July 2007 Archives
The phone number for GOP political operative/conservative pundit, John (Jack) M. Burkman Jr. - Principal J.M. Burkman & Associates, Arlington, VA - appears in the database of phone records of the 'DC Madam.' From the phone logs: 2006-01-15 18:44 1.00
GOP Pundit Outed In DC Madam Scandal By Logan Murphy 12 Jul 2007 Remember June 16th, 2006? That’s when Burkman got exposed by a couple of girls on MySpace and posted Crooksandliars graphics of Jack to check him out... Via Citizens for Legitimate Government: The phone number for GOP political operative/conservative pundit, John (Jack) M. Burkman Jr. - Principal J.M. Burkman & Associates, Arlington, VA - appears in the database of phone records of the 'DC Madam.'
Should sex lives of elected officials be dissected? --MSNBC's 'Tucker' with Tucker Carlson (video) 11 Jul 2007 The D.C. madam will apparently reveal more names of her clients, but should the sex lives of elected officials be dissected, judged and discussed in the first place? Michael Rectenwald is the founder of Citizens For Legitimate Government.
MSNBC 'Tucker' Poll: Are the sex lives of officials a public concern? 1293 responses; Yes, officials are representing the public and their actions should be questioned. 67%; No, the policies of public officials are more important, not what they do in their personal lives. 33% [Poll snapshot: 01:56 EDT 13 Jul 2007]
Tucker Attacks Guest's Sexuality: Receives Blistering Smackdown in Response by mrblifil 11 Jul 2007 ...[S]omething important happened on the teevee today, and Kossacks need to take note. Tucker Carlson was dismantled on his own show after attempting to call his own guests sexuality into question. Michael Rectenwald of a group called Citizens for Legitimate Government was the guest... He gave an object lesson in how to dismantle a conservative toady without coming unhinged when they attempt to go below the belt.
D.C. Madam releases phone records 11 Jul 2007 The public release of phone records belonging to alleged Washington D.C. Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey has some working overtime in the dig for dirt. "I've got the air conditioning on and my coffee cup beside me and we'll be plodding through the list," Lori Price, the editor of Citizens for Legitimate Government, a liberal Web site, told The Washington Post.
'We'll go to legitgov and I'm just hoping a certain number with the 966 prefix isn't in there.' D.C. Escort Scandal --MSNBC's 'Countdown' with Keith Olbermann (video) 10 Jul 2007 The D.C. Madam has linked the name of Senator David Vitter, R-La., as one of the people on her list of clients. What is the political fallout of her implication? MSNBC political analyst, Dana Milbank, discusses.
'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for July 10 (transcript) OLBERMANN: The man appointed to succeed him, David Vitter, picked up Livingston‘s demand that President Clinton resign. Today, in our number one story on the COUNTDOWN, Now Senator David Vitter of Louisiana has become the first elected victim of the D.C. Madam scandal. He revealed his meanderings after "Hustler Magazine" called him for comment about the fact that an old phone number of his appeared in the records of the alleged D.C. Madam, phone records that are now being posted online at the legitgov.org site.
'More Names Will Come Out,' Lawyer in D.C. Escort Case Vows By Sue Anne Pressley Montes 11 Jul 2007 For months, alleged D.C. madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey has promised that her voluminous phone records -- all 46 pounds of them -- contained some powerful secrets. Within hours of their public release, a senator acknowledged Monday night that his telephone number was on the list. Now, groups such as one calling itself Citizens for Legitimate Government, which runs a liberal Web site, are poring over the records, hoping to translate the raw numbers into more names and revelations.
Judge lifts injunction on 'DC Madam' phone records By Lori Price 05 Jul 2007 An email was sent from Jeane Palfrey to Citizens For Legitimate Government '...Judge Kessler has lifted the injunction on the phone records.'
Bush acknowledges his administration leaked CIA operative's name 12 Jul 2007 President [sic] George W. Bush on Thursday acknowledged publicly for the first time that someone in his administration likely leaked the name of a CIA operative, although he also said he hopes the controversy over his decision to spare prison for a former White House aide has "run its course."
Bush admits administration officials leaked identity of CIA agent 13 Jul 2007 U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush admitted publicly on Thursday that administration officials might have leaked the identity of a covert Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent. "I'm aware of the fact that perhaps somebody in the administration did disclose the name of that person," Bush said at a news conference.
'I don't think Congress ought to be running the war.' Bush Says Congress Can't Run Iraq War 12 Jul 2007 President [sic] George W. Bush appealed to Americans to be patient with Iraq's effort to achieve a unity government even as a progress report showed the nation's leadership short on key goals to establish democracy. "I don't think it makes sense'' for Congress to tell "our military how to conduct operations" or "deal with troop strength," he said today at a White House press conference.
Bush says no shift on Iraq until September 12 Jul 2007 President [sicc] George W. Bush admitted on Thursday his troop buildup in Iraq had made limited progress but said he would wait for a September security report before considering a change of course.
'The government is unable to govern.' CIA Said Instability Seemed 'Irreversible' By Bob Woodward 12 Jul 2007 Early on the morning of Nov. 13, 2006, members of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group gathered around a dark wooden conference table in the windowless Roosevelt Room of the White House. For more than an hour, they listened to President [sic] Bush give what one panel member called a "Churchillian" vision of "victory" in Iraq and defend the country's prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki. "A constitutional order is emerging," he said. Later that morning, around the same conference table, CIA Director Michael V. Hayden painted a starkly different picture for members of the study group. Hayden said "the inability of the government to govern seems irreversible," adding that he could not "point to any milestone or checkpoint where we can turn this thing around," according to written records of his briefing and the recollections of six participants. "The government is unable to govern," Hayden concluded. "We have spent a lot of energy and treasure creating a government that is balanced, and it cannot function."
Kurds Speak Out Against US-Backed Oil Law 11 Jul 2007 Kurdish leaders spoke out against a key [US-backed] oil law Wednesday, casting new doubt on progress toward a political benchmark seen as crucial to the U.S. strategy in Iraq [Exxon Mobil's profit margin]. The latest amendments to the draft have not been made public, but Natural Resource Minister Ashti Hawrami, the top oil official in the Kurdish northern autonomous zone, told a joint meeting of the Iraqi and Kurdish regional parliaments in the city of Irbil that they "reduce the powers of the region and should not be approved."
Guards steal $282 million from a bank in Baghdad 11 Jul 2007 In an astonishing heist, guards at a bank here made off with more than a quarter-billion dollars on Wednesday, according to an official at the Interior Ministry. The robbery, of $282 million from the Dar Es Salaam bank, a private financial institution, raised more questions than it answered, and officials were tight-lipped about the crime. Both confirmed that the stolen money was in American dollars, not Iraqi dinars. It was unclear why the bank had that much money on hand in dollars, or how the robbers managed to move such a large amount without being detected. [This one has US complicity written all over it, six ways from Sunday. --LRP]
Iraqi police assisted gunmen --Iraqi police colluded with insurgents --Gunmen knew exactly where to find and abduct U.S. officers 12 Jul 2007 A previously undisclosed Army investigation into an audacious January attack in Karbala that killed five U.S. soldiers concludes that Iraqi police working alongside American troops colluded with 'insurgents.' The assault on the night of Jan. 20 stunned U.S. officials with its planning and sophistication. A column of SUVs filled with gunmen who posed as an American security team passed through Iraqi police checkpoints at a provincial headquarters in the Shiite holy city.
Reuters photographer and driver killed in Iraq 12 Jul 2007 An Iraqi photographer and driver working for Reuters in Iraq were killed in Baghdad on Thursday in what police said was American military action and witnesses described as a helicopter attack. Photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22, and driver Saeed Chmagh, 40, were killed in eastern Baghdad, the international news and information company said.
At Least 3 Killed in Green Zone Barrage 11 Jul 2007 Extremists unleashed a barrage of more than a dozen mortars or rockets into the Green Zone on Tuesday, killing at least three people - including an American - and wounding 18 in an area once considered the safest in the Iraqi capital.
Bombs, guns, gangs – now Basra falls prey to the monster badger 12 Jul 2007 British forces in Basra, blamed for a host of ills from militia turf wars to rising Iranian influence, are being held responsible for the latest danger to strike the city – a plague of giant man-eating badgers. For weeks, the southern Iraqi city has been abuzz with talk of a bear-like monster stalking the suburbs and attacking livestock and humans alike. The appearance of the beasts close to the British military base at the airport has sparked rumours that soldiers released them to terrify the populace.
Rotting bodies spoil Baghdad's taste for river fish 10 Jul 2007 River fish are off the menu in Baghdad. Dead bodies frequently pulled from the River Tigris have dulled the Iraqi capital's appetite for Masqouf, its popular dish of grilled carp, after clerics reportedly warned that the fish dined on rotting corpses.
Haditha investigator recommends dismissing charges against US Marine 11 Jul 2007 A military investigating officer in the case against Lance Cpl. Justin L. Sharratt, accused in the killings of 24 Iraqi civilians at Haditha in November 2005, has recommended dropping all charges against Sharratt according to Wednesday reports. [See also: Investigator Urges Clearing of Marine in Killings at Haditha Home 12 Jul 2007.]
'A dead Iraqi is just another dead Iraqi... You know, so what?' Interviews with US veterans show for the first time the pattern of brutality in Iraq 12 Jul 2007 The Nation magazine [has published] a series of in-depth interviews with 50 combat veterans of the Iraq war from across the US. In the interviews, veterans have described acts of violence in which US forces have abused or killed Iraqi men, women and children with impunity. The report steers clear of widely reported atrocities, such as the massacre in Haditha in 2005, but instead unearths a pattern of human rights abuses. "It's not individual atrocity," Specialist Garett Reppenhagen, a sniper from the 263rd Armour Battalion, said. "It's the fact that the entire war is an atrocity."
Military expert: Key to bolster 'Western resolve' is another 9/11 or London transit terrorist attack 08 Jul 2007 The challenge for the government is maintaining support for a conflict when people don't perceive a threat – of a failed state falling into the hands of extremists, for instance – particularly as Canadian deaths are rising, says Lt.-Col. Doug Delaney, chair of the war studies program at the Royal Military College in Kingston. It may well be that the key to bolstering Western resolve is another terrorist attack like 9/11 or the London transit bombings of two years ago, he says. "If nothing happens, it will be harder still to say this is necessary."
Fake firm gets nuclear license in U.S. govt sting 12 Jul 2007 Undercover investigators, working for a fake firm, obtained a license to buy enough radioactive material to build a "dirty bomb," amid little scrutiny from federal regulators, according to a government report obtained on Wednesday. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the license to the dummy company in just 28 days with only a cursory review, the Government Accountability Office said in a report to be released on Thursday.
Bush denies al Qaeda at pre-September 11 strength 12 Jul 2007 U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush denied on Thursday that al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] is as strong today as it was before the September 11 attacks.
Al-Qaeda Rebuilds to Pre-9/11 Strength 11 Jul 2007 The Associated Press has learned that US intelligence analysts believe al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] has rebuilt its operating capability to a level not seen since just before the 2001 terrorist attacks.
Chertoff remark on terror risk elicits little alarm --Cities already on alert, regardless of homeland security chief's 'gut feeling' 11 Jul 2007 Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff’s "gut feeling" about an increased terrorist risk this summer did not send law enforcement officials scrambling for increased security, although authorities said Wednesday his remark emphasized the need for vigilance.
FBI data mining programs target more than just terrorists, DOJ says --Sen. Leahy wants to look into the efforts more thoroughly 12 Jul 2007 The FBI is using data mining programs to track everyone from potential terrorists to individuals who file fraudulent automobile insurance claims, according to a U.S. Department of Justice report filed with Congress this week. The DOJ report, which is required under the Patriot Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005, details six pattern-based data mining initiatives currently under way or planned by the department and its components.
FBI Plans Initiative to Profile Terrorists --Potential Targets Get Risk Rating 11 Jul 2007 The Federal Bureau of Investigations is developing a computer-profiling system that would enable investigators to target possible terror suspects, according to a Justice Department report submitted to Congress yesterday.
Edwards' Campaign Headquarters Evacuated --Officials clear building of danger 12 Jul 2007 A suspicious package addressed to Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards forced the evacuation of his campaign headquarters Thursday, the third time authorities have responded to letters addressed to the office.
John Edwards Campaign HQ Evacuated After Suspicious Package Found 12 Jul 2007 The Chapel Hill, N.C., presidential campaign office of Democratic contender John Edwards was evacuated Thursday after a suspicious package was found at the headquarters.
Ex- convicts and addicts may get DoD clearance 10 Jul 2007 At the Pentagon’s request, Senate defense authorizers tucked deep within a defense bill a repeal of the department’s restriction on granting security clearances to ex-convicts, drug addicts and the mentally incompetent. [Oh --then Bush could apply.]
Should a Criminal Get a Security Clearance? By Sharon Weinberger 10 Jul 2007 Secret Squirrel Senate defense authorizers are battling members of the intelligence committee over plans -- supported by the Pentagon -- that would roll back a law that prevents people -- some criminals and drug users -- from obtaining a security clearance. The Senate Intelligence Committee is against a repeal, which it believes could lead to serious security problems.
House moves on contempt proceedings against Miers 12 Jul 2007 A House panel cleared the way Thursday for contempt proceedings against former White House counsel Harriet Miers after she obeyed President [sic] Bush and skipped a hearing on the firings of federal prosecutors.
Bush orders Miers not to testify 11 Jul 2007 President [sic] Bush ordered former counsel Harriet Miers to defy a congressional summons, even as a second former aide told a Senate panel Wednesday she knew of no involvement by Bush in the dismissals of eight federal prosecutors.
Justice Dept. to White House officials: Ignore Congress --Broadly-worded legal opinion says Bush lawyer and maybe others can disregard subpoenas. By Richard B. Schmitt 11 Jul 2007 In a broadly worded legal opinion, the Justice Department has concluded that President [sic] Bush's former top lawyer, and possibly other senior White House officials, can ignore subpoenas from Congress to testify about the U.S. attorneys affair... Some legal experts said they disagreed with the sweeping privilege that the administration was claiming.
Poll: Commutation was the wrong move 11 Jul 2007 President [sic] Bush's commutation of a prison term for a former aide to Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney did not play well with the public or even Republicans, a survey found. In a USA Today-Gallup poll released Tuesday, 66 percent said Bush should not have intervened in the case of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, whose sentence for obstructing justice in the CIA leak case included a 30-month prison term.
Firefighters slam Giuliani in campaign ad 12 Jul 2007 The country's largest U.S. firefighters union Wednesday blasted former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's performance in the September 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center, aiming a blow at the cornerstone of Giuliani's presidential campaign.
Rep. Bob Allen arrested on sex charge 11 Jul 2007 State Rep. Bob Allen was arrested Wednesday afternoon at a local park after offering to perform a sex act on an undercover officer in exchange for $20, police said. Allen, R-Merritt Island, was booked into the Brevard County jail in Sharpes on a charge of solicitation to commit prostitution, a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in the county jail and a $500 fine.
Fla. State Representative Accused of Soliciting Sex In Men's Room --Police: Allen Offered to Perform Act For $20 11 Jul 2007 Florida state Rep. [GOPervert] Robert "Bob" Allen, R-Merritt Island, was arrested Wednesday and charged with soliciting an undercover male officer for sex at a park in Central Florida, according to police... Authorities said Allen solicited the male officer inside the restroom, offering to perform oral sex for $20.
Dollar falls again amid growing US fears --Wall Street threatened by crumbling housing market --Pound hits its highest value in 26 years 12 Jul 2007 The dollar remained under strong pressure on the foreign exchange markets last night as fresh concerns were raised about the vulnerability of Wall Street to the crumbling American housing market.
Stocks in U.S. Surge, Sweeping Dow Industrials, S&P 500 Index to Records 12 Jul 2007 Stocks rallied, sending benchmark indexes to records and the Dow Jones Industrial Average to its biggest gain since 2003, after Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s sales and a surge in exports improved prospects for economic growth.
Are healthy children a danger? (The Boston Globe) 12 July 2007 It is hard to believe that anyone would oppose giving healthcare to sick children on the grounds that it is a slippery slope to "federalized medicine." Yet that is just what President [sic] Bush is saying about expanding S-Chip, the 10-year-old Children's Health Insurance Program that is up for reauthorization... Bush objects, and his reasons are more about ideology than fiscal discipline.
Report: Pennsylvania's climate could be like Alabama's --Study on global warming: Droughts, floods ... and an end to skiing 12 Jul 2007 Without major reductions in heat-trapping gas emissions, Pennsylvanians can say goodbye to ski resorts, snowmobiles, brook trout and eastern hemlocks, and expect many more heat-related health problems by the end of the century, according to a study on the effects of climate change on the Northeast.
Republicans block new effort to limit U.S. deployments in Iraq 11 Jul 2007 Despite recent defections, Senate Republicans on Wednesday were able to narrowly block an effort [56-to-41 vote] to limit the time that individual American troops can be deployed in Iraq, the first in a series of Democratic proposals aimed at curbing administration war policy.
Bush threatens to veto Iraq troop withdrawal legislation --Bush says no Iraq shift; criticism rises 10 Jul 2007 President [sic] Bush threatened to veto legislation setting a date for a troop withdrawal from Iraq on Tuesday despite growing bipartisan calls in Congress for an end to U.S. participation in the war and sharp criticism of the Iraqi government.
Australian Foreign Minister Urges Public to Support U.S. Troop Surge In Iraq 10 Jul 2007 Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has called on his country to support President [sic] Bush's "troop surge" in Iraq saying the extra 21,000 U.S. troops had only just arrived in the strife-torn nation and needed time to execute their strategy of defeating Iraqi 'insurgents' and al Qaeda extremists.
No doubt US will stay course in Iraq, says PM 11 Jul 2007 The US would not withdraw troops from Iraq despite growing domestic pressure, John Howard predicted yesterday. The Opposition Leader, Kevin Rudd, called on the Prime Minister to agree to a phased withdrawal of Australian troops.
Snow Embraces Troop Withdrawal Bill 11 Jul 2007 Sen. Olympia Snowe on Wednesday became the second Republican to embrace a bill ordering troops out of Iraq as President [sic] Bush's national security adviser tried to stop defections from the White House war policy. Snowe, R-Maine, joined Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., in co-sponsoring a bill that would require troops to start leaving in 120 days. The bill also would end combat by April 30, 2008.
Sunni extremists seize control of village in Iraq 11 Jul 2007 Sunni extremists seized control of a remote village northeast of Baghdad in a fierce battle with residents who pleaded for rescue by the Iraqi Army and police as they tried to defend their homes, the deputy provincial governor said Tuesday.
Rash of insurgent shells falls on Iraq's Green Zone 10 Jul 2007 At least 20 mortar rounds and Katyusha rockets struck the fortified Green Zone on Tuesday afternoon, killing an American service member and two other people in an attack on the heart of U.S. and Iraqi government facilities in the capital. An Iraqi and a third person of unknown nationality also were killed in the attack, according to a statement released by the U.S. Embassy.
Giant badgers terrorise Iraqi port city 11 Jul 2007 The Iraqi port city of Basra, already prey to a nasty turf war between rival militia factions, has now been gripped by a new fear -- a giant badger stalking the streets by night. Local farmers have caught and killed several of the beasts, but this has done nothing to dispel rumours of a bear-like monster that eats humans and was allegedly released into the area by British forces to spread panic.
13 children killed by Afghanistan suicide bomber 11 Jul 2007 A suicide bomber targeted a NATO patrol in a marketplace filled with children Tuesday, killing 13 elementary-school students and at least four other people. Eight Dutch soldiers patrolling on foot — the apparent targets — and at least 35 Afghans were wounded in the bombing in Uruzgan province.
No desire to extend Afghanistan mission past '09: Harper 10 Jul 2007 Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Tuesday his government has no plans to prolong Canada's combat role in Afghanistan beyond its February 2009 commitment, arguing any extension would be for a new mission and contingent upon beefed-up NATO support.
Turkey: Kurdish Guerrillas Bear US Arms 11 Jul 2007 Turkey's ambassador to Washington said Wednesday that U.S. weapons have been turning up in the hands of Kurdish guerrillas staging attacks in Turkey.
U.S. Navy sends third carrier to Fifth Fleet region 10 Jul 2007 The U.S. Navy said on Tuesday it had sent a third aircraft carrier to its Fifth Fleet area of operations, which includes waters close to Iran, whose row with the West over its nuclear plans has stoked regional tensions. The carrier will join two aircraft carriers already in the area, which recently gave the U.S. Navy its biggest presence in the Gulf since the Iraq war in 2003, a Navy spokeswoman said.
US May Cut Navy Presence in Persian Gulf 10 Jul 2007 After a much-publicized military buildup in the Persian Gulf, the United States is now planning to have only one aircraft carrier in the region for part of this year.
U.S. cruise missile defense said possible in 14 months 09 Jul 2007 The United States could deploy a system to protect an area ranging from Washington to Boston from sea-based cruise-missile attacks within 14 months at a cost of "several billion dollars," a top Lockheed Martin Corp. executive said on Monday.
Pentagon Criticized for Armor Contracts 11 Jul 2007 The Defense Department put U.S. troops in Iraq at risk by awarding contracts for badly needed armored vehicles to companies that failed to deliver them on schedule, according to a review by the Pentagon's inspector general. The June 27 report, obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, examined 15 contracts worth $2.2 billion dollars awarded since 2000 to Force Protection, Inc., and Armor Holdings, Inc.
Poll: Bush approval drops to low of 29% 10 Jul 2007 Opposition to the Iraq war has reached a record high, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds... Bush's approval rating has reached a new low: 29%. More than seven in 10 favor removing nearly all U.S. troops from Iraq by April.
White House calls meeting on al Qaeda threat: report 10 Jul 2007 The White House has called an urgent multi-agency meeting for Thursday to discuss a potential new al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] threat on U.S. soil, ABC News reported on Tuesday.
White House: No specific terror threat against U.S. 11 Jul 2007 The Bush administration said on Wednesday there was no specific, credible terrorism threat against the United States and denied that an emergency meeting had been called.
'Summertime seems to appeal to al Qaeda.' --Michael Chertoff
chief warns of terrorist attack --Michael Chertoff cites
a 'gut feeling' that Al Qaeda could strike. Summer 'seems to be appealing
to them,' he says. 11 Jul 2007 Fearing complacency among the American
people over possible terrorist threats, Homeland Security Secretary
Michael Chertoff said Tuesday that the nation faced a heightened chance
of an attack this summer. "I believe we are entering a period this summer
of increased risk," Chertoff told the Chicago Tribune's editorial board
in an unusually
blunt assessment of America's terrorist threat level.
Al Qaeda Cell in the U.S. Or On Its Way, According to New Intel Share 10 Jul 2007 Senior U.S. intelligence officials tell ABC News new intelligence suggests a small al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] cell is on its way to the United States, or may already be here. The White House has convened an urgent multi-agency meeting for Thursday afternoon to deal with the new threat.
Accused leader of NY airport plot pleads innocent 11 Jul 2007 A former cargo handler at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges that he plotted to blow up the airport's fuel tanks and a supply pipeline that runs through New York City.
Government rejects call for 21 July inquiry 11 July 2007 The Government has brushed aside opposition demands for an inquiry into intelligence failings that allowed four failed suicide bombers to slip through the net. The statement came as the jury in the 21 July terrorist trial was discharged after failing to reach verdicts on the last two defendants.
German minister calls for internment and assassination of terror suspects By Peter Schwarz 11 Jul 2007 In an interview in the latest edition of Der Spiegel, the interior minister [Wolfgang Schäuble, Christian Democratic Union, CDU] goes one step further. He is now pushing for the legal means to give the state power to deliberately kill terrorism suspects, or intern them for an indefinite period... "Can one treat such endangerers like combatants and detain them?"... "The legal problems extend all the way to extreme cases, such as so-called targeted killing," Schäuble continues. Der Spiegel clarifies that this means "the systematic assassination of suspects by the state."
Data on Americans mined for terror risk 10 Jul 2007 The FBI is gathering and sorting information about Americans to help search for potential terrorists [?!?], insurance cheats and crooked pharmacists, according to a government report obtained Tuesday.
Bush orders former counsel to defy House committee's subpoena 11 Jul 2007 President [sic] Bush ordered his former White House counsel, Harriet Miers, to defy a congressional subpoena and refuse to appear Thursday before a House panel investigating U.S. attorney firings.
Ex-Bush Aide Won't Answer Senate Queries 11 Jul 2007 Loyal even after leaving the White House, President [sic] Bush's former political director Sara M. Taylor obeyed his instructions and declined to answer most of Congress' questions Wednesday about her role in the firings of federal prosecutors.
Gonzales faces new firestorm in Congress 10 Jul 2007 Embattled U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales faced a new firestorm on Tuesday sparked by a report he may have misled lawmakers in 2005 about civil liberty violations by the FBI. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat who chairs a House Judiciary subcommittee, renewed calls for Gonzales to resign and called for the appointment of a special prosecutor to determine if he had misled Congress, "a serious crime."
Leahy 'deeply disturbed' by new Gonzales allegations 10 Jul 2007 Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said Tuesday he found reports "deeply disturbing" that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales misled Congress in an April hearing regarding the timing of his knowledge of civil liberties abuses by the FBI.
FBI Would Skirt the Law With Proposed Phone Record Program, Experts Say 10 Jul 2007 A proposed new FBI program would skirt federal laws by paying private companies to hold millions of phone and Internet records which the bureau is barred from keeping itself, experts say. The $5 million project would apparently pay private firms to store at least two years' worth of telephone and Internet activity by millions of Americans, few of whom would ever be considered a suspect in any terrorism, intelligence or criminal matter.
Panel Moves to Cut Off Funds to Cheney 10 Jul 2007 Senate Democrats moved Tuesday to cut off funding for Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney's office in a continuing battle over whether he must comply with national security disclosure rules. A Senate appropriations panel chaired by Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., refused to fund $4.8 million in the vice president's budget until Cheney's office complies with parts of an executive order governing its handling of classified information.
GOP official says Vitter should resign; read senator's statement 10 Jul 2007 In the wake of U.S. Sen. David Vitter’s apology after his phone number turned up in an escort service's call list, a member of the Republican State Central Committee called for him to resign. Vincent Bruno of Kenner said today that Vitter should resign "for his own good, the good of the party and the good of his family." If he doesn’t resign, Vitter should "join the Democratic Party where they think that kind of behavior is OK."
Surgeon General Sees 4-Year Term as Compromised 11 Jul 2007 Former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona told a Congressional panel Tuesday that top Bush administration officials repeatedly tried to weaken or suppress important public health reports because of political considerations. The administration, Dr. Carmona said, would not allow him to speak or issue reports about stem cells, emergency contraception, sex education, or prison, mental and global health issues. Top officials delayed for years and tried to "water down" a landmark report on secondhand smoke, he said...
White House threatens House student loan bill veto 10 Jul 2007 The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto a bill backed by U.S. House of Representatives Democrats that would slash subsidies paid to college student-loan companies such as Sallie Mae, Citigroup and Bank of America.
EPA investigating waste at Camp Lejeune 10 Jul 2007 The Environmental Protection Agency is investigating whether cancer-causing radioactive material [strontium-90] was buried in the 1980s near a rifle range at Camp Lejeune, the Marine Corps' primary base on the Atlantic Ocean.
BLM Gets OK for New North Slope Drilling 09 Jul 2007 The Bureau of Land Management could go ahead with plans to allow drilling in a sensitive area near Teshekpuk Lake on the North Slope, an agency spokeswoman said.
Collapse of Big Dig Ceiling in Boston Is Tied to Glue 11 Jul 2007 The ceiling collapsed in one of Boston’s Big Dig tunnels a year ago, killing one woman, because builders used the wrong epoxy to hold the anchor bolts in place, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.
McCain's presidential campaign in tailspin as top staffers bail out 10 Jul 2007 Sen. John McCain's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination hit what may be its breaking point on Tuesday, as he accepted the resignations of four top aides while vowing to continue his struggling quest.
Crisis looms for Bolivia as glaciers melt 11 Jul 2007 The glaciers in the Andes mountains of Bolivia provide about half the drinking water for two million people down the mountain. But the glaciers are now melting at an unprecedented rate and will be completely gone within 20 years.
Report: Wars cost US $12 billion a month 09 Jul 2007 The boost in troop levels in Iraq has increased the cost of war there and in Afghanistan to $12 billion a month, and the total for Iraq alone is nearing a half-trillion dollars, congressional analysts say. All told, Congress has appropriated $610 billion in war-related money since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror assaults, roughly the same as the war in Vietnam. Iraq alone has cost $450 billion.
U.S. Military Losses Hit 4,000 in Iraq, Afghanistan 09 Jul 2007 Four thousand U.S. service members have died in U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush's "war on terror" in Iraq and Afghanistan 5 1/2 years after American forces ousted the Taliban in December 2001.
Official: Report says Iraq government hasn't met any of its benchmarks 09 Jun 2007 A draft report to Congress on the war will conclude that the U.S.-backed government in Iraq has met none of its [US-imposed] targets for political, economic and other reform, speeding up the Bush administration's reckoning on what to do next, a U.S. official said today.
Official: Iraqis Turning Surge Into "Joke" --Despite Erosion of Support, White House Denies Talk of Iraq Pullback 09 Jul 2007 President [sic] Bush is not contemplating withdrawing forces from Iraq now despite an erosion of support among Republicans for his war policy, the White House said Monday. However, a senior administration official who has been to Iraq many times tells CBS News the Iraqis have made the surge "a joke," adding that they lack the ability, the firepower and the discipline to take over anything.
Bush: US commander to decide Iraq troop levels 10 Jul 2007 US President [sic] George W. Bush, battling a growing congressional rebellion against his unpopular Iraq policy, rejected lawmakers' calls for withdrawing US forces from the war-torn country.
W.House denies debating troop withdrawal 09 Jul 2007 President [sic] George W. Bush has no plans to withdraw troops from Iraq now, the White House said on Monday, despite increasing pressure from members of his own Republican party for a change in war strategy. [See: White House Debate Rises on Iraq Pullback 09 Jul 2007.]
Founder of Iraq Oil Workers Union Rejects U.S.-Backed Oil Law as "Robbery" (Democracy Now!) 06 Jul 2007 As the Iraqi cabinet approves part of a controversial oil law, we speak with Faleh Abood Umara, the general secretary of the Federation of Oil Unions and a founding member of the oil workers union in Iraq. He calls on Iraqi lawmakers to reject the legislation. We also speak with Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, president of the Electrical Utility Workers Union and the first woman to head a national union in Iraq.
Turkish PM refuses to rule out Iraq invasion 10 Jul 2007 Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish Prime Minister, today denied any immediate plans to authorise a military invasion in northern Iraq. But he hinted that once elections have taken place later this month that he would reassess Turkey’s options.
Turkey has 140,000 troops on Iraq border 09 July 2007 The Turkish army has 140,000 soldiers along its border with northern Iraq as part of a 'great mobilisation' [a 'surge'], Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said on Monday. Turkey’s armed forces have urged its government to allow an incursion into neighbouring, mainly Kurdish, northern Iraq to crush Turkish Kurdish militants who use the region as a base to attack security and civilian targets inside Turkey.
'17 civilians' die in Afghanistan blast 10 Jul 2007 Police say 17 civilians, including children, have been killed and about 30 others wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up near a NATO convoy in southern Afghanistan. NATO says seven soldiers with its International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were also wounded in the attack, some of them seriously.
U.S. opposition to Iraq war, Bush hits new high: poll 10 Jul 2007 Opposition to the Iraq war has climbed to a record high [more than seven in 10 Americans] and President [sic] George W. Bush's approval rating dropped to a new low [29 percent] amid growing dissent from members of his own Republican party over his war strategy, according to a new USAToday/Gallup poll.
Army's Recruiting Goal Lags For Second Month in a Row 10 Jul 2007 The U.S. Army fell short of its active-duty recruiting goal for June by about 15 percent, defense officials said yesterday. It is the second consecutive month the service's enlistment effort has faltered amid the American public's growing discontent over the war in Iraq.
IDF sources: Iran could have full nuclear capabilities by 2009 10 Jul 2007 Sources from the Israel Defense Forces said Tuesday they believe that Iran could have full nuclear capabilities by 2009. However, the sources said, Iran is more likely to have operational nuclear weapons only in 2010 or 2011.
'Post' learns of shortage in gas masks 08 Jul 2007 While tension is mounting in the Golan Heights and senior defense officials are warning of the possibility of imminent war with Syria, less than 50 percent of the population will have their gas masks renewed by the end of the year, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
Report: Settlers use just 9% of state-allocated West Bank land 07 Jul 2007 West Bank settlements have been allocated huge amounts of land, but use very little of it, according to a Peace Now report. Only nine percent of the area under settlement jurisdiction has been built on, and only 12 percent is being used at all, the report said, citing Civil Administration figures.
Mega barf alert! Blair seeks broader Middle East role: diplomats 10 Jul 2007 Tony Blair is pushing for a broader mandate in the Middle East that would give him a more direct role in peacemaking, expanding the limited envoy job that world powers gave him last month, diplomats said on Tuesday.
Canada to increase Arctic military presence 09 Jul 2007 Canada announced plans Monday to increase its Arctic military presence in an effort to assert sovereignty over the Northwest Passage — a potentially oil-rich region the United States says is international territory. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said six to eight patrol ships will guard what he says are Canadian waters.
US man accused of plotting to blow up pipelines 09 Jul 2007 A Pennsylvania man who sympathized with al Qaeda plotted to blow up U.S. energy installations in a bid to drive up gas prices and prompt a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, prosecutors alleged on Monday. [OMG, we already *have* terrorists in a bid to drive up gas prices: Exxon Mobil!]
New York false flag on the way? New York's City Hall to move to Brooklyn 09 Jul 2007 New York City Hall is leaving Manhattan, at least for a couple weeks. Starting Monday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and 85 staff members will work out of a satellite office in a Brooklyn emergency command center while their usual headquarters gets a facelift.
Qaeda's Zawahri threatens more attacks in UK: tape 10 Jul 2007 Al Qaeda's [5,478,357th] second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahri, on Tuesday threatened more attacks on Britain, two weeks after failed bombings in London and Glasgow.
Glasgow Airport Attack: Suspect 'Critical' 10 Jul 2007 Glasgow airport terror suspect Kaf eel Ahmed was still "critically" ill in hospital last night. Ahmed was last week transferred from the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley to the specialist burns unit at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. He was in the burning Jeep which rammed into Glasgow's Terminal One.
Car Bomb Suspect Worked at Aviation Company 10 Jul 2007 Kafeel Ahmed, the engineer identified by the police as one of two main suspects in the British car bomb plot, worked for much of last year as an aeronautical engineer for an Indian outsourcing company that designs aircraft parts for companies like Boeing and Airbus.
Call for inquiry after London bomb plot criticism 10 Jul 2007 British police and security services were accused on Tuesday of "systematic" failings in connection with attempted suicide bombings in 2005 whose leader had several times crossed their radar.
Four guilty of plotting July 21 suicide attacks on London transport system 10 July 2007 Four members of an Islamist terrorist cell have been found guilty of plotting the 21 July suicide bombings of London's transport system using devices made from hair bleach and Chapatti flour.
Gonzales Was Told of FBI Violations 10 Jul 2007 As he sought to renew the USA Patriot Act two years ago, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales assured lawmakers that the FBI had not abused its potent new terrorism-fighting powers. "There has not been one verified case of civil liberties abuse," Gonzales told senators on April 27, 2005. Six days earlier, the FBI sent Gonzales a copy of a report that said its agents had obtained personal information that they were not entitled to have. It was one of at least half a dozen reports of legal or procedural violations that Gonzales received in the three months before he made his statement [lied] to the Senate intelligence committee, according to internal FBI documents released under the Freedom of Information Act.
Bush invokes executive privilege to deny ex-aides' testimony --White House-Congress showdown over subpoenas escalates 09 Jul 2007 President [sic] Bush invoked executive privilege Monday to deny requests by Congress for testimony from former aides Sara Taylor and Harriet Miers on the White House's role in the firings of several U.S. attorneys.
Former Bush surgeon general says he was muzzled 10 Jul 2007 The first U.S. surgeon general appointed by President [sic] George W. Bush accused the administration on Tuesday of political interference and muzzling him on key issues like embryonic stem cell research. "Anything that doesn't fit into the political appointees' ideological, theological or political agenda is ignored, marginalized or simply buried," Dr. Richard Carmona, who served as the nation's top doctor from 2002 until 2006, told a House of Representatives committee.
Senator's Number on Escort Service List 10 Jul 2007 Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, whose telephone number was disclosed by the so-called "D.C. Madam" accused of running a prostitution ring, says he is sorry for a "serious sin" and that he has already made peace with his wife.
Senator on escort service list admits "sin" 10 Jul 2007 A Republican U.S. senator whose telephone number was discovered in the phone records of a woman accused of running a Washington prostitution ring has apologized publicly for committing "serious sin" in his past. Louisiana Sen. David Vitter acknowledged that his number appeared in the phone records of Pamela Martin and Associates, an escort service run by accused "D.C. madam" Deborah Jeane Palfrey.
Say It Ain't So, Brian Ross! 09 Jul 2007 ...Ross was set to reveal the blockbuster names on the DC Madam's phone bill but seemed to get cold feet at the last minute despite endless teasers advertising the blockbuster 20/20 News report all week long... But the Ross report came and went with a thud with Ross even stating at one point that, "there were no members of Congress that we could find on these phone records." But today the DC Madam posted her phone bills online (see here and here) and already Senator David Vitter (R-LA) has been linked to the prostitution ring. Say it ain't so, Brian!
Budget deal puts Pa. back in business 10 Jul 2007 The state is back in business after a one-day partial shut-down. Gov. Ed Rendell (D) announced last night that lawmakers reached a budget deal and 23,562 state employees would return to work this morning.
The little polar bear that grew too big for any more cuddles 10 Jul 2007 Knut is no longer cuddly and has become an unpredictable, surly adolescent. Berlin’s celebrity polar bear is now deemed too dangerous to perform in public with the keeper who has brought him up since the cub was rejected by his mother.
Iraqis urged to take up arms for defense 09 Jul 2007 Prominent Shiite and Sunni politicians called on Iraqi civilians to take up arms to defend themselves after a weekend of [US] violence that claimed more than 220 lives, including 60 who died Sunday in a surge of bombings and shootings around Baghdad.
Campbell: cabinet's severe doubts on Iraq --Former spin doctor's diaries reveal tensions in build-up to invasion 09 Jul 2007 Tony Blair pressed ahead with the invasion of Iraq without betraying any uncertainty to even his closest colleagues, all of whom had "severe moments of doubt", his former communications chief, Alastair Campbell, reveals today. Mr Campbell records how one of Mr Blair's staunchest allies, John Reid, and the deputy prime minister, John Prescott, looked "physically sick" when cabinet met on the day before the Commons vote to endorse the war.
Campbell: We all had doubts about Iraq except Tony 09 July 2007 All of Tony Blair's closest aides had "severe moments of doubt" about his decision to join the American invasion of Iraq, Alastair Campbell reveals in his diaries, published today. Downing Street's former director of communications suggests that Mr Blair was the only member of his inner circle who did not have private reservations about the decision to topple Saddam Hussein.
No-Confidence Vote Looms Over Iraq's PM --CBS News: The Iraq Project to Call For a July 15 No-Confidence Vote For Al-Maliki 08 Jul 2007 CBS News has learned that on July 15, senior Iraqi leaders plan to ask for a no-confidence vote in the Iraqi parliament as the first step to bringing down the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Even those closest to the Iraqi prime minister, from his own party, admit the political situation is desperate. [Oops! Exxon Mobil must not be stealing its share of Iraq's oil quickly enough, so another US coup d'etat is surely on the way.]
White House Debate Rises on Iraq Pullback 09 Jul 2007 White House officials fear that the last pillars of political support among Senate Republicans for President [sic] Bush’s Iraq strategy are collapsing around them, according to several administration officials and outsiders they are consulting. They say that inside the administration, debate is intensifying over whether Mr. Bush should try to prevent more defections by announcing his intention to begin a gradual withdrawal of American troops from the high-casualty neighborhoods of Baghdad and other cities.
Republican rebellion over Iraq escalates 08 Jul 2007 The Republican rebellion against the war in Iraq widened over the weekend as more of the party’s senators voiced dissent from President [sic] George W. Bush’s strategy.
Weekend of death and destruction dents Bush's hopes of turning the tide in Iraq --Second worst attack since 2003 claims 150 lives --Critics plan no-confidence vote in Baghdad regime 09 Jul 2007 President [sic] George Bush's hopes for making progress with his new Iraq strategy suffered a double blow when there was an upsurge in violence over the weekend and fresh political turmoil in the country. Twenty-three Iraqi army recruits were killed yesterday the day after a truck bomb killed 150 people in Armili, the second worst attack on civilians since the US invasion in 2003. The flare-up came as the Iraqi prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki... faced renewed pressure from both Shia and Sunni parliamentarians. The latter disclosed they are planning a vote of no-confidence on July 15.
In Iraqi Hamlet, 'A Funeral Service In Every House' --Market Blast's Toll Rises; For Some, All Kin Perished 09 Jul 2007 Khider Walli Ahmad has nobody left. Not his wife or his 4-year-old son, not his father or mother or sister. They were killed Saturday when a [US] suicide bomber detonated a truck packed with explosives in a crowded market.
Blackwater manager blamed for 2004 massacre in Fallujah --Military contractors write that a site manager sent four Americans on an ill-advised, fatal mission 08 Jul 2007 When four Blackwater USA security guards were ambushed and massacred in Fallujah in 2004, graphic images showed the world exactly what happened: four men killed, their bodies burned and dragged through the streets. A chanting mob hung two mutilated corpses from a bridge... Why did the lightly armed and undermanned team go through the heart of one of Iraq's most hostile cities? Why did the two teams sent out that day have four members, not the usual six? Some answers can be found in memos from a second team for Blackwater operating around Fallujah on March 31, 2004.
U.S. soldier killed in Iraq's Salahuddin province 08 Jul 2007 A U.S. soldier was killed when an explosion near his vehicle during operations in Iraq's Salahuddin province, northwest of Baghdad, the U.S. military said Sunday.
Gates Cancels Trip as Criticism of Iraq War Mounts 08 Jul 2007 Defense Secretary Robert Gates today canceled a visit to Latin America amid mounting criticism of the Bush administration's policy in Iraq.
'Mideast war this summer' --Syrian official threatens 'resistance' by September, warns Damascus preparing for large-scale conflict 08 Jul 2007 If Israel doesn't vacate the strategic Golan Heights before September, Syrian guerrillas will immediately launch "resistance operations" against the Golan's Jewish communities, a top official from Syrian President Bashar Assad's Baath party told WND.
Miliband warns Iran over nuclear ambitions 09 Jul 2007 David Miliband, the new Foreign Secretary, indicated last night that Gordon Brown’s Government would not shrink from confrontation with Iran over its nuclear ambitions. The Foreign Secretary Mr Miliband insisted the new Government would "not retreat from the world" in the wake of Tony Blair’s departure but would be a "robust defender" of the national interest.
Miliband gives Iran nuclear warning 08 Jul 2007 David Miliband, foreign secretary, has warned Iran that the UK government will maintain a tough stance on Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, insisting that the Iranian regime "doesn’t have the right to set off a nuclear arms race in the Middle East".
Iran: Officials detained by US complain 08 Jul 2007 Iran's foreign ministry spokesman said Sunday that five of the country's officials held by the U.S. in Iraq have complained about their treatment in detention. Mohammad Ali Hosseini's comments come a day after Iranian diplomats met with their detained countrymen in Iraq for the first time.
Afghan counternarcotics minister resigns amid another huge poppy crop 08 Jul 2007 Afghanistan's counternarcotics minister has resigned only weeks after Afghan laborers finished cultivating an [a US] opium poppy crop that could exceed last year's record haul. Habibullah Qaderi's resignation, confirmed by a deputy minister Sunday, came as U.S. and Afghan officials debate privately whether to use herbicides to reduce the drug problem.
Lawmakers to work on shutting down Guantanamo prison 08 Jul 2007 Members of Congress plan to push measures to stop funding for the Guantanamo Bay detention center and grant new legal rights to prisoners when Congress returns this week. "As long as Guantanamo stays open, it undermines our defining principles as a nation of equal justice under law," said Rep Jim Moran, D-Va., author of a funding proposal that would give the Bush regime six months to close the Cuban facility.
Britain's new terror chief says 15 years needed to fight Islamic terrorism 09 July 2007 Britain's new security chief [Admiral Sir Alan West] warned the country's battle against terrorism could take up to 15 years, while Prime Minister Gordon Brown said in an interview broadcast yesterday he wanted an expanded European system to share information on potential threats.
Brown calls for global terrorism register 08 Jul 2007 Gordon Brown today called for a global register of terror suspects to help to prevent future attacks. Mr Brown said that he wanted improved information-sharing between the security services of different countries to help to identity potential terrorists
Nuclear alert by ex-head of MI5 --More than 100 suspects await trial in UK courts for terror offences 09 Jul 2007 More than 100 suspects are awaiting trial in British courts for terrorist offences - a figure unprecedented in modern criminal history - Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, the former spy chief, has revealed... The more than 40 separate terror court cases due to be heard include Operation Gamble, an alleged plot to kidnap and video the beheading of a British soldier and Operation Overt, an alleged plan to blow up 10 US airliners.
Glasgow suspect linked to senior al-Qaeda figure 09 Jul 2007 Britain's former spy chief [Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller] has warned the country faces a terrorism threat of "unprecedented scale, ambition and ruthlessness" as links are drawn between one of the failed Glasgow bombers and a senior al-Qaeda member... "It remains a very real possibility that they may, some time, somewhere, attempt a chemical, biological, radiological or even nuclear attack."
Deadline near for Australia police on doctor 09 Jul 2007 Australian police must decide by Monday night whether to extend the detention of an Indian doctor held over failed car bomb attacks in London and Glasgow, while his lawyer said his defense was being stonewalled. A warrant allowing Australian authorities to hold Queensland hospital doctor Mohamed Haneef, suspected of having links to the United Kingdom plot, expires at 7.05pm (0905 GMT) on Monday.
Car bomb 'to be detonated from Australia' 08 Jul 2007 Suspects linked to the foiled car bomb attacks in London allegedly planned to blow up the devices using mobile phones in Australia, a British newspaper has reported. Eight people, including Indian doctor Mohammed Haneef in Australia, are still being held by police for questioning in relation to last week's two bomb attack attempts in central London and another at Glasgow Airport.
Rick Santorum predicts "some unfortunate events" will give Americans a "very different view of this war" By Shumonik 07 Jul 2007 Yesterday, on the Hugh Hewitt show, former PA Senator Rick Santorum made references to learning the lessons of 9-11 and the recent 'attacks' in England. Then when asked by Hewitt whether he felt the leading Republican Presidential candidates were speaking with enough "seriousness" about the war, Santorum proceeded to say that a lot was going to change in the next year.
New York Plans Surveillance Veil for Downtown 09 Jul 2007 By the end of this year, police officials say, more than 100 cameras will have begun monitoring cars moving through Lower Manhattan, the beginning phase of a London-style surveillance system that would be the first in the United States. The Lower Manhattan Security Initiative, as the plan is called, will resemble London’s so-called Ring of Steel, an extensive web of cameras and roadblocks designed to detect, track and deter terrorists. If the program is fully financed, it will include not only license plate readers but also 3,000 public and private security cameras below Canal Street, as well as a coordination center staffed by the police and private security officers, and movable roadblocks.
Judges OK warrantless monitoring of Web use --Privacy rules don't apply to Internet messages, court says 07 Jul 2007 Federal agents do not need a search warrant to monitor a suspect's computer use and determine the e-mail addresses and Web pages the suspect is contacting, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.
Who Runs the CIA? Outsiders for Hire. By R.J. Hillhouse 08 Jul 2007 Our national security is being outsourced... Over the past five years (some say almost a decade), there has been a revolution in the intelligence community toward wide-scale outsourcing. Private companies now perform key intelligence-agency functions, to the tune, I'm told, of more than $42 billion a year. Intelligence professionals tell me that more than 50 percent of the National Clandestine Service (NCS) -- the heart, brains and soul of the CIA -- has been outsourced to private firms such as Abraxas, Booz Allen Hamilton, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.
Job Vacancies At DHS Said to Hurt U.S. Preparedness --As of May 1, DHS had 138 vacancies among its top 575 positions 09 Jul 2007 The Bush administration has failed to fill roughly a quarter of the top leadership posts at the Department of Homeland Security, creating a "gaping hole" in the nation's preparedness for a terrorist attack or other threat, according to a congressional report to be released today... "One of the continuing problems appears to be the over politicization of the top rank of Department management," concludes the report by the committee, chaired by Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS). "This could lead to heightened vulnerability to terrorist attack."
Senators want Libby prosecutor to testify 08 Jul 2007 The Senate Judiciary Committee may seek testimony from prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald about the obstruction of justice case against vice presidential aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby, two senators [Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Charles Schumer (D-NY)] said on Sunday.
Bush justice is a national disgrace By John S. Koppel 05 Jul 2007 The public record now plainly demonstrates that both the DOJ and the government as a whole have been thoroughly politicized in a manner that is inappropriate, unethical and indeed unlawful. The unconscionable commutation of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's sentence, the misuse of warrantless investigative powers under the Patriot Act and the deplorable treatment of U.S. attorneys all point to an unmistakable pattern of abuse. In the course of its tenure since the Sept. 11 attacks, the Bush administration has turned the entire government (and the DOJ in particular) into a veritable Augean stable on issues such as civil rights, civil liberties, international law and basic human rights, as well as criminal prosecution and federal employment and contracting practices. It has systematically undermined the rule of law in the name of fighting terrorism, and it has sought to insulate its actions from legislative or judicial scrutiny and accountability by invoking national security at every turn, engaging in persistent fearmongering, routinely impugning the integrity and/or patriotism of its critics, and protecting its own lawbreakers. This is neither normal government conduct nor "politics as usual," but a national disgrace of a magnitude unseen since the days of Watergate - which, in fact, I believe it eclipses.
Democrats have daggers drawn for Bush 08 Jul 2007 With daggers drawn [<g>] for a weakened White House, congressional Democrats return from a short recess this week plotting to further undermine President [sic] George W. Bush's waning political sway.
Poll: Impeachment talk gains steam after Libby move 08 Jul 2007 A new survey by the American Research Group found that only 31 percent of respondents approve of the president’s [sic] commutation of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby’s prison sentence... The ARG poll found a remarkable 45 percent in favor of the U.S. House of Representatives beginning impeachment proceedings against Bush.
Sheehan Considers Challenge to Pelosi 08 Jul 2007 Cindy Sheehan, the soldier's mother who galvanized the anti-war movement, said Sunday that she plans to run against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unless she introduces articles of impeachment against President [sic] Bush in the next two weeks.
Obama's Davenport field office burglarized 08 Jul 2007 (IA) The Davenport campaign headquarters for Senator Barack Obama was burglarized last night. Tommy Vietor, a spokesman for the Obama campaign, says that two laptop computers and some campaign literature were taken.
Penn. furloughs 25,000 as budget deadlocks --Governor takes his energy tax off table; talks will resume today in Harrisburg 09 Jul 2007 Nearly 25,000 "nonessential" state employees were put on temporary furlough without pay at 12:01 a.m. today because Gov. Ed Rendell (D) and Republican legislative leaders couldn't agree on a new 2007-08 state budget last night.
Democrats accuse governor of bullying air panel --Schwarzenegger's top aides hindered efforts to curb greenhouse gases, former board members say. 07 Jul 2007 Democratic lawmakers charged the Schwarzenegger administration Friday with bullying the state's air board into softening enforcement of environmental laws, as two former top regulators testified that the governor's chief deputies routinely pressured them not to push ahead with policies that industry found objectionable.
Wildfires rage across western United States 08 Jul 2007 Wildfires raged across the western United States on Sunday as firefighters scrambled to prevent flames from spreading across rugged terrain thick with tinder turned bone-dry by scorching weather.
Judge lifts injunction on 'DC Madam' phone records By Lori Price 05 Jul 2007 An email was sent from Jeane Palfrey to Citizens For Legitimate Government '...Judge Kessler has lifted the injunction on the phone records.' I have been told that the list is on its way to me. --LRP
French official suggested Bush was behind September 11 attacks 07 Jul 2007 A senior French politician, now a minister in President Nicolas Sarkozy's government, suggested last year that U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush might have been behind the September 11, 2001 attacks, according to a website. The www.ReOpen911.info website has posted a video clip of French Housing Minister Christine Boutin appearing to question that Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] group orchestrated the attacks.
Bush bin Laden allows al-CIAduh to escape, once again: U.S. Aborted Raid on Qaeda Chiefs in Pakistan in '05 08 Jul 2007 A secret military operation in early 2005 to capture senior members of Al Qaeda in Pakistan’s tribal areas was aborted at the last minute after top Bush administration officials decided it was too risky and could jeopardize relations with Pakistan [Yeah, right!], according to intelligence and military officials. The target was a meeting of Qaeda leaders that intelligence officials thought included Ayman al-Zawahri, Osama bin Laden’s top deputy and the man believed to run the terrorist group’s operations. But the mission was called off after Donald H. Rumsfeld, then the defense secretary, rejected an 11th-hour appeal by Porter J. Goss, then the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, officials said.
White House Shaving Yardstick for Iraq Gains --Goals Unmet; Smaller Strides to Be Promoted 08 Jul 2007 The Iraqi government is unlikely to meet any of the political and security goals or timelines President [sic] Bush set for it in January when he announced a major shift in U.S. policy, according to senior administration officials closely involved in the matter. As they prepare an interim report due next week, officials are marshaling alternative evidence of progress [lying] to persuade Congress to continue supporting the war.
Top Commander Expects Big Iraq Strikes 07 Jul 2007 Sunni extremists [US terrorists] may try a series of high-profile attacks ahead of a September report to Congress on progress in Iraq, the top U.S. commander said Saturday, recalling the Tet offensive that torpedoed support for the Vietnam War.
Iraq outposts plan may be flawed --Some troops say the shift of forces to Baghdad neighborhoods is not achieving its goal: to increase street patrols and build trust. [Duh.] 08 Jul 2007 The neighborhood outposts that the U.S. military launched with great fanfare in Baghdad early this year were supposed to put more American patrols on the streets and make residents feel safer. But some soldiers stationed at the posts and Iraqis who live nearby say they are doing the opposite. Following a classic counterinsurgency tenet, military planners are trying to take U.S. forces out of their distant, sprawling military bases and into the day-to-day lives of Iraqis.
Truck bomber kills 23 Iraqi army recruits 08 Jul 2007 A suicide [US] truck bomber killed 23 new Iraqi army recruits when he rammed into their vehicle south of Baghdad on Sunday, police said, a day after a huge truck bomb killed 150 people in the north of the country.
Iraq truck bomb death toll may be 150: officials 08 Jul 2007 The death toll from Saturday's [US] truck bomb attack in a market in the northern Iraqi town of Tuz Khurmato may be as high as 150, local officials said on Sunday. Local police and the mayor, Mohammed Rasheed, said the confirmed death toll was 130, with 250 wounded. But police said 20 people were still missing and presumed dead.
Truck Bomb In Baghdad Kills 105, Injures 240 07 Jul 2007 A [US] truck bomb in a market in northern Iraq has left 105 people dead and injured another 240. The bomb detonated in the town of Amerli, just south of Kirkuk. Dozens of people were trapped under the rubble after a truck when two tons of explosives detonated in the outdoor market. Witnesses said the truck resembled an Iraqi military truck.
Nine more US soldiers die in Iraq 07 Jul 2007 Eight more American soldiers have been killed in action over two days in Iraq and a ninth died for a reason unrelated to the fighting, the US military said Saturday.
Powell tried to talk Bush out of war 08 Jul 2007 The former American secretary of state Colin Powell has revealed that he spent 2½ hours vainly trying to persuade President [sic] George W Bush not to invade Iraq and believes today’s conflict cannot be resolved by US forces. "I tried to avoid this war," Powell said at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado. "I took him through the consequences of going into an Arab country and becoming the occupiers."
Blair wanted to quit before Iraq war 08 Jul 2007 Tony Blair wanted to quit as prime minister a year before the Iraq war, according to Alastair Campbell, his former communications director. He told Campbell that he was not going to seek a third term of office and wanted to be free to act without worrying what the Labour party or public thought of him for the remainder of his second term.
Sensing a Shift, Reid Will Press for an Iraq Exit 08 Jul 2007 Democratic voters are not the only ones bitter over their party’s failure to use new Congressional power to force a withdrawal of troops from Iraq... Sensing momentum from the new Republican defections, Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader (NV), and other leading Democrats intend to force a series of votes over the next two weeks on proposals to withdraw troops and limit spending.
A GOP discord on Bush's Iraq strategy --A growing number of Republican lawmakers are dissenting from the administration and urging for a change of course. 07 Jul 2007 Wearied by the lack of progress in Iraq and by the steady stream of military funerals back home, a growing number of Republican lawmakers who had stood loyally with President [sic] Bush are insisting his strategy has failed and are calling on him to bring the war to an end.
Oil and turmoil make an imperial mix in Iraq By Ameen Izzadeen 06 Jul 2007 While 600,000 Iraqis died and more than 3,500 Americans paid with their lives for this capitalist-Zionist agenda, Halliburton, the company which Cheney headed before he was picked by Bush as his running mate in the 2000 election [sic], earned billions of dollars in profit from the Iraq war. A recent report by the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction showed that Halliburton had earned 22 billion blood-soaked dollars as profits... Contracts are handed to companies such as Halliburton and Bechtel — companies which were close to the Bush administration. American companies rebuild what the American military destroyed... Mind you, companies like Halliburton have shifted their headquarters to Dubai and other tax havens. So they avoid paying taxes. Both the American tax payers and the Iraqi people, one fifth of whom live as refugees as a result of Bush's inhuman war, are being robbed by heartless capitalists.
The Road Home --It is time for the United States to leave Iraq, without any more delay than the Pentagon needs to organize an orderly exit. (The New York Times) 08 Jul 2007 Like many Americans, we have put off that conclusion, waiting for a sign that President [sic] Bush was seriously trying to dig the United States out of the disaster he created by invading Iraq without sufficient cause, in the face of global opposition, and without a plan to stabilize the country afterward... It is frighteningly clear that Mr. Bush's plan is to stay the course as long as he is president and dump the mess on his successor. Whatever his cause was, it is lost... President Bush and Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney have used demagoguery and fear to quell Americans’ demands for an end to this war. They say withdrawing will create bloodshed and chaos and encourage terrorists. Actually, all of that has already happened — the result of this unnecessary invasion and the incompetent management of this war.
Tribal Chief Says NATO Airstrike Killed 108 Afghan Civilians 08 Jul 2007 Amid a continuing flurry of reports about civilian casualties in Afghanistan, the leader of a tribal council in Farah Province said Saturday that 108 noncombatants had been killed Friday in a NATO airstrike.
Blast Hurts 4 NATO Troops in Afghanistan 07 Jul 2007 A roadside blast struck a NATO convoy in southern Afghanistan and wounded four alliance soldiers Saturday, while fighting in three separate regions of the country left more than 100 'militants' dead, officials said.
Fatal Afghan blast was biggest seen, bomb experts say --No vehicle could have withstood such a powerful explosion, investigation into deaths of six soldiers concludes as bodies return home 06 Jul 2007 The explosion was the biggest ever seen by Canada's bomb experts in Afghanistan, and last night the scale of its damage was paraded across the warm tarmac at Kandahar Air Field. A line of coffins stretched into the darkness as pallbearers walked six of their comrades into the belly of a transport plane.
British PM Brown pledges continued commitment for Afghanistan 07 Jul 2007 British Prime Minister Gordon Brown pledged continued commitment and involvement in Afghanistan during a telephone conversation with President Hamid Karzai, the president's office said in a statement Saturday.
Illinois orders testing for PTSD, brain injury --State will be first to screen National Guardsmen 07 Jul 2007 Illinois officials will mandate brain injury screening and post-traumatic stress disorder tests for all state National Guardsmen returning from overseas tours.
Spain intercepts arms shipment from Israel to Nicaragua 04 Jul 2007 The Spanish customs service found 1,085 guns and pistols on a ship making its way from Israel to Nicaragua during a routine inspection of the ship while it was docking in Algeciras in southern Spain. The container was confiscated by the Spanish authorities, and the ship was later permitted to set sail.
Alabama coal company accused of bankrolling Colombia's killer right-wing militias 07 Jul 2007 The bus had just left Drummond Co. Inc.'s coal mine carrying about 50 workers when gunmen halted it and forced two union leaders off. They shot one on the spot, pumping four bullets into his head, and dragged the other one off to be tortured and killed. In a civil trial set to begin Monday before a federal jury in Birmingham, Ala., union lawyers have presented affidavits from two people who allege that Drummond ordered those killings, a charge the company denies.
Canadian terrorism accused faces US appeal 07 Jul 2007 The US military has appealed against a decision to dismiss terrorism charges against a Canadian detainee at Guantanamo Bay. A US military commission last month threw out murder and conspiracy charges against 20-year-old Omar Khadr. The presiding officer said he could not proceed because Khadr had not been formally designated an unlawful enemy combatant.
Bombers aimed to bring Baghdad carnage to UK 08 Jul 2007 The terror attacks at Glasgow Airport and London were a calculated act of revenge intended to bring the carnage of Baghdad to Britain's streets, investigators have revealed. Security sources have briefed senior politicians that the failed assaults of last weekend were most likely part of a "profoundly political campaign" to punish the UK for its part in the invasion and occupation of Iraq.
Terror suspect's jet bomb plot link 08 Jul 2007 A terror suspect involved in bomb attacks on London and Glasgow was a known associate of a senior al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] figure caught plotting to blow up passenger jets four years ago. Kafeel Ahmed, an Indian doctor, knew one of the terror group's most high-profile bomb makers in Europe, according to senior security sources.
Terror attack suspect has expertise in making bombs 07 Jul 2007 The terror suspect critically ill in a hospital burns unit is an engineer with the skills to make the explosives used in the Glasgow and London attacks. It has emerged that Kafeel Ahmed, who allegedly drove the Jeep into a Glasgow Airport terminal last Saturday, is a doctor of engineering, not medicine.
Iraqi doctor remanded over 'car bombs' plot 07 Jul 2007 Iraqi doctor Bilal Abdullah became the first man to be charged in connection with the failed UK bombing plots as the country today marked the second anniversary of the London suicide attacks in shadow of the latest terror threat.
Doctors released after terrorism probe questioning 07 Jul 2007 Police have released five foreign doctors who were questioned yesterday in Western Australia and Sydney about possible links to the attempted UK car bombings. The four doctors from Western Australia and one from New South Wales were questioned yesterday by Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers as part of the investigation into terrorist plots in London and Glasgow.
D.C., N.Y. Say Expected Increase In Anti-Terror Funding Isn't Enough 08 Jul 2007 Washington and New York are both likely to get a boost in key anti-terrorism grants from the Department of Homeland Security this year, although the two cities will still receive far less than they have in some other years, officials said yesterday.
Lawsuit Against Wiretaps Rejected --Case's Plaintiffs Have No Standing, Appeals Court Rules 07 Jul 2007 A federal appeals court removed a serious legal challenge to the Bush regime's warrantless wiretapping program yesterday, overruling the only judge who held that a controversial surveillance effort by the National Security Agency was unconstitutional. Two members of a three-judge panel of the Cincinnati-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ordered the dismissal of a major lawsuit that challenged the wiretapping, which President [sic] Bush authorized secretly to eavesdrop on communications involving potential terrorists shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Spy Program Still Open to Future Challenges --Appeals Panel Dismissed Case but Didn't Examine Case's Merits 06 Jul 2007 A federal appeals court decision Friday dismissing a lawsuit that challenged the Bush regime's warrantless wiretapping program is a significant victory for the White House, but it hasn't closed the door to further legal challenges to the program.
'Suspicion' About Libby's Commutation 08 Jul 2007 The Democrat probing President [sic] Bush's decision to erase the prison sentence of a former White House aide said Sunday there is "the suspicion" the aide might have fingered others in the Bush administration if he served time. House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers spoke of "the general impression" that Bush last week commuted I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's 2 1/2 year sentence in the CIA leak case to keep Libby quiet.
White House Subpoena battle escalates 08 Jul 2007 The Bush administration is urging a former White House political director to ignore a subpoena and not testify before Congress about the firings of federal prosecutors, her lawyer says. The Senate Judiciary Committee wants to hear from Sara Taylor at its hearing Wednesday and she is willing to talk. Testifying, however, would defy the wishes of the president [sic], "a person whom she admires and for whom she has worked tirelessly for years," lawyer W. Neil Eggleston said.
White House Will Deny Request In Attorneys Probe --Bush to Defy Congress, Sources Say 08 Jul 2007 The White House has decided to defy Congress's latest demand for information regarding the dismissal of nine U.S. attorneys, sources familiar with the decision said yesterday. Such an action would escalate the constitutional struggle and propel it closer to a court showdown.
Battle Expected on Dismissals Testimony 08 Jul 2007 The lawyer for a former White House aide [Sara Taylor] told lawmakers Saturday that he expected the Bush administration to try to block the aide from testifying about the dismissals of 93 United States attorneys. The statements came as the White House and Congress appeared to be moving toward a legal contest over Congressional subpoenas.
Fred Thompson aided Nixon on Watergate 07 Jul 2007 President Nixon and his top aides viewed fellow Republican, Fred Thompson, as a willing, if not too bright, ally, according to White House tapes. Tapes show Thompson comes across as a partisan willing to cooperate with the Nixon White House's effort to discredit the committee's star witness. It was Thompson who tipped off the White House that the Senate committee knew about the tapes.
Bloody nose for having a dry lawn --Woman, 70: 'He really abused me,' resident says after arrest by Orem police officer 07 Jul 2007 (UT) Two days after Independence Day, 70-year-old Betty Perry experienced an ordeal she said shouldn't be happening in America. The retired military and U.S. government employee answered the door at her home Friday morning to talk with a police officer about her bone-dry lawn and ended up getting arrested and suffering a bloody nose.
Bird flu alarm sounds anew in Europe 07 Jul 2007 The bird flu alarm has once more been raised in Europe, with traces of the deadly H5N1 virus discovered in dead birds in Germany and France.
New health fears over big surge in autism --Experts 'concerned' by dramatic rise --Questions over triple jab for children 08 Jul 2007 The number of children in Britain with autism is far higher than previously thought, according to dramatic new evidence by the country's leading experts in the field. A study, as yet unpublished, shows that as many as one in 58 children may have some form of the condition...
Record heat seen moving east next week 07 Jul 2007 Private forecaster AccuWeather said Friday record-breaking heat was expected to move eastward, resulting in temperatures that could reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) in New York City and Washington, D.C. early next week.
kill dead people: US
military announces the killing of key al Qaeda leader who died a year
ago 06 Jul 2007 The U.S. command in Baghdad this week ballyhooed
the killing of a key al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] leader [Kamal Jalil Uthman,
aka Said Hamza] but later admitted that the
military had declared him dead a year ago. A military spokesman
acknowledged the mistake after it was called to his attention by The
Examiner. He said public affairs officers will be more careful in announcing
War Costs Soar by a Third; Total Could Top $1.4 Trillion By Noah Shachtman 06 Jul 2007 In the first half of this fiscal year, the Defense Department's "average monthly obligations for contracts and pay is running about $12 billion per month, well above the $8.7 billion in FY2006," says a new report, obtained by DANGER ROOM, from the non-partisan Congressional Research Service. Additional war costs for the next 10 years could total about $472 billion if troop levels fall to 30,000 by 2010, or $919 billion if troop levels fall to 70,000 by about 2013. If these estimates are added to already appropriated amounts, total funding about $980 billion to $1.4 trillion by 2017.
'We have decided how to act, everything is clear.' Turkish government and military agree on Iraq incursion plans 06 Jul 2007 Turkey's government and military have agreed on detailed plans for a cross-border operation against Kurdish rebels based in northern Iraq, the foreign minister said Friday. Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul urged the United States and Iraq, which oppose a Turkish military move into Iraq, to crack down on rebels of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK. But he said Turkey was ready to stage an offensive if necessary.
Curfews imposed in 2 Iraqi towns as violence surges 05 Jul 2007 Officials imposed curfews in two towns to the far east and south of Baghdad on Thursday, amid [US] violence between rival Sunni Muslims in one incident and clashes between a Shiite Muslim militia and Iraqi security forces in another.
Military: 6 U.S. troops killed in Iraq 07 Jul 2007 The U.S. military Saturday announced the deaths of six more American service members in combat operations in Iraq, most of them in the Baghdad area. Three other service members were killed Thursday — two Marines in western Anbar province and a soldier in Baghdad, the command said.
Doolittle calls for pullback in Iraq --Criticizing 'quagmire,' he sees advisory role for U.S. 06 Jul 2007 Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA), questioning whether the Iraq war is worth the continued loss of American lives, said Thursday that U.S. troops should be pulled back from the front lines "as soon as possible" and the fighting should be turned over to Iraqi forces. Doolittle's remarks, made at a town hall meeting in Rocklin and expanded upon later in a meeting with The Bee's editorial board, underscored a growing shift among Republican lawmakers away from the Iraq policies of President [sic] Bush.
Alexander joins revolt on Iraq 27 Jun 2007 Amid a sudden Republican rebellion against President [sic] Bush's Iraq policy, Sen. Lamar Alexander said Tuesday that Sen. Richard Lugar's (R-IN) speech suggesting an end to the troop surge and a new approach in Iraq is "an important indication that the train is about to move in a different direction."
Suicide car bomb wounds two UK troops in Afghanistan 06 Jul 2007 A suicide car bomber attacked NATO-led forces near the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday, wounding two British soldiers, Afghan police chief General Ali Shah Paktiwal told Reuters.
Pentagon Understates War Casualties, Says Veterans Group By Joel Wendland 05 Jul 2007 The Pentagon is intentionally underreporting US casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a recent report by veterans' advocacy group Veterans for Common Sense... According to these [VCS] documents, as of June 30, 2007, US casualties in Afghanistan totaled closer to 7,500 (killed, wounded, injured, and medically evacuated). In Iraq, the total is almost 58,000.
Pentagon Appeals Case Against Guantanamo Prisoner 06 Jul 2007 The Pentagon said Friday it had appealed a decision by a military judge to dismiss the case of a Guantanamo Bay prisoner accused of murdering an American soldier in Afghanistan. Omar Ahmed Khadr has been in custody since he was 15. He is charged with tossing a grenade that killed one U.S. soldier and injured another in Afghanistan in 2002.
Israel kills eleven in Gaza 05 Jul 2007 Israeli troops killed 11 Palestinian fighters in fierce clashes on Thursday while ground troops backed by air power pushed into the Gaza Strip, stepping up pressure on the Hamas-run enclave.
US official: North Korea has new missile 06 Jul 2007 North Korea is about to field an advanced short-range missile that has been tested successfully and will pose a new threat to South Korea, a departing Pentagon official said Friday.
Russia issues new missile defence threat 04 Jul 2007 Russia warned today that it would position its rockets close to the Polish border and point missiles at US bases in Europe if Washington rebuffed its latest offer of cooperation on missile defence.
U.S. diplomats confined to embassies for security reasons, says report 07 Jul 2007 U.S. diplomats have been hit with unprecedented security restrictions with many being confined to fortress-like embassy compounds, Associated Press reported Friday. Lockdowns and prohibitions on travel now apply to Americans posted to embassies and consulates in at least 28 nations, according to an Associated Press survey of State Department warnings, internal directives and officials.
Police out in force under terrorism powers 06 Jul 2007 (Wales) High-profile policing will continue this weekend in the nation’s capital. Officers will be supported by armed police using powers under section 44 of the Terrorism Act to stop vehicles and pedestrians. These teams will be mobile and will travel around Cardiff.
Britain 'getting to bottom' of bomb plot 07 Jul 2007 British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says investigations stretching from Britain to Australia are "getting to the bottom" of a cell behind failed car bombings in London and Scotland. "This is an international investigation now," Mr Brown said of the hunt for those behind two failed car bombs in London, and a botched but fiery attack on Glasgow airport in Scotland by two men who smashed a jeep into a terminal building.
Australia police get more time to question doctor 06 Jul 2007 Australian authorities, who have been joined by British police, have won more time to interrogate an Indian doctor held in connection with the plot to detonate car bombs in London and Scotland. A court judge in Queensland granted Australian police and a senior British counter-terrorism officer an extra 96 hours to question Mohammed Haneef, 27, who was detained trying to leave Australia on Monday, under anti[pro]-terrorism laws.
British police charge suspect over failed bombings 06 Jul 2007 British police charged Friday a first suspect, a 27-year-old Iraqi doctor, over two failed car bombings in London and a third botched attack at Glasgow airport last weekend. Bilal Abdulla, one of eight people so far arrested over the attempted attacks, will appear on Saturday in a central London court charged with conspiring to cause explosions.
2 UK Terror Suspects Looked Into US Jobs 06 Jul 2007 Two suspects in the failed car bombings in Britain made inquiries about working in the United States, the FBI said Friday, and police said an Iraqi doctor arrested at Glasgow airport became the first person charged in the attacks. [The Bush dictatorship is disseminating this propaganda in order to force a National ID down our throats. --LRP]
Sources: 2 in plot explored U.S. jobs --The probe of bomb attempts in Britain has reached Phila., where a certifying agency for foreign doctors has offices. 06 Jul 2007 Two of the seven doctors arrested in Britain after last week's failed bomb attacks had explored the possibility of coming to the United States, making inquiries to a Philadelphia-based organization, sources said.
US appeals court throws out ruling against eavesdropping 06 Jul 2007 A US federal appeals court on Friday struck down a lower court's order against the US government's domestic eavesdropping program, launched in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The ruling allowed President [sic] George W. Bush's regime to continue its controversial program of wartime spying on communications between US and foreign locations in suspected terror cases without first seeking a warrant.
Court dismisses challenge to domestic spying --3-judge panel splits along party lines over Bush's surveillance program 06 Jul 2007 A federal appeals court on Friday ordered the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging President [sic] Bush’s domestic spying program, saying the plaintiffs had no standing to sue. In a 2-1 decision, two Republican appointees on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against allowing the lawsuit. A Democratic appointee judge disagreed, saying it was clear to him that the post-9/11 warrantless surveillance program aimed at uncovering terrorist activity violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978.
White House Policy Illegally Silences Americans Critical of Bush, ACLU Charges --Civil Liberties Group Sues Former White House Staffer for Ejecting Taxpayers from Public Events 28 Jun 2007 The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a federal lawsuit against a former high-level White House staffer for enacting a policy that unlawfully excluded individuals perceived to be critical of the administration from public events where President Bush was present. The policy is laid out in an October 2002 "Presidential Advance Manual" obtained by the ACLU.
Office of Presidential Advance - Presidential Advance Manual (ACLU) 28 Jun 2007
Suit Planned Over Visas for the Highly Skilled 06 Jul 2007 A national association of immigration lawyers said yesterday that it would bring a class-action lawsuit against the federal immigration agency for refusing to accept thousands of applications for work-based permanent visas from highly skilled immigrants who were encouraged by the government to apply.
Christine Boutin rattrapée par ses propos controversés sur le 11-Septembre 05 Jul 2007 Christine Boutin rendant George Bush responsable des attentats du 11-Septembre? Pour le collectif ReOpen911, pas de doute. Sur son site Internet, qui exhume une vidéo de novembre 2006, les tenants de la théorie "conspirationniste" des attentats de New York et Washington vont plus loin, affirmant: "Le gouvernement français, représenté par Christine Boutin, envisage la responsabilité de G. W. Bush dans les attentats du 11 septembre 2001."
Secrecy at Nuclear Agency Is Criticized by Lawmakers 06 Jul 2007 A factory that makes uranium fuel for nuclear reactors had a spill so bad it kept the plant closed for seven months last year and became one of only three events in all of 2006 serious enough for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to include in an annual report to Congress.
Doomsday backlash: Georgia Power slams nuclear report By Margaret Newkirk 05 Jul 2007 The figures were chilling... Hundreds to die if two new reactors get built, as Georgia Power plans. The figures came from a report called "Health Risks of Adding New Reactors to the Vogtle Nuclear Plant." Commissioned by a North Carolina-based group opposing Georgia Power's pending nuclear expansion and championed by other, Georgia-based opponents, the report was intended as a damaging shot at Georgia Power's nuclear ambitions... It took Georgia Power approximately a nanosecond to bloody the health study beyond recognition, with an assist from the well-organized and well-funded nuclear industry, the speed of the Internet and -- unfortunately for its sponsors -- the report itself.
National Hurricane Center Staff Mutinies 06 Jul 2007 Nearly half the National Hurricane Center's employees urged the federal government to replace their boss Thursday, saying they need to return their focus to protecting people from dangerous tropical weather. A growing number of staffers believe that center Director Bill Proenza has damaged public confidence [?] in their ability to forecast storms. Proenza has repeatedly and publicly criticized the government for failing to provide enough funding and to replace an aging weather satellite. [Since Bush's illegal wars have $1.4 trillion going directly to the terrorists at Halliburton, KBR, and Blackwater USA, there's no money to replace an aging weather satellite.]
E.P.A. Scaled Back Rules on Wetlands 05 Jul 2007 After a concerted lobbying effort by property developers, mine owners and farm groups, the Bush administration scaled back proposed guidelines for enforcing a key Supreme Court ruling governing protected wetlands and streams.
Supreme Assholes By Brian Morton 04 Jul 2007 Ever since the 2000 election [sic], when television network news broadcasters began the practice of dividing the country into "red" and "blue" states, the conservative part of the country has seemed to want to hasten the divide. Nearly two years ago in this column, I wrote of the man who now sits in the chief justice chair of the Supreme Court, "if there's one thing that [John] Roberts can safely be accused of, it is that he is an asshole." And due to the efforts of the Roberts court, with freshman justice Samuel Alito safely ensconced within it, we have begun working our way toward the half-asshole nation... I can't wait to see what happens when the constitutional-crisis train we are on arrives at their station. I shudder to think what the asshole conductor will say when it arrives.
Much of US favors Bush impeachment: poll 06 Jul 2007 Nearly half of the US public wants President [sic] George W. Bush to face impeachment, and even more favor that fate for Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney, according to a poll out Friday. The survey by the American Research Group found that 45 percent support the US House of Representatives beginning impeachment proceedings against Bush, with 46 percent opposed, and a 54-40 split in favor when it comes to Cheney.
Anti-Bush 'Impeachment Center' opens in Los Angeles 05 Jul 2007 A storefront "impeachment headquarters" emblazoned with American flags opened July 4 with a mission to remove President [sic] Bush and Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney. Activists who gathered to open the Los Angeles Impeachment Center accuse the Bush administration of condoning torture, spying on Americans and misleading citizens about the war in Iraq.
'Poisoned milkshake nearly killed Castro' 06 Jul 2007 The closest the CIA came to killing Cuba's Fidel Castro was a 1963 attempt with a poison pill delivered by American mobsters that was to be slipped into a chocolate milkshake, a former Cuban intelligence chief has said. But the capsule stuck to the freezer where it was hidden in the cafeteria of the Havana Libre (ex-Hilton) Hotel and ripped open when the would-be assassin waiter went to get it.
Germany, France Raise Bird Flu Risk Level After New H5N1 Cases 06 Jul 2007 Germany has raised its bird flu risk assessment level after it was reported that 38 new cases of the deadly H5N1 strain were discovered in the country's east. France also reported new cases and upped its own alert.
Live Earth gets underway 07 Jul 2007 The Live Earth concerts spanning seven continents with an audience of more than 2bn people - 1 in 3 people on the planet - are underway. Preparations for the Live Earth concert in Hamburg The first concert began in Sydney at 1.10am BST and they will run until 4am BST tomorrow in New York.
Gore gets last-minute D.C. venue for Live Earth 06 Jul 2007 Initially rebuffed by Washington, former President Al Gore's Live Earth concerts found a last-minute home in the U.S. capital on Friday after Native Americans offered their museum for the worldwide event. A few blocks from the U.S. Capitol where some Republican lawmakers had tried to prevent the Washington concert from taking place, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian will host one of several Saturday concerts highlighting climate change.
Everest is damaged, conquerors' sons warn 07 Jul 2007 Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay would not recognise Mount Everest today because of the damage inflicted by climate change, the sons of the mountain's conquerors say. Fifty-four years after the first historic ascent, Hillary's son, Peter, said global warming had rapidly altered the appearance of the highest mountain in the world.
Global warming blamed for vanishing lake 03 Jul 2007 Scientists on Tuesday blamed global warming for the disappearance of a glacial lake in remote southern Chile that faded away in just two months, leaving just a crater behind. The disappearance of the lake in Bernardo O'Higgins National Park was discovered in late May by park rangers, who were stunned to find a 130-foot deep crater where a large lake had been.
My, how you've grown Knut 06 Jul 2007 Four months ago a cuddle from Knut the baby polar bear was a fluffy nuzzle. These days he's a little more boisterous. And so are his bear hugs. At a hefty 92lb, Knut is simply too powerful to play with.
lifts injunction on 'DC Madam' phone records By Lori Price 05
Jul 2007 An email was sent from Jeane Palfrey to Citizens
For Legitimate Government '...Judge Kessler has lifted the injunction
on the phone records.' From Judge
Kessler's Order: Defendant in this case possesses a list of telephone
numbers (the "List") that has generated much controversy and speculation.
The Government has twice applied to this Court ex parte for Temporary
Restraining Orders ("TROs") preventing Defendant from selling the List
or from distributing copies for free. The Court granted those applications,
in order to preserve the status quo, and, therefore, held
a hearing to give Defendant an opportunity to respond. Upon consideration
of all the pleadings, the applicable statutes and case law, and the
oral argument, the Court concludes that Defendant's request to quash
the TROs should be granted.
Judge lifts injunction on 'DC madam' phone records By Josh Catone 05 Jul 2007 A judge in the US district court in Washington, D.C. has lifted the temporary restraining order (TRO) preventing the so-called 'DC madam,' Deborah Jeane Palfrey, from selling or distributing the list of phone records from her escort business... Kessler concluded that the government had not satisfied the requirements of the forfeiture statute that would enable them to make the "extraordinary step of freezing the property of an individual, not yet convicted of any crime, and barring her from giving away that property." Palfrey told the Citizens for Legitimate Government that she was "very, very grateful" to Kessler for lifting the TRO.
Lawyer Who Directed Sept. 11 Compensation to Oversee Virginia Tech Program 05 Jul 2007 Kenneth R. Feinberg, the Washington lawyer who directed the federal program to compensate relatives of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, will oversee the distribution of the $7 million that has been donated to Virginia Tech after the April campus massacre, university officials said Thursday. In November 2001, Mr. Feinberg was appointed special master of the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund by then-Attorney General John Ashcroft. [See: Virginia Tech Shooting 'Oddities'.]
trench will protect Iraqi city of Karbala 05 Jul 2007 A now-dead
plan to ring Baghdad with a trench to keep out 'insurgents' has found
new life in Karbala, a predominately Shiite Muslim city 50 miles south
of the capital. Iraqi construction crews this month will begin digging
a 12-mile-long trench to the west and south of the city of 1.4 million
residents to help prevent car bombs and protect two holy Shiite shrines
[that the US keeps attacking].
Scholars: Divide Iraq Into 3 Regions 05 Jul 2007 With President [sic] Bush's war strategy clouded by limited results and mounting casualties, two scholars are proposing a partition plan that would divide Iraq into three main regions. The authors, Edward P. Joseph of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and Michael O'Hanlon, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, are hoping to draw the attention of Bush administration policymakers.
Sadr bloc joins Sunnis in rejecting US-backed Iraq oil law 05 Jul 2007 Followers of Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Thursday joined a growing chorus of Sunni Arab, Kurdish and Shiite opposition to a draft oil law backed by Washington. His opposition, apparently motivated by anger at the idea of US and British oil firms snapping up contracts after their countries invaded Iraq, promises to feed a fierce debate but will not necessarily derail the legislation. Sadr's supporters said they would not support any law that would allow firms "whose governments are occupying Iraq" -- a reference to the United States, Britain and their 'coalition' allies -- to sign Iraqi oil deals.
Even Green Zone has it own fuel crisis 03 Jul 2007 Baghdad’s Green Zone, the only relatively quiet area in Baghdad, is suffering from the chronic fuel crisis gripping the country since the 2003-U.S. invasion. Thousands of its employees are now unable to join their offices because they have run out of petrol. There are filling stations in the Green Zone, where the U.S. and Iraqi government have their offices, but only U.S. officials, administrators and soldiers have the right to use them. Senior Iraqi officials can fill their tanks there but the stations are off bounds to low-ranking Iraqi civil servants. [There are no 'quiet areas' - relatively or otherwise - in Baghdad. ]
Iraq never about oil: Nelson 06 Jul 2007 The Defence Minister Brendan Nelson has distanced himself from comments he made yesterday about a link between oil security and the need for Australian troops to stay in Iraq. Yesterday he said oil is one of the reasons Australian forces should not leave Iraq. But today, while he was visiting Indonesia, Dr Nelson said resource security is a separate issue. "Iraq has never been about oil," he said.
Australian troops 'in Iraq because of oil' 06 Jul 2007 The Australian Defence Minister, Brendan Nelson has admitted that oil was a major factor in the government's decision to keep troops in Iraq, a unexpectedly frank confession that sent political commentators into a tizzy. Australia, a staunch supporter of President [sic] George Bush's foreign policy, joined the US-led invasion of Iraq, saying the assault was about destroying weapons of mass destruction and fighting international terrorism.
U.S. use of drones surges over Iraq 05 Jul 2007 The use of unmanned aircraft in Iraq has surged by nearly a third since the buildup of U.S. forces began this year, and drones are now racking up more than 14,000 hours a month in the battlefield skies. The increase in unmanned aircraft — from high-altitude Global Hawks to short-range reconnaissance Ravens that soldiers fling into the air — has fueled a struggle among the military services over who will control their use and the more than $12 billion that will be spent on the programs over the next five years.
Baghdad killings 'rise sharply' --Many of the bodies recovered in Baghdad show signs of torture. 05 Jul 2007 The number of unidentified bodies found in Baghdad has increased despite the launch of a 'security' drive in the capital in February, Iraqi police say. They say that 540 corpses - many of them tortured or mutilated - were discovered in the city in June.
Domenici Breaks with Bush War Policy 05 Jul 2007 Sen. Pete Domenici (N.M.), a 36-year Republican veteran of the Senate, abandoned President [sic] Bush's Iraq war policy today by publicly endorsing legislation designed to withdraw nearly all U.S. troops from Iraq by March 2008. Domenici, a member of the defense appropriations subcommittee, is the fourth senior Senate Republican to sharply criticize Bush's war strategy in the past two weeks.
Soldier, 10 police killed in Afghanistan 05 Jul 2007 A suicide bomber blew himself up at a checkpoint in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing 10 police officers, and a roadside bomb hit a NATO convoy in the east, leaving one NATO soldier dead, officials said.
Syria says doubts IDF Golan Heights exercise is merely training 05 Jul 2007 Syria is unwilling to accept Israel's claims that the maneuvers of its forces on the Golan Heights are for training purposes only, an analyst on Syrian radio said Wednesday. The Israel Defense Forces this week carried out one of the largest infantry exercises of recent years in the Golan Heights region, training for conflict with Syria and Hezbollah. Supplies were air-dropped, tanks provided covering fire and infantry forces trained in nonconventional warfare and countering anti-tank missile attacks.
Senate Panel Faults Missile Defense Plan --Location in Eastern Europe Is Criticized 05 Jul 2007 Democrats in Congress are building a legislative roadblock to the Bush regime's plan to place elements of a missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic. The Senate is expected to join the House next week in reducing funds in the fiscal 2008 Defense Authorization Bill for construction of 10 interceptor missile sites in Poland and for deployment of an X-band radar in the Czech Republic... The move prevents the White House from proceeding unless President Bush vetoes the measure.
BAE Systems wins multiyear thermal weapon sight contract 03 Jul 2007 BAE Systems has won a $183 million award for production of thermal weapon sights for the U.S. Army. The award includes increasing production rates to 3,000 per month. The order is the first award under a five-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract that could reach $1 billion.
iRobot and Taser partner to provide robot with taser capabilities for military 02 Jul 2007 iRobot Corp. has entered into a strategic alliance with Taser International Inc. to develop new robots that can remotely engage, incapacitate, and control 'dangerous suspects' [protesters] with integrated Taser electronic control devices. iRobot and Taser together have developed a working proof-of-concept model -- an iRobot PackBot Explorer with a Taser X26 device -- to showcase the first robot of its kind with an on-board, integrated Taser payload.
Unions ask court to strike down DoD labor rules 03 Jul 2007 A coalition of Defense Department unions is asking a federal appeals court to reconsider its decision to uphold the department’s plans to curb collective bargaining and employee rights to contest disciplinary actions. The planned Pentagon changes, which are part of the National Security Personnel System (NSPS) and which union leaders say would eviscerate collective bargaining rights and give supervisors unchecked power in personnel decisions, were upheld in a 2-1 decision on May 18 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Emirates aims to redraw world aviation map 05 Jul 2007 The chairman of Emirates Airlines - Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum of the ruling family of Dubai - has grand ambitions, and a bankroll to match. He has a huge pot of money to spend, $82 billion from his government, the airline and other financiers... He wants to make Dubai, a sheikhdom by the sea, the busiest airline hub in the world, overtaking London, New York and Singapore.
Plague of bioweapons accidents afflicts the US 05 Jul 2007 Deadly germs may be more likely to be spread due to a biodefence lab accident than a biological attack by terrorists. Plague, anthrax, Rocky Mountain spotted fever - these are among the bioweapons some experts fear could be used in a germ warfare attack against the US. But the public has had near-misses with those diseases and others over the past five years, ironically because of accidents in labs that were working to defend against [create] bioterrorists. Even worse, they may be only the tip of an iceberg.
Terror investigators focus on Cambridge links 06 Jul 2007 Five of the eight suspects in the London and Glasgow bomb plots were in Cambridge together at a time when they began to embrace fundamentalist Islam for the first time. Piecing together the links between the members of the group, the security services have come across repeated references to the city.
Bombs plot investigators look at role of al-Qaida cells in Iraq 06 Jul 2007 MI5 and MI6 were yesterday investigating the role of 'al-Qaida' cells in Iraq as they began to build up a picture of the foreign contacts of those involved in the plot to bomb London and Glasgow. [Why not look at al-CIAduh cells in the White House?]
Britain studies bomb plot for links to al Qaeda 05 Jul 2007 Investigators are tracing their way through a maze of foreign links to a failed bomb plot in Britain to establish the possible role of 'al Qaeda's' inner circle or its Iraqi arm, security sources said on Thursday.
45 Muslim doctors planned US terror raids 05 Jul 2007 A group of 45 Muslim doctors threatened to use car bombs and rocket grenades in terrorist attacks in the United States during discussions on an extremist internet chat site... Investigators have found no link between the Tsouli chat room and the group of doctors and medics currently in custody over attempted car bomb attacks in London and Glasgow. However, sources said it was "definitely spooky" that the use of doctors for terrorist purposes was being discussed in jihadi terrorist circles up to three years ago.
Glasgow airport bomber left suicide note 05 Jul 2007 One of the two men accused of trying to bomb Glasgow airport left a suicide note, it has been claimed. Police were said to have found [planted?] the note, describing the men's motives and grievances, CNN reported. Officers suspect that some of the doctors arrested in connection with the failed car bombings in London and Glasgow planned their attacks in Britain.
Man guilty of inciting murder at cartoon protest 05 Jul 2007 A man who called for British troops to be brought back from Iraq in body bags at a demonstration against cartoons said to be offensive to Islam was today found guilty of inciting murder. Mizanur Rahman, a 24-year-old web designer from north London, is one of four people convicted of various charges following a protest near the Danish embassy, in central London, last February.
Michigan airport evacuated after bomb threats --No arrests have been made in incident that briefly closed Flint terminal 05 Jul 2007 Bishop International Airport in Flint was ordered evacuated for several hours after nine bomb threats were received by telephone, authorities said. The terminal was ordered evacuated shortly after the threats were called in to the airport's crash, fire and rescue department about 5 p.m. Wednesday, said Tad Hutcheson, vice president of marketing for AirTran Airways, the biggest carrier at Bishop.
Dingell predicts Libby will be pardoned 05 Jul 2007 U.S. Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Dearborn, is predicting that President [sic] Bush ultimately will pardon Lewis (Scooter) Libby, the former aide convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice. Saying the penalty was too severe, President Bush earlier this week commuted Mr. Libby's 30-month sentence even before Mr. Libby began serving it.
Libby Pays The Man --Sentence commuted, convicted felon scoots to take care of 250K fine 05 Jul 2007 On the same day that President [sic] George W. Bush wiped away his 30-month prison sentence, convicted former White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby purchased a $250,400 cashier's check to cover fines imposed by the federal judge whose sentence was gutted by the presidential commutation. A copy of the July 2 cashier's check was docketed today in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. Libby's Bank of America check satisfies a $250,000 fine imposed by Judge Reggie Walton and also covers an additional $400 "special assessment."
Libby Pays $250,000 Fine By Joel Seidman and Mark Murray 05 Jul 2007 Convicted former top White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby has paid the fine of $250,400.00. The U.S. District Court has posted the canceled check on the docket this afternoon. (Our question: Where did Libby get this money to write this hefty check?)
Wexler: Censure Bush Over Libby By Larry Lipman 05 Jul 2007 Rep. Robert Wexler says President [sic] Bush’s commutation of Scooter Libby’s prison sentence "is nothing short of (a) political quid pro quo, and Congress must go on record in strong opposition." Wexler has drafted a resolution to censure Bush and plans to introduce it when Congress returns next Tuesday. A censure is a rare public reprimand but does not carry any other penalty.
The freeing of Lewis Libby: Government criminality and the class nature of American "justice" By Bill Van Auken 04 Jul 2007 ...[I]n an unanticipated turn of events, the defense abruptly rested its case without calling Cheney, Rove or Libby himself to the witness stand. It was clear that Libby and his lawyers had decided virtually to concede guilt rather than pursue the line of defense they had laid out at the trial’s opening... The decision to issue a presidential order wiping out Libby’s jail term was the legal equivalent of hush money, designed to buy Libby’s silence on the crimes of the Bush White House and Cheney’s office, in which Libby himself played a central role.
No Jail Time for Libby? It's Impeachment Time for Cheney and Bush! By Bob Fertik 02 Jul 2007 There's one reason why Bush kept Libby out of jail: not because the sentence was excessive, but simply to keep him from ratting on Cheney. In mob circles, that's called silencing a witness... Bush has now joined Libby and Cheney in the criminal coverup of the felonious outing a covert CIA agent.
Jailed conscientious objector hits out against Libby clemency 05 Jul 2007 A veteran who spent 14 months in prison for filing a conscientious objector application against redeployment to Iraq has spoken out against the commutation of Scooter Libby's sentence by President [sic] Bush. "I was imprisoned for 14 months after trying to apply for conscientious objector status after seeing the reality of the Iraq war," Kevin Benderman, who had to serve his sentence at a prison 3,000 miles from home, said.
Lieberman may back Republican in '08 race 05 Jul 2007 U.S. Sen. Joseph LieberBush, an 'independent' [R-Israel] who supports Democrats in Congress despite his backing of the Iraq war, said on Thursday he was not ruling out endorsing a Republican in the White House race.
Not all would put a heroic sheen on Thompson's Watergate role 04 Jul 2007 The day before Senate Watergate Committee minority counsel Fred Thompson made the inquiry that launched him into the national spotlight -- asking an aide to President Nixon whether there was a White House taping system -- he telephoned Nixon's lawyer. Thompson tipped off the White House that the committee knew about the taping system and would be making the information public... It was one of many Thompson leaks to the Nixon team, according to a former investigator for Democrats on the committee, Scott Armstrong , who remains upset at Thompson's actions. "Thompson was a mole for the White House," Armstrong said in an interview. "Fred was working hammer and tong to defeat the investigation of finding out what happened to authorize Watergate and find out what the role of the president was."
White House Telephone Directory (.doc) 05 Jul 2007
Germany raises bird flu alert to "high" 06 Jul 2007 The German authorities on Thursday raised the alert for bird flu from "moderate" to "high" after 38 more wild birds were tested positive for the deadly H5N1 strain in eastern Germany. The birds were among the 100 found dead on an artificial lane between the states of Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt, German news agency dpa reported.
France says H5N1 bird flu virus confirmed in swans 05 Jul 2007 Tests have confirmed that three swans found dead in eastern France were killed by the H5N1 bird flu virus, the French agriculture ministry said on Thursday, France's first cases of the disease in over a year.
Health Care Looms as Top Campaign Issue 05 Jul 2007 There is no better measure of the power of the health care issue than this: Sixteen months before Election Day, presidential candidates in both parties are promising to overhaul the system and cover more — if not all — of the 44.8 million people without insurance.
Gore slams U.S.-led climate pact as sham 05 Jul 2007 Former U.S. President Al Gore slammed the United States and some other big polluters for forming what he called a sham global warming pact separate from the rest of the world. Those countries -- including Australia, China, India, South Korea and Japan -- must join the rest of the world in a new deal to fight global warming, Gore told Reuters ahead of Saturday's Live Earth concerts aimed at raising awareness of climate change.
A message from the melting slopes of Everest 06 Jul 2007 Fifty-four years after Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first men to scale Everest, their sons have said the mountain is now so ravaged by climate change that they would no longer recognise it. On the eve of the Live Earth concerts this weekend, Peter Hillary and Jamling Tenzing yesterday issued a timely warning that global warming is rapidly changing the face of the world's highest mountain and threatening the survival of billions of people who rely on its glaciers for drinking water.
Temps Top 100 in West From Heat Wave 05 Jul 2007 Sweltering residents across the West headed for lakes and rivers on Thursday, seeking relief from triple-digit temperatures expected set records through at least Friday. Forecasters predicted a high of 107 on Friday for Boise - six degrees higher than the 101 record for that date set in 1985.
The 'coalition of the billing:' Private contractors outnumber U.S. troops in Iraq --New U.S. data show how heavily the Bush regime has relied on corpora-terrorists to carry out the illegal occupation of Iraq. 04 Jul 2007 The number of U.S.-paid private contractors in Iraq now exceeds that of American combat troops, newly released figures show, raising fresh questions about the privatization of the war effort and the government's capacity to carry out military and rebuilding campaigns. More than 180,000 mercenaries — including Americans, foreigners and Iraqis — are working in Iraq under U.S. contracts, according to State and Defense department figures obtained by the Los Angeles Times.
In outsourced US wars, contractor deaths top 1,000 03 Jul 2007 The death toll for private contractors in the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has topped 1,000, a stark reminder of the risks run by civilians working with the military in roles previously held by soldiers. A further 13,000 mercenaries have been wounded in the two separate wars led by the United States against enemies who share fundamentalist Islamic beliefs and the hit-and-run tactics that drain conventional armies.
4 ex-KBR workers sue over Iraq rape and sex harassment charges 29 Jun 2007 Four women who worked for Houston-based Halliburton Co.'s former subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root have filed federal lawsuits against the companies, claiming they endured sexual harassment and, in two cases rape, while working in Iraq. [See also: KBR awarded $385M Homeland Security contract for U.S. detention centers 24 Jan 2006.]
Construction Woes Add to Fears at Embassy in Iraq 05 Jul 2007 U.S. diplomats in Iraq, increasingly fearful over their personal safety after recent mortar attacks inside the Green Zone, are pointing to new delays and mistakes in the U.S. Embassy construction project in Baghdad as signs that their vulnerability could grow in the months ahead. A toughly worded cable sent from the embassy to State Department headquarters on May 29 highlights a cascade of building and safety blunders in a new facility to house the security guards protecting the embassy. The guards' base, which remains unopened today, is just a small part of a $592 million project to build the largest U.S. embassy in the world.
Marines face inquiry in 8 POW deaths 04 Jul 2007 The U.S. Navy is investigating allegations that a Marine company killed up to eight unarmed Iraqi prisoners of war in the battle of Fallujah in November 2004. The investigation is at least the third into possible war crimes by Marines based at Camp Pendleton. It involves the same company — Kilo Company, 3rd battalion, 1st regiment — that is at the center of the largest allegation of atrocities by U.S. troops in Iraq: the alleged wrongful killing of 24 civilians in Haditha on Nov. 19, 2005.
Nelson: Oil a factor in Iraq deployment 05 Jul 2007 The Howard Government has today admitted that securing oil supplies is a factor in Australia's continued military involvement in Iraq. Defence Minister Brendan Nelson said today oil was a factor in Australia's contribution to the unpopular war, as "energy security" and stability in the Middle East would be crucial to the nation's future. Speaking ahead of today's key foreign policy speech by Prime Minister John Howard, Dr Nelson said defence was about protecting the economy as well as physical security.
Bush Defends Military Buildup in Iraq 30 Jun 2007 President [sic] Bush, who faces mounting congressional pressure to end the war, called Saturday for patience as U.S. forces conduct stepped-up operations in Iraq.
Body Count In Baghdad Up in June 05 Jul 2007 The number of unidentified bodies found on the streets of Baghdad was 41 percent higher in June than in January, according to unofficial Health Ministry statistics. During the month of June, 453 unidentified corpses, some bound, blindfolded, and bearing signs of torture, were found in Baghdad, according to morgue data provided by a Health Ministry official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information.
Two Iraqi journalists kidnapped and killed 04 Jul 2007 Two Iraqi journalists working for a Sunni-owned television station were kidnapped and killed [by US terrorists] last month, the station said Wednesday. The slayings of Mohammed Hilal Karji and Sarmad Hamdi al-Hassani were the latest attack targeting Baghdad TV, which is owned by Iraq's Sunni Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi's Iraqi Islamic Party.
U.S. helicopter forced down in Iraq, one killed 04 Jul 2007 A U.S. soldier on board a military helicopter was killed when the aircraft was forced down in northern Iraq on Wednesday, the military said. In a statement, the military said the helicopter came down in Ninewah province.
Six Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan 05 Jul 2007 A roadside bomb tore through a Nato vehicle in Afghanistan, killing six Canadian soldiers and their Afghan interpreter, officials said. Yesterday's blast in Kandahar province's Zhari district raised the number of foreign soldiers killed in the country this year to at least 102, officials said.
Plea to PM over Guantanamo captives 04 Jul 2007 The families of British residents in Guantanamo Bay have called on the new Prime Minister to secure their release on Wednesday, the controversial prison camp's 2,000th day of operation. The anniversary coincidentally falls on July 4, the United States' Independence Day.
Guantanamo inmates allowed film nights and gardening [anything but a fair trial] 05 Jul 2007 ...The American officers running the Guantanamo Bay compound in Cuba are taking steps to make the lives of its detainees marginally more tolerable with recreational treats such as once-a-week film nights and limited access to television... It is in Camp 4, which is reserved for the most compliant of the prisoners, that the first changes are being brought in. Its roughly 45 detainees - out of a total of 375 still at Guantanamo - have already been allowed to tend a vegetable garden and watch television shows selected by officers.
New British PM aims to give parliament more war power 03 Jul 2007 British Prime Minister Gordon Brown proposed on Tuesday giving parliament greater control over sending troops to war as he moved to restore public trust in his government and politics shattered by Iraq. Mr. Brown, in his first policy announcement since he succeeded Tony Blair on Wednesday, said he planned to relinquish or limit powers in 12 areas held by the head of government for centuries.
So many al-CIAduh 'No 2s,' so little time: Al Qaeda No. 2 appears in new video 05 Jul 2007 Al Qaeda's No. 2 commander [Egyptian cleric Ayman al-Zawahri] appeared on Wednesday in a new video on a Web site used by Islamist militant groups, urging unity in jihad and calling for the overthrow of "corrupt" Muslim governments in the region. The U.S.-based SITE Institute, which monitors [hosts] Islamist Web sites, released a transcript that appeared to match the 95-minute video produced by al Qaeda's [al-CIAduh's] media arm as-Sahab and monitored on the Internet by Reuters in Dubai.
Threat level lowered as inquiry examines foreign connections --Police focus on suspects' possible links with al-Qaida in Iraq 05 Jul 2007 The UK's terrorist threat level was downgraded last night as the inquiry into the attempted London car bombings and the Glasgow airport attack switched from Britain to overseas. The decision to lower the level from the highest grade, "critical", to "severe" was announced by Jacqui Smith, the home secretary, after a meeting of the cabinet's Cobra emergency committee.
Police link suspects held over failed attacks 05 Jul 2007 As the Home Secretary announced yesterday that the threat level of a terrorist attack in Britain has been reduced from "critical" to "severe", security forces were beginning to trace an intricate series of links between the eight suspects arrested.
3 UK men plead guilty to using internet to incite terrorism 05 Jul 2007 Three 'Al Qaeda'-inspired men who ran radical web sites from their London homes have admitted using the internet to incite terrorism. Tariq Al Daour, 21, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to inciting others to commit an act of terrorism. Co-defendants Younis Tsouli, 23, and Waseem Mughal, 24, admitted the same offense on Monday.
Trio admit inciting terrorism over Web 04 Jul 2007 Three men said to be linked to 'al Qaeda,' including one using an Arabic name meaning "Terrorist 007", have admitted inciting terrorism over the Internet in the first case of its kind in Britain, police said on Wednesday. The men, said by prosecutors to have close ties to Osama bin Laden's network, pleaded guilty to inciting acts of terrorism "wholly or partly" outside Britain via Web sites which advocated the killing of non-Muslims.
'Spooky' website calls doctors to jihad 04 Jul 2007 A group of 45 Muslim doctors threatened to use car bombs and rocket grenades in terrorist attacks in the United States during discussions on an extremist internet chat site, it has emerged. Anti-terrorist police found details of the discussions on a jihadi site run by one of a three-strong "cyber-terrorist" gang.
Brown orders review of recruitment checks on NHS overseas staff 05 Jul 2007 An urgent review of recruitment checks on overseas staff working in the NHS is to be launched by the new counter-terrorism minister Admiral Sir Alan West, Gordon Brown announced yesterday, in the wake of the revelations that all eight suspects in the London and Glasgow terror bombings worked in the health service.
Visa rules for foreign workers to be stricter 05 Jul 2007 Gordon Brown has ordered an urgent review into the recruitment of foreign health workers after the arrest of several doctors over the car bomb plots in London and Glasgow. The Prime Minister promised visa rules for skilled immigrants, such as doctors, would be tightened and the security services' "watchlist" of potential terrorists would be expanded.
Terrorism laws could be tightened 05 Jul 2007 Changes could be made to Australia's counter-terrorism laws dictating how long a person can be detained without charge, Federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock said today. Current laws allow authorities to hold a person without charge for a period of 48 hours. The laws are being used in the case of Indian national Mohammed Haneef, who is being questioned in Brisbane this afternoon by Australian Federal Police officers and the chief inspector from London's Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Unit.
Special Teams Patrol Airports, Subways, Bus Terminals 04 Jul 2007 (TX) Special officers armed with weapons and dogs are on duty around airports, subways and bus stops for the July Fourth holiday. They're part of special Transportation Security Administration teams sent to protect mass transit sites. The "VIPER" teams are guarding facilities in major cities including Washington, New York, Boston and Philadelphia.
National Mall in Washington evacuated 04 Jul 2007 The U.S. Park Service Wednesday ordered the evacuation of the National Mall in Washington because of the potential for hailstorms and tornadoes, CNN said.
Woman gets cash after CIA brainwashing ordeal 04 Jul 2007 A Montreal woman [Janine Huard] who underwent years of debilitating brainwashing techniques in the 1950s and 1960s has ended her case against the federal government, accepting an undisclosed amount of money.
Congress Scrutinizes Spending At CDC --Report Details How Taxpayer Dollars Funded Center's Lavish New Digs 02 Jul 2007 A startling analysis from Congress says the Center for Disease Control is squandering hundreds of millions of your tax dollars in ways many find hard to believe, CBS News reports. In Hollywood, the CDC pays a liaison to help TV dramas and soap operas write accurate medical plots. The service is free of charge to Tinseltown moguls, through the generosity of $1.7 million of your tax dollars. There's the new $109 million headquarters filled with nearly $10 million in furniture, which the report says works out to $12,000 per person in the building... After the CDC spent $269 million tax dollars on an effort to eliminate syphilis, syphilis rates went up 68 percent.
Cheney steered Supreme Court selections --Nominees for justice all met VP's priorities 04 Jul 2007 In May 2005, a small group of the president's [sic] senior advisers gathered to weigh a historic choice: who should succeed an ailing William Rehnquist as chief justice of the United States. The meeting wasn't held at the White House or the Justice Department. And the highest-ranking official in the room... was Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney, and it was to an unpretentious room off the vice president's quarters that potential candidates were summoned for interviews.
Cheney increasingly seen as a law unto himself 04 Jul 2007 In the past 10 days alone, Cheney has been subpoenaed to testify before Congress about the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program, stirring controversy by declaring himself exempt from laws regarding classified material, and has been the subject of a four-part Washington Post investigative series detailing his unprecedented influence on the U.S.'s security strategy since 9/11. Mr. Bush's decision this week to spare Libby, Mr. Cheney's former chief of staff, from serving a 30-month prison sentence for perjury capped that remarkable string of events. For some critics, the clemency for one of Mr. Cheney's closest friends cemented the perception of a vice-president [sic] who considers himself above the law and beyond accountability to Congress or Americans.
'Imploding' presidency in no mood for celebration on Independence Day By Rupert Cornwell 04 Jul 2007 For Americans, the 4th of July is a time for celebration. For George Bush however, today's Independence Day holiday is another date in the calendar of an imploding presidency without parallel in recent history. The latest, albeit probably relatively minor, blow to Mr Bush's standing was his move on Monday to commute the 30-month jail sentence imposed on Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice-President [sic] Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, for perjury in the CIA leak case.
Justice Denied (The New York Times) 05 Jul 2007 At the end of its first full term, Chief Justice John Roberts’s court is emerging as the Warren court’s mirror image. Time and again the court has ruled, almost always 5-4, in favor of corporations and powerful interests while slamming the courthouse door on individuals and ideals that truly need the court’s shelter... The Roberts court’s resulting sharp shift to the right began to be strongly felt in this term.
California environmental official quits, citing meddling by Schwarzenegger's office 02 Jul 2007 The executive director of a California agency charged with implementing a landmark global warming law resigned, saying Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's (R-Corpora-terrorist) office made it impossible for her to do her job. Catherine Witherspoon's resignation comes days after the California Air Resources Board's chairman, Robert Sawyer, was ousted by Schwarzenegger.
Surge of dead seabirds alarms scientists 03 Jul 2007 Hundreds of dead seabirds that washed up along the Southeast coast in recent weeks apparently starved to death, but experts don't know why. The deaths of the birds — similar to gulls and called greater shearwaters — have wildlife officials worried about possible changes in the ocean that could have affected the fish that the birds usually eat.
House balks at Bush order for new powers 03 Jul 2007 Dictator Bush this month is giving an obscure White House office new powers over regulations affecting health, worker safety and the environment. Calling it a power grab, Democrats running Congress are intent on stopping him. The House voted last week to prohibit the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs from spending federal money on Executive Order 13422, signed by Bush last January and due to take effect July 24. The order requires federal officials to show that private companies, people or institutions failed to address a problem before agencies can write regulations to tackle it. It also gives political appointees greater authority over how the regulations are written. [It's July 4th --start reading. Arming the Left: Is the time now? --by Charles Southwell 21 Oct 2003]
USDA Official to Discuss Pandemic Plans at Bird Flu Summit --Chief veterinary officer to detail the actions the USDA is now taking to combat bird flu outbreaks in the poultry industry—and those it will apply when [not 'if,' but 'when'] a [US Army-generated] pandemic breaks out. (New Fields) 03 Jul 2007 Dr. John Clifford, Deputy Administrator of the USDA-APHID Veterinary Services program will discuss how his department works with Homeland Security to prepare for, respond to, mitigate, and recover from, a pandemic. Dr. Clifford will speak at the 5th International Bird Flu Summit, to be held on September 27-28 at Las Vegas... Together with the DHS, it [the USDA] coordinates the execution of state and local pandemic response plans—only turning over the lead to the DHS when a pandemic breaks out.
Gee, looky here! The same 'people' conducting bird flu summits are also holding Iraqi oil & gas summits! Iraqi Oil & Gas Technology Conference --8th ReBuilding Iraq Conference & Expo --Istanbul, Turkey 5-6 September 2007 (New Fields) 03 Apr 2007 The Iraqi oil industry faces three distinct phases of development. Restoration --The immediate task is restoring historical capacity which could require an investment of $5-10 billion and take 18 to 24 months. This work could be carried out under the auspices of an occupation regime. Developing Prospects --The second phase is developing prospects already found, raising capacity significantly. Cost is estimated at $40-80 billion... This work would need a legitimate government to assign new contracts. New Exploration --The third phase would be new exploration, for which Iraq immediately has little need, and that also would require a legitimate government to negotiate fresh exploration rights... There is a large potential for substituting gas for oil in power generation. Finally, there is also a refinery and petrochemical investment potential.
Iraq Cabinet Approves Oil Law Draft 03 Jul 2007 Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's Cabinet approved a draft oil law and the Iraqi parliament was to begin debate on the measure Wednesday, a major sign of progress in a long-delayed political benchmark sought by the U.S. to boost reconciliation between Iraq's Sunnis and Shiites [windfall profits for Halliburton, KBR, Blackwater USA and Exxon Mobil]. For months, Washington has pressed its ally al-Maliki to quickly pass the oil law and other pieces of legislation...
US military probing new allegations of Iraq war crimes 03 Jul 2007 The United States military said Tuesday it is investigating "credible allegations" of wrongdoing [war crimes] by US Marines in Iraq during fighting in Fallujah three years ago. Responding to reports that Marines allegedly killed several Iraqi prisoners of war, Naval Criminal Investigative Service spokesman Ed Buice said in a statement a probe was now under way.
Soldier May Get Death In Iraqi Slayings --Service Member Accused of Raping Girl, Killing Family 03 Jul 2007 Federal prosecutors filed notice Tuesday that they will seek the death penalty if former soldier Steven D. Green is convicted of killing an Iraqi family and raping a 14-year-old girl.
Guantanamo Bay chief moves to ease conditions for detainees 03 Jul 2007 The head of the U-S detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, says conditions will be improved for detainees. Navy Rear Admiral Mark Buzby tells The Associated Press that more recreation and other activities will be offered. The best behaved detainees will be allowed to see a weekly movie. Lawyers for the detainees say the changes are unlikely to ease the desperation for those held without charges for more than five years.
Lieberman urges U.S. to wage war with Iran 02 Jul 2007 Senator Joe LieberBush [N-Israel] repeated his call Monday for the U.S. to consider a military strike against Iran. Lieberman says Tehran is waging a "proxy war" by stoking anti-coalition violence in Iraq. Lieberman made his comments after learning of new reports from U.S. military officials about how Iran is [allegedly] fostering terrorism in Iraq... Lieberman said the news was a "wake-up call" to the United States.
BBC's Gaza correspondent released 04 Jul 2007 BBC correspondent Alan Johnston has been released by kidnappers in Gaza after nearly four months in captivity. He said it was "fantastic" to be free after an "appalling experience". TV footage showed Mr Johnston, 45, leaving a building accompanied by armed men.
Brown sets out plans to cede powers to parliament 03 Jul 2007 Gordon Brown today vowed to give MPs the final word in declaring war as he unveiled a new "constitutional settlement" to ensure government was a "better servant of the people".
Terror suspects known to MI5 before bomb attack on airport 04 Jul 2007 Some of the terrorist suspects arrested over the Glasgow and London car bombs were known to MI5 before last week's attacks, The Scotsman has learned. At least two of the names of people now under arrest and other details, including mobile-phone numbers, were recorded in security-service databases before last Thursday... Since last Friday, MI5 and police have been sensitive to suggestions that they did have some advance knowledge of last week's attack. Three events have fuelled those suspicions.
A 'shared US warning' two weeks ago…so who knew what and when at Home Office? 03 Jul 2007 A WIDE range of agencies and organisation are involved in the investigation into the attacks: MI5, the Security Service. Agents are working from its London HQ and its regional "station" in Glasgow. MI6, the Secret Intelligence Service. Assessing the backgrounds of those arrested, and any links with international groups. S013, the Metropolitan Police's Anti-Terrorist Branch. Led by Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke, Britain's top anti-terrorist officer. Strathclyde Special Branch. Rated one of the country's best by Alex Carlile, the government's terrorism law assessor.
British police on their way: PM 04 Jul 2007 A senior British police officer is flying to Australia to question a doctor [Dr Mohamed Haneef] arrested on the Gold Coast in connection with the foiled UK bomb plot, Prime Minister John Howard said this morning.
Street near hospital is closed as suspect vehicle investigated 04 Jul 2007 Police last night closed off a street close to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley to investigate another suspect vehicle. The man suspected of driving a Jeep into Glasgow Airport on Saturday is being treated nearby for severe burns. The news came as The Scotsman learned one of the suspects arrested in connection with the Glasgow and London attacks is a British citizen.
Investigators: Scotland and London Bomb Attempts Linked to Same Two Men --Less Than 14 Hours Separated Two Attempted Attacks 03 Jul 2007 The leading theory of British investigators is that the same two persons attempted the downtown London bombings early Friday morning and then traveled to Glasgow where they attempted what now appears to be a failed suicide attack on Glasgow airport, ABC News has learned. According to British authorities, the two men under the spotlight are both doctors and part of a group of eight doctors, residents and other medical personnel believed to have planned, executed and supported the two sets of thwarted attacks. The attacks were less than 14 hours apart.
British terrorists conspired in bombs plot - security officials --Six suspects are doctors --Controlled explosions at hospital --London car came from Scotland 03 Jul 2007 Counter-terrorism officials said last night they believe British terrorists who are still at large were involved in the conspiracy to launch car bomb attacks on London and Glasgow. Details emerged as it became clear that five of the suspects under arrest are doctors working and training in the NHS, and one is a doctor working in Australia where he was arrested last night. Seven of the eight people arrested so far are foreign-born nationals, including an Iraqi doctor trained in Baghdad, a Jordanian neurosurgeon, an Indian medic, and a Lebanese man.
Two arrested on suspicion of terror offences 03 Jul 2007 Two men were today arrested in Lancashire on suspicion of terror offences. Both men - neither of whom have been named - were arrested at an industrial estate at around midday. Lancashire police said they were being held at a police station on suspicion of offences under the Terrorism Act 2000.
British Terror Probe Focuses on Doctors 03 Jul 2007 The fast-moving investigation into failed car bombings in Glasgow and London has swept up at least five physicians and a medical student, officials said Tuesday, including a doctor seized at an Australian airport with a one-way ticket.
bomb threat 'shows need for Australia anti-terror campaign'
02 Jul 2007 The latest terrorism plots in the United Kingdom show Australia's
own anti-terrorism campaigns are justified, Prime Minister John Howard
says. "And that is why we have to invest a lot of money in security..."
Mr Howard told reporters in Sydney. "People sneered at the fridge
magnets, [but] the fridge magnets and the hotline have provided
innumerable leads to our security forces and I say to those who were
cynical and critical, you're wrong."
'al-Qaeda' puts on big shoes, red nose, takes custard pie By Lewis Page 02 Jul 2007 To recap: an exceptionally incompetent group of troublemakers, unknown to the plods or spooks, decided to bring a spot of terror to old Blighty starting last Friday. These people had no actual explosives, and were apparently too lazy and ignorant to learn how to make them. Instead, they decided to load cars with petrol, domestic gas cylinders and "containers holding nails", and then set fire to them - either manually or using a cellphone-initiated remote rig of some kind... [T]hese have to be some of the most pathetic terror attacks ever - difficult to distinguish from minor accidents.
Atomic gaffe sparks crisis for Abe regime 04 Jul 2007 The resignation of Japan's Defence Minister, Fumio Kyuma, over remarks that appeared to legitimise the World War II atomic bombings of Japan, has plunged his embattled government into fresh crisis weeks before nationwide elections... In January Mr Kyuma caused headaches for his government and angered Washington when he described the invasion of Iraq as a mistake.
Speaker TB Case Downgraded to Multi-Drug Resistant 03 Jul 2007 Physicians said today the young Atlanta lawyer who sparked outrage over his international travel with extensively drug resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) actually has less dangerous multi-drug resistant TB. The new diagnosis of MDR-TB has been confirmed by three separate tests using different methods and is "good news" for Andrew Speaker, 31, said Charles Daley, M.D., of National Jewish Hospital and Research Center.
NIST exploring 9/11 conspiracy theory for WTC-7: New witness confirms Scholars previous findings By James Fetzer 02 Jul 2007 The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) appears to be moving in the direction of a "conspiracy theory" about the destruction of WTC-7 on 9/11 just as a new witness has emerged reporting extensive destruction inside the building many hours before it would be demolished. According to James Fetzer, the founder of Scholars for 9/11 Truth, these turns of events provide further confirmation for the conclusion that WTC-7 was brought down by a controlled demolition at 5:20 PM/ET.
Bush Refuses to Rule Out Libby Pardon 03 Jul 2007 President [sic] Bush today refused to rule out a pardon for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, one day after he spared the former White House aide prison time by commuting the 30-month sentence imposed after Libby's perjury conviction in the CIA leak case. "As to the future, I rule nothing in and nothing out," the president told reporters... A full pardon would wipe clean Libby's criminal record.
White House won't rule out full Libby pardon 03 Jul 2007 The White House on Tuesday declined to rule out the possibility of an eventual pardon for former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. But spokesman Tony Snow said, for now, President [sic] Bush is satisfied with his decision to commute Libby's 2 1/2-year prison sentence. "He thought any jail time was excessive. He did not see fit to have Scooter Libby taken to jail," Snow said.
A Decision Made Largely Alone 03 Jul 2007 President [sic] Bush limited his deliberations over commuting the prison term of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby to a few close aides, opting not to consult with the Justice Department and rebuffing efforts by friends to lobby on Libby's behalf, administration officials and people close to Bush said yesterday. For the first time in his presidency, Bush commuted a sentence without running requests through lawyers at the Justice Department, White House officials said. He also did not ask the chief prosecutor in the case, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, for his input, as routinely happens in cases routed through the Justice Department's pardon attorney.
House Plans Hearing Into Libby By Mike Viqueira, NBC 03 Jul 2007 The House Judiciary Committee is planning a hearing next week into the commuting of Libby's sentence. They don't yet know who they are going to call, but as of this morning they are thinking that they may not have enough time to call Libby himself and properly prepare. That could change.
Wilson Lambastes White House on Libby Case (NPR) 03 Jul 2007 President [sic] Bush's decision to commute I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's prison sentence proves that "this administration is corrupt to the core," said Ambassador Joseph Wilson, the former diplomat whose wife was at the center of the CIA leak investigation that sparked the Libby case.
Hush-Hush: Rove's Security Clearance Renewal By Michael A. Fletcher 02 Jul 2007 Should White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove be privy to the nation's most sensitive secrets? Did he break trust with President Bush and the nation when he told syndicated columnist Robert D. Novak about Valerie Plame's classified job with the CIA? ...[Rove's] security clearance was renewed after a reinvestigation in late 2006, which has puzzled Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. In a letter sent last week to White House Counsel Fred F. Fielding, Waxman alleged that Rove's actions amounted to a violation of presidential guidelines that say "deliberate or negligent disclosure" of classified information can disqualify a staffer from future access to such material.
Jackson: Bush Actions 'Crime Against Constitution' --Congressman Calls For Impeachment Proceedings After President Commutes Libby Sentence 03 Jul 2007 "Since the president [sic] has intervened in this process, it is now the Congress’ obligation and responsibility to intervene in the executive process and begin an inquiry into these very serious crimes against the constitution of the United States," said Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Chicago). Jackson says this time the president went too far. After word that Bush commuted Libby’s sentence Jackson plans to call on House Democrats to start impeachment proceedings.
Bush, Cheney should resign By Keith Olbermann 03 Jul 2007 Even Richard Nixon knew it was time to resign. Would that you could say that, Mr. Bush. And that you could say it for Mr. Cheney. You both crossed the Rubicon yesterday. Which one of you chose the route, no longer matters. Which is the ventriloquist, and which the dummy, is irrelevant. But that you have twisted the machinery of government into nothing more than a tawdry machine of politics, is the only fact that remains relevant... We of this time—and our leaders in Congress, of both parties—must now live up to those standards which echo through our history: Pressure, negotiate, impeach—get you, Mr. Bush, and Mr. Cheney, two men who are now perilous to our Democracy, away from its helm. For you, Mr. Bush, and for Mr. Cheney, there is a lesser task. You need merely achieve a very low threshold indeed. Display just that iota of patriotism which Richard Nixon showed, on August 9th, 1974. Resign.
Bush returns to W.Va. as lawsuit documents surface 03 Jul 2007 The White House isn't likely to deploy "rally squads'' at President [sic] Bush's Wednesday visit to Martinsburg. Lawsuits arising from a previous Bush trip to the Mountain State on the Fourth of July allege the administration has developed a formal policy to stymie critics at events. The tactics include recruiting squads of volunteers to scour crowds for possible demonstrators.
Edwards calls for additional minimum-wage hike 02 Jul 2007 Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards (D), calling a recent minimum-wage hike insufficient, said Monday that he wants increase the hourly minimum wage to $9.50 by 2012. He also proposed to index the minimum wage and tie it to the national average wage.
Bush-Cheney Offshore Oil Plan Will Destroy Polar Bear and Whale Habitat --Lawsuit Challenges 21 Lease Sales That Would Hurt Wildlife and Generate More Than 4 Billion Tons of Greenhouse Gases 02 Jul 2007 Today the Center for Biological Diversity filed a court challenge to the Bush administration’s approval of a nationwide plan governing the sale of all offshore oil and gas leases in federal waters over the next five years. The Minerals Management Service’s 2007-2012 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program was approved by Secretary of Interior Dirk Kempthorne last Friday... Five of the proposed lease sales would be in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas off Alaska, turning prime polar bear habitat into a polluted industrial zone... "Short of sending Dick Cheney to Alaska to personally club polar bear cubs to death, the administration could not have come up with a more environmentally destructive plan for endangered marine mammals," said Brendan Cummings, ocean program director of the Center.
Governor accused of playing politics on warming rules --2 members of air board exit, saying he pressured them 03 Jul 2007 Democratic state lawmakers are questioning Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's commitment to fight global warming after the governor's top deputies thwarted an attempt by the state's air quality regulators to enact their own measure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The executive director of the California Air Resources Board, Catherine Witherspoon, resigned Monday -- three days after Schwarzenegger fired the board's chairman, Robert Sawyer, who had said he wanted to be more aggressive in curbing pollution that causes global warming than does the Republican governor, who signed the state's landmark bill last year.
Saved from prison by Bush's favour: the White House aide who lied to a grand jury --Rightwing pressure wins commutation for Scooter --Democrats say president has trampled on the law 03 Jul 2007 George Bush created a political storm yesterday by intervening to stop the disgraced White House aide, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, from going to jail. The president [sic], in a statement, said the prison sentence imposed on Mr Libby, who was found guilty of perjury in a complex spy case linked to the Iraq war, was too harsh.
Bush Commutes Libby's Prison Term in CIA Leak Case 02 Jul 2007 President [sic] George W. Bush spared Lewis "Scooter" Libby from prison in the CIA leak case, saying his 2 1/2-year term was "excessive." Bush acted after a U.S. appellate court today refused to let Libby stay free during his appeal. Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney, was convicted of lying to investigators probing the 2003 leak of Central Intelligence Agency official Valerie Plame's identity.
Statement by the President On Executive Clemency for Lewis Libby 02 Jul 2007 (Press release) ...I have concluded that the prison sentence given to Mr. Libby is excessive. Therefore, I am commuting the portion of Mr. Libby's sentence that required him to spend thirty months in prison... The Constitution gives the President the power of clemency to be used when he deems it to be warranted. It is my judgment that a commutation of the prison term in Mr. Libby's case is an appropriate exercise of this power.
Bush 'condones criminal conduct': Democrats 03 Jul 2007 Top US Democrats condemned as "disgraceful" and a "betrayal" President [sic] George W. Bush's decision today to commute the jail term of former senior White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby. "The President's commutation of Scooter Libby's prison sentence does not serve justice, condones criminal conduct, and is a betrayal of trust of the American people," Nancy Pelosi, Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, said in a statement.
Judges Refuse to Delay Libby's Prison Sentence 02 Jul 2007 A federal appeals panel refused today to grant I. Lewis Libby Jr. a delay in beginning his jail sentence while he appeals his conviction in the C.I.A. leak case. [No worries; Dictator Bush took care of it.]
Washington's Zelig --A longtime confidant of the Bush and Cheney families describes the dangerous influence of the vice president. By Eleanor Clift 29 Jun 2007 I had lunch with Vic Gold, an old friend of the Cheney’s, on the third day of the Post series... In a recent book, Gold described Cheney as a "mega-maniacal paranoid" whose secret empire within the government had captured the Bush presidency and helped bring the Republican Party to the brink of ruin. Gold’s book, published in April, is titled: "Invasion of the Party Snatchers: How the Holy-Rollers and the Neo-Cons Destroyed the GOP." (It was originally titled "How the Neo-Cons Took Over the GOP," but midway through the process, Gold got so angry he changed the verb to "Destroyed.")
Alert puts 6,000 armed police on streets 03 Jul 2007 Britain was in the grip of a security crackdown last night after the terrorist attacks in London and Glasgow. Up to 6,000 armed police officers were on the streets, sources said.
Security is stepped up at 850 potential targets over the country 03 Jul 2007 Security has been tightened in recent months at more than 850 potential terrorist targets, including football grounds and shopping centres, the new Home Secretary [Jacqui Smith] has disclosed.
Police deal with 'suspect' vehicle in Glasgow 03 Jul 2007 A controlled explosion has been carried out on a suspicious vehicle [?] parked outside a mosque in Glasgow. police said. Police were called to Forth Street Mosque early today and took bomb disposal experts as a precaution. By 5am the Explosives Ordnance Disposal had carried out a controlled explosion on the vehicle. Strathclyde Police said it will now be taken away for detailed forensic examination. [Right, the police should be able to obtain a lot more information about the vehicle *after* they blow it up.]
Terror plot hatched in British hospitals 03 July 2007 A suspected secret cell of foreign militants, believed to be linked to 'al-Qa'ida' and using British hospitals as cover, are being questioned over the terrorist attacks in London and Glasgow. Five of the eight people under arrest last night are said to be doctors. Another of those detained is the wife of one of the doctors, who is a medical assistant working for the NHS. The home of a sixth doctor is said to have been searched by police. Late last night an Australian television network reported that a suspect wanted in connection with the attacks had been arrested in Brisbane.
Terror plot: second doctor quizzed 03 Jul 2007 Queensland Premier Peter Beattie says a second doctor is being interviewed after a Gold Coast doctor was detained in relation to the UK terror plot. Mr Beattie said authorities were not aware of any specific link but investigations were continuing. Police executed search warrants this morning after arresting a 27-year-old Gold Coast Hospital doctor at Brisbane Airport last night in connection with the terrorist bombing attacks in Britain.
Six NHS doctors held over al-Qa'eda campaign 03 Jul The suspected 'al-Qa'eda' terrorists behind the attempted car bomb attacks on Britain were almost all foreign doctors working in the NHS, it can be disclosed today. In a development that will raise questions over the vetting procedures for medics from abroad, it emerged that five of the seven suspects held by police are young Middle Eastern men employed at British hospitals. One is Mohammed Asha, a "brilliant" neurosurgeon from Jordan. Another being questioned over both the London and Glasgow attacks is Bilal Abdulla, an Iraqi junior doctor who was a passenger in the car that rammed Glasgow airport.
Fresh arrests as hunt for suspects in UK terror plot widens 02 Jul 2007 Two more men were in custody today and police across Scotland were granted broad stop-and-search powers, as authorities expanded their investigation to more than a dozen locations following the attempted terror attacks in Glasgow and London.
LIHOP or MIHOP? Things that make you go 'hmm.' Police 'hunted suspects before airport attack' 02 Jul 2007 Police had information about the Glasgow airport car bomb suspects shortly before the attempted bombing happened, it emerged today. Strathclyde police refused to confirm reports that officers had been trying to track down suspects shortly before a Jeep packed with gas canisters and petrol was driven into the airport's terminal building on Saturday afternoon.
Police hunted Glasgow suspect before attack 02 Jul 2007 Scottish police were investigating a man suspected of attacking Glasgow airport on Saturday even before the incident in which a fuel-laden jeep slammed into a terminal building. Police had been trying to trace the suspect via a property agency from which he had rented a house close to Glasgow. Daniel Gardiner, the proprietor of the Let It rental agency, told Reuters an agency employee had returned home from shopping at 3 p.m. on Saturday -- some 15 minutes before the attack -- and found a note under his door from police.
Attempts Seen As Model for New Attacks On U.S. Soil 03 Jul 2007 The next terrorist assault on the United States is likely to come through relatively unsophisticated, near-simultaneous attacks -- similar to those attempted in Britain over the weekend -- designed more to provoke widespread fear and panic than to cause major losses of life, U.S. intelligence and counterterrorism officials believe. Such attacks require minimal expertise and training and are difficult to prevent [given that it's the US government that's behind them].
Second car bomb 'aimed at rescuers' 01 Jul 2007 The terrorists who attempted to bomb central London last week deliberately placed the second vehicle to catch rescuers attending the injured from the first explosion, Scotland on Sunday can reveal.
A conga-line of frustration as thousands queue to fly 02 Jul 2007 It was the check-in queue from hell. A line of thousands of forlorn-looking passengers snaked nearly half a mile round Glasgow Airport yesterday as the security clampdown caused near chaos.
US boosts number of armed air marshals 03 Jul 2007 The US has increased the number of armed undercover air marshals on flights to and from the UK and stepped up security at its airports nationwide in the wake of the terrorist activity. "We will be doing some elevated air marshal work and some other activities with respect to UK travel," said Michael Chertoff, the Homeland Security Secretary, yesterday.
U.S. plays down report of imminent al Qaeda attack 02 Jul 2007 Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on Monday played down a report al Qaeda was planning a big attack on the United States, saying there was no credible information about an imminent threat.
Emergency Alert System Activated By Mistake --State Officials: Federal Government Was Testing Satellite System, Inadvertently Activated EAS 01 Jul 2007 "An emergency alert announced on TV and radio stations in Illinois this morning appears to be the result of a human error in Washington, D.C. Apparently, there's some kind of test being run that shouldn't be going out," Lawrence said. "(IEMA) is getting besieged with phone calls from all over... "All television channels, including Channel 2 in Chicago, posted an emergency bulletin for District of Columbia..." viewer Jan Hergesheimer wrote to CBS 2 Tuesday morning.
Pipe Bomb-Like Device Explodes at Disney 02 Jul 2007 (Orlando, FL) A device similar to a pipe bomb exploded in a trash can early Monday at a remote parking lot at Walt Disney World, authorities said. "We have recovered a very crude, homemade, low-level device," Sheriff Kevin Beary said.
Judge Dismisses New York Times Lawsuit 02 Jul 2007 A federal judge has dismissed a New York Times lawsuit against the Department of Defense and the Department of Justice, saying classified documents the newspaper was seeking under the Freedom of Information Act were properly withheld. The Times sued the two departments in federal court in April 2006 over their refusal to hand over documents connected to the government's warrant-free [illegal] wiretapping program.
Marines Investigated Over 2004 Actions 02 Jul 2007 The Navy is investigating possible military crimes by Marines in the Iraqi city of Fallujah in fall 2004, officials said Monday. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service declined to discuss the nature of the investigation, but spokesman Ed Buice said in an e-mail that the agency was pursuing "credible allegations of wrongdoing made against U.S. Marines."
Car bomb kills nine in northern Baghdad -- police 02 Jul 2007 Nine people were killed on Monday by a car bomb parked beside a market in a northern part of Baghdad, police said. The police said 33 people were wounded in the attack, which took place in the district of Binoog.
U.S. Copter Shot Down in Iraq 03 Jul 2007 'Insurgents' shot down a U.S. military helicopter south of Baghdad, and the two pilots were rescued with minor injuries, the military said Tuesday. The OH-58D Kiowa Attack helicopter was brought down by ground fire on Monday.
Five U.S. troops killed in Iraq 02 Jul 2007 Four U.S. soldiers and one Marine were killed in various attacks in Iraq on Sunday, the U.S. military said on Monday. It said two soldiers and one Marine were killed in western Anbar province.
US probes raid after civilian death allegations 03 Jul 2007 The U.S. military said on Tuesday it was reviewing an air strike on 'insurgent' targets in a southern Iraqi city [Diwaniya] after local officials reported it killed 10 civilians, including six children.
Friendly fire killed two in Afghanistan 02 Jul 2007 A Vermont National Guard soldier and a Canadian private killed in Afghanistan last year were hit by friendly fire, according to an Army report released Monday to The Associated Press. The machine gun rounds that killed 1st Class John Thomas Stone were fired from inside a compound operated by U.S. Special Forces soldiers, according to the report. The friendly fire also killed Canadian Forces Pvt. Robert Costall and wounded several American and allied soldiers, the report said.
U.S. diplomat found dead in rural Cyprus 02 Jul 2007 The U.S. defense attache in Cyprus [Lt. Col. Thomas Mooney] was found dead in a remote rural area of the Mediterranean island Monday, four days after he disappeared with his diplomatic car. An official indicated that he committed suicide.
fence accidentally built on Mexican soil
29 Jun 2007 The 2 1/2-kilometre barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border
was designed to keep cars from illegally crossing into the United States.
There's just one problem: It was accidentally built on Mexican soil.
Now embarrassed border officials say the mistake could cost the U.S.
government more than $3 million to fix.
Oil Rises to Close Above $71 a Barrel --Oil Rises to Close Above $71 a Barrel on Concerns About Gas Supplies and Tensions With Iran 02 Jul 2007 Oil prices rebounded Monday from early declines to settle above $71 for the first time in 10 months as traders focused on a refinery outage in Kansas and new accusations about Iran's role in Lebanon and Iraq.
US consumers pay highest energy bills in decades --High oil prices are dampening consumer confidence. 02 Jul 2007 Energy is now sucking money out of Americans' bank accounts at a record level — hitting $612 billion at an annual rate in the month of April, the last month of data. Over the past two years, energy bills as a share of income have risen and are now at their highest point since 1987, but still below the levels of the 1970s and early 1980s.
Secret Document: U.S. Fears Terror 'Spectacular' Planned 01 Jul 2007 A secret U.S. law enforcement report, prepared for the Department of Homeland Security, warns that al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] is planning a terror "spectacular" this summer, according to a senior official with access to the document. "This is reminiscent of the warnings and intelligence we were getting [and ignored] in the summer of 2001," the official told ABCNews.com.
Brown's Government May Signal New U.K. Anti-Terrorism Measures 02 Jul 2007 British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's government today may suggest new anti[pro]-terrorism measures to defend the U.K. following three attempted car bombings in London and Glasgow. The Home Office already is considering whether to extend the 28 days police can hold terrorism suspects without charge, a measure civil liberties groups and opposition lawmakers have criticized.
In Intense Hunt for Bombers, Britain Sees Qaeda Link 02 Jul 2007 With their investigation moving at breakneck speed, the police expanded their hunt on Sunday for the plotters of attempted car bomb attacks in London and Glasgow that the British government called the work of terrorists linked to 'Al Qaeda.' ...Despite the British government's assertions of a link to Al Qaeda, it presented no evidence of connections to Al Qaeda operatives or those who derive inspiration from the group.
Terror fugitives sought after London attacks --Police confirm al-Qaeda link to car bombs --New fears over control order chaos 01 Jul 2007 The London bomb attack was 'al-Qaeda inspired' and may have been linked to five terror suspects who have escaped Home Office control orders and are on the run. As the massive investigation into what could have been Britain's most deadly terror attack widened last night, police and intelligence sources have also told The Observer that they were now investigating the existence of an Islamic terror cell operating in the capital.
British Police Conduct Raids Across U.K. 02 Jul 2007 British officials intensified the hunt Sunday for what they called an al-Qaida-linked network behind three attempted terrorist attacks, announcing a fifth arrest and conducting pinpoint raids across a country on its highest level of alert. Prime Minister Gordon Brown said "it is clear that we are dealing, in general terms, with people who are associated with al-Qaida."
Two doctors held over bomb attacks 01 Jul 2007 Two doctors were among five people being held as terror suspects last night after the bomb plots in London and Glasgow. Both doctors were working at UK hospitals and were apparently here legally. "These are highly-educated, articulate and intelligent people," one security source said
British Police Arrest 5th Terror Suspect 01 Jul 2007 British officials intensified the hunt Sunday for what they called an al-Qaida[al-CIAduh]-linked network behind three attempted terrorist attacks, announcing a fifth arrest and conducting pinpoint raids across a country on its highest level of alert.
Glasgow attack: Police explode car at hospital 01 Jul 2007 Police have carried out a controlled explosion on a car parked at the hospital where one of the suspects from yesterday's attack on Glasgow airport is being treated. The Jeep burst into flames after crashing into the terminal building It is as yet unclear whether any explosives were found at the hospital but the car was believed to be linked to the airport attack, a spokesman confirmed.
British Police Reopen Heathrow Airport 01 Jul 2007 Late Sunday, a terminal at London's Heathrow Airport was closed after a "suspect package" was found, airport authorities said. The terminal was reopened a short time later after officials determined the package was not a threat.
U.S. boosts air marshal numbers 01 Jul 2007 The U.S. is adding air marshals to overseas flights because of concerns about potential terrorism threats originating in Britain and Europe, the homeland security chief [Michael Chertoff] said Sunday.
Britons beginning to accept Big Brotherish surveillance 01 Jul 2007 Britain has more than four million closed-circuit security cameras, more than any other Western democracy. Police say the average Briton is on as many as 300 cameras every day, usually unaware....Britain is considering giving the government even more authority and equipment to snoop on people's lives. Airport iris scans will give guards a more precise way to identify passengers and access their background information. Increased use of ultra-sensitive microphones may allow police to listen to whispered conversations. All vehicles that enter the center of London are captured on the vast network of cameras, making sure they pay the congestion charge but also providing a tool for security.
calls for wider use of surveillance cameras
01 Jul 2007 Sen. Joe LieberBush (D-Israel), the chairman of the Senate
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, said Sunday
he wants to "more widely" use surveillance cameras across
the country. [Pray for Dick Cheney to go hunting with LieberBush,
and hope for the best.]
U.S. terrorism trial ponders meaning of "eggplant" 01 Jul 2007 Since the start of accused American "dirty bomber" Jose Padilla's trial in May, onlookers have heard about conspiracies to maim and kill, but also picnics, eggplants and lazy Miami postal workers [?]. Prosecutors say some of those seemingly innocuous terms are actually code words for violent "jihad," or "holy war," and acts of terrorism. "Tourism" was their euphemism for "jihad," the FBI's lead agent, John Kavanaugh, testified. "Smelling fresh air" also referred to waging jihad, Kavanaugh said.
Third of Europe see US as threat to stability: poll 01 Jul 2007 More Europeans see the United States as a threat to global stability than Iran and North Korea combined, according to a poll published Monday. The Harris Interactive survey for the Financial Times showed that 32 percent of more than 5,000 respondents in five European countries -- Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain -- regarded the United States as the biggest threat to stability.
CIA a worldwide killing machine: Castro 02 Jul 2007 Ailing Cuban president Fidel Castro, in a new article published by Cuban press on Sunday, accused the US of having turned the CIA into a worldwide "killing machine". US President [sic] George Bush "has implemented powerful and expensive intelligence and security superstructures and has turned all his air, sea and land forces into instruments of world power that bring war, injustice, hunger and death in every part of the globe", Castro said. [Well-said!]
How Cheney abused his power in war on terror 01 Jul 2007 Vice-President [sic] Dick Cheney was personally responsible for American policies that subjected terrorist suspects to cruelty and denied them the right to a fair trial, according to revelations from senior US government officials. Dick Cheney now looks like a 'comic book villain' The details have laid bare more than ever before the remarkable influence of Mr Cheney in shaping the prosecution of the war on [of] terror which led to the scandals at Guantánamo Bay and Abu Ghraib.
Iraq prime minister condemns US raid --Residents say 8 civilians were among 26 dead 01 Jul 2007 Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of Iraq condemned a US raid yesterday in Baghdad's Sadr City, in which American troops searching for 'Iranian-linked militants' sparked a firefight that left 26 Iraqis dead. Residents said eight civilians were killed in their homes and accused American troops of firing wildly during the predawn assault.
Iraq warns of grave danger of U.S. troop pullout 01 Jul 2007 Iraq will disintegrate and turn into a safer haven for al Qaeda than Afghanistan before the fall of the Taliban if American troops withdraw prematurely, Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said on Sunday. [See: Iraqi Lawmakers Pass Resolution That May Force End to Occupation By Raed Jarrar and Joshua Holland 05 Jun 2007 The parliament today passed a binding resolution that will guarantee lawmakers an opportunity to block the extension of the U.N. mandate under which coalition troops now remain in Iraq when it comes up for renewal in December. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki... may veto the measure. The law requires the parliament's approval of any future extensions of the mandate, which have previously been made by Iraq's prime minister. It is an enormous development; lawmakers reached in Baghdad today said that they do in fact plan on blocking the extension of the coalition's mandate when it comes up for renewal six months from now.
Report: Australia plans Iraq withdrawal 01 Jul 2007 Australian Prime Minister John Howard is secretly planning to begin withdrawing Australian troops from Iraq by February 2008, Australian media reported today. The Sunday Telegraph, quoting an unnamed senior military source, described Howard's withdrawal plan as "one of the most closely guarded secrets in top levels of the bureaucracy."
Two U.S. soldiers killed in Baghdad 02 Jul 2007 Two U.S. soldiers were killed in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Sunday, the U.S. military said on Monday.
45 civilians reported killed in Nato-led air strikes in Afghanistan 02 Jul 2007 Afghanistan's president, Hamid Karzai, has called for an investigation into reports that 45 innocent Afghans were killed in a Nato-led air assault in the south of the country, the latest in a series of attacks which an incensed public is calling "civilian massacres".
Inquiry into Afghan civilian deaths 01 Jul 2007 Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has launched an investigation after claims that scores of civilians were killed in US-led air raids in the south of the country. Local officials said on Sunday that the bodies of 45 civilians and 62 Taliban fighters had been found in villages in Helmand province.
British soldier killed in Afghanistan 02 Jul 2007 A British soldier was killed as he left a training camp in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement. On Saturday, another soldier was killed in a Taliban ambush in southern Afghanistan when his patrol came under fire.
Abe Rips Official for A-Bomb Comment 02 Jul 2007 Japan's prime minister sternly reprimanded a member of his Cabinet for saying the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were an inevitable way of ending World War II, and asked him Monday to refrain from making similar remarks. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Defense Minister Fumio Kyuma to "strictly refrain from making remarks that cause misunderstanding," the chief Cabinet spokesman said. "It is necessary for Cabinet ministers to pay constant and careful attention to what they say and do so that they do not cause any public misunderstanding," chief Cabinet spokesman Yasuhisa Shiozaki said.
Leahy Says He May Seek Charge of Contempt Against President 02 Jul 2007 The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said yesterday that he will attempt to cite the White House for criminal contempt of Congress if it does not turn over documents related to the firing of nine federal prosecutors. "If they don't cooperate, yes, I'd go that far," Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
Leahy Ready to Fight White House 01 Jul 2007 The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman [Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.]said Sunday he was ready to go to court if the White House resisted congressional subpoenas for information on the firing of federal prosecutors.
Was campaigning against voter fraud a Republican ploy? 01 Jul 2007 ...Albuquerque lawyer Patrick Rogers, a former general counsel to the New Mexico Republican Party and a candidate to replace U.S. Attorney David Iglesias, is among a number of well-connected GOP partisans whose work with the legislative fund and a sister group played a significant role in the party’s effort to retain control of Congress in the 2006 election. That strategy, which presidential adviser Karl Rove alluded to in an April 2006 speech to the Republican National Lawyers Association, sought to scrutinize voter registration records, win passage of tougher ID laws and challenge the legitimacy of voters considered likely to vote Democratic. McClatchy Newspapers has found that this election strategy was active on at least three fronts.
Obama Raises $32.5 Million, Record for a Democrat 01 Jul 2007 Illinois Senator Barack Obama raised at least $32.5 million in the last three months, outpacing New York Senator Hillary Clinton and breaking fund-raising records for a Democratic presidential candidate.
Labels Lack Food's Origin Despite Law 02 Jul 2007 In every American supermarket, labels tell shoppers where their seafood came from. But there are no such labels for meat, produce or nuts. Behind the contradiction is a lesson in political power in Washington, where lobbyists and members of Congress have managed to hold off the enforcement of a five-year-old law that required country-of-origin labeling on meat and produce as well as fish.
U.S. senator wants "czar" to ensure import safety 01 Jul 2007 A leading critic of China in the U.S. Senate [Charles Schumer, D-NY] called on Sunday for creation of a new American "import czar," saying the current maze of federal oversight has failed to protect consumers against harmful Chinese imports.
Oswald 'had no time to fire all Kennedy bullets' 01 Jul 2007 Lee Harvey Oswald could not have acted alone in assassinating President John F Kennedy, according to a new study by Italian weapons experts of the type of rifle Oswald used in the shootings. In fresh tests of the Mannlicher-Carcano bolt-action weapon, supervised by the Italian army, it was found to be impossible for even an accomplished marksman to fire the shots quickly enough.
Anchor gets stuck on Bush's fishing boat 01 Jul 2007 President [sic] Bush's presidency is stuck in low gear. On Sunday, his fishing boat was stuck on stop. Fellow Republicans may not be rushing to rescue his legislative agenda, but the Secret Service bailed Bush out of a jam when his boat anchor got wedged in rocks along the Atlantic Coast. [Too bad the boat didn't sink.]
US Warned of Glasgow Threat Two Weeks Ago 30 Jun 2007 U.S. law enforcement officials received intelligence reports two weeks ago warning of a possible terror attack in Glasgow against "airport infrastructure or aircraft," a senior US law enforcement official tells the Blotter on ABCNews.com... The warnings were kept secret for operational reasons [?], according to officials. In public, the White House and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff have continued to maintain they know of no specific or credible threats involving the United States, even though the intelligence reports specify US aircraft as possible targets.
Heavy Weapons Teams at U.S. Airports --Attack Bears All Characteristics of Terror Incident; Authorities Checking if Links to London's Thwarted Attacks 30 Jun 2007 Airport security across the United States was beefed up Saturday in the wake of what increasingly appears to have been a third attempted terrorist attack in the United Kingdom. U.S. airport authorities and Department of Homeland Security officials told ABC News that heavy weapons teams, parking restrictions, increased vehicle checkpoints and other measures to step up security were being put into place at large- and medium-sized U.S. commercial airports.
U.S. Tightens Security at Some Airports 30 Jun 2007 U.S. airports and mass transit systems will tighten security in response to apparent terrorist incidents in Britain, the Bush administration said Saturday.
Terror threat 'critical' as Glasgow attacked --Airport strike linked to London car bombs --UK-wide hunt for 'al-Qaeda' cell 01 Jul 2007 Britain was braced last night for a fresh wave of terrorist attacks as the national threat level was raised to 'critical' following an attempted car bombing of Glasgow airport. Police and intelligence officers confirmed that there was a direct link between the Scottish attack and the attempted car bombing of London on Friday - confirming the reality of a renewed UK offensive by Islamist extremists.
UK terror threat now 'critical' 01 Jul 2007 The UK has been placed on its highest level of terrorism alert after an attack on Glasgow Airport was linked to two car bombs found in London. Two men were arrested after ramming a burning car into the airport's main terminal, a day after police thwarted two attempted bombings in the capital. Police said one of the men wore a "suspect device" and the incident was being treated as terror related.
Four terror suspects held in Britain 01 Jul 2007 British police have three terrorist suspects in custody and a fourth man under guard in hospital after a jeep was rammed into a Scottish airport and two car bomb plots were foiled in London. Scotland Yard says two people were arrested in Cheshire in northern England early today and two men were apprehended after a Jeep Cherokee shattered glass doors at Glasgow airport's terminal entrance and burst into flames.
Glasgow Attack Seen Tied to London Bombs 01 Jul 2007 A Jeep Cherokee trailing a cascade of flames rammed into Glasgow's airport terminal on Saturday, shattering glass doors just yards from passengers at the check-in counters. Police said they believed the attack was linked to two car bombs found in London the day before.
Terror at Terminal One 01 Jul 2007 Suspected suicide car bombers struck at Glasgow Airport yesterday, causing a massive fire, widespread panic and pushing the UK's terror threat level to "critical" - the highest level possible. Witnesses said two Asian men deliberately rammed a four-wheel-drive vehicle into doors at Terminal 1, resulting in a fireball and causing thousands of passengers to flee for their lives.
Blazing 4x4 rammed into airport terminal 30 Jun 2007 A blazing vehicle was driven into the main Glasgow airport terminal today. Two people were arrested and flights halted as all roads around the airport were shut. Witnesses said two men crashed it into the doors of the main terminal building... The airport was closed and passengers were cleared from the terminal building amid fears that this was a terrorist attack.
Police hunt Iraqi on run after double bomb plot in London 30 Jun 2007 Police were last night hunting an Iraqi [?], suspected of plotting car-bomb attacks in Britain, who went on the run just days before two vehicles packed with petrol, gas and nails were found in central London.
Brown to curb powers of PM 01 Jul 2007 Gordon Brown is to break with centuries of tradition by surrendering historic powers delegated to previous prime ministers by the Queen. The new prime minister will this week publish plans to give up some of the royal "prerogative powers" enjoyed by his predecessors including important public appointments, the right to recall parliament during holidays and sending troops to war.
PM denies plan to 'cut and run' from Iraq 01 Jul 2007 Prime Minister John Howard has strongly denied having a secret plan to withdraw Australian troops from Iraq. Mr Howard was today forced to reject a senior military source's claims the government was preparing to backflip on Iraq and had secretly drawn up a strategy to start pulling out Australian forces by February.
Bush defends military buildup in Iraq 30 Jun 2007 President [sic] Bush, who faces mounting congressional pressure to end the war, called Saturday for patience as U.S. forces conduct stepped-up [terrorist] operations in Iraq.
Dems to confront Bush again on Iraq pullout --Pelosi, Reid say House and Senate will vote in July -- won't wait for report on surge 30 Jun 2007 Speaker Nancy Pelosi threw down a new gauntlet Friday before President [sic] Bush and Republicans in Congress, saying the House will vote in July on legislation to withdraw almost all American troops from Iraq by April. In the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said there also will be votes on the future course of the Iraq war next month...
Senate Leader Harry Reid Urges Republicans to Back Iraq Pullout 30 Jun 2007 Republican legislators should put partisan politics aside and join their Democratic colleagues in pushing for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and forging common approaches to immigration and other key issues, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said today.
2 G.I.'s Charged With Premeditated Murder of 3 Iraqis 01 Jul 2007 Two American soldiers [Staff Sgt. Michael A. Hensley and Specialist Jorge G. Sandoval Jr.] have been charged with premeditated murder and planting weapons on dead Iraqis, United States military officials said Saturday.
Guantanamo judge rejects charges for Canadian 30 Jun 2007 A U.S. military judge for the Guantanamo war crimes tribunals has refused to reinstate the charges against a Canadian prisoner accused of killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan. Khadr, 21, is accused of killing one U.S. soldier with a grenade and wounding another during a firefight [at 15] at a suspected 'al Qaeda' compound in Afghanistan in 2002.
Family of slain soldier blames exhaustion 29 Jun 2007 The family of a soldier killed in Iraq Monday blamed his death on exhaustion, saying soldiers there are not getting enough rest. Pfc. Andre Craig Jr., 24, of New Haven, died of wounds sustained from the explosion of a roadside bomb in Baghdad.
Exit Strategies for Dummies By Mark Yannone 29 Jun 2007 George W. Bush's new empire-building mottos: "Violent but democratic" "Violence of the people, by the people, for the people" "Violent occupation: Now 100% democratic" "Occupied, violent, and democratic"
'Up to 80 civilians dead' after US air strikes in Afghanistan 01 Jul 2007 Air strikes in the British-controlled Helmand province of Afghanistan may have killed civilians, occupation troops said yesterday as local people claimed that between 50 and 80 people, many of them women and children, had died. In the latest of a series of attacks causing significant civilian casualties in recent weeks, more than 200 were killed by occupation troops in Afghanistan in June, far more than are believed to have been killed by Taliban militants.
More Afghan Civilians Killed in U.S. Airstrikes 01 Jul 2007 In what has become a dolefully familiar episode, local Afghan officials reported Saturday that dozens of civilians, and perhaps a great many more, were killed during United States-led airstrikes, this time in the Grishk district of the southern province of Helmand, where dozens of civilians died under similar circumstances last week.
Taliban Spreading, Pakistani President Is Warned 30 Jun 2007 The Pakistani president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, was warned this month that Islamic militants and Taliban fighters were rapidly spreading beyond the country’s lawless tribal areas and that without "swift and decisive action," the growing militancy could engulf the rest of the country. The warning came in a document from the Interior Ministry, which said Pakistan’s security forces in North-West Frontier Province abutting the tribal areas were outgunned and outnumbered and had forfeited authority to the Taliban and their allies.
Israel kills 7 in series of Gaza air strikes 30 Jun 2007 Israel killed seven Palestinians in a series of air strikes in Gaza on Saturday, including three [alleged] senior Islamic Jihad militants and a rocket manufacturer for a wing of Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah group.
U.S. diplomat in Cyprus missing: embassy 30 Jun 2007 A senior U.S. diplomat stationed in Cyprus has gone missing, the United States embassy said on Saturday. "U.S. embassy employee Thomas Mooney has been missing for the past 48 hours," a U.S. embassy spokesman told Reuters, adding that police had been informed.
'Bomb' Blown Up At Ibiza Airport 30 Jun 2007 Police have used a controlled explosion to blow up a suspect package at the airport on Spain's Mediterranean holiday island of Ibiza. Earlier, acting in response to a telephoned bomb threat, they had evacuated the airport, which is used by thousands of British holidaymakers.
Homeland Security to Host Closed-Door Security Forum 28 Jun 2007 The U.S. Department of Homeland security will host a invite-only conference two months from now that will bring together security experts from law enforcement, Internet service providers, and the technology industry. The Internet Security Operations and Intelligence (ISOI) workshop will be held on August 27 and 28 at the Academy for Educational Development in Washington D.C.
Protesters will use world media to spread call for impeachment 30 Jun 2007 (ME) Missile defense... and Iran's nuclear ambitions may be prime topics Sunday for President [sic] George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin, but a third voice vying for attention in Kennebunkport will be pushing a different agenda. Organizers and police say the combination of Internet postings, word-of-mouth and press releases could make the protest the largest ever in town, with predicted crowds of 2,000 to 3,000 people.
Animal cruelty charge dogs Romney campaign 29 Jun 2007 Animal lovers hit the roof after it was revealed that Republican presidential candidate [terrorist] Mitt Romney strapped his Irish setter to the top of his car during a 12-hour family drive from Boston to Ontario, terrifying the hapless dog and causing a health hazard to fellow road-users. According to the Boston Globe, the former Massachusetts governor placed the dog, called Seamus, in a kennel attached to the roof of his white Chevy station wagon. [Pray for Dick Cheney to go hunting with Mitt Romney, and hope for the best.]
Paris Men's Fashions Mull Conflicts 29 Jun 2007 Army fatigues, gas masks and camouflage patterns swarmed the catwalk on Thursday as Paris designers reflected on troubled times in their menswear collections for next summer. Models emerged from behind two giant propeller blades in outfits that borrowed from urban conflicts ranging from the Palestinian Intifada to the Black Panther movement of the 1960s.
Police hunting London car bombers 30 Jun 2007 Anti-terrorism police have launched a huge manhunt for the people who planted two car bombs in central London. Two Mercedes - left on Friday outside a club in Haymarket and a nearby street - contained petrol, gas cylinders and nails but the devices did not detonate. On Saturday a blazing car was driven into Glasgow Airport's terminal building.
Car bombs come to London --'Iraqi-style' device defused outside club --Second explosive found nearby --Massive hunt for culprits 30 Jun 2007 Police were last night hunting a suspected al-Qaida-inspired terrorist cell after the discovery of two "Iraqi style" car bombs, which UK officials said were designed to cause mass murder. One was outside a London nightclub, and a second nearby.
Two Bombs Were Set to Blow In London 29 Jun 2007 Police have confirmed that not one, but two massive car bombs were set to explode in the heart of London's West End. The first car, in Haymarket, was a metallic green Mercedes packed with petrol, gas cannisters and nails, and was defused after police were alerted by an ambulance crew called to an incident at a nearby nightclub in the early hours of Friday morning. The second bomb was in a car that was illegally parked nearby and towed to the Park Lane car pound.
Police: car bomb may have been inspired by al-Qaida 29 Jun 2007 Senior police and Whitehall sources today said the failed attempt to inflict mass murder in central London was the work of al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] or those inspired by its ideology [or those on Blackwater USA's payroll]. The device was described by counter-terrorism sources as similar to car bombs used in Iraq.
Twin bombs an 'Al-Qaeda memo to Gordon Brown' 30 Jun 2007 The discovery of two bombs in central London raised the spectre of possible al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] terrorism returning to the British capital, two days after a new government took power and a week before the second anniversary of the city's July 7 2005 suicide bombings, which killed 52.
London Police Foil Major Terror Plot 30 Jun 2007 Police thwarted a devastating terrorist plot on Friday, discovering two Mercedes loaded with nails packed around canisters of propane and gasoline set to detonate and kill possibly hundreds in London's crowded theater and nightclub district. As police searched for car bombs and terrorists in the city of 7.5 million, roads were closed and police sirens echoed. Authorities stepped up security across Britain, from central London streets to the Wimbledon tennis tournament.
New York takes precautions after London bomb defused 29 Jun 2007 New York police intensified patrols of tourist sites, parking garages and the transit system on Friday after explosives experts in London defused a potentially devastating car bomb in the heart of the city.
US Urges Vigilance After London Incident 29 Jun 2007 The government is urging Americans to be vigilant about suspicious activity after British police defused a bomb in downtown London, but officials said they saw no potential terrorist threat in the United States ahead of next week's Fourth of July holiday.
U.N. shuts down Iraq weapons inspection unit 29 Jun 2007 As the United Nations officially disbanded its weapons inspections unit for Iraq on Friday, the United States again defended faulty intelligence [lies] it had cited to justify its 2003 invasion of the country. Despite U.S. and British suspicions and assertions that Saddam Hussein was developing weapons of mass destruction, no evidence of active programs to make chemical, biological or nuclear arms has been found.
Told you so, U.N. Iraq arms inspectors' report says 28 Jun 2007 On the day before it is due to be shut down, the U.N. unit that found no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq but failed to stop the U.S.-led invasion said on Thursday time had justified its methods and work. In a voluminous report detailing the history of Iraq's banned weapons programs and U.N. efforts to dismantle them, it said the episode had shown that on-the-ground inspections were better than intelligence assessments by individual countries.
Iraq Sunni bloc boycotts government 29 Jun 2007 Embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's national 'reconciliation programme' suffered a major blow on Friday as the key Sunni Arab bloc ordered its six ministers to quit his government. In protest at an arrest warrant issued against one of its ministers, Sunni lawmaker Omar Abdul-Sattar Mahmud said the National Concord Front will request that its ministers suspend their participation in Maliki's cabinet.
Soldier's comments allowed in Iraq rape-murder case 29 Jun 2007 A military judge on Friday said he would allow evidence that one of five soldiers accused in the rape and killing of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl had previously said he wanted to hurt Iraqis. Witnesses testified to having heard Army Spc. Jesse Spielman, 22, of Chambersburg, Pa., saying he wanted Iraqis dead.
U.S. assault in Baghdad kills 8 civilians, Iraqis say 30 Jun 2007 The U.S. military staged raids Saturday in Sadr City, and the police and hospital officials said eight people were killed, all civilians. The military said it killed 26 people, all terrorists [resistance fighters] who responded to the raids with small arms fire, rocket-propelled grenades and roadside bombs.
U.S. military: 26 killed in Baghdad raid 26 Jun 2007 U.S. soldiers killed 26 people before dawn Saturday during raids in Baghdad's Sadr City neighborhood. The U.S. military said the dead were terrorists who had attacked American troops, but Iraqi police and officials said the victims were civilians.
US military accuses media of reporting 'false' Iraqi claims 30 Jun 2007 The US military accused the international media on Saturday of exacerbating Iraq's violent tensions by reporting false claims of massacres which it said were deliberately fabricated by extremist groups. [Iraq's 'violent tensions' are exacerbated by the illegal US occupation, US war crimes and US terrorism.]
5 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq Attack 29 Jun 2007 'Insurgents' launched a deadly coordinated attack on an American combat patrol, detonating a roadside bomb, then firing guns and rocket-propelled grenades at the soldiers, the U.S. military said Friday. Five troops were killed.
Bush plays al Qaida card to bolster support for Iraq policy 28 Jun 2007 Facing eroding support for his Iraq policy, even among Republicans, President [sic] Bush on Thursday called al Qaida "the main enemy" in Iraq, an assertion rejected by his administration's senior intelligence analysts. The reference, in a major speech at the Naval War College that referred to al Qaida at least 27 times, seemed calculated to use lingering outrage over the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, to bolster support for the current buildup of U.S. troops in Iraq, despite evidence that sending more troops hasn't reduced the violence or sped Iraqi government action on key issues.
No evidence ties al Qaida to recent bombing of a Shiite shrine 29 Jun 2007 Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday that the U.S. has no "hard evidence" that the Sunni Muslim insurgent group al Qaida [al-CIAduh] in Iraq was responsible for the recent bombing of a Shiite shrine in Samarra, although Bush administration officials cite the attack as 'proof' that al Qaida in Iraq is stoking sectarian violence.
Lebanon army accused of 'excessive force' against Palestinians 30 Jun 2007 Relief workers on Saturday accused the Lebanese army of using "excessive force" to disperse a protest in which dozens of displaced refugees in northern Lebanon were killed or wounded.
Australia committed long term to Afghanistan -Downer 30 Jun 2007 Australia is committed to remaining part of an international military force in Afghanistan for as long as necessary, Alexander Downer, Australia's foreign minister, said during an unannounced visit on Saturday. Australia currently has nearly 1,000 troops serving with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) for Afghanistan after doubling the contingent last month.
Marines Drop Case Against Iraq Veteran 29 Jun 2007 The Marines won't kick out an Iraq war veteran who made anti-war statements in a speech and wore part of his uniform at a protest, the service said Friday, despite a recommendation to discharge him early. Liam Madden, 22, of Boston was accused of making "disloyal statements" during a speech in February in New York in which he accused President [sic] Bush of betraying service members and called the fighting in Iraq a "war crime." The speech was posted on the Internet.
Military makes little effort to punish deserters --Although numbers rising, only 5 percent of 'lawbreakers' reprimanded 28 Jun 2007 An Associated Press examination of Pentagon figures shows that 174 troops were court-martialed by the Army last year for desertion — a figure that amounts to just 5 percent of the 3,301 soldiers who deserted in fiscal year 2006. The figures are about 1 percent or less for the Navy and the Marines, according to data obtained by the AP under the Freedom of Information Act.
Guantanamo Bay Detainees Get U.S. High Court Hearing 29 Jun 2007 The U.S. Supreme Court will hear appeals by Guantanamo Bay inmates, held without trial for more than five years, who say the Bush administration and Congress have deprived them of a constitutional right to go to federal court. The justices said they will decide whether a 2006 law validly bars judges from considering so-called [not 'so-called' - *are* called] habeas corpus petitions filed by prisoners challenging their detention at the U.S. naval base in Cuba.
Supreme Court to hear Guantanamo Bay detainee habeas cases 29 Jun 2007 The US Supreme Court Friday agreed to hear the appeals of Guantanamo Bay detainees who are seeking habeas corpus review of their detentions. The Court denied petitions for certiorari in April, but reversed itself Friday: The petitions for rehearing are granted. The orders entered April 2, 2007, denying the petitions for writs of certiorari are vacated. The petitions for writs of certiorari are granted.
Democrats Move to Cut Guantanamo Funding 29 Jun 2007 Democrats want to cut President [sic] Bush's budget for Guantanamo Bay prison in half, beating the administration to the punch in shutting down the facility for terror prisoners. The 5-year-old prison has become a focus for criticism of the Bush regime at home and abroad.
Congress letter to Bush: Close Guantanamo 29 Jun 2007 A group of 145 members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to President [sic] Bush on Friday urging him to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and move the prisoners there to military prisons in the United States.
Congress Goes Ahead on Detainees' Rights 27 Jun 2007 While the White House weighed closing the Guantanamo Bay prison, Congress pushed ahead Tuesday with a heated debate over whether detained terror suspects were entitled to petition U.S. courts to challenge their confinement.
Bush Claims Executive Privilege on Subpoenas 29 Jun 2007 The White House invoked executive privilege yesterday in withholding subpoenaed documents on fired U.S. attorneys out of confidence that it can prevail in court and weather a political storm by blaming Congress for overreaching, administration officials said. White House counsel Fred F. Fielding said in a letter to the chairmen of the Senate and House judiciary committees that President [sic] Bush will not make available the requested documents or permit testimony by two former senior aides about White House and Justice Department calculations in the firing of nine federal prosecutors. [And, the DemocRATs will just *roll over,* as usual.]
Court unseals CIA leak documents 29 Jun 2007 Midway through his CIA leak investigation, Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald was pretty sure of two things: First, he wasn't going to charge White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby with revealing a covert operative. And second, he thought Libby's testimony was a bunch of lies. Documents unsealed in the case Friday revealed that when Fitzgerald subpoenaed New York Times 'reporter' Judith Miller in 2005, he was already building a perjury and obstruction case against Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney.
A couple of moments with the president 29 Jun 2007 (RI) By Katie Mulvaney WPRI-TV, Channel 12 reporter Jarrod Holbrook had his White House press pass snatched after he shouted "Mr. President!" twice as President [sic] Bush greeted Air and Army National Guardsmen gathered on the tarmac at the Air National Guard base in Quonset. A member of the president’s entourage pointed at Holbrook after he first tried to get Mr. Bush’s attention. The man then ripped the pass from Holbrook’s belt after he shouted again to the president, who was about 10 feet away... Members of the media were not told they could not ask the president questions.
Purdue 9/11 simulation exposed as fraud: Media covers up hoax and conceals crimes By James Fetzer 27 Jun 2007 A computer animation by engineers and computer scientists at Purdue University has been exposed as a fraud by a new member of Scholars for 9/11 Truth. James Fetzer, who founded the society, received a study from Nick Irving, replying to his invitation to submit an essay on the Purdue simulation, which can be found [here]. "Nick pointed out that the model was based upon false data about the weakening point of steel and the temperature of jet fuel based fires. He proved that fireproofing was irrelevant because the fires never reached the weakening point of steel. But most importantly of all," Fetzer observed, "he noticed that the simulation does not even model the 'collapse' and cannot have shown that these fires caused one."
Senator Mark Dayton Confirms Cheney Gave Shootdown Orders on 9/11 29 Jun 2007 Blistering testimony of Senator Mark Dayton before the 9-11 Commission chairs Kean, Hamilton and NORAD. Senator Mark Dayton calls NORAD liars and ..."They lied to the American People, they lied to Congress, and they lied to your 9/11 Commission... all of the oversight possible... won't be worth an Enron pension, if the people responsible lie to us."
McDermott joins call for Cheney's removal 29 Jun 2007 In a speech on the House floor Thursday, Rep. Jim McDermott said Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney should resign or face impeachment. McDermott said he will now sign on as a co-sponsor to H.R. 333, Rep. Dennis Kucinich's resolution — introduced in April — calling for Cheney's impeachment... McDermott said he is now convinced that impeachment is necessary because, he said, Cheney has repeatedly held himself above the law. "Since the president [sic] permits this flagrant disregard for the Constitution, it is up to the Congress to act and defend the American people," he said.
The Vice President Should Resign or Face Impeachment (House of Representatives) 28 Jun 2007 Madam Speaker, it is time for a new exit strategy, one that removes the Vice President of the United States from office, voluntarily, if he chooses, but by impeachment if he stonewalls. Watch this floor speech [Get Windows Media Player] The time has come for the Vice President to go. Our Nation and our national security interests at home and abroad cannot afford to have this Vice President one heartbeat away from the Presidency. As it stands now, the Vice President's damage to U.S. interests, security, system of government and our position at home and abroad will take years to overcome.
New York City May Seek Permit and Insurance for Many Kinds of Public Photography 29 Jun 2007 Some tourists, amateur photographers, even would-be filmmakers hoping to make it big on YouTube could soon be forced to obtain a city permit and $1 million in liability insurance before taking pictures or filming on city property, including sidewalks. New rules being considered by the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting would require any group of two or more people who want to use a camera in a single public location for more than a half hour to get a city permit and insurance.
House votes to allow import of trophies from polar bear hunts 28 Jun 2007 The House voted Wednesday to continue allowing American hunters to import the heads and hides of polar bears killed in Canada. By a vote of 188[terrorists]-242, House members rejected an amendment to prohibit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from granting any more permits for importing the polar bear parts.
Knut bearing up and keeping cool --Fears for polar bear during heatwave 29 Jun 2007 Ich bin ein Bearliner. Infrared images have revealed that Knut, the polar bear raised in Berlin Zoo, has adapted well to the city life despite rising summer temperatures. With temperatures in Berlin hitting 37C, reports this week said Knut was staying cool - much to the relief of fans who worried the little furball might be overheating.
Bush Holds Israel Up As Model for Iraq 28 Jun 2007 President [sic] Bush held up Israel as a model for defining success in Iraq, saying Thursday that the goal of the U.S. mission there is not eliminating attacks but enabling a 'democracy' that can function despite continuing violence.
Government said to have lost control of Basra 27 Jun 2007 As U.S. troops battle to retake Baghdad and surrounding areas, the government is reported to have lost its control of Basra where almost all of the country’s oil exports originate. The city, according to well-placed sources, is under the hegemony of militias who do not run its streets only but have imposed levies and taxes on oil output. "It may be too late for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to restore control of Basra," one source working for Iraqi intelligence said.
U.S. Shields an Accused Iraqi Killer 28 Jun 2007 The American Embassy in Baghdad is offering de facto protection to the Iraqi culture minister, who an Iraqi judge this week charged with the attempted murder of a fellow parliamentarian, Mithal al-Alusi. That is what Mr. Alusi told The New York Sun yesterday in a phone call from Baghdad. Mr. Alusi said the wanted man, As'ad Kamal al-Hashemi, had fled to al-Rashid Hotel inside the American-protected international zone in the center of Baghdad.
Negroponte's 'Salvador Option:' 20 decapitated bodies found in Iraq 28 Jun 2007 Twenty decapitated bodies were discovered today on the banks of the Tigris River southeast of Baghdad [in Um al-Abeed], two Iraqi police officers said. The dead - all men aged 20 to 40 years old - had their hands and legs bound, and some of the heads were found next to the bodies, the officers said on condition of anonymity.
Bombing Kills 22 at Baghdad Bus Station 29 Jun 2007 A car bomb exploded Thursday at a bus station in a mostly Shiite west Baghdad neighborhood, killing 22 people. In addition to the dead, more than 50 people were wounded in the rush-hour blast in the Baiyaa neighborhood, police said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.
Three soldiers killed in Iraq 28 Jun 2007 Three British soldiers were killed and another seriously injured by a roadside bomb after they dismounted from their armoured patrol in southern Iraq today. They came under attack in the Al Antahiya district of Basra city at about 1am local time, the British military in Iraq said.
U.S. soldiers kill 4 Afghan civilians: rights group 29 Jun 2007 U.S. soldiers killed four civilian members of the same family during a raid on Friday in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar, an Afghan rights body said. The soldiers also arrested 15 civilians during the pre-dawn raid in Khogiani district which lies in the foothills of the provincial capital Jalalabad, the head of Afghanistan's Human Rights Group said. Those killed in the raid were an 85-year-old man, Mohammada Jan, two of his sons and a grandson, Lal Gul told Reuters.
Suicide attacks kill four in Afghanistan 29 Jun 2007 Two suicide car bombs have ripped into security vehicles in Afghanistan, killing two foreigners [Americans] and two Afghans. The deadliest suicide attack was in the capital, Kabul, the third such blast to hit the city this month. The bomber exploded his car near the vehicle of a private security company involved in mentoring the Afghan police, Afghan security officials said.
BAE Systems gets U.S. Navy deal 29 Jun 2007 BAE Systems has won a $212.4 million (106 million pounds) U.S. Navy order for 271 vehicles designed to withstand roadside bombs in places like Iraq, the U.S. Defense Department said on Thursday. The order was the first of its kind for a BAE unit since the company, headquartered in Farnborough, Hampshire, disclosed this week the existence of a U.S. Justice Department anti-corruption investigation that includes its business in Saudi Arabia.
U.S. and Britain sign military-trade pact 28 Jun 2007 U.S. and British leaders have clinched a defence-trade pact designed to stitch long-standing bilateral military and security ties even tighter, the State Department said on Thursday. If ratified by the U.S. Senate and the Parliament, the treaty will do away with red tape for most military-related goods, services and information intended for use by the two allies.
Israeli president goes 'from No 1 citizen to convicted sex offender' 29 Jun 2007 The outgoing President of Israel, Moshe Katsav, yesterday escaped jail by agreeing a plea bargain under which rape charges against him will be dropped. In return he is admitting charges of lesser sexual offences against former employees. The leading Israeli women's group backed former employees of Mr Katsav who had accused him of rape in angrily denouncing the decision by the Attorney General, Menachem Mazuz, to drop the charges against Mr Katsav, who will now formally resign under the terms of the deal.
Lockerbie bomber allowed appeal 28 Jun 2007 The man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing has been granted leave to make a second appeal. Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi was jailed for the 1988 atrocity in which 270 people died when Pan-Am flight 103 exploded over the Scottish town.
Top Judge Warns of High Terror Threat 28 Jun 2007 The threat of terrorism in Europe remains very high due to anger over the Iraq war and the growing influence of North African groups linked to 'al-Qaida,' a leading anti-terrorism judge warned Thursday. "The actual threat for Europe is high, very high indeed," Jean-Louis Bruguiere, a top investigator of Islamic terrorism in France, told a press conference in Madrid.
Secret trials for terrorists, says US judge 29 Jun 2007 A top-ranking US judge has stunned a conference of Australian judges and barristers in Chicago by advocating secret trials for terrorists, more surveillance of Muslim populations across North America and an end to counter-terrorism efforts being "hog-tied" by the US constitution. Judge Richard Posner... said traditional concepts of criminal justice were inadequate to deal with the terrorist threat and the US had "over-invested" in them. His proposed "big brother" solutions flabbergasted delegates at the Australian Bar Association's biennial conference, where David Hicks's lawyer, Major Michael Mori, is to be awarded honorary life membership.
Bush won't supply subpoenaed documents 28 Jun 2007 President [sic] Bush, in a constitutional showdown with Congress, claimed executive privilege Thursday and rejected demands for White House documents and testimony about the firing of U.S. attorneys. His decision was denounced as "Nixonian stonewalling" by the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Bush Rejects Hill Subpoenas, Citing Executive Privilege 28 Jun 2007 Dictator Bush has formally refused to comply with congressional subpoenas seeking information related to the firings of nine U.S. attorneys last year. In a letter today to the chairmen of the House and Senate Judiciary committees, White House counsel Fred F. Fielding said the administration will not hand over White House records related to the firings, and Bush was prepared to assert executive privilege to prevent two former senior White House aides from testifying in the matter.
Cheney probed over salmon die off 28 Jun 2007 The House Natural Resources Committee announced Thursday that it will hold hearings into Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney's involvement in Klamath River water management that many think led to the die-off of more than 70,000 salmon four years ago. "It certainly appears that this administration will stop at nothing to achieve political gain from natural resources disasters," said Rep. Nick J. Rahall, the West Virginia Democrat who heads the panel.
Libby Becomes Inmate No. 28301-016 28 Jun 2007 For years he was known as chief of staff to Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney and assistant to President [sic] Bush. On Wednesday, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby became federal inmate No. 28301-016. Libby, who was convicted in March of lying and obstructing an investigation into the leak of a CIA operative's identity, faces 2 1/2 years in prison.
Illinois Gov. Welcomes Israeli Homeland Security Groups 28 Jun 2007 In an effort to continue building the Illinois Department of Homeland Security and the state’s partnership with Israel, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is welcoming a group of Israeli homeland security firms. The Israeli firms will meet with the Illinois Department of Homeland Security in an effort to establish market opportunities.
Anti-terror team trains in Sterling 26 Jun 2007 A regional Homeland Security team is using an empty building in Sterling to train for a terrorist attack. Members of the Illinois State Police Weapons of Mass Destruction Tactical Team, a SWAT team of sorts for terrorist threats, are practicing at the Wayne-Dalton building.
EU Deal Lets U.S. Keep Data for 5 Years 28 Jun 2007 U.S. Treasury officials will be able to keep data on financial transactions collected in anti-terror investigations for only five years under a deal with the EU to safeguard privacy rights, EU officials said Thursday. The agreement, which must be endorsed by the 27 EU nations, replaces an interim data-sharing deal set to expire at the end of July.
Outrage over SEC terrorism 'blacklist' 28 Jun 2007 Some of the world’s biggest companies are outraged by a new software tool launched by US federal regulators aimed at exposing which of them could be "indirectly subsidising a terrorist state".
Advises Dive Schools to Watch For Unusual Students 29 Jun 2007
The FBI is asking scuba instructors across the country to keep their
eyes open for a different type of threat: terrorism. The FBI has sent
a nationwide alert to scuba instructors to watch for a number of suspicious
behaviors among diving students that the agency says could be signs
of criminal activity. Among the behaviors the FBI mentions are "odd
inquiries" about diving in irregular areas - such as murky water or
sewer pipes - or requests to learn advanced combat swimming skills such
as how to use rebreathers and diver propulsion vehicles.
N.H. Governor Signs Law Banning Real ID 27 Jun 2007 New Hampshire on Wednesday rejected the federal Real ID Act as tantamount to requiring a national ID card, joining five other states in opposing it. South Carolina, Montana, Washington, Oklahoma and Maine also have rejected the federal act.
Supreme Court Lifts Ban on Minimum Retail Pricing 28 Jun 2007 Striking down an antitrust rule nearly a century old, the Supreme Court (voting 5-4) ruled on Thursday that it was not automatically unlawful for manufacturers and distributors to agree on minimum retail prices. The decision will give producers significantly more, though not unlimited, power to dictate retail prices and to restrict the flexibility of discounters. The court struck down the 96-year-old rule that resale price maintenance agreements were an automatic, or per se, violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.
'Wall Street Journal' workers protest over Murdoch takeover 29 Jun 2007 The Wall Street Journal's offices across the US were working without union staff yesterday morning as employees protested against the threat to their independence from a takeover by Rupert Murdoch.
Dow Jones pact gives group power to OK editors 28 Jun 2007 A tentative deal between News Corp. and Dow Jones & Co Inc. would give an independent board the power to approve the hiring and firing of top editors at The Wall Street Journal, three sources said on Thursday.
Immigration Legislation Blocked Again in U.S. Senate 28 Jun 2007 The U.S. Senate blocked passage of comprehensive immigration legislation, almost certainly ending chances Congress will act this year on the centerpiece of President [sic] George W. Bush's domestic agenda. Supporters got just 46 of the 60 votes needed to conclude debate and proceed to final passage.
Race-Based Pupil Placements Banned by Top U.S. Court 28 Jun 2007 A divided U.S. Supreme Court, with President [sic] George W. Bush's appointees tipping the balance, said public school districts can't try to foster integration by considering race in making pupil assignments. The court, voting 5-4, said voluntary integration plans in Seattle and Louisville, Kentucky, unconstitutionally discriminated against white students.
Supreme Court Strikes At Affirmative Action --Divided Justices' Ruling Will Affect Schools Nationwide 28 Jun 2007 In a landmark decision that will affect school districts across the country, a deeply divided Supreme Court Thursday struck down plans in Louisville, Ky., and Seattle that assigned students to schools based partly on the color of their skin.
Nearly 250,000 Open Wallets for Obama 29 Jun 2007 Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has improved on his stunning support in the race for campaign cash, raising his total number of donors to more than 250,000 people in the first six months of the year.
House Report Faults Pentagon Accounting of Iraqi Forces 27 Jun 2007 The United States has invested $19 billion to train and equip nearly 350,000 Iraqi soldiers and police since toppling Saddam Hussein, but the ability of those forces to provide security remains in doubt, according to the findings of a bipartisan congressional investigation to be released today. As a result, President [sic] Bush's pledge to have U.S. troops "stand down" as Iraqi forces "stand up" remains unfulfilled. [It's LONG past time for Bush to "stand down," lie down, or just get the hell out of the way. --MDR]
Republicans break ranks with Bush over Iraq 28 Jun 2007 Two influential Republican senators have broken ranks and called for President [sic] Bush to change his strategy in Iraq and co-operate with Congress as it tries to frame an exit strategy for US forces. Remarks by Richard Lugar and George Voinovich sent shockwaves through Washington's political corridors and could prove the turning point at which support for the war begins falling away within Mr Bush's own party.
Bomb kills 3 British soldiers in Iraq 28 Jun 2007 A roadside bomb killed three British soldiers and wounded another in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Thursday, the military said. Spokesman Major David Gell said the blast occurred in southeastern Basra in the early hours of Thursday while the soldiers were on foot.
Iranians still planning attacks in Iraq: U.S. 27 Jun 2007 Iranian operatives are training fighters in Iraq and helping to plan attacks there despite diplomatic pressure on Tehran to halt such interference, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.
Bolton: I'm 'very worried' for Israel --Bolton: Options for Iran now limited to only the possibility of regime change from within or a last-resort military intervention 27 Jun 2007 Sanctions and diplomacy have failed and it may be too late for internal opposition to oust the Islamist regime, leaving only military intervention to stop Iran's drive to nuclear weapons, the US's former ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.
Navy admirals taking helm at the Pentagon 23 Jun 2007 Navy admirals are ascending to the most coveted and important global commands in the U.S. military, gaining unprecedented influence over how the Pentagon fights and what weapons it buys. The appointment of a Navy officer to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs, as well as Naval appointments to commands in the Pacific, Middle East, Latin America and terrorist-fighting special operations, signals that the Bush regime now sees the sea service as providing the best strategic thinkers to counter 'radical' Islam.
Record opium crop in southern Afghanistan --Region set to become world's biggest supplier --Cocaine consumption up in Europe, says UN report 27 Jun 2007 Helmand province in southern Afghanistan, where some 7,000 British troops are based, is on the verge of becoming the world's biggest drugs supplier, cultivating more opium than entire countries such as Burma, Morocco, or even Colombia, the UN warned yesterday.
Use of air power in Afghanistan unlikely to change: NATO 28 Jun 2007 NATO’s force in Afghanistan said Wednesday it did not plan to change its use of air power against the Taliban, despite criticism about the number of civilian deaths.
Suicide Bomber Hits NATO Convoy in Kabul 28 Jun 2007 A suicide car bomber hit a NATO convoy in the Afghan capital Thursday, killing two foreigners and wounding three others.
Journalists Embedded with N.C. Unit Reports Prisoner Abuse 25 Jun 2007 Prisoner abuse is alleged in Afghanistan by journalists embedded with a North Carolina-based unit. The weekly German newsmagazine Focus says two of its journalists embedded with troops from the North Carolina-based 82nd Airborne Division witnessed Afghan and American soldiers involved in abusing prisoners earlier this month.
US: Al Qaida regroups in new sanctuary on Pakistan border 27 Jun 2007 While the U.S. presses its war against 'insurgents linked to al Qaida [al-CIAduh] in Iraq, Osama bin Laden's group is recruiting, regrouping and rebuilding in a new sanctuary along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, senior U.S. military, intelligence and law enforcement officials said.
Poll Says Distrust of U.S. Is Growing 27 Jun 2007 Unease with American foreign policy and President [sic] Bush has intensified in countries that are some of the closest U.S. allies and around the globe... a survey released Wednesday said. Support for the U.S.-led war in Iraq, the NATO military action in Afghanistan and worldwide American efforts against [for] terrorism have dropped since 2002, according to an international survey by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center.
Brown pledges change as British prime minister 27 Jun 2007 Gordon Brown replaced Tony Blair as Britain's prime minister on Wednesday after years of waiting and promised sweeping changes in style and policy to restore trust in a government damaged by the Iraq war.
Brown Becomes New British Prime Minister 27 Jun 2007 Former Treasury chief Gordon Brown became British prime minister Wednesday, promising "a new government with new priorities," after Tony Blair left office with a legacy of economic prosperity overshadowed by the deeply divisive Iraq war.
Blair ain't my poodle says Bush 27 Jun 2007 President [sic] George Bush urged Tony Blair to STAY in power until he quit the White House. The US leader tried to persuade the PM to complete a full term in office so they could leave power together.
Embarrassment as U.S. probes '£1bn arms bribe' 27 Jun 2007 Gordon Brown is facing mounting diplomatic tensions with the U.S. as Washington launches a corruption investigation into Britain's biggest arms deal. The U.S. Department of Justice is to probe alleged £1billion bribes by defence giant BAE Systems to Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia.
US 'deeply troubled' by North Korea missile launch 28 Jun 2007 North Korea has test-fired "several missiles", the United States confirmed on Wednesday, as UN inspectors prepared to visit a reactor at the centre of North Korea's nuclear program. The United States said it was "deeply troubled" by the tests over the Sea of Japan which come at a sensitive time in international negotiations over North Korea's nuclear disarmament.
Coast Guard finds remains of F-15 pilot off Oregon Coast 27 Jun 2007 An Oregon Air National Guard pilot who died when his F-15A crashed into the Pacific Ocean was in training that included mock dogfighting with Marine Corps Reserve warplanes, military officials said Wednesday. He was identified as Maj. Gregory D. Young of St. Helens, Ore., the Guard said.
Two men charged under Terrorism Act 27 Jun 2007 Two men have been charged under the Terrorism Act with providing support to a "proscribed organisation". Arunachalam Chrishanthakumar, also known as AC Shanthan, 50, of Upwood Road, Norbury, and 29-year-old Goldan Lambert, of Bramley Hill, south Croydon, are accused of giving support to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
Would-Be Terrorists: Baneful Or Bumbling? 25 Jun 2007 Three Guyanese and a Trinidadian face charges of plotting to blow up John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. The allegations have generated widespread skepticism in the region... There are a number of odd features about the plot, which the United States is treating very seriously. U.S. Attorney Roslynn Mauskopf said the scheme was "one of the most chilling plots imaginable, which could have resulted in unfathomable damage, deaths and destruction." However, there is a widespread feeling in Guyana that the affair is being wildly exaggerated by U.S. authorities and that Washington is seeking to generate political capital out of a case that has little substance to it.
CIA confirms that it contracted the mafia to assassinate Castro 26 Jun 2007 The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) planned to assassinate Cuban President Fidel Castro at the beginning of the 1960s, using two of the most wanted gangsters of the era, who would be paid $150,000, according to documents published today.
EU backs anti-terror deal with US on bank data 28 Jun 2007 The European Union approved a deal on Wednesday setting conditions for the US Treasury Department to consult records of the international banking network SWIFT in 'anti'-terror probes, EU diplomats said. "We agreed on SWIFT," a diplomat said of an accord aimed at allaying European data privacy concerns over the US fight 'against' terrorism.
Dems force Cheney to flip-flop on secret docs 27 Jun 2007 Dick Cheney's office is abandoning a justification for keeping the Vice-President's [sic] secret papers out of the hands of the National Archives. Officials working for Cheney had tried to claim he is separate from the executive branch, but they will no longer pursue that defense, senior administration officials tell The Politico.
Senators subpoena White House over illegal surveillance programme 28 Jun 2007 The Bush administration may soon face a courtroom showdown over its secret eavesdropping programme after subpoenas were issued to the White House, Vice-President [sic] Dick Cheney, and the Justice Department. There is a storm gathering over Mr Cheney in particular, with increasingly vocal demands for his impeachment for "political crimes against the nation". The Senate Judiciary Committee wants to know the legal basis, if any, for the placing of wiretaps on American citizens without court warrants, as part of the war on [of] terror. These taps were placed by the National Security Agency, which runs a vast international electronic eavesdropping and codebreaking web with Britain's GCHQ.
White House, Cheney's office subpoenaed --Senate committee probing legality of Bush's eavesdropping program 27 Jun 2007 The Senate Judiciary Committee subpoenaed the White House and Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney's office Wednesday for documents relating to President [sic] Bush's warrantless eavesdropping program. Also named in subpoenas signed by committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., were the Justice Department and the National Security Council. The four parties have until July 18 to comply, according to a statement by Leahy's office.
Leahy: Bush administration's lawlessness worse than Nixon's 27 Jun 2007 Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) blasted the Bush administration Wednesday, indicating that it is disregarding the law more flagrantly than the Nixon administration. "Certainly not since I’ve been old enough to vote have we had an administration so willing to ignore the law," the 67-year-old senator said. "I’ve never known an administration so willing to operate outside the law, even to operate against the law, in violation of the law, as this administration."
Leaving No Tracks By Jo Becker and Barton Gellman 27 Jun 2007 In Oregon... drought-stricken farmers and ranchers were about to be cut off from the irrigation water that kept their cropland and pastures green. Federal biologists said the Endangered Species Act left the government no choice: The survival of two imperiled species of fish was at stake. Law and science seemed to be on the side of the fish. Then the vice president [sic] stepped in... Because of Cheney's intervention, the government reversed itself and let the water flow in time to save the 2002 growing season, declaring that there was no threat to the fish. What followed was the largest fish kill the West had ever seen, with tens of thousands of salmon rotting on the banks of the Klamath River. Characteristically, Cheney left no tracks.
A GOP Plan to Oust Cheney By Sally Quinn 26 Jun 2007 The big question right now among Republicans is how to remove Vice President [sic] Cheney from office... As the reputed architect of the war in Iraq, Cheney is viewed as toxic, and as the administration's leading proponent of an attack on Iran, he is seen as dangerous. As long as he remains vice president, according to this thinking, he has the potential to drag down every member of the party -- including the presidential nominee -- in next year's elections... Cheney is scheduled this summer for surgery to replace his pacemaker, which needs new batteries. So if the president [sic] is willing, and Republicans are able, they have a convenient reason to replace him: doctor's orders.
Lawyers Make Final Plea to Save Libby From Jail 27 Jun 2007 Lawyers for a former White House aide facing 2 1/2 years in prison, I. Lewis Libby Jr., have made their final written plea to a federal appeals court panel, which could save him from having to begin his sentence in the coming weeks.
Feds suggest state GOP broke law in hiring immigrant to key post 27 Jun 2007 California Republican Party officials might have violated federal immigration law by hiring an Australian immigrant for a top finance post without ever demanding to see his proof of legal residence, immigration officials said Tuesday.
Tancredo sends head of lettuce to Chertoff 27 Jun 2007 It’s not every day a presidential hopeful sends Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff a head of lettuce, but that’s what Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., is doing Wednesday to show his disagreement with Chertoff’s recent comments on how failure of passing immigration reform might affect the agricultural industry.
CREW Releases "The Best Laid Plans: The Story of How the Government Ignored Its Own Gulf Coast Hurricane Plans" (CREW) 27 Jun 2007 Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released a new report, The Best Laid Plans: The Story of How the Government Ignored Its Own Gulf Coast Hurricane Plans, detailing the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) plan to respond to a hurricane of Katrina’s magnitude and its subsequent failure to implement that plan.
Cause of NYC power outage being investigated 27 Jun 2007 A power outage darkened a large swath of Manhattan and the Bronx on Wednesday, knocking out traffic lights, cutting subway service and forcing the evacuation of the Metropolitan Museum of Art on one of the hottest days of the year. Con Edison said the blackout affected 136,700 customers in all, or more than 500,000 people.
Doctors back plan to store medical info under your skin 26 Jun 2007 Doctors could soon be storing essential medical information [viruses, political data] under the skin of their patients, the American Medical Association says. [If anyone tries to shoot us with pharma-terrorists' fascist biochips, we will shoot back... using other items. The people will NOT be chipped. --LRP]
Psychiatrists Top List in Drug Maker Gifts 27 Jun 2007 As states begin to require that drug companies disclose their payments to doctors for lectures and other services, a pattern has emerged: psychiatrists earn more money from drug makers than doctors in any other specialty. ...[T]he more psychiatrists have earned from drug makers, the more they have prescribed a new class of powerful medicines known as atypical antipsychotics to children, for whom the drugs are especially risky and mostly unapproved.
House Votes to Accept $4,400 Pay Raise 27 Jun 2007 Despite record-low approval ratings, House lawmakers Wednesday voted to accept an approximately $4,400 pay raise that will increase their salaries to almost $170,000.
Buffett blasts system that lets him pay less tax than secretary 28 Jun 2007 Warren Buffett, the third-richest man in the world, has criticised the US tax system for allowing him to pay a lower rate than his secretary and his cleaner.
Banks 'set to call in a swathe of loans' 26 Jun 2007 The United States faces a severe credit crunch as mounting losses on risky forms of debt catch up with the banks and force them to curb lending and call in existing loans, according to a report by Lombard Street Research. The group said the fast-moving crisis at two Bear Stearns hedge funds had exposed the underlying rot [LOL!] in the US sub-prime mortgage market, and the vast nexus of collateralised debt obligations known as CDOs.
N.H. poll puts Gore over Clinton 27 Jun 2007 Former President Al Gore is New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's worst nightmare in the nation"s first primary, a new poll shows. If Mr. Gore got into the 2008 presidential nomination contest, he would edge out Mrs. Clinton in New Hampshire 32 percent to 26 percent and defeat the rest of the Democratic contenders, says a 7NEWS-Suffolk University poll of likely voters.
Study Sees Climate Change Impact on Alaska 28 Jun 2007 Many of Alaska’s roads, runways, railroads and water and sewer systems will wear out more quickly and cost more to repair or replace because of climate change, according to a study released yesterday. Higher temperatures, melting permafrost, a reduction in polar ice and increased flooding are expected to raise the repair and replacement cost of thousands of infrastructure projects as much as $6.1 billion for a total of nearly $40 billion — about a 20 percent increase — from now to 2030, according to the study, by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
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