June 2004 Archives
"Safety Standards... As divers we are taught when experiencing a problem under the water that we must stop, think and then act accordingly to solve the problem. Bush and Cheney always run, never think and always react to problems they create. The other rule they may want to learn is 'never dive alone!!!" --Jerry Gray, Honolulu, HI, CLG's Quote of the Day, June 10, 2004 [Send your best zingers to quote at legitgov.org.]
Bush ignored Pentagon lawyers over tactics in war on [of] terror No consultation on detention without charge --The Bush dictatorship routinely bypassed or overruled Pentagon experts on international law and the Geneva convention to construct a sweeping legal justification for harsh tactics in the war on terror, the Guardian has learnt. In one instance, Dictator George Bush's military order of November 13 2001, which denies prisoner-of-war status to captives from Afghanistan and allows their detention without charge or access to a lawyer at Guantánamo, was issued without any consultations with Pentagon lawyers, a former Pentagon official said... "That came like a bolt from the blue," the official said. "Neither I nor anyone I knew had any insight, any advance knowledge, or any opportunity to comment on the president[sic]'s military order."
Report: Rumsfeld OK'd Prison Rules Defense Secretary [W-ar criminal] Donald Rumsfeld approved interrogation methods for Guantanamo Bay detainees including the use of "stress positions" for up to four hours, "fear of dogs" and "mild non-injurious" physical contact, a newspaper reports. The Wall Street Journal reports Rumsfeld approved the tactics in December 2002.
Use of Dogs to Scare Prisoners Was Authorized Military Intelligence Personnel Were Involved, Handlers Say --U.S. intelligence personnel ordered military dog handlers at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq to use unmuzzled dogs to frighten and intimidate detainees during interrogations late last year, a plan approved by the highest-ranking military intelligence officer at the facility, according to sworn statements the handlers provided to military investigators.
Danish translator says he saw abuse of Afghan prisoners Denmark said Thursday it opened an investigation into claims by a translator for Danish and U.S. troops in Afghanistan that he witnessed incidents of torture and killing of prisoners in American custody two years ago.
Ex-Detainees Sue 2 U.S. Contractors Employees of Titan and CACI are accused of torturing prisoners. Lawyers say the action is based on a military report on abuse. Eight Iraqis filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday claiming that employees of two American contractors subjected them to abuse in U.S.-run prisons in Iraq, including electric shocks, rape, and torture. The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, alleges that employees of San Diego-based Titan Corp. and Virginia-based CACI International, contracted for interpretation and interrogation services respectively, systematically tortured prisoners to extract more information and increase the firms' chances of winning future contracts. [Our suggestions for new company bylines: "Titan National Security Solutions: Specializing in Rape, Torture and Electrocution of Prisoners." "CACI: Technology that Supports 'Final Solutions.'" Readers are encouraged to "Remember The Titan's" crimes, and to contact them at: The Titan Corporation, 3033 Science Park Road, San Diego, California 92121 --Phone: (858) 552-9500 Fax: (858) 552-9645. For inquires other than about products and services (that would be torture and rape), contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact CACI at: Public Relations, Jody Brown, Senior VP (703) 841-7801, email@example.com. Warning, these are monsters who profit by competing at torturing prisoners, so be careful!!! These companies are the epitome of corporate murderers exporting torture and death for profit!!!]
Iraqis Sue SCV Translator Former Iraqi detainees who were stripped and beaten at Abu Ghraib prison have filed a lawsuit alleging that a Santa Clarita man conspired with others to torture them. Co-defendants are the companies that provided the three civilians to the Army’s 205th Military Intelligence Brigade — Virginia-based CACI International Inc. and San Diego-based Titan Corp..
Resistance fighters seize police station in Najaf Allawi: Foreign troops needed after June 30 Shiite gunmen seized an Iraq police station Thursday in the Shiite holy city of Najaf in the first outbreak of fighting since an agreement to end weeks of bloody clashes between U.S. troops and militia forces. Four Iraqis were killed and 13 were injured, hospital and militia officials said.
Going to War Not Worth It, More Voters Say Most U.S. voters now say it was not worth going to war in Iraq, but an overwhelming majority reject the idea of setting a deadline to withdraw all U.S. forces from the country, according to a Times poll.
Poll: Kerry Leads Bush by 7 Pct. Points Democratic candidate John Kerry leads Dictator Bush 51 percent to 44 percent among American voters in a two-way race for president, according to a Los Angeles Times poll published Thursday.
Blair's Party Loses Support in Election In key tests of public sentiment after the Iraq war, Prime Minister Tony Blair lost support across Britain in local elections while Dutch voters dealt a blow to their governing parties at the start of elections for European Parliament. Blair and his ministers acknowledged that the deeply divisive war cast a shadow over campaigning in Britain for local council elections as well as for EU lawmakers.
50,000 troops in Gulf illness scare All 50,000 troops who served in the first Gulf war might have been exposed to low levels of chemical warfare agents during the fighting and its aftermath, a US investigation has suggested.
Doctors Without Borders pulling out of Afghanistan The Nobel Peace Prize-winning relief agency Medecins Sans Frontieres suspended operations in Afghanistan today, a day after five of its aid workers were killed in an ambush claimed by the former Taliban regime.
Report on gains against terrorism was erroneous Powell blames system for data used to laud Bush regime --The State Department’s annual report on terrorism mistakenly reported a worldwide decline when both the number of incidents and the toll in victims had actually increased sharply, the agency said Thursday.
Third Guantanamo captive faces military tribunal An Australian who allegedly fought alongside al-CIA-duh and Taliban operatives in Afghanistan will join two other suspected 'terrorists' held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in facing trial by a U.S. military tribunal for war crimes.
Australian detainee faces military tribunal An Australian adventurer and onetime cowboy will face trial before a military tribunal on charges he conspired to commit war crimes on behalf of Al CIA-duh, the Pentagon announced yesterday.
Judge Orders Marshals to Boston Convention Site A federal judge on Thursday ordered U.S. marshals to monitor union picketers who have interfered with work crews preparing Boston's FleetCenter arena for the Democratic National Convention.
Boston, N.Y. Police Take Notes on G-8 Police from New York City and Boston have taken note of the tiny number of protesters who showed up at the G-8 summit here — and they're taking notes. The police officials are in Georgia monitoring the tight, omnipresent security surrounding the Group of Eight summit to see what they can learn for this summer's national political conventions.
24-hour camera surveillance in city is part of bigger plan From the Inner Harbor to the Bay Bridge, local and state homeland security authorities are beginning to build a regional network of 24-hour surveillance cameras that will first go live this summer in Baltimore. The closed-circuit video surveillance system of public spaces will begin in the Inner Harbor by summer's end, and a $2 million federal grant accepted by the city yesterday will expand the cameras into downtown's west side by early November. "We're trying to build a regional network of cameras," said Dennis R. Schrader, director of homeland security for Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.
$226 Million in Govt Ads Helped Pave the Way for War --by Daniel Forbes "Though the [Department of Homeland Security 'anti-terrorism'] ads were planned as far back as at least May 2002 – and they employed simple public health maxims of long-standing – there was no perceived need to rush them out despite every reason to fear another attack throughout 2002. Instead, under the overall direction of Bush cabinet official Tom Ridge, the ads were always scheduled for early 2003, as was, apparently, the start of the war on Iraq."
Egregious E-mail The Secret Service [Waffen - SS] comes calling after a St. Louisan pens a message wishing bin Laden would eliminate Bush --Accompanied by three St. Louis cops, khaki-clad Secret Service agents sifted through Hakim Aziz's files and books on the night of April 7. Picking up a copy of Muammar Qadhafi's Third Universal Theory, one of the agents asked Aziz if he admired the Libyan strongman... " According to Aziz, the agents told him they'd singled out his e-mail because he'd used the words "Bush" and "bin Laden" in the same sentence. It's a fairly Orwellian explanation, hinting at a bevy of federal computers whose sole task is to scrutinize e-mail word placement. [He should have stuck to Instant Messages. They can't monitor them, yet.]
University Radio Station in Alaska Suspends Student Disc Jockey for Raygun Comments A disc jockey at a university radio station who turned a Sunday radio show into a "celebration" that Iran-Contra, arms-and-cocaine-for-hostages terrorist Ronald Raygun "was finally dead" has been suspended.
Michael Moore's New Film Fahrenheit 9/11 --Winner of the Palme D'Or --2004 Cannes Film Festival (trailer)
Global Military Spending Soars in 2003 World military spending surged during 2003, reaching $956 billion, nearly half of it by the United States as it paid Halliburton ['for missions in Iraq, Afghanistan'] and the war on [of] terror, a prominent European think tank said Wednesday.
Deadly VX nerve agent [WMD] to be neutralized [?!?] in Indiana In a cavernous, pipe-filled structure known simply as the Utility Building, Army contractors are getting ready to destroy a Cold War-era concoction so lethal it could kill millions.
2nd Circuit: Public Has Right to Inspect Court Dockets The press and public have a qualified First Amendment right to inspect court docket sheets, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. The circuit revived a case that had been brought by two Connecticut newspapers challenging Connecticut state courts' decades-long practice of sealing files and, in some cases, refusing to acknowledge the cases even existed. A February 2003 article in The Hartford Courant reported that some cases were sealed just because prominent individuals had requested it.
Stewart seeks new trial Lawyers ask judge to toss conviction, citing perjury charges against government ink expert. Martha Stewart Thursday asked a federal judge for a new trial, citing charges that a key government witness lied on the stand. The request comes about a month before Stewart and her ex-broker at Merrill Lynch are to be sentenced for lying about a well-timed stock sale by Stewart in late 2001. The motion follows perjury charges filed late last month against Larry Stewart, a U.S. Secret Service laboratory director, accusing him of falsely testifying that he carried out tests on a key document in the trial. Martha and Larry Stewart are not related. [In what OTHER cases has Larry Stewart committed perjury]
Challenges to GOP incumbents highlight state contests Arizona's congressional races this year will be highlighted by challenges to four Republican incumbents from within their own party, followed in November by a nationally spotlighted Democratic effort to unseat a freshman GOP representative... District 3, from central Phoenix north to the Maricopa County line: Republican John Shadegg of Phoenix, bidding for a sixth term, will be opposed by Libertarian (CLG reader) Mark Yannone of Phoenix, who also ran two years ago.
"Bush Cheney: One Nation Under Fraud, With Liberty and Justice for Oil. --Jean From Boston! P.S. Get a self-inking stamp made up and stamp dollar bills!" --CLG's Quote of the Day, June 8, 2004
Rumsfeld 'told officers to take gloves off with Lindh' John Walker Lindh, the so-called American Taliban, was stripped naked and tied to a stretcher during interrogation after the office of Defence Secretary [W-ar criminal] Donald Rumsfeld ordered intelligence officers to "take the gloves off" when questioning him. Mr Rumsfeld's legal counsel instructed the officers to push the limits when questioning Lindh, captured in Afghanistan with Taliban and al-Qa'ida forces in late 2001.
Prison Interrogators' Gloves Came Off Before Abu Ghraib After American Taliban recruit John Walker Lindh was captured in Afghanistan, the office of Defense Secretary [W-ar criminal] Donald H. Rumsfeld instructed military intelligence officers to "take the gloves off" in interrogating him. The instructions from Rumsfeld's legal counsel in late 2001, contained in previously undisclosed government documents, are the earliest known evidence that the Bush regime was willing to test the limits of how far it could go legally to extract information from suspected terrorists.
Lawyers raised concerns on interrogations Military attorneys working for the Pentagon's top general raised concerns early in 2003 that interrogation guidelines approved for use at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, could put their boss in legal jeopardy if prisoners there were abused, three Defense Department officials say.
Rights Group Says Bush Policies Created Iraq Abuse Human Rights Watch on Wednesday accused the Bush dictatorship of creating the climate for the Iraqi prison torture scandal when it "cast the rules aside" on prisoner interrogation techniques.
White House: Abuse Memos Not for al-CIA-duh The confidential Justice Department memos criticized by Democrats as laying the legal foundation for Iraqi prisoner abuses were aimed mainly at showing that international treaties banning torture do not apply to al-CIA-duh and Taliban prisoners, Bush regime officials say.
Calif. Guardsman Alleges Abuse in Iraq A California National Guardsman says three fellow soldiers brazenly abused detainees during interrogation sessions in an Iraqi police station, threatening them with guns, sticking lit cigarettes in their ears and choking them until they collapsed.
March entries from diary of Abu Ghraib interrogator found --posted by captain sensible, indymedia.org.uk "Abu Ghraib interrogator Joe Ryan took down his online diary when the torture scandal broke. The April 11-26 entries were quickly found in the Google cache and have been floating around the web for the last few weeks. '30 March 2004... Today was an admin day for me. I went through my current caseload and widdled out the files of guys that need to be released and drew up plans on the others with my analyst... The other big news at work was a message sent to us from Ms. Rice, the National Security Advisor, thanking us for the intelligence that has come out of our shop and noting that our work is being briefed to President [sic] Bush on a regular basis.'"
Bush opens new rift over Middle East plan Attempts by Dictator George Bush to exploit the diplomatic triumph of the United Nations resolution on Iraq were last night running into stiff opposition at the G8 summit, as France joined Arab countries in deriding the White House plans for a greater Middle East initiative.
Chirac rejects call for more Nato troops to go to Iraq President Jacques Chirac of France cast a cloud over the G8 summit yesterday by rejecting a call by George Bush and Tony Blair for Nato to send troops to Iraq to back the interim government after the handover of sovereignty on 30 June.
U.S. force in Iraq to grow as Marine deployment pushed up General: Corps badly stretched --The Pentagon will increase the number of U.S. troops in Iraq to about 145,000 this summer, from the current 140,000, in recognition of the continued difficulty occupation forces are having in providing security leading up to the hand-over of 'political power' to Iraqis on June 30.
Resistance Fighters Launch an Array of Attacks Across Iraq Insurgents staged attacks on American forces and their allies on several fronts today, firing mortars at Iraqi militiamen west of here, setting two critical oil pipelines in the north ablaze and ambushing a military convoy in the capital. In the holy city of Najaf, in the south, fighters loyal to the rebel Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr moved to seize a police station tonight despite a declared cease-fire, the second such attack in two days.
Resistance fighters blow up key Iraq oil pipeline 'Authorities' forced to cut power output by 10 percent --Resistance fighters blew up an important oil pipeline Wednesday, forcing 'authorities' to cut output on the national power grid by 10 percent, police and Iraqi officials said.
U.S. General: Iraq Police Training a Flop Misguided U.S. training of Iraqi police contributed to the country's instability and has delayed getting enough qualified Iraqis on the streets to ease the burden on American forces, the head of armed forces training said Wednesday.
What Happened To Nick Berg? Father of Nick Berg Blasts Bush-Cheney Administration Could Nick Berg's beheading have been a Psy-Op to divert the world's attention from the Abu Ghraib prison scandal? The Arab world is not alone in wondering. On Saturday, June 5, 2004, standing only a block away from the White House, Michael Berg accused the Bush-Cheney administration of being substantially responsible for the death of his son, Nick Berg, age 26. Nick Berg's body was found on May 8, just outside of the war-ravaged city of Baghdad... At a vocal anti-Iraq War rally in front of Lafayette Park, just north of the presidential mansion, Michael Berg said, "I have to hold the Bush administration accountable for denying my son his Constitutional rights for 13 days of his illegal detention [by the US while in Iraq]. If they were going to take illegal action, instead of violating the heart of the Constitution of the United States of America--why didn't they just illegally deport him from Iraq to let us prove who he was at home?"
The street speaks Iraq's UN-backed government is made up of CIA pawns --by Patrick Cockburn "Iraqis are highly sceptical that the US occupation will, as promised, end on 30 June and predict worse fighting to come if real power is not handed over... Few people expected a reduction in violence and many said they feared it would get worse. 'We Iraqis are rejecting this decision because it will turn Iraq back to the British occupation period,' said Haidar Mahmoud, a shopkeeper. 'At that time there was an Iraqi government but it was just a puppet.'"
Bob Woodward Criticizes Iraq Reporting The news media should have been more skeptical of Dictator Bush's "zeal" to go to war with Iraq and the possibly "skimpy" prewar intelligence Bush used to justify the invasion, journalist Bob Woodward said Wednesday.
U.S. Will Revise Data on Terror The State Department works to amend its report on global attacks after critics alleged an undercount and political manipulation. The State Department is scrambling to revise its annual report on global terrorism to acknowledge that it understated the number of deadly attacks in 2003, amid charges that the document is inaccurate and was politically manipulated by the Bush dictatorship.
U.S. bioterrorism research leaps past defensive tactics Scientists now able to explore creating genetically engineered superbugs, plus the means to mass-produce and spread them --The Bush regime is ramping up bioterrorism research that will press beyond traditional defenses against natural biowarfare germs to explore genetically engineered superbugs, as well as the means to mass-produce and disseminate them. A classified presidential directive and other documents offer a roadmap for the new research as part of the first effort at coordinating all federal biodefense research since the October 2001 anthrax attacks by mail [that only *Democrats* received].
Army Plans to Destroy Deadly Nerve Agent In a cavernous, pipe-filled structure known simply as the Utility Building, Army contractors are getting ready to destroy a Cold War-era concoction so lethal it could kill untold millions.
We must cut our nuclear arsenals Unless the US and Europe act now, non-nuclear states will rebel --by Madeleine Albright and Robin Cook "The time has come to prevent the nightmare scenario of a nuclear attack. The rhetoric of international leaders about the spread of nuclear weapons and materials has not been matched by enough concrete action, even as Osama bin Laden declares that it is his 'religious duty' to acquire and use a nuclear weapon against the west."
Coalition backs bill to restrict Patriot Act Metro area groups join push to ease pro-Fascism ['anti-terrorist'] laws --A new coalition of advocacy groups on Tuesday announced their support for legislation to curb civil rights abuses under the USA Patriot Act while ensuring national security. Supporters say the legislation is intended to open another front in their fight against the Patriot Act and immigration policies adopted since September 11.
TIA now verifies flight of Saudis The government has long denied that two days after the 9/11 attacks, the three were allowed to fly. Two days after the Sept. 11 attacks, with most of the nation's air traffic still grounded, a small jet landed at Tampa International Airport [TIA], picked up three young Saudi men and left. The men, one of them thought to be a member of the Saudi royal family, were accompanied by a former FBI agent and a former Tampa police officer on the flight to Lexington, Ky. The Saudis then took another flight out of the country. The two ex-officers returned to TIA a few hours later on the same plane. For nearly three years, White House, aviation and law enforcement officials have insisted the flight never took place and have denied published reports and widespread Internet speculation about its purpose.
The Cleveland Airport Mystery 200 passengers got lost on 9/11 --by Woody Box "In midst the chaos breaking out in the hours after the WTC and Pentagon attacks, between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m an airplane made an emergency landing at Cleveland Hopkins Airport. Rumours were going around that it was hijacked or had a bomb on board...The plane - Delta flight 1989 - was not hijacked, and there was no bomb. However, a closer examination reveals a bunch of conflicting statements concerning Delta 1989."
Film Industry Gives Controversial Iraq Film Ovation Director Michael Moore's controversial anti-Iraq W-ar film "Fahrenheit 9/11" won a standing ovation on Tuesday night from an audience of film industry professionals attending its West Coast debut at Academy Award headquarters.
In Pivotal Case, Bush Backs Off Rule That Eased Phone Line Fees In a move that critics say could lead to higher telephone rates, the Bush dictatorship on Wednesday sided with the four regional Bell companies in a court case over the fees they charge their rivals for access to their networks. The regime's decision, which could affect the phone bills of nearly 50 million customers across the country, was a significant policy reversal in a case making its way to the Supreme Court.
Oregon Hearing to Look at Utility's Charging for Taxes It Didn't Pay A state judge has ordered a regulatory hearing into whether Portland General Electric, a unit of Enron, fraudulently collected more than $665 million from ratepayers to cover corporate income taxes that Enron never paid.
Voters Shift in Favor of Kerry Widespread unease over the country's direction and doubts about Dictator Bush's policies on Iraq and the economy helped propel Sen. John F. Kerry to a solid lead among voters nationwide, according to a new Times poll.
Elections Chief Calls for More Secure Vote Better safeguards against glitches and hacking are needed to avoid a high-tech version of the messy Florida recount battle in the 2000 coup d'etat ['presidential election'], the top U.S. elections official said on Wednesday.
Florida orders new purge of voter list The last time Florida conducted a purge of 'felons' from its voter rolls, in the notorious coup d'etat ['2000 presidential election'], gaping inaccuracies in the list caused tens of thousands of eligible voters to be wrongfully disenfranchised, almost certainly the biggest single factor denying Al Gore the keys to the White House.
Capitol Has a Scare Before Raygun Honors Lawmakers, dignitaries and mourners preparing for Ronald Raygun's funeral ceremony raced from the Capitol Wednesday after police feared an airplane was headed for the building and warned: "You have one minute to impact." Within minutes, authorities determined the small plane was carrying Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher to the funeral and had lost its radio transmission after flying into restricted airspace around Washington. Two F-15 fighter jets were diverted from an air patrol to intercept the plane.
Raygun Funeral Costing D.C. $2.3 Million City Administrator Robert C. Bobb said the cost of Ronald Raygun's funeral to the District of Columbia, as of Wednesday morning, was $2.3 million "and increasing."
***CLG Quote of the Day*** "In response to questions about the apparent contradiction between inviting the public to view the flag-draped coffin of Ronald Reagan--first at the Reagan library in California, then at the rotunda of the capitol in Washington--but refusing to let the public see the flag-draped coffins of soldiers arriving from Iraq at Dover air force base, the White House issued the following statement: 'There is no contradiction. To paraphrase George Orwell's inspiring novel Animal Farm, some corpses are more equal than others.'" --David U., CLG's Quote of the Day, June 8, 2004
Soldier Described White House Interest Staff Requested Data From Abu Ghraib, Probers Told --The head of the interrogation center at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq told an Army investigator in February that he understood some of the information being collected from prisoners there had been requested by "White House staff," according to an account of his statement obtained by The Washington Post.
Rumsfeld approved interrogation US Defence Secretary [W-ar criminal] Donald Rumsfeld last year approved 24 interrogation techniques for use on suspected Taliban and al-Qaeda prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, including seven techniques that were not in the army's field manual for interrogation, a Pentagon spokesman said today.
Lawyers Decided Bans on Torture Didn't Bind Bush A team of regime lawyers concluded in a March 2003 legal memorandum that Dictator Bush was not bound by either an international treaty prohibiting torture or by a federal antitorture law because he had the authority as commander in chief [sic - thief] to approve any technique needed to protect the nation's 'security.' The March memorandum also contains a curious section in which the lawyers argued that any torture committed at Guantánamo would not be a violation of the anti-torture statute because the base was under American legal jurisdiction and the statute concerns only torture committed overseas. That view is in direct conflict with the position the dictatorship has taken in the Supreme Court, where it has argued that prisoners at Guantánamo Bay are not entitled to constitutional protections because the base is outside American jurisdiction.
Ashcroft Denies Senators '02 Memo Document Details Suffering Allowed In Interrogations --Attorney General John D. AshKKKroft told Congress yesterday that he would not release a 2002 policy memo on the degree of pain and suffering legally permitted during enemy interrogations, but said he knows of no presidential order that would allow al CIA-duh suspects to be tortured by U.S. personnel.
Ashcroft refuses to give Congress torture memo The US Attorney General refused to give lawmakers copies of a Justice Department memo that allegedly advised the White House that torture during 'war on [of] terror' interrogations could be justified.
Ashcroft Grilled About U.S. Rules on Torture Attorney General John Ashcroft on Tuesday refused to release memos detailing U.S. torture policy as lawmakers accused him of trying to hide how the Bush regime has justified the abuse of prisoners.
Interrogations Are Criticized Lawyers Fault Tactics Used on Witnesses Against Detainees --Military lawyers representing Guantanamo Bay prisoners designated to face military tribunals have complained to the Senate that witnesses against their clients may have faced coercive tactics during interrogations, according to letters the attorneys released yesterday.
Ex-C.I.A. Aides Say Iraq Leader Helped Agency in 90's Attacks Iyad Allawi, now the designated prime minister of Iraq, ran an exile organization intent on deposing Saddam Hussein that sent agents into Baghdad in the early 1990's to plant bombs and sabotage government facilities under the direction of the C.I.A., several former intelligence officials say.
Car Bombs in 2 Iraqi Cities and Exploding Mines Kill at Least 18 More in Iraq Car bombs exploded in two cities north of here on Tuesday morning, killing at least 11 Iraqis and an American soldier, military officials said. Dozens more were wounded. Six soldiers from Poland, Slovakia and Latvia were killed south of Baghdad while trying to defuse mines, officials said.
Guard, Reserve Death Toll Rising in Iraq In the first week of June, nine of the 13 announced U.S. troop deaths in Iraq were National Guard or Reserve soldiers, an extraordinarily high toll on part-time troops.
Cautious welcome for Iraq UN resolution The international community has given a guarded welcome to a UN resolution confirming Iraq's new interim government but authorising US-led troops to continue their occupation.
BBC Move on Armed Guards Sparks Safety Debate Two days after a gun attack on a BBC team in Saudi Arabia, the British broadcaster said on Tuesday it had changed policy to let armed bodyguards accompany reporters in areas of extreme danger.
Pentagon Wasted Millions on Airline Tickets, GAO Says The Defense Department spent an estimated $100 million for airline tickets that were not used over six years and failed to seek refunds even though the tickets were reimbursable, congressional investigators say.
Is the world's oil running out fast? If you think oil prices are high at $40 a barrel then wait till they are four times that much... This is the message from the Association for the Study of Peak Oil (ASPO). "Oil is far too cheap at the moment," says Matthew Simmons, an energy investment banker and adviser to the controversial Bush-Cheney energy 'plan.' "The figure I'd use is around $182 a barrel. We need to price oil realistically to control its demand. That is because global production is peaking."
Useless is as useless does: Sept. 11 commission draft harshly critical of FBI, CIA Draft portions of the Sept. 11 commission's final report offer a stinging rebuke of the FBI and intelligence agencies but refrain from assigning blame to individuals in government to avoid the appearance of partisanship, several commissioners say.
'Terror threat political game' Former White House counter-terrorism adviser Richard Clarke on Sunday accused members of the US dictatorship of using terror warnings to manipulate voters ahead of the presidential election in November. Clarke, who resigned last year, said the conflicting assessments of the risk of terror attacks presented by US Homeland Security Department Secretary Tom Ridge and US Attorney General John Ashcroft last week showed how some officials sought to inflate the threat for political gain.
Lockdown on Sea Island The body bags have been shipped in, locals are running scared, and foreigners are being arrested and deported. Organisers of this week's G8 Summit are taking no chances with security. E Jane Dickson reports from a community under siege. "...He has just heard a rumour that 2,000 body bags have been delivered to the clapboard Chamber of Commerce across the road from the bookstore... Five minutes later, one of the island's fire chiefs drops by, fresh from a briefing. It's not a rumour. The body bags are here, together with a refrigerated lorry to take away the corpses... A State of Emergency granting extra powers to local law enforcement was announced by the State Governor on 7 May, and while nowhere has yet been 'set aside' for the protesters to protest (a quaint notion in itself), a playing-field over on the mainland has been fenced for use as a detention centre."
Army Of Cops, Secluded Island Summit Keep G8 Protests Small It could be caused by fear of [Bush's terrorist police state] police, conservative Southern culture or the isolated island location of the G8 Summit. Either way, protest marches along coastal Georgia on the meeting's opening day drew less than 250 total demonstrators.
Cities Say No to the Patriot Act In the past two years, more than 300 cities and four states have passed resolutions calling on Congress to repeal or change parts of the USA Patriot Act that, activists say, violate constitutional rights such as free speech and freedom from unreasonable search and seizure.
Group: Poverty a Security Threat to U.S. Poverty and disease in places such as Afghanistan, Haiti and Somalia pose serious threats to U.S. national security but are frequently overlooked by American policy-makers, a group of former U.S. government officials said Tuesday.
Cities, Towns Spar Over Security Dollars A long-simmering conflict in Congress between rural and urban lawmakers over homeland security money is coming to a head as new legislation seeks to shift money to cities more likely to be struck by terror attacks.
Mega bulimia alert!! Republicans Mull New Honors for Raygun The Pentagon would be renamed after Ronald Raygun and his [disgusting] image placed on some American currency under proposals by congressional Republicans to honor one of their party's most popular former presidents.
Coup D'Etat: The Real Reason Tenet and Pavitt Resigned from the CIA on June 3rd and 4th Bush, Cheney Indictments in Plame Case Looming --by Michael C. Ruppert additional reporting by Wayne Madsen from Washington "Why did DCI George Tenet suddenly resign on June 3rd, only to be followed a day later by James Pavitt, the CIA's Deputy Director of Operations (DDO)? The real reasons, contrary to the saturation spin being put out by major news outlets, have nothing to do with Tenet's role as taking the fall for alleged 9/11 and Iraqi intelligence 'failures' before the upcoming presidential election. Both resignations, perhaps soon to be followed by resignations from Colin Powell and his deputy Richard Armitage, are about the imminent and extremely messy demise of George W. Bush and his Neocon administration in a coup d'etat being executed by the Central Intelligence Agency. The coup, in the planning for at least two years, has apparently become an urgent priority as a number of deepening crises threaten a global meltdown. Based upon recent developments, it appears that long-standing plans and preparations leading to indictments and impeachment of Bush, Cheney and even some senior cabinet members have been accelerated, possibly with the intent of removing or replacing the entire Bush regime prior to the Republican National Convention this August."
Pope fears Bush is antichrist, journalist contends - Church - journalist Wayne Madsen (May 18, 2003) "According to freelance journalist Wayne Madsen, 'George W Bush's blood lust, his repeated commitment to Christian beliefs and his constant references to 'evil doers,' in the eyes of many devout Catholic leaders, bear all the hallmarks of the one warned about in the Book of Revelations--the anti-Christ.' Madsen, a Washington-based writer and columnist, who often writes for Counterpunch, says that people close to the pope claim that amid these concerns, the pontiff wishes he was younger and in better health to confront the possibility that Bush may represent the person prophesized in Revelations. John Paul II has always believed the world was on the precipice of the final confrontation between Good and Evil as foretold in the New Testament."
Rowland must testify, judge says (CT) A state judge said Monday that [Republican] Gov. John G. Rowland "has no absolute executive privilege" to avoid testifying at an impeachment hearing, ruling that a legislative subpoena to Rowland is constitutional. But the ruling won’t result in Rowland testifying at the start of today’s impeachment hearings at the state Capitol. [*Where* is the national media coverage of Reichwing thief (and Bush buddy) John Rowland?]
More Enron Tapes, More Gloating The Department of Justice reportedly has thousands of hours of Enron employees recorded during the West Coast power crisis. Now, some in Congress want all the tapes released. After CBS broadcast the voices of Enron energy traders gloating over the crisis they helped create, more tapes were released. In one tape, an employee says, "You gotta think the economy is going to f------g get crushed, man. This is like a recession waiting to f-----g happen." The tapes show Enron tried to bring California to its knees.
State elections chief resigns Ed Kast, the director of the state Division of Elections, abruptly resigned from his job Monday, just months before the 2004 presidential election. Florida's elections chief, who just last month ignited controversy by pushing for a new purge of voters identified as 'felons' ineligible to vote, abruptly resigned from his job Monday.
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Gore's remarks are death blow for Penelas' bid --by Jim DeFede "Is it too late to draft Al Gore for president? Calling Alex Penelas 'the single most treacherous and dishonest person I dealt with during the campaign anywhere in America,' the former vice president [president] has not only gut-shot Penelas' senate campaign but in all likelihood ended the political career of our ambitious mayor. And it's not because Gore's words are so harsh. It's because they're true... [Hialeah Mayor Raul] Martinez believes the real reason Penelas abandoned Gore is that he cut a deal with leading Republicans earlier in the year. The Republicans wouldn't support Penelas' main rival in the mayoral election -- Republican Miguel Diaz de la Portilla -- and in return, Penelas would steer clear of the presidential election."
Pills vs. Talking When Chad Taylor noticed his son was apparently experiencing serious side effects from Ritalin prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, he decided to take the boy off the medication. Now, he says he may be accused of child abuse.
Lawyers Decided Bans on Torture Didn't Bind Bush A team of regime lawyers concluded in a March 2003 legal memorandum that Dictator Bush was not bound by either an international treaty prohibiting torture or by a federal antitorture law because he had the authority as commander in chief [sic - thief] to approve any technique needed to protect the nation's 'security.'
Pentagon Report Set Framework For Use of Torture Security or Legal Factors Could Trump Restrictions, Memo to Rumsfeld Argued --Bush regime lawyers contended last year that the dictator wasn't bound by laws prohibiting torture and that government agents who might torture prisoners at his direction couldn't be prosecuted by the Justice Department. The advice was part of a classified report on interrogation methods prepared for Defense Secretary [W-ar criminal] Donald Rumsfeld after commanders at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, complained in late 2002 that with conventional methods they weren't getting enough information from prisoners.
Sexual Humiliation Forced Nudity of Iraqi Prisoners Is Seen as a Pervasive Pattern, Not Isolated Incidents In the weeks since photographs of naked detainees set off the abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib, military officials have portrayed the sexual humiliation captured in the images as the isolated acts of a rogue night shift. But forced nudity of prisoners was pervasive in the military intelligence unit of Abu Ghraib, so much so that soldiers later said they had not seen "the whole nudity thing," as one captain called it, as abusive or out of the ordinary.
Kurds Threaten to Pull Out of Iraqi Government The main Kurdish political parties are threatening to pull out of Iraq's interim government unless a new United Nations Security Council resolution on Iraq endorses Kurdish autonomy.
60% believe Iraq war spending 'a waste' Sixty per cent of people think Government spending on the war on Iraq was "a waste of money", and should have been spent on overseas aid, a new poll shows. The survey shows that most Britons would have preferred the billions spent on invading and occupying Iraq to be channelled towards helping the world's poor.
Suicide Car Bombing Kills 14 Iraqis Three car bombs shook the northern Iraqi cities of Baqouba and Mosul on Tuesday, killing at least 14 Iraqis and one U.S. soldier. At least 126 people were wounded, including 10 U.S. soldiers.
Mosul Car Bomb Kills 10 Iraqis, Wounds Around 100 A suspected suicide car bomb exploded in front of the mayor's office in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Tuesday killing 10 civilians and wounding around 100, the U.S. military, Iraqi police and witnesses said.
CENTCOM Reports Mosque Explosion U.S. Central Command reported a large explosion and fire at the Kufa Mosque today.
Attacks Kill Three U.S. Soldiers, Others Wounded Attacks by resistance fighters killed three U.S. soldiers and a civilian contractor, and injured several others and Iraqi civilians in incidents June 5-6, according U.S. Central Command officials. Another soldier died from noncombat related causes.
U.S. Calls in Air Support After Afghan Convoy Hit A U.S. soldier was killed and two others wounded after their convoy came under attack in Afghanistan's Uruzgan province Monday, the U.S. military said Monday.
Al CIA-duh Warns of Attacks on Western Airlines A statement purportedly from al CIA-duh militants in Saudi Arabia warned Monday of new attacks on U.S. and Western airlines, installations and areas frequented by Westerners.
The same website that showed Nick Berg's video issued latest al-Qaida threat Purported al-Qaida-linked statement on Web The world's second-biggest travel firm, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, says it is "not going to change the way" it does business in light of a new al-CIA-duh threat. In a statement on the same Web site that showed Nick Berg's murder, a purported terror group says it will hit "Western and American" airlines soon. The threat says attacks are in store "in the near future."
'Taliban told US they would give up Osama' US and Taliban officials met secretly in Frankfurt a year before the September 11 attacks to discuss terms for the Afghans to hand over Osama bin Laden, according to a German television documentary. But no agreement was reached and no further negotiations took place before the suicide attacks in 2001, which bin Laden subsequently hailed in a videotape as the work of his Al CIA-duh network.
28,000 Troops to Participate in JNTC Exercise The Department of Defense today announced that more than 28,000 U.S. and allied service members will participate in Combined Joint Task Force Exercise (CJTFEX) 04-2, culminating in its final phase from June 12 through 22, 2004.
Deputy Welcomes Civilian Leaders to "DoD 101" Introduction Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz welcomed civilian business, academic and local government leaders from throughout the nation to the Pentagon today to kick off a weeklong schedule that will offer a firsthand look at the military at work in the war on [of] terror.
Draft boards ready if call for conscripts goes out (KS) For the country's draft boards, it's all just practice — like jury duty without a defendant. In case a draft ever comes back, draft board members gather from across a state once, sometimes twice, a year for training. They are reminded of the nuanced rules that would determine who could be exempt from military service and then chew over mock cases...
'Bush should have died, not Reagan': Morrissey Manchester music legend Morrissey sparked controversy when he announced Ronald Reagan's death live on stage during a concert - and then declared he wished it was George Bush who had died instead. Thousands of fans at Dublin Castle, in Ireland, cheered when the ex-Smiths frontman made the announcement that the former American president, who had battled with Alzheimer's Disease, had passed away. And an even bigger cheer followed when Morrissey - who is no stranger to controversy - then said he wished it had been the current President [sic], George W Bush, who had died. Fan Tony Murray said: "He commented about the death of Ronald Reagan and when he wished that it was George W instead the crowd went wild."
Security to Be Tight for Raygun Funeral From sharpshooters on roofs to bomb-sniffing dogs on the ground, security will be extremely tight for former President Reagan's funeral and the events surrounding it.
Feds approve faster anthrax exposure test The federal government has approved a test that promises to make it easier and faster for local agencies to determine if a person has had anthrax exposure. [*What* is the Bush-Rove terror team working on *now* ???]
Kelly To Be Deposed About Police Tactics During Protests Police Commissioner Ray Kelly will have to answer questions about the tactics officers use during protests, even though the city says that knowledge might help 'terrorists.' [?!?]
Ban on Subway Photography Prompts Underground Protest (NY) At a protest by photographers, you see things like a guy taking pictures of a guy taking pictures of a few more guys taking pictures of one another... The photographers - about 100 of them - gathered to express their outrage at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's proposed ban on taking pictures in the subway system.
Protesters cut power to Paris train stations French trade union activists claimed responsibility for surprise power outages on Monday that delayed hundreds of thousands of rail passengers in Paris. They warned of more protests over plans for the partial privatisation of the country's utilities. The decision to target train stations without warning represents a departure from the usual tactics and a clear toughening of the union militants' stance. [Great!!]
Dark Reagan legacy in Central America In Central America, many remember the former U.S. president as a Cold War radical whose support for right-wing leaders and rebels cost tens of thousands of lives. The impoverished countries of Central America erupted in violence in the 1980s when Raygun was president, and his regime spent millions of dollars in vicious civil wars. Raygun supported Contra rebels against the Sandinista government in Nicaragua and helped prop up repressive leaders that faced leftist resistance fighters in El Salvador and Guatemala.
Cantwell calls for release of all Enron tapes Sen. Maria Cantwell on Monday called on the U.S. Justice Department to release all the audio tapes it has of conversations by Enron Corp. energy traders. ..."I want to make sure no federal agency tries to suppress the evidence," Cantwell said.
Judge Delays First Enron Criminal Trial A federal judge on Monday delayed the first Enron criminal trial until August, ruling on the day it was to begin that the case involving six defendants would take longer than he had originally anticipated.
Colorado Republicans Lose Redistricting Effort The battle over a new Congressional map for Colorado, one of the country's most closely watched redistricting cases, ended Monday in a Democratic victory at the Supreme Court. Falling one vote short, the justices refused to hear the Colorado Republicans' appeal of a state high court ruling that invalidated an unusual second redistricting plan the Republicans had pushed through the legislature in the closing days of its 2003 session.
Diebold Stops Top Executives From Making Political Donations Diebold Inc., criticized last year for selling electronic voting machines while its chairman raised money for Republican political candidates, has banned its senior executives from making such donations.
Federal Reserve Says Banks Can Continue Overdraft Plans The Federal Reserve said yesterday that banks could continue controversial programs that consumer groups say function as high-cost loans used mainly by poor and middle-income people. The programs enable, and in some cases encourage, customers with low balances to overdraw their checking accounts, allowing the banks to skirt credit laws and collect billions of dollars in fees.
Clooney Brings Hollywood Into Ky. House Race The actor has been funneling campaign contributions from an A-list of Hollywood celebrities into an obscure congressional district in Kentucky, where his father, Nick Clooney, a Democrat, is running for Congress.
Fans Line Up to Reserve Copies of Clinton Memoirs New Yorkers waited hours on Monday to reserve a copy of the memoirs of Bill Clinton. The line of buyers stretched down the sidewalk outside the Hue-Man Bookstore, just blocks from Clinton's Harlem office, where scores of people arrived as early as dawn to reserve a $35 copy of "My Life," to be published on June 22.
The Quote of the Day. We're looking for the best, most humorous and yet stinging criticisms of the Bush Regime. Each day, we will post the best quote (submitted the day before) atop our Breaking News section, for all visitors to read. Your name (or pseudonym if you prefer) will also be mentioned. So get those sardonic quips a-flashing! Send your best zingers to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heads up!! The Bush terror team could be dragging out its Weapons of Mass Distraction!! Leak Probe Appears in Active Phase Vice pResident Cheney's recent interview with representatives of a special prosecutor looking into the leak of a covert CIA officer's name is the latest suggestion that the grand jury probe is in a highly active phase.
Top CIA resignations cause security jitters As the US braces for a threatened terrorist attack this summer, top intelligence officials will be shuffling jobs. The question is whether Americans should worry.
Mercenaries in 'coup plot' guarded UK officials in Iraq Shocked MP demands a rethink of the way government awards its security contracts. Mercenaries accused of planning a coup in an oil-rich African state also worked under contract for the British government providing security in Iraq, raising fears about the way highly sensitive security work is awarded, The Observer has learnt. The Department for International Development (DfID) signed a £250,000 deal last summer with the South-African based Meteoric Tactical Solutions (MTS) to provide 'close protection' for department staff, including bodyguards and drivers for its senior official in Iraq.
Iraqi judge orders arrest of American aide to Chalabi An arrest warrant has been issued for Ahmed Chalabi's right-hand man in Baghdad, the American consultant Francis Brooke, who tried to stop the recent raid on the politician's headquarters in the Iraqi capital. Mr Brooke, who is an evangelical Christian, has worked with Mr Chalabi since 1990 - first as a consultant paid by the CIA and most recently as a consultant for BKSH and Associates, a company run by Charlie Black, a Republican Party veteran. Reports from Iran suggest that Mr Brooke acted as an intermediary between Washington and Teheran, passing letters between the two governments, which do not have bilateral relations.
American fib factory --by Eric Margolis "The White House's Iraq fib factory went into overdrive last week, ballyhooing claims that the new 'caretaker government' the UN had supposedly just installed in Baghdad was 'fully sovereign' and 'totally independent.' We would like to believe American president [sic] George Bush. But this latest claim comes from the same truth-deficient people who concocted Iraq's imminent threat to destroy the U.S. with nuclear and germ weapons, Saddam Hussein's vans and drones of death, Saddam's tryst with Osama bin Laden, and a slew of other preposterous whoppers that would have made the Nazis' propagandist, Dr. Joseph Goebbels, blush deep crimson."
"International police" violates international law in Iraq (China View) "The United States, which branded itself as 'international police' and asserted that its invasion into Iraq was to bring freedom and democracy to Iraqi people, has been proven by the United Nations as conducting 'serious violations of human rights and humanitarian law' in Iraq. 'Willful killing, torture or inhuman treatment ... might be designated as war crimes by a competent tribunal,' said the chief UN human rights official, Bertrand Ramcharand, in his report presented to the UN Commission on Human Rights last Friday. But, unfortunately, such acts were what US-led coalition [sic -- occupation] forces have done to Iraqis since they occupied the country in early 2003."
Suicide bomb attack outside US base leaves nine dead Nine Iraqis were killed and 61 injured yesterday when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a car outside a security base at Taji, north of Baghdad, part of a wave of attacks in and around the Iraqi capital. And, in a separate attack, a British security contractor was killed in a drive-by attack in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the Foreign Office confirmed yesterday.
Blasts and attacks pockmark Iraq At least six Iraqis have been killed in a car bomb attack north of Baghdad - the latest in a string of attacks.
2 Americans, 2 Poles killed in Baghdad ambush Four were civilians working for U.S. company, Polish officials say Four civilians working for a U.S. company in Iraq have been killed in an ambush in Baghdad, the Polish Foreign Ministry said Sunday. [There has been virtually *no* coverage of Iraq on the cable news circuit due to the over-the-top coverage of the death of Iran-Contra arms-for-hostages (and cocaine) terrorist, Ronald Raygun. The Reichwing media whores are using Raygun's death to bump Dictator Bush's poll numbers, with this inane and insane burst of forced patriotism. Where is the coverage of the leaking of Valerie Plame's name and Cheney's Energy Task Force documents sitting in Scalia's hands?]
Two BBC men shot in Saudi capital BBC cameraman Simon Cumbers has been killed and correspondent Frank Gardner injured after gunmen opened fire near the Saudi capital, Riyadh. Cumbers, 36, was a freelance journalist and cameraman working for the BBC, the BBC said in a statement. Frank Gardner, 42, is the BBC's security correspondent and a leading expert on al-CIA-duh, the statement said.
Saudi militants kill BBC cameraman and injure reporter An Irish cameraman working for the BBC was shot dead and the corporation's security correspondent was seriously injured yesterday while filming in a notorious slum area of the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh.
Kids get sicker at Baghdad hospital At Baghdad's General Teaching Hospital for Children, children die each week from diarrhea because of poor sanitation, shortages of medical equipment and poorly trained staff... The doctors said U.S. Army medical teams and various humanitarian groups have come to the hospital in recent months and made lists of the medicine and supplies that are needed. But nothing has arrived.
U.S. subsidy keeps gasoline at 5 cents a gallon in Iraq While Americans are shelling out near-record prices for fuel, Iraqis pay only about 5 cents a gallon for gasoline — a benefit of hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies bankrolled by American taxpayers. The U.S. pays about $1.50 a gallon to buy fuel that it delivers to Iraqi filling stations. Before the W-ar, Reichwing hawks lied and stated that by invading Iraq and ousting Saddam Hussein, America would benefit from increased exports of oil from Iraq, which has the world's second-largest petroleum reserves. Now the price for gasoline in the United States is averaging $2.05 a gallon — 50 cents more than the pre-invasion price.
US attacks ALP troop exit plan United States Dictator George W Bush launched a blistering attack on Labor's plan to withdraw Australian troops from Iraq by Christmas, saying the move would be disastrous and would encourage more violence.
Taliban Told U.S. It Would Give Up Osama - Middleman U.S. and Taliban officials met secretly in Frankfurt almost a year before the Sept. 11 attacks to discuss terms for Afghanistan to hand over Osama bin Laden, according to a German television documentary. But no agreement was reached and no further negotiations took place before the suicide hijackings in 2001.
Agile US military of future eyes northern Australian bases The United States is close to deciding whether to spend tens of millions of dollars establishing permanent joint training facilities in northern Australia for its military forces. The Defence Minister, Robert Hill, told the Herald yesterday that he expected a decision in principle next month on a plan that could bring thousands of American soldiers, marines and air force personnel to train at upgraded Australian bases.
Democrats Ask Ridge to Reconsider $10 Bln Contract to Accenture Democratic lawmakers asked Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to reconsider awarding a contract worth as much as $10 billion to a group led by Accenture Ltd., which is based in Bermuda, a haven from U.S. taxes.
Dr M: Use yen as East Asia's trading currency Japan should stop trying to prop up the US dollar and instead make the yen the trading currency of East Asia, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. While noting that it was understandable for Japan to continue to shore up the US currency because it holds a lot of dollars in reserve, the former Malaysian Prime Minister warned that it could not "go on forever." "The US must maintain the value of its currency by reducing its huge deficit and living within its means."
Mega barf alert!! Government to Close in Honor of Reagan The federal government will be closed Friday in honor of former President Ronald Raygun, the White House announced Sunday.
Killer, Coward, Con-Man Good Riddance, Gipper ... More Proof Only the Good Die Young --by Greg Palast "Ronald Reagan was a conman. Reagan was a coward. Reagan was a killer. In 1987, I found myself stuck in a crappy little town in Nicaragua named Chaguitillo. The people were kind enough, though hungry, except for one surly young man. His wife had just died of tuberculosis. People don't die of TB if they get some antibiotics. But Ronald Reagan, big hearted guy that he was, had put a lock-down embargo on medicine to Nicaragua because he didn't like the government that the people there had elected. Ronnie grinned and cracked jokes while the young woman's lungs filled up and she stopped breathing."
Gore says Penelas betrayed Democrats Former Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore delivered a harsh message to Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas, three months before he faces a U.S. Senate primary. President Al Gore, who won the 2000 presidential election but was denied the presidency due to the coup d'etat in Florida, on Saturday called Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas "the single most treacherous and dishonest person I dealt with during the campaign anywhere in America.'' Al Gore speaks out concerning Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas' lack of support during the Florida 2000' Presidential campaign. [FYI, Mayor Alex Penelas is running for U.S. Sen. Bob Graham's seat. Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas can be reached: Mayor@MiamiDade.gov Office Tel. #: 305-375-5071 / Office FAX #: 305-375-3618 Office Address: 111 N.W. 1st Street, 29th Floor, Miami, FL 33128-1906]
Florida Vote Officials to Talk Felon List Many of Florida's local elections supervisors are concerned about the accuracy of a list of 47,000 possible 'felons' to be purged from voter rolls, and they want the state's help in ensuring that no voters are disenfranchised in November.
Diebold Halts Top Execs' Political Gifts Diebold Inc., criticized last year for selling electronic voting machines while its chairman raised money for Republican political candidates, has banned its senior executives from making such donations.
Kerry stepson enters campaign spotlight The Kerry campaign unleashes its star power at fundraisers in Key West and Miami Beach, with stepson Chris Heinz wowing the crowd. --John Kerry's presidential campaign on Saturday dispatched its hottest ambassador to the young and hip, senatorial stepson Chris Heinz, to fundraisers in Key West and a swanky South Beach hotel. Heinz, the son of Kerry's wife Teresa, was billed as ''hunky'' in a recent New York Post ''Page Six'' gossip column.
Bill Clinton Shines at Publishing Expo For many in the publishing community, which wrapped up its annual convention Sunday, their president remains Bill Clinton. His keynote speech Thursday at BookExpo America became a celebration both of Clinton the president and of Clinton the author of "My Life," which comes out June 22 with a first printing 1.5 million.
PM 'delusional' over Iraq WMD, says inspector Tony Blair was branded 'delusional' yesterday over his continued insistence that weapons of mass destruction might still be found in Iraq. The charge was made by the man who headed the hunt. Following claims by the Prime Minister on Friday that the search might still turn up illegal weapons in Iraq, David Kay, who led the Iraq Survey Group after the invasion, insisted that the weapons did not exist, and called on Blair to apologise for being wrong.
CIA braces itself for criticism over 9/11 and Hussein's weapons America's intelligence community - stripped of its two most powerful officials involved in the fight against terrorism - is bracing itself for a barrage of criticism over its failure to prevent the September 2001 attacks and its claim that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction.
Cheney Reportedly Interviewed in Leak of C.I.A. Officer's Name Vice pResident Dick Cheney was recently interviewed by federal prosecutors who asked whether he knew of anyone at the White House who had improperly disclosed the identity of an undercover C.I.A. officer, people who have been involved in official discussions about the case said on Friday.
The Serious Implications of President [sic] Bush's Hiring a Personal Outside Counsel for the Valerie Plame Investigation --by John W. Dean "Recently, the White House acknowledged that President [sic] Bush is talking with, and considering hiring, a non-government attorney, James E. Sharp. Sharp is being consulted, and may be retained, regarding the current grand jury investigation of the leak revealing the identity of Valerie Plame as a CIA covert operative. (Plame is the wife of Bush critic and former ambassador Joe Wilson; I discussed the leak itself in a prior column, and then discussed further developments in the investigation in a follow-up column.) This action by Bush is a rather stunning and extraordinary development. The President [sic] of the United States is potentially hiring a private criminal defense lawyer. Unsurprisingly, the White House is doing all it can to bury the story, providing precious little detail or context for the President[sic]'s action."
Wide Gaps Seen in U.S. Inquiries on Prison Abuse Disparate inquiries into abuses of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan have so far left crucial questions of policy and operations unexamined, according to lawmakers from both parties and outside military experts, who say that the accountability of senior officers and Pentagon officials may remain unanswered as a result. No investigation completely independent of the Pentagon exists to determine what led to the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison, and so far there has been no groundswell in Congress or elsewhere to create one.
US soldiers could face war crimes charges The United Nations' top human rights official says abuses by U.S. soldiers of Iraqi prisoners at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison could amount to war crimes. Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights Bertrand Ramcharan said on Friday U.S.-led occupation forces had committed "serious violations" of international humanitarian law in Iraq and had ill-treated ordinary Iraqis.
Cheney, Rumsfeld on abuse trial witness list Vice pResident Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary [W-ar criminal] Donald Rumsfeld are on a "catchall list'' of potential witnesses in the case of Pfc. Lynndie England, an Army reservist facing a court-martial for alleged abuse of Iraqi prisoners, her attorneys said Thursday.
Hoon agrees to review 13 alleged murders by troops The Defence Secretary [W-ar criminal], Geoff Hoon, has ordered his officials to re-examine 13 cases of alleged murder by UK troops in Iraq after mounting protests from human rights groups.
HarperCollins acquires rights to Seymour Hersh book on prison scandal Seymour Hersh, the journalist for The New Yorker widely credited with revealing the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, has signed on with HarperCollins Publishers to write a book about his pursuit of the story, the company said. The details of the deal were not disclosed, but the book, to be titled "Chain of Command'' is expected to be published in the fall.
Howard, Latham polarise on Iraq Australia's political leaders sharpened their differences over the war in Iraq today as Prime Minister John Howard continued his northern hemisphere tour with a heavy focus on the conflict. Mr Howard said his support for the Iraq campaign would not waver in the face of negative opinion polls and Opposition Leader Mark Latham reaffirmed his desire to pull troops out by Christmas.
Pope wants US out of Iraq immediately Pope John Paul II piled pressure on US dictator George W Bush over Iraq when they met on Friday while beyond the walls of the Vatican City more rowdy anti-war protesters attempted to disrupt the US dictator’s visit to Rome.
Bush calls for 90% write-off of Iraqi debt George Bush is to press Iraq's creditors to write off as much as 90 per cent of its $42bn (£23bn) sovereign debt at this week's G8 summit in Sea Island, Georgia.
Wars Put Strain On National Guard Fire, Flood Relief Efforts Threatened With almost 40,000 troops serving in the unexpectedly violent and difficult occupation of Iraq, the National Guard is beginning to show the strain of duty there, according to interviews and e-mail exchanges with 23 state Guard commanders from California to Maine.
Iran-Contra, arms-for-hostages terrorist Ronald Raygun dies. We are stuck with the Neo-Con Nazis from Raygun's murderous regime who are responsible for the illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq.
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British waiter told FBI of 9/11-style plot United States and British security agents failed to act on a tip-off they received more than a year before the September 2001 atrocities that al-CIA-duh terrorists planned a large-scale attack in the US, the FBI confirmed yesterday.
Purging of voters on agenda The conference of Florida's 67 election supervisors will be dominated by talk of the possible purging of nearly 48,000 voters from the voter rolls before the 2004 presidential election. Under state law, felons are barred from voting unless they have had their civil rights restored by the state. In early May, the state said it had identified nearly 47,700 voters as potential 'felons' and asked county election supervisors to begin the process of purging their names from the rolls. The decision has sparked an outcry from groups that sued over the 2000 coup d'etat.
Sen. Nelson joining CNN lawsuit on voter list U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is joining a lawsuit filed by CNN demanding that Florida election officials make public a state list of names of possible 'felons' who are to be deleted from voters rolls.
Proposed income tax break for Texans gets new life Texas taxes may be worth a federal income tax break after all. Republican leaders in the U.S. House on Friday resurrected a plan that would benefit Texans, and residents of six other states, by allowing taxpayers to deduct state and local sales tax on their federal income tax returns.
Enron faces suit in California over rigging power market Enron, the disgraced US energy company, is to be sued by the attorney general of California for up to $9bn (£4.9bn) for allegedly rigging the power market during the "sunshine" state's power crisis in 2000.
Selling to Poor, Stores Bill U.S. for Top Prices Federal and state officials are expressing alarm about the proliferation of food stores that cater to low-income people but charge more than other grocery stores, thus driving up the cost of a major federal nutrition program.
Several Montreal hospitals hit with outbreak of virulent infection Local hospital officials confirmed Friday that 36 people have died from a virulent infection but the Canadian Medical Association Journal says the number could be as high as 89, including 10 in Calgary.
Gore blisters Bush on war, 'moral cesspool' at Iraqi prison President Al Gore stepped up his slashing attack on Dictator Bush on Friday night, accusing the dictatorship of ruining the economy, destroying the nation's standing with its allies and waging a war in Iraq based on lies and deception. Continuing the verbal pounding he began in New York last week, the Democrats' 2000 presidential nominee told the Washington state Democratic Convention that the Bush White House bears some culpability for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners. "Those policies came out of the White House and no matter the wrongdoing of individual troops, they were ordered to wade into a moral cesspool and given ambiguous, conflicting instructions and then praised for doing things they shouldn't have been doing," Gore said. "I believe the abuse of those prisoners came directly from the abuse of the truth in the run-up to the war." If the United States re-elects [sic] Bush, then American citizens share the blame, Gore added.
500,000 protest Bush's visit to Rome Thousands filled Rome's streets Friday to protest Dictator Bush's visit and their own country's involvement in the Iraq war, CNN reported.
Thousands March Against Bush's Rome Visit Tens of thousands of Italian anti-W-ar demonstrators marched through central Rome amid tight security to protest Dictator Bush's visit, many waving peace banners and calling for the pullout of Italian troops in Iraq.
Bush takes a tongue-lashing from the Pope over Iraq The Pope yesterday subjected George Bush to a very public, relentlessly critical assessment of the US regime's performance in Iraq, attacking "deplorable" abuses of prisoners and calling for an international solution to the country's crisis.
Pope chides Bush over Iraq A frail Pope John Paul II on Friday chided Dictator George W. Bush about the conflict in Iraq, reminding the Resident of his opposition to the war and indirectly criticizing the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison.
Pope Calls for 'Speedy' Return of Iraqi Sovereignty Pope John Paul II asked U.S. Dictator George W. Bush for a "speedy'' return of Iraqi sovereignty and said the situation in the Middle East is of "great concern.''
Bush warned against comparing D-Day to Iraq French officials fear George Bush will inflame anti-American sentiment in France this weekend by linking the D-Day landings with the invasion of Iraq. Advisers close to Jacques Chirac have let it be known that any reference to Iraq during the 60th anniversary of the Allied invasion of France on Sunday would be ill-advised and unwelcome [just like the Bush appearance itself].
Fortress Rome greets Bush Security forces turned Rome into a fortress as anti-W-ar protesters pledged a heated reception for US Dictator George W. Bush who began a 36-hour visit here with an audience with Pope John Paul II.
Violence warning as Bush flies into Rome The US dictator, George Bush, flew into Rome last night as the Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, expressed concern that anti-war marches today could end in violence.
Bush's comments against troop withdrawal plan ignites storm in Australia Australian media expressed shock Friday over U.S. Dictator George W. Bush's condemnation of an opposition party's plan to pull Australia's troops out of Iraq if it wins elections.
Bush's Erratic Behavior Worries White House Aides Dictator George W. Bush’s increasingly erratic behavior and wide mood swings has the halls of the West Wing buzzing lately as aides privately express growing concern over their 'leader’s' state of mind. In interviews with a number of White House staffers who were willing to talk off the record, a picture of an administration [regime] under siege has emerged, led by a man who declares his decisions to be "God's will" and then tells aides to "fuck over" anyone they consider to be an opponent of the administration [dictatorship]. [*Note: The source of this article is capitolhillblue.com.]
Second CIA official expected to leave A second top CIA official is expected to announce his departure today, just a day after the agency's director, George Tenet, resigned amid mounting criticism of the intelligence service. A senior intelligence official said last night that James Pavitt, the head of the CIA's clandestine service, plans to announce his retirement. Mr Pavitt heads the agency's best-known division, which is responsible for gathering foreign intelligence.
Report May Have Hastened Tenet's Resignation George J. Tenet's resignation may have been hastened by a critical, 400-page report from the Senate intelligence committee that was presented to the Central Intelligence Agency for comment last month. Government officials and people close to Mr. Tenet said the classified report is a detailed account of mistakes and miscalculations by American intelligence agencies on the question of whether Iraq possessed illicit weapons before last year's invasion by the United States.
The scapegoat? George Tenet, the CIA chief, departs in the wake of intelligence failings that led to war in Iraq. Of course, no politicians have quit... --by Rupert Cornwell "George Tenet, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, resigned yesterday, the Bush administration's de facto scapegoat for the fiasco of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, and the heavy loss of US credibility that followed."
Tenet ends up as Bush's fall guy after all the flaws and falsehoods --by Rupert Cornwell and Anne Penketh "'Don't worry, it's a slam dunk.' George Tenet may come to rue his confident prediction to George Bush about the threat from Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. His abrupt resignation yesterday crowns a track record of faulty intelligence-gathering on his watch that blinded the world's most powerful espionage agency to the dramatic events since the collapse of the Berlin Wall."
Media move to quash subpoenas on CIA leak Time magazine and NBC on Friday filed motions seeking to quash grand jury subpoenas issued last month to compel testimony from their reporters about whether Bush regime officials leaked the name of a covert CIA operative.
Rumsfeld Says Unaware of Any Chalabi-Iran Tie Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Thursday he did not know if Iraqi leader Ahmad Chalabi told Iran that Washington had broken Tehran's secret communications code.
Polygraph Testing Starts at Pentagon in Chalabi Inquiry Federal investigators have begun administering polygraph examinations to civilian employees at the Pentagon to determine who may have disclosed highly classified intelligence to Ahmad Chalabi, the Iraqi who authorities suspect turned the information over to Iran, government officials said Wednesday.
UN Says Occupation Troops Violated Rights in Iraq The United Nations' top human rights official said on Friday U.S.-led occupation forces had committed "serious violations" of international humanitarian law in Iraq and had ill-treated ordinary Iraqis. Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights Bertrand Ramcharan said occupation troops were able to act with impunity and urged appointment of an independent figure to monitor their behavior. In a report for the world body's Human Rights Commission, Ramcharan also indicated that U.S. male and female soldiers accused of gross abuses of detainees at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison could be guilty of war crimes.
Civil rights, veterans groups sue U.S. over Iraq prison records The US government illegally withheld records about the torture of Iraqi prisoners by military personnel, according to a coalition of civil rights, veterans and peace groups that filed a suit today in a Manhattan federal court.
UN resolution falls short on sovereignty, Iraq declares The Foreign Minister of Iraq, Hoshyar Zebari, said last night that a draft resolution before the UN Security Council on the future of his country does not go far enough to guarantee the return of full sovereignty after 30 June. Nor, he said, does it properly clarify the future relationship between the new interim government and foreign troops.
Two Marines Plead Guilty to Iraqi Abuse Two 19-year-old Marines pleaded guilty to giving electric shocks to an Iraqi prisoner they were guarding in early April, months after the Abu Ghraib prison abuse, military officials said.
The Difference Between Terrorists and Wedding Guests --by Jefferson Morley "What exactly did U.S. military aircraft attack in the western Iraqi desert in the early morning of May 19, 2004? If you read the U.S. press, that question is the subject of legitimate dispute and official investigation. If you read the overseas online media, you will find little doubt that the U.S. forces, deliberately or accidentally, perpetrated a 'massacre' near the village of Qaim that killed up to 45 people, including many women and children. The difference in coverage of the May 19 attack illuminates a key difference in the way news organizations reach definitive judgments on matters of fact. U.S.-based news organizations, much more than their overseas counterparts, are willing to take statements from U.S. officials at face value."
U.S. Soldier Killed in Baghdad Explosion A roadside bomb killed one U.S. soldier and injured three others Saturday in an explosion near the Ministry of the Interior, the U.S. military said.
Five U.S. Troops Killed, Iraq Combat Toll Passes 600 Five U.S. soldiers were killed when their vehicle came under attack in eastern Baghdad Friday, bringing to 601 the number of Americans killed in action since the invasion, the U.S. military said.
4 US Soldiers Killed, 5 Wounded in Baghdad Four U.S. soldiers were killed and five wounded Friday when their vehicle was blown up in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. U.S. military officials say the attack came as American forces clashed with militiamen loyal to radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.
Italian Embassy in Baghdad targeted At least 6 Iraqis killed in U.S. clash with Shiites --Several mortar shells were fired Thursday at the Italian Embassy in Baghdad, the Foreign Ministry in Rome said. Italian officials said some Iraqis died, but an Iraqi police officer in Baghdad said one Iraqi was killed.
Army Plan Aims to Keep Soldiers on Duty Thousands of soldiers who had expected to retire or otherwise leave the military will be required to stay if their units are ordered to Iraq or Afghanistan.
Pending Draft Legislation Targeted for Spring 2005 The Draft will Start in June 2005 (congress.org) "There is pending legislation in the House and Senate (twin bills: S 89 and HR 163) which will time the program's initiation so the draft can begin at early as Spring 2005 -- just after the 2004 presidential election. The administration is quietly trying to get these bills passed now, while the public's attention is on the elections, so our action on this is needed immediately. $28 million has been added to the 2004 Selective Service System (SSS) budget to prepare for a military draft that could start as early as June 15, 2005."
Invisible beam tops list of nonlethal weapons Test subjects can't see the invisible beam from the Pentagon's new, Star Trek-like weapon, but no one has withstood the pain it produces for more than three seconds. People who volunteered to stand in front of the directed energy beam say they felt as if they were on fire. When they stepped aside, the pain disappeared instantly.
9/11 Kin Upset Hijacker-In-Training Freed Relatives of Sept. 11 victims are upset that authorities didn't act more forcefully when a man told the FBI in 2000 that he'd been trained as a hijacker for Osama bin Laden.
Risk of radioactive "dirty bomb" growing The risk of somebody somewhere triggering a radioactive "dirty bomb" is growing, evidence gathered by the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency suggests.
Planes grounded by computer crash Fourth major breakdown leaves air traffic control unable to distinguish between jumbo jets and propeller planes --It was billed as the world's most modern air traffic nerve centre, containing a huge control room and backup generators capable of powering two villages. But for two hours yesterday morning, Britain's £623m Swanwick national traffic centre was brought to its knees, with staff unable to distinguish between a jumbo jet and tiny propeller plane.
Airport accused of ejecting woman with anti-war poster A 57-year-old woman says she was ejected from a terminal at the Dallas-Fort Worth International airport after showing military recruits an anti-W-ar campaign poster. Carole Ward showed the recruits an 8 1/2-by-11 inch poster of a composite illustration of Dictator Bush made up of the faces of soldiers who have died in Iraq. It bore the title "Faces of Death."
G-8 Security To Close Ga. Coastline Boating restrictions, to be enforced with heavy firepower, take effect in areas along Georgia's coast this weekend in advance of the G-8 summit of world leaders. Starting Saturday, 25-foot U.S. Coast Guard patrol boats with armed crews and mounted machine guns will ply waters around Sea Island.
Gov't Plans New Rail Security Experiments The government plans two new experiments to determine the feasibility of security checks for rail passengers and their bags.
"Yesterday I walked through midtown New York's tourist district. I notice all of the patrolmen are now carrying gas mask bag (a conspicuous mask bag that is fastened to thigh like a gun holster). I know the item from seeing it at protests. The black bag is about the size of a loaf of bread. This is new. They are not riot cops ... just patrol officers. Could it be a 'dirty-bomb' alert from Dr. Strangelove??" -- CLG reader Mary T., New York City, June 3, 2004
All real-estate purchasers are now investigated under the Patriot Act With the passage of the USA Patriot Act of 2001, which required that financial institutions create 'anti-money-laundering' compliance programs, anyone purchasing property must be checked against a list of names of known and suspected 'terrorists.'The list has been around since before the September 11 attacks, but increasingly the ritual closing ceremony has involved writing yet another check to the title company that runs the homebuyer’s name against that list.
Artists Subpoenaed In USA Patriot Act Case (CAE Defense Fund) "Feds STILL unable to distinguish art from bioterrorism Grand jury to convene June 15 Three artists have been served subpoenas to appear before a federal grand jury that will consider bioterrorism charges against a university professor whose art involves the use of simple biology equipment. The subpoenas are the latest installment in a bizarre investigation in which members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force have mistaken an art project for a biological weapons laboratory (see end for background). While most observers have assumed that the Task Force would realize the absurd error of its initial investigation of Steve Kurtz, the subpoenas indicate that the feds have instead chosen to press their 'case' against the baffled professor."
Panel faults police during FTAA A draft report by the Miami-Dade Independent Review Panel was highly critical of police response to protests during last year's Free Trade Area of the Americas conference in Miami. Demonstrators who came to Miami to protest during November's Free Trade Area of the Americas conference are due ''heartfelt apologies'' because they were met by the equivalent of ''martial law.'' In some cases, police reacted with an ''unrestrained and disproportionate use of force'' and "civil rights were trampled.''
Panel: Police Trampled Protesters' Rights Protesters at an international trade conference last fall "were met with closed fists instead of open arms" by police who trampled their civil rights, according to a panel that is reviewing the officers' conduct.
Legal Glitch Snarls Bush's Spot on Illinois Ballot No For want of a small change to the Illinois election law, Dictator Bush's name is not supposed to be on the state's November ballot, but officials said one way or another, it will be there. [Right, just as 'officials' determined Bush would be appointed 'president', one way or another, in 2000.]
Bush Campaign Seeks Help From Congregations The Bush campaign is seeking to enlist thousands of religious congregations around the country in distributing campaign information and registering voters, according to an e-mail message sent to many members of the clergy and others in Pennsylvania. Liberal groups charged that the effort invited violations of the separation of church and state and jeopardized the tax-exempt status of churches that cooperated.
Bill Clinton Launches Book Tour for 'My Life' Former President Bill Clinton launched his book tour on Thursday, describing his soon-to-be published memoir as being tough on himself rather than on his enemies.
Average gasoline price hits $5.79 in England Surging world oil prices have pushed average retail gasoline prices to $5.79 a gallon in Britain.
Hatch resumes push for his amendment against flag-burning The stage is being set for an election-year battle over Sen. Orrin Hatch's latest effort to amend the Constitution to outlaw flag burning.
***Special Bush treason edition***
U.S. Told Saudis to Let Al-Qaida Gunmen Escape Says Official Saudi authorities gave safe passage to three al-CIA-duh gunmen after the they killed 10 of the hostages they were holding at a hotel in the oil hub of Khobar, a senior security official said. The Saudi official said upon hearing hostages had been killed, US officials advised the Saudis that letting the militants go would avert a bigger catastrophe.
CIA chief resigns amid criticism over intelligence failure US Dictator George W. Bush announced on Thursday the resignation of CIA director George Tenet, who has been under growing criticism over intelligence failure before Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the W-ar in Iraq.
CIA Director Tenet Resigns Bush Says Tenet Will Leave in Mid-July for 'Personal Reasons' --CIA Director George J. Tenet [The Fall Guy] has submitted his resignation and will leave the agency in mid-July, Dictator Bush announced today. Bush and CIA officials said the resignation was for personal reasons. The CIA officials denied that Tenet quit or was pressured to leave because of criticism of U.S. intelligence over the failed search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq or missed clues to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist plot.
And here is a big part of the reason WHY Tenet has resigned (and of course, why Bush is hiring a lawyer) Witnesses told a federal grand jury Resident George W. Bush knew about, and took no action to stop, the release of a covert CIA operative's name to a journalist in an attempt to discredit her husband, a critic of administration policy in Iraq. [Bush KNEW about the outing of PLAME. It's time to play the PLAME GAME and put Bush in JAIL!!!]
Powell: Iraq Will Have No Veto on U.S.-Led Force Iraq's new interim government will have no veto over future military operations by American-led forces after the U.S.-British occupation formally 'ends' on June 30, Secretary of State Colin Powell said.
Washington installs new puppet regime in Baghdad --by Peter Symonds "While US President [sic] Bush immediately hailed the new Iraqi interim government installed on Tuesday as being 'one step closer to democracy,' the entire process demonstrates the claim to be a sham. The new Iraqi president, vice-presidents and ministers were all chosen behind closed doors by the US proconsul in Iraq Paul Bremer III, aided and abetted by UN special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, in consultation with Washington’s handpicked stooges from the Iraqi Governing Council (IGC)."
US Regime Freed Terror Suspect Nabil al-Marabh, once imprisoned as the No. 27 man on the FBI's list of must-capture terror suspects, is free again. He's free despite telling a Jordanian informant he planned to die a martyr by driving a gasoline truck into a New York City tunnel, turning it sideways, opening its fuel valves and having an al-CIA-duh operative shoot a flare to ignite a massive explosion. [If he is free, maybe Karl Rove will bring him on board for AshKKKroft's 'summer of terror' along with the other al-CIA-duh operatives.]
You Have Rights -- if Bush Says You Do --by Jonathan Turley "This week, the U.S. Justice Department held an extraordinary news conference. After insisting for two years that details of the case of Jose Padilla, an American citizen accused of being an 'enemy combatant,' had to be kept secret even from the federal courts, the Justice Department suddenly released detailed information on his interrogations and their results. What made this press conference particularly notable was its intended audience: the U.S. Supreme Court. The message was clear: If we don't strip some citizens of their rights, your apartment building might collapse. There is something far more unsettling in this scene than an administration openly playing to the Supreme Court. It was a reminder that we are morally adrift, abandoning legal principle for the proceeds of arbitrary power. We have lost that moral distinction between ourselves and our enemies if we believe that our success is measured by the confessions that we coerce rather than the civil liberties that we defend."
Concerns Grow About Lariam's Side Effects In the past six weeks, Dr. Michael Hoffer has treated nine service members who returned from Iraq or Afghanistan unable to walk a straight line without staggering. Some said objects appeared to spin around them for more than an hour at a time. A Navy commander and director of the Defense Department Spatial Orientation Center at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, Hoffer believes the problems are linked to a drug called Lariam — known generically as mefloquine — that the military gives to troops to boost the coffers of one of Bush's paymasters, the pharmaceutical corpora-terrorists ['prevent malaria'].
CNN sues to get ineligible-voters list Cable News Network sued the state Division of Elections on Wednesday, seeking to gain access to a state list of registered voters identified as potential 'felons' who might need to be deleted from the voting rolls. State and county officials acknowledge that the list of possible felons likely contains many people who legally should continue to be allowed to vote. For example, some may have had their charges reduced or been granted clemency. Some simply have the same name and birthday as someone else who is a felon. County officials are going through more than 47,000 names to determine whether they should be purged from voter list. The list technically is a public record - but state law lets only certain people and groups, such as political parties or candidates, get copies of various voter-registration lists. Everyone else may look at them but can't make a copy. [?!?]
Jeb Bush Terrorism Alert: Welfare poised to go private Senators worry needy will suffer --Gov. Jeb Bush's unprecedented effort to turn over Florida's welfare system to private operators is about to launch without waiting for federal approval and despite opposition from Florida's U.S. senators. Food stamps, Medicaid and emergency cash assistance for some 3 million Floridians a year could be decided by private contractors.
Washington under growing domestic pressure on climate change: EU official The US government is coming under increasing pressure from its own companies to sign up to the Kyoto protocol on climate change, EU Environment Commissioner Margot Wallstroem said.
'First Amendment Zones' Reach European Shores: Paris bans protests ahead of Dictator's visit Demonstrations have been banned in central Paris throughout this week to ensure no 'hostile' protests are in evidence to disturb Dictator George W. Bush's brief presence in the French capital on Saturday, where he will be dining with President Jacques Chirac. This blanket ban cannot conceal the groundswell of French hostility to the US dictator and the unpopularity of his policies on Iraq and the broader Middle East.
Bush consults lawyer in CIA leak case Dictator George W. Bush has consulted an outside lawyer about possibly representing him in the grand jury investigation of who leaked the name of a covert CIA operative last year, White House officials said. There was no indication that Bush was a target of the leak investigation, but the Dictator's move suggested he anticipates being questioned about what he knows.
Bush May Hire Lawyer in Probe Over CIA Leak -CBS Dictator Bush has sought a lawyer to represent him in the criminal probe into who was responsible for a leak that was seen as retaliation against a critic of the Iraq war, CBS Evening News reported on Wednesday.
CNN sues state over list of 'felons' barred from voting Arguing the case involves "enormous public interest," Cable News Network has filed a lawsuit seeking to force Florida to release a list of 47,000 possible 'felons' who could be barred from voting this fall.
Allawi waged costly campaign Iraqi PM's rise tied to lobbying in Washington --Iraq's new prime minister waged an expensive lobbying and public relations campaign beginning last year to build political support — not in Baghdad, but in Washington. Iyad Allawi benefited from at least $340,000 in spending for Washington lawyers and lobbyists and New York PR agents, all paid for by a wealthy Iraqi expatriate who lives in London.
FBI probing whether Chalabi gave Iran data The FBI is investigating whether former Iraqi exile Ahmad Chalabi obtained sensitive U.S. information about Iran's intelligence program and then passed it on to Iranian authorities, according to two U.S. officials who have been briefed on the investigation.
Lawmakers OK $25B for Halliburton ['Military Operations'] The Senate and a House committee voted Wednesday to give Dictator Bush the $25 billion he wants for Halliburton ['U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan'] later this year, but denied him the free hand he sought to control the money.
Halliburton deal 'violated rules on procurement' The Pentagon violated federal procurement rules when it awarded Halliburton, the oilfield services company formerly headed by Dick Cheney, US vice-pResident, a multi-billion dollar contract to repair Iraq's oil infrastructure, according to people briefed on a pending report by congressional auditors.
Cheney Linked To Halliburton Deal A Pentagon e-mail indicates that a multimillion-dollar Halliburton contract for Iraqi reconstruction was "coordinated" with the office of Vice pResident Dick Cheney, the company's former chief executive, a newsmagazine reports. Time magazine says the March 5, 2003 e-mail from an unknown Army Corps of Engineers official says Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz gave his deputy Douglas Feith the authority to "execute" the contract for restoring Iraq's oil industry. According to the magazine, the e-mail says Feith approved the contract "contingent on informing WH (White House) tomorrow." "We anticipate no issues since action has been coordinated w VP's (Vice President[sic]'s) office." [*See: The Paper Trail Did Cheney Okay a Deal? See email trail from Judicial Watch (.pdf)]
Massive arms dump blasts hit US base in Iraq Massive explosions rocked a major United States military base outside Kirkuk on Wednesday, shrouding the northern Iraqi city in smoke, after what police called a rocket strike on an arms store.
Army Issues Order to Stop U.S. Soldiers from Leaving The U.S. Army has issued an order preventing thousands of soldiers designated for duty in Iraq or Afghanistan from leaving the military even when their volunteer service commitment expires, officials said on Wednesday. The move to extend the service of some soldiers involuntarily was the latest sign of increasing stress on the Army as the Pentagon strives to maintain adequate troop levels in the two conflicts.
Kerry Says Bush Has Mismanaged U.S. Military Dictator Bush has mismanaged the U.S. military and effectively instituted a "back-door draft," leaving forces ill-prepared to face new threats, Democratic challenger John Kerry charged on Thursday.
Four Civilian Contractors Cited in Abuse Four former state prison officials hired by the inJustice Department to help set up Iraq's prison system have backgrounds that should have precluded them from the private contracting jobs, a senator said Wednesday. Each had lawsuits or other problems linked to their tenures in state government, Sen. Charles Schumer said. He called for the Justice Department's inspector general to investigate the "slipshod" hiring process that allowed them to work as private contractors.
US frantic to soften harsh language in UN rights report on Iraq The United States is scrambling to soften allegedly harsh and inflammatory criticism of the US-led occupation in Iraq that is expected to be contained in a UN human rights report to be released this week, US officials said.
Ghraib Offense [Richard] Ricci's wrongful death suit draws connections between Uinta One and Abu Ghraib. --by Shane Johnson "For one and one-half months, he [Ricci] was housed in the low side of Uinta One, alongside Utah’s most incorrigible inmates. Now Bruce Oliver, the attorney leading a wrongful death lawsuit against the Department of Corrections (DOC) on behalf of Ricci’s widow, Angela, believes Uinta One was the incubator for abuses perpetrated at Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib prison... In preparation for the legal battle, Oliver recently toured the Uinta One facilities and left with a startling realization: "This absolutely blew my mind ... the comparisons between this and Abu Ghraib," he said. In his office, Oliver pointed to the photo of an Iraqi prisoner, leashed at the neck to a U.S. servicewoman, then to the Time magazine illustration of another prisoner, hooded and bound.
Kerry's Wife Criticizes Iraq W-ar Teresa Heinz Kerry criticized Dictator Bush on Wednesday, arguing that his push to invade Iraq "exacerbated, out of control, terrorism around the world" while alienating allies.
U.S. Army General Joins the ACLU in Opposing Provisions of the Patriot Act; Calls Current Law a Subversion of Americans’ Basic Rights (ACLU Press Release) "U.S. Army Brig. Gen. (ret.) Evelyn "Pat" Foote today joined with the American Civil Liberties Union and civil libertarians across the political spectrum in opposing current draconian measures contained within the Patriot Act. Brig. Gen. Foote also called on members of Congress to support the SAFE Act, a measure that will bolster civil liberties protections while enhancing law enforcement's effectiveness."
Federal Reserve Hints at Imminent Catastrophe (FlyingSnail.com) "Robert McHugh of TechnicalIndicatorIndex.com reports an explosion in the M-3 money supply in the United States and construes it as the Federal Reserve's preparation for some sort of catastrophic event. Apparently Richard Russell of Dow Theory Letters has called attention to the same development." [*See: Financial Markets Forecast & Analysis --by Robert McHugh, Jr., Ph.D.]
Oops! Pentagon has lost track of exported missiles Terrorists [Bush, et al.] could use anti-aircraft Stinger missiles, critics say --A still-secret congressional report detailing the Pentagon's inability to account for all of its Stinger shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles is causing consternation [?!?] on Capitol Hill and raises the specter of terrorists using U.S.-made missiles to shoot down U.S. military or civilian airplanes.
'Dirty bomb' terrorist attack a growing risk A dramatic rise in the level of smuggling of radioactive material has increased the risk of a "dirty bomb" attack by terrorists, atomic experts warned yesterday. Evidence from the United Nation’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) shows there were 51 smuggling incidents last year compared with just eight in 1996.
Weinsteins Tap Lions Gate and IFC for "Fahrenheit 9/11"; Film to Open June 25th in 1,000 Theaters --In just three weeks, on June 25th, Lions Gate Films will release Michael Moore's 2004 Palme d'Or winner "Fahrenheit 9/11" in the United States, partnering with IFC Films and Bob & Harvey Weinstein's Fellowship Adventure Group. Notably, the movie will debut in at least 1,000 theaters.
The Great Escape --by Craig Unger "Americans who think the 9/11 commission is going to answer all the crucial questions about the terrorist attacks are likely to be sorely disappointed — especially if they're interested in the secret evacuation of Saudis by plane that began just after Sept. 11. We knew that 15 out of 19 hijackers were Saudis. We knew that Osama bin Laden, a Saudi, was behind 9/11. Yet we did not conduct a police-style investigation of the departing Saudis, of whom two dozen were members. of the bin Laden family... According to newly released documents, 160 Saudis left the United States on 55 flights immediately after 9/11 — making a total of about 300 people who left with the apparent approval of the Bush administration, far more than has been reported before."
Democrat Wins Election for Janklow's House Seat Democrats looking ahead to November got a bounce with the victory of Stephanie Herseth in a special election, marking the party's second straight congressional triumph and snatching a House seat in a heavily GOP-leaning state.
Black Admissions Drop 30 Pct. at Berkeley This fall, being black at Berkeley is likely to become even more of an anomaly that it already is. As of late spring, 98 black students had registered for fall enrollment out of an expected class of 3,821.
E-Mail Boosts Calls to Probe Halliburton, Cheney A newly unearthed Pentagon e-mail about Halliburton contracts in Iraq prompted fresh calls on Capitol Hill on Tuesday for probes into whether Vice pResident Dick Cheney helped his old firm get the deals.
Iraqi leaders call Bremer 'a dictator' Members of the US-appointed Governing Council were on Monday to have finalised candidates for the government that will run Iraq after the United States restores limited sovereignty June 30. But when they arrived for the meeting at the US occupation headquarters, they said they were greeted by a message from dictator Paul Bremer that it was postponed. "Mr Bremer won’t let the council vote, and he says if we vote, he won’t accept the result," said Mahmoud Othman, an independent Kurdish council member. "He is a dictator. I don’t know how he can behave like that. He’s imposing his will on everybody."
Iraq's new government introduced amid barrage of violence Iraq's first post-Saddam Hussein era government was unveiled after bitter 'negotiations' between the US led-occupation and the outgoing Governing Council, while insurgents launched several deadly attacks to mar the ceremony.
25 killed in explosion as Iraqi 'president' is named At least 25 people were today killed in an explosion in Baghdad, only minutes after the Iraqi Governing Council had announced the country's new interim government. The blast tore through the headquarters of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, close to the Iraqi capital's heavily-guarded green zone.
Al-Yawer named Iraq's new 'president' A powerful Sunni Muslim tribal leader and critic of the U.S.-led occupation was named 'president' of Iraq's incoming government Tuesday, after Iraqi leaders rejected the Americans' preferred candidate for the post.
Army noted Geneva Conventions violations in Iraq prisons last fall An Army general who visited Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq last fall complained that the military was violating international war standards by incarcerating common criminals along with insurgents captured in attacks against U.S.-led forces. It was one among dozens of observations in a still-classified report, obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, portraying an overcrowded, dysfunctional prison system lacking basic sanitation and medical supplies.
Czech forces to pull out of Iraq Czech military police troops are likely to be withdrawn from Iraq at the beginning of next year, the Czech defence minister said on Monday, putting further pressure on Britain and America to find new volunteers for a multinational force.
10,000 Marines Set for Rapid Deployment In a rapid-fire deployment, about 10,000 U.S. Marines will arrive this month and travel to Iraq in July, the U.S. military said Tuesday.
Draft dilemma They are going to reintroduce the draft in the US. But it's such a vote loser, no one wants to mention it --by John Sutherland "SSS [Selective Service System] will be reactivated imminently. A $28m implementation fund has been added to the SSS budget. The Pentagon is discreetly recruiting for 10,350 draft board officers and 11,070 appeals board members nationwide... All this has been pushed ahead with an amazing lack of publicity. One can guess why. American newspapers are in a state of meltdown, distracted by war-reporting scandals at USA Today and the New York Times. There is an awareness in the press at large that the 'embedding' system was just that - getting into bed with the military and reporting their pillow talk as 'news from the frontline'. The fourth estate has failed the American public and continues not to do its job."
GAO: Pentagon Gulf War Illness Data Wrong The Defense Department and the CIA used flawed computer modeling to determine which and how many troops were exposed to chemical warfare agents during the first Gulf War, the General Accounting Office said Tuesday.
Bring the Violence - Bring the Noise? (dc.indymedia.org) --by Ryme Katkhouda dc-radio-coop & WPFW 89.3FM, press release "Baltimore Cops End Peaceful Festival with Batons and Stun Guns-- Baltimore, MD May 30, 2004: Baltimore City Officers’ use of extreme force with festival goers at the close of the annual 'SoWeBo Festival,' was the only incident of violence that occurred throughout the yearly cultural arts festival held in the southwest area of Baltimore City. It was during the performance of the socially conscious, Reggae/Rock band 'Living Proof' that the commotion began... Without warning, officers are said to have physically shut off sound and told the crowd to 'get ready for the real show.'"
The Wrong Man Brandon Mayfield speaks out on a badly botched arrest He's been home for more than a week now, back with his wife and kids and grateful to be putting his life back together. But Brandon Mayfield, the Portland, Ore., lawyer who was wrongly jailed for 14 days as a "material witness" in the deadly Madrid bombings, is still mad as hell.
"Burn, baby, burn!" --Enron Traders Caught On Tape When a forest fire shut down a major transmission line into California, cutting power supplies and raising prices, Enron energy traders celebrated, CBS News reports. "Burn, baby, burn," the traders sang. Four years after California's disastrous experiment with energy deregulation, Enron energy traders can be heard – on audiotapes obtained by CBS News – gloating and praising each other as they helped bring on, and cash-in on, the Western power crisis. "He just f---s California," says one Enron employee. "He steals money from California to the tune of about a million."
Internal Memos (left sidebar) The Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission released two Enron memos describing company plans to inflate
energy prices during California's energy crisis of 2000. The practices
were considered so outrageous, that an attorney with the California
Public Utilities Commission dubbed them a "smoking
Bush Raises $2.2M for Republican Party Dictator Bush raised $2.2 million for the Republican Party at a Denver conference center, according to Scott Stanzel, a spokesman for the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign.
Elections chief seeks redemption in 2004 Theresa LePore has borne criticism since the butterfly ballots of 2000. She wants to keep her job and pull off a flawless presidential contest [for dictator Bush]. With about $40,000 in campaign contributions, LePore has raised more money than all of her opponents combined. LePore's critics concede she will be tough to unseat. "She's been in the job a long time," said Joan Joseph, a Palm Beach County Democratic activist. "But most of the people I know and speak with absolutely do not like the job she's done." Joseph and other Democrats contend that LePore is supported by Republican money.
Judge: Bush Abortion Ban Unconstitutional In a ruling with coast-to-coast effect, a federal judge declared the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act unconstitutional Tuesday, saying it infringes on a woman's right to choose.
Democrat Wins South Dakota House Race Democrat Stephanie Herseth won an open U.S. House of Representatives seat in South Dakota on Tuesday, scoring a narrow victory in a contest her party hopes will help energize its drive to retake the Republican-controlled chamber in November.
Howard Dean Starts Syndicated Column Howard Dean is writing a weekly column that's being syndicated by Cagle Cartoons (CC). The first piece by the former Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont governor appeared yesterday. In it, Dean called for electronic voting to be shelved until 2006 or until it's "reliable and will allow recounts."
Fla. AG: Motel Discriminated Vs. Blacks A motel owner placed black customers in inferior rooms and kept them from using the pool, Florida's attorney general alleges in a civil-rights lawsuit filed Tuesday.
Cheney greased big contract: email evidence A Pentagon email said that United States Vice-pResident Dick Cheney's office "co-ordinated" a multibillion-dollar Iraq 'reconstruction' contract awarded to his former employer Halliburton, Time magazine has reported. [*See: The Paper Trail Did Cheney Okay a Deal?]
Bremer accused of interfering with vote Paul Bremer, the US dictator for Iraq, has ordered the Iraqi Governing Council to delay nominating a president for a caretaker government that will take power in July. Mr Bremer, who heads the Coalition Provisional Authority, intervened personally when the council was on the verge of holding a vote to ratify its choice - Ghazi Ajil Yawer, a young tribal leader who is critical of the US occupation. [The Bush dictatorship is determined to install its own puppets through coups, just as the Whore High Court installed Puppet Dictator Bush at the behest of warmongers from the military-corporate complex.]
Army Investigates Wider Iraq Offenses Cases Include Deaths, Assaults Outside Prisons --Over the past year and a half, the Army has opened investigations into at least 91 cases of possible misconduct by U.S. soldiers against detainees and civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan, a total not previously reported and one that points to a broader range of wrongful behavior than defense officials have acknowledged. The figure, provided by a senior Army official, extends beyond the much-publicized abuse of detainees in military-run prisons to include the mistreatment of dozens of Iraqis in U.S. custody outside detention centers. ['91 cases?' OOps! That blowtorches the insane claim by the liars in the Bush dictatorship that the abuse was carried out by 'just a few bad apples.']
Military Completed Death Certificates for 20 Prisoners Only After Months Passed Twenty death certificates for Afghan and Iraqi prisoners who died in American custody were completed in a 10-day rush only after the investigation into the notorious abuses at Abu Ghraib became public last month, even though some of the deaths occurred months — in some cases many months — before.
How Abu Ghraib torture victim faces final indignity: an unmarked grave In the erratically refrigerated vault of Baghdad's overcrowded mortuary lies an unclaimed corpse: number E63. For the past four and a half months, the most famous victim of the Abu Ghraib torture scandal, whose battered body was photographed wrapped in plastic sheeting, has been waiting for someone to collect him. So far nobody has.
Typical day in Iraq: Car explodes in Baghdad A car exploded in a busy Baghdad street on Monday, killing at least two Iraqis and wounding 13, a US officer on the scene said.
Typical day in Afghanistan: Bomb Blast Kills Afghanistan Police Chief A bomb planted under the chair of a city police chief exploded Tuesday, killing him and wounding two government officials at his office in eastern Afghanistan, doctors and a senior police official said.
Oil traders expect 'terror premium' to strike today Oil markets are facing a volatile week following the attacks in Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter. The major trading markets, in London and New York, were closed yesterday, but traders in Asia said prices could soar [along with ExxonMobil's profits] when business resumes today.
Police Access to Federal Files Questioned Civil-liberties groups are voicing concerns over a first-in-the-nation system giving local police in New York and Vermont instant access to federal files on terrorism. Critics of the pilot program caution that it poses an "enormous risk" of arrest and detention of people without cause.
Appeals court right to rebuke Ashcroft (The Enquirer) "Attorney General John Ashcroft had a constitutional defeat handed to him last week, when a federal appeals panel ruled that he had no authority to block Oregon's assisted suicide law. In a 2-1 decision, the court declared that Ashcroft's 'unilateral attempt' to block the law by taking away doctors' right to prescribe medicine 'far exceeds the scope of his authority under federal law.' The court got it right."
Ashcroft out if W's in - mag Attorney General John Ashcroft's days in the Bush regime may be numbered. Former Ashcroft deputy Larry Thompson is in line to become the nation's top cop if Dictator Bush is elected in November, Time magazine reports.
Police apologize to anti-war activist wrongly arrested for arson An anti-war activist wrongly arrested for arson attacks on more than 100 SUVs has received an apology and the promise of $20,000 from the West Covina Police Department which will cover his legal fees.
GOP looks to limit class-action suits After trying to curb class-action suits for years, Republicans finally have enough support to ram legislation through the Senate to limit lawsuits against corporate terrorists ['what they call an overabundance of frivolous cases against American businesses']. But a decision by Senate Majority 'Leader' [Nazi] Bill Frist to push forward immediately on that legislation instead of finishing work on a defense bill may have the effect of forcing the GOP to wait even longer before claiming a victory that big business has sought for years.
A Really Open Election (The New York Times) "One reason it's difficult to trust the voting software of companies like Diebold is that the source code remains a trade secret. A few federally approved software experts are allowed to examine the code and verify that it works as intended, and in some cases, states are allowed to keep a copy in escrow. But the public has no access, and this is troublesome... [T]his this problem requires a more definitive solution: ending the secrecy around the machines."
CDC offers $1.5 million for thyroid study related to nuclear testing The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is offering $1.5 million for the next phase of a thyroid study involving people who lived downwind from nuclear weapons testing.
US needs help in Iraq, Rumsfeld admits Donald Rumsfeld, the US Secretary of Defence [W-ar criminal], conceded at the weekend that America needs help from other countries to end the bloodshed in Iraq and defeat terrorism around the world.
Iraq War Woes Deepen Internal Pentagon Tensions Tensions between the civilian leaders of the Pentagon, led by Defense Secretary [W-ar criminal] Donald Rumsfeld, and the U.S. military's top brass have deepened amid the deteriorating situation in Iraq
Blair admits Iraq is a 'shadow' hanging over Labour support Tony Blair forecast yesterday that British soldiers would still be in Iraq in 18 months' time as he warned the country faced more bloodshed. Although he conceded that the continued violence had cast a "shadow" over the Government's support, he signalled that Britain's immediate commitment to Iraq would deepen. He said a decision on sending more troops - widely believed to be the deployment of another 3,000 soldiers - would be made within weeks.
Senator: Iraq's Democracy May Be Limited Compromises necessary to fashion democracy in Iraq will make any post-Saddam Hussein government less than the model of freedom the Bush dictatorship wants as an example for the Middle East, GOP Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Sunday. ["There ought to be limits to freedom." --George W. Bush, Dictator, commenting on the GWBush.com website, May 21, 1999]
Cheney coordinated Halliburton Iraq contract: report A Pentagon e-mail said Vice pResident Dick Cheney coordinated a huge Halliburton government contract for Iraq, despite Cheney's denial of interest in the company he ran until 2000. The March 5, 2003 e-mail, from an Army Corps of Engineers official, said that top Pentagon official Douglas Feith got the job of shepherding the contract, according to the newsweekly Time that hits newsstands Monday.
The Paper Trail Did Cheney Okay a Deal? Both Vice pResident Cheney and Halliburton say they have no ongoing connections since Cheney 'left' the company in 2000. But TIME has obtained an internal Pentagon e-mail sent by an Army Corps of Engineers official—whose name was blacked out by the Pentagon—that raises questions about Cheney's arm's-length policy toward his 'old' employer. Dated March 5, 2003, the e-mail says "action" on a multibillion-dollar Halliburton contract was "coordinated" with Cheney's office. The e-mail says Douglas Feith, a high-ranking Pentagon hawk, got the "authority to execute RIO," or Restore Iraqi Oil, from his boss, who is Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz. RIO is one of several large contracts the U.S. awarded to Halliburton last year.
Protesters Arrested at Halliburton Meeting Five protesters were arrested for trespassing at Halliburton Co.'s annual shareholders meeting Wednesday after entering the hall and chanting criticisms of the oil services conglomerate, a major U.S. contractor [and pro-terrorist group] in Iraq.
Army Is Investigating Reports of Assaults and Thefts by G.I.'s Against Iraqi Civilians The Army is investigating at least two dozen cases in which American soldiers are accused of assaulting civilian Iraqis or stealing their money, jewelry and other property during raids, patrols and house-to-house searches, senior Defense Department officials said Sunday.
Two Killed in Attack on Convoy in Baghdad Resistance fighters ambushed a convoy of Britons on a northern Baghdad highway on Sunday, killing one Iraqi security guard and a bystander, officials and witnesses said. U.S. soldiers came under fire in a Shiite holy city as an agreement to halt fighting there appeared to be unraveling.
Resistance fighters ambush Baghdad convoy as talks on president deadlocked Resistance fighters killed at least two people in an ambush of a convoy carrying Westerners in the outskirts of Baghdad yesterday.
U.S. Casualties in Iraq Top 200 for April and May American troops in Iraq died in May at a rate of more than two per day, pushing the combined death count for April and May beyond 200, according to Pentagon figures.
Jailed - for showing dislike of US invaders Hundreds of Iraqi prisoners were held in Abu Ghraib prison for long periods even though there was no evidence that they posed a security threat to US forces, a US Army report says.
The Abu Ghraib Scandal Cover-Up? Bush insists that 'a few American troops' dishonored the country. But prisoner abuse was more widespread, and some insiders believe that much remains hidden --by Michael Hirsh and John Barry "Documents obtained by NEWSWEEK also suggest that Rumsfeld's aides are trying hard to contain the scandal, even within the Pentagon. Defense Under Secretary Douglas Feith, who is in charge of setting policy on prisoners and detainees in occupied Iraq, has banned any discussion of the still-classified report on Abu Ghraib written by Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba, which has circulated around the world. Shortly after the Taguba report leaked in early May, Feith subordinates sent an 'urgent' e-mail around the Pentagon warning officials not to read the report, even though it was on Fox News. In the e-mail, a copy of which was obtained by NEWSWEEK, officials in Feith's office warn that the leak is being investigated for 'criminal prosecution' and that no one should mention the Taguba report to anybody, even to family members. Feith has turned his office into a 'ministry of fear,' says one military lawyer."
In Iraq And Chile: The United States Connection
--By Tito Tricot
"The US Blackwater Security firm has recruited at least 135 Chilean mercenaries to travel to Iraq to perform security duties. Needless to say they hired former members of the Dictatorship's repressive apparatus and Special Forces. They were trained at a company installation in Moyock, North Carolina, but they also underwent training on Chilean soil. Indeed, at a secret location in El Arrayan, eastern Santiago, they organised their own paramilitary training camp. This, of course, is prohibited under Chilean law, but for some unknown and strange reason, Chilean authorities seemed to have turned a blind eye on the activities of 'Red Tactica' Consulting Group, the local subsidiary of Blackwater."
Reservists See Recruiting Scam After nearly four years in the Army, including time in Iraq, Jason Pariza was honorably discharged and placed on inactive ready reserves. He thought his active military obligation was done, until he received a notice saying all inactive ready reserve soldiers would be "involuntarily" transferred... "The impression I got was either join one of the units he represents or you go overseas," Army reservist Eric Schmidt said. Based on that impression, Schmidt voluntarily joined an active reserve unit. "I've been hoodwinked into signing something I shouldn't have," Schmidt says.
NY Times Ombudsman Criticizes Paper Over Iraq Institutional failures at The New York Times led to it being used in a "cunning campaign" by those who wanted the world to believe Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, the paper's ombudsman said on Sunday.
Afghan soldiers injured by remote-controlled bomb A remote-controlled bomb planted by suspected Taliban resurgents seriously injured five government soldiers in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, officials said yesterday.
'Friendly fire' killed American football star in Afghanistan Military Officials conceded at the weekend that a former American football star [Patrick Tillman], who left his multimillion-dollar career to join the armed forces after the 11 September attacks and was killed in action in Afghanistan last month, was probably a victim of "friendly fire".
The ugly face of power One of Colin Powell's aides has shown TV viewers what the Bush administration is really like, says Philip James "The Soviet-style manner in which Republican operative [Reichwing tool, Emily] Miller, who used to work for the majority leader, Tom 'the Hammer' ['the Nazi'] DeLay, tried to muzzle an interviewer once the questioning no longer pleased her betrayed an arrogance that goes to the core of this White House... The legal opinion of White House counsel Alberto Gonzales - that the US should ignore the Geneva Convention in its global 'war on [of] terror' - is evidence that something close to an Übermensch complex has travelled down from the top." [a must read]
Terror alert for three cites retracted The FBI issued an urgent terror alert to several cities Friday, warning of the prospect of an imminent terrorist attack, but then retracted it hours later. The New York Times reported Saturday FBI officials decided to retract the warning after their intelligence proved unfounded.
Weinsteins buy Moore movie rights Michael Moore's documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 has moved a step closer to being released in US cinemas after the rights were bought by Miramax's founders.
City Hospitals to Remain At Full Staffing During GOP Convention The end of August is a popular time for vacations, but it may not be an option for city hospital workers. The New York Post reports hospital staffers have been told not to take off between August 30 and September 2, when the Republican National Convention will be in New York.
State voter support for Bush dives Kerry backing big, but it's leveling off -- For the first time in his presidency [sic], a majority of Illinois voters now hold an unfavorable opinion of Dictator Bush and also disapprove of his performance in the White House, particularly his handling of the occupation of Iraq and an economy that many believe continues to lag, a new Tribune/WGN-TV poll shows.
EPA to Probe Missing Mercury Plants Unable to Account for Tons of Annual Purchases --Under prodding from environmental groups, the Environmental Protection Agency is taking another look at a handful of U.S. chemical plants that cannot account for as much as 65 tons of mercury they may be releasing into the environment each year.
USDA won't pay for food safety training U.S. Department of Agriculture meat inspectors charge that a recent memo sent out by management puts the concerns of industry over food safety and demonstrates the agency's unwillingness to train its inspectors adequately on critical public health issues, such as monitoring for deadly bacterial pathogens in meat and poultry.
Another lousy gift from Jeb!! First, a rotting p-Resident, now-- Rotting Florida Fruit Forces Jet's Emergency Landing A jet carrying 308 passengers was forced to make an emergency landing in Ireland on Sunday, after fruit fumes set off its fire alarm system. The British Airways Boeing 747 en route from Miami to London Heathrow landed at Shannon Airport, after a warning light indicated there was a fire in the hold. An airport spokeswoman said a closer examination found that rotting fruit was giving off unusual fumes.
Problems at Wyeth Vaccine Plant Report: FDA Inspectors Found Quality-Control Problems at Wyeth Plant That Packages Child Vaccine --The Food and Drug Administration report detailed sloppy operating procedures, dirty work areas and instances of contamination at a New York plant. It also found improper environmental monitoring and insects in a hallway outside a room where the vaccine was put into vials, the The Star-Ledger of Newark reported.
Officials a step closer to identifying mysterious illness on a Vancouver bus The incident began Tuesday when a transit bus driver became ill shortly after a man who gave the driver a cryptic warning left the bus... The driver began vomiting violently, other passengers felt nauseous, and the paramedics attending to the driver also became sick.
Killer Rash Breaks Out A vicious skin infection resistant to all but the most powerful antibiotics has jumped out of New York City hospitals and onto the streets. The "superbug," as health officials refer to it, can cause anything from reddening of the skin, to abscesses, tissue loss, amputation or even death in severe cases, doctors said.
Rumsfeld Says 'War on [of] Terror' Just Beginning The United States' declared war on [of] terror is closer to the beginning than the end, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld told graduates of the U.S. Military Academy on Saturday.
Kanjorski Supports Reinstating the Draft U.S. Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski, D-Nanticoke, (Penn.) has issued a statement saying he "fully supports" reinstating the draft, but not because he backs "a blanket effort" to send more troops to Iraq. In a press release delivered to the Times-Tribune newspapers late Thursday, Mr. Kanjorski said he supports bringing back selective service because it is unfair for a small percentage of the population to "carry the weight of the nation."
Proposed Iraqi Puppet has CIA links US-UK proposed puppet ['prime minister'], Iyad Allawi is seen as a political heavyweight, but lacks a broad support base among Iraqis. Like Ahmad Chalabi, the controversial former banker and Shiite exile once favoured by the Americans, he is tainted in the eyes of many ordinary Iraqis by his close ties with the West. Mr Allawi is the leader of the Iraqi National Accord, a group of former exiles that has been backed by the CIA, MI6 and Jordan.
Iraqi with MI6 links is new puppet A former Iraqi opposition leader believed to have close links with MI6 and other Western intelligence agencies was yesterday named as Iraq's new puppet ['interim Prime Minister'].
Exiled Allawi was responsible for 45-minute WMD claim The choice of Iyad Allawi, closely linked to the CIA and formerly to MI6, as the Puppet Prime Minister of Iraq from 30 June will make it difficult for the US and Britain to persuade the rest of the world that he is capable of leading an independent government. He is the person through whom the controversial claim was channelled that Iraqi weapons of mass destruction could be operational in 45 minutes.
Weapons of Mass Destruction? Or Mass Distraction? --by Daniel Okrent "Why had The Times failed to revisit its own coverage of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction? To anyone who read the paper between September 2002 and June 2003, the impression that Saddam Hussein possessed, or was acquiring, a frightening arsenal of W.M.D. seemed unmistakable. Except, of course, it appears to have been mistaken... The apparent flimsiness of 'Illicit Arms Kept Till Eve of War, an Iraqi Scientist Is Said to Assert,' by [top-of-the-line media whore] Judith Miller (April 21, 2003), was no less noticeable than its prominent front-page display; the ensuing sequence of articles on the same subject, when Miller was embedded with a military unit searching for W.M.D., constituted an ongoing minuet of startling assertion followed by understated contradiction."
Former Guantánamo chief clashed with interrogators The commander of Guantánamo Bay, sacked amid charges from the Pentagon that he was too soft on detainees [?!?], said he faced constant tension from military interrogators trying to extract information from inmates.
AP: Intelligence Agents Accused in Abuse Several U.S. guards allege they witnessed military intelligence operatives encouraging the abuse of Iraqi prison inmates at four prisons other than Abu Ghraib, investigative documents show.
Iraqi Women Raped At Abu Ghraib: Reports Reports have emerged that Iraqi women held at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison were raped by both US and Iraqi jailers, according to human rights groups, following the reports of abuse of Iraqi prisoners by US troops there.
Letter to Red Cross on prison abuses slammed by lawyers A letter from the US military in Baghdad to the International Committee of the Red Cross about prisoner abuses in Iraq, drafted with the help of an Australian military officer, has been slammed by human rights lawyers as "a conscious effort to evade the Geneva conventions".
Warner Bucks GOP Right on Probe of Prison Abuse The silver-haired Virginian with courtly manners is a throwback to a forgotten era of congressional comity. But as he leads the Senate's inquiry into abuse of Iraqi prisoners, Armed Services Committee Chairman John W. Warner (R-Va.) also shows another side: a penchant for bucking his party, taking heat and surviving. Warner says his committee has a "solemn responsibility" to discover what went wrong and to "make sure it never, never happens again." But some conservatives are angry about the high-profile televised hearings.
Who killed Nick Berg? Conspiracy theories about how the kidnapped American died in Iraq are flying around the world. Richard Neville explores the explanations. "The timing of the video was brilliant for the West. Media pundits judged the crime a deeper evil than the systemic torture of innocent Iraqis. But some people sensed a rat. But if it was not al-Qaeda, who? Surely not Uncle Sam. That's too dark, even for the CIA... As no autopsy is available, little is known about the state of the body. No time of death, no forensic analysis. On April 6, a month before the discovery of the corpse, Berg had been released from custody. But whose custody? ...Berg's family are certain his jailers were the US military... The issue of custody is significant; in his final moments on screen Berg is wearing an orange jumpsuit of the kind familiar from Guantanamo Bay."
U.S.-appointed governor accuses radical cleric of failing to honor peace deal U.S. death toll rises past 800 --The U.S.-appointed dictator of Najaf accused radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Saturday of failing to honor a 'deal' to end fighting as U.S. soldiers clashed with Shiite resistance fighters. Three Marines were killed Saturday in separate fighting west of Baghdad, pushing the number of U.S. deaths to more than 800.
In the Scrapyards of Jordan, Signs of a Looted Iraq As the United States spends billions of dollars [for Halliburton] 'on Iraq's civil and military infrastructure', there is increasing evidence that parts of sensitive military equipment, seemingly brand-new components for oil rigs and water plants and whole complexes of older buildings are leaving the country on the backs of flatbed trucks. By some estimates, at least 100 semitrailers loaded with what is billed as Iraqi scrap metal are streaming each day into Jordan, just one of six countries that share a border with Iraq.
Gunmen reportedly kill six at Saudi oil offices RIYADH, Saudi Arabia --Gunmen opened fire Saturday on compounds housing offices of oil companies in the eastern city of Khobar, apparently killing at least six people - including a 10-year-old boy.
Qaeda Attack Kills at Least 9 Saudis, 7 Foreigners Gunmen believed to be linked to al CIA-duh killed at least nine Saudis and seven foreigners in a Saudi oil city on Saturday before holing up with hostages in a housing compound.
US retreats after failing to capture militia chief United States forces agreed yesterday to withdraw from the Shia holy city of Najaf and end fighting with the militia of the radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. In a climbdown by the Americans, who had vowed to kill or capture Sadr, it now appears he will be allowed to remain free. His Army of Mehdi militia will also withdraw under the deal.
Four U.S. Soldiers Killed in Troubled Afghan South In one of the worst losses for American forces since the fall of the Taliban late in 2001, four service members assigned to a special forces unit were killed in the southern province of Zabul, scene of regular guerrilla attacks in recent months.
Tillman killed by friendly fire Pat Tillman, the former Arizona Cardinals football player who died in April while a U.S. soldier fighting in Afghanistan, likely was killed by friendly fire, an Army investigation has concluded. News of that finding was disseminated Friday to some members of Congress and some Tillman family members just as the Memorial Day weekend was to begin. [Yes, it's another 'holiday weekend' bombshell that the Bush dictatorship drops during a slow news cycle, similar to the stealth environmental rollbacks the regime releases Fridays at 5PM.]
Michael Moore offers Nick Berg interview to family Filmmaker did not use footage in Iraq film --Michael Moore has a 20-minute clip of an interview with Nick Berg, who was murdered in Iraq. Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore interviewed Nick Berg, the American contractor beheaded in Iraq, for his latest film and has offered to show the footage to Berg’s family before he would release it, a family spokesman said Friday.
U.S., EU Will Share Passenger Records Ridge Calls Agreement 'Essential' --The United States and the European Union signed an agreement yesterday to share airline passenger records as a way to search for wanted criminals or suspected 'terrorists' on transatlantic flights.
Two mistaken for suspected terrorists "From a distance, he looked exactly like him," said police Maj. Stan Stout. But upon further investigation, Stout said, "it became obvious that it wasn't him." The man turned out to be a Mexican resident in the United States on a work visa.
Threats and attacks over Iraq painting force owner out A North Beach art gallery owner who has been attacked and threatened for showing a controversial painting of American soldiers torturing Iraqi prisoners has decided to call it quits. After having her life repeatedly threatened, her business egged and her face spat upon, Lori Haigh papered up the windows of her Powell Street gallery, Capobianco, on Tuesday.
Bush dynasty ex-wife set to spill the beans A new book on the Bush dynasty is set for release just six weeks before November's knife-edge presidential election. The book, The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty by Kitty Kelley, could be the most damaging yet for the Dictator.
Navy to Deploy 7 Carrier Strike Groups to Unknown Location WAVY News 10 has learned the Navy is sending seven carrier strike groups out to sea. The exercise is designed to test the Navy's new rapid deployment readiness. While the Navy won't say where the seven carrier groups are going, the carriers not already deployed are expected to be gone for one to two months.
'Shoot-to-kill' order issued at G8 in Georgia (sf.indymedia.org) "Pacifica News and the AP have both stated in the last two days that there is potential for the use of Lethal Force at the G8, DNC, and RNC this summer."
Troops escorting prisoners attacked U.S. soldiers escorting a convoy of at least 500 prisoners released from the Abu Ghraib facility briefly exchanged gunfire with unknown assailants Friday after stopping in the middle of a highway outside the Iraqi capital.
Two Japanese Journalists Killed in Iraq Rocket Attack Two Japanese freelance journalists were killed in a rocket-propelled grenade attack on their vehicle south of Baghdad, their Iraqi driver told the hospital where the incinerated bodies were taken on Friday.
US 'keeps control' of Iraq troops US Secretary of State Colin Powell has insisted that US forces in Iraq will remain under American control after the 30 June handover of sovereignty. This seemed to contradict an earlier statement by the UK prime minister. Tony Blair said the new Iraqi government would have "final political control" on military operations.
Interrogators hid identities Efforts to determine who orchestrated the abuse of Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison may be complicated by the ways in which many military intelligence officials, covert U.S. agents and 'civilian contractors' [sic: paid terrorists] obscured their identities.
Iraqi prison interrogations yield little The questioning of hundreds of Iraqi prisoners in the newly established interrogation centre at Abu Ghraib prison yielded very little valuable intelligence, according to civilian and military officials.
U.S. Iraq Policy, Jail Abuse Under Fire at Summit The United States' occupation of Iraq and the "inhuman and degrading" abuse of prisoners came under fire on Thursday ahead of a summit of European and Latin American leaders.
Iraq: Amnesty International reveals a pattern of torture and ill-treatment The publication of photographs of Iraqi detainees being physically and mentally abused at Abu Ghraib prison has caused shock and outrage across the world. However research carried out by Amnesty International (AI) reveals that the abuses allegedly committed by US agents in the Abu Ghraib prison facility in Baghdad are not isolated cases.
Lott: Tough Questioning OK if Lives Saved Sen. Trent Lott [R-Nutball-Miss.] says saving American lives should be the priority in Iraq, even if it might mean dealing harshly with prisoners to get vital security information. Asked by WAPT about a picture showing a security dog in close proximity to a prisoner, Lott said there was "nothing wrong with holding a dog up there unless the dog ate him."
Italy warns of 'grave threats' to Bush visit Official refers to public order concerns, not possible terror attack --Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu warned Friday of looming "grave threats" in demonstrations during the visit to Rome of U.S. Dictator Bush next week.
US helped oust Allende in '73 coup The Kissinger transcripts include several episodes that appear at odds with the former secretary of state's own version of events, such as his claim that Washington had nothing to do with the September 1973 military coup in Chile that toppled the democratically elected, leftist government of Salvador Allende. "We didn't do it," Dr Kissinger told Richard Nixon, "I mean we helped them. (unintelligible) created the conditions as great as possible."
The arrest of Abu Hamza Extremist cleric faces extradition to US over al-Qa'ida links. So is he a dangerous terrorist - or just a political pawn? --The extremist Muslim cleric Abu Hamza was accused yesterday by the United States of attempting to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon and of aiding al-Qa'ida and the Taliban. Suspicions that the timing of the extradition hearing was a stunt to help focus attention away from the Iraq W-ar were heightened when John Ashcroft, the US Attorney General, held a press conference in New York to publicise the charges.
Officials defend terror attack warning FBI and Justice Department officials Thursday defended their decision to warn the public about the potential for a devastating terrorist attack on America this summer, saying it was justified by intelligence and essential to avoid missteps [?!?] that occurred before the Sept. 11 attacks.
As Ashcroft Warns of Attack, Some Question Threat and Its Timing The Bush dictatorship said on Wednesday that it had credible intelligence suggesting that Al CIA-duh is planning to attack the United States in the next several months, a period in which events like an international summit meeting and the two political conventions could offer tempting targets.
Australian Distributors of Moore Film Say They've Been Threatened The Australian film distribution company that secured rights to release Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 has received threatening emails, mainly from the U.S., in the wake of the deal, the Melbourne newspaper The Age reported today (Thursday).
"Johnny, now I know it's going to be tough over in Iraq. Did you remember your dog leash and black hoods?" -Michael Rectenwald, CLG's Quote of the Day, May 25, 2004
Occupation 'has boosted al-Qaida' The occupation of Iraq has provided a "potent global recruitment pretext" for al-Qaida and probably increased worldwide terrorism, a leading thinktank said yesterday. Despite some losses, al-CIA-duh has more than 18,000 potential terrorists at large and its ranks are growing, the International Institute for Strategic Studies said, adding that al-CIA-duh now had a presence in more than 60 countries.
The terrorists are coming! The terrorists are coming! Terrorists planning major summer attack, U.S. says U.S. officials have obtained new intelligence deemed highly credible indicating al CIA-duh or 'other terrorists' [?!?] are in the United States and preparing to launch a major attack this summer. The intelligence does not include a time, place or method of attack but is among the most disturbing received by the government since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, according to a senior federal counterterrorism official who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday.
Sources: Major terror attack planned this summer Several U.S. officials said Tuesday that unnamed terrorists, possibly al CIA-duh operatives, are in the United States and planning a "major attack" on U.S. soil this summer. Officials said the attacks might take place before the November presidential election in an attempt to affect the outcome, similar to the way the Madrid train bombings influenced Spanish elections. The FBI is likely to issue several alerts for several individuals the bureau would like to locate [?!?] in the coming days, two counterterrorism sources told CNN.
U.S. Warns Of Al Qaeda Threat This Summer [CIA?] Agents in Country Said To Be Planning Attack --Federal officials have information suggesting that al Qaeda has people in the United States preparing to mount a large-scale terrorist attack this summer, sources familiar with the information said yesterday. That information dovetails with other intelligence "chatter" suggesting that al Qaeda operatives are pleased with the change in government resulting from the March 11 terrorist bombings in Spain and may want to affect elections in the United States and other countries. "They saw that an attack of that nature can have economic and political consequences and have some impact on the electoral process," said one federal official with access to counterterrorism intelligence.
More "Washington whispers" about possible pre-election terrorist attack --by Joseph Kay "In the 'Washington Whispers' section of this week’s US News & World Report, columnist Paul Bedard reports: 'White House officials say they’ve got a 'working premise' about terrorism and the presidential election: It's going to happen.' Bedard quotes a top administration official as asserting, 'We assume an attack will happen leading up to the election,' and that it will happen in Washington, D.C. Bedard continues by noting, 'Unclear is the political impact, though most Bushies think the nation would rally around the president [sic]... There is an obvious question raised by these discussions: Are top officials in the Bush administration planning to allow such an attack in order to reap political advantage? Anyone who would dismiss this possibility as an outlandish conspiracy theory underestimates both the depth of the administration’s crisis and the criminality of those who set its policy. This is a government that came to office by means of theft and intimidation, gaining power only through the intervention of the Supreme Court on an explicitly anti-democratic basis."
Thanks to Dictator Bush: Qaeda has 18,000 militants Al Qaeda has more than 18,000 militants ready to strike and the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq has accelerated recruitment to the ranks of Osama bin Laden's network, a leading London think-tank says. Al Qaeda's finances were in good order, its "middle managers" provided expertise to Islamic militants around the globe and bin Laden's drawing power was as strong as ever, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) said on Tuesday. [Al Qaeda's finances are in good order, but US payments to Halliburton and others will cost our great-great grandchildren a fortune in interest. All for oil and world dominance for a few. That's what our troops are dying and killing for, that and nothing else. No, we DO NOT support the troops to kill, maim and stack nude bodies in pyramids. But those are our tax dollars at work in Iraq! Meanwhile the US is falling apart! What about OUR infrastructure? Since when did this become the United States of Iraq? --Michael Rectenwald]
Public's Help Is Sought to Prevent Terrorist Strikes Attorney General John Ashcroft and Director Robert S. Mueller III of the F.B.I. plan to begin a campaign of public vigilance on Wednesday, warning that terrorists still hope to strike inside the United States, law enforcement officials said on Tuesday evening. Contradicting news reports Tuesday saying that new information pointed to a specific threat, the officials said Mr. Ashcroft and Mr. Mueller had no new intelligence to suggest that an attack was being planned or that preparations were under way. Instead, the officials said they would issue a new call for public awareness and ask again for the public's help in apprehending suspected terrorists who have long been sought by the F.B.I. and whose names are on the bureau's Web site.
Olympics: Greece Prepares for 'Dirty Bomb' Threat Greece began deploying U.S.-supplied radiation detectors at strategic points across the country to prevent a radioactive "dirty bomb" attack during this summer's Athens Olympics, officials said on Tuesday.
US soldiers accused of theft A human rights organisation in Iraq has claimed that many of the aggressive US raids on civilian homes end in the theft of money and other property.
G.I.'s Prison Abuse More Widespread, Says Army Survey An Army summary of deaths and mistreatment involving prisoners in American custody in Iraq and Afghanistan shows a widespread pattern of abuse involving more military units than previously known. The cases from Iraq date back to April 15, 2003 and they extend up to last month, when a prisoner detained by Navy commandos died in a suspected case of homicide blamed on "blunt force trauma to the torso and positional asphyxia."
General Is Said To Have Urged Use of Dogs A U.S. Army general dispatched by senior Pentagon officials to bolster the collection of intelligence from prisoners in Iraq last fall inspired and promoted the use of guard dogs there to frighten the Iraqis, according to sworn testimony by the top U.S. intelligence officer at the Abu Ghraib prison.
4 GIs will be reprimanded for forcing Iraqi prisoners to jump into river Four U.S. soldiers will be reprimanded for forcing Iraqi prisoners to jump into the Tigris River last year, a military spokesman said Tuesday. Lt. Col. Thomas Budzyna said none of the prisoners died [?!?] after they were ordered to leap into the river by soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team. He refused to provide other details about the incident, including the number of prisoners, pending the outcome of an investigation.
Iraqi Islamic shrine damaged in attack The Imam Ali shrine in Najaf - a site of great importance to all Muslims in Iraq - has been damaged by rockets or mortars, witnesses have said. One of the entrances to the shrine was damaged in the attack on Tuesday. It was not clear who fired the missiles.
Mehdi Army Grows as Tempers Rage Over 'Wedding Massacre' --by Dahr Jamail "While US troops continue to damage mosques in heavy fighting against resistance forces they say are holed up in holy sites of Kufa and Kerbala, men in the Sadr City area of Baghdad rushed yesterday to join the Mehdi Army, a militia force loyal to rebel cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr. As men congregated around the newly rebuilt office of Muqtada Al-Sadr in order to join his militia, Sheikh Hassan Al-Adari, a spokesman for Al-Sadr, claimed that many of the people killed last night were civilians and said such a slaughter will only serve to draw angry Iraqis to the resistance... Al-Adari also said that followers of Al-Sadr, along with the vast majority of Iraqis, are enraged at what he and others here call 'the wedding massacre.'"
Iraqi oil pipeline badly damaged An Iraqi pipeline that carries crude oil from the northern Kirkuk oilfields to Turkey has been bombed and greatly damaged. A security official of Iraq's Northern Oil Company, Juma Ahmad, confirmed on Monday that an explosive device badly damaged the pipe at around 1500 GMT.
Blair jumps the gun on Iraqi veto PM out of step with Washington on troops Tony Blair jumped the gun yesterday when he unequivocally promised that the new government in Baghdad will be able to exercise a veto over controversial US-led military operations after the handover of sovereignty on June 30.
N.Y. Times lists problems in war coverage U.S. newspaper says Iraq reporting was not rigorous enough --The New York Times said its reporting in a number of stories leading up to the war in Iraq and the early occupation "was not as rigorous as it should have been" and relied on reports from informants whose credibility was later called into question. [Nah, ya' think??? Why hasn't Reichwing media whore Judith Miller been fired?]
The Times and Iraq (The New York Times) "...[W]e have found a number of instances of coverage that was not as rigorous as it should have been. In some cases, information that was controversial then, and seems questionable now, was insufficiently qualified or allowed to stand unchallenged. Looking back, we wish we had been more aggressive in re-examining the claims as new evidence emerged — or failed to emerge. The problematic articles varied in authorship and subject matter, but many shared a common feature. They depended at least in part on information from a circle of Iraqi informants, defectors and exiles bent on 'regime change' in Iraq, people whose credibility has come under increasing public debate in recent weeks."
Gore to Call For Resignation of Bush Team Members Responsible For Iraq Fiasco (algoredemocrats.com) "Major address will cite imminent risk to U.S. soldiers and Homeland from Bush failure to hold top officials accountable --Former Vice President Al Gore will deliver a major foreign policy address in New York City on Wednesday, sponsored by MoveOn PAC, calling for the resignation of five members of the Bush Administration team and one member of the military command responsible for the failed policy and abuse of prisoners in Iraq. Gore will identify the various ways in which all Americans--soldiers in Iraq, residents and travelers abroad, and citizens at home—are endangered by the bitterness created throughout the Islamic world—and beyond—by US policy. He will also explore the linkages between the President[sic]’s Iraq policy and the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison."
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