June 2006 Archives
US 'planning to keep 50,000 troops in Iraq for many years' 12 Jun 2006 America plans to retain a garrison of 50,000 troops, one tenth of its entire army, in Iraq for years to come, according to US media reports. The revelation came as George W Bush summoned his top political, military and intelligence aides to a summit on Iraq's future today at the presidential retreat at Camp David.
US base commander: Guantanamo Bay suicides 'an act of war' 12 Jun 2006 Three Guantanamo Bay detainees hanged themselves using nooses made of bedsheets and clothes, the commander of the facility confirmed yesterday, describing the suicides as "an act of asymmetric warfare" against the United States.
Washington condemns first suicides by Guantanamo inmates as 'a PR exercise' 12 June 2006 Three prisoners at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba - two Saudis and a Yemeni - killed themselves over the weekend - the first successful suicides at the US prison camp since it opened in 2002 and the latest incident to highlight the fierce controversy over its continued existence. Lawyers for other prisoners said there had been clear signs of the increasing desperation felt by many detainees held without charge for more than four years... "These people are despairing because they are being held lawlessly. There's no end in sight," Ken Roth, the head of Human Rights Watch, told the BBC. "They're not being brought before any independent judges. They're not being charged and convicted for any crime."
Saudis doubt nationals were suicides at Guantánamo --Some doubt U.S. claim, say torture may have driven men to kill themselves 11 Jun 2006 The reported suicides of two Saudi prisoners at Guantánamo Bay intensified Saudi anger at the camp, drawing questions Sunday about whether the men really killed themselves or were driven to it by torture.
Dozens have attempted suicide at Guantanamo 10 Jun 2006 The three prisoners found dead at the Guantanamo prison camp on Saturday were the first to succeed in committing suicide, but nearly two dozen others have tried to kill themselves behind the razor-wire fences at the remote U.S. naval base in southeast Cuba.
New calls to close Guantanamo 12 Jun 2006 The suicides of three Arab prisoners at Guantanamo have ignited new calls for the US to shut down the detention camp and find a better way to deal with captured terrorist suspects
Congress can look into Blackwater USA's hiring of Pinoy mercenaries for Iraq: Palace 12 Jun 2006 (Philippines) Malacañang on Sunday said Congress can go ahead if it wants to investigate the alleged recruitment of "mercenaries" to Iraq by security firm Blackwater USA.
Zarqawi autopsy over, results withheld 12 Jun 2006 A US military autopsy was finished on Abu Musab al-Zarqawi on Sunday, but the findings were not immediately released by American officials. U.S. commanders initially said al-Zarqawi died in the airstrike but later said he survived and died soon after.
Castro: Al-Zarqawi Killing a 'Barbarity' 11 Jun 2006 President Fidel Castro called the U.S. airstrike that killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi a "barbarity,'' saying he should have been put on trial. The United States acted as "judge and jury'' against the leader of the 'al-Qaida' in Iraq, Castro said late Friday. "They bragged, they were practically drunk with happiness. The accused cannot just be eliminated,'' he told a literacy conference. "This barbarity cannot be done.'' [Castro attends literacy conferences - something Bush could never do.]
No poll bounce for Bush after re-killing of al-Zarqawi 11 Jun 2006 Forty-one percent (41%) of Americans approve of the way that George W. Bush is performing his role as pResident. Fifty-eight percent (58%) disapprove. Telephone interviews for this update were conducted following the death of terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. This suggests that there is no immediate "bounce" for Bush from the news.
Unreported: The Zarqawi Invitation By Greg Palast 09 Jun 2006 "Saddam’s generals, mostly Sunnis, who had, we learned, secretly collaborated with the US invasion and now expected their reward found themselves hunted and arrested. Falah Aljibury, an Iraqi-born US resident who helped with the pre-invasion brokering, told me, 'U.S. forces imprisoned all those we named as political leaders,' who stopped Iraq’s army from firing on U.S. troops."
Bon Appétit, America --Satiating a Gnawing Hunger for Vengeance By Jason Miller 09 Jun 2006 "Throughout Bush’s tenure in the White House, our Commander in Chef and his staff of gourmets have prepared a veritable smorgasbord of propagandistic delights for the psyches of those who still cling to the myth of America’s innate superiority... Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s death is the latest Haute cuisine to emerge from the perverse kitchen of America’s ruling elite."
'Al Qaeda' in Iraq threatens large scale attacks 11 Jun 2006 Al CIAduh in Iraq vowed on Sunday to carry out large-scale attacks that would "shake the enemy" after the killing of its leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, but did not name a successor. [Right, that's because Bush/Blackwater USA hasn't gotten one yet.]
British Troops, Insurgents Battle in Iraq 11 Jun 2006 "Insurgents" set a fire in a vegetable market to lure British soldiers into a gunbattle Sunday that left five civilians dead and more than a dozen hurt by the crossfire, Iraqi police said.
Two Soldiers Killed, One Wounded 11 Jun 2006 An occupation soldier died today during offensive operations against Taliban extremists in Afghanistan and another was killed in Iraq while on patrol June 9, U.S. military officials reported.
Stupid is as stupid does: Afghanistan to Arm Tribesmen Against Taliban 11 Jun 2006 Afghanistan Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Sunday his government will give weapons to local tribesmen so they can help fight the biggest surge in Taliban violence in years. [And, the US taxpayers will be footing the bill, of course.]
British soldier killed in Afghan ambush 12 Jun 2006 A British soldier was killed in Afghanistan yesterday - the first to die since 3,300 British troops began arriving in the lawless Helmand province two months ago.
Fort Sam lacks cash to pay the light bill 09 Jun 2006 It's stranger than fiction, a tale bizarre beyond belief: The Army that helped conquer Iraq in three weeks doesn't have enough cash to keep the lights on at Fort Sam Houston. The post is in crisis mode, not dark but deep in the red. [Oh, but - alas alak: Halliburton sees earnings doubling in coming years 08 Jun 2006]
Stolen VA data may have been erased 09 Jun 2006 Stolen personal data for 26.5 million veterans and military personnel may have been erased by teenagers who sold the computer equipment, Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson said Thursday.
Terror raid pair may sue police 11 Jun 2006 Two men released without charge after an anti[pro]-terror raid in east London are to take legal action, it is reported.
After 9/11, Arab-Americans Fear Police Acts, Study Finds 12 Jun 2006 In the aftermath of Sept. 11, Arab-Americans have a greater fear of racial profiling and immigration enforcement than of falling victim to hate crimes, according to a national study financed by the Justice Department.
Judge may decide if eavesdropping is legal 11 Jun 2006 The National Security Agency's domestic spying program faces its first legal challenge in a case that could decide if the White House is allowed to order eavesdropping without a court order.
Specter Ready for Fight Over Spy Program 11 Jun 2006 The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman (Arlen Specter, R-Pa.) says he's prepared to force telephone company executives to testify about the White House's eavesdropping program if the Bush administration doesn't fully cooperate in drafting new rules on what's allowable.
Bills would ban tracking devices in driver's licenses, IDs 12 Jun 2006 Sen. Joe Simitian is trying a new tactic in his year-and-a-half-long campaign to control the use of tracking devices in government-issued identification cards. Bills by the Palo Alto Democrat that would bar the use of radio-frequency identification devices in driver's licenses and school identification cards are up Tuesday in the Assembly Judiciary Committee.
Interview with Aaron Russo regarding "America: Freedom 2 Fascism" (Video) 31 May 2006
Cancer Hits 283 Rescuers of 9/11 11 Jun 2006 Since 9/11, 283 World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers have been diagnosed with cancer, and 33 of them have died of cancer, says a lawyer for the ailing responders.
Federal appeals court lets anti-abortion groups join funding lawsuit in California 10 Jun 2006 The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Friday to allow two anti-abortion health care groups to intervene in a California lawsuit regarding the federal Weldon Amendment, which prohibits federal money from going to federal, state and local governments that discriminate against health care service providers not offering abortion services.
Democrats Have 20-Point Lead in U.S. 12 Jun 2006 The Democratic Party remains the favourite in this year’s election to the United States Congress, according to a poll by Ipsos-Public Affairs released by the Associated Press. [Diebold will take care of that lead, to be sure.]
Official Expects Voter ID Requirement to Complicate Fall Election 09 Jun 2006 (OH) Cuyahoga County's top elections official anticipates that a law requiring voters to show ID before being allowed to cast a ballot will cause problems in November. Elections director Michael Vu says they'll be fighting over provisional votes, which will be cast if voters don't have proper ID.
Uh Oh; The Bugs Are Eating Those "Pest Killing" Crops By James Donahue "Two research teams in England and Venezuela have discovered something alarming about the new genetically modified crops filled with insecticide. The insects not only eat them, they seem to thrive on them. Scientists at Imperial College in London and the Universidad Simon Rodrigues in Caracas found that the insects that the chemical additive was supposed to kill were not only feeding on the poison, but the stuff seems to help them thrive."
U.S. Mad Cow Cases Are Mysterious Strain 11 Jun 2006 Two cases of mad cow disease in Texas and Alabama seem to have resulted from a mysterious strain that could appear spontaneously in cattle, researchers say. Government officials are trying to play down differences between the two U.S. cases and the mad cow epidemic that has led to the slaughter of thousands of cattle in Britain since the 1980s.
Tropical Storm Alberto edges toward Florida 12 Jun 2006 Most of Florida's west coast was under a storm watch early on Monday after the first tropical storm of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season, Alberto, formed off Cuba and appeared headed toward the state.
Halliburton sees earnings doubling in coming years 08 Jun 2006 Energy services company Halliburton Co. expects net income and earnings [sic] per share to double over the next three to five years, Chief Financial Officer Cris Gaut said on Thursday.
Residents Evacuate Ramadi Before Possible U.S. Attack 10 Jun 2006 Frightened by warnings of an imminent offensive by the U.S. troops massed around the resistance stronghold of Ramadi, residents are pouring out of that tense city to escape what they describe as a mounting humanitarian crisis.
Condolence payments to Iraqis soar 08 Jun 2006 The amount of cash the US military has paid to families of Iraqi civilians killed or maimed in operations involving American troops skyrocketed from just under $5 million in 2004 to almost $20 million last year, according to Pentagon financial data.
Iraqi Claims U.S. GIs Beat Wounded Man 10 Jun 2006 An Iraqi man who was one of the first people on the scene of the U.S. airstrike targeting Abu Musab al-Zarqawi said he saw American troops beating a man who had a beard like the 'al-Qaida' leader.
Terrorists Trained by Zarqawi Went Abroad, Jordan Says 11 Jun 2006 As the 'insurgency' became increasingly driven by Iraqis, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi expressed an interest in spreading his reach globally, in effect challenging Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri as the leader of a global terrorist war. [The leader of the 'global terrorist war' is George W. Bush.]
3 prisoners hang selves at U.S. navy's Guantanamo camp 10 Jun 2006 Three Guantanamo Bay prisoners hanged themselves with nooses made of sheets and clothes, the commander of the U.S. detention centre said Saturday.
3 Prisoners Commit Suicide at Guantánamo 11 Jun 2006 Three detainees being held at the United States military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, committed suicide early on Saturday, United States military officials said. The deaths come at a time of mounting international criticism of the Bush administration's handling of terrorism suspects at Guantánamo and other prisons around the world.
It appears that re-killing Abu Musab al-Zarqawi didn't hurt the resistance in Iraq: Baghdad bomb kills 3 as violence continues 10 Jun 2006 A roadside bomb killed three people in a Baghdad market on Saturday.
Bombings kill at least 40 in Baghdad 09 Jun 2006 At least five bombs, most them packed in vehicles, detonated in and around Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 40 people and injuring dozens, authorities said.
Bomb Kills U.S. Soldier in Northern Iraq 10 Jun 2006 A roadside bomb killed a U.S. soldier and wounded another in northern Iraq, the U.S. military said Saturday.
Iraq war bill deletes US military base prohibition 09 Jun 2006 Congressional Republicans killed a provision in an Iraq war funding bill that would have put the United States on record against the permanent basing of U.S. military facilities in that country, a lawmaker and congressional aides said on Friday.
No Permanent Bases: Passed Both Houses, Removed in Conference Committee By David Swanson "When the House and the Senate pass similar but not identical bills, they create a conference committee to work out the differences. When they both passed amendments to the 'emergency supplemental' spending bill stipulating that none of the money could be used to build permanent bases in Iraq, the conference committee, behind closed doors this week, resolved that non-difference by deleting it. This would appear to be a blatant violation of the rules of Congress and an unconstitutional voiding of the will of the people as expressed by their Representatives and Senators."
Hundreds Of Iraqi Soldiers Deserting 10 Jun 2006 Erratic pay, inadequate food and poor living conditions are driving several hundred Iraqi soldiers out of the army every month.
Petition to bring Iraq forces home 11 Jun 2006 Families of troops killed or injured in Iraq have launched a petition to bring home British servicemen and women. Several families joined forces to call on the British public to back their campaign.
The tide has turned: Taliban have retaken control of southern Afghanistan –-Support from local population for Central government and international military presence has been lost (Senlis Council News Release) 06 Jun 2006 British troops being deployed to Southern Afghanistan this summer will need a dramatic change of strategy if a summer of civil war in Southern Afghanistan is to be avoided, warned The Senlis Council, an international security and development think tank in its latest report based on recent research in the region. The people of Helmand province, where the British military are taking over from the US military, have switched camps in favour of insurgent groups, principally a wave of New Taliban who are cashing-in on the local population’s disillusionment with the foreign military presence. "People in Southern Afghanistan are still living in extreme poverty and perceive no benefit from the new 'democracy'," said Emmanuel Reinert, Executive Director of The Senlis Council.
Taliban Surges In Afghanistan 11 Jun 2006 A large springtime offensive by Taliban fighters has turned into the strongest show of force by the 'insurgents' since American forces chased the Taliban from power in late 2001, and Afghan and foreign officials and local villagers blame a lack of United States-led occupation forces on the ground for the resurgence.
U.S. Airstrikes on Afghanistan Top 750 for May 09 Jun 2006 The intensified bombing in Afghanistan has overshadowed the smaller number of U.S. airstrikes on Iraq, said Air Force Lt. Gen. Gary L. North, who commands U.S. and occupation air operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. "We have seen more direct support in Afghanistan that is of a kinetic effect than in Iraq of late," North told The Associated Press during a visit to the United Arab Emirates, where he met with defense officials.
Afghan Intelligence Chief Survives Bombing 10 Jun 2006 A roadside bomb hit a convoy carrying the intelligence chief of the Afghan capital, missing him but killing three others, police said Saturday.
Bush says Iran has "weeks not months" to respond 09 Jun 2006 President [sic] George W. Bush said on Friday that Iran has "weeks not months" to respond to a U.S.-backed offer aimed at containing Iran's nuclear ambitions and said Tehran needs to suspend uranium enrichment.
Navies engage in Pacific exercises 09 Jun 2006 Navies from 21 nations were taking part in counterterrorism exercises in the South China Sea Wednesday, in efforts Malaysia’s armed forces chief hoped will prepare the region to cope in the event of a [Bush-generated] maritime attack.
Court Sides With Bush On Internet Phone Spying 09 Jun 2006 A federal appeals court sided with the Bush administration Friday on an electronic surveillance issue, making it easier to tap into Internet phone calls and broadband transmissions.
US court backs government broadband wiretap access 09 Jun 2006 A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld the government's authority to force high-speed Internet service providers to give law enforcement authorities access for surveillance purposes.
Gag me with a chainsaw: NSA said to be eyeing MySpace to pinpoint possible terrorists 09 Jun 2006 New Scientist magazine reveals that the National Security Agency is funding research into how to add information from social networking site MySpace listings to profiles of individuals garnered from banking, retail and property records. As detailed in a footnote to a paper entitled Semantic Analytics on Social Networks, data from online social networks and other databases can be combined to uncover facts about people. The footnote said the work was part-funded by an organization known as ARDA, which stands for Advanced Research Development Activity.
We are past the point of warning that if we don't watch out an American police state "might happen." But Which Books Are 'Suspicious'? By Vin Suprynowicz 08 Jun 2006 "Finally freed to speak – months after a judge ordered their gag order lifted – a group of four Connecticut librarians are hopping mad about the infringement of their customers’ First Amendment rights, and a government that wouldn’t even let them participate in the debate about it... 'I am incensed that the government uses provisions of the Patriot Act to justify unrestrained and secret access to the records of libraries,' said George Christian of Windsor, Conn., executive director of the Library Connection, Inc., a consortium of libraries in the central part of the state."
E-mail shows Bush glad FEMA took Katrina flak 09 Jun 2006 The former emergency management chief who quit amid widespread criticism over his handling of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina said he received an e-mail before his resignation stating President [sic] Bush was glad to see the Oval Office had dodged most of the criticism.
Diebold Lobbyist Donates $10,000 to Blackwell Campaign 09 Jun 2006 Forty-nine of the 85 people who this year have given Ohio secretary of state [and GOP coupmeister] Kenneth Blackwell the maximum $10,000 allowed an individual donor have done so since May 2. The maximum-donor list also includes Mitch Given, who is a registered lobbyist for Diebold Election Systems, one of the vendors of 'voting' machines for election boards in Ohio.
Records for 150,000 Colo. Voters Missing 11 Jun 2006 Records containing personal information on more than 150,000 voters are missing at city election offices, and officials are trying to determine if the files were lost, moved or stolen.
9/11 Commissioner Criticizes Coulter 9/11 Commissioner Criticizes Coulter's 'Hate-Filled Attack' 09 Jun 2006 A member of the Sept. 11 commission on Friday lashed out at conservative pundit Ann Coulter for a "hate-filled attack" in saying the widows whose husbands died in the World Trade Center used the deaths for their own political gain. Among Coulter's previous statements: She said the only real question about President Clinton was "whether to impeach or assassinate." [Actually, it's possible that millions of people are thinking that's the only real question about Bush.]
Wind-Power Projects Halted By DoD --Supporters See Political Motive Behind Defense Dept. Study 10 Jun 2006 More than 130 wind turbines are proposed for the hilltops of central Wisconsin, but that project and at least 11 others have been halted by the Defense Department as it studies whether the projects could interfere with military radar. [LOL!]
1st tropical depression heads toward Fla. 10 Jun 2006 A tropical depression in the Caribbean headed toward Florida on Saturday and was expected to become the first named storm of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season.
Pentagon sets its sights on social networking websites 09 Jun 2006 New Scientist has discovered that Pentagon's National Security Agency, which specialises in eavesdropping and code-breaking, is funding research into the mass harvesting of the information that people post about themselves on social networks. And it could harness advances in internet technology - specifically the forthcoming "semantic web" championed by the web standards organisation W3C - to combine data from social networking websites with details such as banking, retail and property records, allowing the NSA to build extensive, all-embracing personal profiles of individuals.
DOJ to seek dismissal of multiple NSA phone records suits on secrecy grounds 08 Jun 2006 The US Department of Justice has said it will seek to dismiss 20 lawsuits accusing telecommunications companies Verizon, AT&T, and BellSouth of illegally providing customer phone records to the National Security Agency in conjunction with the NSA's domestic surveillance program. In a filing made in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the government nonetheless stated that it will wait until all 20 cases filed by the ACLU in various state jurisdictions have been consolidated into one case before formally moving to dismiss on the grounds that continuing the lawsuits may reveal "military and state secrets."
Report implicates 20 nations in 'spider's web' of CIA abductions 07 May 2006 More than 20 nations - from Central Asia to Western Europe - colluded in a CIA-run "spider's web" of secret flights and prisons for abducted terrorism suspects that breach European and international human rights accords, a report to Europe's top human rights organization charged Wednesday. "Rather than face any form of justice, suspects become entrapped in the spider's web," the report says.
Specter unappeased by Cheney's response on committee contact 09 Jun 2006 Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney issued a pointed reply Thursday to the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who has accused Cheney of going behind his back to thwart committee oversight of the administration's domestic eavesdropping program.
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is re-killed! And, Bush bin Laden's US media can't stop talking it! [But, didn't the al CIAduh troll die in March 2004? See: Iraq militants claim al-Zarqawi is dead --Al Qaida-linked extremist suspected of planning attacks (MSNBC) 04 March 2004 Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed in the Sulaimaniyah mountains of northern Iraq "during the American bombing there," according to a statement circulated in Fallujah this week and signed by the "Leadership of the Allahu Akbar Mujahedeen." CLG reader, Sallie, comments, "This is the biggest PR and photo op stunt since the capture of imposter Saddam, now on a mock trial micromanaged by the US/UK. They even killed off his witnesses and lawyers, stacking the deck in their favor... Pentagon jettisons US agent provocateur Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi --Al-Zarqawi dies for the umpteenth time - but this time it's for real, says the US government."]
Zarqawi Scheduled for Martyrdom (strategypage.com) 07 Jun 2006 The relationship between terrorist leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi and the mainline al Qaeda leadership continues to deteriorate. Zarqawi's recent audio messages have not only attacked the U.S. and the Shia-dominated government in Iraq, but also Iran. He's even claiming that the U.S., Iran, and Shia in general, are in cahoots to destroy Islam... Given that Zarqawi has become a loose cannon and that his actions are handicapping Al Qaeda's efforts, it seems reasonable to expect that an accident may befall him at some point in the near future. If handled right, it can be made to look like he went out in a blaze of glory fighting American troops or that he was foully murdered. Either way, al Qaeda gets rid of a problem and gains another "martyr."
Bush bin Laden/al-CIAduh done milking (the dead) Abu Musab Al Zarqawi: US air strike kills al Qaeda's Zarqawi 08 Jun 2006 U.S. warplanes killed [?!?] Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the "al Qaeda" leader in Iraq blamed for bombings, beheadings and assassinations [It's the US that's responsible for bombings, beheadings and assassinations.], and Dictator George W. Bush said on Thursday that American forces had "delivered justice".
Bush Let Zarqawi Escape 3 Times Before Invading Iraq By Bob Fertik 08 Jun 2006 "Did you know Bush was given three plans to kill Zarqawi before the Iraq war and refused to kill him? I'm sure you didn't - because this devastating NBC story was published once and then never cited again. Bush needed to keep Zarqawi alive to 'sell' his illegal and insane invasion. As a result of Bush's insanity, hundreds needlessly were murdered by Zarqawi. Impeach Bush Now!"
Curfew ordered after Al-Zarqawi killed 08 Jun 2006 Iraqi police have announced a curfew from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Friday in Baghdad and in the Diyala province, where bombs from U.S. warplanes Thursday killed the most-wanted man in Iraq [Bush?], an Interior Ministry official said.
Father of beheaded man blames Bush, not Zarqawi 08 Jun 2006 Michael Berg, whose son Nick was beheaded in Iraq in 2004, said on Thursday he felt no sense of relief at the killing of the al Qaeda leader in Iraq and blamed President [sic] Bush for his son's death. Asked what would give him satisfaction, Berg, an anti-war activist and candidate for U.S. Congress, said, "The end of the war and getting rid of George Bush."
Posada Crony Runs Iraq Death Squads 06 Jun 2006 US Colonel James Steele, accomplice of international terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, is advising death squad operations in Iraq, Granma newspaper reported Tuesday. Steele was the one to whom Posada Carriles reported the shooting down of a DC-3 airplane in Nicaragua and Eugene Hassenfus' apprehension, an incident that provoked the Iran-Contras scandal, the daily stated.
Photos seem to contradict Marine version of Haditha killings 07 Jun 2006 Pentagon sources say some of the most incriminating evidence against Marines under investigation in the deaths of civilians at Haditha is a set of photographs taken by another group of Marines who came along afterward and helped clean up the scene.
4 contractors working for Army Corps killed in Iraq 09 Jun 2006 Death toll of those with Huntsville (AL) center hits 9 --Four contractors working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville died Thursday in Iraq when their vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb.
Sixth Australian killed in Iraq 09 Jun 2006 The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) today confirmed the 34-year-old security guard from Queensland (AU) was killed by a roadside blast 300 kilometres north of the capital Baghdad yesterday. He was one of four people killed in the blast.
Govt warns 'stay away from Iraq' 09 Jun 2006 The Federal Government and the Opposition are warning Australians against going to work in Iraq after the death of a 34-year-old Queenslander. Six Australians have died in Iraq since 2003.
Army has to turn over Halliburton docs 07 Jun 2006 A U.S. district court judge has ordered the Army to release 14 documents, including six emails, dealing with the Halliburton oil contract in Iraq. U.S. District Court Judge Ricardo M. Urbina also ordered the Army to give to the court an additional six documents for the court to review to make a further determination.
U.S. Military Vehicle Hits Afghan Minibus 08 Jun 2006 A U.S. military vehicle slammed into an oncoming bus outside the Afghan capital Thursday, injuring four civilians just 10 days after another crash involving U.S. forces sparked deadly riots.
Lebanon 'Mass Grave' Said to Be a Cemetery 07 Jun 2006 A burial site in eastern Lebanon originally believed to be a mass grave for victims of Syria's military presence is actually a graveyard dating to the 17th century, a Lebanese prosecutor said in a statement published Wednesday. [If you are looking for mass graves, try Haditha or New Orleans. --LRP]
Efforts by C.I.A. Fail in Somalia, Officials Charge [Great!] 08 Jun 2006 A covert effort by the Central Intelligence Agency to finance Somali warlords has drawn sharp criticism from American government officials who say the campaign has thwarted counterterrorism efforts inside Somalia and empowered the same Islamic groups it was intended to marginalize. The officials said the C.I.A. effort, run from the agency's station in Nairobi, Kenya, had channeled hundreds of thousands of [taxpayers'] dollars over the past year to secular warlords [?!?] inside Somalia with the aim, among other things, of capturing or killing a handful of suspected members of 'Al Qaeda' [ROFL!!] believed to be hiding there. [We're supposed to root for US-backed, drug-running terrorist warlords because they're *secular?* LOL.]
UN chief remarks 'severe mistake' [No, they were right on the money!] 08 Jun 2006 The US ambassador to the United Nations has again heavily criticised the UN deputy secretary general for his remarks about US policy on the UN. John Bolton, in an interview with the BBC, said Mark Malloch Brown's comments were a "severe political mistake". Mr Malloch Brown had said Washington did not stand up for the UN against domestic critics and used the organisation as a diplomatic tool.
Suspect in Canadian bomb plot has military connections 07 Jun 2006 More details were emerging Wednesday about an alleged bomb plot in Ontario and about one of the suspects and his alleged plan to behead Prime Minister Stephen Harper. A newspaper report on Wednesday said Steven Chand, also known as Abdul Shakur, had been a member of the Royal Regiment of Canada, a reservist unit, and that he had been given weapons training. Military confirms connection - The Toronto Star said the military confirmed, but downplayed, Chand's military connection.
Inquiry finds problems in 2004 election 08 Jun 2006 Many of the voting and counting mishaps of the bizarre 2000 general 'election' [coup d'etat] were not fixed four years later and brand new problems arose, including a rash of fraudulent voter registrations in some areas, congressional investigators say.
Quinnipiac Poll Shows LieberBush Challenger Gaining Ground 08 Jun 2006 (CT) A Quinnipiac poll shows that Sen. [Bush troll] Joe Lieberman's challenger for the Democratic party's senate nomination is gaining ground. The poll released Thursday shows that LieberBush grabs 55 percent of likely Democratic primary voters, while Ned Lamont gets 40 percent.
Official can't rule out wider breach of vet data 08 Jun 2006 The top U.S. veterans affairs official said on Thursday he could not be certain a recent computer theft did not include more private data on military personnel than had been reported so far.
Retirement Account of DeLay's Wife Traced --With Disclosure, Family's Known Benefits From Ties With Lobbyist Exceed $490,000 07 Jun 2006 A registered lobbyist opened a retirement account in the late 1990s for the wife of then-House Whip Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) and contributed thousands of dollars to it while also paying her a salary to work for him from her home in Texas, according to sources, documents and DeLay's attorney, Richard Cullen.
Are Dick Cheney's Money Managers Betting on Bad News? A look at the President and Vice President's financial disclosure forms. 17 May 2006 Vice President [sic] Cheney's financial advisers are apparently betting on a rise in inflation and interest rates and on a decline in the value of the dollar against foreign currencies. That's the conclusion we draw after scouring the financial disclosure form released by Cheney this week. [...] Beyond the trust, the Bush's investable assets are largely in super-safe Treasury notes, money-market funds and bank certificates of deposit.
N.J. Assemblywomen Call For Boycott of New Coulter Book 08 Jun 2006 Commentator Ann Coulter's incendiary words about outspoken 9/11 widows have led two state lawmakers to call for a boycott of her book in the widows' home state of New Jersey.
House K.O.'s Net Neutrality 09 Jun 2006 Legislative language to make the controversial concept of network neutrality the law of the land failed in the U.S. House of Representatives late Thursday night. In an amendment to an otherwise widely supported telecom reform act, lawmakers rejected by a vote of 269-152 a measure to require broadband providers such as AT&T and Comcast to treat all Internet traffic in a nondiscriminatory price manner.
House Ignores Public, Sells Out the Internet (savetheinternet.com) Last night’s House vote against an amendment that would make Net Neutrality enforceable is the result of swarming lobbyists and a multi-million-dollar media campaign by telephone companies that want Congress to hand them control of the Internet. The fight now moves to the Senate, where there is stronger bi-partisan support for a bill — put forth by Senators Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota) — that would protect our Internet freedom from AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth.
Final Vote Results for Roll Call 241 H R 5252 08 Jun 2006 - Passage of Bill, "Communications, Opportunity, Promotion, and Enhancement Act of 2006"
Repeal of Estate Tax Is Latest GOP Initiative to Die in Senate 09 Jun 2006 The long-standing Republican drive to permanently abolish the federal estate tax came up short in the Senate on Thursday, the latest in a string of defeats for key elements of the GOP agenda.
Americans Want Universal Health Care, Study Says 08 Jun 2006 Guaranteed health care coverage for everyone is what Americans want, according to a committee appointed by Congress to look into the issue. Universal coverage runs counter to the Bush regime's position that consumers should bear more responsibility for their initial medical expenses.
Man Arrested for Plotting Attack on Abortion Clinic 08 Jun 2006 (MD) A man was arrested Thursday and charged with making a bomb that he planned to use to attack an abortion clinic, a device that went off in the home of a friend while authorities were trying to disable it.
US officials test for bird flu in arctic Alaska 08 Jun 2006 In a coastal marsh near the frozen Arctic Ocean, a swab of eider dropping is one of 50,000 such field samples from wild birds that federal and local agencies aim to collect in America this year and test for the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu. Officials also want another 75,000 to 100,000 samples directly from live or dead birds.
UK 'part of CIA terror flights web' 08 Jun 2006 First Minister Jack McConnell came under renewed pressure last night to explain Scotland's role in the alleged rendition of prisoners by the CIA after Europe's human rights watchdog claimed Britain was part of a "spider's web" of abuse. [See: Where the prisoners go.]
Europeans 'assisted CIA renditions' 07 Jun 2006 European countries – including Germany, the UK, Italy and Sweden – violated human rights by co-operating with CIA renditions, or extra-legal abductions, a wide-ranging report said on Wednesday.
Force-feeding put in Guantánamo Bay policy 07 Jun 2006 In an overall defense of its Guantánamo medical policies, the Pentagon on Tuesday made public a 10-page directive that defends force-feeding hunger strikers and permits a psychologist to advise interrogators.
Military Alters the Makeup of Interrogation Advisers 07 Jun 2006 Pentagon officials said Tuesday that they would try to use only psychologists, and not psychiatrists, to help interrogators devise strategies to get information from detainees at places like Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The new policy follows by little more than two weeks an overwhelming vote by the American Psychiatric Association discouraging its members from participating in those efforts.
The Case of the Missing $21 Billion --Who's Following the Iraq Money? By Dave Lindorff 07 Jun 2006 "...[M]ore than $9 billion that has gone missing without a trace in Iraq--as well as $12 billion in cash that the Pentagon flew into Iraq straight from Federal Reserve vaults via military transports, and for which there has been little or no accounting... What the president [Dictator Bush] did was write a so-called 'signing statement' on the side (unpublicized of course), saying that the new inspector general would have no authority to investigate any contracts or corruption issues involving the Pentagon."
US troops accused of new murders in Iraq 06 Jun 2006 US troops faced fresh accusations of unlawful killings of civilians in Iraq as Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki ordered the release of 2,500 detainees in a gesture to promote national reconciliation. The Iraqi Islamic Party accused American forces of murdering more than two dozen Iraqis in a series of incidents across the country in May.
Official: Marines Believed to Plan Killing 06 Jun 2006 U.S. military investigators believe the killing of an Iraqi civilian on April 26 was planned by a small group of Marines who shot the man and then planted a shovel and an AK-47 rifle at the scene, a senior Pentagon official said Tuesday.
Iraq PM Says 2,500 Detainees [Out of 28,700] Will Be Freed 06 Jun 2006 Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Tuesday that 2,500 Iraqi prisoners will be freed from U.S. and Iraqi-run detention centers as part of reconciliation... About 28,700 detainees are being held at U.S. and Iraqi detention facilities in Iraq, according to a U.N. human rights report issued last month. ["Reconciliation?!?" No one wants to 'reconcile' with the illegitimate US occupiers, terrorists, and barbarians.]
Italian Minister Confirms Iraq Troop Withdrawal 07 Jun 2006 Italy's foreign minister said Wednesday that Italy will not withdraw all its troops from Iraq until the end of the year, sticking to a timeline set by former Premier Silvio Berlusconi even after the election of a new center-left government.
Officer at Fort Lewis calls Iraq war illegal, refuses order to go 07 Jun 2006 In a rare case of officer dissent, a Fort Lewis Army lieutenant has refused orders to head out to Iraq this month to lead troops in what he believes is an illegal war of occupation. 1st Lt. Ehren Watada was scheduled to make his first deployment to Iraq this month. His refusal to accompany the Stryker brigade troops puts him at risk of court martial and years of prison time.
George Bush Sr. asked retired general to replace Rumsfeld 08 Jun 2006 By Sidney Blumenthal "Former President George H.W. Bush waged a secret campaign over several months early this year to remove Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. The elder Bush went so far as to recruit Rumsfeld's potential replacement, personally asking a retired four-star general if he would accept the position, a reliable source close to the general told me. But the former president's effort failed, apparently rebuffed by the current president [sic]."
Official: 250 Afghans Arrested After Riot 07 Jun 2006 More than 250 Afghans were arrested after a riot in Kabul last week that killed about 20 people and wounded more than 120, the intelligence chief said Wednesday.
Islamists beat 'US' warlords 07 Jun 2006 Somali Islamists claimed yesterday to have seized full control of the capital after four months of bloody fighting with secular [?!? LOL!] warlords. ["Secular" warlords? LOL!]
U.S. taxpayers financed human trafficking, report says 05 Jun 2006 For the first time since Congress mandated its annual publication, a State Department report cataloging human trafficking across the globe includes allegations that American taxpayers financed such abuses.
Anthrax Alert At Commons 07 Jun 2006 A man is in police custody following an anthrax alert in the House of Commons, sending Parliament into lock-down. Sky News' Political Correspondent Jon Craig said, "In the Central Lobby a powder was found. A man was detained and he told police it was anthrax." One woman told Sky News: "He started saying things about the High Court and how corrupt everything is - he was going on a bit of a tirade."
Canadian Fertilizer Terrorists By Doug Bracewell 06 Jun 2006 [A litany of stings, set-ups and assorted terrorism/drug-running/money-laundering oddities (i.e., the RCMP *are* the terrorists) by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the providers of the last batch of bombs for the recently-arrested 'terrorists.' --LRP]
MIHOP or LIHIP? FBI Tried to Buy Satellite Photos After Bombing 07 Jun 2006 In the months after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the FBI tried to buy satellite photos from a Russian company to track Timothy McVeigh's movements before the attack, a newly released FBI teletype shows. The teletype, filed Friday in federal court in Salt Lake City, is the latest disclosure ordered for an insurance lawyer who is dogging the FBI for information about its bombing investigation. The lawyer, Jesse Trentadue, is seeking evidence he contends will show that federal agents were tipped off to McVeigh's plans but failed to stop the bombing, which killed 168 people and destroyed a federal office building.
LA to use drone aircraft 07 Jun 2006 Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drone aircraft, are about to be launched for the first time by the police in Los Angeles. UAVs have long been used by the military in war zones such as Iraq or Afghanistan. UAVs have long been used by the military in war zones such as Iraq or Afghanistan. But the technology has been adapted for domestic use and could revolutionise the way law enforcement agencies carry out surveillance and rescue operations.
Specter Won't Subpoena Telecom Executives 06 Jun 2006 Phone company executives won't be grilled by a Senate panel anytime soon about their roles in the Bush regime's eavesdropping program. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said Tuesday he will hold off subpoenaing the telecommunications chiefs while he works with the White House on his legislation that would ask a secretive federal court to review the constitutionality of Bush's surveillance operations.
Specter's angry letter 07 Jun 2006 Read the angry three-page letter Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter sent to Vice pResident Dick Cheney, arguing Cheney "sought to influence, really determine" the committee's investigation in to the NSA spy program.
Documents show post-war CIA covered up Nazi war crimes 07 Jun 2006 The United States was aware that West Germany held information on the whereabouts of Adolf Eichmann in the 1950s, but chose to keep the matter secret, fearing that the arrest of the Nazi fugitive might lead to embarrassing revelations about links between senior German officials and other Nazis.
Coulter calls 9/11 widows "witches" 07 Jun 2006 Conservative 'author' Ann Coulter sparked a storm on Wednesday after describing a group of September 11 widows who backed the Democratic Party as millionaire "witches" reveling in their status as celebrities. "I've never seen people enjoying their husbands' deaths [Would some people would enjoy Coulter's?] so much," Coulter writes in her book "Godless: The Church of Liberalism," published on Tuesday, referring to four women who headed a campaign that resulted in the creation of the September 11 Commission that investigated the hijacked plane attacks.
Voting Glitches In Alameda, San Joaquin Counties 07 Jun 2006 Human and machine errors caused voting problems in two Northern California counties on Tuesday.
Private Company to Pipe In Ads on School Buses 06 Jun 2006 A Massachusetts company is launching its own private radio network to be piped into school buses. The company, Bus Radio, claims the radio station "will take targeted student marketing to the next level." The company plans to begin broadcasting this fall to 100,000 students in Massachusetts and then take the program national next year.
U.S. House Passes Bill to Boost On-Air Indecency Fines 10-Fold 07 June 2006 The U.S. House today passed a bill to raise maximum fines 10-fold against broadcasters for airing indecent material, sending the measure to President [sic] George W. Bush to be signed into law.
Who owns the network news? freedomfiles.org (chart)
Pastor Sues to Force Prayer In School 07 Jun 2006 A pastor is suing a Camden, N.J., school district seeking to end the teaching of evolution and force the right to prayer in school.
US Senate blocks gay marriage ban 07 Jun 2006 The US Senate has blocked a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
Who invited the pharmacist? (naral.org) "It should be simple: a woman walks into a pharmacy with her prescription and walks out with her medicine. Right? If only it were that easy. Rogue anti-choice pharmacists across the country are refusing to fill safe, legal prescriptions for birth control. Some pharmacists lecture women, humiliate them in public, and refuse to hand back the prescription even after they refuse to fill it. This is outrageous – and it must be stopped. Please take action today to support the bipartisan Access to Legal Pharmaceuticals Act."
Privatization '07, Baby! Posted by jesselee 06 Jun 2006 McCrery: Social Security Change Should Top '07 Agenda (Congress Daily) "Congress should make Social Security overhaul its top priority next year, while a rewrite of the tax code and revamping the nation's healthcare system probably will wait until at least 2009, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Jim McCrery, R-La., said today."
Estate Tax Pyramid Scheme By Robert B. Reich 06 Jun 2006 "Thirty years ago, the richest 1 percent owned less than a fifth of America’s wealth. Now, according to a recent report by the Fed Reserve Board, they own more than a third. Not since the days of the robber barons of the 19th century have we seen this much wealth concentrated in so few hands... According to a new report from United for a Fair Economy, 18 families worth a total of $185 billion have financed and coordinated the [estate tax] repeal campaign. They’ve underwritten the massive PR drive that fooled most Americans into thinking the estate tax was a 'death' tax that would fall on them."
BP to face criminal probe over US oil spill 07 Jun 2006 BP is facing a criminal grand jury investigation into the biggest oil spill ever on US soil – a corroded transit line that leaked up to 270,000 gallons of crude in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, triggering investigations by federal and state agencies.
Norway dumps Wal-Mart stock 06 Jun 2006 The huge fund that's meant to preserve Norway's oil wealth for future generations is pulling out of shares that don't meet the government's ethical standards. Among them is the Wal-Mart discount store chain.
Caught On Tape: Bear Takes Dip In Pool --Takes Stroll Through Calif. Neighborhood 05 Jun 2006 A bear made himself at home in a California neighborhood Sunday afternoon, even taking a dip in a backyard pool. ...The bear climbed a few fences to check out some neighbors' back yards. Eventually, the bear got tired and decided to take a dip in a pool.
In Brazen Roundup, 56 Vanish From Baghdad 06 Jun 2006 "Turn back," a friend told Haji Abu Shamaa as he walked Monday morning toward his money-changing shop in the Karkh neighborhood of central Baghdad, a mile north of the heavily guarded Green Zone. "The Interior Ministry police are rounding up people."
Pentagon endorses force-feeding hunger strikers 05 Jun 2006 A Pentagon document setting rules for medical professionals [torturers] in detainee operations endorses force-feeding hunger strikers, a practice criticized by rights activists, U.S. officials said on Monday.
Troops cleared of killing Iraqi teenager 07 Jun 2006 A Military court cleared three British soldiers of killing a 15-year-old Iraqi boy who drowned in a canal in southern Iraq after the US-led invasion in March 2003. Prosecutors had alleged that Ahmed Jabar Karheem, who could not swim, struggled in "obvious distress" and disappeared in a canal in Basra after being forced there at gunpoint.
Haditha: the worst US atrocity since Vietnam … Iraqi women and children massacred by American marines. How did it happen? By Neil Mackay "Civilians who spent time at the Haditha Dam base of the Third Battalion of the First Marines describe the place as something out of Apocalypse Now or Lord Of The Flies. It was 'feral' one said... As soon as the shooting stopped, the marines started to lie and cover up the truth about the Haditha killings... Investigations by the military, accounts by survivors and reports by human rights organisations and medics have proved that this version of events contains barely a grain of truth."
Iraq police find 9 heads in fruit boxes --Grisly discovery follows similar one on Saturday 06 Jun 2006 Police found nine severed heads in fruit boxes near a volatile city northeast of Baghdad on Tuesday, authorities said, the second such discovery in less than a week. The heads were transferred to the city morgue and an 'investigation' was under way, according to the Joint Cooperation Center, which is run by Iraqi and U.S. forces.
More severed heads found in Iraq 06 Jun 2006 Police in Iraq have said on Tuesday that they found nine severed heads, wrapped in plastic bags and left in a fruit box by the side of a road. The heads were found near Baquba, north of Baghdad, where police made a similar discovery three days ago.
Officer likely to refuse Iraq call 06 Jun 2006 A Fort Lewis soldier is poised to become the first U.S. military officer to publicly refuse to deploy to Iraq, his supporters said Monday. The officer, whom supporters so far will identify only by the initials LT, will attend a news conference Wednesday in Tacoma to make his identity known and explain the reasons for his refusal.
Creating the Inevitable --The CIA visits Iraq in April 2002 05 Jun 2006 By Ken Silverstein "The Bush Administration continues to claim that war against Iraq was always a last resort, but an overwhelming amount of evidence—such as the Downing Street Memo of July 2002, which said military action was 'inevitable'—suggests otherwise. I recently spoke with a number of current and former intelligence officials, including two who were familiar with the CIA's pre-war activities in Iraq, and their remarks certainly suggest that the decision to invade was made long before the war began in March of 2003. One former officer described how in April of 2002, nearly a year before the invasion, the CIA sent a special unit of eight men to 'set up shop' in the Kurdish areas of northern Iraq."
Lieberman faces showdown over Iraq 05 Jun 2006 After years of ardent support for the Iraq war, Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman [LieberBush] could become that conflict's first big political casualty in a Democratic primary race fueled by rising anti-war anger.
Three Soldiers Killed, Four Wounded in Afghanistan 06 Jun 2006 Three occupation soldiers were killed and four were wounded in three separate incidents in Afghanistan during the past two days, military officials reported. Two occupation soldiers were killed today when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the Khogyani district of Nangarhar province. A third soldier and an Afghan interpreter were also wounded.
Congress, courts push back against Bush's assertions of presidential power 06 Jun 2006 After five years of a concerted White House campaign, there are tentative signs that Congress and the courts are beginning to push back against what has been the greatest expansion of presidential powers in a generation or more.
Oops! Intelligence behind raid was wrong, officials say 06 Jun 2006 Senior counter-terrorism officials now believe that the intelligence that led to the raid on a family house last Friday in a search for a chemical device about to be used to attack Britain was wrong, the Guardian has learned.
Lawyer condemns 'wild west' police raid --Suspects' neighbours feared for their lives --'Illegal' action condemned as residents query tip-off 05 Jun 2006 A family caught up in Friday's police operation to stop an alleged terror plot yesterday spoke of how they thought they were about to die when police armed with machine guns smashed their front door and stormed through their terrace house in the dark of night.
Canadian terror probe expands to 7 nations 05 Jun 2006 Police said Monday more arrests are likely in an alleged plot to bomb buildings in Canada, while intelligence officers sought ties between the 17 suspects and Islamic terror cells in the United States and five other nations.
Homegrown terrorists or victims of Project Thread II (rustynode.com) 03 Jun 2006 "This is the top story today in Canada: 'Serious' bomb plot in Canada averted: police... What I noticed is how none of the news reports make mention of the previous terrorist raid we witnessed in Toronto in August 2003 (Project Thread) in which 26 Pakistani and South Asian men living in the GTA were arrested and detained on the flimsiest of evidence. After jailing them and putting them in orange jumpsuits and splashing their faces on the news they were eventually released for lack of evidence and at least 17 were eventually deported with the label of suspected terrorist on their forehead."
Police chief- Lockerbie evidence was faked 28 Aug 2005 A former Scottish police chief has given lawyers a signed statement claiming that key evidence in the Lockerbie bombing trial was fabricated. The retired officer - of assistant chief constable rank or higher - has testified that the CIA planted the tiny fragment of circuit board crucial in convicting a Libyan for the 1989 mass murder of 270 people.
Small plane enters restricted Washington airspace 05 Jun 2006 U.S. fighter jets on Monday intercepted a small plane that had breached restricted airspace around Washington, D.C., but it did not appear to pose a security threat to the U.S. capital area.
Another Terrorist Attack Coming Soon? CBS News: U.S. Officials Believe Recent Incidents Point to An Imminent Threat [Of course! Only a bird flu pandemic or another 9/11-style terrorist attack on US soil can 'save' the Bush dictatorship.] 05 Jun 2006 U.S. officials believe Canadian arrests over the weekend and three recent domestic incidents in the United States are evidence the U.S. will soon be hit again by a terrorist attack. Privately, they say, they'd be surprised if it didn't come by the end of the year, reports CBS News correspondent Jim Stewart in a CBS News exclusive. [ROFL, can they get any more *obvious?*]
Bush bin Laden is preparing his next terrorist attack, as even Diebold can't save the GOP in November: Back to the Bunker By William M. Arkin 04 Jun 2006 "On Monday, June 19, about 4,000 government workers representing more than 50 federal agencies from the State Department to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission will say goodbye to their families and set off for dozens of classified emergency facilities stretching from the Maryland and Virginia suburbs to the foothills of the Alleghenies. They will take to the bunkers in an 'evacuation' that my sources describe as the largest 'continuity of government' exercise ever conducted, a drill intended to prepare the U.S. government for an event even more catastrophic than the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks."
Study: Companies snooping on employee e-mail 05 Jun 2006 Big Brother is not only watching but he is also reading your e-mail. According to a new study, about a third of big companies in the United States and Britain hire employees to read and analyze outbound e-mail as they seek to guard against legal, financial or regulatory risk.
Spate of lawsuits target e-voting 04 Jun 2006 Electronic voting machines, adopted widely after the disputed Florida ballot count in the 2000 presidential election, are under legal attack as primary election season heats up. Lawsuits have been filed in at least six states, the most recent last week in Colorado, to block the purchase or use of computerized machines.
Documents Shed Light on C.I.A.'s Use of Ex-Nazis 06 Jun 2006 The Central Intelligence Agency took no action after learning the pseudonym and whereabouts of the fugitive Holocaust overseer Adolf Eichmann in 1958, according to C.I.A. documents that shed new light on the spy agency's use of former Nazis as informers after World War II.
Florida's GOPedophiles are making a *killing* on child sex slave rings: Number of Florida foster kids, who are vanishing, is skyrocketing 06 Jun 2006 as of Monday, the number of kids missing from Florida's troubled child-welfare system has skyrocketed to 652... The number of missing kids has risen even as the number of kids in state care has declined. Child advocates say the state continues to fail miserably in efforts to safeguard or return missing kids - even neglecting to register the children with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the national clearinghouse for abducted and runaway kids.
Blanco expected to sign strict abortion into law soon 05 Jun 2006 Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco ("D") was expected to sign a strict abortion ban into law after the Senate on Monday gave the measure final legislative approval.
Half a dozen large storms out to sea, and New Orleans is already sinking 02 Jun 2006 The Atlantic hurricane season opened yesterday amid reports showing that New Orleans is sinking even more rapidly than thought. They also said that the levee system overwhelmed by Hurricane Katrina was built with outdated information and that half a dozen large storms are already brewing at sea.
Army Manual to Skip Geneva Detainee Rule --The Pentagon's move to omit a ban on prisoner humiliation from the basic guide to soldier conduct faces strong State Dept. opposition. 05 Jun 2006 The Pentagon has decided to omit from new detainee policies a key tenet of the Geneva Convention that explicitly bans "humiliating and degrading treatment," according to knowledgeable military officials, a step that would mark a further, potentially permanent, shift away from strict adherence to international human rights standards.
Bush regime compared to Spanish Inquisition: Spanish Judge Calls for Closing U.S. Prison at Guantánamo 04 Jun 2006 Invoking Spain's history of dictatorship and terror, Baltasar Garzón, the country's most prominent investigative magistrate, has called on the United States to immediately close the detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. "In Spain, we also practiced torture and the forced disappearance of people," he said. "When the temptation came, we succumbed to it." ...He also recalled the far more distant history of his country. "I come from the country of the Inquisition, when people were told, 'If you cooperate, we'll cut your head off, and if you don't, we'll burn you alive,' " he said. "We had to learn from experience that torture, and mistreatment and degradation, do not work as investigation techniques."
Baghdad Morgue Reports Record Figures for May --Nearly 1,400 bodies were brought to the facility, the highest number since the war began. 04 Jun 2006 New Iraqi government documents show that, excluding the nearly daily bombings, more Baghdad residents died in shootings, stabbings and other violence in May than in any other month since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.
More than 6,000 corpses found in Iraq in five months 05 Jun 2006 According to statistics by Iraq's morgues institute, 6,002 corpses were found in the past five months: 1,068 in January, 1,110 in February, 1,294 in March, 1,155 in April and 1,375 in May. Most of the corpses had gunshot wounds, while others showed marks of burns or electrocution. Morgues institute officials said that since the institute was established in 1927, it had never received such a huge number of corpses as currently, with the daily average now 35 to 50 per day.
Gunmen [US death squads] seize at least 50 at Iraq bus stops 05 Jun 2006 Gunmen in police uniforms [That would be the US-funded, trained Iraqi police, *duh.*] raided bus stations Monday in central Baghdad, seizing at least 50 people, including drivers and passengers preparing to travel outside Iraq, an Interior Ministry official said.
Russian diplomat killed and four kidnapped in Baghdad 04 Jun 2006 A Russian diplomat was killed and four others were abducted in Baghdad yesterday. The victims were travelling in a diplomatic car which was ambushed near the Russian embassy in the Mansour district of Baghdad.
Marine's wife paints portrait of US troops out of control in Haditha --Unit accused of abusing drugs and alcohol --Officers relieved of duty after killing of 24 Iraqis 05 Jun 2006 The marine unit involved in the killing of Iraqi civilians in Haditha last November had suffered a "total breakdown" in discipline and had drug and alcohol problems, according to the wife of one of the battalion's staff sergeants.
The Line of Atrocity: From the White House to Haditha By Chris Floyd 31 May 2006 "...It is not the small-scale Haditha atrocity that should be compared to My Lai: it is the entire Iraq War itself. The whole operation – from its inception in high-level mendacity to its execution in blood-soaked arrogance, folly, greed and incompetence – is a war crime of almost unfathomable proportions: a My Lai writ large, a My Lai every single day, year after year after year... This fish has rotted from the head, and the corruption has eaten through the entire body politic."
Biden: White House has no plan to 'win Iraq' 05 Jun 2006 While the White House has a plan to not "totally lose" Iraq, Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) says the Bush administration has no plan on how to win there.
Afghan police kill 7 comrades, defect to Taliban 05 Jun 2006 Five Afghan police shot dead seven fellow officers as they slept, before defecting to join Taliban guerrillas fighting in southern Afghanistan, a provincial official said on Monday.
Oil climbs over $73 on worries over Iran flows 05 Jun 2006 Oil prices climbed over $73 on Monday 'after Iran hinted it might use oil production as a weapon in its nuclear dispute with the West and hitches at U.S. refineries spurred worries over fuel supplies' [due to US corpora-terrorists' greed].
RCMP behind bomb material --Investigators [Royal Canadian Mounted Police] controlled the sale and transport of three tonnes of ammonium nitrate in an undercover probe of an alleged homegrown terrorist cell 04 Jun 2006 The delivery of three tonnes of ammonium nitrate to a group suspected of plotting terrorist attacks in southern Ontario was part of an undercover police sting operation, the Toronto Star has learned. [Gee, what a surprise! Apparently, the RCMP *are* the terrorists!]
Mounties delivered explosives as part of sting 05 Jun 2006 Undercover Mounties delivered bomb-making materials in a sting operation, according to a news report Sunday. The Toronto Star said the Royal Canadian Mounted Police itself delivered the three tons of ammonium nitrate that authorities reported Saturday had been acquired by a group of Muslims apparently inspired by al-Qaida [al-CIAduh]. Investigators had learned of the group's alleged plan to build a bomb and then controlled the sale and transport of the fertilizer. It wasn't clear how the sting sale developed [?!?], and there was no indication of whether police might have altered the fertilizer to make it unusable in a bomb.
US suspects linked to Canada terrorism case through web chats 05 Jun 2006 Some of the 17 people held on terrorism charges by Canadian police may have had contacts with terror suspects in custody in the US, according to internet chat room conversations monitored by US and Canadian intelligence, media reports said Monday. [Of course, the US has to stick its nose in it - after all, it was a RCMP/al-CIAduh set-up.]
More arrests could be coming, says RCMP 05 Jun 2006 More arrests could be coming in the investigation, the RCMP signalled Monday, as the White House congratulated Canadian authorities for foiling what they believe to be a [RCMP-al-CIAduh] terrorist attack on Ontario soil.
Live poll: Do you think the U.S. government was complicit in 9/11?
White House Fence Jumper Captured Sunday 04 Jun 2006 The Secret Service apprehended a man who was trying to jump the fence on the south side of the White House Sunday. [This has got to be a record number of people trying to kill a "president."]
More Democrats want their leaders to stand up against Bush, war 04 Jun 2006 Anti-war and anti-Bush fervor is growing among rank and file Democrats, threatening to pull the party to the left and creating a rift between increasingly belligerent activists and the party's leaders in Washington.
Journey to the heart of Bushlandia --The wide open spaces of Idaho have little room for anti-war sentiment By Oliver Burkemann 03 Jun 2006 "'President [sic] Bush is one of our greatest presidents, and he's one of our bravest presidents,' the [Idaho] governor said. 'People know what's in his heart.' To liberals on both coasts, Idaho is redneck country, famous only for its potato industry and its white supremacists (the now-defunct Aryan Nations group was based in the isolated north of the state until 2001). 'Sexual relations with livestock are still commonplace,' a columnist for the Nation magazine claimed recently."
Utah Guard Unit Patrol U.S.-Mexico Border 05 Jun 2006 Military bulldozers, road graders and other heavy equipment rumbled along the Mexican border early Monday as more than 50 National Guardsmen from Utah became the first unit to get to work under President [sic] Bush's 'crackdown' on illegal immigration.
Reporters lose high court appeal over protecting confidential sources 05 Jun 2006 The Supreme Court will not hear an appeal on behalf of four reporters from some of America's biggest news organizations in a case over protecting sources.
FCC Is Set to Take Fresh Look At Media Ownership 30 May 2006 With Republicans in the majority at the Federal Communications Commission for the first time in 14 months, the agency is poised to begin tackling a host of contentious issues, including changes to media ownership limits.
Supreme Court to Hear Diversity Case 05 Jun 2006 The Supreme Court said Monday it will decide the extent to which public schools can use race in deciding school assignments, setting the stage for a landmark affirmative action ruling.
U.S. stocks sink after Bernanke warns on inflation 05 Jun 2006 U.S. stocks sold off sharply on Monday, with the Nasdaq falling more than 2 percent, as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the Fed needs to be vigilant to make sure inflation stays under control even as the economy starts to show a slower pace of growth.
GOPedophiles let child-raping priests off the hook: Child victims must sue by age 20 --Ruling could wipe out scores of suits against priests 01 Jun 2006 Ohioans who accuse Catholic priests of abusing them as children must sue by age 20 or their cases will be thrown out, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The court's 5-2 decision could wipe out dozens of lawsuits across the state that accused priests of sexual abuse.
Bar group will review Bush's legal challenges 04 Jun 2006 The board of governors of the American Bar Association voted unanimously yesterday to investigate whether President [sic] Bush has exceeded his constitutional authority in reserving the right to ignore more than 750 laws that have been enacted since he took [literally, *took*] office... The all-star legal panel includes a former federal appeals court chief judge, a former FBI director, and several prominent scholars -- to evaluate Bush's assertions that he has the power to ignore laws that conflict with his interpretation of the Constitution.
A state of emergency --Bush is a danger to the constitution in his wartime capacity as commander in chief By Sidney Blumenthal 01 Jun 2006 "Within the Bush administration something that senior officials call the 'war paradigm' is the central organising principle... According to its imperatives, the president in his wartime capacity as commander in chief makes and enforces laws as he sees fit, overriding the constitutional system of checks and balances. Some of the paradigm's expressions include Bush's fiats on the treatment of detainees, domestic surveillance and international law, and his more than 750 'signing statements' - interpretations of laws that he claims he can implement as he chooses."
In Montana, Casting A Web for Terrorists --A Montana judge by day, Shannen Rossmiller spends her nights online tracking would-be jihadists and helping federal agents set up stings. 04 Jun 2006 Shannen Rossmiller uses the Internet to find terrorism suspects, she said, hunting for them while her family sleeps, spending the hours between 3 a.m. and dawn at her home computer. Posing as an al-CIAduh operative, she has helped federal agents set up stings that have netted two Americans... [Shannen Rossmiller, City Judge - 411 1/2 S. Main St., Conrad, MT 59425; Office - (406) 278-3623; Fax - (406) 278-7729. Home: 13 N Wisconsin St Conrad, MT 59425-1829 (406) 271-2571. Tell her where the true terrorists reside--1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and Cheney's bunker. If she needs to know who the head is, his name is George Bush. He is the most dangerous terrorist on earth.]
How Internet monitoring sparked a CSIS probe 03 Jun 2006 Last night's dramatic police raid and arrest of as many as a dozen men — with more to come — marks the culmination of Canada's largest ever terrorism investigation into an alleged homegrown cell. The chain of events began two years ago, sparked by local teenagers roving through Internet sites [LOL!], reading and espousing anti-Western sentiments and vowing to attack at home, in the name of oppressed Muslims here and abroad.
Canada terror suspects may have had US contacts 03 Jun 2006 Some members of a group of Canadians arrested on terror-related offenses may have been in contact with two U.S. suspects now in custody [Yeah, right!] who were based in Georgia, the FBI said on Saturday.
Toronto mosque vandalized after 17 arrests 04 Jun 2006 Vandals smashed windows of a Toronto mosque after a weekend police sweep that netted 17 suspected 'al Qaeda' sympathizers accused of plotting bomb attacks, and Canadian Muslims expressed fear on Sunday that a backlash had begun.
Angry families threaten legal action against police over anti-terror raid 04 Jun 2006 A young Muslim man shot by police on suspicion of involvement in a terrorist chemical plot last night protested his innocence and alleged that police failed to give warning before opening fire. Solicitors for Mohammed Abdul Kahar and his brother Abul Koyair, who was also seized in a dawn raid on Friday involving 250 police officers, said they denied any wrongdoing. A family who live next door to the brothers alleged that they were also arrested and assaulted, leaving one man with a head injury and needing hospital treatment.
Terror suspects protest innocence 03 Jun 2006 The two brothers accused of being involved in a terrorist chemical plot have protested their innocence, according to their solicitors. It was also claimed that Mohammed Abdul Kahar, 23, was shot without warning in Friday's raid at Forest Gate, London.
UK chemical bomb suspects deny attack plot 04 Jun 2006 Two brothers suspected of plotting to make a chemical bomb for an attack in Britain have denied all accusations, their lawyers said on Sunday, as police continued to search their home.
Swedes Protest Police Shutdown of Website 03 Jun 2006 Hundreds of people waving signs and skull-and-crossbones pirate flags demonstrated in Stockholm on Saturday against a police crackdown on a popular file-sharing Website with millions of users worldwide. Dozens of police officers conducted raids in 10 locations Wednesday, seizing servers and other computer equipment in their crackdown on The Pirate Bay site.
N.Y.ers a-maized by corn protection --Honcho sez fields more vulnerable than N.Y.C. 02 Jun 2006 Brooklyn Bridge is on a par with a Nebraska cornfield when it comes to security dollars, according to Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Tracy Henke. The Homeland Security bureaucrat who shortchanged New Yorkers' safety by $80 million implied yesterday that guarding a Nebraska cornfield from an Al Qaeda attack is the same as putting a cop with a gun on the Brooklyn Bridge. [Homeland Suckyourity burns the Blue cities.]
Congressman to probe 'CIA orgies' --Peter King angry about N.Y. cut in Homeland Security budget 02 Jun 2006 If cuts in New York state's Homeland Security allocation are not restored, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., is threatening to launch an investigation into rumors of orgies involving CIA officers at the Watergate Hotel. King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, made the threat on WABC Radio's John Gambling show yesterday.
Revealed: robot spyplanes to guard Europe's borders 04 Jun 2006 Fleets of unmanned "drone" aircraft fitted with powerful cameras are to be used to patrol Europe's borders in a dramatic move to combat people-smuggling, illegal immigration and terrorism.
Journalists union calls for Yahoo boycott 02 Jun 2006 The union representing journalists in the UK and Ireland called on its 40,000 members to boycott all Yahoo Inc. products and services to protest the Internet company's reported actions in China.
Iraqi child survivor wants US troops executed for Haditha killings 03 Jun 2006 In interviews taped Friday by an AP Television News cameraman, 9-year-old survivor Iman Walid Abdul-Hameed demanded that those responsible for the Haditha massacre be executed. "Because they hurt us, we want the Americans to be executed," Iman said.
Iraqi Students Dragged From Bus, Executed --Gunmen Kill 21 Commuters Near Baghdad 04 Jun 2006 Gunmen dragged passengers off a buses northeast of Baghdad and killed 21 people, including a dozen high school students. Serwan Shokir, the mayor of Qara Tappah, said one other person was wounded in the early morning attack. [The US death squads in Iraq are busy little bees!]
Men killed at Iraq mosque 04 Jun 2006 A Sunni religious group in the Shiite-dominated Iraqi city of Basra said today that police had gunned down 12 unarmed worshippers in a Sunni mosque but police said they were returning fire against gunmen. A police source said they received a tip that "terrorists" had taken refuge inside al-Arab mosque and were fired on when they surrounded it last night. They said nine gunmen were killed and six arrested.
'Accident' Kills Iraqi Civilians 04 Jun 2006 In what was described as an 'accident' [Yeah, right!] during training, a U.S. unit fired an artillery shell June 2 that killed three Iraqi civilians, military officials in Iraq reported today.
Soldier Dies in Noncombat Incident 04 Jun 2006 A soldier from the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team died June 1 in a noncombat-related incident, military officials in Iraq reported.
Iraq vet charged in Hanford wreck 03 Jun 2006 Felony charges were filed Friday against a Marine accused of stealing a truck and crashing it into a Hanford house — acts he blames on stress from seeing his best friend die in combat and having to move the bodies of children in Haditha, Iraq.
Boulder Passes Resolution Calling for Iraq Pullout 04 Jun 2006 Boulder, Colorado passes a resolution calling for a pullout of US forces from Iraq, but set no timetable.
Suicide Bomber Strikes in Afghanistan 04 Jun 2006 A suicide car bomber attacked a coalition convoy this morning in downtown Kandahar City in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, killing four Afghan civilians and wounding 12 others, military officials reported.
IDs of Active Personnel on Stolen Laptop 03 Jun 2006 Personal data on up to 50,000 active Navy and National Guard personnel were among those stolen from a Veterans Affairs employee last month, the government said Saturday in a disclosure that goes beyond what VA initially reported.
Increasing number of young veterans out of work --Jobless rate is 15.6 percent for vets under 25 04 Jun 2006 The number of young veterans receiving unemployment checks increased again in 2005 even as the overall number of veterans without jobs decreased, according to new statistics from the Department of Labor.
Khamenei Warns U.S. Against Attacking Iran 04 Jun 2006 Iran's top leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, warned Sunday that energy supplies from the Gulf region would be disrupted if Iran came under attack from the United States and insisted his country would not give up the right to produce nuclear fuel. [Right, terrorist Bush will illegally invade Iran to drive US oil prices through the roof and send Exxon Mobil's profits skyrocketing.]
PetroCanada buys into US firm's Syria project 04 Jun 2006 PetroCanada is to buy into the US company Marathon Oil that is developing two oil fields in Syria... Syria is in the grip of US-imposed sanctions, but international oil- and gas-prospecting companies are exempt and still operate in the country.
Israeli secret agent threatened to kill me, says Briton 04 Jun 2006 A British charity worker has revealed how he was threatened with death by the Israeli secret service while he was detained for three weeks without charge. Ayaz Ali returned from Israel to Britain last week after a military judge ruled he had done nothing wrong.
Bush Calls for an Amendment Banning Same-Sex Nuptials 04 Jun 2006 President [sic] Bush on Saturday urged Congress to pass a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, saying in his weekly radio address that marriage "cannot be cut off from its cultural, religious and natural roots."
Bush approval ratings hit new low in California 04 Jun 2006 President [sic] Bush's job approval ratings have fallen to a new low among California voters... 28 percent of Californians now approve of the job Bush is doing, while 65 percent of state voters disapprove.
Indonesia to increase U.S. cooperation, training: Juwono 04 Jun 2006 Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono, due to host U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld this week, said Sunday he expects the meeting to lead to greater cooperation between the two countries, including sending more officers for training. [Yes, and don't forget the bird flu in Indonesia. See: Rumsfeld's growing stake in Tamiflu 31 Oct 2005 Defense Secretary, ex-chairman of flu treatment rights holder, sees portfolio value growing.]
Gov. Bush signs bill allowing dogs to eat outside at restaurants 02 Jun 2006 (FL) Gov. Jeb Bush on Friday signed the so-called "doggie dining" bill, allowing local governments to let restaurants permit dogs to eat with their owners outside. [Gee, this may be the only 'nice thing' a member of the Bush regime has ever done...]
"I see two soldiers kicking the heads around like a soccer ball." 03 Jun 2006 The following text is an excerpt from Peter Laufer's new book, "Mission Rejected: U.S. Soldiers Who Say No to Iraq." "'We was going along the Euphrates River,' says Joshua Key, a 27-year-old former U.S. soldier from Oklahoma, detailing a recurring nightmare -- a scene he stumbled on shortly after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003. '...We turned a real sharp right and all I seen was decapitated bodies. The heads laying over here and the bodies over here and U.S. troops in between them. I'm thinking, 'Oh my God, what in the hell happened here? What's caused this? Why in the hell did this happen?' We get out and somebody was screaming, 'We fucking lost it here!' I'm thinking, 'Oh, yes, somebody definitely lost it here.' Joshua says he was ordered to look around for evidence of a firefight, for something to rationalize the beheaded Iraqis. 'I look around just for a few seconds and I don't see anything.' But then he noticed the sight that now triggers his nightmares. 'I see two soldiers kicking the heads around like a soccer ball. I just shut my mouth, walked back, got inside the tank, shut the door, and it was like, I can't be no part of this... Why did it happen? That's just my question: Why did that happen?' He's convinced there was no firefight that led to the beheading orgy -- there were no spent shells to indicate a battle. 'A lot of my friends stayed on the ground, looking to see if there was any shells. There was never no shells, except for what we shot.'"
US commanders knew Haditha deaths from gunfire: paper 03 Jun 2006 Marine commanders in Iraq knew within two days of the killings in Haditha in November that gunfire, not a roadside bomb, had killed Iraqi civilians but they saw no reason to investigate further, The New York Times reported on Saturday.
Initial Response to Marine Raid Draws Scrutiny 03 Jun 2006 A senior Marine general familiar with the Haditha [war crimes] investigation, which is being led by Maj. Gen. Eldon A. Bargewell of the Army, said in an interview that it had not yet established how high up the chain of command culpability for the killings extended. But he said there were strong suspicions that some officers knew that the Marine squad's version of events had enough holes and discrepancies that it should have been looked into more deeply.
Iraq rejects US probe clearing troops of killings 03 Jun 2006 Iraq vowed on Saturday to press on with its own probe into the deaths of civilians in a U.S. raid on the town of Ishaqi, rejecting the U.S. military's exoneration of its forces.
Iraqi Resistance Report for events of 02 Jun 2006. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, the Free Arab Voice. "US forces creep forward, tightening stranglehold on ad-Dulu‘iyah. Eleven pregnant women die after American forces prevented them from going to maternity hospitals."
Gunmen Kill Russian Diplomat in Baghdad 03 Jun 2006 Gunmen attacked a car belonging to the Russian Embassy in Baghdad on Saturday, killing one diplomat and kidnapping four employees, police and the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
Car bomb kills 15, injures 30 in Iraq 03 Jun 2006 A car bomb exploded at the main outdoor market in the southern city of Basra on Saturday, killing 15 people and wounding 30, Iraqi police said.
State has 'melted,' leaving Basra in chaos 03 Jun 2006 ...[R]ules fell away along with the government of Saddam Hussein, leaving a broken landscape of sagging state institutions. Ambitious political parties, criminal gangs and the region's vast network of tribes, stepped in to fill the vacuum. "So much of the state melted after Saddam fell," a U.S. official said.
Libby to Get Limited Classified Info 02 Jun 2006 A former White House aide facing perjury charges will get only a prosecutor's summary of classified documents assessing the damage to national security from the leak of a CIA officer's identity, a federal judge ruled Friday.
'Tens of Thousands' of Somalians Demonstrate Against U.S. Support for Militias Last month, the Washington Post reported the Bush administration was "secretly supporting secular warlords" in Somalia "who have been waging fierce battles against Islamic groups for control of the capital, Mogadishu." Some of these warlords reportedly "fought against the United States in 1993 during street battles that culminated in an attack that downed two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters and left 18 Army Rangers dead."
Thousands demonstrate against US in Somalia 02 Jun 2006 Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Mogadishu on Friday angrily condemning the United States for supporting warlords involved in clashes with Islamic militias that claimed 16 more lives overnight... Some 350 people have been killed in three bouts of heavy fighting since the start of the year in the fighting that had focused on the capital but has now moved beyond Mogadishu.
Recently deployed U.S. National Guard to carry guns: patrol chief 03 Jun 2006 The U.S. National Guard force recently deployed on the border with Mexico would carry guns for personal protection but would not take part in action against illegal immigrants, U.S. Border Patrol chief David Aguilar said on Friday. [Right, that's for keeping *us in,* when the US dictatorship invokes martial law during Bush bin Laden's next (bioterror) attack.]
In Las Vegas a pilot pulls the trigger. In Iraq a Predator fires its missile 02 Jun 2006 An RAF unit based in the Nevada desert is conducting highly secret operations against Iraqi 'insurgents' and Afghan resistance fighters using unmanned, powerfully armed American Predator aircraft.
Vets Warned of Possible Virus Exposure 03 Jun 2006 More than 22,000 veterans who underwent prostate biopsies at veterans' hospitals across the country are being warned that improperly sterilized equipment may have exposed them to deadly viruses.
Canada Arrests 12 Men, 5 Youths in Bomb-Making Plot 03 Jun 2006 Canadian police arrested 12 men and five youths, saying they were members of a terrorist ring that plotted to build bombs to set off in southern Ontario.
Spain court overturns conviction of 9/11 suspect 02 Jun 2006 Spain's Supreme Court yesterday threw out an Al Qaeda suspect's conviction for conspiracy to commit murder in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, after prosecutors said the evidence against him was weak.
Federal Judge Allows Lawsuit Against NSA 02 Jun 2006 A federal judge will go ahead with hearings in a legal challenge to a warrantless domestic surveillance program run by the National Security Agency.
Online Privacy Again at Issue 02 Jun 2006 Big Internet and telephone companies are girding to fight an unprecedented call by the Bush administration for them to keep detailed records of customers' online activities for two years. The request by Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III would dramatically expand the government's ability to track what people do online and with whom they communicate.
Who Divides Antiterror Money? That's a Secret 03 Jun 2006 The panel that guided the distribution of $711 million in antiterrorism money in a process that led to New York City's share being reduced by 40 percent is a shadow player in the war on terror, its work kept secret and its members shielded from view.
DNA Libraries Raise Concerns --Expansion of genetic databases to include non-criminals seen as threat to privacy rights. Data Stored on 3 Million Americans 03 Jun 2006 Brimming with the genetic patterns of more than 3 million Americans, the nation's databank of DNA "fingerprints" is growing by more than 80,000 people every month, giving police an unprecedented crime-fighting tool but prompting warnings that the expansion threatens constitutional privacy protections.
Violated veterans --Security breach fiasco can't be tolerated (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) 03 Jun 2006 "Having presided over one of the nation's largest information security breaches ever should bring about the resignation of VA [U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs] Secretary Jim Nicholson. Unfortunately, President [sic] Bush says he retains 'full faith and confidence' in the agency head, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee... In his management skills, Mr. Nicholson falls in the finest Bush administration tradition of former FEMA head Michael 'Heckuva Job' Brown and should go by the same route."
Woman Refuses to Change Anti-Bush Shirt For Sentencing --Protester Gets 60 Days In Jail For Assaulting Police Officers 02 Jun 2006 (OH) A woman convicted of assaulting Cleveland Heights police officers appeared in court for sentencing Friday morning, but the sentencing was delayed when the judge said she must change her clothes.
Dubai-based firm buys California home builder for $1 billion 02 Jun 2006 A real estate company based in United Arab Emirates acquired California home builder John Laing Homes for $1 billion in cash. Newport Beach-based John Laing is the second-largest privately held home builder in the United States.
Internet users to patrol US-Mexico border 02 Jun 2006 The governor of Texas has unveiled plans to place hundreds of CCTV cameras along the US-Mexico border so internet users can "patrol" the frontier from their homes.
Iowa Prison Ordered to Close Bible Program 03 Jun 2006 A judge has ruled that a Bible-based prison program violates the First Amendment's freedom of religion clause by using state funds to promote Christianity to inmates.
GOP "family values" candidate had two wives 02 Jun 2006 California Republican Jim Galley, who is running for Congress as a "pro-traditional family" candidate, was married to two women at the same time, defaulted on his child support payments and has been accused of abuse by one of his ex-wives.
"I have never seen a number like that since I’ve been polling." 02 Jun 2006 The war in Iraq has become so unpopular that it could cost Republicans control of Congress, statehouses and governor races around the country, national pollster John Zogby said Friday. He said 70% of voters believe the U.S. is headed in the wrong direction, adding, "I have never seen a number like that since I’ve been polling."
Ex-clerk at center of machine politics 02 Jun 2006 To Diebold Election Systems, Emery County's former and would-be future county clerk, Bruce Funk, is a nuisance in an obscure rural Utah county who asks embarrassing questions. To the Utah Lieutenant Governor's Office, he is a renegade election official who put a pothole in the $27 million transition to electronic voting. To anti-electronic voting activists, the 23-year veteran clerk, forced out of office in March after he allowed independent computer experts to examine an Emery County voting machine, is nothing less than a martyr to democracy.
Chemtrails delivery? CDC to investigate mystery disease 03 Jun 2006 The Bay Area might be home to a small cluster of a horrifying and as-yet-incurable disease that leaves patients with open sores all over their bodies and strange, unidentifiable objects poking out of their skin... After more than a year of pressure from patients convinced they have Morgellons, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will begin investigating the ailment for the first time and determine, once and for all, whether it exists.
Was the 2004 Election Stolen? 01 Jun 2006 Republicans prevented more than 350,000 voters in Ohio from casting ballots or having their votes counted -- enough to have put John Kerry in the White House. By Robert F. Kennedy Jr. "Across the country, Republican election officials and party stalwarts employed a wide range of illegal and unethical tactics to fix the election. A review of the available data reveals that in Ohio alone, at least 357,000 voters, the overwhelming majority of them Democratic, were prevented from casting ballots or did not have their votes counted in 2004 -- more than enough to shift the results of an election decided by 118,601 votes."
Official Apologizes For Saying Bush Should Be Shot Between Eyes 01 Jun 2006 State Comptroller Alan Hevesi publicly apologized Thursday for a "beyond dumb" remark about a fellow Democrat putting "a bullet between the president's eyes." [That was a dumb remark. Everyone knows that there's nothing between Bush's eyes but empty space. What a waste of a bullet that would be. --MDR]
Attorney: 7 Marines, sailor face murder charges --8 to be charged in death of Iraqi civilian in April, defense lawyer says 01 Jun 2006 Military prosecutors plan to file murder, kidnapping and conspiracy charges against seven Marines and a Navy corpsman in the shooting death of an Iraqi civilian in April, a defense lawyer said Thursday.
A 3rd Allegation of Iraq Civilian Deaths 02 Jun 2006 A third set of allegations that U.S. troops have deliberately killed civilians is fueling a furor in Iraq and drawing strong condemnations from government and human rights official.
Fresh claims over alleged massacre by US forces in Iraq 02 Jun 2006 At the time of the Ishaqi killings, it was reported that a US raid killed 11 people, but the American military confirmed only four casualties. BBC broadcast a tape that appeared to challenge the US military's version. Fresh claims have emerged over an alleged massacre by US forces in Ishaqi, 80 kilometres (50 miles) north of Baghdad, in March this year.
New 'Iraq massacre' tape emerges 01 Jun 2006 The BBC has uncovered new video evidence that US forces may have been responsible for the deliberate killing of 11 innocent Iraqi civilians. The video appears to challenge the US military's account of events that took place in the town of Ishaqi in March.
US forces face another probe over killings 02 Jun 2006 The behaviour of US forces in Iraq came under increased scrutiny on Friday after evidence surfaced of an additional case in which troops allegedly covered up the killing of unarmed civilians. Nouri Maliki, Iraq’s new prime minister, said violence against civilians had become "a daily phenomenon".
"A number [of marines] had moved into small encampments around the dam's entrances that resembled something from Lord of the Flies." 'Marines are good at killing. Nothing else. They like it' 01 Jun 2006 The Haditha camp was shockingly different - a feral place where the marines hardly washed; a number had abandoned the official living quarters to set up separate encampments with signs ordering outsiders to keep out... There was one American civilian, an engineer sent out by the US government with instructions to keep the facility operational... The troops he was quartered with terrified him, so much so that he would not let his name be quoted for fear of reprisal. He was keeping a secret dossier of breaches he said he had witnessed, or learned of. He planned to present it to the authorities when he returned to the US. "Marines are good at killing," he said. "Nothing else. They like it."
Hard labour for Abu Ghraib abuser 02 Jun 2006 A US army dog handler convicted of using his dog to abuse an inmate at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison will not go to jail, a military court has decided. Sgt Santos Cardona, 32, was instead sentenced to 90 days' hard labour by the panel. He will also be demoted and will have his pay docked. [US punishment for torture, war crimes: docked pay.]
Reuters journalist released from Abu Ghraib prison 01 Jun 2006 An Iraqi journalist working for Reuters was released from U.S. military custody at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad on Thursday after 12 days in detention. Ali al-Mashhadani, 37, was arrested by U.S. Marines in his home town of Ramadi on May 20 when he went to a U.S. base to retrieve Reuters telephones taken from him earlier that week.
Guantanamo Bay Hunger Strike Grows --89 Detainees Protesting Confinement; Six Are Being Force-Fed 02 Jun 2006 More Guantanamo Bay detainees protesting their indefinite confinement joined a hunger strike, raising the number of those refusing food to 89 from 75, the U.S. military said Thursday.
Baghdad pet market bombed; 5 people dead 02 Jun 2006 Two bombs struck in quick succession at a pet market Friday in Baghdad, killing at least five people and wounding 57...
American among 8 workers taken in Nigeria 02 Jun 2006 Eight foreign workers, including one American, were kidnapped Friday from a drilling rig off Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta, the rig's owner and Nigerian police said.
Man Shot By Police During London Terror Raid --Police Storm East London House; One Man Injured, Another Arrested 02 Jun 2006 Police shot a man during an anti[pro]-terrorist raid in east London on Friday morning. One man was arrested, the Metropolitan Police said.
FBI wants Internet records kept two years: source --Records would be used in terrorism, "child porn" investigations [Yeah, right! As if GOPedophiles care about stopping child porn! The GOPedophiles are the ones creating it, disseminating it, and viewing it! --LRP] 02 Jun 2006 The FBI wants U.S. Internet providers to retain Web address records for up to two years to aid investigations into terrorism and child pornography, a source familiar with the matter said. The request came during a May 26 meeting between U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FBI Director Robert Mueller with top executives at companies like Google Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Time Warner Inc.'s AOL.
Justice Dept. Is Criticized by Ex-Official on Subpoenas 01 Jun 2006 Subpoenas issued last month to reporters for The San Francisco Chronicle were criticized yesterday by a former chief spokesman for Attorney General John Ashcroft as a "reckless abuse of power."
D.C. at Low Risk of Attack, Says Federal Agency [They should f*cking know, since it's Bush bin Laden calling the shots!] 02 Jun 2006 The Department of Homeland Security has ranked the District in a low-risk category of terrorist attack or catastrophe, putting it in the bottom 25 percent of U.S. states and territories, as part of a decision that will cost the city millions in anti-terror funds, according to city and federal officials.
Fundraiser Admits Illegal Bush Donations 01 Jun 2006 A coin dealer and prominent GOP fundraiser at the center of an Ohio political scandal pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges that he illegally funneled about $45,000 to President [sic] Bush's re[s]election campaign.
Bush to Back Gay Marriage Ban Amendment 01 Jun 2006 President [sic] Bush will promote a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage on Monday, the eve of a scheduled Senate vote on the cause that is dear to his conservative backers.
Bush's corporate welfare program to cost taxpayers $50 billion: Senate Bill Would Add 20 Million Legal Immigrants, Report Says 02 Jun 2006 The nation's population of legal immigrants would increase by nearly 20 million over the next decade if the recently passed Senate immigration bill becomes law, and taxpayers would spend more than $50 billion to operate a new guest-worker program and pay for extra welfare, Social Security and public health-care costs, according to a Congressional Budget Office report.
Connecticut Guard Unit Heading South to the Border 02 Jun 2006 A unit of Connecticut National Guard engineers will be heading south for work related to the 'crackdown' [LOL!] on illegal immigration. The 247th engineer detachment, based in New London, will head to Arizona on Saturday.
Top general in Iraq orders 'values' training --Focus comes as military probes claims Marines intentionally killed civilians 01 Jun 2006 The top U.S. general in Iraq on Thursday ordered American commanders to conduct ethical training on battlefield conduct following reports that Marines massacred unarmed civilians in the town of Haditha. [This is just unbelievably ironic. The only really valuable 'values training' worth pursuing (although far too late for any good effect) has to have taken place at the 'top' of the Bush regime (and the moral bottom of the universe). Bush and his rabid neocon mass murderers need to learn the 'values' of not invading foreign nations without provocation; not murdering tens of thousands of innocent people; not torturing people by raping, starving, hooding, making stand, terrorizing with dogs and shoving foreign objects up their anuses; not destroying a country to hand out government contracts to hired killers and war profiteers; not take kickbacks; not loot cultural reserves; not steal oil and kill people for fun. That's the only worthwhile 'values training' that should have been conducted. But that values training would have failed, because the people who needed it are the most morally depraved people on the face of the earth and really are beyond rehabilitation. We know what kind of treatment they deserve, but we cannot say it, because they will do to us what they have done to others--the mass-murdering thieves, whores, butchers and criminals that they are. --MDR 10:05 DST 01 Jun 2006]
Probe Into Iraq Deaths [War Crimes] Finds False Reports 01 Jun 2006 The U.S. military investigation of how Marine commanders handled the reporting of events last November in the Iraqi town of Haditha, where troops allegedly killed 24 Iraqi civilians, will conclude that some officers gave false information to their superiors, who then failed to adequately scrutinize reports that should have caught their attention, an Army official said yesterday.
Iraq Launches Own Probe of Haditha Deaths 01 Jun 2006 The 'Iraqi government' [US-installed puppet dictatorship] decided Thursday to launch its own investigation into reports that U.S. Marines killed unarmed civilians last year...
Iraq massacre rocks US 01 Jun 2006 Damaging fresh details have emerged of a massacre of Iraqi civilians by US forces in the western city of Haditha, which is rapidly becoming a domestic scandal in the United States on the scale of the Abu Ghraib prison abuse.
Countless My Lais in Iraq By Dahr Jamail 31 May 2006 "...[J]ust like Abu Ghraib, while the media spotlight shines squarely on the Haditha massacre, countless atrocities continue daily, conveniently out of the awareness of the general public. Torture did not stop simply because the media finally decided, albeit in horribly belated fashion, to cover the story, and the daily slaughter of Iraqi civilians by U.S. forces and U.S.-backed Iraqi 'security' forces had not stopped either."
Basra under state of emergency as violence escalates 01 Jun 2006 A month-long state of emergency was declared in the southern Iraqi city of Basra yesterday amid increasing violence in the restive region, where Britain has about 8,000 soldiers.
Minutes of meeting of the last session of the newly 'elected' Iraqi Parliament By Imad Khadduri 29 May 2006 "The two chambers of the parliament agreed that 20 security guards should be assigned to each member of parliament and 30 security guards for each minister... By the way, what is the cost of these security guards, who are foreign mercenaries and whose average daily salary is $1,000...? 278 members of parliament X 20 security guards each X $1,000 = $5,560,000 per day 37 ministers (11 of whom are shadow ministers, i.e. without any work) X 30 security guards X $1,000 = $1,100,000 per day Hence, the total is $6,670,000 per day which comes to $2,473,520,000 per year. (There are no holidays for security, you see.)"
Iraqi Resistance Report for events 30 May 2006. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr (editorial board) the Free Arab Voice. "US launches late-night air assault, burning citrus, date palm groves and destroying boats that people might use to try to escape the blockade. US troops kill pregnant woman and her mother on their way to hospital in Samarra’ Tuesday afternoon."
2 Iraqi women killed by occupation troops 31 May 2006 Two Iraqi women were shot to death north of Baghdad after occupation forces fired on a vehicle that failed to stop at an observation post, the U.S. military said Wednesday. Iraqi police and relatives said one of the women was about to give birth.
U.S. Troops Killed 4 in Kabul Riot, Witness Says 31 May 2006 American soldiers involved in a car crash in the capital Monday fired into the crowd of protesters and killed four people, according to the chief of highway police in Kabul, Gen. Amanullah Gozar, who was at the scene.
Afghanistan Parliament demands arrest of U.S. soldiers 31 May 2006 Afghanistan's parliament has passed a resolution demanding the arrest of U.S. soldiers involved in a deadly car crash. Afghan legislators passed the non-binding resolution late Tuesday, a day after the violent riots swept through the capital.
Two Servicemembers Killed 31 May 2006 Two Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers have died in Iraq in the past two days. One soldier died early this morning of "noncombat related causes," Multinational Force Iraq officials reported. Another Multinational Division Baghdad soldier was killed last night when a homemade bomb detonated southeast of Baghdad.
Iran Bamboozler Invited to White House as "Expert" By Paul Kiel 31 May 2006 "Two weeks ago, Amir Taheri published an op-ed in Canada's National Post about an Iranian law that forced Jews to wear a yellow stripe. The story, reminiscent of Nazi Germany, quickly provoked outrage, but was just as quickly revealed to be a total fabrication... Apparently this is just the sort of reliable advice that President [sic] Bush needs. Yesterday, Taheri had a face-to-face with the President as one of a small group of 'experts' on Iraq that visited the White House."
Iran rejects US conditions for nuclear talks 01 Jun 2006 Iran rejected US conditions for talks over its controversial atomic programme, saying it was ready for the unprecedented negotiations but unwilling to freeze sensitive nuclear work.
U.N., Swiss Call Small-Arms Meeting, U.S. Not Invited 31 May 2006 The United Nations and the Swiss government said on May 31 they were calling a high-level international meeting next week on armed violence and development -- but the United States was not invited. [Good! They'll make progress without the US whackjobs disrupting the meeting.]
Magistrate Rules That Government Must Reveal Monitoring 31 May 2006 A federal magistrate in Brooklyn yesterday insisted that government lawyers defending former Attorney General John Ashcroft and other top officials in a lawsuit brought by former immigrant detainees cannot dodge the plaintiffs' persistent and unwelcome question: Are members of the United States trial team and likely witnesses — including Mr. Ashcroft and Robert S. Mueller III, the F.B.I. director — aware of any secret government monitoring of communications between the plaintiffs and their lawyers?
Agency mulls NSA spy inquiry --Phone companies say probe pointless because records, officials are off-limits 01 Jun 2006 A state investigation into a federal spying program that might use phone records of Washington residents would be a waste of time, telephone companies said Wednesday.
U.S. asks Internet firms to save data 01 Jun 2006 Top law enforcement officials have asked leading Internet companies to keep histories of the activities of Web users for up to two years to assist in criminal investigations of child pornography [Yeah, right! The DHS GOPedophiles are the only 'people' viewing child pornography] and terrorism [i.e., dissenters of the Bush dictatorship], the Justice Department said Wednesday.
FBI adds uses for its DNA database 30 May 2006 The FBI plans to use its national DNA database system to help identify not only criminals, but also missing persons and tens of thousands of unidentified bodies held by local coroners and medical examiners. [Other uses, too?]
Stolen VA Data Goes Beyond Initial Reports 31 May 2006 Personal information on 26.5 million veterans that was stolen from a Veterans Affairs employee this month not only included Social Security numbers and birthdates but in many cases phone numbers and addresses, internal documents show.
ACLU files lawsuit over arrests at Santorum book signing 31 May 2006 The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of a group of young women who claim their constitutional rights were violated when they were ordered to leave a book signing event featuring Pennsylvania Sen. (R-Nazi) Rick Santorum.
US tightens security on New England-Canada border 31 May 2006 Since last week, most travelers from Canada must show identification and submit to background checks at U.S. border posts in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, said Ted Woo, U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman in Boston.
The Bush regime burns blue cities and states: Anti-Terror Funding Cut In D.C. and New York --Homeland Suckyourity Criticized Over Grants 01 Jun 2006 The Department of Homeland Security yesterday slashed anti-terrorism money for Washington and New York, part of an immediately controversial decision to reduce grant funds for major urban areas in the Northeast while providing more to mid-size cities...
Feds to city: drop dead --Homeland honcho cuts funds by 40% 01 Jun 2006 New York City was stunned yesterday to find that its share of federal anti-terror funds was slashed nearly in half by bureaucrats who said it has no national icons to protect and lousy defense plans.
States setting up homeland security panel 01 Jun 2006 The nation's governors are creating a new, 50-state panel - the Homeland Security Advisors Council - to give the states a single voice on national plans to prepare for threats from terrorists and natural disasters.
Ohio coin dealer pleads guilty to charges 31 May 2006 A coin dealer and prominent GOP fundraiser at the center of an Ohio political scandal pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges he illegally funneled about $45,000 to President [sic] Bush's re-selection campaign.
Lawsuit over electronic voting threatened 31 May 2006 A Denver law firm announced Tuesday it is planning a lawsuit to block nine counties and the state from using electronic voting machines. Lawyers with Wheeler Trigg Kennedy LLP said the new machines are unreliable and violate the state Constitution.
Bush Tops List As U.S. Voters Name Worst President: Quinnipiac Poll 01 Jun 2006 Strong Democratic sentiment pushes President [sic] George W. Bush to the top of the list when American voters pick the worst U.S. President in the last 61 years. Bush is named by 34 percent of voters, followed by Richard Nixon at 17 percent and Bill Clinton at 16 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.
Exxon Mobil Shareholders Defy Board --Nonbinding Election Resolution Passes Over Directors' Objections 01 Jun 2006 A nonbinding resolution, which passed with 52.2 percent of shares voting, said directors should be required to get a majority, not just a plurality, of votes to win a spot on the board... In a further sign of shareholder discontent, four members of the board's compensation committee received 79.4 percent to 82 percent of the shares voted, after proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services urged stockholders to withhold their votes to protest the Lee Raymond retirement package.
Louisiana House OK's Ban on Most Abortions 31 May 2006 The Louisiana House approved a ban on most abortions, a largely symbolic bill that could go into effect only if the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 1973 decision is overturned.
2 Studies Link Global Warming to Greater Power of Hurricanes 31 May 2006 Climate researchers at Purdue University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology separately reported new evidence yesterday supporting the idea that global warming is causing stronger hurricanes.
Terrorism invoked in ISP snooping proposal 30 May 2006 In a radical departure from earlier statements, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has said that requiring Internet service providers to save records of their customers' online activities is necessary in the fight against terrorism, CNET News.com has learned. Gonzales and FBI Director Robert Mueller privately met with representatives of AOL, Comcast, Google, Microsoft and Verizon last week and said that Internet providers--and perhaps search engines--must retain data for two years to aid in anti-terrorism prosecutions, according to multiple sources familiar with the discussion who spoke on condition of anonymity on Tuesday.
House Holds Hearing on FBI's Capitol Raid 31 May 2006 House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner said Tuesday he will summon Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FBI Director Robert Mueller before his panel to explain their decision to raid a lawmaker's office for the first time in history.
Man charged with possessing terrorism document 30 May 2006 (UK) A man was charged by police under security laws on Tuesday with possessing information likely to be useful [?!?] to a terrorist. Yassin Nassari, 27, from London, was charged under the Terrorism Act 2000 with "possession of a document or record containing information of the kind likely to be of use in the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism."
Terror Funds Mean Greater Threat 31 May 2006 Cities fiercely competing for multimillion-dollar grants for counterterrorism programs must accept an unsettling premise along with the money: They are likely targets for terrorists. The government wants cities to keep that in mind when they find out how much money they are receiving this year.
'Super prison' to be unveiled 30 May 2006 (AU) An $8 million super prison for terrorist prisoners is the centrepiece of a $100 million terrorism and security package to be unveiled in today's Victorian Budget. The high security prison block will be built inside the maximum security jail at Barwon, near Geelong, the Herald Sun reports today.
U.S. to keep getting data on Europeans 30 May 2006 U.S. authorities will be able to keep trawling through personal data on passengers flying from Europe, even though the European Union's highest court found problems Tuesday with the accord that made airlines share the information.
New CIA Chief Gen. Michael Hayden Sworn In 30 May 2006 Gen. Michael Hayden was sworn in as CIA director Tuesday and told the officers at the embattled agency they must be competent and cooperative to keep the "central" in Central Intelligence Agency.
Justices Set Limits on Public Employees' Speech Rights 30 May 2006 The Supreme Court declared today, in a ruling affecting millions of government employees, that the Constitution does not always protect their free-speech rights for what they say on the job.
U.S. court rules no whistle-blower free-speech right 30 May 2006 A closely divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that government whistle-blowers are not protected by free-speech rights when they face employer discipline for trying to expose possible misconduct at work.
Gore: Bush is 'renegade rightwing extremist' 31 May 2006 Al Gore has made his sharpest attack yet on the George Bush pResidency, describing the current US administration as "a renegade band of rightwing extremists." Denying that his politics have shifted to the left since he lost the court battle for the 2000 election, Mr Gore says: "If you have a renegade band of rightwing extremists who get hold of power, the whole thing goes to the right."
The massacre and the Marines --US troops could face death penalty [What about their coconspirators, the Bush Administration - including Rumsfeld, Cheney, and Bush himself?] 28 May 2006 US Marines could face the death penalty after one of their number took horrific photographs of a massacre in Iraq on his mobile phone, The Independent on Sunday has learned. The photographs, seized by the US Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), show many victims shot at close range in the head and chest, execution-style, according to sources who have seen them.
Bush Learned of Haditha Deaths From Press 30 May 2006 President [sic] Bush learned of reports that U.S. Marines killed two dozen unarmed Iraqi civilians only after reporters began asking questions, the White House said Tuesday.
U.S. to publish probe of Iraq civilian deaths 31 May 2006 The White House has said it will make public all findings of an investigation into the alleged killings of 24 civilians by U.S. marines last November.
Iraqi ambassador claims US Marines 'intentionally' killed cousin 31 May 2006 The new Iraqi ambassador to the United States has accused US Marines of "intentionally" killing a cousin in the Iraqi town of Haditha last year.
Iraq PM impatient with US troops killing civilians 30 May 2006 Iraq's prime minister said on Tuesday his patience was wearing thin with excuses from U.S. troops that they kill civilians by "mistake" and said he would launch an investigation into killings at Haditha last year.
Afghanistan Wants U.S. Troops Prosecuted 31 May 2006 Afghanistan's parliament has approved a motion calling for the government to prosecute the U.S. soldiers responsible for a deadly road crash that sparked the worst riots in Kabul in years, officials said Wednesday.
Canadian troops told Geneva rules don't apply to Taliban 31 May 2006 Canadian troops in Afghanistan have been told the Geneva Conventions and Canadian regulations regarding the rights of prisoners of war don't apply to Taliban and 'al-Qaeda' fighters captured on the battlefield.
Hunger strike, defiance spread among Guantánamo Bay inmates 30 May 2006 The number of Guantánamo Bay detainees participating in a hunger strike has ballooned from three to around 75, the U.S. military said Monday, revealing growing defiance among prisoners held for up to 4 -1/2 years with no end in sight.
Relentless violence kills 54 in Iraq 31 May 2006 Car bombs targeting Shiite areas devastated a bustling outdoor market and an auto dealership Tuesday, part of a relentless onslaught that killed 54 people.
Pentagon report: Iraq violence hit new high in recent months 31 May 2006 'Insurgent' attacks and resulting occupation and Iraqi deaths peaked in the three months following February’s bombing of the Golden Mosque in Samarra, according to a Iraq progress report issued Tuesday by the Pentagon.
Bloodiest month: UK suffers largest post-war losses 31 May 2006 If proof were really needed of the bloodbath that Iraq has come to represent for occupying British forces, then May 2006 has delivered it. The month which ends today has been the bloodiest for Britain since Iraq was occupied three years ago, leaving 11 Britons dead, many injured and the calls for withdrawal more urgent than ever before.
Wounded CBS Iraq reporter still in intensive care 31 May 2006 Wounded CBS Iraq correspondent Kimberly Dozier is likely to spend at least several more days in a U.S. military hospital in Germany before she is stable enough to fly home, a hospital spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
UAE diplomat freed by captors 31 May 20006 captors of a United Arab Emirates diplomat held in Iraq for a fortnight have freed their hostage, the Emirati foreign minister confirmed today.
Bolivian president accuses U.S. of assassination attempt 31 May 2006 Leftist President Evo Morales said Tuesday the U.S. [Rightist] government had organized groups to kill him and said he believed Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's assertion that Washington was preparing to overthrow his administration.
Block the Vote (The New York Times) 30 May 2006 "In a country that spends so much time extolling the glories of democracy, it's amazing how many elected officials go out of their way to discourage voting. States are adopting rules that make it hard, and financially perilous, for nonpartisan groups to register new voters. They have adopted new rules for maintaining voter rolls that are likely to throw off many eligible voters, and they are imposing unnecessarily tough ID requirements."
Snow's 18-Month Ordeal May Near End With Successor 30 May 2006 John Snow's 18-month battle with rumor and innuendo may soon be over. The U.S. Treasury secretary wants to leave the administration by the end of June, said Republicans with ties to the Treasury. CNBC reported that Henry Paulson, 60, chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs Group Inc., will be nominated to succeed Snow.
Pesticide Industry Plotted Bush Human Testing Policy --Meeting with OMB Staff Laid Out Exemptions for Experiments on Children 30 May 2006 (PEER) One month before the Bush administration proposed rules authorizing experiments on humans with pesticides and other chemicals, its key operatives met with pesticide industry lobbyists to map out its provisions, according to meeting notes posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The industry requests for exemptions allowing some chemical testing on children and other provisions were incorporated into the human testing rule ultimately adopted this January 26th.
Gonzales Gone Wild By Mark Anderson 29 May 2006 "On Feb. 6, 2006, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales launched a convoluted attack on the Fourth Amendment before the Senate Judiciary Committee. This assault on the meaning of the Fourth Amendment is, in my estimation, the biggest leap forward for totalitarianism in this country... To fully appreciate the significance of the Bush administration's assault on the Fourth Amendment, one should place this in a historical context. For King George III's deputies to enforce his laws, Parliament passed the Writs of Assistance Act. Writs of assistance were warrants so general that they allowed the king's agents to go wherever they wanted, whenever they wanted, for whatever reason they wanted. Writs of assistance were basically licenses for the king's men to oppress the colonists. It was the writs of assistance that spawned the Revolutionary War. The Founding Fathers prevailed in the war against the Crown. The Founders gave us the Bill of Rights, which includes the Fourth Amendment. The Fourth Amendment condemns the concept of general warrants. Fast-forward 230 years: King George W. Bush is surpassing George III, by attacking the concept of needing any type of warrant." [Well, maybe King George W. Bush will spawn the second American Revolution - hope springs eternal.]
The Evil Is in Our Government By Paul Craig Roberts 29 May 2006 "Is the Bush Regime a state sponsor of terrorism? A powerful case can be made that it is... U.S. Marines, our finest and proudest military force, are under criminal investigation for breaking into Iraqi homes and murdering entire families. In an unprecedented event, Gen. Michael Hagee, the Marine Corps commandant, has found it necessary to fly to Iraq to tell our best-trained troops to stop murdering civilians. The war criminals in the Bush Regime have dismissed the murders as 'collateral damage,' but they are in fact murders. Otherwise, there would be no criminal investigations, and the Marine commandant would not be burdened with the embarrassment of having to fly to Iraq to lecture U.S. Marines on the lawful use of force... Gentle reader, do you believe that the Bush Regime will not shoot you down in the streets if you have a rebellion?" [Not if we shoot first.]
'I Pretended to Be Dead.' Girl, 12, was sole survivor when her family was killed [by US terrorists] in Haditha; Congressman says 'mass murder' was covered up 28 May 2006 After a small group of Marines stormed the Younis family home in Haditha last November, everybody inside was killed -- except one person. ABC News has obtained an interview with the sole survivor, 12-year-old Safa Younis. The interview was done by a local Iraqi journalism student about one week after the killings on Nov. 19, 2005. ...The interviewer asks, "What did the American soldiers do when they broke into the house?" "They knocked at the door," Younis says. "My father went to open it, they shot him dead from behind the door, and then they shot him again after they opened the door." She describes hearing the Marines go through the rest of the house, shooting and setting off a grenade before getting to the bedroom where she was with her mother and siblings. "Then comes one American soldier and shot [at] us all," she says. "I pretended to be dead … and he did not know about me."
Marine at Haditha: 'I Can Still Smell the Blood' 29 May 2006 As military officials investigate the Haditha killings in Iraq, one of the Marines involved has spoken out about what he saw last year. Only hours after Iraqi civilians were killed, a second team of Marines was sent in to take the victims' bodies to a local morgue. Lance Corp. Ryan Briones was among the Marines sent in to recover the bodies, and he told the Los Angeles Times he is still haunted by what he saw, including a young girl who was shot in the head. "[The victims] ranged from little babies to adult males and females," Briones told the newspaper. "I can still smell the blood." Briones says he and another Marine were told to photograph the bodies. Military officials say those photos -- which they say show people shot at close range in the head and chest -- clearly contradict initial reports that the civilians were killed by a roadside bomb.
US terrorists deliberately poisoning Iraq's food supply: Aerial Spraying to Save [sic] Iraq's Wheat, Date Crops Concludes (DoD) 29 May 2006 Operation Barnstormer, part of the Iraqi Agriculture Ministry's program to protect key staple crops from insect damage, wrapped up yesterday with a final day of aerial spraying in the northern Iraqi province of Dahuk, Task Force Band of Brothers officials reported. The Ministry of Agriculture contracted with a private company to conduct the spraying. Using Soviet-designed helicopters and bi-planes, the company flew low over the trees and fields, distributing the pesticide.
Guantanamo hunger strike spreads 29 May 2006 The number of detainees on hunger strike at the US detention centre at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has grown and now involves 75 inmates, the US says... About 500 prisoners remain at Guantanamo, many of them captured in Afghanistan. Some have been held for nearly four years without charge.
Bombings in Iraq Kill 3 Dozen People 29 May 2006 A wave of car bombings and shootings plagued Iraq on Monday, killing more than three dozen people including two CBS crew members and a U.S. soldier. At least eight bombings rocked the capital in the worst wave of violence in days.
Two CBS journalists among 4 dead in Baghdad bomb 29 May 2006 Two British journalists working for U.S. television network CBS were among four people killed when a car bomb hit a U.S. military patrol in Baghdad on Monday.
Vehicle Bomb Kills CBS Crew Members, Soldier, Contractor 29 May 2006 A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier, an Iraqi contractor [mercenary], and two members of a CBS News crew were killed today when a bomb-laden vehicle exploded near a patrol in central Baghdad, military officials here reported... Another member of the CBS crew and six occupation soldiers wounded in the attack were evacuated to a military hospital for further treatment.
Two UK soldiers killed in Basra 29 May 2006 A roadside bomb has killed two British soldiers in southern Iraq. The Ministry of Defence said two members of the Queen's Dragoon Guards were killed in Basra at 1830 BST on Sunday, and two others were injured.
U.S. Will Reinforce Troops in West Iraq 30 May 2006 The U.S. military said Monday it was deploying the main reserve fighting force for Iraq, a full 3,500-member armored brigade, as emergency reinforcements for the embattled western province of Anbar.
US-led air raid kills 50 Taliban: Afghan official 29 May 2006 More than 50 'Taliban guerrillas' were killed in a U.S.-led air strike on a mosque in Afghanistan's southern province of Helmand on Monday, a provincial official said. [Since an air raid can't possibly sort the Taliban from the non-Taliban, why do 'Defense' Department liars and trolls consistently report that it's Taliban that are killed by US air strikes, rather than civilians? --LRP]
Anti-U.S. Rioting Erupts in Kabul; at Least 14 Dead 30 May 2006 A deadly traffic accident caused by a United States military convoy quickly touched off a full-blown antiAmerican riot on Monday that raged across much of the Afghan capital, leaving at least 14 people dead and scores injured. Witnesses said American soldiers fired on Afghans throwing stones at them after the crash, though the United States military said only that warning shots had been fired in the air [Yeah, right!].
Unrest grips Kabul after US truck crash 29 May 2006 Thousands marched angrily through Kabul on Monday after at least seven people were killed and 40 were wounded following a riot sparked by a fatal traffic accident involving a U.S. military truck... Soon after, thousands of protesters gathered in central Kabul, some marching on parliament and some on the presidential palace. Several hundred congregated at an intersection leading to the heavily fortified U.S. embassy chanting slogans of "Death to America" and burning American flags.
US frustrates Swiss nuclear probe 29 May 2006 A Swiss investigation into an international nuclear smuggling network is being hampered by a lack of cooperation from the United States. The Swiss authorities say they asked US officials for judicial assistance a year ago but have yet to receive a reply.
Opponents of 'Divine Strake' Celebrate 29 May 2006 A huge test explosion was set to take place next month, 90 miles north of Las Vegas. But the project was pushed back and finally indefinitely postponed. Sunday, opponents celebrated. Opponents said the 700-ton blast would send a mushroom cloud into the sky and possibly spread radioactive dust from previous nuclear experiments. [The sickos in the US government actually named the test explosion 'Divine Strake.']
Police sent 78 to quell lone protester 26 May 2006 A total of 78 police officers were used, at a cost of £7,200, in the night-time operation to crack down on the anti-war protester Brian Haw in Parliament Square, it was disclosed yesterday.
Muhammad jury to weigh conspiracy theory 29 May 2006 Early in his closing argument, John Allen Muhammad laid out the heart of his defense against six murder charges for the 2002 sniper shootings in the Washington area: He and accomplice Lee Boyd Malvo were framed. Muhammad launching into a speech on Friday in which he claimed that government agencies conspired to falsely imprison him and that most of the evidence against him was planted.
Trial Is Expected to Bring New Scrutiny of Lawmaker 30 May 2006 Testimony in the trial of a former White House budget aide accused of lying about his contacts with the lobbyist Jack Abramoff is expected to result in new scrutiny of Representative Bob Ney, an Ohio Republican caught up in the influence-peddling scandal centered on Mr. Abramoff. Mr. Ney's former chief of staff, Neil G. Volz, who has pleaded guilty to conspiring with Mr. Abramoff to give illegal gifts to Mr. Ney, has been called to testify this week at the trial of David H. Safavian, the White House aide.
'Monster' taxpayer lien: $510,678 per household --Federal, state, local unfunded obligations keep growing. 25 May 2006 Taxpayers owe more than a half-million dollars per household for financial promises made by government, mostly to cover the cost of retirement benefits for baby boomers, a USA Today analysis shows.
Support Oklahoma's "Petition for Impanelment of a Presidential Grand Jury Probe" By Larry W. Bryant 29 May 2006
Bush rating at all-time low in W.Va. 29 May 2006 A record number of West Virginians don’t like the way pResident Bush is doing his job, according to a new poll from the nonpartisan group SurveyUSA and WUSA-TV in Washington. Fifty-nine percent of state residents disapproved in the survey of 600 adults taken May 12 to 14. Thirty-seven percent approve.
Democrats Eye November Landslide 29 May 2006 Republicans are three steps from a November shellacking - each a grim possibility if habitually divided Democrats get their acts together.
Agribusiness fomenting bird flu pandemic: Bird-Flu Trail Leads Medical Detectives Back to Poultry Farms 30 May 2006 Officials looking to contain the avian influenza virus that may spark a human pandemic are downplaying the importance of migrating wild birds as the source of infections among domestic poultry. Farms and poultry traders are the more likely cause of the spread of the flu, which has killed 48 people so far this year, more than all of 2005... "The disease is spreading more through commercial husbandry and the humans that are moving poultry around,'' said Juan Lubroth, head of infectious diseases at the animal-health service of the Rome-based United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
Bloomberg vows he'll honor gay marriage 29 May 2006 Mayor Bloomberg landed another left on the right yesterday, coming out strongly in favor of gay marriage - and vowing the city will perform same-sex wedding ceremonies, if allowed. The Republican mayor of New York City used his weekly Sunday radio address on Memorial Day weekend to say he is "firmly opposed" to any constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage.
Namibia 'bowed to pressure' from Pitt and Jolie over birth Monday 29 May 2006 Oscar-winning actor [and Bush troll] Angelina Jolie has given birth to a daughter fathered by Hollywood movie star Brad Pitt. ...Namibian authorities said they had bowed to pressure from Jolie and Pitt and granted them the right to ban foreign journalists from entering the country - a remarkable move for the Government of any sovereign state.
Bush 'planted fake news stories on American TV' 29 May 2006 Federal authorities are actively investigating dozens of American television stations for broadcasting items produced by the Bush regime and major corporations, and passing them off as normal news. Some of the fake news segments talked up success in the war in Iraq, or promoted the companies' products.
Cheney aide is screening legislation --Adviser seeks to protect Bush power 28 May 2006 The office of Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney routinely reviews pieces of legislation before they reach the president's desk, searching for provisions that Cheney believes would infringe on presidential power, according to former White House and Justice Department officials.
Gonzales pressures ISPs on data retention 26 May 2006 U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FBI Director Robert Mueller on Friday urged telecommunications officials to record their customers' Internet activities, CNET News.com has learned.
Pentagon pressing for new rapid-strike weapon: report 28 May 2006 The Pentagon is seeking congressional approval for development of a new weapon able to strike distant targets an hour after they are detected, a newspaper reported on Monday.
Pentagon Seeks Nonnuclear Tip for Sub Missiles 28 May 2006 The Pentagon is pressing Congress to approve the development of a new weapon that would enable the United States to carry out nonnuclear missile strikes against distant targets within an hour. The proposal has set off a complex debate about whether this program for strengthening the military's conventional capacity could increase the risks of accidental nuclear confrontation.
'US is an expert in killing' 28 May 2006 Word that United States marines may have killed two dozen Iraqi civilians in "cold-blooded" revenge after an insurgent attack has shocked Americans but many Iraqis shrug it off as a fact of life. Despite US military denials, many Iraqis believe the killing of civilians at the hands of careless or angry American soldiers is common.
US lawmaker: Iraqi killings worse than Abu Ghraib 28 May 2006 The killing of Iraqi civilians by U.S. Marines has done more damage to America's aims in Iraq than the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal, a Democratic congressman and vocal war critic said on Sunday. Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, a decorated retired Marine, told ABC News there was "no question" that the U.S. military tried to cover up the killing of as many as two dozen Iraqi civilians last year in the town of Haditha.
Coverup of Iraq Incident By Marines Is Alleged 29 May 2006 A powerful member of Congress alleged yesterday that there has been a conscious effort by Marine commanders to cover up the facts of a November incident in which rampaging Marines allegedly killed 24 Iraqi civilians. "There has to have been a coverup of this thing," Rep. John P. Murtha (Pa.), ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, charged in an interview on ABC's "This Week." "No question about it."
Senator plans hearing on Iraq killings [*war crimes*] 28 May 2006 A senior Republican senator said Sunday that he would hold hearings on the disputed role of a small number of U.S. marines in the deaths of as many as 24 Iraqi civilians in November, an incident that a Democratic war critic called an unprovoked "murder" that had been covered up.
Killing Fields --Iraq Is the Republic of Fear By Nir Rosen 28 May 2006 "Last fall I visited the home of a Sunni man called Sabah in the western Baghdad suburb of Radwaniya... and where a U.S. soldier had recently been killed. On Friday night a few days before I came, his family told me, American soldiers surrounded the home where Sabah lived with his brothers, Walid and Hussein, and their families and broke down the door... As the terrified family waited outside, they heard three shots from inside... Thirty minutes later the translator emerged with a picture of Sabah. 'Who is Sabah's wife?' he asked. 'Your husband was killed by the Americans, and he deserved to die,' he told her. At that he tore the picture before her face."
Iraqi Resistance Report for events of 27 May 2006. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, the Free Arab Voice. "With US offensive reportedly looming, American military arrest Arab journalists in ar-Ramadi... US troops shoot family to death near al-Khalis on Thursday..."
24 children held at Guantanamo, many as adults: Time 29 May 2006 The US military may have held up to 24 children at its "war on [of] terror" prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, facing the same conditions and interrogations as adult inmates, Time magazine reports. Some still at the prison have claimed through their lawyers that they have been beaten or abused, Time said.
America's shame --This nation no longer shines on human rights (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) 28 May 2006 "What it appears took place at U.S. military detention facilities that include Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and in the CIA's secret prisons in Europe, plus the practice of U.S. captors turning prisoners over to countries where torture is openly practiced, are a shame to America."
Oil shortages [?!?] hit Iraq with onset of summer heat 28 May 2006 As Iraq's brutal summer heat sends temperatures soaring above 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), a dire shortage of petroleum products [thanks to the Halliburton-Blackwater USA smuggling ring] is damaging the economy and cutting electricity supplies in Baghdad to new lows.
Bus bombing kills 11 people in Iraq - police 29 May 2006 A bomb apparently planted in a bus killed 11 labourers travelling to work in a volatile area north of Baghdad on Monday, police sources said.
U.S. military convoy hits cars in Kabul --At least 3 dead, 16 hurt in rush-hour accident 29 May 2006 A convoy of U.S. troops accidentally rammed into a rush-hour traffic jam in the Afghan capital on Monday, killing at least three people and wounding 16, police said.
Military desertions triple since invasion of Iraq 29 May 2006 (UK) The number of servicemen deserting has tripled since the invasion of Iraq, raising fears of a growing refusal to serve on dangerous missions abroad. More than 900 troops have gone permanently "absent without leave" (Awol) since the start of 2003, and the number leaving is rising.
Bill simplifies process for students to decline military recruiters' calls 27 May 2006 (CA) A bill to require school districts to include in their student emergency contact form a check box to opt out of a list sent to military recruiters has been approved by the Assembly.
U.S. Urges Financial Sanctions On Iran --White House Tries to Enlist Europe, Japan 29 May 2006 The Bush administration is pressing Europe and Japan to impose wide-ranging sanctions designed to stifle the Iranian leadership financially if diplomatic efforts fail to resolve an impasse over the country's nuclear program, according to internal government memos and interviews with three U.S. officials involved.
Blair beefed up his Iran speech to please Bush 28 May 2006 Tony Blair made significant changes to one of his most important foreign policy speeches after bowing to American objections, The Sunday Telegraph has learned. The Prime Minister [Poodle] changed key passages on possible action against Iran, climate change, and a proposed shake-up of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
Kerry's New Evidence 27 May 2006 Senator John Kerry's supporters have gathered new documents and phonographs to rebut some of the accusations that the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth [Swift Boat Liars] lobbed during the 2004 campaign. (Graphic)
Chavez says US working for coup in Bolivia 28 May 2006 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Sunday bluntly accused the U.S. ambassador to Bolivia of trying to stir up military rebellion against his leftist ally Bolivian President Evo Morales.
Terror alert as Caspian oil pipeline opens 28 May 2006 In the foothills of the Caucasus mountains, a long line of broken mud cuts across the meadows. If you go anywhere near it, camouflaged guards carrying automatic weapons emerge from the forest beyond. These guards in the Borjomi region of Georgia - trained by US army and SAS veterans - are pawns in a new great game gripping Central Asia: their job is to protect the oil pipeline buried 10ft below.
Over 40 percent think 9/11 Commission Report is a cover-up: poll 28 May 2006 More than 40 percent of Americans believe that the 9/11 Commission Report that investigated the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks is a cover-up, according to a recent poll. And nearly half surveyed said the attacks should be reinvestigated. In May, a Zogby International poll of adults found that 42 percent of adults polled believe the U.S. government and the 9/11 Commission "concealed or refused to investigate critical evidence" that contradicts the official explanation of the attacks. [Where is the option, "They f*cking did it?"]
Top Ten Signs of the Impending U.S. Police State --Hey America! Freedom is just around the corner…behind you By Allan Uthman 10 May 2006 "...Prison camps - This last January the Army Corps of Engineers gave Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root nearly $400 million to build detention centers in the United States, for the purpose of unspecified 'new programs.' Of course, the obvious first guess would be that these new programs might involve rounding up Muslims or political dissenters—I mean, obviously detention facilities are there to hold somebody."
Threats led Bush to intervene in FBI fight 27 May 2006 The constitutional showdown that followed the FBI's search of a congressman's office came down to this: The House threatened budgetary retaliation against the Justice Department. Justice officials raised the prospect of resigning.
Safavian Jury Is Shown More Abramoff E-Mail 27 May 2006 A jury was presented with scores of damaging e-mails yesterday that showed lobbyist Jack Abramoff angling for inside information from then-General Services Administration chief of staff David H. Safavian -- and Safavian doing what he could to accommodate his longtime friend.
Corporate America sitting on record cash stockpiles 27 May 2006 The industrial companies that make up the Standard & Poor's 500 index - which excludes financial, transportation and utility companies - have a staggering $643 billion (euro502 billion) in cash and equivalents. Wall Street analysts remain unsure how companies will spend this record hoard.
In Chicago, New Pay Law Is Considered for Big Stores 28 May 2006 Chicago may become the first city in the nation to require "big box" retailers like Wal-Mart or Home Depot to pay employees a "living wage" of at least $10 an hour plus $3 an hour in benefits.
Indonesia announces epidemic law 29 May 2006 The Indonesian government Friday reactivated the 1984 epidemic law in its latest effort to fight against bird flu, which so far has killed 36 people. Under the law, those convicted of blocking government's way to eradicating [sic] the disease are punishable by one-year jail term.
Bonds hits No. 715 to pass Babe Ruth 29 May 2006 Now there's only Hank Aaron. Barry Bonds [San Francisco Giants] hit his 715th home run Sunday to slip past Babe Ruth and pull in right behind Aaron, whose long-standing record of 755 may prove even tougher to crack.
Bush: U.S. won't relent in war on [of] terror 27 May 2006 The U.S. will take the fight against terrorism to every shore and outpost in pursuit of enemies like none before, not relenting until their defeat and showing the same resolve that won the Cold War, Dictator Bush told West Point graduates Saturday. [These actions don't represent a breakdown in morality, they represent the very morality that is being promoted--the morality of invasion and murder, the morality of the whole Iraq war! --MDR]
U.S. is world leader in avoiding human rights accountability: report 26 May 2006 Governments worldwide, in the name of fighting terror, are committing gross violations of human rights: mistreating suspects, harming civilians and undermining their ability to solve some of the world’s most urgent problems, says U.S. Chapter of Amnesty International in its annual report released May 23 highlighting the U.S. government’s current system for outsourcing key military detention and intelligence operations as fueling serious human rights violations and undermining accountability.
The children of Guantanamo Bay 28 May 2006 The notorious US detention camp in Guantanamo Bay has been hit by fresh allegations of human rights abuses, with claims that dozens of children were sent there - some as young as 14 years old. Lawyers in London estimate that more than 60 detainees held at the terrorists' prison camp were boys under 18 when they were captured. They include at least 10 detainees still held at the US base in Cuba who were 14 or 15 when they were seized - including child soldiers who were held in solitary confinement, repeatedly interrogated and allegedly tortured.
Photos Indicate Civilians Slain Execution-Style --An official involved in an investigation of Camp Pendleton Marines' actions in an Iraqi town cites 'a total breakdown in morality.' 27 May 2006 Photographs taken by a Marine intelligence team have convinced investigators that a Marine unit killed as many as 24 unarmed Iraqis, some of them "execution-style," in the city of Haditha, officials close to the investigation said Friday. The pictures are said to show wounds to the upper bodies of the victims, who included several women and six children. Some were shot in the head and some in the back, congressional and defense officials said... The case may be the most serious incident of alleged war crimes in Iraq by U.S. troops.
Photo Shows Iraqis Kneeling Before Marines Shot Them 26 May 2006 There is increasing evidence that a small number of Marines carried out 'unlawful and unwarranted killings' [a.k.a. *war crimes*] of civilians in Western Iraq, including the city of Haditha. On Friday, the New York Times reported that preliminary results of a military inquiry showed that the civilians killed in the city last November had not died from a makeshift bomb, as the Pentagon had initially stated, nor in a crossfire with 'insurgents,' as was later announced. One of the most damning pieces of evidence investigators have in their possession, John Sifton of Human Rights Watch told TIME's Tim McGirk, is a photo, taken by a Marine with his cell phone that shows Iraqis kneeling — and thus posing no threat — before they were shot.
Iraqi seized at wedding, later found beheaded 27 May 2006 An Iraqi groom celebrating on the dance floor was dragged off and later found beheaded in a field after armed men showed up at his wedding.
Basra Begins to Fall Apart 26 May 2006 Basra in the south of Iraq is beginning to splinter under increasing violence and sectarian divisions. Smuggling of oil on a large scale coupled with increasing violence and the lack of basic services like water and electricity has caused increasing tensions in the city, 570km south of Baghdad. More than 100 civilians have been killed in Basra so far this month...
Twelve killed, 18 wounded in Iraq attacks 27 May 2006 Twelve people were killed and 18 injured on Saturday in a wave of violence that ripped through Baquba, 60 kilometres north-east of Baghdad, and southern Baghdad, according to security and medical sources and witnesses. Five construction workers were killed by an armed group who opened fire on their vehicle in a suburb in Baquba, medical sources said. Chief of the Daily Province Police Bureau, General Qahtan Al-Bawy, was killed when a roadside bomb hit his convoy in al-Hadid near Baquba...
U.S. Helicopter Crashes; Marine Killed in Iraq 27 May 2006 A U.S. Marine Corps AH-1 Cobra helicopter from 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing crashed today in Iraq's Anbar province with two Marines on board during a maintenance test flight, U.S. military officials said. Also in Anbar province, a Marine assigned to 2/28 Brigade Combat Team died yesterday, due to resistance action.
More than 1,000 desert UK forces 28 May 2006 More than 1,000 members of the British military have deserted the armed forces since the start of the 2003 Iraq war, the BBC has discovered.
British guards in Iraq may quit over pay 27 May 2006 British security guards who work at embassies and act as diplomatic body guards in high-risk zones in Iraq may refuse to work next month due to pay cuts. Dozens of private security firms that do the most dangerous assignments in Iraq were hired at high pay rates, but with more firms competing, salaries have been reduced, The Times of London reported.
Iran and Iraq to Join to Seal Border Against Insurgents 28 May 2006 Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki of Iran, on the second day of his visit to Iraq, said Saturday that the two countries had agreed to form a joint commission to oversee border issues and that its primary task would be to "block saboteurs" crossing the 700-mile border.
Um, I forgot 7 people talked of spy - Libby 26 May 2006 Borrowing a defense used by tax evaders and schoolkids who don't do their homework, Vice President [sic] Cheney's indicted former top adviser told a grand jury he forgot that seven people told him about CIA spy Valerie Plame... On March 5, 2004, a prosecutor asked Libby if it was "fair" to say he knew Plame's CIA identity a month before [Tim] Russert supposedly revealed it to him. "I had forgotten it," Libby explained... Libby allegedly discussed Plame with six others besides Cheney in June 2003, including CIA briefer Craig Schmall.
Time Must Turn Over Documents to Libby, Judge Rules 26 May 2006 Time Warner Inc.'s Time magazine must hand over documents to I. Lewis Libby, Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff, to aid his defense against a perjury charge in the CIA leak case, a federal judge ruled.
Senate Bill Would Require Intelligence Budget Disclosure 26 May 2006 Public disclosure of intelligence budget data would be required under a provision of the 2007 Intelligence Authorization Act that was reported by the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday and disclosed today. [Click here for bill.]
White House Wants NSA Lawsuits Nixed --Administration Asks Federal Judges In N.Y., Mich. to Drop Wiretap Cases 27 May 2006 The Bush regime asked federal judges in New York and Michigan to dismiss a pair of lawsuits filed over the National Security Agency's domestic eavesdropping program, saying litigation would jeopardize state secrets.
Government asks for dismissal of NSA wiretapping suits 27 May 2006 The U.S. government has asked a pair of federal judges to dismiss legal challenges to the Bush administration's controversial domestic eavesdropping program, arguing any court action in the cases would jeopardize secrets in the ongoing "war on [of] terror."
Lawmakers, quiet on your rights, roar about theirs (USA Today) 25 May 2006 "Now we know what it takes to make Congress mad enough to stand up for constitutional rights. When the government snoops on your phone calls and records without warrants, lawmakers barely kick up a fuss. But when the target is a fellow congressman — one under investigation for taking a bribe, no less — they're ready to rumble."
Huge Win for Online Journalists' Source Protection --EFF Arguments Secure Reporters' Privilege for Internet News Gatherers 26 May 2006 A California state appeals court ruled in favor of the Electronic Frontier Foundation's (EFF's) petition on behalf of three online journalists Friday, holding that the online journalists have the same right to protect the confidentiality of their sources as offline reporters do.
Apple loses court bid to identify source 26 May 2006 A state appeals court on Friday rejected Apple Computer Inc.'s bid to identify the sources of leaked product information that appeared on Web sites, ruling that online reporters and bloggers are entitled to the same protections as traditional journalists.
Volunteer "Minutemen" start fence on US-Mexico border 27 May 2006 A volunteer militia that conducts its own unofficial patrols of the US-Mexico border started building a fence aimed at stopping illegal immigrants from entering the United States. The fence, some two meters (6.5 feet) high and 16 kilometers (10 miles) long, is an initial step toward a more sophisticated security system for which the Minutemen are trying to raise funds nationwide.
WHO Says Bird Flu Drug Maker on Alert 27 May 2006 The biggest case yet of humans infecting others with bird flu prompted the World Health Organization to put the maker of the anti-viral drug Tamiflu on alert for possible shipment of the global stockpile for the first time, officials said Saturday. [Cui bono? See: Rumsfeld's growing stake in Tamiflu 31 Oct 2005 Defense Secretary, ex-chairman of flu treatment rights holder, sees portfolio value growing. Donald Rumsfeld served as Gilead's chairman from 1997 until he joined the Bush administration in 2001, and he still holds a Gilead stake valued at between $5 million and $25 million, according to federal financial disclosures filed by Rumsfeld.]
Congressmen move to water down Sarbanes-Oxley Act 28 May 2006 Three US congressmen are pushing for an amendment to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), the law designed to make executives more accountable, in a bid to water down the regulations for medium-sized companies.
Vermont signs ambitious health-insurance law 25 May 2006 Vermont's governor signed a bill on Thursday that would make the state the second in the nation with near-universal health-care insurance by extending coverage to as much as 96 percent of its residents by 2010.
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