June 2004 Archives, Page Two
Bush interviewed in CIA leak probe --Dictator joined by Jim Sharp, his personal attorney --Bush was interviewed Thursday morning by a special prosecutor investigating whether anyone in the dictatorship disclosed the classified identity of a CIA officer, White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters. This is the first time Bush has been questioned in a criminal investigation involving his regime. [And, it won't be the last!!]
2nd bomb in Turkey kills 3 before Bush visit --A bomb blast aboard a bus killed at least three people and injured eight, a senior police official said. Earlier, a bomb exploded outside the Ankara hotel where Dictator Bush is expected to stay before this weekend's NATO summit. [Don't these people have a calendar and a watch?]
Bush Questioned In CIA Leak Probe --Dictator Bush was interviewed Thursday morning by government prosecutors in connection with the federal investigation of who leaked the name of an undercover CIA operative to the news media.
Iraq ministers told only US can impose martial law --The US-led occupation authority in Baghdad has warned Iraq's interim government not to carry out its threat of declaring martial law, insisting that only the US-led dictatorship has the right to adopt emergency powers after the June 30 'handover of sovereignty.' [*What* sovereignty???]
Iraq's 'Sovereign' Government to Have Little Control Over Oil Money --by Chris Shumway "A last minute spending spree by the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) and language in the UN Security Council resolution setting the conditions for Iraqi sovereignty appear likely to limit the interim government’s ability to exercise meaningful control over the country’s oil revenues. According to documents posted on its own web site, the CPA’s little-known Program Review Board (PRB) has quietly committed billions of dollars in Iraq’s oil revenues to new contracts that critics say will enrich US and British corporations while limiting the amount of revenue Iraq’s new interim government will have at its disposal when it assumes authority from the CPA on June 30. Of the PRB’s 12 voting members, all of whom were appointed by and report directly to CPA administrator Paul Bremer, only two represent Iraqi government ministries."
US Trained Terrorists Behead Four Suspected Taliban, Official Says --A senior Afghan militia commander alleged Wednesday that troops from Afghanistan's U.S.-trained national army beheaded four Taliban fighters to avenge the similar slaying of an Afghan soldier and a military interpreter.
Afghan detainees routinely tortured and humiliated by US troops --Detainees held in Afghanistan by American troops have been routinely tortured and humiliated as part of the interrogation process, in the same way as those in Iraq, a Guardian investigation has found. Five detainees have died in custody, three of them in suspicious circumstances, and survivors have told stories of beatings, strippings, hoodings and sleep deprivation. ["I'm George W. Bush, and I approved this torture."]
Rumsfeld 'approved' dogs on inmates --US Defence Secretary [W-ar criminal] Donald Rumsfeld authorised hoods, the stripping of prisoners and the use of dogs to terrify inmates at Guantanamo Bay almost two years ago, documents released yesterday revealed.
Harsh terror tactics eased after concerns --The Bush regime didn't ease its hard-line tactics for interrogating terror suspects until after concerns were raised repeatedly by State Department and military officials worried about violating international and U.S. law, memos released by the White House show.
House panel to block torture justification --A House committee voted Wednesday to bar the Justice Department from issuing legal justifications for the U.S. use of torture in the latest congressional reaction to government memos that seemed to permit the practice. The Republican-led House Appropriations Committee approved the provision by voice vote after sponsor Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., said the Justice Department has acted in "outlandish fashion" in the episode, which has involved detainees in Iraq and elsewhere.
U.S. Drops Effort to Gain Immunity for Its Troops --The United States bowed to broad opposition on the Security Council today and announced that it was dropping its effort to gain immunity for its troops from prosecution by the International Criminal Court.
Justice Dept. Rewrites Prison Advice --The Justice Department is rewriting its legal advice on how far U.S. interrogators can go to pry information from detainees, working under much different circumstances from the writers of earlier memos that appeared to [did, actually] justify torture.
More than 35 killed in rebel attacks across Iraq, US helicopter downed --Insurgents unleashed attacks on four cities across Iraq leaving more than 35 dead including three US soldiers in an apparently coordinated onslaught.
US launches air strikes on Baquba --The US military launched air strikes on the north-eastern city of Baquba, where heavy fighting had erupted. The military fired laser-guided missiles at a few houses near a sports complex.
89 Die and 318 Hurt in New Iraq Attacks --Insurgents launched coordinated attacks Thursday against police and government buildings across Sunni Muslim areas of Iraq less than a week before the 'handover of sovereignty.' The strikes killed 89 people including, three American soldiers, and wounded 318 people, Iraqi and U.S. officials said.
Coordinated attacks in five Iraqi cities leave 75 dead, 260 injured --Iraq's security forces bore the brunt of a wave of coordinated attacks Thursday as insurgents turned up the heat before the US-led occupation 'ends' next week.
Group That Killed Hostage Threatens US puppet dictator ['Iraqi Prime Minister'] --The foreign terrorist group that took responsibility for beheading a South Korean hostage turned its sights on the new US puppet dictator ['Iraqi prime minister'] today, issuing a statement in which it threatened to assassinate him.
Navy ships to join Pacific exercise --Three Australian Navy ships will sail out of Sydney today to participate in a multi-national naval exercise.
CIA planned guerrilla campaign in Iran to counter communists --Declassified documents from 1950s reveal covert scheme --Top-secret papers outline efforts to set up a clandestine safe haven in the south The Central Intelligence Agency planned a sustained guerrilla campaign in Iran in case its 1953 plan to ouster the government of Mohammad Mossadegh fell through and communists increased their sway over the country, according to newly declassified US government documents.
Gov't May Have Broken Privacy Law --TSA: Airlines Gave Gov't Passenger Data --The government may have broken federal privacy law when it asked airlines to turn over personal data about passengers for a test of background-check project, a senator said Wednesday.
DeLay Under Investigation by House Ethics Panel --The House ethics committee said Tuesday it will review a complaint from a Texas congressman that accuses House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, a fellow Texan, of "serious criminal acts."
CIA official blasts White House in anonymous book --A top CIA counterterrorism official -- still serving in the government -- is publishing a book that blasts the White House. The book is titled "Imperial Hubris." The author is a veteran of the CIA for more than two decades, and is identified only as "Anonymous." Sources say he ran the hunt for Osama bin Laden from 1996 to 1999. "Anonymous" stated that the war in Iraq undermined the overall war against terror and actually played into bin Laden's hands.
AP Lawyer: It's 'Curious' We've Had to Sue for Bush Records --The Associated Press has sued the Pentagon and Air Force, seeking access to all records of Dictator George W. Bush's military service, but the news agency wonders why it has come to this. "It seems a little curious because the president [sic] made a pretty forceful presentation that he had nothing to hide," said AP General Counsel Dave Tomlin, when asked for his reaction to what the AP considers government stonewalling. "But we are not surprised."
Republicans Renew Push for Energy Legislation -- A bill that would ease environmental regulations so United States' corporate terrorists can continue to price-gouge the public and destroy the environment ['so the United States can build its first new oil refineries in nearly 30 years'] was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday.
Court Won't Order Cheney Secret Papers Released --The Bush dictatorship won't have to reveal secret details of Vice pResident Dick Cheney's energy task force, after the Whore Court ruled Thursday that a lower court [?!?] should spend more time sorting out the White House's privacy claim. inJustice Antonin Scalia defiantly refused to recuse himself from the case, rejecting arguments by critics who said his impartiality was brought into question because of a hunting vacation that he took with Cheney while the court was considering the vice pResident's appeal. [F*cking ducks!]
2000 Coupmeister ['U.S. Solicitor General'] Olson Will Step Down in July --U.S. Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson, the Bush dictatorship's chief courtroom lawyer, will step down in July and return to private practice, the Justice Department said.
'Fahrenheit' sets single day sales record in NYC --Controversial film opens in 868 theaters nationwide Friday --Director Michael Moore’s controversial documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" turned on the box office heat in its first day in theaters breaking single-day records at the two New York City theaters where it played.
'Fahrenheit 9/11' ban? --Ads for Moore’s movie could be stopped on July 30 --Michael Moore may be prevented from advertising his controversial new movie, “Fahrenheit 9/11,” on television or radio after July 30 if the Federal Election Commission (FEC) today accepts the legal advice of its general counsel. At the same time, a Republican-allied 527 soft-money group is preparing to file a complaint against Moore’s film with the FEC for violating campaign-finance law.
'Fahrenheit' not hot enough (SD) Black Hills residents awaiting Friday's nationwide release of Michael Moore's controversial film "Fahrenheit 9/11" will need to go somewhere else in the nation to watch the movie. Corporate officials for Carmike Cinemas — the owner of Carmike 7 and Rushmore 7 in Rapid City — have been quoted in newspapers across the country saying the theater chain will not show the politically charged movie that is sharply critical of the Bush regime and its record on [of promoting] terrorism.
French Filmmaker Takes Own Stab at Bush --When "Fahrenheit 9/11" was selected for the Cannes Film Festival, another documentary about George W. Bush was waiting in the wings in case Michael Moore's film wasn't ready in time. Jean-Francois Lepetit's Flach Film produced "Le Monde Selon Bush" (The World According to Bush). "Le Monde" is a scathing attack on Bush's first 1,000 days in power, and chronicles the first family's alleged links with the oil and arms industries.
Sibel Edmonds sues Ashcroft again for actions tied to 9-11 evidence --FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds sues Ashcroft and DOJ for the second time, asserting that re-classification of her 9-11 allegations was illegal and unconstitutional --by Tom Flocco "On behalf of former FBI contract linguist Sibel Edmonds, The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) sued Attorney General John Ashcroft and the Department of Justice (DOJ) today, seeking judicial reclassification of information that alleges corruption, incompetence and cover-ups in an FBI investigation unit."
Supreme Court declines to overturn death sentences --The Supreme Court refused Thursday to overturn the death sentences of more than 100 inmates who argued their fates were improperly determined by judges, not jurors.
Supreme Court: Judges alone can't impose extra-long prison terms --A divided U.S. Supreme Court underscored Thursday that the constitutional right to a jury trial forbids a judge from acting alone to tack additional time onto a convict's sentence.
Court strikes down NY's death penalty --The state Court of Appeals has overturned the death sentence of Stephen LaValle and, in the process, has invalidated the state's death penalty.
FCC Media-Ownership Rules Sent Back for Agency Review --The Federal Communications Commission was ordered by a U.S. appeals court to review its new rules that let companies such as News Corp. and Viacom Inc. buy more television stations and newspapers.
Ron Reagan Refers to Bush as White House 'Occupant' CNN 'Larry King Live' --Interview with Ron Reagan, Jr. "KING: He [President Reagan] never said to you, don't say, don't speak up? REAGAN: Oh, no, nothing like that. If he thought you were being rude to somebody, he might say, you need to be civil. KING: How about your mom? Did she ever say... REAGAN: No. I think that she gets a little nervous sometimes when I go off on our -- the current occupant of the Oval Office but she just wants people to get along and be nice. But no, neither of my parents would ever stand in the way of any of their children speaking their minds."
Fans swoon as they meet Clinton --Late as always, but still greeted by cheers and screams of "Bill, we love you," former President Bill Clinton opened the year's hottest book tour with a marathon signing at a midtown Manhattan Barnes & Noble bookstore.
Clinton memoir selling at furious pace --Presidential memoir breaks one-day sales record at Barnes & Noble, exceeds expectations at Borders. Former President Bill Clinton is about to add the title of best-selling author to his resume as copies of his memoir move at record-setting levels.
Flowers alerts lawyers on Clinton --Gennifer Flowers, the 'cabaret singer' [LOL!] who had an affair with Bill Clinton, has threatened possible legal action over the former president's treatment of her in his newly-published memoir, My Life. "I have not yet read Mr Clinton's book but you can bet that my Judicial Watch attorneys will," Flowers said in a statement issued by Judicial Watch - a Washington-based conservative court and government watchdog. [What, Gennifer, you want to be painted as a vestal virgin? You were de-Flowered long ago, Gennifer, and not by Bill. You're a rightwing WHORE backed by Republican PIMPS who tried to vend you to a Democratic Genius, named Bill Clinton.]
Mega bulimia alert!! The Rev. Moon Honored at Hill Reception --More than a dozen lawmakers attended a congressional reception this year honoring the Rev. Sun Myung Moon in which Moon declared himself the Messiah and said his teachings have helped Hitler and Stalin be "reborn as new persons." At the March 23 ceremony in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.) wore white gloves and carried a pillow holding an ornate crown that was placed on Moon's head. The Korean-born businessman and religious leader then delivered a long speech saying he was "sent to Earth . . . to save the world's six billion people. . . . Emperors, kings and presidents . . . have declared to all Heaven and Earth that Reverend Sun Myung Moon is none other than humanity's Savior, Messiah, Returning Lord and True Parent."
The Rowland Years (The Hartford Courant) ...June 18 - The State Supreme Court rules that the impeachment committee has the authority to subpoena the [Reichwing] governor. June 28 - Republican John G. Rowland plans to resign at 6 p.m., sources say.
The Weasel Watch Tracks Hartford Exodus --satire, by Mary Titus [a must view]
Chicago federal prosecutor testifies against civil rights lawyer --The federal prosecutor in Chicago whose work helped put a blind Egyptian sheik in prison for life on terrorism charges was the first government witness Wednesday in a terrorism case against a New York civil rights lawyer.
20-year-old man dies in police custody after hooding (WI) A recording of radio transmissions between Mequon police officers and dispatchers paints a chilling picture of Matthew Sheridan shouting a stream of mostly unintelligible words in the back of a squad car as he protests his arrest on Saturday evening... Sheridan died after an officer put what was believed to be a spit bag over his head on Saturday. The device turned out to be a high-tech respirator called the SURVIVAIR Quick2000 escape hood.
Proposed state-paid Cesar Chavez holiday won't make it to ballot (AZ) A measure seeking a statewide paid holiday to honor the late farm worker leader Cesar Chávez won't be on the November ballot, organizers of the effort said Wednesday.
Bush Claimed Right to Waive Torture Laws --Bush claimed the right to waive anti-torture laws and treaties covering prisoners of war after the invasion of Afghanistan, and Defense Secretary [W-ar criminal] Donald Rumsfeld authorized guards to strip detainees and threaten them with dogs, according to documents released Tuesday.
Rumsfeld agreed to prisoner threats --US Defence Secretary [W-ar criminal] Donald Rumsfeld approved the use of aggressive tactics to frighten Guantanamo Bay detainees, according to newly-released documents. These included stripping prisoners, forcing them into stress positions and harassing them with dogs.
U.S. Approved Use of Dogs Against Prisoners --Bush said he has never ordered the torture of Iraqi or al Qaeda prisoners as the White House on Tuesday released secret documents showing the use of dogs to induce fear was approved among interrogation methods at Guantanamo Bay and then abandoned.
Shooting death angers Iraqi family --US tactics in raid raise concerns --American soldiers stormed into Sajid Kadhum Bouri al-Bawi's house three hours after midnight on May 17, breaking two doors and rousing the dozen children who live there. An hour later, family members recalled, the soldiers led a hooded man from the house and told the family they were arresting Bawi. Only after the soldiers left with what appeared to be a prisoner did Bawi's brother find his bloodied body, shot five times and stuffed behind a refrigerator underneath a pile of mattresses.
Senate Backs Ban on Photos of G.I. Coffins --The Bush regime's policy of barring news photographs of the flag-covered coffins of service members killed in Iraq won the backing of the Republican-controlled Senate on Monday, when lawmakers defeated a Democratic measure to instruct the Pentagon to allow pictures.
Exhibit to Display 837 Pairs of Boots For Those Killed In Iraq --Each Pair Is Marked With Tag of Deceased Member of Armed Services --Hundreds of combat boots sit outside an Oberlin church today, representing each American member of the armed services killed in Iraq.
As of Tuesday, June 22, 840 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq last year, according to the Defense Department. Of those, 620 died as a result of hostile action and 220 died of non-hostile causes.
Ukrainian people call for troops withdrawal from Iraq --Some 2,000 Ukrainian people gathered at the central independence square of Kiev Tuesday, demanding the government pull its troops out of Iraq.
Fearful Baghdad Council Keeps Public Locked Out --Inside the U.S.-run Coalition Provisional Authority [dictatorship], which will dissolve with the handover on June 30, some officials express doubts that Iraq's political system will conform to the American blueprints. "Will this develop the way we hope it will?" a CPA official involved in promoting democracy said. "Probably not." Iraqis criticize the local councils and the interim national government as illegitimate because their members were not elected. [George Bush's regime is illegitimate as well, as Dictator Bush was not elected, either.]
UN auditors attack US occupiers over spending of Iraq's oil revenues --United Nations-mandated auditors have sharply criticised the US occupation authority for the way it spends Iraqi oil revenues and say they have faced "resistance" to performing their job by occupation officials.
Calls For Blair to Quit --The Prime Minister is facing calls to resign from delegates attending the annual conference of Unison, the country's biggest trade union. A series of motions are set to be discussed criticising Tony Blair and his government for pursuing a "reactionary right-wing agenda".
For Security in Iraq, Corporate America Turns South --by Louis E.V. Nevaer "Editor's Note: When corporate America turns to Latin America to 'outsource' protection services by tapping former military men from Chile and Argentina, they're picking up murderers and tortures from the region's 'dirty war' past. If José Miguel Pizarro has his way, he will recruit 30,000 Chileans as mercenaries to protect American companies under Pentagon contract to rebuild [sic] Iraq. And undoubtedly, within those ranks will be former members of death squads that tortured and murdered civilians when dictatorships ruled in Latin America."
Facts vs. fiction --by Thomas Oliphant "Now that President [sic] Bush and co-president Cheney have backed themselves into a corner with statements about Iraq and terrorism that aren't credible, it's interesting to watch them squirm. Bush has an entertaining habit of confusing assertion with argument. For example: 'The reason I keep insisting that there was a relationship between Iraq and Saddam and Al Qaeda is because there was a relationship between Iraq and Al Qaeda.' The logic here is breath-taking. Cheney is, as ever, more elliptical. Cornered for a change, he is striking out at the press, preferring not to take on the 9/11 Commission whose evidence (more to the point, its absence of any) exposes his pre-invasion and post-invasion hype and, shall we say, misstatements."
In Vietnam, a Clear Line to Avoid --by John Stuart Blackton "The Justice Department has advised the White House that President [sic] Bush (and those who follow his orders) may contravene treaties, U.S. law and international law under the broad doctrine of 'necessity.' This advice contrasts sharply with that of an earlier White House, under Lyndon Johnson, during the Vietnam War."
Am-Bushed --Turns out peaceniks were the real patriots all along --by Rick Bell "It should anger all of us, this Fahrenheit 9/11 film... There is the vacationing prez [sic] not getting worked up by evidence of an impending attack, opposing an investigation into 9/11 after it occurred, there is the cheerleading press corps. You find out more on why the Americans turned their guns on a country not connected to the terrorist attacks, you will witness those who lose their liberties in the name of security, you will find out the name blacked out when Bush made public his less-than-gallant military record and why. You will see how Bush actually responded when he finds out about the attacks on the awful day. You will NOT see the Baghdad victory parade or the vanquishing of al-Qaida (they got bigger) or congressmen's kids marching off to war (there's one)... It is patriotic to question the government. Who didn't question? Who are the real traitors now?"
US hints at sanctions against Iran --Iran could face UN economic sanctions if Tehran did not prove that it has no nuclear weapons, US Secretary of State Colin Powell has said.
Iraq Militants Behead S. Korean Hostage --Islamic militants beheaded a Korean hostage Tuesday after South Korea refused to cancel a troop deployment to Iraq, and the U.S. military launched an airstrike against a safehouse used by the kidnap group, which is led by the country's most wanted terrorist. [Why is it every time AFTER a hostage is executed, the US government 'attacks' the camp? If the US KNOWS where the hostages are being held, why not rescue them?]
U.S. Revises Up 2003 Terrorism Deaths to 625 --The Bush dictatorship on Tuesday will say terrorism killed 625 people in 2003, more than double the 307 deaths it cited in a faulty report used to argue it is winning the war on [of] terrorism, a U.S. official said.
AP sues for access to Bush Guard records --The Associated Press sued the Pentagon and the Air Force on Tuesday, seeking access to all records of George W. Bush's military service during the Vietnam War...Controversy surrounds Bush's time in the Texas Air National Guard because it is unclear from the record what duties he performed for the military when he was working on the political campaign of a U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama. [Let's face it, the Idiot Usurper went A.W.O.L. and should be court-martialed.]
Bush Flirts with Nuclear Disaster, Kennedy Says --Bush has turned back years of U.S. efforts to stem the spread of nuclear weapons and has made the world a more dangerous place, one of the Senate's leading liberals said on Tuesday. [Why is it the media doesn't apply the term 'leading conservatives,' when quoting *Reichwingers???*]
FBI Probing Anti-Bush Teddy Bear -- Plush toy was delivered to home of Detroit federal judge --The FBI has subpoenaed records related to the online sales of a teddy bear carrying the message "Bush Kills Arabs Dead," [It's true!!] apparently as part of a probe into who delivered one of the plush toys to the Michigan home of a federal magistrate, The Smoking Gun has learned.
He's smarter than the average bear!
House Bill Would Enforce Patriot Act Secrecy Clause --Even as the government increasingly comes under fire from civil libertarians for using Patriot Act provisions to seek personal information without probable cause, some lawmakers are working to expand those powers.
Did Ashcroft brush off terror warnings? --The 9/11 commission is busy writing its final report, but is still investigating critical facts, including the conduct of U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft. NBC News has learned that the commission has interviewed two FBI officials who contradict sworn testimony by Ashcroft, about whether he brushed off terrorism warnings in the summer of 2001.
Board Upholds R Rating for 'Fahrenheit' --Michael Moore and his distributors lost their appeal Tuesday to lower the R rating for "Fahrenheit 9/11," his scathing assault on Dictator Bush's actions before and after the Sept. 11 attacks.
National Institutes of Health probed --The U.S. National Institutes of Health has come under scrutiny by Congress, seeking to learn what's being accomplished with its $28 billion budget.
Bush agribusiness yum-yum: Rocket fuel chemical in California cow milk --Young children and pregnant women who drink milk from California cows may be exposed to unsafe levels of a toxic chemical used in rocket fuel, according to a new study by an environmental group. [There is more WMD in these Bovine terrorists than in all of Iraq!]
Bush environmental terrorism: Bush Administration Blocks Information on Oil, Gas Drilling on Public Lands (BushGreenwatch.org) "A request for information on how much oil and gas private corporations are extracting from taxpayers' public lands has been stymied by the Bush Administration's refusal to comply with the spirit of the federal Freedom of Information Act. The request for public information was filed by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) last March."
Wisconsinites Can Still Sue HMOs --A U.S. Supreme Court decision that protects health maintenance organizations in some states from liability doesn't affect HMO users in Wisconsin.
Carlyle Group Embraces Telecom --Deal for Japanese Wireless Firm Follows Other Investments --The Carlyle Group said yesterday it would buy one of Japan's largest wireless data providers, the latest in a flurry of activity by the Washington private equity [and Bush-bin Laden family 'connected'] company's telecommunications and media buyout group.
US opens Enron case to extradite British bankers --Three British former NatWest bankers accused of conspiring with senior Enron fraudsters to embezzle almost $20m (£11m) will today begin their battle against extradition to the United States.
Rights leader scolds Bush on use of felon purge lists --Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, on Miami radio, accused Gov. Jeb Bush of trying to prevent blacks from voting by keeping felons off the rolls. Hearkening back to the 1960s, when Southern states used poll taxes and intimidation to shut blacks out of elections, the Rev. Jesse Jackson on Monday accused Florida Gov. Jeb Bush of engaging in ''disenfranchisement schemes'' by asking counties to purge felons from voter rolls.
Judge Approves Wal-Mart Class-Action Case --A federal judge on Tuesday approved class-action status for a sex-discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. that has become the largest private civil rights case in U.S. history.
Clinton Kicks Off Memoir Launch as Fans Camp Out --Bill Clinton kicked off a month-long book tour with an autograph session on Tuesday and was greeted by cheers befitting a rock star from fans who slept overnight on sidewalks to meet the former president.
Audience Gasps As Judge Likens Election of Bush to Rise of Il Duce 2nd Circuit's Calabresi Also Compares Bush's Rise to That of Hitler --A prominent federal judge has told a conference of liberal lawyers that Dictator Bush’s rise to power was similar to the accession of dictators such as Mussolini and Hitler. "In a way that occurred before but is rare in the United States… somebody came to power as a result of the illegitimate acts of a legitimate institution that had the right to put somebody in power. That is what the Supreme Court did in Bush versus Gore. It put somebody in power," said Guido Calabresi, a judge on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, which sits in Manhattan. "The reason I emphasize that is because that is exactly what happened when Mussolini was put in by the king of Italy," Judge Calabresi continued, as the allusion drew audible gasps from some in the luncheon crowd Saturday at the annual convention of the American Constitution Society. [a must read]
Book alleges Al Qaeda will attack US to ensure Bush win New books also highlight intelligence, Bush regime failures in war on terror. The Guardian reports, a senior US intelligence official is "about to publish a bitter condemnation of America's counter-terrorism policy, arguing that the West is losing the war against Al Qaeda and that an 'avaricious, premeditated, unprovoked' war in Iraq has played into Osama bin Laden's hands." This senior intelligence official, who writes as 'Anonymous,' also says that Osama bin Laden may attack the US before the November election to ensure the re-[sic-s]election of President [sic] George Bush."
Poll Shows Bush Losing Ground on Anti[pro]-terror Policy Amid rising disenchantment with the war in Iraq, Dictator Bush has lost significant ground on the issue on which he's staked his pResidency: fighting [fomenting] terrorism.
Lawyer Wants Bush on Witness Stand Over Iraq Abuse Dictator Bush and Secretary of Defense [W-ar criminal] Donald Rumsfeld should take the witness stand at the trial of a U.S. soldier charged with abusing prisoners in Iraq, the soldier's lawyer said on Monday.
U.S. Said to Overstate Value of Guantánamo Detainees For nearly two and a half years, American officials have maintained that locked within the steel-mesh cells of the military prison here are some of the world's most dangerous terrorists -- ''the worst of a very bad lot,'' Vice pResident Dick Cheney has called them. But as the Supreme Court prepares to rule on the legal status of the 595 men imprisoned here, an examination by The New York Times has found that government and military officials have repeatedly exaggerated both the danger the detainees posed and the intelligence they have provided.
Top U.S. Commanders to be Questioned Over Abu Ghraib Scandal Defense lawyers for soldiers on trial in the Iraqi prisoner abuse case won permission Monday to question two top U.S. generals, and the military judge ordered that the Abu Ghraib prison not be torn down because it is a crime scene.
Defense Lawyers in Abuse Trial Allowed to Question Generals Lawyers for two defendants in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal won the right Monday to question top U.S. generals to bolster arguments their clients were following lawful orders in their treatment of inmates. The order, issued by a military judge at pretrial hearings, compels Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. John Abizaid, chief of the U.S. Central Command, to give depositions.
Bush Adviser Toured Abu Ghraib Visit Was Seen as Sign White House Wanted Better Intelligence --A deputy national security adviser to Dictator Bush toured Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison last November to review procedures for intelligence sharing among officials there and elsewhere in Iraq, prompting a senior prison official to conclude the White House wanted more and better information from interrogations, according to government officials and the official's sworn testimony.
Pentagon to release Rumsfeld 'torture' memos The Pentagon has declassified and will release as soon as Tuesday memos signed by Defense Secretary [W-ar criminal] Donald Rumsfeld that critics argue authorized torture of detainees at the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Iraqis see U.S. sham as abuse trials open 'People who gave orders will never be punished' --Court-martial proceedings against Maryland-based U.S. soldiers accused of abusing Iraqi prisoners are to begin here today, but among many Iraqis the verdict on the legal process is already in: It's a sham. [...just like the Bush dictatorship itself]
Eyeballs In Pockets UK troops accused of mutilating Iraqi bodies Death certificates by Iraqi doctor claim evidence of torture --Military police are investigating claims that British soldiers mutilated the bodies of Iraqi insurgents after a firefight last month near the southern Iraqi town of Majar al Kabir. The Guardian has seen 28 death certificates, which were completed by doctors at Majar al Kabir hospital on May 14 and 15. Haider al Lami, 21, a casual labourer, had "several bullet injuries to the body, with mutilation of genitalia". His penis had been "severed". Another, Ali al Jemindari, 37, had "several bullet injuries in head, face and the body, with slash marks on the neck. The right arm has been severed at the shoulder. There is a large opening in the right cheek and the removal by gouging of the right eye." The brother of Mr Al Jemindari claims that the eyeball was subsequently found in the dead man's pocket.
Terror Cell Leader Trained in Saudi Arabia The man most likely to take over leadership of al-Qaida in Saudi Arabia reportedly trained with the Saudi military and worked as a prison guard before joining Muslim militants in Afghanistan.
Four U.S. Marines killed in Iraq Four U.S. Marines were killed Monday in Ramadi, west of Baghdad, a military official for the American-led [illegal] occupation said.
Senators press France, Germany, others for more Iraq help France and Germany came under strong criticism Sunday by senators who say more international help, including the support of NATO, will be needed to provide 'security' in Iraq after the transfer of political control at month's end.
Iran Confiscates U.K. Military Vessels Iran said Monday it had confiscated three British naval vessels and arrested eight armed crew members. The Royal Navy acknowledged it had lost contact with three small patrol boats on a routine [spying?] mission in the waterway between Iraq and Iran.
GOP Eyes Defense Bill to Raise Debt Limit House Republicans may use the $417 billion defense bill for something other than financing the military -- raising the government's borrowing limit later this year.
Lawmakers Back Media Ban on War Dead at Air Base The U.S. Senate on Monday backed the Bush dictatorship's ban on media coverage of the flag-draped caskets of dead soldiers being received at Dover Air Base, despite complaints that the policy was an attempt to mask the rising death toll in Iraq.
Iowa man claims Army recruiter tricked him into joining military A recent high school graduate is accusing an Army recruiter of tricking him into enlisting once he changed his mind about joining the military.
770 Specialists Discharged for Being Gay Even with concerns growing about military troop strength, 770 people were discharged for homosexuality last year under the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, a new study shows.
Dry-Drunk President [sic] Losing His Grip? --by Bill Gallagher "The lies, delusions and deceptions of George W. Bush have reached a point where the 'dry drunk' madness and the 'stinking thinking' in his frighteningly flawed mind are what drives all his remarks on the bogus al-Qaida-Iraq connection and the president[sic]'s rigid, judgmental world view. In the best of times, George W. can be impatient, self-important and prone to irrational, contorted rationalization. Now that his crazy, unnecessary war in Iraq and grandiose plans to change the Middle East with more violence have clearly failed and he fears that he might get bounced from the White House like his daddy, our president[sic]'s mental pathology is gaining more control over his behavior."
Fahrenheit 911: On the virtues of not "moving on" --by Carol Schiffler "Michael Moore would like to know, for example, about the business relationships between the Bushes and the bin Ladens. He would like to know why the Taliban was entertained in Crawford Texas prior to 9/11. He would like to know why the pResident of the United States just sat there in a room full of human shields… I mean school children… reading a book when the Twin Towers were in flames."
Court: If police ask, you must give your name The whore court rules 5 to 4 that police can arrest people who won't reveal their identity. US citizens do not enjoy a constitutional right to refuse to reveal their identity when requested by police. The US Supreme Court Monday upheld a Nevada law that makes it a criminal offense for anyone suspected of wrongdoing to refuse to identify himself to police. [We suggest that our readers respond, "My name is Ned Ludd."]
Whore Court Limits Patient Suits Vs HMOs The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that patients cannot sue their health maintenance organizations under state law for refusing to pay for doctor-recommended care, a decision that could affect millions of patients. [This decision *alone* should be grounds for the second American Revolution.]
Whore Court Sides With H.M.O.'s on Patient Suits The Supreme Court ruled unanimously today, in a significant victory for the health-care industry, that health maintenance organizations enjoy broad protections from medical malpractice suits brought by patients.
Judge: Federal Sentencing Unconstitutional In a scathing criticism of the system used to punish federal crimes, a judge on Monday called the government's sentencing guidelines unconstitutional, saying they unfairly limit the authority of judges.
Nominated Utah Lawyer Has No Utah License Dictator Bush's choice for a judgeship recently regained his license to practice law in Washington, D.C., but lacks a law license in Utah, where he provides legal counsel to Brigham Young University.
Cantwell calls for release of more Enron e-mails Continuing her crusade against federal energy regulators and Enron Corp., Sen. Maria Cantwell Monday called for the release of more e-mails written by Enron employees. Cantwell, a Washington state Democrat, said the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has "hidden" important Enron e-mails from the public by placing them under protective seal and has opposed the release of additional e-mails that may contain valuable evidence.
Carlyle goes to the movies District-based [and Bush-bin Laden family 'connected'] investment firm The Carlyle Group is one of three investors that have agreed to buy Loews Cineplex Entertainment from Onex Corp. and Oaktree Capital Management for $1.46 billion. [Gee, I wonder if they would show Michael Moore's 'Fahrenheit 911' at the new Carlyle-owned theaters?]
Nobel Winners Back Kerry, Say Bush Ignores Science Democrat John Kerry picked up the endorsement on Monday of 48 Nobel Prize-winning scientists who attacked Dictator Bush for "compromising our future" by shortchanging scientific research.
Kerry: Bush Puts Ideology Before Science Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry on Monday criticized Dictator Bush for relying on ideology rather than fact in the pursuit of science and repeated his pledge to overturn the ban on federal funding of research on new stem cell lines.
Another ugly, disgusting Bush regime rat added to 'The Weasel Watch Tracks Bush Staff Exodus': Conn. Gov. Rowland's Resignation Raises Questions Committee Debating Impeachment Goes Into Emergency Session --Connecticut [Reichwing, corrupt, Enron-laden Bush buddy] Gov. John G. Rowland is giving up his fight to stay in office, his attorney saying that he'll announce his resignation Monday night. Rowland, a Republican, has been the target of a corruption investigation into charges that he accepted gifts from contractors and state employees... Legislative committee member Rep. John Wayne Fox said even if Rowland resigns, his troubles may not necessarily be over. Federal investigators have also been examining the case.
Amid Federal Probe, Impeachment Proceedings, Conn. Gov. John Rowland Announces Resignation Gov. John G. Rowland, a third-term Republican, announced his resignation Monday amid a months-long cascade of graft allegations, a federal investigation and a rapidly gathering drive to impeach him for accepting gifts from friends and businessmen.
First U.S. human mad cow patient dies The first and only person in the United States to develop the human form of mad cow disease has died in Florida.
You'll pay, US lawyer tells SA government Six apartheid victims, including the mother of a teenager shot dead in the 1976 Soweto riots, are seeking $20-billion dollars (about R140-billion) in a lawsuit targeting the South African government and major corporations, their lawyer said on Monday. The suit was filed in New York District Court on Saturday, demanding at least $10-billion for "genocide, expropriation and other wrongful acts" by international companies under apartheid, American lawyer Ed Fagan told a news conference.
Court Rejects Lance Armstrong Challenge on Book A Paris court on Monday threw out [Bush pal] Lance Armstrong's request that a book detailing suggestions of doping include a denial by the five-times Tour de France champion, and fined him.
NEWSWEEK: Some 9/11 Commission Staffers 'Flat Out Didn't Believe' Cheney Called Bush to Get His Sign Off On Shoot-Down Order of U.S. Airliners White House Lobbied Commission to Change Language in Report; One Staffer Says The Report Was 'Watered Down' --Hamilton Says Bin Laden's Ties 'To Iran and Pakistan Were Certainly Stronger Than Any Tie He Had To Iraq' (PRNewswire Press Release) "The question of whether Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney followed proper procedures in ordering the shoot-down of U.S. airliners on September 11 is one of many new issues raised in the remarkably detailed, chilling account laid out in dramatic presentations last week by the 9-11 commission. Newsweek has learned that some on the commission staff were, in fact, highly skeptical of the vice president[sic]'s account and made their views clearer in an earlier draft of their staff report, Washington Bureau Chief Daniel Klaidman and Senior Editor Michael Hirsh report in the June 28 issue of Newsweek..."
Cheney in firing line over Nigerian bribery claims A British lawyer is emerging as a key witness in a $180 million bribery investigation that could lead to the indictment of US vice pResident Dick Cheney.
Was Bush buddy (and Reichwing terrorist) José María Aznar aware or involved? Bomb squad link in Spanish blasts The man accused of supplying the dynamite used in the al-Qaeda train bombings in Madrid was in possession of the private telephone number of the head of Spain’s Civil Guard bomb squad, it emerged yesterday. Emilio Suárez Trashorras, who is alleged to have supplied 200kg of dynamite used in the bombs, had obtained the number of Juan Jesús Sánchez Manzano, the head of Tedax. The revelation has raised fresh concerns in Madrid about links between those held responsible for the March bombings, which killed 190 people, and Spain’s security services, and shortcomings in the police investigation. Señor Suárez Trashorras and two other men implicated in the bombings have already been identified as police informers.
New Abuse Charges Classified sections of the military's prisoner abuse report detail sexual assaults on women detainees --Unreleased, classified parts of the report on prison abuse from Major General Anthony Taguba, which were read to TIME, contain indications of mistreatment of female prisoners... A class action filed in California on behalf of former detainees raises the specter of brutal physical abuse. One plaintiff, identified only as Neisef, claims that after he was taken from his home on the outskirts of Baghdad last November and sent to Abu Ghraib, Americans made him disrobe and attached electrical wires to his genitals. He claims he was shocked three times. Although a vein in his penis ruptured and he had blood in his urine, he says, he was refused medical attention."
'US running secret prisons' The United States is holding suspects in the war on terrorism in more than two dozen detention centres around the world, at least half of which operate in total secrecy, a human rights group charged on Thursday.
Rights groups raise concerns over secret US-run prisons in Afghanistan Human rights groups, already alarmed by stories of prisoner abuse in American-run facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan, have now raised concerns about the number of secret jails, particularly in Afghanistan.
National Lawyers Guild Calls for Prosecution Of President [sic] Bush for Role in Torture (National Lawyers Guild) 18 June 2004 2003 State of the Union Address Contained Implicit Admission "The National Lawyers Guild calls for the prosecution of President [sic] George W. Bush with a 'command responsibility' theory of liability under the War Crimes Act. Bush can be prosecuted under the War Crimes Act or the Torture Statute, if he knew or should have known about the U.S. military's use of torture and failed to stop or prevent it. A comment in the President[sic]'s January 2003 State of the Union Address contained an implicit admission by Bush that he had sanctioned the summary execution of many when he said: 'All told, more than 3,000 suspected terrorists have been arrested in many countries, and many others have met a different fate.' 'Let's put it this way,' he continued, 'they are no longer a problem for the United States and our friends and allies.'"
Iraqi chief considers a state of emergency Facing violent resistance even before assuming power, Iraq's newly appointed US puppet dictatorship ['government'] is considering imposing a state of emergency that could bring nighttime curfews and a ban on public demonstrations, Iraqi officials said Sunday.
Allawi plans to revamp Iraq security forces Iraq's interim US puppet dictator has announced a restructuring of the country's security forces, saying all Iraqi troops would be brought under a central command. Iyad Allawi said his ministers are also discussing the imposition of emergency law in parts of Iraq, to help police and paramilitaries bring order.
Iraq's Allawi Welcomes U.S. Strike That Killed 22 Iraq's interim US puppet dictator on Sunday defended a U.S. air strike that killed 22 people in Falluja, but Iraqi officers in the town said the dead included women and children rather than foreign Muslim militants.
Bush himself is to blame for chaos in Iraq, Edwards says US Senator and possible Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards blasted the Bush regime on Friday for the chaotic aftermath of the Iraq war and said US Dictator George W. Bush, not his underlings, is to blame.
Bomb Near Baghdad Kills 2 Iraqi Soldiers Attackers laying in wait for Iraqi troops detonated a roadside bomb on the dangerous road leading to Baghdad's airport Sunday, killing two Iraqi soldiers and wounding 11.
Siemens evacuates Iraq staff Siemens AG has ordered 20 German employees out of Iraq because of concerns about their safety, a German newspaper said on Saturday.
HalliburtonWatch: Pentagon Broke Contract Laws To Help Halliburton (Progressive Newswire) June 15 - "The GAO told Congressional investigators today that Pentagon officials 'overstepped the latitude provided by competition laws' before the war by awarding oil-related work to Halliburton under a pre-existing global logistics contract (LOGCAP). Testimony before the House Committee on Government Reform hearing confirmed today that Bush administration political appointees overruled career contracting officials in the Pentagon by giving Halliburton the oil-related task order months before the invasion of Iraq. The hearing came two days after Pentagon officials admitted that Pentagon political appointees notified Vice President [sic] Cheney's chief of staff of the decision to award Halliburton a no-bid contract to repair Iraq's oil infrastructure."
With great Diligence, in Iraq --by Zvi Bar'el "Big money is being made in Iraq by American and British security firms, some of them headed by former senior officials, among them George Bush senior. Among those who sign up as security personnel are drug and arms dealers, as well as former servants of dark regimes of the past... Carlyle is an interesting, almost covert entity... According to media reports, Carlyle operates as a shadow government. For example, [2000 coup d'etat architect] James Baker is working to have Iraq's debts to various countries forgiven, Bush senior is 'in charge' of relations with Saudi Arabia, and others, who are designated not 'directors' but rather 'team members' liaise between the U.S. defense industry and the administration. Carlyle is also involved in Iraq."
US jailers likely to guard Saddam, under Iraqi legal custody The United States and Iraq are close to a deal to transfer ousted president Saddam Hussein into Iraqi legal custody although he will remain under the lock and key of US wardens, an occupation source told AFP.
Bush bullies Latham --by Pip Hinman "It's no surprise that the US government is leaning heavily on the ALP federal leader Mark Latham to back down on his promise to withdraw Australian troops from Iraq 'by Christmas'. While the withdrawal of Australia's few hundred troops there would not have much military impact, it would be a significant political blow to Washington's claims that its occupation is backed by the 'international community'."
Seven dead in Taliban attack on Afghan government office The gunfight in southern Afghanistan occurred late Friday when 60 Taliban attacked a government office in Mizan, a town in Zabul province some 230 miles southwest of the capital, Zabul Deputy Police Chief Ghulam Jailiani said.
Report: Saudi Police Assisted Abduction Al-Qaida militants disguised in police uniforms and cars provided by sympathizers in the Saudi security forces set up a fake checkpoint to snare the American engineer they later beheaded, according to an account of the operation posted on an Islamic extremist Web site Sunday.
An involuntary army (The Boston Globe) "The draft is back, and this time it is more unfair than ever. The Pentagon's lingo for it is a 'stop-loss order,' but it is a form of conscription that requires soldiers to serve longer than the tours of duty to which they have committed. The Pentagon is stooping to this tactic as the only way to fill its units being deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan... The new draft, which is a result of bad judgments by Secretary of Defense [W-ar criminal] Donald Rumsfeld, piles additional hazardous duty on the shoulders of men and women who have already fulfilled the terms they signed up for."
Army Shoots At MPs The Israeli army has been accused of shooting at a group of British politicians. The cross-party group was visiting the site where British peace campaigner Tom Hurndall was killed when they say they came under fire.
9/11 Commission White House Caught in Web of Deceptions (Center for American Progress) "Confronted with the 9/11 Commission's report this week, which stated there was no collaborative relationship between al Qaeda and Saddam, the White House refuses to admit to misleading the public."
9/11 Panel's Findings Vault Bush Credibility To Campaign Forefront The White House's swift and sustained reaction last week to the preliminary findings of the Sept. 11, 2001, commission showed the potential threat the 10-member panel poses to Dictator Bush's reselection prospects.
No contest: Iraq-gate trumps Monica-gate --by Clarence Page "Former President Bill Clinton is back in the national spotlight to promote his autobiography, just in time to remind us of how trivial his sexual shenanigans with Monica Lewinsky were compared with the Bush administration's spin job concerning its war in Iraq. After all, no one died in Monica-gate. No one was tortured. Our international allies were shocked or amused, but not alienated. The Bush White House, by contrast, is in full spin mode to downplay a bracing conclusion of the bipartisan Sept. 11 commission that it found 'no credible evidence' that Iraq and Saddam Hussein were involved in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the United States."
Protests take place ahead of Bush visit Protests have been taking place across the country ahead of next weekend's visit of Dictator Bush to Ireland.
U.S. Accused of Seeking to Isolate U.N. Population Unit The Bush dictatorship, which cut off its share of financing two years ago to the United Nations agency handling population control, is seeking to isolate the agency from groups that work with it in China and elsewhere, United Nations officials and diplomats say.
Double dealing in war on drugs Gordon Brewer the Strength of the Wolf --Douglas Valentine Verso, £20 --"The main theme of Douglas Valentine’s book is summed up in its subtitle: the secret history of America’s war on drugs... The problem is simply stated. Every time America’s drug enforcement agencies stumbled on the ‘Mr Bigs’ of the drugs trade they would find that America’s intelligence agencies were there first - and either the trade itself or the individuals involved in it were under CIA protection. So the war against narcotics was lost before it began... In Vietnam we are introduced to that extraordinary cast of CIA-backed airlines, opium-producing hill tribes and South Vietnamese generals dealing heroin to Corsican gangsters."
City to archive spy files as deterrent, reminder Denver officials will archive the spy files compiled by police about citizen activists instead of destroying them. Mayor John Hickenlooper and other city leaders said Thursday that preserving the documents at the Denver Public Library will help ensure that such monitoring of citizens does not occur again.
Transportation Board Member Leaves Post With a Warning The longest-serving member of the National Transportation Safety Board is leaving office with a warning that the board is losing its technical expertise, and that lack of aircraft maintenance is a threat to aviation safety.
Bush's 'Official' travel covered by taxpayers Dictator Bush is using Air Force One for re-s-election travel more heavily than any predecessor, wringing maximum political mileage from a perk of office paid for by taxpayers. While Democratic rival John Kerry digs into his campaign bank account to charter a plane to roam the country, Bush often travels at no cost to his campaign simply by declaring a trip "official" travel rather than "political."
One million black votes didn't count in the 2000 presidential election It's not too hard to get your vote lost -- if some politicians want it to be lost --by Greg Palast "In the 2000 presidential election, 1.9 million Americans cast ballots that no one counted. 'Spoiled votes' is the technical term. The pile of ballots left to rot has a distinctly dark hue: About 1 million of them -- half of the rejected ballots -- were cast by African Americans although black voters make up only 12 percent of the electorate. This year, it could get worse."
Florida hires voter-law defense Taxpayers will pay for attorneys in fight to keep felon list private --The state has agreed to spend at least $125,000 on private attorneys to fight for a law that restricts the release of voter records, even though Attorney General Charlie Crist has said the statute is probably not worth defending. Records show that Secretary of State Glenda Hood's office will pay $425 per hour to Miami attorney Joe Klock Jr., plus $300 per hour for six more lawyers for the first round of what may be a protracted court fight.
2 YEARS after CLG, the mainstream media FINALLY reports 'The Obscure Goat Story of 9/11.'
On 9/11, a Telling Seven-Minute Silence (June 19, 2004) Interpreting the Dictator's Image in Crisis --You're at a photo op, reading a book with schoolchildren and an aide suddenly whispers that a second plane has hit the World Trade Center. "America is under attack." ...From two different angles, Americans have new glimpses of that historic moment. One comes from rabble-rousing Michael Moore, whose Bush-eviscerating film "Fahrenheit 9/11" premieres next week, and includes an uninterrupted seven-minute segment showing Bush's reaction after hearing the news of the attack. He doesn't move. Instead he continues to sit in the classroom, listening to children read aloud. Moore lets the tape roll as the minutes pass painfully by.
Stand and Demand (a Thorough Investigation of 9-11!!!) -- by Michael Rectenwald (May 16, 2002) "Why did Bush stay on vacation for three more weeks last August after hearing of the possible hijacks of U.S. planes by Osama bin Laden? Why was the Phoenix memo, which noticed the requests for flying lessons by Middle Eastern men (who weren't interested in knowing how to take off or land) not connected with the hijacking threats received by Bush? Why did Bush not stop reading to children in Florida ('The obscure goat story of 9-11') after he received news of one Twin Tower’s demise? How did three more airplanes get hijacked and crash into two more major U.S. monuments, after Bush was told of the first crash into the World Trade Center? In short, what was this administration doing, or not doing, to prevent the siege of America known as S-11, from which the same administration has picked-up such enormous political capital, and warded off the kinds of criticism it was getting just before?"
Clinton: I told Bush of bin Laden and he changed the subject Bill Clinton claims that he warned Dictator George Bush before he took office that the biggest threat to national security was Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda, in a sensational passage from his memoirs revealed for the first time yesterday. In the passage on his al-Qaeda warning, when Mr Bush was president-[s]elect, Mr Clinton claims Mr Bush said little in response, and then switched subjects.
Reichwing, Clinton-hating terrorists distracted president from bin Laden focus In a Sprawling Memoir, Clinton Cites Storms and Settles Scores Former President Bill Clinton, in a 957-page autobiography that is by turns painfully candid about his personal flaws and gleefully vindictive about what he calls the hypocrisy of his enemies, blamed his affair with Monica Lewinsky on the "old demons" that have haunted him all his life... Clinton said he spent the several days immediately after his confession (about the Lewinsky affair) alternately begging for forgiveness and plotting a retaliatory strike against Mr. bin Laden and Al Qaeda for the August 1998 bombings of United States embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. Aides warned him that such a strike might be seen as an effort to change the subject from his personal and legal woes.
Leaders of 9/11 Panel Ask Cheney for Reports The leaders of the Sept. 11 commission called on Vice pResident Dick Cheney on Friday to turn over any intelligence reports that would support the White House's insistence that there was a close relationship between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda.
Rice and Tenet to Be Quizzed Again on 9/11 The commission is racing to complete its investigative work, and struggling to reach a consensus on policy recommendations, before a July deadline. With weeks of high-drama public hearings behind it, the commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks plans a final round of private questioning for CIA Director George J. Tenet and national security advisor Condoleezza Rice before preparing its final report on the attacks, due next month, commission members said Friday.
Bush told he is playing into Bin Laden's hands Al-Bush-duh may 'reward' American dictator with strike aimed at keeping him in office, senior intelligence man says --A senior US intelligence official is about to publish a bitter condemnation of America's counter-terrorism policy, arguing that the west is losing the war against al-Bush-duh and that an "avaricious, premeditated, unprovoked" war in Iraq has played into Osama bin Laden's hands. Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror, due out next month, dismisses two of the most frequent boasts of the Bush dictatorship: that Bin Laden and al-Bush-duh are "on the run" and that the Iraq invasion has made America safer.
Bush Touts Qaeda-Saddam Ties by E-Mail, on Stump Dictator Bush is pressing ahead with charges of Iraqi ties to al Qaeda in campaign speeches and e-mails to key constituents, despite a government commission's finding of no collaboration.
Show Us the Proof (The New York Times) "When the commission studying the 9/11 terrorist attacks refuted the Bush administration's claims of a connection between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden, we suggested that President [sic] Bush apologize for using these claims to help win Americans' support for the invasion of Iraq. We did not really expect that to happen. But we were surprised by the depth and ferocity of the administration's capacity for denial. President [sic] Bush and Vice President sic] Dick Cheney have not only brushed aside the panel's findings and questioned its expertise, but they are also trying to rewrite history. Mr. Bush said the 9/11 panel had actually confirmed his contention that there were 'ties' between Iraq and Al Qaeda. He said his administration had never connected Saddam Hussein to 9/11. Both statements are wrong."
White House Counsel Testifies in CIA Leak Probe The Bush dictatorship confirmed on Saturday that White House counsel Alberto Gonzales testified in the grand jury investigation into who disclosed the identity of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame.
White House accused of intimidating media, lawyers A leading American lawyer accused the White House on Friday of intimidating reporters, attorneys and judges who question the Bush regime's "relentless pursuit of power."
US Lacks Votes for Immunity from War Crimes Court Secretary-General Kofi Annan and key U.N. Security Council members intensified their opposition to a U.S. draft resolution that would renew the exemption of American soldiers from international prosecution. Consequently, the Bush regime on Friday still lacked the required nine votes to renew the measure that would give U.S. troops immunity from the new International Criminal Court.
Bush Backs Rumsfeld in [Illegal] Hiding of Iraq Prisoner Dictator Bush voiced support for Defense Secretary [W-ar criminal] Donald Rumsfeld on Thursday after the Pentagon said Rumsfeld ordered the detention of a 'terrorist' suspect in Iraq who was held for more than seven months without notifying the Red Cross.
The West May Go On Trial with Hussein The governments of France, Germany and Britain sold chemical agents to Hussein's government. U.S. companies also chipped in. France sold Iraq Mirage fighter jets and the Soviets Mig-29s that were used to deliver the chemical weapons. The U.S. government added key intelligence information to make sure Hussein's planes were not shot down. "Some day," Wiyan Abdurrachman of the Kurdish demining organisation Aras says, "those who supplied him will also have to stand trial."
Documents Are Said to Show Earlier Abuse at Iraq Prison American military officials in Baghdad said this week that military lawyers and some colonels had received internal documents that reportedly cited complaints of abuse at Abu Ghraib prison starting in November, about two months before top military officials say they were alerted to the abuse.
Doubt Cast Over Afghan Abuse Defense Claim 2 Days after a former CIA contractor was charged in the death of an Afghan in U.S. custody, an regional official Saturday cast doubt on a defense lawyer's claim that the prisoner died of a heart attack.
CIA Contractor Charged In Detainee's Death Was Hartford Cop Ex-Hartford Cop Faces Assault Charges --A former Army ranger hired by the CIA to conduct interrogations was charged Thursday with assaulting an Afghan detainee who died after two days of beatings, the first time civilian charges have been brought in the investigation of prisoner abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan. Police spokeswoman Nancy Mulroy said David A. Passaro was relieved of his duty after being arrested by state police during his probationary period on the force. Passaro was reportedly fired after being charged with assault, and later pleaded guilty to breach of peace. He was also a firefighter in Stafford.
Accused CIA Contractor has History of Violence A CIA contractor, charged with fatally assaulting an Afghan prisoner, was fired from a police force after an assault 14 years ago and a history of run-ins with wives and neighbours, authorities and acquaintances said today. David Passaro, 38, has been accused of assault and assault with a dangerous weapon – a torch – following the death of Abdul Wali last June. [How much of our tax dollars was the Bush terror team paying this violent whackjob?]
Unaccountable abusers (The Boston Globe) "The involvement of at least two civilian contractors in the alleged abuse of Iraqi prisoners -- as well as charges filed this week against a contractor in Afghanistan -- has focused attention on the lack of legal accountability for such workers... The urgency of establishing a clear legal framework for contractors is especially great when they are used for duties like interrogation."
22 Iraqis killed in US air raid on Fallujah Twenty-two Iraqis have been killed and 20 injured in a US raid on a house in Fallujah Saturday, according to medical sources and witnesses. Local residents say at least 22 civilians were killed in the raid, when a US warplane fired missiles into a residential area, destroying at least two houses.
U.S. Troops Battle Insurgents For 4th Day 6 Iraqis, 1 U.S. Soldier Killed --U.S. troops are spending a fourth day in clashes with insurgents northeast of Baghdad while violence continues in the capital and elsewhere. Witnesses and the U.S. military say the northeast fighting has killed at least six Iraqis and one American soldier.
Wow! Looks like more work for Halliburton! Blow 'em up, rebuild 'em! All under the aegis of a no-bid contract!! Predatory capitalism at its worst... Major Oil Pipeline in Iraq to Be Restored Oil could be flowing as early as Sunday through one of two major pipelines that were sabotaged a few miles from this southern Iraqi city earlier this week.
3,000 more UK troops for Iraq A Nato force including up to 3,000 British troops will be deployed to Iraq to support the vulnerable new government as it takes over the running of the country, under a plan being drawn up in London and Washington.
Bush behaving like Saddam, says Madonna Madonna today compared US Dictator George Bush to deposed Iraqi president Saddam Hussein. The 45-year-old pop star said the two men were "alike" because they both behaved "in an irresponsible manner".
Syria Threatening America with Economic Sanctions Syrian parliamentary officials told el-Hayat that the 130 members of the Parliament are backing a bill to impose commercial sanctions on US economic interests in Syria in response to sanctions imposed on Damascus by the White House.
Flight of foreigners a serious threat to Saudi Arabia Expert estimates 40% had departed before beheading Fear and an exodus of Westerners are likely to be the immediate result of the gruesome execution of an American working in Saudi Arabia...
Reich Resigns as Bush Regime Latin America Adviser Otto Reich, the Bush dictatorship's special adviser on Latin America, resigned, White House National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice said in a written statement.
Canada won't extend stay in Afghanistan Canada has turned down a request from the U.S. State Department to delay withdrawing its 2,000 troops from Afghanistan this summer. Americans, worried about potential violence during Afghan elections this fall, wanted Canadians to act as a rapid reaction force and stay past their scheduled departure this summer.
British MPs 'fired at' in Gaza A group of British politicians were shot at by Israeli soldiers during a UN-supervised fact-finding mission, they have claimed. The cross-party group, including MPs Huw Irranca-Davies and Crispin Blunt, was on a visit to Rafah in Gaza, where UK student Tom Hurndall was killed.
Leftists and Arabs Protest Counter-Terrorism Security Barrier Left-wing Israeli activists and PA residents protested the continued construction of the counter-terrorism security barrier near the Arab village of Sakaka, in proximity to Ariel in the Shomron.
US firm spread hostage video Video images of a US engineer taken hostage in Saudi Arabia, possibly by the al-Bush-duh network, could have been put on the internet via a US firm based in California, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Thursday.
PM pushes election on terror [Reichwing whackjob and Bush cohort] John Howard has accused Mark Latham of increasing the risk of a terrorist attack by promoting a foreign affairs policy of isolation and retreat.
House Allows $10 Billion Accenture Security Deal The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday rejected an attempt to block a $10 billion homeland security contract for consulting firm Accenture. Democrats wanted the contract stopped because Accenture has a base outside the United States. They say Accenture uses its Bermuda base to pay less U.S. taxes, giving the company an unfair advantage over U.S.-based companies competing for the contract.
Marshmallow Bust Haunts Woman on Cruise Woman Taken From Cruise in Shackles, Accused of Welching on Year-Old Marshmallow Bust Fine --A teacher's aide who forgot to put away her marshmallows and hot chocolate at Yellowstone National Park last year was taken from her cruise ship cabin in handcuffs and hauled before a judge Friday, accused of failing to pay the year-old fine.
FCC Nudges Up Broadcast Indecency Fines The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said Friday it would raise the maximum fine for airing indecent material on broadcast television and radio 18 percent to $32,500 per incident to adjust for inflation.
Indictments of Enron's Lay Expected Soon U.S. prosecutors are expected to ask a federal grand jury to indict former Enron Corp. chairman Ken Lay within two weeks on charges related to the company's 2001 collapse, The Houston Chronicle reported on Saturday.
US current account deficit $1.5bn a day The US current account deficit widened to $144.9bn (£80bn) in the first quarter - a record in dollar terms, and a sharp rise from the $127bn deficit in the fourth quarter of 2003.
Bush campaign setting daily dollar record Dictator Bush has stopped holding fund-raisers for himself but his campaign fortune continues to grow, hitting at least $218 million with more than two months of donations still to come.
Mega barf alert! Polling places may combine to become super-sized precincts In a potential first step toward the Wal-Martization of voting, county elections chiefs this week said it might be a good idea to start combining small precincts into "super polling places."
Lawyers: We're set to aid voters The group of lawyers plans to be at the ready to assist voters if any problems crop up in the coming 'elections.' A group of lawyers plans to fan out across the state for Florida's upcoming 'elections,' intent on helping any citizens who have problems at the polls. "We want to make sure we do not have a repeat of the fiasco in 2000," said Alma Gonzalez, special counsel for the Tallahassee office of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. [Yes. A second Bush-Rove coup d'etat may usher in the second American Revolution.]
Violent rallies were feared A Joint Terrorism Task Force warned law enforcement officials in Fort Lauderdale and three other cities about threats of violent rallies and demonstrations by environmental and hate groups [?!?] over the past two weekends, an FBI agent said Friday.
Vermont nuke plant shuts down after fire The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant was shut down Friday after a transformer caught fire in a non-nuclear part of the plant, officials said.
White House Lawyer Questioned in CIA Leak The White House's top lawyer was questioned by a federal grand jury Friday in the criminal investigation of who in the Bush dictatorship leaked the name of a covert CIA operative last year.
Iraq weighs draconian measures to stamp out violence Government mulls Saddam-era 'exceptional' laws Interior minister warns of possible martial law after 41 die in twin attacks --Iraq's caretaker government Friday weighed imposing 'emergency powers' to conquer a wave of violence and sabotage that has killed over 180 people this month and halted oil exports for at least five days. Justice Minister Malik Dohan al-Hassan said the [US puppet dictatorship] government may resort to "exceptional" laws imposed by Saddam Hussein after it takes power June 30.
Martial law threatened for Iraq [Iraq's new incoming U.S. puppet dictatorship is considering imposing martial law so that Halliburton's W-ar profiteering and acts of terrorism can proceed, unfettered by any resistance.]
Latest horror could destroy President [sic] of divided nation --by Andrew Gumbel "Is this the horror that will finally undo George Bush's presidency [sic]? First Nicholas Berg, now Paul Johnson: in two months and in two different countries, two US civilians have been kidnapped and beheaded by their al-Qa'ida-affiliated captors, becoming not only pawns in a deadly geopolitical game but also symbols of the complicated feelings of revulsion unleashed by the Bush administration's 'war on [of] terror'."
US hostage beheaded by al-Qa'ida captors The American engineer taken hostage by al-Qa'ida militants in Saudi Arabia was reported last night to have been beheaded by his captors. At the time of his abduction last weekend, Paul Johnson was employed by the defence giant Lockheed Martin, working on US Apache helicopters.
Pelosi: 'Bush Administration Misrepresents Depth of Iraq-al Qaeda Relationship' House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today after Vice pResident Cheney's mischaracterization of the relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda: "For nearly three years, the Bush Dictatorship has misrepresented [lied about] the depth of the relationship between Saddam Hussein's Iraq and al Qaeda. They continue to do so, even after the 9/11 Commission concluded this week that there is no evidence of a working association between Iraq and al Qaeda, despite evidence of some contacts over a 10-year period..."
Bush Censure by Envoys May Be a First, Historians Say The statement by 27 former diplomats and military officers on Wednesday calling for the defeat of U.S. Dictator George W. Bush may be unprecedented.
Republicans defeat effort to subpoena Justice documents on torture Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday defeated a Democratic-sponsored effort to subpoena documents on torture and interrogation practices from the Justice Department.
Rumsfeld Authorized Secret Detention of Prisoner Defense Secretary [W-ar criminal] Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday that he approved the secret detention of a suspected terrorist in Iraq after receiving a request to do so from CIA Director George J. Tenet, effectively hiding the prisoner from the International Committee of the Red Cross for seven months.
Rumsfeld Admits He Told Jailers to Keep Detainee in Iraq Out of Red Cross View Senior Pentagon officials acknowledged Thursday that a suspected Iraqi terrorist who was held in a military jail - but kept off prison rosters - should have been registered more quickly with the International Committee of the Red Cross. Defense Secretary [W-ar criminal] Donald H. Rumsfeld said Thursday at a Pentagon news briefing that he ordered the detainee held without a registration number at the written request of George J. Tenet, the director of central intelligence.
CIA contractor charged under Patriot Act The CIA contract employee accused of abusing a prisoner in Afghanistan is being prosecuted under the Patriot Act in what legal experts are calling a surprising - and to some, troubling - application of the new anti [pro]-terrorism law.
CIA contractor indicted in prison abuse A contractor working for the CIA was indicted Thursday in connection with the beating death of a prisoner in Afghanistan — the first civilian to face criminal charges related to U.S. treatment of prisoners in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Abu Ghraib abuse threatens U.N. vote to renew immunity Security Council debate expected to draw down U.S. reserve of goodwill --The United States faces an embarrassing international debate over the Abu Ghraib prison scandal - and a possible diplomatic defeat - at the United Nations as American officials try to protect U.S. troops in Iraq and elsewhere from prosecution in the International Criminal Court.
Human Rights Watch challenges US detention policy in Iraq Human Rights Watch challenged the US decision to hold detainees in Iraq without charge or trial after transferring 'sovereignty' to an 'Iraqi' government on June 30.
Release Hicks, Habib and all Guantanamo Bay detainees! Australian government aids and abets US torture --by Socialist Equality Party (Australia) "After more than two and a half years of detention, during which he has been tortured and deprived of every basic legal and democratic right, Australian citizen David Hicks was finally charged by the US military last week... The three charges laid against Hicks—[Mamdouh] Habib has still not been charged—show these claims to be yet another set of fabrications advanced to help justify Howard’s unconditional support for US military aggression in Afghanistan and Iraq."
U.S. Plans Lawsuit Shield for Lockheed, Others Lockheed Martin Corp. and three other government contractors will be granted limited protection from lawsuits triggered by terrorist acts, the Washington Post reported in its Friday edition.
Insurgents Kill One American, Three Iraqis in 2 Attacks in Baghdad Insurgents launched two deadly attacks Friday in Baghdad, killing an American soldier and wounding a civilian contractor in a mortar barrage on a U.S. base, and injuring three U.S. troops in a coordinated ambush in another part of the capital.
2 car bombs kill at least 41 Iraqis Car bombers targeted Iraq's 'security' services Thursday, blasting Iraqis hoping to join the military in Baghdad and a civil defense post north of the capital, killing 41 people and wounding nearly 150.
US killed hundreds of Iraqi civilians in "precision" strikes --by James Conachy "Fifty so-called 'precision' strikes were carried out by the US military in Iraq between March 19 and April 18, 2003, in attempts to kill Saddam Hussein and 12 other high-ranking Iraqi leaders. The cruise missiles and laser-guided bombs used in the attacks destroyed dozens of homes and other civilian buildings, and killed and wounded hundreds, if not thousands, of Iraqi civilians.
Senate Votes to Add 20,000 Soldiers to Army The Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to increase the strength of the Army by 20,000 soldiers, with lawmakers saying the military is badly strained by Halliburton ['operations in Iraq and Afghanistan'].
10 Die As Warlords Overrun Afghan Town Warlords overran a provincial capital in central Afghanistan, officials said Friday, forcing the governor to flee in the latest burst of infighting in this war-fractured nation.
Terror alerts to air on weather radio Emergency alerts for everything from tornadoes to missing children and terror warnings will get out to the public through an expanded weather radio network, the government announced Thursday.
Experts: Radiological Weapon Attack 'All But Certain' 'Dirty Bombs' Appeal to Terrorists Since They're Tough To Track Terrorists [...the Bush dictatorship?] are "all but certain" to set off a radiological weapon in the United States, since it will take authorities too many years to track and secure the radioactive materials of such "dirty bombs," a team of nuclear researchers has concluded. [*See: Will Bush play the bioterror card? (January 22, 2004) --by Lori R. Price]
Bush's Stasi: Pentagon seeks OK to spy on Americans New bill would allow Pentagon to gather intelligence on US residents without their knowledge. Newsweek reports that the US Department of Defense is looking for the right to gather information from, and about, Americans, without having to tell them that they are doing so. "Without a public hearing or debate," the news magazine reports, "Defense officials recently slipped a provision into a bill before Congress that could vastly expand the Pentagon's ability to gather intelligence inside the United States, including recruiting citizens as informants."
Homeland Security Certifies Four Anti-Terrorism Technologies The first four certifications are part of a program designed to limit lawsuits against vendors developing such products. The Department of Homeland Security on Friday certified the first four anti-[pro]terrorism technologies under provisions of a law aimed at limiting lawsuits against vendors developing such wares.
Lockheed, Others Get Liability Shield Four companies that sell security technology have been granted liability protection from lawsuits triggered by an act of terrorism, the Department of Homeland Security plans to announce today. [This Washington Post mega-story was buried on their page E01 [?!?], in the "technology" section.]
NMCC ops director asked substitute on 9-10 to stand his watch on 9-11 --by Tom Flocco "According to the personal written statement of Navy Captain Charles J. Leidig, Jr., entered into the record during today’s hearings before the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, Leidig revealed that on September 10 he was asked by Brigadier General Montague Winfield to stand a portion of his duty as Deputy Director for Operations for the National Military Command Center (NMCC), which would require supervision and operation of all necessary communications as watch commander. Leidig said 'On 10 September 2001, Brigadier General Winfield, U.S. Army, asked that I stand a portion of his duty as Deputy Director for Operations, NMCC, on the following day. [September 11] I agreed and relieved Brigadier General Winfield at 0830 on 11 September 2001.'"
Cheney Took Charge on 9/11 --In Bush's [mental] absence, vice pResident OK'd shooting down hijacked planes Cheney Authorized Shooting Down Planes At 10:39 on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, [coward] Vice pResident Cheney, in a bunker beneath the White House, told Defense Secretary [W-ar criminal] Donald H. Rumsfeld in a videoconference that he had been informed earlier that morning that hijacked planes were approaching Washington. "Pursuant to the president[sic]'s instructions, I gave authorization for them to be taken out," Cheney told Rumsfeld, who was at the Pentagon. Informing Rumsfeld that the fighter pilots had received orders to fire, Cheney added, "It's my understanding they've already taken a couple of aircraft out."
Rumsfeld Was Bypassed in 9/11 'Shoot-Down' Order The White House bypassed Defense Secretary [W-ar criminal] Donald Rumsfeld in confusion during the 2001 attack on America and directly ordered U.S. fighter jets to shoot down hijacked airliners used in the strikes, the commission studying the event said on Thursday. [Is it possible that Dick Cheney gave the command to shoot down Flight 93 over Pennsylvania, completely on his own?]
'Fahrenheit 9/11' Gets Standing Ovation --by Roger Friedman [Faux News] "It ['Fahrenheit 9/11'] turns out to be a really brilliant piece of work, and a film that members of all political parties should see without fail. As much as some might try to marginalize this film as a screed against President [sic] George Bush, 'F9/11' — as we saw last night — is a tribute to patriotism, to the American sense of duty — and at the same time a indictment of stupidity and avarice."
US groups want Moore film banned US conservative groups have launched a campaign to have Michael Moore's "misleading and grotesque" film Fahrenheit 9/11 banned from cinemas. The film alleges connections between Dictator George Bush and top Saudi families, including the Bin Ladens. ['Misleading and grotesque' ... just like Bush himself]
Germany gets licence to shoot The German parliament adopted on Friday a new law making it possible for the military to shoot down a civilian aircraft if it believes the plane is being used in a' terrorist attack.'
Rowland's cottage, flight to Las Vegas focus of inquiry Surprising new evidence is revealed at the hearings that could determine the political future of [Conn. Republican and Bush buddy] Gov. John Rowland. We're learning more about a trip the governor took to Las Vegas.
82 Million in U.S. Lacked Health Insurance -Study Almost 82 million people in the United States or one in three under age 65 had no health insurance for at least one month in the past two years, a study by a consumer group said on Wednesday.
Bush plans to screen whole US population for mental illness [Nutball Bush needs to be tested FIRST.] A sweeping mental health initiative will be unveiled by [insane] Dictator George W Bush in July. The plan promises to integrate mentally ill patients fully into the community by providing "services in the community, rather than institutions," according to a March 2004 progress report entitled New Freedom Initiative. While some praise the plan's goals, others say it protects the profits of drug companies at the expense of the public.
Bush Fundraising Total Exceeds $218M Dictator's Reselection Campaign Spent About $152 Million Through May --Dictator Bush has stopped holding fundraisers for himself but his campaign fortune continues to grow, hitting at least $218 million with more than two months of donations still to come.
Kerry proposes $7 minimum wage Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry on Friday proposed raising the federal minimum wage to $7 an hour by 2007, which he contended would benefit working women more than any other group.
Official verdict: White House misled world over Saddam September attacks The Bush dictatorship's credibility was dealt a devastating blow yesterday when the commission investigating the attacks of 11 September said there was no credible evidence that Saddam Hussein's regime had assisted al-CIA-duh - something repeatedly suggested by the Dictator and his senior officials and held up as a reason for the invasion of Iraq.
9/11 Panel Disputes Iraq Link to Attacks Rebuffing Bush regime claims, the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks said Wednesday no evidence exists that al-CIA-duh had strong ties to Saddam Hussein. In hair-raising detail, the commission said the terror network had envisioned a much larger attack and is working hard to strike again.
Panel Says No Signs Iraq Aided Qaeda Plots on US Contrary to the Bush regime's prewar rhetoric, investigators have found no evidence Iraq aided al-CIA-duh attempts to strike the United States, a commission probing the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks said on Wednesday.
Bush repeats Iraq terror assertion despite 9-11 panel report Dictator Bush is repeating his assertion that Saddam Hussein's Iraq had ties to terrorists -- even though the Nine-Eleven panel is casting doubt. On Monday, Vice pResident Cheney insisted Saddam had "long-established ties" to al-CIA-duh. But in a speech to a conservative think tank, he cited no specifics.
Cheney Won't Back Down on Saddam-Qaeda Links -Aides Vice pResident Dick Cheney, who took the lead in pushing the idea of long-standing links between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda, has no intention of backing down despite a finding to the contrary by the Sept. 11 commission, aides said on Wednesday.
400 legal scholars urge Congress to impeach Bush, regime officials Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., appearing Wednesday with law professors who want Congress to consider impeaching Dictator Bush over the Iraqi prisoner abuse, declined to endorse the idea himself. The professors presented a letter signed by more than 400 legal scholars urging members of the House and Senate to consider impeaching the dictator and any high level regime officials who approved the Iraqi prisoner abuses.
Rumsfeld ordered prisoner held off the books Iraqi terror suspect hidden from International Red Cross --Pentagon officials tell NBC News that late last year, at the same time U.S. military police were allegedly abusing prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison, U.S. Secretary of Defense [W-ar criminal] Donald Rumsfeld ordered that one Iraqi prisoner be held "off the books" — hidden entirely from the International Red Cross and anyone else — in possible violation of international law.
Pentagon Admits Holding Iraqi in Secret The military improperly held a suspected Iraqi terrorist in secret for more than seven months, Pentagon officials acknowledged Wednesday. The military has held the man in Iraq since October without assigning him a prisoner number or notifying the International Committee of the Red Cross that he is a prisoner, Defense Department spokesman Bryan Whitman said Wednesday night.
Chain of Command Bush has a lot to answer for on Iraq torture --by Elizabeth Holtzman "At a Senate hearing last week, Attorney General John Ashcroft claimed that President [sic] George W. Bush never ordered torture in connection with abusive interrogations of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan and violated no criminal laws of the United States. But the attorney general did not describe what the president [sic] did order with respect to these interrogations - and he refused to turn over key documents to the Senate... Under a little known statute, any American involved in the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners, including the president of the United States, could be guilty of a federal crime. The War Crimes Act of 1996 punishes any U.S. national, civilian or military, who engages in a grave breach of the Geneva Conventions. A grave breach means the 'willful killing, torture or inhuman treatment' of prisoners. If death results, the act imposes the death penalty."
Poll reveals hostility to US and support for rebel cleric The Bush dictatorship's last remaining justification for the invasion of Iraq has been demolished by a private poll revealing that only 2 per cent of Iraqis regard the occupying forces as liberators.
Muslim states call for political independence for Iraq Ministers from the world's Muslim countries insisted on the need for full sovereignty and political independence in Iraq, just two weeks before the US-led occupation forces are due to hand over to an interim government.
Several Large Explosions Heard in Baghdad Several large explosions rocked Baghdad on Thursday. The source of the blasts was not immediately clear.
Oil official is assassinated as resistance fighters blow up last Iraq pipeline Insurgents stopped all oil exports from Iraq yesterday by blowing up the one remaining pipeline to the Gulf, and assassinated the head of security for Iraqi oilfields in the north.
Insurgents Strike at Iraq's Oil Industry Insurgents struck at the heart of Iraq's economic livelihood Wednesday, blasting a major pipeline to halt vital oil exports and killing the top security chief for the northern oilfields.
3 U.S. soldiers killed in rocket attack A rocket slammed into a U.S. logistics base near the city of Balad Wednesday afternoon, killing three U.S. soldiers and wounding 25 people, the military said.
High-profile air strikes 'killed only civilians' The American military launched some 50 air strikes designed to kill specific targets during the Iraq war, it emerged yesterday, but none of them found its mark. Instead the air strikes had a high civilian toll, according to military officials serving at the time.
Workers' comp claims from Americans working in Iraq could cost government millions The mounting deaths and injuries to civilian contractors in Iraq could cost the federal government millions of dollars for hundreds of workers' compensation claims.
Half of London's Voters Want Troops Out of Iraq Half of voters in London believe UK troops should be pulled out of Iraq immediately or within the next few months, according to a poll released today.
US-Iran row heats up US accuses Iran of intimidating UN ahead of vote on resolution critical of Iran's nuclear cooperation. [The US wrote the book on UN intimidation] While the US media focused on fresh violence in Iraq ahead of the June 30 power transfer and the capture of an American contractor by militants in Saudi Arabia, the smoldering row between the US and Iran intensified Wednesday.
House GOP disputes the 9-11 finding House Republican lawmakers are disputing the Sept. 11 commission’s new finding that there is "no credible evidence" showing Iraq and al Qaeda worked together to attack the United States. The GOP comments signify the latest rift between congressional Republicans and the commission.
Bin Laden was told to call off 11 September attacks by al-CIA-duh leaders, report reveals The report that so bluntly contradicts the Bush regime's claims about Saddam Hussein's links to al-CIA-duh's 9/11 attacks fills in many of the details of the plot to target American cities - detailing a blueprint that was planned to the smallest detail and which yet was still driven by differences of opinion.
9/11 Plotter Wanted 10 Planes Sept. 11 plot mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed originally envisioned an attack involving 10 hijacked planes with himself as the pilot of one in which all male passengers would be killed and he would deliver an anti-American harangue upon landing.
Ashcroft may face prison over 9/11 cover-up, says Daniel Ellsberg --by Fintan Dunne "Two whistleblowers stood side by side before a courthouse in Washington, D.C. on Monday. Veteran of the Pentagon Papers scandal, Daniel Ellsberg was backing a protest by former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds, against a court gag order which has silenced her revelations about the September 11th, 2001 attacks... In an exclusive interview with BreakForNews.com he said that Ashcroft's legal actions against Edmonds were: 'clearly intended to keep her from bringing out in public information that could lead.... to criminal indictments and possible convictions of major political figures.' Ellsberg says that if Edmonds' allegations are confirmed, the current Attorney General could be judged obstructive and share the fate of A.G. John Mitchell --who in Ellsberg v. Mitchell famously tried to squelch Ellsberg's 1971 revelations, and served prison time over the affair. 'John Ashcroft may well sleep eventually in the same cell as John Mitchell,' Ellsberg said."
Post-9/11 laws expand to more than terrorism Federal and state prosecutors are applying stiff antiterrorism laws adopted after the 9/11 attacks to broad, run-of-the-mill probes of political corruption, financial crimes and immigration frauds. If the government gets its way, even routine transactions of buying or selling American homes could soon come under the scrutiny of money-laundering provisions of the USA Patriot Act.
Judge rebukes government over no-fly list A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the government is stonewalling attempts by the American Civil Liberties Union to acquire information about the government's secret no-fly list, which bars potential 'terrorists' from boarding commercial flights.
Bush, Rumsfeld rejoice: A new instrument of torture Sweeping stun guns to target crowds Weapons that can incapacitate crowds of people by sweeping a lightning-like beam of electricity across them are being readied for sale to military and police forces in the US and Europe. The new breed of non-lethal weapons can be used on many people at once and operate over far greater distances. The advent of wireless stun weapons has horrified human rights groups. Robin Coupland of the Red Cross says they risk becoming a new instrument of torture.
New York braced for trouble [sic] at Bush rally It is still more than two months before the Republican Party descends on New York for its four-day political convention in Madison Square Garden but nerves are already getting frayed. A coalition of political activist groups, many with anti-Bush and anti-W-ar agendas, has served notice that it intends to make itself heard during the gathering from 30 August to 2 September.
Protesters cut power to French presidential palace French power workers cut electricity to President Jacques Chirac's official residence Wednesday in the latest in a series of "targeted outages" to protest government plans for the partial privatization of state utilities.
Lawmaker May Add Indecency Fines to Defense Bill [The Defense Bill ITSELF is indecent!!] U.S. Sen. [R-nutball-Kansas] Sam Brownback said on Monday he would try to add a provision aimed at substantially hiking fines for airing indecent material on broadcast television and radio to a defense measure now being debated by the Senate.
California ordered to refund $270 million to Enron, others As California struggled through the 2000-01 energy crisis, Enron traders gloated about gouging the state. Now state Attorney General Bill Lockyer says federal regulators are heaping insult upon injury by demanding California pay Enron and other energy companies almost $270 million in refunds. In a motion filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Lockyer said the refunds would reward "the sellers a second time for their market manipulation activities and predatory pricing."
Calif. senators press Bush, FERC on energy issues Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer released angry letters to Dictator Bush and federal energy regulators Wednesday, urging them to agree immediately to California's demands for billions in refunds from the state's 2000-01 energy crisis. The Democrats cited new transcripts of Enron Corp. traders gloating and swapping profanities as they discussed cheating California on energy sales.
Republican Urges Kerry to Quit the Senate A top Massachusetts Republican on Tuesday called on Democrat John Kerry to resign from the Senate while he seeks the presidency, a vacancy that would allow the GOP to fill the seat.
Kerry: Bush's Vatican appeal 'inappropriate' Dictator Bush was out of line to ask the Vatican to get U.S. bishops more involved in promoting his conservative social agenda, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said Tuesday.
Reagan's Family Criticizes Use Of Reagan In Anti-Kerry Ad Family Says Group Does Not Have Permission To Use Reagan's Image --Ronald Reagan's family is criticizing the use of the late president's image in a conservative political ad endorsing Dictator George W. Bush. A Reagan family spokeswoman said the group does not have permission to use Reagan's image in the ad because doing so implies his endorsement.
CIA Restricts One-Third of U.S. Senate WMD Report The CIA has decided that about one-third of a U.S. Senate report criticizing prewar intelligence on Iraq contains secret information that should not be released to the public, intelligence sources said on Tuesday.
Halliburton's staff called to testify on Iraq A group of former Halliburton employees who have highlighted the company's wasteful practices in Iraq will be asked to testify before a congressional committee next month. The decision to invite the Halliburton whistleblowers sets up an embarrassing public hearing for the oilfield services company formerly headed by Vice-pResident Dick Cheney.
GOP refusing to allow testimony on Halliburton spending Halliburton Inc. paid high-priced bills for common items, such as soda, laundry and hotels, in Iraq and Kuwait and then passed the inflated costs along to taxpayers, according to several former Halliburton employees and a Pentagon internal audit. The 36-page report by the Defense Contract Audit Agency said that Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root had a billing system that was "inadequate," had numerous deficiencies and billing misstatements and that KBR didn't follow laws and regulations relating to spending and recordkeeping. Its contracting practices are so bad, the auditors said, that KBR shouldn't be allowed to bill the Pentagon directly without the government poring over every detail in advance.
Appointee's Role in Halliburton Pact Told Waxman asks Cheney for facts on the award of a controversial Iraq oil field contract. Pentagon officials have acknowledged that a political appointee was behind the controversial decision to have Halliburton Inc. plan for the postwar recovery of Iraq's oil sector and had informed Vice pResident Dick Cheney's chief of staff before finalizing the deal, a Democratic lawmaker said Sunday.
Estimates: Wasteful spending in Iraq has topped $1 billion At least $1 billion in taxpayers' money has been wasted in inefficient spending in Iraq, the federal government's top fiscal watchdog said Tuesday. The estimate, by U.S. Comptroller General David Walker, is the first time anyone has put a number on the amount of misspending in Iraq.
Congress inquiry links Cheney aide to Halliburton deal Fresh concern has been raised that the American vice-pResident, Dick Cheney, may have played a role in the decision to award his former company Halliburton a $7bn contract for work in postwar Iraq. According to a congressional investigation, Mr Cheney's top aide, Lewis Libby, was involved in high-level talks in October 2002 which led to the firm securing the contract.
In Florida Visit, Cheney Claims Ties Between Saddam, al CIA-duh Vice pResident [and Halliburton terrorist] Dick Cheney said Monday that Saddam Hussein had "long-established ties" with al CIA-duh, an assertion that has been repeatedly challenged by some policy experts and lawmakers.
Calls for Blair to quit British Prime Minister Tony Blair was last night facing calls to quit after disastrous election results. Labour finished a dismal third in local council elections after voters delivered a stinging rebuke over Mr Blair's backing for the war in Iraq.
Iraq abuse 'ordered from the top' The US commander at the centre of the Iraqi prisoner scandal says she was told to treat detainees like dogs. Brig Gen Janis Karpinski told the BBC she was being made a "convenient scapegoat" for abuse ordered by others.
'I okayed Iraqi sleep deprivation' Steven Stefanowicz, the former Adelaide IT recruiter at the centre of torture allegations inside Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, has revealed that he directed prison guards to keep Iraqi prisoners awake for up to 20 hours a day.
MoD may release photos of abused Iraqis The shocking photographs of abuse of Iraqi prisoners that led to charges against British troops could become public during their court martial. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is considering releasing the images, which are said to show Iraqi inmates being forced to perform sexual acts on each other and a naked prisoner, bound and gagged, suspended in a net from a forklift truck.
Bush Sidesteps Question About Torture The State Department warned the White House two years ago that rejecting international standards against torture when dealing with detainees could put U.S. troops at risk. A department memo from Feb. 2, 2002, surfaced Thursday as Dictator Bush said he ordered U.S. officials to follow the law while interrogating suspected 'terrorists.' Bush sidestepped an opportunity to denounce the use of torture.
Bush dictatorship policies of torture strengthen the war of terror: Norway drops inquiry into terrorist suspect Norway on Tuesday dropped an investigation of an Iraqi Kurd known as Mullah Krekar who was suspected by Washington of links to Al Qaeda and terror attacks in Iraq, saying the alleged abuse of a key witness in Iraq had undermined the evidence. "In terms of criminal law, Mullah Krekar must be considered innocent," the Norwegian public prosecutor Tor-Aksel Busch said after dropping a string of investigations into Krekar, 47, who won refugee status in Norway in 1991.
Iraqi Cabinet Against Immunity to Foreign Contractors Iraq’s interim government is reluctant to grant legal immunity to foreign contractors working with the U.S.-led forces in Iraq as press reports revealed that some of them are involved in the prisoners scandal.
Gunmen Kill Senior Iraqi North Oil Official Gunmen killed a senior official in Iraq's North Oil Company on Wednesday, dealing another blow to the country's oil industry.
More Foreign Contractors, Oil Pipeline Attacked in Iraq Tuesday saw another day of attacks by suspected insurgents, including an ambush on a convoy of vehicles carrying the mercenaries ['foreign contractors'] working for the U.S. led occupation. The U.S. military is reporting at least two people killed.
Saboteurs Cut Iraqi Oil Exports, Test Government Insurgents cut nearly all of Ira's oil exports, with two acts of sabotage shutting the main export gateway and stepping up pressure on Tuesday on Iraq's new government two weeks before a formal 'end' to the U.S. occupation.
Iraq North Oil Pipeline on Fire, Sabotage Blamed An explosion ripped through a crude oil pipeline linking northern Iraqi fields on Tuesday, a North Oil company official said. "It was probably sabotage," said the official, who asked not to be named. Resistance fighters blasted an oil pipeline feeding storage tanks at Basra in the Gulf, cutting exports by a third on Tuesday.
US general named to head Iraq command Dictator George W. Bush has nominated Army General George Casey to the command of US-led 'multinational' forces in Iraq, replacing Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, the Pentagon said Tuesday.
Jordan says no to sending troops to Iraq Jordan rejects suggestions it should send troops to Iraq and opposes the deployment there of any military forces from other Iraqi neighbours, Jordan's Justice Minister Saleh Bashir said here Tuesday.
GIs marching away from re-enlistment W-ar may have some Fort Carson troops leaving the ranks --Army re-enlistments have dropped suddenly and dramatically at Fort Carson and several other posts where combat units have recently returned from Iraq. The surprising decline within the past 21/2 months has jolted recruiters and military analysts and provoked questions about the war's effect on the Army's recruiting ability.
Bill May Be Battleground for Torture Memos The FBI and other law enforcement agencies would get fatter budgets under a $39.8 billion bill a House subcommittee approved Tuesday, a measure that may become a battlefield over Justice Department memos on torture.
Mall prepares for the worst (IN) A mock disaster drill under the early morning sun used the Castleton Square Mall as a backdrop. There were reports of an explosion and then mass casualties with first responders rushing to the mall's north side loading dock.
Red alert? Stay home, await word If the nation escalates to "red alert," which is the highest in the color-coded readiness against terror, you will be assumed by authorities to be the enemy if you so much as venture outside your home, the state's (NJ) anti-terror czar says. A red alert would also tear away virtually all personal freedoms to move about and associate.
Travesty of Justice --by Paul Krugman "No question: John Ashcroft is the worst attorney general in history... First, there's the absence of any major successful prosecutions. The one set of convictions that seemed fairly significant — that of the 'Detroit 3' — appears to be collapsing over accusations of prosecutorial misconduct. (The lead prosecutor has filed a whistle-blower suit against Mr. Ashcroft, accusing him of botching the case. The Justice Department, in turn, has opened investigations against the prosecutor. Payback? I report; you decide.)... Perhaps most telling is the way Mr. Ashcroft responds to criticism of his performance. His first move is always to withhold the evidence. Then he tries to change the subject by making a dramatic announcement of a terrorist threat." [a must read]
INN World Report "News the Networks Won't Tell You" Interview with Daniel Hopsicker Conducted by Sander Hicks "HOPSICKER: What I found in Florida was that the government story about the terrorist conspiracy’s activities before September 11th is not just an error, it is a lie. The time line is wrong. The FBI’s timeline is wrong. Everything they are doing is designed to protect an operation that was under way in southwest Florida that trained, between 1999 and September 2001, literally hundreds of Arabs to fly. In other words, in 1998, there were two or three Arabs learning how to fly, by the end of ‘99 it was flying hundreds of them. So obviously there was a covert operation going on; the flight school where Mohammad Atta went to, Huffman Aviation in Florida is not a business and was not operating like a business."
Lights go out across France in privatisation dispute Six French cities were plunged into darkness and several leading government figures had their power supply cut yesterday when the trade union CGT led a national day of action against plans to partly privatise the state electricity utility, EDF.
DeLay faces Democrat's ethics complaint A Texas Democrat who is losing his House seat because of redistricting engineered by House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is filing ethics complaints against the Republican leader. Rep. Chris Bell is charging that DeLay, R-Texas, provided legislative favors to a company that made campaign contributions to DeLay and other Republicans, laundered other corporate donations to illegally help Texas GOP candidates and improperly used his office in asking the Federal Aviation Administration to track down a private plane used by Texas Democrats.
Senior Official Resigns From Energy Dept. Assistant Energy Secretary Jessie Roberson, who headed the environmental cleanup program at the department's nuclear weapons sites, resigned yesterday, citing a desire to spend more time with her family.
Rove: Yucca won't be an election issue Bush strategist says other issues key for Nevadans [?!?] The presidential race in Nevada will not come down to the state's feelings on the Yucca Mountain issue, a top presidential adviser said this weekend.
Gore tells NH Democrats Bush changed meaning of America Al Gore last night charged Dictator Bush has endangered America’s position in the world with a mistaken invasion of Iraq and by flaunting international convention.
White House mum on reported Bush political appeal to Vatican The White House refused to confirm or deny a published report that US Dictator George W. Bush sought election-year help from the Vatican during a visit there earlier this month.
Health lobby blocks mental health parity Aided by House Speaker [and Reichwing nutball] Dennis Hastert, insurance companies successfully have blocked legislation to make them provide equal coverage for mental and physical illnesses if their policies include both. The original legislation has 69 sponsors in the Senate and 246 sponsors in the House, clear majorities in both chambers.
Enron tapes expose blatant criminality of corporate America --by Rafael Azul "The recent release of transcripts of taped conversations among Enron electricity traders in the summer of 2001 reveals that company insiders not only knew they were stealing from California and other states, but gloated about it. The partial release of thousands of hours of tapes is a powerful indictment of the energy companies that looted California and Washington of close to $11 billion, with the support and assistance of government officials."
Bon Jovi Hosts $1M Fund-Raiser for Kerry Musician Jon Bon Jovi says criticism and intimidation won't stop him from speaking out in support of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, who raised $1 million at the singer's home Monday night.
Man slain outside eatery worked for government A man slain outside a Tucson restaurant has been identified as an intelligence research specialist for the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Police identified the victim Monday as Scott A. Hunter, 32. As an intelligence research specialist, authorities said Hunter gathered information from a variety of sources on federal crimes, such as international child pornography, narcotics, immigrant smuggling and money laundering but was not a law officer or a bureau special agent. [What did he stumble upon?]
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'Islamic website' showing video of kidnapped Americans is registered to a Dallas, Texas address (JackBlood.com) "Statements posted on an 'Islamist website,' by individuals with alleged ties to Al-CIA-duh leader and former CIA protégé Osama bin Laden, claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of Paul M. Johnson, a U.S. contractor in Saudi Arabia... JackBlood.com conducted a domain name search for the website www.ansarnet.ws and the following results pointed out to an address in Dallas, Texas."
White House Officials and Cheney Aide Approved Halliburton Contract in Iraq, Pentagon Says In the fall of 2002, in the preparations for possible war with Iraq, the Pentagon sought and received the assent of senior Bush dictatorship officials, including the vice pResident's chief of staff, before hiring the Halliburton Company to develop secret plans for restoring Iraq's oil facilities, Pentagon officials have told Congressional investigators.
VP[sic]'s office approved Halliburton contract The office of Vice pResident Cheney approved the award by the Pentagon of two huge contracts to redevelop Iraq's oil industry to Halliburton, his old company. Cheney's office was briefed twice on the $7 billion contracts, which were awarded without competition, despite his repeated public statements that he had no knowledge of or involvement in the deals, according to pentagon officials.
New Report Finds Problems with Iraq Contracts The handing out of some early no-competition work to rebuild Iraq was flawed and U.S. government agencies failed in several instances to comply with procurement laws, said a new government report on Monday.
Pentagon Auditors Criticize Halliburton Billing Pentagon auditors have found "deficiencies" with Halliburton's billing system for billions of dollars of work in Iraq, according to a military audit released by a Democratic lawmaker on Monday.
Halliburton Shrugs Off Bribe Probe The Securities and Exchange Commission has launched a formal investigation of the company for possible violation of antibribery laws. The probe focuses on payments made years ago in Nigeria by Kellogg Brown & Root, a division that -- thanks to controversial contracts in Iraq -- currently generates the bulk of Halliburton's revenue. Separately, a congressional watchdog is making fresh suggestions that Vice pResident Dick Cheney's office may have improperly favored Halliburton for multibillion-dollar oil projects in Iraq.
Nutball Cheney Claims al-Qaida Linked to Hussein Vice pResident Dick Cheney said Monday that Saddam Hussein had "long-established ties" with al CIA-duh, an assertion that has been repeatedly challenged by some policy experts and lawmakers. [Tie *this.*]
Contractor Immunity a Divisive Issue Interim US Puppets ['Government'] Resists U.S. 'Proposal' to Exempt Foreigners From Iraqi Law --In an early test of its imminent sovereignty, Iraq's new puppet dictatorship ['government'] has been resisting a U.S. 'demand' that thousands of foreign contractors here be granted immunity from Iraqi law, in the same way as U.S. military forces are now immune, according to Iraqi sources.
US legal adviser defended torture, says report The Office of Legal Counsel, US Government’s ultimate legal adviser, had drafted a memorandum that defended most interrogation methods involving intentional inflicting of pain and permanent damage in response to CIA question about what to do with top Al-CIA-duh captive Abu Zubaydah who had turned uncooperative. The memorandum was drafted by former OLC lawyer John Yoo.
Torture Incorporated Oliver North Joins the Party --by John Stanton and Wayne Madsen "...[W]hile CACI and Titan are getting all the mainstream media play, it appears that far more than 27 contract employees were involved in recruiting and placing interrogators in various locations. Some of the firms involved in the Bush administration’s 'TortureGate' include an odd assortment of telecommunications companies and executive placement firms that have jumped into the lucrative torture business in Guantanamo Bay, Afghanistan, Iraq and at secret locations throughout Central Asia and North Africa. Interrogators can earn up to $120,000 per year plying their trade and most are former military and law enforcement personnel."
Lawyer wants Rumsfeld to testify in prison-abuse case The attorney for an Army reservist who allegedly led the abuse of Iraqi detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison says he wants to force top Defense Department officials and at least three generals to testify at the soldier's upcoming court-martial.
Columnists 'Honor' Rumsfeld With Sitting Duck Prize Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld won this year's Sitting Duck Award as an easy target for columnists. He received the "honor" from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists during its June 11-13 conference here. One reason? Rumsfeld's ability to "duck questions with nonsensical answers."
Come to hell with Halliburton - the pay's good --by Sheila McNulty "Thirty-nine Halliburton workers have been killed in Iraq and two are unaccounted for. But last Friday, 250 Americans lined up outside the Houston Hilton to apply to work for the company's KBR subsidiary in Iraq... Halliburton has been the most high-profile government contractor in Iraq, where KBR has more than 24,000 people working for it as civilian contracts and subcontractors."
Rage Explodes After Another Baghdad Blast Bombing in Heart of Capital Kills 8 Iraqis and 5 Foreigners --The insurgency against the U.S. occupation shook the heart of Baghdad on Monday with a powerful bombing that killed five foreigners and at least eight Iraqis -- all civilians -- and attracted a mob of enraged Iraqi men who screamed their anger at the United States, torched vehicles and vowed to kill any Americans remaining in their country.
Five Foreign Contractors Among 13 Dead in Iraq Blast A suicide car bombing sowed havoc in the heart of Baghdad Monday, killing at least 13 people, five of them foreign contractors in a passing convoy.
U.S. Trucks Carrying Radioactive Materials Intercepted In Iraq-Kuwait Border The UAE-based daily Al-Khaleej reported on Monday that Kuwaiti tariff officials have intercepted a truck loaded with radioactive materials in the Iraq-Kuwait border. The daily quoted informed sources as saying that the radioactive control team from Kuwait’s Health Ministry discovered that one of the trucks belonging to the U.S.-led occupation forces was carrying heavy radioactive materials trucks. The trucks were headed for Iraq.
US to hand Saddam Hussein over to Iraq within two weeks The International Committee of the Red Cross or ICRC has said that ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein must either be freed or charged before the handover of power to the Iraqi interim 'government.' The United States has since then said that they will hand Saddam Hussein over to the new Iraqi [puppet] 'government' for trial within two weeks.
Two Incidents of Suspicious Powder Reported at U.N. Hazardous material experts were called to U.N. headquarters on Monday after a suspicious powder was discovered on the 27th floor, but there was no evacuation and no cause for alarm, security staff said.
Ronnie & Saddam The US has donned rose-tinted spectacles to mourn the passing of Ronald Reagan. But Investigations Editor Neil Mackay reveals a darker story of how, under Reagan, secret deals brokered by Donald Rumsfeld with Saddam Hussein secured the dictator an arsenal of WMD. "...Reagan was a president who allowed the US to secretly arm the Iraqi dictator with weapons of mass destruction (WMD), supported Iraq’s military expansion, turned a blind eye to Saddam using chemical weapons against Iran and thereby set in train the events that would lead to George W Bush’s disastrous decision to invade the country in 2002. While America was selling WMD to Iraq, Reagan was also telling Saddam to increase his brutal campaign against the Iranian fundamentalist regime, even while Iraqi poison gas was falling on Persian battlefields."
While Reagan Napped: Ronnie, Osama and the Chin Defense --by Greg Palast "When caught paying ransom to Khomeini and his Hizbollah terrorists, [Ronald] Reagan did his aw-shucks I'm just a ga-ga grandpa routine, 'I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart tells me that's true, but the facts tell me it is not.' Oh, OK then. If it were Jimmy Carter who'd been caught in such an act of treason -- arming our enemy -- Republicans would still be chewing on his flesh today. You know it and I know it. The Reagan Right has used the late President's funeral for a shameless political victory dance, carefully wiping the blood off the historical files."
"A temporary coup" Author Thomas Powers says the White House's corruption of intelligence has caused the greatest foreign policy catastrophe in modern U.S. history -- and sparked a civil war with the nation's intel agencies. --by Mark Follman "The U.S. is now waging three wars, says intelligence expert Thomas Powers. One is in Iraq. The second is in Afghanistan. And the third is in Washington -- an all-out war between the White House and the nation's own intelligence agencies. Powers, the author of 'Intelligence Wars: American Secret History From Hitler to Al Qaeda,' charges that the Bush administration is responsible for what is perhaps the greatest disaster in the history of U.S. intelligence."
Shell Says Committed to Stay in Nigeria Oil giant Royal Dutch/Shell will stay in oil-rich but strife-torn Nigeria, one of its top producing countries, rebutting last week reports it may have to leave for the sake of its reputation. On Thursday, Shell accepted that its presence in Nigeria had inadvertently fed poverty, violence and corruption in a published survey of its ethical and environmental record.
The Son of Patriot Act Also Rises While activists and politicians work to repeal or change parts of the Patriot Act that they say violate constitutional rights, Patriot Act II legislation -- which caused a stir when it came to light last year -- is rearing its [ugly] head again in a new bill making its way through Congress. The bill would strengthen laws that let the FBI demand that businesses hand over confidential records about patrons by assigning stiff penalties (up to five years in prison) to anyone who discloses that the FBI made the demand...
Spanish documents or Spanish homework? When FBI agents went through Brandon Mayfield's possessions to investigate his connection with the Madrid train bombings, they came upon and took what they called "miscellaneous Spanish documents." The New York Times reported that Mayfield's family later identified the documents as his children's Spanish homework.
Faux News censured for rant at BBC Ofcom says Murdoch station broke programme code Faux News, the US news network owned by Rupert Murdoch, has been found in breach of British broadcasting rules for an on-air tirade that accused the BBC of "frothing-at-the-mouth anti-Americanism". Television regulators said the broadcaster failed to show "respect for truth" in a strongly worded opinion item, broadcast on the day the Hutton report was published, which also accused BBC executives of giving reporters a "right to lie".
Florida Faces Election Fracas Thousands of eligible Florida voters may be removed from the rolls in this year's election because of a faulty database aimed at convicted felons. Despite protests from critics and nervous election supervisors, the state will continue with plans to implement the system.
New 'Hiccup' for Florida Voters Touchscreen 'voting' machines in 11 counties have a software flaw that could make manual recounts impossible in November's presidential election, state officials said. A spokeswoman for the secretary of state called the problems "minor technical hiccups" that can be resolved, but critics allege voting officials wrongly certified a voting system they knew had a bug.
Whore High (yes, they are certainly high) Court allows unconstitutional pledge to remain: Court Ruling Keeps Pledge Intact but Leaves 'God' Issue Unsettled The less-than-Supreme Court ruled today that the phrase "one nation, under God" can stay in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag recited by millions of schoolchildren each day, at least for the time being. But the justices — deciding the case, coincidentally, on Flag Day — did not reach a finding on the fundamental question of whether the pledge violates the constitutional demarcation line between church and state.
Vatican: Bush wants bishops to back his agenda Dictator Bush has urged the Vatican to ask U.S. bishops to become more involved in promoting his conservative social agenda, a Vatican official told CNN on Monday.
Bush Asked for Vatican's Help on Political Issues, Report Says In his recent trip to Rome, Dictator Bush asked a top Vatican official to push American bishops to speak out more about political issues, including same-sex marriage, according to a report in the National Catholic Reporter, an independent newspaper.
Christian soldiers for the Bush campaign --by Robyn E. Blumner "President [sic] Bush first opens the spigot of public money to churches and other faith-based groups to the tune of over a billion dollars last year, then he knocks on the faith community's door for a political favor, por favor. As churches are being recruited, Republicans in Congress are doing their part to wave off the IRS. A bill that would allow religious denominations to support political candidates has been slipped into a larger jobs measure in the House. The Safe Harbor for Churches provision would reduce tax penalties for a set number of political endorsements from the pulpit and eliminate them if the endorsement was 'unintentional.'"
Washington Shrink Calls Bush a Paranoid, Sadistic Megalomaniac A new book by a prominent Washington psychoanalyst says Dictator George W. Bush is a "paranoid megalomaniac" as well as a sadist and "untreated alcoholic." The doctor's analysis appears to confirm earlier reports the Dictator may be emotionally unstable. Dr. Justin Frank, writing in Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President, also says the Dictator has a "lifelong streak of sadism, ranging from childhood pranks (using firecrackers to explode frogs) to insulting journalists, gloating over state executions ... [and] pumping his fist gleefully before the bombing of Baghdad."
Advance orders propel Clinton's memoirs to top of bestseller list Bill Clinton’s memoirs are to become the bestselling political book in American publishing history. The 1.5 million copies of the first edition of My Life, which will be published on June 22, have already been accounted for in advance orders, and Clinton’s publishers are racing to print a second impression.
Richard Clarke: 'Iraq could be much more of a problem for America than if Saddam had stayed in power' The Monday Interview: Former White House security chief --by Andrew Buncombe "Mr [Richard] Clarke believes Mr Bush's decision to invade Iraq undoubtedly damaged the hunt for al-Qa'ida. He also believes it has diverted much-needed resources from Homeland Security, leaving the country unnecessarily vulnerable.'[Iraq] is a fiasco,' he said. 'We can only hope there is a way of minimising the losses and getting out in a way that allows us to leave behind some sort of stable government. If [it stays as it is] now there is a high risk that what we leave behind will be worse than what was there before ... Iraq could easily be much more of a problem for us than it would have been if Saddam Hussein had stayed in power.'"
War spending 'has made country more vulnerable' America is "massively vulnerable" to another big terrorist attack because of Dictator George Bush's insistence on diverting resources from internal security to the war in Iraq, Richard Clarke, the former White House counter-terrorism chief has said.
Senators: CIA stalling on review of Iraq report 'Not a flattering picture,' Intelligence Committee chief says --Senate Intelligence Committee members are accusing the CIA of hindering the release of a report that gives an unflattering assessment of pre-war intelligence on Iraq.
CIA accused of delaying review of Senate report on prewar threat posed by Iraq Leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee are accusing the CIA of trying to delay release of the panel's report that criticizes the agency for overestimating the prewar threat posed by Iraq. ''I'm not sure whether it's because they don't want to be embarrassed,'' said Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, the committee's top Democrat.
Retired Officials Say Bush Must Go The 26 ex-diplomats and military leaders say his foreign policy has harmed national security. Several served under Republicans. A group of 26 former senior diplomats and military officials, several appointed to key positions by Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, plans to issue a joint statement this week arguing that Dictator George W. Bush has damaged America's national security and should be defeated in November.
Powell: Inaccurate Terror Report a 'Big Mistake' A State Department report that incorrectly showed a decline last year in terrorism worldwide was a "big mistake," Secretary of State Colin Powell said today. He said he was working with the CIA, which helped to compile the data, to determine why the errors got into the report.
Red Cross ultimatum to US on Hussein Release him, charge him or break international law, Bush told --Saddam Hussein must either be released from custody by June 30 or charged if the US and the new Iraqi government are to conform to international law, the International Committee of the Red Cross said last night. Nada Doumani, a spokeswoman for the ICRC, told the Guardian: "The United States defines Saddam Hussein as a prisoner of war. At the end of an occupation PoWs have to be released provided they have no penal charges against them."
Occupation to Hold Up to 5,000 Iraqis After the June 30 'handover of power,' Americans will continue to hold between 4,000 and 5,000 prisoners deemed a 'threat' [?!?] to the occupation, a U.S. official said. [The Bush dictatorship is a *threat* to every species on the planet.]
Interrogation abuses were 'approved at highest levels' New evidence that the physical abuse of detainees in Iraq and at Guantanamo Bay was authorised at the top of the Bush dictatorship will emerge in Washington this week, adding further to pressure on the White House. The Telegraph understands that four confidential Red Cross documents implicating senior Pentagon civilians in the Abu Ghraib scandal have been passed to an American television network, which is preparing to make them public shortly.
Detainee Fears Recorded Defense memos raised questions over treatment at Guantanamo Bay. A series of Defense Department memos written at the base and obtained by The Washington Post memos document for the first time the precise nature of a number of long-standing concerns issued by the International Committee of the Red Cross over the treatment of suspected al CIA-duh terrorists and Taliban fighters held at the base. Among them: U.S. interrogators were placing detainees in isolation holds for as long as a month at a time for refusing to furnish information. Extraordinarily long interrogation sessions were having a "cumulative effect" on the mental health of the captives. And the reliance upon open-air cages instead of enclosed cells constituted inhumane treatment under the international laws of war.
Alcohol Cited as Problem at Prison Officials at Abu Ghraib tried to rein in the illicit behavior before abuse of inmates surfaced. Weeks before U.S. military investigators began uncovering evidence of mistreatment of detainees, commanders at the Abu Ghraib prison launched a crackdown on alcohol abuse and told intelligence troops that guards were suspected of soliciting sex from Iraqi prostitutes, according to soldiers and officers who worked at the compound.
More Disturbing Pictures of America's Military Circulate on the Internet --by Jeremy Reynalds "A picture showing what appears to be a member of the U.S. Military Police with a dog on a leash dressed with Arab head gear is making its way around radical Islamic internet sites. While there is no caption accompanying the picture and no way of knowing whether it is genuine, in view of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal just the picture's existence is sure to inflame an already very volatile situation." [Editor's note: the authenticity of these photographs has not been established.]
Documentarian kept quiet after filming U.S. soldiers abusing Iraqis Filmmaker Michael Moore said Friday he wasn't sure he did the right thing by saving footage of U.S. American soldiers' cruelty toward Iraqis for his controversial documentary, "Fahrenheit 9/11,'' instead of releasing the evidence earlier when it might have helped halt such abuse.
U.S. Warns of Increased Violence in Iraq [Nah. . . ya' think?] Alarmed by the assassination of two Iraqi officials, Bush dictatorship officials are warning of increasing violence as the June 30 transfer of political power nears.
Several Explosions Rock Baghdad A car bomber attacked a U.S. convoy in Baghdad on Monday, sending plumes of smoke into the air above the city. In total, up to three or four possibly simultaneous explosions were reported throughout the Iraqi capital. The car bomb exploded at rush hour along one of central Baghdad's most heavily trafficked streets, killing at least 12 people. Angry Iraqis shouted "down with the USA" and set fire to an American flag.
Suicide Car Bomb in Baghdad Kills at Least Five A suicide car bomber blew himself up on a busy Baghdad street Monday as a convoy of foreigners in civilian cars drove past, partly demolishing a nearby building and killing at least five people.
Twelve Iraqis killed as car bomber targets American base in Baghdad A suicide car bomber trying to attack an American base killed 12 Iraqis yesterday and an assassin shot dead a senior education ministry official.
Iraq Car Bombing Kills 12; Official Slain A suicide car-bomber killed a dozen people Sunday near a U.S. garrison in Baghdad and gunmen assassinated a senior Education Ministry official in a day that also included a rocket attack on the Green Zone housing the U.S. dictatorship and ambushes around the capital. A U.S. helicopter crashed but the crew survived.
Iraqi professor gunned down An Iraqi geography professor, Sabri al-Bayati, was shot dead today moments after leaving a Baghdad university campus, said a witness and a medical official. The killing followed the assassinations in Baghdad of two senior Iraqi officials in 24 hours.
Polls raise spectre of Blair defeat A senior Blair government minister has warned of the prospect of defeat at the next general election following the Labour Party's drubbing in local council polls in Britain at the weekend. Labour's leader in the House of Commons, Peter Hain, said if the local results were "even partially replicated" at the national level, British voters "would wake up to Tory rule".
Al-CIA-duh threat looms large in Saudi after Americans' killing, abduction The killing of a US national and presumed abduction of another by suspected Al-CIA-duh extremists kept tensions high in the Saudi capital, with diplomats reporting the possible death of one more Westerner and police denying the report.
The Pentagon's new "Terrorist Mastermind" Who is Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi? --by Michel Chossudovsky "What is the role of this new mastermind in the Pentagon's disinformation campaign, in which CNN seems to be playing a central role? ...Almost immediately in the wake of a terrorist event or warning, CNN announces (in substance): we think this mysterious individual Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi is behind it, invariably without supporting evidence and prior to the conduct of an investigation by the relevant police and intelligence authorities... The authenticity of the website and/or the tapes is not the object of discussion or detailed investigation."
U.S. Pushes Europe to Get Tougher on Iran Nuke Plans Washington is pressuring France, Germany and Britain to toughen their draft resolution rebuking Iran for lax cooperation with the U.N. nuclear watchdog, whose board will vote on the text this week, diplomats said.
Inquiry into causes of Gulf War syndrome announced An independent inquiry is to be held into Gulf War syndrome, the range of unexplained illnesses suffered by soldiers who served in the conflict 14 years ago.
Vietnam's war against Agent Orange The Vietnam War ended in 1975, but the scourge of dioxin contamination from a herbicide known as Agent Orange did not. "The damage inflicted by Agent Orange is much worse than anybody thought at the end of the war," said Professor Nguyen Trong Nhan, the vice-president of the Vietnam Victims of Agent Orange Association (VAVA). [*Also, see: Agent Orange Website]
Police officer may have to explain links to terror suspects (Madrid) The Commission investigating the events surrounding the 11 March terrorist attacks is to examine the relationship between police and some of the suspects, it emerged Thursday. It is considering asking a police inspector who used three of the suspects as informers to appear before the commission. Manuel García Rodríguez is a police inspector in Aviles in Asturias, northern Spain. The Spanish daily El Mundo claimed Thursday three suspects had a relationship with Garcia before and after the bombings. The suspects allegedly made calls to the police officer and the Islamic radical from the same telephone box just outside the police station in Aviles, the paper reported. [Did Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar have foreknowledge of the 3-11 attacks in Madrid? The attacks may have been carried out with the Aznar (and Bush?) regime's hopes to boost Aznar's chances of victory in the March 14, 2004 elections. The plan backfired, as the Spanish people were intelligent enough to 'see through' it. Not so with Bush and 9-11. And, if Bush 'allows' a terrorist attack to occur on US soil prior to the November elections, Rove knows that most Americans would likely rally around Dictator Bush.]
Spain suspects 'were informants' (April 29, 2004) The Spanish interior ministry says it is investigating reports that two suspects in the 11 March Madrid train bombings were police informants. The move came after Spain's El Mundo newspaper said Moroccan Rafa Zuher and Spaniard Jose Emilio Suarez had been in contact with police before the attacks.
Nazi commander 'was CIA agent' An 86-year-old ex-commander of a Nazi German army unit charged with murdering 164 people at the end of World War II worked as a double agent for the United States, Focus magazine says in its new edition. Ladislav Niznansky, who is in custody in Munich, southern Germany, worked as a double agent for the Central Intelligence Agency while he was a member of the Czech secret service just after the worker, it said quoting CIA documents.
The Pentagon—Spying in America? Without any public hearing or debate, NEWSWEEK has learned, Defense officials recently slipped a provision into a bill before Congress that could vastly expand the Pentagon's ability to gather intelligence inside the United States, including recruiting citizens as informants.
Proposition to take DNA at arrest stirs privacy fears Mandatory sampling on November ballot --A man who lost his brother to an unknown serial killer has bankrolled a November ballot measure that would force everyone arrested for a felony in California to provide a DNA sample.
Rx for W: Electoral Surgery --by Richard Leiby "In the book ['Bush on the Couch'], to be released Tuesday, Justin A. Frank, a clinical professor at George Washington University Medical Center, claims President [sic] Bush exhibits 'sadistic tendencies' and suffers from 'character pathology,' including 'grandiosity' and 'megalomania' -- viewing himself, America and God as interchangeable. Frank told us yesterday that his opinions are based on publicly available materials, adding, 'I've never met the president [sic] or any members of his family.' A Democrat who once headed the Washington chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, Frank concludes in the book: 'Our sole treatment option -- for his benefit and for ours -- is to remove President [sic] Bush from office . . . before it is too late.'"
Benefit Art Auction Aims to Unseat Bush Artists, art galleries and wealthy collectors are contributing more than 170 works for an auction June 29 in New York to raise money for two pro-Democratic groups, America Coming Together and the political action committee ARTS PAC, that will use the cash for voter mobilization and other election-year efforts. Auction-block objects are a means to a desired goal — defeating Dictator Bush and other Republicans on Nov. 2.
"Al Gore should move to Florida for the next five months, rent a one bedroom apartment and do nothing but give speeches that expose the crime that compromised our Democracy in 2000 and reveal how they are trying to do it again." --Michael Barry, Reston, VA, CLG's Quote of the Day, June 13, 2004 [Send your best zingers to email@example.com.]
Michael Rectenwald responds to a Freeper who calls us 'a bunch of Socialist f*cks'
Secret world of US jails Jason Burke charts the worldwide hidden network of prisons where more than 3,000 al-Qaeda suspects have been held without trial - and many subjected to torture - since 9/11 --The United States government, in conjunction with key allies, is running an 'invisible' network of prisons and detention centres into which thousands of suspects have disappeared without trace since the 'war on [of] terror' began. In the past three years, thousands of alleged militants have been transferred around the world by American, Arab and Far Eastern security services, often in secret operations that by-pass extradition laws.
Blair to send 3,000 extra troops to Iraq Tony Blair is preparing to defy voters' protests by sending another 3,000 British troops to Iraq. The announcement, which could come within a fortnight, is being finalised in the Ministry of Defence.
Bush team campaigning for Howard, says Labor The Labor Party's federal president, Carmen Lawrence, suspects US Dictator George W. Bush's regime of working for the re-election of the Prime Minister, John Howard.
White House 'trying to help Howard' The Labor Party's federal president, Carmen Lawrence, has accused the United States regime of trying to help Prime Minister John Howard win another term. US Dictator George W Bush and two senior officials have attacked Mark Latham's commitment to withdraw Australia's troops from Iraq by Christmas.
Richard Armitage - the connections behind his attack on Latham --by David Palmer "So now we have Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage wading into local Australian politics with the latest Bush administration attack on the ALP's Iraq withdrawal plan (see Howard's 2004 Tampa: director George Bush). Armitage doesn't waste time like President [sic] Bush. He goes right for ALP leader Mark Latham by name... So who is Richard Armitage? None other than a former board member of CACI - the private contractor that employed four interrogators at Abu Ghraib prison - interrogators who worked with the 205th Military Intelligence Brigade there." [*See: Ex-Detainees Sue 2 U.S. Contractors Employees of Titan and CACI are accused of torturing prisoners.]
Peace group calls for Cheney impeachment Vice pResident Dick Cheney deserves to be impeached, members of a statewide peace organization said. Impeachment is warranted because of Cheney's "pattern of deceit regarding the war in Iraq, suspect business dealings with Halliburton and stonewalling of Congress over the fossil fuel and nuclear industries' influence on our national energy policy," Nebraskans for Peace said in a prepared statement.
Explosions rock central Baghdad A series of explosions have rocked the headquarters of the US-led occupation in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. Smoke was seen rising above the so-called Green Zone on the west bank of the Tigris River.
Errors Are Seen in Early Attacks on Iraqi Leaders The United States launched many more failed airstrikes on a far broader array of senior Iraqi leaders during the early days of the war last year than has previously been acknowledged, and some caused significant civilian casualties, according to senior military and intelligence officials.
US Plans to Release Another 650 Prisoners to Be Released From Abu Ghraib on Monday The U.S. military plans to release another 650 prisoners from Abu Ghraib prison, center of the abuse scandal, next week, U.S. Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt said Saturday.
Prison Dog Abuse Photos "Editor's Note: Some images in this gallery may be disturbing because of their violent or graphic nature." [*See also: Use of Dogs to Scare Prisoners Was Authorized Military Intelligence Personnel Were Involved, Handlers Say]
Riyadh attacks 'revenge for Abu Ghraib' Al CIA-duh militants in Saudi Arabia claim to have killed one American and kidnapped another to avenge the US mistreatment of Muslim prisoners in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay. The attacks are the latest in a string of assaults on Westerners in Saudi Arabia by suspected Islamist extremists.
American Man Shot Dead in Saudi Capital A U.S. national was shot dead in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Saturday in the sixth attack on Westerners in six weeks, security and diplomatic sources said.
Interrogators Hired for Iraq Despite Ban The Army hired private interrogators to work in Iraq and Afghanistan despite the service's policy of barring contractors from military intelligence jobs such as interrogating prisoners.
Hiding a bad guy named triple X How the military treated some inmates at Abu Ghraib like 'ghosts' --The top U.S. commander in Iraq, Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, issued a classified order last November directing military guards to hide a prisoner, later dubbed "Triple X" by soldiers, from Red Cross inspectors and keep his name off official rosters.
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Finding memo (video clip) Clip description --"One rogue organization might have been supporting the actions at Abu Ghraib prison: the U.S. Justice Department."
Upon return, some troops struggle to find jobs Some Florida National Guard members are having a hard time finding work after serving in Iraq. Staff Sgt. Richard Lynch and Spc. Howell Horan found themselves unemployed when they returned from combat duty in Iraq with the Florida National Guard. Both say their job prospects look dim...
Relief as 'Red Ken' re-elected mayor Controversial politician Ken Livingstone, only recently readmitted to the British Labour Party, provided a rare moment of relief in a local election drubbing for Tony Blair. He was re-elected for a second term as Mayor of London after beating off a strong challenge from Conservative candidate Steve Norris - but he warned that rumours of the death of the Conservative Party had been "rather overplayed". Mr Livingstone fought as a Labour candidate after winning as an independent four years ago.
Congress Backs Pentagon Budget Heavy on Future Weapons As Congress moves ahead with a huge new defense bill, lawmakers are making only modest changes in the Pentagon's plans to spend well over $1 trillion in the next decade on an arsenal of futuristic planes, ships and weapons with little direct connection to the Iraq war or the global war on terrorism.
Oops!!!!! Homeland Suckyour-ity living up to its name: Md. Lab Ships Live Anthrax In Error Federal authorities said they are investigating an apparent laboratory foul-up in which live anthrax bacteria were shipped from Maryland to California by Federal Express [?!?] because scientists involved in the transfer thought the bacteria were dead. [Instead of worrying about leftists' emails and the bogus 'No-Fly' list, why doesn't Homeland Suckyour-ity do ITS JOB???]
Interpol IDs Piracy Link to Funding of 'Terrorism' 'Terrorist' organizations around the world are getting some of their funding from the sale of illegally copied intellectual property, including pirated DVDs and CDs, according to Interpol and copyright trade groups. [The most dangerous terrorist (and financial backer of terrorism) in the world is George W. Bush. The world awaits Bush's trial for treason... for 9-11 complicity, the illegal invasion of Iraq, and ten thousand acts of environmental terrorism.]
GOP prepping for a *second* coup d'etat: Software problem imperils voting recounts Voter advocates are crying foul, and elections officials and an equipment supplier have issued 'reassurances' about a software problem that could foil recounts of votes in close elections. Five months away from a presidential election, state officials have learned that the touchscreen voting machines now used in Miami-Dade, Broward and nine other counties have a software flaw that could make it impossible to do manual recounts in close races.
Fight over electronic voting riles League of Women Voters A battle over electronic voting is threatening the cohesion of the nonpartisan League of Women Voters, whose national leadership is refusing to endorse demands by hundreds of members for a paper trail to guard against fraud, hackers and malfunctions. Some local chapters are so angry that they are flouting regulations and planning to speak against the national stance Friday and Saturday at the league's biennial convention in Washington.
Poll: Edwards Favored As Kerry VP Choice Sen. John Edwards, the smooth-talking populist who emerged from the nominating campaign as John Kerry's chief rival, is favored among registered voters to be the Democratic vice presidential candidate, according to an Associated Press poll.
Nadir Ethics Questioned Candidate ran campaign in charity office --Since October, Barf Nadir [Ralph Nadir] has run his campaign for president out of the same downtown Washington offices that through April housed a public charity he created -- an overlap that campaign finance specialists said could run afoul of federal laws.
Berlusconi's wake up call to voters angers left The Italian left is crying foul after the office of the prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, sent 56m text messages to mobile telephones urging their owners to turn out to vote in tomorrow's European and local elections.
Spain Engulfed in Vast Social Change Gay Marriage, Legalized Abortion, Domestic Violence Penalties on Government's Agenda --In less than two months since taking power through an election few analysts thought it could win, Spain's Socialist Workers' Party has begun implementing a domestic agenda to remake this historically conservative society to resemble the more open, secular models of northern Europe.
Teacher draws heat for Reagan remarks (NY) A Shenendehowa teacher faces possible disciplinary action for disparaging former President [Reichwing terrorist] Ronald Raygun during a moment of silence in his honor, district officials said. During the minute or so observation, the teacher made a series of "negative" and "inappropriate" comments about the Iran-Contra, arms-for-hostages terrorist's policies in front of up to 16 seniors, officials said. A Nazi ['parent of a student'] in the class alerted the district to the incident, she said. [Alert *this,* whackjob.]
Reagan, fact and fantasy Greg Palast says condemnation, not praise, is ex-President's due. "The New York Times wrote that Reagan projected 'faith in small town America' and 'old-time values'. Values, my ass. It was union busting and a declaration of war on the poor and anyone who couldn't buy designer dresses. It was the New Meanness, bringing starvation back to America so that every millionaire could get another million. And then, in the White House basement he condoned a coup d'état against an elected Congress."
"According to the 'New York Times', last year white house lawyers concluded that President [sic] Bush could legally order interrogators to torture and even kill people in the interest of national security - so if that's legal, what the hell are we charging Saddam Hussein with?" --Jay Leno, Thursday night, June 10.
Halliburton Under Investigation for Nigeria Bribery Accusations The Securities and Exchange Commission is formally investigating allegations that a Halliburton Co. subsidiary was involved in paying $180 million in bribes to get a natural gas project contract in Nigeria. Vice pResident Dick Cheney was head of the oil services conglomerate at the time.
Iraqi deputy foreign minister slain in Baghdad Ministry's most senior career diplomat ambushed Saturday --Assailants killed an Iraqi deputy foreign minister Saturday in an ambush that occurred as he was traveling to his Baghdad office, the Foreign Ministry said.
Resistance fighters blow up police station in Iraq Attack is fourth on a police station in past week --Resistance fighters stormed a police station south of Baghdad, drove off the poorly armed police and blew up the building Friday in the fourth such attack against Iraqi security installations over the last week, officials and witnesses said.
General Granted Latitude At Prison Abu Ghraib Used Aggressive Tactics --Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, the senior U.S. military officer in Iraq, borrowed heavily from a list of high-pressure interrogation tactics used at the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and approved letting senior officials at a Baghdad jail use military dogs, temperature extremes, reversed sleep patterns, sensory deprivation, and diets of bread and water on detainees whenever they wished, according to newly obtained documents.
Army Policy Bars Interrogations by Private Contractors The use of private contractors as interrogators at Abu Ghraib and other prisons in Iraq violates an Army policy that requires such jobs to be filled by government employees because of the "risk to national security," among other concerns, the Army acknowledged Friday.
Iraqis Put Contempt For Troops On Display A pair of AH-64 Apache helicopter gunships thumped back and forth overhead, scouring residential streets for insurgents. Dun-colored Bradley Fighting Vehicles snorted and wheeled around, their tracks gouging holes in the tarmac. A dozen Humvees stood sentry, closing off the four-lane avenue to Iraqi cars, while nervous American soldiers with M-16 automatic rifles forbade local residents from approaching. "Look at this," said Ghassan Abu Ahmed, raising his hand in a sweeping gesture toward the tableau of military might. "This is freedom? It is crazy."
Americans Say Iraq War Not Worth It -LA Times Poll A majority of U.S. voters now say it was not worth going to war in Iraq and feel the United States is getting bogged down there, according to a Los Angeles Times poll published on Friday.
Bush, Blair See Support at Home Battered by Iraq Most Americans now say the Iraq war was not worth it, an opinion poll showed on Friday, and British Prime Minister Tony Blair acknowledged the conflict was behind his party's drubbing in local elections.
Bush: Troops to stay until 'job's done' Dictator George W. Bush said Iraq is on its way to becoming a 'sovereign democracy' [another puppet dictatorship for Halliburton and the Bush terror team] as he addressed the international media in closing remarks at the G8 Summit. But the dictator offered no definite timetable when the U.S. might reduce its troop level in Iraq. Significant troop withdrawals will happen "when the job's done," he said.
Michael Moore has Blair in sights Michael Moore's anti-Iraq war crusade is not stopping with U.S. Dictator George W. Bush as the filmmaker says he now wants to make a movie about Prime Minister Tony Blair's role in the war.
Ten US Navy Carriers Now At Sea - Only Two In Port USS Carl Vinson Has Gone Out --From Radwick "This brings the number of carriers over the horizon to 10. This would prove to be a most COSTLY exercise if in fact this is ONLY an exercise. OR, are they all on emergency operational deployment??? Of the remaining 2 carriers only USS Nimitz is deployable as the USS Eisenhower is having its nuclear power plant refueled and will be out of commission for several years."
Document warns Guantanamo employees not to talk Military and civilian employees at the U.S. prison for suspected 'terrorists' at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were warned recently not to talk with attorneys who represent detainees held there, according to a document prepared by the legal office of the Army-led task force that runs the facility.
US' charges against Australian terror suspect blasted The father of an Australian terror suspect scorned the US military tribunal that his son will face, saying yesterday that his conviction seemed a foregone conclusion and accusing interrogators of abusing him during two years of detention at Guantanamo Bay.
Facing Defeat? Justice Department lawyers, fearing a crushing defeat before the U.S. Supreme Court in the next few weeks, are scrambling to develop a conventional criminal case against "enemy combatant" Jose Padilla that would charge him with providing "material support" to Al CIA-duh, NEWSWEEK has learned. Dictatorship officials now concede that the principal claim they have been making about Padilla ever since his detention—that he was dispatched to the United States for the specific purpose of setting off a radiological "dirty bomb"—has turned out to be wrong and most likely can never be used against him in court.
G-8 security a model for upcoming events Get ready, Boston, New York and Washington, for surface-to-air missiles in public parks, severe restrictions on travel and soldiers and police on downtown streets. The unprecedented display of law enforcement power during the Group of Eight economic summit is about to go on the road. Organizers say their success at squelching potential terrorism and violent protests has convinced federal, state and local agencies across the country to make this a blueprint for "National Security Special Events," such as the national political conventions this summer.
FBI warns 10 cities about demonstrations The FBI has told law enforcement agencies across the country that radical environmentalists may stage protests, possibly violent ones, this weekend in support of a jailed resistance fighter. [*See: International Day of Action & Solidarity with Jeff 'Free' Luers and Free Jeff "Free" Luers!]
DJ Reassigned After Feting Raygun's Death A college disc jockey who was initially fired after devoting a radio show to celebrating the death of [Iran-Contra, arms-for-hostages terrorist] Ronald Raygun will be reassigned to another job until he can respond to complaints about his actions, officials said Friday. Scott Hornyak said the show was "a celebration that Ronald Reagan was dead, was finally dead," and that he told listeners he wanted to "walk over the newly laid dirt" on Reagan's grave.
Calculating Disaster Accidents at Puget Sound's Trident installation cast doubt on Navy and Lockheed safety claims --by Glen Milner "There is no weapon system in the US arsenal with the operational risks of a Trident submarine. No weapon has as much explosive material, in the form of solid rocket propellant, and the number of nuclear warheads tightly packed in a confined vessel. On November 7, 2003 a missile handling crew at Bangor, WA hoisted a Trident C-4 missile into a ladder that was left inside the launch tube. A nine-inch hole was made in the nose cone as the ladder came within inches of a live nuclear warhead... When the accident became public in March 2004, many acknowledged the Navy's concern for safety but failed to recognize one critical fact--the design of the missile is inherently flawed... Had the ladder struck the third stage rocket motor with sufficient force, the resultant explosion would have detonated the much larger first and second stage rocket motors and spread the plutonium across Puget Sound."
Researchers Exposed to Anthrax At least five workers developing an anthrax 'vaccine' at a children's hospital research lab in Oakland were accidentally exposed to the deadly bacterium because of a shipping mistake, officials reported Thursday.
McCain personally rejected Kerry overtures Republican Sen. John McCain has personally rejected John Kerry's overtures to join the Democratic presidential ticket and forge a bipartisan alliance against Dictator Bush, The Associated Press has learned. [If such an alliance was forged and Kerry were to win, the Bush terror team would 'Wellstone' Kerry and install McCain (the Republican) as president shortly after the election.]
Sen. Kennedy Loses Bid to Remove Pryor Sen. Edward Kennedy lost a legal challenge to Dictator Bush's appointment of former Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor to a federal appeals judgeship. Pryor's appointment has been vigorously opposed by Democratic senators who have objected to his past comments and writings on abortion and homosexuality. After the Senate failed to confirm Pryor's appointment, Bush installed him on the 11th U.S. Circuit of Appeals on Feb. 20 as a "recess appointment," which does not require Senate confirmation. [Bush should know all about 'installation,' since that is how he assumed power in 2000.]
Fed's Rate Increases May Come Quickly Officials Don't Feel Bound to 'Measured' Pace --Two Federal Reserve bank presidents added their voices yesterday to the chorus of central bank officials warning that rising inflation may force them to raise interest rates more rapidly than many investors expect.
Speaker Pushes Jobs Bill Provision Religious Leaders Would Be Allowed More Freedom to Participate in Partisan Politics --House Republican leaders have tacked on to a major jobs bill a provision that would give religious leaders more freedom to engage in partisan politics without endangering the tax-exempt status of their churches.
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