was not speaking for the Democratic Party, but was given the party's Saturday radio address to call for Bush to sign legislation the U.S. Congress approved this week regarding supplemental funding for the war in Iraq. [Yeah, he 'seems to have gone AWOL' on Vietnam, too. --LRP]
More missions not accomplished: Rebuilt Iraq Projects Found Crumbling 29 Apr 2007 In a troubling sign for the American-financed rebuilding program in Iraq, inspectors for a federal oversight agency have found that in a sampling of eight projects that the United States had declared successes, seven were no longer operating as designed because of plumbing and electrical failures, lack of proper maintenance, apparent looting and expensive equipment that lay idle... At the airport, crucially important for the functioning of the country, inspectors found that while $11.8 million had been spent on new electrical generators, $8.6 million worth were no longer functioning.
Bush to Democrats: do not 'test my will' on Iraq 27 Apr 2007 Dictator George W. Bush warned Democrats Friday not to "test my will" by passing new legislation on a US troop pullout from Iraq after he vetoes a bill passed by Congress this week. [YOU ought to be in Gitmo with your will being tested on a waterboard. --MDR]
Hitler's Hell Oct. 08, 1945 On Aug. 31, 1944, Adolf Hitler spoke his mind to a group of German generals al his secret headquarters. According to a stenographic transcript found last week in the resort town of Wiesbaden, Hitler said: "This war is no convenience to me... I live only for a single mission, to lead this battle because I know if there is not iron will power behind it, the battle will not be won. I blame the General Staff because they, instead of always exhibiting iron will, have weakened the front officers, for when General Staff officers come to the front they spread pessimism."
Bush Vows to Veto Iraq Troop Withdrawal 28 Apr 2007 Dictator Bush warned Congress Friday that he will continue vetoing war spending bills as long as they contain a timetable for the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq.
Maliki warns US senators Iraq will not accept foreign pressure 28 Apr 2007 Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told a delegation of visiting US lawmakers on Saturday that foreign powers should not try to influence the Iraqi political 'process.' [al-Maliki's raison d'etre is due to 'foreign pressure,' i.e., his installation as dictator by the US!]
Spanish judge indicts 3 U.S. soldiers 27 Apr 2007 A judge indicted three U.S. soldiers Friday in the 2003 death of a Spanish journalist who was killed when their tank opened fire at a hotel in Baghdad. Sgt. Shawn Gibson, Capt. Philip Wolford and Lt. Col. Philip DeCamp were charged with homicide in the death of Jose Couso and "a crime against the international community." This is defined under Spanish law as an indiscriminate or excessive attack against civilians during war.
US launches artillery barrage in southern Baghdad 29 Apr 2007 The U.S. military in Iraq launched an artillery barrage in southern Baghdad on Sunday against 'suspected insurgent' targets, with two dozen loud explosions shaking the southern outskirts of the capital.
Baghdad rocked with loud explosions 29 Apr 2007 U.S.-led forces fired an artillery barrage in Baghdad Sunday morning, rocking the capital with loud explosions. The blasts began after 9 a.m. and lasted for at least 15 minutes.
British soldier killed on patrol in Iraq 29 Apr 2007 A British soldier has been killed in a small arms fire attack while on patrol in southern Iraq, the Ministry of Defence said Sunday.
Car bomb kills 60 near Iraqi Shi'ite shrine 28 Apr 2007 A suicide [?] car bomber killed 60 people and wounded 170 near one of Iraq's most revered Shi'ite Muslim shrines on Saturday, in an attack [by US terrorists] likely to inflame sectarian tensions. [Earlier reports indicated the bomb was left in a parked car.]
Military Reports Nine More U.S. Troops Killed --April Death Toll Nears 100 28 Apr 2007 The U.S. military is reporting nine American troops killed in Iraq, including five in fighting in Anbar province and three others in separate attacks south of the capital. The deaths raise to nearly 100 the number of troops who have died in Iraq this month.
Don't Blame Iran for Iraq By Robert Baer 27 Apr 2007 Administration claims that Iran has been supplying arms to Iraq's Sunni insurgency have never made any sense. Coming soon after Washington initially accused Tehran of arming Shi'ite militias, they have seemed like a weak attempt to remake its case tying the country to attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq — the vast majority of which are carried out by Sunni, not Shi'a, forces. One of the unshakable foundations of Iranian foreign policy is support for Iraq's Shi'a, who now more than ever are bloody foes of the country's Sunni minority. And if for some unfathomable reason Iran were arming the Sunni insurgency, would it leave behind evidence to implicate itself?
Afghan Prison Torture Scandal Rocks Military 27 Apr 2007 Canadian General Rick Hillier and Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor have dismissed calls that they be investigated for war crimes over Canada's role in handing over to Afghan security forces detainees who were subsequently tortured. Criticism of the Canadian forces is being driven by the revelation in Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper that up to 30 prisoners had been abused or tortured in Afghanistan prisons by Afghani guards after being transferred from Canadian custody.
Protest in Afghan east after civilian deaths 29 Apr 2007 Thousands of Afghans, some shouting "Death to America" and carrying shrouded bodies, protested in the east on Sunday after up to six people were killed during a raid by U.S.-led occupation forces. They felled trees to block a road and vowed not to bury the bloodstained bodies until those responsible were punished and villagers detained after the incident were freed.
82 Inmates Cleared but Still Held at Guantanamo 29 Apr 2007 More than a fifth of the approximately 385 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been cleared for release but may have to wait months or years for their freedom because U.S. officials are [lying, saying that they are] finding it increasingly difficult to line up places to send them, according to Bush regime officials and defense lawyers... Eighty-two remain at Guantanamo and face indefinite waits [detention] as U.S. officials 'struggle' to figure out when and where to deport them, and under what conditions.
Ban All the Lawyers --Prisoners at Guantanamo don't really need them, or so says the Justice Department. (The Washington Post) 29 Apr 2007 The Bush administration is ruthlessly exploiting the perverted system of justice approved by Congress last year for foreign prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. By stripping the detainees of the ancient right of habeas corpus, Congress drastically limited their ability to challenge their detentions in U.S. courts. Now the administration is citing that limitation as an excuse to curtail the prisoners' access to the civilian lawyers who have been representing them. As first reported Thursday by the New York Times, the Justice Department has asked the federal appeals court charged with handling all appeals of the detentions to limit lawyers to three visits with their clients; allow their correspondence with prisoners to be opened and read; and give government officials the power to deny the lawyers access to evidence.
Closing Gitmo with a win-win-win --Si Se Puede, Y'all By Mark Yannone 28 Apr 2007 ...Gitmo costs us about $100 million a year, not including military salaries. That's over $263,000 per unsociable reprobate--per year. Wanna see what the maximum base pay of a senior level executive in the federal government is? Take a look, and you'll agree that the best way to close Gitmo, get the valuable info we want, save money, end the PR nightmare, and solve the knotty detention-incarceration quandary sans suicide or kidney failure is to put them on the federal payroll as overpaid consultants.
Four students arrested for heckling FBI director 27 Apr 2007 Police arrested four Harvard University students last night for heckling FBI Director Robert Mueller prior to his speech on the "Balance of National Security and Civil Liberties," witnesses said. Harvard spokesman Joe Wrinn confirmed that four Harvard students were arrested outside the John F. Kennedy School of Government. [Now we know the reason for the Manchurian Killer, (Cho) - the clampdown. --MDR]
Britain becoming a Big Brother society, says data watchdog 29 Apr 2007 Britain is in danger of "committing slow social suicide" as such Big Brother techniques as surveillance cameras and recording equipment spread into every aspect of our lives, the nation's information watchdog [Richard Thomas, the information commissioner] will warn this week.
America's war on tourists 28 Apr 2007 ...In a recent poll of international travellers, commissioned by Discover America Partnership, a coalition of US tourist organisations, 70 per cent of respondents said they feared US officials more than terrorists or criminals. Another 66 per cent worried they would be detained for some minor blunder, such as wrongly filling out an official form or being mistaken for a terrorist, while 55 per cent say officials are "rude."
Wolfowitz tried to cover his tracks over lover's job 29 Apr 2007 The president of the World Bank, Paul Wolfowitz, tried to cover his tracks after approving a promotion and substantial pay rise for his girlfriend, it has emerged. Documents released by the bank's ethics committee show that Mr Wolfowitz, controversially appointed to the World Bank from the Pentagon, where he was a leading architect of the Iraq war, tried to limit access to employee salary information after the bank launched an inquiry into the affair.
Ex-Justice Dept. Lawyer Under Scrutiny in Probe --Ties With Abramoff Associate in Question 28 Apr 2007 A federal task force investigating the activities of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff has in recent weeks been looking into whether one of Abramoff's colleagues improperly traded favors with a Justice Department lawyer, sources familiar with the Abramoff investigation said yesterday. The lawyer, Robert E. Coughlin II, resigned on April 6 as deputy chief of staff in the Criminal Division, citing personal reasons, a department spokesman said.
Official Caught Using Escort Service Demanded Anti-Prostitution 'Loyalty Oaths' 28 Apr 2007 Former U.S. AID director Randall Tobias, who resigned yesterday upon admitting that he frequented a Washington escort service, oversaw a controversial policy advocated by the religious right that required any US-based group receiving anti-AIDS funds to take an anti-prostitution "loyalty oath."
Rice Deputy Quits After Query Over Escort Service --Randall Tobias Oversaw U.S. Foreign Aid Programs 28 Apr 2007 Randall L. Tobias, the deputy secretary of state responsible for U.S. foreign aid, abruptly resigned yesterday after he was asked about an upscale escort service allegedly involved in prostitution, U.S. government sources said. Tobias resigned after ABC News contacted him with questions about the escort service, the sources said.
Bush official linked to call-girl probe 27 Apr 2007 Randall Tobias, head of the Bush administration's foreign aid programs, abruptly resigned Friday after his name surfaced in an investigation into a high-priced call-girl ring, said two people in a position to know the circumstances of his departure.
State by State GOP Scandal Scorecard By Wayne Madsen 25 Apr 2007
Protesters Greet Bush With Jeers 28 Apr 2007 (FL) While President [sic] Bush delivered his commencement speech at Miami-Dade College on Saturday afternoon, dozens of protestors voiced their disapproval of the President's actions in Iraq. With signs that read "Out of Iraq," "Support Our Troops - Impeach Bush" and "Bush is a Criminal," demonstrators wanted Bush to know the war in Iraq needs to end now.
Atlantans Spell IMPEACH with Candles at Intersection By Matthew Cardinale 28 Apr 2007 About 20 Atlanta activists met at sundown at Freedom Park to spell out the word IMPEACH with an array of candles on a hill at a major intersection, Freedom Parkway and Moreland Avenue.
The Guilt of Conservatives By Eric Zuesse 28 Apr 2007 Ever since the U.S. aristocracy’s (especially Richard Mellon Scaife’s) concentrated financial campaign to defame liberalism after the landslide political defeat of conservative Republican U.S. Presidential nominee Barry Goldwater in 1964, America’s conservatives have become more and more proud to be conservative, and America’s liberals have become increasingly ashamed to admit that they’re liberals. However, here is the actual historical record of conservatism — conservatism’s reality — and it’s one of profound shame.
Al Gore says Tories' green plan a 'fraud' designed to mislead Canadians 28 Apr 2007 The Conservatives' new environmental platform is a "complete and total fraud" that is "designed to mislead the Canadian people," former U.S. president Al Gore said Saturday. Gore said he was surprised to see that the Tory plan employs the concept of "intensity reduction," which he said is a poll-tested phrase developed in Houston by the so-called think tanks financed by Exxon Mobil and some other large polluters.
Misunderstanding Global Warming: Alexander Cockburn versus Reality. By Mike Byron, Ph.D. 28 Apr 2007 I was astonished to read Alexander Cockburn’s essay in the April 28th online edition of Counterpunch entitled "Is Global Warming a Sin?" Cockburn’s thesis is that there is no scientific evidence whatsoever linking anthropogenic (human caused) CO2 emissions with worldwide increases in mean temperature "global warming."
Bay Bridge interchange collapses after tanker catches fire 29 Apr 2007 An interchange off the busy Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge collapsed early Sunday after a tractor trailer hauling 8,600 gallons of gasoline caught fire, authorities said. The truck's driver suffered second-degree burns, Officer Trent Cross of the California Highway Patrol told KGO-TV.
Bush Administration Will Not Assess Surge Results Until September --White House Scales Back Talk of Iraq Progress 28 Apr 2007 The Bush administration will not try to assess whether the troop increase in Iraq is producing signs of political progress or greater security until September, and many of Mr. Bush's top advisers now anticipate that any gains by then will be limited, according to senior administration officials. The timelines they are now discussing suggest that the White House may maintain the increased numbers of American troops in Iraq well into next year.
Iraqi Oil Min Warns Companies Against Deals Bypassing Central Govt 26 Apr 2007 Iraq's Oil Minister Hussein al-Shahristani Thursday warned international oil companies from signing oil contracts that bypass the federal government in Baghdad and the Oil Ministry, in a clear reference to deals signed by the Kurdistan Regional Government with a number of foreign firms. "Foreign companies shouldn't sign any contract that isn't through the federal government (in Baghdad) and the oil ministry," al-Shahristani said in a statement handed to reporters. "Any contract that is signed without the knowledge of the federal government is illegal," the minister said. "The ministry warns companies against violating the Iraqi laws and they would be responsible of such behavior," the minister said.
Halliburton Reports Stronger Q1 Profit 26 Apr 2007 Halliburton's consolidated revenue in the first quarter of 2007 was $3.4 billion, up 17% from the first quarter of 2006. Halliburton's net income for the first quarter of 2007 was $0.54 per diluted share, which includes the results of KBR, Inc. in discontinued operations. Income from continuing operations in the first quarter of 2007 was $529 million, or $0.52 per diluted share.
Saudis Round Up 172, Citing a Plot Against Oil Rigs 28 Apr 2007 Saudi security officials said Friday that they had broken up a vast terrorist ring, arresting 172 men who planned to blow up oil installations, attack public officials and military posts, and storm a prison to free terrorist suspects. The wide-ranging plot was uncovered over seven months, officials said, as one lead yielded another, allowing authorities to seize a cache of weapons buried in the desert and more than $5.3 million in cash. [The plotters were poised to attack oil installations and were able to obtain $5.3m in cash, LOL. These plotters clearly 'serve at the pleasure of the president.' Who benefits? If they were 'successful,' oil prices would have skyrocketed and Exxon Mobil would be smashing their previous record quarterly profit.]
Saudis foil 'air attack plotters' Saudi TV broadcast footage of various types of weapons Saudi Arabia says it has foiled a plot by militants to carry out suicide air attacks on oil installations and military bases. Foreign nationals were among 172 terror suspects held in a series of raids, the interior ministry said on state TV. Large amounts of weapons and $32.4m (£16.21m) in cash were also seized.
Tenet: CIA warned of 'anarchy' in Iraq 27 Apr 2007 The CIA warned the Bush White House seven months before the 2003 Iraq invasion that the U.S. could face a thicket of bad consequences, starting with "anarchy and the territorial breakup" of the country, former CIA Director George Tenet writes in a new book. CIA analysts wrote the warning at the start of August 2002 and inserted it into a briefing book distributed at an early September meeting of President [sic] Bush's national security team at Camp David, he writes.
Durbin says public was lied to about Iraq 27 Apr 2007 U.S. Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., said on the floor of the Senate that he knew the American public was being misled in the run-up to the war in Iraq. Durbin said he kept quiet because of his position on the Senate Intelligence Committee, The Washington Times reported.
Durbin kept silent on prewar knowledge 27 Apr 2007 The Senate's No. 2 Democrat says he knew that the American public was being misled into the Iraq war but remained silent because he was sworn to secrecy as a member of the intelligence committee. "The information we had in the intelligence committee was not the same information being given to the American people. I couldn't believe it," Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, said Wednesday when talking on the Senate floor about the run-up to the Iraq war in 2002. "I was angry about it. [But] frankly, I couldn't do much about it because, in the intelligence committee, we are sworn to secrecy. We can't walk outside the door and say the statement made yesterday by the White House is in direct contradiction to classified information that is being given to this Congress."
U.S. surge fails to stem Baghdad violence, general says 26 Apr 2007 Army Gen. David Petraeus, the top commander in Iraq, said Thursday that the surge of U.S. and Iraqi troops into Baghdad hadn't reduced overall violence in the country and that the situation was "exceedingly complex."
Serving British soldier exposes horror of war in 'crazy' Basra 27 Apr 2007 A British soldier has broken ranks within days of returning from Iraq to speak publicly of the horror of his tour of duty there, painting a picture of troops under siege, "sitting ducks" to an increasingly sophisticated 'insurgency.' "Basra is lost, they are in control now. It's a full-scale riot and the Government are just trying to save face," said Private Paul Barton. His public protest is a sign of the groundswell of anger among the troops, and predictions that more will come forward to break the traditional covenant of silent service.
Lawmakers seek files on Tillman's death 27 Apr 2007 A congressional committee on Friday requested documents from the White House and Pentagon describing how and when the Bush administration learned the circumstances of Pat Tillman's death. The House Oversight Committee is investigating why Tillman's family and the public were misled about the circumstances of his death.
Army Officer Accuses Generals of 'Intellectual and Moral Failures' 27 Apr 2007 An active-duty Army officer is publishing a blistering attack on U.S. generals, saying they have botched the war in Iraq and misled Congress about the situation there. "America's generals have repeated the mistakes of Vietnam in Iraq," charges Lt. Col. Paul Yingling, an Iraq veteran who is deputy commander of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. "The intellectual and moral failures . . . constitute a crisis in American generals."
A failure in generalship By Lt. Col. Paul Yingling 27 Apr 2007 For the second time in a generation, the United States faces the prospect of defeat at the hands of an insurgency... In 2007, Iraq's grave and deteriorating condition offers diminishing hope for an American victory and portends risk of an even wider and more destructive regional war. These debacles are not attributable to individual failures, but rather to a crisis in an entire institution: America's general officer corps.
7/7 'mastermind' is seized in Iraq [!?!] 28 Apr 2007 The 'al-Qaeda' leader who is thought to have devised the plan for the July 7 suicide bombings in London and an array of terrorist plots against Britain has been captured by the Americans. Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi, a former major in Saddam Hussein’s army, was apprehended as he tried to enter Iraq from Iran and was transferred this week to the "high-value detainee programme" at Guantanamo Bay.
C.I.A. Held Qaeda Leader in Secret Prison for Months 27 Apr 2007 The Central Intelligence Agency held a captured [alleged] Qaeda leader in a secret prison since last fall and transferred him last week to the American military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, officials said Friday. Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi, an Iraqi Kurd who is said to have joined 'Al Qaeda' in the late 1990s and ascended to become a top aide to Osama bin Laden, is the first terrorism suspect known to have been held in secret C.I.A. jails since President [sic] Bush announced the transfer of 14 captives to Guantánamo Bay last September. [How many 'top aides' does Osama bin Laden have? It seems that every other week, another 'top aide' to bin Laden is captured. Apparently, there's little interest in capturing bin Laden himself. He's more valuable to the Bush regime as a hireling. --LRP]
Attacks Spark Fears of Taliban Defeating NATO 25 Apr 2007 In Afghanistan, the Taliban 'insurgency' is spreading, even reaching some provinces in the north that had never been its strongholds. Last week, Taliban fighters attacked a district only 45 miles from the capital, Kabul. Afghans increasingly fear that NATO and Afghan forces will lose the war.
Russia to pull out of arms treaty, says Putin 27 Apr 2007 Russia is to withdraw from Europe's key arms control treaty in response to United States plans to install missile defence systems in Eastern Europe, Vladimir Putin announced yesterday. The Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty, which was signed in the dying months of the Cold War, is regarded as the cornerstone of stability in Europe.
'Grave concern' as Putin freezes defence pact 27 Apr 2007 A dispute over US plans to station anti-missile bases in eastern Europe escalated dramatically today following Russia's call for a freeze of a key European defence treaty.
Thanks to Bush: Terror attacks up nearly 30%, report says 27 Apr 2007 A State Department report on terrorism due out next week will show a nearly 30 percent increase in terrorist attacks worldwide in 2006 to more than 14,000, almost all of the boost due to growing violence in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. officials said Friday.
Student charged for writing violent essay --High school senior says he was just following the assignment 27 Apr 2007 (Cary, IL) Authorities have filed a second disorderly conduct charge against a high school senior [Allen Lee] arrested for writing an essay officials described as disturbing and inappropriate. [Now we know the reason for the Manchurian Killer, (Cho) - the clampdown. --MDR]
Student discharged from Marines after essay 27 Apr 2007 (Cary, IL) One violent, profanity-laced English essay later and Allen Lee's future with the Marine Corps appears to be over. Because of pending criminal charges stemming from his essay, Lee's recruiter told him Friday evening that the Marine Corps has discharged him from his contract, said Sgt. Luis R. Agostini, spokesman for the Marine Corps Recruiting Station Chicago. [Right, we can't have any profanity while they're killing and raping Iraqis. --LRP]
DHS secrecy blocks GAO access 26 Apr 2007 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has been slowing probes and access by the Government Accountability Office, a GAO official said. The GAO is the investigative arm of the U.S. Congress, and it gets relatively unfettered direct access to the federal agencies. However, the DHS has set up a layered and time-consuming process for GAO investigators, including the involvement of the assistant general counsel in determining what documents can be released.
'In some ways the war game resembled the hit U.S. TV show '24.' U.S. health agency stages bird flu war game 27 Apr 2007 A leading U.S. health agency staged a war game this week to test its response to one of the worst health emergencies it could imagine -- an outbreak of avian flu on American soil. The exercise, which ended on Friday, was designed to simulate how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would marshal its resources, coordinate with other branches of government and, crucially, reassure the public [lie] while preparing it for a [US engendered] possible pandemic. In some ways the war game resembled the hit U.S. TV show [torture-fest] "24," with health officials battling in real time to save the United States from imminent disaster, though of course minus the violence [!]. Like the Counter Terrorism Unit at the heart of "24," the CDC used its Director's Emergency Operations Center... In calculating whether to close the border,... These are the facts on the ground: do our theoretical constructs hold," said Martin Cetron, CDC director of the division of global migration and quarantine. [Oh, during a (US Army created pandemic) the US is going to 'close the borders?' The US can't close the borders *now,* but they're going to close them in the middle of a bird flu pandemic? Closing the borders is an action to keep *us in,* quarantined in KBR's detention centers. Click here for more Flu 'Oddities.' --Lori Price]
Anti-corruption team at World Bank says Wolfowitz undermining work 27 Apr 2007 Paul Wolfowitz's struggle to hold on to his job as World Bank president suffered a major setback when more than 40 members of the organization's anti-corruption team, formed to promote transparent government and closely identified with Wolfowitz, declared that the controversy over his conduct was undermining their work.
Administration considered firing at least 12 U.S. attorneys but cut list down 27 Apr 2007 Congressional sources who have seen unedited internal documents say the Bush administration considered firing at least a dozen U.S. attorneys before paring down its list to eight late last year. The four who escaped dismissal came from states considered political battlegrounds in the last presidential election: Missouri, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Fired U.S. prosecutor warned of 'stink' 27 Apr 2007 The U.S. attorney in Arkansas [Bud Cummins] warned the Justice Department five months before he and seven federal prosecutors were fired that "there may be some stink about this down the road" — in part because of White House involvement.
Bush Aministration Official Resigns After Telling ABC News He Patronized Escort Service 27 Apr 2007 Deputy Secretary of State Randall L. Tobias submitted his resignation Friday, one day after confirming to ABC News that he had been a customer of a Washington, D.C. escort service whose owner has been charged by federal prosecutors with running a prostitution operation. Tobias, Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance and administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), had previously served as the Ambassador for the pResident’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief.
Justice Dept official resigns over investigation connected with Abramoff 27 Apr 2007 A senior Justice Department official has resigned after coming under scrutiny in the Department’s expanding investigation of convicted super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, according to a Justice Department official with knowledge of the case. Making the situation more awkward for the embattled Department, the official, Robert E. Coughlin II, was deputy chief of staff for the criminal division, which is overseeing the Department's probe of Abramoff.
U.S. media have lost the will to dig deep By Greg Palast 27 Apr 2007 [In December 2000] I reported on the phony felon purge in Britain's Guardian and Observer and on the BBC while [Al] Gore was still in the race, while the count was still on. Yet the story of the Florida purge never appeared in the U.S. daily papers or on television. Until months later, that is, after the Supreme Court had decided the election, when it was picked up by the Washington Post and others. U.S. papers delayed the story until the U.S. Civil Rights Commission issued a report saying our Guardian/BBC story was correct... At that point, protected by the official imprimatur, American editors felt it safe enough to venture out with the story. But by then, George W. Bush could read it from his chair in the Oval Office.
The Democrats' First 2008 Presidential Debate 27 Apr 2007 (transcript) The following is a transcript of the 2008 Democratic primary presidential debate hosted by MSNBC. The participants were Senator Joesph Biden, Senator Hillary Clinton, Senator Christopher Dodd, John Edwards, John Gravel, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Senator Barack Obama, Governor William Richardson and the debate was moderated by Brian Williams.
Top hedge-fund managers average $540 million in income By Joe Kay 27 Apr 2007 An article in Institutional Investor’s Alpha magazine this week reports that the 25 highest-paid hedge-fund managers in the US had an average income of $540 million in 2006, with the top three pulling in over $1 billion each... The average among them earned nearly $1.5 million a day, every day, for the entire year—or over $1,000 every minute.
April sets European heat records 27 Apr 2007 This month is set to be the warmest April in Britain since records began nearly 350 years ago and all over Europe tourists are slapping on the sun cream several weeks ahead of schedule. Britain's Met Office said the average temperature in central England from April 1-25 was 11.1 degrees Celsius, 3.4 degrees above the norm and the highest since records began in 1659.
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