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July 2005 Archives

Michael D. Rectenwald, Ph.D., responds to a rightwinger who declares that 'liberal mental midgets' are the 'greatest threat to the security and survival of the United States' ..."This incomprehensible babble comes from the party of 'is-our-children learning' mental retards like Bush. Bush--under whose watch all of the worst atrocities in U.S. history have been suffered. Bush, who sat reading 'My Pet Goat' while the twin towers burned (probably due to demolition). Bush--the treasonous bastard who lied to go to War and who cannot even spell 'diplomacy.'" --M. Rectenwald 11 Jul 2005

Terrorist gang 'used military explosives' 12 Jul 2005 A single bombmaker using high-grade military explosives is believed to be responsible for building the four devices that killed more than 50 people last week, The Times can reveal.

Exclusive: The Hunt 9 Jul 2005 Scotland Yard launched Britain's biggest ever manhunt yesterday to catch the London bombers - vowing: "We will go to the ends of the earth to nail these coldblooded killers." And troops from Britain's most secretive army intelligence unit - the Special Reconnaissance Regiment - will join them... But the investigation received a serious setback when it was discovered the CCTV cameras on the bus that blew up were not working [?!?] so detectives will not get vital images of the bomber. One senior Yard source said: "It's a big blow and a disappointment. If the cameras had been running we would have had pin-sharp close-up pictures of the person who carried out this atrocity. "We don't know if the driver forgot to switch them on or if there was a technical problem but there are no images." The bus had four cameras - one covering people getting on, the second at the exit doors and one on each deck scanning the length of the vehicle.

Police make arrests in London bomb attack -Sky 12 Jul 2005 Police made a number of arrests in the northern city of Leeds on Tuesday over the suspected al Qaeda attacks which killed 52 people in London last week, Sky news television reported. Earlier, police in Leeds raided six houses in connection with the attacks.

Start with 10 Downing Street: Police search homes in N.England after UK bombs 12 Jul 2005 Police said they searched five homes in northern England on Tuesday as a "significant" part of the investigation into last week's London bombings which killed at least 52 people.

Anti-terrorist police swoops on five residences in Leeds 12 Jul 2005 Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair said the raids were connected to the massive investigation of Thursday's attacks on three subway trains and a bus. Anti[pro]-terrorist police investigating the London bombings swooped on five residences in northern England Tuesday morning.

Blair rules out bomb inquiry 11 Jul 2005 Prime Minister Tony Blair today will dismiss calls for an inquiry into the London terror attacks. The Conservatives have called for a probe to see if anything could have been done to prevent the bombings. But the Prime Minister will use a Commons statement to underline his confidence in the intelligence services and reject demands for an inquiry.

U.S. tells troops to stay out of London after bombs 12 Jul 2005 All 12,000 members of the U.S. Air Force stationed in Britain have been banned from visiting London because of last week's bombings, newspapers reported on Tuesday, and one daily slammed the decision as "timid".

EU Official Urges Anti-Terror Info Network 11 Jul 2005 The European Union justice commissioner called Monday for EU nations to agree to rules requiring telecommunications companies to keep telephone and e-mail data to help anti[pro]-terrorism investigations.

London attacks to boost to EU anti-terrorism plan 11 Jul 2005 The London bombings have given added urgency to the European Union's fight 'against' terrorism, and justice and interior ministers will meet on Wednesday to try to boost an EU-wide action plan, officials and diplomats say.

UK favours tough measures after London bombs-poll 12 Jul 2005 An overwhelming majority of Britons would support tough new measures to reduce the threat of attacks after last week's deadly London bomb blasts, a poll by The Times newspaper showed on Tuesday.

Police closing in on bomber's identity: report 12 Jul 2005 British police are on the verge of identifying one person they believe was involved in the bomb attacks which killed at least 52 people in London, a report said.

Al-Qaeda sleepers possible in U.S., security chief says 11 Jul 2005 U.S. agencies are investigating possible sleeper cells in the country, the head of the Department of Homeland Security indicated Sunday. The attacks in London heightened the concerns, said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

Permanent Patriot Act Proposed 12 Jul 2005 The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee introduced a bill yesterday that would make the controversial USA Patriot Act permanent, but he balked at including some new powers sought by the Bush administration.

7 Federal Prisons to Get Lethal Electrified Fences 12 Jul 2005 Seven high-security federal prisons will be getting lethal electrified fences in a $10 million project. The 12-foot-high "stun-lethal" fences, similar to ones used at some state prisons, can be set to deliver a shock if touched once, and a fatal jolt if touched [or someone is pushed] a second time.

Statement of Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D., on the London bombings 07 July 2005

Bush Terror War Devastates London By Bill Gallagher "The carnage in London brings home, again, the abject failure of the 'war on terror' as President [sic] George W. Bush and his only significant ally, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, conduct it. They are focusing on the wrong enemy in the wrong place. Their war in Iraq makes the world less secure and breeds more terrorists."

Judge Allows Suit Alleging Fraud in Iraq 12 Jul 2005 A whistle-blower's lawsuit against alleged contract fraud in Iraq can continue, but the U.S. government lacks the authority to police the spending of billions of dollars of Iraqi oil money, a federal judge in Alexandria has ruled. Workers claimed Fairfax 'security' firm Custer Battles LLC used shell companies in the Cayman Islands and elsewhere to submit phony bills to the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority, which ran Iraq for the first year after the war.

Iraqi rebels set main oil refinery on fire 10 Jul 2005 Iraq rebels fired mortars at Baghdad's main oil refinery in a renewed assault on key infrastructure as Egyptian diplomats prepared to leave the city following the murder of Cairo's kidnapped top envoy.

Land Mine Kills Soldier in Iraq 12 Jul 2005 A Task Force Baghdad soldier died of injuries sustained July 11 when his patrol west of Baghdad hit a land mine, officials reported today.

23 Killed in Bombing at Baghdad Recruiting Center 11 Jul 2005 A brief lull in the suicide bombings here ended Sunday when an attacker mingling with a crowd of men outside an Iraqi Army recruiting center detonated an explosive vest, killing at least 23 volunteers and wounding at least 40 others.

Iraqi suspects suffocate in police custody 11 Jul 2005 Nine bricklayers detained by security forces on suspicion of involvement with Iraqi resistance fighters have suffocated to death while held for over 14 hours in a police van.

Blair: No Decision Made on Troops in Iraq 11 Jul 2005 Britain has not decided to withdraw troops from Iraq, although contingency planning is under way, Prime Minister Tony Blair's office said Monday.

Iraq: Troops Can Withdraw From Some Cities 12 Jul 2005 Iraq's prime minister said Tuesday that U.S. and other foreign troops could begin handing over security to Iraqis in selected cities, although he opposes setting a timetable for the complete withdrawal of 'multinational forces' [foreign invaders].

More U.S. Forces Headed to Afghanistan 11 Jul 2005 An Army airborne infantry battalion is preparing to deploy to Afghanistan, U.S. officials in Afghanistan said. About 700 members of 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, are expected to deploy from Fort Bragg, N.C., within two weeks. The unit returned from Iraq in March after deploying there in December.

Oops!! 4 'Terror' Suspects Escape U.S. Afghan Base 11 Jul 2005 Four suspected 'terrorists' escaped Monday from the main U.S. base in Afghanistan, the first time anyone has broken out of the heavily guarded detention facility, sparking a massive ground and air search, officials said.

White House shunts Rove queries --Democrats demand adviser's dismissal 12 Jul 2005 The White House yesterday deflected questions surrounding Karl Rove's conversation with a Time magazine reporter about the identity of a CIA agent, as Democrats denounced the actions of the top adviser to Dictator Bush, with some calling on Bush to fire his longtime confidant.

At White House, a Day of Silence on Rove's Role in C.I.A. Leak 12 Jul 2005 Nearly two years after stating that any administration official found to have been involved in leaking the name of an undercover C.I.A. officer would be fired, and assuring that Karl Rove and other senior aides to Dictator Bush had nothing to do with the disclosure, the White House refused on Monday to answer any questions about new evidence of Mr. Rove's role in the matter.

Democrats urge Bush to fire Rove in leak scandal 11 Jul 2005 The White House faced mounting Democratic calls for Dictator Bush to sideline or fire his top political aide [and Reichwing whackjob] Karl Rove on Monday over his involvement in a CIA leak scandal.

White House won't comment on Rove, leak inquiry 11 Jul 2005 For two years, the White House has insisted that presidential adviser Karl Rove had nothing to do with the leak of a CIA officer's identity. And Dictator Bush said the leaker would be fired. But Bush's spokesman wouldn't repeat any of those assertions Monday in the face of Rove's own lawyer saying his client spoke with at least one reporter about Valerie Plame's role at the CIA before she was identified in a newspaper column.

Press Batters McClellan on Rove/Plame Link 11 Jul 2005 On Sunday, Newsweek revealed a Cooper e-mail from July 2003 that showed that Karl Rove indeed had talked to him about Plame and her CIA employment, although he apparently did not mention that she worked under cover. This development apparently freed the journalists to hit Press Secretary Scott McClellan hard at this afternoon's briefing. In September and October 2003, McClellan had rejected as "ridiculous" any suggestion that Rove was involved in the Plame leak.

Bush Adviser Helped Law Firm Land Job Lobbying for CNOOC 12 Jul 2005 Dictator Bush's top independent intelligence adviser met last winter with investment bankers in China to help secure his law firm's role in lobbying for a state-run Chinese energy firm and its bid for the U.S. oil company Unocal Corp., according to his law firm, Akin Gump.

Penn Hills loses bid to charge Santorum for online school tuition --School board too late in challenging residency 12 Jul 2005 Because school district officials missed the deadline for filing a challenge, Republican Sen. Rick Santorum and his wife are still considered Penn Hills residents and do not have to repay the school district for the cost of enrolling five of their six children in the online Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School.

Appeals board victories may add up to big property assessment increases (Pittsburgh) 11 Jul 2005 Thousands of homeowners who appealed their 2002 assessed values saw their preliminary figures for 2006 not only catch up with their pre-appeal values but also shoot far past them. Overall, the values of the county's 550,000 properties increased about 19 percent under the 2006 numbers.

Lawmakers Call For Moratorium On Eminent Domain (CT) 11 Jul 2005 Democratic leaders of the General Assembly on Monday urged municipal leaders not to use their eminent domain powers until the legislature has time to consider changing the state's laws on seizing property.

Gasoline jumps to record 12 July 2005 Gasoline prices set U.S. records Monday and are likely to move higher this week because of 'worries that summer hurricanes will disrupt shipments of gas and damage oil rigs' [corpora-terrorists ExxonMobil's profiteering. See: Exxon Mobil posts 44% jump in first-quarter profit 28 Apr 2005 Exxon Mobil, the world's largest publicly traded oil company, said Thursday that first-quarter earnings soared 44% from last year, due mainly to strong crude and natural gas prices. Net income surged to $7.86 billion, or $1.22 a share, from $5.44 billion, or 83 cents, a year ago.]

Local Leaders Urged to Lead Climate Fight 12 Jul 2005 Former U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson urged mayors from across the nation Monday to take the lead in fighting global warming.

EU judges back new vitamin restrictions 12 Jul 2005 Controversial new European laws which could outlaw thousands of vitamin and mineral supplements have been upheld by European Court judges.

Mega barf alert!! Cow-free Beef Proposed 07 Jul 2005 Scientists have proposed two new techniques for growing meat in a lab by a process that could one day make beef cows obsolete.

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London Underground Bombing 'Exercises' Took Place at Same Time as Real Attack --Culpability cover scenario echoes 9/11 wargames --by Paul Joseph Watson and Alex Jones 09 Jul 2005 "A consultancy agency with government and police connections was running an exercise for an unnamed company that revolved around the London Underground being bombed at the exact same times and locations as happened in real life on the morning of July 7th. On a BBC Radio 5 interview that aired on the evening of the 7th, the host interviewed Peter Power, Managing Director of Visor Consultants... Peter Power was a former Scotland Yard official, working at one time with the Anti Terrorist Branch. Power told the host that at the exact same time that the London bombings were taking place, his company was running a 1,000 person strong exercise which drilled the London Underground being bombed at the exact same locations, at the exact same times, as happened in real life."

Terror alert highest ever as police fear new attack 11 Jul 2005 Britain's terrorist alert has been raised to its highest-ever level because the London rush-hour bombers are alive and planning another attack, The Times has learnt. Security services, military and police are on "severe specific" alert — the second highest status and higher than after the September 11 attacks — after it emerged that the terrorists who killed as many as 70 people were not suicide bombers.

Further attacks possible - Clarke 10 Jul 2005 The terrorists who hit London could be planning further attacks in Britain, Home Secretary Charles Clarke has warned. Mr Clarke said he feared further attacks if the perpetrators were not caught.

US Officials Can't Rule Out Mass Transit Attack in US [!?!] 10 Jul 2005 Homeland Security officials say they have improved security throughout the U.S. mass-transit system. But they say there is no way to completely guard against an attack in the United States similar to last week's bombings in London. [Right, Bush's Weapon of Mass Distraction is reserved for day that Karl Rove is indicted for his role in the Plame-outing.]

Email spying 'could have stopped killers' 10 Jul 2005 Millions of personal email and mobile phone records could be stored and shared with police and intelligence officials across Europe to help thwart terrorist attacks. The Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, will propose new measures at an emergency meeting of European Union interior ministers which will discuss the implications of Thursday's London bombings. He raised the stakes dramatically by claiming they could 'quite possibly' have helped prevent such attacks, by identifying in advance suspicious patterns of behaviour by potential terrorists. [We have already 'identified the suspicious pattern of behaviour' of George W. Bush --but he's still out there, attacking us.]

Clarke set to rush through emergency arrest powers 08 Jul 2005 Ministers are expected to rush through measures to arrest and detain suspects accused of acts associated with terrorism as an immediate reaction to yesterday's bombings. Yesterday's attacks on London will also make it more difficult for the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats to oppose the introduction of identity cards.

Italy debates new anti-terrorism measures 10 Jul 2005 Italy is debating whether it needs new tools to deal with terrorism following the London bombings, like specialised judges, incentives for informants and faster expulsion of illegal immigrants.

Thirty key al-Qa'ida-linked terror suspects are identified by police 11 Jul 2005 About 30 al-Qa'ida fighters and sympathisers have been identified by counter[pro]-terrorism officers as the most likely suspects behind the London bombings, The Independent has learnt.

Police hunt 'mercenary' terror gang recruited by al-Qa'ida --Police and intelligence agents are investigating the theory that a gang of white "mercenary terrorists" was hired by al-Qa'ida to carry out last week's devastating attacks on London.

Police arrest trio under Terror Act (UK) 10 Jul 2005 Three men were arrested under anti-terror laws at Heathrow Airport, police have said. The three British nationals were detained early on Sunday morning as they arrived from abroad.

Heathrow arrests 'not connected' to London attacks 10 Jul 2005 Three people have been arrested at Heathrow airport under the Prevention [sic] of Terrorism Act, police overseeing the hunt for the bombers behind Thursday's attacks on London revealed today.

London Police Release 3 Nabbed at Airport 10 Jul 2005 Three men arrested at Heathrow airport on Sunday under 'anti-terrorist' laws were released later in the day without charge, police said.

London Bombers Were Probably British, Says U.K. Ex-Police Chief 10 Jul 2005 Terrorists behind the London bomb attacks that killed at least 50 people on Thursday are "almost certainly British-born'' and probably well educated, according to John Stevens, the former head of the city's police force.

Four mosques in UK, 6 in New Zealand attacked 11 Jul 2005 Four mosques in separate English cities have been damaged slightly by fires set deliberately since London was hit by terrorist bombings, police said Sunday.

Emami Kashani calls Al-Qaeda 'illegitimate child of U.S. and Israel' 11 Jul 2005 Interim Friday Prayer Leader of Tehran Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani said in his second sermon, "Al-Qaeda is the illegitimate child of the United States and Israel."

Intelligence chief's power out of bounds --by Bob Barr "In a move largely unnoticed outside the Washington Beltway, President [sic] Bush on June 28 dramatically enhanced the powers of the director of national intelligence, John Negroponte, giving him control of a new office within the FBI. The new office, dubbed the NSS, or 'National Security Service,' gives Negroponte power over the gathering and use of both foreign and domestic intelligence. This breathtaking consolidation of intelligence powers for the first time in the history of our country's government brings domestic law enforcement powers under control of the nation's foreign intelligence apparatus."

Up to 200 Italian police 'ran parallel anti-terror force' 05 Jul 2005 Up to 200 police officers and former intelligence operatives are being investigated by Italian magistrates on charges of organising an illegal "parallel" police force to combat [foment] terrorism. Judge Francesco Lalla, Genoa's chief prosecutor, said the self-styled "Department for Anti-terrorist Strategic Studies," (Dssa) maintained an arsenal of weaponry, stored by its accused commanders Gaetano Saya and Riccardo Sindaco, both with links with the Italian far right. Magistrates focused on the Dssa after it allegedly claimed to have a video of the murder in Iraq of the Italian hostage Fabrizio Quatrocchi and tried to sell the footage. Investigators are trying to determine what official support the organisation may have had. [Why would the 'insurgents' in Iraq turn over the murder of an hostage to the far right? The far right was in possession of the footage as it is the far right that is carrying out the terrorism, kidnappings and killings in Iraq.]

Iraqi police killed in checkpoint raid 11 Jul 2005 Fighters have stormed an Iraqi army checkpoint around 65km north of Baghdad, killing seven soldiers and wounding two more. Three civilians were also wounded in the raid on Khalis, a town just outside Baquba, early on Monday morning.

Wave of Attacks Kill 48 People in Iraq 11 Jul 2005 A man strapped with explosives blew himself up Sunday at an Iraqi military recruiting center in Baghdad, one of a series of suicide attacks that killed at least 48 people and ended a relative lull in violence in recent days.

No request for Basra troops: PM 11 Jul 2005 Prime Minister John Howard says there has been no request from British defence officials for Australia to send troops to southern Iraq.

Guantanamo Bay Base Commander Dismissed 09 Jul 2005 The commanding officer of the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was relieved of his duties Saturday after he was accused of inappropriate management practices [Which were?], a Navy spokesman said.

Body of U.S. Commando Found in Afghanistan 10 Jul 2005 The body of a missing U.S. commando has been located in eastern Afghanistan, the military said Monday, bringing an end to the search for the last member of an ill-fated, four-man special forces unit that disappeared last month.

Matt Cooper's Source --What Karl Rove told Time magazine's reporter. 18 Jul 2005 Karl Rove has never publicly acknowledged talking to any reporter about former ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife. But last week, his lawyer, Robert Luskin, confirmed to NEWSWEEK that Rove did—and that Rove was the secret source who, at the request of both Cooper's lawyer and the prosecutor, gave Cooper permission to testify.

The Rove Factor? Time magazine talked to Bush's guru for Plame story. 11 Jul 2005 E-mails surrendered by Time Inc., which are largely between Matthew Cooper and his editors, show that one of Cooper's sources was White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove, according to two lawyers who asked not to be identified because they are representing witnesses sympathetic to the White House. ...In an interview with NEWSWEEK, Rove's lawyer, Robert Luskin, confirmed that Rove had been interviewed by Cooper for the article.

U.S. Encourages Regime Change In Syria 10 Jul 2005 The United States has begun supporting Syrian dissidents in their drive to topple the government of President Bashar Assad. The Bush regime has provided support to Syrian dissidents to organize into a credible 'pro-democracy' opposition group.

Israel's barrier to cut off Palestinians in Jerusalem 11 Jul 2005 Around a quarter of the Palestinian population of Jerusalem face being cut off from the rest of the holy city after Israel's Cabinet approved a new route for its controversial West Bank barrier. Palestinians accused Israel of trying to shut down argument over the fate of occupied East Jerusalem.

OPEC cannot meet demand, Saudis say 08 Jul 2005 Saudi officials warn that OPEC will not be able to meet projected western demand in 10 to 15 years, confirming trader speculations.

Gas prices surge to record 10 Jul 2005 Gas prices surged nearly a dime over the past two weeks to an all-time high of $2.31 per gallon of self-serve regular, a national survey said Sunday.

Killer bird flu virus erupts again in Thailand 11 Jul 2005 The deadly bird flu virus which has killed 55 Asians has erupted again in Thailand despite a major campaign to eradicate it, the government said on Monday.

Japan finds fresh case of bird flu 11 Jul 2005 A fresh case of bird flu has been confirmed on a chicken farm neighbouring earlier outbreaks discovered in eastern Japan late last month, a local government official said on Monday.

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UK in talks to hand Iraq role to Australia 10 Jul 2005 Britain is negotiating with Australia to hand over military command of southern Iraq to free up British troops for redeployment to the front line in Afghanistan. An announcement is expected within weeks that several thousand British soldiers are to be sent to Afghanistan.

Australia considers to send more troops to Afghanistan 07 Jul 2005 Australian Prime Minister John Howard said Thursday his cabinet will discuss redeploying troops to Afghanistan at next week's cabinet meeting.

Memo says US, UK readying Iraqi withdrawal-report 10 Jul 2005 A leaked document from Defence Ministry says the British and U.S. governments are planning to reduce their troop levels in Iraq by more than half by mid-2006, the Mail on Sunday reported.

U.S. Marines, Iraq Soldiers Launch Raids 10 Jul 2005 Hundreds of U.S. Marines and Iraqi soldiers have launched new raids against resistance strongholds in a volatile Sunni province, officials said Saturday.

Mega barf alert! U.S. Launches Operation Scimitar in Iraq 09 Jul 2005 About 600 U.S. Marines and Iraqi soldiers have launched a fourth offensive against resistance fighters in less than a month in a western province in Iraq, the military said Saturday. [BTW, who comes up with the *moronic names* for these 'Operations' (official acts of US terrorism)?]

Bomber kills, wounds dozens of Iraqi recruits 10 Jul 2005 Baghdad attack comes after U.S., Iraqi forces launch new raids --A suicide bomber with explosives strapped to his body wounded dozens of people at an Iraqi army recruiting center in western Baghdad on Sunday... One police source said 21 were killed and 31 wounded, according to preliminary estimates.

Three dead in Iraq suicide blast 10 Jul 2005 A suicide car bomber has killed at least three civilians in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, police say. A further 10 were wounded in the attack, which took place near a hospital and municipal building.

Fighters set ablaze Iraqi oil refinery 08 Jul 2005 A huge fire has broken out at the Dura oil refinery outside Baghdad after it was hit by a [US] mortar shell, an Interior Ministry source says. [Remember, Halliburton is (well) paid to rebuild that which it destroys, and Exxon Mobil can look forward to a spike in oil prices on Monday morning.]

U.S. Says It Will Release American Held in Iraq 10 Jul 2005 Military officials have agreed to free Cyrus Kar, an aspiring American filmmaker who has been imprisoned without charge for nearly two months at a United States military detention center in Iraq, lawyers and relatives of Mr. Kar said Saturday.

Attorney says military to release LA filmmaker from Iraq custody 09 Jul 2005 The U.S. military has agreed to release an aspiring American documentary filmmaker who has been detained in Iraq since 'potential bomb parts' [?!?] were found in his taxi in May, his aunt and lawyer said Saturday. [What are *potential* bomb parts?]

Allawi: this is the start of civil war 10 Jul 2005 Iraq's former interim prime minister Iyad Allawi has warned that his country is facing civil war and has predicted dire consequences for Europe and America as well as the Middle East if the crisis is not resolved. "The problem is that the Americans have no vision and no clear policy on how to go about in Iraq," said Allawi, a long-time ally of Washington.

Councils of churches condemns U.S. policy on Iraq 08 Jul 2005 Leaders of the National Council of Churches and several member denominations marked July 4 with a petition stating vehement opposition to United States policy in Iraq.

Drugs more threat to Afghans than terrorism: Karzai 09 Jul 2005 [The Bush regime's] Illegal opium production is more of a risk to Afghanistan than terrorism, President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday, adding the world would turn its back on Afghans if they failed to curb the trade.

Ten Afghan Soldiers Beheaded by Militants 10 Jul 2005 Suspected Taliban gunmen ambushed a border patrol in the desert near the frontier with Pakistan, killing 10 Afghan soldiers and beheading them all, a provincial governor said Sunday.

U.S. Commando Said Killed in Afghanistan 10 Jul 2005 A purported Taliban spokesman said Saturday that the group has beheaded a missing American commando, but he offered no proof and the U.S. military said it was still searching for the Navy SEAL.

'Police shot bombers' reports New Zealander 09 Jul 2005 A New Zealander working for Reuters in London says two colleagues witnessed the unconfirmed shooting by police of two apparent suicide bombers outside the HSBC tower at Canary Wharf in London. The New Zealander, who did not want to be named, said the killing of the two men wearing bombs happened at 10.30am on Thursday (London time). Following the shooting, the 8000 workers in the 44-storey tower were told to stay away from windows and remain in the building for at least six hours, the New Zealand man said.

Security alert closes Birmingham 10 Jul 2005 Birmingham city centre has been shut down and 20,000 people evacuated amid a security alert. West Midlands Police put up an exclusion cordon around the A38 inner city ring road after intelligence warned of a "substantial threat".

Midlands police carry out controlled explosions 10 Jul 2005 Police evacuated tens of thousands of people from central Birmingham last night and carried out a controlled explosion on a bus.

London placed on highest state of alert 08 Jul 2005 London is on the highest state of alert after British security services said on Friday they assumed that the terrorists responsible for Thursday's bomb attacks that killed more than 50 people remained at large and could strike again.

Explosions on London Underground were "almost simultaneous" 09 Jul 2005 High explosives were used in the three bombs that were detonated possibly by synchronised timers within 50 seconds of each other in the London Underground trains on Thursday, police said today.

Fox News slammed over 'callous' line 09 Jul 2005 Rupert Murdoch's Fox News channel was under fire yesterday for comments by some of its leading journalists in response to the London bombs. Speaking about the reaction of the financial markets, Brit Hume, the channel's Washington managing editor, said: "Just on a personal basis ... I saw the futures this morning, which were really in the tank, I thought 'hmm, time to buy'."

Bush: 'It's a War on [of] Terrorism For Us All' 08 Jul 2005 Three terrorist bombs ripped through London Underground trains during the morning rush hour yesterday and a fourth destroyed a double-decker bus, killing at least 37 people and wounding more than 700 others.

Blair put us in the firing line --The war on Iraq made the attack on London inevitable By Faisal Bodi 09 Jul 2005 "Amid all the punditry about whether there was an al-Qaida connection to Thursday's attacks on London commuters, it should not be forgotten that the bloody trail of blame leads straight to 10 Downing Street. The prime minister's early return to Westminster was a fitting response to the carnage unleashed on the capital... The fury generated by Tony Blair's decision to coat-tail George Bush into what only the blind still call a justified war has put us all in the firing line."

Leaked No 10 dossier reveals Al-Qaeda's British recruits 10 Jul 2005 Al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh?] is secretly recruiting affluent, middle-class Muslims in British universities and colleges to carry out terrorist attacks in this country, leaked Whitehall documents reveal.

More than 140 arrested in Italy 09 Jul 2005 A two-day security operation prompted by the London bombings has resulted in the arrest of 142 people in Italy. Some 2,000 police officers were involved in the arrests, most of which occurred in and around Milan.

'Dirty War' protesters' remains found 08 Jul 2005 Investigators have recovered the remains of the woman who founded a legendary protest group against Argentina's Dirty War, nearly three decades after she was abducted, officials said Friday.

Papers show Mitterrand approved Rainbow Warrior bombing 10 Jul 2005 The sabotage of the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior 20 years ago in Auckland was carried out with the "personal authorisation" of France's late president Francois Mitterrand, documents showed today.

North Koreans Agree to Resume Nuclear Talks 10 Jul 2005 After more than a year of stalemate, North Korea agreed Saturday evening to return to disarmament talks late this month and pledged to discuss eliminating its nuclear-weapons program, according to senior Bush administration officials.

Second crack found at nuclear plant 07 Jul 2005 A second crack has been found at the 30-year-old James A. FitzPatrick nuclear power plant (central New York), which was closed last week after a small leak was found in its cooling system. Members of the Central New York Citizens Awareness Network said they worry that the cracks point to increasing deterioration of the reactor.

Newspaper Withholding Two Articles After Jailing 09 Jul 2005 The editor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer said last night that the newspaper, acting on the advice of its lawyers, was withholding publication of two major investigative articles because they were based on illegally leaked documents and could lead to penalties against the paper and the jailing of reporters.

Civil Rights Groups Urge Justice Department to Block Georgia Photo ID Law --New Law Would Discriminate Against Minority Voters, Groups Charge (ACLU Press Release) 08 Jul 2005 "More than two dozen civil rights, religious, labor and advocacy groups urged the Department of Justice to block implementation of a new Georgia law which they say will have a substantially negative 'racial impact' on minority voters. The groups argue that the new photo identification requirements contained in Georgia House Bill 244 are unnecessary and were purposefully adopted to make minority voters worse off."

Moral ties attached to US Aids cash 09 Jul 2005 American aid agencies expressed concern yesterday over new rules imposed by the Bush administration making funding for the fight against Aids dependent on a pledge to combat prostitution. Charities seeking federal funding for anti-Aids programmes abroad will have to sign a form expressing opposition to prostitution and sex trafficking.

Senators Ask Drug Giant to Explain Grants to Doctors 06 Jul 2005 The Senate Finance Committee yesterday began an inquiry into whether Johnson & Johnson used educational grants to promote the pediatric use of its former heartburn medication, Propulsid, even as internal company concerns mounted during the 1990's about the drug's safety in some children.

2005 Sets Mark With 4 Named Storms So Far 09 Jul 2005 Martin Nelson, the lead forecaster at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, says this is the first time the Atlantic hurricane season had four named storms this early since record-keeping began in 1851.

'Monster' Storm To Slam Gulf Coast With 140 MPH Winds --Forecaster: 'This Thing Is Going To Devastate...' 10 Jul 2005 A "monster" Hurricane Dennis is expected to slam into the Gulf Coast Sunday as a Category 4 storm with 140 mph winds, according to Local 6 meteorologist Tom Sorrells. "This storm just flat out blew up," Sorrells said. "This thing is going to devastate where it hits. It's a monster Category 4 storm by tonight."

Panda cub born at Washington's National Zoo 09 Jul 2005 A panda cub the size of a stick of butter was born early Saturday at the National Zoo (in Washington), the first for the pair of endangered bears now living there and a milestone for the zoo.

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So, Mr Bremer, where did all the money go? --At the end of the Iraq war, vast sums of money were made available to the US-led provisional authorities, headed by Paul Bremer, to spend on rebuilding the country. By the time Bremer left the post eight months later, $8.8bn of that money had disappeared. Ed Harriman on the extraordinary scandal of Iraq's missing billions 07 Jul 2005 "When Paul Bremer, the American pro consul in Baghdad until June last year, arrived in Iraq soon after the official end of hostilities, there was $6bn left over from the UN Oil for Food Programme, as well as sequestered and frozen assets, and at least $10bn from resumed Iraqi oil exports... The US Congress also voted to spend $18.4bn of US taxpayers' money on the redevelopment of Iraq... The CPA maintained one fund of nearly $600m cash for which there is no paperwork: $200m of it was kept in a room in one of Saddam's former palaces."

Military to Pay Halliburton Another $5B 08 Jul 2005 The military has agreed to pay a Halliburton subsidiary up to $5 billion for another year of 'care' and feeding of U.S. forces in Iraq, a military spokeswoman said Thursday. The order took effect May 1 [in secret] and covers a period through April 30, 2006, Theis said.

Pentagon denies doctors aided abuse of detainees 07 Jul 2005 Releasing the results of a new Army study, the Pentagon on Thursday denied charges that military health workers complied in alleged widespread abuse of 'terrorism' suspects jailed in Cuba, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Hurricane Lashes Cuba With 150 Mph Winds 08 Jul 2005 Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, Cuba --Packing devastating 150 mph winds, Hurricane Dennis tore down a guard tower at the U.S. detention camp for 'terror' suspects as it stalked Cuba's south coast and prepared Friday to strike into the heart of the largest Caribbean island. [Hopefully, Halliburton's prison at Guantanamo Bay was completely destroyed by the hurricane.]

103 Iraqi Parliamentarians Demand Withdrawal of US Troops 07 Jul 2005 103 members of the National Assembly (the Parliament) have demanded the adoption of a resolution cancelling the request made by the Government to the UN Security Council to extend the presence of multinational forces, and urging the Government to put "a clear plan for army building and a timetable for the withdrawal of occupation troops" from Iraq.

Italy sets date to pull troops out of Iraq 09 Jul 2005 Speculation over terror fears as 300 to leave in September --Italy's prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, yesterday confirmed that he would start pulling his country's troops out of Iraq within two months.

Gunmen kill 3 barbers in Baghdad 07 Jul 2005 A group of gunmen have killed three barbers and wounded two people in southwest of Baghdad, Iraq's Defence Ministry said on Thursday.

US troops may protect diplomats in Iraq 09 Jul 2005 The US military and 'Iraqi' government are discussing plans under which American and other troops might begin helping protect foreign diplomats in Baghdad, a senior US general said.

Egypt closes its mission in Baghdad 08 Jul 2005 Egypt will temporarily shut its diplomatic mission in Iraq and has recalled its staff there back to Cairo, an Egyptian official said Thursday, shortly after President Hosni Mubarak condemned the killing of the country's top envoy to Baghdad at the hands of 'Islamic militants.'

London blasts test new US security set-up 07 Jul 2005 Explosions in London on Thursday also tested Washington’s new security management team set up by Dictator Bush. As soon as they learned about the explosions, the new working group called 'Interagency Incident Management Group' went into action... The new group, which includes the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, the CIA and all national intelligence agencies, went into an emergency session to determine if there was a threat to the United States. [Well, *we* have determined that there *is* a threat to the United States: George W. Bush.]

Giuliani: Attacks Eerie Reminder of 9/11 07 Jul 2005 Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who was yards away from one of the deadly explosions that struck London on Thursday, said the attacks were an eerie reminder of Sept. 11, 2001. Giuliani said he was in a hotel near Liverpool Street Station when a bomb exploded on a train in a tunnel nearby.

Netanyahu Changed Plans Due to Warning 07 July 2005 (AP) British police told the Israeli Embassy in London minutes before Thursday's explosions that they had received warnings of possible terror attacks in the city, a senior Israeli official said. Israeli Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had planned to attend an economic conference in a hotel over the subway stop where one of the blasts occurred, and the warning prompted him to stay in his hotel room instead, government officials said.

London has bombed itself before (infowars) A compendium of mainstream articles linking the UK government to acts of terrorism, such as: The army asked me to make bombs for the IRA, told me I had the Prime Minister's blessing ... then tried to kill me: Sunday Herald and British double-agent was in Real IRA's Omagh bomb team

If Osama bin Laden didn't exist it would be necessary to invent him --by William Bowles "Without a shred of proof as to who is really behind the awful [UK] bombings, the public is led to believe beyond all shadow of a doubt that it’s 'Islamic fanatics' and in doing so creates a hysteria that impacts so disastrously on the Muslim communities of the UK and elsewhere in the West. Labeling the terrorists as 'Islamic extremists' or 'Muslim fanatics' exploits the xenophobia and racism that is never far below the surface of our allegedly multi-cultural society. Would the media label the far-right neo-Nazis as 'Christian extremists' or 'Protestant fanatics' I wonder?"

British Cabinet minister warns bombers could strike again 08 Jul 2005 Britain's top law enforcement official is warning that the bombers who struck London's transit network yesterday could strike again. Home Secretary Charles Clarke tells the B-B-C that police are focused on quickly identifying the attackers, in part because of the risk of another attack.

London Bombs: More Attacks Possible Warns Expert 07 Jul 2005 Terrorists that carried out the multiple blasts that hit London's transport system on Thursday morning could conduct further attacks in the near future unless they are captured, according to a leading 'al-Qaeda' and terrorism expert, Rohan Gunaratna.

52 dead in London bombs: PM 08 Jul 2005 Prime Minister John Howard said today that the death toll in yesterday's terrorist attacks on London stood at 52. Some 700 more were injured in the attacks on the Underground trains and a bus yesterday during the British capital's morning rush hour.

U.S. Tightens Security in London Bombings' Wake 07 Jul 2005 Responding to the London bombings, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security raised the terror alert level for the United States' public transportation systems to Code Orange on Thursday, as SWAT teams, bomb-sniffing dogs and extra police stepped up surveillance of major bus, subway and rail systems from coast to coast.

Authorities Step Up Security on American Transit Systems 08 Jul 2005 Concerned about a "copycat attack," federal officials elevated the alert for the nation's rail, subway and bus systems on Thursday, prompting more police patrols, searches by bomb-sniffing dogs and inspections of packages across the country.

Connecticut Expands Heightened Security to Buses, Ferries 08 Jul 2005 Dozens of Connecticut National Guard troops were scheduled to begin guarding bus stations and state ferries Friday as state officials expanded security of Connecticut's mass transit system in the wake of Thursday's terrorist attacks in London.

Air France jet turned back by US 08 Jul 2005 US authorities have ordered an Air France flight from Paris to Chicago to turn around after only two hours in the air after concerns about a passenger.

US imposes controls on a new security threat - birdwatchers 07 Jul 2005 US security agents have come up with a new target for increased scrutiny in their battle against terrorism: birdwatchers. Birdwatchers in certain areas are being forced to provide photographic identification, submit themselves to background checks, and even pay for a police escort.

DoE seeks Star Trek phasers for A-plants 07 Jul 2005 The Department of Energy is turning to old Star Trek phasers to protect its 103 civilian nuclear plants. U.S scientists have unveiled details of a project that aims to develop Star Trek-style ray guns that could keep "security adversaries" out of DoE nuclear sites, the vnu.com web-site in the Netherlands reported this week.

U.S. transit system ill-prepared for terror strike, experts say 08 Jul 2005 Nearly four years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and about 16 months after the Madrid train bombings that killed 191 people, the U.S commuter rail system remains dangerously exposed due to a lack of funding and commitment to securing it, terrorism experts said.

G8 ends summit vowing to fight terrorism 09 Jul 2005 Leaders of the Group of Eight nations completed their three day summit condemning [fomenting] terrorism and vowing to be united against it after multiple bombings in central London the previous day.

G-8 Takes No Concrete Global Warming Steps 08 Jul 2005 The Group of Eight summit bowed to U.S. pressure on Friday by approving a declaration on climate change that avoided taking any concrete steps to fight global warming, such as setting targets or timetables for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Huge protest against Bush visit to Denmark 07 Jul 2005 More than 10,000 demonstrators shouting anti-American slogans gathered Wednesday outside the US Embassy in Copenhagen to protest a visit by Dictator George W Bush.

Venezuela: Chavez says FTAA is dead 05 Jul 2005 Venezuela President Hugo Chavez has declared that the U.S.-proposed hemispheric trade bloc is dead and should be "buried."

UN Occupation Forces Carry Out Massacre of Poor in Port-au-Prince (axisoflogic) 08 Jul 2005 "While the worldwide media was consumed with discussion of the bombings, in London, terrorism against the poor in Cite Soleil -- carried out by UN troops acting as a proxy for the illegitimate coup regime in Haiti and its backers in the US, France and the tiny Haitian elite -- gets nearly zero coverage."

Lawmaker: Guard spying investigation being blocked 07 Jul 2005 Army investigators began looking into concerns Wednesday that the California National Guard was engaging in domestic spying as a state senator looking into the matter charged the federal probe was being used to block his own inquiry.

Carroll planning board threatened with jail --Judge says panel must approve 254 townhouses 07 Jul 2005 Despite a shortage of water and a petition signed by 600 residents, a judge has ordered the Carroll County (MD) zoning commission to reverse itself and immediately approve a 254-townhouse project in a badly congested region of the county.

Freedom of Repression --New ruling will allow censorship of campus publications By John K. Wilson "For almost five years, the Innovator newspaper at Governors State University has been absent from the suburban Chicago campus, banished by the administration's demands for prior approval of its content. After a June 20 decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Innovator may never be seen again--and many other campus newspapers may join it on the list of publications censored or eliminated for questioning the status quo."

Reid won't rule out filibuster over Supreme Court nominee 07 Jul 2005 Sen. Harry Reid said Thursday he hopes to avoid prolonged political battle over a Supreme Court nominee and is encouraged by President Bush's efforts to reach out to Democrats for advice.

Govt Puts New Restrictions on AIDS Funding 08 Jul 2005 U.S. groups fighting AIDS overseas are being given an ultimatum by the government: Pledge your opposition to sex trafficking and prostitution or do without federal funds.

$800M in drug lobby since '98 07 Jul 2005 The pharmaceutical industry's run of success on Capitol Hill has benefited from more than $800 million spent since 1998 on lobbyists and political campaigns, a political watchdog group said yesterday.

Ala. Sec'y of State picks Diebold over recommended firm for new voter system 05 Jul 2005 Alabama Secretary of State Nancy Worley's choice of a company to develop a statewide voter registration system surprised an advisory committee that had unanimously recommended two competitors.

Bird flu could spread to Europe, say scientists 09 Jul 2005 A virulent outbreak of avian flu among migrating geese at a wildlife refuge in China has raised fears that the disease could spread to India and Europe, according to studies published this week by the journals Science and Nature.

North Atlantic Ocean Temps Hit Record High 08 Jul 2005 Ocean temperatures in the North Atlantic hit an all-time high last year, raising concerns about the effects of global warming on one of the most sensitive and productive ecosystems in the world.

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HOLY CONVENIENCE, BATMAN!! Rudolph W. Giuliani, former New York City mayor during the 9/11 terrorist attacks -- and key Homeland Security equipment contractor, -- was having breakfast *one block from Liverpool Station, where the first bomb exploded!* Giuliani was asked by MSNBC interviewer, Lester Holt, how he 'happened to be so close' to *both* incidents! (MSNBC live, 18:30 GMT)

"This is not something al-Qaida would do." Islamic group claims London attack --Previously unknown group [Yeah, the 'Negroponte bin Ladens'] says blasts in retaliation for Iraq, Afghanistan 07 Jul 2005 A group calling itself "The Secret Organization of al-Qaida in Europe" posted a claim of responsibility for Thursday’s blasts in London, saying they were in retaliation for Britain’s involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. The authenticity of the message could not be immediately confirmed. [*Duh.*] But MSNBC TV translator Jacob Keryakes, who said that a copy of the message was later posted on a secular Web site, noted that the claim of responsibility contained an error in one of the Quranic verses it cited. That suggests that the claim may be phony, he said. "This is not something al-Qaida would do," he said.

Secret 'gas' test staged at Grand Central 07 Jul 2005 The Federal Department of Homeland Security released gas in Grand Central Terminal [New York City] last month in a secret study of how dangerous chemicals might flow through the landmark in a terrorist attack. Nontoxic "tracer gases" were released into the terminal between June 26-30, as scientists from four national laboratories observed, including physicists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.

War on terrorism is on - Bush 07 Jul 2005 United States Dictator George W Bush has vowed on Thursday the war on [of] terrorism would continue following deadly blasts in London until "an ideology of hate" had been overcome. ["We will find them and bring them to justice. And at the same time we will spread an ideology of hope and compassion that will overwhelm their ideology of hate," Bush said. That "ideology of hope and compassion" comes with bombs, guns and oppression attached. It is an IDEOLOGY all right! That is, in the pejorative sense of the term, it is pure B.S.!—M. Rectenwald --It looks like we *missed* this possibility in our 05 July poll: Informal CLG poll: What story will 'break' on the day the Reichwing media is forced to reveal that Karl Rove 'outed' Valerie Plame? --by Lori Price]

US boosts security after attacks 07 Jul 2005 The United States has raised its terrorist threat warning level from elevated to high across its transport network in the wake of the terror attacks on London. Police with machine guns and sniffer dogs were swiftly deployed on streets and subways in cities like Washington and New York...

U.S. Raises Terror Threat Level for Transit Systems 07 Jul 2005 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will raise the terror threat level for public transit systems while keeping the national threat level unchanged, U.S. Homeland Security Michael Chertoff said.

Israeli Official Denies Pre-Attack Warning July 7, 2005 12:46 PM JERUSALEM (AP) Israel was not warned about possible terror attacks in London before a series of blasts ripped through the city, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said Thursday. A Foreign Ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity, had said earlier that British police warned the Israeli Embassy in London of possible terror attacks minutes before the first explosion.

Report: Israel Was Warned Ahead of First Blast 13:30 Jul 07, '05/30 Sivan 5765 (IsraelNN.com) Army Radio quoting unconfirmed reliable sources reported a short time ago that Scotland Yard had intelligence warnings of the attacks a short time before they occurred. The Israeli Embassy in London was notified in advance, resulting in Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu remaining in his hotel room rather than make his way to the hotel adjacent to the site of the first explosion, a Liverpool Street train station, where he was to address and economic summit.

G-8 Meeting's Focus Shifts to Terrorism 07 Jul 2005 The bombings in London today knocked the summit meeting that had just gotten under way here off of its carefully scripted focus on global warming and African poverty and turned it into a forum for Dictator Bush and other world leaders to express their unity in confronting [fomenting] terrorism. [Another 'Holy coincidence, Batman!']

London attacks kill dozens, Blair breaks off summit 07 Jul 2005 Four blasts tore through packed underground trains and a bus during London's rush hour on Thursday, killing at least 37 people in the capital's deadliest peacetime attack and disrupting a summit of world leaders. Police put the death toll at 37 by mid-afternoon, and French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy later quoted Britain's government as saying 50 people had been killed.

Four London Blasts Kill 40, Injure 700 07 Jul 2005 Four explosions rocked the London subway and tore open a packed double-decker bus during the morning rush hour Thursday, sending bloodied victims fleeing in the worst attack on London since World War II. At least 40 people were killed, U.S. officials said, and more than 700 were wounded.

More than 37 killed in London rush hour terror attacks 07 Jul 2005 The toll of dead and injured continued to rise from the devastating rush-hour terrorist attack on London this morning. The worst terrestrial bomb attack in modern British history left more than 37 people dead, including 21 near King's Cross station, following a series of co-ordinated explosions on the city's Underground and bus transport system.

London hit by 7 explosions 07 Jul 2005 Seven explosions rocked London on Thursday causing at least two deaths and many serious injures and possible deaths, police said. [Bombings occurred: 8:51, 8:56, 9:17, 9:46, 9:47, 9:53 GMT]

West turns blind eye as police put Saddam's torturers back to work 07 Jul 2005 Iraqi security forces, set up by American and British troops, torture detainees by pulling out their fingernails, burning them with hot irons or giving them electric shocks, Iraqi officials say. Cases have also been recorded of bound prisoners being beaten to death by police. In their haste to put police on the streets to counter the 'brutal insurgency,' [resistance] Iraqi and US authorities have enlisted men trained under Saddam Hussein’s regime and versed in torture and abuse, the officials told The Times. They said that recruits were also being drawn from the ranks of outlawed Shia militias.

Iraq: Focus on illegal organ trade 06 Jul 2005 Poverty in Iraq means there are currently plenty of people willing to sell their kidneys, with middlemen bringing vendor and buyer together.

Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers Hunt for Terrorist Cells U.S. and Iraqi soldiers conducted a cordon-and-search mission [?!?] in the early-morning hours of July 6 to search for terrorist cells in western Baghdad. [Apparently, the Fourth Amendment has not reached Iraq.]

Army signed secret $5 bln contract with Halliburton in May 06 Jul 2005 The U.S. military has signed on Halliburton to do nearly $5 billion in new work in Iraq under a giant logistics contract that has so far earned the Texas-based firm $9.1 billion, the Army said on Wednesday. Linda Theis, a spokeswoman for U.S. Army Field Support Command in Rock Island, Illinois, said the military signed the work order with Halliburton unit Kellogg Brown and Root in May. The new deal, worth $4.97 billion over the next year, was not made public when it was signed because the Army did not consider such an announcement necessary, she said. U.S. Senate critics of Halliburton were quick to denounce the deal. "At this point, why don't we just hand Halliburton the keys to the U.S. Treasury and tell them to turn off the lights when they are done," Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg said in a statement.

Torture and Accountability --by Elizabeth Holtzman "Although the terrible revelations of torture at Abu Ghraib hit the front pages in April 2004, no senior officials in the US military or the Bush Administration have yet been held accountable... In a memo to President [sic] Bush, dated January 25, 2002, Gonzales [Alberto Gonzales, then-White House counsel to George W. Bush] urged that the United States opt out of the Geneva Conventions for the Afghanistan war--despite Secretary of State Colin Powell's objections... It remains to be seen whether the gimmick of 'opting out' of the Geneva Conventions for the war in Afghanistan will provide Gonzales's promised 'solid defense' to any War Crimes Act prosecution."

Iraq tries to stop exodus of worried diplomats 07 Jul 2005 Iraq and the United States sought to prevent an exodus of diplomats from Baghdad yesterday after an ambush prompted Pakistan to pull out its ambassador, Bahrain's envoy was shot and Egypt's was kidnapped.

Iraq Abductors Threaten to Kill Diplomat --Kidnappers linked to 'al-Qaida's branch in Iraq' [US death squads] threatened Wednesday to kill Egypt's top envoy here, as Iraq's prime minister called on other countries to stay the course [?!?] and keep their diplomats in Baghdad.

Fears of campaign against diplomats as envoys attacked 06 Jul 2005 Gunmen attacked the envoys of two Muslim states in Baghdad yesterday, three days after Egypt's chief diplomat in Iraq was abducted from the street. Pakistan immediately withdrew its ambassador from Baghdad after he survived an ambush.

Time Reporter to Testify in CIA Leak Case --A federal judge on Wednesday ordered New York Times 'reporter' Judith Miller jailed for refusing to divulge her source to a grand jury investigating the Bush administration's leak of an undercover CIA operative's name.

N.Y. Times Reporter Jailed for Refusing to Reveal Source 06 Jul 2005 A federal judge today ordered the jailing of a New York Times reporter for refusing to divulge a confidential source, but a Time magazine reporter facing possible jail time in the same case reversed course and agreed to testify before a grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA agent's identity.

Coast Guard plagued by breakdowns 06 Jul 2005 The Coast Guard's ships, planes and helicopters are breaking down at record rates, which may threaten the service's ability to carry out its post-9/11 mission of protecting ports and waterways against terrorism.

Calif. guard unit's possible spying probed --Military authorities Wednesday began investigating whether a California National Guard unit was created to spy on citizens, as dozens of demonstrators confronted Guard officials while armed soldiers stood by.

Energy Co. Paid $25,000 for DeLay Meeting 07 Jul 2005 A Kansas energy company said it donated $25,000 so that it could attend a golf outing with U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay to try to influence pending energy legislation.

Court sources: Rehnquist retiring --Announcement by chief justice said to be imminent 07 Jul 2005 Chief Justice William Rehnquist Following on the heels of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist will announce his retirement before the end of the week, according to court sources cited by 'columnist' [Reichwing whackjob] Robert Novak.

Republicans want to speed up death penalty 06 Jul 2005 Republicans in Congress have launched a new effort to speed up executions in the United States by limiting the ability of those sentenced to death to appeal to federal courts.

Another liberal column. Right? --by George McClure 03 Jul 2005 "The mainstream media in this country are dominated by liberals. I was informed of this fact by Rush Limbaugh. And Thomas Sowell. And Ann Coulter. And Rich Lowry. And Bill O'Reilly. And William Safire. And Robert Novak. And William F. Buckley, Jr. And George Will. And John Gibson. And Michelle Malkin. And David Brooks. And Tony Snow. And Tony Blankely. And Fred Barnes. And Britt Hume. And Larry Kudlow. And Sean Hannity. And David Horowitz. And William Kristol. And Hugh Hewitt. And Oliver North. And Joe Scarborough. And Pat Buchanan. And John McLaughlin..."

Chilean Court Strips Pinochet of Immunity --A Chilean court stripped Gen. Augusto Pinochet of immunity from prosecution Wednesday for his alleged role in the killing of 119 dissidents in the early years of his dictatorship.

Police and protesters clash near G8 summit --Riot police clashed with protesters close to the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland on Wednesday after a demonstration against Group of Eight (G8) leaders ended in chaos.

Bush bruised in bicycle crash 06 Jul 2005 George Bush has collided with a police officer during a bike ride on the grounds of the Scottish hotel hosting the G8 summit.

Flu virus confirmed in migratory birds 07 Jul 2005 China has confirmed the deadly avian flu virus was found for the first time in migratory birds, raising fears the disease could spread to other regions.

Bird flu 'global threat' 08 Jul 2005 Asia's bird flu may be poised to spread through migrating birds to India, Australia, New Zealand and eventually on to Europe, scientists warned yesterday.

Tourists Ordered Out of Florida Keys --The Florida Keys ordered tourists to leave Thursday as Hurricane Dennis stormed through the Caribbean on a course that forecasters said might bring it to the state by the weekend.

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Military Expands Homeland Efforts --Pentagon to Share Data With Civilian Agencies 06 Jul 2005 A new Pentagon strategy for 'securing the U.S. homeland' calls for expanded U.S. military activity not only in the air and sea -- where the armed forces have historically guarded approaches to the country -- but also on the ground and in other less traditional, potentially more problematic areas such as intelligence sharing with civilian law enforcement. A 40-page document, approved last month, does not ask for new legal authority to use military forces on U.S. soil, but it raises the likelihood that U.S. combat troops will take action in the event that civilian and National Guard forces are overwhelmed.

Pentagon Planning to Suppress US Insurgency: Pentagon Weighs Strategy Change to Deter Terror 05 Jul 2005 The Pentagon's most senior planners are challenging the longstanding strategy that requires the armed forces to be prepared to fight two major wars at a time. Instead, they are weighing whether to shape the military to mount one conventional campaign while devoting more resources to defending American territory and anti[pro]terrorism efforts... Senior leaders are trying to develop strategies that will do a better job of addressing the requirements of antiterrorism and domestic defense, while acknowledging that future American wars will most likely be irregular - against urban guerrillas and insurgents - rather than conventional.

U.S. scientists work as virtual terrorists 04 Jul 2005 Scientists at New Mexico's top-secret Los Alamos National Laboratory are spending millions to think like terrorists and destroy virtual U.S. cities. [Or, they can think like Bush, and destroy real ones.] Some urban planners are critical of the project for spending as much as $10 million on one simulated disaster, and claim such modeling can never be precise.

Computers Simulate Terrorism's Extremes --At Los Alamos Lab, Devising Responses to Worst-Case Scenarios 04 Jul 2005 In the wake of Sept. 11, 2001, the Los Alamos National Laboratory have been constructing the most elaborate computer models of the United States ever attempted. There are... virtual power grids, oil and gas lines, water pipelines, airplane and train systems, even a virtual Internet. The scientists build them. And then they destroy them.

US redefines terrorism, and incidents skyrocket 06 Jul 2005 The US government yesterday dramatically raised its official 2004 estimate of international terror attacks to 3192 from about 650 after adopting a broader definition of terrorism aimed at presenting a clearer picture of the worldwide phenomenon.

50 Terror Groups Believed to Be in Canada 04 Jul 2005 --'Intelligence' officials believe at least 50 terror groups now have some presence in Canada. They are from Sri Lanka, Kurdistan and points between and include supporters of some of the best-known Mideast groups, including al-Qaida [al-CIAduh], authorities say. [Here comes Patriot II and the Real ID Act!!]

Rebels ready to face prison over ID cards --Refuseniks will copy Australian tactics to foil scheme 03 Jul 2005 Hundreds of thousands of people are set to defy the government by refusing to carry ID cards, despite the risk of imprisonment. Campaigners say that a network of anti-ID card groups, ranging from hackers to anarchists, plans a series of assaults in the coming months to try to block the scheme. [That is *awesome.*]

Bush administration annexes internet 01 Jul 2005 An extraordinary statement by the US government has sent shockwaves around the internet world and thrown the future of the network into doubt. In a worrying U-turn, the US Department of Commerce (DoC) has made it clear it intends to retain control of the internet's root servers indefinitely. It was due to relinquish that control in September 2006, when its contract with overseeing body ICANN ended.

US Military Contingent Arrives in Paraguay 01 Jul 2005 The Paraguayan government opened its doors to a US military contingent comprised of planes, weapons, equipment and ammunition, which arrived in Paraguay after the National Congress granted immunity to US soldiers. ...Besides having the same prerogatives of a diplomat, these soldiers will not be held accountable for damages caused to public health, the environment or the country's resources. In Mariscal Estigarribia, close to the Paraguayan border with Bolivia [where leftists have demanded nationalization of the Bolivian gas industry], there is an airport built by the US for landing of B-52 and Galaxy planes, which are designed to transport large consignments of troops and weapons.

Death of Knight Ridder Reporter, Other Civilians in Iraq, Draws Official Criticism --Laith Kubba, a spokesman for the Iraqi government, yesterday criticized American troops for shooting and killing unarmed Iraqi civilians, citing the recent deaths of Yasser Salihee, a reporter for Knight Ridder, and Muhammad al-Sumaidaie, a cousin of Iraq's ambassador to the United Nations, Samir Sumaidaie. The American military has said it is investigating both incidents. Knight Ridder has said that its reporter was likely shot by an American sniper.

Envoy Attacks Escalate in Iraq 06 Jul 2005 Gunmen fired on vehicles carrying the chief envoys of Bahrain and Pakistan in separate attacks Tuesday, stepping up an apparent new campaign of intimidation to prevent nations from upgrading ties with Iraq.

Car bomb kills two Iraqis in Baghdad --A car bomb killed two Iraqi civilians and wounded four others in western Baghdad on Monday, police said.

MoD plans Iraq troop withdrawal 05 Jul 2005 The Ministry of Defence has drafted plans for a significant withdrawal of British troops from Iraq over the next 18 months and a big deployment to Afghanistan, the Financial Times has learnt.

Army buys $12M in blimps for Iraq 05 Jul 2005 The U.S. Army is buying 16 tactical blimps for use in Iraq from a Columbia, Md., company, TCOM, L.P. announced Tuesday. [You should ask Rove if you can buy an advertising banner...rent commercial space on the blimp. In big bright letters... *Citizens For Legitimate Government*: "I'm Paying for an Illegal War and All I Get is Big Fat Lies and This Big Fat Blimp!" --submitted by CLG reader, Kin O'Brien]

America knocks at Syria's nervous door By David Hirst 06 Jul 2005 "'The Americans won't control their side of the border, accept our offers of collaboration, or allow us the surveillance equipment we need. Then they accuse us of aiding a resistance which, they know, is basically Iraqi, even if some foreign fighters do get across our frontiers, which - they also know - are impossible to seal without an investment of resources way beyond our means.' The hilltop outpost at which an anonymous Syrian commander made this lament was only a few meters high, but it was located in a desert landscape so flat and featureless that, from it, you could look deep into Iraq..."

Afghan Civilians Killed in U.S. Airstrike 04 Jul 2005 An American airstrike in Afghanistan's eastern mountains killed 17 civilians, including women and children, an Afghan official said Monday. The U.S. military confirmed civilian deaths but said the numbers were unclear. [Right, they can't add.]

Afghan government criticises killing of civilians in US air strike 06 Jul 2005 President Hamid Karzai was quick to denounce the mistaken killing of up to 17 Afghan civilians - including women and children - in a US airstrike in the remote Kunar Province. A government spokesman said there could be no justification for the civilian deaths and reminded the United States: "It’s the terrorists we are fighting. It’s not our people who should suffer."

G.I.'s Recover Bodies of 2 on Seal Team in Afghanistan --American forces have recovered the bodies of two members of a four-man Navy Seal reconnaissance team that was reported missing last week after coming under hostile fire in a mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan, a senior Defense Department official said Monday.

Service men, women who have died in Iraq, Afghanistan (Special map by The Palm Beach Post)

Brzezinski alleges incompetence in Iraq effort --As Dictator Bush tries to shore up support for his Iraq policy, Democrats continue to lament the increasing violence and rising U-S casualty count. During remarks in the Democrats' weekly radio address, President Carter's national security chief Zbigniew Brzezinski said the war has been conducted with "tactical and strategic incompetence."

Democrats' letter: Rove must explain role in CIA outing or resign 05 Jul 2005 A letter, drafted by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), was issued to other House Democrats for signature this afternoon, obtained by RAW STORY. Conyers, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, calls on Bush adviser Karl Rove to explain his role in the outing of a CIA agent or resign his office.

Bolton said to orchestrate unlawful firing 06 Jul 2005 John R. Bolton flew to Europe in 2002 to confront the head of a global arms-control agency and demand he resign, then orchestrated the firing of the unwilling diplomat in a move a UN tribunal has since judged unlawful, according to officials involved.

Terrorist Act Used Against Suspected Edinburgh Carnival Demonstrators --Five people were detained under the Terrorist Act at Stanstead airport this morning, Tuesday 5th July, and interrogated about whether they had been involved in yesterday’s Carnival for Full Enjoyment. [?!?]

Police check Bush opponents 29 Jun 2005 Police are investigating who is behind a flyer proclaiming 'Death to Bush'. Daily newspaper Politiken reported on Wednesday that the police was investigating a flyer proclaiming 'Death to Bush', which had been set into distribution in Copenhagen before Bush's scheduled visit on 5-6 July. The flyer, which is signed by 'Autonomic groups', has caused the police some concern, especially for its statement 'Death to Imperialism. Death to Bush.'

Danish protest against Bush's visit 05 Jul 2005 About 200 Danish demonstrators on Tuesday gathered before the US embassy despite pouring rain to protest US pResident George W. Bush's brief visit, said reports from Copenhagen, capital of the northern European country. The demonstrators marched to the embassy shortly before Bush's expected arrival, shouting "Death to imperialism" and burning US flags.

Anti-G8 protesters clash with police in Scotland 06 Jul 2005 Anti-G8 protesters clashed with police on Wednesday as the heads of the Group of Eight industrialized nations prepared to meet at the heavily fortified Gleneagles golfing resort near Edinburgh.

Security Tight on the Eve of G-8 Summit 04 Jul 2005 With a five-mile ring of steel, 10,000 police on standby, watchtowers and a no-fly zone, Gleneagles Hotel is locked down under a sophisticated G-8 security operation to protect the world's most powerful men.

Walgreens pharmacists planning to strike --Employees say unsafe working conditions could endanger customers 05 Jul 2005 Just as Walgreen Co. reported double-digit sales growth, about 1,200 union-represented pharmacists said they would go on strike starting tonight to protest staffing the union says is inadequate and could lead to mistakes and jeopardize patient safety. Pickets are expected at selected stores starting around 10 p.m., with more coming Thursday morning.

Santorum Blames Boston For the Catholic Priest Sex Scandal (capitolbuzz.blogspot) "In an oped for Catholic Online, Rick Santorum writes that 'When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected. While it is no excuse for this scandal, it is no surprise that Boston, a seat of academic, political and cultural liberalism in America, lies at the center of the storm.'... Call Rick Santorum at 202-224-6324 and make him explain himself."

Put us all on suicide watch: Rehnquist Could Cause Second Court Vacancy 05 Jul 2005 After Sandra Day O'Connor's surprise announcement last week, the attention is focused again on ailing Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and the prospect of simultaneous high court openings for the first time in 34 years.

Developer bought congressman's boat and arranged home loan 05 Jul 2005 A New York developer convicted in a bid-rigging scheme arranged financing for [Republican] Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham's $2.55 million mansion a year after he bought the congressman's boat, according to published reports Tuesday.

'Pathetic' label fits school woes --by Dan Gelber "'Pathetic.' Gov. Bush recently called the Democratic Party 'pathetic' over the reported failure of the party to submit payroll taxes for two quarters in 2003... As a Democrat, I am, of course, appreciative of the governor's sympathetic concern, but let me suggest a few and more proper applications of the word 'pathetic.' Pathetic is having the worst high school graduation rate in the nation. Worse than any other state and worse than any other time in Florida history..."'

Melting ice will wreck polar bear populations 05 Jul 2005 Bears will be driven ashore or onto shrinking ice floes. Polar bears are facing slow elimination over the next century as their vast frozen habitat melts away, according to a report by a panel of the world's top experts on the subject.

Bird flu: World is on the edge 05 Jul 2005 Asia's bird flu outbreak is at a critical stage where it could easily become a human pandemic, health experts warned yesterday, urging mass poultry vaccinations to prevent a crisis.

Bird flu pandemic 'just a matter of time'; nations must be better prepared-WHO 06 Jul 2005 A World Health Organization (WHO) scientist said it is 'probably just a matter of time' before a bird flu pandemic breaks out among humans.

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In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776 We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D., responds to a rightwinger who laments that her emails went 'unread.' 03 Jul 2005 "Your people kill and shoot other people and then point at onlookers who react with shock and anger at your actions! Stop killing people and we will stop being ANGRY! Stop torturing people and we will stop being angry." --M. Rectenwald

Iraqi government acknowledges torture of detainees --Spokesman attributes incidents of abuse in part to the brutalization of society under ousted regime of Saddam Hussein [?!?] 04 July 2005 --Iraq's government acknowledged that some of its new security forces could be resorting to the sort of torture and abuses of detainees seen under Saddam Hussein as they struggle to put down Sunni resistance fighters. [OMG, it's the 'Blame Clinton' syndrome - for Iraq!! Uh, could it be that terrorist Negroponte was *hiring* Hussein's henchmen for the US *death squads*?]

Thanks to Bush: Iraq seen emerging as prime training ground for terrorists 04 Jul 2005 Iraq has replaced Afghanistan as the prime training ground for foreign terrorists [US-UK death squads] who could travel elsewhere across the globe and wreak havoc, according to U.S. counterterrorism officials and classified studies by the CIA and the State Department.

Gonzales: FBI to Aid Iraqi Investigations [Cover-ups] Iraq is ready to accept U.S. help in 'investigating' [covering-up] the killing and kidnapping of government officials, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Sunday after a surprise visit amid tight security.

Iraq accepts offer of FBI help in tracking down criminals [tracking down *themselves*] 05 Jul 2005 Iraq is ready to accept US help in investigating the killing and kidnapping of government officials, the US Attorney-General, Alberto Gonzales, said after a surprise visit amid tight security.

Critics Call Radio Hosts' Trip Propaganda Mission 03 Jul 2005 A contingent of conservatives talk radio hosts is headed to Iraq this month on a mission to report "the truth" about the war: American troops are winning, despite headlines to the contrary. The "Truth Tour" has been pulled together by the conservative Web cast radio group Rightalk.com and Move America Forward, a non-profit conservative group backed by a Republican-linked public relations firm in California... [We say, send ALL of the rightwing radio hosts to Iraq! Let's see how much "truth" telling they can do with their heads lopped off! Send them all over there! Let's hope that the "insurgents" don't get wind that these wind-bags for American imperialism and murder are in their country. —M. Rectenwald]

Iraqi Hospitals Attacked and Damaged By U.S. Forces By Salam Obaidi 26 Jun 2005 "Urgent request for help from the west of Iraq - An urgent humanitarian crisis is unfolding in occupied west Iraq. The Doctors for Iraq Society is calling on you to act NOW. US occupation soldiers have conducted simultaneous military operations in cities across the west of Iraq... Eyewitness and medical personnel in the area have described how US soldiers prevented food and medication reaching Hadeetha and Al Qiem and targeted the cities two main hospitals, medical staff, and ambulances."

Baghdad Residents Face Blistering Summer With Less Electricity Than Last Year 04 Jul 2005 Only the night air brings a mild reprieve from daytime temperatures that can soar up to 125 degrees Fahrenheit. Before the [illegal] U.S.-led invasion, Baghdad residents enjoyed about 20 hours of electricity a day. Today, residents of the capital receive power for about 10 hours a day, usually broken into two-hour chunks. [Gee, it seems like Saddam Hussein was the better deal...]

Iraq Has Lost $11.35 Billion Due Damage to Oil Facilities, Lost Exports, Official Says --Iraq has lost about $11.35 billion because of damage to oil sector infrastructure and lost revenue since petroleum exports resumed after the U.S.-led invasion two years ago, an Iraqi oil ministry spokesman said Sunday. [Iraq's loss is ExxonMobil's gain! See: Exxon Mobil posts 44% jump in first-quarter profit 28 Apr 2005 Exxon Mobil, the world's largest publicly traded oil company, said Thursday that first-quarter earnings soared 44% from last year, due mainly to strong crude and natural gas prices. Net income surged to $7.86 billion, or $1.22 a share, from $5.44 billion, or 83 cents, a year ago.]

Oil 'will hit $100 by winter' --Worst-ever crisis looms, says analyst --Surging 'demand' [ExxonMobil's profiteering] to keep prices high 03 Jul 2005 Oil prices could rocket to $100 within six months, plunging the world into an unprecedented fuel crisis, controversial Texan oil analyst Matt Simmons has warned.

Resistance Spokesman Dismisses Talks With U.S. 04 Jul 2005 Despite U.S. admissions that talks have taken place with rebel groups in Iraq, the reputed spokesman for two resistance groups said the facts on the ground suggest the U.S. military doesn't really want to talk. The spokesman told an Arab satellite network that the reports are just a "ploy," because the Bush administration is embarrassed about public opinion on Iraq.

Two missing US troops 'are dead' 04 Jul 2005 Two of the three US special forces soldiers missing in eastern Afghanistan for almost a week have been found dead, US government sources tell the BBC.

US endures deadliest year in Afghanistan --Military figures say 54 killed in half of year 03 Jul 2005 This year has been the deadliest for US troops in Afghanistan since war began in late 2001, as more American soldiers have died than in each of the previous three years, according to military figures.

Old Soldiers Back On Duty (cbsnews) 03 Jul 2005 "As the violence in Iraq persists, so has pressure to maintain the number of American boots on the ground. This is a problem, since lately, the Army hasn't come close to meeting its recruitment goals. So, ...it's been drawing from a pool of semi-retired soldiers called the Individual Ready Reserve, and it's a sign that it needs able (and not so able) bodies to fill the gap."

Top US Military General says high death toll in Iraq "disturbing" 05 Jul 2005 A top US military official told reporters at the Pentagon via video from Baghdad that the high casualty numbers of US troops and Iraqis in recent months is "disturbing".

Neuharth Calls For U.S. Withdrawal from Iraq, Says Bush 'Lied' --USA Today founder Al Neuharth, who caused a stir last year when -- a bit ahead of the curve -- he told E&P that he favored a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, re-iterated his position Friday, with even more force.

US and France have secret anti-terrorism centre 4 Jul 2005 --The U.S. and France set up a top-secret anti[pro]-terrorism centre in Paris that does not gather information, but plans covert operations against [for] terrorists, the Washington Post reported on Sunday, citing unnamed U.S. and foreign secret service specialists.

Help From France Key In Covert Operations --Paris's 'Alliance Base' Targets Terrorists 03 Jul 2005 The operation that ensnared Christian Ganczarski was put together at a top secret center in Paris, code-named Alliance Base, that was set up by the CIA and French intelligence services in 2002, according to U.S. and European intelligence sources. Its existence has not been previously disclosed. Funded largely by the CIA's Counterterrorist Center [US taxpayers], Alliance Base analyzes the transnational movement of terrorist suspects and develops operations to catch or spy on them.

'Chicago Tribune' Says Egyptian Kidnapped by CIA Once Worked for the Agency 02 Jul 2005 An Egyptian cleric allegedly kidnapped from Italy by the CIA once provided the CIA with valuable information about Islamic 'militants' in Albania, according to a published report.

Abducted imam aided CIA ally [Worked for the CIA] --Last month, Italian authorities charged 13 CIA operatives with kidnapping an Islamic cleric Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr (Abu Omar). Now former Albanian intelligence officials reveal that the imam was once an informant valued by the CIA. Why would the U.S. government go to elaborate lengths to seize a 39-year-old Egyptian who, according to former Albanian intelligence officials, was once the CIA's most productive source of information within the tightly knit group of Islamic fundamentalists living in exile in Albania? Evidence gathered by prosecutors in Italy, who have charged 13 CIA operatives with Abu Omar's kidnapping, indicates that the abduction was a bold attempt to turn him back into the informer he once was.

Rove a source in case of outed CIA spy, attorneys tell Newsweek 03 Jul 2005 E-mails surrendered by Time magazine to a grand jury probing the leak of a CIA agent's identity show that top White House aide Karl Rove was one of the sources, Newsweek magazine reported, citing two lawyers involved in the case.

The Rove Factor? Time magazine talked to Bush's guru for Plame story. The e-mails surrendered by Time Inc., which are largely between Matthew Cooper and his editors, show that one of Cooper's sources was White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove, according to two lawyers who asked not to be identified because they are representing witnesses sympathetic to the White House. Cooper and a Time spokeswoman declined to comment... Cooper agreed to discuss his contact with Lewis (Scooter) Libby, Vice pResident Dick Cheney's top aide, after Libby gave him permission to do so.

Chavez Says Venezuela Is Virtually Free of Illiteracy After Government Campaign --President Hugo Chavez declared Venezuela virtually free of illiteracy Sunday after a two-year program to teach the country's poorest adults to read and write.

U.S. to Retain Oversight of Web Traffic 02 Jul 2005 A unilateral decision by the United States to indefinitely retain oversight of the Internet's main traffic-directing computers prompted concerns Friday that the global telecommunications network could eventually splinter. "This seems like an extension of American security in the aftermath of 9-11," said John Strand, a Denmark-based technology consultant. [Was this another motive behind the Bush regime's role in the 9/11 terrorist attacks?]

Fighter Jet Intercepts Plane Near Camp David Restricted Zone Widened for Bush 04 Jul 2005 A small plane entered restricted airspace Saturday night around Camp David, where Dictator Bush was spending the weekend, prompting federal officials to dispatch a fighter jet to intercept it and track it until it landed at an airport in Frederick.

D.C. to Test Evacuation Plan --When July 4 festivities wear down tomorrow evening, police in the nation's capital will test an emergency evacuation plan by directing hundreds of thousands of pedestrians and motorists to seven evacuation routes, says a report in the Washington Post. Green and red traffic signals will run longer along the selected routes [Oh, joy!] in accordance with a plan developed in response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Border Watchers Gear Up for Expanded Patrol --A grass-roots [Gestapo] group has big new plans: covering all 2,000 miles between the U.S. and Mexico. 03 Jul 2005 As the second act to its civilian border patrol in Arizona, the organization known as the Minutemen has pledged to launch a massive patrol of the entire U.S.-Mexico border this fall. ...Minuteman leaders are holding community meetings throughout the South and Southwest to marshal thousands of volunteers.

Hotel Clerk Arrested After Choosing Privacy Over Police --Suspect Released On $2,500 Bond --Police trying to stop a suicide at a Windsor Locks hotel Saturday night said they were stymied by a hotel clerk who did not want to violate the person's privacy.

Filibuster in the Arsenal for Vote on O'Connor's Replacement --Democratic senators said Sunday a filibuster is one of the weapons in their arsenal when the time comes to vote on a nominee to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

GOP group donors face new inquiry --Austin lawyer aims to uncover identities of business contributors in '02 Texas elections. 03 Jul 2005 For almost three years, the state's largest business organization has fended off prosecutors, reporters and lawyers who want to discover and disclose a secret list of corporate donors to the group, the Texas Association of Business. Now, a lawyer representing former Democratic candidates is going after the identity of the corporations, thought to be fewer than 40, that gave the statewide group $1.7 million to mail 4 million ads to voters during the 2002 legislative campaign.

Dean raps GOP 'culture of corruption,' but fellow Democrats won't join attack 04 Jul 2005 Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean is trying to get voters to hold the Republican Party responsible for the "culture of corruption" he sees in Washington, but Dean is getting virtually no help from fellow [spineless] Democrats in the House.

Since Bush no longer needs these 'swing' voters in Floriduh: Hurricane Victims Asked to Repay Millions 04 Jul 2005 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has asked thousands of Floridians whose homes suffered hurricane damage last summer to give back $27 million in aid overpayments.

States Rejecting Demand to Pay for Medicare Cost 04 Jul 2005 States are openly resisting a provision of the Medicare law that requires them to pay billions of dollars a year to the federal government to help finance the pharmaceutical terrorists' financial windfall ['the cost of the new Medicare drug benefit'].

Bill Would Reduce Government's Role in Protecting Species 04 Jul 2005 Republican critics of the Endangered Species Act in Congress have drafted legislation hedging the government's obligation to take all necessary steps to bring back to robust health any species on the brink of extinction.

Bush rejects Kyoto-style G8 deal --pResident George W Bush has ruled out US backing for any Kyoto-style deal on climate change at the G8 summit.

Schwarzenegger Urges Global Warming Action 04 Jul 2005 California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is urging governments — including that of pResident Bush — to face up the reality of global warming.

Police, G-8 Protesters Scuffle in Scotland --Police scuffled with black-clad [?!?] anarchists and antiglobalization protesters Monday in the streets of Edinburgh, and 450 demonstrators sat down in the road blocking an entrance to a naval base for nuclear submarines. [Your point being...? George W. Bush, the most dangerous terrorist on earth, is always *well-dressed.* Who cares what the protesters were *wearing,* nutballs!! We know *all about* the GOP-controlled media's subliminal deprecatory comments, tucked into every article ever penned, describing Leftists.]

G8 protest clashes in Edinburgh 04 Jul 2005 Missiles were thrown and police in riot gear used batons as they clashed with protesters two days before G8 leaders arrive for the Gleneagles summit. A small number of demonstrators were taken to hospital and a number were arrested after trouble erupted. The centre of the city was brought to a halt and remains sealed off.

Health Experts at Bird Flu Summit Call for Urgent Measures 04 Jul 2005 Health and animal experts Monday called for the mass vaccination of poultry in Asia to stop the spread of the virulent H5N1 bird flu virus, which has claimed dozens of human lives in the region.

Experts to plan bird flu strategy 04 Jul 2005 Health, food and animal experts plan to hammer out a strategy this week to ensure that the bird flu virus does not spread from humans to humans -- a possibility that has raised fears of an influenza.

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Time Coming for Bush to Pay the Piper --As things get progressively worse for U.S. Troops in Iraq, the American people will exact their price on a Republican administration that has split the United States in two. By M'Hamed Ben Youssef "According to leaked information from the report, the jihadists fighting the GIs [in Iraq] are more dangerous than ever and are increasingly reinforcing themselves with high-tech equipment and men coming from both the Arab-Muslim world and from Europe. These are veritable international brigades made up of intrepid Islamic fighters of different nationalities that arrive in the country of the Tigris and Euphrates in order to fight the American occupiers. In this way, they are following their elders who succeeded, in the 1980s in toppling the Soviets in Afghanistan... The essential difference between the Afghan and Iraqi guerillas is that the former were and remain classically rural, while the latter is urban and much more sophisticated, with unexpected technological prowess. The automobile, which has always been meant to shorten distances, has become the most dangerous weapon of the poor. [A must read!!]

IFJ: American soldiers have killed 17 media staff in Iraq 02 Jul 2005 The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is calling on the United States to investigate three new cases of journalists killed in Iraq over the past week - all of them at the hands of American soldiers.

Swiss ask US about death of citizen in Iraq 03 Jul 2005 Switzerland has asked the United States for information on the death of a Swiss man in Baghdad, who was shot after his car was stopped by US soldiers.

Revealed: grim world of new Iraqi torture camps --Secret torture chambers, the brutal interrogation of prisoners, murders by paramilitaries with links to powerful ministries... Peter Beaumont in Baghdad uncovers a grim trail of abuse carried out by forces loyal to the new Iraqi government 03 Jul 2005 "When I first interviewed him [Hassan an-Ni'amia] year ago he was suspected of contacts with the insurgency. Certainly he supported resistance to US forces. More recently, an-Ni'ami had dropped out of sight. Then, a little over a month ago, relatives say, paramilitary police commandos from 'Rapid Intrusion' found him at a family home in the Sha'ab neighbourhood of northern Baghdad. His capture was reported on television as that of a senior 'terrorist commander'. Twelve hours later his body turned up in the morgue. What happened to him in his 24 hours in captivity was written across his body in chapters of pain, recorded by the camera..."

UK aid funds Iraqi torture units 03 Jul 2005 British and American aid intended for Iraq's hard-pressed police service is being diverted to paramilitary commando units accused of widespread human rights abuses, including torture and extra-judicial killings, The Observer can reveal. Iraqi Police Service officers said that ammunition, weapons and vehicles earmarked for the IPS are being taken by shock troops at the forefront of Iraq's new dirty counter-insurgency war.

Britain 'concerned' at Iraqi police abuse reports The British Government has said it is "deeply concerned" by reports of abuse of detainees being held in Iraqi police cells. The reports in The Observer newspaper said the paper had photographic evidence, from post-mortem and hospital examinations, of torture of alleged terror suspects by Iraqi security units. Allegations of abuse covered burning, strangulation, sexual abuse, hanging by the arms, the breaking of limbs and - in one case - the use of an electric drill for a knee-capping. The newspaper alleged that British aid intended for the Iraqi Police Service had been diverted to commando units accused of human rights abuses, including torture and extra-judicial killings.

Suicide Bomber Kills 12 In Iraq --Attacker Targets Police Recruiting Center in Baghdad --Thwarting security measures set up to protect a police recruiting center already hit by vehicle bombs, an attacker wearing explosives walked into the midst of a group of men applying for police jobs Saturday and detonated his charge, killing himself and at least 12 others, police and witnesses said.

EP calls for UN troops to replace foreign occupation forces in Iraq 02 Jul 2005 The European Parliament is to debate next week a report which calls for foreign troops in Iraq to be replaced by a UN peace-keeping force.

Bush urges Americans to support Iraq campaign --U.S. Dictator George W. Bush sought on Saturday to shore up support for the Iraq war, saying the best way to honor the nation's dead was to "stay in the fight." [His twin guttersnipes need to join the Army, to enforce the point.]

Bush, GOP failed vets, Sen. Murray says on radio --pResident Bush's recent denials concerning the financial straits of the Veterans Affairs Department represented another administration failure to level with Americans about the costs of the Iraq war, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said Saturday.

Afghan Rebel Site Bombed, U.S. Says --U.S. aircraft bombarded a suspected resistance compound in a mountainous area of northeastern Afghanistan where a military team has been missing since Tuesday, military officials said Saturday. A purported [?!? Why 'purported?!?' Looks like the PentaPost is whoring for the Bush regime, again...] spokesman for the 'ousted' Islamic Taliban militia called news organizations and claimed that 25 civilians had died in the airstrike on the compound in Konar province, a rugged region near the Pakistani border.

Ex-Iranian agent: Photo not Ahmadinejad --A top Iranian former secret agent said Saturday the hostage-taker in a 1979 photograph that has come under intense scrutiny is not President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad but a former militant who committed suicide in jail.

A Major Spy Scandal Is Breaking In Italy --by Wayne Madsen 02 Jul 2005 "Parallel, unofficial neo-Fascist Italian Intelligence group has ties to neo-con intelligence apparatus in Bush administration involved in kidnapping Milan Imam. Genoa Police bust private intelligence cells around Italy. Possible links between Bush administration and terrorist groups figure in probe."

Rove denies outing CIA agent --Time reporter spoke with adviser a few days before the operative's identity surfaced 03 Jul 2005 Karl Rove, one of Dictator Bush's closest advisers, spoke with a Time magazine reporter days before the name of a CIA operative surfaced in the media but did not leak the information [?!?], a lawyer for Rove said Saturday in a new admission in the case.

Reporters Facing Jail Time Submit Preferences --Matthew Cooper of Time magazine and Judith Miller of The New York Times, who have been held in contempt for refusing to testify about their confidential sources, filed court papers yesterday asking to be sentenced to home confinement or to particular federal prisons if they must be jailed... Miller asked to be sent to the federal prison camp for women in Danbury, Conn. [Nope, WMD whore Miller needs to go to Red State hell; we don't want her here in Danbury, *Connecticut.*]

Plane Violates Air Space Near Capitol 03 Jul 2005 A small plane entered restricted air space near the Capitol and was forced to land, authorities said. U.S. Secret Service spokesman Jonathan Cherry would not say what air space the small Cessna passenger plane violated on Saturday, the Frederick News-Post reported.

Attack of the Killer Cessna: Bush Runs for Cover By Mike Whitney "On 6-30-05 the Associated Press reported that, 'President [sic] Bush was hurried from his residence to a safer place on Wednesday evening and people were evacuated from the White House when a private plane ventured into restricted airspace.' ...How ludicrous it must seem to battle-hardened Iraqis to read about the thousands of panic-stricken bureaucrats spilling out onto Pennsylvania Ave. to escape the impending danger of the killer Cessna."

Negroponte to Review Intelligence Changes 02 Jul 2005 Director of National Intelligence [and Reichwing terrorist] John D. Negroponte will review changes made at the Army's National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC) to address criticism by a presidential commission in March that found there was "gross failure" in the center's analysis of Iraqi arms in 2002, said Gen. Michael V. Hayden, Negroponte's deputy.

Nations deemed "special interest' because of alleged terrorism links 02 Jul 2005 Following are the 35 countries the U.S. Border Patrol considers of "special interest" because of alleged sponsorship or support of terrorism, according to internal data provided by Border Patrol sources. Illegal immigrants apprehended from these nations are subjected to criminal database checks as well as additional probing from immigration or FBI investigators with federal Joint Terrorism Task Forces.

Mall Crowd To Undergo 'Emergency' Evacuation --After July 4 Fireworks, City Will Test 7 Routes 02 Jul 2005 The sprawling crowds on the Mall for Monday's July 4 fireworks display will participate in the first major test of Washington's downtown emergency evacuation routes since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, officials said yesterday.

Ohio Democrats victims of break-in --Thieves grab computer from party headquarters in Columbus 02 Jul 2005 Thieves targeted the Ohio Democratic Party Headquarters this week, stealing a computer and a high-tech communications gadget belonging to party chairman Denny White. The break-in occurs at a time when the Ohio Republican Party is threatened by one of the largest scandals to hit the state's government in decades. [Holy convenience, Batman!!]

An Open Letter to John Tanner, Chief, Voting Section, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Section in response to his June 29, 2005 letter to Nick A. Soulas, Jr., Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Civil Division, Franklin County: Dear Mr. Tanner: I was curious to find that you had 'conducted an investigation into the November 2, 2004 general election in Franklin County [OH], prompted by allegations that Franklin County systematically assigned fewer voting machines in polling places serving predominantly black communities as compared to its assignment of machines in predominantly white communities.' By Bob Fitrakis, 02 Jul 2005

Homes of Calif. lawmaker, defense contractor raided --Federal agents investigating the relationship between [Republican] Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham and a defense contractor searched the congressman's California home and the contractor's home and yacht, the U.S. Attorney's office said on Saturday.

Kansas High Court May Keep Schools Closed --The Kansas Supreme Court said Saturday it will consider keeping schools closed because state legislators have failed to comply with the court's demand that they spend more money on public schools.

Liberals ready to abandon US right to abortion 03 Jul 2005 Last autumn, in the midst of a presidential election, America's Democrats were fighting furiously to protect what they described as a constitutional right - to have an abortion. Abortion may still be the most divisive issue in the US, but in a move indicative of creeping conservatism, Democrats now seem happy to amend - even relinquish - their position on it. [Maybe it's time to *relinquish* the abso-f*ck-inglutely *useless* Democrats.]

NOW Marches in Support of Abortion Rights --Chanting "Not the church, not the state; women must choose their fate,'' hundreds of members of the National Organization for Women rallied for abortion rights Saturday as Dictator Bush prepares to select a new U.S. Supreme Court justice.

Rich Rewards For the Region's Corporate Elite 27 Jun 2005 The median total compensation for the 100 highest-paid executives in The Washington Post's annual survey of executive pay was $5.25 million in 2004, up slightly from $5.13 million the year before.

Why I won't be watching Live 8 By David Stubbs "[Bob Geldof is] rather too chummy towards the powerful over the years - be it Prince Charles, the Pope, Mother Teresa, Tony Blair or George Bush. But these people front the very institutions - church, empire, Western states - that can be argued have done little to alleviate African misery. They should be interrogated, not cosied up to. Geldof's un-punkishly conciliatory stance to these people creates the illusion that, as with the tsunami, 'no one is to blame'... [t]here are the present-day brigade such as Coldplay and Dido, whose hugely popular yet unthreatening music signifies rock's decline into corporate functionalism. These people will not solve the problem. They are the problem.

Thousands mass on Edinburgh's streets to call for end to African poverty 02 Jul 2005 More than 100,000 people began marching through the streets of Edinburgh in a mass demonstration calling for action on African poverty at next week's Group of Eight summit in nearby Gleneagles.

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MSNBC Analyst Says Cooper Documents Reveal Karl Rove as Source in Plame Case 01 Jul 2005 Now that Time Inc. has turned over documents to federal court, presumably revealing who its reporter, Matt Cooper, identified as his source in the Valerie Plame/CIA case, speculation runs rampant on the name of that source... Tonight, on the syndicated McLaughlin Group political talk show, Lawrence O'Donnell, senior MSNBC political analyst, claimed to know that name--and it is, according to him, White House advisor Karl Rove.

US terrorists are busy little bees in Iraq: Water Plant Fire Deepens Misery in Baghdad --A mortar attack sparked a fire Friday that forced authorities to shut down a water plant, leaving millions of weary Baghdad residents with dry taps in 100-degree heat, Iraqi officials said.

Iraq UN ambassador says US Marines killed cousin --Iraq's U.N. ambassador accused U.S. Marines on Friday of firing at and killing his cousin in cold blood during a house raid near the western town of Haditha on June 25.

Gunmen assassinate aide to leading Shiite cleric in Iraq --An aide to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's leading Shiite Muslim cleric, was assassinated Friday in central Baghdad in the latest attack on leaders of Iraq's Shiite majority.

Top Shiite Cleric's Aide Killed, and Shiite Office Attacked --A senior aide to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric, was gunned down on his way to Friday Prayer in Baghdad, and a suicide car bomb exploded near the office of a major Shiite political party, an Interior Ministry official said Friday.

Guardsman killed in Iraq 01 Jul 2005 A Georgia National Guard soldier has been killed in a motor vehicle accident in Iraq.

Pace of troop deaths up in Iraq 01 Jul 2005 U.S. military deaths in Iraq increased by about one-third in the past year, even as Iraq established its own government and assumed more responsibility for battling the resistance.

Nearly 9,000 U.S. troops dead? A Nationwide Call For Info From Survivors. (baltimore.indymedia) "Has the Bush administration drastically understated the U.S. military death count by redefining 'death'? The following article suggests that it has, and it calls for a nationwide campaign to honor deceased service members by naming and counting them. According to the article: '...DoD lists currently being very quietly circulated indicate almost 9,000 [U.S. military] dead'; this far exceeds the 'official' death count of 1,831. How can this be? It's largely because 'U.S. Military Personnel who died in German hospitals or en route to German hospitals have not previously been counted.'"

Zogby Poll: 42% Favor Impeachment If Bush Misled Nation --No Bounce: Bush Job Approval Unchanged by War Speech... 30 Jun 2005 "President [sic] Bush’s televised address to the nation produced no noticeable bounce in his approval numbers, with his job approval rating slipping a point from a week ago, to 43%, in the latest Zogby International poll. And, in a sign of continuing polarization, more than two-in-five voters (42%) say they would favor impeachment proceedings if it is found the President misled the nation about his reasons for going to war with Iraq."

Deja vu in Iraq By Derrick Z. Jackson --At Fort Bragg, in front of soldiers and their generals, the president of the United States said, 'Terrorists can strike and can kill without warning before the forces of order can throw them back. And now he has struck again. At this very hour, a second wave of terrorists is striking the cities...' The president reasserted that each soldier represents America's will and commitment at a time that our nation's security and the freedom of an oppressed nation 'is facing a deadly challenge. Men who have never been elected to anything are threatening an elected government and the painfully achieved institutions of democracy.' This was not this week. This was not President Bush at Fort Bragg. It was 37 years ago. This was President Johnson."

Team of U.S. Forces Missing In Afghanistan 01 Jul 2005 Some U.S. soldiers who were on the ground in the area where a military helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan are now listed as missing. CNN reported that the missing soldiers are a team of U.S. Special Forces. [Yes, they're the soldiers who likely witnessed the 'new weapon' that was used to take the Chinook helicopter down. See: 'New weapon' downed US Chinook in Afghanistan 30 Jun 2005 The Taliban [?!?] claims to have used a new weapon to shoot down a US military helicopter in a remote region of Afghanistan. (Gee... the only the *US government* has the 'new weapons...')]

Team of U.S. GIs Missing in Afghanistan --U.S. forces desperately scoured rugged Afghan mountains Friday for an elite American military team missing in the same area where a U.S. helicopter was shot down. A purported Taliban spokesman claimed militants captured one of the men.

U.S. boosts death pay for troops killed in action --The U.S. military will immediately begin paying a major increase in death benefits to survivors of troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and boost life insurance coverage for those serving in combat zones, the Pentagon said on Friday.

Abductors deny Iran leader siege role 30 Jun 2005 Iranian veterans of the 1979 seizure of hostages at the US embassy in Tehran have denied claims that President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad played a role in the siege. [Actually, it was Iran-Contra terrorist Ronald Reagan who made sure the hostages remained in captivity, so that he could get 'elected.' In the biggest 'Holy coincidence, Batman!' of the decade, the hostages just happened to be released the day of his inauguration.]

Time Turns Over Documents to Prosecutor 02 Jul 2005 Time magazine and New York Times reporters, held in contempt for refusing to name sources, tried Friday to stay out of jail by arguing for home detention instead after Time Inc. surrendered its reporter's notes to a prosecutor.

Canadian's Lawyers Blame U.S. --Agents Accused of Sending Man to Syria for Torture in '02 --Attorneys for Maher Arar said Thursday that Canadian criminal charges should be brought against U.S. agents responsible for spiriting the Canadian man in 2002 to Syria, where he was imprisoned and allegedly tortured for almost a year.

CIA methods exposed by kidnap inquiry --Agents' use of commercial mobiles gives Italian police detailed picture of how Muslim cleric was abducted 02 Jul 2005 Details from an inquiry have provided a unique glimpse of the way in which the CIA seizes its foes abroad. The prosecutors in charge of the inquiry claim that Abu Omar was the target of what the US terms an "extraordinary rendition", the seizure of a suspect by agents for dispatch to a third country, often one in which torture is common.

Italian Police Arrest Two Men Accused of Creating Anti-Terrorism Police Force -- Italian police arrested two people Friday accused of creating a "parallel" anti[pro]-terrorism police force that used government money and confidential police information, officials said.

Italy probes 'parallel police' --Italian police have launched a big inquiry into a "parallel" intelligence agency, say Italian news reports. The Department of Anti-terrorism Strategic Studies (DSSA) was reportedly created after the 2004 Madrid bombings to combat Islamic 'extremism.' The alleged parallel force is also accused of illegally using the Interior Ministry database for its own purposes.

Some Federal Prisons to Use Lethal Fences 01 Jul 2005 Seven high-security federal prisons will be getting lethal electrified fences in a $10 million project intended to reduce the number of perimeter guards needed.

Taser Sues Gannett for Alleged Libel --Stun gun maker Taser International Inc. on Friday said it filed a lawsuit against USA Today publisher Gannett Co., charging it with libel for publishing articles that Taser said misled readers about the safety of its [torture] products. [Sue me, whackjobs!]

U.S. to Seize State Prison Health System --A federal judge, citing experts' reports of fatal incompetence and neglect, will name a receiver for the $1.1-billion program. A federal judge said Thursday that he would seize control of prison healthcare from California and place it under a receiver, declaring that "extreme measures" were needed to fix a system that kills one inmate each week through medical incompetence or neglect.

Homeland security funds planned for border 01 Jul 2005 Texas is ramping up its role in combatting drug-war violence along the Texas-Mexico border, Gov. Rick Perry said today after meeting with Mexico's attorney general about attacks in Nuevo Laredo.

He grabbed girl's arm -- now he's a sex offender --Fitzroy Barnaby said he had to swerve to avoid hitting the 14-year-old Des Plaines girl who walked in front of his car. She said he yelled, "Come here, little girl," before getting out of his car and grabbing her by the arm. He said he simply lectured her. She said she broke free and ran, fearful of what he'd do next. In a Thursday ruling, the Appellate Court of Illinois said the 28-year-old Evanston man must register as a sex offender. ..."This is the most stupid ruling the appellate court has rendered in years," said Barnaby's Chicago attorney, Frederick Cohn.

Bridgeport Woman Charged With Threatening Supreme Court, FBI 01 Jul 2005 The FBI arrested a Bridgeport (CT) woman accused of mailing death threats, some laced with rat poison, to each of the U.S. Supreme Court justices and FBI Director Robert Mueller.

Bush braced for bloody fight over new Supreme Court nominations --George W. Bush's choice of replacement judges will shape the future direction of American society --Sandra Day O’Connor resigned yesterday, igniting what promises to be one of the most explosive political fights in years over the legal and cultural direction of American life.

Bush Says He'll Pick Replacement Quickly 02 Jul 2005 Dictator Bush, facing a momentous battle over a Supreme Court vacancy, said Friday he would pick a candidate in a timely manner and urged the Senate to give his [Reichwing whackjob] nominee "fair treatment, a fair hearing and a fair vote.''

Senate GOP wants quick court appointment 01 Jul 2005 Now that Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has announced her retirement, the Republican-controlled Senate will try to get her successor in place before the court's new term begins in October.

ACLU Concerned O'Connor Replacement Will Roll Back Vital Civil Liberties Protections (ACLU Press Release) 01 Jul 2005 "The American Civil Liberties Union today expressed great concern that the Bush administration will replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who announced her retirement today after more than two decades on the court, with a nominee whose judicial philosophy is fundamentally opposed to the progress made in protecting individual rights over the past century."

NOW fears Bush will nominate 'extremist' judge to Supreme Court --The National Organization for Women began its annual convention Friday with members worried the retirement of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor could further erode support for women's rights.

Supreme Court Justice O'Connor retiring --Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court and a key swing vote on issues such as abortion and the death penalty, said Friday she is retiring.

Harris camp feels 'a stab in the back' 29 Jun 2005 Frustrated with the White House and a key Republican, supporters of Rep. Katherine Harris' (R-Fla.) 2006 Senate campaign lashed out at the administration yesterday for seeking to convince another prominent GOP official to enter the race. "It's unimaginable that the White House folks and the National Republican Senatorial Committee would be so disloyal to Katherine Harris, especially after all she has done for the Bush family and the Republican Party [the 2000 coup d'etat]," a Florida political operative who supports Harris said. "It's unconscionable and a stab in the back."

The Gimme-Five Game --At this stage, it's not easy to make Jack Abramoff's reputation worse. The Washington superlobbyist has been caught, in his e-mails, calling his Indian tribal clients "monkeys" and "morons." By Massimo Calabresi 28 Jun 2005 "The latest disclosures about the lobbyist's methods have dusted up two more Republican notables: antitax activist Grover Norquist and Christian conservative Ralph Reed. Their names came up in the thousands of e-mails released last week by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, which is investigating Abramoff."

Most in poll call Gov. Bush's motive political 01 Jul 2005 Mirroring national polls that suggest uneasiness with intervention in the Terri Schiavo case, voters in Florida overwhelmingly oppose Gov. Jeb Bush's request for an investigation in the case, a poll showed...

FBI Searches California Congressman's Home --Federal agents on Friday searched the California home of U.S. Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R), along with the yacht in Washington, D.C., where he has been living, the FBI said.

Sweeping Medicaid cuts hit Missourians --Fending off a late courtroom challenge, Missouri implemented sweeping cuts in Medicaid on Friday, reducing benefits so sharply that critics called the moves among the most severe in the nation.

Officials to Survey Texas Herd for Mad Cow --Animals in the Texas herd that produced the first homegrown case of mad cow disease will be surveyed in coming weeks to identify cattle born around the same time and the infected bovine's recent offspring.

U.S. bird flu effort lags, Congress told 01 Jul 2005 Although avian flu may be only "a few mutations away" from becoming a pandemic that could kill 500,000 Americans, the United States lags behind other countries in planning for the disease, health officials told Congress on Thursday.

Japan detects new bird flu outbreak 01 Jul 2005 Another outbreak of bird flu, H5N2 strain, has been found near a farm proven infected earlier this week, the Ibaraki prefecture authorities announced on July 1.

Blair may snub US on climate --Leaked papers reveal huge gulf between Europe and Bush as PM ponders political gamble 01 Jul 2005 Tony Blair is contemplating an unprecedented rift with the US over climate change at the G8 summit next week, which will lead to a final communique agreed by seven countries with Dictator George Bush left out on a limb.

US accepts Earth is warming in bid to avert clash --Top G8 officials in late-night negotiations 02 Jul 2005 Senior officials from G8 countries were last night locked in intensive talks on climate change and details of aid for Africa at a London meetinglaying the ground for next week's Gleneagles summit.

Oceans Turning to Acid From Rise In CO2 01 Jul 2005 Jul 01, 2005 A report issued by the Royal Society in the U.K. sounds the alarm about the world's oceans. "If CO2 from human activities continues to rise, the oceans will become so acidic by 2100 it could threaten marine life in ways we can't anticipate," commented Dr. Ken Caldeira, co-author of the report and a newly appointed staff scientist at the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology in Stanford, California.

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Baathists May Be Joining Iraq's Constitution Drafters 30 Jun 2005 At least two of the 15 Sunni Arabs proposed as members of the committee that will write Iraq's permanent constitution have been accused of being senior members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party, and two others have openly declared themselves strong supporters of the party.

Bush 'exploited 9/11' in Iraq plea --Doubts cast on success of speech in halting slide against conflict 30 Jun 2005 Leading Democrats yesterday reacted angrily to Dictator George Bush's address to the nation, accusing him of "exploiting the sacred ground" of September 11 by attempting to link the Iraq war with the terrorist attacks.

Bush persists with notion of 9/11-Iraq link --Fort Bragg address again binds battle against Iraq insurgents to 'war on terror' in attempt to woo sceptical public --by Julian Borger "September 11 has been George Bush's rhetorical trumpcard since he climbed the rubble of the World Trade Centre and rallied rescue workers through a megaphone nearly four years ago... With five mentions of September 11 in his 30-minute address, Mr Bush attempted to weld the Iraq insurgency to the battle with al-Qaida in the public's mind, where the two have been drifting apart."

52 House members file FOIA request seeking documents related to Downing Street minutes --Conyers and 51 Members File FOIA Request on Downing Street Minutes; Members Formally Seek Hearings in House 30 Jun 2005 Representative John Conyers, Jr., (D-MI) House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member, along with 51 other Members today submitted a broad and comprehensive FOIA request to the White House, the Department of Defense, and the Department of State seeking any and all documents and materials concerning the Downing Street Minutes and the lead up to the Iraq war, RAW STORY has learned.

Washington Post Protested For Failed War Coverage --by Fenny Drayton "June 29 - The Washington Post was protested this evening by area activists for the newspaper's failure to properly cover the leaked documents commonly known as The Downing Street Memos."

AP: Most Iraq Suicide Bombs by Foreigners [Right, they're all from the US! Halliburton's henchmen keep blowing up that which (our tax dollars) are paying to rebuild, through no-bid contracts!!] The vast majority of suicide attackers in Iraq are thought to be foreigners — mostly Saudis [Bush's allies] and other Gulf Arabs — and the trend has become more pronounced this year with North Africans also streaming in to carry out deadly missions, U.S. and Iraqi officials say.

US death squads in Iraq are busy little bees: Iraqi correspondent shot dead 30 Jun 2005 Yasser Salihee, an Iraqi special correspondent for Knight Ridder, the parent company of the Free Press, was shot and killed in western Baghdad on Friday as his car neared U.S. and Iraqi troops who had stopped to search a building for snipers.

Journalist killed after investigating US-backed death squads in Iraq --By James Cogan 01 Jul 2005 "On June 24, Yasser Salihee, an Iraqi special correspondent for the news agency Knight Ridder, was killed by a single bullet to the head as he approached a checkpoint that had been thrown up near his home in western Baghdad by US and Iraqi troops. It is believed that the shot was fired by an American sniper. According to eyewitnesses, no warning shots were fired... Over the past month, Salihee had been gathering evidence that US-backed Iraqi forces have been carrying out extra-judicial killings of alleged members and supporters of the anti-occupation resistance."

June one of the deadliest months for U.S. troops in Iraq --June was one of the deadliest months of combat for U.S. troops since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq 28 months ago.

MoD accused on Iraq kit 30 Jun 2005 Failure by the Ministry of Defence to identify shortages of weapons and kit left the armed forces unprepared for war in Iraq, the Commons public accounts committee says in a report today.

Tigris dam damns Assur --The Iraqi government is building a dam which will obliterate the capital of the ancient Assyrian empire By Martin Bailey 29 Jun 2005 "The Iraqi [US] government is building a dam which will destroy the ancient city of Assur, the former capital which gave its name to Assyria. Although it has received no publicity outside Iraq, the dam across the Tigris is likely to result in one of the greatest archaeological losses of modern times."

Ship young Pataki straight to Iraq --by Sheryl McCarthy "The governor [George Pataki-R-NY], who proudly announced last week that his son has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marines, also noted that Teddy Pataki hopes to defer his military service for three years until he finishes law school. Coming only days after 20-year-old Marine Cpl. Ramona Valdez of the Bronx was killed by a suicide bomber in Fallujah, to suggest that Lt. Pataki be allowed to pass the next three years studying torts and contracts seemed positively obscene. It was another example of how politicians wage war but expect other people's children to fight them."

'New weapon' downed US Chinook in Afghanistan 30 Jun 2005 The Taliban claims to have used a new weapon to shoot down a US military helicopter in a remote region of Afghanistan. [Gee... the only the *US government* has the 'new weapons...']

NBC: All 16 bodies from chopper recovered --Previous reports said that 17 were killed in Afghanistan crash --The bodies of all service members killed in the crash of a Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan have been recovered, and there were only 16, not 17 as originally reported, U.S. military officials told NBC News.

Italy demands US explanation over kidnapped cleric 01 Jul 2005 Italy's relations with the US took a further blow yesterday when Silvio Berlusconi's conservative government said it was summoning the American ambassador in Rome to explain the disappearance of a Muslim cleric, who was snatched from a Milan street two years ago.

Time Will Surrender Reporter's Notes --Magazine Overrules Journalist in Identifying Confidential Source 01 Jul 2005 Time magazine yielded to a court order yesterday and agreed to turn over documents that identify a confidential source, a rare move by a major news organization that Time said it hopes will keep one of its 'reporters' out of jail.

Time Inc. to Yield Files on Sources, Relenting to U.S. 01 Jul 2005 With one of its 'reporters' facing an imminent jail sentence, Time magazine said yesterday that it would provide documents concerning the reporter's confidential sources to a grand jury investigating the disclosure of the identity of a covert C.I.A. operative, Valerie Plame.

Time Inc. will hand over subpoenaed notes --Time Inc. said Thursday it would comply with a court order to deliver the notes of a 'reporter' threatened with jail in the investigation of the leak of an undercover CIA officer’s name. [Matthew Cooper and (WMD whore) Judith Miller are not 'reporters.' They are agents of the Bush regime, acting on the behest of their Neo-conmen paymasters.]

White House consolidates Negroponte power 30 Jun 2005 The Bush regime has given the director of national intelligence more power, including authority over operations by the FBI and other agencies.

U.S. won't cede control of Internet's key computers --The U.S. government will indefinitely retain oversight of the main computers that control traffic on the Internet, ignoring calls by some countries to turn the function over to an international body, a senior official said today.

Web visits put man in jail 29 Jun 2005 Mohammad Radwan Obeid is a threat to national security because he surfed terrorist Web sites and visited terrorist chat rooms, the FBI claims.

Mystery planes continue to circle over Lodi --The white plane, with its baby blue striping, spends hours and days circling over Lodi... The plane has traveled all the way from Delaware to move in slow circles over Lodi. When white planes began circling over Lodi about four weeks ago -- around the same time scores of FBI agents converged on the city to conduct a terrorism investigation -- people took notice. A Lodi businessman and public figure, who didn't want his name used because he thought people would think he was crazy, said he called the Federal Aviation Authority to ask about the planes and was told that the pilots were likely listening to cell phone conversations and using infrared to track people.

Local groups to monitor civilian 'border patrol' 30 Jun 2005 Four local legal groups announced plans Thursday to monitor the activities of civilian anti-illegal immigration groups [Gestapo] expected to arrive in California, possibly in mid-July, for a symbolic patrolling of the U.S.-Mexico border.

ACLU Calls on California Governor to End Surveillance of Peaceful Protesters --National Guard Terrorist Unit Reportedly Targeted Mother’s Day Peace Rally (ACLU Press Release) 30 Jun 2005 "Following revelations that an intelligence unit recently spied on a peace rally organized by families of slain American soldiers, the American Civil Liberties Union today called on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to take immediate steps to stop the California National Guard from spying on people who engage in peaceful protest."

TSA Airport Security Contract Examined for Fraud --Lawmakers Call for Further Investigations Into Costs of Hiring Passenger Screeners After 9/11 01 Jul 2005 Federal investigators are examining a Transportation Security Administration contract for evidence that private contractors committed fraud during a project to hire a workforce of airline passenger screeners, company and government officials said yesterday. Lawmakers yesterday called for other investigations of the same contract, saying they are troubled by revelations of $303 million in unsubstantiated spending by the contractors at luxury hotels and other facilities in 2002.

The High Cost of a Rush to Security --TSA Lost Control of Over $300 Million Spent by Contractor to Hire Airport Screeners After 9/11 30 Jun 2005 The money was spent in the name of improving security at the nation's airports: $526.95 for one phone call from the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Chicago to Iowa City, $1,180 for 20 gallons of Starbucks Coffee -- $3.69 a cup -- at the Santa Clara Marriott in California, $1,540 to rent 14 extension cords at $5 each per day for three weeks at the Wyndham Peaks Resort and Golden Door Spa in Telluride, Colo...

TSA Audit an Outrage, Says Citizens Against Government Waste 30 Jun 2005 U.S. Newswire/ --"Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today called for a scaling back of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) after an audit revealed massive waste in a one-year contract given to a private firm after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001."

U.S. military jet hits building at Colo. base -- A U.S. Navy F-18 fighter jet returning from a training flight hit a building after landing on Thursday at a Colorado Air Force Base and the pilot was taken to a local hospital, a base spokeswoman said.

Hundreds of extra police diverted to G8 01 Jul 2005 Hundreds of extra police officers have been drafted in from across the UK amid rising concerns over the number of protesters expected around the G8 conference next week.

Senate Approves Central America Trade Deal --The Senate on Thursday endorsed a free trade agreement with six Latin American nations, handing a major win to dictator Bush, who has promoted the accord...

White House Opposes Terrorism Coverage Law --The Bush administration told Congress on Thursday that it opposes extending a law that provides government support in insuring against losses from terrorist attacks.

House Votes to Undercut 5-4 Ruling On Property --Federal Funds Tied to Eminent Domain 01 Jul 2005 The House voted yesterday to use the spending power of Congress to undermine a Supreme Court ruling allowing local governments to force the sale of private property for economic development purposes.

FDA Was Told of Viagra-Blindness Link Months Ago --Senator Criticizes Delay in Alerting Consumers After Safety Officer Warned Agency About Drug 01 Jul 2005 More than 13 months before a scientific journal reported that Viagra had been linked to a rare form of blindness in some men, a Food and Drug Administration safety officer made the same observation from monitoring adverse event reports and told her supervisors that doctors and patients should be warned of the findings.

Mega barf alert! Young Republicans gear up for Nevada convention --The lineup for the Young Republican National Convention in Las Vegas next month includes a top gambling lobbyist, one of Donald Trump's apprentices and a strong, if not liberal, dose of patriotism. The convention begins July sixth. This year's theme is "Supporting Our Troops, Honoring the Fallen."

Wash. State GOP Pays $15K to Democrats 28 Jun 2005 The Washington state Republican Party paid Democrats $15,000 to cover court costs in the GOP's unsuccessful challenge to the election of Gov. Christine O. Gregoire.

The Nontaxpaying Affluent Grew by 15% in One Year 01 Jul 2005 The number of affluent individuals and married couples who paid no federal income taxes jumped more than 15 percent in 2002, to 5,650, new government data showed yesterday.

BoA stuns Wall St with $35bn deal 01 Jul 2005 Bank of America, the second biggest bank in the US, yesterday made the surprise move of buying MBNA, the American credit card company, in a $35 billion (£19.5 billion) cash and shares deal.

Thai Fishermen Net 646-Pound Catfish --This big one did not get away. Thai fishermen netted a 646-pound catfish believed to have been the world's largest freshwater fish ever caught in Thailand, a researcher said Thursday.

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Captives: Terrorists hoped for Bush re-election 29 Jun 2005 Two French journalists who were held hostage in Iraq told a British documentary program that their captors believed George W. Bush's re-[s]election as US president would help radicalize Iraqis.

Is Dick Cheney the New 'Baghdad Bob'? By Greg Mitchell "Is it just me, or is Vice President [sic] Cheney, who repeated Thursday that the Iraq insurgency is in its final throes, starting to sound like former Saddam spokesman 'Baghdad Bob'? Is it time to start calling him 'D.C. Dick'?"

Halliburton's Iraq Deals Described as Contract Abuse 28 Jun 2005 Halliburton’s deals in Iraq were the worst example of contract abuse she has seen, Bunny Greenhouse, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ top contracting official-turned whistle-blower, testified at a June 28 Democratic hearing on Capitol Hill. Pentagon auditors have flagged more than $1 billion of potential overcharges by the Texas-based firm.

Former Russian Guantanamo Prisoner to Sue U.S. for Torture Ordeal 28 Jun 2005 Former Russian Guantanamo prisoner Airat Vakhitov has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government on charges that he was subjected to torture, RIA Novosti reported Tuesday.

Channel 4 to make Guantánamo Bay docu-drama 29 Jun 2005 Channel 4 has teamed up with the award-winning film director Michael Winterbottom to make a docu-drama about three British Muslims who were incarcerated at Guantánamo Bay as "enemy combatants".

Swiss tanks to go to Iraq The Swiss cabinet announced Wednesday that it has approved the sale of 180 tanks to the United Arab Emirates, who will present them to Iraq.

This is *yesterday's* news, but Bush's Pentagon whores waited until *after* Bush's speech to issue the statement: All 17 troops believed killed in Afghan crash- U.S. 29 Jun 2005 All 17 U.S. troops aboard an American helicopter are now [in the aftermath of Bush's speech] believed to have died when the aircraft crashed on Tuesday after being hit by ground fire in Afghanistan, a U.S. official said on Wednesday. [From CLG, 28 June: Up to 20 on US chopper shot down in Afghanistan-official 28 June 2005 A big U.S. military Chinook helicopter that crashed in Afghanistan on Tuesday was carrying between 15 and 20 American troops, according to preliminary reports, a U.S. defense official said. "A rocket was fired at an American helicopter in the district," said the official in Kunar province, who requested anonymity.]

Bush's Iraq speech draws career-low TV audience --Dictator Bush's latest address to the nation, urging Americans to stand firm in Iraq, drew the smallest TV audience of his tenure, Nielsen Media Research reported on Wednesday.

Bush at Fort Bragg—fear-mongering, lies and desperation (WSWS) "President [sic] Bush’s speech before a captive audience of 740 troops at Fort Bragg, North Carolina Tuesday night was a repellant spectacle. It combined the pack of lies that the country has heard over and over again for nearly four years with appeals to backwardness, ignorance and fear, all intended to quash the mounting popular opposition to the war in Iraq."

Bush's Flagship USS Fiasco is Sinking --By Gerald Rellick "Barring impeachment -- possible only if he has illicit sex in the Oval Office -- George Bush will officially leave office in January 2009. For millions of Americans this surely seems an interminable time to wait to reclaim the country from a period of almost inexplicable and collective madness--one that will likely be known simply as the 'Bush Era', just as we’ve come to refer to the 'McCarthy Era.'"

for every american --by Kritikal Resistance "Right now in Iraq we are fighting a war based on lies. We are told that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. This was a lie. We were told that Iraq had ties to Osama Bin Laden. This was a lie. We were told that the Iraqis needed to be liberated. This was a lie. America is in Iraq because it has oil and oil is very important to America."

Wakefield firm's military deal raises privacy concerns 30 Jun 2005 A Wakefield (MA) marketing firm, BeNOW Inc., that builds databases to help sell compact discs and other products to young Americans has been tapped by the Pentagon to build a military recruiting roster of U.S. teenagers. [Quick action! Contact these whackjobs! Email: sales@benow.com -- Corporate Headquarters: BeNOW, 500 Edgewater Drive, Suite 525, Wakefield, MA 01880 (781) 246-0040 tel (781) 246 3720 fax --Chicago Office: 10 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 1800, Chicago, IL 60606 (312) 474 6107 tel (312) 474 6099 fax]

Magazine Weighs Turning Notes Over to Feds 29 Jun 2005 Time ragagazine is considering turning over to federal prosecutors notes from a 'reporter' who says he'll go to jail rather than divulge sources about the leak of an undercover CIA officer's name.

2 Reporters in Leak Case Given 48 Hours to Argue Against Jailing 30 Jun 2005 Two 'reporters' told a federal court judge yesterday that they are prepared to spend four months in jail rather than answer questions about their confidential government sources, and the judge said that he may order them incarcerated as soon as next Wednesday.

Judge gives US reporters one week to reveal sources or face jail 29 Jun 2005 A judge gave two US 'journalists' [Bush trolls] one week to reveal their sources to a grand jury probing the leak of a Central Intelligence Agency operative's identity or go to jail.

CIA abduction in Italy shows U.S. bungling-experts 29 Jun 2005 CIA agents charged with kidnapping a Muslim cleric in Milan appear to have bungled their way into an international incident by ignoring the most basic rules of the spy trade, experts say.

US, Canada and Mexico rollout border plans 28 Jun 2005 The United States and its North American neighbors say they will set up a trusted traveler scheme for the whole continent by 2008, and will this year develop a plan to respond together to major terror attacks and other incidents.

Bush creates new National Security Service --Dictator Bush on Wednesday directed the creation of a new National Security Service within the FBI, one of 70 recommendations on improving the intelligence community he endorsed from the White House WMD commission.

Civil liberties advocates question plan for new FBI division 29 Jun 2005 A White House plan to create a massive new domestic intelligence division within the FBI raised concerns on Wednesday among civil liberties advocates who feared it could lead to a return to the bureau's dark days of spying on Americans. The nation's new intelligence czar [and Reichwing terrorist], John Negroponte, will have a say over the budget of the new FBI national security section and will help select an official to oversee it.

State Guard forms anti-terrorism intelligence unit --Officials deny civil libertarian claims that the group will monitor American citizens, which is prohibited 26 Jun 2005 Three decades after aggressive military spying on Americans created a national furor, California's National Guard has quietly set up a special intelligence unit that has been given ''broad authority'' to monitor, analyze and distribute information on potential terrorist threats, the Mercury News has learned.

US fines loom for offshore account holders 29 Jun 2005 US expatriates and many foreigners living in the US risk penalties of up to $10,000 if they fail to report details of overseas bank and financial accounts to the US Treasury by Thursday.

'No-fly' procedures still plague air travelers --Thousands of airline travelers a day are wrongfully identified as being on the government’s "no fly" list of known or suspected terrorists due to the failings of the airline industry’s pre-screening process, experts told a congressional panel Wednesday.

Man suing Homeland Security over detentions 29 Jun 2005 He was stopped five times in 15 months at various ports of entry in the country, where he was shackled and body searched. Now Akif Rahman, a U.S.-born Muslim who lives in suburban Wheaton (IL), is joining with the American Civil Liberties Union to file a class-action lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security.

Town cites Patriot Act in response to homeless man's suit 29 Jun 2005 A New Jersey town being sued for kicking homeless people out of a train station claims the USA Patriot Act allows it to do that as well.

Reaction to Bush Insider Claim WTC Collapse Bogus Gets 'Huge Response' And Read By Millions Worldwide --After the dust settled, a former chief economist in Labor Department shocked by enormous support for his story and vows to keep writing about glaring inconsistencies in government's version of 9/11. By Greg Szymanski 29 Jun 2005 "When Morgan Reynolds called the official story about 9/11 bogus, it seemed like the whole world stopped for a moment to listen... Two weeks ago, the former chief economist in the Labor Department during President [sic] Bush’s first term told the world he thought the WTC fell from a controlled demolition, indicating 9/11 was 'an inside government job.'"

U.S. Capitol evacuated briefly --The U.S. Capitol was briefly evacuated late Wednesday afternoon when a plane ventured into restricted airspace. The evacuation last only minutes before the Secret Service issued an all-clear. The plane was detected 33 miles northeast of Reagan National Airport.

DeLay inquiry set to move; GOP ethics chairman backs down --by John Byrne "The Republican Chairman of the House Ethics Committee has retreated on a bid to have his chief of staff become co-director for the Committee, paving the way for ethics investigations of House members, including House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX), RAW STORY has learned."

Nader Campaign Coordinator Pleads Guilty to Election Fraud 28 Jun 2005 --The coordinator for Barf Nadir's 2004 presidential campaign in Virginia pleaded guilty Tuesday to election fraud. James P. Polk was accused of illegally certifying petitions to get Nader, an independent candidate, on the ballot. [*See: Nader's chief in Virginia is indicted on election fraud 16 Oct 2004 James P. Polk, the state campaign coordinator for Ralph Nader, has been indicted on 10 counts of election fraud... Polk, a former Republican activist and an Air Force veteran who lives in Virginia Beach, could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.]

Senate Votes for $1.5 Billion In Extra Veterans Affairs Funds --Measure Aims to Close Shortfall in Medical Care Budget 30 Jun 2005 The Senate, after a series of angry partisan exchanges, unanimously approved yesterday $1.5 billion in emergency funds for the Department of Veterans Affairs' health care programs.

Senate Opposes Pesticide Tests on Humans 30 Jun 2005 By a wide margin, the Senate voted yesterday to bar the Environmental Protection Agency from using tests exposing human subjects to toxic chemicals when deciding whether to approve the marketing of pesticides.

State Assembly approves medical marijuana --The Rhode Island Senate Tuesday approved legislation that protects patients and their primary caregivers who use and prescribe marijuana for medical reasons from arrest. The bill passed the House earlier this month and will be sent on to the governor for approval.

Official Says Canada to Ban Drug Exports --Canada intends to ban the bulk of export prescriptions to the United States and other countries to try to control Internet pharmacies, the health minister said Tuesday.

Case of Mad Cow in Texas Is First to Originate in U.S. 30 Jun 2005 The cow that was found last week to have mad cow disease spent its whole life in Texas, making it the first domestic case of the disease, the United States Department of Agriculture said yesterday.

Second Case of Mad Cow Traced to Texas --The second case of mad cow disease in the United States has been traced to a cow born in Texas 12 years ago and slaughtered last November at plant for pet food, Agribusiness ['Agriculture'] Department officials said Wednesday.

US refused to do extra mad cow test 27 Jun 2005 A third test on a beef cow suspected of having mad cow disease would have resolved conflicting results from two initial screenings, but the government refused to perform it in November.

America the Insane --by Nancy Levant "It’s looking more and more like the American contribution to population reduction will be in the form of diagnosing half its citizens as mental incompetents... The plan, according to Bush, his pharmaceutical connections, and TMAP is to test every American citizen for emotional and 'social' problems."

Spain set to back gay marriages 30 Jun 2005 Opinion polls suggest the bill has public support in Spain Spain's lower house of parliament is expected to vote for a second time in favour of legalising gay marriage.

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US suspected of keeping secret prisoners on warships: UN official The UN has learned of "very, very serious" allegations that the United States is secretly detaining terrorism suspects in various locations around the world, notably aboard prison ships, the UN's Special Rapporteur on Torture, said.

US faces prison ship allegations 28 Jun 2005 The United Nations says it has learned of serious allegations that the US is secretly detaining terrorism suspects, notably on American military ships. ...The special rapporteur on torture, Manfred Nowak, said the UN wants lists of the places of detention and those held.

New Guantanamo Camp to Pave Way for Future Detention Ops --American Forces Press Service 28 Jun 2005 "For a glimpse at what's ahead for the detention facility here for enemy combatants, look no farther than Camp 4, one of five camps that make up Camp Delta here along Radio Ridge... Camp 4 offers a wide range of incentives for good behavior. It features a common area that allows detainees to eat, sleep and pray together, [Army Brig. Gen. Jay Hood, commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay] explained. Instead of the unpopular orange jumpsuits less cooperative detainees wear, those in Camp 4 wear white clothes that represent something of a status symbol among the detainee population... Instead of having their meals delivered to their cells on a tray, they get containers of prepared food that they dish up and eat family-style. Detainees at Camp 4 get access to volleyball nets and ping-pong tables and are treated to ice cream every Sunday, Hood said." ["Meanwhile, American workers are essentially being imprisoned on their jobs to pay for this permanent war and these permanent prison camps." – M. Rectenwald. Lori to Mike, "Do you think we'll end up there?" Mike: "We're already there." Lori: "Do we get ice-cream too?"]

Iraqi journalist shot, US forces accused --An Iraqi television director has allegedly been shot dead by US troops after driving near a military convoy in Baghdad, according to colleagues and a hospital official.

Police open fire on Iraq demonstrators -- witness 28 Jun 2005 --Police opened fire on a crowd of demonstrators in the southern Iraqi city of Samawa on Tuesday and some people were wounded, a Reuters witness at the scene said.

Iraq needs $15bn to fix water supply --Iraq, the land of two rivers that once irrigated the world's earliest civilisations, needs up to $15 billion to repair a dilapidated water system crippled by war and neglect [Bush], the country's water minister said on Tuesday. [Good news for Halliburton: they can be paid to rebuild that which they destroyed.]

Iraqi Deputy, Son Die in Suicide Bombing, Kurds Say 28 Jun 2005 A senior Iraqi Shiite Muslim lawmaker, Dari al-Fayadh, and his son died in a suicide car bombing in Baghdad, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan said.

Up to 20 on US chopper shot down in Afghanistan-official 28 Jun 2005 A big U.S. military Chinook helicopter that crashed in Afghanistan on Tuesday was carrying between 15 and 20 American troops, according to preliminary reports, a U.S. defense official said. "A rocket was fired at an American helicopter in the district," said the official in Kunar province, who requested anonymity.

War injured toll soars, hits veterans health costs 28 Jun 2005 As the numbers of U.S. war injured in Iraq and Afghanistan soared, the Bush regime admitted to lawmakers on Tuesday it had underestimated funds to cover health care costs for veterans and Congress would have to plug a $2.6 billion hole. [The only *bigger* hole is the one in Bush's *head.*]

The Speech the President Should Give By John F. Kerry 28 Jun 2005 "Tonight President [sic] Bush will discuss the situation in Iraq. It's long past time to get it right in Iraq. The Bush administration is courting disaster with its current course - a course with no realistic strategy for reducing the risks to our soldiers and increasing the odds for success... Our mission in Iraq is harder because the administration ignored the advice of others, went in largely alone, underestimated the likelihood and power of the insurgency, sent in too few troops to secure the country, destroyed the Iraqi army through de-Baathification, failed to secure ammunition dumps, refused to recognize the urgency of training Iraqi security forces and did no postwar planning." [You blew it long ago by suggesting you too would have attacked Iraq, you coward and moron. Go to hell. --M. Rectenwald]

Mega barf alert!! Bush says Iraq war worth it, cites bin Laden --Dictator Bush acknowledged American doubts about his Iraq strategy but argued it was worth it in a major address on Tuesday night that sought to connect Iraq's violent insurgency to [his employee] Osama bin Laden and the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Text of Bush's Speech at Fort Bragg, N.C., 28 Jun 2005 [...[George W. Bush] talks about terrorists as if they were someone else, as if he really believes someone else did all that damage. Watching Bush spew was like watching the BTK killer talk about how he killed all those people... Bush and his fellow conspirators murder 2500 people on 9-11, they lie about WMD, they blow the cover of an agent whose mission was to control WMD, they make war on countries that were no threat to us, they splatter DU all over Iraq dooming everyone who is much exposed, then they think that a pep talk is all Americans need to get in a mood to kill some more innocents. --CLG reader, Martha]

Applause During Bush Speech Prompted By White House Staffers: "A couple of Bush staffers began to applaud." Faux News' Carl Cameron, reporting from Fort Bragg, NC, explaining how applause *finally* began during the Idiot Usurper's speech, 28 Jun 2005 20:57 EST.

Plutonium 238 to be produced by US for 'Secret Missions' (earthtimes) The government in United States plans to produce plutonium 238, a highly radioactive substance, for the first time since the Cold War... Plutonium-238 is more than hundred times radioactive than plutonium-239, which is used in atomic weapons... Private experts and Federal state that this new plutonium is quite likely to power devises for surveillance on land and under water.

UK took nuclear arms to Falklands 28 Jun 2005 Royal Navy ships sent to the Falklands in the 1982 war were carrying nuclear weapons, the official history of the conflict has revealed.

Bolivian government orders troops to take 'control' of oilfields 28 Jun 2005 Bolivia's government has ordered the armed forces to take 'physical control' [Awesome!!] of oilfields in a politically charged move amid continuing demands for full nationalization of the industry in South America's poorest country.

Australia 'secret police' state 28 Jun 2005 Former prime minister Malcolm Fraser has criticised the federal Government's anti-terrorism policies, saying they have created a "secret police" and a culture of fear.

New Office to Oversee Intelligence Abroad 29 Jun 2005 The White House has decided to establish an office to manage and coordinate all U.S. human intelligence collection overseas, whether carried out by the CIA, the Pentagon or the FBI, one of dozens of recommendations made in March by a presidential commission on intelligence, according to current and former senior intelligence officials.

U.S. citizens indicted on terrorism charges --Two U.S. citizens accused of being 'al-Qaida' loyalists were awaiting arraignment in Manhattan on Tuesday on terrorism charges.

Two men plead not guilty in NY to aiding al Qaeda -- A New York martial arts expert and a Florida doctor, accused of conspiring to aid 'al Qaeda' members, pleaded not guilty at their arraignment on Tuesday.

Muslim Man Sues Homeland Security --A U.S.-born Muslim who says he was unjustly detained and questioned at customs checkpoints sued the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday over the "degrading process."

Hearings planned on California National Guard's intelligence unit --A California congresswoman and a state senator said Tuesday they plan separate hearings into whether a California National Guard unit was established as a spy agency.

Secret students major in spying 28 Jun 2005 The young woman on the phone says she is proud to have won $50,000 in scholarships from the CIA... In the last two years, 15 U.S. intelligence agencies have awarded scholarships to as many as 150 unidentified Americans, mostly agency employees and new hires... The Church Committee report prompted Congress to forbid the FBI and other agencies from domestic surveillance of Americans on their own turf without court permission. But the war on [of] terror, coupled with government's expanded powers under the USA Patriot Act, have academia sounding alarms again.

Bloggers plead for freedom from election laws --Political bloggers on Tuesday urged federal regulators to keep the Internet as free as possible from campaign finance laws. ...The Federal Election Commission is under a court order to extend campaign finance rules to the Internet, and the Democratic commissioners voted not to appeal. [Useless is as useless does...]

Court Orders 4 Reporters to Reveal Sources in Lee Case 29 Jun 2005 A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that four reporters must answer questions about their confidential sources on stories they produced about former nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee.

Could a hotel be built on the land owned by Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter? (PRWEB Press Release) "A new ruling by the Supreme Court which was supported by Justice Souter himself itself might allow it... On Monday June 27, Logan Darrow Clements, faxed a request to Chip Meany the code enforcement officer of the Towne of Weare, New Hampshire seeking to start the application process to build a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road. This is the present location of Mr. Souter's home. Clements, CEO of Freestar Media, LLC, points out that the City of Weare will certainly gain greater tax revenue and economic benefits with a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road than allowing Mr. Souter to own the land."

Pennsylvania County Settles ACLU Lawsuit Brought on Behalf of Political Protesters (ACLU Press Release) 27 Jun 2005 "In a victory for free speech and protest rights, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania today announced that the East Lampeter Township and a group of Lancaster County political activists have agreed to settle their civil lawsuit stemming from the activists’ arrests during a campaign visit by President [sic] Bush last July. Known as the 'Smoketown Six,' the activists stripped down to thong underwear to recreate an infamous image from the Abu Ghraib torture scandal in Iraq."

Supreme Court Steps Into Abortion Dispute --The Supreme Court on Tuesday intervened again in a long-running fight over protests outside abortion clinics.

Senate approves $16 billion energy bill --After four years and two rounds of effort that failed to produce a law, the Senate has approved a sweeping $16 billion 'energy' [corporate welfare] bill. A measure calling for a substantial increase in automobile fuel economy was defeated late last week. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., proposed an amendment calling for an increase in automobile fuel economy standards to an average of 40 miles per gallon over the next decade. Instead, the Senate passed an auto industry-friendly measure...

EPA Proposal Would Allow Human Tests of Pesticides --Draft Rule Omits Some Recommended Safeguards 28 Jun 2005 Manufacturers would be allowed to test some pesticides on human volunteers when seeking government approval without applying all the ethical safeguards recommended last year by an expert panel, under proposed rules soon to be issued by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Report Warns of Threat to Milk Supply --Release of Study Citing Vulnerability to Bioterrorism Attack Was Opposed by U.S. Officials 29 Jun 2005 About a third of an ounce of botulism toxin poured by bioterrorists into a milk truck en route from a dairy farm to a processing plant could cause hundreds of thousands of deaths and billions of dollars in economic losses, according to a scientific analysis that was published yesterday despite efforts by federal officials to keep the details secret.

Group publishes milk toxin study over US objection --The National Academy of Sciences published a report on Tuesday saying the U.S. milk supply is vulnerable to being poisoned with botulinum toxin, rejecting arguments from the Health and Human 'Services' Department that it might instruct would-be attackers.

USDA gets flak for pro-CAFTA reports 17 Jun 2005 The U.S. Department of Agribusiness ['Agriculture'] has churned out three dozen radio and television news segments since the first of the year that promote a controversial trade agreement with Central America opposed by labor unions, the sugar industry and many members of Congress, including some Republicans.

Canada Lawmakers OK Gay Marriage Bill --Canada's House of Commons voted Tuesday to legalize gay marriage, passing landmark legislation that would grant all same-sex couples in Canada the same legal rights as those in traditional unions between a man and a woman.

Vietnam confirms 60 bird flu patients 28 Jun 2005 Vietnam Health Ministry on Monday confirmed 60 human bird flu cases in the country in the latest outbreak since late December 2004, including 18 fatalities, local Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.

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