June 2005 Archives, Page Two
Former MI5 Agent Says 9/11 An Inside Job --Attack Was 'Coup d'etat,' Buildings Were Demolished By Controlled Demolitions --Former MI5 agent David Shayler, who previously blew the whistle on the British government paying Al Qaeda $200,000 to carry out political assassinations, has gone on the record with his conviction that 9/11 was an inside job meant to bring about a permanent state of emergency in America and pave the way for the invasions of Afghanistan, Iraq and ultimately Iran and Syria.
Intellectuals damn US war on Iraq 27 Jun 2005 Dozens of activists holding an unofficial tribunal to put the US-led war in Iraq on trial have recommended that US President [sic] George Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair be investigated for crimes against humanity.
Sunni men in Baghdad targeted by attackers in police uniforms By Tom Lasseter and Yasser Salihee, Knight Ridder Newspapers --27 Jun 2005 Days after Iraq's new Shiite-led government was announced on April 28, the bodies of Sunni Muslim men began turning up at the capital's central morgue after the men had been detained by people wearing Iraqi police uniforms. Their hands had been tied or handcuffed behind their backs, their eyes were blindfolded and they appeared to have been tortured. In most cases, the dead men looked as if they'd been whipped with a cord, subjected to electric shocks or beaten with a blunt object and shot to death, often with single bullets to their heads... U.S. officials, who have advisers in the Interior Ministry, have said that they're aware of the abductions and killings, but that they think the murders are the work of insurgents posing as police. ...Salihee was a special correspondent. He was shot and killed last week in Baghdad in circumstances that remain unclear. [The US death squads in Iraq are busy little bees, murdering journalists who are exposing the truth...]
Halliburton Iraq deals described as contract abuse 27 Jun 2005 A top U.S. Army procurement official said on Monday Halliburton's deals in Iraq were the worst example of contract abuse she had seen as Pentagon auditors flagged over $1 billion of potential overcharges by the Texas-based firm.
US to expand its prisons across Iraq 27 Jun 2005 The United States is spending $50 million to build new prisons to house the thousands of suspected fighters its forces are capturing in Iraq. With anti-US violence in Iraq continuing to rage, American forces are now holding more than 10,000 people they classify as "security detainees" in their three main jails in Iraq.
Abu Ghraib expanded as violence sweeps Iraq 27 Jun 2005 Faced with unremitting [US-engendered] violence, the United States is building new detention areas at Iraqi prisons including the notorious Abu Ghraib. The US will not hand over Abu Ghraib to the new 'Iraqi' government, according to a planned timetable, but other prisons including Camp Bucca in the British-controlled south of the country are being expanded.
Detainee Dies While In Custody 27 Jun 2005 A male security detainee died June 26 at approximately 7 a.m. from wounds sustained two weeks ago while engaging Occupation Forces.
APA Statement on Psychiatric Practices at Guantanamo Bay 27 Jun 2005 (American Psychiatric Association Press Release) "The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is troubled by recent reports regarding alleged violations of professional medical ethics by psychiatrists at Guantanamo Bay. APA is reviewing issues related to psychiatry and interrogation procedures and plans to develop a specific policy statement in the near future."
Lawyers: Guantanamo detainees' cases stalled in the legal system 27 Jun 2005 Detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are frustrated with the U.S. court system because none of them has received a court hearing, despite a Supreme Court decision a year ago that gave them the right to challenge their detention, according to detainees' attorneys.
Helicopter Crash Kills Two; Soldier Dies From Small-Arms Fire 27 Jun 2005 An American helicopter crashed at approximately 11 a.m. local time today northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, killing two soldiers, military officials in Iraq reported. Also today, a U.S. Army soldier assigned to Task Force Baghdad was killed by small-arms fire in Baghdad...
2 U.S. Pilots Die in Iraq Helicopter Crash --A U.S. Apache attack helicopter crashed Monday north of Baghdad, killing both pilots, after a witness said he saw the aircraft hit by a rocket that "destroyed it completely in the air.''
Prozac goes to war: Feeding our troops anti-depressants like they were Skittles or M&Ms --by Jane Stillwater "A friend of mine is stationed in Iraq and is totally flipping out. Can you possibly guess why? Maybe he's tired of following orders that routinely involve blowing up babies? Well, for whatever reason, the doctors there are trying to feed him anti-psychotic medications. 'A bottle of pills is their answer to everything over here,' he e-mailed me."
Iraq reports corruption epidemic 27 Jun 2005 Arrest warrants on fraud charges have been issued for two former ministers in the 'Iraqi' interim government... The Commission on Public Integrity has proposed increasing salaries for public employees to help tackle the problem.
Iraq: A bloody mess By Patrick Cockburn 28 Jun 2005 "Most of Iraq is today a bloody no-man's land beset by ruthless insurgents, savage bandit gangs, trigger-happy US patrols and marauding government forces. The 'handover of power' last June was always a misnomer. Much real power remained in the hands of the US."
U.S. headed for disaster when efforts in Iraq collapse --by John Patrick Grace "We may now be only weeks away from a complete collapse of the Iraqi army and the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq in the face of overwhelming public pressure on Tony Blair... The scandals of prisoner mistreatment at Abu Ghraib in Baghdad and at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, coupled with a burgeoning debt that likely will never be paid back by Iraqi oil and the Halliburton cost overruns ripping off the U.S. military by millions of dollars, have soured much popular support of the war.
Wow, the PentaPost actually does its job! Well, better late than never... 28 Jun 2005 From Memos, Insights Into Ally's Doubts On Iraq War ...Behind the scenes, British officials believed the U.S. administration was already committed to a war that they feared was ill-conceived and illegal and could lead to disaster. The documents indicate that the officials foresaw a host of problems that later would haunt both governments -- including thin intelligence about the nature of the Iraqi threat, weak public support for war and a lack of planning for the aftermath of military action.
Downing Street Minutes to Hit House Floor --by David Swanson 27 Jun 2005 "Congressman John Conyers, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and Congresswoman Barbara Lee are asking their colleagues in the House of Representatives to join them on the evening of June 28 to discuss the Downing Street Minutes on the floor of the House... Please contact your Congress Member right away and ask them to contact the Judiciary Committee staff and commit to taking part." Phone: 1-877-762-8762, Email: http://www.democrats.com/peoplesemailnetwork/39
Ex-Israeli Soldier Guilty of Manslaughter 27 Jun 2005 An Israeli military court convicted a former soldier of manslaughter today in the 2003 shooting death of a British activist who was working with the Palestinians.
Rights groups detail 'Kafkaesque' U.S. detentions 27 Jun 2005 The government detained at least 70 men, all but one a Muslim, as material witnesses and abused their civil rights in a largely secret operation launched by the Justice Department after the Sept. 11 attacks, Human Rights Watch and the ACLU allege in a report out today.
Rights report says US detentions were abuse of law --The United States abused a law intended to keep witnesses from fleeing when it jailed dozens of Muslim men after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, according to a report Monday by two major rights groups.
Judge to Consider Miller/Cooper Case on Wednesday 27 Jun 2005 The hearing before Judge Thomas Hogan to consider the next step in the case involving reporters [sic] Judith Miller and Matt Cooper will be held on Wednesday... Since the U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear the appeals of Miller and Cooper, their cases will go back to the U.S. District judge who first held them in contempt for refusing to reveal their sources in the Valerie Plame case.
Supreme Court Won't Hear CIA Leak Case --The Supreme Court rejected appeals Monday from two 'journalists' who have refused to testify before a grand jury about the leak of an undercover CIA officer's identity. Time magazine's Matthew Cooper and The New York Times' [WMD whore] Judith Miller, who filed the appeals, face up to 18 months in jail for refusing to reveal sources as part of an investigation into who divulged the name of CIA officer Valerie Plame.
Italy eyes extradition of CIA-led kidnappers-source --Italy plans to seek the extradition of 13 CIA-led agents for the abduction of a radical Muslim cleric who was flown to Egypt and said he was tortured in prison there, a judicial source said on Monday.
Apology proves spies were in NZ: Clark 27 Jun 2005 Israel's apology for two of its citizens who illegally obtained New Zealand passports is proof the pair were secret agents, Prime Minister Helen Clark said.
Karl Rove Can't Lie His Way Out --By Bill Gallagher "Cynicism is the soul of George W. Bush's presidency and Karl Rove, the man he calls his 'brain,' speaks out loud the thoughts lurking in the president's ruthless but muddled mind. Rove is the most vile, despicable, duplicitous, power-addicted, war-mongering, lying neo-fascist in the administration, save Dick Cheney and the man who lets them run the government for him. Rove's cynicism is a perfect reflection of Bush's jaded mind and willingness to say and do anything to grab and preserve power."
Watchdog group files FEC charge against Frist for '00 filing problems 28 Jun 2005 Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a self-described nonprofit progressive legal watchdog group, filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) yesterday against Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.).
U.S., Canada, Mexico advance homeland security initiative 27 Jun 2005 Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez today released a plan, co-developed with Canadian and Mexican leaders, to establish common North American programs for screening travelers... among other goals. ...The three countries also will work to develop joint standards for baggage and passenger screening and for "no-fly" programs throughout North America, as well as new protocols for air cargo inspection.
XM radio satellites may get a role in homeland security 27 Jun 2005 The US military might draft the service of XM Satellite Radio Inc. XM and Raytheon Co. have jointly built a communications system that would use XM's satellites to relay information to soldiers and emergency responders during a crisis. The Mobile Enhanced Situational Awareness Network would get a dedicated channel on XM's satellites.
Cops Can't Be Sued for Restraining Orders --The Supreme Court ruled Monday that police cannot be sued for how they enforce restraining orders, ending a lawsuit by a Colorado woman who claimed police did not do enough to prevent her estranged husband from killing her three young daughters.
Commandment Displays Allowed on Some Government Property 27 Jun 2005 The Supreme Court ruled today that displaying the Ten Commandments on government property does not necessarily violate the constitutional principle that there must be a separation between church and state.
Justices Disallow Ten Commandments in Courthouses --In Separate Decision, Court Upholds Displays on Government Land 27 Jun 2005 In separate opinions today, the Supreme Court signaled that the permissibility of government sponsored displays of the Ten Commandments depends on circumstances.
2 counties risk lawsuits for spurning touch-screen voting machines 27 Jun 2005 At least two Florida counties are balking at paperless touch-screen 'voting' machines — and risking lawsuits — as state and federal deadlines loom for buying equipment that allows disabled voters to cast ballots without assistance.
Cable Companies Don't Need to Share Lines --The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that cable companies may keep rival Internet providers from using their lines, a decision that will limit competition and consumers' choices. The 6-3 decision is a victory for the Bush regime, which sought exclusive control to promote broadband investment from deep-pocketed cable companies.
Panel: NASA Fails to Meet Safety Terms --A panel overseeing NASA's resumption of shuttle flights concluded Monday that the space agency has failed to meet the toughest safety recommendations put in place after the Columbia disaster.
Blumenthal Accuses Wal-Mart of Selling Illegal Fireworks --State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal on Monday accused Wal-Mart of selling illegal fireworks in some of its Connecticut stores.
Animal groups praise Sen. Rick Santorum 27 Jun 2005 Puppies and kittens likely are not the first things that come to mind when many think of Sen. Rick Santorum - the conservative No. 3 Senate Republican known for his tough stance against abortion and gay marriage. But Santorum, R-Pa., has won high praise from the Humane Society of the United States for pushing legislation aimed at ending breeding facilities known as puppy mills.
How to Bury a Mad Cow - The Cover Up and Denial Must End --By John Stauber "The so-called 'firewall feed ban' to prevent cattle from contracting the disease in the United States is a joke, and more like pouring gasoline on a fire... The US mad cow testing system seems designed to cover up mad cow disease rather than find it."
Trillion Dollar War --Cheaper 'to pay Saddam to quit Iraq' 27 Jun 2005 Iraq and its aftermath will cost $1trillion - a million million dollars - it was claimed last night. The huge sum, equivalent to £548,000,000,000, was revealed as the US held secret meetings with rebels to end the fighting.
Iraq: The carve-up begins --As the costs of the Iraq occupation spiral, British and American oil companies meet in secret next week to carve up the country's oil reserves for themselves. --by Tom Burgis 23 Jun 2005 "The Iraq war has so far cost America and Britain £105billion. But the financial clawback is gathering pace as British and American oil giants work out how to get their hands on the estimated £3trillion worth of oil. Executives from BP, Shell, Exxon Mobil and Halliburton, Dick Cheney's old [and current] firm, are expected to congregate at the Paddington Hilton for a two-day chinwag with top-level officials from Iraq's oil ministry."
Holy convenience, Batman!! Unrest 'could double' oil price 27 Jun 2005 A warning of a possible near doubling in the cost of oil was issued yesterday as UK prices rose to more than £4 a gallon and the AA Motoring Trust said the price of diesel was approaching £5 a gallon.
Rumsfeld admits Iraqi resistance could last years; more violence likely 26 Jun 2005 Defense Secretary [war criminal] Donald Rumsfeld said Sunday he is bracing for even more violence in Iraq and acknowledged that the insurgency "could go on for any number of years."
Bush warns Blair he must boost UK forces 26 Jun 2005 Britain is coming under sustained pressure from American military chiefs to keep thousands of troops in Iraq - while going ahead with plans to boost the front line against a return to "civil war" in Afghanistan.
US Demands Japan Extend Tour of Its Troops In Iraq 26 Jun 2005 According to the Asahi Simbun newspaper, the US State Department, at the beginning of June, has demanded the Japanese Foreign Ministry extend the working period of the Japanese soldiers in Iraq whose period will be completed by the end of the month.
Bombing Attacks on Iraqi Forces Kill 38 in North --Four suicide bomb attacks struck Iraqi police and an army base in a 16-hour wave of violence in the northern city of Mosul on Saturday and Sunday, killing 38 people and wounding scores more.
Gunmen kill police colonel in Baghdad --Gunmen shot dead a high-ranking police officer in eastern Baghdad on Sunday, police said.
VIPs in Iraq get safer vehicles than soldiers 26 Jun 2005 When Defense Secretary [war criminal] Donald Rumsfeld visited Iraq last year to tour the Abu Ghraib prison camp, U.S. military officials did not rely on a government-issued Humvee to transport him safely on the ground. They turned to Halliburton, which lent them a rolling fortress of steel called the Rhino Runner.
U.S. Plans Expansion of Crowded Iraq Prisons 26 Jun 2005 Faced with a ballooning prison population, U.S. commanders in Iraq are building new detention facilities at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison and Camp Bucca near the Kuwaiti border and are developing a third major prison, in northern Iraq. [Cui bono? See: Halliburton to build new $30 mln Guantanamo prison 16 Jun 2005 A Halliburton Co. unit will build a new $30 million detention facility and security fence at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where the United States is holding about 520 foreign terrorism suspects, the Defense Department announced on Thursday. The announcement comes the same week that Vice pResident [and Halliburton whore] Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld defended the torture facility after U.S. lawmakers said it had created an image problem for the United States.]
Rumsfeld Nixes Independent Panel on Guantanamo 26 Jun 2005 A new independent investigation of abuse allegations at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, "doesn't make sense," Defense Secretary [war criminal] Donald H. Rumsfeld said Sunday.
Center for Torture Victims speaks out against alleged torture by U.S. 26 Jun 2005 The Center for Victims of Torture is alarmed by reports that the United States may be among the nations using torture during interrogations, or may be sending prisoners to other countries for the purpose of torture... In letters to President [sic] Bush and to Minnesota's Congressional delegation, the center urges that evidence of U-S torture be the subject of an independent investigation along the lines of the Nine-Eleven Commission.
Scores of Muslim Men Jailed Without Charge 27 Jun 2005 Operating behind a wall of secrecy, the U.S. Department of Justice thrust scores of Muslim men living in the United States into a Kafkaesque world of indefinite detention without charge and baseless accusations of terrorist links, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in a report released today.
UK government under fire over aid to Uzbekistan 27 Jun 2005 Ministers have come under fire for increasing financial aid payments to Uzbekistan despite the massacre of pro-democracy protesters by government forces in the Central Asian republic last month.
UK helped train massacre army 20 Jun 2005 British soldiers helped to train the army of Uzbekistan, which last month slaughtered hundreds of pro-democracy protesters, The Scotsman can reveal. Last year, about 150 British Army veterans of the Iraq war travelled to Uzbekistan to train with the army responsible for the killings. According to one independent witness, the British soldiers "shared tactics" with the Uzbeks.
British military hardware 'was used in Uzbek massacre' 26 May 2005 British military equipment was used in the massacre of hundreds of protesters in Uzbekistan, it was claimed today.
U.S. bars Spanish bid to question a Qaeda suspect 25 Jun 2005 The Bush regime has refused to allow the Spanish authorities to interview a man accused of being an a Qaeda operative whose testimony could be crucial to the prosecution of two men on trial here charged with helping to plan the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Spanish officials say.
U.S. plans radioactive project 27 Jun 2005 The Bush regime is planning the government's first production of plutonium 238 - a highly radioactive substance valued as a power source - since the Cold War, stirring debate over the risks and benefits of the deadly material... The program could cost $1.5 billion and generate more than 50,000 drums of hazardous and radioactive waste.
Military Might Draft XM Satellite Radio 26 Jun 2005 Customers of XM Satellite Radio Inc. aren't the only ones who appreciate its digital quality and nationwide coverage. The U.S. military might draft XM's service for homeland security purposes.
Newspaper: Calif. National Guard sets up state intelligence unit 26 Jun 2005 California's National Guard has set up a special intelligence unit intended to help local law enforcement deal with terrorist threats and integrate statewide investigations with international anti-terrorism initiatives, according to a newspaper report.
Crime-busting cameras: a US-city experiment --In conjunction with the US Department of Homeland Security, Chelsea, Mass., plans to install 27 hidden surveillance cameras, which will record 24 hours a day in various parts of town... Perhaps the most controversial area of monitoring is the proposed inclusion of private-sector cameras.
Chicago pairing surveillance cameras with gunshot recognition systems 26 Jun 2005 Chicago officials are using new technology that recognizes the sound of a gunshot within a two-block radius, pinpoints the source, turns a surveillance camera toward the shooter and places a 911 call. Officials can then track the shooter and dispatch officers to the scene.
Feds check passports against terror list 23 Jun 2005 The federal government plans to begin checking the name of everyone who applies for a U.S. passport against a list of suspected terrorists and their associates [?!?] , according to the State Department.
Ministers plan to sell your ID card details to raise cash 26 Jun 2005 Personal details of all 44 million adults living in Britain could be sold to private companies as part of government attempts to arrest spiralling costs for the new national identity card scheme, set to get the go-ahead this week. The Independent on Sunday can today reveal that ministers have opened talks with private firms to pass on personal details of UK citizens for an initial cost of £750 each.
Big brother is coming... ...and sooner than you think. Identity cards will become reality within three years as MPs vote to begin the process on Tuesday. But why? What will ID cards mean for ordinary citizens? Will they be weapons against terrorism, or sinister tools of the state? Andy McSmith, Political Editor, looks into the (near) future 26 Jun 2005 "On Tuesday, the government whips in the House of Commons will round up Labour MPs to restart the legislative process for introducing ID cards, against the combined opposition of the Tories, Liberal Democrats, some of the smaller parties and at least a dozen Labour rebels."
New Israeli system IDs terrorists without profiling 24 Jun 2005 An Israeli company has developed a system [SDS-VR-1000] to identify past and potential terrorists. The company said the system uses polygraph-like tools to identify insurgents — even when they do not have weapons — within three minutes. Executives said Israeli authorities have approved the system and would undergo testing later in 2005 in Israel at an unidentified U.S. airport.
Concerns arise over Bush's pick for EPA job --Lawyer works for firm that represents W.R. Grace, others 26 Jun 2005 Dictator Bush has nominated Granta Nakayama, a partner in a law firm whose clients include W.R. Grace, BP, Dow Chemical and DuPont, to lead the Environmental 'Protection' Agency's far-flung enforcement division.
Records show Democrats rejected for jobs --Lists Mention Donations, Bumper Stickers --Gov. [R-KY] Ernie Fletcher's administration investigated some applicants for merit jobs to determine their political loyalty, then acted against Democrats, according to internal records filed in court Friday. In one case, an applicant had Democratic bumper stickers, which was noted next to his name on a list of job seekers.
Geologists to look again for oil in Appalachian foothills 27 Jun 2005 A consortium of the U.S. Department of Energy, several states, 17 energy companies and an industry group plans an exhaustive study in search of new oil reserves beneath the Appalachian foothills.
Government Delayed Mad Cow Test Results for Months 27 Jun 2005 Although the Agribusiness ['Agriculture'] Department confirmed Friday that a cow that died last year was infected with mad cow disease, a test the agency conducted seven months ago indicated that the animal had the disease. The result was never publicly disclosed.
Bird Flu Outbreak in Japan 27 Jun 2005 Bird flu has been detected in chickens at a farm in north-eastern Japan, and restrictions have been imposed on shipments of poultry and eggs from the area, the government said yesterday.
Bird flu virus detected in Japan 27 Jun 2005 The H5N2-type avian influenza virus has been detected in chickens at a poultry farm in Mitsukaido, east Japan's Ibaraki Prefecture.
Report: U.S. secretly met with resistance --U.S. officials held secret talks in Iraq with the commanders of several Iraqi resistance groups recently in an attempt to open a dialogue with them, a British newspaper reported Sunday. The commanders "apparently came face to face" with four American officials during meetings on June 3 and June 13 at a summer villa near Balad, about 25 miles north of Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, according to The Sunday Times.
US 'in talks with Iraq with Iraq rebels' --Resistance fighters reveal secret face-to-face meetings 26 Jun 2005 ...After weeks of delicate negotiation involving a former Iraqi minister and senior tribal leaders, a small group of resistance commanders apparently came face to face with four American officials seeking to establish a dialogue with the men they regard as their enemies.
General admits to secret air war 26 Jun 2005 The American general who commanded allied air forces during the Iraq war appears to have admitted in a briefing to American and British officers that coalition aircraft waged a secret air war against Iraq from the middle of 2002, nine months before the invasion began.
US caused more deaths in Iraq than Saddam, says anti-war tribunal 25 Jun 2005 The World Tribunal on Iraq (WTI), a grouping of NGOs, intellectuals and writers opposed to the war in Iraq, on Friday accused the United States of causing more deaths in Iraq than ousted president Saddam Hussein. "With two wars and 13 years of criminal sanctions, the United States have been responsible for more deaths in Iraq than Saddam Hussein," Larry Everest, a journalist, told hundreds of anti-war activists gathered in Istanbul.
Cheney's resort comment rebuked --Guantánamo prisoners 'living in tropics' says US vice-pResident 25 Jun 2005 The American vice-president, Dick Cheney, provoked fresh uproar over Guantánamo Bay yesterday after he claimed that prisoners held by the US there were "living in the tropics" and had been given everything they could possibly want. [Therefore, let's get Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rove into the Guantánamo resort, as quickly as possible (while they await their trials for treason...)]
70 British Muslims join Iraq fighters 26 Jun 2005 About 70 young Muslim men have left Britain to join the resistance fighters who are fighting occupation troops in Iraq, senior security sources have revealed.
Suicide bomber partly demolishes Iraq police HQ --A suicide bomber drove at a district police headquarters in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Sunday, bringing down part of the building and killing at least four officers, police said.
Suicide Bombing Kills 9 in Samarra, Iraq --A suicide bomber trailed by five cars loaded with armed resistance fighters slammed into a wall outside the home of an Iraqi special forces police officer Saturday in the Sunni triangle city of Samarra, killing at least nine people on the street, officials said.
U.S. urges longer GSDF role in Iraq --Washington has informally asked Japan to extend the mission of Japanese troops in Iraq beyond the current December deadline, Tokyo government sources said Friday.
Newsview: Bush Losing Support for Iraq War --by Tom Raum "President [sic] Bush is casting about for ways to turn the tide of public opinion on Iraq. He is running into a growing level of skepticism, new strains in Republican unity and more frequent comparisons to the Vietnam conflict of almost four decades ago."
Censorship --by Dahr Jamail "So the American government is pressuring foreign countries to censor their news. Aside from the fact that this act is the height of arrogance by the United States, it makes it exceedingly clear why so many Americans who rely on the corporate media for their news continue to be so misinformed/un-informed about the goings on in Iraq. If the American government is attempting to censor the news in foreign countries, you can imagine what they are doing at home."
Expensive Favor --by Charley Reese "One question Americans should be asking the Bush administration is why it wishes to do such an expensive favor for the Iraqi people. I cannot think of any instance in which the federal government has been willing to spend $1 billion a week and 1,700 lives just to improve conditions in any one of the 50 states..."
A Thirty Years War? --by George Hunsinger "Recently the International Institute of Strategic Studies, a prominent London-based think tank, concluded that the U.S. will be in Iraq until 2010, because of the difficulties in establishing law and order. University of Michigan expert Juan Cole sees this estimate as optimistic. 'The guerrilla war,' he writes, 'is likely to go on a decade to 15 years.' But Paul Rogers, a diffident Oxford military expert, [said] that 'a thirty-year war is in prospect.'"
Students quit over anti-US slurs 26 Jun 2005 American students are quitting Queensland universities in the face of hate attacks by Australians angry at US Dictator George W. Bush and the war in Iraq.
Iran's supreme leader says US 'humiliated' by election 25 Jun 2005 Iran's all-powerful supreme leader said the United States had been "humiliated deep inside" by the Islamic republic's presidential election, won by hardliner Mahmood Ahmadinejad.
No sign of Taliban commanders as Afghan offensive winds down 25 Jun 2005 A group of top Taliban commanders appeared to have slipped the net [Oops!] as Afghan and US forces wrapped up one of the bloodiest offensives since the fall of the regime.
Holy convenience, Batman!! Afghan operation kills 178 Taliban, leaders escape --A total of 178 'Taliban fighters' were killed and 56 captured in three days of fighting in south Afghanistan, one of the group's bloodiest setbacks since their 2001 overthrow, the Defense Ministry said on Saturday.
Italians Detail Lavish CIA Operation --13 Charged in '03 Abduction Allegedly Stayed in Finest Hotels 26 Jun 2005 For 19 American intelligence operatives assigned to apprehend ['Apprehend?' LOL, Rove's whore, the PentaPost, is at it again, fucking with the English language to downplay oh-but-another act of treason by the Bush regime. The word is *kidnap.* The CIA *kidnapped* the 'suspect' so that he could be (illegally) flown to Egypt to be *tortured.* Finally, at the end of the two-page article, the PentaPost mentions the term 'extraordinary rendition.'] a 'radical Islamic preacher' in Milan two years ago, the mission was equal parts James Bond and taxpayer-financed Italian holiday, according to an Italian investigation of the man's disappearance.
Army National Guard enlists job agency 25 Jun 2005 Faced with nationwide recruitment challenges, the Army National Guard has partnered with Labor Ready, a provider of temporary jobs for unskilled workers, in the hopes the Tacoma-based company's 700 branches across the nation can help boost the dwindling number of recruits.
16 to 25? Pentagon Has Your Number, and More 24 Jun 2005 The Defense Department and a private contractor have been building an extensive database of 30 million 16-to-25-year-olds, combining names with Social Security numbers, grade-point averages, e-mail addresses and phone numbers. The department began building the database three years ago, but military officials filed a notice announcing plans for it only last month. That is apparently a violation of the federal Privacy Act, which requires that government agencies accept public comment before new records systems are created.
Cheney knows where bin Laden is hiding, but not exact 'address' 25 Jun 2005 US Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney said that he knows where Al-Qaeda terror chief Osama bin Laden is hiding out, but not his precise location. "We've got a pretty good idea of the general area that he's in, but I -- you know, I don't have the street address," Cheney told CNN in an interview, confirming comments by Central Intelligence Agency chief Porter Goss. [Well, he knows where to send his paycheck...]
Costs may force ID cards to be cheap 'chip and pin' 26 Jun 2005 The government (UK) may water down its controversial ID card scheme after its own internal estimates revealed that the costs to the public have soared since it was first proposed.
Senate panel criticizes Colorado's homeland security efforts 25 Jun 2005 Colorado's homeland security efforts have not been as well planned as they should be, a state legislative committee concluded in a new report.
Obama's Stand Against Patriot Act Cheered --To the cheers of thousands of librarians, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama on Saturday called for the Senate to rewrite the USA Patriot Act to prevent investigators from scanning library records and bookstore sales slips.
Cheney's Health: What is the White House Hiding? --by Arianna Huffington "Little by little, here is the story I pieced together: After the Secret Service secured the Vail Valley Medical Center, including the parking lot, the Vice President [sic] arrived under his own power and checked in at the orthopedic center under the name 'Dr. Hoffman'. He was immediately whisked to the adjacent cardiac unit, suffering from what was described to me as 'an angina attack'. The security was so high that a Secret Service agent wouldn’t let an ER nurse out of the bathroom that she had gone into just before the Veep arrived. 'Get back in there,' the agent told her." [Here comes Dr. Bill Frist.]
Rell Seeks Legislative Review of Ruling on Eminent Domain --A day after a ruling by the Supreme Court cleared the way for the city of New London to replace a residential neighborhood with a private development, Gov. M. Jodi Rell (R) said on Friday that the Connecticut legislature "ought to consider" the state's eminent domain laws.
Required Report on Trip by House Ethics Chairman Is Missing --The chairman of the House ethics committee apparently did not properly file a required report about a $3,170 trip to Canada last year. His staff said it must have been lost in the mail.
For Months, Agriculture Department Delayed Announcing Result of Mad Cow Test --Although the Agribusiness ['Agriculture'] Department confirmed Friday that a cow that died last year was infected with mad cow disease, a test the agency conducted seven months ago indicated that the animal had the disease. The result was never publicly disclosed.
U.S. confirms 2nd mad cow/Announcement could delay Japan's lifting of beef import ban --In a reversal of its previous statement, the U.S. Agriculture Department said Friday it had confirmed the second case of mad cow disease in the United States, raising concerns that lifting Japan's 18-monthlong ban on U.S. beef imports could be delayed further.
Bird flu 'as grave a threat as terrorism' 26 Jun 2005 Bird flu is now as much of a danger to Britain as terrorism, ministers have been told by the Government's official emergency body. Plans are being made to close schools and cancel sporting fixtures in an attempt to limit the spread of the virus, and official advice on how to try to avoid being infected will be ready for publication this summer. [Looks like the deaths of the forty-plus microbiologists (since 9/11) are about to pay off big-time for the Bush junta: the quarantines and the tag-along full-blown police state, all managed by Vice President Bill Frist. Bush's approval rating for the Iraq war just hit 28% in California... even Rove and Diebold can't pull this one out of the sewer. When the ('expected') avian flu pandemic hits, do you think we will all be sitting around, discussing the Downing Street Memo? Bush now needs his bioterror chickens to come home to roost. Remember, you read it here first. --Lori Price]
Chance of bird flu between humans increases-Vietnam 25 Jun 2005 Vietnam's agriculture ministry was quoted as saying on Saturday that the mutation of a bird flu virus was increasing the infection possibility between humans. State-run media cited a ministry report as saying laboratory test results overseas and at home showed the antigen structure of the virus is changing.
Tsunami aid, Bush style: Tsunami aid 'went to the richest' --Six months after the Asian tsunami, a leading international charity says the poorest victims have benefited the least from the massive relief effort. A survey by Oxfam found that aid had tended to go to businesses and landowners, exacerbating the divide between rich and poor.
$2.4 billion in $100 bills sent to Baghdad --It weighed 28 tons and took up as much room as 74 washing machines. It was $2.4 billion in $100 bills, and Baghdad needed it as soon as possible. The initial request from U.S. officials in charge of Iraq required the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to decide whether it could open its vault on a Sunday. Then, when the shipment date changed, officials had to scramble to line up U.S. Air Force C-130 cargo planes to hold the money. They did, and the $2,401,600,000 was safely delivered to Baghdad on June 22, 2004. It was the largest one-time cash transfer in the history of the New York Fed.
US pushes for punitive action against Syria 24 Jun 2005 The US secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, discussed plans for punitive action against Syria with other western foreign ministers yesterday over its alleged involvement in Iraq, Lebanon and Israel.
Bush Says No Timetable for Iraq Withdrawal --Dictator Bush assured US-installed puppet dictator ['Iraqi Prime Minister'] Ibrahim al-Jaafari on Friday "there are not going to be any timetables'' for withdrawal of American forces and vowed victory over insurgents attempting to prevent establishment of a democratic government under a new constitution. "This is not the time to fall back,'' al-Jaafari concurred at a joint news conference at the White House.
Iraqi PM opposes setting troop withdrawal date --Iraq would like to see U.S. forces withdraw as soon as feasible [Yeah, right!], but setting a date for their departure would be a mistake, US-installed puppet dictator ['Iraqi Prime Minister'] Ibrahim al-Jaafari said in an interview published on Friday.
Poll Finds Most Oppose Return to Draft 24 Jun 2005 Americans overwhelmingly oppose reinstatement of the military draft and most say they wouldn't encourage their children to enlist in the service either, an AP-Ipsos poll found.
600 more reserves called up for Iraq (UK) 24 Jun 2005 A further 600 reservists are to be called up to support British military operations for Iraq, the government announced yesterday.
US death squads are busy little bees in Iraq: Iraqi Police Find Eight Beheaded Bodies --Iraqi security forces discovered the bodies of eight beheaded men Friday in two villages north of Baghdad, army officers said.
Six US troops presumed dead in Iraq attack-official --Two U.S. Marines were killed and three other Marines and a U.S. sailor were also presumed killed in a suicide car bomb attack on a U.S. convoy, a U.S. military official said on Friday.
Car bombs kill 23 in nighttime attacks in Baghdad 24 Jun 2005 Four car bombs killed at least 23 people, including sidewalk diners and passengers at a bus station.
Timetable: Six More Years In Iraq --by Richard Reeves "The words are almost always the same: 'threat' ... 'atrocities' ... 'secret intelligence' ... 'mission' ... 'preventive' ... 'fog' ... 'brave' ... 'terrorists' ... 'Support our troops' ... 'Stay the course' ... 'waste'... 'treason' ... 'timetable' ... 'withdraw' ... 'tragedy.' It usually takes about nine years to say them all. Americans said them about Vietnam between 1964 and 1973. The Soviets said them about Afghanistan from 1979 to 1988. Judging by that recent history, we will be in Iraq for six or even more years. It will be a 'tragedy' when we leave in 2012."
26,000 dead wounded or deserted - Time For Action --by Ray Dequenne 23 Jun 2005 "With the total number of soldiers dead, wounded and who deserted standing at over 26,000... and with over 150,000 Iraqis dead... and with wars approaching in Iran, Syria and North Korea, we can no longer afford to go on with life as 'normal' and must now collectively and peacefully intervene into history."
The Sins of Judith Miller By Russ Baker The New York Times reporter who helped spread the fallacy that Saddam Hussein had WMD has a new beat: discrediting the United Nations. 24 Jun 2005 "Despite having essentially admitted in a written apology, long ex post facto, that its reporter helped to promote a fallacious rationale for an unnecessary invasion and catastrophically protracted occupation, the [New York] Times has not put [Judith] Miller out to pasture. Instead, it has moved her at her request to another challenge: covering scandal wherever it might rear its head within the United Nations."
US acknowledges torture at Guantanamo; in Iraq, Afghanistan 24 Jun 2005 Washington has, for the first time, acknowledged to the United Nations that prisoners have been tortured at US detention centres in Guantanamo Bay, as well as Afghanistan and Iraq, a UN source said.
U.S. doctors linked to POW 'torture' 23 Jun 2005 Guantanamo medical records misused Basis of interrogators' strategy: Report --Medical records compiled by doctors caring for prisoners at the U.S. detention camp at Guantanamo Bay are being tapped to design more effective interrogation techniques, says an explosive new report.
Interrogators Cite Doctors' Aid at Guantánamo 24 Jun 2005 Military doctors at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, have aided interrogators in torturing ['conducting and refining coercive interrogations of detainees, including providing advice on how to increase stress levels and exploit fears'], according to new, detailed accounts given by former interrogators.
Italy Judge Orders Arrest of 13 CIA Agents --An Italian judge has ordered the arrest of 13 CIA agents for allegedly helping deport an imam to Egypt as part of U.S. anti[pro]-terrorism efforts, an Italian official familiar with the investigation said Friday... Prosecutors believe the agents seized Omar as part of the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" program, in which 'terror' suspects are transferred to third countries without court approval [for torture], according to reports Friday in newspapers Corriere della Sera and Il Giorno.
Italian judge orders CIA team arrested over kidnap --An Italian judge has ordered the arrest of 13 people linked to the CIA for kidnapping an Egyptian 'terrorism' suspect in Milan and flying him to Egypt where he said he was tortured, judicial sources said on Friday. "In the judge's order, it (the abduction) is clearly attributed to the CIA," a source said.
Canada reviews Agent Orange cases 24 Jun 2005 Several hundred Canadian veterans and civilians who say they were exposed to Agent Orange in the 1960s have vented their anger at a public meeting. The Canadian defence department admits the US military sprayed Agent Orange over a Canadian forces base in New Brunswick in the mid-1960s.
US Military 'Help' for Indonesia Questioned 24 Jun 2005 A prominent human rights group is continuing to demand that US military assistance to Indonesia be restricted until there is greater reform within the Indonesian military.
US must scrap N-weapons first: DPRK --North Korea said Thursday it would scrap its nuclear weapons only if the United States removed the nuclear threat to the Korean peninsula as a first step.
Georgian TV Says Russian Soldier Held Over Grenade Attack on Bush 24 Jun 2005 Georgian authorities may accuse a Russian military servicemen of throwing a hand grenade at U.S. Dictator George W. Bush during his visit to Tbilisi on May 10, Georgian TV station Rustavi-2 reported. [What a shame!]
Democrats Call for Rove to Apologize --He Decried Liberals' Response to 9/11 - 24 Jun 2005 Democratic leaders angrily demanded a retraction from White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove yesterday after he accused liberals of responding with restraint and timidity to the [Bush bin Laden] terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but White House and Republican officials rallied to his defense and rebuffed calls for an apology. [Here is KKKarl Rove's phone number in DC: (202) 456-2369. Be sure to share your thoughts...]
Karl Rove's "Understanding of 9/11" --by Kristen Breitweiser "Poppy production (yes, Karl, the drug trade) is at an all time high [in Afghanistan], thus flooding the world market with heroin. And of course, the oil pipeline (a.k.a. the Caspian Sea pipeline) is better protected by U.S. troops who now have a 'legitimate' excuse to be in that part of Afghanistan. Interesting isn't it Karl that the drug 'rat line' parallels the oil pipeline. (Yet, with all those troops guarding that same sliver of land, can you please explain how those drugs keep getting through?) ...Because of your war in Iraq two things happened that helped Bin Laden and the terrorists: al Qaeda recruitment soared and the United States is now alienated from and hated by the rest of the world. In effect, what Bin Laden could not achieve by murdering my husband and 3,000 others on 9/11, you handed to him on a silver platter with your invasion of Iraq - a country that had nothing to do with 9/11. Which leads me to my final questions for you Karl: What are your motives when it comes to 9/11 and are you really sure that you understand 9/11?"
FBI Turned Loose --Privacy rights may disappear if a new Senate Intelligence Committee bill passes by Nat Hentoff 23 Jun 2005 "On June 6, in a closed-door session, the Senate Intelligence Committee approved a bill that, if Congress and the president agree (and he will), would dramatically expand the FBI's powers under the Patriot Act to issue secret administrative subpoenas for an unprecedented range of personal records—without having to go to a judge. The FBI will write its own subpoenas—just as British customs officials in the colonies did before the American Revolution—using general search warrants (writs of assistance) to go into homes and offices at will to look for contraband. These raids so inflamed 18th-century Americans that the 'general search warrant' was one of the precipitating causes of our revolution. [Yes, and it's time for history to *repeat itself...*]
UConn Offers Homeland Security Degree 24 Jun 2005 A new program at the University of Connecticut will offer a master's degree in homeland security.
pResident's approval rating drops to all-time low in California 24 Jun 2005 Only 34 percent of Californians approve of the job pResident Bush is doing — his lowest rating in the state since he took office [literally, *took* office] in January 2001, according to a new statewide poll. An even smaller group — 28 percent — support Bush's handling of the war in Iraq, and 36 percent approve of his handling of the economy, according to a Field Poll released Friday. [Hopefully, Bush will not attack us again, as a result of these numbers...]
The Road to Riches Is Called K Street --Lobbying Firms Hire More, Pay More, Charge More to Influence Government 22 Jun 2005 The number of registered lobbyists in Washington has more than doubled since 2000 to more than 34,750 while the amount that lobbyists charge their new clients has increased by as much as 100 percent.
Two Pass Verification --Making Electronic Voting Work in a Less Secure Digital Age (2pv.org) --by Marc Chinitz
Fla. Dems Missed Payment Blamed on Error 23 Jun 2005 An employee mistake led to the Florida Democratic Party not paying some of its Social Security and payroll taxes in 2003, a former chairman said Wednesday in the wake of the party being slapped with a lien by the Internal Revenue Service.
Chinese Oil Giant in Takeover Bid for U.S. Corporation 23 Jun 2005 One of China's largest state-controlled oil companies made a $18.5 billion unsolicited bid Thursday for Unocal, signaling the first big takeover battle by a Chinese company for an American corporation.
IBM shifts 14,000 jobs to India 24 Jun 2005 Coincidence? An internal IBM document suggests that the firm will hire 14,000 workers in India this year, a number that's so close to the 13,000 people it will lay off in Europe and the US that sheer coincidence seems unlikely, even to the far from cynical.
Cutting Here, but Hiring Over There 24 Jun 2005 Even as it proceeds with layoffs of up to 13,000 workers in Europe and the United States, I.B.M. plans to increase its payroll in India this year by more than 14,000 workers, according to an internal company document.
Cuba Raises Salaries of Teachers, Doctors 23 Jun 2005 Cuba increased the salaries of its teachers, doctors and nurses, highlighting the importance the nation's communist government puts on its health and education sectors.
Survey: Conn. Teachers Average Salaries Top In Country 24 Jun 2005 Teachers earned an average of $46,752 last year, a slight raise that did not keep pace with inflation, a teachers' union says... The top state, Connecticut, paid public school teachers an average yearly salary of $57,337.
Flu pandemic could kill half million in U.S.-report 24 Jun 2005 Half a million Americans could die and more than 2 million could end up in the hospital with serious complications if an even moderately severe strain of a pandemic flu hits, a report predicted on Friday.
Second case of mad cow disease in U.S. confirmed Fri Jun 24, 2005 03:46 PM ET [Holy convenience, Batman! The announcement arrives just as the U.S. stock market is about to close for the weekend.] The U.S. Agribusiness ['Agriculture'] Department said tests confirmed a case of mad cow disease in a U.S. animal, the nation's second confirmed case.
EU Governments Maintain GM Crop Bans 24 Jun 2005 European governments defied the Brussels Commission today by voting for the right to keep bans on genetically-modified crops and food. [Awesome!!] Five member states – Austria, Luxembourg, Germany, France and Greece – were under pressure to give up their current bans because of a trade dispute in which the US claims they are illegal.
Industrial Plant Catches Fire in St. Louis --A blaze at an industrial plant sent huge fireballs shooting into the air Friday afternoon and cast a towering cloud of black smoke over the area.
California turns to goats to stop wildfires --In California, thousands of goats are helping prevent wildfires. From hilly San Francisco to more rural settings, California landowners, business and officials have hired the voracious animals to devour the grass and brush that fuels wildfires.
Rove Criticizes Liberals on 9/11 23 Jun 2005 Karl Rove came to the heart of Manhattan last night to rhapsodize about the decline of liberalism in politics, saying Democrats responded weakly to Sept. 11 and had placed American troops in greater danger by criticizing their actions. [Really? How would Rove classify the response of the pResident continuing to read 'My Pet Goat' when he 'found out' America was under attack? --L. Price. Bush's non-actions on and before 9-11, with foreknowledge and negligence, indicate that he was far worse than "weak" when it came to 9/11. In fact, he was INVOLVLED! --M. Rectenwald. BTW, here is KKKarl Rove's phone number in DC: (202) 456-2369. Be sure to share your thoughts...]
Democrats urge Rove to apologize or resign --Karl Rove, George W. Bush's chief political adviser [and Reichwing terrorist], should either apologize or resign for saying liberals responded to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist strikes by wanting to "prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers," Democrats said Thursday. ["No amount of "therapy" could make Rove other than the psychopathic mass murder conspirator that he is. --M. Rectenwald.]
W.House rejects apology for Rove's Sept. 11 remarks --Democrats demanded an apology from top White House adviser Karl Rove on Thursday for saying liberals responded weakly to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a request quickly rejected by the White House.
Senator Kennedy to War Criminal Rumsfeld: 'Isn't it time for you to resign?' 23 Jun 2005 Senator Edward Kennedy and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld have faced off on Capitol Hill today. Kennedy pointedly asked Rumsfeld if he didn't think it is time for him to resign because of what Kennedy called "gross errors and mistakes" in the Iraq war. Rumsfeld said he's twice offered his resignation to pResident Bush, who has refused. Rumsfeld says "that's his call." [Well, it's surely time for Rumsfeld's treason trial to begin... with all possible penalties for treason on the plate.]
Rumsfeld: No timetable for Iraq exit --The top American commander in the Persian Gulf told Congress on Thursday that the Iraqi 'insurgency' [resistance] has not grown weaker over the past six months, despite a claim by Vice pResident Dick Cheney that it was in its "last throes."
Rumsfeld rejects notion Iraq war is a 'quagmire' --Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Thursday rejected a senator's assertion the Iraq war had become a quagmire, but warned Iraq's government not to delay political developments such as drafting a constitution. [When will this Bush terror regime be in ITS 'last throes?']
49% Say Bush Responsible for Provoking Iraq War - 44% Say Hussein 23 Jun 2005 Forty-nine percent (49%) of Americans say that George W. Bush is more responsible for starting the War with Iraq than Saddam Hussein. A Rasmussen Reports survey found that 44% believe Hussein shoulders most of the responsibility.
Senior aides refuse to testify against Hussein 21 Jun 2005 Senior Iraqi aides currently in U.S. custody have refused to testify against former leader Saddam Hussein when recently questioned by magistrates.
Thanks to Bush: Is Iraq becoming 'Terrorism U'? --Wednesday's third story on MSNBC-TV's 'Countdown' looked at the new "TU" or "Terrorist University." Classified intelligence reports say post-Saddam Iraq is serving as a real-life laboratory for the next generation of jihad, a curriculum so complete that it may be an even more effective training ground than Afghanistan was for al-CIAduh.
Baghdad bombs kill over 30 after Brussels talks --Four car bombs shook Baghdad after dawn on Thursday, killing at least 17 people and wounding dozens in the second wave of attacks within hours, police said.
U.S., Iraq Troops Kill at Least 5 Rebels --American and Iraqi troops battled al-Qaida-linked insurgents holed up in an upscale Baghdad neighborhood Thursday, killing at least five resistance fighters apparently ['apparently?'] waiting to carry out suicide bomb attacks.
U.N. Uncovers Torture at Guantanamo Bay 23 Jun 2005 U.N. human rights experts said Thursday they have reliable accounts of detainees being tortured at the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The experts also said Washington had not responded to their latest request to check on the conditions of terror suspects at the facility in eastern Cuba. The U.N. human rights investigators have been trying to visit since 2002.
UN: Concerns Voiced Over Torture In Uzbekistan 24 Jun 2005 --Senior United Nations human rights officials today voiced concern over allegations of torture, ill-treatment and arbitrary detention in [Bush ally] Uzbekistan in connection with last month’s violent protests in the Andijan region of the Central Asian country.
The New York Times' Joseph Lelyveld: another "liberal" defense of torture By Joseph Kay "In the lead article in the New York Times Magazine of June 12 ('Interrogating Ourselves'), Joseph Lelyveld weighed in on issue of torture and abuse of prisoners held by the United States government. Lelyveld, a former managing editor of the New York Times and frequent political commentator, set out an argument for the legalization of some forms of abuse, and in doing so joined the growing list of American 'liberal' apologists of torture."
Lawmakers, Including Republicans, Criticize Pentagon on Disputed Billing by Halliburton --Republicans joined longtime Democratic critics in Congress on Tuesday to berate the Pentagon for withholding information about the Halliburton Corporation's disputed billing under a $2.5 billion contract for Iraqi oil site repairs [that they themselves blow up every other week, and blame the 'insurgents'] and fuel imports [OMG, *Fuel imports?* Doesn't Iraq have the world's *second-largest supply* of oil?!? LOL!!].
Pentagon Creating Student Database --Recruiting Tool For Military Raises Privacy Concerns --The Defense Department began working yesterday with a private marketing firm to create a database of high school students ages 16 to 18 and all college students to help the military identify potential recruits in a time of dwindling enlistment in some branches.
The Real News in the Downing Street Memos By Michael Smith, The Sunday Times of London "American media coverage of the Downing Street memo has largely focused on the assertion by Sir Richard Dearlove, head of British foreign intelligence, that war was seen as inevitable in Washington, where 'the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.' But another part of the memo is arguably more important. It quotes British Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon as saying that 'the U.S. had already begun 'spikes of activity' to put pressure on the regime.' ...Put simply, U.S. aircraft patrolling the southern no-fly zone were dropping a lot more bombs in the hope of provoking a reaction that would give the allies an excuse to carry out a full-scale bombing campaign, an air war, the first stage of the conflict.
Yes, Virginia, There Really Are Downing Street Memos --by Mary Titus (satire) "I am 8 years old. Some of my little journalist friends say there are no Downing Street Memos. Papa says, 'If you see it in The Washington Post, it's so.' Please tell me the truth, are there Downing Street Memos? -- Virginia O'Falon"
Bush urged to release documents on Bolton --A growing number of Senate Republicans say John Bolton won't be confirmed as United Nations ambassador unless the White House turns over documents that Democrats say they need to assess Bolton's fitness for the post.
Afghans say 132 Taliban dead, four commanders under siege --Afghan and US forces have killed 132 Taliban militants and surrounded four of the ousted government's top commanders after a three-day battle in the south of the country, officials said.
Blix: Iran Years Away From Nuke Weapons --Former chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix said Thursday it would take many years for Iran to achieve the capability to produce highly enriched uranium needed for an atomic bomb.
MP vows to lead G8 protest march George Galloway has vowed to lead protesters as close as he possibly can to the "desperados" gathering in Gleneagles for the G8 summit in July. The MP for Bethnal Green and Bow said the right of activists to demonstrate outside the five-star hotel where world leaders will meet was "non-negotiable". [Exactamundo!!]
The Secret World of Jack Abramoff: Terrorists, Torpedoes, & Republican 'Muscle' --by Daniel Hopsicker 21 Jun 2005 "The MadCowMorningNews has learned exclusive new details about the gangland-style hit in Florida of Gus Boulis, whose murder figures prominently in lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s rise to power. The 'secret world' of Jack Abramoff being probed by investigators today has definite connections and unmistakable links to the one inhabited during their final year in the U.S by Mohamed Atta and the other hijackers."
Republican Candidate Calls Bush Administration "Nazis" 23 Jun 2005 Cary, NC - A candidate for North Carolina Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court has announced on her campaign's blog that she is leaving the Republican Party and denounced the Bush administration's policy on troop withdrawal from Iraq. Rachel Lea Hunter, a Republican and a candidate for Chief Justice, likens Bush’s administration to the "Nazis" and says that all who disagree with the administration are being branded as "traitors".
Republican Candidate for NC Judgeship Denounces GOP As 'Nazis' --(rachelforcourt.com) Rachel Lea Hunter For [NC] Supreme Court Chief Justice "What I find disturbing is that we are criticized for nothing more than the exercise of our Constitutional rights. Those who disagree with any aspect of the administration are branded as traitors and must be silenced. I thought the previous administration was bad because of the amorality. This is far worse. There is a famous poem about the Nazis of Germany - first they came for one group, then another, but the writer did not speak up. And then they came for the writer and there was no one left to speak up. The administration is acting like the Nazis. I will not be quiet. I agree with Congressman Jones that we should ask the administration the tough questions and that we should begin to withdraw."
Torture by Taser --When police abuse their newest "nonlethal" toy, people die. By Peter Gorman (TX) "Robert Guerrero may have died because he wouldn’t come out of a closet. The small-time crook had been looking to steal some electricity. When he tried to illegally reconnect a neighbor’s electrical meter at the North View apartment complex near the Fort Worth Stockyards last November, someone called the cops..."
Our own little Gaza Strip right here in New London, CT: Supreme Court Rules Cities May Seize Homes --A divided Supreme Court ruled Thursday that local governments may seize people's homes and businesses against their will for private development. As a result, cities now have wide power to bulldoze residences for projects such as shopping malls and hotel complexes in order to generate tax revenue.
Homes may be 'taken' for private projects --The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that local governments may seize people's homes and businesses — even against their will — for private economic development.
Ohio Governor Struggles With Scandal 23 Jun 2005 What should have been a time of triumph for Ohio's governor after a tepid six years in office has become a nightmare of heavy investment losses for the state and allegations of political favoritism and cover-up.
Critics Blast Anthrax Vaccine Test --National Institutes of Health Officials Plan Trial On 100 Children 23 Jun 2005 The National Institutes of Health is under fire from critics over a plan to test two anthrax vaccines on children. The trial will test and compare the reactions in humans to the vaccine manufactured by [bioterrorists] BioPort Corp. of Lansing, Mich., and another being developed by NIH.
Mega barf alert!! US poised to rule on cloned livestock --Meat and milk from cloned farm animals is about to be declared safe for human consumption by the US Agribusiness ['Food'] and Drug Administration, one of the world's most powerful regulatory bodies.
Senate favors Gulf oil, gas tally The vote deals a blow to efforts by Florida's senators to halt a push for offshore drilling. The Senate voted Tuesday to allow an inventory of oil and gas reserves in the coveted Gulf of Mexico, sparking predictions that drilling off Florida's coast would be next.
Exponential Enrons Ahead --by Kelpie Wilson 23 Jun 2005 "One of the least-discussed provisions in the Bush energy bill that has passed the House and is now fast-tracked in the Senate is PUHCA repeal. 'Pooka repeal,' you say, 'what's that?' The Public Utilities Holding Company Act (PUHCA) is a cornerstone New Deal financial reform signed into law in 1935."
Standby Britain: How it fuels our energy crisis --Appliances on standby pump one million tons of carbon into the atmosphere. Wasted energy of appliances on standby could power 400,000 homes. Up to 85 per cent of power used by a video recorder is consumed on standby. Government says Britain would save 240,000 tons of C02 emissions by switching off televisions --One million tons of a damaging greenhouse gas is pumped into the atmosphere each year by televisions, DVD players and other appliances left on standby in British living rooms.
Klansman given 60 years for Mississippi killings --Elderly former Ku Klux Klansman Edgar Ray Killen was sentenced on Thursday to 60 years in prison for the 1964 killing of three civil rights workers, the notorious crime that galvanized the civil rights movement and inspired the 1988 movie "Mississippi Burning."
Army awards Balkans contract to Halliburton despite FBI probe 21 Jun 2005 The U.S. Army on Tuesday awarded Halliburton a troop logistics contract for the Balkans despite an ongoing federal criminal probe into the legality of the company's existing Balkans contracts.
Halliburton Awarded New Military Contract --Halliburton Co. won a contract potentially worth more than $1 billion to bilk US taxpayers ['support U.S. troops'] in the Balkans and other areas in Europe. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contract was awarded to Halliburton subsidiary KBR despite ongoing allegations of overbilling by the unit, the largest U.S. contractor in Iraq.
Suit Against Rumsfeld to Be Heard in Federal Court in the District of Columbia (humanrightsfirst) 22 Jun 2005 "A lawsuit that seeks to hold Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and others directly responsible for the abuse and torture of detainees in U.S. military custody will be heard in a federal court in the District of Columbia, a seven-judge panel ruled yesterday."
Thanks to Bush: CIA says Iraq is now a terrorist training ground --The CIA believes the Iraq resistance poses an international threat and may produce better-trained Islamic terrorists than the 1980s Afghanistan war that gave rise to Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, officials said on Wednesday.
Iraq May Be Prime Place for Training of Militants, C.I.A. Report Concludes 22 Jun 2005 A new classified assessment by the Central Intelligence Agency says Iraq may prove to be an even more effective training ground for Islamic extremists than Afghanistan was in Al CIAduh's early days, because it is serving as a real-world laboratory for militants to improve their skills in urban combat.
Iraq rebels build their bomb skills 22 Jun 2005 American casualties from bomb attacks in Iraq reached new heights in the past two months as resistance fighters began deploying devices that leave armored vehicles more vulnerable, according to military records.
US death squads are busy little bees, in Iraq: Sunni lawyer who declined to join govt committee shot dead in Baghdad 22 Jun 2005 A Sunni Arab lawyer who declined an offer to join a parliamentary drafting committee for a new Iraqi constitution was shot dead in Baghdad today, together with his teenage son.
23 killed in four car bombs in Baghdad 23 Jun 2005 At least 23 people have been killed and 56 injured in four Baghdad car bombings, police say.
Attack on US patrol leaves 3 Iraqis dead in Mosul --A bomb attack on a U.S. armoured patrol killed three Iraqi civilians and wounded seven on Wednesday in the northern city of Mosul, witnesses, police and hospital officials said.
Three GIs Killed in Combat Near Baghdad --Three U.S. soldiers were killed by small-arms fire during combat operations west of Baghdad, the military said Wednesday.
U.S. spy plane crashes in southwest Asia 22 Jun 2005 13:36:20 EDT A U.S. spy plane involved in a mission over Afghanistan crashed in southwest Asia on Tuesday, killing the pilot, the U.S. military said. The air force's U-2 crashed as the plane was returning to its base in the United Arab Emirates.
Pilot dies in US spy plane crash 22 Jun 2005 The pilot of a US Air Force U-2 spy plane which crashed in southwest Asia has died, the military said.
Report: Rumsfeld considers striking Hizbullah to provoke Syria 22 Jan 2004 US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is considering provoking a military confrontation with Syria by attacking Hizbullah bases near the Syrian border in Lebanon, according to the authoritative London-based Jane's Intelligence Digest.
Downing Street Memo - Americans inching closer to a reckoning --by Robert Steinback "Did you catch the irony? [Rep. John] Conyers [D-MI] has no credibility to challenge the president's actions toward Iraq, the White House argues, because Conyers has opposed the war from the beginning. Yet just a few months ago, the Bush people ridiculed Sen. John Kerry because Kerry allegedly supported the war before being against it -- remember all the giddy supporters chanting 'Flip-flop! Flip-flop!' Clearly, whether you've always opposed Iraq or recently reached that conclusion, Team Bush thinks you're irrelevant."
U.S. Bombardment Kills 76 in Afghanistan --American aircraft bombarded a rebel hideout with missiles and bombs, killing up to 76 resistance fighters in one of the deadliest battles since the Taliban's 'ouster' more than three years ago, officials said Wednesday.
Dozens killed as U.S., Afghan troops fight rebels --5 U.S. soldiers wounded in gunbattle in south of country --Fighting between suspected rebels and Afghan and U.S.-led occupation troops in southern Afghanistan left about 40 resistance fighters and a policeman dead and five U.S. soldiers wounded, the U.S. military said Wednesday.
Poll: 25% of Jews against full rights for Arabs --According to a survey that is to be publicized Wednesday at the Jaffa conference for Jewish-Arab relations, twenty-five percent of the Jewish population in Israel believes that Arabs should not be granted full citizenship rights, while 70% avoid traveling to Arab towns and villages, Army Radio reported.
N. Korea makes pledge over nuclear weapons --North Korea said Wednesday it would not need nuclear weapons if the United States treated it like a friend, as the nation joined South Korea for high-level reconciliation talks.
Study: World at Risk for Major Attack --The world faces an estimated 50 percent chance of a [Bush] nuclear, biological, chemical or radiological attack over the next five years, according to national security analysts surveyed for a congressional study released Wednesday.
G8 countries defying arms embargoes, says report 22 Jun 2005 Arms supplied by G8 countries are being used by regimes that violate human rights, impoverish their people and fight their neighbours, a report by leading development agencies and campaigners warns today.
Social Security Opened Its Files for 9/11 Inquiry 21 Jun 2005 The Social Security Administration has relaxed its privacy restrictions and searched thousands of its files at the request of the F.B.I. as part of terrorism investigations since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, newly disclosed records and interviews show.
Holy dictatorship, Batman!! House approves flag-burning amendment, may pass Senate for first time --The House on Wednesday approved a constitutional amendment that would give Congress the power to ban desecration of the American flag, a measure that for the first time stands a chance of passing the Senate as well.
Report faults U.S. Air Force Academy on religion --The U.S. Air Force Academy failed to accommodate minority beliefs but there is no overt religious discrimination at the college, an Air Force report on the religious climate at the institution said on Wednesday.
Judge's statements spark controversy 22 Jun 2005 (NC) The decision by local court officials to deny the use of the Quran for oaths has garnered national media attention and the scrutiny of a Washington-based Islamic civil rights group. Guilford Senior Resident Superior Court Judge [and Reichwing whackjob] W. Douglas Albright told the News & Record last week that an oath taken on the Quran is not a lawful oath under state law.
Democrats Call for Firing of Broadcast Chairman --Sixteen Democratic senators called on Dictator Bush to remove Kenneth Y. Tomlinson as head of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting because of their concerns that he is injecting partisan politics into public radio and television.
W.House rejects call to fire public-broadcast head --The White House on Wednesday rejected Democratic calls to fire the head of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, who is accused by critics of trying to politicize public television and radio programming.
Republicans take aim at their small-screen enemies --Democrats are in uproar over what they see as a naked attempt by Republicans to impose more conservative views on American public television and radio channels, notable for their sober and serious BBC-style reporting and analysis, but regarded by the right as a bastion of the detested "liberal media".
Senate allows U.S. to sue OPEC for oil price-fixing --The U.S. Senate voted on Tuesday to allow the U.S. government to sue the OPEC oil cartel on antitrust grounds in an outcry against crude oil prices that are fast approaching the $60 a barrel mark. [Where is the lawsuit against ExxonMobil???]
Bush: Nation Needs More Nuclear Power Plants --Pushing for the construction of nuclear power plants, Dictator Bush on Wednesday pressed Congress to send him an energy bill, though he acknowledged that even when he signs the legislation, gasoline prices at the pump won’t fall overnight. [*Duh.* Will the nuclear waste be stored at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?]
U.S. airlines must reveal where aircraft were built 22 Jun 2005 U.S. airlines must tell passengers where planes were built, under a rule that becomes final today and was prompted by a U.S. lawmaker's concern that so many aircraft are being manufactured outside the country.
Senate Panel: Former GOP Lobbyist, Partner Pocketed $6.5M From Tribe --A former Republican lobbyist and his partner pocketed $6.5 million of the $7.7 million in consulting fees they received from a Mississippi Indian tribe in 2001 while congratulating themselves on their "gimme five" relationship, according to e-mails released today by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. The hearing is the third held by the committee examining the practices of Jack Abramoff, formerly one of the most prominent Republican lobbyists in Washington, and his partner Michael Scanlon, a public relations consultant and former spokesman for House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Terrorist-Texas).
Taft did not report golf outings, allegedly with Noe, to the state 22 Jun 2005 As a widening scandal at the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation threatens his administration, Gov. Bob Taft last night admitted that he had failed to include golf outings on his annual financial disclosure statements filed with the Ohio Ethics Commission.
Pandemic could create serious and sustained food shortages, expert warns 20 Jun 2005 An influenza pandemic would dramatically disrupt the processing and distribution of food supplies across the world, emptying grocery store shelves and creating crippling shortages for months, an expert warned Thursday.
Don't want to give organs? You might have to say so --The American Medical Association said Monday that a controversial proposal to boost organ donation merits study. It's called "presumed consent": Anyone who dies would automatically be considered an organ donor, unless he or she had previously registered an objection.
Bill would force mentally ill to take their meds (ME) The mental health community is divided over a proposed new law that would force some people with mental illness to take prescribed psychiatric medications or face involuntary admission to a state hospital.
Ehrlich cuts health care for children of immigrants --Administration also weighs fate of funds for pregnant women 22 Jun 2005 The Ehrlich administration (Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., R-MD) has begun sending letters to thousands of low-income legal immigrants informing them that their children will lose health care benefits next month, and officials are deciding whether to restore funding to help pregnant women, as demanded by the legislature.
Blair told: act now on climate G8 countdown --Poll shows public fears on global warming 21 Jun 2005 Tony Blair will arrive at next month's G8 summit with a powerful mandate from voters to confront George Bush over global warming, according to a Guardian/ICM poll published today. An overwhelming 83% of voters want the prime minister to challenge the US pResident on the issue amid record public acceptance that climate change is a reality.
Senate Defeats Move to Cap Climate Gases --The Senate soundly defeated a proposal Wednesday for mandatory reductions in heat-trapping pollution that may be warming the Earth.
Administration Preempting States' Rights to Set Stronger Protections (BushGreenwatch) 22 Jun 2005 "In recent years, inadequate federal environmental legislation has prompted various states to enact their own environmental laws. But a U.S. PIRG report released this week asserts that the federal government-- at the behest of industry-- has reacted to states' initiatives by preempting states' right to adopt stricter protections."
U.S. was big spender in days before Iraq 'handover' --The United States handed out nearly $20 billion of Iraq's funds, with a rush to spend billions in the final days before 'transferring power' to the Iraqis nearly a year ago, a report said on Tuesday. A report by Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman of California, said in the week before the hand-over on June 28, 2004, the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority ordered the urgent delivery of more than $4 billion in Iraqi funds from the U.S. Federal Reserve in New York. One single shipment amounted to $2.4 billion -- the largest movement of cash in the bank's history, said Waxman. Cash was loaded onto giant pallets for shipment by plane to Iraq, and paid out to contractors who carried it away in duffel bags.
U.S. lawmakers chide Pentagon for hiding Halliburton data --U.S. lawmakers took aim at the Pentagon on Tuesday for hiding information from U.N.-mandated auditors about U.S contractor Halliburton, with Republicans calling it an embarrassment.
Contract that spawned Guantanamo prisons awarded to Halliburton during Cheney's tenure as CEO --Experts say firm may have built secret camps --by John Byrne "A contract awarded to a Halliburton subsidiary in June 2000 while Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney was still at the helm of the firm spawned the detention centers at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, RAW STORY has discovered. The contract, which allocated funds for 'emergency construction capabilities' at 'worldwide locations,' authorized the Defense Department to award Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown & Root any number of specific naval construction deals abroad."
White House rejects probe of Guantanamo --The White House on Tuesday rejected the proposed creation of an independent commission to investigate abuses of detainees held at the U.S. military prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and elsewhere.
Sen. Durbin Apologizes for Guantanamo Remarks --Under fire from Republicans and some fellow Democrats, Sen. Dick Durbin apologized Tuesday for comparing American interrogators at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp to Nazis and other historically infamous figures.
WMD claims were 'totally implausible' 20 Jun 2005 A key Foreign Office diplomat responsible for liaising with UN inspectors says today that claims the government made about Iraq's weapons programme were "totally implausible"... Carne Ross, who was a member of the British mission to the UN in New York during the run-up to the invasion, thought about publishing his testimony because he felt so angry. But he was warned that if he did he might be prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act.
RAF bombing raids on Iraq no-fly zone defied Foreign Office legal advice, say Lib Dems 21 Jun 2005 Ministers were last night asked to explain the circumstances in which the RAF participated in a spectacular increase in bombing raids on Iraq in apparent defiance of Foreign Office legal advice. After months of inactivity, RAF bombers dropped nearly 5 tonnes of bombs on Iraq in May 2002, the time the US decided to lay the groundwork for an invasion of Iraq.
Smoking signposts --By Tom Engelhardt "Imagine that the Pentagon Papers or the Watergate scandal had broken out all over the press - no, not in the New York Times or the Washington Post, but in newspapers in Australia or Canada. And that, facing their own terrible record of reportage, of years of being cowed by the Richard Nixon administration, major American papers had decided this was not a story worthy of being covered... This is, of course, something like the crude pattern that coverage in the American press has followed on the Downing Street memo, then memos."
US refuses to allow evacuation of wounded reporter 20 Jun 2005 Television channel Al-Arabiya said US military authorities had refused to authorize the evacuation from Iraq of reporter Jawad Kazem, who was wounded by armed men Saturday in Baghdad. In a statement received by Agence France-Presse, the Dubai-based TV station said its attempts to obtain permission for a medical aircraft to evacuate its journalist from Baghdad had met with 'a refusal from the American military authorities'.
2 Special Operations Soldiers Killed In Iraq --Two Special Forces soldiers assigned to Fort Bragg have died during combat operations in Iraq, the Department of Defense said Tuesday.
Honoring war dead now a crime --by Paul Rolly "Since Mike Norton, of Layton, [UT] began displaying the pictures of American soldiers killed in Iraq on an illuminated sign in his front yard, his home has been vandalized, cars have stopped in front of his home and honked horns in the early morning hours and he has received anonymous harassing phone calls... Norton, who was told by a city official last winter that the sign in his yard did not violate zoning ordinances, received a letter from the Layton City Attorney's Office recently informing him that, upon further review, the sign does violate the ordinance and he would have 10 days to take it down."
Afghan and U.S. forces kill 32 Taliban, retake town --Hundreds of Afghan police backed by U.S. air strikes retook [?!? It's not theirs to 'take'] control on Tuesday of a district capital in southwestern Afghanistan that was overrun by the Taliban, killing 32 resistance fighters, police said.
Expect terrorists to bring war to us --by Andrew Greeley "The war in Iraq, billed as an essential component of the war on terror, is creating more terrorists. It is not unreasonable to expect that other young men will soon be destroying themselves in this country as they blow up Americans in shopping malls and restaurants and hospitals and churches. The chickens of the criminal war in Iraq will come home to roost." [a must read]
Pentagon Channel Adds New Markets, More Growth Expected --The Pentagon Channel, a Defense Department taxpayer-funded Neo-con-job propaganda outlet ['news and information service'], has added two new television markets to its audience.
Frist Reverses Himself, Pushes Bolton Vote --Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Tuesday he would keep pressing for a vote on embattled U.N. nominee John Bolton's confirmation after Dictator Bush insisted that throwing in the towel was not an option.
Biometrics ID System Debuts At Orlando Airport 21 Jun 2005 Brigitte Goersch placed her hand on a screen that copied her fingerprints, and she then stood in front of an ATM-like machine that captured an image of her eye's iris. A private company hopes as many as 30,000 other people this year will follow the lead of the security chief at Orlando International Airport by offering up their biometric information for a program guaranteeing travelers an exclusive security line, and the promise of no random secondary pat-downs, in exchange for a background check by the Department of Homeland Security.
False Alarms Plague Port Anti-Nuke System --The post-Sept. 11 security blanket designed to keep nuclear material out of U.S. ports still has plenty of holes, including scores of false alarms from radiation detectors, scientists told Congress on Tuesday.
Security breach at Y-12 21 Jun 2005 The Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge finds itself making international news. There are concerns illegal aliens working on the secret grounds used fake green cards to get around federal authorities.
No climate change in energy bill - Domenici --A key Republican lawmaker declined to back a plan by Senate Democrats to slow the growth of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, casting doubt on whether the Senate can muster enough votes on Tuesday to approve a climate change plan.
Gas over $3 in 2006? Oil prices could be headed even higher and there's a prediction of three dollar gasoline. Light sweet crude for July delivery climbed 90 cents to $59.37 a barrel Monday, a record close on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
House Panel Curbs Credit Card Rate Hikes --Banks and other issuers of credit cards would no longer be able to raise a cardholder's interest rate simply because of negative information from a credit report under a bill that advanced Tuesday in the House.
Bush calls for gay-marriage amendment --Reviving a major plank of his re-selection campaign, Dictator Bush called for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage Tuesday.
Dems Raise $22.6M So Far, Lag Behind GOP --The Democratic National Committee has raised $22.6 million this year through fundraisers, direct mail and online, but still trails the national GOP by a 2-1 margin, Democrats said Tuesday.
Gov. Bush signs bills changing election laws --Gov. Jeb Bush signed elections bills Monday... The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida hoped Bush would veto two of the bills that it felt would restrict the ability of third parties to register voters. The ACLU also questioned a provision under which the state Division of Elections would create an initial list of felons it determined should not be allowed to vote.
Florida Democratic Party Faces IRS Lien; $900,000 Shortage 21 Jun 2005 The Florida Democratic Party has now been slapped with a lien by the Internal Revenue Service for failing to pay payroll and Social Security taxes in 2003.
Tribe Told to Reroute DeLay Checks --A casino-rich tribe wrote checks for at least $55,000 to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's political groups, but the donations were never publicly disclosed and the tribe was directed to divert the money to other groups that helped Republicans, tribal documents show.
Schwarzenegger's popularity plunges to new low over referendum: poll 21 Jun 2005 [GOP-installed] California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's popularity has plunged to its lowest point following his decision to call a referendum to ram through disputed reforms, a poll showed. A survey conducted by the non-partisan Field Poll showed the action movie hero's once-towering approval rating among registered voters had plunged to 37 percent.
Jury convicts accused Klansman of killings --Accused Ku Klux Klansman Edgar Ray Killen was found guilty of manslaughter on Tuesday in the 1964 killings of three civil rights workers, a case that outraged much of the country and energized the civil rights movement.
Dirty, deadly secret --Legionnaires' outbreak hidden by hospital for year 21 Jun 2005 Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center (NY) struggled for more than a year to treat Legionnaires' disease bacteria in its water pipes without telling patients or most employees to take precautions, state records obtained by the Daily News show.
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Police Kill Man With Dud Grenade at Court 21 Jun 2005 A man described as angry about child support rulings was shot to death while brandishing an inert hand grenade in the new federal courthouse here, police said.
The US war with Iran has already begun --by Scott Ritter "President [sic] Bush has taken advantage of the sweeping powers granted to him in the aftermath of 11 September 2001, to wage a global war against terror and to initiate several covert offensive operations inside Iran. The most visible of these is the CIA-backed actions recently undertaken by the Mujahadeen el-Khalq, or MEK, an Iranian opposition group, once run by Saddam Hussein's dreaded intelligence services, but now working exclusively for the CIA's Directorate of Operations."
U.S. House agrees to spend more for Iraq war --The House of Representatives voted to advance the Pentagon another $45 billion for Halliburton ['the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan'] on Monday as it passed a $409 billion defense spending bill.
82 Iraqi MPs Demand Occupation Pullout 19 Jun 2005 Eighty two Iraqi lawmakers from across the political spectrum have pressed for the withdrawal of the US-led occupation troops from their country.
Bye-bye, Halliburton terrorists: Iraqi Lawmakers Call For Foreign Troops to Withdraw --Iraqi lawmakers from across the political spectrum called for the withdrawal of foreign forces from their country in a letter released to the media June 19.
Republican senators challenge Bush's Iraq optimism --pResident Bush needs to tell Americans the nation faces "a long, hard slog" in Iraq, a key Republican senator said on Sunday, and another said the White House was "disconnected from reality" in its optimism over the war.
McCain Expects U.S. in Iraq 2 More Years --A leading Republican senator (John McCain, Ariz.), said Sunday it probably would take "at least a couple more years" before enough Iraqis are capable of securing their country, a prime condition set by the Bush regime for beginning to withdraw U.S. troops. ['Securing their country?' Gee, it was secure enough before the illegal US invasion.]
Suicide Bomber Kills 20 at Iraq Police HQ --A suicide car bomber killed 20 traffic [?!?] policemen Monday outside the unit's headquarters in the northern Kurdish city of Irbil, killing at least 20 and wounding 100, police and hospital officials said.
Attacks leave 65 dead across Iraq --A suicide bomber killed at least 23 people at a popular Baghdad kebab restaurant at lunchtime Sunday... On Monday, a suicide bomber blew himself up in the middle of a morning roll call outside a traffic police headquarters in the Kurdish city of Irbil, killing at least 20 and wounding 50, police said.
Suicide Blast at Iraq Restaurant Kills 23 --A suicide bomber walked into a popular Baghdad kebab restaurant at lunchtime Sunday and killed at least 23 people — the deadliest attack in the capital in just over six weeks. The explosion was the bloodiest attack on a day in which a total of at least 46 people died in attacks across Iraq...
Torrid Baghdad fumes as water lines cut 20 Jun 2005 Two million Baghdadis are without fresh water after officials said resistance fighters sabotaged one of the main water plants that feed the Iraqi capital. [Yeah, right! That one has *Blackwater terrorists* written all over it!]
Torture of insurgent detainees reported --Iraqi police forces accused of abuse 20 Jun 2005 The public war on the Iraqi insurgency has led to an atmosphere of hidden brutalities, including abuse and torture, carried out against detainees by the nation's special security forces, according to defense lawyers, international organizations and Iraq's federal Human Rights Ministry.
UK had advance alert of Abu Ghraib abuse --A report on torture on Iraqis at Abu Ghraib was circulated within the army 19 Jun 2005 The British army's senior military lawyer in Iraq was aware of allegations that human rights abuses were being committed at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison months before they were exposed by the American media.
Clinton slams Guantánamo --Bill Clinton has become the most prominent figure so far to add his voice to criticisms of the US prison camp at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba. [Interview transcript: Bill Clinton - interview by the Financial Times on 17 June with former US president Bill Clinton at his home in Chappaqua, New York.]
Posts Considered for Commanders After Abuse Case 20 Jun 2005 Defense Secretary [war criminal] Donald H. Rumsfeld is considering new top command assignments that would possibly include promoting Lt. Gen. [war criminal] Ricardo S. Sanchez, the former American commander in Iraq during the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal, Pentagon and military officials say.
Bolton UN nomination blocked again in U.S. Senate --Senate Democrats on Monday again blocked the nomination of John Bolton as U.N. ambassador, raising the possibility that Dictator Bush may seek to bypass lawmakers and put him in the job without a confirmation vote.
Fresh blow to Bush on Bolton nomination --The Bush regime on Monday suffered another blow in its campaign to install John Bolton as US ambassador to the United Nations after Democrats again blocked a Senate vote on his nomination.
WaPo's Dana Milbank Attacks Democrats.com by Name --by Bob Fertik "For the third time in 10 days, Dana Milbank of the Washington Post has attacked democrats.com by name."
Afghans Arrest 3 Pakistanis Accused of Plot to Kill U.S. Envoy --Three Pakistanis were arrested just minutes before they planned to assassinate the American ambassador to Afghanistan at a ceremony east of the Afghan capital on Sunday, Afghan officials said today.
Anti-Arroyo forces to hold large protest Leftist activists, church-backed groups and opposition leaders said Monday they would clog Metro Manila with thousands of protesters later this week to raise pressure on President Arroyo to break her silence on poll fraud allegations. [Bush cohort and Reichwing terrorist] Arroyo, whose ratings are at record lows, has declined to say whether it is her voice on recordings of a telephone conversation, which the opposition says bolsters its claims she cheated her way to victory in last year's elections [just like Bush, himself].
Japan faces 58 bil. yen tab for interceptor --The United States has asked Japan to contribute 58 billion yen toward a joint missile defense development project expected to begin in fiscal 2006, The Yomiuri Shimbun learned Sunday.
Army handed revised bill Starmet cleanup cost up by $3.1m --The estimated cost of removing more than 3,700 barrels of depleted uranium from Starmet Corp.'s Superfund site in West Concord has now increased by $3.1 million, according to state Department of Environmental Protection officials.
CIA 'knows Bin Laden whereabouts' 20 Jun 2005 The US has offered $25m for Bin Laden's capture The head of the US Central Intelligence Agency has said he has an "excellent idea" where Osama Bin Laden is hiding. But CIA director Porter Goss did not say when the world's most wanted man would be caught, nor his location.
CIA loses out on bill after Pentagon ally protests --A key Pentagon ally in the U.S. Congress defeated a legislative attempt to guarantee the CIA control of all U.S. secret agents overseas, congressional aides said on Monday.
FBI Chief Won't Mandate Terror Expertise --FBI supervisors in the war on terror have acknowledged they lacked expertise, but Director Robert Mueller says he is unwilling to require such managers to have backgrounds in Arabic, the Middle East or international issues.
Libraries Say Yes, Officials Do Quiz Them About Users 20 Jun 2005 --Law enforcement officials have made at least 200 formal and informal inquiries to libraries for information on reading material and other internal matters since October 2001, according to a new study that adds grist to the growing debate in Congress over the government's counterterrorism powers.
Feds Collect Data on Air Travelers --A federal agency collected extensive personal information about airline passengers although Congress told it not to and it said it wouldn't, according to documents obtained Monday by The Associated Press.
State receives first shipment of Homeland Security Trucks --Windsor Locks, Conn. --The state began taking delivery Monday of 34 trucks designed to help emergency officials respond quickly to a terrorist attack or natural disaster. The "prime mover" vehicles will be stationed across the state.
Guess Who's Going to Hollywood? --By John Gideon (votetrustusa.org) "This summer county, state, and national elections officials will be heading to Hollywood and Beverly Hills to enjoy four days of fun and sun sponsored, in part, by their friends at Diebold, Sequoia and ES&S... Diebold is co-sponsoring the 'Welcome Reception'; ES&S is co-sponsoring the 'Graduation Luncheon and Awards Ceremony' and Sequoia is co-sponsoring a Thursday evening dinner and dance. This gathering is NOT a weekend or even a long weekend. This gathering is done during the work week while those officials are being paid by their counties or states, that is, the taxpayer."
Indonesia says has 50 polio cases, one bird flu 20 Jun 2005 Indonesia has found 50 polio cases since the disease re-emerged in the country last month [right along with the presence of the US], and one human carrier of the bird flu virus after an outbreak hit the nation's fowl in March, the health minister said on Monday.
Huge Sinkhole Opens On W. 56th Street --Traffic is once again moving on 56th Street in Midtown Manhattan, where a huge sinkhole created big problems Monday morning. A busted service pipe caused the street to cave in between 5th and 6th avenues, leaving a 25-by-15-foot gaping hole.
CIA has 'excellent' idea where bin Laden is-Time --CIA Director Porter Goss said he has an "excellent" idea where Osama bin Laden is hiding, but the al Qaeda leader will not be brought to justice until weak links in counterterrorism efforts are strengthened, Time magazine reported on Sunday. [Oh, I am *sure* they know where the al CIAduh leader is hiding, since the Bush regime went through so much trouble to assure bin Laden's safe passage after 9/11.]
10 Questions For Porter Goss The director of the CIA talks to TIME about false intelligence and organic gardening 19 Jun 2005 "[Q] When will we get Osama bin Laden? [A] That is a question that goes far deeper than you know. In the chain that you need to successfully wrap up the war on terror, we have some weak links. And I find that until we strengthen all the links, we're probably not going to be able to bring Mr. bin Laden to justice..."
Memos Show British Fretting Over Iraq War 19 Jun 2005 When Prime Minister Tony Blair's chief foreign policy adviser dined with Condoleezza Rice six months after Sept. 11, the then-U.S. national security adviser didn't want to discuss Osama bin Laden or al-Qaida. She wanted to talk about "regime change'' in Iraq, setting the stage for the U.S.-led invasion more than a year later.
Revealed: the secret cabal which spun for Blair 08 Jun 2003 Britain ran a covert 'dirty tricks' operation designed specifically to produce misleading intelligence that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction to give the UK a justifiable excuse to wage war on Iraq. Operation Rockingham, established by the Defence Intelligence Staff within the Ministry of Defence in 1991, was set up to 'cherry-pick' intelligence proving an active Iraqi WMD programme and to ignore and quash intelligence which indicated that Saddam's stockpiles had been destroyed or wound down.
British bombing raids were illegal, says Foreign Office 19 Jun 2005 A sharp increase in British and American bombing raids on Iraq in the run-up to war "to put pressure on the regime" was illegal under international law, according to leaked Foreign Office legal advice. The advice was first provided to senior ministers in March 2002. Two months later RAF and USAF jets began "spikes of activity" designed to goad Saddam Hussein into retaliating and giving the allies a pretext for war.
Relatives of some troops killed in Iraq seek hearings on Downing Street memo --Several parents of soldiers killed in Iraq visited Capitol Hill on Wednesday to ask for congressional hearings on the Downing Street memo, which one mother called pResident Bush’s "Watergate."
Bush: Pulling Out of Iraq Not an Option --Dictator Bush said Saturday that pulling out of Iraq now is not an option, rejecting calls by some lawmakers and many people asked in polls to start bringing U.S. troops home.
Hit by friendly fire --Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel is angry. He's upset about the more than 1,700 U.S. soldiers killed and nearly 13,000 wounded in Iraq. He's also aggravated by the continued string of sunny assessments from the Bush administration, such as Vice pResident Dick Cheney's recent remark that the insurgency is in its "last throes." "Things aren't getting better; they're getting worse. The White House is completely disconnected from reality," Hagel tells U.S. News. "It's like they're just making it up as they go along. The reality is that we're losing in Iraq."
Suicide Bomber Kills 8 at Iraq Restaurant --A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a Baghdad kebab restaurant popular with police and Iraqi soldiers Sunday, killing at least eight as resistance fighters showed no signs of slackening their onslaught despite two major U.S. offensives aimed at routing 'foreign fighters'. [Aimed at routing *themselves,* as, the Halliburton mercenaries *are* the 'foreign fighters!!']
Nine occupation troops killed in Iraq --Nine troops from the U.S.-led 'multinational' forces were killed Saturday in a mortar attack in the troubled city of Fallujah west of the capital.
US says 50 insurgents killed in twin Iraq offensives 18 Jun 2005 The US military said it killed about 50 insurgents as it pressed on with two offensives against resistance fighters in the restive western province of Al-Anbar near the border with Syria.
War taking toll on health of Iraqi kids --by Dr. Cesar Chelala "More than two years after the Iraq war started, children continue to be its main victims as the health of the majority of the population continues to deteriorate. In the 1980s, Iraq had one of the best health-care systems in the region. Today it cannot respond to the most basic health needs of the population."
Iraqi doctors strike over police harassment 18 Jun 2005 Doctors at the main hospital in Baquba, north of Baghdad, have gone on strike, saying they are fed up with constant abuse at the hands of aggressive Iraqi police and soldiers.
3 Accused of Sending Funds to Iraq Resistance Fighters 15 Jun 2005 German authorities detained three men on charges that they had funneled thousands of dollars to the Ansar al Islam network to support 'terrorist' [resistance] attacks in Iraq.
U.S. Soldier Sues Over Guantanamo Beating --A U.S. military policeman who was beaten by fellow MPs during a botched training drill at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prison for detainees has sued the Pentagon for $15 million, alleging that the incident violated his constitutional rights.
Dad picks up $600 tab to get Marine battle ready --Marine Pfc. Jeremy Tod called home with news that his superiors were urging him and fellow Marines to buy special military equipment, including flak jackets with armor plating, to enhance the prospects of their survival. The message was that such purchases were to be made by Marines with their own money. Total estimated cost: $600.
National Guard pay on hold ...[B]ills continue to mount for both families, but they don't appear any closer to receiving the $1,500 to $1,700 that each says the government owes them than they were when Nathan Vosler and Bert Wray came home from Iraq in December with their outfit -- the 30th Enhanced Heavy Separate Brigade of the N.C. National Guard. Vosler and Wray and hundreds of others members of the brigade have yet to receive thousands of dollars in expense and travel money owed them by the Department of Defense.
Militants Die in U.S. Air Strikes in Afghanistan 19 Jun 2005 An 'unprovoked attack' [?!? Uh, the entire *illegal invasion of Afghanistan for a UNOCAL gas pipeline* IS the f*cking provocation, morons!!] on a coalition [occupation] patrol today left 15 to 20 militants [resistance fighters] dead in Afghanistan, U.S. officials said.
Uzbek Ministries in Crackdown Received U.S. Aid --Uzbek law enforcement and security ministries implicated by witnesses in the deadly crackdown in the city of Andijon last month have for years received training and equipment from counter[pro]terrorism programs run by the United States, according to American officials and Congressional records.
Reporter's Censored WW2 A-Bomb Radiation Stories Discovered --The censored stories written by an American journalist who sneaked into a southern Japanese city soon after it was leveled by a U.S. atomic bomb have surfaced six decades later. They offer an unflinching account about the "wasteland of war" and its radiation-sickened inhabitants.
A Nagasaki Report By George Weller American George Weller was the first foreign reporter to enter Nagasaki following the U.S. atomic attack on the city on Aug. 9, 1945. Weller wrote a series of stories about what he saw in the city, but censors at the Occupation's General Headquarters refused to allow the material to be printed. Weller's stories were written in September 1945.
Your ISP as Net watchdog 16 Jun 2005 The U.S. Department of inJustice is quietly shopping around the explosive idea of requiring Internet service providers to retain records of their customers' online activities. Data retention rules could permit police to obtain records of e-mail chatter, Web browsing or chat-room activity months after Internet providers ordinarily would have deleted the logs--that is, if logs were ever kept in the first place.
FBI Managers Admit They Didn't Seek Out Terrorism Expertise After Sept. 11 --In sworn testimony that contrasts with their promises to the public, the FBI managers who crafted the post-Sept. 11 fight against terrorism say expertise about the Mideast or terrorism was not important in choosing the agents they promoted to top jobs.
New US move to spoil climate accord 19 Jun 2005 The Observer Extraordinary efforts by the White House to scupper Britain's attempts to tackle global warming have been revealed in leaked US government documents obtained by The Observer.
G-8 Draft on Global Warming Is Weakened at U.S. Behest --Drafts of a joint statement being prepared for the leaders of the major industrial powers show that the Bush regime has succeeded in removing language calling for prompt action to control global warming.
Official Had Aide Send Data to White House --E-mail messages obtained by investigators at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting show that its chairman, Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, extensively consulted a White House official shortly before she joined the corporation about creating an ombudsman's office to monitor the balance and objectivity of public television and radio programs.
Lawmakers Trying Again to Divide Ninth Circuit --Congressional Republicans are hoping yet again to split the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which covers nine Western states and has issued some rulings to the dismay of conservatives, saying a breakup is the best way to reduce the caseload of the circuit's federal judges.
Congress Assaults the Courts, Again (The New York Times) "The House of Representatives took a little- noticed but dangerous swipe at the power of the courts this week. It passed an amendment to a budget bill that would bar money from being spent to enforce a federal court ruling regarding the Ten Commandments. The vote threatens the judiciary's long-acknowledged position as the final arbiter of the Constitution. It is important that this amendment be removed before the bill becomes law."
Iowa Gov. to Restore Felons' Voting Rights --Gov. Tom Vilsack said Friday he will soon sign an order restoring the voting rights of convicted felons who have served their sentences.
Senate Apologizes to Lynching Victims, Families for Failure to Act Senators Landrieu and Allen Joined By Lynching Survivor and Descendents for Historic Vote 13 June 2005 (landrieu.senate.gov) "In more than 200 years, the United States Senate has rarely found an occasion to apologize. But today the body is expected to apologize to lynching victims and their families for the Senate’s failure to enact federal anti-lynching legislation during the first part of the 20th century." List of Supporters As of 8:59 a.m. EDT - 16 June 2005
Biden Says He Will Seek Democratic Presidential Nomination in '08 --Delaware Senator Joe Biden has told CBS' Face the Nation he will seek the democratic presidential nomination in three years.
Kritikal Resistance "Brotherhood, love of music, peace and justice, these are just a few of the things that drive the music of Kritikal Resistance. The band has been writing music and playing together for only a short time. After a few line- up changes the band finally settled with Rick on the vocals, Jason on the guitars, Danny on the bass, Devon on emcee, and Mike on drums. But with something still missing the band decided on Clint as Giant Banana."
Oops! It's dead scientist #78... Russian Investigators Probe Biological Weapons Link to Hepatitis Outbreak 9 Jun 2005 An investigation is checking whether the mass outbreak of hepatitis A in the Tver region near Moscow could be linked to the biological weapons sector. At the moment 363 people are in hospital, NewsRu.Com reported Thursday. Some newspapers have linked the outbreak to the recent murder of Russia’s leading specialist in bio weapons. Some sources link Wednesday's murder of Anti-Microbe Therapy Institute director Leonid Strachunsky, who specialized in creating microbes resistant to biological weapons, to the hepatitis outbreak, NewsRu.Com added. [See: Steve Quayle's List of Dead Scientists.]
Bird Flu Drug Rendered Useless 18 Jun 2005 Chinese farmers, acting with the approval and encouragement of government officials, have tried to suppress major bird flu outbreaks among chickens with an antiviral drug meant for humans, animal health experts said. International researchers now conclude that this is why the drug will no longer protect people in case of a worldwide bird flu epidemic.
Halliburton to build new $30 mln Guantanamo prison --A Halliburton Co. unit will build a new $30 million detention facility and security fence at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where the United States is holding about 520 foreign terrorism suspects, the Defense Department announced on Thursday. The announcement comes the same week that Vice pResident [and Halliburton whore] Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld defended the torture facility after U.S. lawmakers said it had created an image problem for the United States.
House Poised to Give Pentagon $45 Billion More for Wars 16 Jun 2005 The House is expected to give the Pentagon an additional $45 billion for wars next year even as public support for combat in Iraq wanes and lawmakers press for an exit strategy.
US lied to Britain over use of napalm in Iraq war 17 Jun 2005 American officials lied to British ministers over the use of "internationally reviled" napalm-type firebombs in Iraq. Yesterday's disclosure led to calls by MPs for a full statement to the Commons and opened ministers to allegations that they held back the facts until after the general election.
US launches more attacks near Iraq's border with Syria 18 Jun 2005 The US military launched a major combat operation yesterday with 1,000 Marines and Iraqi soldiers in the hunt for insurgents and foreign fighters in a volatile western province straddling Syria.
U.S. Launches Airstrikes in Western Iraq --American troops bombarded a dusty border town with airstrikes and tank fire Friday, capturing 100 militants in the third major recent attempt to uproot tenacious insurgents who are believed to use the region to sneak foreign suicide bombers in from Syria.
9 Bodies of Civilians Killed By US Bombs Found 16 Jun 2005 (jihadunspun) "Al-Anbar province continues to be a hot zone, with more attacks reported including a statement issued by al-Qaida claiming responsibility for a Humvee attack, while searchers discovered bodies of civilians killed by US bombs in Qaim."
Mega barf alert!! Operation Spear Begins 17 Jun 2005 U.S. Marines and Iraqi forces today began Operation Spear, aimed at rooting out terrorists and foreign fighters and disrupting terror support systems in and around Karabilah, Iraq. [Oh. They are 'rooting out' themselves? The US occupiers *are* the terrorists and the foreign fighters!!]
US Admits Six Soldiers Killed In Ramadi; Launches Another Operation In Al-Anbar 17 Jun 2005 (jihadunspun) "US military officials have announced the deaths of five Marines and a sailor near Ramadi as the violence inside the Iraqi quagmire continue yesterday. The Marines died in a roadside bomb explosion Wednesday which JUS reported at the time, while a sailor from the 2nd Marine Division was killed by small-arms fire the same day."
Gunmen take over Ramadi as bomb kills five marines 17 Jun 2005 Resistance fighters have taken over much of the Iraqi city of Ramadi and used it to launch attacks against US occupation forces... A huge bomb killed five American marines yesterday and showered body parts on to rooftops, fuelling suspicion that armour-piercing technology is being developed and tested in Ramadi.
Base Offers Course on Insurgents' Bombs --Military engineers at a Ft. Irwin seminar study the crude explosive devices that are the single biggest cause of troop deaths in Iraq. More than 200 military engineers packed grandstands erected on a hill in the heart of this desert combat training center Wednesday to witness the destructive power of the resistance fighters' primary weapon in Iraq: crude bombs built with cellphones and old artillery rounds.
Resolution to withdraw troops from Iraq introduced in House --On Thursday, 41 House Democrats formed a new "Out of Iraq" caucus. Separately, four lawmakers - two Democrats and two Republicans - introduced a resolution calling for withdrawal starting in October 2006.
Bush pressed to answer 'Downing Street Memo' questions --A hearing Thursday on a secret British intelligence memo that said Dictator Bush was committed to waging war on Iraq months before he said so publicly ended with a request for Congress to open an inquiry into whether Bush should be impeached for misleading the nation. [No, I think impeachment (and the $70 million needed for the investigation) should be reserved for Democrats who lie about extra-marital oral sex.]
Democrats Urge Inquiry on Bush, Iraq --Amid new questions about Dictator Bush's drive to topple Saddam Hussein, several House Democrats urged lawmakers on Thursday to conduct an official inquiry to determine whether the pResident intentionally misled Congress. At a public forum where the word "impeachment" loomed large, Exhibit A was the so-called Downing Street memo, a prewar document leaked from inside the British government to The Sunday Times of London a month and a half ago. [See: The secret Downing Street memo SECRET AND STRICTLY PERSONAL - UK EYES ONLY]
Why does the Washington Post hate America? --by John in DC 17 Jun 2005 (americablog.blogspot) "A letter Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) just sent to the Wash Post (Conyers convened yesterday's hearing about the DSM.)"
A press coverup --Leave it to the Beltway herd, with their special brand of arrogance, to insist that the Downing Street memo wasn't news. By Joe Conason "To judge by their responses, the leading lights of the Washington press corps are more embarrassed than the White House is by the revelations in the Downing Street memo -- which quite suddenly is becoming as 'famous' as NBC's Tim Russert suggested weeks ago, when most of his colleagues and everyone at his network were still ignoring the document."
Interpreter: prisoner screamed and wept 16 Jun 2005 Torture-charged former intelligence officer Annemette Hommel refused to break off interrogations when one of her prisoners wept from pain and begged her permission to change posture, one of Hommel's interpreters said on Thursday. The interpreter gave her statement to a Copenhagen court, where Hommel is being tried along with four military police officers for mistreating her prisoners in Iraq last year.
MSNBC poll: "Do you believe President [sic] Bush misled the nation in order to go to war with Iraq?" * 37910 responses - Yes 94% No 6% [Snapshot: 04:43 GMT 18 Jun 2005]
Bush policies blocked as US mood on Iraq sours --As American and Iraqi casualties on the ground mount relentlessly, Dictator George Bush is in growing political trouble, with Republicans as well as Democrats questioning his handling of a war that has never been less popular here.
Bush's Approval Ratings Stay Low --Dictator George W. Bush's job approval rating is now just 42 percent, and most Americans think he does not share their priorities.
Nuclear Warrior Replaces John Bolton as Arms Control Chief --By Tom Barry "The top U.S. government official in charge of arms control advocates the offensive use of nuclear weapons and has deep roots in the militarist political camp. Moving into the old job of John Bolton, the administration's hard-core unilateralist nominee to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Robert G. Joseph is the right-wing's advance man for counter-proliferation as the conceptual core of a new U.S. military policy."
U.S. court backs indictment on terror-list status --A U.S. appeals court upheld a federal indictment on Friday against a group that raised money in California for the Mujahedin-e Khalq, an Iranian opposition group designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. government. The ruling reverses a district court's dismissal of the indictment.
Senate panel passes $30.8 billion homeland security bill --The Senate Appropriations Committee easily approved $30.8 billion in discretionary funding Thursday for the Homeland Security Department and its programs next year.
Panel to bolster border security, detention funds 16 Jun 2005 The Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to vote today to give Dictator Bush an additional $600 million on top of his $9.8 billion budget request for border security. The extra money will be used to hire more agents to guard the border and to provide more beds to house detained illegal aliens.
G8 to pool data on terrorism --Ministers agree to join forces on data and research 18 Jun 2005 The world's most powerful countries are to test the limits of data protection and privacy laws with a plan to pool terrorism research, computer material and possibly DNA and fingerprint samples agreed at the final dress rehearsal to the Gleneagles G8 meeting next month.
G8 to launch international paedophile database 18 Jun 2005 The world's wealthiest nations are to set up an international database to help police track down paedophiles and rescue their victims, it emerged today.
Keep an eye open for spies, MI5 tells business travellers --Frequent travellers to countries with an espionage interest in Britain are being warned by MI5 to watch out for foreign spies using undercover techniques ranging from the sex trap to lavish hospitality.
Second Helicopter Crashes in NYC in 4 Days --A helicopter carrying the CEO of MBNA Corp. and other top executives plunged into the East River Friday, the second helicopter crash in four days in the waters off Manhattan.
EPA Using Data From 'Unethical' Tests, Lawmakers Say --The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as part of its regulatory reviews of pesticide registration applications, has accepted data from 24 chemical industry tests that intentionally exposed people to poisons, according to a report by Congressional staff members.
Bush regime may help end MTBE fight in energy bill --In order for Congress to get a final energy bill to the White House this summer, the Bush regime said on Thursday it was prepared to broker a compromise between the Senate and House over whether to give certain lawsuit protection to big oil companies. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, a Texas Republican [and Reichwing terrorist], has insisted that a final energy bill must include the protection for oil companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp., ConocoPhillips, and others.
Bush Begins Campaign to Publicize Medicare 'Drug Benefit' --Dictator Bush opened a nationwide [propaganda] campaign [paid for by US taxpayers] Thursday to publicize the value of Medicare's new pharmaceutical profit windfall ['drug benefit'], and he urged everyone on Medicare to sign up for it. [LOL!]
RNC Nets $52.9M in First 5 Months of Year --The Republican National Committee has taken in $52.9 million from January through May, maintaining its strong fundraising despite a ban on six-figure donations.
Security breach could hit 40 million payment cards --MasterCard International on Friday said a security breach had exposed about 40 million payment cards of various brands to potential fraud in the biggest such privacy violation ever reported, and said some amount of fraud tied to the breach had been detected.
Wisconsin may ban morning-after pill --The Wisconsin Assembly approved a ban on the so-called morning-after pill on state college campuses, a restriction that would be the first in the nation if approved.
Gov. Bush calls for probe of Schiavo husband --Florida Gov. Jeb Bush asked a prosecutor on Friday to investigate why Terri Schiavo collapsed 15 years ago and how long it took her husband to call for help... "Between 40 and 70 minutes elapsed before the call was made and I am aware of no explanation for the delay," Bush said in the letter.
Inuit to File Anti-US Climate Petition Inuit hunters threatened by a melting of the Arctic ice plan to file a petition accusing Washington of violating their human rights by fuelling global warming, an Inuit leader said on Wednesday.
Dirty Birds --Oil spill soaks pelican refuge 16 Jun 2005 A crude oil spill due south of Gulfport has soaked a national wildlife refuge, killing pelicans where they nested and bringing to the forefront the issue of drilling near national parks along the Mississippi Coast.
Where they'll bury us if bird flu hits Bay 18 Jun 2005 Burial grounds have been earmarked in Hawke's Bay (NZ) for a deadly flu epidemic that could kill thousands of the region's people. The nightmare scenario is part of health authorities' planning for an event they say is "a matter of when - not if". The first suspected case of human-to-human transmission of bird flu was reported in Vietnam two weeks ago.
Vietnamese bird flu doctor has bird flu 17 Jun 2005 A Vietnamese doctor who treated bird flu patients has contracted the disease himself, a state newspaper reported on Friday.
How pigs could be launchpad for bird flu pandemic 18 Jun 2005 A virologist from Hong Kong has warned that pigs could provide a launchpad for bird flu, even if birds carrying the virus, which is causing havoc in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, failed to do so.
Congressmen Call for Start of Withdrawal from Iraq --Republican congressman Walter Jones (NC) is part of a bipartisan group of House members that wants pResident Bush to start bringing US troops home from Iraq by October 1st of next year.
W.House rejects lawmakers' call for Iraq pullout --Critics of the Iraq war proposed a congressional resolution on Thursday calling for a U.S. troop withdrawal in a reflection of growing American unease, a proposal swiftly rejected by the White House and the Pentagon.
Guantanamo called death camp --The Senate's No. 2 Democrat, Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, has compared the U.S. military's treatment of a suspected al CIAduh terrorist at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay with the regimes of Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin and Pol Pot, three of history's most heinous dictators.
Senator Compares US Guantanamo Torture to Nazi Acts [from James Taranto's editorial] Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) comments on the Senate floor, Tuesday, 14 June 2005 "When you read some of the graphic descriptions of what has occurred here [at Guantanamo Bay]--I almost hesitate to put them in the [Congressional] Record, and yet they have to be added to this debate. Let me read to you what one FBI agent saw. And I quote from his report: On a couple of occasions, I entered interview rooms to find a detainee chained hand and foot in a fetal position to the floor, with no chair, food or water... ...If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime--Pol Pot or others--that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners."
Sen. Durbin Stands by Guantanamo Remarks --Sen. Dick Durbin refused to apologize Wednesday for comments he made on the Senate floor comparing the actions of American soldiers at Guantanamo Bay to Nazis, Soviet gulags and a "mad regime" like Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot's in Cambodia. [Why apologise for the *truth?*]
US senator stands by Nazi remark --A US senator has refused to apologise for comparing the actions of US soldiers at Guantanamo Bay to those of Nazis, while others have decried or defended the mandate and method used to hold prisoners there.
White House Castigates Durbin for Remarks --The White House said a senator's comparison of American interrogators at Guantanamo Bay to Nazis, Soviet gulags and Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot was reprehensible and a disservice to those serving in the military.
Pentagon says Guantanamo critics show 'ignorance' --The Pentagon on Thursday invited more members of Congress to visit the Guantanamo prison for foreign terrorism suspects, saying criticism by some U.S. lawmakers showed "a real ignorance of what's really going on."
540,000 Petitions Delivered to President Bush Demanding Truth About Iraq War; Downing Street Memos Trigger Public Outrage Over Deception (U.S. Newswire) "John Conyers (D-Mich.) today will hand-deliver to the White House a petition signed by 105 members of Congress and more than 540,000 Americans demanding that President [sic] Bush provide a detailed response to the smoking gun evidence in the Downing Street memos of deceptions about the war in Iraq."
16 June --The Downing Street Memo --Rep. John Conyers, House Judiciary Cmte. Ranking Member, chairs a meeting on the Downing Street Memo and pre-Iraq War intelligence. Witnesses include former ambassador Joe Wilson, CIA analyst Ray McGovern, Cindy Sheehan, mother of a fallen American soldier, and constitutional lawyer John Bonifaz. Thursday, 2:30PM ET, C-SPAN3
17 June --Reair of House Democrats Meeting on Downing St. Memo and Iraq War -- Friday, 8:00PM ET, C-SPAN2
122 House members sign on to 'Downing Street' letter to Bush (bradblog) "A total of 122 members of Congress, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), have now signed on to Rep. John Conyers' (D-MI) letter to George W. Bush requesting a response to several questions in relation to the Downing Street Minutes."
Los Angeles Times *finally* reports on Downing Street 'memo' (minutes), forty-four days after CLG reported the story: New Memos Detail Early Plans for Invading Iraq --In March 2002, the Bush regime had just begun to publicly raise the possibility of confronting Iraq. But behind the scenes, officials already were deeply engaged in seeking ways to justify an invasion, newly revealed British memos indicate.
WH Press Secretary Mocks 'Downing Street Memo' (Editor & Publisher staff) "With a hearing about to begin on Capitol Hill on the so-called Downing Street Memo, hosted by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), reporters at today's White House briefing by Press Secretary Scott McClellan naturally raised the subject, albeit briefly..."
Democrats cite British memo in opposing Bolton --U.S. Senate Democrats rejected a Republican compromise over John Bolton's nomination as U.N. ambassador on Thursday and cited a British report backing their view that the Bush administration hyped intelligence on Iraq before the 2003 invasion.
Iraq rebels kill 5 marines in deadly blast --Iraqi resistance fighters killed five U.S. marines in a bomb attack in the city of Ramadi, the second time in a week an entire armored Humvee crew has died there in what U.S. officers said on Thursday could be a new insurgent tactic.
PA Guard Members Headed to Iraq 16 June 2005 Some 22-hundred Pennsylvania Army National Guard members—the state’s largest deployment since the Korean War— are being sent to Iraq.
Second contractor with Reno lawyer alleges Marine abuse in Iraq --Peter Ginter learned what it was like to be a prisoner of war in combat training exercises so he had an idea of what to expect last month when he was roughed up, stripped and locked in a 6-by-8-foot cell in Iraq. But the ex-Marine never imagined his captors would be U.S. troops... Ginter said he was kicked, his head bounced off the pavement and his testicle squeezed by a guard during his detention. "I was more worried about my life from the (U.S.) military than from the insurgents," he told The Associated Press late Wednesday.
Holy irony, Batman! Bush criticises Iran's election --US Dictator George W Bush has criticised the presidential election taking place in Iran on Friday as ignoring the demands of democracy. "Iran is ruled by men who suppress liberty at home and spread terror across the world," he said in a statement released by the White House. [He should know!]
House Votes to Curb Patriot Act --FBI's Power to Seize Library Records Would Be Halted --The House handed Dictator Bush the first defeat in his effort to preserve the broad powers of the USA Patriot Act, voting yesterday to curtail the FBI's ability to seize library and bookstore records for terrorism investigations.
House Blocks a Provision for Patriot Act Inquiries --The House voted Wednesday to block a provision of the USA Patriot Act that makes it easier for federal investigators to review the records of libraries and bookstores on national security grounds.
FBI inspector general's report: more evidence of government complicity in 9/11 attacks --by Patrick Martin 15 June 2005 "A report released June 9 by the FBI’s Office of the Inspector General raises new questions about the role of the US government in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001."
Bomb-laden military jet crashes into backyard --A U.S. Marine Corps jet carrying four 500-pound bombs crashed into the backyard of a home during a training exercise... Nearly 1,300 homes were evacuated Wednesday while a military explosives team dismantled the bombs at the crash site in Yuma, about 300 kilometres southwest of Phoenix.
U.S. border surveillance system became fiasco --A $250 million program to put remote video surveillance cameras along parts of the United States' northern and southern borders was grossly and possibly criminally mismanaged, a House subcommittee heard on Thursday.
Lobbyists' Role for Public TV Is Investigated --Investigators at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting are examining $15,000 in payments to two Republican lobbyists last year that were not disclosed to the corporation's board, people involved in the inquiry said on Wednesday.
Bush regime criticized for 'propaganda:' USDA plants its own news --Critics liken radio, TV spots to propaganda --The U.S. Department of Agribusiness ['Agriculture'] has churned out [taxpayer-funded] three dozen radio and television news segments since the first of the year that promote a controversial trade agreement with Central America opposed by labor unions, the sugar industry and many members of Congress, including some Republicans.
Contractors owe $3.3 billion in taxes, GAO finds -- Investigation reports 'widespread tax cheating' --Thousands of federal civilian contractors owe the government $3.3 billion in unpaid taxes, according to congressional investigators.
50 Governors Unite Against Federal Cuts to Medicaid --Governors stepped up their campaign against the Bush regime's proposed cuts in Medicaid on Wednesday by presenting Congress with their own ambitious plan to restructure the safety-net health program that serves about 53 million Americans.
Feds: Some AIDS Drug Tests Violated Rules --The government has concluded at least some AIDS drug experiments involving foster children violated federal rules designed to ensure vulnerable youths were protected from the risks of medical research.
Oil prices surge toward $57 a barrel 16 June 2005 2:58 P.M. ET Oil prices climbed by almost $1 a barrel on Thursday as concerns about strong demand for gasoline dominated the market's psychology.
Clinton wins S.C. straw poll --Richland County Democrats held the nation’s first straw poll for the 2008 presidential race Wednesday and the surprise winner was U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York.
Ex-Trooper Kills Wife, Self Near Court, Police Say --Middletown, Conn., 15 June 2005 A former state trooper killed his estranged wife, wounded her divorce lawyer and then fatally shot himself Wednesday outside the courthouse where they were to appear for a hearing, police said.
Bush freelancer doing A-OK: Osama is safe, says ex-Taliban commander 15 June 2005 Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and Taliban chief Mullah Mohammad Omar are safe and healthy, a former Taliban commander said.
Deep Throat of Downing Street --by Jefferson Morley "Reporter Michael Smith of the Sunday Times of London scored an international scoop this weekend with a story about a sensational Iraq war document provided by an anonymous high-level official source who, like W. Mark Felt of Watergate fame, seems to have taken up a mission of helping an investigative reporter probe allegations of misconduct and cover-up. The document, a British government briefing paper from July 21, 2002, informed Prime Minister Tony Blair's cabinet ministers eight months before the invasion of Iraq that Blair had already committed Britain to supporting an American-led attack and that 'they had no choice but to find a way of making it legal.'"
U.S. Representative Walter Jones (R-NC) is seen in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. June 15, 2005. Jones will co-sponsor legislation about calling for the truth regarding the Downing Street Memo and reasons how the U.S. got involved in Iraq.
Rumsfeld: Detention Center Still Necessary --The military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will be needed for years to come, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld suggested Tuesday. There is no alternative location to hold and interrogate the suspected terrorists held there, he said.
US officials defend Guantanamo detentions to lawmakers 15 June 2005 Officials defended the US right to hold more than 500 suspected terrorists in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as lawmakers examined whether the controversial detention center should remain open and under what rules.
Senator: Gitmo An 'Embarrassment' 15 June 2005 A leading Senate Democrat called the Guantanamo Bay terror-crime camp "an international embarrassment to our nation" [just like Bush, himself]. ..."Guantanamo Bay is an international embarrassment to our nation, to our ideals and remains a festering threat to our security." --Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.
Specter Calls Gitmo System a 'Crazy Quilt' --The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee challenged Congress Wednesday to help define legal rights of terrorism detainees at Guantanamo Bay, bemoaning a "crazy quilt" system.
Dozens of soldiers and civilians killed in Iraq attacks --Iraq 'statistically' no safer, Rumsfeld says --Dozens have died in a series of bomb attacks in Baghdad. At least 23 Iraqi soldiers were killed and 27 injured when a suicide bomber wearing an Iraqi army uniform attacked a restaurant on an Iraqi army base in Khalis, 60km north of Baghdad.
Rebel attacks kill 40 in Iraq 15 June 2005 More than 40 people were killed in an upsurge of rebel attacks, including 23 at an Iraqi army canteen, as an Australian hostage walked free after 47 days in captivity.
Poland to Cut Iraq Deployment by Up to 300 --Poland said Wednesday it will cut its 1,700-troop deployment to Iraq this summer by as many as 300 troops.
Australian Hostage Released in Iraq --Australia's Muslim community celebrated on Wednesday the release of the Australian hostage kidnapped in Iraq six weeks ago, thanks to the efforts of Australia’s Islamic leader Sheikh Taj Aldin Alhilali. Sheikh Taj spent the past month in Iraq in negotiations aimed at securing Douglas Wood's release.
State Dems: Impeach Bush --Cheney, Rumsfeld too --Wisconsin Democrats are calling for the impeachment of Dictator George W. Bush, Vice pResident Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense [war criminal] Donald Rumsfeld.
Fresh battle cries over Bush nominee --Senator Bill Frist of Tennessee, the Republican leader, has vowed to hold another vote by the end of this week on the stalled nomination of John Bolton to be UN ambassador, if only to embarrass Democrats by putting a spotlight on their decision to block his confirmation.
Venezuela Asks U.S. to Extradite Posada --The Venezuelan Embassy asked the State Department on Wednesday for the extradition of Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles because of his alleged role in the deaths of 73 passengers in the bombing of a Cuban plane in 1976.
votes to limit Patriot Act rules on library records --The
House voted Wednesday to block the FBI and the Justice Department from
using the Patriot Act to search library and book store records. Despite
a veto threat from Dictator Bush, lawmakers voted 238-187 to block the
part of the anti[pro]-terrorism law that allows the government to investigate
the reading habits of 'terror' suspects.
U.S. Probing Passenger Screening Program --The Homeland Security Department's top privacy official said Wednesday she is investigating whether the agency's airline passenger screening program broke privacy laws by failing to properly disclose its use of commercial databases.
Forget 'see-through' security (The Toledo Blade) "To say that such high-tech strip searches would be extremely embarrassing, uncomfortable, or even unbearable for many travelers would be a gross understatement, so we'll just pass on this advice to the TSA: Forget about it. Find another technology that will detect guns, knives, and bombs, but don't sanction what would be, in effect, free peep shows for the screeners and an outrageous invasion of passengers' privacy."
GOP Senators May Make 69 Retirement Age --Key Senate Republicans are considering gradually raising the Social Security retirement age as high as 69 over several years as they struggle to jump-start legislation that pResident Bush has placed atop his second-term agenda, officials said Tuesday.
Exxon recruits accused Bush official --A former White House environmental official, accused of doctoring reports on global warming, is joining oil major ExxonMobil.
Oil industry hopes to avoid paying for MTBE problem --Cleanup costs for toxic gas additive could be billions --Staring at potential payouts in the billions of dollars, the U.S. oil industry is maneuvering to escape responsibility for cleaning up after MTBE, the now-banned toxic gasoline additive that has seeped into drinking water across the country.
Test shows voter fraud is possible 04 June 2005 Machines are vulnerable to manipulation --With the right access, an election worker could manipulate voting results in the computers that read paper ballots - without leaving any digital fingerprints. That was the verdict after Leon County Elections Supervisor Ion Sancho invited a team of researchers to look for holes in election software.
DeLay Fund Gets $400G for Legal Expenses --House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Nutball-Texas, accepted more than $400,000 in donations last year to help fight the various ethical allegations against him, but still owes three law firms at least $125,000 for his ongoing legal expenses.
Schwarzenegger Jeered at Graduation Speech [GOP-installed] Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's return to his alma mater turned into an exercise in perseverance when virtually his every word was accompanied by catcalls, howls and piercing whistles from the crowd.
Bankruptcy law seen hurting entrepreneurship --A new law that makes it more difficult for Americans to file for bankruptcy may hurt the nation's economy by discouraging entrepreneurs from taking risks, according to a study released on Wednesday.
Supermarket Accuses Wal-Mart of Stealing Price Information 15 June 2005 The owners of the Super H grocery store here have filed suit against Wal-Mart Stores, saying the Bentonville, Ark.-based mass merchant sent employees from a neighboring Wal-Mart store into Super H to scan its shelf bar codes.
Schiavo Autopsy Shows Massive Brain Damage --An autopsy on Terri Schiavo backed her husband's contention that she was in a persistent vegetative state, finding that she had massive and irreversible brain damage and was blind, the medical examiner's office said Wednesday. It also found no evidence that she was strangled or otherwise abused.
Indonesia Reports Human Bird Flu Case 15 June 2005 A farm worker in eastern Indonesia has tested positive for bird flu, marking the country's first human case of the virus that has already killed at least 54 people elsewhere in Southeast Asia, health officials in Indonesia said Wednesday.
WHO confirms new bird flu cases in Vietnam 15 June 2005 The World Health Organisation (WHO) says three more cases of bird flu have been recorded in Vietnam.
WTC Collapse Due to Controlled Demolition, "Inside Job" - Former Bush Advisor -by John Daly, UPI "A former Bush team member during his first administration is now voicing serious doubts about the collapse of the World Trade Center on 9-11. Former chief economist for the Department of Labor during President [sic] George W. Bush's first term Morgan Reynolds comments that the official story about the collapse of the WTC is 'bogus' and that it is more likely that a controlled demolition destroyed the Twin Towers and adjacent Building No. 7. Reynolds, who also served as director of the Criminal Justice Center at the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas and is now professor emeritus at Texas A&M University said, 'If demolition destroyed three steel skyscrapers at the World Trade Center on 9/11, then the case for an 'inside job' and a government attack on America would be compelling.'" [It's 2,749 counts of *premeditated murder!* Let the treason trials begin!!]
Iraq war planned two years before 9/11 --According to author and journalist Mickey Herskowitz, then presidential candidate George W. Bush was already talking privately about the political benefits of attacking Iraq two years before September 11 occurred. "He was thinking about invading Iraq in 1999," said President [sic] Bush's former ghost writer.
Iraq 'no more safe than in 2003' --US Defence Secretary [war criminal] Donald Rumsfeld has acknowledged that security in Iraq has not improved statistically since Saddam Hussein's fall in 2003.
Cheney Calls Guantánamo Prison Essential -- Vice pResident Dick Cheney strongly defended the American prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, on Monday, saying that it was essential to the administration's efforts to combat [foment] terrorism... [It *is* essential --we're going to need a facility to hold him, Bush and Rumsfeld during their treason trials.]
Marines, Iraqi soldiers kill five civilians after suicide attack --Marines and Iraqi soldiers killed five Iraqi civilians in western Iraq on Tuesday shortly after a suicide attack on a military checkpoint left one Iraqi soldier dead, the military said.
At least 28 killed in two bombings in Iraq --A man wearing a belt packed with explosives blew himself up outside a bank in northern Iraq Tuesday, killing 23 people and wounding nearly 100... A suicide car bomber also rammed his vehicle into an Iraqi army checkpoint, killing five soldiers and wounding two others in Kan'an, 30 miles north of Baghdad...
U.S. military academies attract fewer applicants --Applications from high school students to each of the three prestigious U.S. military academies dropped this year, officials said on Monday, at the same time the Army is struggling to sign up new recruits.
U.S. Opposed Calls for Probe of Uzbek Killings --Officials Feared Losing Air Base Access --Defense officials from Russia and the United States last week helped block a new demand for an international probe into the Uzbekistan government's shooting of hundreds of protesters last month, according to U.S. and diplomatic officials.
Saudis Reject Call for Inspections --Saudi Arabia is defying the United States, the European Union and Australia by resisting U.N. efforts to verify that it has no nuclear assets worth inspecting, according to a confidential EU document obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Pentagon Analyst Indicted in Info Leak --A Pentagon analyst has been indicted on charges he leaked classified military information to employees of a pro-Israel group, according to court papers made public Monday.
Senate body to challenge impartiality of Red Cross --An influential Senate Republican body is drafting a White Paper calling into question the impartiality of the International Committee of the Red Cross, according to a senior Senate aide.
Large U.S. Order for Taser --Taser International, the maker of electric stun guns, has received a $1.4 million order from the General Services Administration for an unspecified number of the weapons for use by the military. It is the company's biggest order this year.
Anti-Terror Absurdity In America --Hemorrhaging Money for Homeland Security --by Georg Mascolo "Fear can be a lucrative business. That, at least, is what American companies selling security gadgets are finding out as the US government continues to spend billions of dollars on a variety of different Homeland Security programs. The only problem? Most of them are useless." [Yes, but Rudy Giuliani has made a *killing* (literally) on 9/11.]
U.S. to Scale Back Passport Standards --Acknowledging international concerns, the United States will revamp its biometric passport requirements to make it easier for foreign travelers from friendly nations to enter the country without a visa, The Associated Press has learned.
Judiciary GOP pulls the plug on Conyers' forums --In December, ranking Democrat John Conyers (Mich.) began holding "forums" — gatherings with all the trappings of official hearings — after Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-Nazi-Wis.) refused to hold hearings on topics Conyers requested. In a sign of how far relationships on the committee have soured, majority staff [Gestapo] recently announced a new policy to deny any request from a committee Democrat for the use of a committee hearing room.
Democrats Looking for a Road Map to Downing Street --by Terry M. Neal "Democrats this week are escalating their efforts to highlight the so-called 'Downing Street Memo.' Rep. John Conyers Jr. (Mich.), the senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, has scheduled a public forum for Thursday on the subject. And 104 House Democrats have signed a letter written by Conyers to President [sic] Bush asking him for a detailed response to the memo."
Cape Cod support for Bush polls at 37.8 percent --A new poll suggests that local support for Bush is withering, with Iraq and a struggling economy contributing to a low 37.8 percent favorability rating.
Senate confirms a sixth Bush judicial nominee --The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed another of Dictator Bush's Reichwing judicial nominees, the sixth since Democrats caved in to the GOP ['adopting a bipartisan truce'] three weeks ago likely to play a pivotal role in any U.S. Supreme Court nomination.
Court clears the way for online sales tax --An appellate court ruling against Borders Group Inc. sets a precedent that could enable California to force some major Internet retailers to start paying state sales tax for books, music and other goods sold online to state residents.
Under Blunt, Consumers Lose Rights --In its first six months, Missouri Gov. (R-Of Course) Matt Blunt’s administration has made its mark on the regulation of the state’s $21 billion insurance industry in a way that has alarmed consumer advocates and pleased insurance companies... The most controversial issue so far is on Blunt’s desk and awaiting his signature into law: a measure to bar consumers from viewing complaints filed against insurance companies.
Possible mad cow threatens return of U.S. beef to Asia --A second potential case of mad cow disease in the United States cast doubt on whether the Bush administration could regain crucial Asian markets that have shunned U.S. beef.
Reason for New Mad Cow Tests Still Unknown --Senior congressional Democrats on food and farm issues asked Monday why the Agribusiness ['Agriculture'] Department suddenly ordered new tests on tissue from a cow declared free of mad cow disease seven months ago.
Sen. Landrieu: Lynching was 'domestic terrorism' --Senate apologizes for not passing anti-lynching law --Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., said a book filled with powerful images of lynchings spurred her to push for Monday's resolution, which she co-sponsored with Sen. George Allen, R-Va.
Jackson not guilty on all counts --Michael Jackson was found not guilty Monday on all counts in his trial on child molestation charges, ending a two-year legal saga for one of the world's most well-known pop stars.
Ministers were told of need for Gulf war 'excuse' 12 Jun 2005 Ministers were warned in July 2002 that Britain was committed to taking part in an American-led invasion of Iraq and they had no choice but to find a way of making it legal. The warning, in a leaked Cabinet Office briefing paper, said Tony Blair had already agreed to back military action to get rid of Saddam Hussein at a summit at the Texas ranch of pResident George W Bush three months earlier.
White House rejects call for Iraq withdrawal --The White House has rejected a Republican lawmaker's call for setting a timetable for a US withdrawal from Iraq, even as a new poll showed almost six in 10 Americans want at least a partial pullout of US forces.
'Freedom fries' lawmaker's U-turn --A pro-Iraq war US congressman who campaigned for French fries to be renamed "freedom fries" is now calling for US troops to return home from Iraq. Republican Representative Walter Jones is to introduce legislation demanding a timetable for the withdrawal.
Poll: USA is losing patience on Iraq --Nearly six in 10 Americans say the United States should withdraw some or all of its troops from Iraq, a new Gallup Poll finds, the most downbeat view of the war since it began in 2003.
US will 'have to face' military draft dilemma: senator --The United States will "have to face" a painful dilemma on restoring the military draft as rising casualties result in persistent shortfalls in US army recruitment, a top US senator warned.
U.S. Death Toll in Iraq Crosses 1,700 12 June 2005 The military announced the killing of four more U.S. soldiers on Sunday, pushing the American death toll past 1,700, and police found the bullet-riddled bodies of 28 people - many thought to be Sunni Arabs - buried in shallow graves or dumped streetside in Baghdad.
825 U.S. military killed in Iraq in past year 13 June 2005 --The military announced the killing of four more U.S. soldiers over the weekend, pushing the American death toll past 1,700 -- more than double what it was a year ago.
US diplomat survives Iraq attack --A senior United States diplomat survived on Monday when a suicide car bomber struck a US military convoy in Baghdad, several police sources said.
Gunmen attack checkpoint, killing four police --Resistance fighters attacked an Iraqi police checkpoint on the main road between Baghdad and the town of Baquba on Monday, killing four policemen and injuring 10, police said.
Five Iraqi Policemen killed, five other injured in explosions in Samara --Three Iraqi Policemen were killed Monday and another five were injured in a suicidal attack targeting a joint American-Iraqi security patrol.
Iraq: Clashes In Mosul Between US Troops and Resistance Fighters 13 June 2005 New clashes are reported to have broken out between Iraqi resistance fighters and US troops on Monday in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, leaving scores injured. The Kuwaiti news agency Kuna reported eyewitnesses as saying that armed rebels attacked American and Iraqi soldiers as they patrolled Liberation [sic] Square, in the west of the city.
Army, Insurer in Iraq at Odds --Financial services giant American International Group Inc. repeatedly has sought to derail an effort by the Pentagon that could save taxpayers millions of dollars on reconstruction work in war zones like Afghanistan and Iraq... Rates have soared (as much as 30 times higher in Iraq than in developing countries) since the war in Iraq began, raising suspicions among government officials that the companies may be overcharging contractors and, ultimately, taxpayers who foot the bill... Under an obscure government program, the U.S. reimburses any combat-related claims — meaning that the insurance companies don't have to bear the risk.
Some Held at Guantánamo Are Minors, Lawyers Say -- Lawyers representing detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, say that there still may be as many as six prisoners who were captured before their 18th birthday and that the military has sought to conceal the precise number of juveniles at the prison camp. One lawyer said that his client, a Saudi of Chadian descent, was not yet 15 when he was captured and has told him that he was beaten regularly in his early days at Guantánamo, hanged by his wrists for hours at a time and that an interrogator pressed a burning cigarette into his arm.
Pentagon gives no excuses for suspect treatment; senators aghast --The US military offered no excuses for interrogation techniques used on a Saudi terror suspect at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, saying his questioning followed a "detailed plan" and that prevention of new attacks [the 'ends'] justified the means. The retort followed publication of a secret document detailing the military's handling of Mohammed al-Qahtani, suspected of being the '20th hijacker' [sic, and btw, how many '20th hijackers' *are* there?] on September 11, 2001, that suggested his interrogators may have used a combination of forced hydration [water torture] and denial of bathroom facilities to pressure him for information. The revelation has left some US lawmakers aghast, with Republican Senator Chuck Hagel openly suggesting "a vacuum of leadership" at the Pentagon.
Guantanamo guards tortured prisoner with music --A 'top al-Qa'ida suspect' in Guantanamo Bay was stripped, forced to bark like a dog, and subjected to the music of Christina Aguilera, it emerged as debate intensified in the US capital over the future of the detention camp in Cuba.
Cheney: U.S. Not Aiming to Close Guantanamo --Other GOP Leaders Say Prison Is a Liability --Vice pResident Cheney said yesterday that the administration has no plans to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as some prominent Democrats have recommended, but other Republicans said that reports of mistreatment of prisoners there have made the prison a growing global liability.
U.S. V.P. Cheney Says Torture Facility Will Stay Open --U.S. Vice pResident Dick Cheney said the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, which many organizations have come to describe as a sanctioned 'torture facility,' will remain open after pressure from Democrats and republicans alike to close the facility.
Syria says U.S. accusations like those of Iraq WMD --U.S. accusations that Syria has not fully withdrawn its intelligence agents from Lebanon are similar to the unfounded prewar charges that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, Syria's ambassador to the United States said on Sunday.
ElBaradei Reappointed to U.N. Nuclear Post --Key members of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency reappointed Mohammed ElBaradei for a third term as head of the organization Monday after the Bush regime last week publicly dropped its opposition to him.
Explosion Injures Four GIs in Afghanistan --An explosion near a U.S. military vehicle in southern Afghanistan on Monday wounded four American troops, a U.S. military spokesman said, the latest in a series of bloody assaults on occupation forces.
Sweden reconsiders Uzbekistan base --Sweden is searching for an alternative to stationing soldiers in Uzbekistan, a country charged with violating its citizens' rights, following scathing criticism from Amnesty International, media reported on Monday.
High Court Rejects Enemy Combatant Appeal --The Supreme Court refused Monday to be drawn into a dispute over Dictator Bush's power to detain American terror suspects and deny them traditional legal rights.
U.S. Campaign Produces Few Convictions on Terrorism Charges --Statistics Often Count Lesser Crimes --On Thursday, pResident Bush stepped to a lectern at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy... and said that "federal terrorism investigations have resulted in charges against more than 400 suspects, and more than half of those charged have been convicted." But the numbers are misleading at best. An analysis of the Justice Department's own list of terrorism prosecutions by The Washington Post shows that 39 people -- not 200, as officials have implied -- were convicted of crimes related to terrorism or national security.
Report: Terror Database Missing Some Info --The nation's new centralized database for terror suspects is missing some names that should be in it [Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rove] and has inaccurate information about others, the Justice Department inspector general said Monday.
High court declines media ownership challenges --The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear appeals by media companies challenging whether ownership restrictions are constitutional, leaving it up to federal regulators to decide the appropriate limits.
Texas Death Row Conviction Overturned --The Supreme Court overturned the conviction of a black death row inmate who said Texas prosecutors unfairly stacked his jury with whites, issuing a harsh rebuke to the state that executes more people than any other.
Christian Coalition: Gays Should Wear Warning Labels --The leader of a conservative Christian lobby group says that gays should be required to wear warning labels. [I think the Nazis (the Christian Coalition's forerunners) already tried that with Jews, gays, Gypsies, artists, and others. Time to read... Arming the Left: Is the time now? --by Charles Southwell "As long as we pose no REAL threat to the powers-that-be, to what is shaping up into a dictatorship, we will continue to be ignored. Right now, we are ignored because we present no organized power to fight this onslaught of anti-democratic, totalitarian government that we are up against..."]
Creating a Christian flag for God and country 12 June 2005 Colora, MD - Marcia Thompson Eldreth sees in the United States a Christian nation, inspired by Scripture and dedicated to propositions conveyed in biblical prophesy. She asks: Why not a U.S. national Christian flag? [Just go with the Swastika, and save yourself the time.]
Dean: Fox News Propaganda Outlet for GOP --Democratic National Committee Chairman Dr. Howard Dean made two visits to friendly audiences at the Rainbow/PUSH headquarters on Sunday... Dean talked about the Bible, Jesus, respecting people who disagree with you and the persuasive power of deep convictions. "Let me remind those Republicans,'' he said, that the Bible mentions helping the poor "3,000 times. I have not yet seen gay marriage mentioned in the Bible. That is a Republican issue.''
Possible fifth Tysabri-related reported -FDA -- A possible fifth case of a rare and often fatal brain infection linked to the multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri has been reported to federal regulators, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman said on Monday.
Mega barf alert! Illegal GMO rice spreads across China - Greenpeace -- The discovery of genetically modified rice being illegally sold in a booming southern Chinese city shows the grain is spreading across China and could enter markets overseas, Greenpeace said on Monday.
Nuclear waste: the 1,000-year fudge --Secret plans to postpone solving Britain's nuclear waste crisis for up to 1,000 years are being drawn up by the nuclear industry, The Independent on Sunday can reveal.
Banned Contractor Soliciting Iraq Deals --Former executives of Custer Battles — an American firm accused of stealing millions from Iraq reconstruction projects and banned from further government contracts — have continued doing contracting work and have formed new companies to bid on such projects, The Associated Press has learned.
Who Keeps Tabs on Contractors in Iraq? --by Deborah Hastings "There is no centralized procedure for monitoring scores of contracting firms rebuilding Iraq with U.S. funds, according to the military. The controls that do exist have been criticized for failing to keep track of millions... Last month, investigators said incompetence and 'indications of fraud' was responsible for nearly $100 million in cash not being accounted for by the CPA... Millions handed out to contractors including Custer Battles has not been accounted for, auditors said."
Contractor accuses Marines of abuse in Iraq --Defense officials acknowledge detentions, but deny abuse --Security contractors were heckled, humiliated and physically abused by U.S. Marines in Iraq while jailed for 72 hours with resistance fighters, one of the detainees said Friday.
Emergency polio campaign to be launched in Iraq [Yeah, it's an emergency for Bush to kill more Iraqis by giving them polio and to provide windfall profits for the phrama-terrorists.] --Plans are underway to launch a massive immunisation campaign in Iraq, expected to reach 4.7 million children aged under five. "For the past five years Iraq successfully controlled polio but due to the outbreaks in the neighbouring countries we have decided to vaccinate all children to prevent the re-emergence of the disease," Ahmed Abdul Khalak, a senior official in the ministry of health, told IRIN. [OMG, first we bomb the sh*t out of them, then we *vaccinate*them??? Polio was (almost) non-existent in Iraq and its 'neighbouring countries' before the illegal US invasion.]
US air strikes kill 40 Iraq resistance fighters on Syria border --US forces pounded Iraq resistance near the Syrian border, killing around 40 rebels in a massive ground and air assault aimed at retaking control of the restive region. [*Re*takng control? The US never *had* control.]
US death squads are busy little bees: Police: Bodies found buried near Baghdad --The bodies of 20 men were found buried southeast of Baghdad, Iraqi police said Sunday, the latest in a series of such discoveries. All 20 had gunshot wounds, and some showed signs of torture, police said.
5 U.S. Marines are killed on Syrian border --Resistance fighters killed five U.S. Marines on the Syrian border, and authorities found 21 bodies Friday near where American and Iraqi troops bore down in two recent major operations aimed at crushing a tenacious insurgency.
Four U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq --The U.S. military announced that four American soldiers were killed the day before in separate roadside bombings west of Baghdad, pushing the number of U.S. forces killed since the war started above 1,700.
Laredo soldier dies in Iraq on last day before return --A day before he was scheduled to return from Iraq, Army Sgt. Roberto Arizola Jr. was killed when a device exploded near his vehicle in Baghdad.
French hostage released in Iraq --A French journalist and her Iraqi driver were released after being held hostage for five months in Iraq, France's foreign ministry said on Sunday.
Inside the Interrogation of Detainee 063 (TIME) "Exclusive: To get the '20th hijacker' to talk, the U.S. used a wide range of tactics. A secret log reveals the first documented view of how Gitmo really works"
Cheney Deflects Calls to Close Guantanamo --Vice pResident Dick Cheney said Sunday there are no plans for now to shutter the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay where terrorism suspects are held. "The important thing here to understand is that the people that are at Guantanamo are bad people," he said. [Right, the only occupants should be the senior members of the Bush regime.]
Bush team split over closing Guantanamo -lawmaker --The White House is split over whether to close a U.S. detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a Republican lawmaker said on Sunday, as a magazine reported a 'top al Qaeda' [LOL!] suspect interrogated there was made to bark like a dog and subjected to Christina Aguilera music. [Gee, how many 'top al Qaeda' suspects *are* there??? The actual 'top al CIAduh' suspects are Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Rove.]
Republican Senator Suggests Closing Guantanamo --Sen. Mel Martinez said the Bush administration should consider closing the Guantanamo Bay prison for terrorism suspects — the first high-profile Republican to make the suggestion.
Ministers were told of need for Gulf war 'excuse' 12 June 2005 Ministers were warned in July 2002 that Britain was committed to taking part in an American-led invasion of Iraq and they had no choice but to find a way of making it legal. The warning, in a leaked Cabinet Office briefing paper, said Tony Blair had already agreed to back military action to get rid of Saddam Hussein at a summit at the Texas ranch of Dictator George W Bush three months earlier.
Memo: U.S. Lacked Full Postwar Iraq Plan --Advisers to Blair Predicted Instability --A briefing paper prepared for British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his top advisers eight months before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq concluded that the U.S. military was not preparing adequately for what the British memo predicted would be a "protracted and costly" postwar occupation of that country... "A post-war occupation of Iraq could lead to a protracted and costly nation-building exercise." The authors [of the 21 July 2002 memo] add, "As already made clear, the U.S. military plans are virtually silent on this point. Washington could look to us to share a disproportionate share of the burden."
Another Downing St Memo – Wrongfooting Saddam 09 June 2005 --by Scoop Co-Editor Alastair Thompson "The following is a transcript of another document leaked to the media concerning the build up to the Iraq war. It concerns a discussion in early 2002 between the UK Ambassador to the US and then Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz. Importantly the following document appears to confirm the thrust of the allegations made concerning the so-called 'Downing Street Memo', namely that the Bush Administration had already made up its mind to go to war against Iraq before it began the diplomatic offensive in the second half of 2002."
CIA terrorists are busy little bees: Bombs kill 8, wound 75 in Iran before election --Bombs killed eight people and wounded 75 in Iran on Sunday in a rare string of attacks five days before a presidential election. Security is tight in the Islamic republic, where bombings have been almost unheard of in the past decade.
Rare Bomb Explosions Kill Nine in Iran --Four bombs exploded in the capital of an oil-rich province on the Iranian border with Iraq on Sunday, killing at least eight people and wounding at least 36, state-run television reported. Hours later, another bomb in central Tehran killed one person _ a spree coming just days before the nation's presidential vote.
CIA and FBI reach new agreement on intelligence --A congressional official who was briefed on a new agreement by CIA and FBI representatives said the memorandum marked a major step toward implementing the interagency coordination and information-sharing reforms enshrined in two main post-Sept. 11 laws -- the USA Patriot Act and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.
Patriot Act Push Angers Some on Right --A secret Senate panel vote riles conservatives concerned about the reach of federal power. A closed-door vote by the Senate Intelligence Committee last week to expand law enforcement powers under the USA Patriot Act is prompting sharp criticism from some conservative leaders...
Police turn to scan of iris to track kids --A new technology that could help authorities track missing children relies on eyes instead of fingerprints.
Coin scandal concerns resonate to D.C. --What began as questions about Ohio's $50 million venture with a Toledo-area rare-coin dealer [and Reichwing donor] has mushroomed in just 10 weeks into a scandal that's echoing through the halls of Congress. It's forcing Republicans nationwide to take a close look at what went wrong in the GOP-controlled Buckeye State.
Ohio Rep says illegalities put presidential election in question --As the word spread Tuesday night that the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation had lost $215 million in a high-risk investment, U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur alerted her colleagues to the mounting concerns in her home state. Miss Kaptur, during a statement on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday night, said "there is a major political scandal that is unfolding in the state of Ohio." ...Democrats such as Miss Kaptur and U.S. Rep. Sherrod Brown of Lorain say the latest scandals mirror problems in Washington and even call into question the results of the 2004 presidential election.
Democratic leaders back Dean, don't want 'wimp' --Democratic National Committee leaders embraced feisty party boss Howard Dean on Saturday and urged him to keep fighting despite a flap over his blunt comments on Republicans.
Dean Tells Dems: 'People Want Us to Fight' --Howard Dean said Saturday that positive responses from key supporters have reinforced his determination to keep talking tough despite suggestions from some congressional Democrats that the party chairman should tone down his rhetoric. "People want us to fight,'' Dean told the national party's executive committee. "We are here to fight.''
Most of U.S. agency's anti-malaria budget spent on consultants --Although its budget for fighting malaria has risen more than sixfold since 1998 – to $90 million from $14 million – the United States' foreign aid agency is spending 95 percent of the money on consultants and less than 5 percent on mosquito nets, drugs and insecticide spraying to fight the disease.
US regulator suppresses vital data on prescription drugs on sale in Britain --'IoS' investigation: Despite calls for more transparency after revelations about the side effects of ibuprofen, the FDA has withheld 28 pages of information on a new wave of painkillers --An investigation by The Independent on Sunday shows that, under pressure from the pharmaceutical industry, the American Food and Drug Administration routinely conceals information it considers commercially sensitive, leaving medical specialists unable to assess the true risks.
Judges order disclosure of secret study on GM risks 12 June 2005 Judges have ordered the publication of a secret study which has raised fears that eating GM food may harm human health, after it was revealed in The Independent on Sunday last month.
Nuclear Waste Outpaces Solutions --MORRIS, Ill. — Along the headwaters of the Illinois River, engineers at the Dresden nuclear power station have erected two dozen steel and concrete silos that rise 20 feet above the Midwest plain. Each silo contains roughly 13 tons of high-level nuclear waste that has been accumulating at the plant since the Eisenhower administration. With nowhere to go, the waste will most likely remain in place for decades.
Heat wave fries Central Canada 12 June 2005 Toronto has declared an extreme heat emergency, as parts of Ontario and Quebec swelter through unseasonably hot temperatures.
Britain, US accused of creating terror fears --Law lord says UK and US tried to bend international law with Belmarsh and Guantánamo detentions --One of Britain's most eminent judges yesterday accused the British and US governments of whipping up public fear of terrorism, and of being determined "to bend established international law to their will and to undermine its essential structures".
UK treatment of terror suspects 'inhuman' --Government waits 11 months before publishing scathing condemnation by European torture watchdog on imprisonment without trial --Britain's detention without trial of foreign terror suspects subjected some of them to "inhuman and degrading treatment", the European watchdog on torture said in a hard-hitting report yesterday.
More Than 30 Killed in Attacks Across Iraq --At least 32 Iraqis and two American marines were killed in violence in central and western Iraq on Friday night and Saturday, Iraqi and American officials said. Iraqi forces also reported finding the bodies of two Sudanese men in the capital. American soldiers shot and killed two Iraqis working as security contractors and wounded two others, an Interior Ministry official said.
Suicide policeman hits Iraq's Wolf Brigade --A former Iraqi police commando blew himself up on Saturday in a failed bid to assassinate the leader of the anti-resistance Wolf Brigade, killing three other policemen in the attempt, the Interior Minister said.
Car bomb kills 11 people in Baghdad --A car bomb exploded in a street in a Shi'ite area of Baghdad overnight, killing 11 people and wounding 29, police and hospital officials said on Saturday.
Thousands Demand Ouster of Arroyo --Thousands of protesters on Saturday demanded 'President' [Bush ally and Reichwing terrorist] Gloria Macapagal Arroyo step down during the biggest anti-government rally since allegations surfaced that she fixed last year's election and her family received gambling kickbacks.
Cyclists bare all in oil protest --More than 100 cyclists have been riding around London naked, in a mass protest against dependency on the oil industry.
Democrats List More Names in Inquiry on Bolton's Access --Senate Democrats have prepared a list of approximately three dozen "names of concern" and are asking the Bush regime for assurances that John R. Bolton did not misuse his access to highly classified intelligence to seek information about them.
Antiterror Head Will Help Name an F.B.I. Leader --Under pressure from the White House, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has agreed to adopt the recommendations of a presidential commission and will allow the director of national intelligence [and Reichwing terrorist], John D. Negroponte, to help choose a powerful new intelligence chief at the F.B.I., Bush regime officials say.
Bush fills anti-terror post with Bremer lackey --pResident George W. Bush named a senior military officer on Friday to head the National Counterterrorism Center... Six months after Congress passed a law establishing the intelligence-analyzing hub, Bush said he wanted John Redd, a vice admiral who helped manage the U.S. occupation of Iraq, as its chief.
GOP Chair Shuts Down Patriot Act Hearing --The Republican chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-Terrorist-Wis.), walked off with the gavel, leaving Democrats shouting into turned-off microphones at a raucous hearing Friday on the Patriot Act.
Florida Jihad case could test U.S. wiretap laws --The Florida murder conspiracy trial of a Palestinian academic accused of funding Middle East violence could set off a legal test of U.S. surveillance laws and a secretive "spy court" that allows extensive wiretapping for national security [?!?] reasons.
Judge denies Lodi man bail in terror case --A federal judge refused to grant bail Friday for a 22-year-old Lodi man who allegedly has links to Al-Qaida and admitted attending a terrorist training camp [?!?] in Pakistan to learn how "to kill Americans.''
The Terrorism Case That Wasn't -- and Still Is --Soon after Sept. 11, 2001, the FBI learned that 18 Middle Eastern men had bought licenses in Pennsylvania to haul hazardous materials across the nation's roadways... Two months later, prosecutors in Pittsburgh, where the men -- mostly Iraqis -- were convicted, said they had no apparent terrorist ties. The U.S. attorney's office acknowledges that the men never intended to buy the hazardous-materials permits. Yet the case still makes up the largest single portion of the government's list of terrorism prosecutions.
New documents link Cuban terrorist Posada Carriles to airliner bombing --Cuban terrorist exile Luis Posada Carriles said shortly before the deadly 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner that he and others "are going to hit a Cuban airplane,'' according to a declassified CIA document released Thursday.
'Minutemen' gear up for mainstream movement --In October, the Minutemen plans to launch a coordinated border watch with its chapters located in at least eight states. "Realistically, we’re looking at 10,000-plus volunteers being deployed Oct. 1st on the southern and northern borders," said Chris Simcox, a chief organizer for the Arizona Minuteman Project and founder of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, Inc. [We need to launch the 'CLG Civil Offense Corps Inc.']
Teens to be pulled over for good driving --Oldsmar, Fla. - Beginning this fall Pinellas County Sheriff's Deputies will be pulling over teen drivers who haven't broken any traffic laws. As part of a new program, deputies will be pulling over teens for safe driving [to torch the Fourth Amendment] and rewarding them with free movie theater and movie rental certificates.
Police use stun gun on 12-year-old --Lorain - A school bus fight Thursday ended when police used a stun gun on a 12-year-old boy, police said. The police officer boarded the bus and used a Taser on the Masson Elementary School student... A crowd of 20 or 30 people surrounded the bus, pounding on windows and demanding that police leave the boy alone, the report said.
U.S. National Academies fights evolution controversy --The National Academies, the flagship of U.S. science, said Friday it had set up a Web site to battle attempts to portray evolution as mere speculation about how life developed on Earth.
Pharmacist sues over 'morning after pill' --An Illinois pharmacist who refuses to sell the "morning after pill" has filed suit to challenge the state government’s order that the emergency contraception be available "without delay."
Business group must reveal data --Court ruling requires disclosure about funding in Texas House races --A long-awaited ruling from the Texas Supreme Court on Friday requires the Texas Association of Business to answer questions about how it raised $2 million spent in targeted Texas House races in 2002.
Schwarzenegger to return $10,000 after all --California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has decided it's better, on second thought, not to keep $10,000 donated to his campaign by Maumee rare-coin dealer Tom Noe. The actor-turned-governor joins pResident Bush, the Republican National Committee, and at least 17 Ohio officials returning contributions, including U.S. Sens. George Voinovich and Mike DeWine as well as all three GOP candidates for governor: Attorney General Jim Petro, Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, and Auditor Betty Montgomery [all Reichwing whackjobs], who have given back a total of $17,100.
Losing Our Country --by Paul Krugman "Since 1980 in particular, U.S. government policies have consistently favored the wealthy at the expense of working families - and under the current administration, that favoritism has become extreme and relentless. From tax cuts that favor the rich to bankruptcy 'reform' that punishes the unlucky, almost every domestic policy seems intended to accelerate our march back to the robber baron era. It's not a pretty picture - which is why right-wing partisans try so hard to discredit anyone who tries to explain to the public what's going on."
Something Rotten in Ohio --by Gore Vidal "As Representative [John] Conyers's report, Preserving Democracy: What Went Wrong in Ohio (www.house.gov/conyers), shows in great detail, the swing state of Ohio was carefully set up to deliver an apparent victory for Bush even though Kerry appears to have been the popular winner as well as the valedictorian-that-never-was of the Electoral College."
Howard Dean Speaks For Me --online petition
Two U.S. senators probe drugmaker grants --Two U.S. senators said on Friday they were concerned drugmakers were using educational grants to U.S. states and others as promotional tools and asked about two dozen companies to explain the practice.
USDA finds possible 2nd case of mad cow disease 11 June 2005 --In what could be the second U.S. case of mad cow disease, an older beef animal tested positive for the deadly ailment. It will undergo a last round of tests at a British laboratory to confirm the results, Agribusiness Secretary Mike Johanns said. [Right, and those results will be kept under wraps until a Friday or Saturday night slow news cycle, as well.]
USDA says one animal tests positive for Mad Cow 10 June 2005 The U.S. Department of Agribusiness ['Agriculture'] confirmed on Friday that one animal has tested positive for Mad Cow disease. [Part of the Friday night, 'slow news cycle' Bush regime bad news dump]
New Asian Flu Outbreaks in China Raise Fears of a Mutant Virus 11 June 2005 -- Two reported new outbreaks of avian flu among birds in western China have raised fears that the virus is being spread widely by migrating birds and mutating rapidly. [Avian flu will finish mutating and become a full-blown pandemic the day the hearings begin on the 'Downing Street Minutes' (i.e., the beginning of the end of the Bush regime). Forty-plus microbiologists dead since 9/11 . . . cui bono?]
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