August 2005 Archives
FBI Warned Police of Possible Terrorist Attacks in LA, NY, Chicago [Three Blue Cities] 11 Aug 2005 The FBI has warned police that al-Qaida cells might use fuel trucks as weapons to attack Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, but officials stressed Thursday the warning was based on uncorroborated intelligence.
Warning: 9-11-05 attacks seen for N.Y., L.A., Chicago --FBI picks up al-Qaida threat to crash fuel tankers in 3 biggest U.S. cities 11 Aug 2005 The FBI is warning police that al-Qaida cells may attempt to use fuel trucks as weapons to attack Los Angeles, New York and Chicago on the fourth anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in history. [Is Al Bushduh finalizing the Blue state attack plans, while on vacation in Crawford?]
White House Ignores File Request by 9/11 Panel 12 Aug 2005 The Bush Administration is ignoring requests made by members of the 9/11 Commission on what the government is doing to prevent another catastrophic terrorist attack, say former members of the group. [Preventing it? Heck, they're *planning* it!]
US 'geniuses' going berserk with 'homeland security' 12 Aug 2005 The profiling of Pakistanis at US airports and other points of entry has reached a point where Pakistani ambassador to the US Jehangir Karamat has felt it necessary to advise his countrymen that they should only visit America "if they absolutely have to". Some recent cases will reveal the ridiculous limits to which American security fears have been carried.
*ROFL!* e-Qaeda --A special report [from the PentaPost] on how jihadists use the Internet and technology to spread their message 05 Aug 2005
Judges 'told how to interpret human rights law' 12 Aug 2005 Ministers are considering legislation instructing judges how to interpret the Human Rights Act if they try to block the Government's tough new deportation policy, it was disclosed today. The Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, said in an interview with The Guardian that he was looking at the possibility of introducing a Bill to clarify the legal position.
Britain signals new anti-terrorism law drive 12 Aug 2005 Britain said on Friday as part of an anti-terrorism drive it may reform laws to force judges to give equal weight to national security as well as human rights in the cases of foreign nationals facing deportation.
Falconer defends secret pre-trials --Lord chancellor denies risking judicial independence by proposing judges evaluate evidence from the security services in secret 12 Aug 2005 The lord chancellor predicted yesterday that the government's plans for private pre-trial hearings - using telephone-tapped evidence - will create a better balance between the needs of state security and individual rights.
UK police detain 10 terror suspects 11 Aug 2005 Ten men were taken from London and central England to a high-security London prison on Thursday after raids carried out by immigration officials and police.
U.K. Seeks to Deport 10 on National Security Grounds 11 Aug 2005 U.K. Home Secretary Charles Clarke ordered the detention and deportation of 10 foreign nationals, less than a week after Prime Minister Tony Blair vowed to step up a crackdown on Islamic 'extremists' who preach 'hate.'
Bakri held as he leaves Beirut TV station 12 Aug 2005 Muslim cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed was last night held in a Beirut prison after he was arrested by Lebanon's general security department less than a week after he fled from the UK. Syrian-born Mr Bakri, 45, left the UK after learning that he could be prosecuted for incitement charges.
7/7 Bombings Final Word: Her Majesty's Terrorist Network --Only conspiracy theorists would believe the government wasn't involved By Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones 07 Aug 2005 "The wealth of evidence that has emerged in the month following the 7/7 London bombings only leads us to one clear conclusion, that the attacks had to have been orchestrated by or with help from the very highest levels of British intelligence."
Cuba Condemns US Protection of Terrorist Groups 11 Aug 2005 The case of the five Cubans imprisoned in the US demonstrates the impunity of US based terrorist groups, said Cuban National Assembly President Ricardo Alarcon.
Glendale's Office of Homeland Security opens with a bang (Satire) By Mark Yannone "Achtung! All visitors entering the City of Glendale, or any other location designated as a location as defined by the Homeland Security Office, sec. 1,000,248/b/1/abc/goscrewyurself/c, will be required to present acceptable forms of identification upon demand by any U.S. Gestapo agent demanding to see same."
Atta's Green Card and the Bush Whitewash Commission By Kurt Nimmo 10 Aug 2005 "In non-Bushzarro world, a sincere investigation [of the 9/11 attacks] would have mentioned not only the drive to war, but historical precedent and cause and effect—for instance, the indisputable fact the United States created what the government and the corporate media now call 'al-Qaeda'..., or is the fact mentioned that the U.S. has considered covert terrorist attacks in the past (i.e., Operation Northwoods), or did it consider the awful fishy fact the WTC evidence was carted away and sold as scrap well before any investigation commenced (same thing happened in Oklahoma City), or did it dare address the absurd theory that a Boeing 757 (over 124 feet from wingtip to wingtip and, including the tail, over 44 feet high) fit into a impossibly small hole in the Pentagon (see this photo illustration)."
Alleged Bin Laden Contact in Iraq Gov't 11 Aug 2005 An American accused in court papers of having ties to Osama bin Laden is now working for the Iraqi government's Foreign Ministry, U.S. officials and a former CIA counterterrorism chief say.
American Contact? 10 Aug 2005 A former Washington-area man accused in court papers of being the "American contact" for an Osama bin Laden "front organization" is now believed to be working for the new Iraqi government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, two U.S. law-enforcement officials and a longtime associate of the man tell NEWSWEEK.
Audit: Fraud drained $1 billion from Iraq's defense efforts 11 Aug 2005 Iraqi investigators have uncovered widespread fraud and waste in more than $1 billion worth of weapons deals arranged by [U.S.-appointed] middlemen who reneged or took huge kickbacks on contracts to arm Iraq's fledgling military, according to a confidential report and interviews with U.S. and Iraqi officials. The Iraqi Board of Supreme Audit, in a report reviewed by Knight Ridder, describes transactions suggesting that senior U.S.-appointed Iraqi officials in the Defense Ministry used three intermediary companies to hide the kickbacks they received from contracts involving unnecessary, overpriced or outdated equipment.
Death toll among part-time troops in Iraq soars 11 Aug 2005 The National Guard and Reserve suffered more combat deaths in Iraq during the first 10 days of August at least 32, according to a Pentagon count than in any full month of the war.
Early Pullout Unlikely In Iraq Military Official Says --Withdrawal At Least a Year Off 11 Aug 2005 Iraq's leaders and military will be unable to lead the fight against insurgents until next summer at the earliest, a top U.S. military official said Wednesday, trying to temper any hopes that a full-scale American troop withdrawal was imminent as Iraq moves toward 'elections' scheduled for December.
Myers: Possibility of third Iraq tours for active-duty troops 'always out there' 10 Aug 2005 The U.S. military is "good for several years" if the current troop level in Iraq must be sustained, but third tours for active-duty servicemembers might be needed, Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Tuesday.
Justice Department Backs Pentagon on Air Guard Changes 12 Aug 2005 The Justice Department has concluded that the Pentagon has the authority to move National Guard units without the consent of the state governors, who share control with the president over use of those units, state and federal officials said Thursday.
Officials See Risk in the Release of Images of Iraq Prisoner Abuse 12 Aug 2005 Senior Pentagon officials have opposed the release of photographs and videotapes of the abuse [torture] of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, arguing that they would incite public opinion in the Muslim world and put the lives of American soldiers and officials at risk, according to documents unsealed in federal court in New York.
Bush: Leaving Iraq Would Be a Bad Signal 11 Aug 2005 Dictator Bush said Thursday he understands and respects the views of anti-war advocates like a California mother camped outside his Texas ranch to mourn her soldier son fallen in Iraq, but said it would be a mistake to bring U.S. troops home now. [His f*cking opening his mouth and uttering words is a *bad signal.*]
Brush-off for mother in war protest 12 Aug 2005 A bereaved mother camped outside George W Bush's Texas ranch was given expressions of sympathy from the president yesterday but no pledge of the meeting she is demanding to discuss a US withdrawal from Iraq.
Peace vigil by U.S. soldier's mom draws notice 11 Aug 2005 A protest by a grieving mother camped out near U.S. pResident George Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas is gaining steam. About 50 people have pitched their tents in muddy ditches, have hung anti-war banners and are showing their support for Cindy Sheehan, who lost her oldest son Casey in Iraq.
Oops! U.S. Airstrike May Have Killed Afghan Civilians 11 Aug 2005 Afghan villagers said Thursday that U.S. warplanes had bombed houses, killing several civilians and wounding others, including an infant. U.S. forces suffered their sixth fatality in a week amid rising violence. Zabul Gov. Ali Khail said U.S.-led 'coalition' forces made "a mistake'' during operations against militants in the southern province and that civilians had died.
Wilson details White House 'smear campaign' 11 Aug 2005 Former ambassador Joseph Wilson, whose wife's CIA cover was blown after he criticized Bush regime policy in Iraq, told a Tallahassee audience today that the pResident's men play dirty. If anyone is criminally charged in the investigation of how his wife's links to the CIA were revealed, Wilson said, he expects White House political adviser Karl Rove and Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the chief-of-staff to Vice pResident Dick Cheney, to be the most likely.
Roberts worked to block key voting rights bill 11 Aug 2005 Just a year out of law school, John G. Roberts Jr. was swiftly immersed in the Reagan administration's efforts to reverse desegregation policies conservatives saw as flawed, put certain civil rights matters beyond the reach of the Supreme Court and block a key voting rights bill approved by the House.
Expect Bush to attack us soon: Fraud Indictment Expected for Abramoff 11 Aug 2005 Federal prosecutors are seeking bank fraud charges against lobbyist Jack Abramoff, a key figure in investigations involving House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, The Associated Press learned Thursday.
FEC Finds Misreporting by DeLay Committee 11 Aug 2005 A federal audit of a political fundraising committee founded by House Majority Leader Tom DeLay found that it failed to report more than $300,000 in debts owed to vendors and incorrectly paid for some committee activities with money from another DeLay-connected political committee.
GOP Paying Legal Bills of Bush Official 11 Aug 2005 Despite a zero-tolerance policy on tampering with voters, the Republican Party has quietly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide private defense lawyers for a former Bush campaign official charged with conspiring to keep Democrats from voting in New Hampshire.
Hispanics sue Kissimmee over voting system --Process dilutes voting power, plaintiffs say 11 Aug 2005 Hispanic and black activists asked a federal judge Monday to force Kissimmee to change how city commissioners are elected in the latest effort to increase political clout for Latino voters in Florida.
Pa. legislators criticized over pay raises 11 Aug 2005 Public outrage over a hefty pay raise Pennsylvania lawmakers voted themselves a month ago - in the dead of night - has nagged them throughout their summer vacation and shows no signs of going away. Not only did legislators increase their salaries 16 percent to 34 percent to at least $81,050 - more than any state except California - they crafted the package in secret without debate or public scrutiny, then left town.
Drivers should brace for higher pump prices-AAA 11 Aug 2005 U.S. drivers, already paying the highest retail gasoline prices on record, should expect further increases at the nations pumps due to corpora-terrorists' greed ['skyrocketing costs for crude oil and a flurry of recent refinery problems'], the AAA motorists group said on Thursday.
Florida's Asbestos Enforcement Program Is a "Sick Joke" --Open Season in Sunshine State for "Rip & Skip" Operators Tallahassee (PEER Press Release) 11 Aug 2005 "Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection has crippled its asbestos enforcement program, according to a report released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)... According to agency records obtained by PEER --The annual number of asbestos inspections has dropped by half since 1999; Inspectors are forbidden from entering work areas and are thus unable to verify serious violations; and Inspectors are also forbidden from taking samples, even when friable or disturbed asbestos is hanging right in front of them."
Asian doctors attack western hoarding of key bird flu vaccine 12 Aug 2005 Doctors in Asia fear western countries will grab the lion's share of vaccines and other drugs needed to fight an avian flu pandemic.
WHO Warns Global Bird Flu Pandemic 11 Aug 2005 A World Health Organisation official warned of a possible global bird flu pandemic on Thursday, and urged governments and health workers around the world to prepare for a possible worst-case scenario.
Deadly bird flu strain spreads in Kazakhstan 11 Aug 2005 A deadly strain of avian influenza that can infect humans has spread to three more Kazakh villages, a senior official at the Central Asian state's Agriculture Ministry told Reuters on Thursday.
Europe's big cities feel the heat of climate change: WWF 10 Aug 2005 Summer temperatures have risen sharply in most west European capital cities over the past 30 years, adding to evidence of the accelerating impact of climate change, the environmental group WWF said.
Berkeley Lab Scientist Sees Risk to Insurance Industry From Climate Change (Berkeley Lab News Release) 11 Aug 2005 "The insured share of the world’s total economic losses from weather-related catastrophes is rising, increasing from a negligible fraction in the 1950s to 25 percent in the last decade, says a scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The ratio has climbed more quickly in the United States, with more than 40-percent of the total losses insured in the 1990s."
Guilty! Senior judges accuse politicians over terror laws --Senior judges have accused politicians of seeking to subvert the rule of law in attempts to impose tough new anti-terror measures 11 Aug 2005 Britain's most eminent judges have warned politicians that they will fight any move to undermine their independence, after being accused of thwarting moves to fight terrorism. In a stark warning, the country's senior legal figures warned of a backlash from the courts - and declared that diluting the powers of the judiciary will undermine the basis of democracy.
Rush to put in measures barring Bakri from Britain 11 Aug 2005 Emergency measures are being drawn up to prevent cleric Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed returning to Britain. Mr Bakri provoked outrage last week by saying he would not inform police if he knew Muslim extremists were planning a bomb attack in Britain. He left for Beirut at the weekend amid suggestions that he could be tried for treason but the Government has since made clear there is no prospect of that. [Oh. Well, George W. Bush *knew* that 'Muslim extremists' were planning the 9/11 attacks in the US and he didn't inform police. Why hasn't Bush been tried for treason... with all penalties for treason on the plate?]
Britain weighing secretive courts in terrorism cases --Officials seeking more prosecutions 10 Aug 2005 Britain is considering setting up secretive courts to make it easier to prosecute terrorism suspects -- and to hold them without a charge for longer than the current 14 days -- as part of the crackdown following the London bombings, officials said yesterday.
UK mulls secret courts for pre-trial terror hearings 10 Aug 2005 Britain is mulling secret pre-trial terror hearings in which a security-vetted judge would examine evidence without a jury to decide how long a suspect should be held without charge, two newspapers said Tuesday. If introduced, this French-style "inquisitorial" system of justice would mark a huge departure from Britain's centuries old "adversarial" process, The Guardian and The Times reported.
Britain May Create Special Terror Courts 09 Aug 2005 The British government is considering creating special, closed-door anti-terror courts for pretrial hearings to determine how long suspects can be held without charge, the Home Office and newspaper reports said Tuesday.
U.K.: Proposed Anti-Terrorism Measures Threaten Fundamental Rights 10 Aug 2005 Counter-terrorism measures presented by Prime Minister Tony Blair last week, coupled with this week's proposal for special anti-terrorism courts, are deeply worrying, said Human Rights Watch. Some of the measures under discussion appear to be in outright breach of the U.K.'s human rights obligations and others are so ill-defined and overbroad that they risk criminalizing valid forms of dissent and undermining freedom of religion, said the group.
City of London terror attack 'inevitable' 10 Aug 2005 It is only a matter of time before London's financial centre is attacked by terrorists, the police chief responsible for the area says. [And, he knows this... how?]
Terrorists will likely strike London's financial district: police official 11 Aug 2005 The police chief for London's financial district warned Wednesday that terrorists will likely strike the British capital's biggest business hub, where they have already surveyed targets in the area.
Anti-terrorism experts to gather at Victoria 11 Aug 2005 The changing face of terrorism and New Zealand’s response to it will be under the spotlight when leading international and national anti[pro]-terrorism experts gather at Victoria University next week.
U.S. Defends Detentions at Airports 10 Aug 2005 Foreign citizens who change planes at airports in the United States can legally be seized, detained without charges, deprived of access to a lawyer or the courts, and even denied basic necessities like food, lawyers for the government said in Brooklyn federal court yesterday. The assertion came in oral arguments over a federal lawsuit by Maher Arar, a naturalized Canadian citizen who charges that United States officials plucked him from Kennedy International Airport when he was on the way home on Sept. 26, 2002, held him in solitary confinement in a Brooklyn detention center and then shipped him to his native Syria to be interrogated under torture because officials suspected that he was a member of Al Qaeda.
State looking to create homeland security hub 10 Aug 2005 Missouri is looking to create a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week homeland security hub focused on spotting and stopping terrorist acts. ...A 17-member council, consisting largely of officials from state agencies, also heard a Highway Patrol briefing on groups and individuals that pose potential public safety risks in Missouri.
DHL Secures Homeland Security Deal 11 Aug 2005 Express and logistics company DHL said yesterday that it won an exclusive five-year contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the transportation of all of its letters and small packages in the United States and worldwide.
U.S. to Ease Some Guantanamo Conditions 10 Aug 2005 The U.S. military plans to ease conditions for some detainees in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — housing them in a renovated section with televisions, stereos and a view of the Caribbean, the detention center's commanding officer said in court papers. The renovations are scheduled to be finished around Aug. 15, and some of those designated "No Longer Enemy Combatants," or NLEC's, will be able to live in communal housing with air conditioning, unlimited showers and additional food, Hood said. [OMFG! Forget the air conditioning and view of the Caribbean, just release them, whackjobs!!]
Guantanamo detainees find fault with lawyers 10 Aug 2005 The promise of legal recourse has become increasingly remote for many Guantanamo prisoners, who are nearing their fourth anniversary in detention without trial. Many do not understand the US legal system enough to grasp why their requests for hearings have been tied up in the courts, and the military has sharply restricted their communications with the attorneys.
Early Pullout Unlikely In Iraq --Military Official Says Withdrawal At Least a Year Off 11 Aug 2005 Iraq's leaders and military will be unable to lead the fight against insurgents until next summer at the earliest, a top U.S. military official said Wednesday, trying to temper any hopes that a full-scale American troop withdrawal was imminent as Iraq moves toward 'elections' scheduled for December.
Baghdad elite flees Iraq and the daily threat of death 10 Aug 2005 Quietly, in their ones and twos, the professional classes of Baghdad are slipping out of the country to avoid becoming another fatal statistic. Iraq is losing the educated elite of doctors, lawyers, academics and businessmen who are vital to securing a stable future.
10 doctors killed in Iraq 10 Aug 2005 'Unidentified gunmen' [US death squads] ambushed a group of doctors on their way to help at hospitals, west of Baghdad, killing 10 of them, said medical sources on Wednesday.
US reporter killed 'because he was to marry a Muslim' 11 Aug 2005 An American journalist who was shot dead in Basra last week was executed by 'Shiite extremists' [US death squads] who knew he was intending to marry his Muslim interpreter, it has emerged.
Gunmen kidnap senior Iraqi official in Baghdad; 5 more Americans killed 10 Aug 2005 Gunmen kidnapped a senior Interior Ministry official in the heart of the Iraqi capital Wednesday, and the U.S. military reported that five more American soldiers had been killed.
U.S. soldier killed in Afghan bomb attack --Another American soldier wounded as U.S. suffers fifth fatality in a week 10 Aug 2005 One U.S. service member was killed and another wounded in a bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said Wednesday.
Army poised to miss 2005 recruiting goal 10 Aug 2005 The U.S. Army, hard pressed to attract new soldiers amid the Iraq war, exceeded its July recruiting goal but seems doomed to miss its target for the year, while the Army Reserve and National Guard fell short of their goals again.
Air Force officer charged for anti-Bush graffiti 10 Aug 2005 A U.S. Air Force colonel has been charged with painting obscenities on parked cars bearing pro- President Bush bumper stickers, police said on Wednesday.
Bereaved mother camps outside Bush ranch 10 Aug 2005 Casey Sheehan did not want to go to Iraq, but he did not want to let down his buddies. ...Less than two weeks later, the 24-year-old from Zacaville, California, was dead, one of eight soldiers killed in an ambush near Baghdad. Now, 16 months later, Cindy Sheehan, 48, is camped outside George Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, demanding to see the pResident.
Peace House a center of dissent in Crawford 10 Aug 2005 When Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrive at pResident Bush's isolated ranch Thursday, they'll face an unwelcome greeting: scores of peace protesters who have joined a vigil by the mother of a soldier who died in Iraq.
38 Members of Congress Call on Bush to Meet with Cindy Sheehan 10 Aug 2005 (.pdf version)
Side Issue in the Plame Case: Who Sent Her Spouse to Africa? 11 Aug 2005 Over the past months, the CIA has maintained that Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV was chosen for the trip by senior officials in the Directorate of Operations counterproliferation division (CPD) -- not by his wife, covert CIA employee Valerie Plame -- largely because he had handled a similar agency inquiry in Niger in 1999. On that trip, Plame, who worked in that division, had suggested him because he was planning to go there, according to Wilson and the Senate committee report.
9/11 Commission's Staff Rejected Report on Early Identification of Chief Hijacker 11 Aug 2005 The Sept. 11 commission was warned by a uniformed military officer 10 days before issuing its final report that the account would be incomplete without reference to what he described as a secret military operation that by the summer of 2000 had identified as a potential threat the member of Al Qaeda who would lead the attacks more than a year later, commission officials said on Wednesday.
Mega bulimia alert! Pentagon announces September 11 concert 10 Aug 2005 The Pentagon would hold a massive march and country music concert to mark the fourth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, US Defence Secretary [Fascist nutball] Donald Rumsfeld said in an announcement tucked into an Iraq war briefing today.
Pakistan test fires nuclear-capable cruise missile 11 Aug 2005 Pakistan on Thursday test fired its first cruise missile, capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads, and did not give advance warning to its archrival India, officials said. The missile, named Babur, has a range of 500 kilometers (310 miles), and was fired early Thursday.
Pair want reporter's Pulitzer for '45 story on A-bomb revoked 11 Aug 2005 Two journalists in New York said Tuesday they want a Pulitzer Prize awarded to a New York Times reporter for his coverage of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki revoked, saying he was employed by the U.S. War Department when he wrote his articles...
Pinochet Family Members Indicted 11 Aug 2005 Lucía Hiriart, the wife of former Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet, and his youngest son Marcos Antonio were indicted Wednesday as accomplices to income tax evasion and other charges brought against the former [US-installed] dictator.
While the Bush terror team pulls an Ollie North: Roberts Papers Being Delayed --Bush Aides Screen Pages for Surprises [*We're* not surprised!] 10 Aug 2005 Thrown on the defensive by recent revelations about Supreme Court nominee [Reichwing whackjob] John G. Roberts Jr.'s legal work, White House aides are delaying the release of tens of thousands of documents from the Reagan administration to give themselves time to find any new surprises. Lawyers and political aides are urgently reviewing [destroying?] more than 50,000 pages -- at the same time denying requests from Democrats for an immediate release.
Bush signs $286.4 billion highway bill --Legislation includes funding for 6,371 pet projects; Alaska a big winner 10 Aug 2005 pResident Bush, saying it will help economic growth, on Wednesday signed a whopping $286.4 billion transportation bill that lawmakers lined with plenty of cash for some 6,000 pet projects back home.
Road Bill Reflects the Power of Pork --White House Drops Effort to Rein In Hill 11 Aug 2005 Yesterday, pResident Bush effectively signed a cease-fire -- critics called it more like a surrender -- in his war on pork. He signed into law a $286 billion transportation measure that contains a record 6,371 pet projects inserted by members of Congress from both parties.
Airlines Face Growing Fuel Shortage Risk 10 Aug 2005 Airports in Arizona, California, Florida and Nevada recently came within a few days _ and at times within hours _ of running out of jet fuel.
Hundreds of Truckers Protest High Gas Prices 10 Aug 2005 More than 600 truckers gathered in their big rigs Wednesday to protest the rising gas prices in South Florida, NBC 6's Hank Tester reported.
Bird flu virus found in Kazakhstan could kill humans 11 Aug 2005 The recent bird flu outbreak found close to Kazakhstan's northern border with Russia was caused by the deadly H5N1 strain that can be transmitted to humans, a statement by Kazakhstan's Agricultural Ministry read on Thursday.
Warming hits 'tipping point' --Siberia feels the heat --It's a frozen peat bog the size of France and Germany combined, contains billions of tonnes of greenhouse gas and, for the first time since the ice age, it is melting 11 Aug 2005 A vast expanse of western Siberia is undergoing an unprecedented thaw that could dramatically increase the rate of global warming, climate scientists warn today. Researchers who have recently returned from the region found that an area of permafrost spanning a million square kilometres - the size of France and Germany combined - has started to melt for the first time since it formed 11,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age.
US accuses Iran of supplying Iraqi insurgent bombs 10 Aug 2005 US intelligence believes that a cache of manufactured bombs seized in Iraq about two weeks ago was smuggled into the country from Iran by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.
U.S. and Iraqi forces prevent Syrian trucks from crossing border 09 Aug 2005 U.S. and Iraqi forces are preventing hundreds of Syrian trucks from entering Syrian territories through a crossing northeast of the country, creating a backlog of transit trucks stranded on the border, a Syrian customs official said yesterday.
Attacks, suicide blast kill at least 20 in Iraq 09 Aug 2005 A suicide car bomber struck a U.S. convoy waiting at an intersection Tuesday in Baghdad, killing seven people — including one American soldier — and wounding more than 90. More than a dozen others died in scattered attacks across the capital.
Nine U.S. troops die in separate incidents in Iraq 09 Aug 2005 Details have emerged over the past 48 hours of the deaths of six soldiers and three Marines in Iraq. A car bomb, detonated near a Task Force Baghdad convoy Tuesday, killed one U.S. soldier and wounded two others in in the Rusafa district of central Baghdad, U.S. officials said.
Rumsfeld: Iraq Unrest Likely Before Vote [Nah... 'ya think?] 10 Aug 2005 Defense Secretary [War Criminal] Donald H. Rumsfeld on Tuesday warned of new violence in Iraq tied to upcoming political milestones but insisted the resistance was not gaining ground.
Baghdad suffocates as sandstorm leaves Iraqi capital breathless 08 Aug 2005 Thousands of people were left suffocating as a massive sandstorm brought life in the war-torn Iraqi capital to a virtual standstill.
Saddam's germ war plot is traced back to one Oxford cow 09 Aug 2005 A British cow that died in an Oxfordshire field in 1937 has emerged as the source of Saddam Hussain’s "weapons of mass destruction" programme that led to the Iraq war. An ear from the cow was sent to an English laboratory, where scientists discovered anthrax spores that were later used in secret biological warfare tests by Winston Churchill. The culture was sent to the United States, which exported samples to Iraq during Saddam's war against Iran in the 1980s. Inspectors have found that this batch of anthrax was Hussain’s choice in his attempts to create biological weapons. The discovery has angered some British politicians. Austin Mitchell, the Labour MP for Great Grimsby, has renewed his call, supported by 126 MPs in the last Parliament, for a UN investigation into whether Washington broke a weapons control agreement. "It just makes them look more hypocritical than ever," he said.
Unafraid to blow the whistle 07 Aug 2005 Bunnatine "Bunny" Greenhouse is the Principal Assistant Responsible for Contracting ("PARC" in the alphabet soup of military acronyms) in the Army Corps of Engineers. She has asked many questions: Why is Halliburton — a giant Texas firm that holds more than 50 percent of all rebuilding efforts in Iraq — receiving billions in contracts without competitive bidding? Do the duration of those contracts make sense? Have there been violations of federal laws regulating how the government can spend its money? Bunny Greenhouse now may lose her job — and her reputation, which she spent a lifetime building.
Mortgaged to the House of Saud By Robert Scheer "...[A]fter two wars to make the Middle East safe for the Saudis, wars that cost hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars and thousands of American lives, the price of oil is soaring — up 42% from just a year ago. Good thing we just passed a pork-laden energy bill that will do little to nothing to ease our crushing — and rising — dependence on imported oil."
US attorney general gives Fitzgerald vote of confidence 08 Aug 2005 US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald got a vote of confidence from his boss Monday. There had been speculation Fitzgerald's aggressive investigations in Chicago and Washington might have angered important people and that Fitzgerald might not get reappointed.
Army Dismisses 4-Star General After Inquiry 09 Aug 2005 The Army has dismissed the four-star general who was its top training officer after an investigation into possible personal misconduct, officials said today.
Leave My Child Alone! "Did you know... that the infernal No Child Left Behind Act has a sneaky Pete section requiring high schools to turn over student information to military recruiters? ...OPT OUT of the Pentagon's illegal database here."
Bush Ditches Mother of Slain Soldier 09 Aug 2005 The mother of a U.S. soldier slain in Iraq was denied a face-to-face meeting with pResident Bush here Saturday after she walked through a ditch-like path in the August heat to the pResident’s Prairie Chapel Ranch.
Five Cuban Spy Suspects to Get New Trial 10 Aug 2005 A federal appeals court threw out the convictions and sentences of five men accused of being Cuban spies, ruling Tuesday that their trial was not fair because of community prejudice and extensive publicity.
9/11 Panel Members Ask Congress to Learn if Pentagon Withheld Files on Hijackers in 2000 10 Aug 2005 Members of the independent commission that investigated the Sept. 11 terror attacks called on Congress to determine whether the Pentagon withheld intelligence information showing that a secret American military unit had identified Mohammed Atta and three other 'hijackers' as potential threats more than a year before the attacks.
Error at lab spreads nuclear material --Contamination from Los Alamos found in 4 states 09 Aug 2005 The apparent mishandling of a potentially hazardous radioactive substance by an employee of the University of California-run Los Alamos National Laboratory has resulted in contamination of sites in four states, according to a report released Monday. Traces of the substance have been found in homes in Colorado and Kansas that the Los Alamos employee visited, his own home in New Mexico, and also at the Pennsylvania laboratory where the employee apparently shipped a contaminated package via FedEx. [FedEx: when your radioactive americium-241 absolutely, positively has to get there overnight.]
Million Years of Safety Are Sought for A-Waste 10 Aug 2005 The Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday that it had revised its health standard for the proposed nuclear waste storage site at Yucca Mountain in Nevada to limit radiation releases for a million years. [They can't even provide one *week* of safety, never mind *one million years.*]
EPA Proposing Radiation Exposure Limits 09 Aug 2005 Conceding there's no way to know what life will be like in a million years [Terrorist Bush will have destroyed it all by October 2005], the Environmental Protection Agency nevertheless proposed limits Tuesday on how much radiation a person should be exposed to from a nuclear waste dump in that distant time. The proposal would limit exposure near the proposed Yucca Mountain facility in Nevada to 15 millirems a year for 10,000 years into the future, but then increase the allowable level to 350 millirems for up to 1 million years.
60 years later, Nagasaki remembers A-bombing --Mayor offers angry words, urges Japan to get out of U.S. 'nuclear umbrella' 09 Aug 2005 A siren wailed and a bronze bell rang out Tuesday as Nagasaki marked the moment 60 years ago when an American plane dropped a plutonium bomb, killing tens of thousands... When the silence ended, Nagasaki Mayor Iccho Itoh had some angry words for the leaders of the nuclear powers, and especially the United States.
Officials Test Radio Tags at Canada Border 09 Aug 2005 Security officials gathered Monday at a Canadian border crossing to mark the first test of a radio frequency identification system to be used by foreign visitors. If successful, radio "tags" carried by travelers will be part of the standard registration process for those entering the United States.
Homeland Security agency deploys ID tags in visitor forms 09 Aug 2005 The Customs and Border Protection bureau has embedded forms filled out by visitors with radio frequency identification tags. Under the Homeland Security Department's US VISIT program, the electronic transmitters, known as RFID tags, have been placed in the standard visitor form known as the I-94 arrival/departure record.
Electronic passports set for February debut 09 Aug 2005 The State Department has finalized most of the technical and logistical details of new passports embedded with a "smart-card" chip. If current plans hold, they'll become standard issue for U.S. travelers as soon as February.
Florida Policy Sends Sex Offenders to Jail During Hurricanes 08 Aug 2005 Sex offenders who have been convicted of crimes against children will be required to report to prison for the duration of the storm. The new state policy took effect on June 1 and provides that sex offenders go to a prison if their evacuation address provided cannot be used or is deemed unacceptable.
Lives On Hold While Four N.C. Men Await Word On Pardons 07 Aug 2005 Four men who served prison time for crimes they did not commit have been released from prison, but their full freedom has remained on hold for months -- even years -- as they await word on whether the governor will pardon them.
Judge refuses to dismiss charges against DeLay associates 09 Aug 2005 A state district judge today refused to dismiss charges of money laundering and accepting illegal political contributions against two associates of U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
Investment firm's payments to Republican fundraiser under scrutiny 09 Aug 2005 Federal prosecutors investigating corruption at a state pension fund have subpoenaed records concerning $4.5 million in fees a Washington-based investment firm is paying the new treasurer of the Republican National Committee, government sources confirmed Tuesday. The subpoena calls for documents related to the fund, Carlyle Group and Robert Kjellander, said sources familiar with the investigation who spoke only on condition of anonymity, saying prosecutors want details of the probe kept secret. [?!?]
KKKatherine Harris kicks off U.S. Senate campaign 09 Aug 2005 Republican U.S. Rep. [Reichwing whackjob] Katherine Harris, infamed as Florida's top election official [coupmeister] during the disputed 2000 presidential vote, opened her campaign for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday and promised to defeat Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson of Florida.
Ohio Election Activists Say Voters Fed Up 10 Aug 2005 Backers of three ballot issues to dramatically change Ohio elections said Tuesday that they are confident that voters are so sick of politics-as-usual that they will support the changes on Nov. 8.
Ohio Critics of G.O.P. Start Battle to Change Election Process 10 Aug 2005 Critics of the Republican grip on Ohio politics filed petitions on Tuesday that seek a statewide vote on three constitutional amendments that would overturn the way elections are run and strip elected officials of their power to draw legislative districts.
Schwarzenegger Redistricting Rejected 09 Aug 2005 A state appeals court on Tuesday refused to put [GOP-installed] Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's attempt to change the redistricting process back on November's special election ballot.
Bush Calls for Permanent Tax Cuts 09 Aug 2005 pResident Bush on Tuesday called on Congress to make permanent tax cuts enacted over the past five years and restructure the U.S. tax code soon to [benefit the corpora-terrorists].
Fed boosts interest rate for 10th straight time 09 Aug 2005 The Federal Reserve on Tuesday boosted a key interest rate for a 10th time and signaled that more rate hikes were likely... The action pushed the Fed's target for the federal funds rate up to 3.5 percent, the highest level in almost four years.
Poor in Texas to see higher power bills --Starting Sept. 1, money collected for low-income aid will be diverted into general fund 09 Aug 2005 Low-income households will soon pay 10 percent more for electricity because budget writers raided a discount program for the poor to help balance the state budget.
It's getting hot in here... By groupofone 08 Aug 2005 "My friend took a picture of this billboard over the weekend in Auckland, NZ. His email was sent with the title: New Zealand's view of American Political leadership. Not sure he knew at the time that this is an advertisement by Hell Pizza."
Ad says Roberts tied to clinic violence 08 Aug 2005 The first TV ad opposing federal Judge John Roberts' nomination to the Supreme Court ignited controversy Monday by accusing him of supporting violent anti-abortion fringe groups in a case before the court in 1991.
Wal-Mart asks appeals court to block suit 08 Aug 2005 Lawyers for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. urged a federal appeals court on Monday to block a sex-discrimination lawsuit against it that could cost the retailer an estimated billions of dollars.
Infrared spots new pollution --Cameras reveal Ship Channel's tanks and barges as hidden sources 09 Aug 2005 Smog-forming, and possibly toxic, pollution is leaking from nearly 200 previously undocumented locations along Texas' industrial corridors, new state data show.
Pentagon Expects to Send More Troops to Iraq 08 Aug 2005 Anticipating a new burst of resistance [US/UK-engendered] violence, the Pentagon plans to expand the U.S. force in Iraq to 'improve security' [foment terrorism] for a planned October 'referendum' and a December 'election.'
Basra police tied to journalist's death 06 Aug 2005 Journalist Steven Vincent collected facts for his stories from the streets of Basra, not from official statements. But he knew that the streets of Iraq's second-largest city were becoming increasingly unsafe for him.
US journalist who exposed Shiite death squads murdered in Basra By Patrick Martin 05 August 2005 "American journalist Steven Vincent was kidnapped and murdered August 2 in Basra, the southern Iraqi city where he had been working as a freelance writer and blogger. Suspicion for this killing, the first of an American reporter in Iraq, focuses not on Al Qaeda or Sunni-based insurgents, but on the police of the Shiite-based administration installed in Basra with the support of US and British occupation forces."
Resistance fighters attack police as unrest grips Iraq town 08 Aug 2005 Resistance fighters fired rocket-propelled grenades at Iraqi security forces in the southern town of Samawa on Monday, a day after violent protests erupted over poor government services, witnesses said.
Syria rejects US allegations of involvement in Iraq's unrest 06 Aug 2005 Syria on Saturday dismissed the latest US charges of responsibility for Iraq's internal unrest. "Every time there is a difference between what Washington says and what it does, the US administration blames the unrest in Iraq on other countries," the Syrian official radio station said in a regular daily broadcast.
Tributes flood in for Robin Cook 07 Aug 2005 Tributes flooded in from around the political world on Sunday to former Foreign Secretary Robin Cook who died after collapsing on a Scottish mountainside. Cook, who was 59, quit the government in 2003 in protest over the Iraq war.
High Court Asked to Take Guantanamo Case 08 Aug 2005 Lawyers for a Guantanamo detainee asked the Supreme Court on Monday to consider blocking military tribunals for terror suspects, and overturn what they called an extreme ruling by high-court nominee John Roberts.
Guantanamo detainee takes case to Supreme Court 09 Aug 2005 The Supreme Court in the United States is set to decide the fate of the military commissions established to try detainees at Guantanamo Bay, including Australian David Hicks.
Lawsuit filed against Rumsfeld: Cruel Confinement of 'Enemy Combatant' in the United States --Complaint Provides First Look at Isolation and Abuse (Human Rights Watch) 08 Aug 2005 "A lawsuit filed today against U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld reveals the gratuitous cruelty inflicted on a foreign student held without charges for more than two years as an 'enemy combatant' in a South Carolina naval brig, Human Rights Watch said."
British suspect denies U.S. terrorism charge 08 Aug 2005 A suspected Islamist radical wanted in the United States for trying to set up a militant training camp denied any links to terrorism on Monday and said he would oppose a U.S. extradition request.
Intelligence chiefs warn of UK insurgency 08 Aug 2005 Intelligence chiefs have warned Prime Minister Tony Blair that Britain may be facing a full-blown Islamist insurgency rather than a sporadic terror campaign.
U.K. and Australia issue Saudi warnings 09 Aug 2005 The British and Australian governments joined Washington on Monday in warning citizens that terrorists are planning attacks soon in Saudi Arabia. London said preparations for the attacks are in the final stages. The warnings appeared to conflict with a statement by the Saudi Interior Ministry issued Sunday saying that it had no information of an imminent terror attack in the kingdom.
Good-bye Posse Comitatus! Military Drafts War Plans In Case of Attack on U.S. The U.S. military has devised its first-ever war plans for guarding against [facilitating] and responding to terrorist attacks in the United States, envisioning 15 potential crisis scenarios and anticipating several [Bush-engendered] simultaneous strikes around the country, according to officers who drafted the plans. The classified plans, developed here at Northern Command headquarters, outline a variety of possible roles for quick-reaction forces estimated at as many as 3,000 ground troops per attack, a number that could easily grow depending on the extent of the damage and the abilities of civilian response teams. The war plans represent a historic shift for the Pentagon, which has been reluctant to become involved in domestic operations and is legally constrained from engaging in law enforcement.
Parts of Patriot Act are offensive-lawyers group 08 Aug 2005 The president-elect of the nation's largest lawyers group on Monday said some of the federal government's investigative powers included in the anti-terrorism Patriot Act are a threat to constitutional rights.
NYPD joins other police forces to protect Amtrak trains 08 Aug 2005 In the latest in a series of security measures taken since the London bombing cases, the New York Police Department has teamed with other East Coast forces to beef up protection of Amtrak trains traveling between New York and Washington.
New York simulates chemical attack 09 Aug 2005 New York officials on Monday simulated a chemical attack, releasing an 'innocuous' gas on city streets and in the subway to test Manhattan's readiness for a chemical or biological attack. "We did start our first of six field study tests today," said Peter Bengtson, spokesman for the Urban Dispersion Program, financed by the Department of Homeland Security.
Homeland security to use Midtown for chemical gas tests 08 Aug 2005 A roughly square mile swath of midtown will become the testing ground Monday for how city streets and the subways beneath them would fare in a hazardous chemical attack. The tests are part of a massive project funded by the Department of Homeland Security, which will determine how chemicals or fumes spread in the streets, subways and inside buildings [so the Bush/Rove bio-terror team can perfect their next attack on a Blue State.]
Homeland security official describes radio tag testing 08 Aug 2005 Foreign travelers will notice few changes getting into and out of the United States while border officials test new radio identification tags at five crossings into Canada and Mexico, a top Homeland Security official said Monday.
CIA Commander: U.S. Let bin Laden Slip Away 15 Aug 2005 In a forthcoming book, the CIA field commander for the agency's Jawbreaker team at Tora Bora, Gary Berntsen, says he and other U.S. commanders did know that bin Laden was among the hundreds of fleeing Qaeda and Taliban members. Berntsen says he had definitive intelligence that bin Laden was holed up at Tora Bora—intelligence operatives had tracked him—and could have been caught. [Yes, but capturing bin Laden would have abrogated the contract he has with the Bush regime.]
9/11 conspiracy DVD sent to French media 05 Aug 2005 Hundreds of French reporters have received copies of a DVD claiming the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks were fabricated by the Bush administration. Titled "Confronting the Evidence," and posted from New York, the DVD claims that the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon were a lie orchestrated by U.S. Dictator George W. Bush.
Muslim leader says U.S. behind Sept. 11 25 Jul 2005 A Melbourne Islamic leader says most Muslims in Australia believe the United States authorized the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. "We believe they are willing to sometimes sacrifice their own people for the objective to control the whole world," Abu Hamza, president of the Islamic Information and Services Network, told the Melbourne Herald Sun.
Four in 9/11 Plot Are Called Tied to Qaeda in '00 09 Aug 2005 More than a year before the Sept. 11 attacks, a small, highly classified military intelligence unit identified Mohammed Atta and three other future hijackers as likely members of a cell of Al Qaeda operating in the United States, according to a former defense intelligence official and a Republican member of Congress.
CLG Exclusive: Arresting Dissent By Carol Schiffler 08 Aug 2005 "After last evening’s weekly St. Pete for Peace [Fla.] vigil, the ranks of those who have been arrested for dissent includes a 14 year old boy carrying a maraca who unwittingly stepped across the invisible line between public sidewalk and private sidewalk while participating in the protest... Joe was simply handcuffed and dragged off, along with an adult who was attempting to film the event from the public part of the sidewalk."
Soldier's mother protests near Bush ranch 07 Aug 2005 The angry mother of a US soldier killed in Iraq staged a protest near pResident Bush's ranch yesterday, demanding an accounting from George W. Bush of how he has conducted the war. upported by more than 50 demonstrators who chanted, ''W. killed her son!" Cindy Sheehan told reporters: ''I want to ask the president [sic], 'Why did you kill my son? What did my son die for?"
Fallen soldier's mother vows vigil to see Bush 09 Aug 2005 pResident George W. Bush draws antiwar protesters just about wherever he goes, but few generate the kind of attention that Cindy Sheehan has had since she drove down the winding road toward his ranch here over the weekend and sought to tell him face to face that he must pull all U.S. troops out of Iraq now.
Man Kills Another in Dispute Over War -- Press Calls It a First 06 Aug 2005 It was bound to happen sooner or later, and in what newspapers in Kentucky are calling a first, one American has killed another in a dispute over the Iraq war. It happened at Floyd County flea market on Thursday, when two friends, who were firearms vendors there, drew guns after quarreling about the war. Douglas Moore, 65, of Martin, who backs the war, shot and killed Harold Wayne Smith, 56, of Manchester, who opposed it, according to investigators.
Nagasaki to Mark A-Bombing Anniversary 09 Aug 2005 A siren wailed and a bronze bell rang out Tuesday as Nagasaki marked the moment 60 years ago when an American plane dropped a plutonium bomb, killing tens of thousands [in a huge act of international *terrorism*] and sealing Japan's defeat in World War II.
Thanks to Bush and his corpora-terrorist paymasters: Oil prices hit new record high 08 Aug 2005 Oil prices jumped to a new high, near $64 a barrel on Monday.
Bush Signs Bill to Give Energy Tax Breaks 08 Aug 2005 As crude oil prices hit a new high Monday, pResident Bush signed a bill that will give billions in tax breaks to US energy corpora-terrorists, but won't quickly reduce high gasoline prices or the nation's dependence on foreign oil.
Bush signs $12.3 billion energy bill into law --Legislation unlikely to lower prices at the pump in the near future 08 Aug 2005 pResident Bush on Monday signed sweeping legislation that provides billions of dollars in tax subsidies to energy companies, yet does little to quickly ease gas prices or lower America’s reliance on foreign oil.
Pizza billboard causes a stir 8 Aug 2005 A decision is due to be made today whether a billboard labelling Dictator Bush an 'evil bastard' is appropriate. The Hell Pizza billboards have been erected around Auckland and Wellington. Half of the poster is taken up with a photo of George W. Bush and the other half has the phrase 'Hell: Too Good For Some Evil Bastards.'
Leak Investigation: An Oversight Issue? 15 Aug 2005 The departure this week of Deputy Attorney General James Comey leaves a question mark in the probe into who leaked the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame. Comey was the only official overseeing special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald's leak investigation. Associate Attorney General Robert McCallum is "likely" to be named as acting deputy A. G., a DOJ official who asked not to be identified tells NEWSWEEK. But McCallum may be seen as having his own conflicts: he is an old friend of Dictator Bush's and a member of his Skull and Bones class at Yale.
C.I.A. Leak Case Recalls Texas Incident in '92 Race 06 Aug 2005 In 1992 in an incident well known in Texas, Mr. Rove was fired from the state campaign to re-elect the first [and only] President Bush on suspicions that Mr. Rove had leaked damaging information to Mr. Novak about Robert Mosbacher Jr., the campaign manager and the son of a former commerce secretary.
Stevens Cites 'Serious Flaws' In Use of the Death Penalty 08 Aug 2005 Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens issued an unusually stinging criticism of capital punishment Saturday evening, telling the American Bar Association that he is disturbed by "serious flaws."
Dean Says Democrats Must Take Offensive 08 Aug 2005 "What the propagandists on the right have done is make people afraid to say they are Democrats," Howard Dean told a gathering of Vermont Democrats. "We have to be out there. We have to be vocal. We have to be pushing our version of the facts because their version of the facts is very unfactual."
Britain prepares for bird flu death toll of thousands 07 Aug 2005 The government is to mount an exercise to help emergency services prepare for any potential bird flu pandemic that could kill thousands of people in Britain. Estimates of deaths in the first six weeks of the outbreak range from 20,000 up to 710,000, after which the disease would begin to subside... Officials are looking for sites for mass mortuaries.
Bird flu kills another Vietnamese 09 Aug 2005 Bird flu has killed another man in Vietnam, taking the number of deaths in Asia caused by the virus to 62, officials said.
A Successful Vaccine Alone Is Not Enough to Prevent Avian Flu Epidemic 07 Aug 2005 Health officials, who over the weekend announced success in an initial test of a human vaccine against avian influenza, cautioned Sunday that the existence of a vaccine in itself would not be enough to avert a worldwide pandemic. [Dictator Bush will *still* give billions to the pharma-terrorists.]
U.S. to order millions of bird flu vaccine doses --Government says mass distribution of drug could start by mid-September 08 Aug 2005 The government is optimistic about a new vaccine to protect against [sic - *foment*] an outbreak of potentially deadly avian flu, and distribution could start as soon as mid-September, a senior federal health official says.
Anti-terror measures --worse than the disease (Leader, The Guardian) 06 Aug 2005 "...Mr Blair's willingness to tamper with the Human Rights Act in order to send deportees to countries known to practice torture is alarming and could even jeopardise Britain's adoption of the European Convention on Human Rights... Another proposal along these lines is for what the prime minister described as a list of 'specific extremist websites, bookshops, centres, networks and particular organisations of concern' to be drawn up as a litmus test for foreigners: touch one and you will turn into an undesirable alien."
Tough new U.K. measures --Two Islamic groups banned, Britain might amend human rights legislation 05 Aug 2005 Prime Minister Tony Blair on Friday announced new deportation measures against people who advocate violence and a ban on two radical Islamic groups. Clerics who preach hate and Web sites or book shops that sponsor violence would be targeted, Blair told a news conference. Foreign nationals could be deported under the new measures.
Blair vows to root out extremism 06 Aug 2005 Tony Blair last night signalled a turning point in British postwar liberalism when he announced plans to deport 'extremist' foreign Muslim clerics without appeal, close down mosques preaching hate, proscribe extremist Muslim groups and extend the use of control orders to British nationals advocating terrorism. The prime minister also promised to wage a battle with the British and European courts, warning that he will amend the Human Rights Act if necessary to override likely judicial objections to the new proposed deportation regime.
Blair announces plans to deport extremists 05 Aug 2005 Tony Blair today announced new measures to deport religious extremists who incite hatred. The prime minister said the government was launching a one-month consultation on new grounds for excluding and deporting people from the United Kingdom. They would include fostering hatred, advocating violence to further a person's beliefs or justifying or validating such violence. [Essentially, anyone who disagrees with the detested Bush/Blair terrorist cabal will be arrested or deported.]
Site surveillance --The London bombings have led to increased calls for greater control of the internet. 05 Aug 2005 The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) recently called for "powers to attack identified websites" as one of 31 new measures to tackle terrorism. Last week, prime minister Tony Blair said he and the other main political leaders will consider the list over the summer. Many of Acpo's suggestions look like they will be adopted.
Canada gets its own no-fly list 05 Aug 2005 Ottawa has announced plans for new security upgrades, including barring some people from flying on commercial flights. Under the program, the government will identify people who pose "an immediate threat to aviation security" and will work with airlines to stop those people from flying, said Transport Minister Jean Lapierre.
As the CIA leak probe deepens and Bush's poll numbers plummet: Assessments Find Threat of Suicide Attacks in U.S. 05 Aug 2005 Confidential government assessments say that Al Qaeda remains intent on attacking targets in the United States and that suicide bombings are clearly "a preferred method of attack among extremists" [the Bush regime] in the wake of last month's terror attacks in London.
Federal judge in Miami rejects Miranda warning used by Homeland Security 05 Aug 2005 A federal judge has ruled as unconstitutional the Miranda rights warning used by Homeland Security Department agents to interrogate suspects in a drug smuggling case, prompting the agency to take steps ensuring that a legally sufficient warning is used nationwide.
Connecticut Police Opt Out of Random Searches 05 While New York authorities kicked off random searches of passengers' bags for increased transit security, Connecticut did not. A spokesman for Gov. M. Jodi Rell (R) said that she opted not to order the bag searches and instead decided to put more state troopers on Metro-North trains and bomb-sniffing dogs at stations.
U.S. Mounts Western Iraq Attack 05 Aug 2005 U.S. and Iraqi forces struck back at resistance fighters in the northwestern part of the country where 22 Marines have been killed this week, launching an offensive near the city of Haqlaniyah in the heart of Anbar province.
Marines, Iraqis Launch 'Operation Quick Strike' --Offensive Targets Resistance Along Euphrates River 05 Aug 2005 U.S. Marines and Iraqi troops have launched Operation Quick Strike in an area believed to be a stronghold for resistance and foreign fighters ['Foreign fighters?' The *foreign fighters* (invaders) are the US/UK terrorists!! We *are* the 'foreign fighters!']. About 1,000 Marines and Iraqi forces are involved, trying to disrupt militants and foreign fighters [?!?] in the Euphrates River valley where 22 Marines were killed this week.
10 killed in Iraq 06 Aug 2005 There has been no let-up in resistance [response to US/UK] violence, with 10 Iraqis killed on Friday after some 40 US military personnel died in the past 10 days, one of the deadliest tolls for the Americans since the March 2003 invasion.
Military Says Troops Demanded 'Rent' From Iraqi Vendors 05 Aug 2005 California Army National Guard troops charged unauthorized, off-the-books "rent" to Iraqi-owned businesses inside Baghdad's Green Zone in Iraq to raise money for a "soldier's fund," military officials and sources within the troops' battalion said Friday.
Guantánamo Detention Site Is Being Transformed, U.S. Says 06 Aug 2005 ...The United States will help the Afghan government build new prisons and train correction personnel; in return, the Afghan government has pledged to ensure that the transferred prisoners are not freed to fight against the United States or allied governments.
Galloway says Blair and Bush 'have blood on their hands' 05 Aug 2005 Tony Blair and George Bush have "far more blood on their hands" than the terrorists who carried out the London tube bombings, George Galloway said today. Mr Galloway, Respect MP for Bethnal Green, said that the attacks on the capital by Islamic extremists could not be separated from the invasion of Iraq and Britain's treatment of the Muslim world. [Well-said, Mr Galloway!!]
Galloway defends 'martyrs' remark 05 Aug 2005 MP George Galloway has defended comments referring to resistance fighters in Iraq as "martyrs", insisting he has not put British troops at risk. During a tour of the Middle East, Mr Galloway spoke of "poor Iraqis" using the most basic weapons to write the names of their towns "in the stars". The Respect MP accused the UK and America of "raping" Baghdad and said the US was losing the war.
Al-Qaida is now an idea, not an organisation Bin Laden may not be capable of organising terror attacks directly, but then he does not need to By Jason Burke 05 Aug 2005 "...[W]e need to face up to the simple truth that Bin Laden, al-Zawahiri et al do not need to organise attacks directly. They merely need to wait for the message they have spread around the world to inspire others. Al-Qaida is now an idea, not an organisation."
Former Pro-Israel Lobbyists Charged in Documents Case 04 Aug 2005 Two former employees of the leading pro-Israel lobbying group in Washington were charged with conspiring to disclose classified U.S. defense information to foreign government officials and members of the media.
Hiroshima marks 60th anniversary of U.S. atomic bombing 06 Aug 2005 Hiroshima marked the 60th anniversary of its 1945 atomic bombing Saturday, with the mayor urging the United Nations to establish a committee to try to realize and maintain a nuclear weapon-free world.
Hiroshima honours A-bomb victims 06 Aug 2005 With prayers and flowers, residents of Hiroshima have begun marking the 60th anniversary of the world's first nuclear bombing, which claimed more than 140,000 lives. A bell was tolled at 8:15am local time - the exact moment that a US bomb obliterated the Japanese city in 1945 - and the city observed a minute of silence.
U.S. Sends Guns to Haiti, an Exception to Embargo Ahead of Elections 05 Aug 2005 The United States will provide Haitian police with firearms and tear gas to aid the fight against militants ahead of elections this fall, the American ambassador said Friday.
Southwest flight lands in Texas after bomb scare 05 Aug 2005 A Southwest Airlines plane from Dallas, Texas, landed in Houston on Friday after a written threat was found on board but officials said it did not appear to be linked to terrorism.
Fla. to Test GPS Systems for Sex Offenders 05 Aug 2005 State corrections officials will begin testing two satellite tracking systems Monday that will eventually be used to track sex offenders under a law that goes into effect in September.
Speaking of sex offenders, another GOP 'family values' politician bites the dust: FBI agents search West's house --Computer, files seized, according to documents filed today 05 Aug 2005 The FBI has searched the home of Spokane Mayor Jim West (R), seizing his computers and related files, court documents filed today reveal. The FBI obtained the federal warrant to search West’s home in west Spokane after convincing a federal judge that there is probable cause to believe a federal crime has been committed.
Approval of Bush's War in Iraq Hits Lowest Level 05 Aug 2005 Americans' approval of Dictator Bush's handling of Iraq is at its lowest level yet, according to an AP-Ipsos poll that also found fewer than half now think he's honest. Approval of Bush's handling of Iraq, which had been hovering in the low- to mid-40s most of the year, dipped to 38 percent.
Poll: Fewer Americans Think Bush Is Honest 05 Aug 2005 Less than half of Americans now say they think Dictator Bush is honest, according to an AP-Ipsos poll taken at a time of increasing concerns about Iraq, a potential problem for a pResident who won [*stole*] re-selection declaring that "people know where I stand."
Economic News Isn't Helping Bush --Job Growth Up Sharply in July, but Polls Show Dissatisfaction 06 Aug 2005 pResident Bush's economic approval ratings remain low, weighed down by anger over Iraq and concerns about lackluster wage increases and stubbornly high gasoline prices.
Leading Republican differs with Bush on evolution 04 Aug 2005 A leading Republican senator allied with the religious right differed on Thursday with Dictator Bush's support for teaching an alternative to the theory of evolution known as "intelligent design." Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania said intelligent design lacked scientific credibility and should not be taught in science classes.
With Starr, Roberts Pushed Reagan Agenda 05 Aug 2005 Midway through the Reagan administration, the solicitor general became not just the government's chief lawyer before the high court, but the point man for a conservative transformation in the law. When John G. Roberts Jr., then 34, joined Solicitor General Kenneth W. Starr as his top deputy in fall 1989, they were determined to make the Reagan Revolution a legal reality.
Hydrogen green fuel comes a step closer 05 Aug 2005 The dream of using hydrogen, the most plentiful element in the universe, as a green fuel moved a step closer yesterday with the announcement that it can be made with the help of sunlight.
Europeans warned as bird flu heads west 06 Aug 2005 Russian authorities, struggling to contain an outbreak of avian flu that has killed thousands of birds in Siberia, have admitted that a spread of the virus into Europe seems inevitable.
Russia finds more bird flu cases 06 Aug 2005 Russian authorities say they have found evidence of the bird flu virus in two more regions of the country. The disease has been confirmed in wildfowl in the regions of Kurgan and Omsk.
Britain's Muslim scapegoats --Huge rise in race attacks on all ethnic minorities across Britain. Senior Tory MP [Nazi] tells Muslims: 'If you don't like our way of life, get out'. Senior Muslim tells women not to wear veils in public for fear of assault 04 Aug 2005 Increasing evidence has emerged of a backlash against Muslims and members of ethnic minorities in the wake of the London bombings. Police forces across Britain have recorded a dramatic rise in racist assaults and abuse in the aftermath of the July 7 suicide attacks.
What a treat for New Yorkers!! The whackjobs at Homeland Suckyourity are going to conduct insane *gas tests* in Midtown Manhattan... in 95 degrees with high humidity. Homeland Security to conduct gas tests in Midtown, subways 04 Aug 2005 Amid heightened anti-terrorism vigilance concerning New York City's subway system, a mammoth Department of Homeland Suckyourity-sponsored research effort starting as early as Saturday will seek to answer how harmful gases might disperse through Midtown's busy streets and through the warren of subway tunnels beneath them.
New York City sued over bag searches at subways 04 Aug 2005 New York police commissioner Raymond Kelly and the city were sued on Thursday by the New York Civil Liberties Union, which claimed random searches of riders' bags at subway stations as an anti[pro]-terror measure violated U.S. constitutional rights of privacy.
NY accuses Maryland man of conspiring to support terror group 04 Aug 2005 The FBI and New York police on Thursday announced the arrest of a Maryland man accused of conspiring to provide material support to the militant Lashkar-e-Taiba group. [So, basically, he *thought* about... making a wire transfer?]
Met denies rift as US leaks details of bombs 05 Aug 2005 The release of information by the New York police chief that suggested the July 7 bombs were made from household materials and set off by mobile phone alarms was "unsanctioned", Scotland Yard sources said yesterday. But they denied that the latest leak by American officers had created a rift between the two forces.
Police take to streets to reassure [?!?] Londoners 04 Aug 2005 Four weeks after suicide bombers struck the British capital, thousands of police took to the streets on Thursday to reassure [!?!] jittery Londoners as al Qaeda warned there would be more attacks. Underground rail stations swarmed with police, many of them armed, as millions of commuters headed into work.
As the Rove/Plame inquiry deepens: Al Qaeda threatens more UK, U.S. attacks 04 Aug 2005 Osama bin Laden's No. 2 man in al Bush-duh has threatened more destruction in London, saying that British Prime Minister Tony Blair would be to blame. In a video broadcast Thursday on Arabic-language TV station Al Jazeera, Ayman al-Zawahiri also issued a warning for the United States.
US military sends scientists to film school 05 Aug 2005 He will have the body of Arnold Schwarzenegger and the brain of Stephen Hawking. Step forward the Pentagon's perfect Hollywood hero, possibly coming soon to a screen near you. According to the New York Times, the US military [NO. US *taxpayers.*] is paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to send scientists on a screenwriting course in Los Angeles, with the aim of producing movies and television shows that portray scientists in a flattering light.
Pentagon Web Site Bans Politics 05 Aug 2005 The [un-American whackjobs at the] Defense Department has removed messages containing political commentary from a Web site designed for people to show their support for U.S. forces serving Halliburton and Exxon-Mobil ['in Iraq and Afghanistan'].
Lawsuit Forces Release of More Casualty Images 05 Aug 2005 In response to a lawsuit, the Pentagon has released a few dozen new and uncensored images of flag-draped coffins of U.S. troops and agreed to process "as expeditiously as possible" future Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for photo and video images of returning war casualties.
Gitmo Captives Say Medical Personnel Approved, Participated in Abuses Guantanamo detainees detail abuses allegedly committed by nurses and doctors assisting interrogations, violating patient privacy and frightening some prisoners out of seeking medical care altogether. By Kari Lydersen 03 Aug 2005 " Saeed Sarim, a Yemeni detainee held by American captors at Guantánamo Bay, said that when a special squad of guards attacked him in 2003, one of the Guantánamo medical staff was in the room advising guards on how to beat him."
Soldier Pleads Guilty in Afghanistan Abuse 04 Aug 2005 An Army interrogator was demoted but spared a prison sentence Thursday for roughing up an Afghan prisoner who later died.
Military to transfer hundreds of Afghan prisoners 05 Aug 2005 The United States will return about 110 Afghan prisoners from Guantanamo, Cuba, to Afghanistan, where the Kabul government will decide whether to detain or release them, the two countries said on Thursday.
Elusive sniper saps US morale in Baghdad --Commanders weigh their options as 'Juba' notches up more kills 05 Aug 2005 They have never seen Juba. They hear him, but by then it's too late: a shot rings out and another US soldier slumps dead or wounded. There is never a follow-up shot, never a chance for US forces to identify the origin, to make the hunter the hunted. He fires once and vanishes. Juba is the nickname given by American forces to an 'insurgent sniper' [resistance fighter] operating in southern Baghdad.
3 U.S. Soldiers Killed by Roadside Bomb 04 Aug 2005 Three U.S. soldiers died in a roadside bombing in Baghdad, the U.S. military said Thursday.
Ohio Families Mourn Troops Killed in Iraq 04 Aug 2005 Rosemary Palmer and her husband were making plans to attend memorial services for six Marine reservists killed earlier this week — five of them from the same battalion as her son, Lance Cpl. Edward Schroeder — when two uniformed servicemen came down her street. It was her family's turn.
2 Iraq veterans stationed at Fort Hood kill themselves 04 Aug 2005 Two young soldiers who served in the Iraq war have killed themselves in separate incidents in Killeen since the weekend, post officials said Wednesday.
Army: Back From Iraq, Colorado Soldier Kills Himself, Wife --Shootings Under Investigation 04 Aug 2005 A Colorado soldier who just returned from duty in Iraq fatally shot his wife and then himself, according to a Fort Carson spokesman.
Iraq's national psyche traumatised - doctor 04 Aug 2005 More than two years of war, occupation and insurgency have turned Iraq into possibly the most psychologically damaged nation in the world, one of the country's top psychiatrists said on Thursday.
Peace Corps Option for Military Recruits Sparks Concerns 02 Aug 2005 The U.S. military, struggling to fill its voluntary ranks, is offering to allow recruits to meet part of their military obligations by serving in the Peace Corps, which has resisted any ties to the Defense Department or U.S. intelligence agencies since its founding in 1961.
Former Ambassador Urges U.S. Officials to Leak More Memos 03 Aug 2005 The former ambassador to Afghanistan, Ann Wright, called on U.S. federal employees to leak more secret memos on the lead-up to the war in Iraq like Downing Street memos uncovered by the British press this last May.
Pro-Israel lobbyists charged in Pentagon case 04 Aug 2005 Two former officials of the pro- Israel lobbying group AIPAC were charged on Thursday with conspiring with a Pentagon analyst to obtain and disclose classified national defense information, U.S. prosecutors said.
Nominee Admits He Registered as Lobbyist 04 Aug 2005 Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. acknowledged Wednesday that he had registered as a lobbyist for the cosmetics industry in 2001 — a fact he omitted on a questionnaire he delivered to a Senate committee Tuesday. The omission was first reported in Newsday on Wednesday.
Court Nominee Advised Group on Gay Rights 05 Aug 2005 Judge John G. Roberts Jr., the Supreme Court nominee, gave advice to advocates for gay rights a decade ago, helping them win a landmark 1996 ruling protecting gay men and lesbians from state-sanctioned discrimination.
Heads up! Another Reichwing whackjob could be coming our way, soon: Rehnquist Has Brief Hospital Stay 05 Aug 2005 Chief inJustice William H. Rehnquist was taken to Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington yesterday after developing a fever, marking the second emergency visit in the past month by the jurist, who has cancer.
Columnist in CIA Leak Inquiry Uses Expletive and Stalks Off Live Program 05 Aug 2005 Robert D. Novak, the syndicated 'columnist' [traitor] whose unmasking of a C.I.A. operative touched off an investigation about a possible leak, stalked off a live appearance on CNN yesterday afternoon.
CNN suspends Robert Novak Indefinitely 04 Aug 2005 CNN suspended commentator [traitor] Robert Novak indefinitely after he swore and walked off the set Thursday during a debate with Democratic operative James Carville.
Did the GOP steal another Ohio Election? By Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman "...[A]n outspoken Iraqi War vet named Paul Hackett led the charge for a Cincinnati-area Congressional seat, earning 48% of the vote... As of 1 am this past Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, Hackett was within 3600 votes---about four percent---of [GOP candidate/liar] Jean Schmidt. But election officials announced a mysterious 'computer glitch' that delayed reports from Clermont County, which accounted for roughly a quarter of all the ballots cast in the district. When things finally settled out, Clermont gave Schmidt 58%, and a 5,000 vote margin there. And thus the election..."
Big Brother Nixes Happy Hour --NLRB Green Lights Ban on Off-Duty Fraternizing Among Co-Workers 27 Jul 2005 It is a regular pastime for co-workers to chat during a coffee break, at a union hall, or over a beer about workplace issues, good grilling recipes, and celebrity gossip. Yet a recent ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) allows employers to ban off-duty fraternizing among co-workers, severely weakening the rights of free association and speech, and violating basic standards of privacy for America's workers.
Exxon CEO Raymond sets end to iconic career 04 Aug 2005 Exxon Mobil Corp. said Thursday that Lee Raymond would retire at the end of 2005. In 2004, Exxon had net earnings of more than $25 billion and the company is now the world's largest by market capitalization, with a value of $376 billion.
Mega barf alert!! Monsanto files patent for new invention: the pig --Greenpeace researcher uncovers chilling patent plans (greenpeace.org) 02 Aug 2005 "In the crop department, Monsanto is well on their way to dictating what consumers will eat, what farmers will grow, and how much Monsanto will get paid for seeds... The Monsanto Pig (Patent pending) The patent applications were published in February 2005 at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva. A Greenpeace researcher who monitors patent applications, Christoph Then, uncovered the fact that Monsanto is seeking patents not only on methods of breeding, but on actual breeding herds of pigs as well as the offspring that result."
Widespread environmental damage on Earth seen from shuttle 04 Aug 2005 Commander Eileen Collins said astronauts on shuttle Discovery had seen widespread environmental destruction on Earth and warned on Thursday that greater care was needed to protect natural resources.
Hurricane Ivan generated monster waves - study 04 Aug 2005 Hurricane Ivan, which caused a swathe of destruction across the Caribbean last September before crashing into the U.S. Gulf coast, generated ocean waves more than 90 feet (27 metres) high, researchers said on Thursday. They may have been the tallest waves ever measured with modern instruments...
Collapse of Antarctic ice shelf could have global effects 03 Aug 2005 The unprecedented collapse of the Larsen B ice-shelf in Antarctica could indirectly lead to a significant rise in global sea levels, researchers say.
CIA trained Iraqi paramilitaries to create pre-war unrest: report 03 Aug 2005 Before the start of the US-led war in Iraq in March 2003, the CIA reportedly recruited and trained a paramilitary group [terrorists] named the Scorpions to foment rebellion. Authorized by Dictator George W. Bush in March 2002 as part of a policy of "regime change" in Iraq [***ARREST Bush NOW, and charge him with TREASON, WAR CRIMES***], the Scorpions were made up mostly of exiles recruited by the Kurds who were sent to Iraqi cities including Baghdad, Fallujah and Qaim to give the impression that a rebellion was under way, current and former US intelligence officials told The Washington Post.
CIA Reportedly Trained Paramilitary Group [*Reportedly?* My, my the PentaPost is shy!!] 03 Aug 2005 Before the war in Iraq began, the CIA recruited and trained an Iraqi paramilitary group, code-named the Scorpions, to foment rebellion, conduct sabotage [*terrorism*], and help CIA paramilitaries who entered Baghdad and other cities target buildings and individuals, according to three current and former intelligence officials with knowledge of the unit.
US challenged over 'secret jails' 04 Aug 2005 Two Yemeni men claim they were held in secret, underground US jails for more than 18 months without being charged, Amnesty International has said. The human rights group has called on the US to reveal details of the alleged secret detention of suspects abroad. Amnesty fears the case is part of a "much broader picture" in which the US holds prisoners at secret locations.
Did Rumsfeld order Abu Ghraib rough stuff? General reveals secret memo on 'aggressive' interrogations 03 Aug 2005 The general formerly in charge of Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison claims she was ordered to institute "more aggressive" forms of interrogation of prisoners including "hooding" and "stress positions." During an interview on the "America At Night" nationally syndicated radio talk show, Brig. Gen. Janice Karpinski said she viewed a memo signed by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, which listed those techniques.
Porter says U.S.-run Guantanamo camp better than Nevada prisons 03 Aug 2005 The U.S. detention camp for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, compares favorably with Nevada prisons, and many captives are "happy" to be in a place they can get medical and dental care, Rep. Jon Porter (R-Whackjob) said.
US freelance journalist killed by gunmen in southern Iraq 03 Aug 2005 A US freelance journalist was killed by 'unknown gunmen' [US death squads] Tuesday in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, police said Wednesday.
U.S. journalist slain in Iraq 03 Aug 2005 U.S. freelance journalist Steven Vincent was found shot to death in the southern Iraqi city of Basra early Wednesday, officials said. Vincent was in Basra writing a book about the history of the city. He also maintained an Internet blog about his life in Iraq. The New York Times published on Sunday an editorial written by Vincent about the growing influence of Islamic militants in the largely Shiite city of Basra and British efforts to train new security forces. He wrote that security forces were heavily influenced by such groups as the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq and supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
Were killings an inside job? [*Duh.*] 03 Aug 2005 For U.S. military officials, the deaths of the six Marines Monday raises an unsettling prospect: that they may have been victims of someone with inside information. Monday's attack is eerily similar to one in nearby Ramadi more than a year ago, when four Marine snipers were ambushed and killed. In both cases, it's feared the Marines were betrayed by resistance fighters who had infiltrated the Iraqi military. A recent Pentagon report warns that 'some Iraqi military and police recruits may be insurgent or terrorist infiltrators' [US death squads].
14 U.S. Marines Killed in Iraq When Vehicle Hits a Huge Bomb 03 Aug 2005 Fourteen marines were killed today when their troop carrier struck a gigantic roadside bomb in the western town of Haditha, marking one of the single deadliest attacks on American troops since the invasion here in March 2003. An Iraqi civilian interpreter working with the marines was also killed in the blast.
Insurgents using more powerful roadside bombs, military panel says 02 Aug 2005 Resistance fighters in Iraq are adjusting their tactics and using bigger and more powerful explosives to target the vulnerable undersides of armored Humvees and other military vehicles, according to a Pentagon group assigned to find ways to counter roadside bombs.
The Iraq Infection 02 Aug 2005 Military doctors are fighting to contain an outbreak of a potentially deadly drug-resistant bacteria that apparently originated in the Iraqi soil. [Fort Detrick?] So far at least 280 people, mostly soldiers returning from the battlefield, have been infected, a number of whom contracted the illness while in U.S. military hospitals.
Guardsman at center of controversy 02 Aug 2005 The commander of a California Army National Guard unit in Iraq is under investigation for alleged mistreatment of detainees. Lt. Col. Patrick Frey has been suspended from his duties and up to 17 of his soldiers have been accused of allegedly using stun guns on detainees during a operation at a power plant in Baghdad in June and allegedly extorting money from Iraqi business owners.
1,400 from Pacific Air Forces preparing to deploy --Misawa to send 300 airmen to Southwest Asia in coming months 04 Aug 2005 Misawa Air Base, Japan — About 1,400 airmen from Pacific Air Forces are preparing to deploy in September, mostly to support the global war on terrorism.
U.S.: Pentagon Poised to Resume Production of Antipersonnel Mines 03 Aug 2005 The Bush regime appears poised to resume the production of antipersonnel mines, Human Rights Watch said today in a new briefing paper. The Pentagon has requested a total of $1.3 billion for development and production activities for another new antipersonnel mine called the Intelligent Munitions System, with a full production decision expected in 2008.
Army Officers Stage Coup in Mauritania 03 Aug 2005 A 'military junta' ['Military junta' ...that's AP lingo for any government which disagrees with Bush's corpora-terrorism] overthrew Mauritania's U.S.-allied 'president' [dictator] on Wednesday, saying it would temporarily 'rule' [govern] this oil-rich Islamic nation that had looked increasingly to the West as the government raised fears of a growing threat from al-Qaida linked militants... 'President' [Dictator] Maaoya Sid'Ahmed Taya, who himself seized power in a coup two decades ago, was out of the country when presidential guard troops took control of the national radio and television stations earlier Wednesday, cutting broadcasts and seizing a building housing the army chief of staff headquarters. [WTG, presidential guards! Come here now. BTW, if a US corpora-terrorist 'ally' gets tossed, I don't care if a pewter pot assumes the presidency!]
Mega bulimia alert!! Blair could be UN chief after quitting No10 03 Aug 2005 [George Bush's Poodle] Tony Blair, was yesterday urged to take over as Secretary General of the UN once he quits No10.
Army link in Tube shooting 04 Aug 2005 A Newly-established British army anti-terror special forces unit was involved in the operation in which an innocent Brazilian man was shot dead in London last month, a report said today.
New special forces unit tailed Brazilian 04 Aug 2005 A new army special forces regiment was involved in the operation that led to the killing of an innocent man at Stockwell tube station in south London last week, the Guardian can reveal. The Special Reconnaissance Regiment, set up in April to help 'combat' [foment] international terrorism, was deployed in the surveillance operation which led to the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, a Brazilian electrician, on July 22, according to Whitehall sources.
Police Chiefs Group: Shoot 'Suicide Bombers' In the Head 04 Aug 2005 Page A02 The International Association of Chiefs of Police, which represents the heads of police departments in the United States and across the world, has issued new guidelines saying that officers who confront a 'suicide bomber' should shoot the suspect in the head. [Well, that certainly saves on the cost of a trial, and the Reichwing terrorists can label *anyone* a *suspected* suicide bomber!']
NYPD Officials Reveal Details of London Bombing 03 Aug 2005 Details from the July 7 London bombing emerged on Wednesday at an unusually wide-ranging briefing given by the New York Police Department to city business leaders.
Labour steps back in push for ID cards --Benefits were oversold and legislation is flawed, admits minister 04 Aug 2005 The government has admitted that it has been guilty of "overselling" the case for a compulsory national identity card scheme in Britain and conceded that it will not prove a panacea for fraud, terrorism or the abuse of public services.
Thanks to Bush's war of terror: D.C. Airspace May Be Restricted for Good 03 Aug 2005 The government wants permanently to restrict a wide swath of airspace over the Washington area and make it a crime if a private pilot knowingly enters a zone that extends from Maryland to Virginia.
Thanks to Bush's war of terror: Americans Are Warned About Overseas Travel 03 Aug 2005 The State Department issued an updated worldwide caution on terrorism yesterday, warning Americans about the threat of extremist violence against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.
Old enemies' wargames send a powerful message to the US --Russia and China hope to sign a massive arms deal after staging joint exercises for the first time 03 Aug 2005 Russia will show off its most modern bombers to its best military customer and China will have a chance to demonstrate that it is a force to be reckoned with when the giant neighbours hold their first joint military exercises this month.
How the UK gave Israel the bomb --Documents reveal that Britain supplied heavy water without safeguards against military use, enabling the production of nuclear weapons 04 Aug 2005 Britain secretly supplied the 20 tons of heavy water to Israel nearly half a century ago which enabled it to make nuclear weapons, according to Whitehall documents which have been discovered at the Public Records Office.
ACLU decries 'unwarranted spying' by FBI 01 Aug 2005 The FBI conducted surveillance of American Indians protesting Columbus Day in Denver, said the American Civil Liberties Union in its announcement that the FBI amassed more than 1,100 pages of documents on nonviolent groups across the nation, including Greenpeace and the Quakers, during the past four years.
Holy irony, Batman! The biggest *moron* on God's green earth is promoting *intelligent design.* Intelligent Design: Science Teachers Stunned by Bush 03 Aug 2005 National Science Teachers Association Disappointed About Intelligent Design Comments Made by President [sic] Bush "The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the world's largest organization of science educators, is stunned and disappointed that President Bush is endorsing the teaching of intelligent design -- effectively opening the door for non-scientific ideas to be taught in the nation's K-12 science classrooms."
Vacationing Bush Poised to Set a Record --With Long Sojourn at Ranch, President on His Way to Surpassing Reagan's Total 03 Aug 2005 Dictator Bush is getting the kind of break most Americans can only dream of -- nearly five weeks away from the office, loaded with vacation time. By historical standards, it is the longest presidential retreat in at least 36 years.
Presidential 'salute' demeans us all By Nick Coleman 03 Aug 2005 "The Finger-in-Chief was flipped last Wednesday, when the president [sic] visited Capitol Hill to meet with Republicans... The networks and most newspapers ignored Bush's Big Bird, and only a handful of papers printed stories about the incident."
Twin city 03 Aug 2005 Americanblog.com claims to have spotted First Daughter [sic - Bush guttersnipe] Jenna "straddling" her "boyfriend (or acquaintance)" on a sofa at D.C.'s Zucchabar Saturday.
*Speaking* of guttersnipes: Harris Says Newspapers 'Colorized' Photographs, Distorting Her Makeup 03 Aug 2005 On Monday, on a conservative radio talk show, [GOP whore] KKKatherine Harris, now a congresswoman from Longboat Key running for the U.S. Senate, hit back, blaming newspapers for the criticism and charging that some - without saying which - altered her photographs. She didn't explain what she meant by "colorized.'' Asked Tuesday to point to an altered photograph, Harris and her staff could not.
Vanity Fair floats allegations GOP chief Hastert took Turkish bribes 03 Aug 2005 Vanity Fair’s September edition, out in New York, packs a punch with an article about Sibel Edmonds, the FBI translator who has been gagged by the Bush Administration from revealing information about conversations she translated surrounding a seemingly major corruption scandal involving Turkish nationals and U.S. lawmakers, RAW STORY can reveal.
Roberts Puts Net Worth at $5.3 Million 03 Aug 2005 John Roberts is a multimillion-dollar man, with a fancy golf club membership and some hefty investments, according to a financial statement filed with the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Chief executives' pay rises to £2.5m average 04 Aug 2005 Directors' pay at Britain's top companies climbed an average of 16.1% last year - four times faster than average earnings and eight times the rate of inflation.
Mysterious changes hit Pacific Coast 01 Aug 2005 Marine biologists are seeing mysterious and disturbing things along the Pacific Coast this year: higher water temperatures, plummeting catches of fish, lots of dead birds on the beaches, and perhaps most worrisome, very little plankton — the tiny organisms that are a vital link in the ocean food chain. Is this just one freak year? Or is this global warming?
Scientists: Northern California Oceans in Hot Water 29 Jul 2005 Significant ecological changes just off the shore of Northern California may or may not be caused by global warming, but scientists argue government needs to help seek solutions either way.
Expected Earthquake, Volcanic or Storm Activity for the Next 5 Days - RED ALERT By Stan Deyo 02 Aug 2005 "This RED ALERT is the first of its kind I've ever made in the 9 years of studying seismic event indicators. It is so huge that I almost can't believe my eyes... For the last 6 days, I've seen indications of a large number of earthquake pressures building across a 2,000-mile long arc in the North Pacific."
Baby giant panda born at San Diego Zoo 04 Aug 2005 Bai Yun caught up on some much needed sleep Wednesday, hours after giving birth to a squawking giant panda cub — the 13-year-old mom's third offspring. The cub, weighing less than a baseball, was born shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday.
'One of them made cuts in my penis. I was in agony' 02 Aug 2005 Mohammed travelled from London to Afghanistan in July 2001, but after September 11 he fled to Pakistan. He was arrested at Karachi airport on April 10 2002, and describes being flown by a US government plane to a prison in Morocco. These are extracts from his diary. ...One of them took my penis in his hand and began to make cuts. He did it once, and they stood still for maybe a minute, watching my reaction. I was in agony. They must have done this 20 to 30 times, in maybe two hours. There was blood all over. ...They continued with two or three interrogations a month. They weren't really interrogations, more like training me what to say. The interrogator told me what was going on. "We're going to change your brain," he said.
Suspect's tale of travel and torture 02 Aug 2005 Alleged bomb plotter claims two and a half years of interrogation under US and UK supervision in 'ghost prisons' abroad --A former London schoolboy accused of being a dedicated al-Qaida terrorist has given the first full account of the interrogation and alleged torture endured by so-called ghost detainees held at secret prisons around the world.
Demand for Intelligence Led to Torture --Detainee's sleeping-bag death, CIA's use of secret Iraqi squad [*death squad*] highlights breadth of techniques employed and depth of government secrecy. 03 Aug 2005 On the morning of Nov. 26, 2003, a U.S. Army interrogator and a military guard grabbed a green sleeping bag, stuffed Iraqi Maj. Gen. Abed Hamed Mowhoush inside, wrapped him in an electrical cord, laid him on the floor and began to go to work. Again. It was inside the sleeping bag that the 56-year-old detainee took his last breath through broken ribs, lying on the floor beneath a U.S. soldier in Interrogation Room 6 in the western Iraqi desert. Two days before, a secret CIA-sponsored group of Iraqi paramilitaries, working with Army interrogators, had beaten Mowhoush nearly senseless, using fists, a club and a rubber hose, according to classified documents.
Feds File Secret Brief in Abu Ghraib FOIA Suit 02 Aug 2005 Asserting that "privacy interests" and the safety of US troops trump the "public interest," government lawyers seeking a way out of releasing photographs and video reportedly documenting rampant abuse [*torture*] of detainees at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison facility in Iraq have filed partially sealed briefs with the court hearing the case.
Third prosecutor critical of Guantanamo trials 03 Aug 2005 A third US military prosecutor has walked out of the commissions process set up to try Guantanamo Bay detainees because of concerns it was unfair, the ABC has learned. Australian detainee David Hicks is due to stand trial under the system.
PM 'should press for Hicks release' 03 Aug 05 Australian people should pressure the Government to push the United State to release terror suspect David Hicks, a British lawyer said today.
Britain turns to 'torture evidence' 03 Aug 2005 Britain is asking the CIA to interrogate its terror suspects, held at a network of secret detention centres, to help to identify the planners behind the London bombings... There is said to be a torture centre on the island of Diego Garcia, in the Indian Ocean, where two navy prison ships ferry suspects in and out. The CIA reportedly has other sites in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Jordan and Iraq.
Arrests mark launch of UK protest law 02 Aug 2005 Five demonstrators were arrested in central London yesterday during a rally against a new law restricting the right to protest near Britain's parliament. It was timed to coincide with the coming into effect of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act, which includes a provision that protests within one kilometre of parliament must have police approval. The legislation also outlaws the use of megaphones and loudspeakers.
Arrests over Parliament demo ban 01 Aug 2005 Five anti-war activists demonstrating against a ban on unauthorised protests near Parliament have been arrested. A ban on protests within half-a-mile of Westminster which have not been cleared by police came into force at midnight. However, about 50 people wearing black gags to symbolise the "infringement" of their right to protest have gathered in Parliament Square in defiance.
Pentagon to Increase Domestic Surveillance for Counterterrorism 01 Aug 2005 The Department of Defense has developed a new strategy in counterterrorism that would increase military activities on American soil, particularly in the area of intelligence gathering.
FBI gets local police in the loop 02 Aug 2005 Since the 9/11 attacks, more than 6,000 state and local police officers have been granted access to classified material involving terrorist threats, the broadest dissemination of secret information in U.S. history. ...The FBI has grown increasingly dependent on local police to assist in terrorism investigations.
2 NY Officials Back Terror Check Profiling 02 Aug 2005 Arabs should be targeted for searches on city subways, two elected officials [Reichwing whackjobs] said, contending that the police department has been wasting time with random checks in its effort to prevent terrorism in the transit system.
Private security guards' training boosted in anti-terror effort 02 Aug 2005 More than 80 percent of California's buildings, power facilities and other vital structures are in private hands, watched over most closely by security guards on the lookout mainly for burglars, vandals and shoplifters. Now many are also being trained to also watch out for terrorists.
Homeland Security calls for tech industry involvement 01 Aug 2005 Technology companies aren't taking advantage of a federal law intended to spur the development of anti-terrorism tools, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says. A federal law enacted after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks provides government-authorized companies with immunity from civil lawsuits if their anti[pro]-terrorism products fail to perform.
582 gang arrests made by Homeland Security 02 Aug 2005 Federal authorities arrested 582 alleged gang members over a two-week period, officials said Monday. [Why was Homeland [In]Suckyourity involved?]
London 7/7 Terror Suspect Linked to British Intelligence? By Michel Chossudovsky 01 Aug 2005 "A British citizen named Haroon Rashid Aswat, living in Lusaka, Zambia is wanted for questioning in relation to the 7/7 London bomb attacks... The same source (Fox News) which presents Aswat as the 'mastermind', also points to Aswat's relationship to British and US intelligence, through a British based Islamic organization Al-Muhajiroun. In an interview with Fox News (29 July 2005), intelligence expert John Loftus revealed that Haroon Rashid Aswat had connections to the British Secret Service MI-6..."
Chertoff warns of nuclear terror --Homeland Security secretary sees WMD threat as major concern 01 Aug 2005 Issuing yet the latest warning of the threat of nuclear terrorism in the U.S., Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said there are far worse security problems facing the country than bombings of mass-transit systems.
CIA Informant in 2001 Said Iraq Had Abandoned Nuclear Weapons Program: Suit 01 Aug 2005 The Central Intelligence Agency was told by an informant in the spring of 2001 that Iraq had abandoned a major element of its nuclear weapons program, but the agency did not share the information with other agencies or with senior policy makers, a former C.I.A. officer has charged.
Iran Is Judged 10 Years From Nuclear Bomb --U.S. Intelligence Review Contrasts With Administration Statements 02 Aug 2005 A major U.S. intelligence review has projected that Iran is about a decade away from manufacturing the key ingredient for a nuclear weapon, roughly doubling the previous estimate of five years, according to government sources with firsthand knowledge of the new analysis.
CIA Reportedly Trained Paramilitary Group [*Reportedly?* My, my the PentaPost is shy!!] 03 Aug 2005 Before the war in Iraq began, the CIA recruited and trained an Iraqi paramilitary group, code-named the Scorpions, to foment rebellion, conduct sabotage [*terrorism*], and help CIA paramilitaries who entered Baghdad and other cities target buildings and individuals, according to three current and former intelligence officials with knowledge of the unit.
US-led troops 'part of Iraq problem' 02 Aug 2005 The presence of British and US troops in Iraq was fuelling the 'Sunni-led' insurgency that had killed hundreds of people, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said in comments published today.
U.S. Ambassador in Iraq Discusses Withdrawal of U.S. Troops 01 Aug 2005 As Iraqi leaders reaffirmed their decision to finish writing the country's constitution by the middle of the month, the new American ambassador here spoke in specific terms about the pending withdrawal of American troops from the country.
U.S. Death Toll in Iraq Surpasses 1,800 03 Aug 2005 Seven U.S. Marines were killed in two separate attacks west of Baghdad, where American forces are trying to seal a major border infiltration route for foreign fighters, the military said Tuesday. The deaths pushed the U.S. military death toll in Iraq past 1,800.
Mega barf alert (literally)!! Food Poisoning Sickens More Than 100 Iraqi Soldiers 02 Aug 2005 Police in Iraq say it appears to be a massive case of food poisoning. More than 100 Iraqi soldiers have been hospitalized after getting sick at their base in northern Iraq. Hospital officials say the troops are suffering from fever, vomiting and stomach pain. [See: Pentagon warned Halliburton-KBR on "dirty" food service: report 13 Dec 2003 The Pentagon repeatedly warned contractor Halliburton-KBR that the food it served to US troops in Iraq was "dirty," as were as the kitchens it was served in, NBC News reported Friday... The Pentagon reported finding "blood all over the floor," "dirty pans," "dirty grills," "dirty salad bars" and "rotting meats ... and vegetables" in four of the military messes the company operates in Iraq, NBC said, citing Pentagon documents. The report came as Dictator George W. Bush fended off Pentagon reports that Halliburton-KBR overcharged 61 million dollars for gasoline it sold the military in Iraq. Dick Cheney ran Halliburton for five years until becoming vice pResident.]
Bush Installs Pentagon Official 03 Aug 2005 Dictator Bush again invoked a constitutional provision enabling him to bypass the Senate and install directly a nominee who had been blocked in the Senate. This time, he named Peter Flory to be an assistant secretary of defense.
Bush: Rove has 'my compete confidence' despite leak 01 Aug 2005 President Bush on Monday declared "complete confidence" in his top political adviser, Karl Rove, despite his alleged role in leaking a covert CIA operative's identity, according to an interview.
Bush goes to Texas for month-long vacation 02 Aug 2005 US Dictator George W. Bush left the White House bound for his ranch in Crawford, Texas, where he was to relax for a month [!?!] while lawmakers are on their August recess. [Last time Bush 'relaxed for a month,' we got the 9/11 terrorist attacks!]
Stupid is as stupid does: Bush endorses teaching 'intelligent design' theory in schools 01 Aug 2005 Dictator Bush waded into the debate over evolution and "intelligent design" Monday, saying schools should teach both theories on the creation and complexity of life.
Group says Bible course riddled with bias, errors --Producers of the curriculum taught in Texas schools charge censorship 01 Aug 2005 A religious watch-dog group went on the attack Monday against a Bible study course taught in hundreds of schools in Texas and across the country, complaining it pushes students toward conservative Protestant viewpoints and violates religious freedom.
High Court Nominee Roberts a Millionaire 03 Aug 2005 John Roberts is a multimillion-dollar man, with a fancy golf club membership and some hefty investments, according to a financial statement filed with the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Highway Bill Full of Special Projects 02 Aug 2005 When President Eisenhower proposed the first national highway bill, there were two projects singled out for funding. The latest version has, by one estimate, 6,371 of these special projects, a record that some say politicians should be ashamed of.
Frist PAC Raises $1.9 Million This Year 01 Aug 2005 Senate Majority Leader [Reichwing whackjob] Bill Frist outpaced other potential 2008 presidential candidates in the first half of the year, with his political action committee raising $1.9 million.
Ex-Lawmaker Wins Ohio Congressional Race 03 Aug 2005 A former Ohio lawmaker kept a GOP lock on a conservative House district Tuesday, defeating an Iraq war veteran who mounted the strongest showing by a Democrat in decades.
Iraq Veteran Seeks House Seat From Ohio 03 Aug 2005 A Bush-bashing Iraq war veteran and a Republican former state lawmaker were neck-and-neck Tuesday in a closely watched congressional race that could serve as a bellwether for next year's midterm elections.
Iraq War Vet Arrested in Las Vegas Slay 02 Aug 2005 An Iraq veteran carrying an assault rifle on his way to buy beer [!?!] killed a woman and wounded a man in a Las Vegas alley, authorities said.
DNA test clears man after 20 years in jail --Wrongly jailed for 20 years, man to go free --Father of 2 will finally go free after wrongful rape conviction. 30 Jul 2005 Pittsburgh, PA --Almost 20 years after his imprisonment for an early-morning rape in the cafeteria of an East End hospital, a Homewood man will be freed Monday because DNA testing proved he did not commit the crime.
Being Transgender is a Crime! (transadvocate.com) 31 Jul 2005 "On Friday July 29th, 2005 Kim Stankovich turned herself in at the Spokane County Jail. Her crime? Being transgender. Kim is serving a seven day sentence in the county jail for being a transgender."
Chevron paid agents who destroyed Nigerian villages 02 Aug 2005 The bodies of the dead Nigerian villagers had not yet grown cold when the Navy captain presented Chevron with a bill: 15,000 naira, or $165 for responding to "attacks from Opia village against security agents." Within 24 hours Chevron paid up.
Governor's Rules to Protect Workers From Intense Heat (CA) 02 Aug 2005 Standing with the family of a farmworker killed by heatstroke in a Central Valley field, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced that his administration would issue emergency orders requiring rest breaks and shade for laborers in the piercing valley heat.
Bird Flu Spreads to Another Russian Region 02 Aug 2005 Russian veterinary officials said Tuesday that an outbreak of an avian flu strain that can infect humans has spread to another region in Siberia, while authorities were struggling to contain the virus.
Labor wants bird flu fund established (AU) 02 Aug 2005 Labor wants the federal government to treat the risk of a bird flu pandemic as a national security issue and set up a fund to compensate farmers affected by the culling of birds suffering the virus.
U.S. Increases Forecast for Number of Hurricanes in 2005 Season 02 Aug 2005 U.S. scientists said this year's Atlantic hurricane season will be stormier than previously forecast, producing as many as 21 tropical storm and 11 hurricanes, as atmospheric and oceanic conditions align to favor storm development.
Kansas? No, it's a twister ... in Bristol 03 Aug 2005 Just a week after Birmingham was battered by a tornado, residents in Bristol witnessed a giant twister sweeping across the skies over the southern suburbs.
Leaked emails claim Guantánamo trials rigged 01 Aug 2005 Leaked emails from two former prosecutors claim the military tribunals set up to try detainees at Guantánamo Bay are rigged, fraudulent, and thin on evidence against the accused. [Oh, 'rigged, fraudulent, and thin on evidence' - just like the 2000 and 2004 presidential 'election' results.]
Two Prosecutors Faulted Trials for Detainees 01 Aug 2005 As the Pentagon was making its final preparations to begin war crimes trials against four detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, two senior prosecutors complained in confidential messages last year that the trial system had been secretly arranged to improve the chance of conviction and to deprive defendants of material that could prove their innocence. Among the striking statements in the prosecutors' messages was an assertion by one that the chief prosecutor had told his subordinates that the members of the military tribunal that would try the first four defendants would be "handpicked" to ensure that all would be convicted.
Terror trials fixed: US lawyers 01 Aug 2005 Former US Army lawyers have claimed the American military rigs the trial process under which Australian David Hicks is to be prosecuted. Hicks's military lawyer Major Michael Mori said he was "shocked" by the revelations from two former prosecutors, who claimed there was no attempt to ensure fair trials and that juries were stacked against terrorist suspects to ensure convictions.
U.S.-run Baghdad regime can't last By Eric Margolis 31 Jul 2005 "Vice-President [sic] Dick Cheney's recent claims that Iraqi resistance forces were on their last legs are absurd, yet another alarming example of how dangerously detached from reality the administration's Rasputin has become. In fact, Iraqi resistance forces are growing in numbers and combat effectiveness... Today, the resistance may involve up to 200,000 active members, not the 20,000 claimed by the White House. U.S. forces in Iraq number around 135,000. Experience from the twentieth century's colonial wars suggests occupying power needs a 10:1 troop superiority to defeat insurgents."
Cheney's boundless Iraq profiteering 31 Jul 2005 "Things are going well in Iraq for the invaders. Well, at least for some people, such as US Vice-President [sic] Richard Cheney. He is receiving more than $US1 million ($A1.3 million) a year from Halliburton, the company of which he was CEO from 1995 to 2000, in 'deferred remuneration' while he is VP. He is worth every penny... The convoy was attacked and three men were killed and seven injured. KBR staff were ordered not to provide any assistance to the injured." [A must read]
Bomb suspects driven by Iraq rage 01 Aug 2005 The five men suspected of trying to explode bombs in London on July 21 were motivated by anger over the Iraq war, not by religion, one of the men has reportedly told Italian judges following his arrest in Rome on Friday.
Police on high alert, hunt for masterminds [Oh, in that case, don't bother looking for Bush.] 02 Aug 2005 Police in London were out in force yesterday, maintaining a high alert as they hunted for the masterminds behind two waves of terror attacks and awaited news of a bid to extradite a suspected bomber from Rome.
Widening Their Hunt, British Police Make Seven More Arrests 31 Jul 2005 The British police today widened their hunt for people involved in attempted terrorist bombings in London on July 21, seizing six men and a woman at an apartment house in Brighton on the south coast.
UK seeks return of bomb suspect from Italy 01 Aug 2005 The London bombing suspect arrested in Rome last week was more likely part of a loose group of amateurs than an Islamist militant ring, Italian police said on Monday, as Britain sought his extradition.
London faces lockdown to thwart third terror strike 01 Aug 2005 Thousands of police marksmen will be on London’s streets and rooftops again today after [phony] warnings that another team of suicide [al-CIAduh] bombers is plotting a third attack on the capital. [Well, there will be a 'third' attack on the day major news breaks on the Rove/White House CIA leak investigation. There will be another terrorist attack, the space shuttle will 'develop' a newsworthy problem, or another attractive white woman will either go missing or be found.]
Britain Makes Show of Force in Subways 01 Aug 2005 More police guarded the capital's subways Monday as investigators focused on a key question: Were the two sets of London bombers part of the same network or did they operate independently?
Could this 'police officer' be a soldier? 31 Jul 2005 British special forces soldiers took part in the operation that led to the shoot-to-kill death of an innocent Brazilian electrician with no connection to the London bombings, defence sources said last week.
Taser expects surge in sales to Britain's police 01 Aug 2005 The US company that makes the stun-gun used in the arrest of one of the London bomb suspects is expecting a surge in sales because of demands that all British police officers be equipped with a Taser.
British, American security services clash over terror intelligence 01 Aug 2005 Long-running disputes between UK and American intelligence and security services over intelligence in the war on terror rose to the surface last week with US sources accusing the British of blocking the capture of a key member of the al-Qaeda team that carried out the London bombings.
Islamist Patsies Crawl Out of the Woodwork on Command --by Kurt Nimmo "It’s interesting how the United States has no problem killing thousands and thousands of Iraqis and yet is helpless to do anything about terrorist training camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan. But then camps such as Amir Muawia in Afghanistan and Markaz-i-Dawar in Pakistan (created and financed by the CIA and micromanaged by Pakistan’s ISI) have served well to spawn state-sponsored terrorism of the corrective sort now unleashed on the people of Britain."
Terror plan to evacuate city centre 01 Aug 2005 Police will ask the new premier for extra powers and put forward plans to evacuate Sydney city centre as part of their anti[pro]-terrorism strategy. The plans in the event of an attack include procedures for clearing the central business district or instructing people to stay at work [LOL!] until transport and communications have been restored.
Police query value of terrorism patrols 01 Aug 2005 (AU) Some police commanders believe a counter[pro]-terrorism measure that is putting detectives on street patrol for an hour a day is taking resources away from other important commitments.
New U.S. base at Syria-Iraq border 31 Jul 2005 U.S. troops will now battle resistance fighters at the suspected source as the first base at the Iraq-Syria border is opened.
Ambush On Iraq Leader 01 Aug 2005 Gunmen tried to assassinate [US-installed] Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Chalabi yesterday when they ambushed his convoy. One of his bodyguards was killed in the attack south of Baghdad.
Five GIs Killed by Roadside Bombs in Iraq 31 Jul 2005 Five U.S. soldiers were killed by roadside bombs in two separate incidents in Baghdad, the U.S. military said Sunday.
Steroids Headed for Troops in Iraq Seized 01 Aug 2005 Italian police seized 215,000 doses of prohibited substances as they smashed a ring that supplied steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs to customers around the world, including American soldiers in Iraq, a police official said Monday.
Who We Are 01 Aug 2005 "You won't find many people willing to accuse John McCain, John Warner or Lindsey Graham of being soft on terrorism. But the three Republican senators are giving the White House fits with their attempt to get legislation approved that would expressly prohibit cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment of detainees in U.S. custody."
U.S. warns Iran against resuming nuclear work 01 Aug 2005 The White House warned Iran on Monday against restarting sensitive nuclear fuel activities at a uranium conversion plant, saying such a step could lead the United States and its European allies to seek U.N. action against Tehran.
Uzbekistan kicks US out of military base --Pentagon given six months to quit as Washington's relations with hardline dictator sour in wake of [US-UK funded] civilian massacre [Yeah, the *other* hardline dictator - George W. Bush - was probably enraged that more protesters were not shot.] 01 Aug 2005 Uzbekistan has given the US six months to close its military base there, in its first move to sever relations with its former sponsor.
Cuba rips 'subversive' U.S. plan 01 Aug 2005 Cuba's Communist Party on Monday harshly criticized the U.S. regime for creating a post to oversee a transition to [from] democracy on the Caribbean island, accusing American officials of intruding in the country's domestic business.
Rumsfeld Uses 'Flying Pentagon' to Communicate During Trips 01 Aug 2005 Defense Secretary [War Criminal] Donald H. Rumsfeld likes to take his office with him and stay connected to events on the ground when he flies overseas to visit with troops and confer with U.S. and allied military and civilian officials.
Bush bypasses Senate to install neo-con at UN 01 Aug 2005 The US pResident, George Bush, today bypassed the senate and installed the controversial neo-conservative John Bolton as ambassador to the UN. Mr Bush took advantage of his power [Gee, that's never happened before] to fill vacancies without senate approval while Congress is in recess.
Bush installs Bolton as U.N. ambassador 01 Aug 2005 Dictator Bush bypassed the Senate and installed John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Monday over protests by Democrats that the combative critic of the world body would hurt U.S. credibility.
Gonzales balks at release of Roberts documents 01 Aug 2005 .S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said on Monday he would have "very serious concerns" about sharing internal documents requested by Senate Democrats in the debate over John Roberts' nomination to the Supreme Court.
When They Knew 31 Jul 2005 As the investigation tightens into the leak of the identity of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame, sources tell TIME some White House officials may have learned she was married to former ambassador Joseph Wilson weeks before his July 6, 2003, Op-Ed piece criticizing the Administration. That prospect increases the chances that White House official Karl Rove and others learned about Plame from within the Administration rather than from media contacts.
Official Alleges Misspending of Homeland Security Funding 31 Jul 2005 A top regional official for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has filed complaints with two government offices, seeking investigations into whether money for wireless technology to guard against terrorist infiltration has been misspent, a newspaper reported Sunday.
Mega barf alert! School Bus Drivers On the Watch For Possible Terrorists 01 Aug 2005 Danbury, CT --Beginning this month, the Connecticut School Transportation Association will begin offering free training to teach bus drivers how to evaluate potential terrorist threats... The training will include who and what to look for [?!?] and how to perform routine inspections of buses before picking up students.
Mr. Sembler's Neighborhood By Carol Schiffler 01 Aug 2005 "Q. How is the Sembler Co. like Al Qaeda? A. They hate us for their freedoms Well it’s that time of year again, folks. Last July, as you may recall, Mel Sembler and his freedom-hating junta, made an ill-advised attempt to throw a local peace and social justice group (St. Pete for Peace) off the public sidewalk where they had been holding anti-war vigils since before the run-up to Iraq War Redux." [Quick Action!! Tell St. Pete city officials what you think of barricading dissenters. Mayor Rick Baker, (727) 893-7201, firstname.lastname@example.org; St. Pete City Council, (727) 893-7117, email@example.com]
Passing CAFTA: Blame the Democrats --by Joshua Frank 28 Jul 2005 "The final vote on CAFTA, the free trade agreement between the US and Central America, rolled out in the wee hours of July 28. It was a tight vote in the House, a squeaking 217-215, where 15 Democrats crossed over to support the measure while 27 Republicans voted against it. Supporters CAFTA anticipate abolishing custom taxes and undermining labor and environmental laws over time among the countries involved, which will consist of the US, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, and Dominican Republic."
Japan slaps trade sanctions on US 01 Aug 2005 Japan has hit back against the US in a spat over a controversial anti-dumping trade law and said it plans to raise import tariffs by 15% on 15 products.
E.P.A. Holds Back Report on Car Fuel Efficiency 28 Jul 2005 With Congress poised for a final vote on the energy bill, the Environmental Protection Agency made an 11th-hour decision Tuesday to delay the planned release of an annual report on fuel economy. But a copy of the report, embargoed for publication Wednesday, was sent to The New York Times... The contents of the report show that loopholes in American fuel economy regulations have allowed automakers to produce cars and trucks that are significantly less fuel-efficient, on average, than they were in the late 1980's.
DOE Turns Over Subpoenaed Yucca Documents 22 Jul 2005 The Energy Department on Friday turned over more than 1,600 pages of subpoenaed documents to a congressional panel investigating possible paperwork fraud on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump in Nevada.
Nuclear power poised for comeback 31 Jul 2005 Nestled in the energy bill that Congress approved last week is perhaps the most tangible evidence yet that nuclear power, long shunned by many as a dangerous energy source, is on the verge of a comeback. The broad energy plan includes billions of federal dollars to jump-start production of nuclear reactors.
Bird flu moves towards Europe --Migratory birds may have caused outbreaks in Russia and Kazakhstan. 01 Aug 2005 The H5NI avian influenza virus has broken out in poultry flocks in Russia and in Kazakhstan, where a suspected human case is also being investigated.
Man hospitalized with bird flu symptoms in Kazakhstan 31 Jul 2005 A 20-year-old man showing bird flu symptoms has been hospitalized in Kazakhstan's Pavlodar region, where 600 domestic geese died between July 20 and July 30 as a result of an outbreak of the disease in the area.
Study: Warming Making Hurricanes Stronger 31 Jul 2005 Is global warming making hurricanes more ferocious? New research suggests the answer is yes. Scientists call the findings both surprising and "alarming" because they suggest global warming is influencing storms now — rather than in the distant future.
'Doomsday' plan approved for House 30 Jul 2005 Congress approved a plan yesterday that would quickly replace members of the House in the event many die in an attack or disaster. The so-called doomsday bill would require special elections within 49 days if more than 100 of the House's 435 members were killed.
FBI wants more subpoena power --Director says bureau shouldn't have to seek court approval 28 Jul 2005 FBI Director Robert Mueller said Wednesday that Congress should give the agency the power to issue its own subpoenas, instead of having to get approval for them from a court, so that it can collect information more quickly in terrorism investigations.
Senate Makes Most of Patriot Act Permanent 30 Jul 2005 The GOP-controlled Senate voted Friday to make permanent most of the expiring provisions of the anti[pro]-terrorist USA Patriot Act. Senators set new four-year expiration dates on the most controversial provisions of the law, those allowing federal agents to use roving wiretaps and to search library and medical records.
Federal Judge Says Patriot Act Too Vague 29 Jul 2005 A federal judge has ruled that some provisions of the U.S. Patriot Act dealing with foreign terrorist organizations remain too vague to be understood by a person of average intelligence and are therefore unconstitutional.
Police will run internet after terrorist attack 15 Jun 2003 Wide-ranging powers to enable the police to run the internet and the rest of Britain's information superhighway in the event of a terrorist attack will be unveiled this week. The Civil Contingencies Bill will give ministers powers to issue orders to internet service providers and those utilities that rely on the web.
Italian parliament approves anti[pro]-terrorism laws 31 Jul 2005 The Italian parliament gave final approval Saturday to measures which would grant the state greater power to combat [foment] terrorism. ...The police would be allowed to take saliva samples for DNA tests from suspects under investigation. At present, DNA tests can only be taken after charges have been made.
'Take your clothes off and come out' 29 Jul 2005 "Mohammed," shouted the police. "Take your clothes off! Come out with your hands on your head and you will be all right!" "I have rights!" came the reply. "I have rights." Residents of Dalgarno Gardens, a West London housing association estate, described a slightly surreal scene today as the net closed on a suspected 'suicide bomber' [?!?] and police tried to entice him out of his flat on the top floor of a four-storey brick-built block. [LOL!! What is a *suspected* suicide bomber?' I mean, either you do it - in which case you're dead, and no longer pursued as a 'suspect' - or you're not a suicide bomber, as you haven't committed the act!]
'All four' 21 July suspects held 30 Jul 2005 Police believe all four 21 July London bomb suspects are now in custody after armed raids in the capital and Rome. Roads were sealed off in west London as dozens of police, many armed and some in gas masks, surrounded properties.
Police Question London Bomb Suspects 31 Jul 2005 Police interrogated suspects Saturday in the botched transit attacks and sought the extradition of another alleged bomber from Italy.
One man arrested in London identifies himself as one of suspected bombers 30 Jul 2005 One of three men arrested during raids in London identified himself as one of the men wanted in connection with the failed July 21 attacks, British police said on Friday.
South Tower Exit Wounds Tell 911 Tale --by Jon Carlson 29 Jul 2005 " In the light of the Bush administration attack on Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame for revealing Bush Iraq War lies, it is not surprising that America's British hero of a few short weeks ago, George Galloway, had his District targeted in the London Blasts by al-CIAda. As the bomb was placed underneath the Tube subway car clearly no suicide bomber was involved."
Axe attack racially motivated say police 31 Jul 2005 A black teenager died today after an attacker embedded an axe in his skull in a crime British police say was racially motivated. Anthony Walker, 18, was waiting for a bus with his girlfriend and a cousin when a man started shouting racist taunts at them near Walker's home in Liverpool. north-west England, about 11.30pm (2030 AEST) yesterday, police said.
Armed police 'pushed elderly Muslim woman' 28 Jul 2005 A Muslim woman suffered a suspected heart attack after plain-clothes armed police allegedly pushed her when she tried to shield her grandson from guns they were pointing at him.
Carter Blasts Guantanamo Detention Camp 30 Jul 2005 Former President Jimmy Carter on Saturday said the detention of terror suspects at the Guantanamo Bay Naval base was an embarrassment and had given extremists an excuse to attack the United States.
"We Regard Falluja As a Large Prison" --by David Enders "''They are killing one or two of us everyday,' says an Iraqi soldier at one of the checkpoints into the city, a claim confirmed by local doctors... Back at the hospital, [Doctor] Ahmed says he expects the fighting to continue. 'Even civilian people will change to be fighters,' he says. 'We regard Falluja as a large prison.'"
Suicide bomber kills 25 in Iraq 29 Jul 2005 A suicide bomber blew himself up among a group of Iraqi army recruits in northern Iraq, killing 25 people and wounding 35. The US military said ten Iraqi civilians were killed in the attack.
Roadside Bomb Wounds 3 in Afghanistan 30 Jul 2005 Two U.S. servicemembers and an Afghan interpreter were wounded early today when their patrol was struck by an improvised explosive device north of Deh Rahwod in Oruzgan province, Combined Forces Command Afghanistan officials reported.
Objecting Soldier Gets 15 Months in Prison 29 Jul 2005 Before being sentenced to 15 months for refusing to return to Iraq with his Army unit, Sgt. Kevin Benderman told a military judge that he acted with his conscience, not out of a disregard for duty...
Military classes are off course --by Danny Westneat 29 Jul 2005 "Two high schools in Federal Way [King County, WA] will debut Air Force courses this fall. Students as young as 14 will wear uniforms, march in drills with decommissioned guns and get schooled in military history, customs and technology. Course materials are mostly created by the Air Force, and the classes taught by retired officers."
Iran oil bourse wins authorization 26 Jul 2005 Iran's Bourse Council has given the go ahead to establish the first-ever oil, gas and petrochemical stock market in the Islamic Republic, a deputy minister of oil said.
Deep Background (The American Conservative) Philip Giraldi, a former CIA Officer, is a partner in Cannistraro Associates. 01 Aug 2005 issue "The Pentagon, acting under instructions from Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney's office, has tasked the United States Strategic Command (STRATCOM) with drawing up a contingency plan to be employed in response to another 9/11-type terrorist attack on the United States. The plan includes a large-scale air assault on Iran employing both conventional and tactical nuclear weapons... Several senior Air Force officers involved in the planning are reportedly appalled at the implications of what they are doing;that Iran is being set up for an unprovoked nuclear attack;but no one is prepared to damage his career by posing any objections."
Ahmadinejad not man in Tehran embassy photo - CIA 29 Jul 2005 A CIA analysis has concluded a hostage-taker pictured in an old photo at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran is not Iranian President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a U.S. official said on Friday.
Uzbekistan Evicts US From Key Base 30 Jul 2005 Uzbekistan has given the Bush regime six months to evacuate aircraft, personnel and equipment from Karshi-Khanabad air base, which the US uses in its Afghanistan missions, a leading US daily reported Saturday, July 30.
Oops! State Dept. Now Says Bolton Interviewed 29 Jul 2005 John Bolton, Dictator Bush's nominee for U.N. ambassador, neglected to tell Congress he had been interviewed in a government investigation into faulty prewar intelligence that Iraq was seeking nuclear materials in Africa, the State Department said.
Bush to bypass Senate to appoint Bolton-sources 29 Jul 2005 Bush plans to bypass the U.S. Senate and install John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, officials said. [Dictator Bush should know *all about* installation --after all, he was installed by the Supreme Court in 2000 and Ken Blackwell in 2004.]
Private Prisons Experience Business Surge 30 Jul 2005 Though state governments are no longer fueling a private prison boom, the industry's major companies are upbeat thanks in large measure to a surge of business from federal agencies seeking to house fast-rising numbers of criminals and detained aliens. Since 2000, the number of federal inmates in private facilities prisons and halfway houses has increased by two-thirds to more than 24,000. Thousands more detainees are confined in for-profit facilities, which now hold roughly 14 percent of all federal prisoners, compared to less than 6 percent of state inmates.
Senate approves $US14.5b US energy bill 30 Jul 2005 The US Senate has given final congressional approval to a $US14.5 billion ($A19.1 billion) energy bill championed by the White House as a way to boost domestic energy supplies, but blasted by environmental groups and other critics as a giveaway to the oil industry.
Energy bill calls for more U.S. drilling, leaves auto fuel standards alone --Drivers' hopes of savings at the pump will need to be put on hold [Gee, what a big bleeping surprise!] 30 Jul 2005 The Republican-controlled Senate overwhelmingly approved the energy overhaul Friday 74-26, following an easy passage in the House on Thursday... Though consumers and energy executives alike may feel the need for an energy policy most keenly now, lawmakers have been at pains to warn that the bill passed Friday will provide no meaningful relief for years.
US Congress approves $286.5 billion highway bill 29 Jul 2005 The Senate approved and sent to the White House on Friday a $286.5 billion highway and transit construction bill, concluding a nearly two-year impasse with the Bush regime over the cost of the legislation.
Senate Approves Bill Protecting Gun Businesses 30 Jul 2005 The Senate agreed to shield gun manufacturers and dealers from liability lawsuits on Friday, as Congress broke for a monthlong recess after sending pResident Bush energy and transportation bills that had been years in the making.
Election Bias Alleged In Boston 30 Jul 2005 The federal government has filed a lawsuit alleging that the city's election division discriminates against Hispanic and Asian-American voters by not offering enough services for immigrants who do not speak English.
State rejects e-voting system --Counties scramble to replace Diebold machines 28 Jul 2005 After possibly the most extensive testing ever on a voting system, California has rejected Diebold's flagship electronic voting machine because of printer jams and screen freezes [not to mention, two stolen presidential 'elections'], sending local elections officials scrambling for other means of voting.
Dramatic New Charges Deepen Link between Ohio's "Coingate," Voinovich Mob Connections, and the Theft of the 2004 Election By Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman 29 Jul 2005 "New charges filed against Ohio Governor Bob Taft's former top aide have blazed a new trail between 'Coingate' and the GOP theft of the 2004 presidential election... Noe is a high-roller crony of Taft, US Senator George Voinovich and President [sic] George W. Bush... Tom Noe, northwest Ohio's 'Mr. Republican' and a close Bush/Rove crony, is under federal investigation for making possibly illegal contributions to the Bush/Cheney campaign. As owner of Vintage Coins and Cards in Maumee, Ohio, Noe raised more than $100,000, to become a Bush Pioneer/Ranger."
No charges in Denver 3 ouster 29 Jul 2005 Federal prosecutors have declined to press charges of impersonating a Secret Service agent against a White House volunteer who forcibly ousted three people from a speech by Dictator George W. Bush in Denver on March 21.
Oregon Anti-Meth Bill Aimed at Cold Pills 31 Jul 2005 The Senate on Saturday approved a plan to make Oregon the first state in the nation to require a prescription for many cold and allergy medicines, an attempt by lawmakers to shut down methamphetamine labs.
Frist Breaks With Bush on Stem-Cell Bill 29 Jul 2005 Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist endorsed government-funded research on human embryonic stem cells Friday, breaking with pResident Bush and the religious conservatives he's been courting for a 2008 presidential bid.
Pesticides May Be Sickening School Kids 26 Jul 2005 Pesticide use in or near U.S. schools sickened more than 2,500 children and school employees over a five-year period, and though most illnesses were mild, their numbers have increased, a nationwide report found.
Russia: Bird flu can infect humans 29 Jul 2005 Investigators have determined that a strain of bird flu virus infecting fowl in Russia is the type that can infect humans, the Agriculture Ministry has said. The virus caused the deaths of hundreds of birds in a section of Siberia this month, but no human infections have been reported.
Bird Flu Kills Two in Vietnam; Toll Now 60 29 Jul 2005 Bird flu has killed two more people in Vietnam days before the country is to begin mass vaccinations of poultry, an official said Friday.
WHO baffled as pig-disease toll rises --The World Health Organization suggested that the rarely seen bacterium may have mutated if it was indeed responsible for the death toll in China, now up to 31 29 Jul 2005 A mysterious pig-borne disease has spread to six more towns in southwest China and the number of people killed has risen to 31, the Chinese government said yesterday as it scrambled to reassure the public.
Pig disease found in five more cities 30 Jul 2005 The deadly Streptococcus suis disease was found in five more cities across Southwest China's Sichuan Province on Friday.
Scientists sound alarm on Arctic ice cap 29 Jul 2005 Satellite data for the month of June show Arctic sea ice has shrunk to a record low, raising concerns about climate change, coastal erosion, and changes to wildlife patterns.
UK blocked bomb plotter arrest 28 Jul 2005 A month before the London bombings, British authorities denied a request by their counterparts in the United States to apprehend a man now believed to have ties to the July 7 bombers, according to sources familiar with the investigation.
Britain may face more bombers -police chief 28 Jul 2005 London's police chief warned that a new wave of bombers could be poised to strike Britain as nine more people were arrested on Thursday in a massive manhunt for train and bus attackers. [Yeah, on the day that the Senate votes on the Patriot Act extension.]
Sources: July 7 London Bomb Plot May Have Been Much Larger --London Investigators Find 16 Unexploded Devices in Attacker's Trunk, Sources Say 27 Jul 2005 The plot for the July 7 transit bombings in London, which killed 56 people, may have been much larger than previously known, ABC News has learned.
Police question suspected UK bomber 29 Jul 2005 British officials declined to confirm US media reports overnight that the suspected mastermind of the July 7 London suicide bombings which killed 52 people plus the bombers had been arrested in Zambia.
British Police Round Up 9 More Suspects Tied to Failed Attack 28 Jul 2005 British police arrested nine men in raids in south London today in connection with the aborted bomb attacks on the capital on July 21.
Brazilian did not wear bulky jacket --Relatives say Met admits that, contrary to reports, electrician did not leap tube station barrier 28 Jul 2005 Jean Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian shot dead in the head, was not wearing a heavy jacket that might have concealed a bomb, and did not jump the ticket barrier when challenged by armed plainclothes police, his cousin said yesterday.
British Police Flood Trains and Buses 28 Jul 2005 The police chief warned deadly terror cells could strike any time as thousands of officers flooded the transit system, made more arrests and grilled 'suspects' Thursday in their biggest investigation ever. Exhausted police faced their greatest challenge since World War II.
MI5 links 7/7 bombings to Britain's Iraq campaign 28 Jul 2005 Britain's MI5 has acknowledged, that the London bomb attacks were linked to England's participation in the Iraq campaign.
Signs of Our Times --by Michael Rectenwald 27 Jul 2005 "While the claims and charges against our governments are not all necessarily accurate, the belief in betrayal is indicative of real disease. The signs indicate that the current regimes are deadly. The leaders who call for 'freedom' pose the greatest danger to it. Anyone who has looked beyond his or her own solipsistic, spoon-fed, corporate-mediated horizon can see this as plain as day...The point is, as purveyors of culture,...our evolutionary survival is largely in our own hands. We can select for our own survival! But we must purvey the cultural memes that will guarantee it."
Ramping up the fear quotient --Day 6 of Open Season on those who are "Darker Than Blue" --by William Bowles "Once you have a public fixated on this perceived enemy, it is necessary to maintain a constant level of fear and when necessary ramp it up, either though potential events ('not if but when') or to exploit events that do occur by connecting the elemental enemy to the events, however tenuous the connection. If no real connection can be made, invent the connection."
Guardsman: CIA beat Iraqis with hammer handles 27 Jul 2005 CIA officials used a sledgehammer handle to beat various prisoners in Iraq, and one official, whose name is classified, would often brag about his abuse of prisoners, according to testimony in a closed session of a military hearing. [Was that all part of Bush's 'Operation Iraqi Freedom?' Just curious.]
Iraq police accused of torture 27 Jul 2005 Iraq's new police force is facing mounting allegations of systematic abuse and torture of people in detention, as well as allegations of extra-judicial killings. [WHO pays the salary of the Iraq police? The US terrorist regime.]
Ex-Abu Ghraib Warden: Boss Urged Dog Use 28 Jul 2005 The use of dogs during interrogations at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq was recommended by the commander of the Guantanamo Bay detention center during a visit in 2003, the former warden of Abu Ghraib said.
Dogs Called General's Proposal --Testimony supports a defense argument that two accused handlers were 'doing their job,' as one lawyer put it. 28 Jul 2005 A former operations officer at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq testified Wednesday that the use of military working dogs in interrogations was a tactic recommended by the general who commanded the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Military, Bush team clashed on interrogation tactics -report 28 Jul 2005 Senior U.S. military lawyers strong disagreed in 2003 with an administration legal task force's conclusion that pResident Bush had authority to order harsh interrogations of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the New York Times reported.
US military imposes curfew in central Samarra 27 Jul 2005 An indefinite curfew was imposed Wednesday for all vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the central Iraqi city of Samarra, following an attack on a US convoy [Yeah, right!] in the area, the US military and Iraqi police said.
Fraud rampant in Iraq: report 29 Jul 2005 A special investigator tracking billions of dollars spent by the United States on reconstruction in Iraq said overnight he has found millions of dollars worth of fraud by US officials and companies.
US Military Hits Ammunition Shortages 27 Jul 2005 The United States cannot keep up with military demand for ammunition which has more than doubled since the war [of] on terrorism and the invasion of Iraq were launched, according to a Congress watchdog report released Wednesday.
Iraqi leader presses issue of U.S. withdrawal 27 Jul 2005 Iraq's prime minister said Wednesday he wants U.S. troops "on their way out" as soon as his government can protect its new 'democracy.' [*WHAT* democracy?!?] The top American general in the country said he hopes to begin significant withdrawal by next spring.
Soldier sentenced for refusing return to Iraq --Court-martial acquits on desertion but convicts on lesser charge 28 Jul 2005 An Army mechanic who refused to go to Iraq while he sought conscientious objector status was acquitted of desertion but found guilty of a lesser charge during a court-martial Thursday.
Simpson Upset About Missing Iraq Footage 27 Jul 2005 Jessica Simpson wants to know where missing footage of her and husband Nick Lachey's harrowing trip to Iraq got to - because she thinks Americans would like to see just how bad conditions are there. The pop singers-turned-reality TV couple travelled to the war-torn nation to visit US troops as part of a recent ABC TV variety special, and they were both left shellshocked by what they saw.
Chinook Destroyed by Fire in Afghanistan 28 Jul 2005 A Chinook helicopter carrying six U.S.-led occupation crew and 25 Afghan troops was destroyed by a fire after making a hard landing near the Pakistan border, the U.S. military said Thursday.
Bush poised to install Bolton at U.N. through recess appointment 28 Jul 2005 Dictator Bush is expected to sidestep Congress and appoint John Bolton, his controversial choice for United Nations ambassador, to the job temporarily because opponents have blocked his confirmation by the Senate, several lawmakers and influential conservatives said Thursday.
Qatar aligns with Israel, strips 15,000 Qataris of citizenship 28 Jul 2005 Amid disgraceful scenes at the Qatar Saudi Arabia border, stranded Qatari citizens are unable to enter Qatar after the Qatari authorities stripped them of citizenship.
Homeland Security to Launch RFID Systems At Border Crossings 28 Jul 2005 Five border posts with Canada and Mexico will get the systems, to track visitors driving in and out of the U.S.
Texas Minutemen head quits, cites racism in group --National leaders say plans to patrol Houston still on 28 Jul 2005 The head of the Texas Minuteman Civil Defense Corps [Gestapo] has quit, saying he has been unable to overcome racism among members in Goliad.
Gonzales Urged to Rescind FOIA Rules 28 Jul 2005 The Associated Press and other news organizations are encouraging Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to rescind a policy restricting public access to government information. The change was put in place by Gonzales' predecessor, John Ashcroft, shortly after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Kennedy Questions Roberts on Civil Rights 28 Jul 2005 After days of Democratic deference to John Roberts, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy said Thursday that documents made public to date indicate the Supreme Court nominee holds a ''rather cramped view of the Voting Rights Act.''
House Approves Massive Energy Bill 28 Jul 2005 A national energy plan that would send billions of dollars in tax subsidies to energy companies passed the House on Thursday despite criticism from many lawmakers that it would do nothing to dampen high prices or lessen dependence on Middle East oil.
House set to approve $14.5 bln energy bill 27 Jul 2005 The U.S. House of Representatives was set on Thursday to approve an energy bill packed with $14.5 billion in corporate welfare ['tax breaks and incentives'] and hailed by Republicans as a major change in U.S. energy policy.
Deal for DeLay district added to energy bill, Democrat says 28 Jul 2005 A top House Democrat is accusing GOP leaders of slipping a provision into a sprawling energy bill to give hundreds of millions of dollars to a private energy consortium in the suburban Houston hometown of House majority leader Tom DeLay -- a consortium that includes energy giant Halliburton Inc. as one of its most prominent members.
1.5 Billion Giveaway Secretly Slipped into Energy Bill, Waxman Says By Rep. Henry Waxman 27 July 2005 In a letter to Speaker Hastert, Rep. Waxman writes that after the energy legislation was closed to further amendment in the recently concluded conference, a $1.5 billion provision benefiting oil and gas companies, Halliburton, and Sugar Land, Texas, was mysteriously inserted in the text.
Pelosi questions Republican tactics in CAFTA win 28 Jul 2005 The House of Representatives' top Democrat accused Republicans on Thursday of possibly illegal action to encourage some Democrats to vote for a free-trade pact with Central America.
House Approves Free Trade Pact With Central American Nations 28 Jul 2005 The House of Representatives narrowly approved the Central American Free Trade Agreement early Thursday, allowing Dictator Bush to put his signature to the nation's biggest reduction of trade barriers in more than 10 years.
Congress Blocks EPA on Pesticide Testing 28 Jul 2005 Congress is blocking the Environmental Protection Agency from relying on tests that expose pregnant women, infants and children to pesticides when the agency considers permits for pest killers.
Going, Going, Gone? Greenhouse Effect is Melting Greenland 21 Jul 2005 In a stunning discovery aboard the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise yesterday, scientists found new evidence that Greenland's glaciers are melting at an unprecedented rate. If Greenland were to melt fully, it would cause sea levels around the globe to rise by nearly 20 feet.
Record Rains Kill More Than 500 in India 28 Jul 2005 Officials said 273 people have died in Bombay since Tuesday when the city was hit by an unprecedented deluge of up to 37.1 inches of rain, the highest one-day total recorded in India's history. Much of it came over a few evening hours.
None dare call it stolen - Ohio, the election, and America's servile press --by Mark Crispin Miller, summarized by Mary Anne Saucier 24 Jul 2005 [The piece on which this summary is based was originally published in Harper's.] "[Mark Crispin Miller] details how the press (except for Keith Olbermann on MSNBC) ignored 'the strange details of the election;except, that is, to ridicule all efforts to discuss them;It was as if they were reporting from inside a forest fire without acknowledging the fire, except to keep insisting that there was no fire.'" [Note: link goes to summary]
Report: MI5 recruited al-Qaida leader 27 Jul 2005 MI5 tried to recruit senior al-Qaida figure Abu Qatada as an informer in a bid to keep terror [on] off the streets of Britain, it was reported Wednesday. [Well, he's not as useful an employee as Osama bin Laden was to the Bush regime, but I'm sure he got the job done.]
Shooting to kill needs no warning 27 Jul 2005 Police have been given permission to shoot dead suspected suicide bombers without any verbal warning, the Guardian has learned. The killing of an innocent Brazilian man in a London underground station on Friday has focused attention on new guidelines to defend against terror attacks. Operation Kratos tactics say 'suicide bombers who are about to explode their devices' [?!?] can be shot in the head.
New York apologises after Britons seized in security scare 27 Jul 2005 New York's mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has apologised to a group of British tourists after armed police swarmed on to an open-top sightseeing bus, handcuffed them and forced them to kneel on Broadway.
Terrorism suspects cornered in dawn raids 28 Jul 2005 Dramatic dawn raids in the English Midlands city of Birmingham could be the breakthrough police have wanted in the manhunt for last week's terror bombers. In two raids four men were arrested.
Police arrest key suspect in London bomb plot 27 Jul 2005 Police investigating last week's attempted bombings on London said on Wednesday they had arrested one of the suspects behind the attack.
Calls to deport 'the voice of al-Qa'eda' 27 Jul 2005 A London-based supporter of Osama bin Laden who runs a website depicting beheadings and suicide bombings in Iraq has forfeited his right to asylum in the country and should be deported, MPs said last night.
Five Egyptians detained in U.S. 27 Jul 2005 Police in Newark arrested five illegal Egyptian immigrants including one who a tipster said is related to Sept. 11, 2001, 'hijacker' Mohamed Atta.
Witness: GIs set dogs on Iraqi prisoners in contest 27 Jul 2005 Two Iraqis at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison were bitten by dogs as they were being handled by sergeants who were competing to see who could scare more detainees, a witness testified Tuesday.
Abu Ghraib Dog Tactics Came From Guantanamo --Testimony Further Links Procedures at 2 Facilities 27 Jul 2005 Military interrogators at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq learned about the use of military working dogs to intimidate detainees from a team of interrogators dispatched from the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to court testimony yesterday.
Iraq's [Bush's] al Qaeda says it killed Algerian envoys 27 Jul 2005 Al Qaeda in Iraq said on Wednesday it killed two kidnapped Algerian envoys because of their government's support for the United States.
Algeria Confirms Abducted Envoys Were Killed 27 Jul 2005 A group in Iraq linked to the al Qaeda terrorist network announced today that it has killed two Algerian diplomats who were abducted in Baghdad last week, continuing a campaign against envoys of what it calls "devil countries" [!?!] supporting the United States.
Mortar attack hits Baghdad bus station 27 Jul 2005 Three people are reported killed and 37 wounded in a mortar attack in central Baghdad. An Interior Ministry official said on Wednesday that a mortar round struck a busy central Baghdad bus station as US Defence Secretary [war criminal] Donald Rumsfeld was holding talks in the Iraqi capital.
Four U.S. soldiers killed by Baghdad roadside bomb 26 Jul 2005 Four U.S. soldiers were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in southwest Baghdad, the U.S. military said on Tuesday.
Attacks kill 4 U.S. soldiers, 16 Iraqi state employees --Constitution draft makes Islam foundation for laws 27 Jul 2005 A roadside bombing killed four American soldiers in southwestern Baghdad, the U.S. command said yesterday, and 16 Iraqi government workers died in gunfire as they left work on the western edge of the capital.
Pentagon to probe reuse of anonymous quote 26 Jul 2005 The Pentagon will investigate the use of a quote from an anonymous Iraqi that was issued almost unaltered in a second news release referring to a separate incident, a spokesman said Tuesday. [LOL!]
ISP 'censored' anti-war email 27 Jul 2005 A US broadband provider and a security services company have been accused of blocking emails relating to an anti-Iraq war protest. American online activist David Swanson says the provider, Comcast, and security services company Symantec, blocked emails drawing attention to the so-called Downing Street memo, which activists have seized on as further proof that the Iraq war was planned well in advance.
Poll: Most believe U.S. won't win war 26 Jul 2005 Most Americans don't believe the United States will succeed in winning the war in Iraq or establishing a stable democracy there, according to a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll.
US may sharply cut Iraq force within year -general 27 Jul 2005 The United States hopes to sharply reduce its forces in Iraq within the next year, its top commander on the ground said on Wednesday.
U.S., Iraqi Officials Discuss Steps to Speed Troop Withdrawals --Statements Suggest Heightened Immediacy for Move 27 Jul 2005 Secretary of Defense [war criminal] Donald H. Rumsfeld met with Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafari and the top U.S. commander in Iraq Wednesday and discussed specific steps to speed preparations for the withdrawal of some of the 135,000 U.S. troops in Iraq beginning as early as next spring.
AFL-CIO Calls for Rapid Return of U.S. Troops (uslaboragainstwar) 27 Jul 2005 "In a major change of course, the AFL-CIO Convention delegates voted this afternoon in favor of a resolution calling for a 'rapid' return of all U.S. troops from Iraq."
U.S. moves to defuse Afghan tension [by firing shots and using batons on demonstrators??? Yeah, that sure ought to 'diffuse' the tension! Another illegal, immoral occupation to protect a f*cking gas pipeline.] 27 Jul 2005 U.S. military officials moved to 'defuse' tension after a riot outside their main base by handing six villagers accused of being bombmakers [Yeah, right!] over to local Afghan authorities, officials said Wednesday... More than 1,000 protesters chanting "Die America!" and throwing stones tried to break down a gate at the Bagram base, where thousands of U.S. and other foreign soldiers live behind razor-wire fences and land mines left from Afghanistan's civil war [and a few from the US, sans doubt]. U.S. troops fired in the air, as did Afghan soldiers who also used batons to beat back the demonstrators.
Fewer early sign-ups as Army struggles to recruit soldiers 27 Jul 2005 The Army, which expects to miss its 2005 recruiting goal by about 12,000, already is falling behind for next year.
US backs away from another regime change 27 Jul 2005 The US softened its approach to North Korea as talks on its nuclear weapons reopened yesterday after a long hiatus, saying it recognised the sovereignty of the state and was prepared to talk directly with it.
Fire destroys oil platform off Indian coast --Three dead, 45 missing at platform in India's biggest oil field 27 Jul 2005 A large fire broke out at an oil platform in India's biggest oil field Wednesday, killing at least three people and leaving 45 missing, the petroleum minister and news reports said.
Ga. transit security beefed up, lawmakers told 27 Jul 2005 Georgia's top homeland security and anti-terrorism experts told a state Senate committee Wednesday that while they can not promise to thwart a deadly attack similar to the recent London bombings, they have increased security in the state's public transportation network and plan to continue those efforts.
Roberts had larger 2000 coup ['recount'] role 27 Jul 2005 The role of U.S. Supreme Court nominee John Roberts in the 2000 election aftermath in Florida was larger than has been reported. Roberts helped prepare the Supreme Court case. U.S. Supreme Court nominee John Roberts played a broader behind-the-scenes role for the Republican camp in the aftermath of the 2000 coup ['election'] than previously reported -- as legal consultant, lawsuit editor and prep coach for arguments before the nation's highest court, according to the man who drafted him for the job.
Documents Show Roberts Influence In Reagan Era 27 Jul 2005 Newly released documents show that John G. Roberts Jr. was a significant backstage player in the legal policy debates of the early Reagan administration... Roberts presented a defense of bills in Congress that would have stripped the Supreme Court of jurisdiction over abortion, busing and school prayer cases; he argued for a narrow interpretation of Title IX, the landmark law that bars sex discrimination in intercollegiate athletic programs; and he even counseled his boss on how to tell the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s widow that the administration was cutting off federal funding for the Atlanta center that bears his name.
Roberts's Right to Vote Against Roe Is Defended --Gonzales Cites High Court's Special Role 27 Jul 2005 Supreme Court nominee [and Reichwing whackjob] John G. Roberts Jr. will be free to vote to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion decision if he is appointed to the high court, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales said yesterday.
White House To Withhold Nominee's Tax Returns --Document Release Excludes First Bush Administration 27 Jul 2005 The Bush regime will not give Senate investigators access to federal tax returns of Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr., White House and congressional officials said yesterday, a break with precedent that could exacerbate a growing conflict over document disclosure in the confirmation process.
Democrats Ask for More Memos Related to Roberts Nomination 26 Jul 2005 Republican and Democratic senators clashed today on whether the administration was cooperating enough in releasing ['thousands of pages of'] documents from earlier in the career of Judge John G. Roberts, pResident Bush's nominee for the Supreme Court. [Notice how Bush's whore, David Stout of the New York Times, injects his bias into the story by adding the term *thousands of pages* prior to the word 'documents?' He added the commentary so that everyone think, 'Gee, why do those damned Democrats need more than *thousands of pages?*]
Gonzales Says He'll Review FOIA Guidelines 26 Jul 2005 Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Tuesday he would reconsider his predecessor's guidance that has restricted public access to government information since shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Bush presses for CAFTA as DeLay predicts win 27 Jul 2005 U.S. Dictator George W. Bush urged Republican holdouts on Wednesday to back a controversial free trade agreement with Central America, and party leaders predicted he would win only after a tough fight.
3rd U.S. Case of Mad-Cow Disease May Have Been Found, USDA Says 27 Jul 2005 The U.S. Department of Agribusiness ['Agriculture'] said it may have found the nation's third case of mad cow disease.
Russia: Outbreak of Bird Flu Confirmed In Siberia 27 Jul 2005 Russia's chief epidemiologist, Gennadii Onishchenko, confirmed at a Moscow news conference on 25 July what had been suspected for several days: the first cases of bird flu ever recorded have now hit Russia... Authorities say the virus was probably brought to Russia by migratory birds from Asia.
After bird flu, pig bug human toll rises to 24 27 Jul 2005 The death toll from infection with a bacteria commonly found in pigs has reportedly risen to at least 24, with 21 people in critical condition and nearly 40 new cases in south western China's Sichuan province.
Heat Wave Prompts Summer School 'Snow Day' 26 Jul 2005 A blistering heat wave gave Philadelphia summer school students the equivalent of a snow day Tuesday as temperatures climbed into the upper 90s and so many homeowners cranked up their air conditioners that their power grid set a record.
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