August 2005 Archives, Page Two
Strategizing a Christian Coup d'Etat --A group of believers wants to establish Scriptures-based government one city and county at a time. 28 Aug 2005 Christian Exodus is a movement of politically active believers who hope to establish a government based upon Christian principles. Christian Exodus activists plan to take control of sheriff's offices, city councils and school boards. Eventually, they say, they will control South Carolina. They will pass godly legislation, defying Supreme Court rulings on the separation of church and state.
Police chief- Lockerbie evidence was faked 28 Aug 2005 A former Scottish police chief has given lawyers a signed statement claiming that key evidence in the Lockerbie bombing trial was fabricated. The retired officer - of assistant chief constable rank or higher - has testified that the CIA planted the tiny fragment of circuit board crucial in convicting a Libyan for the 1989 mass murder of 270 people.
Reuters demands release of wounded Iraq journalist 29 Aug 2005 Reuters demanded the immediate release on Monday of an Iraqi cameraman who was still being held by U.S. forces more than 24 hours after being wounded in an incident in which his soundman was killed. Iraqi police said the news team was shot by U.S. soldiers. [Yes, only Faux's embedded media whores are safe in Iraq.]
Report: More journalists killed in Iraq than Vietnam 28 Aug 2005 More journalists have been killed in Iraq since the war began in March 2003 than during the 20 years of conflict in Vietnam, media rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on Sunday.
Terror war is 4th most expensive U.S. war 29 Aug 2005 The war on [of] terror, being fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, is the fourth-most expensive military operation in U.S. history, and is moving in on the No. 3 spot.
LA National Guard Wants Equipment to Come Back From Iraq 01 Aug 2005 When members of the Louisiana National Guard left for Iraq in October, they took a lot equipment with them. Dozens of high water vehicles, humvees, refuelers and generators are now abroad, and in the event of a major natural disaster that, could be a problem.
Army Contract Official Critical of Halliburton Pact Is Demoted 29 Aug 2005 A top Army contracting official [Bunnatine H. Greenhouse] who criticized a large, noncompetitive contract with the Halliburton Company for work in Iraq was demoted Saturday for what the Army called poor job performance. Ms. Greenhouse's lawyer, Michael Kohn, called the action an "obvious reprisal" for the strong objections she raised in 2003 to a series of corps decisions involving the Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root, which has garnered more than $10 billion for work in Iraq.
Order 81: Re-engineering Iraqi agriculture --The ultimate war crime: breaking the agricultural cycle --Under the guise of helping get Iraq back on its feet, the US is setting out to totally re-engineer the country's traditional farming systems into a US-style corporate agribusiness. They’ve even created a new law – Order 81 – to make sure it happens. [Text of Order 81] By Jeremy Smith "Iraqi farmers have been made vassals to American corporations. That they were baking bread for 9,500 years before America existed has no weight when it comes to deciding who owns Iraq’s wheat. Yet for every farmer that stops growing his unique strain of saved seed the world loses another variety, one that might have been useful in times of disease or drought. In short, what America has done is not restructure Iraq's agriculture, but dismantle it."
'This constitution was written by exiles. We will not accept it' 29 Aug 2005 Even before the final text of the constitution was read out to representatives in the country’s parliament yesterday, Iraq’s Sunni Muslim politicians were lining up to denounce the charter, which they pledged to defeat in the referendum that is to be held on October 15... Hussein al-Falluji, a Sunni member of the committee that drafted the constitution, said that his community would reject the document with their "dying breath". "This is an American constitution and we will not accept it, no matter what," al-Falluji said.
Iraqi Sunnis officially refuse draft constitution 28 Aug 2005 The Sunni Arab constitution writers announced Sunday that they rejected the draft, calling on the United Nations (UN) and Arab League (AL) to intervene. "We announce our rejection to the illegal draft as it was written without consensus," a Sunni cleric, Abdul Nasser al-Janabi, told reporters in a press conference after the parliament session.
Sunnis Reject Draft of Iraqi Constitution 28 Aug 2005 Iraqi negotiators finished the country's new constitution Sunday without the endorsement of Sunni Arabs who helped prepare it, dealing a blow to the Bush regime and setting the stage for a bitter campaign leading up to an October referendum.
Civil war looms in Iraq as constitution talks end in disarray 28 Aug 2005 Weeks of bitter wrangling over Iraq's constitution ended in disarray yesterday, threatening the country with further violence and undermining efforts towards a timetable for American disengagement.
15 Iraqi bodies found near Fallujah 29 Aug 2005 'Insurgents' [US death squads] executed 15 Iraqis after ambushing their vehicle on a road north of Fallujah, police said Monday. The gunmen ordered the passengers out of the vehicle and lined them up before shooting them in broad daylight on Sunday afternoon, police quoted witnesses as saying.
Militants, swept from battleground, return when troops leave, U.S. says 28 Aug 2005 In the cities where U.S. forces have set up bases -- such as Ar-Ramadi and Al-Fallujah -- the fighting has destroyed much of the infrastructure [Halliburton is paid to pretend to rebuild it, of course] but failed to completely secure the areas. In smaller towns, American forces launch repeated raids to clear the streets of resistance fighters, only to see them return as soon as the Marines and soldiers are gone. [*Duh.*]
Top UK official warned Iraq war fuelled extremism 28 Aug 2005 A top British government official warned Prime Minister Tony Blair last year that Britain's involvement in the Iraq war was fostering Muslim extremism at home, according to a leaked memo published on Sunday.
London Newspaper: Blair Warned on Muslim Extremism 28 Aug 2005 A top British government official warned Prime Minister Tony Blair more than year before last month's London subway bombings that British policy in Iraq and the rest of the Middle East was fueling extremism among British Muslims, a London newspaper reported Sunday.
Detainee Escapes From Abu Ghraib [Awesome!!] 28 Aug 2005 A detainee escaped from the Abu Ghraib 'theater internment facility' [concentration camp] in Baghdad, Iraq, early this morning, military officials in Baghdad reported.
3 U.S. Soldiers Wounded in Kabul Attack 28 Aug 2005 Suspected Taliban rebels on Sunday killed a candidate running in next month's legislative 'elections,' while an attack on a U.S. military convoy wounded three American troops, authorities said.
Potomac Fever: Leach joins Democrats in backing memo bill 28 Aug 2005 Count on Rep. Jim Leach. He's going to make waves again as, apparently, the first Republican to sign on to a House resolution demanding disclosure of administration documents related to what's known as the Downing Street memos."
Charges dropped against anti-war grannies 29 Aug 2005 Charges have been dropped against the "Raging Grannies", five women accused of trespassing after they tried to enlist at a US military recruitment centre to protest against the war in Iraq.
Rove's role (The Boston Globe) "[Karl] Rove's connection to the Valerie Plame story was the center of attention in mid-July but cooled fast after [George W.] Bush nominated Roberts to the Supreme Court on July 19. A LexisNexis search reveals 1,944 stories mentioning Rove in the week prior to the nomination, dropping to 1,111 during the week after. Now, with Bush in Crawford for a prolonged vacation, the story has nearly disappeared -- only 169 references in a late-August week. Still, more is likely to come out after Labor Day..."
U.S. Training to Stop London-Style Attack 28 Aug 2005 Every month or so, Shawn Kelley travels from his suburban Washington home to the New Mexico desert to train police, firefighters and others how to detect - and stop [foment] - suicide bombers. For Kelley, who helped coordinate firefighters at the Pentagon, this is no textbook lesson. He's convinced America will face an attack again. [Right, as the Bush regime is busy planning it.]
U.K. to incorporate new biometric standards 29 Aug 2005 The United Kingdom plans to use newly published international standards on biometric technology for its identity cards. The BS ISO/IEC 19794 series of standards cover the science of using "biological properties" to identify individuals, such as fingerprints, iris scans and facial recognition. Some of these standards will be used for recording biometric data on U.K. passports--and on UK ID cards if the government's proposals are approved, the BSI standards organization said.
Two U.S. Senators Held at Siberian Airport 28 Aug 2005 Two U.S. senators visiting sites where weapons of mass destruction are being stored were held for several hours Sunday at a Siberian airport while trying to leave Russia, a U.S. Embassy spokesperson said.
Arab-American Writer Harassed, expelled from Faculty, Campus 22 Aug 2005. "In the opening salvoes of an expected counterattack by neoconservative hoodlums, Edward Abboud was harassed and detained and his civic and professional rights revoked on the campus of Columbus State Community College (CSCC) in Columbus, Ohio. Abboud had been adjunct faculty under an assumed name at the school for three years... Abboud is calling for a worldwide condemnation of the college for its racist attitude and actions." July 28, 2005 (AEU)
Wretched of New Orleans left to face the hurricane's fury 30 Aug 2005 Never before has such a large US city been evacuated to escape a natural disaster. In the face of the devastating force of Hurricane Katrina at least a million people have fled New Orleans, and 100,000 of those too poor or feeble to leave have packed into shelters.
Superdome roof ripped as poor and frail huddle inside 29 Aug 2005 Hurricane Katrina ripped away part of the roof on the Louisiana Superdome as thousands of storm refugees huddled inside Monday. Strips of metal were peeled away, creating two holes that were visible from the floor of the huge arena.
Hurricane Katrina causes flooding in parts of New Orleans 29 Aug 2005 Streets in parts of New Orleans were under up to 1.8 meters (six feet) of water today after Hurricane Katrina battered the low-lying city and pumps failed in some areas, the city's mayor told CNN.
U.S. oil surges $4 to record above $70 28 Aug 2005 U.S. crude oil futures surged more than $4 in opening trade on Monday, hitting a new record high above $70 a barrel after Hurricane Katrina [US corpora-terrorists] forced Gulf of Mexico producers to shut in more than a third of their output.
Profit Soars at Exxon Mobil --Surging Oil Prices Lead to Company's Best Second Quarter 29 Jul 2005 Exxon Mobil Corp., the world's largest publicly traded oil company, said yesterday that second-quarter profit rose 32 percent, to $7.64 billion...
Recount Dispute Goes Back to N.M. Court 28 Aug 2005 The state's highest court is revisiting a dispute over last year's presidential election in New Mexico. State Supreme Court justices are scheduled Monday to hear arguments from lawyers for last year's Green and Libertarian presidential candidates who say the state wrongly handled their request for a recount.
Ministers leave '2m lives at risk from bird flu' --University professor accuses government of creating 'new BSE' in bird flu --Professor dismisses government claims that bird flu threat to UK is remote -- 29 Aug 2005 Government complacency over the risk of the Asian bird flu epidemic reaching Britain is endangering the lives of up to two million people, according to Professor Hugh Pennington. The emeritus professor of microbiology at Aberdeen University, who is Britain's leading expert on the H5N1 sub-virus, yesterday accused health officials of creating "the new BSE".
Suspected bird flu hits Finnish gulls 28 Aug 2005 Finland reported Friday its first case of bird flu, found in gulls in the northwest of the country, but said the strain did not carry any risks for humans.
Coffee found to be high in health-giving antioxidants 29 Aug 2005 Coffee might soon be considered a health drink following a study showing it is a surprisingly rich source of anti-cancer agents.
Hurricane Katrina Rips La., Miss. Coasts 29 Aug 2005 Hurricane Katrina plowed into this below-sea-level city Monday with howling, 145-mph winds and blinding rain that flooded some homes to the ceilings and ripped away part of the roof of the Superdome, where thousands of people had taken shelter.
Hurricane Katrina slams Louisiana coast New Orleans 29 Aug 2005 Hurricane Katrina has slammed into the Louisiana coast with 224kph winds as the powerful storm came ashore from the Gulf of Mexico and took aim at low-lying New Orleans. The coast, much of it lightly populated swamps, was being pounded with high winds and heavy rains while New Orleans, 88km northeast, braced for the worst of Katrina.
Katrina Blows Off Sections of Superdome Roof 29 Aug 2005 Hurricane Katrina blew two parts off the roof of the New Orleans Superdome where about 10,000 people are seeking shelter, and rain is falling on the field and lower parts of the stadium's stands, a spokesman for the state's Social Services Department said.
Superdome Roof Leaks on Hurricane Evacuees 29 Aug 2005 Howling wind from Hurricane Katrina peeled holes in the roof of the Superdome on Monday morning as thousands of people huddled inside seeking shelter.
Poor, homeless, frail flock to the safety of Superdome 28 Aug 2005 For thousands of this city's poor, homeless and frail, just getting into the massive Louisiana Superdome and hunkering down was the hardest part.
Line blocks long at Superdome for shelter of last resort 29 Aug 2005 By the time the Superdome opened, the line stretched for blocks outside the main entrance. Everyone entering was patted down, went through a metal detector and watched National Guard members search their bags. It was a thorough search -- people had to put hands on head and even clothing seams were checked. General Ralph Lupin said 360 guardsmen were in the dome and 200 more were on the way.
"This is a military process." -MSNBC commentator, on Louisiana Superdome's National Guard and security presence.
Get out of the city, go now! 29 Aug 2005 More than two million people were battling to escape from New Orleans last night as the city braced itself for a direct hit by the strongest storm in its history. Hurricane Katrina, a top Category 5 monster on the Saffir-Simpson scale, with sustained winds of 175mph, was set to strike early this morning, threatening catastrophic damage and a devastating storm surge that could leave the city under 20ft (6m) of floodwater.
In Camille's Deadly 1969 Solo, A Grim Prologue to Katrina 29 Aug 2005 The real news was the National Hurricane Center's chilling declaration that, at 902 millibars of internal barometric pressure -- the lowest barometric pressure ever recorded in the Gulf of Mexico -- Katrina was "comparable in intensity to Hurricane Camille of 1969 . . . only larger."
With Few Warning Signs, an Unpredictable Behemoth Grew 29 Aug 2005 Forecasters then watched in wonder as a series of conditions, many of them poorly understood, caused the storm to do what no one wanted: intensify, expand and maintain a terrifying trajectory. The energy, the near-record low pressure in the storm's core and its huge dimensions added up to an inevitable disaster, Mr. Read said. "That's why they're basically forecasting Armageddon when it goes inland," he said.
Experts expect Katrina to turn New Orleans into Atlantis 28 Aug 2005 Experts have warned for years that the levees and pumps that usually keep New Orleans dry have no chance against a direct hit by a Category 5 storm. That's exactly what Hurricane Katrina was as it churned toward the city. With top winds of 165 mph and the power to lift sea level by as much as 28 feet above normal, the storm threatened an environmental disaster of biblical proportions, one that could leave more than 1 million people homeless. "All indications are that this is absolutely worst-case scenario,'' Ivor van Heerden, deputy director of the Louisiana State University Hurricane Center, said Sunday afternoon.
Category 5 Katrina heads to Gulf Coast 28 Aug 2005 Monstrous Hurricane Katrina barreled toward the Big Easy on Sunday with 165-mph wind and a threat of a 28-foot storm surge, forcing a mandatory evacuation, a last-ditch Superdome shelter and prayers for those left to face the doomsday scenario this below-sea-level city has long dreaded.
Katrina, a top-strength hurricane, aims for U.S. 28 Aug 2005 ...Hurricane Katrina grew into a Category 5 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale by 7:05 a.m. EDT (1105 GMT), with winds of 160 mph (260 kph) capable of causing catastrophic damage.
Katrina swells to Category 5 status on approach to Gulf Coast 28 Aug 2005 Hurricane Katrina strengthened to a dangerous Category 5 on Sunday with 175 mph sustained wind as residents of south Louisiana jammed freeways in a rush to get out of the way of the powerful storm.
Katrina Packing Wind of Nearly 175 Mph 28 Aug 2005 The mayor ordered an immediate evacuation Sunday for all of New Orleans, a city sitting below sea level with 485,000 inhabitants, as Hurricane Katrina bore down with wind revving up to nearly 175 mph and threats of a massive storm surge. "This is a once in a lifetime event," Mayor Ray Nagin said. "The city of New Orleans has never seen a hurricane of this magnitude hit it directly."
Katrina could inundate New Orleans 28 Aug 2005 Emergency officials in New Orleans braced for a potentially catastrophic blow on Sunday as Hurricane Katrina swept toward the Gulf Coast -- and the city -- with maximum sustained winds near 165 mph. Mayor Ray Nagin declared a state of emergency on Sunday and ordered a mandatory evacuation of the city the Category 5 storm approached. Forecasters said the storm surge could reach 28 feet.
New Orleans orders mandatory evacuation --Hurricane Katrina winds nearly 175 mph 28 Aug 2005 New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin declared a state of emergency on Sunday and ordered a mandatory evacuation of the city as potentially catastrophic Hurricane Katrina churned toward the city with maximum sustained winds near 175 mph. All of Orleans Parish falls under the order except for necessary personnel in government, emergency and some other public service categories.
Mandatory Evacuation Ordered for New Orleans as Storm Nears 28 Aug 2005 Mayor Ray Nagin ordered an immediate evacuation Sunday for all of New Orleans, a city sitting below sea level with 485,000 inhabitants, as Hurricane Katrina bore down with wind revved up to nearly 175 mph and a threat of a massive storm surge.
Hurricane strengthening for second hit at US coast --As Florida braces for further onslaught, large parts of Europe are also suffering from unusual weather patterns 28 Aug 2005 ...Florida has been pummelled by six powerful hurricanes since last August, in what forecasters describe as an "unusually active season". Environmental campaigners say the turbulence is a result of global warming disrupting world weather patterns.
Mississippi braces for major hit from Katrina 28 Aug 2005 Residents all along the Mississippi Gulf Coast headed out of harms with a sense of urgency Sunday as Hurricane Katrina closed in with winds and water some fear could rival the benchmark killer storm of 1969 — Camille.
Traffic turned away from New Orleans 28 Aug 2005 The Louisiana office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness was relatively quiet Saturday, but officials were gearing up for what they fear could be a major storm steaming toward the state's largest city.
All RTA Vehicles Will Be Pulled From Streets Sunday Afternoon --Hurricane Katrina threatens New Orleans 28 Aug 2005 Due to a curfew that will go into effect at 6:00 p.m., the Regional Transit Authority will suspend all bus and paratransit services. Streetcars were previously pulled from the streets early this morning.
Katrina May Be Most Costly Storm to Ever Hit U.S., Modeler Says 28 Aug 2005 Hurricane Katrina may cost insurers more than $30 billion, which would make it the most expensive storm to ever hit the U.S., a storm modeler said.
Chevron, Louisiana Offshore Port Shut for Hurricane 28 Aug 2005 Chevron Corp. evacuated all of its Gulf of Mexico facilities and the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port, the biggest U.S. oil import terminal, stopped making pipeline shipments to refineries from its onshore facilities as Hurricane Katrina approached.
Katrina cuts oil output by a third 27 Aug 2005 U.S. energy companies said U.S. Gulf of Mexico crude oil output was cut by more than one-third on Saturday as Hurricane Katrina appeared poised to charge through central production areas toward New Orleans.
Hurricane Could Leave 1 Million Homeless 28 Aug 2005 When Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans on Monday, it could turn one of America's most charming cities into a vast cesspool tainted with toxic chemicals, human waste and even coffins released by floodwaters from the city's legendary cemeteries.
Long Island: Dreading a Replay of the 1938 Hurricane 28 Aug 2005 Conditions are right this year for one or more especially severe storms to lash Long Island, they say. But it's been a long time - 67 years - since the last Big One, and officials worry that Long Islanders accustomed to the glancing blows of minor storms have little grasp of just how devastating a major hurricane could be.
Tropical Depression Thirteen Advisory Number 1 Issued at: 4:22 PM AST 8/28/05 (gateway). New tropical depression forms in the tropical atlantic, expected to pass well north of the lesser antilles, At 5 pm ast, 2100z, the center of newly formed tropical depression thirteen was located near latitude 15.4 north, longitude 46.8 west or about 965 miles, 1555 km, east of the lesser antilles. [Nutball Bush does not think global warming is a problem.]
Leak shows Blair told of Iraq war terror link · Top official warned in 2004 of British Muslim anger · Secret document said UK seen as 'crusader state' 28 Aug 2005 The Foreign Office's top official warned Downing Street that the Iraq war was fuelling Muslim extremism in Britain a year before the 7 July bombings, The Observer can reveal. Despite repeated denials by Number 10 that the war made Britain a target for terrorists, a letter from Michael Jay, the Foreign Office permanent under-secretary, to the cabinet secretary, Sir Andrew Turnbull - obtained by this newspaper - makes the connection clear. Read the document here.
Myers troubled by lagging support for Iraq war 26 Aug 2005 Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Richard Myers says he's troubled by a growing disconnect between how American troops who are serving in Afghanistan and Iraq feel about the war there and what the polls suggest Americans at home think.
Senior Iran cleric hails "Islamic state of Iraq" 26 Aug 2005 A senior Iranian cleric welcomed on Friday the establishment of an Islamic republic in Iraq and hailed the country’s new constitution as one based on "Islamic precepts". Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, who heads the powerful ultra-conservative Guardian Council, told worshippers in Tehran’s Friday prayers, "Fortunately, after years of effort and expectations in Iraq, an Islamic state has come to power and the constitution has been established on the basis of Islamic precepts".
U.S. strikes suspected terrorist safe houses 26 Aug 2005 U.S. warplanes launched multiple airstrikes Friday against a suspected "terrorist safe house" [!?!] in the western Anbar province, destroying the building where up to 50 'militants' were believed to be hiding, the U.S. military said. [Was Pat Robertson's house on their list?]
Oil pipeline attacked south of Baghdad 28 Aug 2005 A bomb exploded Saturday beneath an oil pipeline that supplies Baghdad's Dora oil refinery with crude from stores south of the capital, police said.
1,000 Iraqi Prisoners Freed 28 Aug 2005 The US military announced yesterday that it had released around 1,000 prisoners from the infamous Abu Ghraib prison over the past three days amid efforts to win Sunni Arab endorsement for a new Iraqi constitution.
Bomb Kills G.I. and Hurts 4 in Afghanistan 28 Aug 2005 A bomb killed an American soldier and wounded four others when it exploded near their armored vehicle in Paktika Province, near the Pakistan border, the United States military said Saturday.
Ten suspected 'militants' killed in fighting in Afghanistan, US military says 25 Aug 2005 US-led occupation attack aircraft and ground troops as well as Afghan forces pounded suspected Taleban rebels in three separate firefights in southern Afghanistan, killing at least 10 'militants,' the US military said on Thursday.
Bush warns of more sacrifice in Iraq, protesters rally 27 Aug 2005 Thousands of Iraq war supporters and protesters staged competing rallies near Dictator George W. Bush's Texas ranch on Saturday as he warned Americans to brace for more sacrifice in Iraq. [In that case, why doesn't Bush send his twins to go and fight for Halliburton?]
Rangel launches blistering attack on Cheney 27 Aug 2005 Rep. Charles Rangel, the dean of the New York State congressional delegation, launched a blistering attack on Vice pResident Dick Cheney Friday night, calling him a "sick man" who was unfit to lead.
Fearing U.S. attack, Venezuela boosts its reserve forces --100,000 have enlisted [Can we join? <g>] 27 Aug 2005 "We are preparing for the invasion," said Lt. Octavio Serrano, who commands a reserves unit. The Americans "could come internally with the CIA...or it could be directly and militarily like they invaded Iraq." Lt. Serrano is one of the officers that President Hugo Chávez has entrusted to build up military reserves to counter any U.S. attack. Mr. Chávez, who says he leads a "revolution for the poor," has nicknamed pResident Bush "Mister Danger" and has called his administration the "most savage, cruel and murderous empire that has existed in the history of the world."
Chavez: If anything happens to me, blame Bush 26 Aug 2005 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Friday U.S. pResident George W. Bush would be to blame if anything happened to him after an American evangelist said Washington should assassinate the leftist leader.
Finnish TV drops U.S. televangelist's show after call to assassinate Chavez 26 Aug 2005 The only Christian TV channel in Finland said Thursday it will stop airing shows by American televangelist Pat Robertson because of his call to assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
Britain heads for clash with US --Disagreement over America's bid to derail UN reform 27 Aug 2005 Britain will join an international alliance to confront George Bush and salvage as much as possible of an ambitious plan to reshape the United Nations and tackle world poverty next week.
Al-Qaeda Targeting US, Australia 28 Aug 2005 Al-Qaeda has listed the United States and Australia as prime targets for attacks this year along with Britain, South Korea’s spy agency has reported, according to a lawmaker yesterday.
UK seeks extradition of Algerian terror suspect 28 Aug 2005 British authorities will seek the extradition of an Algerian man arrested in Bangkok last week who may be connected to the July 7 London bombings.
Critics raise alarm over 'exclusive' new terror laws 26 Aug 2005 A cross-party coalition today warned the government that its forthcoming anti[pro]-terrorism legislation risks criminalising or excluding people who have already condemned terrorist attacks. The measures are expected to include a new offence of "acts preparatory to terrorism", indirect incitement to terrorism, and those "giving and receiving terrorist training". More controversially, the police have requested to be allowed to detain terrorist suspects for up to three months without charging, and the question of allowing security service phone tap evidence is also to be resolved. Read the joint letter in full.
UK's New Coalition Against Anti-Terror Measures 28 Aug 2005 A coalition of disparate faith and human rights groups and senior political leaders such as London Mayor Ken Livingstone, yesterday launched a campaign to ensure that the sweeping anti-terror measures announced by Home Secretary Charles Clarke earlier in the week, do not unfairly criminalize or exclude.
Australian "counter-terrorism" summit to discuss police-state measures By Mike Head 27 Aug 2005 "As it did after the September 11 and Bali terrorist atrocities in 2001 and 2002, the Australian government has seized upon the July 7 bombings in London to bring forward a new wave of measures that will overturn centuries-old civil liberties."
Feds to appeal prison term of would-be millennium bomber 26 Aug 2005 U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour got plenty of attention last month when he used the sentencing of would-be millennium bomber Ahmed Ressam to criticize the Bush administration's handling of the war on [of] terror... Federal prosecutors said Friday they will appeal the 22-year prison sentence Coughenour imposed on Ressam to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Homeland Security to Take Control of Plum Island Animal Disease Center 27 Aug 2005 County Executive Steve Levy has teamed up with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Congressman Timothy Bishop to call on local and state officials in the United States Homeland Security’s plan to replace the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, Levy announced today. The partnership came after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security sent out a news release and fact sheet stating their intentions for Plum Island but lacking the would-be involvement of local and state officials.
Plum Island, Lyme Disease And Operation Paperclip - A Deadly Triangle By Patricia Doyle, PhD 21 Aug 2005 "In the mid-1970's Lyme Disease broke out in Connecticut and it has since spread through much of the United States. This program examines the possibility that Lyme Disease may have spread as a result of clandestine experimentation on biological warfare on Plum Island-a Department of Agriculture facility that doubled as an Army BW research facility. Dedicated to the study of animal diseases, Plum Island appears to have been the site of experiments with disease-infected ticks conducted by Nazi scientists brought into the United States under Project Paperclip."
Alert Posted After Theft of Jet Fuel 26 Aug 2005 Truck Federal and local law enforcement agencies in Tennessee and Kentucky have been put on alert after a truck filled with aviation fuel was stolen Friday morning from a Kentucky airport. Officials with the Tennessee Office of Homeland Security said the truck was stolen around 6:30 Friday morning from the Muhlenberg County, Kentucky airport in Greenville.
Gov. Urged to Call Border Emergency 26 Aug 2005 Pressure built Thursday within Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's own party for him to follow the example of Democratic governors in New Mexico and Arizona and declare a state of emergency along the Mexican border.
LAPD Accused of Unprovoked Attack at Vigil 27 Aug 2005 Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa promised an investigation Friday into claims that a Nation of Islam minister was beaten by Los Angeles police during a vigil for a shooting victim. Supporters of Tony Muhammad, western regional director of the Nation of Islam, are calling for tougher scrutiny of a police department that has repeatedly faced allegations of using excessive force.
Senate May Hold Hearings on Able Danger, Info-Sharing 25 Aug 2005 Aides to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., are actively discussing scheduling a hearing on "Able Danger" and the larger issue of information-sharing between the Pentagon and the FBI, FOX News has confirmed.
Fury over loss of 9/11 heroes' health program 26 Aug 2005 A program supposed to monitor the health of thousands of federal workers who answered the call of 9/11 has been lost for more than two years, the Daily News has learned.
Homeland Security Stands by Proposed Rules 26 Aug 2005 The Homeland Security Department sought Friday to clarify proposed workplace rules that a federal judge said violated employee rights, but stood by its plans to overhaul personnel and pay regulations.
U.S. Court rules National Guard base closure illegal 26 Aug 2005 A federal judge ruled on Friday that the Pentagon had broken the law in seeking to close down the 111th Fighter Wing of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard without first obtaining the governor's approval.
University of Calif. Sued Over Creationism 27 Aug 2005 A group representing California religious schools has filed a lawsuit accusing the University of California system of discriminating against high schools that teach creationism and other conservative Christian viewpoints.
Justice Dept. OKs Georgia's Voter ID Law 26 Aug 2005 The Justice Department on Friday approved a controversial Georgia law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, and opponents immediately vowed to challenge the measure in federal court... The Republican-backed measure sparked racial tension during the state's legislative session last spring. Most of Georgia's black lawmakers walked out at the state Capitol when it was approved.
Bush's popularity hits lowest level ever in US poll 26 Aug 2005 Dictator George W. Bush's approval rating has plummeted to the lowest level in his four and half years in the White House, according a poll. According to the Gallup poll, conducted in August, 40 percent of Americans approve of Bush's job performance while 56 disapprove. It is the worst result for the pResident since he took office [literally, *took* office] in January 2001.
Bush Approval Rating Continues to Drop --Current 40% approval is lowest of administration to date 26 Aug 2005 A new Gallup Poll reflects further erosion in pResident George W. Bush's job approval rating, continuing the slow but steady decline evident throughout the year so far.
Federal corruption probe reaches Daley 26 Aug 2005 For the first time in their probe of alleged corruption in Chicago city government, federal investigators today questioned Mayor Richard Daley.
Feds May Seize California Lawmaker's Home 26 Aug 2005 The federal government revealed publicly in court for the first time Thursday that it is seeking to seize a California congressman's home because prosecutors believe it was purchased with ill-gotten gains. The government alleges Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, R-Calif., sold his previous home at an inflated price to a defense contractor whose company was seeking federal contracts.
Attorney General Accuses Drug Companies of Fraud 26 Aug 2005 California accused GlaxoSmithKline, Abbott Laboratories and 37 other pharmaceutical companies of defrauding the state's $34-billion Medi-Cal health program for the poor by inflating prescription drug prices.
Groups angry over killer's light jail term 26 Aug 2005 A four-year jail sentence imposed on a Fresno, Calf., man for killing a transgender woman has enraged local advocates for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights.
Toxins in breast milk in US and Canada: clinical study 26 Aug 2005 Breast milk of a startling number of mothers in the northwestern United States and neighboring Canada contains toxins from widely used flame retardants, a study showed.
Britain's elite get pills to survive bird flu 28 Aug 2005 Members of Britain’s elite have been selected as priority cases to receive scarce pills and vaccinations at the taxpayers’ expense if the country is hit by a deadly bird flu outbreak. Workers at the BBC and prominent politicians — such as cabinet ministers — would be offered protection from the virus.
Deadly flu: 'The only question is when' --Avian's arrival called inevitable Experts fear global pandemic --Not if, but when for outbreak of disease: Experts Avian flu virus is possible candidate for global infection 27 Aug 2005 The deadly avian flu virus is slowly but surely making its way around the world.
Possible Case of Bird Flu First in Finland 26 Aug 2005 Finnish authorities said Friday they had found a suspected case of bird flu in the north of the country. An Agriculture Ministry official said it was unlikely to be a case of the H5N1 strain, which scientists fear might spark a human pandemic.
Bird Flu: Intensified Checks At Fiumicino 27 Aug 2005 The morning after the urgent order signed by Health Minister, Francesco Storace, checks on passengers and baggage have been intensified at Fiumicino for passengers coming from (China, Russia, and now also Finland), for bird flu, HSN1.
Bird Flu Spreads to New Species 26 Aug 2005 Bird flu has killed three rare civets born in captivity at a national park in Vietnam, marking the first time the virus has been reported in the species, officials said Friday.
Bird Flu Discovered in Vietnamese Civet Cats 27 Aug 2005 Bird flu has killed three rare civet cats at a national park in Vietnam, officials said Friday, the first time the virus has been reported in the species. The Owston civets died in late June at Cuc Phuong National Park, about 75 miles south of Hanoi.
Louisianans Told: Head for Higher Ground 27 Aug 2005 Coastal residents jammed freeways and gas stations Saturday as they rushed to get out of the way of Hurricane Katrina, a vicious storm that is threatening to gain even more strength and make a direct hit on the New Orleans area. "Ladies and gentlemen, this is not a test. This is the real deal," New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin said at a news conference.
Hurricane watch issued as evacuation begins --Nagin calls for voluntary evacuation 'This is not a test' 27 Aug 2005 As evacuations - mandatory and voluntary - began in parts of the greater New Orleans area Saturday morning, the National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch from East of the Intracoastal City to the Alabama-Florida border area, including metro New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain... "This is not a test," New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said at a midday news conference.
Hurricane Katrina Reloads In Gulf 26 Aug 2005 Katrina crashed ashore in South Florida late Thursday, leaving streets resembling canals... The hurricane hovered over the eastern Gulf of Mexico on Friday and grew to a Category 2 storm.
Parts of La. May Evacuate As Katrina Nears 27 Aug 2005 Residents of low-lying coastal communities were told Saturday to pack up and head for higher ground before Hurricane Katrina strengthens and takes a "possible direct hit" on southeast Louisiana, and motorists lined up for blocks to fill their gas tanks.
CIA Panel: 9/11 Failure Warrants Action 25 Aug 2005 The CIA's independent watchdog has recommended disciplinary reviews for current and former officials who were involved in failed intelligence efforts before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, The Associated Press has learned. CIA Director Porter Goss now must decide whether the disciplinary proceedings go forward. It remains unclear which people are identified for the accountability boards in the highly classified report spanning hundreds of pages. [There's about as much chance of disciplinary proceedings as a cat with a long tail in a room filled with rocking chairs.]
Thanks to Bush: Iraq on brink of meltdown 26 Aug 2008 The credibility of Iraq's political process was in danger last night as parliament again failed to vote on a draft constitution which a Sunni politician said was "fit only for the bin". The government had earlier announced plans to bypass parliament in an attempt to push through the document.
Bush Prevents Iraqis From Voting On Constitution --Charter Talks in Iraq Reach Breaking Point 26 Aug 2005 Talks over the Iraqi constitution reached a breaking point on Thursday, with a parliamentary session to present the document being canceled and Dictator Bush personally calling one of the country's most powerful Shiite leaders in an effort to broker a last-minute deal. Mr. Bush intervened when some senior Shiite leaders said they had decided to bypass their Sunni counterparts, as well as Iraqi lawmakers, and send the document directly to Iraqi voters for their approval.
Constitutional Crisis? On Streets, Talk Is About Everyday Needs 26 Aug 2005 "What constitution are you talking about?" Ali Sami, a Shiite, said sardonically. "We are fed up with this thing! We would prefer to solve our problems first, such as electricity, water and security. How come they gathered to approve the constitution while Iraqis are slaughtered?"
Explosion of violence kills 39 on eve of constitution 'vote' --Rebel Shiite Cleric joins Sunni group [and the entire population of the planet, except for Halliburton and Bush's trolls] in opposing U.S. 25 Aug 2005 At least 39 people died Wednesday during an eruption of violence as Iraq descended into political chaos on the eve of a crucial 'vote' on its proposed constitution.
Naked bodies of dozens of men found on a road southeast of Baghdad 25 Aug 2005 The bodies of 36 men were discovered Thursday southeast of Baghdad on a road leading to Iran, police said. [The US death squads in Iraq are busy little bees!]
Judge Asks Status of Gitmo Detainees --Bush Regime Asked What It's Doing About Two Guantanamo Detainees Cleared for Release 25 Aug 2005 A federal judge called on the Bush administration Thursday to explain what it was doing about two detainees who are being held at Guantanamo Bay prison camp even though the military has concluded they are not enemy combatants. "We can continue to hold them as long as it takes," Justice Department lawyer, Terry Henry, told U.S. District Judge James Robertson.
Iraq: Beating the heat in Baghdad 25 Aug 2005 Members of the Guard's A Company, 1st Battalion, 194th Armor, with headquarters in Wadena, recently watched as a thermometer climbed to 140 degrees. Temperatures began reaching 100 degrees in April, and daily highs will remain above 100 into October and November.
Radioactive Wounds of War --Tests on returning troops suggest serious health consequences of depleted uranium use in Iraq --by Dave Lindorff 25 Aug 2005 "U.S. forces first used DU in the 1991 Gulf War, when some 300 tons of depleted uranium—the waste product of nuclear power plants and weapons facilities... The Pentagon has expanded DU beyond tank and A-10 shells, for use in bunker-busting bombs, which can spew out more than half a ton of DU in one explosion, in anti-personnel bomblets, and even in M-16 and pistol shells... The problem is that when DU hits its target, it burns at a high temperature, throwing off clouds of microscopic particles that poison a wide area and remain radioactive for billions of years. If inhaled, these particles can lodge in lungs, other organs or bones, irradiating tissue and causing cancers."
The Trillion-Dollar War By Linda Bilmes 20 Aug 2005 "The cost goes well beyond the more than $250 billion already spent on military operations and reconstruction. Basic running costs of the current conflicts are $6 billion a month - a figure that reflects the Pentagon's unprecedented reliance on expensive private contractors. Other factors keeping costs high include inducements for recruits and for military personnel serving second and third deployments, extra pay for reservists and members of the National Guard, as well as more than $2 billion a year in additional foreign aid [bribes] to Jordan, Pakistan, Turkey and others to reward their cooperation in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"We learned quickly" .... Rumsfeld had already, many times, claimed that non-distinction. Keep fooling yourself. By Imad Khadduri 24 Aug 2005
Japan opposition leader ready to meet Bush, pull Iraq troops 25 Aug 2005 The leader of Japan's main opposition party has said a victory in next month's election means Japanese troops out of Iraq -- and he wants to meet George W. Bush to tell him so.
America Library Association calls for withdrawal of US troops from Iraq 25 Aug 2005 At its annual conference in Chicago earlier this summer, the 182-member Council of the American Library Association, representing more than 65,000 librarians, passed a resolution calling for the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq.
Soldier's mother gains support of high-profile war critic 25 Aug 2005 Cindy Sheehan's Texas vigil has drawn support from another high-profile Iraq war opponent - former ambassador Joseph Wilson, whose criticisms are at the heart of an ongoing grand jury investigation in Washington.
Protesters at Bush ranch plan road trip to Washington 25 Aug 2005 Iraq war protester Cindy Sheehan, whose vigil near Dictator George W. Bush's Texas ranch has become a symbol for the anti-war movement, said on Thursday she planned to take her cause on the road next month and shadow Bush back to Washington.
Anti-Iraq war parents to take protests across nation 24 Aug 2005 Parents of soldiers killed in Iraq plan to follow Dictator George W. Bush around the country in the coming months, hoping to generate nationwide anti-war sentiment after camping out at his Texas ranch.
Leaderless on the left --The mood in America is shifting against the Iraq war, but it has found inadequate expression in Congress. By Gary Younge "[Cindy] Sheehan has revealed both the strength and the weakness of the left. We have a political agenda that can command considerable mainstream support; yet we do not have a political leadership willing or able to articulate those agendas. We wield political influence; we lack legislative power."
U.S. panel votes to close historic Army hospital 25 Aug 2005 A military panel voted on Thursday to close the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, which has treated U.S. presidents and soldiers including Iraq-war casualties over nearly a century in the U.S. capital.
Commission Votes to Close Walter Reed Army Medical Center 25 Aug 2005 The federal base-closing commission voted today to close the storied Walter Reed Army Medical Center in the District and move thousands of defense jobs out of leased office space in Northern Virginia.
Venezuela demands action over kill quip --Dogs Bark: Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson's claim that Venezuela's president is a threat to the US and should be killed has led Caracas to denounce him as a terrorist. 25 Aug 2005 Venezuela condemned US religious broadcaster Pat Robertson for suggesting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez should be killed, saying he committed a crime that is punishable in the US.
Venezuela: revolutionaries and a country on the edge --Venezuelans were hardly surprised by an American preacher's call to kill their President. After all, the US funded a coup attempt against him. 25 Aug 2005 Venezuela is living in the shadow of the other 11 September. In 1972, on a day synonymous with death, Salvador Allende - the democratically elected left-wing President of Chile - was bombed and blasted from power. The CIA and the US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, had decided the "irresponsibility" of the Chilean people at the ballot box needed to be "rectified" - so they installed a fascist general, Augusto Pinochet. He "disappeared" at least 3,000 people and tortured 27,000 more as he clung to power right up to 1990. Since the Venezuelans elected Hugo Chavez, their own left-wing democrat, in a 1998 landslide, they have been waiting for their 11 September... The coup, the coup. Everybody here has their stories about the 2002 coup d'état, and the strange 47-hour Presidency of Pedro Carmona Estanga, the head of Venezuela's equivalent of the Confederation of British Industry.
Hold onto your hats!! Bush's poll numbers are plummeting; he could 'go live' with a real terrorist attack at any time! U.S. Ports Begin New Catastrophic Terrorist Attack Drills 25 Aug 2005 U.S. ports are preparing for catastrophic terrorism in a major new program of security drills that began last week in the San Francisco Bay area and continues next week in Baltimore.
FBI Uses Patriot Act to Demand Information with No Judicial Approval From Organization with Library Records --ACLU Seeks Emergency Court Order to Lift Gag As Congress Prepares to Make Patriot Act Permanent (ACLU Press Release) 25 Aug 2005 "The American Civil Liberties Union today disclosed that the FBI has used a controversial Patriot Act power to demand records from an organization that possesses 'a wide array of sensitive information about library patrons, including information about the reading materials borrowed by library patrons and about Internet usage by library patrons.' The FBI demand was disclosed in a new lawsuit filed in Connecticut, which remains under a heavy FBI gag order."
Library sues over controversial Patriot Act 25 Aug 2005 A controversial Patriot Act clause allowing the U.S. government to demand information about library patrons' borrowing habits is being challenged in federal court for the first time by a library. The lawsuit was filed against U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FBI Director Robert Mueller in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut by an unnamed library and the American Civil Liberties Union.
Co. to develop specialized antennas for the gov't 24 Aug 2005 A small company that focuses on the technology of minuscule materials, Nanosys, will develop specialized antennas for the U.S. government under an expanded deal with the CIA's venture group, In-Q-Tel Inc.
Security breach causes gate hold at Bush airport 25 Aug 2005 Houston Chronicle All airline traffic to and from Bush Intercontinental Airport was stopped for more than an hour tonight, after two women went through an airport security checkpoint undetected and could not be found.
Tallahassee Man Charged With Threatening Gov. Bush 25 Aug 2005 Tallahassee man was being held Wednesday in Leon County Jail after being accused of threatening Gov. Jeb Bush. Nathan Wayne Stewart, 46, was charged with making a threat to discharge a destructive device, a second-degree felony, and was being held with bail set at $50,000.
Republican Convention Arrests to Be Investigated [Scroll to 'Manhattan' item] 24 Aug 2005 The Justice Department will investigate claims that the police violated citizens' civil rights in making arrests during the Republican National Convention last year. Responding to a request from the ranking Democratic member of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman John Conyers Jr., the Justice Department said in June that it would investigate his allegation that the police engaged in a pattern of unconstitutional conduct.
U.S. border patrol helicopter downed by illegals 25 Aug 2005 A U.S. Border Patrol helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing after illegal immigrants pelted it with baseball-sized rocks, damaging a rotor, a spokesman for the agency said on Thursday.
Washington to be sued over global warming 26 Aug 2005 In a landmark judgment, a court in California has allowed a coalition of environmental groups to sue the US government over global warming - the first time a court has recognised the potentially disastrous impact of climate change.
USAID Sued Over Anti-Prostitution Policy 23 Aug 2005 A U.S.-based family-planning charity is formally challenging Washington's "anti-prostitution" policy, calling it an unconstitutional infringement of speech that is undermining international efforts to stem the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Government Must Pay in Ploy for Redwoods --U.S. owes $72 million for 'baseless' actions meant to force a financier to give up forestland. 25 Aug 2005 A judge in Houston has ordered the federal government to pay $72 million to a company controlled by financier Charles Hurwitz, after concluding that federal banking officials had filed baseless legal actions against Hurwitz at the behest of California environmentalists. Likening the government's conduct to that of a "cosa nostra," [LOL!] U.S. District Judge Lynn N. Hughes said Tuesday that regulators had a hidden political agenda when they sued Hurwitz and Maxxam Inc. a decade ago over the failure of a Texas thrift.
Nonprofits Cloak Donors to Governor --Tax-exempt groups provide millions from sources not made public. Ethics watchdogs say the practice avoids state disclosure laws. 24 Aug 2005 Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is benefiting from millions of dollars raised by a network of tax-exempt groups without revealing that the money comes from major corporations with business before his office. The groups are run by Schwarzenegger's closest political allies, who also represent some of California's biggest interest groups. Unlike the governor's many campaign funds, the nonprofits are not required to disclose their contributors and can accept unlimited amounts.
Oops! Gifts that Gov. Bob Taft failed to disclose 25 Aug 2005 Gifts that [Republican] Gov. Bob Taft's mis-ministration says the governor inadvertently failed to disclose from 1999-2004 and now are being provided to the Ohio Ethics Commission: April 9, 2001: Meigs County Commissioners, Ohio River Bear Co. bear ($87)...
Rolling blackouts cut power in California 25 Aug 2005 Sweltering late-summer heat and the loss of key transmission lines Thursday forced power officials in Southern California to impose rolling blackouts, leaving as many as half a million people without power for an hour at a time, officials said.
California sues 39 drug makers for inflated prices 25 Aug 2005 California's attorney general said on Thursday the state has filed a lawsuit accusing 37 more pharmaceutical companies of bilking the state's Medicaid program of hundreds of millions of dollars by inflating drug prices.
US retirees still wary of Medicare drug plan -study 25 Aug 2005 Most older Americans say they still do not understand how Medicare's new prescription drug coverage will work and they are split over whether it will be worthwhile, a study released on Thursday found.
Dairy farmers warned over GM feed 25 Aug 2005 Northern Ireland dairy farmers were today warned their industry could suffer if genetically modified feed is allowed into the country. Sinn Fein agriculture spokesperson Michelle Gildernew called on the farming industry to vigorously oppose moves to introduce genetically modified feed through an EU loophole and voiced concerns about the effect on milk quality and consumer reaction if it is fed to herds.
Fears grow over arrival of bird flu in UK 26 Aug 2005 Britain's public health experts are losing sleep over the threat posed by bird flu to Britain's health and economy, one of them revealed yesterday.
Spread of bird flu virus is a 'national emergency' 25 Aug 2005 Veterinary experts from across Europe are meeting today to develop a strategy to stop the spread of a deadly strain of avian flu, which one British scientist has declared a national emergency.
Avian flu "undoubtedly" will hit UK 25 Aug 2005 Avian flu will "undoubtedly" be carried to Britain by migrating birds, the president of the British Veterinary Association warned today.
Britain on alert as bird flu heads towards Europe 25 Aug 2005 Britain is to begin testing wild birds for avian flu as EU officials meet today to discuss the growing health threat from a deadly strain of the virus. Scientists fear that a lethal form of bird flu that can infect humans may be brought into the country this autumn by migrating waterfowl.
Hurricane Katrina Lands in Fla., Killing 2 26 Aug 2005 Hurricane Katrina toppled trees, whipped up the surf and left more than a million customers without power as it struck Florida's densely populated southeastern coast Thursday. Two people were killed by falling trees.
U.S. approves full new warhead production 24 Aug 2005 The United States has approved full-rate production of a new Hellfire missile variant, touted by Dictator George W. Bush for its ability to kill guerrillas [resistance fighters] in urban settings, the missile's manufacturer said on Wednesday. U.S. commanders in Iraq have asked for more of the rounds, said Lt. Col. Kevin Curry, an Army spokesman at the Pentagon, who added that early versions had already been used there in "limited numbers."
Bush: Terrorists converging on Iraq, US must stay 24 Aug 2005 Dictator George W. Bush said on Wednesday terrorists had converged on Iraq and that pulling U.S. troops out would only embolden them. [Terrorists *have* converged on Iraq - and Bush is the most dangerous of all them!!]
Iraqi Constitution Sparks Debate on Viability --Analysts warn document may make Iraq vulnerable to either civil war or Islamic rule. 25 Aug 2005 The Bush dictatorship endorsed Iraq's proposed new constitution yesterday, but analysts warned that some provisions can be interpreted to undermine everything from the distribution of political power to a secular judiciary, from women's rights to fair distribution of oil revenue. [You're kidding! You mean there *won't* be 'fair distribution of oil revenue?' Gee, who could have predicted it?]
U.S. to Send More Troops to Iraq --Increased Resistance Attacks Expected in Advance of Oct. 15 'Vote' on New Constitution 23 Aug 2005 Anticipating an increase in insurgent attacks, the United States plans to send more troops to Iraq in advance of an Oct. 15 'referendum' on a new Iraqi constitution, which is considered unlikely to halt the country's violence, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today.
Two Infantry Battalions to Deploy to Iraq for 'Election' Period 24 Aug 2005 On August 23, 2005, the Secretary of Defense approved a request by the commander of Multi-National Forces-Iraq (MNF-I) to deploy two additional infantry battalions to Iraq. Two battalions from the 82nd Airborne Division will deploy to Iraq for an anticipated duration of approximately 120 days to support security efforts during the 'election' period.
Reuters calls on U.S. to release cameraman 24 Aug 2005 The Reuters news agency called today for the United States to release a news cameraman who is being detained by the U.S. military after being taken into custody in Iraq two weeks ago. Reuters says the U.S. military has refused to give reasons for the arrest and detention of 36-year-old cameraman Ali al-Mashhadani.
In Iraq Jail, Resistance Goes Underground --Escape Tunnel, Improvised Weapons Showcase Determination of Inmates 24 Aug 2005 Since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003, the military said it has arrested more than 40,000 people. The population today at the three U.S.-run prisons -- Bucca, Abu Ghraib and Camp Cropper near the Baghdad airport, where former President Saddam Hussein and his lieutenants are being held -- is 10,600, double the number of a year ago. Many of the freed detainees express bewilderment at why they were held; even the U.S. commander who oversees Bucca, Col. Austin Schmidt, 55, of Fairfax, estimated that one in four prisoners "perhaps were just snagged in a dragnet-type operation" or were victims of personal vendettas. [Hopefully, they will all escape, as quickly as possible.]
Iraqi deputy justice minister escapes assassination bid 24 Aug 2005 A deputy justice minister escaped assassination on Wednesday when gunmen fired at his convoy, killing four of his bodyguards and wounding five, police said. It was the second attempt against Undersecretary Awshoo Ibrahim in as many days.
Baghdad hit by boldest attack in weeks --Sunnis standing firm on constitution 24 Aug 2005 Dozens of 'insurgents' wearing black uniforms and masks launched the boldest assault in Baghdad in weeks, attacking Iraqi police today with multiple car bombs and small-arms fire that killed at least 13 people and wounded 43.
Sheehan returns to Crawford --Dead soldier's mom resumes anti-war vigil 25 Aug 2005 The California woman at the center of anti-war protests outside Dictator Bush's ranch returned to Texas Wednesday after nearly a week away to tend her ailing mother.
Oregon poised for unlikely military draft --The Pentagon says there isn't and won't be the need for conscription, but Selective Service boards could respond quickly 24 Aug 2005 There is no military draft and federal officials say there are no plans to restart one, but if that changed suddenly, Oregon's system could spring to life quickly, board members say.
Gallup: Iraq War More Unpopular Than Vietnam War At Same Point in Timeline 24 Aug 2005 The latest quarterly average for Iraq shows that 50% say it was a mistake to send troops (the most recent single measure on this indicator, from an Aug. 5-7 Gallup Poll, shows 54% saying the war was a mistake). In the comparable quarter for the Vietnam War (the third quarter of the war's third year -- that is, the third quarter of 1967), Gallup found 41% saying the conflict was a mistake.
Iraq war sees Bush approval rating plummet 25 Aug 2005 (AM) "Tony Eastley: US President [sic] George W. Bush is facing his lowest approval ratings ever, as a growing number of Americans question whether the war in Iraq is worth the cost. More than 1,800 American servicemen and women have now lost their lives in Iraq, in a mission that shows no sign of ending any time soon. President Bush's approval rating is now around 40 per cent, and he’s trying to convince Americans that he understands the sacrifices military families are making."
Bush says anti-war protests threaten to weaken the United States 23 Aug 2005 Dictator George W. Bush said Tuesday that anti-war protesters such as Cindy Sheehan, who want U.S. troops brought home immediately, are "advocating a policy that would weaken the United States." ...Bill Moyer, 73, wears a "Bullshit Protector" flap over his ear while President [sic] George W. Bush addresses the Veterans of Foreign Wars. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
American Legion Declares War on Protesters -- Media Next? 24 Aug 2005 The American Legion, which has 2.7 million members, has declared war on antiwar protestors, and the media could be next. Speaking at its national convention in Honolulu, the group's national commander called for an end to all "public protests" and "media events" against the war, constitutional protections be damned.
Britain Ready to Act on Extremism Law 24 Aug 2005 Britain is ready to act within days against "a number" of people to either deport them or bar them from the country under new anti[pro]-terrorism measures aimed at extremists, the government said Wednesday.
Expulsions illegal, UN tells Clarke 25 Aug 2005 A senior UN representative last night threatened to cite the British government for violation of human rights over its planned deportations of alleged terrorist sympathisers.
Acts of hate: full list of 'deportation' acts 24 Aug 2005 The Home Office today published a list of "unacceptable behaviours" which will lead to the deportation or exclusion of any foreign national who commits them from the UK. According to the Home Secretary the list is indicative rather than exhaustive and covers any non-UK citizen whether in the UK or abroad. Terrorist violence - Cannot foment, justify, glorify terrorist violence in furtherance of particular beliefs... Method - Individuals who do the above by any means or medium are caught by the legislation, including: - writing, producing, publishing or distributing material; - public speaking including preaching - running a website...
UK unveils guidelines to deport suspect foreigners 24 Aug 2005 Britain published guidelines on Wednesday for barring foreigners the government believes inspire terrorism, as part of a broad crackdown on Muslim preachers after last month’s deadly bombings in London.
Human rights groups criticise UK's 'behaviour' laws 25 Aug 2005 The UK Home Secretary faced accusations today that moves to expel radical preachers could backfire by turning extremists into martyrs and increasing prejudice against law-abiding Muslims.
Talks on 'no torture' deals hit delays 25 Aug 2005 The government has still not reached its proposed series of "no death penalty, no torture" agreements that have been promised by ministers to pave the way for deportations.
FBI Probing Alleged U.S. Islamic Leader 24 Aug 2005 The FBI has launched an inquiry into the activities of a grocery store owner [?!?] who is allegedly the U.S. leader of a radical Islamic group banned in parts of Europe and the Middle East, authorities said. Iyad Hilal, an Islamic author and philosopher who owns an Orange County market, is apparently not suspected of any terrorist acts, but FBI terrorism investigators want to know more about his and the group's activities.
Two Australian journalists face jail over government leaks 24 Aug 2005 Two Australian journalists are facing prison for refusing to reveal the source of confidential documents which say the government would not go ahead with recommended payments to war veterans and their spouses to show they are not "above the law," a senior minister says.
Robertson apologizes --Broadcaster says 'take him out' didn't mean killing Chavez [?!?] 24 Aug 2005 Conservative religious broadcaster Pat Robertson apologized Wednesday for calling for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez during Monday's broadcast of his "700 Club" program. Earlier, Robertson said that his remarks about Chavez were taken out of context and that he never called for the killing of the Latin American leader.
Rove Behavior - Could it be Bush's Watergate? --Adviser shows his Nixonian roots By Thomas Pauken 20 Aug 2005 "Karl Rove's favorite president is Richard Nixon. What a twist of fate it would be if Rove were driven from power as Nixon was over what both men would consider trivial matters — the leaking of a CIA employee's name to reporters by Rove in 2004, and the Watergate break-in of the Democratic headquarters at the instigation of Nixon campaign officials in 1972."
Democrats Seeking Release of Withheld Roberts Documents --Iran-Contra Among Topics of Reagan-Era Papers 25 Aug 2005 Democratic senators are seeking the release of more than 2,100 memos and letters that have been withheld by government archivists working in concert with the Bush White House, concerning Supreme Court nominee, John G. Roberts, Jr. The subjects of the Reagan-era documents have been released, but their contents for now have been withheld.
Poll shows Schwarzenegger's popularity at all-time low 24 Aug 2005 Despite a monthlong push to burnish his image, [GOP-installed] Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger must undertake a monumental sales job if he hopes to regain public confidence and convince voters to support three November ballot initiatives to revamp state government.
Hanford nuclear site evacuated after suspected container leak 24 Aug 2005 The U.S. Department of Energy evacuated some workers at Hanford nuclear reservation Wednesday morning after a container was suspected of being breached. The incident occurred in the 200 West area of the south-central Washington site. Workers had been unearthing long-buried containers of waste there. [Hurry and read the story, before the GOP media whores scrub it.]
Feds Evacuate Hanford Nuclear Workers --Energy Department Evacuates Nuclear Workers in Richland, Wash., After Suspected Leak 24 Aug 2005 The U.S. Energy Department evacuated some workers at the Hanford nuclear reservation Wednesday because of a suspected container leak.
Mobil, CIA Secrets May Come Out in Bribery Trial of Oil Adviser 25 Aug 2005 The Jim Giffen case, with its tales of renegade oil traders, Kazakh missile deals, Swiss bank accounts and high-level corruption, may make waves from Caspian oil fields to U.S. boardrooms. Depending upon the evidence, directors of Mobil and Texaco might not like what washes up.
Hawaii Sets Caps on Wholesale Gas Prices 24 Aug 2005 In an effort to gain some control over what motorists pay at the pump, Hawaii on Wednesday became the first state in the U.S. to set caps on the wholesale price of gasoline.
A New (London) Low --A refrigerator box under the bridge: The Kelo Seven prepares for the worst By Jonathan O'Connell 14 Jul 2005 "The U.S. Supreme Court recently found that the city's original seizure of private property was constitutional under the principal of eminent domain, and now New London is claiming that the affected homeowners were living on city land for the duration of the lawsuit and owe back rent. It's a new definition of chutzpah: Confiscate land and charge back rent for the years the owners fought confiscation. In some cases, their debt could amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Moreover, the homeowners are being offered buyouts based on the market rate as it was in 2000."
Arctic Ocean Could Be Ice-free In Summer Within 100 Years, Scientists Say 24 Aug 2005 The current warming trends in the Arctic may shove the Arctic system into a seasonally ice-free state not seen for more than one million years [Yup, it took Bush five years, to destroy the planet], according to a new report. The melting is accelerating, and a team of researchers were unable to identify any natural processes that might slow the de-icing of the Arctic.
Tropical Storm Katrina approaching Florida, expected become a hurricane 25 Aug 2005 Forecasters expect Tropical Storm Katrina, which was moving toward Florida's east coast Wednesday, to strengthen to at least a weak hurricane before hitting early Friday.
Troops' Gravestones Have Pentagon Slogans 23 Aug 2005 Unlike earlier wars, nearly all Arlington National Cemetery gravestones for troops killed in Iraq or Afghanistan are inscribed with the slogan-like operation names the Pentagon selected to promote public support for the conflicts.
Two planes fly into restricted zone at Bush resort 23 Aug 2005 In separate incidents, two small planes wandered into restricted air space over the Idaho resort where Dictator Bush is staying, but he was never in danger, the White House said on Tuesday. [Of course he wasn't!! Bush's goal is to put everyone *else* in danger!!]
Bush: Iraq Withdrawal Would Weaken U.S. 24 Aug 2005 Dictator Bush took on the California mother who has been defiantly protesting outside his Texas home, saying Tuesday that Cindy Sheehan doesn't represent the views of most military families and that fulfilling demands like hers for withdrawal from Iraq would weaken the United States.
Bush Says Leaving Iraq Now Would Be Wrong 24 Aug 2005 Dictator Bush said Tuesday that war protesters like Cindy Sheehan who want an immediate withdrawal of American troops from Iraq "are advocating a policy that would weaken the United States," and that Ms. Sheehan did not represent the views of other military families he had met.
Supreme Council of Islamic Revolution Objects to Releasing Tareq Aziz 24 Aug 2005 The Iraqi government refused to comment on the news of the possibility of releasing the former Prime Minister of the former regime Tareq Aziz and Baathi leaders under arrest. News media have noted that the Americans have prepared an 'initiative' to release Tareq aziz and a number of Baathi leaders, with the knowledge of the President Jalal Talebani, Masud Barzani, president of Kurdistan region, and the head of the former government Iyad Allawi.
Suicide bomb at U.S.-Iraqi military centre kills 6 23 Aug 2005 A suicide bomber killed a U.S. soldier, an American 'contractor' [mercenary] and four Iraqi security guards at a joint coordination centre in a town north of Baghdad on Tuesday, the U.S. military said in a statement.
20 Iraqis, two American soldiers killed in new attacks 23 Aug 2005 Several parts of Iraq witnessed new attacks and explosions in the past hours leaving two US soldiers and 20 Iraqis killed. ...Five other bodies were found in different areas in Baghdad. [The US death squads in Iraq are busy little bees!]
Afghan heroin hang-glider downed 23 Aug 2005 Border guards in Tajikistan say they shot down a hang-glider carrying 20kg of heroin smuggled from Afghanistan. Border officials said the Afghan traffickers had been using the glider for three years and previous attempts to shoot it down had failed. [Yeah, it's just *so difficult* for the US military to shoot down a hang glider!!] Afghanistan's growing opium and heroin trade accounts for an estimated 90% of the world's supply. [Yes, a 90% increase in opium and heroin production since Bush invaded Afghanistan. BTW, *Saudi* Osama bin Laden is . . . where?]
Military radiation poisoning discussed 22 Aug 2005 The military is using depleted uranium as ammunition and warheads, the so-called Gulf War syndrome is actually radiation sickness, and nobody is doing anything to stop it or to help the ill service people. That is the message in "Poison Dust," a film by the Peoples Video Network shown Sunday during the ongoing Confronting the Issues program at the Town Hall.
Depleted Uranium, Anthrax Vaccine & The Gulf War Syndrome, Part 1 By Dr. James Howenstine, MD. 08 Aug 2005 "More and more veterans have become chronically ill from a multitude of symptoms since the end of Gulf War I. For many years the U.S. government denied any responsibility for their mysterious symptoms. Only 7,035 men were injured in this war. A total of 580,400 soldiers served in the first Gulf War. By the end of 2000 325,000 of these troops had become disabled This means that 56 % of those who served in the first Gulf War were disabled within less than 10 years."
Interrogator pleads guilty to assault 23 Aug 2005 A military intelligence interrogator pleaded guilty Tuesday to dereliction of duty and assault in the abuse of an Afghan detainee who later died... Former Sgt. Selena M. Salcedo will be demoted, given a letter of reprimand and ordered to forfeit $250 a month for four months.
Former Guantanamo Bay detainee stabbed 24 Aug 2005 Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mamdouh Habib has been stabbed near his Sydney home. Mr Habib was walking home with his wife Maha at Guildford late on Sunday when he was bashed on the head from behind and stabbed in the stomach, the Seven Network reported tonight. Mr Habib, who was not seriously injured, believed he was targetted.
Men trailed and knifed me - Habib 24 Aug 2005 Police are investigating an assault against the former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Mamdouh Habib, who says he was hit from behind and attacked with a knife by three men near his home in Guildford early on Monday... Mrs Habib said that as the men ran away the man holding the knife had yelled "something like 'this should keep you quiet'".
Call for shake-up to gauge terrorism threat 24 Aug 2005 A radical overhaul of the intelligence-gathering process is needed to gauge the threat from terrorism, defence analysts said yesterday. Civilian law enforcement agencies must collaborate more systematically, legal procedures across European countries and the US should be harmonised and basic training given to all police personnel in anti[pro]-terrorism techniques, the Centre for Defence Studies said.
Police and Tube firm at odds over CCTV footage of innocent Brazilian's shooting Police officers and station managers were at odds last night over the existence of crucial CCTV-footage of the shooting of a Brazilian man wrongly suspected of being a suicide bomber. 23 Aug 2005 None of the cameras at the scene of the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell Tube station on 22 July were working, a police document revealed... The submission by the Metropolitan Police, obtained by ITV News, puts officers at odds with a statement from Tube Lines, the company operating the station. In a statement to The Mail on Sunday, Tube Lines said: "We are not aware of any faults on CCTV cameras at that station on that day. Nothing of that nature has been reported to us."
UK report into Brazilian's death by December 25 24 Aug 2005 A lawyer for Britain’s Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said on Tuesday a report into the death last month of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes will be finished before December 25.
Police rely on 6,000 cameras across Tube network to cut crime 23 Aug 2005 London Underground has installed more than 6,000 CCTV cameras across the network, some of them at stations and some on trains. Plans are in place to double the number in use by 2010 as part of its campaign to minimise petty crime, but also to deal with the increasing threat of terrorism. [Right, but they're always turned off for Blair's acts of terrorism.]
Homeland 'Defense' Exercise Wraps Up in Alaska 23 Aug 2005 A massive homeland defense exercise in Alaska wrapped up Aug. 19 after five days of simulated natural disasters and terrorist events, including earthquakes, aircraft crashes and anthrax attacks in 21 communities statewide. [Oops! DoD forgot to mention the HAARP experiments.]
New York transit signs $212 million security deal 23 Aug 2005 New York's subway and bus operator said on Tuesday it awarded a $212 million contract for surveillance cameras, motion detectors and other equipment to detect potential attacks against its stations, bridges and tunnels. Defense contractor Lockheed Martin will lead a team of companies in a deal struck with North America's largest transportation network.
Homeland Security: License to shill (Seattle Post-Intelligencer) 21 Jul 2005 "Tucked away in Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff's announcement last week that security would be beefed up on the nation's transit systems was the news that the states would have to cover much of the cost... Now the feds want to saddle the states with the costs of upgraded technology for driver's licenses and verifying that applicants are U.S. citizens or legal residents."
Homeland Security Chief Tells of Plan to Stabilize Border 24 Aug 2005 Acknowledging public frustration over illegal immigrants, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Tuesday that the federal government's border control efforts must be significantly strengthened.
U.S. to Beef Up Border Force 24 Aug 2005 A week after Arizona's governor (D) declared a state of emergency in counties bordering Mexico, the Department of Homeland Security confirmed yesterday that it agreed to strengthen its law enforcement presence in areas that are experiencing high levels of illegal immigration.
***Buy Citgo gas*** Chavez offers cheap gas to poor in U.S. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, popular with the poor at home, offered on Tuesday to help needy Americans with cheap supplies of gasoline. 23 Aug 2005 "We want to sell gasoline and heating fuel directly to poor communities in the United States," the populist leader told reporters at the end of a visit to Cuba. Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA owns Citgo, which has 14,000 gas stations in the United States.
US evangelist wants Chavez assassinated 24 Aug 2005 Conservative US evangelist Pat Robertson called for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, saying the leftist leader wanted to turn his country into "the launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism"... "We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability," Robertson said. [Gee, can you imagine the uproar in Washington if a national political figure called for the assassination of an UN-elected president?]
U.S. Dodges Robertson Comments on Chavez 24 Aug 2005 The Bush regime quickly distanced itself Tuesday from the suggestion by religious broadcaster and Bush backer Pat Robertson that the United States assassinate a leftist Latin American head of state. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack called Robertson's remarks about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez "inappropriate,'' but stopped short of condemning them. [Why doesn't the term 'rightist' precede Bush's name, as every time Chavez is mentioned, the term 'leftist' precedes *his* name?]
Venezuelan Ambassador Says Embassy Flooded With Support After Assassination Comment 23 Aug 2005 For Venezuela's ambassador, the day began with word that a prominent American television preacher was asking the Bush regime to assassinate Venezuela's president. By the end of the day, the Venezuelan Embassy's voice mail and e-mail systems had been overloaded with American well-wishers, and Ambassador Bernardo Alvarez considered Tuesday a very good day indeed. "You don't have an idea how good I feel with all the support I have got and I keep getting. It keeps coming to us, and to all the consulates, the Venezuelan government, the media. Hundreds of people in this country that are supporting a president who was elected," Alvarez told reporters. [Yes, Chavez was elected - Bush was *not.*]
Venezuela Says Robertson Call to Kill Chavez Criminal 23 Aug 2005 Venezuelan Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel said that calls by U.S. television evangelist [Reichwing terrorist] Pat Robertson to kill Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez were "criminal.'' U.S. Senators Norm Coleman and Mel Martinez called Robertson's statements "irresponsible'' and "incredibly stupid.''
Chavez ally: Robertson a 'fascist' 23 Aug 2005 A Venezuelan lawmaker on Tuesday accused U.S. televangelist Pat Robertson of shedding his Christian values by calling for President Hugo Chavez's assassination. Pro-Chavez lawmaker Desire Santos Amaral said she was shocked to learn that Robertson, a former U.S. presidential candidate, said on his show that if Chavez believes the United States is out to kill him, then it should. "This man cannot be a true Christian. He's a fascist," Santos said. "This is part of the policies of aggression from the right wing in the North against our revolution."
Furor erupts over call for assassination 24 Aug 2005 Pat Robertson’s call for the assassination of Venezuela’s president set off a global media frenzy Tuesday, as religious and political leaders heaped scorn on the Virginia Beach-based Christian broadcaster. The Bush regime quickly distanced itself from Robertson’s remarks, but Venezuela’s vice president said Robertson should be investigated for his "terrorist statements."
MSNBC poll: Did Pat Robertson go too far by calling for the assassination of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez? *76328 responses; No 17%; Yes 79%; Not sure 4% [Poll snapshot, 17:23 GMT 23 Aug 2005]
Venezuela Navy Seizes Massive Drug Shipment in Joint Operation 23 Aug 2005 Authorities from Venezuela and French Guiana seized 3.3 U.S. tons of cocaine aboard a Venezuelan-flagged fishing boat 400 miles east of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean sea, according to the Associated Press.
'Able Danger' Shut Down In February 2001 (Can't blame Bill Clinton, folks!) 13 Aug 2005 Ten days before publication of the 9/11 Commission report, commission staff discounted information from a military officer linking Sept. 11 hijacker Mohammed Atta to a terror cell believed to be operating in New York City more than a year before the terrorist attacks. According to a statement released Friday by The 9/11 Public Discourse Project, the two commission staff members who interviewed the officer in July 2004 concluded his story about a Defense Department intelligence counterterrorism program, called Able Danger, that worked to identify and target al-Qaida and other terrorists, was not credible. As a result, the information was not included in the commission's final report published July 22, 2004... A small group of Defense Intelligence Agency employees ran the Able Danger operation from fall 1999 to February 2001 - just seven months before the terrorist attacks - when the operation was unceremoniously axed, according to a former defense intelligence official familiar with the program. The former official asked not to be identified.
Second Officer Says 9/11 Leader Was Named Before Attacks 23 Aug 2005 An active-duty Navy captain has become the second military officer to come forward publicly to say that a secret intelligence program tagged the ringleader of the Sept. 11 attacks as a possible terrorist more than a year before the attacks. The officer, Scott J. Phillpott, said in a statement on Monday that he could not discuss details of the military program, which was called Able Danger, but confirmed that its analysts had identified the Sept. 11 ringleader, Mohamed Atta, by name by early 2000.
CNN Head Calls FoxNews Coverage 'Meaningless Nonsense' 23 Aug 2005 CNN President Jonathan Klein implies ratings news leader FOXNEWS is mired in coverage of "meaningless nonsense," claiming: "Fourteen Americans dead, and they have Natalee Holloway on," Klein says. "And they're supposedly America's news channel."
Women's reproductive clinic seeks to shield medical records 23 Aug 2005 A clinic that provides birth control and abortions has sued to block the state Health Department's attempt to review the medical records of 224 patients. The Ohio Department of Health sought access to the records of every patient who visited the center in May and June as part of an investigation of an undisclosed complaint.
Beef recalled under mad cow rules 23 Aug 2005 Beef banned under mad cow disease rules was shipped to wholesalers in a half-dozen states and is now being recalled by a Wisconsin beef plant. [WTG, Department of Agribusiness! *Distribute* the deadly beef and *then* recall it!]
Unions plan fight against Wal-Mart, multinationals 23 Aug 2005 Representatives from some 900 unions said on Tuesday they would start organizing workers in several countries to pressure multinational companies like retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for better benefits and wages.
Michael Rectenwald and Lori Price respond to a Reichwinger who declares, "ALLAH SHOULD BE BOMBED TO HELL BY DR. BUSH." 22 Aug 2005
CLG Exclusive! The Anatomy of a Battle for Public Space in St. Petersburg, Florida By CLG Actions Chair, Carol Schiffler 21 Aug 2005.
Is Blair Off to Join $30Bn World Elite? He's Eyeing Up £250K Job With Arms Trade Link Firm 23 Aug 2005 Tony Blair is expected to join one of the most exclusive groups of businessmen in the world after he leaves Downing Street. The PM is being lined up for a highly lucrative position with the Carlyle Group - an American-based investment giant with strong links to the White House and the defence industry. The firm has been nicknamed "The Ex-Presidents Club" because it has had a host of former world leaders on its books including George Bush Senior, his former secretary of state James Baker and former British PM John Major.
Iraq draft says laws must conform to Islam -text 22 Aug 2005 A draft constitution for Iraq to be presented to parliament on Monday will make Islam "a main source" for legislation and ban laws that contradict religious teachings, members of the parliamentary drafting panel said. One said the text, agreed by the ruling Shi'ite and Kurdish coalition over Sunni Arab objections, would read: "Islam is a main source for legislation and it is not permitted to legislate anything that conflicts with the fixed principles of its rules."
Text of Proposed Iraq Constitution 22 Aug 2005
US allows Islamic lraqi state 22 Aug 2005 The United States has eased its opposition to an Islamic Iraqi state to help clinch a deal on a draft constitution before tonight's deadline. [The Bush dictatorship is pushing for theocracy, rather than 'democracy,' in Iraq, so that Halliburton's occupation can continue. See: The Iraqi constitution adopted in 1990 under Saddam Hussein was among the most secular in the Arab world 16 Aug 2005 The Iraqi constitution adopted in 1990 under Saddam Hussein was among the most secular in the Arab world. It made no mention of Sharia -- Islamic religious law -- although Islam was named the official state religion. It prohibited all forms of discrimination, gender or other, and guaranteed freedom of expression as part of "the revolutionary, national and progressive trend." Recall that under (elected President) Saddam Hussein, Iraqis had water, electricity, and food that was not spoiled in one hundred and thirty degrees due to lack of previous. Moreover, there were no death squads running rampant -- George W. Bush and John D. Negroponte brought those. And there you have it, folks. A trillion dollars later (not to mention, several thousand dead and wounded; environmental damage inflicted on Iraq for centuries, due to US use of Depleted Uranium) -- one can conclude that Saddam Hussein was *the better deal.* --Lori Price, CLG]
Bush Rejects Calls for Troop Withdrawal From Iraq 22 Aug 2005 Dictator George W. Bush, whose Iraq policy is under mounting criticism from the public and even some members of his own party, rejected calls to set a deadline for a withdrawal of troops.
JohnKerry.com Petition "President [sic] Bush has a major opportunity today. He's leaving Crawford to speak to the Veterans of Foreign Wars' convention in Utah. When he does, he needs to leave behind the pep talks, the open-ended 'things are looking better' claims and the empty rhetoric. It's time for the President to stand and deliver. That's why I am asking you to support an 'America Demands Answers' petition to President Bush. Starting with today's VFW speech, we're going to keep the pressure on George W. Bush until he finally addresses questions that have gone unanswered for far too long." [Look who's talking, Kerry! All you have suggested is that you would framed a better strategy for a better war, not that the war policy itself is deeply and suspiciously flawed, based as it is on total LIES and mercenary plunder! Stand down, you loser, you are doing our side more harm than good! --M. Rectenwald.]
Sen. John Kerry Blisters Republicans 19 Aug 2005 Sen. John F. Kerry told state legislators Friday the Democratic Party doesn't need to undergo an extreme makeover, saying "the last thing America needs is a second Republican Party." [And the last thing the Democratic Party needs is a mealy-mouthed, weak, wimpy and middle-of-the- road coward like Kerry leading it. Kerry, you lost when you didn't call Bush a W-ar criminal, an AWOL National Guardsman, an election thief, and a mass-murderer. Go to hell, you lukewarm loser! --M. Rectenwald, CLG.]
US terrorists in Iraq boost ExxonMobil's profit margin: Power cut halts Iraqi oil exports [Gee, there's a big f*cking surprise! As if it's the *Iraqis* blowing up or disabling their own resources --cutting electricity in one hundred and thirty degrees! Yeah, right! How stupid does the PentaPost and the other GOP media whore tag-alongs think we are???] Oil exports from southern Iraq have stopped after a power cut left much of the country without electricity. Pumping at Iraq's only functioning oil terminals in Basra halted at 0300 GMT on Monday morning after a power cut affected southern and central Iraq. Iraqi officials said the blackouts were caused by an attack [by... guess who?] on a key power line between Baghdad and Beiji last week. [Oh. Better keep the troops in Iraq to *keep that oil flowing* - the oil that we have never seen - since *day one* of the illegitimate occupation.]
Soldier 'instructed' to abuse Abu Ghraib prisoners 21 Aug 2005 One of the US soldiers convicted of mistreating prisoners at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison says his superiors made it clear those incarcerated were to be abused.
U.S. Soldier Killed by Roadside Bomb in Iraq 21 Aug 2005 A U.S. soldier was killed Sunday when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb in northern Iraq, the military said.
Baghdad civilian death totals are extreme 21 Aug 2005 Civilian deaths in Baghdad in July were more than New York City had in all of 2004, and that's excluding car bombings and suicide bombings.
North Iowa Guard units called to active duty 22 Aug 2005 Nearly 600 Iowa National Guard troops — including from units in Charles City, Algona and Iowa Falls — have been called to active duty for Operation Iraqi Freedom [sic] and the war on [of] terrorism.
The Latest Falsehood: The U.S. is in Iraq to Stabilize It By Kevin Zeese 22 Aug 2005 "Just as President [sic] Bush claimed in the build-up to war that the U.S. was threatened by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and Saddam's connection to Osama bin Laden and 9/11 terrorists - we are now being told a new falsehood - U.S. troops are in Iraq to stabilize the country. Even the slightest scratching of the reality surface shows the absurdity of this wartime propaganda. Even Republicans are publicly piercing the veil of this deceit."
Former aide: Powell WMD speech 'lowest point in my life' 19 Aug 2005 A former top aide to Colin Powell says his involvement in the former secretary of state's presentation to the United Nations on Iraq's [non-existent] weapons of mass destruction was "the lowest point" in his life.
Armstrong Bikes With President Over Sheehan Grave 22 Aug 2005 By Greg Palast "Celebrity bike champ Lance Armstrong joined President [sic] George W. Bush this weekend at the Crawford Ranch to celebrate the thirtieth day of the President's vigil against Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a soldier killed in action in Iraq. Armstrong, fresh from his victory in the Tour De France, is seen here with Mr. Bush riding across the symbolic gravesite of Casey Sheehan, deceased Army specialist, son of the bereaved Mrs. Sheehan."
Hypocrites and Liars By Cindy Sheehan 20 Aug 2005 "I say my son died for LIES. George Bush LIED to us and he knew he was LYING. The Downing Street Memos dated 23 July, 2002 prove that he knew that Saddam didn't have WMDs or any ties to Al Qaeda. I believe that George [W. Bush] lied and he knew he was lying. He didn't use patriotic rhetoric. He lied and made us afraid of ghosts that weren't there. Now he is using patriotic rhetoric to keep the U.S. military presence in Iraq: Patriotic rhetoric that is based on greed and nothing else."
Thousands Protest Bush, Iraq War In Salt Lake City 22 Aug 2005 With the message that people can protest a war while supporting troops and veterans, a handful of speakers -including a Gold Star mom - addressed an anti-war rally in Salt Lake City Monday, the same day pResident Bush was in town. Bush spoke to more than 6,000 people at the annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, while three blocks away about 2,000 people gathered to protest Bush regime policies and the war in Iraq.
5 arrested as protesters clash with police 21 Aug Pittsburgh police arrested five anti-military protesters Saturday after they disrupted traffic in Oakland and clashed with police. Police said they used a Taser, which shoots a 50,000-volt dart, and pepper spray to subdue one [?!?] of the protesters... About 20 police officers had tried to quell the fracas and disperse the crowd with a German shepherd.
Two War Protesters Injured During March 21 Aug 2005 (Pittsburgh) Two women protesting the war in Iraq were taken to a hospital Saturday after police broke up an 'unauthorized' [?!?] march involving about five dozen people on a street near an Army recruiting station.
Anti-war protesters fault city police --Group calls for investigation of use of stun guns, pepper spray 22 Aug 2005 City police used excessive force when they used stun guns and pepper spray to break up an anti-war demonstration in Oakland on Saturday, members of the protesting group charged yesterday.
No Proof Found of Iran Arms Program --Uranium Traced to Pakistani Equipment 23 Aug 2005 Traces of bomb-grade uranium found two years ago in Iran came from contaminated Pakistani equipment and is not evidence of a clandestine nuclear weapons program, a group of U.S. government experts and other international scientists has determined.
Televangelist Robertson calls for assassination of Venezuelan president 22 Aug 2005 Religious broadcaster [Reichwing whackjob] Pat Robertson called today for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, calling him a "terrific danger" to the United States. [Terrorist Pat Robertson needs to be arrested under the USA Patriot Act.]
Venezuela's Chavez Says Bush Destabilizes the World 22 Aug 2005 Venezuela’s President Chavez called U.S. pResident Bush a "lord of war," in response to U.S. accusations that he and Cuba’s President Castro are destabilizing Latin American countries... "They [U.S.] have created an office to prepare the transition in Cuba and another for psychological warfare, which are old Pentagon strategies." Chavez went on to say, "They are the destabilizers of the region, with their hegemonic bearing, their neo-liberal policies, their gorilla dictatorships, their invasions, their mass media and their lackeys. The great destabilizers of the region are they, Mr. War, not only of Latin America, but of the world." [Well said, President Chavez!!]
The settlers' retreat was the theatre of the cynical There was no 'sensitivity training' when bulldozers went into Rafah By Jonathan Steele 19 Aug 2005 Contrast the world's overwhelming coverage, especially on television, of the departure of Israeli settlers from Gaza with the minimal reporting of larger and more brutal evictions in previous months. There was no 'sensitivity training' for Israeli troops, no buses to drive the expellees away, no generous deadlines to get ready, no compensation packages for their homes, and no promise of government-subsidised alternative housing when the bulldozers went into Rafah."
No 10 backs Met chief over killing 22 Aug 2005 Scotland Yard will face tough questions today from two top Brazilian legislators who have flown to London to investigate the police shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, the innocent Brazilian citizen mistaken for a 'suicide bomber.'
Brazilian officials in UK for answers on killing --Top Met officer defends visit to family of Jean Charles de Menezes as allegations that recordings of incident were wiped are denied 23 Aug 2005 The beleaguered Scotland Yard commissioner, Sir Ian Blair, met two top Brazilian officials last night as he attempted to quell their concerns about his officers shooting dead an innocent Brazilian citizen.
Mother of Met shooting victim says officers must be punished 23 Aug 2005 There have been calls for a public inquiry and Sir Ian Blair’s resignation --Brazilian officials are in talks with senior police officers --The Metropolitan Police yesterday faced a two-pronged attack from the Brazilian government and the family of the innocent man shot dead on the Underground last month... "This should be bigger than just calling for Sir Ian Blair to go. We need to find out exactly what happened. Who was telling the lies? How did this come about?" - Clare Short, former Labour Cabinet minister
Feds: Terrorists may pose as homeless for surveillance 22 Aug 2005 Asking for increased vigilance in the wake of the London bombings, the government is warning that terrorists may pose as vagrants to conduct surveillance of buildings and mass transit stations to plot future attacks.
How on *earth* is Diebold going to pull this one out of the fire, for their GOP paymasters? George W. Bush's Job Approval Ratings Drop 21 Aug 2005 George W. Bush's overall job approval ratings have dropped from a month ago even as Americans who approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president [sic] are turning more optimistic about their personal financial situations according to the latest survey from the American Research Group. Among all Americans, 36% approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president and 58% disapprove. When it comes to Bush's handling of the economy, 33% approve and 62% disapprove.
Approval Ratings For All 100 U.S. Senators As of 8/18/05 --Pennsylvania puke Rick 'Sanitarium' is *rock bottom,* just below five other Reichwing whackjobs!! 21 Aug 2005
Ohio Democrats Mull Governor Impeachment 21 Aug 2005 Ohio's House Democrats are considering impeachment proceedings against Republican Gov. Bob Taft, who pleaded no contest last week to four ethics violations.
Connecticut Sues 'No Child Behind' Law 22 Aug 2005 The state of Connecticut filed a federal lawsuit Monday challenging Dictator Bush's No Child Left Behind school reform law, arguing it is illegal because it requires expensive testing and programs it doesn't pay for. The lawsuit, which officials said was the first of its kind to be brought by a state government, asks a federal judge to declare that the federal government cannot require state and local money be used to meet federal testing goals. [Even with a GOP Governor, Connecticut, the most 'educated' state, is not going to put up with Bush's insanity.]
Firms Hit by ID Theft Find Way to Cash In on Victims 22 Aug 2005 Elizabeth Rosen was plenty angry when ChoicePoint Inc. sent her a form letter acknowledging that crooks might have perused some of her most sensitive personal and financial data. But the Hollywood nurse was flabbergasted when the company, one of the nation's largest collectors of consumer records, also offered to sell her some of the same information so she could see what might have been compromised.
DMV Inspectors Skip Interstate Trucking Companies 22 Aug 2005 State (CT) inspectors cracking down on trucking companies in the wake of a deadly crash in Avon, Conn., last month skipped thousands of interstate carriers, including some with troubling safety records.
Oops! Man Finds Smallpox Vaccine At Yard Sale 19 Aug 2005 Prince George, British Columbia 19 Aug 2005 Andrew Knickle found something he hardly expected - or wanted - after he haggled down the price of a box of sailing tarpaulins to $2.50 at a yard sale. "It was a kind of a hard, plastic tube with a screw cap that was labeled smallpox vaccine," Knickle said.
Bird Flu Again Detected in Japan Poultry --Bird Flu Again Detected in Japanese Poultry, Agriculture Ministry Says 22 Aug 2005 Authorities have detected another outbreak of bird flu at a poultry farm near Tokyo, the Agriculture Ministry said Monday.
Flu measures urged for UK 22 Aug 2005 The government is under pressure to bring in emergency measures to protect poultry in this country from bird flu.
Lock Up Your Chickens [LOL!!] 23 Aug 2005 Warning as bird flu spreads west --Britain's chickens should be kept indoors to stop them catching bird flu, it was claimed yesterday. The warning came as Holland told farmers to move their flocks inside - with Germany set to follow next month. A strain of the H5N1 virus - which infects poultry and has been linked to the deaths of 57 people - has spread into Russia and could soon reach Europe.
Lock up your squirrels, too: Pet Squirrel Attacks Police Officer --'Spanky' Plays Rough, Owner Says 22 Aug 2005 Leominster, Mass. A police officer got a rude welcome from a pet squirrel when he went to serve a warrant on a Massachusetts woman. [The protesters could have used Spanky's help in Pittsburgh... see above.]
CLG's Coup 2004 19 Aug 2005 Be sure to click on the interactive map, to view each region. Note: the pages are still under construction; more links will be added soon!!
Bush calls for support as protests multiply 22 Aug 2005 Four US soldiers have been killed and three wounded in a bomb attack in Afghanistan in the deadliest attack in the country since 16 American servicemen were killed in a helicopter crash last month. The casualties yesterday came after US pResident George Bush launched a campaign to shore up support. On Saturday, Mr Bush defended his foreign policy in a nationwide radio address that linked the military offensives in Iraq and Afghanistan to the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Bush invokes Sept 11 to defend Iraq war 20 Aug 2005 Dictator George W. Bush launched a counter-offensive against growing public discontent over Iraq on Saturday, when he defended the war as a way of protecting Americans from another [al-Bushduh] September 11 attack, a message he will reinforce when he takes to the road next week.
Bush Begins 5-Day Push to Defend Iraq War 20 Aug 2005 With anti-war protesters continuing their vigil outside Dictator Bush's ranch, the commander in chief [thief] began a five-day push Saturday to tell Americans why he thinks U.S. troops must continue the fight in Iraq.
Army planning for 4 more years in Iraq 20 Aug 2005 The Army is planning for the possibility of keeping the current number of soldiers in Iraq -- well over 100,000 -- for four more years, the Army's top general said Saturday.
Army Planning Four More Years in Iraq Is 'Folly,' Senator Says 21 Aug 2005 The U.S. Army's worst-case scenario plan of keeping more than 100,000 soldiers in Iraq through 2009 is "folly,'' said Chuck Hagel, a Republican member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Hagel Says Iraq War Looking Like Vietnam 21 Aug 2005 A leading Republican senator said Sunday the war in Iraq is looking more like the Vietnam conflict from a generation ago.
Kurds say US 'pushed' Islamic law 22 Aug 2005 Kurdish politicians negotiating a draft constitution have criticised the US ambassador to Iraq for allegedly pushing them to accept too great a role for Islamic law in the US drive to complete the charter on time. Although a Sunni delegate made similar charges, US officials declined to comment publicly while they worked with politicians as today's deadline loomed.
Militias Hold Sway in Iraqi North and South --'Shiite and Kurdish militias' [?!?] have carried out abductions and assassinations, deepening the divide along ethnic and sectarian lines. 21 Aug 2005 'Shiite and Kurdish militias' [U.S. death squads], often operating as part of Iraqi government security forces, have carried out a wave of abductions, assassinations and other acts of intimidation, consolidating their control over territory across northern and southern Iraq and deepening the country's divide along ethnic and sectarian lines, according to political leaders, families of the victims, human rights activists and Iraqi officials.
Iraqi general says US troops shot him -police 20 Aug 2005 An Iraqi general who commands the country's border defence force was shot and wounded while driving in Baghdad late on Saturday and accused U.S. troops of firing on his car, police and hospital sources said.
Four GIs Killed by Bomb in Afghanistan 21 Aug 2005 A roadside bomb killed four U.S. soldiers and wounded three Sunday as they were patrolling in southern Afghanistan, the deadliest attack on American forces here in nearly two months, the U.S. military said.
Troops undergo extreme torture training 20 Aug 2005 Elite Australian soldiers are being blindfolded, stripped naked and threatened by savage dogs during extreme torture training exercises. The regime has been approved at the highest level of government and is about to be upgraded in response to the threat from enemies who do not abide by the Geneva Conventions, the Weekend Australian newspaper reports. [Looks like the enemies have been taking lessons from the "Coalition" forces!]
U.S. asks court to dismiss ex-soldier's injury lawsuit 21 Aug 2005 The federal government is asking a judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by a former soldier from Kentucky who is suing the Army and Navy for injuries he received during a training exercise at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
War Protests Continue Near Bush's Ranch 19 Aug 2005 Dozens of war protesters camping near Dictator Bush's ranch held a prayer service and other activities as planned Friday, a day after their leader had to go home to California to be with her mother in the hospital.
Refusal to See Sheehan Is Second-Guessed --A Decision Characteristic of Bush Has the Potential to Be a Consequential Act 21 Aug 2005 It would have taken half an hour or less, and it might have lowered the temperature on a month's worth of searing publicity. When Cindy Sheehan showed up outside Dictator Bush's ranch on the fourth full day of his five-week working vacation to talk about a son who had been killed in Iraq, he declined to meet with her -- a decision that has been widely second-guessed, even by some Republicans.
The Swift Boating of Cindy Sheehan By Frank Rich 21 Aug 2005 "The strategy of fighting a war without shared national sacrifice has at last backfired, just as the strategy of Swift Boating the war's critics has reached its Waterloo before Patrick Fitzgerald's grand jury in Washington. The 24/7 cable and Web attack dogs can keep on sliming Cindy Sheehan. The president can keep trying to ration the photos of flag-draped caskets. But this White House no longer has any more control over the insurgency at home than it does over the one in Iraq."
Rocky's call to protest Bush makes vets see red 20 Aug 2005 Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson has called for "the biggest demonstration this state has ever seen" to protest pResident Bush's appearance Monday before a national veterans convention. "This administration has been disastrous to the country," Anderson said Friday. "If people could organize and speak out in an effective manner from the reddest state in the country, that would garner a lot of attention."
Utah Station Refuses to Air Anti-War Ad 21 Aug 2005 A Utah television station is refusing to air an anti-war ad featuring Cindy Sheehan, whose son's death in Iraq prompted a vigil outside Dictator Bush's Texas ranch.
Holy (quiet) coup d'etat, Batman! A US CEO makes a bid to run Haiti --A Haitian-American Wednesday said he will run for 'president.' 18 Aug 2005 Dumarsais Siméus, the most successful Haitian-American businessman in the US today, is going home to run for 'president' of Haiti. Siméus runs his own foundation, sending money to help poor communities in Haiti, and he sits on Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's Haiti Task Force.
We will keep shooting to kill, decide Yard chiefs 21 Aug 2005 London's police force has reviewed its shoot-to-kill policy and left it largely unchanged despite the killing of a Brazilian mistaken for a would-be suicide bomber, Scotland Yard said yesterday. ...London police chief Ian Blair said officers would continue to use deadly force to stop possible terror attacks. "The methods that were used appeared to be the least worst option [for tackling suicide bombers] . . . we still have the procedure in use," he told the Daily Mail. [OMG! The 'most worst option' for people all over the *planet* is to allow international terrorist George W. Bush and his rabid poodle, Tony Blair, to continue their insane rule!!]
Police rethink shoot to kill policy --De Menezes death forces review of controversial tactic 20 Aug 2005 Britain's top police officers are reviewing the controversial shoot to kill policy after its first use ended in the gunning down of an innocent man, the Guardian has learned.
UK govt backs London's top cop 21 Aug 2005 Deputy prime minister John Prescott on Sunday backed Britain's under-fire top police officer over his handling of the Jean Charles de Menezes shooting.
Clarke backs police over killing 20 Aug 2005 Home Secretary Charles Clarke gave his backing to the beleaguered chief of the Metropolitan Police over his handling of the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes.
Police knew Brazilian was 'not bomb risk' --Met chief was told of 'difficulty' over fatal shooting · Police offer to pay de Menezes family £15,000 21 Aug 2005 Police officers from the team involved in the fatal shooting of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes did not believe he posed 'an immediate threat'. Senior sources in the Metropolitan Police have told The Observer that members of the surveillance team who followed de Menezes into Stockwell underground station in London felt that he was not about to detonate a bomb, was not armed, and was not acting suspiciously. [Essentially, Bush terror troll Tony Blair has established death squads in the UK.]
Police who tailed shot Brazilian didn't think he was a threat: report 20 Aug 2005 Police who followed an innocent Brazilian shot dead on suspicion of being a suicide bomber reportedly did not believe he was an immediate threat.
Police deny offering $1m compensation to family 20 Aug 2005 Police today denied reports that they offered a million dollars in compensation to the family of Tube shooting victim Jean Charles de Menezes.
Police foil gas attack on Commons 21 Aug 2005 Scotland Yard believes it has thwarted an Al-Qaeda gas attack aimed at ministers and MPs in parliament. The plot, hatched last year [Oh, but this plot is just coming to light *now,* as UK's terrorist police unit is taking heat for the shooting of an innocent man by its newly-formed death squads?], is understood to have been discovered in coded e-mails on computers seized from terror suspects in Britain and Pakistan.
Police head off chemical attack on parliament 22 Aug 2005 British police believe they have foiled an attempt by terrorists to attack the Houses of Parliament with nerve gas or a chemical "dirty bomb". Police discovered details of the plot - which also included reconnaissance missions of Parliament recorded on video - in coded emails on computers seized from terrorism suspects in Britain and Pakistan, The Sunday Times reported.
Fury as officials secretly downgrade terror threat 21 Aug 2005 The official level of threat from a terrorist attack has been secretly lowered from its highest rating for the first time since the July 7 bombings. The Sunday Telegraph has learnt that the decision was taken on Thursday by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre, a Government body based at Thames House, the headquarters of MI5. The downgrading happened despite warnings from Sir Ian Blair, the embattled Metropolitan Police commissioner, that further attacks [by Bush/Blair] were "more rather than less likely".
Dotcoms to track people for UK Govt 18 Aug 2005 The British Government is to employ dotcoms to keep tabs on its citizens. A pilot scheme due to be launched next month will automatically inform different Government departments when people move house or change address.
"Al Gore won the 2000 presidential election." What They Did Last Fall By Paul Krugman 19 Aug 2005 "In his recent book 'Steal This Vote' - a very judicious work, despite its title - Andrew Gumbel, a U.S. correspondent for the British newspaper The Independent, provides the best overview I've seen of the 2000 Florida vote. And he documents the simple truth: 'Al Gore won the 2000 presidential election.' ...Our current political leaders would suffer greatly if either house of Congress changed hands in 2006, or if the presidency changed hands in 2008. The lids would come off all the simmering scandals, from the selling of the Iraq war to profiteering by politically connected companies. The Republicans will be strongly tempted to make sure that they win those elections by any means necessary." [Are Bush's Neo-CONmen planning another 9/11, to activate another Weapon of Mass Distraction?]
Diebold hires top Dem for PR blitz --Former party chairman make the case for voting to California 21 Aug 2005 With a phone call and a retainer, Diebold CEO Walden O'Dell has launched former Democratic National Committee chairman Joe Andrew on a 50-state ambassadorship for electronic voting. O'Dell said he "wanted to reframe [*puke* ]some of the issues,'' Andrew said.
New voting machines will fade as issue --So says Sec'y of State Eric Clark, counting on counties 21 Aug 2005 In two years, perhaps less, the vast majority of Mississippians will wonder what all the fuss was about, says Secretary of State (D) Eric Clark. The issue is voting machines, specifically whether boards of supervisors should accept the Diebold-brand touch-screen machines the state has agreed to provide at no cost to Mississippi's 82 counties to bring them into compliance with 'federal law' [the GOP dictatorship].
Bush Keeps S.F. At Bay --pResident hasn't participated in 75-year tradition of visiting city -- and he has no plans to do so 21 Aug 2005 Presidential visits to San Francisco have been a tradition since Rutherford Hayes lunched at the Cliff House in 1880. Presidents arrived by stagecoach and jet. One was shot at. [Are millions thinking, 'Hope springs eternal?'] Another died. In all, 20 presidents have visited the city, including every chief executive for the past 75 years. Except George W. Bush.
US rights groups seek release of more Roberts memos 19 Aug 2005 A coalition of women's rights, civil rights, environmental and legal groups concerned about the nomination of John Roberts to the Supreme Court on Friday pressed for the release of documents on his work on 16 important cases heard by the high court in the early 1990s.
Montana governor: USDA a 'bunch of stooges' --Schweitzer says agency protecting beef industry against mad cow testing 20 Aug 2005 Montana’s governor, who has fought the importation of young Canadian cattle, Saturday said U.S. states need to oversee federal inspectors of Canadian beef because the U.S. Department of Agriculture [Agribusiness] is acting in the interest of beef companies. "A few years ago, the four big meat companies, they expanded their role in this country. They bought a U.S. company called the United States Department of Agriculture," Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer said in an interview. "They are a bunch of stooges."
Former police, fire pension chairman fined for ethics violations 21 Aug 2005 The former chairman of the Ohio Police and Fire Pension board will pay a $2,000 fine as part of a plea agreement on charges that he received improper gifts from vendors.
ExxonMobil gets another **** job from Bush! U.S. fills oil reserve for emergency 20 Aug 2005 The United States has filled its Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the nation's emergency [sic] stockpile of crude oil, to the 700 million-barrel level ordered by Dictator Bush after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
New Jersey to ban MTBE gasoline additive 19 Aug 2005 New Jersey's Acting Governor Richard Cody signed a bill on Thursday banning the gasoline additive MTBE in fuel sold in the state, with the ban taking effect January 2009.
Airport guards against bird flu 20 Aug 2005 The Rome-Fiumicino international airport has begun implementing precautionary measures involving passengers and merchandise originating from regions affected by bird flu, the airport said on Saturday. Passengers travelling to the Rome airport from China or Russia may be immediately hospitalised in an infectious diseases clinic if they shows signs of respiratory problems, airport authorities said in a statement.
Flight H5N1 is approaching Britain. Brace for impact 21 Aug 2005 Some scientists are already drawing parallels with the so-called Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918, in which another bird flu virus - code-named H1N1 - hit the right genetic combination needed to trigger human-to-human transmission. The resulting pandemic led to at least 20 million deaths, double the number of people killed in the First World War. "The population is higher now, so we could be talking about 100 million deaths or more," says Prof Neil Ferguson, an expert on virus epidemics at Imperial College, London. "The 1918 scenario is within what people should be planning for."
Migrating birds could bring deadly flu to UK this winter 21 Aug 2005 Migratory ducks and waders could bring bird flu to Britain this winter, experts have warned, after the disease was found in wild flocks in Russia.
Bird Flu Suspected at Big Russian Farm --Presence of Deadly Virus, if Verified, Would Be the Nation's Biggest Outbreak 21 Aug 2005 Russian officials have quarantined a large poultry farm in Siberia because of a suspected outbreak of bird flu, news reports said Saturday. If confirmed, it would be the first major occurrence of the lethal virus among birds in Russia, and international health officials expressed concern that the disease had spread closer to Western Europe.
Britain's organic food scam exposed 21 Aug 2005 Britain's organic food revolution was facing its first serious test last night after an Observer investigation revealed disturbing levels of fraud within the industry.
Thousands of Britons to sue Merck 21 Aug 2005 Merck, the US pharmaceuticals giant, is facing potential legal action from thousands of British patients after a US jury found it negligent in the death of a man who took its painkiller Vioxx.
Judge Dread -John Roberts and Enemy Combatants By Chris Floyd 20 Jul 2005 "George W. Bush has granted himself the power to declare anyone on earth - including any American citizen - an 'enemy combatant,' for any reason he sees fit. He can render them up to torture, he can imprison them for life, he can even have them killed, all without charges, with no burden of proof, no standards of evidence, no legislative oversight, no appeal, no judicial process whatsoever except those that he himself deigns to construct, with whatever limitations he cares to impose. ...[O]n July 15, a panel of federal appellate court judges upheld Bush's sovereign right to dispose of 'enemy combatants' any way he pleases, the Washington Post reports... One of the kowtowing jurists on the appeals panel was none other than John G. Roberts. Four days after he affirmed Bush's autocratic powers, Roberts was duly awarded with a nomination to the Supreme Court."
U.S. Wants Australian to Face Tribunal 18 Aug 2005 Armed with a favorable ruling from Supreme Court nominee John Roberts and two other judges, the Bush regime argued Thursday that an Australian detainee held at Guantanamo Bay must undergo trial by military tribunal.
Ex-Marine Says Public Version of Saddam Capture Fiction 19 Aug 2005 A former U.S. Marine who participated in capturing ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said the public version of his capture was fabricated. ..."Later on, a military production team fabricated the film of Saddam's capture in a hole, which was in fact a deserted well," Ex-Sgt. Nadim Abou Rabeh said.
Death of Iraqi brothers sparks anti-U.S. rage 18 Aug 2005 An angry Iraqi crowd carried coffins through a Baghdad district on Thursday and threw rocks at American soldiers, accusing U.S. troops of killing three innocent middle-aged brothers, one of them in a wheelchair.
Secrets of the morgue: Baghdad's body count --Bodies of 1,100 civilians brought to mortuary in July Pre-invasion, July figure was typically less than 200 Last Sunday alone, the mortuary received 36 bodies Up to 20 per cent of the bodies are never identified Many of the dead have been tortured or disfigured By Robert Fisk 17 Aug 2005 "July was the bloodiest month in Baghdad's modern history - in all, 1,100 bodies were brought to the city's mortuary; executed for the most part, eviscerated, stabbed, bludgeoned, tortured to death. The figure is secret."
Ex-GIs Cleared of Iraq Mistreatment 20 Aug 2005 Two army reservists discharged last year over allegations they mistreated Iraqi prisoners have been cleared by an Army review board and can rejoin the military, their attorney said Friday.
Iraq resistance plans wave of attacks --Intelligence points to suicide bombings to coincide with draft constitution 19 Aug 2005 United States and foreign intelligence officials tell NBC News they have credible intelligence that resistance fighters in Iraq have active plans to launch a massive offensive early next week — timed to coincide with the possible draft of an Iraqi constitution on Monday.
Iraqi Sunnis, anti-American Shiite cleric protest proposed constitution 19 Aug 2005 Sunni Arabs and followers of an anti-American Shiite cleric held protests Friday against federal provisions in Iraq's proposed constitution, as negotiators sought to reach agreement on the charter by next week's deadline.
Masked Gunmen Kill 3 Sunni Arabs in Iraq 19 Aug 2005 Masked gunmen [US death squads] killed three Sunni Arabs in front of horrified witnesses outside a mosque in Mosul on Friday, after grabbing them 'as they hung posters urging fellow Sunnis to vote in a referendum on the new constitution.' [Yeah, right! The Sunnis were likely gunned down by US death squads, for *opposing* the bogus 'constitution' and illegal occupation of Iraq.]
Rockets fired at US warships in Jordan 20 Aug 2005 Rockets were fired at two US warships in Jordan’s Aqaba port on Friday, but missed their targets and hit a warehouse and a hospital, killing a Jordanian soldier, and the Israeli port of Eilat.
Feingold Urges Troop Withdrawal By End of '06 18 Aug 2005 Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) called on the White House yesterday to withdraw all U.S. forces from Iraq by the end of next year and criticized fellow Democrats for being too "timid" in challenging the Bush administration's war policy.
Anti-war protester Sheehan leaving camp because of mother's stroke 18 Aug 2005 The grieving mother who started an anti-war demonstration near Dictator Bush's ranch nearly two weeks ago said Thursday she was leaving because her mother had a stroke.
Nationwide Vigils Call for End of Iraq War 18 Aug 2005 Hundreds of candlelight vigils calling for an end to the war in Iraq lit up the night Wednesday, part of a national effort spurred by one mother's anti-war demonstration near Dictator Bush's ranch.
Air Force employee charged with criminal mischief after anti-Bush vandalism 19 Aug 2005 An Air Force Reserve lieutenant colonel faces eight counts of criminal mischief for allegedly vandalizing cars at Denver International Airport with anti-pResident Bush messages over the last eight months, the Denver district attorney said Thursday.
Iraq casts darkening cloud over Bush regime 19 Aug 2005 With the US death toll climbing, support at home plunging and a stalemate over a constitution stalling the political process, the Iraq war is casting a darkening cloud over George W. Bush's p-Residency.
Britain Rules Out Troop Pullout Timetable 19 Aug 2005 Britain reiterated Friday that it had ruled out setting a timetable for withdrawing troops from Iraq, saying British troops will stay as long as they are 'needed.' [LOL, only *Halliburton* 'needs' them.]
Conyers Calls For Investigation Into Ashcroft's Role In CIA Leak Case (democracynow.org Transcript) 18 Aug 2005 "Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) is calling for an investigation into the role of former Attorney General John Ashcroft in the outing of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame. Conyers' call comes after a new report by investigative journalist Murray Waas that a special prosecutor was appointed in the case in large part because FBI investigators had begun to specifically question the veracity of accounts provided to them by Karl Rove."
Tube killing 'leak source' suspended 19 Aug 2005 An Independent Police Complaints Commission employee suspected of leaking evidence to ITV News about the shooting by police of innocent Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes is reported to have been suspended.
UK police "resisted" probe on Brazilian's shooting 19 Aug 2005 London's police chief initially tried to block an inquiry by the force's independent watchdog into the police shooting of a Brazilian they mistakenly thought was a suicide bomber, the supervisory body said.
London Police Said to Resist Death Probe 18 Aug 2005 City police opposed an independent investigation into their fatal shooting of a Brazilian man they mistook for a suicide bomber, a British official said Thursday, as allegations grew of a cover-up.
ID cards could be used for mass surveillance system 18 Aug 2005 The Government is creating a system of "mass public surveillance" capable of tracking every adult in Britain without their consent, MPs say. They warn that people who have never committed a crime can be "electronically monitored" without their knowledge.
Ottawa to give police more power to snoop 19 Aug 2005 The federal government will introduce legislation this fall that would give police and national security agencies new powers to eavesdrop on cellphone calls and monitor the Internet activities of Canadians, Justice Minister Irwin Cotler said yesterday.
TSA and U.S. Coast Guard Initiate Homeland Security Exercises for U.S. Seaports --Four Companies to Work With Homeland Security Agencies to Craft Scenarios, Provide Support (PRNewswire) 18 Aug 2005 "The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the U.S. Coast Guard began a series of transportation system port security exercises today in San Francisco. The Port Security Training Exercises Program (PortSTEP) is focused on building links within the Area Maritime Security (AMS) Committee."
4 hijackers ID'd as al-Qaeda before 9/11, officer says 18 Aug 2005 A military intelligence team investigating al-Qaeda identified four members of the terrorist organization a year before they became 9/11 hijackers, according to an officer on the intelligence team. But he says that the FBI did not get the information and that the 9/11 Commission failed to expose the lapse.
Pope seeks immunity from Bush in molestation case 17 Aug 2005 Lawyers for Pope Benedict XVI have asked pResident Bush to declare the pontiff [Pope Rat] immune from liability in a lawsuit that accuses him of conspiring to cover up the molestation of three boys by a seminarian in Texas, court records show. [Gee, where is Reichwing media whore Nancy Grace? Did she forget to cover this one? You can't pick and choose your child molesters to attack, Nancy.]
Is Bush Out of Control? By Doug Thompson 15 Aug 2005 "A year ago, this web site discovered the White House physician prescribed anti-depressants for Bush. The news came after revelations that the President’s wide mood swings led some administration staffers to doubt his sanity. ...[T]he reports were later confirmed by prominent George Washington University psychiatrist Dr. Justin Frank in his book Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President. Dr. Frank diagnosed the President [sic] as a 'paranoid megalomaniac' and 'untreated alcoholic' whose 'lifelong streak of sadism, ranging from childhood pranks (using firecrackers to explode frogs) to insulting journalists, gloating over state executions and pumping his hand gleefully before the bombing of Baghdad' showcase Bush’s instabilities.'"
Frist Backs Bush on Teaching 'Intelligent Design' in Schools 19 Aug 2005 The Senate majority leader, Bill Frist, aligned himself with Dictator Bush today when he said that the theory of "intelligent design" should be taught along with evolution in public schools.
US women still face bias in science-report 18 Aug 2005 Women trying to make it as scientists face bias, hostility and a lack of respect that all combine to hold them back, a team of researchers reported on Thursday.
Court Rules U.S. Need Not Pay for Abortion of Doomed Fetus 19 Aug 2005 While suggesting that its decision might seem "callous and unfeeling," a federal appeals court here ruled Thursday that the Navy need not pay for an abortion received by a sailor's wife, even though doctors said the fetus had a birth defect and could not survive.
Hastert funding is under scrutiny --Investigation sought: Group which has ties to Democrats wants claims of impropriety examined 18 Aug 2005 A magazine story alleging a covert relationship between a group of Turkish nationals and House Speaker Dennis Hastert has prompted a group of leading Democrats to call for a federal investigation into the claims.
Kan. Utility Fined for 2002 FEC Violations --Kansas Utility, Former Executives, Lobbyist Fined for 2002 Political Contributions 18 Aug 2005 Westar Energy Inc., two former company executives and a lobbyist agreed to pay fines totaling $40,500 to settle accusations of violating federal election laws by using corporate resources to make political contributions to members of Congress, including House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
Noe's lawyer says Taft knew about coin fund in 2001 19 Aug 2005 A prominent Republican fundraiser who invested state money in rare coins discussed the arrangement with Gov. Bob Taft in May 2001, contradicting the governor's assertion that he didn't learn of it until this year, the fundraiser's lawyer said.
Ohio Gov. Taft Enters No Contest Plea 18 Aug 2005 Ohio Gov. Bob Taft (R) today entered a plea of no contest to charges that he had failed to report a series of golf outings, dinners and other gifts and was ordered to apologize to the people of Ohio. Taft sought a quick conclusion to his role in a much larger scandal that now threatens the long-dominant Republican Party in the state.
Ohio gov. fined but avoids jail on ethics charges 18 Aug 2005 Ohio Republican Gov. Bob Taft, the great-grandson of a U.S. president, on Thursday admitted violating ethics laws for not disclosing golf outings and other gifts and was fined $4,000, but avoided jail time.
Democrats f*cked by Diebold... *once again!* Citizens Request Recount in San Diego Mayoral Race "'Enron by the Sea' shows strange electoral anomalies - a 4 percent shift - Odds of such a discrepancy occurring by chance alone are less than 7/100 of 1%, statisticians reveal. By Miriam Raftery 18 Aug 2005 San Diego Democratic mayoral candidate, Donna Frye, may have been robbed of her mayoral seat in the July 25 local election as citizens' audit parallel election vote shows shift of 4 percent, Raw Story has learned."
ID will be required to vote in Washington 18 Aug 2005 Voters showing up at the polls for the Sept. 20 primary election will, for the first time, have to show identification or their vote may not count.
Sen. Reid Reports Suffering Mild Stroke 20 Aug 2005 Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., saw a doctor after feeling light-headed Tuesday and learned he'd suffered a mild stroke, aides said Friday.
Shuttle safety compromised to justify launch, report finds 18 Aug 2005 Some of the same "disturbing" traits that contributed to the 2003 Columbia disaster were still present in the months leading up to the shuttle Discovery's launch last month, seven members of a NASA oversight panel said Wednesday in a scathing minority report.
Democrats turn up heat on US pump prices 19 Aug 2005 U.S. Senate Democrats turned up the heat on the White House on Friday to act in the face of record-high U.S gasoline pump prices. The same day, the Senate Energy Committee set a September 8 hearing on what's behind the prices, which hit a record $2.55 a gallon this week.
Senate panel calls hearing on high US pump prices 19 Aug 2005 The Senate Energy Committee will hold a hearing next month on what's behind record-high U.S. gasoline prices, the panel said on Friday.
Jury finds Merck liable in landmark Vioxx case 19 Aug 2005 A Texas jury found pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. liable Friday for the death of a man who took the once-popular painkiller Vioxx, awarding his widow $253.4 million in damages in the first of thousands of lawsuits pending across the country.
Nightly spraying to fight mosquitoes raises concern in Sacramento 19 Aug 2005 Agency Director David Brown ordered airplanes to blanket 71,000 acres of northern Sacramento County with 765 gallons of the pesticide known as pyrethrin and an activation agent called Piperonyl butoxide. Some people have denounced the pesticide program as raining toxins on their homes with little warning and few safety assurances.
Senators: Global warming signs obvious 18 Aug 2005 Fresh from visits to Canada's Yukon Territory and Alaska's northernmost city, four U.S. senators said that signs of rising temperatures on Earth are obvious and they called on Congress to act.
Global warming: Will you listen now, America? Two of the leading contenders to contest the next US presidential election have delivered an urgent warning to the United States on global warming, saying the evidence of climate change has become too stark to ignore and human activity is a major cause. On a high-profile and bi-partisan fact-finding tour in Alaska and Canada's Yukon territory, Senators John McCain, a Republican, and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic senator for New York, were confronted by melting permafrost and shrinking glaciers and heard from native Inuit that rising sea levels were altering their lives.
Teamsters Oppose New Drive Rule as Threat to Highway Safety --Hours of Service Regulation a Major Setback for Drivers, Traveling Public (International Brotherhood of Teamsters Press Release) 19 Aug 2005 "The proposed Hours of Service (HOS) rule for truck drivers issued today by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is a major setback for highway safety, increasing the potential for deadly accidents by forcing drivers to log even more hours on the road."
Disney sweatshops alleged --Anti-sweatshop advocacy group charges that workers make books under oppressive conditions. 18 Aug 2005 The National Labor Committee, an anti-sweatshop advocacy group that once exposed labor abuses in apparel produced for Kathie Lee Gifford's clothing line, made new charges Thursday against The Walt Disney Company, releasing a videotape alleging that two Chinese factories making books for Disney operate under unsafe conditions.
Bird flu virus: A crisis waiting to explode It is spreading fast and nations are stockpiling antidotes 20 Aug 2005 Health experts claim bird flu is a ticking time bomb waiting to explode. Initially, it was seen as a few isolated cases in South-East Asia, may now be the beginnings of a global pandemic.
'Bird flu may cause global economic mayhem' [We've got Bush already doing that] 19 Aug 2005 Canadian financial analysts predicted that an avian flu pandemic would have dire consequences on the global economy, its impact comparable to the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Progress of bird flu across Russia tracked by European scientists 19 Aug 2005 A highly infectious form of bird flu which appears to be moving westwards across Russia towards Europe is being tracked by teams of scientists in Germany and the Netherlands.
A Nagasaki Report By George Weller
Prewar Memo Warned of Serious Gaps in Iraq Plans --State Dept. Officials Voiced Concerns About Post-Invasion Security, Humanitarian Aid 18 Aug 2005 One month before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, three State Department bureau chiefs warned of "serious planning gaps for post-conflict public security and humanitarian assistance" in a secret memorandum prepared for a superior.
Iraq weapons fear letter was 'buried' (AU) A letter written by a former senior Foreign Affairs officer setting out grave concerns over the hunt for Iraq's weapons of mass destruction after the war was withheld from a Senate inquiry, blocking efforts to investigate US pressures on Australian personnel in Iraq, according to a new report.
Inquiry finds Australian officers knew of Iraqi prisoner mistreatment 18 Aug 2005 An Australian senate inquiry has found Australian officers were aware of the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners but the information was not passed on to senior members of the defence forces. Our reporter, Stephanie Kennedy, says the inquiry was held after reports emerged last year about the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners.
Australians aware of Iraqi prisoner mistreatment: report (PM Transcript) 18 Aug 2005 "Reporter: Kim Landers MARK COLVIN: A Senate inquiry has found that Australians in Iraq were aware that prisoners were being mistreated and did report their concerns back to senior officials in Baghdad and Canberra. But the inquiry report released today also reveals that no follow-up action was taken."
Bad Iraq War News Worries Some in G.O.P. on '06 Vote 18 Aug 2005 A stream of bad news out of Iraq - echoed at home by polls that show growing impatience with the war and rising disapproval of Dictator Bush's Iraq policies - is stirring political concern in Republican circles, party officials said Wednesday.
US deploying paratroopers at Iraq prisons 17 Aug 2005 The U.S. military will send 700 Army paratroopers to Iraq to help provide security at detention centers, officials said on Wednesday, as it prepares to open a fourth major prison and eventually leave the Abu Ghraib jail, the site of last year's prisoner abuse scandal.
Mass Detentions Without Arrest Warrants Against Sunni Arabs in Al-Iskan Neighborhood 14 Aug 2005 Last Friday, at day break, a battalion of 200 armed men dressed in spotted blue uniforms, claiming they were the home intelligence forces, raided Al-Iskan neighborhood and arrested more than 22 Sunni Arab men in a series of ethnic cleansing practices, which point the fingers of accusation to the notorious Badr Organization.
Iraq: 'Expired food causing health problems' 18 Aug 2005 A serious rise in food poisoning cases caused by expired and contaminated food in Iraq has been reported by the Ministry of Health.
Triple bombing kills 43 in Baghdad 17 Aug 2005 Three car bombs killed at least 43 people in a coordinated attack on a Baghdad bus station in the morning rush hour on Wednesday. At least 43 people were killed and 88 wounded, an official in the Interior Ministry said, adding: "There are charred bodies all over the place."
Six U.S. Soldiers Killed By Bombs In Iraq, Afghanistan 18 Aug 2005 The military said four Americans were killed in a roadside bombing in Iraq Thursday. A military statement says the blast hit the soldiers in Samarra, north of Baghdad.
Four U.S. troops killed by roadside bomb - military 18 Aug 2005 Four U.S. troops were killed in a roadside bomb blast north of Baghdad on Thursday, the U.S. military said in a statement.
Two U.S. soldiers killed in Afghan blast 18 Aug 2005 Two U.S. soldiers were killed and two wounded in Afghanistan's restive southern province of Kandahar on Thursday when a roadside bomb hit their armored vehicle, the U.S. military said.
Anti-war vigils spread across the U.S. 18 Aug 2005 Anti-war protesters held candles, sang, and chanted in vigils across the United States in support of Cindy Sheehan.
Nationwide vigils underway to protest war in Iraq 17 Aug 2005 Hundreds of candlelight vigils calling for an end to the war in Iraq lit up the night Wednesday, part of a national effort spurred by one mother’s anti-war demonstration near Dictator Bush’s ranch.
Parents of Fallen Marine Make Plea to Bush 16 Aug 2005 The day after burying their son, parents of a fallen Marine urged pResident Bush to either send more reinforcements to Iraq or withdraw U.S. troops altogether.
Daring to ask blasphemous questions By Robert Steinback "For more than two years, many Americans have wondered what noble cause our soldiers are fighting for in Iraq. But to dare to ask the question brought certain denunciation from the neo-conservative political power grid: Only a traitorous, subversive, unpatriotic, flag-burning, communist America-hater would question the virtue of a U.S. military venture."
London police chief risks sack over shooting --Sir Ian Blair is accused of trying to stop an inquiry. 19 Aug 2005 Britain's top police officer, Sir Ian Blair, risks losing his job after it was reported that he tried to stop an independent inquiry into the shooting of a young Brazilian mistaken for a suicide bomber. Sir Ian also faces calls to resign if it turns out he misled the public about the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, 27.
Reports of Police Inquiry Into Subway Killing Stir Outrage in Britain 18 Aug 2005 The British press, lawyers and campaigners reacted with outrage on Wednesday after leaked reports from an official investigation contradicted police accounts of the death of a Brazilian man who the police may have thought was a suicide bomber.
Footage Contradicts London Police Reports 17 Aug 2005 A Brazilian shot to death a day after botched bombings in London had walked casually onto a train before being gunned down by undercover officers, according to leaked footage that appeared to contradict earlier police reports that said the man disobeyed police orders.
Soldier held under anti-terrorism laws released 17 Aug 2005 A British soldier arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of owning property that was to be used for terrorism was released on Wednesday, and no further action will be taken against him, police said. [LOL!! Arrest the pRESIDENT of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as that property is being used to carry out *terrorism.*]
U.S. Reconsidering Proposed Passport Rules 18 Aug 2005 Requiring tamper proof passports from all who enter the United States - is among Homeland Security's most controversial security proposals... Facing an uproar from its northern neighbor, the Bush administration now is reconsidering the passport plans it announced in the spring.
Texas Coast to Be Patrolled By Unmanned Predator Aircraft 17 Aug 2005 A dozen U.S. Predator aircraft will be based at Houston's Ellington Field for use in homeland security and border patrols.
Library Missing Roberts File --Papers 'Lost' After Lawyers' Review 17 Aug 2005 A file folder containing papers from Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr.'s work on affirmative action more than 20 years ago disappeared from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library after its review by two lawyers from the White House and the Justice Department in July, according to officials at the library and the National Archives and Records Administration.
Dems to file request for investigation of former US Attorney General 17 Aug 2005 Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) and Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) will be issuing a formal request for an immediate investigation with the US Inspector General's office into John Ashcroft - former US Attorney General, Raw Story has learned. The request, released to Raw Story, cites conflict of interest on the part of Ashcroft in his failure to promptly recuse himself during the initial investigation into the outing of CIA agent Valerie Wilson.
'Able Danger' Stopped From Informing FBI 17 Aug 2005 An Army intelligence officer said Wednesday he does not believe the 9/11 commission pressed hard enough for documentation of claims that military intelligence found a U.S.-based terrorist cell that included Mohamed Atta, who turned out to be the leader of the Sept. 11 attacks, prior to the terrorist strikes.
'Able Danger' Intel Exposed 'Protected' Heroin Trafficking By Daniel Hopsicker 17 Aug 2005 "Mohamed Atta was protected from official scrutiny as part of an officially-protected cocaine and heroin trafficking network with ties to top political figures, including Republican officials Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris, and it was this fact—and not the 'terrible lapses' of 'weak on terror' Clinton Administration officials cited by Republican Congressman Curt Weldon—which shielded him from being apprehended before the 9.11 attack."
Tort trials fall by nearly 80 percent 17 Aug 2005 The number of tort trials in federal courts has fallen by nearly 80 percent in less than two decades, a government study found Wednesday, a trend the Bush regime would like to see duplicated at the state and local levels. Bush signed legislation in February to have federal judges take most large class-action lawsuits away from state courts.
Doctors Argue Against Higher Co-Payments for Medicaid 18 Aug 2005 The Bush regime clashed with doctors on Wednesday over the merits of a proposal to charge higher co-payments to Medicaid recipients, with doctors warning that the fees could deter some poor people from seeking necessary medical care.
U.S. author forecasts $5 gas by next year 17 Aug 2005 An oil expert and author who correctly forecast $3 per gallon gasoline in the United States this year says the price will reach $5 next year.
Bush Approval Continues to Fall 17 Aug 2005 Dictator Bush's job approval has dropped to 41% nationwide, according to the results of 50 separate but concurrent, statewide public opinion polls conducted by SurveyUSA. Bush’s approval rating ranges from a high of 59% in Idaho to a low of 29% in Rhode Island.
Poll: Buyers' [sic] Remorse - 19 out 31 Red States Flip to Blue --posted by Jon "According to a state-by-state poll by SurveyUSA, nine months after the 2004 presidential elections, voters in 19 of the 31 Red states now disapprove of the job performance of George W. Bush - and opinion is evenly divide in two Red states, North Carolina and Louisiana." [Actually, there was no 'buyers remorse' - as some states did not make the purchase in the first place!!]
Ohio governor fined $4,000 for ethics violations --Taft pleads no contest 18 Aug 2005 Ohio Gov. Bob Taft (R) pleaded no contest Thursday to charges that he broke state ethics law by failing to report golf outings and other gifts. A judge found him guilty and fined him $4,000.
Prosecutor: Ohio Governor to Be Charged 17 Aug 2005 Gov. Bob Taft, under investigation for not reporting numerous golf outings as required by ethics law, will be charged with four misdemeanors, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Taft, a Republican and member of a distinguished U.S. political family, would be the first Ohio governor to be charged with a crime. [Cool beans! If convicted, Taft can join *another* GOP criminal, John G. Rowland (former CT governor), who is sitting in prison.]
More GOP criminality: Indictment Alleges Wire Fraud by Former Congressional Candidate 17 Aug 2005 A former Kansas congressional candidate is accused of using campaign money to cover a check for a down payment on his $1.2 million house... The 40-year-old Taff lost the 2004 Republican primary and also ran unsuccessfully as the GOP candidate for the Kansas Third District seat in 2002. Taff was indicted on one count of mail fraud and one of violating the Federal Election Campaign Act.
Joe Scarborough mulls challenge to Harris 18 Aug 2005 Congressman turned political talk show host Joe Scarborough has a choice to make: renew his contract with NBC or challenge Katherine Harris for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. Scarborough said Wednesday that he has already talked with Sen. Elizabeth Dole, who heads the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and plans to meet with Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman and White House officials next week about whether to get into the race to unseat Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson.
Japan quake causes radioactive water spill from spent fuel storage pools (no leakage outside) 17 Aug 2005 Water containing small amounts of radiation spilled out of spent fuel storage pools at two nuclear power plants in northern Japan when a powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook the region, the plants' operator said Wednesday.
Anthrax Outbreak Killing Cattle 18 Aug 2005 An anthrax outbreak has killed hundreds of cattle in parts of the Great Plains, forcing quarantines and devastating ranchers who worry how they will recover financially. [Practicing for the outbreak against humans?]
Germany considering measures to prevent bird flu 18 Aug 2005 Germany is considering special measures to prevent bird flu entering the country, Agriculture and Consumer Protection Minister Renate Kuenast said on Thursday.
Bird flu case detected at chicken farm in east Japan 18 Aug 2005 Chickens at a farm in Konosu, Tokyo's neighboring Saitama Prefecture in east Japan, have tested positive for bird flu virus, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said Thursday.
US senators: Global warming obvious in far north 17 Aug 2005 Fresh from visits to Canada's Yukon Territory and Alaska's northernmost city, four U.S. senators said on Wednesday that signs of rising temperatures on Earth are obvious and they called on Congress to act.
Hot Weather Creates Gigantic Corn --Plants Grow to Record Heights 17 Aug 2005 Preston, Minn. --The corn in southern Minnesota is growing by leaps and bounds. The hot weather this summer is yielding some record heights for stalks. Stalks are growing up to an average of 12 feet to 16 feet tall.
US Troops Hold Children Hostage in Northern Iraq: Police 16 Aug 2005 US troops held five children as hostages to demand handover of insurgents near a northern Iraqi town on Tuesday, police said. "The US forces surrounded the village of Mazraa near Baiji and detained five children under 10 years old, calling on the residents by loudspeakers to hand over several other children showed on TV channels celebrating the killing of US soldiers after roadside blast last week," a police source from Baiji told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. The US troops threatened to sweep the village by Wednesday morning to detain the other children and suspected resistance fighters, he said.
The Iraqi constitution adopted in 1990 under Saddam Hussein was among the most secular in the Arab world 16 Aug 2005 The Iraqi constitution adopted in 1990 under Saddam Hussein was among the most secular in the Arab world. It made no mention of Sharia -- Islamic religious law -- although Islam was named the official state religion. It prohibited all forms of discrimination, gender or other, and guaranteed freedom of expression as part of "the revolutionary, national and progressive trend."
Roberts Heard Terrorism Case As He Interviewed for Seat 17 Aug 2005 Judge John G. Roberts Jr. was interviewing for a possible Supreme Court nomination with top Bush regime officials at the same time he was presiding over a terrorism case of significant importance to Dictator Bush. Roberts recently released details of the months-long interviewing process showing that he met with Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and other regime officials about the Supreme Court job while sitting on the three-judge panel that eventually allowed Bush to resume the use of military officers to conduct trials of 'terrorist' suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Update in ACLU Torture FOIA Lawsuit (ACLU Press Release) 16 Aug 2005 "Following a two-hour closed hearing in New York on August 15, a federal judge ordered the government to reveal blacked-out portions of its legal papers arguing against the release of images depicting abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib. The government has until August 18 to make the currently redacted statements public, or to appeal the decision."
Asian men targeted in stop and search --Huge rise in number questioned under anti-terror laws 17 Aug 2005 The use of counter-terrorism stop and search powers has increased sevenfold since the July 7 attacks on Britain, with Asian people bearing the brunt of the increase, the Guardian has learned.
Four arrested under terror laws (UK) Four people are being quizzed after they were arrested under the Terrorism Act at Manchester Airport. 16 Aug 2005 Two men and two women were detained by armed officers early on Monday, and are now being quizzed in Greater Manchester.
Anti-terror laws are tyrannical: Fraser 17 Aug 2005 Former Liberal prime minister Malcolm Fraser has slammed Australia's anti-terrorism laws, saying they are laws associated with tyrannies. The legislation, passed in 2002, gives the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation the power to detain suspects. Mr Fraser said that gave ASIO the power to make people disappear.
New claims emerge over Menezes death · Brazilian was held before being shot · Police failed to identify him · He made no attempt to run away 17 Aug 2005 The young Brazilian shot dead by police on a London tube train in mistake for a 'suicide' bomber had already been overpowered by a surveillance officer before he was killed, according to secret documents revealed last night. It also emerged in the leaked documents that early allegations that he was running away from police at the time of the shooting were untrue and that he appeared unaware that he was being followed.
Shot Brazilian 'did not jump barrier and run' 17 Aug 2005 The Brazilian electrician shot dead by police on the London Underground last month was being restrained when he was killed by officers from Scotland Yard's firearms unit, according to documents leaked last night
FBI Investigating Local Homeland Security Agents --Up to Six Accused of Assault, Torture 16 Aug 2005 Allegations that as many as six federal Homeland Security deportation agents assaulted and tortured a Nigerian man who was shackled at Oklahoma City's Immigration and Customs Enforcement office are being investigated by the FBI, according to a published report.
Coast Guard, Navy Join Forces to Improve Homeland Security 16 Aug 2005 The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition, though at Naval Station Mayport that ceremony signaled another change. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville was established to improve homeland security and more effectively fight the war on [of] terrorism.
Linked Bombings Kill at Least 26 --Blasts at a Baghdad taxi and bus station precede one at the hospital where injured are taken. 16 Aug 2005 More than two dozen people were killed or injured early Wednesday in coordinated car bombings at a taxi and bus station and at the hospital where many of the victims were taken.
Oops!! 26 Iraqi workers wounded as US troops mistake them for rebels 16 Aug 2005 A group of Iraqi workers in Baghdad came under fire from US troops who mistook them for resistance fighters. An interior ministry source said US troops fired on a crowd of workers in the central Baghdad neighbourhood of Alawi.
About 700 82nd Airborne paratroopers will deploy to Iraq 16 Aug 2005 The 82nd Airborne Division will send about 700 soldiers to Iraq over the next two months for a mission they will learn when they arrive, officials said Tuesday.
19 Soldiers Struck by Lightning in Ga. 17 Aug 2005 A lightning strike sent 19 Fort Benning soldiers to the hospital Tuesday as a storm brought between 2 and 3 inches of rain to the area.
Ex US army marksman shoots down sheriff 17 Aug 2005 Authorities have charged a former US marine marksman with shooting down a sheriff's helicopter, alleging that he bragged to investigators that it would be no problem for him to "make that shot".
Japan voters could deal U.S. a blow in Iraq 16 Aug 2005 Japan's election next month could end up costing the United States another ally in Iraq, a symbolic blow to Washington even if Tokyo's overall pro-U.S. foreign policy doesn't change, experts said on Tuesday.
US right targets anti-war mother 17 Aug 2005 Rightwing criticism of a bereaved mother who is camped outside Dictator George Bush's Texas ranch in protest at the conflict in Iraq intensified yesterday as her campaign struck a nerve with growing anti-war opinion in the country.
Arrest In Texas Protest Cross-Up --Waco [whacko] man allegedly drove pickup through "Camp Casey" memorial 16 Aug 2005 Meet Larry Northern. The Texas man, 59, was arrested last night and charged with criminal mischief for allegedly driving his pickup truck over wooden crosses erected near the roadside campsite of Cindy Sheehan, the California woman who has brought her antiwar protest to Dictator George W. Bush's Crawford doorstep.
Ex-FBI Whistleblower to Join 'Peace Mom' 17 Aug 2005 Former FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley, along with a state senator whose son died in Iraq, are headed to Texas this week to join a growing anti-war demonstration near Dictator Bush's ranch.
Protester Vows to Continue Her Vigil Near Bush Ranch 17 Aug 2005 Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a soldier killed in Iraq who has set up a vigil near Dictator Bush's ranch, said Tuesday that she was "very disturbed" that a local resident had mowed down hundreds of small crosses bearing the names of other dead American soldiers, and that her now 10-day protest was "only the beginning" of what she described as a growing national movement to bring all American men and women home from the war.
Protest campsite moving closer to Bush ranch --Relative of man who fired shotgun offers space to antiwar demonstrators 16 Aug 2005 Antiwar protester Cindy Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq, is moving her camp closer to Dictator Bush’s Texas ranch. The piece of private property was offered by a relative of a man who had fired a shotgun in frustration over the protests, a source in the Sheehan camp said.
U.S. anti-war group won't pay Iraq sanctions fine 16 Aug 2005 U.S. peace activists faced with a $20,000 fine for violating U.S. sanctions against Iraq seven years ago for delivering medical supplies said on Tuesday they will go to jail before paying the fine.
Afghan Valley to Receive $2.4 Million for Reconstruction 16 Aug 2005 Afghanistan's Baghran Valley, once home to Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar [and now home to US contractor$], will receive more than $2 million in U.S. reconstruction funds over the next six months.
Afghan copters crash, killing 17 Spanish troops --Conflicting accounts on what caused two NATO choppers to go down 16 Aug 2005 Two helicopters carrying NATO-led forces crashed Tuesday in the desert in western Afghanistan, killing at least 17 Spanish troops, officials said. There were conflicting reports about what caused the crash, with Afghan, U.S. and NATO officials saying it was an accident but Spain saying it was possible the choppers were shot down.
Officer: Unit Stopped From Giving FBI Info 16 Aug 2005 An Army intelligence officer says his unit was blocked in 2000 and 2001 from giving the FBI information about a U.S.-based terrorist cell that included Mohamed Atta, the future 'leader' of the Sept. 11 attacks. Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer said the small intelligence unit, called "Able Danger," had identified Atta and three of the other future Sept. 11 hijackers as al-Qaida members by mid-2000. He said military lawyers stopped the unit from sharing the information with the FBI.
UK director to make 9/11 hijack film 17 Aug 2005 A second major Hollywood film is to be made about the 11 September terrorist attacks on the United States, it emerged yesterday.
Democrats Feel Heat From Left on Roberts --Groups Say Fight Should Be Stronger 17 Aug 2005 Major liberal groups accused Democratic senators yesterday of showing too little stomach for opposing John G. Roberts Jr.'s Supreme Court nomination, saying newly released documents indicate he is much more conservative than many people first thought.
Nominee Roberts, in '84, called equal pay for women 'radical' 16 Aug 2005 As a Reagan White House attorney in 1984, John G. Roberts criticized three Republican congresswomen for supporting the "radical" idea of "comparable worth" to create pay equality between men and women.
Catholic watchdog group urges purging of 'pro-death' professors 16 Aug 2005 A conservative Catholic watchdog group wants 18 academics, including three professors at Boston College, purged from campus for perpetuating "a culture of death" [the Bush regime?] by supporting abortion rights or siding against Terry Schiavo's parents in their efforts to keep her feeding tube.
Governor backs electronic tracking for sex offenders --Democrats say Schwarzenegger's proposal is about politics, not policy 16 Aug 2005 Tens of thousands of California sex offenders would be forced to wear electronic tracking devices for the rest of their lives under two new bills backed by [GOP-installed] Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. [He can start by tracking *himself.*]
Governor Reiterates Support For Education Lawsuit 16 Aug 2005 Hundreds of teachers from the state's largest teacher's union gave Gov. M. Jodi Rell a round of applause Tuesday morning when she reiterated her support for a planned lawsuit over the federal No Child Left Behind law.
Millions of Americans get by on Social Security alone 16 Aug 2005 Today, 10.6 million people, or 22% of the 48 million who will receive Social Security benefits this year, live on that check alone, the Social Security Administration says. [Yeah, they don't receive the billions in corporate welfare that Cheney's Halliburton whores receive every month.]
Venezuela Ready to Cut Oil Exports to US 16 Aug 2005 Venezuela warned Tuesday it is ready to stop oil sales to the United States if the Bush regime keeps on threatening the country's national sovereignty...
Is oil heading for $100 a barrel? Corpora-terrorists ['Instability in the Middle East and bottlenecks in refining'] are driving prices higher A 5% chance of oil hitting $100 a barrel still represents long odds but Goldman Sachs - the biggest trader of energy derivatives - thinks it is a real possibility. It put out a paper this year predicting a super-spike in oil prices to $105 a barrel.
Holy corpora-terror, Batman! Natural gas prices may see 58 percent leap this winter 16 Aug 2005 A 58 percent increase in natural gas prices is projected during the November through February winter season, according to a spokesman for MidAmerican Energy.
CNN, ABC bugged by 2 Internet worms [Way to go, Internet worms!] 16 Aug 2005 Two Internet worms disrupted computer systems at CNN, ABC and The New York Times on Tuesday, underscoring the difficulty of keeping corporate systems patched against the latest malicious cyberattack.
Russia: Bird flu deadly to humans 16 Aug 2005 Russia says an outbreak of bird flu in Chelyabinsk is dangerous to humans, as teams of sanitary workers destroy birds in Siberia in an attempt to prevent the westward spread of the deadly virus.
Dutch told to keep birds indoors over fear of flu 16 Aug 2005 Dutch farmers are being ordered to keep poultry indoors in the toughest measures yet imposed by a European Union country against bird flu.
Torture complaint challenges Iraq constitution 15 Aug 2005 Allegations on Monday of torture in prisons raised troubling questions over human rights in the new Iraq. In a video released by a senior local government official, 20 men who said they were held as suspected 'insurgents' by Interior Ministry forces displayed welts and bruises and alleged they were beaten and given electric shocks among other tortures.
Guantanamo Detainee Says Beating Injured Spine 13 Aug 2005 An Egyptian-born teacher imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for the past 3 1/2 years recently convinced the U.S. military that he is not an enemy combatant, but rather what he said he was: a pro-democracy English teacher swept up when the military seized fighters and suspected terrorists from the battlefields of Afghanistan. In newly declassified records of statements to his attorney, Sami Al-Laithi said that as a result of his detention at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, he is now confined to a wheelchair with two broken vertebrae. He said military personnel and interrogators stomped on his back, dropped him on the floor and repeatedly forced his neck forward soon after his arrival at the prison.
Ex-Guantanamo guard describes torture methods 15 Aug 2005 In a German documentary film, a former U.S. military policeman has claimed prisoners were marched night and day inside the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo in 2003 to make them more susceptible to interrogation.
Judge to decide on release of new Iraq prison abuse [torture] photos 15 Aug 2005 A showdown is set for Monday in a New York federal court over the Defense Department's refusal to release a new batch of photographs and videos showing U.S. soldiers abusing [torturing] detainees in Iraq. [The Reichwing media whores really need to stop sugar-coating the actions of the Bush dictatorship.]
Navy proposing high-tech destroyer with long-range guns 15 Aug 2005 The Navy, seeking a greater role as the United States wages wars far inland, is pushing an expensive, experimental destroyer it says will be able to bomb targets well away from shore.
PentaPost Drops Plan to Promote Pentagon Event 16 Aug 2005 The Washington Post announced yesterday that it will back out of a controversial co-sponsorship of a Pentagon-organized event next month to remember the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and support the troops in Iraq.
'Wash Post' Guild Leaders Want Paper Out of Sept. 11 'Freedom Walk' 15 Aug 2005 Newspaper Guild leaders at The Washington Post on Monday afternoon called on the newspaper to withdraw its sponsorship of a controversial Sept. 11 memorial walk organized by the Department of Defense. The event has drawn opposition from several groups for its alleged pro-war tilt.
Roadside bomb kills four Iraqi soldiers in Fallujah 15 Aug 2005 A roadside bomb attacked an Iraqi security forces patrol in Fallujah on Monday, killing four Iraqi soldiers, witness said.
Canadian man abducted and killed in Iraq 15 Aug 2005 A Canadian man has been killed in Iraq by kidnappers. Officials announced Monday that Zaid Meerwali, who held dual Canadian-Iraqi citizenship, was abducted Aug. 2 and murdered.
U.S. Judge Sends Blackwater Suit to N.C. 15 Aug 2005 A federal judge has ruled that a North Carolina court should hear a lawsuit accusing a security firm - Blackwater Security Consulting - based in the state of wrongful death in the brutal slayings of four guards in Iraq.
Marine Accused of Firing on Crowd in Mass. 14 Aug 2005 A veteran recently named "Marine of the Year" for his service in Iraq was charged with attempted murder after firing a shotgun from his apartment window as a group of noisy revelers stood outside a nightclub, police said.
Way to go, Cindy! Determined Iraq war protester spoils Bush vacation 15 Aug 2005 The determined protest by a mother of an American soldier killed in Iraq has given US Dictator George W. Bush little escape from politics during an August vacation at his beloved Texas ranch.
"I'm so sorry" [for being a mass murderer] Read Newsweek's whitewashing of Bush's refusal to meet with grieving protesters. 22 Aug 2005
Bush neighbors to seek court order 15 Aug 2005 Some Reichwing residents of Crawford, Texas, are expressing resentment as hundreds of anti-war protesters descend upon Dictator George W. Bush's adopted hometown. They want to prevent anyone from parking or stopping within two miles of the makeshift campsite erected by Cindy Sheehan, the Vacaville, Calif., woman whose son, Casey, was killed in the war in Iraq.
Shotgun Blast Jars Bush Protesters 15 Aug 2005 Dictator Bush might have made his peace with the antiwar encampment outside his Texas ranch, but his next-door neighbor has taken up arms. The incident occurred Sunday morning as activists gathered for a prayer service in the tent village set up by Cindy Sheehan, whose son Casey was killed in Iraq and who is demanding a meeting with Bush to discuss the war.
Attend a vigil or Camp Casey in your community. (meetwithcindy.org) "Cindy's efforts to ask President [sic] Bush the reason why her son died in Iraq have inspired communities around the country to demand that our troops be brought home now. You can join this movement by attending a vigil or Camp Casey in your community. Military families and veterans have set up 'Camp Caseys' in Boston, Portland, OR, New York, Atlanta, Phoenix, Chico, CA and other cities. On Wednesday night you can support Cindy at candlelight vigils in communities across the nation."
21 Administration Officials Involved In Plame Leak --The cast of administration characters with known connections to the outing of an undercover CIA agent (list compiled by thinkprogress.org)
What Now, Karl? Rove and Ashcroft face new allegations in the Valerie Plame affair By Murray Waas 13 Aug 2005 "Justice Department officials made the crucial decision in late 2003 to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the leak of the identity of undercover CIA officer Valerie Plame in large part because investigators had begun to specifically question the veracity of accounts provided to them by White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove, according to senior law enforcement officials. Several of the federal investigators were also deeply concerned that then attorney general John Ashcroft was personally briefed regarding the details of at least one FBI interview with Rove, despite Ashcroft's own longstanding personal and political ties to Rove, the Voice has also learned."
Chavez threatens to cut off oil exports to US 15 Aug 2005 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has threatened to cut off oil exports to the United States if Washington does not stop the 'aggressions' against his leftist government, Agence France-Presse reported. [Why does AFX News add the term 'leftist' to describe the Chavez government? For consistency, they should refer to the Bush government as 'rightist.']
Al-Qaeda, a Secret Service Operation? By Ercan Gun 14 Aug 2005 "Amid the smoke from the fortuitous fire emerged the possibility that al-Qaeda may not be, strictly speaking, an organization but an element of an intelligence agency operation. Turkish intelligence specialists agree that there is no such organization as al-Qaeda. Rather, Al-Qaeda is the name of a secret service operation. The concept 'fighting terror' is the background of the 'low-intensity-warfare' conducted in the mono-polar world order. The subject of this strategy of tension is named as 'al-Qaeda.'"
US issues new security alert for Britain 14 Aug 2005 A new warning of potential terror attacks on Britain has been issued by US intelligence chiefs. A bulletin sent out last week by the US Department of Homeland Security said that al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] terrorists planned to drive hijacked fuel tankers into petrol stations to cause massive causalities. The warning suggested the attacks could happen in London and American cities in the next few weeks. [Here's a thought: how is it the *US* knows how, when, and where 'al-Qaeda terrorists' are going to attack?]
Security Beefed Up in Britain Amid Fresh Terror Threat 16 Aug 2005 The UK Department of Transport yesterday ordered a tightening of security around Britain’s road-tanker fleet and road haulage networks, as the fear of a third wave of bomb attacks against targets in London grew.
Peer joins row over threats to judges on anti-terror measures 15 Aug 2005 Ministers threatening to force judges to interpret legislation in a way that would allow the deportation of Islamic extremists were rebuked yesterday by the peer appointed to review anti-terror measures.
UK prison watchdog criticises holding centres 16 Aug 2005 Britain's prison watchdog criticised four short-term immigration holding centres on Tuesday saying some detainees had to sleep on tables because of inadequate facilities.
Deportation Set for Imam in F.B.I. Case 16 Aug 2005 An Islamic cleric being held by immigration officials agreed Monday to be deported, a week after federal investigators accused him of planning to set up a religious school where recruits could be trained to kill Americans. The cleric, Shabbir Ahmed, was never charged with terrorist acts, and his lawyer has called the accusations against him baseless.
Author says prepare for nuclear terror --Former official: Not trying to cause panic, but prevent it 10 Aug 2005 U.S. officials should get serious about nuclear terrorism by urging Americans to prepare for disaster by stockpiling food, water, building shelters and planning evacuation routes, says an author and former member of the Indiana House of Representatives.
US shoots ahead in stun gun design 15 Aug 2005 Weapons designed to fire "electric bullets" into crowds are being developed for police and border protection agencies in the US. The Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency, the domestic equivalent of the defence agency DARPA, has launched an "innovative less-lethal devices for law enforcement" programme to radically expand the capabilities of electric shock weapons.
Napolitano declares border emergency 15 Aug 2005 Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano declared an emergency Monday in four border counties because of problems related to lax border enforcement and moved to provide local governments in those counties with up to $1.5 million in state funding.
Babies Caught Up in 'No-Fly' Confusion 15 Aug 2005 Infants have been stopped from boarding planes at airports throughout the U.S. because their names are the same as or similar to those of possible terrorists on the government's "no-fly list."
If pilots were dead, who flew plane? 16 Aug 2005 Greek aviation authorities say that they had no idea who was flying the ill-fated Cypriot plane for more than an hour before it crashed yesterday afternoon... US investigators were on their way to Athens to [*cover-up*] 'help with the inquiry.'
Greek Crash Puzzles U.S. Aviation Experts 15 Aug 2005 U.S. aviation experts say they can't understand the behavior of the flight crew aboard a Cypriot airliner that crashed north of Athens after flying on autopilot for what could have been hours.
Overhaul of Government Labor Rules Is Blocked 14 Aug 2005 A federal judge has blocked the Bush regime's plans to overhaul personnel and pay rules at the Department of Homeland Security, saying the government-wide change of labor rules failed to protect workers' right to bargain collectively.
Crucifixes in government buildings 15 Aug 2005 "It is important that God is present in public life, with the sign of the cross, in homes and public buildings," the Italian news agency ANSA quoted. Pope Benedict XVI has backed the display of crucifixes in public buildings, saying that God should be present in public life. [Conversation between Michael Rectenwald and Lori Price: LORI: "Mike, the Pope wants crucifixes in public buildings." MIKE: "Tell him to hang on one first."]
Roberts Backed Efforts for School Prayer 15 Aug 2005 As a government attorney, John Roberts advised the White House to support congressional efforts to allow school prayer, arguing that a Supreme Court ruling striking down the practice "seems indefensible."
Memo Cited 'Abortion Tragedy' --Roberts Backed Service for Fetuses 16 Aug 2005 As a senior legal adviser to President Reagan, John G. Roberts Jr. concluded that a controversial memorial service for aborted fetuses, organized by a group of California doctors who opposed Roe v. Wade , was "an entirely appropriate means of calling attention to the abortion tragedy."
Legal Urban Legends Hold Sway --Tall tales of outrageous jury awards have helped bolster business-led campaigns to overhaul the civil justice system. 14 Aug 2005 The tales are making the rounds at a time when business lobbyists and conservative politicians seem to have gained the upper hand in their drive to rein in lawsuits — a campaign that they call tort reform but that trial lawyers and consumer groups say is an assault on the legal rights of ordinary people.
Coverage of Big Awards for Plaintiffs Helps Distort View of Legal System In most such cases, the verdicts are either later rejected or the amounts are severely lowered. 15 Aug 2005 While acknowledging that excesses no doubt occur, many legal observers say there is no evidence that people are filing more lawsuits or that juries are getting more generous — indeed, there is some data to the contrary. And mammoth verdicts, in the rare cases in which they occur, almost always are tossed out or sharply reduced later.
Governor's close ties to gas lobby --Past, present advisers hired to help push offshore terminal 15 Aug 2005 Energy companies have yet to sell a drop of imported liquefied natural gas in California. But their quest to ship huge volumes into the state is proving lucrative for firms with close ties to [GOP-installed] Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
As Costs Rise, Heating Oil Dealers Unable to Lock In Prices 15 Aug 2005 Crude oil prices on Friday soared to a record $66.86 a barrel, up by 46 percent from a year ago. As a result, some dealers will not offer fixed-price contracts this year.
Fuel Economy Plan Is Seen Omitting Rule for Big S.U.V.'s 16 Aug 2005 The Bush regime is expected to abandon a proposal to extend fuel economy regulations to include Hummer H2's and other huge sport utility vehicles, auto industry and other officials say.
Mega bulimia alert!! USDA finds 1,000 violations of mad cow rules Meat plants cut corners, failed to remove banned materials 15 Aug 2005 Federal food safety inspectors found more than 1,000 instances since 2004 where U.S. meat plants cut corners or violated regulations aimed at preventing the spread of mad cow disease, the U.S. Agriculture Department said Monday.
Mega barf alert!! Researchers Aim To Grow Meat In Test Tube 15 Aug 2005 A research team is proposing a new technique that would allow meat to be grown in a laboratory for mass consumption, according to a report.
Deadly bird flu virus is closing in on Europe 16 Aug 2005 An outbreak of avian flu among wild and domestic birds in Russia is spreading west and starting to approach Europe, public health officials said yesterday.
World on alert as bird flu reaches the Urals 16 Aug 2005 Russia warned the world yesterday that migrating birds could export the bird flu virus to Europe and the Middle East within months.
Russia says bird flu may spread to Europe 15 Aug 2005 Russia, which is scrambling to contain a bird flu outbreak in Siberia, warned the world on Monday that migrating birds may export the deadly virus to Europe and the Middle East in coming months.
Bird flu may spread to southern Russia - physician 15 Aug 2005 Bird flu may spread to the Astrakhan, Rostov and Volgograd regions, Stavropol and Krasnodar territories in southern Russia this fall, the country's chief sanitary doctor said Monday.
Heat wave 12 Aug 2005 Eielson Air Force Base (AK) recorded a temperature of 88 on Wednesday, breaking the 1990 record of 83. Several remote automatic stations reported temperatures into the 90s, with the highest reading of 92 at McKinley River southwest of Fairbanks.
From permafrost to permatan, Alaska basks in record heat 16 Aug 2005 For the second summer in a row, the glacier state has been baking under sweltering skies, stirring anxieties about global warming and its impact on the polar region. August is meant to be a scorcher in Dallas but not in Fairbanks, where temperatures yesterday were in the mid-80s Fahrenheit (high 20s Celsius).
Forecasts raised for busy U.S. hurricane season 15 Aug 2005 A higher-than-usual number of hurricanes are expected to slam into the United States this year, a leading hurricane forecaster said on Monday, threatening areas trying to rebuild from last year's devastating storms.
Special D.C. Legal Unit to Focus on Terrorism 14 Aug 2005 The U.S. attorney's office in Washington is creating a special unit to meet the increasing demands brought on by a spike in cases involving national security. U.S. Attorney Kenneth L. Wainstein said he will devote about 12 prosecutors full time to the effort. The creation of the "national security section" reflects the office's high priority on anti-terrorism cases. The office already is at the forefront of the investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks. [ROFL!! They really kicked a*s on *that* investigation, didn't they? Just arrest Dick Cheney, and stop mind-gaming us.]
Bomb Squads, Setting Off the Bombs 14 Aug 2005 The bombs were identical in size and design: one in a black nylon duffel bag, the other in a black knapsack with grayish trim. Each was made of 10 kilos of powerful commercial explosives - essentially sawdust soaked in nitroglycerine - with nuts and bolts for shrapnel. Left on seats in a commuter rail car, they were detonated almost simultaneously using cellphones... The blast, which took place early this year at the China Lake Naval Air Weapons Center in the California desert north of Los Angeles, was observed by dozens of state, local and federal investigators, including the commander of New York Police Department Bomb Squad.
Washington Hotel Evacuated After Fake Bomb Found in Building 14 Aug 2005 About 350 guests were evacuated from a downtown Washington, D.C., hotel after discovery of a device made to look like a bomb, a fire department spokesman said.
Hoax Bomb Destroyed at D.C. Hotel 14 Aug 2005 Fire and Emergency Medical Services destroyed a hoax bomb Sunday found in Washington, D.C.'s famous Renaissance Mayflower Hotel.
Bush terror team caught planting 'hoax' bombs? Sources: Device [Bomb] was Secret Service agent's training tool 14 Aug 2005 A training device [Bomb] mistakenly left by a Secret Service agent at a Washington hotel was the "suspicious package" that prompted a building evacuation Sunday afternoon, law enforcement sources said.
US warns of new attacks on London 14 Aug 2005 American intelligence chiefs have warned that Al-Qaeda [Al-CIAduh] terrorists are plotting to drive hijacked fuel tankers into petrol stations in an effort to cause mass casualties in London and US cities in the next few weeks.
Lawyers say 'rule of law' is under threat after Bakri is barred 13 Aug 2005 Lawyers and civil liberties campaigners have warned that the Government is threatening the "rule of law" and very basis of democracy in Britain with plans to tell judges how to interpret the Human Rights Act.
No terror mastermind behind London bombers - report 13 Aug 2005 Groups behind the July London bomb attack that killed 52 people and a failed attempt to strike again soon after appear to have been acting independently of an al Qaeda mastermind abroad, a newspaper reported on Saturday.
London bombings: the truth emerges 13 Aug 2005 The suicide cell that killed 52 people on 7 July is not linked to those alleged to be behind the second London attacks on 21 July, according to the initial findings of the biggest anti-terrorist investigation held in Britain.
Myths about the bombings 13 Aug 2005 MYTH Haroon Rashid Aswat, a British-born Muslim who grew up in West Yorkshire, was reported to be the mastermind behind the July 7 suicide bombings and had been arrested in Pakistan. REALITY He was never in Pakistan but was eventually detained in Zambia. Scotland Yard does not view him as a key player in the July 7 attacks... [List]
Power plants armed 14 Aug 2005 Armed police will provide round-the-clock protection at Wales' nuclear power station from next year to protect it from terrorists.
Security Cameras Proliferate in Manhattan 14 Aug 2005 ...A supersized, domed version hovered like a flying saucer outside Columbia University. All were surveillance cameras and — to the dismay of civil libertarians and with the approval of law enforcement — they've been multiplying at a dizzying rate all over Manhattan.
Weather legislation worries emergency radio operators 05 Aug 2005 If a terrorist attack or natural disaster knocks out power and telephones, ham radio operators step in to help coordinate police, fire and other emergency services. But now, some believe, a bill introduced by Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Terrorist- Pa., threatens weather information crucial to SkyWarn and other groups that make up the fabric of that web. Critics say the legislation would restrict the duties of the National Weather Service, stopping the agency from providing service that can be handled by private weather-forecasting companies.
Judge Blocks Homeland Security's New Work Rules 14 Aug 2005 A federal judge has blocked the Bush regime's plans to revise personnel and pay rules at the Department of Homeland Security, saying the government-wide change of labor rules fails to protect workers' right to bargain collectively.
Study Shows Florida Leads Nation In Taser Deaths 14 Aug 2005 A newspaper report says that Florida leads the nation in Taser associated deaths with 27 over a five year period.
U.S. lawmakers call for more American troops in Iraq 14 Aug 2005 Two top U.S. lawmakers on Sunday called for more American troops to be sent to Iraq, but the head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said that was "very unlikely."
Six US soldiers killed across Iraq over weekend 14 Aug 2005 Six US soldiers have been killed and five were wounded in roadside bombings and shooting attacks across Iraq over the weekend, the US military said on Sunday.
15 Iraqi civilians killed by US fire 13 Aug 2005 A blast near an American military patrol followed by heavy U.S. gunfire left 15 Iraqis dead and 17 injured in a town west of Baghdad, residents said on Saturday.
Iraqis say 15 dead after US shooting 13 Aug 2005 An attack on a U.S. military patrol followed by U.S. gunfire left 15 Iraqis dead and 17 wounded in a town west of Baghdad, residents said on Saturday, but the U.S. military said it was not responsible. [Then, who is, whackjobs?]
Four killed in central Iraq; one US soldier killed in bombing 13 Aug 2005 A blast on Friday near a Mosque west of Baghdad killed four people, three of them were children, and injured at least 19 others, police and hospital officials said.
US death squads busy little bees in Iraq: 30 bodies found in Iraq mass grave 14 Aug 2005 Captured resistance fighters in Iraq led authorities to a mass grave in Baghdad containing 30 bodies on Sunday. It was unclear who was in the two-week-old grave or how they died, Col. Selam al-Maamuri of Iraq's Interior Minister said.
Senior official of Iraq Central Bank abducted 14 Aug 2005 Unknown gunmen abducted a senior official of Iraq's Central Bank as he left home in central Baghdad Sunday morning, police said.
Italy hastens troop reduction in Iraq -source 13 Aug 2005 Italy, a month ahead of schedule, has started reducing its presence in Iraq by drawing down the first 130 forces in a planned 300-troop withdrawal, a Rome-based military source said on Saturday.
Hussein's daughter threatens boycott unless defense given private access 11 Aug 2005 Saddam Hussein's daughter says her father's defense lawyer could boycott Hussein's first trial unless the attorney can meet privately with his client.
Fraud in Iraq costs $1 billion 12 Aug 2005 Iraqi investigators have uncovered more than $1 billion of fraud and waste in weapons deals arranged by [U.S.] middlemen, Knight Ridder news service reported. ...The report said an Iraqi audit suggested that senior U.S.-appointed Iraqi Defense Ministry officials used three intermediary companies to hide the kickbacks.
Iraqis Consider Bypassing Sunnis on Constitution 15 Aug 2005 Iraqi 'leaders' remained deadlocked Sunday over major issues in the country's new constitution, raising the possibility they would fail to meet the Monday deadline and push the country toward a political crisis. [Nah, 'ya think?].
It is not only Iraq that is occupied. America is too --My country is in the grip of a president surrounded by thugs in suits By Howard Zinn Friday 12 Aug 2005 "It has quickly become clear that Iraq is not a liberated country, but an occupied country... But more ominous, perhaps, than the occupation of Iraq is the occupation of the US. I wake up in the morning, read the newspaper, and feel that we are an occupied country, that some alien group has taken over. I wake up thinking: the US is in the grip of a president surrounded by thugs in suits who care nothing about human life abroad or here, who care nothing about freedom abroad or here, who care nothing about what happens to the earth, the water or the air, or what kind of world will be inherited by our children and grandchildren." [A must read]
Shots fired near Bush protesters 15 Aug 2005 A Reichwing terrorist ['frustrated local farmer'] fired shots into the air today near hundreds of protesters who began their second week of demonstrations against the Iraq war outside US Dictator George W Bush's ranch. [Arming the Left: Is the time now? --by Charles Southwell "As long as we pose no REAL threat to the powers-that-be, to what is shaping up into a dictatorship, we will continue to be ignored. Right now, we are ignored because we present no organized power to fight this onslaught of anti-democratic, totalitarian government that we are up against..."]
Mom's Protest Riles Gun-Toting Neighbor 14 Aug 2005 Undaunted by counter rallies and even a neighbor's gunshot blasts into the air, a woman whose son died in Iraq said Sunday that she will continue her anti-war demonstration near Dictator Bush's ranch for three more weeks.
Mom says war protest will continue until month's end 14 Aug 2005 Cindy Sheehan says she'll continue her anti-war demonstration for three more weeks, even after counter rallies and a neighbor's gunshot blasts into the air.
US paid for Japanese human germ warfare data 15 Aug 2005 The United States gave money and other benefits to former members of a Japanese germ warfare unit two years after the end of World War II to obtain data on human experiments the unit conducted in China. The Imperial Japanese Army established Unit 731 in 1936 to develop biological weapons using plague, anthrax and other bacteria.
Venezuelan Anti-Imperialist 'Court' Issues Guilty Verdict Against Bush 14 Aug 2005 Witnesses from dozens of countries, including Colombia, Vietnam and communist-led Cuba, argued their cases against the alleged imperialist foreign policies of the United States before the jury. Thousands of young men and women from leftist groups participating in the world youth festival cheered when the judge on Sunday read the verdict ending the two-day trial: "Condemned, for crimes against humanity."
Chinese, Russian Militaries to Hold First Joint Drills --Alliance May Extend to Arms Sales 15 Aug 2005 Russia and China will hold their first ever joint military exercises next week as the once wary neighbors demonstrate their willingness to cooperate in the face of the U.S. military presence in Central Asia.
No Paper Trail Left Behind: The Theft of the 2004 Presidential Election By Dennis Loo, Ph.D. "In order to believe that George Bush won the November 2, 2004 presidential election, you must also believe all of the following extremely improbable or outright impossible things... 15) Exit polls in the November 2004 Ukrainian presidential elections, paid for in part by the Bush administration, were right, but exit polls in the U.S., where exit polling was invented, were very wrong." [A must read]
Bush Approval a Low for Two-Term Leaders 14 Aug 2005 Dictator Bush's standing with an American public anxious about Iraq and the nation's direction is lower than that of the last two men who won re-election to the White House — Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton — at this point in their second terms. [Reagan and Clinton were re-elected; Bush wasn't elected *once.*]
Rulings Trim Legal Leeway Given Medicaid Recipients 15 Aug 2005 In a series of rulings, federal judges are limiting the ability of poor people to turn to the courts to fight for Medicaid benefits to which they believe they are entitled.
Critics Decry Roberts' Environment Record 14 Aug 2005 Supreme Court nominee John Roberts once offered the National Mining Association some unpaid advice on how to intervene in other people's court cases. Two years later he was hired by the group to argue against a citizens group trying to stop coal companies from shearing off the tops of West Virginia's mountains...
U.S. gasoline prices hit $2.50 a gallon 14 Aug 2005 The average retail price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States rose over the past three weeks to record highs.
Bird-flu pandemic just 'plane ride away' --Officials watch state for signs of outbreak 14 Aug 2005 Though avian flu has been confined to Asia so far, public health officials in Washington state are taking the threat seriously. They’re preparing for the worst even as the Bush regime has proposed cuts in federal funding for agencies already cash-strapped because of 'bioterrorism responsibilities' in the wake of Sept. 11.
Pentagon devising scenarios for martial law in US By Patrick Martin 9 Aug 2005 "According to a report published Monday by the Washington Post, the Pentagon has developed its first ever war plans for operations within the continental United States, in which terrorist attacks would be used as the justification for imposing martial law on cities, regions or the entire country."
Officials Warn of Possibility of Attack Around Sept. 11 12 Aug 2005 A group of F.B.I. counterterrorism analysts warned this week of possible terrorist attacks in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago around Sept. 11, but officials cautioned on Thursday that they were skeptical about the seriousness of the threat.
FBI Counterterror Head to Run New Division 13 Aug 2005 Gary Bald, the FBI's counterterrorism chief, was named director of the bureau's new National Security Service [Stasi] on Friday, a day after a senator sharply criticized his lack of experience and knowledge about the Mideast and terrorism. Bald will run a division within the FBI that brings counterintelligence, counterterrorism and intelligence operations under one umbrella.
Wireless World: Chips track license plates 12 Aug 2005 A controversial plan to embed radio frequency identification chips in license plates in the United Kingdom also may be coming to the United States, experts told UPI's Wireless World.
Mass. city takes on Washington to halt LNG project 12 Aug 2005 Fall River, a Massachusetts city of rusting textile mills, is stepping up a fight to block a liquefied natural gas project that residents fear could become the target of terrorists.
Homeland Security lowering mass transit threat alert 12 Aug 2005 The government lowered the terror threat level for subways, buses and trains, effective after the rush hour Friday, but commuters are likely to continue seeing stepped-up security in many big cities.
Police: 3 Men 'Suspiciously' Videotaping At Santa Monica Pier --Police Say Men Were Filming Access Roads, Security Structures 11 Aug 2005 Three men who were seen videotaping the Santa Monica pier in a suspicious manner [LOL!] have been identified and were seen videotaping in other communities, police said Thursday.
Saudis to retrieve $360 billion abroad 07 Aug 2005 Saudi Arabia said Sunday it was working to bring back to the kingdom a total of $360 billion invested abroad in the last 18 months. [Bush must be close to attacking us, again.]
Clarke uses 'personal power' to ban Bakri from UK 13 Aug 2005 Muslim cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed was banned yesterday from setting foot in Britain again under a "personal power" exercised by the home secretary, Charles Clarke. [OMG, can I use *my* 'personal power' to ban Bush from ever setting foot in the US?]
UK bars Islamic cleric Bakri in anti-terrorism push 12 Aug 2005 Britain barred Muslim cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed on Friday from returning to the country, as part of a government crackdown on Islamic preachers it says inspire bombers [?!?] like those who attacked London in July.
9/11 probe knew chief hijacker identified 13 Aug 2005 The September 11 commission knew military intelligence officials had identified lead hijacker Mohamed Atta as a member of al-Qaeda who might be part of a US-based terror cell more than a year before the terror attacks but decided not to include that in its final report, a spokesman acknowledged yesterday.
Congressman: U.S. Intel Knew 9/11 Plotters 10 Aug 2005 Members of the commission that uncovered the government's failures to share intelligence among agencies before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks want to know whether U.S. defense intelligence officials knew for more than a year that four of the hijackers were part of an al-CIAduh cell but failed to tell law enforcement.
Bush hints at military option for Iran 13 Aug 2005 US Dictator George W Bush refused to rule out the use of force against Iran over the Islamic republic's resumption of nuclear activities, in an interview with Israeli television.
Bush refuses to rule out force against Iran 12 Aug 2005 US Dictator George W. Bush refused to rule out the use of force against Iran over its resumption of nuclear activities, in an interview aired on Israeli television. When asked if the use of force was an alternative to faltering diplomatic efforts, Bush said: "All options are on the table."
Ousted Baghdad mayor says gun, not vote, rules Iraq 12 Aug 2005 Baghdad's former mayor, ousted by force this week, said on Friday the new Iraq had degenerated into a militia state ruled by the gun and not the ballot box.
US soldier killed, two others wounded in central Afghanistan 12 Aug 2005 KABUL - US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan said one of their service members was killed on Friday and two were wounded in a training accident involving explosives in the central province of Uruzgan.
Bush Motorcade Passes by Protester's Camp 12 Aug 2005 Dictator Bush today passed within 100 feet of the roadside encampment where the mother of an Iraq war casualty was inviting him to stop and talk, but his motorcade passed by the protest site without making contact. The fleeting encounter between the pResident's entourage and the antiwar assembly organized by Cindy Sheehan occurred near Bush's Prairie Chapel Ranch...
Cindy Sheehan's Pitched Battle --In a Tent Near Bush's Ranch, Antiwar Mother of Dead Soldier Gains Visibility 13 Aug 2005 Cindy Sheehan vaulted into national consciousness this month on the power of her story as the grieving mother of a fallen soldier.
Son Killed in Iraq Known for Quiet Service 13 Aug 2005 He was an altar boy, an Eagle Scout, a church youth group leader. That is what people remember about Casey Sheehan, the 24-year-old soldier whose death in Iraq has become a flashpoint for debate about the war since his mother began staging a peace vigil outside the president's ranch in Texas.
Fire Tucker Carlson (Greenpeace) 04 Aug 2005 "During the June 22, 2005, edition of his MSNBC show, The Situation with Tucker Carlson, Mr. Carlson stated that he has always respected France for blowing up the Greenpeace ship the Rainbow Warrior. The Rainbow Warrior was blown up in Auckland Harbor by French agents on July 10, 1985... On July 28, 2005, John Passacantando wrote to Neal Shapiro, president of NBC/MSNBC News, and to Bill Wolff, executive producer of the 'Situation with Tucker Carlson,' demanding that the network hold Tucker Carlson accountable for his remarks and fire him."
Career Lawyer Gets Oversight of CIA Probe 13 Aug 2005 David Margolis, a lawyer at the Justice Department for 40 years, was named Friday to oversee a special prosecutor's investigation of who in the Bush regime disclosed the name of an undercover CIA officer.
Senate Democrats Request Roberts Documents 13 Aug 2005 Senate Democrats on Friday renewed their push for documents from John Roberts' service as deputy solicitor general, saying the material is critical to gauge the Supreme Court nominee's position on civil rights.
Kansas Schools OK Criticism of Evolution 9 Aug 2005 The Kansas Board of Education [illiterate morons] voted 6-4 Tuesday to include greater criticism of evolution in its school science standards, but it decided to send the standards to an outside academic for review before taking a final vote.
Lobbyist Abramoff posts bond 12 Aug 2005 Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff, an associate of several influential GOP figures, appeared in federal court Friday on wire fraud and conspiracy charges and was released on $2.25 million bond.
Figure in DeLay Probe Appears in Court 12 Aug 2005 Lobbyist Jack Abramoff appeared in federal court Friday on charges of committing fraud while trying to buy a casino boat company - a case that has attracted attention because of Abramoff's close ties to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
High Court OKs Calif. Gov. Redistricting 13 Aug 2005 The California Supreme Court ruled Friday that [GOP-installed] Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's attempt to change the way the state's legislative districts are drawn should be placed back on November's special election ballot.
Tabloid's Deal With Woman Shielded Schwarzenegger 12 Aug 2005 Days after Arnold Schwarzenegger jumped into the race for governor and girded for questions about his past, a tabloid publisher wooing him for a business deal promised to pay a woman $20,000 to sign a confidentiality agreement about an alleged affair with the candidate.
Convicted KKK terrorist granted bail by 'judge' 12 Aug 2005 A Mississippi 'judge' on Friday granted bail to 80-year-old former Ku Klux Klansman Edgar Ray Killen, who was sentenced to 60 years in prison for the 1964 killings of three civil rights workers in a case that inspired the 1988 movie "Mississippi Burning."
Judge Reluctant to Rule on Global Warming 13 Aug 2005 A federal judge expressed reluctance about beginning judicial oversight of pollution issues that affect global warming as she heard arguments Friday in a complaint brought by eight states against some of the nation's largest power companies. Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said the states would prove that the five power companies are responsible for 10 percent of the nation's carbon dioxide emissions.
Irene nears hurricane strength 12 Aug 2005 Tropical Storm Irene continued to strengthen Friday as it approached the East Coast. Irene became the earliest ninth named storm in the season, when it developed Sunday. Normally, there are only two named storms by this time in the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June to November.
Gulf of Mexico mystery 10 Aug 2005 About 20 dead sea turtles have washed ashore in Pinellas County in the past three days, an extremely high number that has doctors and scientists puzzled... Dive instructor Michael Miller took underwater video to try to figure out the mystery. "Right now, anywhere we go from shore to 20 miles offshore, from Sarasota to Tarpon Springs, we can't find a single creature alive on the bottom right now," said Miller. Miller says he's never seen such death and devastation under water in his 20 years of diving. "All the coral, all the sponges, all the crabs, not a single living thing, all the star fish, the brittle stars, everything's dead," said Miller. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission scientists will ultimately decide whether red tide is causing the sea turtles to die. If you see a dead or injured sea turtle, call the 24-hour stranded sea turtle hotline at 727-441-1790.
Suspected bird flu outbreak in Tibet 12 Aug 2005 A suspected outbreak of bird flu has been discovered at a farm on the outskirts of the Tibetan capital, Lhasa.
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