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July 2006 Archives, Page Two

Sergeant Tells of Plot to Kill Iraqi Detainees 28 Jul 2006 In a lengthy sworn statement, Sgt. Lemuel Lemus said he had witnessed a deliberate plot by his fellow soldiers to kill the three handcuffed Iraqis and a cover-up in which one soldier cut another to bolster their story. The squad leader threatened to kill anyone who talked. Later, one guilt-stricken soldier complained of nightmares and "couldn’t stop talking" about what happened, Sgt. Lemus said.

Detainee Abuse Charges Feared: Shield Sought By Bush Regime From '96 War Crimes Act 28 Jul 2006 An 'obscure law' [?!? A war crimes law is 'obscure?' LOL, you can always count on the PentaPost with special little linguistic acrobatics to help the Bush regime!] approved by Congress a decade ago has made the Bush regime nervous that officials and troops involved in 'handling detainee matters' [Translation: murder, torture of prisoners by US terrorists] might be accused of committing war crimes, and prosecuted at some point in U.S. courts. Senior officials have responded by drafting legislation that would grant U.S. personnel involved in the terrorism fight new protections against prosecution for past violations of the War Crimes Act of 1996. That law criminalizes violations of the Geneva Conventions governing conduct in war and threatens the death penalty if U.S.-held detainees die in custody from abusive treatment. [OMG, bring it on! Start with those at the top: Bush, Cheney Halliburton, Rumsfeld and Rove.]

Police spies chosen to lead war protest 28 Jul 2006 Two Oakland police officers working undercover at an anti-war protest in May 2003 got themselves elected to leadership positions [No surprises there! Peace 'martials' at the UFPJ 'protest' in Manhattan worked hand-in-hand with the NYPD at the August 2004 anti-RNC demonstration.] in an effort to influence the demonstration, documents released Thursday show. The department assigned the officers to join activists protesting the U.S. war in Iraq and the tactics that police had used at a demonstration a month earlier, a police official said last year in a sworn deposition.

Bombs bound for Israel came via British airports 27 Jul 2006 Ministers are embroiled in a row over whether British military equipment and airports are being used to assist Israeli attacks on Lebanon.

UK airport used to fly bombs to Israel 26 Jul 2006 Britain has been used as a staging post for major shipments of bunker-busting bombs from America to Israel. The Israelis want the 5,000lb smart bombs to attack the bunkers being used by 'Hizbollah leaders' [Yeah, right!] in Lebanon.

Beckett 'unhappy' with US military use of Scottish airport 27 Jul 2006 The government today is expected to play down the rift between the UK and the US over the use of a Scottish airport as a stop-off for aircraft carrying missiles from America to the USA Middle Eastern Division (a.k.a. "Israel"). Last night the foreign secretary, Margaret Beckett, took the highly unusual step of publicly criticising the US and accusing it of not following the right procedures over the use of Prestwick airport for arms flights.

Israel says UN can't be part of probe of deadly attack on post 28 Jul 2006 Israel's ambassador to the United Nations ruled out Thursday major UN involvement in any potential international force in Lebanon, saying more professional and better-trained troops were needed for such a volatile situation.

Israel approves calling up 30,000 reservists 27 Jul 2006 Israel has approved a decision to call up 30,000 reserve soldiers, while Lebanese officials raised the country's civilian death toll to 600 -- a sharp rise from the previous estimate.

Israel pounds south Lebanon, civilians trapped 27 Jul 2006 The USA Middle Eastern Division (a.k.a. "Israel") pummelled Lebanon with air and artillery strikes on Thursday, but opted against launching a major invasion in pursuit of Hizbollah (a.k.a. the "Lebanese National Resistance") militants.

Refugees pour into Syria 28 Jul 2006 At the Masnaa border crossing between Syria and Lebanon hundreds of people continue to flee the fighting between Hezbollah (a.k.a. the "Lebanese National Resistance") and Israeli forces.

Report: Syrian Military On Highest Alert 25 Jul 2006 Syria has placed its military forces on highest alert as Israel intensifies its ground operations against Damascus' Hezbollah allies in southern Lebanon. Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin, head of intelligence for the Israel Defense Forces, told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Tuesday that the Syrian military is at its highest state of alert in years, but noted the alert is defensive rather than offensive at this time.

Tide of Arab Opinion Turns to Support for Hezbollah 28 Jul 2006 An outpouring of newspaper columns, cartoons, blogs and public poetry readings have showered praise on Hezbollah (a.k.a. the "Lebanese National Resistance") while attacking the United States and Secretary of State (a.k.a. Bush's whore) Condoleezza Rice for trumpeting American plans for a "new Middle East" [?!?] that they say has led only to violence and repression.

Blair to tell Bush: we need a ceasefire --Drawn out Lebanon crisis will boost militants across Arab world, PM fears 28 Jul 2006 Tony Blair will press George Bush today to support "as a matter of urgency" a ceasefire in Lebanon as part of a UN security council resolution next week, according to Downing Street sources. The private view from No 10 is that the US is "prevaricating" over the resolution and allowing the conflict to run on too long. [Nah, 'ya think? BTW, why are you using your airports to send 5,000lb bombs to Israel, Poodle?]

Al-Qaeda's No. 2 warns Israel 27 Jul 2006 Al-Qaeda's No. 2 leader issued a worldwide call Thursday for Muslims to rise up in a holy war against Israel and join the fighting in Lebanon and Gaza until Islam reigns from "Spain to Iraq." [We saw *this one* marching down Broadway a mile away.]

Holy War: A Texas Preacher Leads Campaign to Let Israel Fight --Mr. Hagee Draws Evangelicals By Arguing Jewish State Fulfills Biblical Prophecy 27 Jul 2006 Last week, as Israel's armed forces pounded Lebanon and worries of a wider conflagration mounted, Texas televangelist John Hagee presided over what he called a "miracle of God": a gathering of 3,500 evangelical Christians packed into a Washington hotel to cheer Israel and its current military campaign. Standing on a stage bedecked with a huge Israeli flag, Mr. Hagee drew rapturous applause and shouts of "amen" as he hailed Israel for doing God's work in a "war of good versus evil."

US may increase Iraq force by delaying departures 26 Jul 2006 The U.S. military, faced with unrelenting violence in Baghdad, is expected to delay the departure of about 4,000 troops due to leave Iraq in the coming days in order to boost the size of the U.S. force, officials said on Wednesday.

No reduction of US troops in Iraq - Pentagon 28 Jul 2006 The United States military is signalling that it will maintain or possibly increase the current level of about 130 000 troops in Iraq as commanders develop a plan to move as many as 5 000 soldiers with heavy armour into embattled Baghdad.

Mortar rounds, car bomb kill 31 in Iraq 27 Jul 2006 Mortars, rockets and a car bomb blasted Baghdad's upscale Karradah district Thursday, killing at least 31 people and wounding 153, police said.

Helicopter Crash in Afghanistan Kills 16 27 Jul 2006 A helicopter headed for the headquarters of a provincial civilian aid group crashed Wednesday in Afghanistan, killing as many as 16 people, including 2 Dutch soldiers and possibly 2 or more American civilians, Afghan and American officials said today.

Series of Woes Mar Iraq Project Hailed as Model 28 Jul 2006 The United States is dropping Bechtel, the American construction giant, from a project to build a high-tech children’s hospital in the southern Iraqi city of Basra after the project fell nearly a year behind schedule and exceeded its expected cost by as much as 150 percent. [The US is dropping Bechtel as their corpora-terrorist leaders could get indicted for their role in the Big Dig murder.]

Another Bechtel bullsh*t project: 7-year-old memo gave Big Dig warning 28 Jul 2006 Seven years before falling concrete crushed a motorist to death inside one of Boston's Big Dig tunnels, a safety officer warned that the bolts could not possibly hold the heavy ceiling panels, according to a bluntly worded memo that came to light Wednesday... The memo was written on Massachusetts Turnpike Authority letterhead and was copied to the state's top Big Dig attorney at the time and a top project official for Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Protesters Disrupt Bolton Confirmation 27 Jul 2006 Protesters interrupted a Senate hearing on Thursday on whether John Bolton should be fully confirmed as ambassador to the United Nations.

Pentagon sells excess military gear to anybody By Michael Hampton 26 Jul 2006 "Would you like to start your own army, or perhaps terrorist organization, but can’t quite get hold of all the materials you need? Looking to build weapons of mass destruction but the parts for your chemical factory are too hard to find? Not to worry, for now you can buy just about everything you need. From the U.S. Department of Defense. At pennies on the dollar."

Psychologists' Group Under Fire 27 Jul 2006 The American Psychological Association is under fire from some of its members and other professionals for declaring that it is permissible for psychologists to assist in military interrogations. The unrest stems from an APA policy, issued last year, that says it is ethical for them to act as consultants to interrogation and information-gathering for national security purposes.

Terrorism suspects warned to attend court hearing 28 Jul 2006 A magistrate has warned several Melbourne men charged with terrorism offences they will be forced to come to court if they do not voluntarily attend their committal hearing. Magistrate Paul Smith told the court the men were obliged to attend and [un]reasonable force would be used if they refused.

Top Indian civil servant 'was CIA spy' 28 Jul 2006 In A Call to Honour, published this week, soldier-statesmen Jaswant Singh claims one of India's top civil servants was in the pay of the CIA and leaked secrets to the United States about India's nuclear programme in the early 1990s.

Holy irony, Batman! Top GOPedophile Signs Child Predator Law 27 Jul 2006 US GOPedophile, George W. Bush signed a new law Thursday that requires convicted child molesters to be listed on a national Internet database and face a felony charge for failing to update their whereabouts. The bill would establish a comprehensive federal DNA database of material collected from convicted molesters [and others?], and set procedures for the routine DNA collection and comparison to the database when someone has been convicted of such an offense; provide federal funding for states to track pedophiles [and others?] using global positioning devices...

CDC considers Texas for Morgellons study 25 Jul 2006 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is launching a study of Morgellons disease that may target South Texas where more than 100 people are suffering from the illness.[Join the US_bioterror_events egroup.]

Sparks fly as ExxonMobil profit tops 10 billion dollars 27 Jul 2006 Surging oil prices helped drive quarterly profits for US energy giant ExxonMobil to 10.36 billion dollars, the latest in a string of mammoth profit reports that have drawn fire for the industry. The second-quarter profit was up 36 percent from a year ago and approached the company's all-time record profit of 10.71 billion dollars that was believed to be one of the biggest for any company.

Exxon Mobil posts historic profit, again 27 Jul 2006 Exxon Mobil Corp. said Thursday it earned $10.36-billion (U.S.) in the second quarter, the second largest quarterly profit ever recorded by a publicly traded U.S. company. The earnings figure was 36 per cent above the profit it reported a year ago. High oil prices helped boost its revenue by 12 per cent to a level just short of a quarterly record.

ConocoPhillips again posts a record profit 27 Jul 2006 ConocoPhillips, Houston's largest company ranked by revenue, announced yet another record profit on Wednesday. For the second quarter of the year, the company booked net income of $5.2 billion, or $3.09 a share, on revenue of $47.1 billion.

ConocoPhillips 2Q profit rises 65 pct. 26 Jul 2006 Lofty oil prices fueled a 65 percent surge in ConocoPhillips' second-quarter net income, the company announced Wednesday. Its shares rose 2 percent in morning trading. Revenues rose 12.6 percent to $47.1 billion from $41.8 billion in the year-ago period.

California heat wave deaths near 100 27 Jul 2006 Corpses piled up at the morgue Thursday. California coroner's offices said the number of deaths possibly connected to the 12-day heat wave climbed to 98.

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Bush to send more troops to Baghdad 27 Jul 2006 Saying the security situation in Baghdad remained "terrible" [*Duh.*], the US President [sic], George Bush, announced an agreement with Iraq's Prime Minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, on Tuesday to strengthen the American military presence in the city.

Weeks of war to come, says Israeli general --UN base fired on 21 times --No ceasefire date set in Rome 26 Jul 2006 Amid intensifying recriminations tonight over the killing of four UN monitors, an Israeli army general tonight said the bombing campaign in Lebanon would continue for many weeks. "I assume it will continue for several more weeks, and in a number of weeks we will be able to [declare] a victory," Major General Udi Adam, the head of Israel's northern command, said at a news conference.

Remarks by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert 25 Jul 2006 While 16 Kaytusha rockets attacked Haifa and Kiryat Shmona Tuesday morning, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told the United Jewish Communities Solidarity Mission that Israel "will not run away. We will respond". In a private meeting with 70 American Jewish leaders in his Jerusalem office, Mr. Olmert warned that the terrorists "will have to pay" for missile attacks on Israeli citizens "in their homes, streets, restaurants, schools and busses. This is a different war than we ever had in the history of the State of Israel" cautioned the Prime Minister.

Israeli troops suffer heavy casualties 26 Jul 2006 Hezbollah (a.k.a. the "Lebanese National Resistance") inflicted heavy casualties on Israeli troops as they battled for a key hilltop town in southern Lebanon for a fourth day Wednesday, with at least 12 soldiers reported killed.

Israel unleashes new fury 27 Jul 2006 The USA Middle Eastern Division (a.k.a. "Israel") has launched a heavy air and artillery bombardments in Lebanon in response to the deaths of nine Israeli soldiers in the Jewish state's worst 24 hours for casualties in the 16-day-old conflict against Hezbollah (a.k.a. the "Lebanese National Resistance").

UN Officials: Observers Asked Israel 10 Times to Halt Bombs 26 Jul 2006 U.N. peacekeepers in southern Lebanon called the Israeli military 10 times over a six-hour period to ask it to halt its nearby bombing before their observation post was hit, killing four people, according to details of a preliminary U.N. report on the incident released to The Associated Press on Wednesday.

U.N. Says It Protested to Israel for 6 Hours During Attack That Killed 4 Observers in Lebanon 27 Jul 2006 The United Nations said Wednesday that its top officials in New York and its officers on the ground in Lebanon made numerous calls on Tuesday to the Israeli mission and the Israeli military to protest repeated firing on its outpost in Lebanon where four unarmed observers ended up being killed.

UN attack looks deliberate: Annan 26 Jul 2006 UN Secretary General Kofi Annan today said he was "shocked" at Israel's "apparently deliberate targeting" of a UN post in Lebanon, in which up to four UN observers were killed. Mr Annan described the strike as a "co-ordinated artillery and aerial attack on a long established and clearly marked UN post."

Cdn UN peacekeeper foreshadowed bombing 26 Jul 2006 The worst was all but confirmed Wednesday, as Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Maj. Paeta Hess-von Kruedener is missing and presumed dead after an Israeli bomb flattened a clearly marked UN post in southern Lebanon. The blast Tuesday killed three other unarmed observers.

Red Cross personnel injured 26 Jul 2006 The British Red Cross is urging respect for its colleagues working in dangerous circumstances in Lebanon where ambulances have been struck by munitions. In one incident earlier this week, six Red Cross volunteers were injured.

TV Cameraman Wounded in GS 26 Jul 2006 A Palestinian cameraman was wounded Tuesday morning as Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) deliberately fired on a press team east of the Gaza Strip (GS), WAFA reporter said.

Two reporters shot by Israeli forces, making seven reporters attacked in 10 days 19 Jul 2006 A cameraman for Al-Jazeera television was shot in Nablus, and a reporter with Al Hurrah television was also shot by Israeli forces today in separate incidents. These attacks follow a late-night attack by Israeli forces on the headquarters of the main Palestinian News Agency, WAFA, in which media equipment was destroyed and one reporter was injured by gas.

Lebanon probes weapons used in Israel bombing 26 Jul 2006 Lebanon is investigating reports from doctors that Israel has used weapons in its 15-day-old bombardment of southern Lebanon that have caused wounds they have never seen before.

Elderly Man Dies at Israeli Checkpoint in WB 26 Jul 2006 An eldrly man has died Wednesday night as Israeli soldiers prevented him from reaching a local hospital in the West Bank City of Qalqilya, witnesses told WAFA.

Five Myths That Sanction Israel's War Crimes By Jonathan Cook 25 Jul 2006 "The first myth is that Israel was forced to pound Lebanon with its military hardware because Hezbollah began 'raining down' rockets on the Galilee. Anyone with a short memory can probably recall that was not the first justification we were offered: that had to do with the two soldiers captured by Hezbollah on a border post on July 12."

An Israeli spy network arrested in Lebanon 22 Jul 2006 Lebanese intelligence services have arrested a spy network working for Israel since long years ago, Lebanese A-Safir daily newspaper reported Saturday. "The confession of suspects could lead to the exposure of a number of inactive spy cells working for Israel on Lebanese soil," the paper added in an article.

Defense minister says Israel may set up buffer zone in Lebanon 25 Jul 2006 After two weeks of an offensive in Lebanon against Hezbollah (a.k.a. the "Lebanese National Resistance"), Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz said Tuesday that the USA Middle Eastern Division (a.k.a. "Israel") will set up a buffer zone in southern Lebanon if no international force is sent to the area.

600,000 refugees in Lebanon 27 Jul 2006 Jan Egeland, the UN's Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, says there are now about 600,000 refugees in Lebanon, a number which is "growing every day by the tens of thousands".

An estimated 800,000 people uprooted by attacks, says Lebanese body 26 Jul 2006 An estimated 800,000 people have been affected in Lebanon by the current crisis, with hundreds of thousands forced to leave their homes, according to the Lebanese Higher Relief Council established by the Lebanese government to deal with the crisis.

Lebanon: Water Dispute With Israel 08 Oct 2002 Senior officials from the United States Embassy in Beirut met Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri to try to defuse a dispute with Israel over Lebanon's plans to use water both countries say they need. Israel has said it takes a ''grave view'' of Lebanon's plan to pipe water to southern villages from the Wazzani Springs, three miles north of the Israeli border.

Iranians volunteer to fight Israel 26 Jul 2006 Surrounded by yellow Hezbollah (a.k.a. the "Lebanese National Resistance") flags, more than 60 Iranian volunteers set off Wednesday to join what they called a holy war against Israeli forces in Lebanon. [Bush is happy; he can use the 'Iran-Hezbollah' connection as a pretext for invading Iran.]

Court to hear case for inquiry into Iraq war 26 Jul 2006 Families of British soldiers who died in Iraq won a chance on Wednesday to argue in court in favour of the first public hearing on the reasons for waging the war and whether Tony Blair broke the law by launching it.

U.S. Soldiers Capture Members of Iraqi 'Death Squad' [They captured *themselves?*] 26 Jul 2006 U.S. soldiers with Multinational Division Baghdad captured five members of a [US] "death squad" in Iraq today.

Group: Detainees abused after Abu Ghraib --Human Rights Watch alleges troops told Geneva Conventions didn't apply 23 Jul 2006 The group Human Rights Watch said in a report to be released Sunday that U.S. military commanders encouraged abusive interrogations of detainees in Iraq, even after the Abu Ghraib prison scandal called attention to the issue in 2004.

US Headquarters in Iraq Blown Up, Over 30 US Invaders Killed, Wounded 26 Jul 2006 On Tuesday morning (July 25), an Iraqi Mujahideen vehicle bomb exploded by the US military headquarters in the middle of al-Baghdadi, Al-Anbar Province, about 225km northwest of Baghdad.

Two Servicemembers Die in Iraq 26 Jul 2006 Two servicemembers have died in Iraq since yesterday.

Greek protesters topple Truman statue in anti-war demonstration 25 Jul 2006 In a move harking back to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Greek leftists pulled down a statue of former U.S. President Harry S. Truman as part of an anti-war demonstration on Tuesday against the Israeli bombing of Lebanon.

US plane shot down by Taliban? 26 Jul 2006 An unidentified plane crashed in southeastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, reportedly causing casualties, Western and Afghan officials told Reuters. A spokesman for the occupation forces in Kabul confirmed the crash, but said he had no details. The crash occurred in an area where Taliban 'insurgents' are active.

U.S. soldier, seven insurgents killed 26 Jul 2006 A U.S. soldier and seven 'insurgents' have been killed in two separate clashes in Afghanistan, occupation forces said Tuesday, in the latest spate of violence in the country.

FEMA media rule sparks fury --Representatives: Barring reporters from 'parks,' occupants violates basic rights 25 Jul 2006 Members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation said Monday that FEMA’s policy restricting media access to residents living in FEMA-managed trailer parks [detention centres] is absurd, outrageous and denies park residents their rights as American citizens.

White House Sticks to Wiretap Argument --Despite Backlash, Lawyers Defend Presidential Authority In Letters to Lawmakers 26 Jul 2006 Despite high-profile legal losses and complaints about failures to consult with lawmakers, the Bush regime is sticking to its core post-9/11 legal argument: that the Constitution and a congressional resolution passed after the terror attacks grant the president almost unlimited power to protect the country.

CIA chief says court orders, warrants ill-suited for tracking terrorists 26 Jul 2006 CIA Director Michael Hayden told senators on Wednesday that the requirement of court orders to carry out electronic surveillance inside the United States was ill-suited for tracking 'al Qaeda' and other militant groups. In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the intelligence official who crafted Dictator George W. Bush's [illegal] domestic spying program also said international phone calls targeted by warrantless surveillance are the most valuable to protecting national security.

Feds seek to trump state' inquiry into phone records --The inJustice Department aims to block regulators' attempt to look into an alleged NSA link. 26 Jul 2006 The Bush dictatorship sued two Missouri state regulators Tuesday to stop them from trying to find out whether AT&T turned over customer records to the National Security Agency.

Air Marshals Say They Fear Managers More Than Terrorists --Air Marshals Fear Retaliation After Speaking Out 24 Jul 2006 (Denver) Air marshals across the country have spoken up, telling 7NEWS that their safety and the safety of all airline passengers was being compromised because air marshals have to show identification three times at the airport, making it easy for anyone, including terrorists, to figure out who they are. Now those air marshals believe they may lose their jobs because they came forward. "The managers in the air marshal service are experts at retaliation. They have perfected it. They know every loophole around the whistleblower laws," said an air marshal in Las Vegas.

DHS' technology check is in the mail 24 Jul 2006 Congress is building a Homeland Security Department funding piñata—with technology-laced spending sweeteners for every state and congressional district—that is on a fast track for enactment before fiscal 2007 begins on Oct. 1.

The Diebold Bombshell By David Dill, Doug Jones and Barbara Simons 23 Jul 2006 "Basically, Diebold included a 'back door' in its software, allowing anyone to change or modify the software. There are no technical safeguards in place to ensure that only authorized people can make changes. A malicious individual with access to a voting machine could rig the software without being detected. Worse yet, if the attacker rigged the machine used to compute the totals for some precinct, he or she could alter the results of that precinct.

Boston warned tunnel ceiling wouldn't hold --Report: Official wrote he could 'not comprehend' how tunnel could be safe 26 Jul 2006 The on-site safety officer for a Big Dig highway tunnel where a motorist was crushed by falling concrete warned his superiors in 1999 that the heavy ceiling panels might collapse because the bolts could not support them, The Boston Globe reported Wednesday.

Memo warned of ceiling collapse --Safety officer feared deaths in '99, now agonizes over tragedy 26 Jul 2006 The on-site safety officer for the Interstate 90 connector directly warned his superiors at contractor Modern Continental Construction Co. that the tunnel ceiling could collapse because the bolts could not support the heavy concrete panels, and feared for his conscience if someone died as a result. [Click here for excerpts of memo.]

Chicago requires big-box stores to pay 'living wage' 26 Jul 2006 Brushing aside warnings from Wal-Mart Stores Inc., City Council approved an ordinance Wednesday that makes Chicago the biggest city in the nation to require big-box retailers to pay a "living wage."

Wash. state court upholds ban on gay marriage -- 26 Jul 2006 The Washington Supreme Court ruled against gay marriage Wednesday, upholding the state’s 1998 Defense of Marriage Act.

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Nobel Peace Prize winner 'could kill' Bush 25 Jul 2006 Nobel peace laureate Betty Williams yesterday lashed out at US President [sic] George W.Bush during a speech to hundreds of schoolchildren. Campaigning on the rights of young people at the Earth Dialogues forum, being held in Brisbane, Ms Williams spoke passionately about the deaths of innocent children during wartime, particularly in the Middle East, and lambasted Mr Bush. "Right now, I would love to kill George Bush," said Ms Williams, 64. Her young audience at the Brisbane City Hall clapped and cheered [and thought, 'Line forms at the rear.']

White House Bill Proposes System to Try Detainees 26 Jul 2006 Legislation drafted by the Bush dictatorship setting out new rules on bringing terror detainees to trial would allow hearsay evidence to be introduced unless it was deemed "unreliable" and would permit defendants to be excluded from their own trials if necessary to protect national security [!?!], according to a copy of the proposal.

Patients admitted with burns from banned weapons used by Israel 24 Jul 2006 Jawad Najem, a surgeon at Najem Hospital in Lebanon, said patients admitted Sunday had burns from phosphorous incendiary weapons used by Israel. The Lebanese Red Cross suspended operations outside Tyre after Israeli jets blasted two ambulances with rockets, said Ali Deebe, a Red Cross spokesman in Tyre. "One of the rockets hit right in the middle of the big red cross that was painted on top of the ambulance," he said. "This is a clear violation of humanitarian law, of international law. We are neutral and we should not be targeted," Deebe said.

"I've been a doctor for years, and I've never seen anything like this." As Toll Rises, Lebanese Resort to Mass Graves --In Tyre, victims of airstrikes are buried in hastily built coffins so a hospital can hold other bodies. They would bury their dead in mass graves, the doctors decided. 22 Jul 2006 The government hospital had run out of room for human remains by Friday. More than 100 bomb-wrecked bodies were already crammed into poorly refrigerated container trucks, and more corpses were pouring in daily. So they built cheap coffins of pine. Bulldozers carved 6-foot-deep trenches into a desolate lot littered with old telephone poles.

Red Cross ambulances destroyed in Israeli air strike on rescue mission --Volunteer paramedics demand UN guarantees --Flags and lights prove no protection for aid teams 25 Jul 2006 Even in a war which has turned the roads of south Lebanon into killing zones, Israel's rocket strike on two clearly marked Red Cross ambulances on Sunday night set a deadly new milestone. Two ambulances were entirely destroyed, their roofs pierced by missiles.

Israel warns it will hit 10 buildings for every rocket fired 24 July 2006 The Israeli air force is under orders to blast 10 buildings in south Beirut, a Hezbollah stronghold, for every rocket the Shiite militant group fires at the Israeli port of Haifa, army radio said Monday. "Army chief of staff [war criminal] Dan Halutz has given the order to the air force to destroy 10 multi-storey buildings in the Dahaya district (of Beirut) in response to every rocket fired on Haifa," a senior air force officer told the station.

Israel widens control, seals Hezbollah stronghold 26 Jul 2006 Israeli troops sealed off a Hezbollah (a.k.a. the "Lebanese National Resistance") stronghold yesterday and widened their foothold in southern Lebanon.

Israel 'to control Lebanon strip' 25 Jul 2006 Israel says it will keep control over an area in southern Lebanon until an international force can be deployed.

Israel Bombs Kill 6 People, 3 UN Observers --Israel Widens Control of Southern Lebanon As Israeli Bombs Kill 6 People, 3 U.N. Observers 26 Jul 2006 Israeli troops sealed off a Hezbollah (a.k.a. the "Lebanese National Resistance") stronghold Tuesday and widened their foothold in southern Lebanon, as Israeli bombs killed six people in a south Lebanon town and three U.N. observers in a border outpost with another feared dead.

Israel bomb kills 4 UN observers in Lebanon 25 Jul 2006 An Israeli air strike on Tuesday hit a U.N. base in southern Lebanon, killing four United Nations observers, Lebanese security sources said.

Fighting rages as Israel besieges Hezbollah border HQ 25 Jul 2006 Fierce fighting raged Tuesday between Israeli forces and Lebanese militants around the border town of Bint Jbeil, a Hezbollah (a.k.a. the "Lebanese National Resistance") military stronghold besieged by Israeli troops as they push deeper into Lebanese territory.

Israeli missile hits south Lebanon house; 7 die --Military forces drive deeper into region 25 Jul 2006 An Israeli missile struck a house in south Lebanon early Tuesday, killing seven people, hospital and security officials said. It was not immediately clear why Israel targeted the house.

Beirutis Try to Plumb the Abyss Between Elegance and Chaos 25 Jul 2006 In the days since Israeli planes began to bomb Lebanon, this seaside capital [Beirut] has been almost physically split in two, with its largely Shiite flank mutilated by Israeli airstrikes and most of the rest of the city remaining relatively unscathed, if quieter and emptier than usual.

Israel probes helicopter crash that killed two 25 Jul 2006 Israel has confirmed the deaths of two of its airmen in a helicopter crash. It is not being ruled out that Hizbollah rocket fire was responsible.

A Statement By the Royal Court 25 Jul 2006 "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has undertaken the role required of it by its religious and national duty with regard to the situation in the region and repercussions of events in Lebanon and the occupied Palestinian territories... The Kingdom has dispatched HRH the Foreign Minister and HRH the Secretary General of the National Security Council to meet H.E. the U.S. President [sic] in Washington and inform him of its views on the grave and unpredictable consequences of the unremitting Israeli aggression if matters went beyond control."

'Evacuation oddity,' Part 2: Why will the US be providing humanitarian aid necessitated by Israel's bombs after providing Israel's bombs? --LRP

From Planning to Warfare to Occupation, How Iraq Went Wrong (New York Times book review) By Michiko Kakutani 25 Jul 2006 "The title of this devastating new book about the American war in Iraq says it all: 'Fiasco.' That is the judgment that Thomas E. Ricks, senior Pentagon correspondent for The Washington Post, passes on the Bush administration’s decision to invade Iraq and its management of the war and the occupation. And he serves up his portrait of that war as a misguided exercise in hubris, incompetence and folly with a wealth of detail and evidence that is both staggeringly vivid and persuasive."

School builder shot and killed in Afghanistan 25 Jul 2006 Just weeks before he was set to come home from Afghanistan, a Vancouver man building a school in the war-torn country was murdered over the weekend.

German Alleging Torture in Overseas CIA Prison Appeals Dismissal of Lawsuit 25 Jul 2006 A German man who says he was illegally detained and tortured in overseas prisons run by the CIA is appealing a federal judge's dismissal of his lawsuit.

CIA gives No. 2 job to agent who clashed with Goss 25 Jul 2006 A veteran CIA officer who temporarily left the spy agency after clashing with former CIA Director Porter Goss was officially named on Tuesday as the Central Intelligence Agency's new deputy director.

Mega barf alert! Judge Dismisses Phone Records Lawsuit 25 Jul 2006 Citing national security, a federal judge Tuesday threw out a lawsuit aimed at blocking AT&T Inc. from giving telephone records to the government for use in the war on [of] terror.

Marshals: Innocent People Placed On 'Watch List' to Meet Quota --Marshals Say They Must File One Surveillance Detection Report, or SDR, Per Month 21 Jul 2006 (Denver) You could be on a secret government database or watch list for simply taking a picture on an airplane. Some federal air marshals say they're reporting your actions to meet a quota, even though some top officials deny it. The air marshals, whose identities are being concealed, told 7NEWS that they're required to submit at least one report a month. If they don't, there's no raise, no bonus, no awards and no special assignments.

Senator Preps Bill to Sue Bush Over 'Signing Statements' 25 Jul 2006 A powerful Republican committee chairman who has led the fight against Dictator Bush's signing statements said Monday he would have a bill ready by the end of the week allowing Congress to sue him in federal court. "We will submit legislation to the United States Senate which will...authorize the Congress to undertake judicial review of those signing statements with the view to having the president's acts declared unconstitutional," Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said on the Senate floor.

ABA panel urges checks on Bush power --807 signing statements set perilous path, it says 24 Jul 2006 A task force of the American Bar Association has concluded that President [sic] Bush's stream of more than 800 signing statements poses a dangerous challenge to the constitutional checks and balances central to governmental power in the United States. One of the signing statements reserves the right to torture detainees held in the war on [of] terrorism. The ABA report, being released Monday, calls on Congress to exert more oversight and empower the courts to review presidential signing statements asserting the president's right to "ignore or not enforce laws." If unchecked, ABA President Michael Greco said in a prepared statement, the presidential use of signing statements "raises serious concerns crucial to the survival of our democracy."

Leading lawyers say Bush creates loopholes in laws he doesn't like 25 Jul 2006 President [sic] George Bush's practice of writing exceptions to legislation as he signs it into law represents a violation of the constitution and a danger to democracy, America's leading lawyers alleged yesterday.

TV, books face Big Brother law 26 Jul 2006 (AU) The nation's attorneys-general will consider banning books that praise terrorism and placing fresh restrictions on reality shows like Big Brother when they meet tomorrow.

Trio cleared of 'red mercury' plot 25 Jul 2006 (UK) Three men have been cleared of trying to procure a substance which police claimed could have made a "dirty bomb". They were arrested in September 2004 after trying to buy "red mercury" from an undercover reporter.

What is red mercury? 25 Jul 2006 Three men have been cleared of trying to procure the raw ingredients for a "dirty bomb" which the prosecution claimed could have devastated a British city if it fell into the hands of terrorists. The prosecutor, Mark Ellison, admitted the police had no idea if there even was such a thing as red mercury - supposedly the main ingredient for a "dirty bomb" which could have devastated London. But he told the jury at the outset: "The Crown's position is that whether red mercury does or does not exist is irrelevant." He warned the jury not to get "hung up" on whether red mercury actually existed at all.

U.S. States Oppose Federal Bid to Curb Business Tax 24 Jul 2006 U.S. governors are opposing proposed federal legislation that would limit the ability of state and local governments to collect taxes from businesses, which they say will cost more than $6 billion a year in lost revenue.

Senate Passes Interstate Abortion Bill 25 Jul 2006 A bill that would make it a crime to take a pregnant girl across state lines for an abortion without her parents' knowledge passed the Senate Tuesday, but vast differences with the House version stood between the measure and Dictator Bush's desk. The 65-34 vote gave the Senate's approval to the bill, which would make taking a pregnant girl to another state for the purposes of evading parental notification laws punishable by fines and up to a year in jail.

Global warming puts 12 US parks at risk: report 25 Jul 2006 Global warming puts 12 of the most famous U.S. national parks at risk, environmentalists said on Tuesday, conjuring up visions of Glacier National Park without glaciers and Yellowstone Park without grizzly bears.

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Secret 2001 Pentagon Plan to Attack Lebanon --Bush's Plan for "Serial War" revealed by General Wesley Clark By A Concerned Citizen 23 Jul 2006 " According to General Wesley Clark--the Pentagon, by late 2001, was planning to attack Lebanon. 'Winning Modern Wars' (page 130) General Clark states the following: 'As I went back through the Pentagon in November 2001, one of the senior military staff officers had time for a chat. Yes, we were still on track for going against Iraq, he said. But there was more. This was being discussed as part of a five-year campaign plan, he said, and there were a total of seven countries, beginning with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iran, Somalia and Sudan.'"

Panel chides Bush on bypassing laws --ABA group cites limits to power 24 Jul 2006 President [sic] Bush should stop issuing statements claiming the power to bypass parts of laws he has signed, an American Bar Association task force has unanimously concluded in a strongly worded 32-page report that is scheduled to be released today. The panel said presidents do not have the authority to declare that sections of the bills they sign are unconstitutional, and that they thus need not be enforced as Congress wrote them.

Study: Ex-Rep. Made Use of 'Black' Budgets 23 Jul 2006 An independent investigation has found that imprisoned former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham took advantage of secrecy and badgered congressional aides to help slip items into classified bills that would benefit him and his associates.

Iraqi Parliament Speaker Says U.S. Invasion and Aftermath Are the 'Work of Butchers' 23 Jul 2006 The speaker of the Iraqi Parliament criticized the American government’s involvement in Iraq on Saturday, likening the invasion and its consequences to "the work of butchers" and demanding that the American authorities disentangle themselves from Iraq’s political affairs.

'It Looked Weird and Felt Wrong' --One Unit's Aggressive Approach to Fighting the 'Insurgency' 24 Jul 2006 The Army's 4th Infantry Division, heavy armored despite its name, was known for "grabbing whole villages, because combat soldiers [were] unable to figure out who was of value and who was not," according to a subsequent investigation of the 4th Infantry Division's detainee operations by the Army inspector general's office. Its indiscriminate detention of Iraqis filled Abu Ghraib prison, swamped the U.S. interrogation system and overwhelmed the U.S. soldiers guarding the prison.

Sectarian break-up of Iraq is now inevitable, admit officials 24 Jul 2006 The Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, meets Tony Blair in London today as violence in Iraq reaches a new crescendo and senior Iraqi officials say the break up of the country is inevitable.

Car bombs kill 60 in Iraq ahead of PM's visits to America, Britain 24 Jul 2006 Car bombs killed nearly 60 Iraqis Sunday as Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki prepared for a White House visit expected to focus on halting what many see as Iraq's accelerating slide toward all-out sectarian civil war.

Soldiers Die in Iraq 23 Jul 2006 Three U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq yesterday.

Additional U.S. Troops Redirected to Baghdad 24 Jul 2006 U.S. military officials confirmed today that additional U.S. troops are being sent to Baghdad to [de]stabilize the city after weeks of [U.S.-engendered] sectarian violence.

Plan for More U.S. Soldiers Greeted With Skepticism 23 Jul 2006 Iraqis expressed doubt Saturday that a plan to increase the number of U.S. troops in the capital would reduce the violence that has warped daily life here, rendering stories of killings and kidnappings unremarkable.

Hundreds of Taliban attack police post --Official says militants suffered casualties; also bomb hits Canadian soldiers 24 Jul 2006 Hundreds of Taliban militants firing rocket-propelled grenades attacked a police station on Monday in southwestern Afghanistan, amid heightened violence in the south before a NATO deployment.

IDF preparing for civil administration in Lebanon 23 Jul 2006 OC Northern Command Maj.-Gen. Udi Adam acknowledged in a briefing at Northern Command headquarters in Safed on Sunday afternoon that the commander of the IDF's civil administration unit had already begun preparations toward the possibility of instituting a military administration in areas captured by the IDF over the last week.

Olmert tells Cabinet he expects campaign to 'take a very long time' 24 Jul 2006 Israeli Premier Ehud Olmert said Sunday that the current Israeli offensive against Lebanon would "last a very long time," as he addressed a Cabinet meeting Sunday.

PM: IDF acting with no restraints --Olmert says during cabinet meeting, 'army has all the time, flexibility to carry out its mission in Lebanon'; adds: there is a possibility that the population that cooperates with Hizbullah will get hurt, although they are not on our target list. 23 Jul 2006 Prime Minister Ehud Olmert stressed in a cabinet meeting Sunday that "the IDF has all the time and the flexibility to carry out its mission. The army's operations are being carried out with no restraints."

Heavy fighting as Israel pushes further into Lebanon 24 Jul 2006 Heavy fighting erupted today as Israeli ground forces pushed further into Lebanon, entering another Hezbollah (a.k.a. the "Lebanese National Resistance") stronghold, and 10 Israeli soldiers were wounded, the military said.

Israel kills six in Gaza, hits rocket factories 24 Jul 2006 Israeli shells killed six people and wounded several others in the Gaza Strip on Monday, including two members of the same family who were travelling on a donkey cart when they were hit, Palestinian witnesses said... An Israeli tank shell fired at a housing block later on Monday killed a five-year-old girl and wounded three other children in the area, medics said.

Photographer killed in Israeli bombing 24 Jul 2006 Reporters Without Borders has expressed great shock at the death of Lebanese press photographer Layal Nagib in an Israeli attack on the southern Lebanese town of Cana. Her death follows that of a technician for Lebanese TV station LBC in Israeli bombing east of Beirut on 22 July 2006.

Interview: Tina Hannouneh, American beaten by Israeli guards at border crossing (IMEMC Audio Team, transcribed by Tania Tabar) 24 Jul 2006 "This is an interview with Tina Hannouneh, an American of Palestinian origin who was beaten by Israeli border guards, along with her son, at the Israeli-controlled Allenby Bridge border crossing between Jordan and the West Bank."

Israel Weighs Foreign Troops on Border 24 Jul 2006 Defense Minister Amir Peretz said Israel was interested in a NATO-led force, and the prime minister, Ehud Olmert, spoke of one consisting of European Union members with combat experience and the authority to take control of Lebanon’s border and crossing points.

Senior British MP calls to halt weapons exports to Israel 24 Jul 2006 The leader of Britain's opposition Liberal Democrats on Monday asked Prime Minister Tony Blair to suspend arms exports to Israel after fighting that has killed hundreds of civilians.

UK calls Israeli attacks 'disproportionate' 24 Jul 2006 The British Foreign Office minister Kim Howells yesterday stood by his criticisms of the 12-day bombardment of Lebanon with a warning that Israel had to win the "political battle" as well as confronting Hezbollah (a.k.a. the "Lebanese National Resistance") militarily.

Angela Merkel calls for an end to Middle East violence 24 Jul 2006 German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for an end to the violence in the Middle East, saying in an interview released Sunday that the U.N. Security Council was the key to finding a permanent solution.

Feinstein Defends Israeli Actions In Lebanon 23 Jul 2006 Israel and the United States share common values of democracy and the rule of law, said California's senior Senator, speaking in San Francisco at a rally in support of Israel's military campaign in Lebanon.

Frequent-flier data used to track movements of CIA operatives 23 Jul 2006 While traveling abroad, the man and woman pretending to be American business executives on international assignments used their frequent-flier cards as often as possible to gain credits toward free flights. In fact, the two were covert operatives working for the CIA. Thanks to their diligent use of frequent-flier programs [LOL!], Italian prosecutors have been able to reconstruct much of their itinerary during 2003, including trips to Brussels, Venice, London, Copenhagen, Vienna and Oslo.

Ex-U.S. military officer gets prison for helping arms trafficker 17 Jul 2006 A former military intelligence officer was sentenced Monday to a year in federal prison for helping a convicted arms trafficker export parts for jet fighters and other aircraft that were ultimately destined for Iran.

Sensitive Military Equipment Sold to Public, Report Says 22 Jul 2006 Undercover government investigators have been able to buy sensitive surplus military equipment from a Defense Department contractor. According to a report by the Government Accountability Office, the purchases included items such as launcher mounts for shoulder-fired missiles and guided missile radar test sets.

Pakistan Expanding Nuclear Program --Plant Underway Could Generate Plutonium for 40 to 50 Bombs a Year, Analysts Say 24 Jul 2006 Pakistan has begun building what independent analysts say is a powerful new reactor for producing plutonium, a move that, if verified, would signal a major expansion of the country's nuclear weapons capabilities and a potential new escalation in the region's arms race.

Slain G.I.'s mom spurs anti-war T-shirt ban 23 Jul 2006 A woman whose Marine son died while serving in Iraq is fighting to keep his name off anti-war T-shirts. The woman, whose son was killed in April 2004, pushed for Oklahoma legislators to pass a law that makes it a misdemeanor to use a soldier's name or likeness for advertising purposes without consent.

Mega barf alert! Clinton Visits Connecticut In Support of Lieberman 24 Jul 2006 Former President Bill Clinton is visiting Connecticut in support of Sen. Joe LieberBush. In the past week, polls showed that Democratic challenger Ned Lamont is gaining serious ground less than two weeks before going into the primary.

Protesters Take Over Oaxaca, Mexico [Take over the whole country, then head north.] 21 Jul 2006 Protesters have taken over the center of folkloric Oaxaca... Police are nowhere in sight. Supporters of leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador are holding nationwide demonstrations to demand a ballot-by-ballot recount in the disputed July 2 presidential 'election' [Bush-ChoicePoint coup d'etat].

Report: IRS to cut audits on wealthiest 23 Jul 2006 The Bush administration plans to cut nearly in half the number of auditors who review tax returns of some of the wealthiest U.S. taxpayers.

Bush told to plan for Chávez oil shock 24 Jul 2006 Richard Lugar, chairman of the US Senate foreign relations committee, has urged the Bush regime to adopt specific "contingency plans" for a potential disruption to oil supplies from Venezuela. ['Contingency plans' --i.e., another illegal invasion and more tax breaks for the oil corpora-terrorists.]

Cuba drills for oil off Florida 24 Jul 2006 Cuba is drilling for oil 60 miles off the coast of Florida with help from China, Canada and Spain even as Congress struggles to end years of deadlock over drilling for what could be a treasure trove [?!?] of offshore oil and gas.

National Guard sent to St. Louis, Heat Deaths Rise 21 Jul 2006 Governor Matt Blunt sent in the National Guard to evacuate people from their sweltering homes Thursday after storms knocked out power to more than half a million St. Louis-area households and businesses in the middle of a deadly heat wave. With forecasters expecting another day of 100-degree heat, utility crews raced to restore electricity, and Gov. Blunt declared a state of emergency, granting the mayor's request to send in nearly 300 troops to take people to air-conditioned public buildings and to clear debris.

Amazon rainforest 'could become a desert' --And that could speed up global warming with 'incalculable consequences', says alarming new research. 23 Jul 2006 The vast Amazon rainforest is on the brink of being turned into desert, with catastrophic consequences for the world's climate, alarming research suggests. And the process, which would be irreversible, could begin as early as next year.

Dying Forest: One year to save the Amazon --Time is running out for the Amazon rainforest. And the fate of the 'lungs of the world' will take your breath away. 23 Jul 2006 It is a sign that severe drought is returning to the Amazon for a second successive year. And that would be ominous indeed. For, as we report today, new research suggests that just one further dry year beyond that could tip the whole vast forest into a cycle of destruction.

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Compensation claim against Lebanese gov't in works 20 Jul 2006 Attorneys Yehudah Talmon, Yoram Dantziger, and Nitzah Libai preparing symbolic lawsuit to be presented in US against Lebanese government for compensation to be paid to Israeli businesses, citizens for war damages. [Who is going to be compensated for this? Warning! Graphic images of Israel's war crimes.]

The Two Israeli Soldiers Were Captured In Lebanon (whatreallyhappened.com) 18 Jul 2006 Translation: According to the Lebanese police force, the two soldiers were captured in Lebanese territory, in the area of Aïta Al-Chaab close to the border, whereas Israeli television indicated that they had been captured in Israeli territory." [Original: Liban: le Hezbollah capture deux soldats israéliens, sept autres tués 12 juillet 2006]

Israel building prison for Lebanese captives [Does KBR have the contract, as they have in the US?] 22 Jul 2006 The IDF has started constructing a temporary [?!?] detention center designed to hold the Lebanese prisoners that will be captured during army operations in Southern Lebanon, Ynet has learned recently. A truck convoy carrying barbed-wire fences, containers, and mobile showers and toilets started unloading equipment at the Filon military base near Rosh Pina Friday, and construction works at the place are already underway. According to plans, the structure should be able to hold up to hundreds of Hezbollah (a.k.a. the "Lebanese National Resistance") prisoners at any given time.

Egyptian legal committee warns of Israeli use of chemical weapons against Palestinians in Gaza 23 Jul 2006 An Egyptian legal committee has warned of the serious consequences of the Israeli use of chemical weapons against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip for more than a week now, and have called for an international investigation of the claim.

"It's bigger, it's more extensive than I even could imagine." Beirut bombing 'violates humanitarian law' 23 Jul 2006 United Nations (UN) relief coordinator Jan Egeland says the extent of the destruction in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital amounts to a violation of humanitarian law. Mr Egeland has been touring the bombed-out area of Beirut that has been targeted by Israel as a stronghold of the militant Hezbollah (a.k.a. the "Lebanese National Resistance"), which is based in Lebanon and supported by Iran and Syria. He says it is horrific, with block after block of houses destroyed. "It's bigger, it's more extensive than I even could imagine," he said.

'Retaliation monstrous and disproportionate' 22 Jul 2006 Lebanon's social affairs minister is appalled by what she sees as the "monstrous and disproportionate retaliation" of the Israeli military against her country.

Israel ready for ground war 24 Jul 2006 Israel's massing of ground forces and Washington's decision to rush precision-guided bombs to the Israeli Air Force signal a new phase in the war.

Israel 'presses US on bomb sale' 23 Jul 2006 Reports from the US suggest Washington has been asked to speed up a shipment of precision bombs sold as part of a deal with Israel last year. According to a report in the New York Times, Israel made the request after it began its air assault on Hezbollah (a.k.a. the "Lebanese National Resistance") targets in Lebanon 12 days ago. The weapons, including five-tonne laser-guided bombs, are part of a sale signed last year. Unnamed US officials say the request to speed up delivery is unusual.

Israeli jets bomb Lebanese cities 23 Jul 2006 Israeli warplanes have struck at suspected Hezbollah (a.k.a. the "Lebanese National Resistance") sites in the south Lebanese port city of Sidon and suburbs of the capital, Beirut.

Israeli Warplanes Kill 3 Fleeing Lebanese 23 Jul 2006 Israeli warplanes Sunday hit a minibus carrying Lebanese fleeing border villages, killing three and wounding 13, Lebanese security forces said. Hezbollah (a.k.a. "Lebanese National Resistance") fighters fired rockets into northern Israel, killing at least two people.

Israel blasts its way into Lebanon, seizes village 23 Jul 2006 Israel bombed the Hezbollah (a.k.a. the "Lebanese National Resistance") [?!?] stronghold in Beirut and a south Lebanon city early on Sunday, hours after seizing a strategic Lebanese frontier village. Israel's 12-day-old onslaught in Lebanon to cripple Hezbollah has claimed 355 lives, mostly civilians. Hezbollah attacks and rockets have killed 34 Israelis.

Israel agrees to peacekeepers as missiles rain down 24 Jul 2006 Israel is willing to accept an international force to oversee security in southern Lebanon, a breakthrough in efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the conflict.

Thousands flee southern Lebanon 22 Jul 2006 Thousands of people are struggling to leave southern Lebanon, as Israel continues air strikes and ground raids. Israel issued a specific warning to civilians in 14 villages, telling them to leave by Saturday evening.

Ariel Sharon's condition worsens 23 Jul 2006 The condition of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma since suffering a stroke in January, has deteriorated, hospital officials said.

U.S. trying to split Syria from Iran 23 Jul 2006 President [sic] George W. Bush recalled his ambassador to Syria after the assassination of Rafik Hariri, a former Lebanese prime minister, in February 2005. Since then, U.S. contacts with Damascus have been few, and the regime has imposed an array of sanctions on Syria's government and banks and the assets of Syrian officials implicated in Hariri's killing. But officials now say they are at the beginning stages of a plan to encourage Saudi Arabia and Egypt to make the case to the Syrians that they must turn against Hezbollah (a.k.a. the "Lebanese National Resistance").

Saddam Hussein hospitalized, force-fed amid hunger strike --Prosecutors say ex-Iraqi leader being tube-fed after 17-day protest 23 Jul 2006 Saddam Hussein was hospitalized Sunday on the 17th day of a hunger strike, the chief prosecutor in his trial said. "We took him to hospital and he is being currently fed by a tube," Jaafar al-Moussawi told The Associated Press.

At least 62 killed in Iraq bombings, raids 23 Jul 2006 At least 62 people were killed and 177 injured in attacks across Iraq on Sunday, police, medical sources and eyewitnesses said.

Torture of detainees is commonplace, says rights group 23 Jul 2006 The Iraqi government has called for an investigation after New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released on Sunday that US military personnel regularly torture and abuse Iraqi detainees under interrogation.

Iraq prisoner abuse 'routine and organised' 23 Jul 2006 A new report by US pressure group Human Rights Watch says American forces in Iraq continued to torture and abuse detainees after the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in 2004. The report flies in the face of claims by the US Defence Department that abuse of detainees was the work of a few bad apples acting on their own initiative.

Italian court demands CIA extraditions 23 Jul 2006 An Italian court has requested the extradition of 26 CIA agents for their alleged role in the abduction [and then torture] of a Egyptian Muslim cleric in 2003, the Repubblica newspaper reported on Friday.

19 suspected Taliban killed in southern Afghanistan 23 Jul 2006 Afghan forces killed 19 suspected Taliban rebels as they traded rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire today with 'insurgents' in volatile southern Afghanistan.

New questions over death of David Kelly 22 Jul 2006 Alarming new questions about the death of Iraq weapons inspector David Kelly have been raised as a major investigation cast doubt on the official verdict that he committed suicide. The inquiry by campaigning MP Norman Baker will spark renewed speculation about how the Government's leading expert on weapons of mass destruction was found dead in a field in Oxfordshire three years ago. The MP reveals that the Oxfordshire coroner held an 'unusual' meeting with Home Office officials before he determined the cause of Dr Kelly's death. And he claims that a 'cosy cabal' of Mr Blair's friends, including Peter Mandelson and Lord Falconer, the Lord Chancellor, hand-picked Lord Hutton, a retired Law Lord from Northern Ireland, to lead the official investigation in 2003. Dr Kelly's body was found shortly after he was named as the source for a BBC report which claimed Downing Street 'sexed up' the official dossier on Saddam Hussein's chemical and biological arsenal. [This has Poodle Blair's pawprints written *all over it.*]

Teacher under fire for his Cheney-9/11 theory 21 Jul 2006 More than 60 state lawmakers are urging the University of Wisconsin-Madison to fire an instructor [Kevin Barrett] who has argued that the U.S. government orchestrated the September 11 terrorist attacks. Barrett has said he thinks the most likely theory about the 9/11 plot is that it was an "inside job" organized and commanded by Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney. [Yes, as we know Bush is too stupid to have planned it. See: CLG 9/11 Exposition Zone.]

Hastert: House may challenge office search 23 Jul 2006 House Speaker Dennis Hastert said Sunday he may challenge a judge's order allowing FBI agents to examine documents seized at a Louisiana congressman's Capitol Hill office in a bribery probe.

GOP lawmakers take aim at U.S. judiciary --Upset over rulings, some in House pursue 'jurisdiction stripping' 23 Jul 2006 When House Republicans tried last week to block federal courts from hearing challenges to the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin didn't sugarcoat the latest effort to limit the judiciary: We do this, the Missouri Republican said, "because we don't trust them." In the simmering feud between Congress and the courts, such "jurisdiction stripping" measures have emerged as a weapon of choice for Republicans.

Civil rights hiring shifted in Bush era --Conservative leanings stressed 23 Jul 2006 The Bush administration is quietly remaking the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, filling the permanent ranks with lawyers who have strong conservative credentials but little experience in civil rights, according to job application materials obtained by the Globe.

Kids Kill In Violent Christian Videogame By Zack Pelta-Heller 21 Jul 2006 "The Rapture is headed for New York City, and just in time for Christmas. In Left Behind: Eternal Forces, a Christian-themed videogame due out this October, the New York skyline smolders during the End of Days, the faithful have been called up to heaven, and the remaining New Yorkers are engaged in an epic clash between the Tribulation Forces and the Antichrist's army of Global Community Peacekeepers (aka UN Peacekeepers)."

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U.S. Speeds Up Bomb Delivery for the Israelis 22 Jul 2006 The Bush administration is rushing a delivery of precision-guided bombs to Israel, which requested the expedited shipment last week after beginning its air campaign against Hezbollah (a.k.a. the "Lebanese National Resistance") targets in Lebanon, American officials said Friday. The decision to quickly ship the weapons to Israel was made with relatively little debate within the Bush administration, the officials said.

Belgian doctor: Israel using chemical weapons 20 Jul 2006 The Israeli military is using chemical weapons during its bombing of Lebanon, a Belgian-Lebanese professor claimed during a press conference in Brussels on Thursday.

UN warning on Mid-East war crimes 20 Jul 2 006 War crimes could have been committed in Lebanon, Israel and Gaza, a senior UN official has said. About 300 Lebanese, most of them civilians, have been killed in the violence. Thirty Israelis, including 15 civilians, have also been killed.

Israel Lets Aid in As Lebanese Flee North 22 Jul 2006 With fears of a humanitarian crisis growing, Israel opened up its blockade of Lebanon's ports to allow the first shiploads of aid to arrive, and tens of thousands of Lebanese fled north to escape Israeli army incursions.

Fresh Israeli raids into Lebanon 22 Jul 2006 Israel has carried out air strikes and small-scale incursions into Lebanon, as troops and tanks gather on the border.

Israeli tanks crash border into Lebanon 23 Jul 2006 Israeli armoured vehicles were last night reported to have crushed a border fence and entered Lebanon, surrounding a United Nations observation post.

Israeli tanks and bulldozers knock down border fence, enter S. Lebanon --Israeli troops take control of border village; Air strikes hit TV towers 22 Jul 2006 Israeli tanks, bulldozers and personnel carriers knocked down a border fence and entered southern Lebanon on Saturday.

Israeli warplanes strike communications towers in Lebanon, police say 22 Jul 2006 Israeli warplanes hit TV transmission towers on Saturday in Lebanon, knocking the nation's leading private network off the air and cutting phone links to some regions.

Israel targets telephone and TV masts 22 Jul 2006 Israeli forces targeted mobile and television masts north of Beirut on Saturday during a series of three air raids. Lebanese military sources say that a relay station used by Lebanese television station LBC and an Afla telephone mast were hit.

Reservists Called to Active Duty in Israel 21 Jul 2006 Israel today called several thousand reservists to active military duty as ground forces there prepare to cross into Lebanon in what diplomats called a "mop up" of Lebanese National Resistance [a.k.a. Hezbollah] militants in what is now the 10th day of consecutive violence.

Body of Israeli soldier found in south Lebanon: TV 21 Jul 2006 Al Arabiya television said on Friday the Israeli army had found the body of an Israeli soldier who had previously been reported missing. It later said the body was found in southern Lebanon, but gave no more details.

Rice to seek pressure on Iran, Syria 22 Jul 2006 US President [sic] George W. Bush said Saturday that one of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's chief goals on her upcoming Middle East trip would be to try to isolate Iran and Syria.

"Iraq as a political project is finished." Mosques bombed, tense Baghdad under curfew 21 Jul 2006 Bombs killed two worshippers at mosques in Iraq during Friday prayers and the authorities extended a daytime curfew on Baghdad after one of the bloodiest weeks this year. "Iraq as a political project is finished," a top government official told Reuters -- anonymously because the coalition of Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki remains committed in public to a U.S.-sponsored constitution preserving Iraq's unity.

U.S. Moves More Troops Into Baghdad 22 Jul 2006 The U.S. command had drawn up plans to reduce the number of U.S. combat brigades in Iraq from 14 to 12 by September, but that plan has been shelved because of the security crisis in the capital. A senior U.S. defense official said the Pentagon was moving ahead with scheduled deployments to Iraq next month and was moving one battalion to Baghdad from Kuwait.

Eighty guard troops prepare for departure to Iraq 22 Jul 2006 Eighty Vermont National Guard soldiers were trying to pack in some extra summer fun with their families in recent days as they prepared for a deployment to Iraq that could last 18 months.

3 Iraqi policemen killed in attack 22 Jul 2006 'Insurgents' killed three Iraqi police and wounded five others in what appeared to be a planned ambush in a market in the city of Baquba Saturday morning, Iraqi police said. Five civilians were also wounded in the attack, police said.

U.S. Says Attacks in Iraq Up 40 Percent 20 Jul 2006 U.S. military officials have reported a 40 percent increase in the daily average of attacks in the Baghdad area. U.S. spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said there has been an average of 34 attacks a day against U.S. and Iraqi forces in the capital over the past five days.

Accused US troops: We were under orders to kill --Soldiers say officers commanded them to 'kill all military age males' in Iraq 21 Jul 2006 Four U.S. soldiers accused of murdering suspected 'insurgents' during a raid in Iraq said they were under orders to "kill all military age males," according to sworn statements obtained by The Associated Press.

Afghanistan close to anarchy, warns general --Nato commander's views in stark contrast to ministers' 21 Jul 2006 The most senior British military commander in Afghanistan today described the situation in the country as "close to anarchy" with feuding foreign agencies and unethical private security companies compounding problems caused by local corruption. [Another country Bush has *completely* f*cked up, in order to get a gas pipeline installed for Unocal.]

Afghan blasts kill 2 soldiers, 8 civilians 22 Jul 2006 Suicide bombers killed two occupation soldiers and eight Afghan civilians in two near-simultaneous blasts Saturday in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, officials said.

Two Canadians wounded in Afghanistan 22 Jul 2006 Two Canadian soldiers were wounded when a suicide attacker rammed an explosive laden car into a coalition vehicle in Kandahar City, a local government official said.

Ex-Pentagon officials accused of fraud 21 Jul 2006 Two former Pentagon officials, including an acting secretary of the Navy, have been accused of scheming with a banned American contractor [Custer Battles LLC] to get lucrative rebuilding contracts in Iraq, The Associated Press has learned.

Report: DOD sells sensitive military equipment --Undercover GAO agents buy materiel that should have been destroyed 21 Jul 2006 Government Accountability Office investigators posing as private citizens were able to buy sensitive excess military equipment from a Department of Defense logistics agency, a GAO report obtained by NBC News shows.

Prodi faces test over extradition of 26 CIA agents 21 Jul 2006 Italy's prime minister, Romano Prodi, was facing a political dilemma today after it emerged that prosecutors had asked his government to demand the extradition of 26 CIA agents from the US so they can be put on trial for kidnapping a terrorist suspect. Today new evidence surfaced indicating that the abduction of Abu Omar had been authorised at a high level while Mr Berlusconi was in office, and there is growing support for the view that it was a joint US-Italian intelligence operation.

C.I.A. Worker Says Message on Torture Got Her Fired 22 Jul 2006 A contract employee working for the Central Intelligence Agency said she had been fired recently for posting a message on a classified computer server that said an interrogation technique ["waterboarding,"] used by the agency against some terror suspects amounted to torture.

Valerie Plame "Secret" CIA Unit Was Open in Spying on Iran, Conferences --Plame's CIA Unit Spied at 3rd-World Nuke Conference By Bruce Barefoot 22 Jul 2006 "Jean C. Edwards is a former CIA agent who recently listed Valerie Plame's famous CIA front company Brewster Jennings Associates as her own former employer. Edwards attended at least three conferences with nuclear engineers and scientists from Iran, Pakistan, and other prospective and actual nuclear nations, apparently to spy on them.. The conferences were held in Trieste, Italy, in 1991, 1992, and 1995 while Edwards worked for the CIA... Edwards has worked as an engineer but now works as a lawyer. Her resumes -- before they were cleaned up -- are [here]. The resume of Jean C. Edwards on a Washington, D.C., law firm's site was sanitized to remove the Brewster Jennings reference after the Chicago Tribune contacted Edwards."

FEMA a Disaster for Freedom of the Press --Katrina victims "not allowed" to talk to media, reporter told (fair.org) 21 Jul 2006 The Federal Emergency Management Agency prohibits journalists from having unsupervised interviews with Hurricane Katrina victims who have been relocated to FEMA trailer parks [detention centres], according to a report in the Baton Rouge Advocate (7/15/06). 'If a resident invites the media to the trailer, they have to be escorted by a FEMA representative who sits in on the interview.' FEMA spokesperson Rachel Rodi is quoted in the article. 'That’s just a policy.'" [Action: FEMA's website urges citizens to report allegations of civil liberties or civil rights abuses to the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general, Richard L. Skinner. Contact: Inspector General Richard L. Skinner, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528 E-mail: DHSOIGHOTLINE@dhs.gov.]

Utility: NYC blackout 10 times larger than thought --Con Edison update sparks outrage, call for criminal inquiry 22 Jul 2006 The misery of a five-day blackout that has darkened large swaths of Queens during the hottest week of the year erupted into fury yesterday after Con Edison disclosed that the blackout is 10 times larger than it had previously reported.

Bloomberg Takes on a New Role: Defender of Con Edison 22 Jul 2006 For decades during power crises, New York City mayors have criticized Consolidated Edison, attacking it as poorly managed, slow to react or incompetent. Mayors Edward I. Koch and Rudolph W. Giuliani even went so far as to sue over the blackouts of 1977 and 1999. But as residents and business owners in western Queens sweated through the week without air-conditioning, lights or refrigeration, Mayor [corpora-terrorist] Michael R. Bloomberg took a different stance: he defended the utility.

Democrats Slam Bush's Stem Cell Bill Veto 22 Jul 2006 A Colorado congresswoman said Saturday that President [sic] Bush was motivated by "cold, calculated, cynical political gain" when he vetoed a bill that would expand federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

Spellings promotes voucher program 18 Jul 2006 Children in poorly performing public schools need the chance to attend private schools, and taxpayers should pick up the tab, U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings said Tuesday, four days after a report found that private schools offer little academic advantage over public schools.

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Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D., CLG Founder and Chair, appeared on Boston's WRKO - The Talk Station -AM 680. The topic was Israel and the situation in the Middle East. Dr. Rectenwald was a guest on the Todd Feinburg Show, at 7PM, 21 July 2006.

Halliburton Almost Doubles 2Q Profit 20 Jul 2006 Oil services conglomerate Halliburton Co. posted second-quarter net income nearly double that of a year ago mostly on strong demand for and higher prices charged by its energy services sector, the company announced late Thursday. The company has been under fire since the U.S.-led war in Iraq began, having been awarded more than $10 billion in contracts, including some that were no-bid. [*Including* the contract for US concentration camps: KBR awarded $385M Homeland Security contract for U.S. detention centers 24 Jan 2006]

Israel set war plan more than a year ago 21 Jul 2006 Israel's military response by air, land and sea to what it considered a provocation last week by Hezbollah militants is unfolding according to a plan finalized more than a year ago.

Israel paves way for ground offensive 21 Jul 2006 Hundreds of thousands of people were warned to flee southern Lebanon today as Israeli military officers indicated that final preparations were being made for a ground offensive.

Israel Calls Up Reserves, a Sign of Wider Ground Raids 21 Jul 2006 Israel called up a few thousand reservists today, in possible preparation for a more extensive ground operation in southern Lebanon, as its warplanes continued to hit targets there and to drop leaflets warning residents of villages to leave their homes and head northward.

Israel Hints at a Full-Scale Invasion 20 Jul 2006 Israeli troops met fierce resistance from 'Hezbollah guerrillas' Thursday as they crossed into Lebanon to seek tunnels and weapons for a second straight day, and Israel hinted at a full-scale invasion.

Ministers accused of giving Israel green light to bomb 21 Jul 2006 Ministers faced strong criticism from across the House of Commons yesterday as MPs accused the Government of helping to fuel the crisis in the Middle East.

'Why is there not a murmur of protest from Washington?' 21 Jul 2006 Outside the cavernous US government-run holding centre in Nicosia, Mohammed Shami shook his head. "I feel embarrassed to be an American. They have given Israel the green light to destroy Lebanon. What they are doing is wrong; it is immoral." Mr Shami, who is of Lebanese-American descent, arrived here with 1,000 fellow Americans early yesterday, part of the exodus to Cyprus expected to reach more than 80,000 people fleeing the ferocity of the conflict in Lebanon.

"They grilled." Jets 'incinerate' fleeing family 16 Jul 2006 Eleven children and seven adults were killed overnight in southern Lebanon, their bodies consumed by flames when an Israeli warplane opened fire on the convoy they were in, UN peacekeepers and hospital sources said... A doctor, Ali Zeineddine, said they were burned alive. "It is very difficult to identify the bodies or to distinguish between girls or boys, as the 18 victims perished from the fire triggered by incendiary shells. They grilled," he said.

Banned cleric barred from rescue ship 21 Jul 2006 Exiled radical Islamic preacher Omar Bakri was turned away from a Royal Navy ship evacuating Britons from war-torn Beirut, it emerged today.

Evacuation oddity: Why is the US paying for Israel's bombs only to pay for an evacuation of people who are fleeing Israel's bombs? --LRP

Battered Lebanon counts the cost of Israeli onslaught --Infrastructure damage will cost 'billions of dollars to repair' 21 Jul 2006 The catastrophic scale of destruction inflicted on Lebanon's infrastructure and economy by the Israeli bombardment was becoming apparent yesterday as government officials released details to the Guardian of the damage so far.

Lebanese Refugees Crowd Damascus By Dahr Jamail 20 Jul 2006 "Syrian capital Damascus is being flooded with refugees. The devastation in Beirut is beginning to show in another capital. The disaster response director at the Damascus headquarters of the Red Crescent, Raed al-Tollin, told IPS that while he does not have exact figures, their shelter has been deluged with refugees since the crisis began."

Britain and US defy demand for immediate ceasefire 21 July 2006 Israeli warplanes continued their bombardment of Lebanon yesterday, defying a demand by Kofi Annan for an immediate end to fighting on the ninth day of a war that has led to the "collective punishment of the Lebanese people".

Annan demands Lebanon ceasefire 20 Jul 2006 Hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah militants in Lebanon must stop immediately, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has said. He condemned Hezbollah for sparking the latest violence in the country, but also attacked Israel for what he called its "excessive use of force".

Film festival drops Israel as sponsor to protest attack 21 Jul 2006 The organizers of the 2006 Locarno International Film Festival have dropped the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a festival sponsor because of that country's unremitting bombardment of civilian targets in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.

Help Lebanon. Send a letter to your government representative. Download a sample letter. (dailystar.com) 21 Jul 2006

Mideast Conflict Boosts Chances of Iran-US Showdown By Jim Lobe 19 Jul 2006 "The week-old Israeli-Hezbollah conflict is likely to boost the chances of U.S. military action against Iran, according to a number of regional experts who see a broad consensus among the U.S. political elite that the ongoing hostilities are part of a broader offensive being waged by Tehran against Washington across the region."

Thousands flee as Iraq violence surges 21 Jul 2006 The increasing violence has pushed up the number of displaced people in Iraq to at least 162,000, the Ministry of Displaced and Migration said yesterday.

Violence displaces 27,000 families in Iraq 20 Jul 2006 Tens of thousands more Iraqis have fled their homes as sectarian violence looks ever more like civil war two months after a US-backed national unity government was formed, official data showed on Thursday.

Iraq traffic ban extended as attacks rise 21 Jul 2006 Baghdad has extended a daytime traffic ban was extended in a 'bid to curb violence.' The ban, enforced on Fridays to prevent attacks on mosques during weekly prayers, now covers most of the day. Nonetheless, bomb attacks on mosques in Baghdad and the town of Khalis, north of the capital, killed two people and injured at least four others. [Gee, I guess the traffic ban really isn't working.]

18 Killed As Sunni Gunmen Battle Iraqi Forces Backed by U.S. Helicopter 21 Jul 2006 Iraqi forces backed by a U.S. helicopter battled Sunni gunmen south of Baghdad on Friday, and 18 combatants died. U.S. troops killed five Iraqis _ including two women and a child _ in a separate exchange of fire.

Iraqi suicide bomber lures workers with job offer, kills 59 19 Jul 2006 A suicide bomber pulled his van into a busy market on Tuesday, lured laborers with job offers and blew himself up, killing at least 59 people.

Aussie soldiers injured in Afghanistan 20 Jul 2006 Australian soldiers have received minor injuries during military action in southern Afghanistan.

American pullout leaves Iceland defenceless 21 Jul 2006 The people of Iceland are about to join one of the world's smallest clubs - those nations without armed forces on their territory to defend their borders. This bombshell was dropped in a single telephone call from an underling at the State Department, followed by a letter from the US ambassador.

Italian police arrest Algerians on terrorism charges 22 Jul 2006 Police arrested four Algerians in northern Italy on terrorism charges yesterday as the group prepared to leave for Algeria and Iraq, Italian authorities said.

Three arrested in India train blasts 20 Jul 2006 Police arrested three men Friday in connection with the Mumbai train bombings, the first formal arrests in the case, India television reported.

Judge rules against Bush in spying lawsuit --Administration argues defending case threatens to reveal state secrets 20 Jul 2006 A federal judge Thursday refused to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the Bush regime’s domestic spying program, rejecting government claims that allowing the case to go forward could expose state secrets and jeopardize the war on [of] terror... The government intervened in the case, telling U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker that Bush's surveillance program, adopted after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, is "a secret of the highest order." The government argued that divulging any information about any alleged collusion between AT&T and the government to eavesdrop on Americans could subject AT&T employees and facilities to attack and would enable terrorists "to communicate more securely." [The only 'secret of the highest order' is the fact that Bush bin Laden's 9/11 MIHOP worked so well for him that he is poised to carry out an another attack on US soil, prior to the 'elections.']

Wis. lawmakers demand professor be fired for 9/11 views 20 Jul 2006 Sixty-one state lawmakers sent a letter Thursday calling on University of Wisconsin-Madison to fire an instructor who believes the U.S. government orchestrated the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Kevin Barrett is active in a group of scholars who believe the twin towers were blown up by U.S. government operatives to spark war in the Middle East. [They were.]

FOX Commentator Threatens 9/11 Activist 21 Jul 2006 Bill O'Reilly, the host of "The O'Reilly Factor" on the Fox News Channel, has suggested that Kevin Barrett, an outspoken 9/11 truth activist, belongs "in the Charles River floating down". [Always remember, turnabout is fair play. Start reading: Arming the Left: Is the time now? --by Charles Southwell 21 Oct 2003 I can't wait to see O'Lie-y in the next Civil War!! -LRP]

Judge says city violated protestors' rights during Bush appearance --Police kept group away from Governor's Mansion in 2001. 20 Jul 2006 The City of Austin violated the free speech and assembly rights of a group of protesters in 2001 when police kept them away from the Governor's Mansion during a visit by President [sic] Bush, a judge ruled Wednesday.

PAC Tied to Tom DeLay Fined, Shutting Down 21 Jul 2006 The fundraising organization that helped vault former Rep. Tom DeLay to GOP leadership and distributed election money to numerous fellow Republicans has been fined for campaign finance violations and is shutting down.

What the president did today By Gov. Howard Dean, M.D. 19 Jul 2006 "Today George Bush chose political posturing over human life, denying hope to millions of Americans, their families and loved ones who are affected by debilitating diseases. More than 70% of Americans and majorities in both chambers of Congress support stem cell research. The bill he vetoed was a small, practical measure that would have made a big difference for medical research based on sound science." [Who let this stem cell call the shots on stem cell research? Surely not the American people. This fraudulent idiot with the wits of a stem cell was NEVER elected--not the first time and not the second. Get this stupid stem cell out of office before he kills more living, breathing, walking and talking children and adults--in the US, Iraq and around the world. His decisions are deadly--the world is going to pay for having this stem cell idiot in power, for decades to come, if we are so lucky as to HAVE decades, following this disastrous regime. GET THE STEM CELL OUT OF OFFICE!!! --MDR]

R.I. congressmen say fight continues for stem cell research 21 Jul 2006 U.S. Reps. Patrick Kennedy and James Langevin criticized President [sic] Bush on Friday for vetoing a bill that would have eased restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, saying Bush had dashed the hopes of millions of Americans who suffer from diseases and chronic illnesses.

Bush's Poverty Talk Is Now All but Silent --Aiding Poor Was Brief Priority After Hurricane Katrina 20 Jul 2006 George W. Bush has used the bully pulpit of the presidency not to marshal a new national consensus for fighting poverty but to make the case for cutting taxes along with domestic programs. Meanwhile, his Office of Management and Budget has sketched scenarios that envision deep funding cuts in an array of programs that aid the poor, including housing assistance, food stamps, Medicaid, community development grants and energy assistance.

Feeding homeless outlawed 20 Jul 2006 If someone looks like he could use a meal, be warned: Giving him a sandwich in a Las Vegas park could land you in jail. The Las Vegas City Council passed an ordinance Wednesday that bans providing food or meals to the indigent for free or a nominal fee in parks. The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada called the ordinance blatantly unconstitutional, unenforceable and the latest attempt by the city to hide and harass the homeless instead of constructively addressing their plight.

CLG Cultural News: Beats Go On By Lisa Brunner 20 Jul 2006 "'Counter/Mass Culture: the Beats to Hip-Hop' is a six-week advance-placement class for high school students taught by Carnegie Mellon University literary and cultural studies teaching associate Michael Rectenwald [Ph.D., CLG Founder and Chair]. Rectenwald grew up with punk and studied under Allen Ginsberg at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. His son is an aspiring hip-hop artist who goes by J-Rec. 'I was trying to understand my experiences with countercultures and my son’s interest in hip hop,' Rectenwald says." [More on J.Rec: The album "Citizens Development Group" will be for sale starting July 27th. Release Party - Saturday, July 29th HKAN HOOKAH BAR in the South Side (Pittsburgh - Map). 'GET AT ME FOR COLLABS, HOOKS, CONTACT INFO FOR A SPECIFIC PRODUCER, BOOKINGS (412) 606 -2834.' Click here for updates, news, and music downloads for J.Rec. CLGers: J.Rec's music is anti-Dictator Bush, and you're going to love it! --LRP]

Poll: Lieberman Trails Challenger For First Time 20 Jul 2006 Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman [LieberBush], under fire from activists in his own party, has lost ground to his challenger and is narrowly trailing him for the first time in their race for the Democratic nomination, a new poll released Thursday shows.

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US Marines Arrive In Beirut 20 Jul 2006 About 40 United States marines have landed on a beach in Beirut to help with the evacuation of Americans caught up in a week-long Israeli bombardment of Lebanon. The marines came ashore at dawn on a landing craft from a US troop carrier USS.

U.S. Marines pluck evacuees from Lebanese beach 20 Jul 2006 American marines herded hundreds of U.S. citizens onto a landing craft on a Beirut beach on Thursday to escape a week-long Israeli bombardment of Lebanon.

Lebanese civilians fear worst is yet to come 20 Jul 2006 Frightened civilians in Lebanon fear Israeli bombing will get worse once the evacuation of thousands of foreign nationals is completed. Israeli warplanes have again pounded Lebanon and soldiers are clashing with 'Hezbollah guerrillas' along the border, while United States marines have landed near Beirut.

Grim proof ordinary folk are dying in the killing zone 20 Jul 2006 Parked outside the small general hospital in Tyre is a badly refrigerated lorry container in which are stacked the bodies of 91 Lebanese civilians, 55 of them children.

Fleeing homes in the line of fire 19 Jul 2006 Israel's relentless bombing of southern Lebanon and parts of the southern suburbs of the capital Beirut has driven hundreds of thousands of civilians from their homes.

'Nobody cares about Arab lives' 20 Jul 2006 Israeli warplanes pounded Lebanon and soldiers clashed with 'Hezbollah guerrillas' along the border on Thursday as United States marines landed near Beirut to rescue 1,200 Americans trapped by the fighting... "I have a very bad feeling that after the foreigners flee the bombings will get worse," said 37-year old Ziad Nayef, a costume designer. "Nobody cares about Arab lives."

Israel resumes airstrikes in Lebanon 20 Jul 2006 Israeli warplanes renewed airstrikes against Lebanon in a ninth day of fighting on Thursday, while 'Hezbollah guerrillas' [resistance fighters] clashed with Israeli troops on the Lebanese side of the border for the second consecutive day.

Israel pounds Lebanon again 20 Jul 2006 Israeli warplanes pounded Lebanon and its soldiers clashed with 'Hezbollah guerillas' along the border today as US Marines landed on a Beirut beach to rescue 1200 Americans trapped by the fighting.

Israel bombs three Gaza tunnels 20 Jul 2006 Israel kept up its three-week offensive in the Gaza Strip overnight as warplanes bombed three tunnels it said were being used to channel weapons.

Israeli troops push into south Lebanon 19 Jul 2006 Israeli troops punched into south Lebanon on Wednesday as warplanes flattened houses and buildings including one thought to hold Hezbollah's top leaders [Yeah, right!], intensifying an offensive despite mounting international pressure and a Lebanese appeal to spare the country further death and devastation.

Police hold IDF soldier suspected of faking his own kidnapping 20 Jul 2006 Police arrested Wednesday evening an Israel Defense Forces soldier, 19, suspected of falsely reporting that he had been abducted.

Gag me with a chainsaw! House on track to voice support for Israel 20 Jul 2006 The House is rushing to put itself on record as standing behind Israel in its confrontation with Hezbollah in Lebanon, steamrolling efforts by a small group of lawmakers who argue that Congress's pro-Israel stance goes too far.

Iraqi Prime Minister Denounces Israel's Actions 20 Jul 2006 Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki of Iraq on Wednesday forcefully denounced the Israeli attacks on Lebanon, marking a sharp break with President [sic] Bush’s position and highlighting the growing power of a Shiite Muslim identity across the Middle East.

First batch of Japan troops come home from Iraq 20 Jul 2006 The first contingent of Japanese troops returned home on Thursday from Iraq, where they had completed Japan's biggest and riskiest overseas mission since World War Two.

British soldier killed, five others injured in Basra 19 Jul 2006 A British soldier was killed and five others were injured on Wednesday during armed confrontations with 'insurgents' in Basra, said the spokesman for British forces.

Occupation soldier killed, 2 injured in Afghanistan 20 Jul 2006 A firefight in Afghanistan's southern Uruzgan province left one soldier of the U.S.-led occupation forces dead and injured two others, a press release of the U.S. military said Wednesday.

Holy double standard, Batman! Turks told to stay out as rebels stage more raids 20 Jul 1006 Washington warned Turkey yesterday that it opposed any attempt to pursue separatist Kurdish rebels into northern Iraq.

Two students indicted for jihad 19 Jul 2006 A federal grand jury indicted two U.S. citizens on Wednesday on charges of plotting "violent jihad" and undergoing paramilitary training in northwest Georgia to prepare themselves for terrorist acts.

Chicago Police Used Torture, Inquiry Says 20 Jul 2006 Special prosecutors released a report Wednesday saying that scores of criminal suspects were tortured by Chicago police in the 1970s and '80s, but noted that the officers could not be prosecuted because the three-year statute of limitations on the crimes had run out. [I guess we have to wait for the statue of limitations to expire before we hear about the torture sessions from the 1990s and '00s.]

Guantanamo Bay inmates organize 20 Jul 2006 The first wave of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay created their own internal organizational structure to maintain morale, resist interrogation and recruit members. [Awesome!!]

Terror database tracks UC protests --U.S. agent reported on '05 rallies against military recruitment 19 Jul 2006 A federal Department of Homeland Security agent passed along information about student protests against military recruiters at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz, landing the demonstrations on a database tracking foreign terrorism, according to government documents released Tuesday.

House Votes to Block Court Challenges to Pledge of Allegiance 19 Jul 2006 The U.S. House voted to bar most federal courts from hearing cases challenging the constitutionality of the pledge of allegiance, a measure supporters said was needed to prevent judges from scrapping the pledge's reference to God.

Homeland Security Department Is Accused of Credit Card Misuse 19 Jul 2006 Flat-bottomed rescue boats at double the retail price, $68,500 worth of unused dog booties, hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of computers that somehow disappeared and a $227 beer brewing kit.

Scientists denounce Bush stem cell veto 20 Jul 2006 Scientists say the United States could see its lead in global research suffer after President [sic] George W. Bush [a stem cell himself] vetoed a Bill that would have expanded federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

Bush vetoes bill allowing stem cell research 20 Jul 2006 President [sic] Bush used his first-ever veto Wednesday to block the expansion of embryonic stem cell research, insisting the bill would have encouraged the taking of unborn human life.

42nd Indonesian Bird Flu Death Confirmed 20 Jul 2006 Indonesia recorded its 42nd human bird flu death on Thursday, bringing the sprawling nation even with neighboring Vietnam as the two worst-hit countries by the virus, a senior health ministry official said Thursday.

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Bush Blocked Ethics Inquiry of Spy Program: Gonzales 19 Jul 2006 Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that President [sic] Bush had personally decided to block the Justice Department ethics unit from examining the role played by government lawyers in approving the National Security Agency’s domestic eavesdropping program.

First Baghdad bank heist nets 1.4 billion 18 Jul 2006 Unknown militants dressed as Iraqi security forces robbed the Al-Rafidain Bank branch in Al-Amiriya, western Baghdad, Tuesday taking a 1.4 billion Iraqi dinars trophy. Sources from the Iraqi Interior Ministry said the robbers fled the scene in two green pick ups and a BMW. [*Who* can afford to drive around Baghdad in a BMW?]

Israeli air raids kill 57 19 Jul 2006 Israeli air strikes on Lebanon killed 56 civilians and a Hizbollah fighter on Wednesday, the deadliest toll of the eight-day-old war, as thousands of villagers fled north and more foreigners were evacuated.

Asian nations join Lebanon sea evacuation 19 Jul 2006 Australia scrambled to charter ships on Wednesday to evacuate thousands of citizens from Lebanon and India diverted warships to Beirut as an international flotilla forms to rescue foreigners from Israeli air strikes.

Israeli children write messages on bombs ready to be fired towards 'Hezbollah' targets in southern Lebanon. [Photo which accompanies article.] Israel pounds Lebanon 18 Jul 2006 Israeli warplanes battered Lebanon today, killing at least 32 people, and more Hezbollah rockets hit the Israeli city of Haifa, with no sign that diplomacy would halt the week-old conflict any time soon.

United States to Israel: you have one more week to blast Hizbullah --Bush 'gave green light' for limited attack, say Israeli and UK sources 19 Jul 2006 The US is giving Israel a window of a week to inflict maximum damage on Hizbullah before weighing in behind international calls for a ceasefire in Lebanon, according to British, European and Israeli sources.

Bush's solution: 'stop doing this s---' 18 Jul 2006 A microphone picked up an unaware George W Bush saying that Syria should press Hezbollah to "stop doing this shit" and that his secretary of state may go to the Middle East soon. The US president [sic] was talking privately to British Prime Minister [Poodle] Tony Blair during a lunch at the Group of Eight (G8) summit in St Petersburg about an upsurge of violence in the Middle East. Bush said to Blair, "See, the irony is what they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit and it's over". [See the irony is that what we need to do is to have the Second American Revolution to get Bush to stop doing this shit and it's over. --LRP]

Yo Bush! Blair mocked as US poodle 18 Jul 2006 British Prime Minister Tony Blair was roundly mocked as a U.S. poodle on Tuesday after an off-the-cuff chat with President George W. Bush was accidentally broadcast. Breaking with diplomatic formalities, Bush hailed Blair, his closest European ally, with the words "Yo, Blair." "Yo, Bush! Start treating our prime minister with respect," the popular tabloid Daily Mirror said, joining others in seeing the U.S. president's greeting as disrespectful. The broadcast chat "reinforces the damaging public image of Blair as the U.S. president's poodle," it said. [Blair *is* Bush's poodle, but Bush is not the U.S. president.]

Secret US plot to crush Hezbollah 18 Jul 2006 The Bush Administration, while concerned about the survival of Lebanon's fragile democratic government, basically supports the Israeli action and sees it as an opportunity to cripple Hezbollah, which the Administration is convinced is controlled, financed and equipped by Syria and Iran.

FBI eyes Hizbollah in US as tensions with Iran rise 18 Jul 2006 The FBI is trying to ferret out possible Hizbollah agents in the United States amid concerns that rising U.S.-Iranian tensions could trigger attacks on American soil, FBI officials said. [Any ('October surprise'-style) attacks on U.S. soil are going to be triggered by Bush bin Laden, just in time for 'elections.']

FBI director urges Canada to get tough on terrorism 19 Jul 2006 The FBI's director has urged Canada to follow American footsteps and introduce tougher penalties for terrorism-related offences. Robert Mueller said Canada risks becoming a haven for extremists if it fails to strengthen its anti-terrorism laws.

Rice Defends Israel, Calls Criticisms of Bush Policy 'Grotesque' 16 Jul 2006 Secretary of State [war criminal] Condoleezza Rice rejected the notion that U.S. operations in Iraq have shaken Middle East stability, arguing, "Those hostilities were not very well contained, as we found out on Sept. 11, and so the notion that somehow policies that finally confront extremism are actually causing extremism, I find grotesque." [Talk about 'grotesque' --have you looked in the mirror? --MDR]

British warship to evacuate Aussies 18 Jul 2006 Hundreds of Australians are set to sail to safety from Lebanon tomorrow, joining a flotilla of vessels carrying thousands of foreigners trying to escape Israeli attacks in one of the biggest evacuations in history.

1,000 Americans Flee Lebanon on Ship 19 Jul 2006 An eight-deck cruise liner carrying more than 1,000 Americans sailed out of Beirut's port Wednesday, the first mass U.S. evacuation from Lebanon since Israeli airstrikes started more than a week ago.

Israeli ground troops enter Lebanon 19 Jul 2006 Israeli troops clashed with Hezbollah guerrillas on the Lebanese side of the border Wednesday, while warplanes flattened buildings and killed at least 20 people overnight as fighting entered its second week with the U.S. signaling it will not push Israel toward a fast cease-fire.

"What are we going to do when the civil war starts?" --Across [Bush's] Baghdad, Violence Leaves Residents Fleeing or Imprisoned at Home 18 Jul 2006 People sold off their furniture to buy AK-47 assault rifles and ammunition, said one resident, Amar al-Jubouri. [That's what we should be doing, but I digress.] Jubouri, a 40-year-old Sunni, said that police are collaborating with the militias and that there is a $1,200 bounty on the head of any Sunni with his surname. [Gee, *who* has that kind of money? US taxpayers. We are funding Cheney Halliburton's bounties.]

Over 3,000 Iraqi Civilians Killed in June, U.N. Reports 18 Jul 2006 An average of more than 100 civilians per day were killed in Iraq last month, the highest monthly tally of violent deaths since the fall of Baghdad, the United Nations reported today.

Iraqi Death Toll Rises Above 100 Per Day, U.N. Says 19 Jul 2006 An average of more than 100 civilians per day were killed in Iraq last month, the United Nations reported Tuesday, registering what appears to be the highest official monthly tally of violent deaths since the fall of Baghdad.

Car Bomb Kills Dozens Near Shiite Shrine in Iraq 18 Jul 2006 A bomb killed 53 people and wounded more than 100 in the Shiite city of Kufa today, a day after at least 48 people died as dozens of gunmen 'suspected of being Sunni Arabs' [US death squads] went on a rampage through a mostly Shiite market area in the town of Mahmudiya, according to Iraqi officials.

Geneva conventions applied to CIA prisoners 18 Jul 2006 The Bush regime, in a further significant shift in its handling of the war on terrorism, on Tuesday confirmed that detainees held by the Central Intelligence Agency would be entitled to some protections under the Geneva conventions.

Close Guantanamo Bay Protest - Video & Pics By Simon Johnson 15 Jul 2006 "This is a short description of the Protest from Marble Arch to the American Embassy on July 15th 2006. We marched to highlight the ongoing torture and illegal imprisonment by the Americans in Guantanamo Bay."

Proposed Surveillance Bill Would Sweep NSA Spying Programs Under the Rug --Bill Threatens Future of EFF Case and Other Legal Challenges --14 Jul 1006 (eff.org) Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter said today that he has negotiated a proposed bill with the White House regarding the NSA's illegal spying program. While the final bill is not public, a draft of the bill obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is a sham compromise that would cut off meaningful legal review -- sweeping current legal challenges out of the traditional court system and failing to require court review or congressional oversight of any future surveillance programs.

Bush to use first veto for stem-cell research bill 19 Jul 2006 George Bush [a stem-cell himself] has vowed to cast the first veto of his presidency this week if the Senate, as expected, follows the House of Representatives and passes a bill to boost federal funding of stem-cell research. [Right, other than that one veto, the Stem-Cell has used 750 signing statements to cement his illegitimate dictatorship.]

Report: DHS employees wasted thousands --Audit: iPods, dog booties, beer-making equipment among expenses 18 Jul 2006 The Homeland Security Department wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars last year on iPods, dog booties, beer-making equipment and designer jackets, congressional investigators have concluded. More than 100 laptop computers and a dozen boats also bought by Homeland Security employees are missing, the investigators found.

Doctor, 2 nurses charged in Katrina deaths [Thanks to Dictator Bush and his Homeland Suckyourity team not rescuing the sick of New Orleans] --Suspects arrested in connection with alleged killing of hospital patients 18 Jul 2006 doctor and two nurses have been arrested in connection with the deaths of patients at a New Orleans hospital after Hurricane Katrina hit the city, the Louisiana attorney general’s office said Tuesday.

1,100 Big Dig bolts 'unreliable' --Death prompts tests, concerns. 17 Jul 2006 Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said Monday that tests show more than 1,100 bolt assemblies that used epoxy and more than 300 other areas in a Big Dig connector tunnel where the ceiling collapsed are unreliable. ["Big Dig" project overseer? Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff.]

Study Documents 'Ghetto Tax' Being Paid by the Urban Poor 19 Jul 2006 Drivers from low-income neighborhoods of New York, Hartford and Baltimore, insuring identical cars and with the same driving records as those from middle-class neighborhoods, paid $400 more on average for a year’s insurance.

Tremors spark fear as Java tsunami toll hits 550 19 Jul 2006 An aftershock in Indonesia's tsunami-ravaged region and a new tremor off the southwestern Java coast sowed fear on Wednesday as the toll from Monday's disaster climbed to 550.

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Train bombers 'funded by British businessmen' --Indian officials claim that bogus charities are sending £8m to Kashmiri terror groups 17 Jul 2006 Some of the main fundraisers for the terror group suspected of masterminding the Bombay train bombings are operating from Britain, according to Indian intelligence officials.

Taliban forces take control of two towns in Afghanistan: report 18 Jul 2006 Taliban forces have taken over two towns in the southern part of the country, local media reported. Scores of Taliban fighters on Sunday entered the southern Helmand town of Garmser, forcing a small security force to flee and then taking control of the area, the report said, quoting a local official.

Corruption Cited in Iraq's Oil Industry [Nah, 'ya think?] 17 Jul 2006 U.S. Comptroller General David M. Walker told Congress last week that "massive corruption" and "a lot of theft going on" in Iraq's government-controlled oil industry is hampering the country's ability to govern itself. [The illegal US occupation by Cheney Halliburton is hampering the country's ability to govern itself.]

British forces detain militia leader in Iraq 17 Jul 2006 British forces have detained the leader of the Shi'ite Mehdi Army in southern Basra province in the latest operation against militia leaders blamed for worsening sectarian violence in the country.

Iraq market attack kills 55 17 Jul 2006 Up to 55 people have been killed and 58 wounded in an attack on a market outside Baghdad. There are conflicting reports of how the deaths in al-Mahmudiya occurred, with ministry sources saying a car bomb had exploded in the town, 30km south of the Iraqi capital.

Three U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq on Monday 18 Jul 2006 Three U.S. soldiers were killed in separate attacks in Iraq on Monday, the U.S. military said.

Italian spy chief faces sack over alleged role in CIA kidnapping 17 Jul 2006 Speculation is mounting that Nicolò Pollari, the head of Italy's embattled military intelligence agency Sismi, is about to be dismissed after he failed to convince magistrates that he was not involved in the CIA kidnapping of the Egyptian imam Abu Omar, in Milan.

Diplomats Seek Foreign Patrols for Mideast 18 Jul 2006 Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain and Secretary General Kofi Annan of the United Nations called Monday for an international force in southern Lebanon to end the fighting between Israel and the Hezbollah militia, which continued for a sixth deadly day.

Israel Sets Conditions For Cease-Fire 17 Jul 2006 Israel would agree to a cease-fire in its six-day-old offensive against Hezbollah if the Lebanese guerrillas withdraw from the border area with Israel and release two captured Israeli soldiers, a senior official said Monday.

Strikes Are Called Part of Broad Strategy --U.S., Israel Aim to Weaken Hezbollah, Region's Militants 16 Jul 2006 Israel, with U.S. support, intends to resist calls for a cease-fire and continue a longer-term strategy of punishing Hezbollah, which is likely to include several weeks of precision bombing in Lebanon, according to senior Israeli and U.S. officials. For Israel, the goal is to eliminate Hezbollah as a security threat -- or altogether, the sources said. A senior Israeli official confirmed that Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah is a target, on the calculation that the Shiite movement would be far less dynamic without him.

Israeli troops enter southern Lebanon --Air assault widens into ground war 17 Jul 2006 Israeli ground troops have entered southern Lebanon to attack Hezbollah bases on the border, a government spokesman said Monday.

Israel pounds Lebanon 17 Jul 2006 Israeli air strikes killed 23 people in Lebanon on Monday and Israel dismissed as premature a proposal for an international military force to help end Hezbollah rocket attacks into Israel.

Israel kills Lebanese civilians 15 Jul 2006 An Israeli air raid has killed at least 17 Lebanese civilians who were fleeing southern border areas. Women and children were among those killed when the convoy was hit. "Bodies litter the road," an eyewitness said.

IDF Reserve Infantry Division Called Up 16 Jul 2006 An IDF reserve infantry division was called up on Sunday to prepare for a possible ground operation in south Lebanon, according to The Jerusalem Post. Armored personnel carriers (APCs) and tanks were reportedly moving north and command posts were being set up along the northern border.

Israel bombs Palestinian Foreign Ministry 17 Jul 2006 Israel today bombed the empty Palestinian Foreign Ministry building for the second time in less than a week, calling it a warning to the ruling Hamas and keeping up pressure as it searched for a kidnapped soldier.

Israeli denies aircraft lost near Beirut 17 Jul 2006 A Lebanese TV station showed video Monday of an object falling from the sky, but Israel said that reports that it was an Israeli aircraft were false. The video, aired by Lebanese Broadcasting Corp., showed a burning object spiraling down to the ground in the Jamhour district near the Hezbollah stronghold of southern Beirut, which have been under Israeli air attack for several days. It described the object as an F-16 fighter jet, while Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV said the aircraft was a helicopter gunship.

U.S. Prepares Huge Lebanon Evacuation 18 Jul 2006 U.S. Marine Corps helicopters ferried 42 Americans to safety at a British air base in Cyprus yesterday as officials moved closer to a massive evacuation of thousands of U.S. citizens from besieged Lebanon.

40 Britons flown out of Beirut 17 Jul 2006 Forty Britons have been airlifted out of the war torn Lebanese capital Beirut, the Foreign Office said today. They are the first of as many as 10,000 UK citizens in the country who may leave.

Beirut families with nowhere to go 16 Jul 2006 Since the beginning of the Israeli bombardment of Lebanon, thousands of Lebanese citizens and foreigners have left the country. Some residents are escaping to join relatives in the mountains to escape the bombardment. But others like Abu Mohammed and his family have nowhere else to go.

UN calls for Lebanon peace force 17 Jul 2006 UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and UK Prime Minister Tony Blair have called for an international force to be sent to Lebanon to stop attacks on Israel.

Rice Says Israel May Need to Prolong Offensive 16 Jul 2006 Israel may need to prolong its offensive in Lebanon to further reduce the threat from Hezbollah, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said today, as some Democrats called on her to travel to the region immediately to help defuse the crisis.

No criminal charges in De Menezes shooting 17 Jul 2006 No individual police officers will face criminal charges over the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian electrician shot dead by anti[pro]-terrorism officers a year ago, the Crown Prosecution Service confirmed today. However, the Metropolitan Police will be prosecuted under health and safety laws in connection with the incident at Stockwell underground station in south London, the CPS said in a statement.

López Obrador Urges Civil Resistance --Mexican Runner-Up Summons Support for Vote-by-Vote Recount at Massive Rally 17 Jul 2006 Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the 'runner-up' [victim of a Bush/ChoicePoint coup d'etat] in Mexico's presidential election, called on a massive crowd Sunday to commit acts of "peaceful civil resistance" to force a vote-by-vote recount.

Jackson mayor to set curfew on homeless 13 Jul 2006 (MS) Jackson Mayor [Nazi] Frank Melton said today he’s planning to amend the city’s emergency proclamation to include a 10 p.m. curfew on the homeless, beginning Friday. Melton said he would instruct police to pick up 'vagrants' who are out after 10 p.m. and take them to Champion Gymnasium. On June 22, Melton installed a state of emergency intended to curb juvenile crime. Since then, he has extended it four times. [Extend *this.* Gee, the citizens of Jackson need to start reading: Arming the Left: Is the time now? By Charles Southwell.]

Government Monitored Anti-War Group E-Mails 13 Jul 2006 Newly surfaced government surveillance reports reveal that the U.S. Department of Defense monitored anti-war and anti-military e-mails sent by UC Berkeley students in April. The students' e-mails contained plans to host a campus protest against the war in Iraq and against the presence of military recruiters on campus.

SEC head sees option timing charges "very soon" 17 Jul 2006 The first civil charges will be forthcoming "very soon" in the stock options timing scandal involving dozens of U.S. companies, the nation's top securities regulator said on Monday.

Archaic Dairy Program Continues to Milk Taxpayers By Tom Schatz "A recent U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) decision is the latest example of how a Depression-era program is not only woefully out of date, but is also damaging to the industry that it regulates. In late June, USDA announced that it was putting off a decision on making cost adjustments in milk pricing formulas, a decision that will cost manufacturers of dairy products as much as $26 million per month."

105 die as tsunami strikes resort without warning 18 Jul 2006 At least 105 people were killed when a tsunami crashed into the Indonesian island of Java, causing widespread destruction and leaving scores of people missing.

Britain set to sizzle in hottest temperatures ever 17 Jul 2006 Britain could soon swelter in the highest temperatures ever recorded, weather forecasters said, with a 30 percent chance that Wednesday will become the country's hottest day ever.

Temperatures hit upper 90s coast to coast 17 Jul 2006 Temperatures soared into the upper 90s and higher Sunday from coast to coast, and choking heat is expected to continue for the next few days, meteorologists said, as hot air is moving toward the East Coast.

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Muslim extremist admits he was spy who revealed Canada bomb plot 16 Jul 2006 Muslim leaders in Canada have reacted with fury after a radical advocate of Sharia law revealed that he had been a government spy who helped to uncover an alleged al-Qaeda plot, writes Toby Harnden. Mubin Shaikh, 29, came forward to confirm that he was recruited by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), the country's equivalent of MI5, and directed a 10-day winter training course in guerrilla tactics.

Inquiry snub 'baffles' top Muslim 16 Jul 2006 A leading Muslim [Sir Iqbal Sacranie] has said he is "baffled" at the decision not to hold a public inquiry into the July 7 terror attacks.

Probe: Robbers Used Weapons Smuggled From Iraq by Soldier 16 Jul 2006 The gang that carried out a series of commando-style bank robberies in the Washington area two years ago used fully automatic assault rifles [AK-47s] that were smuggled from the battlefields of Iraq by a soldier in the U.S. Army Reserve, according to investigators. Law enforcement officials expressed concern that more high-powered battle weapons could end up being used in crimes against U.S. citizens and police. [Count on it! Al CIAduh is a busy little bee, so that people are acclimated to phony 'state of emergency' declarations. See: D.C. Police Chief Declares Crime Emergency 12 Jul 2006 The District of Columbia police chief declared a crime emergency Tuesday in response to a string of violence.]

Guantanamo chief to become NATO top commander 14 Jul 2006 Gen. Bantz Craddock, the chief of U.S. Southern Command who oversees the controversial Guantanamo prison, is to succeed Gen. James Jones as NATO's top commander of operations, the alliance said on Friday.

Iran and Syria to blame, says Blair 16 Jul 2006 Prime Minister Tony Blair has blamed Iran and Syria for the latest flare-up in the Middle East. Speaking after talks with the US president [sic] George Bush, Mr Blair insisted they and fellow leaders would "work very hard to find a common and unified position" on the crisis in their talks at the G8 summit in St Petersburg.

Iraq PM denounces Israel over Lebanon, Gaza 15 Jul 2006 Iraq's U.S.-backed government denounced Israel's "criminal" raids on Lebanon and Gaza and the prime minister warned of the risk of an escalation of violence.

UN silent on Israel-Lebanon conflict 16 Jul 2006 The UN Security Council has again rejected pleas that it call for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Lebanon after the United States objected.

UN is a US puppet, Syria charges 15 Jul 2006 The United Nations is a "puppet" of the US administration, a Syrian state newspaper said Friday, blasting the Security Council for failing to take any action on Israel's deadly military assaults on Gaza and Lebanon.

Chavez Lashes Out at U.S. Over Mideast 15 Jul 2006 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Friday that American support of Israel is responsible for flaming tensions in the Middle East... "The U.S. empire's desire to dominate has no limits and that could take this world to a real Holocaust," Chavez said.

Two Navy ships bound for Lebanon 16 Jul 2006 (UK) Two Royal Navy ships are expected to make their way to the Middle East to be on standby for an emergency evacuation of British nationals from the Lebanon. Defence Secretary Des Browne has given orders for HMS Illustrious and HMS Bulwark to "make ready" for operations following Israeli air strikes.

Evacuation for Britons as crisis in Lebanon grows 16 Jul 2006 Two Royal Navy warships were dispatched to Lebanon last night in advance of a possible evacuation of up to 10,000 British citizens from the blockaded country.

Missiles rain down as Israel slides to war --Airstrike kills 20 civilians fleeing Lebanese village close to border 16 Jul 2006 Israeli warplanes yesterday stepped up what has become the most intense bombardment of Lebanon since its 1982 invasion with airstrikes that claimed 34 lives, according to Lebanese security officials.

'Lebanon can be shut down for years' 16 Jul 2006 Lebanon can be "shut down for years, as long as necessary" a senior military official said over the weekend.

Israel sends warning to Lebanon army 15 Jul 2006 Israel warned Lebanon's army on Sunday against shooting at its aircraft as it carries out an offensive it says is aimed at weakening the Hizbollah guerrilla group.

Israel Widens Scope of Attacks Across Lebanon 16 Jul 2006 Expanding the reach of its airstrikes, Israel on Saturday hit coastal radar installations in northern Lebanon that it said were targeting its warships and early Sunday bombed the southern suburbs of Beirut.

IDF: We destroyed Lebanon's coastal radars 15 Jul 2006 Major-General Gadi Eizenkot, head of the General Staff Operations Branch, said in a briefing held at the Kirya base in Tel Aviv that "in the evening hours we destroyed all of Lebanon’s coastal radars. The reason for the radars’ destruction was the part they played in the attack on an Israeli missile boat on Friday, in which one soldier was killed and another three went missing." [CLG reader: "No; the reason a radar array is destroyed is that it provides early warning so that aircraft, cannon, and ground to missile sites can be activated to deal with incoming threats. Radar arrays are also destroyed early in a military campaign as a precursor to advancing ground units or to increase the effectiveness of heavy bombers without the fear of SAM or ground to air missile attacks."]

Israel Steps Up Assault on Beirut Suburbs --Israel Batters Lebanon's Seaports and Roads 15 Jul 2006 Waves of warplanes thundering through the darkness bombed Beirut's southern suburbs for hours early Sunday, a day after Israel stepped up its air strikes and tightened a noose around this reeling nation.

Israeli strike in Gaza kills two 16 Jul 2006 An Israeli air strike has killed two Palestinians and wounded six in the northern Gaza Strip, hospital officials say.

'Please get me out of here' 16 Jul 2006 UN hospital sources said last night 18 civilians, including nine children, had been burned alive in an Israeli helicopter gunship attack on residents fleeing border villages in south Lebanon. The death toll from the attacks approached 100 as Israeli warplanes hit bridges, fuel tanks and petrol stations in Lebanon's east and south. At least three people were killed in an air strike on Hermel, in the eastern Bekaa Valley, and fighter jets destroyed two bridges in the east. Lebanon's mountainous border area with Syria – where radio and satellite TV antennas are installed – were pounded in separate strikes. And three bridges south of Beirut were destroyed.

12 Egyptian Sailors Rescued to al-Bassel Hospital in Tartous, Syria 15 Jul 2006 Twelve Egyptian sailors have been rescued and taken to al-Bassel Hospital in the Syrian coastal city of Tartous on Saturday after their ship which was in offshore Beirut in the Lebanese international waters was fired at, set ablaze by an Israeli barge that was firing at random in all directions.

Did the Palestinians really dig a tunnel under the noses of the Israelis? By Damian Lataan 15 Jul 2006 "...[T]here is something extraordinarily odd about the story the Israeli Defence Force claim is behind his [Cpl. Gilad Shalit's] disappearance... As an engineer I’ve given the notion of digging a tunnel which the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs tells us was some 650 metres long, dug under sand across the Gaza border into Israel some thought. I’m beginning to wonder whether this is actually feasible especially considering that it would have to be built covertly and across the terrain that Israel claims."

Soldiers Work On [Destroying] Key Iraqi Road, Dam Projects 16 Jul 2006 Civil affairs soldiers [mercenarie$ from Halliburton, Blackwater USA] are here working to ensure local Iraqis have the strong foundation needed to rebuild and sustain their government long after the occupation leaves Iraq.

UK soldier killed in Iraq fighting 16 Jul 2006 A British soldier was killed on Sunday during an operation to seize suspected terrorists in Iraq, the Ministry of Defence said. He was one of two soldiers who were hit by small arms fire in the early morning raid.

Cdn. troops join massive operation in Afghanistan 15 Jul 2006 Canadian soldiers have joined the largest occupation effort thus far to root out hundreds of suspected Taliban fighters, focusing on a key 'insurgent' stronghold in southern Afghanistan. The operation is the largest to date in "Operation Mountain Thrust," and involves about 5,000 U.S., British and Canadian troops.

Envoy says Canadian soldiers 'in eye of storm' 16 Jul 2006 Canadian soldiers in have faced intensifying Taliban aggression on their mission in southern Afghanistan. But the UN envoy in Kabul, says the troops are directly "in the eye of storm" and most of the country is relatively calm.

Let's face it, it's WWIII, Gingrich says 16 Jul 2006 Former U.S. House Speaker [Reichwing nutcase] Newt Gingrich says America is in World War III and President [sic] Bush should say so. Gingrich said in the coming days he plans to speak out publicly and to the administration from his seat on the Defense Policy Board about the need to recognize that America is in World War III.

Afghans muzzle press, despite law 15 Jul 2006 Members of Afghanistan's fledging news media are up in arms over a recent government directive that they say is the first step toward imposing censorship on journalists. The uproar began last month when the National Security Directorate first circulated a list of restrictions on journalistic activities. According to the document, the news media are prohibited from publishing reports or interviews that are "against the government's foreign policy with regard to neighboring countries."

Wiretap Surrender --Sen. Specter's bill on NSA surveillance is a capitulation to administration claims of executive power. (The Washington Post) 15 Jul 2006 "The bill's most dangerous language would effectively repeal FISA's current requirement that all domestic national security surveillance take place under its terms. The 'compromise' bill would add to FISA: 'Nothing in this Act shall be construed to limit the constitutional authority of the President to collect intelligence with respect to foreign powers and agents of foreign powers.' It would also, in various places, insert Congress's acknowledgment that the president may have inherent constitutional authority to spy on Americans... It would therefore legitimize whatever it is the NSA is doing -- and a whole lot more. Allowing the administration to seek authorization from the courts for an 'electronic surveillance program' is almost as dangerous... This bill is not a compromise but a full-fledged capitulation on the part of the legislative branch to executive claims of power."

Blair: ID card scheme will go ahead 16 Jul 2006 The Prime Minster has insisted that the Government's ID cards programme is going ahead - and at the same pace as before. His assurance comes after it emerged last week that a crucial stage of the controversial project has been postponed.

Ex-prisons chief launches broadside at 'gutless' Blair --Labour's law and order record disfigured by imprisoning children 16 Jul 2006 The former head of the Prison Service launched a withering attack yesterday on Tony Blair's law-and-order record, accusing the government of lacking 'the guts' to admit that thousands of imprisoned children, mentally ill people and petty offenders did not belong behind bars.

Call for paedophiles to be chipped 16 Jul 2006 The head of Britain's chief police officers has called for convicted paedophiles and dangerous sex offenders to be surgically implanted with electronic chips. In a newspaper interview Ken Jones, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), said the implants would mean they could be tracked by satellite.

FDA Turns to RFID to Track Prescription Drugs 15 Jul 2006 The FDA recently issued a draft Compliance Policy Guide that states that the agency will concentrate its tracking efforts on drugs that people are most likely to try to counterfeit or divert. They include drugs with high sales volumes... expensive specialty drugs; and high-demand drugs, such as Tamiflu, whose use could skyrocket in a flu pandemic.

Foreign companies buy U.S. roads, bridges 15 Jul 2006 Roads and bridges built by U.S. taxpayers are starting to be sold off, and so far foreign-owned companies are doing the buying... "In five, maybe 10 years, all that money is gone, and the tolls keep rising and the money keeps flowing into the foreign coffers," Patrick Bauer, the Indiana House's Democratic leader, said.

Gag me with a chainsaw! Romney to "investigate" GOP-Bechtel-mob's Big Dig: Romney takes control of probe 15 Jul 2006 (MA) The tally of Big Dig trouble spots skyrocketed to 383 yesterday as Gov. Mitt Romney seized control of the tunnel inspections and decisions about when to reopen the tunnel where a Jamaica Plain woman was killed Monday night... Attorney General Tom Reilly, who is heading a criminal probe into the ceiling collapse, has said the bolts on the ceiling panels that fell made a clean break. He also said that both the contractor, Modern Continental Construction Co., and the project overseer, Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff, were told in 1999 that five initial ceiling bolts had broken free during testing. In a statement released yesterday, Bechtel defended the bolt construction technique.

Tunnel ceiling's collapse could lead to higher tolls on turnpike 15 Jul 2006 (MA) The fatal Big Dig tunnel ceiling collapse could trigger, in a worst-case scenario, toll increases [!] for the Boston Harbor tunnels and the Weston-Boston stretch of the Massachusetts Turnpike, according to bond rating firms that monitor Turnpike Authority finances.

Medical Journal Says It Was Again Misled 13 Jul 2006 For the second time in two months, The Journal of the American Medical Association says it was misled by researchers who failed to reveal financial ties to drug companies. The journal is tightening its policies for researchers as a result.

Britain and world set for 'hard landing' 16 Jul 2006 Fears are growing of a sharp slowdown in the global economy, triggered by big increases in energy prices and rising interest rates. Economists at HSBC say there is a greater risk of a "hard landing" for both the world economy and Britain.

Santorum sets record in Pennsylvania 15 Jul 2006 Sen. Rick Santorum, one of the most vulnerable incumbents facing re-election this November, announced Friday he has raised $20.1 million - nearly double that of his Democratic challenger.

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US plans $A280m jet fuel sale to Israel 15 Jul 2006 The Pentagon notified Congress of plans to sell Israel jet fuel valued at up to $US210 million ($A280 million) "to keep peace and security in the region". [? For more information on "peacekeeping and security in the region," see the next ten articles.]

Report: Israel gives Syria ultimatum 15 Jul 2006 The London-based Arabic language newspaper Al-Hayat reported Saturday that "Washington has information according to which Israel gave Damascus 72 hours to stop Hizbullah’s activity along the Lebanon-Israel border and bring about the release the two kidnapped IDF soldiers or it would launch an offensive with disastrous consequences." The report said "a senior Pentagon source [?!?] warned that should the Arab world and international community fail in the efforts to convince Syria to pressure Hizbullah into releasing the soldiers and halt the current escalation Israel may attack targets in the country."

Israel attacks grain silos - carbs a threat to national security: Witnesses: Israel attacks hit central --Beirut --Police: Lebanese death toll passes 100; Israeli strikes near Syrian border 14 Jul 2006 Witnesses said Israeli aircraft attacked central Beirut Saturday for the first time in a four-day offensive, striking a lighthouse and the capital’s seaport. In Lebanon’s northernmost city, Tripoli, witnesses said Israeli helicopters carried out the deepest strike yet into Lebanon, firing four missiles into the city’s port area and hitting grain silos. [Yes, those grain silos (loaded with carbs) are a real *threat* to Israel... So many loaves of bread, so little time. --LRP]

Israeli Copters Resume Night Airstrikes On Gaza Strip 15 Jul 2006 Israeli Apache helicopters early Saturday fired on a building that includes the office of the Palestinian minister of national economics in the Islamic Hamas-led government in northern Gaza City. Eyewitnesses said that one air-to-ground rocket was fired from the helicopters at the office of Alla el-A'araj, the minister of national economics, adding that flames of fire and smoke were seen in the building.

Israel kills 34 civilians in strikes 15 Jul 2006 Israel killed at least 34 civilians on Saturday, including 15 children, in air strikes meant to punish Lebanon for letting [?!?] Hizbollah militants menace the Jewish state's northern border. Israel's bombing of Lebanese roads, bridges, ports and airports, as well as Hizbollah targets, is its most destructive onslaught since a 1982 invasion to expel Palestinian forces.

Lebanon Calls for Cease-Fire Under U.N. 15 Jul 2006 Israeli warplanes hit central Beirut for the first time and smashed the Hezbollah leadership's main strongholds on Saturday as strikes killed at least 33 Lebanese, including civilians fleeing the onslaught. Hezbollah guerrilla rockets continued to pour into Israel, where officials warned citizens that Tel Aviv could be attacked.

France Criticizes Israel Attack on Lebanon 14 Jul 2006 French President Jacques Chirac castigated the Israeli offensive into Lebanon on Friday, calling it "totally disproportionate," [Nah, 'ya think?] while he and other European leaders expressed fears of a widening Middle East conflict that could get out of control.

Israel Says Warship Attacked by Drone 14 Jul 2006 An unmanned Hezbollah aircraft rigged with explosives rammed into an Israeli warship late Friday, causing heavy damage and fire on the vessel, Israeli military officials said.

Lebanon evacuations belie Australian claims 16 Jul 2006 Italy has begun evacuating Europeans from Lebanon, despite the Australian Federal Government saying it cannot help the 2,800 Australian tourists and at least 20,000 members of Australia's Lebanese community living there.

No safe way out of Lebanon: Gambaro 15 Jul 2006 The Federal Government says there is no way for Australians stranded in Lebanon to safely leave. Lebanon is being attacked by Israel in an effort to secure the release of two Israeli soldiers captured by Hezbollah militants based in Lebanon.

Wider regional war already under way, most observers agree 14 Jul 2006 A new Middle East war is under way, Middle East analysts and scholars say, with the next, imminent step very likely to be another Israeli invasion and at least temporary occupation of southern Lebanon.

Iraq extends state of emergency 16 Jul 2006 Parliament has voted to extend Iraq's state of emergency for 30 days and President Jalal Talabani warned of the perils of civil war, as the head of Iraq's Olympic committee was kidnapped. [The state of emergency has been in place in Iraq since 2004. The 'people' who are carrying out the kidnappings are same 'people' who are implementing the state of emergency.]

U.S. accused of kidnappings in Iraq 14 Jul 2006 Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has until 5 p.m. Friday to hand over a raft of documents to Congress that might shed new light on detainee abuse in Iraq. It now appears that kidnapping, scarcely covered by the media, and absent in the major military investigations of detainee abuse, may have been systematically employed by U.S. troops. Salon has obtained Army documents that show several cases where U.S. forces abducted terror suspects’ families.

50 abducted in Baghdad 15 Jul 2006 Camouflaged gunmen [US death squads] have abducted around 50 people, including the head of Iraq's national Olympic committee, in Baghdad. According the police, the incident took place at a major conference centre in central Baghdad. [A centre 'protected' by US forces?]

Gunmen kidnap Iraqi Olympic chief, 20 bodyguards --Gunmen have kidnapped about 50 people from a meeting of Iraqi sports officials, including the head of the national Olympic committee. Police and Interior Ministry sources say the gunmen, wearing blue camouflage Interior Ministry uniforms, stormed a meeting hall in central Baghdad and killed one of Olympic Committee chief Ahmed al-Hadjiya's bodyguards. Police say Mr Hadjiya and about 20 bodyguards, along with at least eight committee officials and the hall's guards, were then bundled into a convoy of vehicles and driven off. They say the body of a second bodyguard was later found dumped in in a central district, not far from the meeting hall. He had been shot in the head. [Let's see: *who* patrols meeting halls, *who* has camouflage Interior Ministry uniforms and *who* owns and operates a 'convoy of vehicles?']

Putin Jabs Bush: 'We Certainly Would Not Want…The Same Kind of Democracy As They Have in Iraq' 15 Jul 2006 During a press conference today at the G8 summit in Russia, President Bush told President Vladimir Putin that Americans want Russia to develop a free press and free religion "like Iraq." To laughter and applause, Putin responded: "We certainly would not want to have same kind of democracy as they have in Iraq, quite honestly."

Italian spy chief questioned over CIA case 15 Jul 2006 The head of Italy's military intelligence agency was questioned by prosecutors for the first time on Saturday on suspicion of helping the CIA kidnap a terrorism suspect in Milan, judicial sources said.

U.N. passes resolution condemning N. Korea 15 Jul 2006 The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Saturday condemning North Korea’s recent missile tests and demanding that the nation suspend its ballistic missile program. In response, North Korea said it would continue to launch missiles to bolster its self-defense.

Court Says Recording Calls Violates Rights 14 Jul 2006 The state Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that Californians' privacy rights are violated when their telephone conversations are secretly recorded by out-of-state callers.

NY Times letter had powder, own editorial 14 Jul 2006 The New York Times on Friday received a letter containing a suspicious white powder and a copy of a recent editorial in which the paper defended its coverage of the Bush regime's anti[pro]-terrorism programs.

US intelligence ties to Mumbai 7/11 By Larry Chin 13 Jul 2006 "On July 11, eight bombs exploded aboard commuter trains in Mumbai, killing 190 people. No group has come forward claiming responsibility... What the mainstream press fails to report is the direct connection between the terrorist groups they name, and Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) -- a virtual branch of the American CIA."

Yankeetown emergency declared 13 Jul 2006 (FL) Until now, Yankeetown has been close to being a shutdown town. The government disintegration has been gradual. It started several months ago when developers announced plans to build a resort on the banks of the Withlacoochee River... Gov. Jeb Bush declared a state of emergency in Yankeetown on Wednesday, granting emergency powers to the town's mayor and the remaining two Town Council members and directing the town to hold a special election within 60 days to fill vacant council spots. The executive order noted several reasons for the declaration, including: "Threats against public officials, 'reportedly creating or threatening to create an atmosphere of lawlessness, civil unrest and mob violence.'" [OMG, after installing his brother - the perverted little twerp - in the *first* coup d'etat, Jeb Bush is whining about 'lawlessness' in Yankeetown? Has he ever been to Baghdad? --LRP]

Gov. Schwarzenegger Declares State of Emergency for San Bernardino County By California --Office of the Governor 14 Jul 2006 "Whereas conditions of extreme peril to public health and safety of persons and property exists within the County of San Bernardino caused by the wildfires commencing on July 9, 2006 and continuing; ...on July 13, 2006 San Bernardino County requested that I proclaim a state of emergency as the fires have continued to expand and create a situation of extreme peril for the residents and businesses of the county..."

Fires Unite but Veer From Big Bear 15 Jul 2006 A massive wildfire heading directly toward Big Bear Lake was diverted Friday as nearly 3,000 firefighters, aided by a shift in winds, beat back the inferno in temperatures reaching 112 degrees.

RFID US Passports Coming in August --Concerns over security is as high as ever By Tuan Nguyen 14 Jul 2006 "It appears as though the long-awaited RFID passports that the US government has been talking about is about to arrive. According to a report on CNNMoney, the US government will begin issuing RFID-enabled passports beginning this August... Although the technology was originally designed to increase security and prevent counterfeits, many industry expects and analysts say that because of the nature of RFID technology, the new passports will be prone to 'skimming'." [A CLG reader suggests: "Putting the... passport in the microwave for five minutes should annul any spy capabilities. Just tell them it went though the dry cleaners."]

Insurers to Test Implantable Microchip 14 Jul 2006 In a new test program, Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey plans to implant patients suffering from chronic diseases with a microchip that will 'give emergency room staff access to their medical information and help avoid costly or serious medical errors,' [allow Bush's Waffen-SS to track vaccine refuseniks and prisoners in KBR's detention centers] the insurer said on Friday.

Bribery, Human and Drug Smuggling By U.S. Officers Who Patrol Border 15 Jul 2006 Federal law enforcement officials are investigating a series of bribery and smuggling cases in what they fear is a sign of increased corruption among [U.S.] officers who patrol the Mexican border. While the main corruption problem along the border is still among Mexican law enforcement officials, there have been numerous arrests of U.S. officers, too. Last year in Texas, for example, 10 federal agents were charged with or convicted of taking bribes from drug dealers or human smugglers.

"Where are our votes — in the garbage?" [Yes - they were tossed in the same trash heap as the Gore and Kerry ballots.] Mexico's Election May Rest on 7 Votes 15 Jul 2006 Each morning, the seven judges who will decide Mexico's disputed presidential election are chauffeured into their gated office compound past a crowd of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's angry supporters. "Where are our votes — in the garbage?" says one of the banners demanding that the Federal Electoral Tribunal overturn Felipe Calderon's narrow victory in the July 2 'vote' [Bush/ChoicePoint coup d'etat] and certify Lopez Obrador as president-elect.

The Stolen Election of 2004 --The numbers simply do not add up By Michael Parenti 13 Jul 2006 "To have achieved his remarkable 2004 tally, Bush would have needed to have kept all his 50.4 million from 2000, plus a majority of the new voters, plus a large share of the very liberal Nader defectors. Nothing in the campaign and in the opinion polls suggest such a mass crossover. The numbers simply do not add up."

Abramoff Lobbying of White House Probed 15 Jul 2006 The House Government Reform Committee has subpoenaed the former law firm of convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff for records of any contacts he or members of his lobbying team had with the Bush White House.

It doesn't look good for Karl Rove By John Dean 15 Jul 2006 "As the scandal over the leak of CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity has continued to unfold, there is a renewed focus on Karl Rove -- the White House deputy chief of staff whom President [sic] Bush calls his political 'architect.'"

Did someone X him for Ex-Im knowledge? By ilyana 13 Jul 2006 "Ken Lay has been laid to rest. Another witness, Neil Coulbeck, connected to the Enron debacle is also dead. His time of death is very close to the Ken Lay's departure even though Coulbeck was across the Atlantic ocean."

US 'could be going bankrupt' 14 Jul 2006 The United States is heading for bankruptcy, according to an extraordinary paper published by one of the key members of the country's central bank.

Oil Prices Hit Above $78 a Barrel 14 Jul 2006 Oil prices briefly topped $78 per barrel Friday and stayed near record highs as intensifying violence in the Middle East raised concerns of a possible supply disruptions.

Stocks suffer more losses as oil prices continue to surge 14 Jul 2006 The Dow Jones industrial average has dropped almost 400 points in three days, and the broader markets have also seen major losses.

Dow Ends Down 107, Nasdaq Ends Down 17 14 Jul 2006 Surging oil prices pulled stocks sharply lower for a third straight session Friday... The Dow Jones industrial average shed 396 points in the past three days.

First Half of 2006 Is Warmest on Record 14 Jul 2006 The first half of the year was the warmest on record for the United States. The government reported Friday that the average temperature for the 48 contiguous United States from January through June was 51.8 degrees Fahrenheit, or 3.4 degrees above average for the 20th century.

Friday 5 PM news dump: Every Friday afternoon, we learn of new allegations of abuse and rights violations by the Bush regime, the Dow has a triple-digit loss due to a new record-setting price per barrel of Cheney Halliburton's oil, and at least *one* environmental horror story emerges. --LRP

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US Iraq war costs may rise by $406 billion by 2016 13 Jul 2006 The Iraq war could cost U.S. taxpayers between $202 billion and $406 billion more over the next 10 years, depending on how quickly U.S. force levels can be reduced, congressional budget experts said on Thursday. The Congressional Budget Office offered two cost scenarios for the war, which it said so far has cost almost $300 billion. [See: 'Iraq was awash in cash. We played football with bricks of $100 bills' 20 Mar 2006 At the beginning of the Iraq war, the UN entrusted $23bn of Iraqi money to the US-led occupation to 'redevelop' the country. With the infrastructure of the country still in ruins, where has all that money gone?]

GOPedophiles want to eliminate tax deductions including mortgage interest and state and local taxes in order to pay for Halliburton's bonuses and KBR's detention centers: US Treasury mulls own stamp on tax code overhaul 13 Jul 2006 U.S. Treasury officials are likely to put their own stamp on a proposed comprehensive overhaul of the tax system suggested by a blue-ribbon panel in November, an official said on Thursday. The panel recommended eliminating deductions for many taxpayer costs, including mortgage interest and state and local taxes. The panel also proposed requiring workers to pay taxes on health care benefits provided by their employers. [See: It was the largest one-time cash transfer in the history of the New York Fed. It weighed 28 tons and took up as much room as 74 washing machines. It was $2.4 billion in $100 bills, and Baghdad needed it ASAP. The initial request from U.S. officials in charge of Iraq required the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to decide whether it could open its vault on a Sunday, a day banks aren't usually open... The $2,401,600,000 was delivered to Baghdad on June 22, 2004. It was the largest one-time cash transfer in the history of the New York Fed.]

"Whoever didn't answer the door would hide in the dog kennel on the roof." Baghdad starts to collapse as its people flee a life of death By James Hider, of The Times, from Baghdad 13 Jul 2006 "A local journalist told me bitterly this week that Iraqis find it ironic that Saddam Hussein is on trial for killing 148 people 24 years ago, while militias loyal to political parties now in government kill that many people every few days. But it is not an irony that anyone here has time to laugh about. They are too busy packing their bags and wondering how they can get out alive. My driver and his extended family are now refugees living in The Times offices in central Baghdad."

Global outcry at bombing 15 Jul 2006 World powers fear Israel's clashes with Middle Eastern rivals are escalating with breathtaking speed into a region-wide conflict with global security implications.

U.S. vetoes U.N. condemnation of Israel 13 Jul 2006 The United States blocked an Arab-backed resolution Thursday that would have demanded Israel halt its military offensive in the Gaza Strip, the first U.N. Security Council veto in nearly two years.

Israel broadens offensive in Lebanon 14 Jul 2006 Israeli war planes on Friday attacked the main Beirut-to-Damascus highway in Lebanon, the Israeli military said, closing Lebanon’s main artery. Hizbollah militants responded with anti-aircraft fire.

Hezbollah's Beirut Headquarters Hit in Israeli Attack 14 Jul 2006 Israeli forces bombed the Beirut headquarters of Hezbollah, and the chief of staff of the Israeli military said attacks would continue until the Lebanese government exerts authority over southern Lebanon.

Israel Blasts Beirut's Airport, Highways 14 Jul 2006 Israel unleashed a furious military campaign on Lebanon's main airport, highways, military bases and other targets Thursday, retaliating for scores of Hezbollah rockets that rained down on Israel and reached as far as Haifa, its third-largest city, for the first time. Israel kept up the barrage early Friday with airstrikes in south Beirut where Hezbollah is headquartered, Lebanese police and witnesses said.

Israel Destroys Home of Hezbollah Leader 14 Jul 2006 Israel destroyed the home and office of Hezbollah's leader Friday and tightened its seal on Lebanon, blasting its air and road links to the outside world.

Hizbollah chief defiant after Israel bombs home 14 Jul 2006 Hizbollah's chief pledged open war on Israel after it bombed his Beirut home on Friday in a dramatic expansion of an assault in Lebanon launched after Hizbollah fighters seized two Israeli soldiers and killed eight.

Australians trapped by blockade 14 Jul 2006 Up to 25,000 Australians may be trapped in Lebanon as Israel intensifies its attacks on the country.

U.S. allows some embassy staffers to leave Lebanon 14 Jul 2006 The U.S. State Department on Thursday authorized families of its embassy staff in Lebanon to leave and urged Americans to avoid travel into the country because of escalating violence between Israel and the Lebanese militant group Hizbollah.

Two killed, 17 wounded in Israeli strikes on Beirut 14 Jul 2006 At least two people were killed and 17 wounded in predawn Israeli air strikes on Hizbollah's southern Beirut stronghold on Friday, the Lebanese guerrilla group's Al-Manar Television said.

Crude past $78 in electronic trading --Lebanon, Iran [Uh, Israel?] combine to fuel output concerns 13 Jul 2006 Crude-oil futures extended Thursday's gains into the electronic-trading session, pulling prices above $78, past the regular session's record closing level.

Iran warns Israel not to attack Syria 13 Jul 2006 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday an Israeli strike on Syria would be considered an attack on the whole Islamic world that would bring a "fierce response", state television reported.

US Helicopter Crashes in Iraq 13 Jul 2006 A Multinational Division Baghdad AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter crashed southwest of Baghdad today, U.S. military officials reported. The cause of the crash is unknown, officials said.

3 policemen killed by militants in S. Afghanistan 14 Jul 2006 Three border policemen were killed in southern Afghanistan as Taliban-linked militants stormed their posts, a local official said Thursday.

Leaked spy guns for Cheney and Rove 14 Jul 2006 The CIA officer whose identity was leaked to reporters sued US Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney, his former top aide and presidential adviser Karl Rove, accusing them and other White House officials of conspiring to destroy her career. [See: the Plame/Wilson press release. Click here to view the complaint. Both pages are linked to The Joseph and Valerie Wilson Legal Support Trust.]

Lieberman's 'Judas kiss' could seal his primary fate 14 Jul 2006 In today's intense Democratic politics in Connecticut, "The Kiss" and conjures up an embrace immediately after the President's State of the Union address in January 2005. The embrace was between George Bush and the state's junior senator, Joe Lieberman. A better name for it would be the kiss of Judas - or the kiss of death.

Preemptive detentions: More than 200 detained in G-8 protests 14 Jul 2006 Authorities have detained more than 200 anti-globalization activists hoping to protest the G-8 summit, protest organizers said Friday as they vowed to hold a march despite a ban on demonstrations.

Bush's 'First Amendment Zones' copied in Russia: Russia Limits G8 Protesters' Activities 14 Jul 2006 Authorities have limited the activities of protesters against this weekend's Group of Eight summit to a stadium in a hard-to-reach part of the city. "At this stadium it's like we are in the zoo, fenced in with these bars," said Ivan Lokh, one of about 400 people who came Friday to the Russian Social Forum, the formal name of the protest gathering. "The authorities want to show there's no opposition in the country." [Right, like the US, but the PentaPost never covered those protests.]

Defence lawyer says use of mole shows there's 'no terrorism in Canada' 14 Jul 2006 An RCMP informant's decision to go public with how he infiltrated a group accused of plotting terror attacks on Canadian soil has infuriated the lawyer of one of the accused, who says the group was set up. Mubin Shaikh's apparent involvement in a police operation that resulted in 17 men and youth charged last month shows there is "no terrorism in Canada," said lawyer Rocco Galati. The police didn't have a case against the accused, so they relied on an informant to "set everything up," said Galati. "I've seen some other disgusting so-called terrorist cases, but the stench of this one is starting to exude even before we get into court," he added. Shaikh, a prominent member of Toronto's Muslim community, identified himself on Thursday to several media outlets as a paid police informant who was ordered to place himself in the group.

Mumbai police arrest 350 in city-wide hunt for 'the enemy within' 14 Jul 2006 Even as the first suspects in the Mumbai bombings were named yesterday, India was facing the possibility that Tuesday's attacks were committed, at least in part, by its own citizens.

State Dept. probes possible computer hack 12 Jul 2006 The U.S. Department of State said yesterday that it is investigating "anomalies" in its unclassified computer system, but officials declined to comment on a report that agency computers had been hacked. The Associated Press said the State Department detected large-scale break-ins of its computers last month in its headquarters and offices that deal with China and North Korea.

34 States to Sue Chip Makers, Charging Broad Price Fixing 14 Jul 2006 At least 34 states are expected to file a lawsuit on Friday against seven semiconductor makers, accusing the companies of overcharging their customers for computer memory chips.

After Challenges, House Approves Renewal of Voting Act 14 Jul 2006 The House voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to renew expiring provisions of the Voting Rights Act after supporters of it defeated challenges mounted by conservative opponents.

Activists Sue to Block Electronic Voting 13 Jul 2006 Activist groups say computerized 'voting' has only worsened the problem of ballot fiascos and they've gone to court across the country to ban the new machines. Lawsuits have been filed in at least nine states, alleging that the machines are wide open to computer hackers and prone to temperamental fits of technology that have assigned votes to the wrong candidate.

Report advises FEMA to verify victims' identities before giving aid 13 Jul 2006 For years, the federal policy in handing out money to disaster victims was, essentially, pay first and ask questions later. Now the non-partisan investigative arm of Congress is suggesting that FEMA get verification of identities from the start.

Former President Bush among guests at Lay funeral 12 Jul 2006 Former President George Bush and his wife, Barbara, were among the mourners Wednesday at the funeral of Enron Corp. founder Kenneth Lay.

NatWest Three set for bail bid as storm over extradition to US intensifies 14 Jul 2006 The NatWest Three were due to apply for bail today after spending last night in a Texas prison cell as the political storm over their extradition to the United States refused to subside. The controversy took a dramatic turn on Monday when the body of Neil Coulbeck, a former executive at the Royal Bank of Scotland was discovered in a park in East London. It was alleged yesterday that Mr Coulbeck's evidence could have helped the NatWest Three, who stand accused of an £11 million fraud connected to the collapse of Enron.

Rumsfeld poised to make (another) *killing:* US firms are stocking up on bird flu drug 14 Jul 2006 More than 100 companies of all sizes have contacted Roche AG, the manufacturer of the influenza drug Tamiflu, about getting supplies for their employees in case of a [DoD-engendered] bird-flu pandemic, the company says. [See: Rumsfeld's growing stake in Tamiflu 31 Oct 2005 Defense Secretary, ex-chairman of flu treatment rights holder, sees portfolio value growing... Rumsfeld served as Gilead's chairman from 1997 until he joined the Bush administration in 2001, and he still holds a Gilead stake valued at between $5 million and $25 million, according to federal financial disclosures filed by Rumsfeld.]

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Administration Prods Congress to Curb the Rights of Terror Suspects 13 Jul 2006 A day after saying that terror suspects had a right to protections under the Geneva Conventions, the Bush regime said Wednesday that it wanted Congress to pass legislation that would limit the rights granted to terrorism prisoners of war.

House Republicans warm to Bush's US tribunal plan 12 Jul 2006 The Bush regime, facing a revolt among Senate Republicans over its system for trying foreign terrorism suspects, on Wednesday courted more receptive Republicans on the House side of the U.S. Congress.

Lawyers Weighing Suits for Terrorism Prisoners of War 13 Jul 2006 Human rights organizations that have succeeded in changing the legal landscape for prisoners of war at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, say they are now pursuing the possibility of bringing lawsuits on behalf of some of the terrorism suspects held in secret C.I.A. jails throughout the world.

White House agrees to NSA review by court: senator 13 Jul 2006 The White House, in a policy reversal, has agreed to allow a secret federal court review of the National Security Agency's domestic spying program, a top Senate Republican announced on Thursday.

Baghdad Needs More Troops, Top U.S. General in Iraq Says 13 Jul 2006 Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the senior American commander in Iraq, said Wednesday that "terrorists and death squads" were responsible for the surge in sectarian killings here in recent weeks, and that there might be a need to move more American forces into the capital to prevent the deadly cycle from worsening. [The American forces *are* the terrorists and death squads.]

Iraqi gunmen kidnap, kill group at bus station 12 Jul 2006 Gunmen [US death squads] stormed a bus station north of Baghdad, pulled 24 people from a crowd and then killed most of them before dumping their bound and blindfolded bodies in a village nearby, officials said on Wednesday.

300 Pinoys helping fight US war vs Iraq --Mercenaries deployed in violation of government ban By Ellen Tordesillas 13 Jul 2006 "Despite the ban on travel to Iraq, there are some 300 Filipinos working as armed personnel of a private military company (PMC) that secures US State department and military personnel, offices and facilities in that war-torn Middle East country."

U.S. blames Iran, Syria for Hizbollah kidnappings 12 Jul 2006 The White House on Wednesday condemned the capture by Hizbollah guerrillas of two Israeli soldiers and blamed Syria and Iran for the attacks.

Holy convenience, Batman! Israel: Hezbollah plans to move abducted IDF soldiers to Iran 13 Jul 2006 Israel has concrete evidence [Yeah, right!] that Hezbollah plans to transfer the two Israel Defense Forces soldiers abducted Wednesday to Iran, Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said Thursday. [The oil corpora-terrorists just got their passport to triple the price of oil - and no one will question billion$ in profiteering! MSNBC's actual caption during a live segment: "Breaking News - Bush supports Israel." Uh, that's 'breaking news?']

Oil tops $76 a barrel on international tension 13 Jul 2006 Oil surged to a record high above $76 a barrel on Thursday on renewed worries over supply from major exporter Nigeria and as conflict between Israel and Lebanon heightened international tensions. [Not to mention, the oil corpora-terrorists - architects of these events. --LRP]

Air, Sea Blockade of Lebanon to Continue 13 Jul 2006 The Israeli air and sea and blockade on Lebanon is not "a matter of days" and will continue as long as the conflict goes on, Brigadier-General Amir Eshel said Thursday

Lebanon under blockade as Israel blasts airport 13 Jul 2006 Israeli forces intensified their attacks in Lebanon today, with airstrikes blasting the country's only international airport and the Hezbollah TV station. It was Israel's heaviest air campaign against Lebanon for 24 years.

Israel bombs Lebanese air base, Beirut airport 13 Jul 2006 Israel attacked Lebanon's main military air base on Thursday after bombing Beirut's international airport, imposing a sea and air blockade and killing at least 25 people in air strikes.

Israel bombs Beirut airport 13 Jul 2006 Witnesses say Israeli aircraft have attacked two runways at Beirut international airport in a continuing assault on Lebanon that was sparked by the seizure of two Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah guerillas. Lebanese security sources say the aircraft have fired at least six rockets at the runways and a nearby road, forcing the facility to close and flights to divert to other airports.

IAF planes level PA foreign ministry building in Gaza City 13 Jul 2006 A bomb dropped by an Israel Air Force plane destroyed the Palestinian Foreign Ministry building in Gaza City early Thursday, witnesses said. The bomb collapsed the building and caused widespread destruction in the area.

Israel approves wave of Lebanon air strikes - TV 12 Jul 2006 Israeli Defence Minister Amir Peretz on Wednesday authorised a campaign of air strikes in Lebanon that would target both Hizbollah guerrilla installations and Lebanese civilian infrastructure, Israel's Channel 10 said.

Israeli Forces Enter Lebanon After 2 Soldiers Are Seized 12 Jul 2006 With two more soldiers captured today, Israel launched a major military offensive on a second front, sending armored forces into southern Lebanon in response to a brazen border raid by the militant group Hezbollah that killed at least seven soldiers in addition to those abducted.

Chemical weapons in Gaza? 11 Jul 2006 Palestinian medics said on Tuesday that patients treated in Shifa hospital in Gaza and bodies at the mortuary presented unusual burns, raising concerns that Israel was using chemical weapons. In Shifa hospital, Dr al-Saqqa said most of the dead bodies taken to the facility were torn apart and completely burnt. "Even bodies of the injured have been almost completely burnt. They have been deformed in a very ugly way that we have never seen before," he told Aljazeera channel. Al-Saqaa, who heads the hospital's emergency service, said relatives had been unable to identify the dead victims. "When we try to X-ray dead bodies, we find no trace of the shrapnel that hit the person killed," he said, adding that the bodies seemed to have been chemically burnt. "We are sure that Israel is using a new chemical or radioactive weapon in the new operation. More than 25% of the injured are children, aged under 16."

Qatar circulates new draft resolution condemning IDF's Gaza offensive 12 Jul 2006 Acting on behalf of Arab nations, Qatar circulated a revised draft UN Security Council resolution Wednesday demanding Israel end its offensive in the Gaza Strip and release the Palestinian officials it has arrested.

Israeli market sheds 4 percent on war fears --Investors concerned about an incursion into Lebanon and possibly Syria 12 Jul 2006 Concerns about an Israeli military offensive into Lebanon rocked Israeli financial markets on Wednesday, sending Tel Aviv shares tumbling more than 4 percent.

Pentagon's news called into question 11 Jul 2006 The globe-spanning Pentagon news operation, the American Forces Information Service, sends 'news' about the Defense Department to troops, dependents and, increasingly, to the general public. The TV channel alone has a potential civilian audience through satellite and local cable stations of more than 12 million U.S. households. Some critics say the Pentagon is spreading propaganda, not news, with the taxpayer-paid service.

Police detain 350 over Mumbai blasts 13 Jul 2006 Indian police have detained about 350 people for questioning in connection with the Mumbai train bombings, officials said, amid suspicion that Kashmiri militants could be linked to the attacks that killed at least 200 people.

We will not kneel to terrorism, says PM 13 Jul 2006 India's prime minister, Manmohan Singh, said yesterday the country would not be "made to kneel" by terrorism, as New Delhi and its diplomats in neighbouring Pakistan traded verbal punches over the bombings in Mumbai. The death toll from the bombings in Mumbai is now more than 200 with 700 injured.

Leftist's supporters stream into Mexican capital 13 Jul 2006 Thousands of Mexicans streamed into the capital on Wednesday, riding horses, walking and packed into trucks to defend an anti-poverty crusader's claim that he was cheated out of an election that has polarized the country.

No.10 fights to stop police from questioning Blair 13 Jul 2006 Downing Street was today fighting to stop Tony Blair being quizzed by police over the "cash for peerages" affair after the arrest of his personal fundraiser Lord Levy.

The Puzzle of the Enron Coverups By Ron Callari 21 Feb 2002 "What is the White House fighting to keep secret, even going to the length of redefining executive privilege and inviting the first Congressional lawsuit ever filed against a president? Were the consequences of releasing these documents more damaging than the consequences of destroying them? ...Could the Big Secret be that the highest levels of the Bush Administration knew during the summer of 2001 that the largest bankruptcy in history was imminent? Or was it that Enron and the White House were working closely with the Taliban -- including Osama bin Laden -- up to weeks before the Sept. 11 attack?"

Senate Hopeful Nudged to Quit --Schlesinger's Gambling Alias Troubles Governor, GOP State Chairman 13 Jul 2006 (CT) Gov. M. Jodi Rell and GOP State Chairman George Gallo publicly urged fellow Republican Alan Schlesinger to reconsider his candidacy for U.S. Senate after learning Wednesday that he gambled at the Foxwoods Resorts Casino under an assumed name while an elected official in the 1990s. Schlesinger said Rell and Gallo were overreacting to an innocent act: giving a fake name to obtain a Foxwoods "wampum card" that rewards casino patrons with meals, rooms and merchandise based on how much they gamble. [LOL!]

Medicine at gunpoint: Seattle mother arrested for "kidnapping" her own baby to seek alternative treatments By Mike Adams 30 Jun 2006 "Public trust in conventional medicine has plummeted to such an all-time low that the industry is now resorting to the threat of violence in order to market its services. Gunpoint medicine is alive and well in Seattle, Washington, where county law enforcement officers, prompted by Child Protective Services (CPS), arrested and jailed 34-year-old Tina Marie Carlsen for her 'crime' of rescuing her infant from overzealous hospital staff who demanded they perform kidney surgery on the infant."

The Politics of American Greed By Molly Ivins 11 Jul 2006 "What's the percentage in keeping the minimum wage at $5.15 an hour? After nine years? This is such an unnecessary and nasty Republican move. Congress has voted seven times to raise its own wages since last the minimum wage budged. Of course, Congress always raises its own salary in the dark of night, hoping no one will notice. But now it does the same with the minimum wage, quietly killing it."

More Signs of Loose Bolts Found in Boston Highway System 13 Jul 2006 Inspectors began reviewing the city's highway system Wednesday -- every bridge, tunnel and roadway -- after at least 60 signs of loose bolts and other potential failures were found in the same Big Dig tunnel where a motorist was crushed by falling concrete.

Tornadoes touch down north of New York City 12 Jul 2006 Tornadoes were reported to have touched down during a severe storm in Westchester County on Wednesday, just north of New York City, and in Connecticut, the National Weather Service said.

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Bush tying up 'loose ends:' First gone missing, now found dead! 'Hounded By The FBI' 12 Jul 2006 A banker found dead and believed linked to a US fraud probe involving NatWest [and Enron] was allegedly "hounded by the FBI". Married father-of-two Neil Coulbeck, 53, had gone missing from his home in Woodford Green, east London, on Thursday. Civil rights group Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti, after Mr Coulbeck's body was found today, said America's Federal Bureau of Investigation had "hounded" the man. Mr Coulbeck was Head of Group Treasury at the Royal Bank of Scotland and is thought to have been a possible witness in the NatWest Three case. The discovery comes as MPs debate the controversial decision to extradite three British bankers - dubbed the NatWest Three - to the US to face charges over the scandal. The men, who previously worked for NatWest, are accused of taking part in a multi-million pound fraud connected to the collapse of Enron.

Enron witness found dead in park 12 Jul 2006 A body found in north-east London has been identified as a banker who was questioned by the FBI about the Enron fraud case. Police said they were treating the death of Neil Coulbeck, who worked for the Royal Bank of Scotland until 2004, as "unexplained". He had reportedly been interviewed by the FBI about RBS subsidiary NatWest.

The Mysterious Death of An Enron Exec 10 Apr 2002 It may be the biggest outstanding mystery in the Enron story: the death of Cliff Baxter, a former top Enron executive. He'd just agreed to testify to Congress in the Enron case. A congressional source tells CBS News that Baxter wasn't a target in the probe, he was to provide evidence against others. But on the morning of January 25th he was found in his car - shot dead. Police were criticized for calling it a suicide before investigating, so they kept the case open. The fact that it's still open more than two months later has made the Cliff Baxter case prime fodder for murder conspiracy theories, reports CBS News

Army to End Expansive, Exclusive Halliburton Deal --Logistics Contract to Be Open for Bidding 12 Jul 2006 The Army is discontinuing a controversial multibillion-dollar deal with oil services giant Halliburton Co. to provide logistical support to U.S. troops worldwide, a decision that could cut deeply into the firm's dominance of government contracting in Iraq. Oh, but looky here! Buried in the PentaPost: Halliburton will be eligible to bid on the work.

Violence 'out of control' in Baghdad --50 die in a day 12 Jul 2006 More than 50 people were killed in Baghdad Tuesday in violence that included a double suicide bombing near busy entrances to the fortified Green Zone, scattered shootings, mortar attacks, a series of car bombs and the ambush of a bus with mourners returning from a burial.

Iraq Gunmen Seize 24 People, Killing 20 12 Jul 2006 Gunmen [US death squads] stormed a bus station Wednesday northeast of Baghdad, seizing 24 people and killing all but four of them, authorities said. The gunmen arrived in several cars at the bus station in Muqdadiyah, about 60 miles northeast of Baghdad, about 6 a.m., forced the captives into four vehicles they commandeered at the scene and sped away, officials said.

Israel to UN: Lebanon declared war 12 Jul 2006 Israel filed a severe complaint to the United Nation Wednesday, which declared Hizbullah's attack on Israel and kidnapping of two IDF soldiers was "an act of war." Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Danny Gillerman, charged during a press conference that Lebanon has no less than declared war on Israel. With that, Israel has not requested the UN Security Council convene on the issue.

'Israel may have to take alarming force' 12 Jul 2006 "Israel may have to take alarming force as an outcome of the latest attacks, which may even result in the disarming of the Hizbullah," Professor Gerald Steinberg, Senior Research Associate at the Begin Sedat Center for Strategic Studies said on Wednesday in response to the escalation on Israel's northern frontier.

IDF Re-Engages Lebanon, Reserves Called Up 12 Jul 2006 IDF tanks and ground troops entered Lebanon in response to the kidnapping of two soldiers and killing of 7 others. The army is calling up reserves to report to Israel's northern border.

Army relaxes its standards to fill ranks --Critics say push to meet quotas may let unstable recruits join up 11 Jul 2006 Pentagon officials announced Monday that the Army has managed to achieve its latest recruiting goals, while admitting that they have lowered some standards that had been set to ensure the quality of the force.

Novak Told Prosecutor His Sources in Leak Case 12 Jul 2006 The journalist who first identified the intelligence officer at the center of the C.I.A. leak case says he later voluntarily identified three sources to the prosecutor in the case, who, he says, had already learned of his conversations with each of the three. In his syndicated column being published Wednesday, the 'journalist,' Robert D. Novak, confirms that two of his sources were Karl Rove, the senior White House adviser, and Bill Harlow, then a spokesman for the Central Intelligence Agency, both of whose roles in the case are already widely known.

Novak: Rove was a source in outing Plame 11 Jul 2006 Columnist Robert Novak said publicly for the first time Tuesday that White House political adviser Karl Rove was a source for his story outing the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame.

EU's Solana in fresh CIA kidnapping spotlight 12 Jul 2006 Liberal MEPs investigating allegations that the CIA has been kidnapping EU citizens want EU top diplomat Javier Solana to answer a second round of questions, after news that the EU police mission in Macedonia might have inside knowledge.

Hamdan ruling won't affect NSA surveillance program: DOJ letter 12 Jul 2006 The US Supreme Court's recent decision in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld has not changed the Justice Department's position on the legality of the National Security Agency's anti[pro]-terrorism surveillance program, according to a senior DOJ official writing to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY).

White House seeks dismissal of wiretap suit 10 Jul 2006 The Bush regime Monday asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the National Security Agency’s domestic eavesdropping program, arguing that defending the four-year-old wiretapping program in open court would risk national security.

Senate Votes to Replace FEMA With a New Federal Agency 12 Jul 2006 The Senate voted 87 to 11 Tuesday night to create a new federal entity to replace the much-criticized Federal Emergency Management Agency. The new agency, called the Emergency Management Authority, would remain in the Homeland Security Department into which FEMA, which once had cabinet status, was merged in 2003. But in times of major [Bush-engendered] disasters, the new agency would report directly to the president.

Study: Homeland Security database flawed --Insect zoo [The White House - we need Raid], bourbon festival on list of critical U.S. resources 11 Jul 2006 A Homeland Security database of national monuments, chemical plants and other structures vulnerable to terror attacks is too faulty to accurately help divide federal funds to states and cities, according to the department’s internal watchdog. Instead, the department’s database of vulnerable critical infrastructure and key resources included an insect zoo, a bourbon festival, a bean fest and a kangaroo conservation center.

"When mice would get hungry, they ate insulation and chewed through wires." Hidden Camera Video Shows Mice On Airplane (KSDK's I-Team) 11 Jul 2006 A video obtained by NewsChannel 5's I-Team was shot by a long-time employee at the overhaul base at Kansas City International Airport. The whistleblower did not want to be identified but did want to expose a hidden secret onboard a Boeing 767 passenger plane... On May 5, 2006, a caller reported a mouse infestation. The complaint went on to say that mice chewed through two wires... On May 10, 2006, a caller reported that mice were building nests near the oxygen generators. The whistleblower said, "Anywhere from 900 to 1,000 (mice) could be on this aircraft." [Future Bush bin Laden hirelings, <g>]

New US system will send warnings to phones, computers 12 Jul 2006 The US government will soon be sending warnings of national emergencies on wireless phones, Web sites and hand-held computers. The system was initially designed to warn Americans of a nuclear attack, but Dictator Bush last month ordered Homeland Security to extend the alert "for situations of war, terrorist attack, natural disaster or other hazards to public safety and well-being." [Your instructions to report to a KBR detention center for your mandatory, deadly avian flu vaccine will arrive in your inbox.]

Civil emergency message sent in error 12 Jul 2006 There was no civil emergency in Connecticut or New York Wednesday morning, despite a message to that effect sent out over the emergency alert system to radio and television stations.

D.C. Police Chief Declares Crime Emergency 12 Jul 2006 The District of Columbia police chief declared a crime emergency Tuesday in response to a string of violence.

Jackson Mayor again Extends Civil Emergency Over Crime 12 Jul 2006 Jackson, MS --Jackson Mayor Frank Melton has again renewed the state of emergency declaration for the capital city, saying additional reports of vandalism warrant the action [?!? OMFG!]. The declaration was renewed Tuesday for five additional days. It includes an earlier curfew for teenagers. The mayor renewed the state of emergency last week for similar reasons.

Jackson mayor to place city under civil emergency because of crime 21 Jun 2006 Mayor Frank Melton announced this evening he will sign a proclamation Thursday morning placing the capital city under a state of civil emergency. On Monday, Melton said he would declare an emergency if there was any more incidence of criminal behavior.

FCC Combing Air Tapes for Dirty Words 12 Jul 2006 In its continuing [illegal] crackdown on on-air profanity, the FCC has requested numerous tapes from broadcasters that might include vulgar remarks from unruly spectators, coaches and athletes at live sporting events, industry sources said. "It looks like they want to end live broadcast TV,'' said one executive, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity. ''We already know that they aren't afraid to go after news.''

Chances of Voting Rights Act Renewal Dim 12 Jul 2006 Conservatives persuaded Republican leaders not to force a vote last month to extend for 25 years the Voting Rights Act. They joined a group of Southern Republicans who object to extending the law's requirement that nine states have federal oversight make sure blacks have access to voting booths. "The historical record suggests that when minority communities are in a position to exercise political power, efforts to limit that exercise of power follow," said Debo Adegbile, associate director of litigation at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

CNN Poll: Do you think it's an acceptable standard that electronic voting machines can fail almost a tenth of the time? Yes 5% 372 votes No 95% 7192 votes Total: 7564 votes [Poll snapshot: 10:49 DST 12 Jul 2006]

Oil up $US1/b as Iran stands firm on nuclear programme 12 Jul 2006 Oil rose nearly $US1 on Tuesday as Iran rebuffed pressure from the West for a quick response to an offer of incentives to suspend its uranium enrichment nuclear programme.

Elderly to face double-digit rise in Medicare premiums 11 Jul 2006 The elderly will face another double-digit rise in their Medicare premiums next year, resulting in monthly payments of nearly $100.

U.K. Seeks 10 Million Vaccine Doses to Mitigate [Spread] Bird Flu Risk 12 Jul 2006 The U.K. is seeking 10 million extra doses of vaccine that may be used to immunize poultry against [with] bird flu after the lethal H5N1 strain of the virus was reported for the first time in Spain last week.

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