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June 2006 Archives, Page Two

Congress: Bush claims he can ignore laws he signs 27 Jun 2006 The White House on Tuesday defended Dictator Bush's prolific use of statements that tend to limit the impact of bills he signs into law, saying they help him uphold the Constitution and defend the nation's security. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter opened hearings on Bush's use of bill signing statements saying he reserves the right to revise, interpret or disregard a measure on national security and constitutional grounds. Such statements have accompanied some 750 statutes passed by Congress - including a ban on the torture of detainees and the renewal of the Patriot Act.

Congress Questions Bush's Use of Signing Statements 27 Jun 2006 The Senate Judiciary Committee is opening hearings this week into what has become the White House's favorite tool for overriding Congress in the name of 'wartime national security' - signing statements. "It's a challenge to the plain language of the Constitution," the committee's chairman, Senator Specter, a Republican of Pennsylvania, said in an interview with the Associated Press.

Governor Bush's veto halts access to documents 27 Jun 2006 Gov. Jeb Bush on Monday vetoed a bill that would have allowed lawmakers to gain access to secret documents held by executive branch agencies.

EU urges all nations to sign global anti-torture convention 26 Jun 2006 The European Union today urged all nations to sign a global anti-torture convention, calling the practice "cruel, inhuman and degrading" not only to victims but to perpetrators. "No culture of impunity is acceptable," the 25-nation bloc warned in a Vienna statement coinciding with observances of the International Day to Support the Victims of Torture.

CIA secret flights: EU official admits terror suspects handed to U.S. agents 27 Jun 2006 The European Union's top justice official on Tuesday acknowledged that terror suspects have been transferred to U.S. intelligence agents on European territory.

EU agents 'colluded with CIA' 27 Jun 2006 European secret services collaborated with CIA agents in the detention and transfer of terror suspects in or across the continent, the author of a report on the renditions told the Council of Europe rights watchdog on Tuesday.

Army's Iraq, Afghanistan equipment costs triple --Price tag in 2007 expected to hit $17 billion, military documents show 26 Jun 2006 The annual cost of replacing, repairing and upgrading Army equipment in Iraq and Afghanistan is expected to more than triple next year to more than $17 billion, according to Army documents obtained by the Associated Press.

Iraq violence displaces 150,000: UN 27 Jun 2006 The number of displaced people in Iraq has swelled by 150,000 since the bombing of a Shiite shrine in February [by US terrorists] pushed the country to the brink of civil war, a United Nations agency said on Tuesday.

Twin bomb attacks kill 40 people in Iraq 27 Jun 2006 Powerful bombs ripped through markets in two Iraqi cities at dusk, killing at least 40 people and wounding 89.

Soldiers, Marine Killed in Iraq 27 Jun 2006 Two U.S. soldiers and a Marine died during military operations in Iraq yesterday and today, U.S. military officials reported.

Former Admin. Official Needs Only Three Words to Explain Manipulation of Intel: 'The Vice President' By Faiz 26 Jun 2006 "The Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing this afternoon to examine the manipulation of pre-war Iraq intelligence. Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), who previously disavowed his vote for the war, attended the hearing and asked the panelists why a small number of individuals in the administration 'had more influence…than the professionals.' Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, said he only needed three words."

Facing a Tough Re-Election Bid, Sad Sack Santorum 'Finds' WMD By Bill Gallagher 27 Jun 2006 "The desperate defense of the indefensible reached a new, laughable low when Sen. Rick Santorum declared that, indeed, Saddam Hussein's hidden weapons of horror have been found. The sorry Santorum made the desperation discovery as Pennsylvania voters are readying to send him to the political oblivion he richly deserves... It turns out Ricky Boy was describing old shells from the 1980s found in discarded munitions dumps. Santorum forgot to mention that, at the time, Saddam was our 'friend' and Donald Rumsfeld was our special envoy to Baghdad. Rummy sipped Scotch with Saddam and provided him with satellite photos of those troublesome Kurds, which Saddam then used to pinpoint his poison-gas attacks."

Two British soldiers killed in Afghanistan 27 Jun 2006 Militants killed two British soldiers in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, while 11 suspected Taliban fighters and two Afghan troops died following an 'insurgent' ambush, officials said.

Israel masses forces for threatened Gaza offensive 27 Jun 2006 Israeli tanks and troops massed near Gaza on Tuesday for a threatened offensive against Palestinian resistance fighters as the Israeli government said it would target Hamas leaders if an abducted soldier was not freed.

U.S. to Deploy Patriot Missiles In Japan 27 Jun 2006 The Pentagon is reportedly speeding up plans to deploy advanced Patriot interceptor missiles on U.S. bases in Japan for the first time, a countermeasure seen as a response to the increasing threat of North Korean missiles.

Lawmaker Seeks Answers to Fort Sam Budget Woes 26 Jun 2006 Republican U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith said he has written a letter to the Secretary of the U.S. Army demanding answers as to why Fort Sam Houston faces a $26 million budget shortfall.

Bush Calls Leak of Bank Surveillance a Disgrace 27 Jun 2006 Dictator Bush offered an impassioned defense of his secret international banking surveillance program yesterday, calling it a legal and effective tool for hunting down terrorists and denouncing the media's disclosure of it as a "disgraceful" act that does "great harm" to the nation. [How come it was OK for DICK Cheney to leak lies about 'WMD' to GOP whore Judith Miller --and those leaks were fine and dandy not only for the New York Times to publish but also fine to become fodder for the Neocon-men on the Sunday talk show circuits? Apparently, it's also fine and dandy for DICK Cheney to leak the name of a covert CIA operative to his media whores. --LRP]

Bush, Cheney condemn terror financing reports 26 Jun 2006 Dictator Bush on Monday sharply condemned the disclosure of a program to secretly monitor the financial transactions of suspected terrorists. "The disclosure of this program is disgraceful," he said.

Scrawled Bush threat in cargo ship disrupts SoCal's Port Hueneme 26 Jun 2006 A message about nitroglycerin and Dictator Bush found scrawled in the hold of a cargo ship just in from Guatemala shut down a Southern California deep-water port for several hours Monday, but federal investigators found no explosives... Federal authorities said it was written in English and read: "Nitro + glycerin my gift for G. W. Bush and his Jewish gang."

Two men charged under Terrorism Act 26 Jun 2006 A 21-year-old man arrested in London last week under the Terrorism Act has been charged with conspiracy to murder a person or persons unknown. A 28-year-old London man arrested as part of the same investigation into international terrorism has been charged under section 57 of the Terrorism Act 2000 but West Yorkshire Police stressed this related to a separate matter.

Cameron's plan to overturn rights laws labelled 'complete nonsense' 27 Jun 2006 David Cameron's promise to scrap the Human Rights Act has provoked a bitter backlash from lawyers and civil liberties groups who accused him of endangering society's most vulnerable members.

CU to Fire Ward Churchill --Professor Has Vowed to Sue If School Fired Him 26 Jun 2006 The University of Colorado announced Monday that it will dismiss 'controversial' [*tenured*] professor Ward Churchill.

Feds: Bird Flu Border Closures Unlikely 26 Jun 2006 Closing U.S. borders would be the last option in combating the spread of bird flu, a senior State Department official said Monday.

Mega barf alert! Senate Begins Flag Burning Debate 26 Jun 2006 A constitutional amendment to ban flag desecration is headed toward its best chance of passage in 15 years with a cliffhanger vote later this week in the Senate.

A call to investigate the 2004 election By Steven F. Freeman and Joel Bleifuss 26 Jun 2006 "We've all heard the story. Nov. 2, 2004, was shaping up as a day of celebration for Democrats. The exit polls were predicting a victory for Senator John Kerry. Many Americans, including most political observers, sat down to watch the evening television coverage convinced that Kerry would be the next president. But the counts that were being reported on TV bore little resemblance to the exit poll projections. ...[I]t is imperative that our newspapers of record as well as our governmental oversight bodies now investigate the question people continue to ask: Was the 2004 election stolen?"

Alito Breaks Tie, Kan. Death Penalty Stays 26 Jun 2006 New Supreme Court inJustice Samuel Alito broke a tie Monday in a ruling that affirmed a state death penalty law and also revealed the court's deep divisions over capital punishment.

Schwarzenegger Wants More Prisons Built 27 Jun 2006 Saying that federal courts could seize control of California's overcrowded prisons, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday called a special legislative session on the corrections system and said the state must build more lockups soon.

Top Democrat Finds F.D.A.'s Efforts Have Plunged 27 Jun 2006 A 15-month inquiry by a top House Democrat has found that enforcement of the nation's food and drug laws declined sharply during the first five years of the Bush administration. For instance, the investigation found, the number of warning letters that the Food and Drug Administration issued to drug companies, medical device makers and others dropped 54 percent, to 535 in 2005 from 1,154 in 2000. The seizure of mislabeled, defective or dangerous products dipped 44 percent, according to the inquiry, pursued by Representative Henry A. Waxman of California, the senior Democrat on the House Government Reform Committee.

Surgeon general: No safe level of secondhand smoke 27 Jun 2006 Separate smoking sections don't cut it: Only smoke-free buildings and public places truly protect nonsmokers from the hazards of breathing in other people's tobacco smoke, says a long-awaited surgeon general's report.

Buffett calls for retention of estate tax 26 Jun 2006 Billionaire Warren Buffett on Monday called for U.S. lawmakers to retain the estate tax, after announcing plans to leave more than $37 billion of his own fortune to charity, not his children.

'Relief' for aristocracy By Robert L. Moore 26 Jun 2006 "The estate tax debate, currently focused in the Senate, offers a classic illustration of the tactics the White House uses to get the legislation it wants. Step one is always to confuse the opposition by using Orwellian language, as in calling the estate tax the 'death tax.' Using the phrase 'death tax' is a dishonest way of implying that anyone can be hit with this tax -- since, after all, we all die. But it's a tax on multimillion-dollar estates, affecting only 2 percent of American family inheritances."

Ex-Enron executive gets probation 26 Jun 2006 A former Enron Corp. finance executive was sentenced on Monday to two years probation for filing false tax returns that hid cash payments he received while working under former Chief Financial Officer Andrew Fastow.

GM: 35,000 hourly workers participating in attrition program 26 Jun 2006 General Motors Corp. after Monday's closing bell said about 35,000 of its hourly employees have agreed to participate in its accelerated attrition program.

Limbaugh Detained For Drugs At Airport 26 Jun 2006 Miami sources have confirmed to CBS 13 that conservative talk show host has been detained at Palm Beach International Airport for the possible possession of illegal prescription drugs.

Earth's Climate Warming Abruptly, Scientist Says --Tropical-Zone Glaciers May Be at Risk of Melting 27 Jun 2006 The warming around Earth's tropical belt is a signal suggesting that the "climate system has exceeded a critical threshold," which has sent tropical-zone glaciers in full retreat and will melt them completely "in the near future," said Lonnie G. Thompson, a scientist who for 23 years has been taking core samples from the ancient ice of glaciers.

Fed-Up Germany Kills Its Only Wild Bear 27 Jun 2006 Until last month, Germans hadn't seen a wild bear in their country for more than 170 years. On Monday, they showed they still knew how to hunt. Bruno, a bear who had romped across southern Germany since migrating over the Alps from Italy six weeks ago, was shot by a Bavarian hunter [psycho-terrorist whackjob] at sunrise.

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Lawmaker wants White House to prosecute the press 26 Jun 2006 A powerful New York Republican [Peter King] wants the Bush regime to prosecute the press for printing stories about secret government strategies in the war on [of] terror.

Congressman Wants N.Y. Times Prosecuted --Two senators decline to join his call for a probe. 26 Jun 2006 The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee [Peter T. King (R-N.Y.)] called Sunday for criminal prosecution of the New York Times, saying its report Friday on U.S. government surveillance of confidential banking records "compromised America's anti-terrorist policies."

Bush Slams Leak of Terror Finance Story 26 Jun 2006 Dictator Bush on Monday sharply condemned the disclosure of a program to secretly monitor the financial transactions of suspected 'terrorists.' "The disclosure of this program is disgraceful," he said. "For people to leak that program and for a newspaper to publish it does great harm to the United States of America," Bush said. [The greatest harm to the United States of America is perpetrated on a daily basis by the illegitimate Bush regime.]

NYT editors puzzled by argument against publishing money report 26 Jun 2006 Editors at The New York Times spent weeks in discussion with Bush administration officials over whether to publish a report on a secret financial-monitoring program, but found some of the government arguments against publication to be "puzzling" and "half-hearted," executive editor Bill Keller said.

Letter From Bill Keller on The Times's Banking Records --Letter Bill Keller, the executive editor of The Times, has sent to readers who have written to him about The Times's publication of information about the government's examination of international banking records 25 Jun 2006

CIA has access to Swiss transactions 25 Jun 2006 The United States has confirmed it has been monitoring international financial transactions, including those in and out of Switzerland, for almost five years. The Swiss government has remained quiet on the issue, but data protection experts and lawyers are concerned by Friday's revelations in the New York Times.

Supreme Court may rule today on Guantanamo Bay 26 Jun 2006 The Supreme Court may rule as early as today on a case that could determine the future of U.S. detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. One of the issues the court is considering is whether Dictator Bush had the authority to order the first American war crimes trials since World War Two. [Bush should be the first one to be tried!]

MPs call for judges to rule on terror raids 25 Jun 2006 New safeguards on the arrest of terror suspects will be demanded this week by a high-powered Commons inquiry amid warnings that the police are making 'preventative' arrests of people who have not yet offended.

Bag holding police anti-terror files lost in street --Rucksack had details of suspects and plots 26 Jun 2006 (UK) Anti[pro]-terrorist police have been ordered to revamp security procedures after a bag containing details of bomb plots and suspects identified for surveillance was lost in the street.

Murtha says U.S. poses top threat to world peace 25 Jun 2006 American presence in Iraq is more dangerous to world peace than nuclear threats from North Korea or Iran, Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., said to an audience of more than 200 in North Miami Saturday afternoon.

Bomb blasts in Baqouba, Hillah markets 26 Jun 2006 Powerful bombs tore through markets in two cities Monday evening, killing at least 35 people and wounding 86.

U.S. Marine Dies of Wounds in Iraq 26 Jun 2006 A U.S. Marine died of wounds suffered in combat Monday in Anbar province, the insurgent stronghold west of Baghdad, the military said.

The Security Situation in Iraq By Truth Teller 24 Jun 2006 [Blog entry, sic - grammar, spelling] "Nobody can believe what is going on in Iraq those days. 100 workers kidnapped together during their way home after they finished their work, next day at the same place and the same time and from the same company 150 workers kidnapped!!! I wonder, who have such capability of kidnapping more than 200 persons? Where they put them? And how they hide them? What they feed them? And how? I can't think of who did it, unless he is as powerful as a government or work for the government. But why the government kidnapped it's own workers!? ...I will not mentions the number of bodies discovered every day at the streets of the main cities. Or the organized killing of the doctors, the scientists and the university lecturers. I don't want to mention the explosions and the bombs targeted the Mosques and the shopping markets of both Sunnis and Sheeis. All these and more happened at the hearing and the sight of the American troops which should be responsible for security in this occupied country. YOU American if you can't control the security situation, leave now and let us solve our problems in our own way."

'We must end the ugly reality of life in Iraq' 26 Jun 2006 Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq's prime minister, yesterday offered an olive branch to insurgents who join in the country's rebuilding process. But his 24-point national reconciliation plan was short on details of how he aimed to end what he called the ugly reality of life in Iraq.

Democrats Cite Report On Troop Cuts in Iraq --Pentagon Plan Like Theirs, Senators Say 26 Jun 2006 Senate Democrats reacted angrily yesterday to a report that the U.S. commander in Iraq had privately presented a plan for significant troop reductions in the same week they came under attack by Republicans for trying to set a timetable for withdrawal.

Bush: Iraq troop moves based on conditions on ground [Yea, at the 'voting' booths.] 26 Jun 2006 President [sic] George W. Bush said on Monday he had met with the top U.S. commander in Iraq, who has drafted a plan for troop withdrawal, but said any decision on troop reductions would be based on conditions on the ground.

Iraq plan part of grand strategy --The "reconciliation" plan announced on Sunday by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki is part of a grand strategy by the Bush administration to stabilise Iraq - or to stabilise the perception of Iraq - in advance of the mid-term elections for Congress in November. By Paul Reynolds 25 Jun 2006 "The [General George] Casey plan would involve reducing the number of combat brigades (each brigade having about 3,500 troops) from 14 to 5 or 6 by the end of next year. The combined strategy - reconciliation and resolution yet with the hint of a substantive withdrawal - is what Mr Bush hopes will pull his party through in November."

With the troops in Afghanistan: Mortars by night, water shortages by day 25 Jun 2006 By night, the troops brace for Taliban mortar attacks. By day, they carry heavy gear and weapons over rocky ledges in scorching heat, stopping only to rehydrate, sometimes with the help of intravenous drips.

Israeli Forces to Raid Gaza for Militants 26 Jun 2006 Israel said today that it was preparing a broad military action in Gaza after Palestinian militants, including those belonging to the governing Hamas faction, killed two Israeli soldiers, wounded four and kidnapped one of the four wounded men.

'US to deploy PAC-3 interceptor missiles in Japan' 26 Jun 2006 Japan and the United States have agreed to speed up deployment of advanced Patriot interceptor missiles on US bases in Japan, officials said Monday, amid concerns that North Korea may test-fire a long-range ballistic missile.

UK Trident: A 'Fait Accompli' By Sarah Meyer 22 Jun 2006 "The UK government, as well as local British Councils, have a bad habit of opening debate on issues after the fait accompli has been confirmed behind closed doors. The most recent case concerns Gordon Brown’s support of a new Trident missile. However, according to a June 1 DoD report, a Trident contract with Lockheed Martin was signed on 1 June 2006."

9/11 conspiracy theorists gather at LA conference 25 Jun 2006 Some 1,200 people gathered at a Los Angeles hotel on the weekend for what organizers billed as the largest conference on the plethora of conspiracy theories that see the 2001 attacks on Washington and New York as, at best, official negligence, and at worst an orchestrated U.S. attempt to incite world war.

Posada's CIA ties uncovered in papers --Details have emerged about Cuban exile militant Luis Posada Carriles' CIA links 40 years ago in South Florida. One revelation: his tie to the agency's Miami bureau. 26 Jun 2006 Nearly four years after the failed CIA-backed Bay of Pigs invasion, Cuban exile militant Luis Posada Carriles continued to work for the spy agency, according to CIA files released to The Miami Herald. His job: ''Training Branch Instructor'' for its Miami station, which then was responsible for intelligence-gathering missions into Cuba.

From The Wilderness' Oregon Offices Burglarized, Computers Destroyed By Liam [Received by phone from Michael Kane, of From the Wilderness] 26 Jun 2006 "Peak Oil and 9/11 Investigative Group, From The Wilderness’ newly relocated offices in Ashland, Oregon were burglarized last night. Seven computers were completely destroyed, internal doors were compromised. A police investigation is proceeding."

Gag me with a chainsaw! Once Symbolic, Flag Amendment Close to Passage The constitutional ban on burning may have enough Senate votes. 25 Jun 2006 Debate on another in a series of measures that aim to please key Republican constituencies opens in the Senate on Monday, but with one big difference. The latest proposal — a ban on flag burning — might actually pass.

A Burning Issue on Capitol Hill By Joe Conason 26 Jun 2006 "Sometime before the Fourth of July, the Senate will vote on a constitutional amendment to prohibit the physical desecration of the American flag. ...[T]he final bulwark against this historic assault on freedom of speech consists of 34 Senators with enough courage to stand up for the substance of the nation’s ideals—and to resist transforming the beloved symbol of those ideals into an authoritarian fetish. That is the real danger to the flag, whose spirit the Republican majority is desecrating with a cynical partisan zeal."

Supreme Court has unleashed an 'invading army' By Robyn Blumner 26 Jun 2006 "The U.S. Supreme Court just eviscerated the 'knock and announce' rules that require police to announce their presence and give residents a bit of time before smashing in their door... The Joe Friday approach to conducting a search has been replaced by Rambo in riot gear because years earlier the high court permitted the waiver of the 'knock and announce' requirement - a rule grounded in our 4th Amendment privacy rights - in almost every circumstance."

White House, GOP Leaders Plan All-Out Assault on Federal Protections (bushgreenwatch.org) 23 Jun 2006 "With strong support from the Bush White House and the Republican Study Committee, the proposal would create a 'sunset commission'--an unelected body [Oh, just like Bush himself!] with the power to recommend whether a program lives or dies, and then move its recommendations through Congress on a fast-track basis with limited debate and no amendments. Three leading proposals have been introduced and are being winnowed into a final version. They would give the White House some--or total--authority to nominate members to the commission."

U.S. Grants 1st License for Major Nuclear Plant in 30 Years 25 Jun 2006 The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued its first license for a major commercial nuclear facility in 30 years, allowing an international consortium to build what will be the nation's first private fuel source for commercial nuclear power plants. The plant, licensed on Friday, will be built near the small southeastern New Mexico community of Eunice. Critics say it will pollute the environment, guzzle scarce water and leave the town with tons of radioactive waste and nowhere to put it. [Dump it at Bush's Crawford ranch.]

Supreme Court to Hear Key Environment Case 26 Jun 2006 The Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider whether the Bush administration must regulate carbon dioxide to combat global warming, setting up what could be one of the court's most important decisions on the environment.

Justices overturn law curbing political funds 26 Jun 2006 The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Vermont’s limits on contributions and spending in political campaigns are too low and improperly hinder the ability of candidates to raise money and speak to voters. In a fractured set of opinions, justices said they were not sweeping aside 30 years of election finance precedent but rather finding only that Vermont’s law — the strictest in the nation — sets limits that unconstitutionally hamstring candidates.

GM to shed quarter of workforce this year 25 Jun 2006 General Motors will on Monday disclose details of one of most dramatic corporate downsizings in US history, exceeding a key target of its turnround plan and accelerating the demise of the privileged American car worker.

Armstrong threatened my life, claims LeMond 25 Jun 2006 Former Tour de France champion Greg Lemond claimed today that he was threatened by fellow American [Reichwing maggot/Bush supporter] Lance Armstrong for having criticised the seven-time race winner`s association with a doctor implicated in doping affairs. "Lance threatened me. He threatened my wife, my business, my life," Lemond told French sports daily L'equipe.

WHO: Bird flu virus mutated 26 Jun 2006 WHO officials said the transmission of the bird flu virus between human beings has been confirmed in Indonesia.

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War's Iraqi Death Toll Tops 50,000 --Higher than the U.S. estimate but thought to be undercounted, the tally is equivalent to 570,000 Americans killed in three years. 25 Jun 2006 At least 50,000 Iraqis have died violently since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, according to statistics from the Baghdad morgue, the Iraqi Health Ministry and other agencies — a toll 20,000 higher than previously acknowledged by the Bush regime.

Warnings on WMD 'Fabricator' Were Ignored, Ex-CIA Aide Says 25 Jun 2006 In late January 2003, as Secretary of State Colin Powell prepared to argue the Bush administration's case against Iraq at the United Nations, veteran CIA officer Tyler Drumheller sat down with a classified draft of Powell's speech to look for errors. He found a whopper: a claim about mobile biological labs built by Iraq for germ warfare. Drumheller instantly recognized the source, an Iraqi defector suspected of being mentally unstable and a liar [Oh, just like Bush himself!]. The CIA officer took his pen, he recounted in an interview, and crossed out the whole paragraph. A few days later, the lines were back in the speech.

Key insurgents vow to reject Iraq peace plan 25 Jun 2006 Iraq's main 'insurgent' groups intend to reject a peace plan that Nouri al-Maliki, the prime minister, will present today in an attempt to halt the country’s spiral of violence. Representatives of 11 Iraqi insurgent groups told The Sunday Times yesterday that they would reject the peace offer because they did not recognise the legitimacy of the government. [That's right! And, let Citizens For Legitimate Government remind readers that *we* have been rejecting the legitimacy of the U.S. government - the Bush dictatorship - since the *first* coup d'etat, in 2000. "As long as there is an occupation and an illegitimate government, the resistance and insurgency will continue."]

Iraq PM Offers Olive Branch to Insurgents 25 Jun 2006 Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki offered an olive branch to 'insurgents' who join in rebuilding Iraq and said Sunday that lawmakers should set a timeline for the Iraqi military and police to take control of security nationwide.

Maliki's Master Plan 24 Jun 2006 Key clauses of a national reconciliation plan drafted by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki who will unveil it Sunday, include: A timetable for withdrawal of occupation troops from Iraq. Amnesty for all 'insurgents' who attacked U.S. and Iraqi military targets. Release of all security detainees from U.S. and Iraqi prisons. Compensation for victims of occupation military operations. Those sound like the demands of some of the resistance fighters themselves, and in fact they are. [Well, to the victors go the spoils.]

U.S. soldiers charged in new Iraq shooting case 25 Jun 2006 Two U.S. soldiers have been charged in connection with the shooting death of an unarmed Iraqi civilian, the U.S. military said on Sunday, the latest case to come to light of alleged abuses by American troops.

Nat'l Guard Members Investigated In Death of Iraqi Civilian 23 Jun 2006 A National Guard spokesman says two soldiers from a Pennsylvania National Guard combat team are being investigated in the shooting death of an Iraqi civilian earlier this year.

US raid in Iraq sparks outrage 24 Jun 2006 U.S. forces hunting 'al Qaeda insurgents' raided the home of a senior Sunni Arab religious leader in Iraq on Saturday, seizing him and four suspected 'terrorists,' the U.S. military said.

4 U.S. Soldiers Die In Iraq 25 Jun 2006 Three American soldiers were killed in combat here [Baghdad], and a fourth died from injuries unrelated to fighting, the military said Saturday, bringing the number of American soldiers killed in Iraq this month to 46.

Army wives get phone death threats from Iraq 25 Jun 2006 Wives and family members of soldiers fighting in Iraq have received telephone calls, believed to include death threats, from 'insurgents' [Yeah, right! It's US terrorists.], according to military documents seen by The Sunday Telegraph.

Japan begins withdrawal from Iraq 25 Jun 2006 Japan began withdrawing its forces from Iraq today, five days after deciding to end its first overseas military deployment since World War II.

Just in time for the 2006 'elections:' U.S. General in Iraq Outlines Troop Cuts 25 Jun 2006 The top American commander in Iraq has drafted a plan that projects sharp reductions in the United States military presence there by the end of 2007, with the first cuts coming this September, American officials say. [LOL! We sure know the first cuts aren't coming *after* the 'elections!' These f*cking 'people' are as predictable as rain.]

Bush says U.S. comparison to Iran, N. Korea is 'absurd' 22 Jun 2006 An angry Dictator Bush on Wednesday dismissed as "absurd" suggestions by reporters questions that Europe considers the U.S. a bigger threat to global stability than Iran or North Korea. At a press conference in Vienna with European officials, Bush said it is "absurd for people to think that we’re more dangerous than Iran." [The Bush dictatorship is more dangerous than any regime in the history of the planet.]

Pentagon: Vaccines may have killed soldier 23 Jun 2006 A Fort Bragg paratrooper's death may have been caused by vaccinations he received for smallpox and influenza, the Pentagon said.

Many U.S. Iraq vets homeless --Some are poor, traumatized by war experiences 24 Jun 2006 Thousands of U.S. veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are facing a new nightmare — the risk of homelessness. The U.S. government estimates several hundred vets who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan are homeless on any given night across the country, although the exact number is unknown.

VA Barred From Publicizing Offer to Vets 25 Jun 2006 A federal judge temporarily has barred the government from publicizing its free credit monitoring offer to veterans whose personal data was stolen and wants to see if they might get a better federal offer. Lawyers who have filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of the 26.5 million veterans and active-duty troops affected contend that accepting the government's offer could jeopardize their chance of winning more money in the privacy suit.

Local Democrats rally around war critic 25 Jun 2006 (FL) Americans don't support the war in Iraq and need a Democratic Congress to force President [sic] Bush to change his policy, a leading war critic [U.S. Rep. John Murtha, D-PA] told about 600 Palm Beach County Democrats at the local party's annual fund-raising dinner Saturday night.

Harper set to announce $15B in military spending 21 Jun 2006 Ottawa will announce $15 billion in new spending on the Canadian military next week, CBC News has learned.

Stealth fighter project 'flawed' 24 Jun 2006 Australia's biggest-ever defence project, the $16 billion Joint Strike Fighter, has potential flaws that could reduce the world's newest warplane to just an "average aircraft", according to internal Defence Department documents.

Iraq sells 4 mln barrels Kirkuk oil to Exxon,Tupras 25 Jun 2006 Iraq has sold 4 million barrels of Kirkuk crude to U.S. oil major Exxon Mobil and Turkish oil refiner Tupras, the first exports from its troubled northern Kirkuk fields in nearly a year.

"The Carlyle Group made about 10 times its original investment - the relevant figures are £40m and £400m - in three years." Scandal of 'cut-price' defence sale deepens 25 Jun 2006 Ministers who agreed the cut-price sale of the government's defence laboratories had to hand almost half of the paltry fee they received to lawyers, bankers and accountants. The sale of the stake in the former government defence laboratories, QinetiQ, to Carlyle Group for only £42m has been bitterly condemned after a subsequent stockmarket flotation saw the value of its shares rise beyond £400m.

German Citizen's Abduction by CIA Is Credible, Prosecutor Says 22 Jun 2006 The German prosecutor investigating the alleged abduction by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency of a German of Lebanese origin said that the man's account is credible.

Germany knew about rendition of one of its citizens, inquiry told 23 Jun 2006 German authorities may have been aware of the disappearance of Khaled El-Masri, the Lebanese-born national who says he was kidnapped in 2003 and tortured by the CIA.

GOP Candidate For Governor Calls for Forced Labor Camps 23 Jun 2006 A Republican gubernatorial (AZ) candidate's call for creation of a forced labor camp for illegal immigrants drew rebukes Friday from two GOP lawmakers, who labeled it a low point in the immigration debate. The article in EFE, a national news agency of Spain, described Don Goldwater's plan as a "concentration camp" for migrants. [Halliburton's KBR is already on the case! See: KBR awarded $385M Homeland Security contract for U.S. detention centers 24 Jan 2006.]

Indictment of suspected terrorists contains little evidence of plot 23 Jun 2006 Even as Justice Department officials trumpeted the arrests of seven Florida men accused of planning to wage a "full ground war against the United States," they acknowledged the group did not have the means to carry out the plan.

Terror Suspects Had No Explosives and Few Contacts --Sears Tower Plan Never Finished, Authorities Say 24 Jun 2006 Federal authorities announced charges here Friday against seven men they described as "a homegrown terrorist cell" that planned to blow up Chicago's Sears Tower and other buildings. But officials conceded that the group never had contact with 'al-Qaeda' or other terrorist groups and had not acquired any explosives.

Miami "terror" arrests—a government provocation By Bill Van Auken 25 Jun 2006 "There are many incongruities surrounding the arrest of seven men from the impoverished Liberty City neighborhood of Miami on charges of conspiracy to 'wage war on the United States' that suggest it, like so many previous 'terrorist plots' announced by the Bush administration, is a government-inspired provocation mounted for reactionary political ends... Under conditions in which the majority of the American people have turned against the Iraq war and support the withdrawal of American troops, the Bush administration is desperately attempting to once again link its neo-colonial venture in Iraq with a supposed 'global war on terror' waged to defend the American people against another 9/11."

Philadelphia air terminals briefly closed in alert 25 Jun 2006 Authorities evacuated two terminal buildings at Philadelphia International Airport for about an hour on Sunday and flights were delayed after security workers spotted a suspicious object in a bag, an airport spokesman said.

"Do not try to speak to them. Do not hamper their work. Do not impede anything that they're doing." New N.S.A./AT&T 'Secret Rooms' Revealed 24 Jun 2006 Once again, an online news outlet has published details about secret rooms in AT&T buildings where government spies are said to be gaining access to millions of private e-mail messages and other Internet traffic. Salon on Wednesday published an article featuring two former AT&T employees who asserted that the company had maintained a secured room in its network operations center in Bridgeton, Mo., near St. Louis, since 2002.

Is the NSA spying on U.S. Internet traffic? Two former AT&T employees say the telecom giant has maintained a secret, highly secure room in St. Louis since 2002. Intelligence experts say it bears the earmarks of a National Security Agency operation. By Kim Zetter 21 Jun 2006 "In a pivotal network operations center in metropolitan St. Louis [Bridgeton], AT&T has maintained a secret, highly secured room since 2002 where government work is being conducted, according to two former AT&T workers once employed at the center... The room's tight security includes a biometric 'mantrap' or highly sophisticated double door, secured with retinal and fingerprint scanners. The former workers say company supervisors told them that employees working inside the room were 'monitoring network traffic' and that the room was being used by 'a government agency.'"

Book: First Data gave feds records 21 Jun 2006 Colorado’s First Data Corp., the world’s largest processor of credit-card transactions and wire transfers, gave the FBI and CIA unfettered access to data on millions of customers shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a new book alleges. First Data’s computer systems served as the "FBI's own in-house search engine," and the CIA was allowed to monitor money-wire transactions in real time, according to "The One Percent Doctrine" by Ron Suskind.

E-Mails Detail Abramoff Requests, Contacts 24 Jun 2006 Wanted: Face time with pResident Bush or top adviser Karl Rove. Suggested donation: $100,000. The middleman: lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Blunt e-mails that connect money and access in Washington show that prominent Republican activist Grover Norquist facilitated some administration contacts for Abramoff's clients while the lobbyist simultaneously solicited those clients for large donations to Norquist's tax-exempt group.

Nonprofit Groups Funneled Money For Abramoff 25 Jun 2006 Newly released documents in the Jack Abramoff investigation shed light on how the lobbyist secretly routed his clients' funds through tax-exempt organizations with the acquiescence of those in charge, including prominent conservative activist Grover Norquist. The federal probe has brought a string of bribery-related charges and plea deals. The possible misuse of tax-exempt groups is also receiving investigators' attention, sources familiar with the matter said.

Greenland's Ice Sheet Is Slip-Sliding Away --The massive glaciers are deteriorating twice as fast as they were five years ago. If the ice thaws entirely, sea level would rise 21 feet. 25 Jun 2006 Jakobshavn Glacier, Greenland -- ...Jay Zwally savored the warmth inside the tiny plane as it flew low across Greenland's biggest and fastest-moving outlet glacier. Mile upon mile of the steep fjord was choked with icy rubble from the glacier's disintegrated leading edge. More than six miles of the Jakobshavn had simply crumbled into open water.

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7/7 ringleader was under CIA surveillance 23 Jun 2006 Police in New York have confirmed that they investigated the activities of the ringleader of the July 7 bomb attacks more than two years before the atrocities in London.

IT expert: I worked with 7/7 bombers and warned police --Intelligence on bombers sent to detectives in 2003 24 Jun 2006 A computer expert who worked alongside two of the July 7 bombers claims today that he tried to warn the police about their activities almost two years before the suicide attacks.

Attorney general: Alleged plotters viewed 'their home country as the enemy' 23 Jun 2006 The seven young terror suspects who sought to carry out attacks against federal buildings in south Florida and Chicago's Sears Tower are part of a rising movement of home-grown radicals who had "come to view their own country as the enemy," Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Friday. [No, they (and the rest of the planet) have come to view *Bush* as the enemy.]

Here comes Bush bin Laden's excuse for a clampdown on any dissent: 'Homegrown Terrorists' Wanted to Surpass 9/11, Feds Say --Attorney General Alleges Group Sought To Work With 'Al-Qaida' 23 Jun 2006 The suspects accused of plotting to bomb the Sears Tower were hoping to wage a war that would surpass the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in effectiveness, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Friday.

Miami men accused of discussing attacks 23 Jun 2006 Seven people arrested in Miami discussed attacks on the landmark Sears Tower in Chicago, the FBI building in Miami and other government buildings in a mission "just as good or greater" than Sept. 11, U.S. officials said on Friday. But Attorney General [torturer] Alberto Gonzales told a news conference in Washington that the plotting of the seven, who were called part of a "a home-grown [1600 Pennsylvania Avenue] terrorism cell," never went beyond the earliest planning stages.

Court bars info request on NSA wiretapping 24 Jun 2006 A federal appeals court on Friday declined to force the government to turn over information on the National Security Agency's wiretapping program to a man charged in a terrorism case.

Media Refuses White House Request to Hold Surveillance Story 23 Jun 2006 The New York Times, which in December broke news of an effort by the National Security Agency to monitor Americans' telephone calls and e-mails, declined a White House request not to publish a story about the government's inspection of monies flowing in and out of the country. The Los Angeles Times also reported on the issue Thursday night on its Web site, against the Bush regime's wishes.

Secret U.S. Program Tracks Bank Transfers 23 Jun 2006 The U.S. government, without the knowledge of many banks and their customers, has engaged for years in a secret effort to track 'terrorist' financing by accessing a vast database of confidential information on transfers of money between banks worldwide. In a major departure from traditional methods of obtaining financial records, the Treasury Department uses a little-known power — administrative subpoenas — to collect data from the SWIFT [Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication] network, which has operations in the U.S., including a main computer hub in Manassas, Va. The subpoenas are secret and not reviewed by judges or grand juries, as are most criminal subpoenas. A SWIFT representative said that Booz Allen Hamilton [!?!] is the auditor... Bush administration officials asked the Los Angeles Times not to publish information about the program, contending that disclosure could damage its effectiveness and that sufficient safeguards are in place to protect the public.

Bank Records Secretly Tapped --Administration Began Using Global Database Shortly After 2001 Attacks 23 Jun 2006 The Bush administration, relying on a presidential declaration of emergency, has secretly been tapping into a vast global database of confidential financial transactions for nearly five years, according to U.S. government and industry officials.

CIA has tracked bank transactions in terror hunt 24 Jun 2006 In the weeks following the 11 September terror attacks, Treasury officials obtained access to an extensive financial database - the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, or Swift. The once-secret programme has drawn protests from Democrats in the US Congress, who say it raises concerns about intrusions on privacy and who see it as the latest step in an aggressive expansion of executive-branch powers by the Bush administration.

Cheney says banking data essential to U.S. war against terrorism 24 Jun 2006 Vice pResident Dick Cheney on Friday vigorously defended a secret program that examines banking records of Americans and others in a vast international database, harshly criticizing the news media for disclosing an operation he called legal and "absolutely essential" to fighting [fomenting] terrorism.

Provider of financial records to US had assurances 23 Jun 2006 An industry cooperative at the center of a new storm surrounding a secret Bush administration program tracking financial records said it got significant assurances before giving information to the United States. The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and Treasury Department received databases from Swift, which handles international bank fund transfers, to examine millions of records, The New York Times reported in Friday's editions.

Financial Search Raises Privacy Fears 24 Jun 2006 ...[Q]uestions of privacy arose yesterday after revelations that the Bush administration has been tracking clues about terrorists by searching the records of a Belgium-based banking consortium that handles millions of financial transactions daily across national borders... Administration officials tacitly acknowledged that the information at their disposal is even greater than the initial press reports about the program indicated.

ABC: U.S. Forces Knew Where Top al-Qaida Targets Were Hiding 23 Jun 2006 The American television network ABC reported Thursday that it had obtained a computer flash drive stolen from the U.S. base at Bagram, north of Kabul, and sold at a nearby bazaar. ABC claimed the drive contained files indicating that American forces knew locations in neighboring Pakistan of where top 'al-Qaida' targets, including deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri, were hiding. [Right, and instead of capturing them, Bush forwarded their paychecks.]

Military says ABC report based on old info 23 Jun 2006 The U.S. military on Friday declined to discuss specifics of a media report that it knew the locations of senior al-CIAduh leaders' hideouts in Pakistan, but said the story was based on old information.

Iraq insurgency at 20,000 and 'cannot be miltarily defeated' 23 Jun 2006 Contrary to U.S. government claims, the insurgency in Iraq is led by well-armed Sunnis angry about losing power, not foreign fighters, and is far larger than previously thought, American military officials say. The officials told The Associated Press the guerrillas [resistance fighters] can call on loyalists to boost their forces to as high as 20,000 and have enough popular support among nationalist Iraqis angered by the presence of U.S. troops that they cannot be militarily defeated.

State of Emergency Declared in Baghdad 23 Jun 2006 The Iraqi government declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew Friday after 'insurgents' set up roadblocks in central Baghdad and fired on U.S. and Iraqi troops outside the heavily fortified Green Zone.

Curfew imposed in Iraq 24 Jun 2006 The Iraqi government declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew on Friday. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ordered everyone off the streets of the capital. The prime minister's office said the curfew would last from 2 p.m. yesterday until 6 a.m. today but later shortened to end at 5 p.m. yesterday.

US detains Iraq's top Sunni cleric 24 Jun 2006 US forces detained Iraq's most senior Sunni cleric in the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit on Saturday but released him after a few hours.

Iraq violence leaves 8 dead 24 Jun 2006 At least eight Iraqis were killed in rebel attacks on Saturday, including five in the city of Baquba, police said.

Bomb kills 10 in Iraq 23 Jun 2006 A car bomb killed 10 people in Iraq's second largest city Basra and the government imposed a curfew in the capital after Shi'ite militias clashed with Iraqi and U.S. forces in central Baghdad.

Peace deal offers Iraq insurgents an amnesty 23 Jun 2006 The Iraqi Government will announce a sweeping peace plan as early as Sunday in a last-ditch effort to end the Sunni insurgency that has taken the country to the brink of civil war. The 28-point package for national reconciliation will offer Iraqi resistance groups inclusion in the political process and an amnesty for their prisoners if they renounce violence and lay down their arms, The Times can reveal.

Forces kill 82 'insurgents' in southern Afghanistan 24 Jun 2006 Afghan and U.S.-led occupation forces killed about 82 militants in battles across southern Afghanistan, the military said Saturday.

Taliban beheads 4 US spies 23 Jun 2006 Taliban militants beheaded four Afghans they accused of spying for the US military in southern Afghanistan, a local government official and the 'insurgent' group said on Friday. The beheaded corpses of the men were found on Thursday in Shajoy district of insurgency-hit Zabul province where the rebels launch almost daily attacks on US troops and government targets, the official said.

U.S., Japan Expand Missile-Defense Plan 23 Jun 2006 The United States and Japan agreed Friday to strengthen cooperation on missile defense amid concerns of a possible long-range rocket launch by North Korea. The accord came as U.S. forces ended five days of Pacific war games the largest in the region since the Vietnam War.

DoD to Continue Smallpox Vaccinations Despite Soldier Death 23 Jun 2006 The Defense Department has no plans to discontinue its smallpox vaccination program, despite yesterday's announcement that vaccinations may have caused a soldier's death.

Vaccines May Have Caused A Soldier's Death 22 Jun 2006 A panel of military physician experts has concluded that vaccinations of smallpox and injectable influenza may have caused the death of a 26-year-old Army soldier.

Schwarzenegger denies Bush troop request for border 24 Jun 2006 Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this week rejected a request from the Bush administration to send an additional 1,500 National Guard troops to the Mexican border, the governor's office confirmed Friday.

Sailors' personal data found on Internet 23 Jun 2006 Social Security numbers and other personal data for 28,000 sailors and members of their families have been found on a civilian Web site, triggering a criminal investigation.

Bolivia seeks prosecution of ex-president, former Enron officials 23 Jun 2006 The energy minister said Friday that he's seeking criminal charges against ex-President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada and others for allegedly cheating the state in a gas pipeline investment deal. Andrez Soliz said asked Bolivia's chief prosecutor to pursue charges against Sanchez de Lozada and former officials of collapsed Enron Corp. and Prisma Energy, which had bought Enron shares, for contracts damaging to the state, contravening the constitution and falsification of contracts.

Transportation Secretary Mineta resigning --White House spokesman says Cabinet member to step down next month 23 Jun 2006 Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, the only Democrat in President [sic] Bush's Cabinet, will step down next month, White House press secretary Tony Snow said Friday.

Tancredo confronts 'super-state' effort --Demands full disclosure of White House work with Mexico, Canada 15 Jun 2006 Responding to a WorldNetDaily report, Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., is demanding the Bush administration fully disclose the activities of an office implementing a trilateral agreement with Mexico and Canada that apparently could lead to a North American union, despite having no authorization from Congress.

U.S. grants license to N.M. uranium plant 23 Jun 2006 The Nuclear 'Regulatory' Commission issued its first license for a major commercial nuclear facility in 30 years Friday, allowing an international consortium to build what would be the nation's first private fuel source for commercial nuclear power plants.

E-Voting Lawsuit Planned in Georgia 22 Jun 2006 A newly formed advocacy coalition VoterGA announced plans to sue the State of Georgia for denying the citizens of Georgia an elections system that will ensure that their votes count.

"The depth and breadth of their misconduct was astonishing." Committee report called "Gimme Five," a reference to what Jack Abramoff and Michael Scanlon called their secret fee-splitting arrangement 22 Jun 2006 Existing laws are sufficient to deal with the massive fraud perpetrated by lobbyist Jack Abramoff and a former aide to then-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, a Senate panel concluded Thursday. In a 373-page report, the Republican-controlled Senate Indian Affairs Committee said that with regard to Abramoff and ex-DeLay aide Michael Scanlon collecting tens of millions of dollars from Indian tribes, "without doubt, the depth and breadth of their misconduct was astonishing."

US House votes to cut estate tax 22 Jun 2006 In an election-year bid by Republicans to eliminate most taxes on inherited wealth, the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a sweetened compromise aimed at building support in the Senate that would exempt all but the biggest estates from taxation.

Court strikes down rule requiring hedge funds to register with SEC 23 Jun 2006 A federal court struck down a Securities and Exchange Commission rule that requires hedge fund advisers to register with the agency as investment advisers.

North Carolina school district bans dictionary of slang 23 Jun 2006 A North Carolina school district has banned the Cassell Dictionary of Slang under pressure from one of a growing number of conservative Christian groups using the internet to encourage school book bans across the US.

Charles Darwin's tortoise dies 23 Jun 2006 The world's oldest animal in captivity has died on the Sunshine Coast at the ripe old age of 176. Giant Galapagos tortoise Harriet has died of a suspected heart attack. It is believed Harriet was one of three animals naturalist Charles Darwin brought back from his trip to the Galapagos Islands in 1835 and which led to his theories of evolution and natural selection.

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Ridge: Terror War Likely to Last Decades [His million$ in profits from the 'terror war' will last decades.] 22 Jun 2006 Former Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge, speaking at the opening of a new RAND Corp. office, said the war on [of] terror is likely to last for decades, much like the Cold War. "For every (Osama) bin Laden, there's a bin Laden wannabe. And for every al-Qaida, there's a like organization," Ridge said Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

7 arrested in suspected plot against Chicago's Sears Tower 22 Jun 2006 Authorities in the United States have arrested seven people they say were planning to attack, among other targets, Chicago's Sears Tower. The arrests, made in Miami, allegedly foiled a plot that was in its early stages [like a stem cell ready to go on the Internet], according to U.S. law enforcement officials.

7 arrested in Miami, linked to [*alleged*] terror plot 23 Jun 2006 Seven persons were arrested yesterday in connection with the early stages of a plot to attack Chicago's Sears Tower and other buildings in the United States, including the FBI office here, a federal law enforcement official said. CNN reported last night, citing law-enforcement sources, that some suspects belong to a radical black Muslim sect and that at least one had taken "an al Qaeda [George W. Bush] oath."

Seven arrests over 'Chicago plot' 23 Jun 2006 The FBI has arrested seven people in the US city of Miami who were planning to blow up Chicago's Sears Tower and other targets, officials say. No weapons or bomb-making equipment was found as the arrests were made over the past two days. 'No imminent threat' --"There is no imminent threat to Miami or any other area," said FBI spokesman Richard Kolko. [Then why were they arrested?!?] There were a large number of law enforcement officials involved in the operation, one local businessman told the Associated Press news agency. "There is a ton of guys in uniforms moving around, blocking the streets," said Cedric Thomas. [The Waffen SS will be in every Blue City this summer, to facilitate Bush bin Laden's next terrorist attack!]

FBI arrests 7 in Miami terrorism-related search --Investigators claim men conspired to attack Sears Tower 22 Jun 2006 Federal law-enforcement sources tell NBC News that the FBI has arrested seven men here as part of an ongoing terrorism operation. FBI agents swarmed over a warehouse in Miami's Liberty City area, using a blowtorch to take off its metal door. Neighbors said the suspects said they were Muslim and had tried to recruit young people to join their group, which seemed militaristic [?!?].

FBI Conducts Terrorism-Related Investigation In Liberty City 22 Jun 2006 FBI agents investigating terrorism-related activities were conducting a number of raids and had made several arrests Thursday, federal officials said. A Miami Police Department SWAT team assisted federal agents in the search. Armed agents could be seen in the area.

Gag me with a chainsaw! General: Iran Planting Bombs In Iraq 22 Jun 2006 According to the United States' commanding general in Iraq, Iran has joined the war. Gen. George Casey said Iranians are planting roadside bombs that are killing U.S. soldiers, reports CBS News correspondent Lee Cowan. Casey went so far as to accuse the Iranian government of helping mastermind the attacks. [The *US* government is planting the bombs and masterminding the attacks.]

The ugly truth about everyday life in Baghdad (by the US ambassador) [Parental discretion is advised. The whole war and occupation is one massive obscenity. --MDR] CONFIDENTIAL MEMO FROM: US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, Baghdad TO: Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State SUBJECT: SNAPSHOTS FROM THE OFFICE - SENSITIVE --Published: 20 June 2006

Rumsfeld reiterates that U.S. plans no troop reductions in Iraq 22 Jun 2006 After three days of congressional debate over possibly withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said Thursday that no reduction is planned and that the military force could even grow.

Cheney: Iraq pullout 'worst possible thing we could do' [to Halliburton] 22 Jun 2006 Withdrawing American troops from Iraq would embolden terrorists and leave the United States and its allies [all one of them] vulnerable to new attacks, Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney said Thursday. Neither an immediate nor phased withdrawal would confer any protection on the United States, Cheney said. "If we pull out, they'll follow us [because they are us]," he said of terrorists.

Senators reject Iraq withdrawal 23 Jun 2006 The US Senate voted overwhelmingly against a call to pull out all US troops in Iraq by next summer as Republicans sought to capitalise on recent good news to criticise Democrats as defeatist.

Republicans to Use Votes to Cast Democrats as Weak on Terrorism 22 Jun 2006 Republicans, defending an unpopular war in Iraq, will use two Senate votes today to exploit Democrats' divisions on the conflict in an effort to cast them as weak on terrorism and national security.

Howard recommits to Iraq 23 Jun 2006 Iraq was destined to become a much riskier place for Australian troops but was now a vital battleground in the global fight against terrorism and Australia would not "cut and run", John Howard promised yesterday. [We see Howard received KKKarl Rove's talking points too.]

Australians take riskier role in Iraq 22 Jun 2006 Australian troops in Iraq could soon face battles against insurgents with a risk of casualties, the country's prime minister, John Howard, said today in an announcement detailing their new mission. The new, more dangerous role for Australia's forces in southern Iraq forms part of a wider redeployment of foreign troops as security responsibilities are 'gradually handed over' [Yeah, right!] to Iraqi units.

Furious Iraq demands apology 23 Jun 2006 Australia's relations with the Iraqi Government were severely fractured yesterday with the Iraqi Trade Minister threatening to ditch all trade deals after Australian military forces opened fire on his bodyguards, killing one and injuring four others. The botched security operation happened on Wednesday afternoon, Baghdad time. The Iraqi Trade Minister, Abdul Falah al-Sudany, is demanding an apology and compensation from the Howard Government.

At least 25 people found executed in Mosul 22 Jun 2006 At least 25 people have been executed gangland-style in Iraq's third-largest city this week, with residents gunned down in ones and twos and bodies found scattered throughout Mosul.

4 Marines killed during operations in Iraq 22 Jun 2006 The U.S. military announced Thursday that four Marines were killed during operations in Anbar province, three of them in a roadside bombing.

Four US soldiers killed in Afghanistan 22 Jun 2006 Four U.S. soldiers have been killed and one wounded in clashes with Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, the U.S. military said on Thursday.

A bloody day in Kandahar --Six Canadian soldiers hurt in attacks --Taliban under pressure, step up assaults 22 Jun 2006 Several explosions hit Canadian armoured vehicles on the roads of southern Afghanistan yesterday, wounding six soldiers and causing civilian casualties on a tough day for Canadians in the intensifying conflict with Taliban militants.

Karzai says 600 Afghan deaths 'not acceptable' --Demands new approach to war on [of] terror 22 Jun 2006 Afghan President Hamid Karzai urged the international community to reassess its approach to the war on terror Thursday, saying the deaths of hundreds of Afghans in fighting with U.S.-led forces was "not acceptable."

Cheney Says He Might Testify in Leak Case 22 Jun 2006 Vice pResident Dick Cheney said Thursday he might have to testify in the CIA leak trial of his former chief of staff. Cheney made the comment in a CNN interview, following last month's suggestion by prosecutors that the vice president would be a logical witness in the case of I. Lewis Libby, who is accused of perjury, obstruction and lying to the FBI.

Victims' Families Say Gov't Secrecy Keeping 9/11 Truth Hidden 22 Jun 2006 Families of those killed in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 said Thursday that excessive secrecy by the government is keeping from them what went wrong before the hijackings.

Harkat informant called 'insane' --Terrorism suspect freed on bail; expert attacks accuser's credibility 22 Jun 2006 Suspected Ottawa terrorist Mohamed Harkat was freed on bail yesterday as evidence emerged that a former "high-ranking" 'al-Qaeda' informant who triggered his arrest was, in fact, a relatively minor and "certifiably insane" operative. What's more, Abu Zubaydah only revealed his information, including now questionable details about supposed al-Qaeda plots against the United States, while being tortured by Central Intelligence Agency interrogators.

Cdn Terror Justice - Secret Evidence - Tortured Informant --The Supreme Court Is Now Deliberating These Issues By Doug Bracewell 22 Jun 2006 "Even before [Mohamed] Harkat's arrest three and one half years ago, there were serious doubts within the FBI and CIA about Mr. [Abu] Zubaydah's credibility, FBI and CIA had apprehensions and that 'the United States would torture a mentally disturbed man and leap, screaming, at every word he uttered,' were ignored by senior White House officials."

Privacy advocates slam AT&T on customer records 22 Jun 2006 Privacy advocates slammed AT&T Inc. on Thursday for declaring that it owned its Internet and video customers' account information and could hand the data over to law enforcement if needed.

U.S. Gets Access to Worldwide Banking Data 22 Jun 2006 The U.S. government gained sweeping access to international banking records as part of a secret program to choke off financial support for terrorism, officials confirmed Thursday. Treasury Department officials said they used broad subpoenas to collect the financial records from an international system known as Swift.

Government hit by rash of data breaches 22 Jun 2006 The government agency charged with fighting identity theft said Thursday it had lost two government laptops containing sensitive personal data, the latest in a series of breaches encompassing millions of people.

FTC laptops stolen, 110 people at risk of ID theft 22 Jun 2006 The Federal Trade Commission, responsible for protecting Americans from fraud and identity theft, reported on Thursday the theft of two of its own computers with personal information about 110 people.

BA faces 'airline cartel' probe 23 Jun 2006 Fair competition chiefs on both sides of the Atlantic are investigating British Airways and other airlines over alleged price-fixing activity.

British Airways investigated by UK and US for fuel surcharge 22 Jun 2006 British Airways is being investigated by UK and US regulators for the alleged price fixing of fuel surcharges on long-haul flights to and from the UK.

Where Did Safavian Work Again? By Dan Froomkin 21 Jun 2006 "You wouldn't know it from the coverage of David H. Safavian's conviction yesterday for lying and obstructing justice, but some of his criminal activity actually took place while he was working at the White House. Safavian managed to avoid being frog-marched out of the White House by resigning three days before his arrest."

New report shows 17 states at high risk for election results compromised due to electronic voting machine problems 22 Jun 2006 A new report released Thursday by Common Cause concludes that the push to use direct recording electronic (DRE) voting machines was misguided, has resulted in serious security and reliability concerns, and should be reversed. The report also assesses states at greatest risk of having elections compromised due to problems with voting machines, presents information on voting systems used by each states and makes recommendations on safeguarding votes to citizens who must use a DRE in November.

Senate kills minimum pay boost --Democrats attack GOP lawmakers on cost-of-living raises 22 Jun 2006 A battle over whether to raise the minimum wage is spilling into the hard-fought congressional races, with several Democratic challengers staging campaign events on the issue and Democrats promising to increase the wage as one of their first acts should they win control of Congress. Democrats have already crafted a campaign message attacking Republicans for accepting annual cost-of-living increases in their own salaries while denying a raise to about 6.6 million workers who have not seen a federal minimum wage increase in nine years.

Court Expands Right to Sue Over Wrongs at Work 23 Jun 2006 The Supreme Court made it easier yesterday for workers in most parts of the country to sue employers for retaliating against them when they complain about sexual harassment or other discrimination.

Stolen body parts shipped to Australia 22 Jun 2006 Medical products made from human body parts stolen from funeral homes in New York have been implanted into Australians. Last night the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) was urgently trying to contact 46 patients through their doctors to warn them in what is one of the biggest health scares of its kind.

Body parts did not need approval by US 23 Jun 2006 The US Food and Drug Administration did not give pre-market clearance for the medical product that has been caught up in a stolen body parts scandal, because the manufacturer was not required to apply for one.

vCJD toll 'could be much higher' 23 Jun 2006 The number of people infected with vCJD could be far higher than thought because of a longer incubation period, British scientists said. They believe the time between infection with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and developing variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) could be more than 50 years.

Scientists: Earth Seeing Hottest Temperatures In 2,000 Years 22 Jun 2006 According to new research, the Earth is now the hottest it's been in 2,000 years, and researchers said it can be blamed on those of us who call it home. A National Academy of Sciences report finds that in the Northern Hemisphere, average global surface temperatures climbed about 1 degree Fahrenheit in the 20th century. The experts said they believe the warming seen in the last few decades is unprecedented over the last 1,000 years.

Global warming surpassed natural cycles in fueling 2005 hurricane season 22 Jun 2006 Global warming accounted for around half of the extra hurricane-fueling warmth in the waters of the tropical North Atlantic in 2005, while natural cycles were only a minor factor, according to a new analysis by Kevin Trenberth and Dennis Shea of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

Gore talks climate change with top British officials 22 Jun 2006 President Al Gore led a climate change seminar today at the office of British Treasury Chief Gordon Brown. The audience included the British environment secretary and other lawmakers. Brown praised Gore's decades of interest in global warming.

Gore: US in denial on world warming 22 Jun 2006 Many Americans are still in a "state of denial" about the severity of the global warming crisis, former US President Al Gore said ahead of talks with Chancellor Gordon Brown.

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Howl: Bush's Baghdad Palace By Nicholas von Hoffman 20 Jun 2006 "Among the many secrets the American government cannot keep, one of its biggest (104 acres) and most expensive ($592 million) is the American Embassy being built in Baghdad... It will come as less than a surprise to learn that this project is another Halliburton deal subbed out to an outfit in Kuwait... Democrats Administration as cowards who 'cut and run.' But if this Embassy plan is not a form of cut and run, what is it? Instead of cutting and making a run for Kuwait, they intend to cut and run into what amounts to the world's largest bunker, a capacious rat hole where they can wait in safety until all the Iraqis have killed one another or all factions unite, march on this air-conditioned citadel and slit the throats of its irrelevant inhabitants."

Bush Warns Guantanamo Bay Holds "Cold-Blooded Killers" [Only when he's there] 21 Jun 2006 Dictator Bush warns the detention center at Guantanamo Bay is holding some "cold-blooded killers" who'd strike again if let out.

Pentagon waited months to tell families of 2 soldiers killed by Iraqis 21 Jun 2006 The Pentagon waited nine months after completing an investigation into the deaths of two U.S. soldiers before notifying relatives the men were killed by Iraqi troops, the military acknowledged Wednesday.

Iraqi troops blamed in '04 deaths --Pentagon shocks California families with word that 2 U.S. soldiers were slain by trainees patrolling alongside them 21 Jun 2006 A few weeks before he died, a depressed Spc. Patrick Ryan McCaffrey called his father from Iraq and told him that he had just been fired upon by the Iraqi troops he was helping to train. Bob McCaffrey said that his 34-year-old son notified his commanding officer but "was told to keep his mouth shut." A month later, on June 22, 2004, his son was dead. The Army said his unit was ambushed by enemy forces on a patrol near Balad, Iraq. On Tuesday, a Pentagon spokesman said that the Army's Criminal Investigation Command has concluded that McCaffrey, from Tracy, and 2nd Lt. Andre Demetrius Tyson, 33, of Riverside, were killed by Iraqi soldiers who were patrolling alongside the U.S. soldiers.

8 Servicemen Charged With Murder 21 Jun 2006 Seven Marines and a sailor have been charged with murder in the April death of an Iraqi civilian, the Marine Corps said Wednesday. All eight also were charged with kidnapping, according to a Marine statement issued at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Other charges include conspiracy, larceny and providing false official statements.

Fourth Fort Campbell soldier charged in Iraqi deaths 21 Jun 2006 The U.S. military in Iraq today announced that a fourth Fort Campbell soldier has been charged with murder in the May 9 shooting deaths of three Iraqis detained by U.S. troops.

US soldiers accused of killing Iraqi farmers 21 Jun 2006 Iraqi police have accused the US military of killing 15 farm workers during a raid near Baquba, north of Baghdad. The US Army says the dead men were all 'insurgents' who had opened fire on soldiers during an operation in the area [?!?], but Iraqi police and relatives of the dead men say the victims were poultry farm workers who had been sleeping in the fields when US troops attacked.

Gunmen abduct 100 Iraqi workers 22 Jun 2006 Gunmen kidnapped up to 100 workers as they finished work at an industrial complex north of Baghdad yesterday -Iraq's biggest mass abduction since the downfall of Saddam Hussein. Scores of factory workers were captured by squads of gunmen [US death squads] at Taji as they were boarding buses and minibuses to go home at the end of the day, witnesses said. They were driven away in cars. [Gee, who can deploy an organization of gunmen and cars, to kidnap 100 people? The 'insurgents?' *Not.* Blackwater USA could handle it, though.]

Australian guards kill Iraqi bodyguard in mishap 21 Jun 2006 Australian security guards protecting a trade delegation in Baghdad mistakenly opened fire on the bodyguards of the Iraqi trade minister on Wednesday, killing one and wounding three, witnesses said.

Iraqi fury at Australian shooting 22 Jun 2006 Australia's defence force has expressed its regret for the fatal shooting of an Iraqi politician's security guard by Australian soldiers in Baghdad.

30 rebels attacked slain US troops in Iraq-witness 21 Jun 2006 Two slain U.S. soldiers who went missing south of Baghdad were ambushed by as many as 30 'insurgents' who closed in on them in vehicles and opened fire, according to people who said on Wednesday they were witnesses.

US Senate debates Iraq timetable 22 Jun 2006 The US Senate has seen heated debate over a possible timetable for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq. Democratic Party senators have put forward two options - a full exit by July 2007, or a phased exit starting this year but with no final deadline.

Army takes older recruits 21 Jun 2006 The U.S. Army, aiming to make its recruiting goals amid the Iraq war, raised its maximum enlistment age by another two years [to 42] on Wednesday, while the Army Reserve predicted it will miss its recruiting target for a second straight year.

White House press secretary Tony Snow (headsonpikes.blogspot.com) 16 Jun 2006 "'Mr. Snow, as White House press secretary, do you have anything to say about the 2500 American soldiers who have been sacrificed thus far in Iraq...? Do you have anything to say about those 2500 dead Americans?' 'It's a number.'"

U.S. Denies Sending Troops to Bolivia 21 Jun 2006 President Evo Morales drew a sharp denial from the U.S. Embassy when he claimed in a speech that the United States is sending soldiers disguised as students and tourists to Bolivia. [This one has Bush bin Laden written *all over it.*]

The Post's Curious Interest in Leopold and TO By Marc Ash 21 Jun 2006 "On Sunday, The Washington Post published an article titled, 'My Unwitting Role in the Rove 'Scoop' by Joe Lauria. It's a hit piece, plain and simple. For the record, Jason Leopold is not acting alone on the Rove indictment story. All of TO's senior editors are participating in interviewing sources, verifying facts and vetting every sentence published before the story goes live. We find it curious that The Washington Post has taken such a keen interest in Jason Leopold and TO." [*How much* publicity will Ash and Pitt eke out of this Lie-o-pold story? They are milking this fantasy for all it's worth. Their audacity and mendacity are unequaled on the Internet. How much interest could the CLG generate by making up stories and standing by them, through thin and thinner? We don't want to know--we don't do lies for hits. -MDR]

Ground Zero mob tie? Firm banned by city and feds excavating for Freedom Tower 21 Jun 2006 A contractor banned by the city and feds for longtime ties to the mob is blasting away bedrock at Ground Zero in the first step toward construction of the Freedom Tower, the Daily News has learned. Laquila Construction was hired for the multimillion-dollar job, despite the fact the firm is blackballed by the city and federal governments from bidding on public contracts. The company's president is under federal indictment on criminal charges of bribing a mob-controlled union so he could use nonunion help on unrelated projects. The Freedom Tower is being built for the Port Authority by developer Larry Silverstein [who gave the command to 'pull' WTC 7], with publicly subsidized Liberty Bonds that cut costs.

Specter to grill officials on Bush ignoring laws 21 Jun 2006 The Bush administration will have to explain why it thinks it can ignore or overrule laws passed by Congress in a hearing next week, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter said on Wednesday.

Push to limit NSA spying fails 21 Jun 2006 Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, came within 13 votes Tuesday of shutting down the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance program. As House members debated funding an annual defense spending bill, Schiff introduced an amendment that would have denied federal funding for any electronic surveillance conducted on U.S. soil without a warrant. It failed 207-219 after a rare, unscripted battle over the constitutionality of the program and Dictator Bush's executive authority.

AT&T rewrites rules: Your data isn't yours 21 Jun 2006 AT&T's new privacy policy, which takes effect Fridays, says that AT&T -- not customers -- owns customers' confidential info and can use it "to protect its legitimate business interests, safeguard others, or respond to legal process." The company's policy overhaul follows recent reports that AT&T was one of several leading telecom providers that allowed the National Security Agency warrantless access to its voice and data networks as part of the Bush administration's war on [of] terror.

Hacker enters Agriculture dept. computers 22 Jun 2006 A hacker broke into the Agriculture Department's computer system and may have obtained names, Social Security numbers and photos of 26,000 Washington-area employees and contractors, the department said Wednesday.

Lawmaker seeks to restore anti-terrorism funds 21 Jun 2006 A key Republican congressman [New York Rep. Peter King] on Wednesday said he would push for legislation to rescind steep cuts in federal anti-terrorism grant funds for New York City and Washington.

GOPedophile expected to testify in child molestation trial --GOPervert who produced anti-Gore ad in 2000, accused of touching 8 year-old girl 21 Jun 2006 Political consultant and ad producer Carey Lee Cramer is expected to testify today defending himself against charges he sexually molested two young girls. Cramer, 44, who gained national notoriety with an anti-Al Gore commercial in 2000, is facing several counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

GOP Stops Voting Rights Act 22 Jun 2006 House leaders abruptly canceled a vote to renew the 1965 Voting Rights Act yesterday after rank-and-file Republicans revolted over provisions that require bilingual ballots in many places and continued federal oversight of voting practices in Southern states.

Delay on Voting Rights Renewal Called 'Inexcusable' 21 Jun 2006 A delay on the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act, which expires at the end of 2007, is "inexcusable," according to U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), a member of the House Judiciary Committee.

Consumer Groups and Medical Malpractice Survivors Form United Front against "Health Courts" (Center for Justice and Democracy) 21 Jun 2006 "In two separate letters to the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, four of the nation’s leading consumer groups and 40 victims of medical malpractice expressed strong objection to the concept of 'Health Courts' to resolve medical malpractice claims... According to the letter from consumer groups... the options being considered by the HELP committee would eliminate the right to jury trial, replacing it with 'a vaguely defined administrative bureaucracy run by political appointees charged with developing uniform schedules of compensation for specific medical injuries.'"

Big Dollars, Little Sense: Rising Medicare Prescription Drug Prices (familiesusa.org) 20 Jun 2006 "1) Virtually all of the Part D plans raised their prices for the majority of the top 20 drugs in this study. From November 2005 to April 2006, the median price increase among Part D plans for the top 20 drugs prescribed to seniors was 3.7 percent. 2) For all of the top 20 drugs prescribed to seniors, VA prices in April were lower than the lowest prices charged by Part D plans. ...[F]or half of the 20 drugs, the lowest price charged by any Part D plan was at least 46 percent higher than the lowest price secured by the VA."

CEOs earn 262 times pay of average worker 21 Jun 2006 Chief executive officers in the United States earned 262 times the pay of an average worker in 2005, the second-highest level in the 40 years for which there is data, a nonprofit think-tank said on Wednesday.

Sheeler Apologizes to Senator John Kerry for Misinformation (carlsheeler.com) 19 Jun 2006 Marine veteran and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Carl Sheeler offered his apology to Senator John Kerry following his appearance at Lt. Governor Charlie Fogarty's campaign headquarters’ grand opening this evening on Atwells Avenue. During his speech... Kerry shared his support for Sheldon Whitehouse. Kerry had a chance to meet with Carl Sheeler, who introduced himself as the primary opponent of Sheldon Whitehouse. Kerry was visibly stunned to learn that Whitehouse had a challenger and stated to Sheeler, "I was told that Sheldon did not have a primary or an opponent." Sheeler replied, "On behalf of all Rhode Island's Democrats I am very sorry that you were led to believe this. It's simply not true."

Southern San Andreas fault waiting to explode --Expert believes Los Angeles area at risk for massive earthquake 21 Jun 2006 The southern end of the San Andreas fault near Los Angeles, which has been still for more than two centuries, is under immense stress and could produce a massive earthquake at any moment, a scientist said Wednesday.

Al Gore's Documentary Wins Special Award 21 Jun 2006 The Al Gore documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" will receive a rare recognition from the Humanitas Prize, which honors screenwriting that helps "liberate, enrich and unify society."

On Tape: Rep Won't Let Customer Quit AOL 21 Jun 2006 An incredible video from CNBC shows an AOL customer trying to cancel his account, but a phone rep won't let him do it. It took customer Vincent Ferrari 15 minutes waiting on the phone just to reach a real, live person.

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Guantanamo and CIA flights to be analysed in Vienna summit --A draft declaration said EU and U.S. would redouble efforts to ensure that "measures taken to combat terrorism comply fully with (...) human rights law, refugee law and international humanitarian law." 21 Jun 2006 Amid unprecedented security and public hostility, U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush met with senior EU officials Wednesday in a summit overshadowed by European demands on Washington to close its detention center for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

7 Marines, 1 sailor to face murder charges --Accused service members held over April 26 death of an Iraqi civilian 21 Jun 2006 The Marine Corps on Wednesday planned to charge seven Marines and one sailor with murder in connection with the April death of an Iraqi civilian, a defense official said.

Diyala - A Laboratory of Civil War? A recent case study in the dynamics of occupation and sectarianism By Max Fuller, member of the BRussells Tribunal Advisory Committee. 20 Jun 2006 Part 1: Operation Knockout in Diyala Demonstrates US Collusion with Death Squads

"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers". Henry VI (Part 2) the play by William Shakespeare (Act IV, Scene II). Baghdad gunmen kill third Saddam defense lawyer 21 Jun 2006 One of Saddam Hussein's main lawyers was shot dead on Wednesday after men in police uniforms [US death squads] took him from his home, police and relatives said, the third defense attorney to be killed since the trial opened in October.

Saddam, 7 co-defendants on hunger strike 21 Jun 2006 Saddam Hussein and his seven co-defendants went on a hunger strike Wednesday to protest the killing of an attorney on the defense team, Saddam Hussein's chief lawyer, Khalil al-Dulaimir, said.

George Bush Sanctioned Rape Rooms? By Larry C Johnson 16 Jun 2006 "Today's Washington Post reports that the Shias running Iraqi prisons are engaged in the kinds of abuse last seen when Saddam was in power... 'On Saturday, a group of parliament members paid a surprise visit to a detention facility run by the Interior Ministry in Baqubah, north of Baghdad. 'We have found terrible violations of the law,' said Muhammed al-Dayni, a Sunni parliament member who said as many as 120 detainees were packed into a 35-by-20-foot cell. 'They told us that they've been raped,' Dayni said. 'Their families were called in and tortured to force the detainees to testify against other people.' 'The detention facilities of the ministries of Defense and Interior are places for the most brutal human rights abuse,' he added... Will George and Rummy wind up at the Hague some day and be asked to answer for Saddam style rape rooms?"

AP: Iraqi troops killed 2 U.S. soldiers 21 Jun 2006 Two California soldiers shot to death in Iraq were murdered by Iraqi civil-defense officers patrolling with them, military investigators have found. The deaths of Army Spc. Patrick R. McCaffrey Sr. and 1st Lt. Andre D. Tyson were originally attributed to an ambush during a patrol near Balad, Iraq, on June 22, 2004.

Fears of massacre over abduction of 100 workers in Iraq 21 Jun 2006 Gunmen abducted around 100 Iraqi factory workers today as they were being ferried home from work in a fleet of buses just north of Baghdad. The abduction, prompting fears of another horrific 'sectarian' [US] massacre, came on a brutal day in Iraq in which a senior member of Saddam Hussein's defence team was murdered after men in police uniforms grabbed him from his home.

Thirteen Iraqis killed by US fire on poultry farm: Iraqi police 20 Jun 2006 Thirteen Iraqis working in poultry farms in a village near the restive city of Baquba were killed during overnight US raids in the area, Iraqi police and a rights organisation said. An Iraqi police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that in addition to the 13 killed, four others were wounded and 10 people arrested.

US memo says Iraq in freefall 20 Jun 2006 A leaked telegram from the US embassy in Baghdad signed by the ambassador paints a grim picture of Iraq as a country in freefall. It reveals that the real [US-installed] rulers of the country are the militias, and the central government counts for nothing.

21,000 troops notified for Iraq deployment 20 Jun 2006 The Pentagon has notified about 21,000 Army soldiers and Marines that they are scheduled to be sent to Iraq late this year as part of the latest deployment rotation.

McCain: Not Time to Withdraw From Iraq --Senate today will debate two Democratic proposals on troop withdrawal from Iraq 21 Jun 2006 The Senate will debate Sen. John Kerry's proposal -- which says essentially that all U.S. troops must be out of Iraq by July 2007 -- and a nonbinding resolution that advocates a phased withdrawal, which would begin this year but has no specific end date.

Iraq: US may be asked to leave 21 Jun 2006 The level of violence in some areas of Iraq is worsening dramatically and US forces may soon be asked to leave by the Iraqi Government. In an exclusive interview with The Australian, former US deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage has given a gloomy assessment of the situation.

Canberra to review Iraq commitment 21 Jun 2006 Australia will review its military commitment to Iraq based on the performance of Iraqi security forces in the southern province of Al-Muthanna, the nation's Defense Minister Brendan Nelson said Wednesday.

Follow Japan out of Iraq: ALP 21 Jun 2006 Labor has called for the immediate withdrawal of Australian troops in southern Iraq following the Japanese Government's decision to recall its reconstruction taskforce.

Japan says "sayonara" to Bush's Iraq war By Edward M. Gomez 21 Jun 2006 "He has the coolest hair of any world leader, with his high-pitched, French New Wave movie idol's 'do. Apparently, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi also has limited patience - and a good instinct for protecting his political legacy - since he has just announced that his country will begin pulling its 600 troops (members of Japan's Self-Defense Forces) out of Iraq."

U.S. Back at Full War Footing in Afghanistan --Brian Ross Reports 20 Jun 2006 The United States military is quietly carrying out the largest military offensive in Afghanistan since U.S. troops invaded the country in 2001... The offensive, "Operation Mountain Thrust," [*Puke*] involves almost 11,000 U.S. troops and is focused on four southern Afghanistan provinces.

"We cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions." Tanker Inquiry Finds Rumsfeld's Attention Was Elsewhere 20 Jun 2006 The topic was the largest defense procurement scandal in recent decades, and the two investigators for the Pentagon's inspector general in Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's office on April 1, 2005, asked the secretary to raise his hand and swear to tell the truth. Rumsfeld agreed but complained. "I find it strange," he said to the investigators, on the grounds that as a government official "the laws apply to me" anyway. ...Rumsfeld cited poor memory, loose office procedures, and a general distraction with "the wars" in Iraq and Afghanistan to explain why he was unsure how his department came to nearly squander $30 billion leasing several hundred new tanker aircraft that its own experts had decided were not needed. ["The laws apply to me anyway." They do?!? That's news to us! And, will be news to Rumsfeld's judge and jury when he is eventually tried, convicted, and executed for *war crimes.* --LRP]

Stress disorder seen soaring among returning troops 19 Jun 2006 The Department of Veterans Affairs is on a pace to see nearly 20,000 new cases of post-combat stress this year among service members who've served in Iraq or Afghanistan, more than six times the number of cases that officials had expected.

Marine found guilty of raping expat woman sentenced to 3 years in jail 21 Jun 2006 A US marine found guilty of raping an expatriate woman in Bahrain has been sentenced to three years in jail and a bad-conduct discharge, said a US Naval spokesperson.

U.S. Says No to Talks With North Korea 21 Jun 2006 North Korea said Wednesday it wants direct talks with the United States over its apparent plans to test-fire a long-range missile, but a top U.S. envoy [John Bolton] rejected the request.

N Korea 'is not bound' by missile test ban 20 Jun 2006 North Korea on Tuesday declared that it was not bound by a moratorium on testing long-range missiles, and increasing fears that it would launch an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Saudi deal 'hidden from MPs' 21 Jun 2006 The Government used "special accounting arrangements" on a controversial £20bn oil-for-arms deal with Saudi Arabia to make sure MPs were not able to vet it, The Daily Telegraph has learned. [See: The Freedom of Information documents.]

'My head's on the block' - Reid [OMG, we *wish!* --LRP] 21 Jun 2006 Home Secretary John Reid has admitted that he had put his head "on the block" over reforming the beleaguered Home Office.

Secretive facility under fire --Counterterrorism institute faces probe answer 20 Jun 2006 Expressing sentiments ranging from concern to embarrassment, university system officials said Monday that they want a full accounting of how a secretive UNLV counterterrorism institute has spent millions of taxpayer dollars. The calls for scrutiny follow a Sun story on Sunday detailing how the UNLV Institute for Security Studies has little to show for the $8.9 million, mostly in federal money, that it has received over the past three years... Several of the institute's 14 employees, who records show receive annual salaries ranging from $79,000 to $160,000, formerly worked for Bechtel Nevada, the private firm that helps the government manage the Nevada Test Site.

Security institute misses the mark --UNLV's Institute for Security Studies has received $8.9 million - money that has come mostly from taxpayers. But in three years, The Sun found, the ISS hasn't provided much bang for those bucks. 18 Jun 2006 By By Jeff German and Steve Kanigher

Four more held in raids over terrorism inquiry 21 Jun 2006 (UK) Four more men have been arrested in connection with a major inquiry into alleged international terrorism. The four were held as part of a West Yorkshire Police-led operation linked to the arrest of Aabid Hussain Khan, 21, from Bradford, at Manchester airport on June 6. He was charged last week, along with a 16-year-old from Dewsbury.

Bye-bye, Posse Comitatus: National Guard troops roll into New Orleans 20 Jun 2006 National Guard troops convoyed into New Orleans on Tuesday in support of a police force trying to keep [destroy] the peace following brutal weekend murders in a city still badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

House Judiciary Committee passes resolution demanding NSA telecom requests 21 Jun 2006 The House Judiciary Committee unexpectedly passed a Democratic resolution Wednesday morning calling on the Justice Department to turn over all requests made by the National Security Agency and other federal agencies to telephone service providers to obtain information without a warrant.

The Surveillance State Unveiled By Thomas R. Eddlem 26 Jun 2006 "President [sic] Bush and adherents to his viewpoint have defended the idea that the government has a right to wiretap, but their assertions do not stand up to scrutiny... Following is an analysis of the Bush administration’s public rationale for conducting warrantless surveillance."

Flurry of new data breaches disclosed 19 Jun 2006 The dizzying pace of data-breach notifications in recent months shows no signs of slowing, as several more organizations have disclosed major data compromises over the past few days. The latest disclosures bring to more than 190 the number of such incidents reported since the ChoicePoint Inc. breach of February 2005, according to a list maintained by the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a San Diego-based advocacy group.

Equifax: Laptop With Employee Data Stolen 20 Jun 2006 Equifax Inc., one of the nation's three major credit bureaus, said Tuesday a company laptop containing employee names and Social Security numbers was stolen from an employee who was traveling by train near London.

All New Orleans Public School Teachers Fired, Millions in Federal Aid Channeled to Private Charter Schools (democracynow.org) 20 Jun 2006 Immediately after Hurricane Katrina hit, the Louisiana state legislature voted to take over most of New Orleans' public schools and effectively fire the 7,500 teachers and employees who work in them. The city schools are now part of the state-run recovery school district and control of many of schools is being given to private charter organizations. [Arming the Left: Is the time now? --by Charles Southwell 21 Oct 2003 "As long as we pose no REAL threat to the powers-that-be, to what is shaping up into a dictatorship, we will continue to be ignored. Right now, we are ignored because we present no organized power to fight this onslaught of anti-democratic, totalitarian government that we are up against..."]

House delays renewal of Voting Rights Act 21 Jun 2006 House Republican leaders on Wednesday postponed a vote on renewing the 1965 Voting Rights Act after GOP lawmakers complained it unfairly singles out [?!?] nine Southern states for federal oversight.

Senate defeats Democrats' minimum wage increase 21 Jun 2006 The U.S. Senate on Wednesday defeated a proposal pushed by Democrats to raise the federal minimum wage in increments from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour by January 1, 2009.

Inflation Ravages U.S. Wages, Fueling Angst at Bush's Economy 20 Jun 2006 Americans' wage gains are evaporating as inflation accelerates, helping explain why confidence in the economy isn't soaring along with job growth.

U.S. crude supply at eight-year high: Energy Dept. 21 Jun 2006 The Energy Department said crude supplies rose 1.4 million barrels for the week ended June 16. They total 347.1 million -- their highest level since the week ended May 29, 1998, the report said. [Why haven't the corpora-terrorists at ExxonMobil lowered their prices?]

USA out-flanked in Eurasia Energy Politics? By F. William Engdahl 03 Jun 2006 "Curiously and quietly the United States is being out-flanked in its now-obvious strategy of controlling major oil and energy sources of the Persian Gulf, Central Asia Caspian Basin, Africa and beyond. The US’s global energy control strategy, it’s now clear to most, was the actual reason for the highly costly regime change in Iraq, euphemistically dubbed 'democracy' by Washington."

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US activates interceptor missile defence 20 Jun 2006 The US defence department has activated its new ground-based interceptor missile defence system amid North Korea's plans to test-fire a long-range missile. Two American Aegis warships are already patrolling the waters off North Korea as part of the global missile defence, a media report said on Tuesday.

US makes missile defense system operational 20 Jun 2006 Amid concerns over an expected North Korean missile launch, the United States has moved its ground-based interceptor missile defense system from test mode to operational, a U.S. defense official said on Tuesday.

U.S. Keeps Mum on Warships in East Sea 19 Jun 2006 The U.S. has declined to tell the South Korean military if one of its Aegis destroyers is plowing the East Sea with a view to intercepting a long-range ballistic missile North Korea is allegedly planning to launch.

U.S. soldiers charged with premeditated murder in Iraq 20 Jun 2006 Three American soldiers were charged with premeditated murder after being accused of shooting three detainees north of Baghdad on May 9 and then threatening to kill a fellow soldier if he told the truth about the incident, the U.S. military said on Monday.

U.S. Soldiers Charged With Murder of Iraqi Detainees and Death Threat 19 Jun 2006 Three members of the Army's 101st Airborne Division threatened a fellow soldier with death last month if he cooperated with authorities investigating their roles in the killing of three Iraqi detainees, according to charge sheets released by the Army today. The soldiers, two enlisted men and a noncommissioned officer, now face charges including murder, attempted murder, conspiracy, communicating a threat and obstructing justice in connection with the deaths of three detainees on May 9, the documents showed.

Cuba tells EU end "complicity" on CIA flights 20 Jun 2006 Cuba on Tuesday called on the European Union (EU) to end a "silent complicity" under which it said the bloc had allowed secret CIA flights to transport terror suspects to detention centres in Europe for interrogation [torture]. Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque, in a speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council, also accused the United States of running a "concentration camp" at its Guantanamo naval base on Cuba, where some 460 people are being held.

Guantanamo desperation 'revealed' 20 Jun 2006 The Pentagon's own records showed inmates were desperate before three committed suicide at a US jail in Guantanamo, a US rights group said today, when the papers were made public. "These documents are the latest evidence of the desperate and immoral conditions that exist at Guantanamo Bay," American Civil Liberties Union executive director Anthony Romero said.

UK troops set to quit Iraq province 19 Jun 2006 Iraqi prime minister Nouri Maliki has confirmed that Government forces are to take over security in the southern province of Muthanna. The move is due to take place next month, according to news reports.

Japan says troops to leave Iraq 20 Jun 2006 Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has announced plans to withdraw his country's troops from Iraq.

Senate Democrats press to reduce troops in Iraq 19 Jun 2006 Senate Democrats presented two plans for winding down U.S. involvement in Iraq on Monday, one to pull out U.S. combat forces by July 2007 and another to begin withdrawing this year without a deadline for completion.

Frist: Surrender in Iraq not a solution 20 Jun 2006 Senate Majority Leader [R-Cat Torturer] Bill Frist declared Tuesday that "surrendering is not a solution" in Iraq as Democrats embraced a proposal to start U.S. troop withdrawals this year and the GOP-controlled Senate opened debate on it.

Two U.S. soldiers missing in Iraq found dead 20 Jun 2006 The bodies of two U.S. soldiers who went missing after an attack on their checkpoint have been found, an Iraqi defence official said on Tuesday. CNN said the Pentagon had confirmed the discovery of two unidentified bodies.

Iraq Official: U.S. Soldiers' Bodies Found 20 Jun 2006 The bodies of two U.S. soldiers who had been reported kidnapped have been found near the checkpoint where the men disappeared after an attack, a senior Iraqi military official said Tuesday... Ahmed Khalaf Falah, a farmer who said he witnessed the attack Friday, said three Humvees were manning a checkpoint when they came under fire from many directions. Two Humvees went after the assailants, but the third was ambushed before it could move, he told The Associated Press.

Romanian soldier killed in Afghanistan blast 20 Jun 2006 A roadside bomb ripped apart a Romanian tank in Afghanistan today, killing one soldier and wounding four others, military officials and witnesses said.

Federal contracts up 86% under Bush; Halliburton rises 600% --Top contractor Lockheed got contracts larger than budget of Congress, Dept. of Interior 19 Jun 2006 A new report claims that a "shadow government" of federal contractors has exploded in size over the last five years. The document, compiled at the request of Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and distributed to RAW STORY, indicates that procurement spending increased by over $175 billion between 2000 and 2005, making federal contracts the fastest growing component of federal discretionary spending.

GOP Kills Bill to Police Halliburton By Bob Geiger 20 Jun 2006 "In an effort to stop companies like Halliburton and its subsidiaries from cheating our troops and stealing from Americans, Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., introduced S.AMDT.4230 and attached it to the Defense Authorization bill currently being debated in the Senate. The bill was intended to improve contracting 'by eliminating fraud and abuse and improving competition in contracting and procurement.'...Dorgan's bill -- cosponsored by 17 Democrats and called the Honest Leadership and Accountability in Contracting Act of 2006 -- was tabled by a roll call vote of 55-43, effectively rejecting the amendment."

Rep. Murtha Speaks Truth to Power By Bill Gallagher 20 Jun 2006 "We are seeing a dress rehearsal of the Busheviks' fall campaign, another grab-bag of lies. They will do anything to retain control of Congress as they continue on the path of unobstructed destruction of the ideals our nation once stood for. These serial criminals and career incompetents fear the very thought of one house of Congress with subpoena powers that would compel them to testify under oath... No presidency in memory has had such a compliant, loyal and acquiescent bunch of lap dogs in Congress. The White House raids the Treasury and gives the lard-ass Republicans on Capitol Hill all the pork-barrel projects they want. In return, GOP lawmakers let the White House get away with murder -- literally."

Bush's lies permeate American pop culture --From TNT's 'The Closer' 19 Jun 2006 (Script) LAWYER to Deputy Police Chief: How untouchable?
DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF of LAPD's Priority Homicide Squad, Brenda Leigh Johnson: They'll find weapons of mass destruction in Baghdad first.

My Unwitting Role in the Rove 'Scoop' By Joe Lauria 18 Jun 2006 "In his nine-year reporting career, [Jason] Leopold has managed, despite his drug abuse and a run-in with the law, to work with such big-time news organizations as the Los Angeles Times, Dow Jones Newswire and Salon. He broke some bona fide stories on the Enron scandal and the CIA leak investigation. But in every job, something always went wrong, and he got the sack. Finally, he landed at Truthout, a left-leaning [sic] Web site". [The chances that Jason Leopold, the notorious liar, and Truthout, the very small and over-reaching website without many resources, are the ONLY people in the whole wide world of media that know the 'truth' about this 'indictment,' while the rest of the world are completely in the dark--and that, on top of this, they are being set up in a sting operation to discredit them, are infinitesimally small. Applying Occam's Razor, the more simple and probable explanation is this: Jason Leopold has been bamboozling Truthout, has had his fallacious deep-throat source calling Ash and Ash is too credulous and perhaps too embarrassed at this point, to admit that he's been utterly duped by a notorious liar. That's the more obvious and simple explanation. These other explanations, especially those most recently proferred by Ash, border on delusion. Truthout is threatening to discredit the entire internet resistance to the Bush regime and its media apologists and enablers. We hope that Ash finally finds the courage and good sense to admit his mistake, retract the story, and point his readers to more credible sources. As it is, they sound more like Rumsfeld ("There are things we know that we know. There are things we know that we don't know. There are known knowns. There are unknown knowns...") every day. --MDR, CLG Chair]

US campaign to stop Venezuela joining UN security council --Washington fears Chávez will block Iran sanctions --Latin American countries under pressure over vote 20 Jun 2006 The US has launched a diplomatic campaign to block Venezuela's bid to become a member of the United Nations security council out of concern that Hugo Chávez's government would use its seat to try to block punitive measures against Iran.

Pentagon Lists Homosexuality As Disorder 19 Jun 2006 A Pentagon document classifies homosexuality as a mental disorder, decades after mental health experts abandoned that position.

Pariah President: How Bush is damaging US standing abroad and threatening national security By Heather Wokusch 20 Jun 2006 "It's embarrassing to have a president [sic] who's so universally loathed. Bush arrives in Austria today and will be greeted by scorn and widespread protests, not to mention Cindy Sheehan. Random posters have been up across Vienna since April, depicting Bush's face and a German-language caption reading 'A mass murderer is coming.'"

Gore Refuses to Back Lieberman 19 Jun 2006 Interviewed on Bloomberg TV, Al Gore refused to endorse his former vice presidential running mate, Sen. Joe Lieberman [LieberBush] (C-CT), in his re-election race.

EU threatens visa curbs for Americans 20 Jun 2006 A transatlantic war over visas threatens to derail a summit attended by President [sic] George Bush tomorrow, after the EU threatened to impose new restrictions on US diplomats and soldiers.

BYU Physics Prof Finds Thermate in WTC Physical Samples --Building Collapses an Inside Job By Jacob Hamblin 17 Jun 2006 "Based on chemical analysis of WTC structural steel residue, a Brigham Young University physics professor has identified the material as Thermate. Thermate is the controlled demolition explosive thermite plus sulfur. Sulfur cases the thermite to burn hotter, cutting steel quickly and leaving trails of yellow colored residue."

Saudis Offered Scholarships for Aviation Courses in US 20 Jun 2006 The Ministry of Higher Education and the General Authority of Civil Aviation are offering scholarships to Saudi men and women to study various majors related to civil aviation in the United States.

EU calls for respecting human rights in combating terrorism 20 Jun 2006 The fight against terrorism must be carried out with full respect for human rights, the European Union stressed on Monday.

Misuse of terror law 'undermines police' --Watchdog warns on stop and search operations 20 Jun 2006 The police risk damaging their credibility and community relations when they make mistakes in their use of anti-terror laws or use them for non-terrorism purposes, the government's terror law watchdog warned yesterday. In his annual report on the operation of the anti-terror laws, Lord Carlile said that the misuse of stop and search powers under section 44 of the 2000 Terrorism Act could fuel demands for its repeal.

New York terror plot said to justify wiretaps 19 Jun 2006 The Chairman of the U.S. Senate intelligence committee said Sunday that reports of a planned cyanide gas attack on the New York subway system showed the need for continued warrantless surveillance of suspected terrorists. [LOL, we saw *this one* marching down Broadway from a mile away.]

LA's spy-in-the-sky drone sparks privacy concerns 20 June 2006 The future of law enforcement was launched into the smoggy Los Angeles skies at the weekend in the form of a drone aircraft [SkySeer] intended to bring spy-in-the-sky technology to urban policing. In the air, the unmanned aerial vehicle is guided by global positioning system coordinates, and a camera fixed to the underside sends video to a laptop command station.

New Device Disables Digital Cameras 19 Jun 2006 Researchers have built a prototype device that disables digital cameras. Future versions might thwart unwanted photo-taking at a specific location and even prevent clandestine videos from being made.

National Guard called to 'fight' New Orleans crime 19 Jun 2006 Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco on Monday said she would send National Guard troops and state police to New Orleans to fight [foment] rising violence after five teenagers were shot and killed. [See: The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878.]

National Guard troops called to Texas, La. --National Guard Troops Sent to Houston As Rainfall Floods Homes, Highways in Texas, Louisiana 20 Jun 2006 Gov. Rick Perry activated 50 Texas Army National Guard trucks, four helicopters, 30 rescue boats, one airboat from the General Land Office, seven swift water rescue teams and a civil support team from the 6th Army National Guard unit.

Ex-Bush official found guilty on charges relating to Abramoff 20 Jun 2006 A jury found former Bush administration official David Safavian guilty Tuesday of covering up his dealings with Republican influence-peddler Jack Abramoff. Safavian was convicted on four of five felony counts of lying and obstruction.

The Call of the Gun Lobby (The New York Times) 19 Jun 2006 "It is a ghastly fact of public safety that for the past three years the most basic information about illegal gun trafficking in America has been hermetically classified as a state secret — kept off limits to the public and the news media. The nation used to be told, for example, that 57 percent of crime guns came from just 1 percent of gun dealers, and something should be done about that. But — shhh — not any more..."

Justices Divided on Protections Over Wetlands 20 Jun 2006 The Supreme Court on Monday came close to rolling back one of the country's fundamental environmental laws, issuing a fractured decision that, while likely to preserve vigorous federal enforcement of the law, the Clean Water Act, is also likely to lead to new regulatory battles, increased litigation by property owners and a push for new legislation.

Supreme Court Affirms Wetlands Protections 20 Jun 2006 The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the government can block development on hundreds of millions of acres of wetlands, even on land miles away from waterways, as long as regulators prove a connection to the waterways.

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US military honoured in secret by Britain --Riley Bechtel, billionaire boss of US-based Bechtel Corporation, US military commander General Tommy Franks, known as 'Mr Shock and Awe' among those honoured 18 Jun 2006 The government has been secretly awarding honours to senior figures in the US military and foreign businessmen with lucrative public sector contracts. The Observer has obtained a Foreign Office list detailing all non-British citizens who have been awarded honours since 2003 - the first time the complete three-year dossier has been released.

Waste Oil Dumps Threaten Towns in Northern Iraq 19 Jun 2006 An environmental disaster is brewing in the heartland of Iraq's northern 'insurgency,' where Iraqi officials say that in a desperate move to dispose of millions of barrels of an oil refinery byproduct called "black oil," the [US-installed] government pumped it into open mountain valleys and leaky reservoirs next to the Tigris River and set it on fire. [Dollars to doughnuts, Halliburton will be seeking a new multi-billion dollar no-bid contract to clean that which they dumped. --LRP]

U.S. Soldier's Indictment Sought in Italy 19 Jun 2006 Prosecutors have requested the indictment of a U.S. soldier over the shooting of an Italian intelligence agent [Nicola Calipari] at a checkpoint in Iraq last year, the ANSA news agency reported Monday. The agent was heading by car to Baghdad airport on March 4, 2005, shortly after securing the release of an Italian journalist who had been kidnapped in the Iraqi capital when he was shot at the checkpoint.

Saudi Arabia orders post-mortems on Guantanamo 'suicides' 17 Jun 2006 The Saudi authorities ordered post-mortems on the bodies of two nationals repatriated from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, following what the US authorities said was their suicide in the controversial detention camp, relatives said.

Father demands Guantanamo suicide probe 19 Jun 2006 The father of a Yemeni detainee found hanged in his Guantanamo cell said Sunday he will only receive his son's body for burial once an international investigation is launched into the death.

How US hid the suicide secrets of Guantanamo --After three inmates killed themselves, the Pentagon declared the suicides an act of 'asymmetric warfare', banned the media and went on a PR offensive. But as despair grows within the camp, so too does outrage mount at its brutal and secretive regime. By David Rose 18 Jun 2006 "On BBC1's Question Time last week, [the Lord Chancellor, Lord] Falconer called the camp 'intolerable and wrong', adding that it acted as a recruiting agent for those who would attack all our values. Proving his point next day, some former Guantanamo detainees suggested the three dead men had been murdered, a claim echoed by their families and the government of Yemen next day."

Iraq group claims kidnapping spy 18 Jun 2006 The 'Al-Qaeda'-linked Islamist group Ansar al-Sunna said on Sunday it has kidnapped an Iraqi woman translator whom it accuses of working as a spy for the US army.

"I will not do it even if they pay one million dollars." Americans offer $100,000 for information leading to those who seized U.S. soldiers: Iraqi 19 Jun 2006 A Youssifiyah resident, who said his house was searched by U.S. soldiers Sunday afternoon, said the Americans were using translators to offer $100,000 for information leading to those who took the soldiers. The U.S. military denied a reward had been offered. The man in Youssifiyah said he would not cooperate. "I will not do it even if they pay one million dollars," he said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he feared retribution. "They deserve all that they are facing ... we are living a hard life because of them."

US military expands search for missing soldiers 19 Jun 2006 The US military today said it had intensified its search for two missing soldiers, with more than 8,000 Iraqi and US troops combing the volatile area south of Baghdad where the men were attacked.

Group Claims Kidnapping of U.S. Soldiers 19 Jun 2006 An 'Iraqi insurgent umbrella group' [?!?] claimed Monday it had kidnapped two U.S. soldiers who were seized south of Baghdad.

Mass. Soldier Killed In Iraq Ambush 19 Jun 2006 Another Massachusetts soldier has lost his life in the war in Iraq. 25 year-old David Babineau was killed during an ambush at a checkpoint Friday south of Baghdad.

Troops refusing Iraq duty get a haven 19 Jun 2006 Prompted by a Fort Lewis Army officer's decision to refuse to fight in Iraq, the First United Methodist Church of Tacoma has declared itself a sanctuary for servicemen and servicewomen who also don't want to go to Iraq. The 300-member congregation's administrative council voted last weekend to open its doors beginning this Saturday after 1st Lt. Ehren Watada announced that he thinks the war in Iraq is illegal and that he has sought to resign his commission.

Democrat Assails Rove's Remarks on Iraq 18 Jun 2006 Representative John P. Murtha, the Pennsylvania Democrat and Vietnam War veteran pushing for a quick withdrawal of American troops from Iraq, on Sunday mocked Karl Rove, the president's senior adviser, for championing the war while "sitting in his air-conditioned office on his big, fat backside."

Pardon talk for Libby begins 17 Jun 2006 Speculation about a pardon began in late October, soon after Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald unsealed the perjury indictment of former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, and it continued last week after Fitzgerald chose not to charge top White House aide, Karl Rove. By demanding sensitive, sometimes embarrassing materials, some say, Libby appears to be goading the White House into issuing a pardon.

The non-story that won't go away (Capitol Hill Blue) 18 Jun 2006 "New York based freelancer Joe Lauria offers some disturbing insight into the behavior of ethically-challenged reporter Jason Leopold in the now-discredited Truthout story about the Karl Rove indictment that wasn't... If the scenario Lauria lays out is true then Leopold openly lied to a source to try and obtain information. That in itself is a serious breach of journalistic ethics and one that leads to firing of a reporter by most legitimate news organization. Around here we've fired reporters for less and would immediately dismiss anyone who tried such a stunt. We find it disturbing that Truthout apparently tolerates this kind of behavior." ['Tolerate' it? 'Lieout' *depends* on it!]

U.S. Military Lists "Problem" Officials in Secret Document Found in Afghan Bazaar By Gretchen Peters and Brian Ross 19 Jun 2006 Secret U.S. military documents describe eight top Afghan officials as "problem makers" in efforts to combat al Qaeda and Taliban forces and to stem the illegal drug trade. The 2005 document, labeled an "action memorandum," was obtained by ABC News from a "flash disc" sold in a street bazaar 200 yards from the front gate of the U.S. air base in Bagram, Afghanistan.

Thirty-two killed by suspected Taliban in Afghanistan 19 Jun 2006 At least 32 people, including relatives and friends of an Afghan parliamentarian, were massacred by suspected Taliban rebels in southern Afghanistan as occupation forces continued their crackdown on remnants of the ousted Islamic regime, reports said Monday.

Air Heads: The Win-Win Wars of Bushist Fantasy By Chris Floyd 18 Jun 2006 "Anytime one of their wars goes wrong – the enemy grows stronger, more civilians die – they claim it's the 'last throes,' desperation, one last wild toss of the dice, etc. The worse things get, the better they're about to get; this has been the constant refrain throughout the Iraq fiasco, and, as Afghanistan – the forgotten but uncompleted war – heats up further, we'll hear it again and again from there as well."

Opinion-Proof Policy By Craig Crawford 16 Jun 2006 "Even if Democrats gain control on Capitol Hill, their prospective Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi of California, has made it clear that she would not pursue impeachment, the last resort for a nation fed up with a second-term president. That leaves Bush in the driver’s seat, free to do whatever he wants in Iraq. And that is precisely what he intends to do... The president [sic] has the country over a barrel.

North Koreans Said to Be Near a Missile Test 19 Jun 2006 North Korea appears to have completed fueling a long-range ballistic missile, American officials said Sunday, a move that greatly increases the probability that it will go ahead with its first important test launching in eight years.

Venezuelan news paper director assassinated 17 Jun 2006 Newspaper "Ahora" director, Jose Tovar, was assassinated in the Venezuelan capital, informed police. The newspaper "Ahora" is known to be of pro-government tendency. "Robbery is discarded as a motive according to the number of shots fired at Tovar", said the police commissioner.

CIA 'warned leader was threat two years before 7/7 attacks' 19 Jun 2006 Demands for an independent inquiry into the 7 July suicide attacks were stepped up last night, after claims that the CIA identified the leader of the bombers as a terrorist threat two years before the strikes on London. Mohammad Sidique Khan was banned from flying to America after the CIA discovered in 2003 that he was planning attacks on US cities, according to a new book. The claims are significant because MI5 has denied any previous knowledge of the threat the suicide bombers presented before the attacks.

Britain's LIHOP? UK warned about 7/7 bomber 19 Jun 2006 The United States Central Intelligence Agency warned the British government in 2003 about one of the suicide bombers who launched attacks in London two years later. This was by according to a new book by a US intelligence specialist.

Informant who triggered Forest Gate raid was an 'utter incompetent' 19 Jun 2006 The Forest Gate anti-terror raid was triggered by a man with an IQ of just 69 who was described as an "utter incompetent" when he was jailed for a terror offence, it was claimed yesterday.

Thousands march with family raided by police --Apology demanded for 'barbaric' treatment --Intelligence source 'not recognised' by brothers 19 Jun 2006 Thousands of protesters led by members of the family caught up in the anti-terrorist raid in east London two weeks ago demanded an apology from police yesterday for their "barbaric and unacceptable" treatment. The march ended in a demonstration outside Forest Gate police station, where protesters attacked the leaking of "lies and misinformation" after the arrest and questioned the failures of intelligence which led to the disastrous raid.

Charged with collecting maps, possessing documents: Lodhi convicted of terror plot 19 Jun 2006 A man accused of planning to blow up the national electricity grid or a Sydney defence site has been found guilty of serious terror offences. Faheem Khalid Lodhi, 36, is the first person in the country to be convicted of planning [?!?] a terrorist act and faces a maximum penalty of life in jail.

Case hinged on Lodhi as terrorist or entrepreneur 19 Jun 2006 Prosecutors argued when Sydney architect Faheem Khalid Lodhi stood trial in the New South Wales Supreme Court that he was a would-be bomber intent on terrorising Australia. He was accused of planning a bombing attack in the cause of violent jihad, or holy war, with the national electricity supply system or Sydney military establishments named as his possible targets. But the defence argued Lodhi was instead a budding entrepreneur, planning business ventures, not bombings.

Homeland Security Inc. Company Ties Not Always Noted in U.S. Security Push 19 Jun 2006 As a growing number of Department of Homeland Security employees exit the agency, the practice of former officials joining prestigious research or academic institutions while working on behalf of for-profit companies is not uncommon in Washington.

Cyanide plot prompts spy support 19 Jun 2006 The chairman of the Senate intelligence panel [Pat Roberts, R-Whackjob-KS] said that reports of a planned cyanide-gas attack on the New York subway system showed the need for continued warrantless surveillance of terrorism suspects.

Oops! Laptop with D.C. workers' data stolen 18 Jun 2006 A laptop containing the Social Security numbers and other personal data of 13,000 District of Columbia employees and retirees has been stolen, officials said.

Oops! Colo. voter records disappear during move 18 Jun 2006 A file cabinet containing the personal information of thousands of voters disappeared since the Denver Election Commission moved to a new building, officials said, dashing hopes the records were misplaced.

Court rejects states' suit on Medicare drug plan 19 Jun 2006 The U.S. Supreme Court rejected on Monday a request by five states to challenge a key provision of the federal Medicare prescription drug plan directly with the high court.

Top Court Adds 2nd Abortion Case to Docket 19 Jun 2006 The Supreme Court said Monday it will consider a second Bush regime appeal that seeks to reinstate a federal ban on what opponents call partial-birth abortion.

S.D. to vote on abortion law this fall 19 Jun 2006 South Dakota voters this fall will decide the fate of a law that would ban most abortions in the state, Secretary of State Chris Nelson said Monday.

Torrential Rainfall Drenches Texas, La. 19 Jun 2006 Torrential rainfall shut down Houston highways Monday and flooded parts of southwest Louisiana... As much as 10.5 inches of rain was reported in the Houston area by the height of the morning rush hour, said Rusty Cornelius, administrative coordinator for Harris County Emergency Management. Almost 6 inches of rain fell in just 75 minutes near Hobby Airport, the National Weather Service reported.

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Horror show reveals Iraq's descent By Hala Jaber in Baghdad 18 Jun 2006 The morning rush had begun at the health ministry’s [single-storey Al-Tub al-Adli] morgue in Baghdad, and by 9.30am last Thursday 36 coffins already lined the street outside... Some bodies are pocked with holes inflicted by torturers with power drills. Some show signs of strangulation; others, with hands tied behind the back, bear bullet wounds. Many are charred and dismembered. So far this year, according to health ministry figures, the mortuary has processed the bodies of about 6,000 people, most of whom died violently.

From the Embassy, a Grim Report 18 Jun 2006 A cable, marked "sensitive" and obtained by The Washington Post, outlines in spare prose the daily-worsening conditions for those who live outside the heavily guarded international zone: harassment, threats and the employees' constant fears that their neighbors will discover they work for the U.S. government.

1,500 US troops seal off parts of Ramadi 18 Jun 2006 US forces say they have sealed off parts of the Iraqi town of Ramadi in an effort block off supply lines into the 'insurgent' stronghold west of Baghdad. Also, 1,500 American troops are being sent to Ramadi.

10 workers kidnapped from Baghdad bakery 18 Jun 2006 Gunmen seized 10 workers from a bakery Sunday in Baghdad, while a car bomb exploded near a university in the northern city of Mosul, killing a woman and wounding 19 other people, police said.

US troops 'seized by insurgents' 18 Jun 2006 Two US soldiers missing in Iraq since Friday were abducted at gunpoint by masked militants, witnesses say. A huge hunt has been launched in the volatile area south of Baghdad where the pair were last seen.

Witness: U.S. troops in Iraq taken captive 18 Jun 2006 A farmer claiming to have witnessed an attack on a U.S. military checkpoint said Sunday that 'insurgents' swarmed the scene, killing the driver of a Humvee before taking two of his comrades captive. U.S. troops, backed by helicopters and warplanes, fanned out south of Baghdad searching for the missing servicemen.

U.S., Iraqi Forces Raiding Houses In Search for Missing Soldiers --Search Deploys 'All Available Assets' 18 Jun 2006 U.S. and Iraqi forces conducted a sweeping hunt Saturday for two American soldiers missing after a clash with insurgents in Yusufiyah, south of Baghdad, raiding houses, scanning the scene from aircraft and deploying divers to search waterways. One American soldier was killed in the incident, in which 'insurgents' attacked a vehicle checkpoint in the restive Sunni Arab town just before 8 p.m. Friday.

2 U.S. soldiers missing, 1 dead 17 Jun 2006 Two U.S. soldiers went missing and one was killed Friday after they came under attack at a traffic point southwest of Baghdad, the military said. The military did not say whether the missing men had been captured, although a military spokeswoman acknowledged that capture was possible.

Iraq attacks kill 31 17 Jun 2006 Bomb and mortar attacks killed at least 31 people in and near Baghdad on Saturday in violence that showed no sign of easing despite a security crackdown against 'al Qaeda' in the Iraqi capital.

Guantanamo detainees unaware of defense lawyers 16 Jun 2006 The Yemeni captive who killed himself at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, had an attorney arranging to visit him in August, but did not know it when he committed suicide. One of the Saudis, Mani Shaman al Utaybi, had been approved for transfer to a jail back home, but also had never been told he was cleared to depart the U.S. detention center. As the Pentagon was silent Thursday on the repatriation of the bodies of the three men from the island prison, their lawyers questioned whether their isolation and lack of knowledge about their status contributed to their deaths.

Iraq war costs America £173bn - and 2,500 lives 16 Jun 2006 The human and financial cost of the Iraq war rose to eye-watering new levels yesterday as the Senate approved $66.6 billion (£36 billion) in further funding for the Pentagon's wars as the US death toll in Iraq rose to 2,500.

Soldier's duty: Say no to illegal war By Michael Honey 16 Jun 2006 "[Ehren] Watada is the first soldier to resist the [Iraq] war based on the Nuremburg Principles pioneered by U.S. prosecutors during Nazi war crimes trials after World War II and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (and the United States) in 1950... Based on constitutional and international law as well as exposes of atrocities committed against Iraqi civilians, 'I concluded that not only is the war in Iraq morally wrong, but it is in fact, illegal.' He [Watada] says Bush committed 'a betrayal and deception of the American people,' ignored his obligations under international law and has perpetrated disastrous effects on Iraqi civilians and U.S. soldiers." [See: www.thankyoult.org.]

U.S. Airstrikes In Afghanistan Are Double Those In Iraq War 18 Jun 2006 As fighting in Afghanistan has intensified over the past three months, the U.S. military has conducted 340 airstrikes there, more than twice the 160 carried out in the much higher-profile war in Iraq, according to data from the Central Command, the U.S. military headquarters for the Middle East. The airstrikes appear to have increased in recent days as the United States and its allies have launched counteroffensives against the Taliban in the south and southeast, strafing and bombing a stronghold in Uruzgan province and pounding an area near Khost with 500-pound bombs.

Occupation forces kill 45 in Taliban camps 17 Jun 2006 Afghan and occupation troops killed about 45 'insurgents' in attacks on Taliban camps in southern Afghanistan as U.S.-led forces pressed on with their largest offensive since 2001, military officials said Saturday.

ExxonMobil, Shell Neck-In-Neck In War Oil Sales By Nick Mottern (ConsumersforPeace.org) 15 Jun 2006 From the first year of the Bush Administration in 2001, through the run-up to the Iraq War in 2002 and in the first year of the occupation, 2003, ExxonMobil was the top seller of petroleum products and services to the Pentagon, taking in about $2 billion in taxpayer money for those three years... DESC [Defense Energy Support Center] statistics show that the invasion and occupation of Iraq has been profitable for ExxonMobil and other of the world’s largest oil corporations, in terms of direct sales to the U.S. military.

In 2003, U.S. Spurned Iran's Offer of Dialogue 18 Jun 2006 Just after the takeover of Baghdad by U.S. forces three years ago, a two-page document spewed out of a fax machine at the Near East bureau of the State Department. It was a proposal from Iran for a broad dialogue with the United States, and the fax suggested everything was on the table -- including full cooperation on nuclear programs, acceptance of Israel and the termination of Iranian support for Palestinian militant groups. But top Bush administration officials, convinced the Iranian government was on the verge of collapse, belittled the initiative.

Austria's Haider says Bush is a war criminal 17 Jun 2006 Austrian right-wing populist Joerg Haider called President [sic] Bush a war criminal on Saturday, days before Austria's government hosts Bush and European leaders in Vienna. "He is a war criminal. He brought about the war against Iraq deliberately, with lies and falsehoods," Haider said in an interview with Austrian daily newspaper Die Presse.

Somali Leader Blasts U.S. 17 Jun 2006 The leader of the Islamic militants who captured the Somali capital earlier this month said 300 Ethiopian troops entered the country on Saturday and accused the United States of supporting the incursion. "We want the whole world to know what's going on. The United States is encouraging Ethiopia to take over the area. Ethiopia has crossed our borders and are heading for us. They are supporting the transitional federal government," Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, chairman of the Islamic Courts Union, told journalists.

EU Probes Spain Role in CIA Flights 15 Jun 2006 According to a report issued by Giovanni Fava, spokesman for the European Parliament commission investigating CIA activities, 125 direct or indirect flights operated by the US agency stopped over in 10 Spanish airports between 2002 and 2005. Fava compared data of Eurocontrol, the regional body managing air traffic, with those of the US Federal Aviation Administration related to planes of companies allied to CIA.

Al-Qaeda Cell Planned Poison-gas Attack On N.Y. Subway: Book --The plot was called off by Bin Laden's No. 2 only 45 days from zero hour, according to a new book by Ron Suskind 17 Jun 2006 Al-CIAduh terrorists came within 45 days of attacking the New York subway system with a lethal gas. They were not stopped by any intelligence breakthrough, but by an order from Osama [Bush] bin Laden's deputy, Ayman Zawahiri. The U.S. learned of the plot from a CIA mole inside 'al-Qaeda.' These are some of revelations by Ron Suskind, in his new book The One Percent Doctrine.

Rejected! Feds won't take notes of readers 18 Jun 2006 After slashing the New York City's anti-terrorism funds, Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff now apparently thinks angry letters from New Yorkers are the real safety threat. When a Daily News reporter attempted to deliver scores of messages protesting the cuts to Chertoff's Washington office, he was promptly turned away.

Homeland Security Inc. Former Antiterror Officials Find Industry Pays Better 18 Jun 2006 Dozens of members of the Bush regime's domestic security team, assembled after the 2001 terrorist attacks, are now collecting bigger paychecks in different roles: working on behalf of companies that sell domestic security products, many directly to the federal agencies the officials once helped run. At least 90 officials at the Department of Homeland Security or the White House Office of Homeland Security — including the department's former secretary, Tom Ridge; the former deputy secretary, Adm. James M. Loy; and the former under secretary, Asa Hutchinson — are executives, consultants or lobbyists for companies that collectively do billions of dollars' worth of domestic security business.

U.S. Government Orders Spy Blimp 16 Jun 2006 The U.S. government has hired defense subcontractor Lockheed Martin to design and develop an enormous blimp that will be used to spy on Americans, according to the Athens News. Government agencies such as the NSA are anticipating that as early as 2009 the blimp will be operational and begin supporting new ways of monitoring everything that happens in the country.

U.S. Sues to Stop Probe of Call Data --New Jersey's attorney general has asked phone firms whether they gave records to the National Security Agency. 17 Jun 2006 The U.S. government has sued a New Jersey official to stop an inquiry into whether phone companies gave the National Security Agency customer information without a warrant.

Vermont eyes NSA surveillance lawsuit 17 Jun 2006 A lawsuit filed by the federal government to stop an inquiry by the state of New Jersey into an alleged phone surveillance program of the National Security Agency has Vermont officials wondering whether a similar fate awaits proposed investigations into the matter here.

Man Detained After Approaching Cheney In Vail 17 Jun 2006 Beaver Creek, CO --A man who "wasn't acting like the other folks" was detained, questioned and released Friday after he tried to approach Vice pResident Dick Cheney in this resort mountain town. The man, whose name wasn't released because no charges have been filed, could face federal charges later, Secret Service spokesman Eric Zahren said.

Records: DHS GOPedophile knew online chat risks 16 Jun 2006 In Internet and phone chats with someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl, a Department of Homeland Suckyourity press aide [Brian Doyle] talked about underage sex, boasted about his job and called President [sic] Bush a "liar," according to transcripts released by prosecutors. The transcripts also quote Doyle as saying he met Bush, adding, "nice guy but not a good president ... he is not very bright and it is evident ... bush is a liar ... there were NO weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Total lie to go to war." [Maybe that's why he was actually arrested - for his anti-Bush comments, not the GOPedophilia, which is acceptable to the Bush regime.]

How Hastert benefited from sale 18 Jun 2006 The complex structure of a real estate transaction in Kendall County last December left House Speaker Dennis Hastert with a seven-figure profit and in prime position to reap further benefits as the exurban region west of Chicago continues its prairie-fire growth boosted by a Hastert-backed federally funded proposed highway. Instead of cash, Hastert (R-Ill.) took most of his share of the proceeds in land... All told, Hastert and his partners in Little Rock Trust No. 225 received property valued at $3.8million, plus cash, said Dallas Ingemunson, a partner in the trust and Hastert's personal attorney, as well as the Kendall County Republican chairman.

Bolivia to Spend $6.8B to Fight Poverty 17 Jun 2006 Bolivian President Evo Morales' leftist government says it will fight poverty, hunger and homelessness in South America's poorest nation by investing $6.8 billion through 2010, much of it with ambitious public works projects.

US divided by superhighway plan 16 Jun 2006 A massive road four football fields wide and running from Mexico to Canada through the heartland of the United States is being proposed amid controversy over security and the damage to the environment. According to a weekly Conservative magazine published in the US, the US administration is "quietly yet systematically" planning the massive highway, citing as a benefit that it would negate the power of two unions, the Longshoremen and Teamsters.

Predatory Capitalism at its worst: Drugs firm blocks cheap blindness cure --Company will only seek licence for medicine that costs 100 times more 17 Jun 2006 A major drug company [Genentech] is blocking access to a medicine that is cheaply and effectively saving thousands of people from going blind because it wants to launch a more expensive product on the market.

Gunned down --Congress bows to the NRA on tracing weapons (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) 17 Jun 2006 "It's always good in a gun battle to know who's with the guy in the black hat and who's got the back of the cowboy with the shiny silver star on his shirt. In the pistols-at-dawn standoff between the National Rifle Association and local police chiefs, Congress has backed the guys in the black hats. The evidence is lawmakers have voted several times in recent years for measures that temporarily limited the police's ability to use gun trace information. That, the officers have complained, has hindered crime solving and tracking down gun-traffickers. ...Congress is considering making permanent those restrictions."

Blanco signs law that would ban abortions 17 Jun 2006 Louisiana 'Democratic' Gov. Kathleen Blanco signed into law a ban on most abortions that would be triggered if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns its 1973 ruling legalizing the procedure, a spokesman said on Saturday.

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'Iraq Debate Prep Book,' From Pentagon Office, May Have Been Illegal 15 Jun 2006 A 74-page talking-points document was sent out by Office of the Secretary of Defense to an assortment of congressional aides, as well as to the Iraqi Embassy and the U.S. Ambassador to Belgium. The "Iraq floor debate prep book" is an exhaustive rebuttal of criticisms of the war and a defense of the administration's conduct of the war... Thursday afternoon, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) sent a letter to Donald Rumsfeld complaining that his office had spent "taxpayer dollars to produce partisan political documents." Lautenberg also suggested that the document may have violated laws prohibiting the Executive Branch from using taxpayer dollars for lobbying and propaganda activities.

Inquiry Finds Use of Abusive Interrogation Techniques in Iraq --Prisoners stripped, starved, sodomized, and beaten by US war criminals 16 Jun 2006 American Special Operations soldiers employed a set of harsh, unauthorized interrogation techniques against detainees in Iraq during a four-month period in early 2004, long after approval for their use was rescinded, according to a Pentagon inquiry released today. The investigation is the first to focus on Special Operations forces, who operate with more latitude than other military units.

New inquiry after men died in U.S. custody --Some soldiers 'reported suspicions' about how the three died 16 Jun 2006 The U.S. military said on Friday it had started a criminal investigation into the deaths last month of three men in the custody of U.S.-led forces in Iraq. Several U.S. soldiers were apparently involved in the deaths, which were witnessed by other soldiers who reported the incident, military sources at the Pentagon told NBC.

US probe into possible Haditha cover up complete 16 Jun 2006 A probe into whether U.S. Marines lied about the killing of up to 24 Iraqis in the city of Haditha last year is complete and a top commander is reviewing its findings, the U.S. military said on Friday.

'Move Bay trial to US' demand 16 Jun 2006 A military defence lawyer asked the Pentagon to move the trial for an alleged bodyguard of Osama bin Laden to the US, saying difficult access for witnesses and the media make it impossible to hold it fairly at Guantanamo Bay. The announcement came as the Pentagon expelled two reporters from Guantanamo Bay while trying to cover an investigation into the 'suicides' of three men at the prison.

Guantanamo media access ends after 'suicides' --U.S. expels journalists, denies requests as officials call prison 'transparent' 15 Jun 2006 More than 1,000 journalists have visited Guantanamo Bay since the U.S. military began locking up suspected 'al-Qaida' and Taliban militants there 4½ years ago. But access has been severely restricted: Journalists could not talk to detainees, they had to be accompanied by a military escort and their photos were censored. Now, the Pentagon has shut down access entirely, at least temporarily, expelling reporters this week and triggering an outcry from human rights groups, attorneys and media organizations even as the prison comes under renewed criticism for the 'suicides' of three detainees last weekend.

GOP-engineered vote rejects deadline for U.S. withdrawal from Iraq 16 Jun 2006 The House on Friday handily rejected a timetable for pulling U.S. forces out of Iraq. In a 256-153 vote, the GOP-led House approved a nonbinding resolution that praises U.S. troops, labels the Iraq war part of the larger global fight against terrorism and says an "arbitrary date for the withdrawal or redeployment" of troops is not in the national interest.

Poll: Majority wants Iraq pullout date set 16 Jun 2006 A majority of Americans -- 53 percent -- favors setting a timetable for U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq, with 47 percent saying the deadline should be in a year or less, according to a CNN poll released Friday.

Baghdad mosque bombing kills 7, wounds 18 16 Jun 2006 A suicide bomber struck a Shiite mosque during Friday prayers in Baghdad, killing at least seven people and wounding 18, police said, as violence persisted despite a driving ban and increased security measures [invoked by the US-installed puppet dictatorship].

Two US soldiers missing, one killed, in Iraq 16 Jun 2006 Two U.S. soldiers were missing and one was killed after their team was attacked at a traffic-control point southwest of Baghdad, the Pentagon said on Friday.

Security guard 'killed in Iraq roadside bombing' 15 Jun 2006 A security guard was killed and another Briton injured after they came under attack in Iraq on Sunday, it was revealed yesterday.

Al-Zarqawi, international man of mystery By Matt McCollow 12 Jun 2006 "Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, alleged leader of the al-Qaeda in Iraq terrorist group, has reportedly been killed by US forces . . . again... The leg injury would become an issue again in March of 2004, when leaflets distributed in Iraq, and signed by members of twelve insurgent groups, claimed Zarqawi was killed by US bombing campaigns. His artificial leg apparently prevented him from fleeing in time. In the spring of 2004, Zarqawi was miraculously resurrected with apparently two fully functional legs and announced his return to the world by personally beheading journalist Nick Berg." [A must read]

Occupation Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan 16 Jun 2006 Two occupation soldiers were killed conducting combat operations in Afghanistan's Asadabad district in Kunar province today, officials in Afghanistan said.

Bush Iran Strategy Suffers Major Diplomatic Defeat By Gareth Porter 11 Jun 2006 "Despite claims that U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has regained the diplomatic initiative from Iran with a conditional offer to join multilateral talks with Tehran, the real story behind the policy shift is that the administration has suffered a decisive defeat of its effort to get international sanctions for possible military action against Iran."

SOCAR President Meets With Halliburton Officials 14 Jun 2006 The President of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR), Rovnaq Abdullayev, met June 13 with David Lesar, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Halliburton Energy Services. Mr. Abdullayev said the visit of Mr. Lesar coincided with a historical moment, start of operation of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan main oil export, and in this context, highly appreciated Halliburton’s contribution to success of the project. [See: Public Money in the Pipeline By Daphne Eviatar Jan/Feb 2003 "The pipeline will begin on the outskirts of Baku... From the capital of Azerbaijan, it will cross more than 1,000 miles of rough terrain, stretching through Georgia and Turkey... The U.S. government, which helped broker the pipeline deal and has paid for engineering studies in Azerbaijan, is expected to provide as much as $500 million this year to help finance the project, supplying some of the world's wealthiest companies with what British Petroleum CEO John Browne calls 'free public money.'"]

FBI says, "No hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11" 06 Jun 2006 "On June 5, 2006, the Muckraker Report contacted the FBI Headquarters, (202) 324-3000, to learn why Bin Laden's Most Wanted poster did not indicate that Usama was also wanted in connection with 9/11. The Muckraker Report spoke with Rex Tomb, Chief of Investigative Publicity for the FBI. When asked why there is no mention of 9/11 on Bin Laden's Most Wanted web page, Tomb said, 'The reason why 9/11 is not mentioned on Usama Bin Laden's Most Wanted page is because the FBI has no hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11.'"

Many US cities, states unprepared for catastrophe 16 Jun 2006 Nearly five years after the September 11 attacks, most cities and states in the United States are still unprepared for a major catastrophe, a Department of Homeland Security report showed on Friday. [Only those in *Blue* states and cities - potential targets for Bush's next 9/11-style attack - need worry.]

"His behavior and demeanor wasn't quite right." Man arrested for 'acting strangely' around Cheney 16 Jun 2006 A man was arrested by Secret Service agents when he tried to approach Vice pResident Dick Cheney in Beaver Creek Village yesterday afternoon, said Secret Service spokesman Eric Zahren. Cheney was walking outside when the agents charged with protecting him noticed the man, identified as Steven Howards, who "wasn’t acting like the other folks in the area," Zahren said. [OMFG! Why hasn't Cheney been arrested for 'acting strangely' around everyone on the planet?]

A Leap of Faith, Off a Cliff (The New York Times) 15 Jun 2006 "Today, Senator Arlen Specter wants his Judiciary Committee to take an even more outlandish leap of faith for an administration that has shown it does not deserve it. Mr. Specter wants the committee to approve a bill he drafted that tinkers dangerously with the rules on wiretapping, even though the president has said the law doesn't apply to him anyway, and even though Mr. Specter and most of the panel are just as much in the dark as that judge in Detroit... There is also a practical problem: a bill on the floor of this Senate becomes the property of the Republican leadership, which will rewrite it to the specifications of Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney, the man in charge of this particular show of imperial power. Mr. Specter, of all people, should have no doubt of that, having been forced to watch in embarrassment last week as Mr. Cheney seized control of the committee's deliberations on the spying issue."

The Name Is Kafka . . . Franz Kafka By Michael Kinsley 16 Jun 2006 "For years, all the intelligence agencies have been tussling with the American Civil Liberties Union over documents about the innovative Bush administration policy of locking people up in foreign countries where they can be tortured without the inconvenience of anyone knowing about it or bringing up, you know, like, the Constitution. It is not yet clear -- though there is little reason for optimism -- whether the courts will let them get away with it, but the official position of the executive branch under President [sic] Bush is that the U.S. government can lock you up anywhere in the world, torture you and tell no one about it."

The Don't-Bother-to-Knock Rule (The New York Times) 16 Jun 2006 "The Supreme Court yesterday substantially diminished Americans' right to privacy in their own homes. The rule that police officers must 'knock and announce' themselves before entering a private home is a venerable one, and a well-established part of Fourth Amendment law... For those who worry that Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito will take the court in a radically conservative direction, it is sobering how easily the majority tossed aside a principle that traces back to 13th-century Britain, and a legal doctrine that dates to 1914, to let the government invade people's homes."

Stop New Voter Suppression Tactic in Ohio (PFAW) "A new voter suppression tactic has surfaced in Ohio. This time, Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell has implemented new rules making some legitimate voter registration activities punishable as crimes and severely restricting the ability of organizations, including People For the American Way Foundation, to register voters in historically disenfranchised communities... On June 26, the Ohio Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) will have the opportunity to reject the Secretary of State’s new policy." Contact them! [Blackwell already delivered Ohio to Bush and the corrupt Republican Party he so slavishly serves one time. Are we to allow him to make Ohio a permanent Republican province with no say in its own fate, on a permanent basis? Blackwell should be in jail, not making laws. --Michael D. Rectenwald, Ph.D.]

FEC questions Harris donations 16 Jun 2006 The Federal Election Commission is questioning $60,000 in excess campaign donations to U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris, R-[GOP whore]-Longboat Key. This year a corrupt defense contractor admitted in federal court to giving Harris more than $32,000 in illegal campaign donations for her 2004 re-election campaign.

Trojan horse captured data on 2,300 Oregon taxpayers from infected gov't PC 15 Jun 2006 The Oregon Department of Revenue has been contacting some 2,300 taxpayers this week to notify them that their names, addresses or Social Security numbers may have been stolen by a Trojan horse program downloaded accidentally by a former worker who was surfing pornographic sites while at work in January.

Delta to dump pension plans --Federal pension agency could take biggest hit ever if other Delta plans follow suit. 16 Jun 2006 Delta Air Lines will move to terminate its pilot pension plans Monday, attempting to shift responsibility for the future benefits to the federal agency that guarantees such payments [Bush's corporate welfare program]. The decision was announced in a letter from Delta CEO Gerald Grinstein to Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., Friday.

Canada Probes Bird Flu-Infected Gosling for Lethal H5N1 Virus 17 Jun 2006 Canadian officials are investigating a gosling infected with bird flu on a farm on Prince Edward Island to determine whether it might represent the country's first outbreak of the lethal H5N1 strain.

Democrats Say Key Superfund Data Is Being Withheld From the Public 16 Jun 2006 Senate Democrats on Thursday accused the Bush administration of withholding key details about toxic waste sites that present risks of exposure to nearby residents. At a congressional hearing, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said the Environmental Protection Agency had designated as confidential the details of about 140 Superfund sites where toxic exposure remained uncontrolled.

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Judge Rules That U.S. Has Broad Powers to Detain Noncitizens Indefinitely 15 Jun 2006 A federal judge in Brooklyn ruled yesterday that the government has wide latitude under immigration law to detain noncitizens on the basis of religion, race or national origin, and to hold them indefinitely without explanation.

Illegal Police Entry Doesn't Bar Evidence, Court Says 15 Jun 2006 Prosecutors can use evidence seized by police during a home search even though officers violated the Constitution by failing to knock or announce their presence before entering, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled.

US court: evidence allowed despite police violation 15 Jun 2006 A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that evidence can be used even if the police violated the rule requiring them to knock on the door and announce their presence before entering to search a suspect's home.

Officials sued over phone records access 14 Jun 2006 The federal government sued the New Jersey attorney general and other state officials Wednesday to stop them from seeking information about telephone companies' cooperation with the National Security Agency.

United Nations 'army' proposed --International rapid reaction force could be deployed within 48 hours of a UN green light [And, who gives the 'UN green light' - Bolton's trolls? Dollars to doughnuts, Blackwater USA and Halliburton are going to make a *killing* on this police state on wheels. --LRP] 15 Jun 2006 This week, a group of academics, former officials and security experts are tabling a proposal they hope will change that by creating an international rapid reaction force that could be deployed within 48 hours of a green light from the United Nations. Composed of up to 15,000 military, police and civilian staff, including medics and conflict transformation experts, it would be recruited from professionals hired by the UN from many countries, and based at designated UN sites.

Ireland threatens to search US planes 15 Jun 2006 Random inspections may be carried out on US aircraft, the Irish government has warned, after a handcuffed and manacled marine was discovered by cleaners on board a military charter flight at Shannon airport.

Journalists Forced Off Guantanamo 15 Jun 2006 Editors at the Los Angeles Times and two other newspapers protested the Pentagon decision to expel their reporters Wednesday from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where the journalists were reporting on the weekend suicides of three prisoners. Journalists from The Times, the Miami Herald and the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer and an Observer photographer left the island Wednesday on orders from the Pentagon.

War on terror called failure --Another 9/11 'inevitable,' experts conclude --Washington's diplomatic efforts rated 1.8 out of 10 15 Jun 2006 Washington is failing to make progress in the global war on terror and the next 9/11-style attack is not a question of if, but when. That is the scathing conclusion of a survey of 100 leading American foreign-policy analysts. In its first "Terrorism Index," released yesterday, the influential journal Foreign Affairs found surprising consensus among the bipartisan experts. Some 86 per cent of them said the world has grown more, not less, dangerous, despite Dictator George W. Bush's claims that the U.S. is winning the war on [of] terror.

Military identifies [procures] new al Qaeda leader 15 Jun 2006 The U.S. military said on Thursday it believed it knew the real identity of the new leader of 'al Qaeda' in Iraq, and expected him to continue the bloody tactics of his slain predecessor. [How many times is the CIA going to say that US forces have captured and killed him?]

New documents suggest Pentagon lied about Cheney's role in awarding no-bid contract to Halliburton in 2003 15 Jun 2006 Newly-released government documents indicate the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) may have publicly lied about Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney's role in awarding a $7 billion no-bid Iraqi oil reconstruction contract to Halliburton in the weeks preceding the March 2003 invasion, the conservative activist group Judicial Watch disclosed today.

Senate approves $94.5 billion emergency bill 15 Jun 2006 The U.S. Senate on Thursday easily passed a $94.5 billion compromise emergency bill to fund the Iraq and Afghanistan wars [Halliburton, Blackwater USA] and 'rebuild after last summer's hurricanes,' [LOL, what *small* percentage for 'rebuilding?'] sending it to Dictator George W. Bush. When Bush signs the legislation into law, $65.8 billion will be rushed to the Pentagon so it can continue combat in the two countries through September. The funding measure cleared the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday. Congress is advancing separate legislation that would add another $50 billion in war funds to keep combat operations running from October through March or so.

Senate rejects U.S. troop pullout in Iraq 15 Jun 2006 Congress plunged into divisive election-year debate on the Iraq war Thursday as the U.S. military death toll reached 2,500. The Senate soundly rejected a call to withdraw combat troops by year's end, and House Republicans laid the groundwork for their own vote.

Pentagon says military deaths in Iraq hit 2,500 15 Jun 2006 The number of U.S. military deaths in the Iraq war has reached 2,500, the Pentagon said on Thursday. In addition, the Pentagon said 18,490 U.S. troops have been wounded in the war, which began in March 2003.

Iraq: 60 soldiers a month suffer mental illness 15 Jun 2006 The number of soldiers diagnosed with psychiatric problems brought on by the stress of service in Iraq has dramatically escalated since the beginning of the war, according to new figures from the Ministry of Defence.

Marine says song he wrote about killing Iraqi was a 'joke' 15 Jun 2006 A Marine Corps corporal seen in a video signing about killing members of an Iraqi family says the song was only a joke and not tied in any way to allegations that Marines killed as many as two dozen unarmed civilians in Haditha last year.

Occupation in major push against Taliban 16 Jun 2006 The biggest anti-Taliban military operation since the fall of the Islamic regime in 2001 was launched yesterday. More than 10,000 Afghan and American-led occupation forces, including British soldiers, began the operation across southern Afghanistan, where Taliban fighters have mounted increasingly bold attacks in the past two months.

More UK Troops to Be Sent to Afghanistan 15 Jun 2006 Britain is sending 130 more troops to Afghanistan. Announcing the news this afternoon, Defence Secretary Des Browne said next month's deployment was to help protect Kandahar airfield.

Explosion kills 10 US labourers in Afghanistan 15 Jun 2006 An explosion has killed more than 10 people and wounded 15 in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, police say. A bomb was planted in a minibus carrying labourers working for US-led forces in a Kandahar base, Aljazeera correspondent Wali Allah Shahin said from Kabul on Thursday.

Maine soldier dies from apparent heart attack in Afghanistan 15 Jun 2006 Maine Army National Guard Capt. Patrick Damon, 41, died from an apparent heart attack Thursday in Bagram, Afghanistan, Baldacci said. His death was not related to hostile fire, Gov. John Baldacci said. [Right, it was likely related to the deadly vaccines given to soldiers by the US military.]

CPS Energy Sends Over 1,000 Cutoff Notices to Fort Sam Houston 15 Jun 2006 Fort Sam Houston has received 1,300 utility service termination notices for delinquent bill payments, which officials blamed on a major budget shortfall. [Gee, where *did* the money go? See: The $2,401,600,000 was delivered to Baghdad on June 22, 2004. It was the largest one-time cash transfer in the history of the New York Fed. 22 Jun 2005]

Britain offers to jail Taylor if convicted of African war crimes 16 Jun 2006 The trial of one of Africa's most ruthless leaders, the former Liberian president Charles Taylor, is to be moved to Europe after Britain offered him a jail cell if he is convicted of war crimes. [Will they make the same offer to Bush, after he's convicted of war crimes?]

Minutemen Hire Contractor to Build Fence 15 Jun 2006 The Minutemen civilian border-patrol group has hired a contractor to finish building 10 miles of fence along the Mexican border.

Bush apologizes to vision-impaired reporter 15 Jun 2006 President [sic] Bush apologized Wednesday after he poked fun at a reporter for wearing sunglasses without realizing they were needed for vision loss. The exchange occurred at a news conference in the Rose Garden. Los Angeles Times reporter Peter Wallsten needs the sunglasses because he has Stargardt's disease, a form of macular degeneration that causes progressive vision loss.

Bush signs broadcast 'decency' law 15 Jun 2006 Dictator Bush signed legislation Thursday that will cost broadcasters dearly when raunchy programming exceeds "the bounds of decency." [Is slaughtering innocent women and children in Iraq and Afghanistan "decent?" Just curious.]

Flag-burning amendment heads to Senate floor 15 Jun 2006 A measure that would change the U.S. Constitution to let Congress ban burning the American flag was sent to the Senate floor on Thursday, setting up an election-year debate.

Miami-Dade School Board Bans Cuba Book 16 Jun 2006 A children's book about Cuba will be removed from Miami-Dade County school libraries because a parent objected to its contents, saying it contains deceptive information and paints an idealistic picture of life in Cuba.

House panel: VA ignores cybersecurity warnings --The agency last month acknowledged losing personal data on millions of U.S. military personnel 14 Jun 2006 U.S. lawmakers today questioned why the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) continues to suffer from cybersecurity problems despite multiple warnings from government auditors.

5,000 Public Housing Units in New Orleans Are to Be Razed 15 Jun 2006 Federal housing officials announced on Wednesday that more than 5,000 public housing apartments for the poor were to be demolished here and replaced by developments for residents with a wider range of incomes.

Public Money in the Pipeline --When ExxonMobil and BP need millions to pay for their oil projects, who do they turn to? The U.S. government. By Daphne Eviatar Jan/Feb 2003 "The U.S. government, which helped broker the [Baku] pipeline deal and has paid for engineering studies in Azerbaijan, is expected to provide as much as $500 million this year to help finance the project, supplying some of the world's wealthiest companies with what British Petroleum CEO John Browne calls 'free public money.'... Under the energy plan developed by Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney, the Bush administration is financing a growing number of overseas projects for private oil companies."

A Mountain of Riches on Capitol Hill --Annual disclosure data offer a look at the finances of lawmakers and their top aides. 15 Jun 2006 A top aide to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jerry Lewis (R-Redlands-CA) reported Wednesday that he received more money than he previously disclosed from a lobbying firm that has come under scrutiny for its ties to Lewis. The aide, Jeffrey Shockey, corrected his financial disclosure reports to reveal that his salary in 2004 from Copeland Lowery Jacquez Denton & White totaled about $500,000 more than he had reported.

Nighttime flights 'boost warming' 15 Jun 2006 Night flights by aircraft are much more damaging to the environment than air travel during the day, a study shows. The reason, says a UK team, is that vapour trails from aircraft have a greater warming effect during darkness.

Thawing permafrost could unleash tons of carbon 15 Jun 2006 Ancient roots and bones locked in long-frozen soil in Siberia are starting to thaw, and have the potential to unleash billions of tons of carbon and accelerate global warming, scientists said on Thursday.

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Afghan province to provide one-third of world's heroin --Poppy harvest to double in British-patrolled area [Is Bush is pulling a *Ronny Raygun* - funding the Iraq 'insurgency' with profits from the CIA's Afghan drug routes?] 14 Jun 2006 The Afghanistan province being patrolled by British troops will produce at least a third of the world's heroin this year, according to drug experts who are forecasting a record harvest that will be an embarrassment for the western-funded war on narcotics.

US troops to lead major attack on Taliban 14 Jun 2006 An American-led force of 11,000 troops will launch their biggest offensive against Taliban 'insurgents' in Afghanistan since 2001 on Thursday, concentrating their firepower on an area under British control.

30 die in Afghan fighting before offensive 14 Jun 2006 Fierce battles killed at least 30 people across Afghanistan on Wednesday as the U.S.-led occupation readied to launch its largest anti-Taliban offensive since the Islamic government's 2001 ouster.

2 Occupation Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan 14 Jun 2006 Suspected Taliban militants killed one U.S. soldier and wounded two in an attack in southern Afghanistan, 'sparking a occupation retaliation' [Yeah, right!] that left 12 'militants' [civilians?] dead or wounded, officials said Wednesday. Another U.S. soldier was killed in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, the military said.

Bush Rejects Calls for Pullout From Iraq 14 Jun 2006 President [sic] Bush, just back from Iraq, dismissed calls for a U.S. withdrawal as election-year politics and refused to give a timetable or benchmark for success that would allow troops to come home.

Crackdown on Baghdad begins 14 Jun 2006 Iraq's prime minister set in motion the biggest security [sic] crackdown in Baghdad since the U.S.-led invasion, with 75,000 Iraqi and U.S. troops to deploy across the strife-prone capital starting today. Anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr planned a demonstration today in Baghdad to protest Dictator Bush's surprise visit to the capital.

Car bomb kills 4 despite major security crackdown in Baghdad 14 Jun 2006 A car bomb killed four people and clashes broke out in two Sunni Arab strongholds Wednesday after tens of thousands of Iraqi troops fanned out across Baghdad in a major security [sic] crackdown aimed at ending the violence that has devastated the capital. Barely more than six hours after visiting Baghdad, Dictator Bush said violence in Iraq will never be eliminated but that the crackdown and new intelligence on terrorism are contributing to "steady progress." [Yes, it's been a "steady progressION" of assassinations, terrorism and sectarian violence since Dictator Bush invaded Iraq. --LRP]

Bush in Baghdad By Patrick Martin 14 Jun 2006 "The most remarkable fact of the visit was that the Iraqi prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, was informed of Bush’s presence in his country only five minutes before he was ushered in to meet the US president... Maliki's ignorance of Bush's arrival demonstrates that the government installed in Baghdad by the American invaders lacks one of the most essential attributes of sovereignty: it has no control over who comes into the country. If Bush had swooped down on any other capital city in that fashion—with the possible exception of Kabul, headquarters of another US stooge regime—his plane or helicopter would have been intercepted or even shot down. But Iraq is not an independent country. It is a conquered province of the US empire."

Unanswered questions in the killing of Zarqawi By Kate Randall 14 Jun 2006 "In the days since the killing of Abu Mousab al-Zarqawi, the official US account of the incident has repeatedly shifted... How and when did Zarqawi die? What were the number and identities of the other casualties? Who was first on the scene after the attack? Were US forces in the vicinity before the bombings took place? The answers—or evasions—provided by US authorities on these and other issues render the credibility of their version of the events of June 7 increasingly dubious."

Desperate Bush administration ends already blown Zarqawi deception By Larry Chin 12 Jun 2006 "The purported execution of 'Al-Qaeda mystery man' Musab al-Zarqawi ends what was exposed two months ago as a Pentagon psychological operation in leaked military documents. The pursuit of Zarqawi is being sold as the 'turning point' of the Iraq war. It is nothing of the sort. This is another lie, heaped upon the multitude of lies that comprise the 'war on terrorism' itself. What is a well-established (and deliberately unaddressed) fact is that the United States government and US-connected intelligence agencies created Islamic 'terrorism.'"

Journalists ordered out of Guantánamo 14 Jun 2006 Journalists have been ordered to leave Guantánamo Bay and local military authorities have had their permission to invite reporters to the base overruled following last week's 'suicides' at the US detention camp.

Bush: Men held in Guantánamo are 'darn dangerous' --Says Military Courts Best Place to Deal With Guantánamo Detainees 14 Jun 2006 Detainees being held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, are dangerous men, and the best place to deal with them is in military courts, President [sic] Bush said at the White House today. "I'd like to close Guantánamo," he said. "But I also recognize that ... we're holding some people that are darn dangerous and that we better have a plan to deal with them in our courts."

UK minister calls Guantanamo a 'recruiting agent' for terrorism 15 Jun 2006 Lord Charles Falconer, Britain's Lord Chancellor and close ally of Prime Minister Tony Blair, has denounced the US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay as a "recruiting agent" for terrorism.

Father queries Guantanamo suicide 14 Jun 2006 The father of one of three inmates said to have committed suicide at the US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay has said he believes his son was murdered.

A tunnel without end --The US version of the Guantánamo suicides is disgraceful. The cause of death was gross injustice. By Zachary Katznelson 12 Jun 2006 "On Friday night, three prisoners in Guantánamo Bay committed suicide... Islam says it goes against God to kill yourself. So what would drive a man to take his own life, despite his religious beliefs? ...The 460-plus men in Guantánamo Bay have been held for longer than four years. Only 10 have been charged with a crime. Not one has had a trial... Most are held on the basis of triple and quadruple hearsay, evidence so unreliable that a criminal court would throw it out. Yet the US says it can imprison the men for the rest of their lives."

Pentagon Scraps Plans to Keep Interrogation Techniques Secret 14 Jun 2006 The Pentagon scraps plans to hide interrogation techniques by placing them in a classified section of a military manual. Two senior officials tell The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity there will no longer be a classified section in the Army Field Manual.

US prisoner flight angers Ireland 13 Jun 2006 Ireland has demanded a full explanation from Washington after a US marine was found handcuffed on board a plane at Shannon airport in the west of Ireland. The Irish government says it should have been asked for formal permission for any transfer of prisoners.

Mohammed Abdulkahar tells the story of terror raid that backfired --'I just thought: one by one they're going to kill us' 14 Jun 2006 "I saw the shotgun in my chest and I was begging 'Please, please I cannot breathe'. He [the police officer] just kicked me in my face and kept on saying 'Shut the fuck up'. I said 'Please, I cannot breathe'. One of the officers slapped me over the face. He was saying 'Just shut the fuck up, stay there, stay there'... At that point, I knew it was the police because I saw police vans parked outside. Until that moment, I still did not know they were the police. They never said a word about police."

'Torture' Britons lose bid to sue Saudis 14 Jun 2006 A court ruling which gave four men the right to sue foreign officials who allegedly tortured them while they were held in Saudi Arabian jails was overturned by the Law Lords today.

Vendors sync up IP wiretapping tools 12 Jun 2006 Two software vendors have made their IP wiretapping tools for carriers and law-enforcement agencies work together. Related links Narus' NarusInsight Intercept Suite for carriers has been fully tested for interoperability with Pen-Link's Lincoln 2 data collection and reporting software for law enforcement, the companies will announce Tuesday.

Lawsuit: CIA defines who's a news outlet 14 Jun 2006 The CIA has adopted internal rules allowing it to define what constitutes a news organization and what doesn't, a Washington-based research group contended in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday. The lawsuit by the National Security Archive, which operates the largest non-governmental library of declassified documents, says the spy agency has begun charging illegal search and duplication fees under the federal Freedom of Information Act.

NSA Monitoring Won't Stop Terror: Claim 14 Jun 2006 The NSA's "wide net" electronic surveillance is almost no use in catching terrorists, an expert claims. The current debate over the legality and ethics on the National Security Agency's terrorist surveillance methods might be rendered moot by the ineffectiveness of the intelligence gathering techniques, James Bamford, an expert on the NSA and author of several books about the agency, told UPI.

House, Senate members disclose finances 14 Jun 2006 House and Senate members detailed their finances Wednesday in the midst of public and government scrutiny of certain dealings that have caused Congress' popularity to drop. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-'Cat Torturer'-Tenn., holds blind trusts worth $7.5 million to $36 million. He reported making $5 million last year from the largest, worth between $5 million to $25 million. Frist faces a Securities and Exchange Commission insider trading investigation over selling stock in a hospital company his family founded.

"As always, thanks for all you do." EPA Rule Loosened After Oil Chief's Letter to Rove 13 Jun 2006 A rule designed by the Environmental Protection Agency to keep groundwater clean near oil drilling sites and other construction zones was loosened after White House officials rejected it amid complaints by energy companies that it was too restrictive and after a well-connected Texas oil executive appealed to White House senior advisor Karl Rove. [See: 2002 letter from Texas oilman and longtime Republican activist, Ernest Angelo, to Karl Rove.]

R.J. Reynolds behind push to water down Arizona smoking ban 12 Jun 2006 A rollback initiative funded by a North Carolina cigarette maker and Arizona business owners would allow smoking in all bars and some restaurants statewide, overturning smoking bans in cities including Tempe and Prescott.

Pipe ruptures at nuclear reactor 14 Jun 2006 (AU) A pipe inside a radioactive hot cell at Sydney's Lucas Heights nuclear reactor has ruptured, halting the production of an isotope used in medical procedures.

Heat on PM over nuclear gas leak 15 Jun 2006 Radioactive gas escaped after an accident at the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor, days after the Prime Minister, John Howard, announced a feasibility study into nuclear power.

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US opens new war front in North Africa 14 Jun 2006 Despite a setback in Somalia, the United States is plunging into a far vaster set of commitments, stretching across the "Wild West" of Saharan Africa. Over the next five years, Washington is expected to spend US$500 million on an overt counter-terror program to secure what it has dubbed the latest front in its "global war on [of] terror".

US 'biggest global peace threat' 14 Jun 2006 People in European and Muslim countries see US policy in Iraq as a bigger threat to world peace than Iran's nuclear programme, a survey has shown. The survey by the Pew Research Group also found support for US Dictator George W Bush and his "war on [of] terror" had dropped dramatically worldwide.

Poll: U.S. in Iraq Clouds Mideast Stability 13 Jun 2006 The presence of U.S. troops in Iraq is a greater threat to Mideast stability than the government in Iran, according to a poll of European and Muslim countries.

Labs Compete to Make New Nuclear Bomb 13 Jun 2006 The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the San Francisco Bay area and the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico are competing to design the nation's first new nuclear bomb in two decades.

EU-U.S. "partners in crime" on CIA flights 14 Jun 2006 Amnesty International urged European states on Wednesday to stop being "partners in crime" with the United States over the alleged kidnapping of terrorism suspects and their transfer to countries that use torture.

Spain Probes Alleged CIA Use of Airport 12 Jun 2006 Spain's National Court will investigate allegations that the CIA used an airport on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca for its program of covert transfers of terror suspects, court officials said Monday.

Pentagon won't hide interrogation tactics 13 Jun 2006 Under pressure from Congress, the Pentagon has dropped plans to keep some interrogation techniques secret by putting them in a classified section of a military manual, defense officials said Tuesday.

Doctors forbid roles in harsh interrogations 13 Jun 2006 The American Medical Association on Monday voted to refine its ethical guidelines that forbid doctors from participating in torture or "coercive" interrogations of prisoners. The action was prompted by unconfirmed allegations that physicians or psychiatrists played roles in harsh interrogations conducted at the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, or abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

Kucinich reveals Iran-Contra colonel linked to death squads in Iraq 06 Jun 2006 (ACN) US Army Colonel James Steele, who was involved in the Iran-Contras scandal along with international terrorist Luis Posada Carriles at his command, is now an advisor to death squads in Iraq. The presence of the US army officer in Iraq has just been revealed by US Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH), Granma daily reports.

Another US Cover-Up Surfaces in Iraq By Dahr Jamail with Arkan Hamed 13 Jun 2006 "In the wake of the Haditha massacre, reports of another atrocity have surfaced in which U.S. troops killed two women in Samarra, and then attempted to hide evidence of their responsibility... What was not reported, according to an Iraqi human rights investigator who spoke with IPS on condition of anonymity, was that both women were shot in the back of the head by U.S. snipers."

Five car bombs explode in Kirkuk --Kirkuk police hit in bomb blasts 13 Jun 2006 A series of bombs have gone off in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, killing at least 14 and injuring dozens. The violence comes as authorities in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, imposed a strict curfew on the city.

US test fire kills three Iraqis 05 Jun 2006 The US military has admitted that three Iraqi civilians killed in an explosion on Friday died because of an artillery "training exercise" [using Iraqis' homes for target-practice] that went wrong.

Iraq in Civil War for 82% of Americans 14 Jun 2006 Many adults in the United States believe Iraq is still going through a period of enormous instability, according to a poll by CBS News. 82 per cent of respondents believe there is a civil war going on in the country among different groups.

75,000 Forces to Be Deployed in Baghdad 13 Jun 2006 Under an ambitious plan to bolster security in Baghdad, some 75,000 Iraqi and 'multinational' forces will be deployed in the capital beginning Wednesday, a top Iraqi police official said. Prime Minister [US-installed dictator] Nouri al-Maliki promised to show "no mercy" to 'terrorists' and said the security plan would include a curfew and ban on weapons.

Bush Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq [Puke] 13 Jun 2006 Dictator Bush arrived in Baghdad today for a face-to-face meeting with new Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki -- an effort, the White House said, to get a clear sense of the premier's priorities [Halliburton, Bechtel, and Blackwater USA] and how the U.S. government could help his [illegitimate] government succeed.

Bush tells Iraq leader U.S. will back him 13 Jun 2006 ...In Washington, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld gave a classified briefing on Bush's trip to Iraq to selected senators. Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, senior Democrat on the Armed Services Committee, told reporters afterward that Bush's trip "is likely to lead to phased redeployments this year and continuing in the next year."

Levin: Finish Iraq pullout before 2008 13 Jun 2006 The senior Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee said Tuesday he favors a phased redeployment of U.S. troops from Iraq beginning by the end of 2006 and finishing by the end of 2007.

Statement of Christopher Wolf, Proskauer Rose LLP --Counsel for Ambassador Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame Wilson (CLG) 13 Jun 2006 "We have become aware of the communication between Mr. Fitzgerald and Mr. Luskin concerning Karl Rove's status in the criminal investigation. We have no first-hand knowledge of the reason for the communication or what further developments in the criminal investigation it may signal. While it appears that Mr. Rove will not be called to answer in criminal court for his participation in the wrongful disclosure of Valerie Wilson's classified employment status at the CIA in retaliation against Joe Wilson for questioning the rationale for war in Iraq, that obviously does not end the matter. The day still may come when Mr. Rove and others are called to account in a court of law for their attacks on the Wilsons."

Karl Rove Won't Be Charged in CIA Leak Case 13 Jun 2006 Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald has told White House aide Karl Rove that he does not expect to seek charges against him in connection with the CIA leak case, Rove's lawyer said today. In a statement this morning, Robert Luskin, Rove's attorney, said that Fitzgerald "has formally advised us that he does not anticipate seeking charges" against Rove. [This story surely vindicates Truthout.org; its executive editor, Marc Ash; its reporter, Jason Leopold; and its main publicist, William Pitt. The story reported by Truthout on 12 May (and re-reported on 12 June) was surely right in the main. They were 99.99% right. They simply missed the word "not" before the word "indicted." --MDR]

Bush aide escapes charges over CIA agent's leaked identity 14 Jun 2006 The White House was spared a criminal prosecution against its master strategist yesterday after Karl Rove was advised he would not face charges in the CIA leak affair.

Truthout runs out of truth (Capitol Hill Blue) 14 Jun 2006 "Truthout executive director called the site's story on a so-called indictment of Bush guru Karl Rove 'the biggest story we have ever covered.' William Rivers Pitt called those who questioned the report 'cretins' and publicly scolded the founder of Democratic Underground [puke], saying: 'When this story pans out, and all the little fish try to swim home, I am going to say, 'Sorry, you had the chance to stand with an ally, and instead, decided to say 'I find it very hard not to be skeptical.' Well the story didn't pan out and the little fish at Truthout are drowning in their own arrogance... Truthout needs to step down off its arrogant pedestal, admit it got it wrong, and move on. Until it does, the road back to credibility will only get longer and more difficult."

Apologise or we'll cut your funding, US envoy tells UN 09 Jun 2006 America's bitter dispute with the United Nations escalated last night when John Bolton, the US envoy to the UN, threatened to withhold funding to the organisation unless it apologised for the remarks of a senior British official.

Yard told MI5 of terror tip doubt --Police were ordered to make Forest Gate raid --Official Menezes report 'piles pressure on Met chief' 11 Jun 2006 Scotland Yard warned MI5 it had serious reservations about the credibility of the source whose information triggered the Forest Gate anti-terrorism raid only hours before police stormed the suspects' house in east London.

London anti-terrorism raid: Victim says police 'shot without warning' --Brothers demand apology from police 14 Jun 2006 A British man shot by anti-terrorist police during a pre-dawn raid on an east London house said on Tuesday the officer gave him no warning before pulling the trigger.

BYU professor let go for questioning LDS stand on gay marriage 13 Jun 2006 A Brigham Young University part-time professor who recently called into question the LDS Church's opposition to gay marriage will not be rehired after spring term. The decision to let Jeffrey Nielsen go was based on an op-ed piece he wrote for the June 4 edition of The Salt Lake Tribune.

FEMA funds spent on divorce, sex change 14 Jun 2006 The government doled out as much as $1.4 billion in bogus assistance to victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, getting hoodwinked to pay for season football tickets, a tropical vacation and even a divorce lawyer, congressional investigators have found. [Too bad Bush has invoked a signing statement that prevents any investigation of misspent billion$ in Iraq by the terrorists at Halliburton and Blackwater USA.]

Ordinance creates separate shelter for sex offenders 13 Jun 2006 As Southwest Florida continues to feel effects from Tropical Storm Alberto, Lee County Commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance that creates separate storm shelters for sex offenders and predators.

House lawmakers accept $3,300 pay hike 13 Jun 2006 Despite record low approval ratings, House lawmakers Tuesday embraced a $3,300 pay raise that will increase their salaries to $168,500.

Liberal Activists Boo Clinton --Rejection of Iraq Timetable Gets Cool Reception at Conference 14 Jun 2006 Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) drew boos and hisses from an audience of liberal activists yesterday as she defended her opposition to a timetable for withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq, and later she received an implicit rebuke from Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) for failing to acknowledge that her support for the war was a mistake.

Lieberman Ally Advises: Run As An Independent 13 Jun 2006 A prominent ally of U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman urged Monday that LieberBush run for re-election as an independent and not trust his career to left-leaning Democratic primary voters in August.

Gore to train 1,000 to spread word about climate 12 Jun 2006 Al Gore hopes to train 1,000 messengers he hopes will spread out across the country and present a slide show about global warming that captures the essence of his Hollywood documentary and book.

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Court Urged to Protect CIA Detention Info 12 Jun 2006 Citing national security, a government lawyer told a federal appeals court Monday that the CIA should not be forced to reveal whether it has been given authority to detain and interrogate suspected terrorists in overseas jails. The American Civil Liberties Union has asked the spy agency to turn over any documents related to secret foreign prisons. Though such prisons have been detailed in news reports, U.S. officials have never said that they exist.

Judges Press C.I.A. Lawyer Over Withheld Documents 13 Jun 2006 A federal appeals court panel in Manhattan questioned a lawyer for the federal government yesterday as to whether the Central Intelligence Agency had a legitimate national security interest in refusing to confirm or deny the existence of documents authorizing it to detain and interrogate terrorism suspects overseas.

Spain's National Court to investigate CIA use of Mallorca airport 12 Jun 2006 Spain's National Court will investigate allegations that the CIA used an airport on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca for its program of covert transfers of terror suspects, court officials said Monday.

Romanian Politicians "Aware of CIA Secret Flights" 12 Jun 2006 Several Romanian politicians are aware of the secret CIA flights, according to Graham Watson, leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe in the European Parliament.

"The Bush administration has acknowledged that it has not complied with the law but has said that a Congressional authorization in 2001 to use military force against Al Qaeda and the president's inherent constitutional powers allowed him to violate it." U.S. Asks Judge to Drop Suit on N.S.A. Spying 12 Jun 2006 (Detroit) Addressing a judge in Federal District Court on a National Security Agency program that listens in on international communications involving people in the United States, a government lawyer said, "the evidence we need to demonstrate to you that it lawful cannot be disclosed without that process itself causing grave harm to United States national security." The only solution to this impasse, lawyer Anthony J. Coppolino said, was for Judge Anna Diggs Taylor to dismiss the lawsuit before her, an American Civil Liberties Union challenge to the eavesdropping program, under the state secrets privilege.

Terror suspects 'tortured,' lawyers say 12 Jun 2006 Tiny solitary cells under constant illumination, a mere 20 minutes of fresh air daily, and beatings at the hands of guards are indicative of the "torture" endured by some of the 17 people accused of plotting terrorist attacks in Canada, lawyers for the group said Monday. The allegations of "cruel and unusual punishment" came as the court imposed a blanket publication ban on the legal proceedings, preventing the public from learning of any further evidence in a case of stunning allegations that has captured headlines around the world. [That's because, there *is* no evidence.]

Lawyers blast media ban in Canada terrorism case 12 Jun 2006 A publication ban on the court hearings of 17 men accused of planning 'al Qaeda'-inspired attacks in Ontario is just another example that the men stand no chance of a fair trial, some defense lawyers said on Monday. Lawyers said prosecutors asked for the ban only after the government had more than a week to publicly portray the Muslim men as terrorists who plotted to detonate massive bombs in Ottawa and Toronto and -- according to the defense -- behead the prime minister.

Canada suspects have no chance of fair trial: lawyer 12 Jun 2006 Seventeen men accused of planning al CIAduh-inspired attacks in densely populated southern Ontario stand no chance of a fair trial after prejudicial comments from police and the intelligence community, one of their lawyers said on Monday.

Guantánamo suicide prisoner 'not told release was due' 12 Jun 2006 One of the three detainees who committed suicide at Guantánamo Bay was due to be released but had not been told, the man's lawyer said today.

Pressure mounts to close Guantanamo after suicides 12 Jun 2006 Pressure mounted within the United States and from abroad to shut down the Guantanamo Bay prison camp following the 'suicides' [murders] of three "enemy combatant" detainees over the weekend.

Al-Zarqawi Lived for 52 Mins. After Strike 12 Jun 2006 Abu Musab al-Zarqawi lived for 52 minutes after a U.S. warplane bombed his hideout northeast of Baghdad, and he died of extensive internal injuries consistent with those caused by a bomb blast [?!?], the U.S. military said Monday.

Al-Zarqawi's Successor Chosen [by Bush] 12 Jun 2006 Al-CIAduh in Iraq said in a Web statement posted Monday that a militant named Abu Hamza al-Muhajer was the group's new leader.

US air strike kills nine in Iraq 12 Jun 2006 The US military in Iraq says its aircraft killed nine people in an attack on a "terrorist cell", but witnesses say the dead are civilians. Occupation troops later found the bodies of seven adults, described as "terrorists", and two children.

Car bombs kill at least 15 in Kirkuk --Raid by U.S. forces kills 9, including 2 children 13 Jun 2006 Two car bombs targeting police exploded within a span of 30 minutes in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Tuesday, killing at least 15 people and wounding 15, police said.

Afghanistan considers rearming warlords 12 Jun 2006 The Afghan government is considering arming tribal groups across southern Afghanistan, in a move diplomats say would destabilise the country.

Global military spend hits $1.12 trillion: report 12 Jun 2006 U.S. spending in Iraq and Afghanistan helped push up global 2005 military expenditure by 3.5 percent to $1.12 trillion, a research body [the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)] said on Monday.

War Criminal Nation - You'd Better Shut-Up By Paul Craig Roberts 11 Jun 2006 "The only reason Americans can look themselves in the mirror is that they are clueless and have little idea of what is being done in their name... Bush supporters dismiss anyone who tells them the truth as a traitor. Bush supporters are as dependent on propaganda as substance abusers are on drugs and alcohol. Try weaning Bush supporters from the obvious lies that are the basis of this administration, and they will call you every name in the book. They are proud to be Americans. Lies and war crimes are an American right. And you had better shut up or those Haliburton-built concentration camps will be your new home."

The Bolton legacy: "unchecked U.N.-bashing and stereotyping" At the U.N., Bluster Backfires By Sebastian Mallaby 12 Jun 2006 "Perhaps not surprisingly, the Senate refused to confirm [John R.] Bolton as U.N. ambassador. 'Arrogant,' 'bullying,' and 'the poster child of what someone in the diplomatic corps should not be,' Sen. George Voinovich called him. Bush sent Bolton anyway, bypassing the Senate by appointing him during a congressional recess... The United States needs an ambassador who can work with the United Nations. Right now, it doesn't have one."

Arab Firm Running Key Ports 12 Jun 2006 In January, Emirates-based Istithmar purchased U.K.-based Inchcape Shipping Services, or ISS, a company that specializes in "ship husbanding" in more than 200 ports worldwide. Ship husbanding includes providing supplies, crew transportation and some security to vessels making port calls. In light of U.S. naval vessels' vulnerability while in port, one experienced ship agent employed by a U.S. firm says he is surprised that the Inchcape sale went virtually unnoticed by Congress and the press.

Halliburton protester acquitted 09 Jun 2006 A Tulsa woman who protested outside Halliburton's shareholders meeting last month was acquitted Thursday of violating a city protest permit.

Pentagon Watchdog Owns Cabin With Rumsfeld Pal By Justin Rood 12 Jun 2006 "According to POGO, [Armed Services Committee chair Duncan Hunter (R-CA)] -- who's never been a particularly toothy watchdog of Pentagon activities -- has for several years co-owned a cabin in rural Virginia with a Rumsfeld confidante and senior Pentagon official. For the past five years, Preston M. 'Pete' Geren III has been kind of a top-shelf fix-it guy for Rumsfeld, POGO's Jason Vest reports."

Rove headlining GOP fund-raiser 12 Jun 2006 Presidential adviser Karl Rove is the keynote speaker Monday night at the state Republican Party's annual dinner -- which Democrats say is to raise money to help the party pay legal fees in a phone jamming case. Democrats are suing Republicans to find out who knew about the phone jamming done Election Day 2002 that tied up a Democratic and nonpartisan effort to get out the vote and provide rides to the polls. Three Republican operatives have been convicted in the plot.

Judge tosses lawsuit over Pa. lawmaker pay 12 Jun 2006 A federal judge threw out a lawsuit Thursday that sought to ban the tactics the Legislature used to give itself a pay raise in the middle of the night last summer.

Judge overturns San Francisco weapons ban 12 Jun 2006 A state trial judge on Monday overturned a voter-approved city ordinance that banned handgun possession and firearm sales in San Francisco, siding with gun owners who said the city did not have the authority to prohibit the weapons.

Bill would outlaw abortion --Ohio legislation would make no exception for rape, incest or to save woman's life. 10 Jun 2006 House Bill 228, as proposed by State Rep. Tom Brinkman, R-Cincinnati, would criminalize all abortion -- whether to save the life of the woman or to end pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. Furthermore, it would make it a felony for anyone to take a woman across the state line to obtain an abortion elsewhere.

Supreme Court allows lethal injection challenge 12 Jun 2006 The U.S. Supreme Court paved the way Monday for death row inmates nationwide to make last-minute challenges to lethal injection, ruling in favor of a Florida inmate who had been strapped to a gurney awaiting execution when the court took up his case.

Storm Nears Hurricane Strength and the Gulf Coast of Florida 13 Jun 2006 A hurricane warning was issued on Monday and evacuations were ordered for parts of the Florida Gulf Coast as the season's first tropical storm intensified on a path that could bring it ashore as a hurricane.

Steelers' Roethlisberger Hurt in Motorcycle Accident 12 Jun 2006 Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is listed in serious but stable condition in a Pittsburgh hospital following a motorcycle accident this morning, his doctor said.

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