2006 Archives, Page Two
US set to bypass UN over Iran 28 Aug 2006 The British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, faces the embarrassing prospect of once again being asked to back the US over the United Nations as Washington prepares to forge a diplomatic "coalition of the willing" [US, Israel] to pursue economic sanctions against Iran.
Israel air force chief to plan war on Iran 27 Aug 2006 Israel has appointed a top general to oversee a war against Iran, prompting speculation that it is preparing for possible military action against Teheran's nuclear programme. Maj Gen Elyezer Shkedy, Israel's air force chief, will be overall commander for the "Iran front", according to military sources spoken to by The Sunday Telegraph.
Russia blocks sanctions against Iran 26 Aug 2006 Russia ruled out imposing economic sanctions on Iran yesterday, delivering a blow to America's efforts to isolate Teheran's regime in protest over its nuclear programme.
Ahmadinejad launches new nuclear project 26 Aug 2006 Iran's president launched a new phase in the Arak heavy-water reactor project on Saturday, saying Tehran would not give up its right to nuclear technology despite Western fears it is aimed at producing a bomb. [See: U.S. Cold War gift: Iran nuclear plant --Now cited as evidence of weapons activity, facility was provided to shah's government 24 Aug 2006]
Leading Iraq archaeologist flees --Archaeologist is well known internationally for his efforts to recover Iraq's looted antiquities [by Bush's barbarians]. 26 Aug 2006 Iraq's most prominent archaeologist, Donny George, has fled the country and is reported to have said poor security and political pressures forced him out.
Bush's corpora-terrorists continue to rape Iraq: Weary Iraqis Face New Foe: Rising Prices 26 Aug 2006 For Mehdi Dawood, Iraq’s failures have leached into the cucumbers, a staple of every meal that now devours a fifth of his monthly pension. Fuel and electricity prices are up more than 270 percent from last year’s, according to Iraqi government figures. Tea in some markets has quadrupled, egg prices have doubled...
Bombs in Iraq kill at least 18, wound dozens 27 Aug 2006 A series of explosions killed at least 18 people and wounded dozens Sunday as Iraq's relentless violence remained unabated despite an appeal from Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for an end to 'sectarian fighting' [US terrorism].
Five U.S. soldiers killed in two roadside bombings in Iraq 28 Aug 2006 Five U.S. soldiers in Iraq were killed in two roadside bombings on Sunday, the U.S. military said on Monday.
UK soldier killed in Afghanistan 27 Aug 2006 A British soldier has been killed overnight in the southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.
Briton, 10 Taliban Killed in Afghanistan 27 Aug 2006 'Insurgent' attacks in southern Afghanistan killed a British soldier and wounded seven other troops Sunday, while police killed 10 suspected 'Taliban militants' who struck a government compound, officials said.
Rumsfeld Cautions on Missile Shield 28 Aug 2006 After his first look inside the nerve center of the U.S. missile defense system, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Sunday sounded a note of caution about expectations that interceptors poised in underground silos here would work in the event of a missile attack by North Korea.
Powell's deputy 'leaked name of CIA agent' 28 Aug 2006 An administration moderate was the likely source of a leak that outed a CIA spy and caused a national security scandal which threatened to bring down President [sic] George Bush's righthand man, it was claimed last night. A book written by Newsweek 'journalists' David Corn and Michael Isikoff claims the man who identified Valerie Plame as a spy in 2003 was former deputy secretary of state under Colin Powell, Richard Armitage, a man who enjoyed a gossip.
U.S. Officials Say Venezuela Knew Military Equipment Was in Seized Cargo 28 Aug 2006 Venezuelan military and customs officials were notified of the military equipment contained in diplomatic baggage at the center of a dispute between Venezuela and the United States before its delivery here last week, officials at the American Embassy said Sunday.
Venezuela and the U.S. quarrel over seized cargo 27 Aug 2006 Government officials from the United States and Venezuela are intensifying their verbal sparring after the Venezuelan customs authorities seized diplomatic baggage from the United States that contained military hardware last week.
Protests hit Bush's vacation spot --Group opposing Iraq war marches near compound in Kennebunkport 27 Aug 2006 Chanting anti-war protesters broke the lazy, late-summer quiet of this affluent coastal resort Saturday, calling on a vacationing President [sic] Bush to change his policy in Iraq.
JTF Lebanon Establishes Air-Land and Sea Task Forces 27 Aug 2006 Navy Vice Adm. J. "Boomer" Stufflebeem, commander of Joint Task Force Lebanon, assigned two task force commanders to lead critical elements of his newly formed organization as part of assuming authority for U.S. military operations here on Aug. 23, officials here announced today.
Israeli missile strikes the "P" of bright red "PRESS" sign on roof of Reuters car --Wounded cameraman tells of Gaza blast 27 Aug 2006 The missile struck the "P" of the bright red "PRESS" sign on the roof of the armour-plated Reuters car as Gaza cameraman Fadel Shana hurried to film an Israeli raid. Shana saw only a sheet of flame and the doors of the vehicle fly open. He regained consciousness in hospital on Sunday, hours after the missile strike, with shrapnel wounds in his right hand and leg. He could not hear in one ear because of the explosion. His eyes were swollen and red...
Humbling of the supertroops shatters Israeli army morale 27 Aug 2006 "We didn’t know what hit us," said one of the soldiers, who asked to be named only as Gad. "In seconds we had two dead." With several others wounded and retreating under heavy fire the Maglans, one of the finest units in the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), were astonished by the firepower and perseverance of Hezbollah.
2 Kidnapped Journalists in Gaza Freed Unharmed 27 Aug 2006 Two Faux News 'journalists' kidnapped in Gaza were released unharmed today after being [allegedly] forced at gunpoint to say on a videotape that they had converted to Islam.
Hicks won't face death penalty: ambassador 28 Aug 2006 Australian terrorist suspect David Hicks will definitely not face the death penalty if found guilty by a US military commission, new US ambassador to Australia Robert McCallum says. But Mr McCallum said Hicks, who has been in US custody for 4½ years, could expect a long wait until his hearing. [He already has.]
Curfew order for Jack Thomas 28 Aug 2006 Accused 'terrorist' Jack Thomas has become the first subject in Australia of a control order designed to limit his movements, despite having terror convictions against him quashed.
Senator who put 'secret hold' on bill to open federal records is a secret, too 23 Aug 2006 In an ironic twist, legislation that would open up the murky world of government contracting to public scrutiny has been derailed by a secret parliamentary maneuver. An unidentified senator placed a "secret hold" on legislation introduced by Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Barack Obama, D-Ill., that would create a searchable database of government contracts, grants, insurance, loans and financial assistance, worth $2.5 trillion last year.
'Democracy is under attack': Gore 27 Aug 2006 US President Al Gore warned an audience at the Edinburgh International Television Festival that "democracy is under attack". "In my country and others around the world democracy is under attack," Gore said.
Activist's remark starts FBI probe 26 Aug 2006 Jim Bensman thought his suggestion during a public hearing was harmless enough: Instead of building a channel so migratory fish could go around a dam on the Mississippi River, just get rid of the dam. Instead, the environmental activist found himself in hot water, drawing FBI scrutiny to see whether he had any terrorist intentions.
'Bin brother' fear over wheelie tag 27 Aug 2006 Half a million household wheelie bins have been secretly tagged with hidden electronic "bugs", it has been reported.
Klansman Reinstated As State Trooper --Court Orders Nebraska State Patrol to Rehire Man Fired For Klan Ties 26 Aug 2006 Robert Henderson was not fired as a state trooper because he belonged to the Ku Klux Klan and another white supremacist group, authorities said. Instead, he was ousted because he could not uphold public trust while participating in such groups, they said. An arbitrator disagreed, ordering the State Patrol to reinstate Henderson within 60 days and pay him back wages.
Pope prepares to embrace theory of intelligent design 28 Aug 2006 Philosophers, scientists and other intellectuals close to Pope Benedict will gather at his summer palace outside Rome this week for intensive discussions that could herald a fundamental shift in the Vatican's view of evolution.
Brace yourself for health-insurance changes By Katie Merx 27 Aug 2006 So you thought those $20 doctor's office co-pays and your $250 deductible threw you off budget fast? That was nothing. Get ready for the world of consumer-directed health care, where you'll pay $1,050 to $5,450 out of pocket before the insurance company pays anything.
Rice contaminated by GM has been on sale for months --US has been knowingly shipping banned food here all year. But only now do they tell us. 27 Aug 2006 Britons have unwittingly been eating banned GM rice imported from the United States for months, if not years, food safety experts fear. Imports of the rice were stopped by the European Commission (EC) on Thursday. But investigations in the US show that it has long been "wide-spread" in grain destined to be shipped overseas.
U.S. Rice Supply Contaminated --Genetically Altered Variety Is Found in Long-Grain Rice 19 Aug 2006 Agriculture [Agribusiness] Secretary Mike Johanns announced late yesterday that U.S. commercial supplies of long-grain rice had become inadvertently [sic] contaminated with a genetically engineered variety not approved for human consumption.
Election Nullification II: Speaker of House had Special Source for Election "Certification" --California Assistant Secretary of State for Elections Tells House Clerk, it’s all good! By Michael Collins 28 Aug 2006 The swearing in ceremony for Republican Brian Bilbray, alleged winner of the California 50th District special election on June 6, 2006, was tucked in between actions to commend Canada for its renewed commitment to the war on [of] terror. The Congressional Digest for that day contains a remarkable revelation; the source that the Speaker of the House used to justify the official induction of Bilbray. [Click here (statement only) or here (full record).]
Gov. Bush declares state of emergency 27 Aug 2006 Florida Governor Jeb Bush declared a state of emergency on Sunday because of the possibility that Ernesto could threaten Florida.
Emergency officials order visitors to leave the Florida Keys --Approach of hurricane prompts order 27 Aug 2006 Visitors were ordered to leave the Florida Keys on Sunday because of the possibility that Hurricane Ernesto could threaten the island chain, emergency officials said.
Airline Insanity Merely a Beta Test For Police State Caste System --Draconian surveillance, identification, behavior modification measures being implemented right outside your door By Paul Joseph Watson 25 Aug 2006 Escalating security measures, body scans, lie detector tests and behavior analysis now being forced upon unwitting human livestock passing through airports are the first stage of an agenda to create a two tier caste system whereby only government authorized citizens will be able to travel and everyone will be subject to intense airport style harassment on city streets.
American Airlines jet diverted 25 Aug 2006 An American Airlines flight carrying 179 people from Manchester, England, to Chicago was diverted to Bangor, Maine, on Friday because of security concerns, the AMR Corp. subsidiary said.
Aer Lingus flight from N.Y. evacuated 25 Aug 2006 An Aer Lingus flight from New York was evacuated during a stopover in western Ireland Friday morning following a bomb threat, airport authorities said. A search of the plane and baggage at Shannon airport found nothing alarming, and the security alert was ended shortly before noon, Aer Lingus said.
Stick of Dynamite Found Aboard Plane 25 Aug 2006 A stick of dynamite was found in a college student's checked luggage on a Continental Airlines flight from Argentina, one of seven [bogus] security incidents Friday that caused U.S. flights to be diverted, evacuated or searched.
Conn. College Student Detained At Houston Airport 25 Aug 2006 A Connecticut college student's checked luggage on a Continental Airlines flight from Argentina contained traces of dynamite, authorities said, in one of four [I thought it was seven bogus] security incidents Friday involving U.S. flights.
Knife Found On Airplane Bound For Connecticut 25 Aug 2006 A utility knife was found on a vacant passenger seat of a plane traveling from Philadelphia to Bradley International Airport, state police said Friday.
Fifth Canadian terror suspect granted bail 25 Aug 2006 A man arrested earlier this month in connection with what police say was an al Qaeda-inspired plot to attack Canadian targets was granted bail on Friday, a prosecution spokesman said.
Jet alert suspects 'to be freed' 24 Aug 2006 All 12 passengers arrested after a US airliner returned to Amsterdam will be released, Dutch prosecutors say.
Tory MP spoke to rally of group on terrorist list --Unaware of terror links, Kenney says NDP's Nash lashes out at 'hypocrite' 24 Aug 2006 Conservative MP Jason Kenney, who likened Hezbollah to the Nazi party and condemned fellow MPs for urging dialogue with a terrorist organization, himself spoke to a rally organized by Iranian supporters of a banned terrorist group.
New York Man Charged With Enabling Hezbollah Television Broadcasts 25 Aug 2006 (Staten Island, NY) This week, budding entrepreneur Javed Iqbal’s house and storefront were raided by federal agents, and Mr. Iqbal was charged with providing customers services that included satellite broadcasts of a television station controlled by Hezbollah — a violation of federal law. Yesterday, Mr. Iqbal was arraigned in Federal District Court in Manhattan and was ordered held in $250,000 bail. The Hezbollah station, Al Manar — or "the beacon" in Arabic — was designated a global terrorist entity by the United States Treasury Department in March of this year. [Faux News is the actual 'global terrorist entity' and their satellite dishes need to be taken down.]
New Yorker arrested for broadcasting Hizbollah TV 24 Aug 2006 U.S. authorities have arrested a New York man for broadcasting Hizbollah television station al-Manar, which has been designated a terrorist entity by the U.S. Treasury Department [the actual terrorists], prosecutors said on Thursday.
Mega barf alert! Homeland security moving to classrooms 24 Aug 2006 Across the nation and around the world, colleges are increasingly creating degree programs and other courses to prepare students for work in "homeland security," the broadly defined realm of protecting communities and businesses against terror attacks and natural disasters.
Rove blasts warrantless wiretapping decision 24 Aug 2006 Presidential adviser Karl Rove criticized a federal judge's order for an immediate end to the government's warrantless surveillance program, saying Wednesday such a program might have prevented the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
BellSouth, Speakeasy join Verizon on Bogus 'Fees' --Keeps $2.97 fee to handle 'regulatory obligations' By Ken Bode 24 Aug 2006 We were the first website to note that Verizon had stopped charging users the FUSF fee (DSL providers no longer have to pay into the USF), but had replaced it with a strange "supplier surcharge" fee that left customers paying the same amount...Now CNET's Marguerite Reardon reports that BellSouth has joined Verizon in the unfee game.
Marines face death over Iraq killing 26 Aug 2006 Two of the eight US soldiers accused in the death of a civilian in Hamdania, Iraq in April are to attend a preliminary hearing early next week at Camp Pendleton base, the military said overnight.
'I can't go to Iraq. I can't kill those children' - Suicide soldier's dying words to his mother 25 Aug 2006 Jason Chelsea from Wigan, Greater Manchester, was tormented by concern about what awaited him when the King's Lancaster Regiment reached Iraq... The 19-year-old infantryman had even told his parents that he had been warned by his commanders that he could be ordered to fire on child suicide bombers. It was a fear that he never confronted. Within 48 hours of confessing his concerns to his family, Pte Chelsea was dead after taking an overdose of painkillers and slashing his wrists.
Hoover man killed in Iraq 25 Aug 2006 (AL) A 28-year-old solider from Hoover was killed in Iraq after his unit was attacked with grenades.
CBS, NBC Clean Up Bush's 'Happy' Talk (fair) 24 Aug 2006 During his August 21 press conference, George W. Bush responded to a question about the Iraq War by saying that "sometimes I'm happy" about the conflict. But many readers and TV viewers never heard the remark, since journalists edited the statement to save Bush any possible embarrassment.
Gen. Batiste: Rumsfeld 'Served Up Our Great Military A Huge Bowl of Chicken Feces' (thinkprogress) Today on MSNBC, retired General John Batiste — former commander of the First Infantry division in Iraq — said that it was "outrageous" Rumsfeld was still in charge of the Pentagon. Batiste added, "He served up our great military a huge bowl of chicken feces, and ever since then, our military and our country have been trying to turn this bowl into chicken salad."
Shays: U.S. should mull Iraq time frame 24 Aug 2006 Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT), who is locked in a tough re-election fight against an anti-war challenger, says the U.S. should consider setting a timeline for troop withdrawals from Iraq.
Bush loses House ally over policy on Iraq withdrawal 25 Aug 2006 George W. Bush lost another key ally on Iraq this week when an influential Republican congressman from Connecticut [Christopher Shays] distanced himself from the administration's policy on Iraq.
Rothman supports inquiry to impeach Bush 25 Aug 2006 (NJ) Speaking before an audience of Iraq war dissenters and presidential critics, Rep. Steve Rothman, D-Fair Lawn, pledged to support an inquiry into the possible impeachment of President [sic] Bush over the war in Iraq.
Bush and Saddam Should Both Stand Trial, Says Nuremberg Prosecutor 25 Aug 2006 A chief prosecutor of Nazi war crimes at Nuremberg has said George W. Bush should be tried for war crimes along with Saddam Hussein. Benjamin Ferenccz, who secured convictions for 22 Nazi officers for their work in orchestrating the death squads that killed more than 1 million people, told OneWorld both Bush and Hussein should be tried for starting "aggressive" wars--Hussein for his 1990 attack on Kuwait and Bush for his 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Taliban distance themselves from suicide attacks 25 Aug 2006 Faced with a public backlash in the birthplace of their movement, Taliban leaders in Kandahar are distancing themselves from recent suicide attacks. [Right, we all know it's the occupation terrorists killing everything in sight to justify the illegal occupation of Afghanistan.]
Inquiry Opened Into Israeli Use of U.S. Bombs 25 Aug 2006 The State Department is investigating whether Israel’s use of American-made cluster bombs in southern Lebanon violated secret agreements with the United States that restrict when it can employ such weapons, two officials said.
Labour members quit over party's Lebanon policy 25 Aug 2006 Forty Labour Party members in the constituency of Margaret Beckett, the Foreign Secretary, have defected to the Liberal Democrats because she and Tony Blair "sided with George Bush" over the Middle East crisis.
EU nations pledge 7,000 Lebanon troops 26 Aug 2006 European countries yesterday offered at least 7,000 troops for a stronger UN force in Lebanon, but differences remained on how large the force should be.
Succession of scandals leaves Olmert fighting to stay in power 26 Aug 2006 An opinion poll in the mass-circulation Yediot Ahronot yesterday registered a dramatic collapse of confidence in Ehud Olmert, the Prime Minister, whose authority - along with that of his Defence Minister, Amir Peretz, and the army brass - appears to have been severely weakened by an unpopular conflict [the Lebanon war].
Most Israelis want prime minister to resign: poll 25 Aug 2006 Sixty-three percent of Israelis want Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to resign in a sharp public backlash over his handling of the war in Lebanon, a newspaper poll showed on Friday.
Venezuelan Troops Seize Bags of U.S. Diplomats 25 Aug 2006 Authorities seized several U.S. diplomatic bags at Venezuela's main airport on Thursday, prompting protest from embassy officials and a probe into the Americans' actions by prosecutors.
GOP candidate says 9/11 attacks were a hoax 24 Aug 2006 (NH) A Republican candidate for this area’s congressional seat said Wednesday that the U.S. government was complicit in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Report: 70 percent of Katrina pacts awarded without full bidding 24 Aug 2006 The government awarded 70 percent of its contracts for Hurricane Katrina work without full competition, wasting hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars in the process, says a House study released Thursday by Democrats.
"Katrina was devastating, but so was State Farm." Whistleblowers Say State Farm Cheated Katrina Victims 25 Aug 2006 Brian Ross and Joseph Rhee Report: State Farm Insurance supervisors systematically demanded that Hurricane Katrina damage reports be buried or replaced or changed so that the company would not have to pay policyholders' claims in Mississippi, two State Farm insiders tell ABC News... At one point, two independent adjusters say State Farm brought in a special shredding truck they believe was used to destroy key documents.
1,000 evacuated after Louisiana bomb plant blasts 24 Aug 2006 A series of explosions rocked a military bomb recycling plant at a National Guard base in northwestern Louisiana on Thursday and more than 1,000 people were evacuated from surrounding areas.
Judge Blocks Northwest Strike _ for Now 25 Aug 2006 A judge's decision on Friday has kept Northwest Airlines flight attendants at work under terms they had rejected, including deep wage cuts and major work rule changes. But, they may yet win the right to strike when U.S. District Court Judge Victor Marrero makes his final decision in the case as soon as next week.
Evolution Major Vanishes From Approved Federal List 24 Aug 2006 Evolutionary biology has vanished from the list of acceptable fields of study for recipients of a federal education grant for low-income college students.
FDA Approves Plan B's Over-the-Counter Sale --No Prescription Will Be Required for Women 18 or Older 25 Aug 2006 By the end of the year, American women will be able to walk into any pharmacy and buy emergency contraceptive pills without a prescription as a result of a Food and Drug Administration decision announced yesterday.
Engineers warned BP of Alaskan crisis two years ago 25 Aug 2006 BP has been hit by further troubles in Alaska, after it was forced to shut down even more production at the Prudhoe Bay oilfield and documents emerged that appeared to show the company was warned about the pipeline corrosion problem that has now crippled output.
Tropical Storm Ernesto in Caribbean, Heads Northwest 25 Aug 2006 Tropical Storm Ernesto has formed over the Caribbean Sea, the fifth tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, U.S. forecasters said.
U.S. Cold War gift: Iran nuclear plant --Now cited as evidence of weapons activity, facility was provided to shah's government 24 Aug 2006 In the heart of Tehran sits one of Iran's most important nuclear facilities, a dome-shaped building where scientists have conducted secret experiments that could help the country build atomic bombs. It was provided to the Iranians by the United States. The Tehran Research Reactor represents a little-known aspect of the international uproar over the country's alleged weapons program. Not only did the U.S. provide the reactor in the 1960s as part of a Cold War strategy, America also supplied the weapons-grade uranium needed to power the facility--fuel that remains in Iran and could be used to help make nuclear arms.
Bush Ensured Iran Offer Would Be Rejected By Gareth Porter 22 Aug 2006 Even before Iran gave its formal counter-offer to ambassadors of the P5+1 countries (the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China) Tuesday, the George W. Bush administration had already begun the process of organising sanctions against Iran. Washington had already held a conference call on sanctions Sunday with French, German and British officials, the Washington Post reported.
Report rips U.S. intelligence on Iran --House panel points to 'major gaps,' draws parallels to Iraq failures 23 Aug 2006 The U.S. intelligence community is ill-prepared to assess Iran's nuclear weapons capabilities and its intentions for developing weapons of mass destruction, a congressional report said Wednesday.
U.S. Spy Agencies Criticized On Iran --GOP-Led Panel Faults Intelligence 24 Aug 2006 A key House committee issued a stinging critique of U.S. intelligence on Iran yesterday, charging that the CIA and other agencies lack "the ability to acquire essential information necessary to make judgments" on Tehran's nuclear program, its intentions or even its ties to terrorism.
Some in G.O.P. Say Iran Threat Is Played Down 24 Aug 2006 Some senior Bush administration officials and top Republican lawmakers are voicing anger that American spy agencies have not issued more ominous warnings about the threats that they say Iran presents to the United States. [It can't possibly be as great a threat as Bush is to the United States.]
US Marine call-up signals a long war --Troop levels in Iraq could remain at current levels for two years, experts say. 24 Aug 2006 With the "global war on [of] terrorism" in Afghanistan and Iraq now well into its fourth year, the strain is starting to show on US troop levels. The Marine Corps announced this week that it will involuntarily activate 2,500 reservists. Briefing reporters Tuesday, Col. Guy Stratton, head of Marine Corps manpower mobilization, acknowledged that "this is going to be a long war" and that there is "clearly a need" for more marines in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Implanted Chips in Our Troops? 21 Aug 2006 VeriChip Corp, based in Delray Beach, Fla., is hoping to convince the Pentagon to allow them to insert the chips, known as RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chips under the skin of the right arms of U.S. servicemen and servicewomen to enable them to scan an arm and obtain that person’s identity and medical history. The chips would replace the legendary metal dog tags that have been worn by U.S. military personnel since 1906.
U.S.: 7 'Operatives' Killed in Afghanistan 24 Aug 2006 The U.S. military said American and Afghan forces killed seven suspected 'al-Qaida operatives' [civilians] Thursday after coming under fire during a raid in eastern Afghanistan. Police, however, claimed those killed were members of two families trying to resolve a dispute. [Interesting oddity: Email snapshot from my inbox - From: "MSNBC Breaking News" To: BREAKINGNEWS@LISTS.MSNBC.COM Sent: Thursday, August 24, 2006 1:10 AM Subject: Breaking News - Air strike kills 7 Afghan civilians, officials say. Now, here is the time-stamp and headline from MSNBC's website: Updated: 2:37 a.m. ET Aug 24, 2006 7 suspected al-Qaida killed in Afghanistan" --In a little over an hour, the civilians morphed into al-Qaida operatives!!! --LRP]
More war crimes by US terrorists: Witness: Taliban dead may be civilians 23 Aug 2006 Nato's claims to have killed 11 Taliban who were preparing an ambush in Afghanistan have been disputed by local people who have said that the dead were civilian grape-pickers.
Troops kill boy, 10, after Afghan attack --Canadian killed, three wounded in Kandahar suicide bombing 23 Aug 2006 A single bullet fired by a Canadian soldier killed a 10-year-old boy and wounded a teenager who approached a security cordon on a motorcycle about two hours after a suicide bomber killed a Canadian soldier and a young Afghan girl in a fiery strike outside the gates of Camp Nathan Smith.
Iraq official escapes roadside bomb 23 Aug 2006 Iraq's interior minister narrowly escaped a roadside bomb blast Wednesday in a mainly Sunni part of the capital that U.S. officials had said had been virtually cleared of [their] death squad cells.
Fifteen killed in Iraq violence 24 Aug 2006 At least 12 Iraqis and three US soldiers have died in bombings and gun attacks across Iraq in the last 24 hours, officials say. The attacks included three car bombings in different parts of Baghdad, which killed four people and injured several.
Soldier Killed in Iraq 24 Aug 2006 A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier died at about 8 a.m. today when an improvised explosive device struck the vehicle he was riding in south of Baghdad, U.S. military officials reported.
Looters strip British camp days after troops depart 24 Aug 1006 The first British army camp to be handed to Iraqis was looted almost bare within days of the soldiers' departure.
Bid to block US bomb flights fails 23 Aug 2006 A legal bid to block the use of British airports by US planes supplying bombs to Israel has been rejected by the High Court. A judge in London dismissed a plea by the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) for permission to seek judicial review and an injunction against the Government, based on the argument that it was knowingly assisting "acts of terrorism" by Israel in its campaign against Hezbollah in southern Lebanon.
Germany announces plans to deliver two submarines to Israel 23 Aug 2006 Germany plans to deliver two submarines to Israel, a German Defense Ministry spokesman said Wednesday. German shipyard HDW signed a contract with Israeli authorities on July 6 to build the two submarines, the spokesman said on customary condition of anonymity.
Hizbollah's reconstruction of Lebanon is winning the loyalty of disaffected Shia By Robert Fisk 24 Aug 2006 ...Hizbollah has already won the war for "hearts and minds". Most householders in the south have received - or are receiving - a minimum initial compensation payment of $12,000 (£6,300), either for new furniture or to cover their family's rent while Hizbollah construction gangs rebuild their homes. The money is being paid in cash - almost all in crisp new $100 bills - to up to 15,000 families across Lebanon whose property was blitzed by the Israelis, a bill of $180m which is going to rise far higher when reconstruction and other compensation is paid.
PM says Australia to boost military 23 Aug 2006 Australia's prime minister announced plans Thursday to substantially increase the size of the army to foster regional stability and contribute to the war on terror.
Fascism on a plane: 12 Arrested After Northwest Jet Diverted --Suspicious Activity Reported By Passengers 23 Aug 2006 A dozen passengers were under arrest Wednesday after their flight got a fighter jet escort back to the Amsterdam airport. Dutch police said 12 people are in custody, although it was not immediately clear what the charges are. [It never is.]
Incident Aboard Plane Not Linked to Terrorism 24 Aug 2006 Dutch authorities said today that an incident aboard a Northwest Airlines jet on Wednesday that led to a panicked early landing and the detention of 12 passengers probably had nothing to do with terrorism.
Two bomb plot suspects freed 24 Aug 2006 British police investigating a suspected plot to blow up transatlantic airliners freed two suspects today and obtained permission to continue questioning nine others.
U.K. Police Given More Time to Quiz Plane Bomb Terror Suspects 23 Aug 2006 U.K. anti[pro]-terrorist police were today given more time to question nine suspects over an alleged plot to blow up trans-Atlantic airliners.
Arrests expose internet fundraising for terrorism 24 Aug 2006 Indonesian police say they have arrested two "cyber-terrorists" who were helping imprisoned Bali bomber Imam Samudra and using the internet to raise funds for more terrorist attacks.
Poll: GOP up after terror arrests 22 Aug 2006 The arrest of terror suspects in London has helped buoy President Bush to [sic] his highest approval rating in six months and dampen Democratic congressional prospects to their lowest in a year.
Suspicious Powder Called Corn Starch (Harrisburg, PA) White powder was found in promotional mailings sent to medical centers, raising suspicions until it was found to be corn starch, authorities said Thursday.
Remarks on Mississippi River dam draw FBI's attention 21 Aug 2006 It wasn't the first time Jim Bensman of Alton has questioned the need for costly dams on the Mississippi River. But after a public hearing last month at which he urged the Army Corps of Engineers to consider removing a dam, Bensman got a telephone call from an FBI agent investigating his remarks as a possible threat.
Transportation worker ID plan 'gutted' 24 Aug 2006 The Department of Homeland Security quietly announced this week that port facility and merchant vessel owners and operators will not be required to install readers for the biometric ID cards it plans to issue to the nation's transportation workers. The change, which critics says guts the security benefit of the proposal, is the latest stumble for the controversial ID card project, called the Transportation Worker Identity Credential, or TWIC program.
Who's Watching? By Eric Peters 21 Aug 2006 Big Brother will be watching you for sure by 2008 -- the year a proposed requirement that Event Data Recorders (EDRs) become mandatory standard equipment in all new cars and trucks will become law unless public outrage puts the kibosh on it somehow. EDRs are "black boxes" -- just like airplanes have.
Lieberman's lead on anti-war rival narrows 23 Aug 2006 U.S. Sen. Joseph LieberBush's lead over anti-war challenger Ned Lamont has narrowed to a razor-thin margin, two polls showed on Wednesday.
Allen Calls Webb Aide, Apologizes For Remark 24 Virginia Sen. George Allen apologized directly to S.R. Sidarth yesterday, telling the 20-year-old Democratic campaign staffer that he was sorry for offending him with remarks that have generated nationwide criticism for being racially insensitive.
Black students ordered to give up seats to white children --Status of Red River Parish bus driver is unknown. 24 Aug 2006 Nine black children attending Red River Elementary School were directed last week to the back of the school bus by a white driver who designated the front seats for white children. The situation has outraged relatives of the black children who have filed a complaint with school officials.
Canada reports new case of mad cow disease 23 Aug 2006 The Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed on Wednesday a new case of mad cow disease in Alberta.
Durban hospitals put bird flu plan in place 23 Aug 2006 Durban hospitals are implementing stringent infection control measures to counter a possible bird flu pandemic despite the government's assurances that South Africa is not yet home to the deadly H5N1 virus.
Astronomers Say Pluto Is Not a Planet 24 Aug 2006 Leading astronomers declared Thursday that Pluto is no longer a planet under historic new guidelines that downsize the solar system from nine planets to eight.
Tropical wave heads for Caribbean, eclipsing Debby 24 Aug 2006 A strong tropical wave approaching the Windward Islands could strengthen into a tropical depression or tropical storm Thursday, eclipsing Tropical Storm Debby, which was spinning in the Atlantic Ocean, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
US sues Maine officials for probe on Verizon, NSA 22 Aug 2006 The U.S. government sued Maine officials on Tuesday to block their demand that Verizon disclose whether it gave the government's spying program access to its customer data, documents showed.
Reid seeking much tougher terror policy 22 Aug 2006 Powers to detain terror suspects without trial are being sought by the Home Secretary John Reid, The Independent on Sunday revealed. Reid wants much tougher anti-terrorism powers in the wake of the alleged plot to blow up transatlantic flights, and has instructed his officials to draft new measures that would allow him to bypass human rights legislation. Backed by Tony Blair, the home secretary is also considering introducing even tougher powers to put suspects under house arrest, known as "control orders", without them being charged or convicted of any offence.
Bomb Plot Evidence 'Immense,' British Say --But as 11 suspects are charged, authorities face skepticism from the nation's Muslims. 22 Aug 2006 In the first unveiling of evidence in the alleged plot to down U.S.-bound airliners, British authorities said Monday that their searches had turned up [planted] "martyrdom videos," suicide notes, bomb-making equipment and maps. But less than two weeks after arresting two dozen suspects, British authorities have faced increased skepticism from the public.
Police seek to extend terror-plot questioning 23 Aug 2006 Police will today ask for more time to question most of the 11 suspects still in custody over the alleged biggest terrorism plot in British history.
U.K. Decides Over Charges for Plane Terror Suspects 23 Aug 2006 U.K. authorities are today deciding whether to charge, release or seek more time to question 11 people still being held over an alleged plot to blow up trans-Atlantic airliners.
Dutch Arrest 12 From U.S. Airliner --India-Bound Flight Returned To Amsterdam Airport Under Military Escort 23 Aug 2006 Dutch police detained 12 passengers who were allegedly behaving suspiciously on a U.S. airline flight to India that returned to Amsterdam under military escort shortly after takeoff Wednesday, an official said.
Plane Diverted Back to Amsterdam 23 Aug 2006 A Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Mumbai, India, turned back shortly after takeoff today and returned to Schiphol airport under fighter-jet escort. The airline said in a statement that "a couple of passengers" on the plane, Northwest Flight 42, aroused suspicion after "displaying behavior of concern." [?!?]
'Targets' film a joke: terror accused 23 Aug 2006 An Iraqi Muslim on trial in Britain for an alleged terrorism offence made a film of British landmarks, which prosecutors claim was a guide for terrorists, as a joke, a court has been told, The Times reported.
Aussie held over airline bomb threat 23 Aug 2006 An Australian man detained in China over a plane bomb hoax told police he made the threat because of a failed love affair.
DOJ sues to block Verizon testimony on possible NSA surveillance role 23 Aug 2006 The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday filed a complaint in federal court seeking an injunction against Verizon Communications and the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to prevent the PUC from demanding that Verizon attest in a sworn statement to comments previously made regarding Verizon's participation in the NSA domestic surveillance program.
Senator Bartlett Stunned By Feds Verizon Lawsuit 22 Aug 2006 Senator Philip Bartlett II (D-Cumberland County-ME), Chair of the utilities and Energy Committee, announced today that he was stunned to hear that the Federal Government was suing Verizon and the State to keep Verizon from affirming the truthfulness of statements contained in press releases from the company concerning possible wiretapping by the National Security Agency (NSA).
AT&T says cooperation in NSA spying was legal 22 Aug 2006 James Cicconi, AT&T's senior executive vice president for external and legislative affairs, said there is a "very specific federal statute" that the company followed when cooperating with the NSA that provides "black and white authorization. We have simply complied with those laws," he said.
Poll: Are you for or against a black box for cars? Against
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DNA database can flag suspects through relatives 22 Aug 2006 The FBI has begun permitting police investigators to pursue some criminal suspects by tracking the DNA of close relatives who have been convicted of other offenses.
Bush's 'backdoor draft" US calls marines back to Iraq war 24 Aug 2006 The Marine Corps plans to call thousands of marines back to active-duty service on an involuntary basis to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Marines May Call Up 2,500 Reservists for Involuntary Service 23 Aug 2006 The Marine Corps announced on Tuesday that it might call up as many as 2,500 reservists for jobs in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere that the service can no longer find enough volunteers to fill.
UK troops to stay in Iraq after handover to Baghdad 23 Aug 2006 A force of around 4000 British troops will stay behind in Iraq for an indefinite period even after all provinces controlled by the UK are handed over to the Baghdad government in nine months time, senior defence sources said yesterday.
US commander says militias hard to spot in Baghdad [That's because, they *are* the militias.] 23 Aug 2006 Militias blamed for much of the sectarian violence that has pitched Iraq towards civil war may have melted back into the population to escape a major security crackdown, a U.S. military commander acknowledged on Wednesday.
Two killed in Iraq on military contract job 23 Aug 2006 The Army says two men working for a Huntsville-based military operation were killed in Iraq Friday.
Most in US see no tie between Iraq, terror war: poll 22 Aug 2006 A majority of Americans no longer see a link between the war in Iraq and Washington's broader anti-terrorism efforts despite President [sic] George W. Bush's insistence the two are intertwined, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll released on Tuesday.
51% in Poll See No Link Between Iraq and Terror Fight 23 Aug 2006 Americans increasingly see the war in Iraq as distinct from the fight against terrorism, and nearly half believe President [sic] Bush has focused too much on Iraq to the exclusion of other threats, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
Kurdish "Thank You" a Republican Stunt? 31 Jul 2006 Kurdish officials toured the United States last week to launch a massive advertising and public relations campaign thanking the United States for overthrowing Saddam Hussein and urging U.S. companies to invest in the region. The campaign looks suspicious to some observers, however, since it is run by an A-list Republican public relations firm which refuses to divulge how much money it is spending.
Official Met With Reporter Around Time of C.I.A. Leak 23 Aug 2006 The State Department’s No. 2 official met with the reporter Bob Woodward during a period in June 2003 in which Mr. Woodward has said he learned from a confidential source that the wife of a prominent Bush regime critic worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, according to newly disclosed department records.
Cdn. killed, 3 hurt in Afghanistan suicide attack 22 Aug 2006 A Canadian soldier was killed and three others were wounded Tuesday in a suicide attack near a Canadian compound in Kandahar City.
Return to Kandahar: The Taliban threat --Nelofer Pazira, the journalist who starred in the film 'Kandahar', has gone back to the southern Afghan city for the first time in four years. There she found residents living in fear as Islamic insurgents extend their deadly reach still deeper into the country. 21 August 2006 Fear permeates Kandahar. Eyes watch every passer-by, every car. Everyone is suspect.
White House Reserves Judgment on Iran 22 Aug 2006 The White House reserved judgment Tuesday on Iran's response to a package of proposals to get Tehran to stop its disputed nuclear program.
Amnesty urges UN to probe Israel strategy 22 Aug 2006 Amnesty International says attacks on civilian targets by Israeli military forces during the recently ended fighting in Lebanon look like deliberate war crimes.
Unexploded cluster bombs prompt fear and fury in returning refugees --Four dead as mine-clearing teams fear death toll from Israeli weapons could soar 21 Aug 2006 Israel may be pulling out of Lebanon but its soldiers leave behind a lethal legacy of this summer's 34-day war. The south is carpeted with unexploded cluster bombs... Mine-clearing teams scrambling across the region have logged 89 cluster bomb sites so far, and expect to find about 110 more. Meanwhile, casualties are being taken into hospital - four dead and 21 injured so far. Officials fear the toll could eventually stretch into the thousands.
Israel is 'preparing for more fighting' 21 Aug 2006 Any chance of long-term peace between Lebanon and Israel all but vanished last night after Amir Peretz, the Israeli defence minister, said his country was preparing for another round of fighting.
Olmert Sets Conditions on Blockade's End 22 Aug 2006 Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Tuesday that Israel will lift its air and sea blockade of Lebanon once an international peacekeeping force is deployed along Lebanon's borders.
Mysterious Gaza kidnapping stirs U.S. media debate 23 Aug 2006 In the nine days since two Faux News 'journalists' were kidnapped in Gaza, one of the more notable aspects of the case had been the relative silence that surrounded it, both in Gaza and in much of the media.
Under Fire! U.S. Army Intelligence Analyst Targeted For Suggesting New Independent 9/11 Investigation --Army: Doubting Official 9/11 Story Is 'Disloyal To The United States' By Stephen Webster 21 Aug 2006 Forty-one-year-old Sergeant First Class Donald Buswell is a hero. Having served over 19 years in the United States Army, Buswell has seen a lot of terrain... According to unnamed military sources contacted by The Iconoclast, SFC Buswell "used his Government issued email account to send messages disloyal to the United States …" Because of these statements, SFC Buswell could soon find himself dishonorably discharged, court marshaled, or worse. It all started as a simple response to a common, unsolicited mass email, sent to 38 individuals at Ft. Sam Houston on Aug. 2, 2006.. ...SFC Buswell responded later that day...
State Confirms Lieberman's Petitions Will Appear On Nov. Ballot 23 Aug 2006 The secretary of state's office said Sen. Joe Lieberman is an official independent candidate for the November election. LieberBush's campaign gathered more than the 7,500 signatures needed to secure a spot on the November ballot with a new party.
Judge rejects Bush plan to log in Sequoia National Monument 22 Aug 2006 A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a Bush administration plan to allow commercial logging in Giant Sequoia National Monument, home to two-thirds of the world's largest trees.
Bush Prods Congress on Medical Liability Limits 22 Aug 2006 President [sic] George W. Bush on Tuesday renewed his call for Congress to curb medical malpractice lawsuits and signed an executive order aimed at providing Americans more information about the cost and quality of health care services. Senate Democrats in May blocked legislation that would cap damages for pain and suffering in medical liability lawsuits, arguing that a drive for corporate profits rather than lawsuits was behind the rise in health care premiums.
California to raise minimum wage to highest in US 22 Aug 2006 California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state lawmakers reached a deal late Monday to hike the minimum wage to the highest level in the nation, aides said on Tuesday.
Tropical Storm Grows in Atlantic, May Become First Hurricane 23 Aug 2006 Tropical Storm Debby strengthened as it moved toward the open waters of the central Atlantic Ocean, where it may intensify into the first hurricane of the season.
The Toke-inator!! Click here to see GOP-installed California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, smoking marijuana.
Officials Seek Broader Access to Airline Data 22 Aug 2006 United States and European authorities, looking for more tools to detect terrorist plots, want to expand the screening of international airline passengers by digging deep into a vast repository of airline itineraries, personal information and payment data.
Murder in Samarkand... Confiscated By Ben 21 Aug 2006 "[On] my easyjet flight from London-Luton to Berlin... Everything was carefully inspected, including my camera, laptop - and my books. ...[T]he second, Murder in Samarkand, Craig Murray’s account of his time as the UK ambassador to Uzbekistan aroused some suspicion: 'Is that about terrorism?', asked the lady that examined my onboard luggage. 'Humm, well, it contains mentions of that, but it’s about your former ambassador to Uzbekistan and more about diplomacy', I replied politely. 'Does it have al-Qaida in it? ...'I am afraid you cannot take this onboard, Sir.'"
Eleven remanded over 'airline terror plot' 22 Aug 2006 Eleven people charged over their alleged involvement in an airline terror plot appeared in court today.
Eleven charged over alleged airline terror plot --Eight face charges of conspiracy to murder --Investigation will 'span globe', says police chief 22 Aug 2006 Eleven people were yesterday charged over the alleged plot to explode bombs on passenger planes heading from Britain to the United States.
U.K. Charges 11 of 23 Suspects in Plane-Bombing Plot 21 Aug 2006 U.K. authorities charged 11 of the 23 suspects held in connection with an alleged plot to blow up trans-Atlantic airliners... All 43 police forces in England and Wales are now involved in the investigation, which is codenamed Operation Overt. [Should be called, 'Operation October Surprise.']
Britain Charges 11 in Plane Case; Bomb Gear Cited --The decision to press formal charges followed days of widening public skepticism about the extent of the suspected plot. 22 Aug 2006 The 11 charged, who are to be arraigned Tuesday, were among 23 people being held in the case. Of the remaining 12, one woman, who was not identified, is to be freed. The rest are to remain in custody under counterterrorism laws permitting 28 days of detention without charge, said Susan Hemming, a lawyer from the Crown Prosecution Service.
Police seize bomb kits in terror plot inquiry --Police carried out 69 raids since last Thursday morning 22 Aug 2006 Bomb-making equipment and martyrdom videos have been seized [planted] during the jet bomb plot inquiry, police revealed yesterday. In 69 raids carried out since last Thursday morning, police said they had seized hydrogen peroxide, believed to be intended for use in explosives on board aircraft, other chemicals and electrical components.
Pakistanis find no evidence against 'terror mastermind' 22 Aug 2006 The Briton alleged to be the 'mastermind' behind the airline terror plot could be innocent of any significant involvement, sources close to the investigation claim.
US drops one charge in Padilla terrorism case 21 Aug 2006 A judge threw out a murder-conspiracy charge against former "enemy combatant" Jose Padilla on Monday on grounds that it duplicated other charges still pending against the alleged al Qaeda operative.
Connecticut Man Arrested In Connection With Terrorist Ties 22 Aug 2006 A Simsbury (CT) man is one of more than a dozen people arrested by the FBI, suspected of having ties to a terrorist group in Sri Lanka.
Bomb scare on Australian flight 22 Aug 2006 A passenger has reported a bomb scare on board a flight from China to Australia. A note warning that a bomb would explode on the China Southern Airlines flight from Guangzhou to Sydney was found one hour into the journey, The Nine Network reported.
Mutiny as passengers refuse to fly until Asians are removed 20 Aug 2006 British holidaymakers staged an unprecedented mutiny - refusing to allow their flight to take off until two men they feared were terrorists were forcibly removed.
War on terror is a perpetual fight, says minister Oliver King and agencies Tuesday August 22, 2006 Guardian Unlimited A government minister today gave a stark warning that the "war on [of] terror" was a war without end, telling a community meeting that the fight against extremists was likely to be "perpetual".
Former Mossad boss steels West for 'third world war' --Terrorist roundups prove only the need for tougher measures, ex-spymaster says 22 Aug 2006 A former Israeli spymaster is urging the West to gird for the long haul and take ever-tougher steps to fight terrorism. "This is a third world war," Efraim Halevy, Mossad director from 1998 to 2002, told The Globe and Mail in an interview yesterday. "International Islamic [sic - al CIAduh] terror has made its objectives and aims very clear."
Voters say Blair has made UK a bigger target for terrorists 22 Aug 2006 Nearly three-quarters of the public believe Tony Blair's foreign policy has made Britain more of a target for terrorists, a new survey says.
Tories open nine-point lead as Labour drops to 19-year low 22 Aug 2006 David Cameron is on course for a possible general election win, according to a Guardian/ICM poll published today that shows support for the Conservatives climbing to a lead that could give them a narrow majority in the Commons, while Labour has plunged to a 19-year low.
A damning admission: New York Times concealed NSA spying until after 2004 election By David Walsh and Barry Grey 22 Aug 2006 A column by New York Times public editor Byron Calame August 13 reveals that the newspaper withheld a story about the Bush administration’s program of illegal domestic spying until after the 2004 election, and then lied about it.
Bush Gives Zealous Defense of Iraq Policy --Bush Says Iraq Pullout Would Be 'A Disaster' --President [sic] Acknowledges A Strain on U.S. 'Psyche' 22 Aug 2006 President [sic] Bush laid down an impassioned defense of his Iraq policy yesterday, saying the United States must stay in the fight despite an escalating death toll, increasing calls for the withdrawal of U.S. troops and growing public sentiment against the war.
Iraq plans to build more refineries [so that Halliburton and Blackwater USA can blow them up and get billion$ to rebuild them] 22 Aug 2006 Iraq plans to build several new oil refineries and upgrade existing ones to start exporting gasoline and other byproducts by 2010, the oil minister said yesterday, but acknowledged that 'insurgent' [US] attacks on pipelines remain a serious problem.
Four Servicemembers Killed in Iraq 21 Aug 2006 Four U.S. servicemembers have been killed in action in Iraq over the past two days, military officials reported.
UK may halve Iraq force by mid-2007--commander 22 Aug 2006 Britain may cut its force in Iraq by half by the middle of next year after handing over security responsibility for the south to Iraqis within nine months, a senior British commander said on Tuesday.
Nearly 90 die in clashes in Afghanistan 22 Aug 2006 Nearly 90 people were killed in a series of attacks in the deadliest weekend since NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) took over command of the south from a US-led occupation on July 31.
6 Canadian troops wounded in Afghanistan 22 Aug 2006 A suicide bomber drove his explosives-laden car into a Canadian military patrol in southern Afghanistan Tuesday, wounding four soldiers. Two Canadian soldiers were wounded in a separate attack in the same province. And insurgents ambushed a police vehicle near the Pakistan border, killing five officers.
Calendars show Armitage met reporter 22 Aug 2006 The No. 2 State Department official met with Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward in mid-June 2003, the same time the reporter has testified that an administration official talked to him about CIA employee Valerie Plame.
Iran says it ready for serious nuclear talks 22 Aug 2006 Iran said on Tuesday it was ready to start immediately what it called "serious" talks with six world powers about their offer to defuse Tehran's nuclear standoff with the West.
Nuclear inspectors barred from Iran plant 23 Aug 2006 Iran has barred United Nations inspectors from an underground nuclear installation, breaching its obligations under the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.
Eitan: Ready shelters for Iran attack 22 Aug 2006 Israeli Pensioners Minister Rafi Eitan called for the readying of bomb shelters and reinforced rooms countrywide on Tuesday, in advance of a possible conflict with Iran.
Scientists suspect Israeli arms used in South contain radioactive matter 21 Aug 2006 Mohammad Ali Qobeissi, a member of the National Council for Scientific Research, said on Sunday that a crater caused by an Israeli munition in Khiam contained "a high degree of unidentified radioactive materials."
Israeli soldiers want probe of Lebanon fighting --Hundreds sign petition calling for inquiry into how Israel conducted the war 21 Aug 2006 Hundreds of Israeli reservists pushed Monday for an investigation of how the government and army handled 34 days of fighting with Hezbollah militants, saying they were rushed into battle without enough food, water and equipment. [Note: MSNBC purged the following line from the original article: One of the TV networks reported that Israeli soldiers resorted to taking water flasks from dead bodies of Hezbollah soldiers.]
Israeli tanks enter Gaza, clashes - witnesses 22 Aug 2006 Israeli tanks entered the eastern area of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and troops clashed with Palestinian fighters there, wounding at least three militants, witnesses and Palestinian sources said.
Hezbollah minister: Lebanon might challenge Israeli blockade 22 Aug 2006 A Hezbollah Cabinet minister on Tuesday said the government may attempt to break the Israeli naval and air blockade of Lebanon by calling on ships and aircraft to travel to Lebanese ports without prior Israeli approval.
US wants U.N. resolution on disarming Hizbollah 21 Aug 2006 The United States wants a new U.N. Security Council resolution on disarming the Hizbollah militant group, but this should not hold up the quick dispatch of U.N. troops to Lebanon, U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said on Monday.
Italy offers to lead Lebanon peace force 22 Aug 2006 Italy today warned Israel must make a "renewed" effort to maintain the fragile ceasefire with Hezbollah as Rome offered to lead a peacekeeping force in war-battered Lebanon.
Natural Resources are Fuelling a New Cold War By Erich Follath 18 Aug 2006 Oil and gas supplies are becoming scarcer and more expensive. The hunt for the world's remaining resources is creating new alliances and the danger of fresh conflicts. China is moving aggressively to satiate its growing appetite for energy, potentially setting up a confrontation with the United States over the dwindling resources of the Middle East and Africa.
Bush Boosts Lieberman's Bid --Statement Seen As Signal to GOP Voters 22 Aug 2006 Monday, President [sic] Bush for the first time spoke publicly about the Connecticut Democrat's bid to win the seat as an independent, telling a nationally-televised news conference: "I'm staying out of Connecticut. You know, that's what the party suggested, the Republican Party of Connecticut, and plus there's a better place to spend our money, time and resources." By not distancing himself from LieberBush - or endorsing the Republican nominee - analysts say that Bush's statement, which echoes earlier comments by White House press secretary Tony Snow, sends an important signal to Republican voters.
Connecticut Groups Push to Remove Lieberman From Ballot 22 Aug 2006 Critics of Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman's independent run to keep his job attacked on two fronts Monday, with one group asking an elections official to throw him out of the Democratic Party and a former rival calling on state officials to keep his name off the November ballot.
Contender for DeLay Seat Quits 22 Aug 2006 Sugar Land Mayor David G. Wallace withdrew Monday as a Republican write-in candidate for the seat vacated by the resignation of former House majority leader Tom DeLay.
I.R.S. Enlists Help in Collecting Delinquent Taxes 20 Aug 2006 If you owe back taxes to the federal government, the next call asking you to pay may come not from an Internal Revenue Service officer, but from a private debt collector.
Bush supports limits on morning-after pill 21 Aug 2006 President [sic] George W. Bush said on Monday he supports restricting access to emergency contraception for minors, as regulators weigh wider access to the "morning-after" pill. [Too bad his mother didn't take one.]
Fourth Potential Hurricane Gathers Strength 22 Aug 2006 Almost halfway through a hurricane season that had been predicted to be particularly awesome, the fourth potential hurricane of the year is gathering strength off the coast of West Africa, the National Hurricane Center said this morning.
"Behaviour detection squads" to spy on passengers 20 Aug 2006 Elite teams of security officers are to be trained to monitor passenger behaviour at airports in a new attempt to combat terrorism. The "behaviour detection squads" will patrol terminals to monitor the gestures, conversations and facial expressions of passengers. People deemed to be acting suspiciously [?!?] will be taken for questioning and prevented from flying if they fail to explain their actions. In America behaviour detection officers are working at a dozen airports, including Washington Dulles and Boston Logan.
The fight against terror: Surveillance UK --On the streets of Britain, scores of top suspects are being followed as MI5 desperately seeks to head off 'dozens' of plots 20 Aug 2006 The biggest surveillance operation in British history is under way this week as the authorities seek to track what the Home Secretary, John Reid, has called "dozens" of terror plots.
Thousands to be deployed for airport security 19 Aug 2006 While passenger checks continue at British airports, thousands of extra police - officers from 43 forces in England, Wales, Scotland and the North - are to be deployed in one of the largest security operations of modern times.
New airport security 'to remain' 19 Aug 2006 The government has insisted that tough new security measures will remain at UK airports for now, despite the growing anger of airlines and legal threats.
UK police expect to lay terror charges soon 21 Aug 2006 British police investigating an alleged plot to blow up US-bound airliners are optimistic they will be able to soon charge many of the 23 suspects in custody here, reports said yesterday.
'Substantial material' gathered in British terror investigation, Reid says 20 Aug 2006 British police probing an alleged terror plot to blow up U.S.-bound airliners have gathered "substantial material" [that they planted] in their investigation, Home Secretary John Reid said Sunday.
Police hit out at FBI over leaks 20 Aug 2006 Anti[pro]-terror police in Britain have made an angry request to their US counterparts asking them to stop leaking details of this month's suspected bomb plot over fears that it could jeopardise the chances of a successful prosecution and hamper the gathering of evidence.
Ditch US in terror war, say 80pc of Britons 17 Aug 2006 A majority of British people wants the Government to adopt an even more "aggressive" foreign policy to combat international terrorism, according to an opinion poll conducted after the arrests of 24 terrorism suspects last week. However - by a margin of more than five to one - the public wants Tony Blair to split from President [sic] George W Bush and either go it alone in the "war on [of] terror", or work more closely with Europe.
Homeland Security poorly managed? 20 Aug 2006 The U.S. agency in charge of countering terrorist threats such as liquid explosives is so poorly managed that Congress may cut its budget in half. The Homeland Security Department's Science and Technology Directorate has been hobbled with turnover, reorganizations, poor leadership and weak financial management [in other words, your typical *Bush-run* agency], Homeland Security officials and senior members of Congress told Sunday's Washington Post.
Mass murder in the skies: was the plot feasible? Let's whip up some TATP and find out By Thomas C Greene 17 Aug 2006 "It's a pity that our security rests in the hands of government officials who understand as little about terrorism as the Florida clowns who needed their informant to suggest attack scenarios, as the 21/7 London bombers who injured no one, as lunatic 'shoe bomber' Richard Reid, as the Forest Gate nerve gas attackers who had no nerve gas, as the British nitwits who tried to acquire 'red mercury,' and as the recent binary liquid bomb attackers who had no binary liquid bombs."
Train bomb plot brings fear of terrorism to Germany 21 Aug 2006 A Lebanese student suspected of trying to paralyse the German railway network with a bomb concealed in a suitcase appeared in court yesterday, as a huge police hunt for a second suspect [?!?] continued. [There's always a terror suspect that's 'gone missing,' for two reasons. One; the fear factor can drive more people to accept expanded police state tactics and two; when Bush bin Laden plays the terror/bioterror card before the 2006/2008 'elections,' that elusive 'missing terrorist' can and will be blamed for the attack(s). --LRP]
PayPal freezes out British user in 'terror' list snafu --To verify you are not a terrorist, fax this number... 18 Aug 2006 PayPal has frozen Brit Mohammed Hassan's account and banned him from using the service if he refuses to fax the company a raft of personal information. The online payments service told him his name is "similar to or a match to" a name on the US government's anti-terror assets freezing list.
CIA's secret UK bank trawl may be illegal --US effort to track jihadist money transfers faces inquiry over privacy 21 Aug 2006 A covert programme under which confidential information about British banking transactions is passed to the CIA with the full knowledge of the government may breach both British and European law, the Guardian has learned.
Hagel: Bush overstepped with NSA program 20 Aug 2006 U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., says President [sic] Bush exceeded his authority by authorizing domestic National Security Agency wiretaps without court warrants. Hagel also is a critic of the administration's Iraq policy, calling it a "replay of Vietnam," and says the GOP has lost its way on a number of issues.
Department of Homeland Security to Share Immigration Data 19 Aug 2006 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security plans to unveil an information-sharing program next month to give local law enforcement access to federal immigration data.
Congress Poised to Unravel the Internet By Jeffrey Chester 18 Aug 2006 "Lured by huge checks handed out by the country's top lobbyists, members of Congress could soon strike a blow against Internet freedom as they seek to resolve the hot-button controversy over preserving 'network neutrality.' ...The [telecommunications reform] bill not only precludes net neutrality safeguards but also eliminates local community oversight of digital communications provided by cable and phone giants. It sets the stage for the privatized, consolidated and unregulated communications system that is at the core of the phone and cable lobbies' political agenda."
Bush designates as secret Cold War strategic weapons data --Documents Altered to Conceal Data 21 Aug 2006 The Bush dictatorship has begun designating as secret some information that the government long provided even to its enemy the former Soviet Union: the numbers of strategic weapons in the U.S. nuclear arsenal during the Cold War. The Pentagon and the Department of Energy are treating as national security secrets the historical totals of Minuteman, Titan II and other missiles, blacking out the information on previously public documents, according to a new report by the National Security Archive. The archive is a nonprofit research library housed at George Washington University.
Two Strange Deaths in European Wiretapping Scandal --European investigators are tracking the mysterious deaths of two security experts who had uncovered extensive spyware in their telecommunications firms. By Paolo Pontoniere and Jeffrey Klein 19 Aug 2006 "[Adamo] Bove was a master at detecting hidden phone networks. Recently, at the direction of Milan prosecutors, he'd used mobile phone records to trace how a 'Special Removal Unit' composed of CIA and SISMI (the Italian CIA) agents abducted Abu Omar, an Egyptian cleric, and flew him to Cairo where he was tortured."
Navy ship arrives with 7 tons of cocaine 20 Aug 2006 A Navy ship brought in 15,000 pounds (6,750 kilograms) of cocaine -- valued at about $480 million (euro374.9 million) -- seized in two drug busts in the Pacific Ocean this summer, authorities said. [That should keep Bush satiated for about a week.]
Mexico Bracing for Social Unrest --Tanks are deployed as the nation awaits a ruling on who won the July 2 presidential 'vote.' 20 Aug 2006 A line of armored vehicles awaits outside Mexico's Congress building. Federal authorities deployed the tanks to prevent supporters of leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador from shutting down Mexico's legislature in a bid to pressure the Federal Electoral Tribunal to order a full recount of all 41 million votes in the disputed July 2 presidential 'election' [Bush/ChoicePoint coup d'etat].
Taliban's terror tactics reconquer Afghanistan 20 Aug 2006 "If we die, we are martyrs - if we live, we are victors," say the Taliban in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province. They have taken control of the area in less than two weeks. For, with ever accelerating speed, the Taliban are reconquering south-west Afghanistan from the government, American and Nato forces sent to fight them.
MoD accused of covering up casualty rates 20 Aug 2006 Defence chiefs have been accused of covering up the number of soldiers injured while fighting Taliban 'insurgents' in Afghanistan.
British soldier dies in Afghanistan 20 Aug 2006 A British soldier has been killed during fighting in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said.
4 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan 19 Aug 2006 Occupation troops clashed with insurgents in two battles Saturday in fighting that left four U.S. and two Afghan soldiers dead and six other Americans wounded, officials said.
Left-wingers rally behind Prescott to demand Blair quits over Iraq 19 Aug 2006 Demands for Tony Blair to quit over his support for US President [sic] George W Bush in the Middle East are to be taken to Labour's annual conference next month in a direct challenge to his leadership by left-wing Labour campaigners.
Gunmen Target Shiite Muslims, Kill 22, Injure Hundreds 20 Aug 2006 Gunmen took aim at multitudes of Shiite Muslim worshipers marching through this besieged capital Sunday, killing at least 22 and leaving hundreds injured in a vivid illustration of the sectarian [US-engendered] violence driving Iraq toward open civil war.
War hits Army morale as 14,000 quit in a year 19 Aug 2006 More than 14,000 soldiers left the Army last year, Ministry of Defence (MoD) figures have revealed, raising fears that low morale and "overstretch" in Iraq and Afghanistan is leading to an exodus from the armed forces.
Bush's "backdoor draft" Troops long out-of-uniform sent to Iraq 19 Aug 2006 Thousands of soldiers and Marines have been deployed to Iraq under a policy that allows military leaders to recall troops who have left the service but still have time left on their contract. With active duty units already completing multiple tours in Iraq, the Pentagon has employed the rarely used tactic of calling people back from "inactive ready reserve" (IRR) status, a policy sometimes referred to as a "backdoor draft."
U.S. soldier killed on patrol in Baghdad 18 Aug 2006 An American soldier was killed on Thursday night when a roadside bomb went off near a foot patrol south of Baghdad, the U.S. military said.
Israel vetoes peacekeepers from countries that do not recognise it 21 Aug 2006 Israel said last night that it would veto the presence in Lebanon of peace-keeping forces from nations with which it does not have diplomatic links.
Israel Strikes Deep in Lebanon --Premier, U.N. Chief Condemn Attack as Violation of Truce 20 Aug 2006 Helicopter-borne Israeli commandos raided a 'Hezbollah stronghold' in the Bekaa Valley early Saturday, setting off a fierce gun battle. Lebanon called the attack a "flagrant violation" of a fragile six-day-old cease-fire and threatened to halt troop deployments in protest.
IDF officer killed in commando raid in east Lebanon 20 Aug 2006 An Israel Defense Forces officer was killed and two other officers were wounded - one seriously - during a commando raid near the 'Hezbollah stronghold' of Baalbek in eastern Lebanon early Saturday.
British kit found in Hezbollah bunkers 21 Aug 2006 An urgent investigation was launched last night after Israel accused Britain of indirectly supplying Hezbollah terrorists [sic] with military night-vision equipment that helped them to target Israeli soldiers in Lebanon. The equipment was found by Israeli troops in Hezbollah command bunkers in southern Lebanon. Each set was stamped "made in Britain". [Hezbollah's *glasses* may be made in Britain, but Israel's *bombs* are made in America! --LRP]
"You know the U.S. has gone Third World when bombed-out Lebanese get a better deal than we do." Why America Needs Hezbollah By Ted Rall 15 Aug 2006 "Remember how hurricane [Katrina] victims couldn't get through to FEMA's perpetually busy hotline? Promising that Hezbollah personnel 'in the towns and villages will turn to those whose homes are badly damaged and help rebuild them,' Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah ordered Hezbollah militants to canvass damaged neighborhoods and begin repairs at once. Hezbollah gives out 'decent and suitable furniture' and a year's free rent to all Lebanese who lost their homes. Unlike the racist government officials who managed the botched response along the Gulf Coast last year, where whites were rescued while blacks were shot, the Shiite terrorist [sic] group's offer also applies to Sunnis, Christians and even Jews. 'Hezbollah's reputation as an efficient grass-roots social service network,' reported the [New York] Times, 'was in evidence everywhere... Hezbollah men also traveled door to door checking on residents and asking them what help they needed.' With terrorists like that, who needs FEMA?'" [FEMA's raison d'etre is to implement and enforce Bush's police state.]
Military Recruiters Cited for Misconduct 20 Aug 2006 A six-month Associated Press investigation found that more than 80 military recruiters were disciplined last year for sexual misconduct with potential enlistees. The cases occurred across all branches of the military and in all regions of the country. [Note: the PentaPost has already made changed the article - apparently, Rove or some other Bush troll didn't like the first version.]
Sheehan, Others Protest at Rove Event 20 Aug 2006 Chanting "Try Rove for treason," Cindy Sheehan and more than 50 other war protesters disrupted a reception before President [sic] Bush's top adviser Karl Rove spoke at a fundraiser Saturday.
Kerry Calls Lieberman the New Cheney --Senator Labels Bush Iraq Policy 'Disaster,' Lieberman Bid 'Huge Mistake' 20 Aug 2006 Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., blasted a fellow 'Democrat,' Sen. Joe Lieberman, for continuing his bid in the Connecticut Senate race despite a narrow loss to newcomer Ned Lamont in the Democratic primary earlier this month. "I'm concerned that [Lieberman] is making a Republican case," Kerry told ABC News.
Dem angst escalates (The Hill) 16 Aug 2006 A group of Senate Democrats is growing increasingly angry about Sen. Joe Lieberman’s ("D"-Conn.) campaign tactics since he lost the Democratic primary last week. If he continues to alienate his colleagues, Lieberman could be stripped of his seniority within the Democratic caucus should he defeat Democrat Ned Lamont in the general election this November, according to some senior Democratic aides.
Alaska subpoenas BP and oil partners 19 Aug 2006 Alaska's attorney general has ordered BP Plc and its partners in the giant Prudhoe Bay oil field to surrender documents on corrosion management practices.
Bush Contemplates Rebirth of Dictatorship for Iraq [Since He's Already Given Birth to It Here] By Matthew Rothschild 17 Aug 2006 "There was a big clue planted at the bottom of the very long lead article in The New York Times of August 17. That story noted the alarming rise in insurgent attacks against American and Iraqi forces... The last three paragraphs of this story revealed that 'senior administration officials . . . are considering alternatives other than democracy,' according to a military expert who was just briefed at the White House. Hmmm, 'alternatives other than democracy.' My, what can those be? Monarchy? Dictatorship?"
"The changes have put us back way before 1215 AD, Mr Blair has removed us back to the Dark Ages. God knows who advises him on legal matters: although he is very near to God apparently." Rumpole author claims UK is selling out to fascism 17 Aug 2006 Britain is in danger of "selling out to fascism" in the way it is dealing with the threat of terrorism, according to John Mortimer, the QC and popular author. Speaking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which is sponsored by The Herald and Sunday Herald, the creator of the Rumpole of the Bailey series of books criticised the government's response to terrorism.
Airline chief: 'Terror leaders laughing in their caves' 19 Aug 2006 Terrorists are "rolling around the caves of Pakistan, laughing" at Britain's response to the terror threat, an airline boss said last night as he gave the government a seven-day deadline to relax restrictions or face legal action. Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary described some of the security measures as "farcical, Keystone Kops-like and completely insane and ineffectual". [That makes it complete. *Everyone* is laughing at the fascist regimes of Dictator Bush and Poodle Blair, except their victims. --LRP]
'50-year' terror war warning 20 Aug 2006 Peter Costello has warned Australia to brace itself for a 50-year war on [of] terrorism that would only end when the "ideas and aspirations" of the terrorists were defeated.
'Terror plot' inquiry spanning UK 18 Aug 2006 Every police force in the UK is now involved in the investigation into the alleged plot to blow up transatlantic airliners, it has emerged. The 43 forces in England and Wales, eight in Scotland and the Police Service of Northern Ireland have sent, or are sending, officers to assist. Hundreds are said to be involved with further officers on patrol at airports. Meanwhile, searches of woodland at High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire and 14 addresses are continuing. [If you're a bank robber in the UK, go for it; the police are busy elsewhere. --LRP]
UK terror plot police in Pakistan 18 Aug 2006 A team of British officials investigating the alleged airline bombing plot has arrived in Pakistan, a Pakistani minister has said. The "legal experts" are liaising with Pakistani officials who detained a British suspect, said Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao.
TATP or Not TATP? - That is the Question By Edgar J. Steele 19 Aug 2006 [scroll to section] "A friend with a doctorate in chemistry sent me the following: 'According to the official government story, TATP (triacetone triperoxide) was the explosive these conspirators were planning to manufacture aboard the airliners... The peroxide and acetone can be pre-mixed, but the acid must be added, a drop at a time, to the solution, all the while continuously stirring it and keeping it continuously chilled. This step of the process will take several hours, during which the fumes given off will be substantial and quite overpowering, thus a lab-quality air evacuation system is required... One then must let the resulting solution stand for an extended period at temperatures above the freezing point, but definitely below 10 Celsius (50 Fahrenheit)... The time required for the reaction to go to completion is at least 24 hours and often several days... There is neither the time, the workspace nor the other materials required to make TATP on an airliner. The time required, the temperatures required, the workspace required and the need to dry the chemical prior to use preclude this story being reasonable...'"
Liquid Bombers Prove: "They Hate Our Freedoms!" By Edgar J. Steele 19 Aug 2006 "Muslims were planning to blow up a bunch of jetliners enroute from London to America - or so say George Bush and Tony Blair. Muslims without tickets. Muslims without passports. Muslims without bombs... What kind of bombs? TATP bombs, short for triacetone triperoxide. What's more, Bush and Blair told us that Muslims favor the TATP bomb, mixed on the spot with separate liquids. With that lie, both Bush and Blair foreclosed any possibility that the Muslims involved actually were guilty... It quite simply cannot be done... Not with any resources that might be available aboard any airplane other than Tom Swift's Flying Lab. Not with the time afforded by a Trans-Atlantic flight. And certainly - not by anybody without chemistry lab training and experience - not under the circumstances claimed, anyway."
Police find 'martyr videos' - claim 19 Aug 2006 The BBC has reported that police had found [planted] martyr videos on laptops in the course of searches connected to the alleged plot to blow up trans-Atlantic flights.
Bombs on trains: terror link likely 20 Aug 2006 German investigators say they suspect homemade bombs found [planted] on two trains last month were part of a failed terror attack. It was first thought that they were a blackmail attempt.
Lebanese Man Arrested in German Suitcase-Bomb Probe 19 Aug 2006 German police today arrested a 22- year-old Lebanese student suspected of placing a suitcase holding a bomb made of gasoline and propane gas on a train last month.
Ryanair issues security ultimatum 18 Aug 2006 Ryanair has issued the government with a seven-day ultimatum to restore airport security measures to normal or risk being sued for compensation.
Homeland Security chief outlines developments in screening for terrorists 18 Aug 2006 Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff says studying travel patterns and watching travelers' behavior are effective ways of screening for terrorists. In a speech in Los Angeles, Chertoff said airlines should share travel histories they have in their data bases. He says studying those of suspicious persons could link them to others known to be connected to terrorist activity.
Boehner: Congress will make NSA's domestic eavesdropping program legal 19 Aug 2006 House Majority Leader John Boehner, predicted today that soon after Congress returns to session in September, it will pass a law making the U.S. government’s domestic eavesdropping program legal. On Thursday, a federal judge in Detroit ruled that the program is unconstitutional and ordered it ended immediately. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said the Bush Administration disagrees with the ruling and has appealed. That appeal will land in Cincinnati, at the U .S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. But Congress may not wait to see what that court decides.
Bush Blasts Court Ruling on Surveillance 18 Aug 2006 President [sic] Bush on Friday criticized a federal court ruling on Thursday that said his warrantless wiretapping program is unconstitutional, declaring that opponents "do not understand the nature of the world in which we live... That's why I instructed the Justice Department to appeal immediately, and I believe our appeals will be upheld." U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor in Detroit said the government, in defending the program, appeared to be saying the president had the "inherent power" to violate laws of Congress.
Bush Must Negotiate to Make America Safer, Say Former Generals (OneWorld) 17 Aug 2006 Twenty-one former generals and high ranking national security officials have called on United States President [sic] George W. Bush to reverse course and embrace a new area of negotiation with Iran, Iraq, and North Korea. In a letter released Thursday, the group told reporters Bush's 'hard line' policies have undermined national security and made America less safe.
Marine Officer Called Haditha Killings Routine --Officer Said Deaths Didn't Merit Inquiry 19 Aug 2006 The Marine officer [war criminal] who commanded the battalion involved in the Haditha killings last November did not consider the deaths of 24 Iraqis, many of them women and children, unusual and did not initiate an inquiry, according to a sworn statement he gave to military investigators in March.
US Marine officer saw Haditha deaths as normal-Post 19 Aug 2006 The U.S. Marine officer [war criminal] who commanded the battalion involved in the deaths of two dozen Iraqi civilians in Haditha in November did not consider the incident unusual and did not initiate an inquiry, The Washington Post reported on Saturday.
Marines May Have Excised Evidence on 24 Iraqi Deaths 18 Aug 2006 A high-level military investigation into the killings of 24 Iraqis in Haditha last November has uncovered instances in which American marines involved in the episode appear to have destroyed or withheld evidence, according to two Defense Department officials briefed on the case.
US troops accused of Haditha cover-up 18 Aug 2006 US marines involved in the alleged massacre in the Iraqi town of Haditha last November may have destroyed or covered up evidence relating to the killing of 24 people.
Pentagon set to release German from Guantanamo Bay 18 Aug 2006 The Pentagon will next week release a German resident from Guantanamo Bay in a move that is likely to remove a contentious issue in relations between Berlin and Washington.
"Prior and specific headquarters guidance" By Eric Umansky 18 Aug 2006 "That's what a CIA memo said about approving abuse. Here's the relevant snippet from a Dec. 2002 memo: 'When CIA officers are involved in interrogation of a detainee, the conduct of such interrogation should not encompass any significant physiological aspects (e.g. direct physical contacts, unusual mental duress, unusual physical restraints or deliberate environmental deprivations)—beyond those reasonably required to ensure the safety and security of our officers to prevent the escape of the detainee—without prior and specific headquarters guidance.' ...The memo was cited in that CIA contractors' trial."
Hussein's genocide trial risks being unfair: group 18 Aug 2006 The Iraqi court which will hold Saddam Hussein's second trial next week, on charges of genocide against the Kurds, has proven it is incapable of holding fair hearings, a human rights group said on Friday. "Based on extensive observations of the tribunal's conduct of its first trial ... Human Rights Watch believes that the Iraqi High Tribunal is presently incapable of fairly and effectively trying a genocide case," the group said.
3 Occupation Troops Killed in Afghanistan 19 Aug 2006 Three U.S.-led occupation soldiers were killed during a combat operation Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, an occupation spokesman said.
Major arms soar to twice pre-9/11 cost --Systems to have little direct role in terror fight 19 Aug 2006 The estimated costs for the development of major weapons systems for the US military have doubled since September 11, 2001, with a trillion-dollar price tag for new planes, ships, and missiles that would have little direct role in the fight against 'insurgents' in Afghanistan and Iraq.
UN envoy says Israel may have breached truce 19 Aug 2006 A senior U.N. envoy said on Saturday if media reports about an Israeli raid in Lebanon were true, it would constitute a clear violation of a U.N.-brokered truce that halted the war between Israel and Hizbollah.
Lebanon gives warning after Israeli raid 19 Aug 2006 Israeli commandos raided a Hezbollah stronghold deep in Lebanon on Saturday, engaging in a fierce gunbattle, and the Lebanese government threatened to halt further troop deployments in protest as the 6-day-old U.N.-brokered cease-fire was put to a critical test
Rights groups warn of danger of unexploded cluster bombs 18 Aug 2006 UN explosives experts have identified 10 places where Israeli guns have fired cluster bombs on southern Lebanon and fear there could be many more of the devices, a human rights group said yesterday. As Human Rights Watch warned that the sites could be the "tip of the iceberg", UN officials reported yesterday that two children were killed by a cluster bomb explosion in the town of Naqoura.
Mass Funerals Held in Southern Lebanon 18 Aug 2006 The breeze blew fine dust across graves where 29 people killed in an Israeli airstrike_half of them children_were buried, as the ground was opened for funerals in south Lebanon on Friday, the Muslim holy day.
Stand alongside Hizbullah, Lebanon's army tells troops --Statement casts doubt on hopes for disarmament --UN, US and Israel fear local force cannot secure south 19 Aug 2006 An internal Lebanese army statement, circulated among forces in the past week, has called for troops to stand "alongside your resistance and your people who astonished the world with its steadfastness and destroyed the prestige of the so-called invincible army after it was defeated".
Europe asked to back Lebanon force 19 Aug 2006 The United Nations has appealed to European countries to contribute troops to an expanded UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon to balance the commitments from Muslim countries, so that both Israel and Lebanon will view it as legitimate.
Chavez: Venezuela Captured 4 U.S Spies 18 Aug 2006 President Hugo Chavez said Friday that Venezuela has caught four people spying for the U.S. government and has turned them over to the Americans. [Why weren't they tried as spies, in Venezuela?]
Cuba Mobilized for a U.S. Attack, Raúl Castro Says 19 Aug 2006 Raúl Castro, in his first public comments since temporarily taking over power in Cuba from his ailing brother, said in an interview published Friday that he had mobilized the country’s armed forces in the hours after Fidel Castro’s illness was announced, to fend off any invasion that might have been planned by Washington.
9/11 book rankles Presbyterian faith 18 Aug 2006 A book suggesting the September 11 attacks were engineered by the U.S. government is raising hackles among the faithful because its publisher is an agency of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the largest of several Presbyterian denominations.
National Guardsmen arrested in New Orleans robbery 18 Aug 2006 Two members of the Louisiana National Guard [terrorists, apparently] sent in to help fight rising crime in storm-ravaged New Orleans have been charged with armed robbery, a National Guard spokesman said on Friday.
"Consumers will not be aware which meat and poultry products have been treated with the spray." Agency Approves First Use of Viruses as a Food Additive 19 Aug 2006 A mix of bacteria-killing viruses may be sprayed on cold cuts, wieners and sausages to combat common microbes that kill hundreds of people a year, federal health officials ruled Friday. The ruling, by the Food and Drug [Pharma-terrorist] Administration, is the first approval of viruses as a food additive, said Andrew Zajac of the Office of Food Additive Safety [sic] at the agency.
Touch-Screen Machines Stir Election Anxiety in Md. 19 Aug 2006 Touch-screen polling machines, which will be used statewide in Maryland when voters go to the polls for the Sept. 12 primary, have become a politically charged topic in Maryland. Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., who agreed to purchase them three years ago, now questions whether they can provide fair and accurate elections, given their vulnerability to computer hackers and their lack of a paper trail to document votes.
Former Bush official seeks new trial 19 Aug 2006 A former Bush regime official [David Safavian] convicted of hiding details of his relationship with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff has asked for a new trial.
What Right-wingers See When They Read The New York Times By Will Murphy (satire)
Labour agrees: Bush is crap --The Independent asked a group of Labour MPs what they though of John Prescott's outburst 18 Aug 2006 Ken Livingstone Mayor of London "I have no idea what John Prescott did or did not say since it was a private conversation, but... the current US administration has been a disaster for the American people and has done untold damage not only to international relations but to the environment." [Crap is a polite way of saying what Bush is.]
Labour MPs come out in support of Prescott's US view 18 Aug 2006 John Prescott was riding a wave of support from Labour MPs last night after privately attacking the Bush administration for being "crap" on the Middle East peace process. The Deputy Prime Minister was also buoyed by public support for his outspoken remarks about the US President [sic], George Bush, after they were revealed in yesterday's Independent. [See: Bush is crap, says Prescott --Deputy PM criticises US handling of Middle East, condemning 'cowboy' President [sic] at private meeting 17 Aug 2000.]
Prescott's slur on Bush as 'cowboy' wins support from back-benches 18 Aug 2006 John Prescott waded into a fresh row yesterday after he reportedly denounced George Bush's efforts in the Middle East as "crap" and called him a "cowboy". The Deputy Prime Minister denied the remarks, but they won the beleaguered minister some much-needed support from back-bench MPs.
"There are between 5,000 and 6,000 extremist Web sites on the Internet, each one encouraging extremists to cultivate relationships with like-minded people." [*Hope springs eternal.*] Extremists using Internet to plot, Gonzales says --Over 5,000 Web sites, attorney general warns 17 Aug 2006 Attorney General [Reichwing terrorist] Alberto R. Gonzales said yesterday that Islamic extremists take advantage of more than 5,000 Web sites to train and coordinate internationally, filling the gap caused by the crackdown on 'the al-Qaida' [his al-CIAduh] terrorist network. "There are between 5,000 and 6,000 extremist Web sites on the Internet, each one encouraging extremists to cultivate relationships with like-minded people," he said. "This radicalization is happening online and can therefore develop anywhere, in virtually any neighborhood, and in any country." [Yes, it is.]
Gonzales: Extremists relying on Web sites 17 Aug 2006 U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales says thousands of Internet Web sites are being used by extremists to promote their activities. Speaking in Pittsburgh, Gonzales said since the crackdown on 'al-Qaida,' more than 5,000 Internet sites are being used to train and coordinate terror activities across the globe, reports The Los Angeles Times.
Bush Vows to Overturn Wiretapping Ruling 18 Aug 2006 President [sic] Bush said today that he is confident that a federal court ruling against his administration’s electronic surveillance program will be overturned, and he described those who hailed the ruling as naïve.
"It is the upholding of our Constitution." Judge Finds NSA Program Unconstitutional 17 Aug 2006 A federal judge on Thursday struck down Dictator Bush's warrantless surveillance program, saying it violated the rights to free speech and privacy, as well as the separation of powers enshrined in the Constitution. "Plaintiffs have prevailed, and the public interest is clear, in this matter. It is the upholding of our Constitution," U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor in Detroit wrote in her 43-page opinion. The administration said it would appeal to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.
U.S. ordered to halt wiretaps 18 Aug 2006 A judge ordered the Bush regime on Thursday to stop a domestic wiretap programme it says protects Americans from terrorism but which the judge said violated their civil rights.
Wiretap Ruling Threatens Telecoms --Businesses accused of helping the Bush Administration eavesdrop on customers could be in for a legal bruising 18 Aug 2006 Telecommunications and Internet companies accused of working with the Bush Administration's domestic eavesdropping program could be in for more legal headaches, after a federal judge ruled Thursday that the warrantless wiretaps violated the constitution.
Telcos prepare for the worst as wiretap cases head West --And then there was one 17 Aug 2006 AT&T and other telcos had better unlock the file cabinets and brace for the backlash because the mother lode of wiretapping cases has just landed in unfriendly territory. Both the Feds and the telcos earlier this month took a hit when the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated the pretrial proceedings of 17 different warrantless wiretapping suits that accuse the telcos of forming uncomfortable ties with the NSA. The Panel placed the cases under the supervision of Judge Vaughn Walker of the District Court for the Northern District of California. Yes, that’s right, the same judge who last month denied the government’s motion to block discovery in one of the cases on state secret grounds. [Yes, but Bush will just have his High Court whores overrule the California judge.]
Wiretap ruling affirms that presidents aren't monarchs (USA Today) 17 Aug 2006 "President [sic] Bush has unilaterally declared what parts of new laws he wishes to enforce. He has created military tribunals unauthorized by Congress. And, perhaps most ominously, he has authorized eavesdropping on phone calls to and from the USA without court orders. Bush has done these things by simply asserting that the powers of the presidency enumerated in Article II of the Constitution — particularly the clause making him the 'Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy' — are much more sweeping than previously imagined. In short, he has acted like a king. Fortunately, the courts have begun to rein in his royal ambitions." [Nope. See: Bush Vows to Overturn Wiretapping Ruling 18 Aug 2006.]
NSA, Swan Island team on info-sharing initiative 18 Aug 2006 The National Security Agency has signed a cooperative agreement with Swan Island Networks Inc. (Portland, OR) to develop a 'secure information-sharing solution' for the intelligence agency.
Privacy groups slam use of CIA-backed software to index Canadian health files 17 Aug 2006 Software that will help sort millions of Canadian health records was developed by a company funded through the CIA's venture capital partner, sparking concerns about the confidentiality of patient data.
Missile-like metal tube is reported over Hilo Airport 17 Aug 2006 The FBI and the Transportation Security Administration are investigating sightings of an object resembling a missile flying over the Hilo Airport area Tuesday morning, Hawaii County Civil Defense said. An eyewitness told the Star-Bulletin he saw a silver tube with no markings or fins, trailing "vapor" that quickly dispersed... Police also interviewed about a half-dozen witnesses who saw or heard it, said police spokeswoman Chris Loos.
Hawaii UFO looked like a wayward missile 17 Aug 2006 No one Thursday was claiming ownership of a tubular flying object that buzzed a Hawaii airport this week and looked a lot like a missile.
Officers 'find bomb kit components' 18 Aug 2006 Police investigating the alleged airliner bomb plot have 'found' [planted?] a suitcase containing components needed to make an explosive device. The discovery is thought to have been made in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, where specialist officers are combing King's Wood for traces of explosives or evidence of explosive tests.
Terror plot: claims of bomb kit find in wood 18 Aug 2006 Anti[pro]-terror police investigating the alleged plot to blow up passenger planes have 'discovered' a suitcase containing bomb components, it was reported last night. According to the BBC, the find was made by officers searching King's Wood in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.
Al Qaida 'sanctioned terror plot' 17 Aug 2006 The alleged terror plot to blow up US-bound planes was probably sanctioned by al Qaida [al CIAduh] No.2 leader Ayman al-Zawahri, a senior Pakistani intelligence official said.
Suspects linked to hardline Islamic group --July 7 bombers 'visited movement's mosque HQ' --Muslims want inquiry into radicalisation of young 18 Aug 2006 A fundamentalist Islamic movement is emerging as a common link between several of the men arrested on suspicion of plotting to blow up transatlantic airliners.
Ministers try new tack on terrorist screening 18 Aug 2006 A system for the "positive profiling" of European airline passengers is to be urgently explored in response to the alleged airline terrorist plot exposed last week, European interior ministers meeting in London have agreed.
Orange suspends blogger over his 'Lefty Lexicon' 18 Aug 2006 A website set up as a platform for Conservative Party supporters to debate Tory issues has found itself at the centre of a freedom of speech controversy. A contributor has been suspended from his job as community affairs manager with the mobile phone company Orange after comments he made on the ConservativeHome website. Inigo Wilson posted a "Lefty Lexicon" in which he defined "Islamophobic" as: "Anyone who objects to having their transport blown up on the way to work."
UK flight diverted in bomb scare 18 Aug 2006 A fighter jet was scrambled to intercept a British passenger plane as it made an emergency landing in Italy today amid fears a bomb was on board. The Excel Airways charter Boeing 767 landed in Brindisi, in the south of the country, after the pilot asked for it to be diverted, the Italian air traffic agency said.
Sick bag note causes UK airliner bomb scare 18 Aug 2006 A bomb threat scrawled on a sick bag caused a British passenger plane from London to Egypt to be diverted to southern Italy on Friday, but police said it appeared to be a false alarm. "The alarm has been called off," said Brindisi border police chief Salvatore de Paolis.
US airport passengers evacuated in alert 18 Aug 2006 The US experienced its second terror alert in two days yesterday when 100 passengers were evacuated from an airport in West Virginia after explosive residue was found on two bottles in a passenger's hand baggage.
Suspicious liquid in luggage shuts down of W.Va. airport 17 Aug 2006 (Ceredo, WV) A regional airport terminal was evacuated today after two bottles of liquid found in a woman's carry-on luggage twice tested positive for explosives residue, a Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman said.
Woman from diverted flight appears in court 18 Aug 2006 A woman on a trans-Atlantic flight diverted to Boston for security concerns passed notes to crew, urinated on the cabin floor and made comments the crew believed were references to Al Qaeda and the Sept. 11 attacks, according to an affidavit filed Thursday.
Terrorist plots everywhere ... and nowhere --After London arrests, false alarms ring loudly in US. By Tom Regan 17 Aug 2006 "In the week since British police conducted a major counterterrorism operation against an alleged plot to blow up airline flights between Britain and the US, a series of false alarms has shown how tense people have become about the threat of a terrorist attack in America. While all of the events were originally described, or considered, possible terrorist activities, none of them has been shown to have any connection with terrorism."
Iraq reels from acute fuel shortage 18 Aug 2006 At gas stations around Baghdad, the line of cars waiting to fill their tanks with increasingly rare petrol now reaches 60 to 80 vehicles. Some prefer to spend the night in their vehicles on streets to maintain their turn in the long line... The Ministry of Oil has put together a committee to try to find solutions to curb fuel smuggling to the black market. [LOL! Only Bush could generate an *oil shortage* in Iraq!! Blackwater USA and Halliburton must be making *billion$* on the US oil smuggling operations!!]
Iraq announces two-day vehicle ban in Baghdad 18 Aug 2006 The Iraqi government announced a two-day vehicle ban in parts of Baghdad on Friday, fearing an attack on a major Shi'ite religious festival amid unrelenting sectarian bloodshed in the capital that has killed thousands.
British forces in Amarah, Iraq come under mortar fire 18 Aug 2006 The Iraqi Police in Al Amarah in Iraq said that the British Forces stationed in the city, some 380 Kilometers to the south of Baghdad, came under mortar fire on Friday.
CIA worker convicted after fatal beating 19 Aug 2006 A former CIA contractor has been found guilty of assaulting an Afghan prisoner who later died in a case that raised new questions about the treatment of detainees by US interrogators.
Ex-CIA Contractor Convicted of Abusing Detainee 17 Aug 2006 A former Central Intelligence Agency contractor became the first U.S. civilian convicted of abusing detainees during the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.
The CIA Torture Loophole --A contractor was found guilty in the death of a detainee, but the potential for more abuses is high. By Priti Patel 18 Aug 2006 "Last year, enacting Sen. John McCain's anti-torture measure, Congress attempted to draw a clear line between acceptable and unacceptable treatment of prisoners for anyone acting in the name of the United States. Now the Bush administration wants to blur the line and possibly erase it. The administration proposes to amend the 10-year-old War Crimes Act to weaken the Geneva Convention's prohibitions against cruel, humiliating and degrading treatment."
Occupation Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan 18 Aug 2006 Two occupation soldiers were killed in separate incidents in Afghanistan Aug. 16 and yesterday, U.S. military officials reported. An occupation soldier was killed yesterday during a battle with 'extremists' [resistance fighters] just west of Asadabad, in Kunar province. In addition, one wounded occupation soldier was evacuated to a nearby treatment facility, where he remains in stable condition.
US-led forces kill eight militants in clash in Afghanistan 17 Aug 2006 U.S.-led forces killed eight militants after coming under attack in eastern Afghanistan, the occupation said in a statement Thursday. The militants attacked with small arms and machine guns in the Asad Abad district of Kunar province on Wednesday, the statement said.
Hizbollah hands out cash to Lebanese 18 Aug 2006 Hizbollah handed out bundles of cash on Friday to people whose homes were wrecked by Israeli bombing, consolidating the 'Iranian-backed group's support' [?!?] among Lebanon's Shi'ites and embarrassing the Beirut government.
Olmert's W. Bank pullout plan on hold for now 18 Aug 2006 Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has put his proposal for an Israeli pullout from parts of the occupied West Bank on hold for now following the war in Lebanon, one of his aides said on Friday.
N. Korea Appears to Be Preparing for Nuclear Test 17 Aug 2006 There is new evidence that North Korea may be preparing for an underground test of a nuclear bomb, U.S. officials told ABC News. A senior military official told ABC News that a U.S. intelligence agency has recently observed "suspicious vehicle movement" [?!?] at a suspected North Korean test site.
CLG Cultural News: Michael Rectenwald comments on "sports practices of private schools" (Letter to Sports Editor, Pittsburgh Post Gazette) 18 Aug 2006 "Central Catholic has an unmitigated desideratum of winning at any cost, including the costs of lost self-esteem, injustice and nepotism. The Catholic diocese has given them free reign to run amok and without any regard for values beyond triumphalism."
All tobacco exposure harmful: study 18 Aug 2006 A study of 27,000 people around the world has shown that all forms of tobacco exposure multiply the risk of having a heart attack.
US to check if passengers are on "no-fly" list 17 Aug 2006 Airline passengers soon will have their names checked against the US "no-fly" list before flights take off for the United States, the homeland security chief said. It would make permanent a security measure temporarily put in place for flights from Britain after last week's [alleged] foiled plot to bomb trans-Atlantic flights.
T.S.A.'s "behavior detection officers" search faces at U.S. airports 17 Aug 2006 ...Another airline passenger had just made the acquaintance of the transportation agency’s "behavior detection officers." Their assignment is to find anyone with evil intent. After the reported liquid bomb plot in Britain, agency officials say they want to have hundreds of behavior detection officers trained by the end of next year and deployed at most of the nation’s biggest airports.
Fox News Airs Suggestion for 'Muslim-Only' Airport Line (News Hounds) 16 Aug 2006 Yesterday on Fox News' "Dayside," conservative radio host Mike Gallagher proposed that airports institute a "Muslims only" line for airport travelers during a segment Tuesday (15 August 2006) on racial profiling.
Terror: EU plan for vetting of air passengers 17 Aug 2006 A system for the "positive profiling" of European airline passengers is to be urgently explored in response to last week's alleged airline terror plot, European interior ministers meeting in London agreed yesterday. The home secretary, John Reid, insisted that the new system, which would affect all domestic and international flights in and out of Europe, would be carried out well in advance of flights based on biometric checks - electronic eye or facial scans.
Every airport traveller 'will be fingerprinted' 17 Aug 2006 Biometric testing is set to be introduced at European airports under plans for stringent new security measures revealed yesterday in the wake of last week's alleged terror plot. Passengers would have their fingerprint or iris scanned under the measures proposed by EU interior ministers, which would also use passenger profiling to try to identify potential terrorists.
In Wake of Plot, Justice Dept. Will Study Britain's Terror Laws 15 Aug 2006 Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales on Monday ordered a side-by-side review of American and British counterterrorism laws as a first step toward determining whether further changes in American law are 'warranted.' Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said in appearances on the Sunday morning news programs that he thought bringing American laws more closely into line with Britain’s, particularly regarding the detention of terror suspects without charges, could help deter threats at home.
London plot prompts terror review 18 Aug 2006 Terror suspects could be held under preventive detention orders for longer without charge in the wake of a review of Australia's counter-terrorism laws.
Bomb Plot Suspects Interrogated Under New British Anti-Terror Law 17 Aug 2006 A British judge has given police additional time to hold without charge 23 terror suspects being held in the plot to bomb flights to the United States... British anti[pro]-terror laws are tough and the government may seek to make them even tougher.
British Court Gives Police More Leeway to Probe Plot 17 Aug 2006 A district judge ruled Wednesday that British investigators have until next week to investigate the suspects arrested in an alleged plot to blow up as many as 10 transatlantic jetliners, saying they could be kept in custody without charge.
Police get 'bomb plot' extension 17 Aug 2006 Police investigating an alleged bomb plot targeting UK to US flights have been given extra time to question 23 of the suspects. A judge has granted Scotland Yard police officers an extra seven days to question 21 of the suspects, and an extra five days to question two.
Prescott lets slip that some suspects won't face serious charges 16 Aug 2006 Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott let slip yesterday that some of the 24 people arrested last week over the alleged transatlantic terror plot will not face serious charges.
1 suspect in alleged British airline plot released, police say 16 Aug 2006 Scotland Yard said late Wednesday night a person arrested earlier this week as part of its investigation into an alleged plot to blow up transatlantic jetliners has been released.
Terror arrests at Holyhead port 17 Aug 2006 A man and a woman are being questioned under the Terrorism Act after being arrested at Holyhead port, North Wales Police say. A district judge has granted police a further five days to continue to question the pair.
Airlines set to sue for £300m over terror losses 17 Aug 2006 Airlines including Ryanair are considering suing the Government for up to £300 million to recover the losses incurred since extra security measures were imposed last week. They are hoping that the threat of legal action will force ministers to lift the restrictions on hand luggage, which have caused thousands of flight cancellations and delayed millions of passengers since an alleged terrorist plot was foiled.
Majority believe west is losing 'war on terror' 17 Aug 2006 Four out of five Britons believe the west is losing the "war against terror" and want Tony Blair to distance British foreign policy from the United States, a poll revealed today.
U.S. federal judge rules warrantless wiretapping unconstitutional --Federal judge orders end to wiretap program 17 Aug 2006 A federal judge ruled Thursday that the government's warrantless wiretapping program is unconstitutional and ordered an immediate halt to the National Security Agency's program.
Judge Bars Warrantless Anti-Terrorism Surveillance 17 Aug 2006 A federal judge ordered the U.S. government to stop warrantless wiretapping of international telephone calls between suspected terrorists and their U.S.-based affiliates, ruling that the eavesdropping violates the Constitution and federal law.
Ruddock compares Hicks to gang rapists 17 Aug 2006 Federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock has compared terrorist suspect David Hicks to two "Middle Eastern boys" convicted of gang rape in Sydney. Hicks, 31, from Adelaide, has spent four-and-a-half years in a US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba following his capture [allegedly] fighting with the Taliban in Afghanistan in December, 2001... Ruddock also compared supporters of Hicks to communist sympathisers during the Cold War.
Hicks fate 'depends on Government' 17 Aug 2006 Australian terror suspect David Hicks won't get home until the federal government asks the United States for his return, his military lawyer said today.
David Hicks a 'mess', says father 16 Aug 2006 Guantanamo detainee David Hicks is reportedly devastated at hearing his detention is no closer to an end, despite the pledge of the Attorney-General to bring him home by November.
CIA contractor guilty in Afghan prisoner assault 17 Aug 2006 A former CIA contractor was found guilty on Thursday of assaulting an Afghan prisoner who later died in a case that raised new questions about the treatment of detainees by U.S. interrogators.
Bush is crap, says Prescott --Deputy PM criticises US handling of Middle East, condemning 'cowboy' President [sic] at private meeting 17 Aug 2006 John Prescott has given vent to his private feelings about the Bush presidency, summing up George Bush's administration in a single word: crap. [Well-said!]
"As long as he's president, we're in Iraq." [He's not - and yet, we are.] Bush Dismisses the Idea of Partitioning Iraq --President [sic] tells analysts dividing the country wouldn't end violence and indicates no policy changes are planned. 16 Aug 2006 Experts said in interviews that Bush signaled that he intended to make no policy changes in Iraq, despite warnings from military leaders and election-year arguments from Democrats that the war is a drain on resources and a distraction from the administration's campaign against [for] terrorism.
Number of Civilian Deaths Highest in July, Iraqis Say 16 Aug 2006 July appears to have been the deadliest month of the war for Iraqi civilians, according to figures from the Health Ministry and the Baghdad morgue, reinforcing criticism that the Baghdad security plan started in June by the new government has failed.
25 die in Baghdad blasts 17 Aug 2006 At least 25 people have been killed in three separate bombings in Baghdad over the last 24 hours, it was reported today.
Insurgent Bombs Directed at G.I.s Increase in Iraq 17 Aug 2006 The number of roadside bombs planted in Iraq rose in July to the highest monthly total of the war, offering more evidence that the anti-American 'insurgency' has continued to strengthen despite the [re-]killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Iraqi Resistance Report for 16 August 2006 Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice --Resistance fighter detonates explosive belt among gathering of US troops in al-Miqdadiyah. Eight Americans and their Lebanese translator reported dead Wednesday afternoon. Iraqi Resistance liberates the western part of the city of al-Mawsil – Iraq’s third largest city – after a day of heavy fighting.
Soldier Dies in Iraq 17 Aug 2006 A soldier assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, died from wounds suffered due to enemy action in Iraq’s Anbar province yesterday, military officials reported.
Oops! AP: U.S.-Led Occupation Mistakenly Kills 10 Afghan Officers 17 Aug 2006 An investigation is under way into what police in Afghanistan describe as a deadly friendly-fire incident. A bomb mistakenly dropped by a U.S.-led occupation aircraft killed 10 police officers in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, the deputy national chief of border police said.
Looks like Bush bin Laden has achieved his goal in Afghanistan: Afghan opium cultivation hits a record 16 Aug 2006 Opium cultivation in Afghanistan has hit record levels _ up by more than 40 percent from 2005 _ despite hundreds of millions [for Blackwater USA terrorists?] in counternarcotics money, Western officials told The Associated Press.
Canada can do more, Israeli ambassador says 16 Aug 2006 Israel wants the Canadian navy to help patrol the Lebanese coast to stop arms shipments to Hezbollah. Israeli Ambassador Alan Baker said he plans to raise this possibility with senior Canadian officials in the next few days as UN member countries work out details of how to police the ceasefire in southern Lebanon.
Israel Hands Control of Southern Lebanon Areas to UN 17 Aug 2006 Israel's military transferred control of 50 percent of southern Lebanon to a United Nations force as Lebanese soldiers entered the region three days after a cease- fire halted fighting between Israel and Hezbollah.
Israel begins pullout from Lebanon 17 Aug 2006 The Israeli military has begun its withdrawal from southern Lebanon, handing over positions there to a UN force for the first time.
Israel warns 'war is not over' 17 Aug 2006 An already fragile ceasefire in the Middle East now appears in greater danger of unravelling, threatened by Hezbollah's refusal to disarm and Israeli charges that Iran and Syria are already rearming its enemy. "This war is not over yet," Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni told reporters at the United Nations yesterday.
Israel threatens to resume Lebanon operation 16 Aug 2006 Israel will resume operations in Lebanon if a United Nations force being assembled to deploy in the south of that country does not disarm Hezbollah fighters, the Jerusalem Post daily reported Wednesday, quoting "an official in the prime minister's office."
Israelis call for army chief's head 17 Aug 2006 There is growing unease about the new crop of leaders who took the country into a war that most Israelis believe they did not win. While the Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, has promised to take personal responsibility for the shortcomings of the military campaign, the public's attention has turned to the conduct of the army's Chief of Staff, Lieutenant-General Dan Halutz, after reports he sold shares on July 12 en route to a meeting to advise the Government to go to war.
Minister Rafi Eitan: Impossible to Uproot Hizbullah 16 Aug 2006 Cabinet Minister Rafi Eitan, former head of the Mossad security agency, said Wednesday that "it is a mistake to think that Israel can uproot Hizbullah from Lebanon."
Assad: America's Mideast 'an illusion' 15 Aug 2006 Syrian President Bashar Assad said in a speech on Tuesday that America's plan for a "new Middle East" had collapsed in the wake of Hizbullah's successes in the fight against Israel. "The Middle East they (the Americans) aspire to ... has become an illusion," he said.
"We are an occupying army and now you are occupied." Lebanese general arrested for drinking tea with IDF 16 Aug 2006 A Lebanese general was ordered arrested Wednesday for appearing in a videotape drinking tea with IDF soldiers who had occupied his south Lebanon barracks during their incursion of the country. Adnan Daoud is commanding officer of the 1,000-strong joint police-army force that had positions in southern Lebanon and was based in Marjayoun. Daoud said his forces were only lightly armed, and surrendered their weapons when the Israelis demanded. They said, "'We are an occupying army and now you are occupied,"' Daoud recalled another Israeli commander telling him, once he was taken captive and separated from lower-ranking soldiers.
Lebanon digs mass grave for war dead 17 Aug 2006 As a truce held in South Lebanon on Wednesday, workers dug a temporary mass grave for more than 100 people killed during Israel's war with Hizbollah.
Lebanon's pain grows by the hour as death toll hits 1,300 By Robert Fisk 17 Aug 2006 "They are digging them up by the hour, the swelling death toll of the Lebanon conflict... By last night, they had found 61 more bodies, taking the Lebanese dead of the 33-day war to almost 1,300... How many of these dead would have survived if George Bush and Tony Blair had demanded an immediate ceasefire weeks ago will never be known."
"The US and Israel Stand Alone" --Spiegel Interview with Jimmy Carter 15 Aug 2006 Former US president Jimmy Carter speaks with DER SPIEGEL about the danger posed to American values by George W. Bush, the difficult situation in the Middle East and Cuba's ailing Fidel Castro.
Plame lawyer plans to force Cheney, Rove testimony 15 Aug 2006 A lawyer plans to use a legal precedent that allowed President Bill Clinton to be sued while in office to force Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney and presidential adviser Karl Rove to testify in a lawsuit brought by former CIA operative Valerie Plame and her husband.
Cheney Lawyers Up -- With Clinton Impeachment Counsel By Justin Rood 15 Aug 2006 Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney has hired a lawyer to defend him against the Valerie Plame/Joseph Wilson civil suit, court documents reveal.
Lawmakers deny they gave Harris endorsements 16 Aug 2006 In the U.S. Senate primary, Rep. Katherine Harris has been touting key political endorsements from fellow Republican lawmakers. The problem is, some of them never endorsed her.
Bird flu 'endemic, on the move' 18 Aug 2006 Bird flu is "endemic" in parts of Asia and is spreading from country to country, the United Nation warned today.
Blair's 'frenzied law making' has created a new offence for every day spent in office 16 Aug 2006 Tony Blair's government has created more than 3,000 new criminal offences during its nine-year tenure, one for almost every day it has been in power.
Britain Seeks Longer Terror Detentions --Or Else First 22 Suspects In Airline Plot Can Be Held For 28 Days 16 Aug 2006 British investigators headed to a closed-door hearing Wednesday to argue that suspects arrested in an alleged plot to blow up as many as 10 trans-Atlantic jetliners should be kept in custody without charge. Under new terrorism laws, the suspects can be held for 28 days as investigators prepare [fabricate] charges.
British police arrest another terror suspect, raid Internet cafes 15 Aug 2006 Police detained a new suspect Tuesday in the alleged plot to blow up jetliners over the Atlantic, the first arrest since authorities detained two dozen people last week and threw Britain’s airports into turmoil by imposing tougher security.
Bid to extradite 'key man' in terror plot 16 Aug 2006 Britain is seeking the extradition of Rashid Rauf, a British al-Qaeda suspect held in Pakistan described as a "key man" in the alleged plot to blow up airliners.
Buying Cakes Before Arrest --The [alleged] Liquid Bombs Plot 15 Aug 2006 Chatting and joking with supermarket staff, this is terror bomb suspect Tayib Rauf just two hours before he was arrested by anti-terror officers. The 22-year-old brother of Rashid Rauf who is being quizzed in Pakistan, was captured on CCTV ordering cakes and buns for his family's bakery business. The film was taken as police prepared to swoop on him and 22 others they believe may have been involved in the plot to blow up jets over America.
Suspect held by police is innocent, claims brother 16 Aug 2006 The brother of Assad Sarwar, one of the suspects arrested on suspicion of plotting to blow up transatlantic airlines, said Mr Sarwar had attended study groups run by an Islamic sect linked to terrorism by western intelligence.
The UK Terror plot: what's really going on? By Craig Murray 14 Aug 2006 "We then have the extraordinary question of Bush and Blair discussing the possible arrests over the weekend. Why? I think the answer to that is plain. Both in desperate domestic political trouble, they longed for 'Another 9/11'... We then have the appalling political propaganda of John Reid, Home Secretary, making a speech warning us all of the dreadful evil threatening us and complaining that 'Some people don't get' the need to abandon all our traditional liberties... There could be no clearer evidence that our Police are now just a political tool. Like all the best nasty regimes, the knock on the door came in the middle of the night, at 2.30am."
Bomb plot opens door for Reid succession 15 Aug 2006 Home Secretary John Reid's assured handling [?!?] of an alleged plot to blow up airliners in mid-Atlantic has strengthened his credentials to succeed Tony Blair as prime minister, some commentators believe.
Bush Sees No End to War on [of] Terrorism 16 Aug 2006 President [sic] Bush said Tuesday that the foiled plot to blow up flights between Britain and the United States is evidence the U.S. could be fighting [fomenting] terrorists for years to come.
Canadian Muslim leader condemns Bush as fascist, terrorist 12 Aug 2006 A Canadian national Islamic organization is labelling George W. Bush as a root cause of terrorism, calling the U.S. president [sic] and his neo-conservatives as "the biggest fascists, terrorists and extremists." [Well-said!]
Clinton burns Bush --Says no London link to Iraq 16 Aug 2006 Former President Bill Clinton got in the current President's [sic] face yesterday, slamming the Bush administration for linking the London bomb plot and the war on [of] terror to the war in Iraq. "The Republicans should be very careful in trying to play politics with this London airport thing, because they're going to have a hard time with the facts," Clinton said in an interview.
Olbermann Exposes Nexus of Politics And Terror --Details ten clear examples where Bush admin. alerts preceded by damaging revelations (infowars) 15 Aug 2006 During a prime time segment on his MSNBC show ["Countdown"] last night, anchor Keith Olbermann presented ten clear examples where the Bush administration had issued terror alerts days after politically damaging revelations and questioned the credibility of each of the alleged plots' authenticity in light of astounding evidence to the contrary.
Hamas: Mossad assassination bid fails 16 Aug 2006 Israeli intelligence services planned to assassinate Khalid Mishaal, the head of the political wing of Hamas, last month sources in the group say. Israel's intelligence and special operations force, Mossad, sent a team [terrorists] to the Syrian capital in July to carry out the killing, Hamas sources said on Wednesday quoting "Western intelligence sources". [Mossad had sent a team of *terrorists* to carry out acts of terrorism. What's good for the Reichwing goose is good for the Leftwing gander. --LRP]
Bombing season is back, warns expert [LOL!] 17 Aug 2006 A terrorism researcher has warned of a new "bombing season" in Indonesia, as Islamic militants seek to repeat a pattern established since October 2002 of attacking Western targets between August and October.
Terror websites could be blocked in EU crackdown 16 Aug 2006 Access to websites that provide information on how to make bombs or which advocate violence [!?!] could be blocked by security forces in an attempt to crack down on terrorists, an emergency meeting of European Union interior ministers in London agreed today.
Teachers urged to combat terror 16 Aug 2006 Teachers in all EU states must work to prevent young Muslims from becoming radicalised, the vice-president of the European Commission has said.
D.C. cameras not a snap to locate 16 Aug 2006 The Metropolitan Police Department's installation of surveillance cameras around the District has proceeded with varying degrees of visibility. For example, the camera at 14th and Girard streets Northwest is easily identifiable, hanging on a light pole below a silver box bearing a police seal... However, a camera in the 400 block of O Street Northwest is perched atop a three-story D.C. government building with no identifying decal.
TSA Defends X-Rays of Travelers' Shoes 15 Aug 2006 (US) Under new orders this week, all airline passengers must put their shoes through X-ray machines at checkpoints. But according to a Homeland Security report on aviation screening obtained by The Associated Press, the machines don't help screeners find a specific liquid or gel that can be used as a bomb.
Oops! Boy, 12, slips through airport security 16 Aug 2006 British police want to know how a 12-year-old boarded an aircraft at London's Gatwick Airport during the security clampdown without a passport or a boarding pass.
Oops! 20,000 missing bags at airport 16 Aug 2006 (UK) About 20,000 missing bags are adding to the misery of holidaymakers caught up in the airports terror alert... BA blamed the situation on airports operator BAA, which runs Heathrow Airport, saying its system could not cope with the extra baggage that was being checked in.
UK police probe terror money trail 16 Aug 2006 British investigators believe some of the money raised to help victims of last year's earthquake in Pakistan may have been used to fund last week's alleged plot to blow up jetliners over the Atlantic.
Terror suspect's phone conversation used in court 16 Aug 2006 (AU) Reporter: Alison Caldwell - Mark Colvin: A committal hearing for the 13 accused terror suspects in Melbourne has heard a tape of a phone conversation in which one of the accused tells his wife that he's going away for terrorist training.
Terror charges tied to phones are crumbling 15 Aug 2006 Terror charges against two groups of Arab Americans arrested with hundreds of prepaid cell phones teetered in Michigan and collapsed in Ohio on Monday as authorities said they lacked evidence that the men intended to use the phones for evil. Ohio authorities dropped charges against two Dearborn men arrested last week with hundreds of the disposable phones.
London-Washington flight diverted over disturbance 17 Aug 2006 Fighter jets escorted a London-to-Washington, DC, flight to Boston's Logan airport today after the pilot declared an emergency because an apparently claustrophobic passenger caused a disturbance, a US federal official said.
Flight Disturbance Triggers Big Security Response 16 Aug 2006 A United Airlines flight from London that was heading to Washington’s Dulles Airport was diverted to Boston this morning after authorities reported that a "disruptive" woman on board had caused a disturbance. The Boeing 767 carrying 182 passengers and 12 crew members was escorted to Logan International Airport by military fighter planes, according to the Transportation Security Administration, and landed safely at 10:20 a.m. The plane was parked at a remote location at the airport, where it was met by federal, state and local law enforcement officials.
Ex-NBA Player Arrested After Gunshots Near White House 16 Aug 2006 Former National Basketball Association player Lonny Baxter was arrested by Secret Service agents earlier today after reports of shots fired about two blocks from the White House. [What a shame.]
9/11 emergency operator calls released 16 Aug 2006 Frantic callers trapped on the upper floors of the burning World Trade Centre sought help from emergency operators who were unable to offer much more than words of encouragement, according to recordings of emergency phone calls released today.
Al Qaeda "building political arm in Iraq" 16 Aug 2006 'Al Qaeda' [al CIAduh] wants to build a political operation in Iraq to broaden its campaign against the U.S.-backed government, a top U.S. general said on Wednesday.
16 Killed in Bombing, Gunbattle in Iraq 15 Aug 2006 A suicide bombing in the north and street battles hundreds of miles away in a Shiite holy city in the south claimed 16 lives, Tuesday.
Three Fort Hood Soldiers Killed In Iraq 15 Aug 2006 Three soldiers assigned to Fort Hood’s 4th Infantry Division died in two separate attacks Saturday in Iraq, the Department of Defense said Tuesday.
The Untold Story Behind the Infamous Pictures of Prisoner Abuse at Abu Ghraib That Rocked the World --Joe Darby, the American Soldier Who Exposed Mistreatment of Iraqi Prisoners, Gives His First-Person Account (PRNewswire) 14 Aug 2006 They are among the most disturbing and haunting images of the war in Iraq. And these pictures of prisoner torture and abuse at the U.S.-run military prison outside Baghdad were uncovered by one man -- Joe Darby. GQ magazine reveals the story of the American soldier who discovered the pictures and turned them over to military authorities to expose the prisoner mistreatment at Abu Ghraib.
Bank Leumi orders internal inquiry over leak of Halutz affair 16 Aug 2006 Greatly embarrassed by the affair, Bank Leumi executives on Tuesday ordered an internal inquiry to determine whether its employees leaked information about the sale by Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Dan Halutz of an NIS 120,000 investment portfolio just hours after two IDF soldiers were abducted by Hezbollah on the northern border. As the country's political and military echelons met urgently to discuss the possible declaration of war, Halutz went to sell the portfolio, the Ma'ariv newspaper reported on Tuesday.
Israel Says Troops Could Stay for Months 16 Aug 2006 Israeli Chief-of-Staff Dan Halutz told Knesset on Wednesday that his troops could stay in south Lebanon for months, as Arabs sounded pessimistic that a UN-brokered truce would keep the guns silent for long.
Blame me for all military failings, PM tells Israelis 16 Aug 2006 The Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, has admitted his handling of the war was flawed and pledged to take sole responsibility for a month-long campaign that most Israelis [and the whole world] believe was a failure.
"Completing the victory can come with reconstruction." Hezbollah Leads Work to Rebuild, Gaining Stature 16 Aug 2006 As stunned Lebanese returned Tuesday over broken roads to shattered apartments in the south, it increasingly seemed that the beneficiary of the destruction was most likely to be Hezbollah. In his victory speech on Monday night, Hezbollah’s leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, offered money for "decent and suitable furniture" and a year’s rent on a house to any Lebanese who lost his home in the month-long war.
Hezbollah holds 'banner of victory' 16 Aug 2006 The leaders of Iran and Syria cheered Hezbollah defeated Israel in their 34-day war, with the Iranian president telling a crowd that "God's promises have come true" and the United States' plans to reshape the Middle East had been ruined [Hope springs eternal.]
Syria says U.S. plans for Mideast an illusion 15 Aug 2006 Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Tuesday Hizbollah's victory in the recent war with Israel had destroyed U.S. plans to reshape the Middle East.
American human rights urges US to deny Israeli request for cluster munitions 11 Aug 2006 (HRW) The United States should reject any request by Israel to transfer cluster munitions for use against targets in Lebanon, Human Rights Watch (HRW) wrote in a letter to National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley today. Civilians in Lebanon have already died from Israel’s use of similar weapons, which blanket a wide area with deadly submunitions.
US turns back to Britain as its base for Son of Star Wars 16 Aug 2006 The Pentagon is turning to Britain once again as a site for its controversial missile defence system, The Times has learnt. British officials have said that "discreet inquiries" are being made by American defence planners about whether the Government would accept the ten interceptor units, designed to knock out a ballistic missile fired by terrorists [such as Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld] or states such as Iran before it reaches the US.
US plans Europe anti-missile site 16 Aug 2006 The Pentagon's missile defence agency, concerned about a potential threat from Iran, plans to recommend a European site to host the first ground-based interceptor missiles outside of the United States.
"He will be a president under siege ... he will not be able to operate outside his office." Mexico Election Protesters Vow 'Siege' 16 Aug 32006 Supporters of leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador pledged Tuesday to place conservative Felipe Calderon "under siege" if he is declared the winner of the disputed presidential elections. "He will be a president under siege ... he will not be able to operate outside his office," Gerardo Fernandez, spokesman for Lopez Obrador's Democratic Revolution Party, said of Calderon. [Awesome! That is *exactly* what needs to happen in the US, after the *next* GOP coup d'etat!]
FCC Questions TV Stations on 'Fake News' 15 Aug 2006 The Federal Communications Commission has mailed letters to the owners of 77 television stations inquiring about their use of video news releases, a type of programming critics refer to as "fake news." Video news releases are packaged news stories that usually employ actors to portray reporters who are paid by commercial or government groups.
Toxic Trains - Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You (bushgreenwatch) 15 Aug 2006 Thanks to federal resistance to regulating transport of toxic chemicals, residents of rail hub cities across the country don’t know if the trains they hear are carrying harmless cargo or something more deadly... Unlike the dubious weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, these are the real deal and the trains that carry them are vulnerable to human error, mechanical breakdown or terrorist acts. Take Action on Friends of the Earth's site - write to your local papers about the danger of toxic trains.
Dell in $400m recall of fire-prone laptops 16 Aug 2006 Dell's attempts to rebuild its reputation with consumers appeared to have gone up in smoke, after the company admitted its laptops were prone to catching fire and it began the world's biggest electronic product recall. [Click here for Dell's Battery Recall page.]
Bird flu virus found in 2 wild Michigan swans --Type isn't deadly, early tests show 15 Aug 2006 Two wild, mute swans that lived in the Pointe Mouillee State Game Area on the shores of Lake Erie in Monroe County had a non-threatening strain of the H5N1 bird flu virus, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Interior said Monday.
Solar System Could Gain New Planets Under Definition Change 16 Aug 2006 There may soon be three new planets in our solar system. The expansion would be the result of a proposed new definition of what a planet is. The change is controversial, but if adopted by astronomy's governing body, it could eventually mean there will be many more than 12 planets.
Muslims face extra checks in new travel crackdown 15 Aug 2006 (UK) The Government is discussing with airport operators plans to introduce a screening system that allows security staff to focus on those passengers who 'pose the greatest risk.' The passenger-profiling technique involves selecting people who are behaving suspiciously [?!?], have an unusual travel pattern or, most controversially, have a certain ethnic or religious background.
Muslims cry foul over 'passenger-profiling' plans 15 Aug 2006 Screening airline passengers of a certain ethnic or religious background to uncover those who pose a potential terrorist threat would risk alienating the Muslim community, prominent Muslims cautioned today.
Muslims warn over being singled out at airport gates 15 Aug 2006 A leading British Muslim group last night warned the government to think "very carefully" following reports that the Department for Transport was in talks with the aviation industry to introduce a method of passenger profiling which could be used to single out Muslims for security checks.
UK to make new security rules permanent 14 Aug 2006 Tough new restrictions coming into force on Tuesday at Britain’s busiest airports are set to become permanent, the Financial Times understands, changing the face of business travel for months and even years to come.
We cannot cope for much longer, says police chief --Head of Scottish terrorist policing operation admits resources limited 15 Aug 2006 Scotland's police forces cannot continue to provide increased security indefinitely at airports and other potential targets, the country's leading anti-terror officer has admitted.
Investigation widens as police probe link with September 11 15 Aug 2006 Two of the terror suspects being questioned over the alleged plot to blow up transatlantic airliners are being investigated for links with the 9/11 attacks on the United States. [The CLG 9/11 Exposition Zone has links to items probing those who *actually* carried out the 9/11 terrorist attacks.]
Terror threat still 'very serious' 14 Aug 2006 New regulations still leave Britain with one of the strictest pre-flight security routines in the world and much tighter constraints on the size of hand luggage. Home Secretary John Reid and Transport Secretary Douglas Alexander said the measures were necessary because there was still a "very serious" risk of a terror attack, despite the downgraded threat level, from critical to severe.
Police chief warns city faces serious risk of terror attack 15 Aug 2006 The Chief Constable of Lothian and Borders Police today said Edinburgh faces a very serious threat of terrorist attack and warned that believing otherwise was "naïve and dangerous".
'Rogue police' may have abducted terror accused 16 Aug 2006 (AU) Police investigating a suspected terror cell feared that rogue police officers may have been responsible for the claimed abduction of the group's alleged spiritual leader, a court heard yesterday.
Mich. Officials Hold 3 on Terror Charges Despite FBI View 15 Aug 2006 Terrorism charges against two groups of Arab Americans arrested with hundreds of prepaid cell phones teetered in Michigan and collapsed in Ohio on Monday as authorities said they lacked evidence that the men intended to use the phones to commit criminal acts. Ohio authorities dropped felony charges against two Dearborn, Mich., men arrested last week after they acknowledged buying about 600 phones in recent months... Meanwhile, Michigan officials kept three Texans locked up even after Michigan state police and FBI officials said they were apparently wide-eyed tourists rather than would-be terrorists when they photographed the Mackinac Bridge.
White House says 12 radios went missing 15 Aug 2006 Two White House radios found on a pair of Bettendorf teenagers last month were among 12 such devices that went missing shortly before a July 17 visit to Iowa by Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney, a government spokesman confirmed Monday.
Iraq Bomb Kills Nine at Mosul Headquarters of President's Party 15 Aug 2006 At least nine people were killed and 36 were hurt in a bomb attack on the Mosul headquarters of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani's Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, the political party said.
Army Recalling 300 Troops to Iraq 14 Aug 2006 About 300 Alaska-based soldiers sent home from Iraq just before their unit's deployment was extended last month must now go back, the Army said Monday, setting up a wrenching departure for troops and families who thought their service there was finished.
Iraq ain't no Peru, say South American mercenaries 15 Aug 2006 "No women, no beer, no fiesta," a Peruvian mercenary said gloomily as he manned his post inside the Iraqi capital’s ultra-protected Green Zone. The Peruvians are employed by the private US security firm Triple Canopy based in Virginia. They are barred from speaking to the media and so all those interviewed by AFP spoke on condition of anonymity. Their US superiors on site also refused to speak to a reporter, citing orders from their head office in the United States.
DC's 'Open secret': Rumsfeld wants to quit Iraq 14 Aug 2006 It is an "open secret" in Washington US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld "wants to extricate himself from Iraq" but President George W. Bush "remains resolute," thus the US hangs on, a US investigative reporter has written. The result is a military posture in limbo somewhere between aggressiveness and withdrawal that could bog the US down in Iraq for years.
23 US Troops Killed in Afghanistan 13 Aug 2006 Taliban clashes with US forces on August 12 in the Wigal Dara area of Want district, Nooristan province, left more than 20 US soldiers dead and their three vehicles destroyed. Five Taliban fighters were also injured in clashes that also continued on August 13, when three US soldiers were killed and four others injured in the same area.
Military recruiting violations rise: GAO 14 Aug 2006 Allegations of wrongdoing by U.S. military recruiters jumped by 50 percent from 2004 to 2005, and criminal violations such as sexual harassment and falsifying documents more than doubled, a congressional agency said on Monday.
U.S.: Iraqi Shiites Get Help From Iran 14 Aug 2006 The U.S. military has evidence [more 'yellowcake from Niger?'] that Shiite extremists in Iraq are receiving arms and training from Iran, but it is not clear if the Iranian government is involved, a U.S. spokesman said Monday.
Doing his blog: populist President goes online 15 Aug 2006 His political approach has become a byword for populism and now the Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has endowed it with a high-tech dimension by starting his own weblog.
'Vets For Freedom' Creates Stir --Group With GOP Ties Backs Lieberman; White House Declines to Endorse Schlesinger 15 Aug 2006 (CT U.S. Senate race) The White House declined to endorse the nominee of state Republicans - and a new "Vets for Freedom" group with ties to the GOP advertised its backing of incumbent Sen. Joe LieberBush, who is waging an independent campaign for re-election after losing last week's Democratic primary.
Israel's verdict: we lost the war 15 Aug 2006 Ehud Olmert, the Israeli Prime Minister, was obliged to admit "shortcomings" in the 34-day-old conflict in Lebanon yesterday as he launched what may prove a protracted fight for his own political survival.
Bush Says Israel Defeated Hezbollah [Wrong, whackjob.] 14 Aug 2006 President [sic] Bush said Monday that Israel defeated Hezbollah's militants in the monthlong Mideast war and that the Islamic militants were to blame for the deaths of hundreds of Lebanese civilians. [Wrong again, whackjob.]
US 'knew of Israel bombing plan' 14 Aug 2006 Israel and the United States were in close contact about Israel's war on Hezbollah long before it began, a US investigative journalist has claimed. "Israel had devised a plan for attacking Hezbollah, and shared it with Bush administration officials, well before" 12 July, Seymour Hersh wrote.
"The State of Israel is fighting against the Iranians and the Syrians."
15 Aug 2006 Ehud Olmert asked North American Jews for help in fighting
Hezbollah. "I believe this is a war which is fought by all the
Jews," the Israeli prime minister said in a conference call and
webcast Monday. The call was sponsored by the United Jewish Communities
to launch its Israel Emergency Campaign. Olmert talked about the hundreds
of thousands of Israelis the state has moved out of harm’s way, and
he named Israel’s enemies. "Let’s face it," Olmert said. "The
State of Israel is fighting against the Iranians and the Syrians."
IDF general: Troops lacking food can steal from Lebanese stores 15 Aug 2006 "If our fighters deep in Lebanese territory are left without food our water, I believe they can break into local Lebanese stores to solve that problem," Brigadier General Avi Mizrahi, the head of the Israel Defense Forces logistics branch, said Monday. "If what they need to do is take water from the stores, they can take," Mizrahi told Army Radio.
Hours after UN ceasefire, rockets rain down and Israel carries on offensive 14 Aug 2006 Air strikes and artillery attacks brought further bloodshed and destruction to Lebanon yesterday as Israel defied a UN resolution for a ceasefire by tripling the number of its troops in the country.
Mortar fire in south Lebanon 15 Aug 2006 The ceasefire agreement that went into effect at 8 a.m. Monday was breached early Tuesday when Hizbullah fighters fired four mortar shells were toward south Lebanon. IDF forces are still operating inside Lebanese territory, and the mortar fire may have been aimed at them.
Cluster bombs await returning Lebanese 14 Aug 2006 One person has been killed and at least 12 others injured when cluster bombs exploded as Lebanese returned to their homes after the ceasefire announcement. An Israeli cluster bomb exploded in the southern village of Ansar on Monday, killing one person and wounding six, Lebanese police said.
New and unknown deadly weapons used by Israeli forces --'Direct energy' weapons, chemical and/or biological agents, in a macabre experiment of future warfare By Prof. Paola Manduca 07 Aug 2006 "By now there are countless reports, from hospitals, witnesses, armament experts and journalists that strongly suggest that in the present offensive of Israeli forces against Lebanon and Gaza 'new weapons' are being used. New and strange symptoms are reported amongst the wounded and the dead."
Israel Can Swap Prisoners for Soldiers 15 Aug 2006 Israel has 13 Hezbollah prisoners and the bodies of dozens of militants that it could offer in exchange for two captive soldiers, military officials said Tuesday.
Two Fox News journalists kidnapped in Gaza: witness 14 Aug 2006 Palestinian gunmen kidnapped two foreign 'journalists' [sic] working for the Faux News television channel in Gaza on Monday, a witness said.
Harper vows defence of Arctic 13 Aug 2006 The world has taken notice of the vast economic potential of the Far North, and it is vital that Canada demonstrate its sovereignty over the rich waters off its Arctic coast, says Prime Minister Stephen Harper. A high-profile military exercise in the Beaufort Sea has just wrapped up, and another in the eastern Arctic, Operation Lancaster, is getting underway.
Mexican police gas leftist lawmakers, protesters 14 Aug 2006 Mexican riot police fired tear gas and used clubs to drive back leftist legislators and supporters protesting outside Congress on Monday in the first violent clash over a fiercely contested presidential 'election' [Bush/ChoicePoint coup d'etat].
Stupid is as stupid does: Suspect locks on FEMA trailers 15 Aug 2006 The Federal Emergency Management Agency could replace locks on as many as 118,000 trailers used by Gulf Coast hurricane victims after discovering that the same key could open many of the mobile homes. One key might be able to unlock 10 mobile homes in a park of 500 trailers.
Japanese tanker in Indian Ocean spills more than 4,300 tonnes of crude oil 15 Aug 2006 A Japanese tanker may have spilled more than 4,300 tonnes of crude oil in the eastern Indian Ocean near the Nicobar islands following a collision with a cargo ship, the tanker's operator announced Tuesday.
NASA can't find original tape of moon landing 14 Aug 2006 The U.S. government has misplaced the original recording of the first 'moon landing,' including astronaut Neil Armstrong's famous "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," a NASA spokesman said on Monday.
Chertoff Says U.S. Needs More Authority 13 Aug 2006 The nation's chief of homeland security said Sunday that the U.S. should consider reviewing its laws to allow for more electronic surveillance and detention of possible terror suspects, citing last week's foiled plot. [Chertoff is dying to ram through 90-day detention without charge for 'terror' suspects.]
Republicans Weigh Push For Tougher Terror Laws --Expansion of Surveillance A Key Part of New Strategy; Chertoff Is Leading Charge 14 Aug 2006 Following the foiled United Kingdom bomb plot, the Bush regime is expected to use the [Bush/Blair] terrorist threat to regain the upper hand in congressional debates and push for government action before the November 'elections.' Republicans appear to be circling around a new strategy to advocate stronger counterterrorism laws and expand domestic surveillance, while pushing back against civil libertarians. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is emerging as a point man in the drive for tougher laws, yesterday noting Britain's ability to hold suspects without publicizing the charges.
Critics warn against attempt to push through 90-day detention 14 Aug 2006 John Reid has provoked anger by signalling he is likely to make a fresh attempt to push through 90-day detention without charge for terrorist suspects in the wake of the alleged transatlantic bomb plot.
More terror attacks 'likely' - Reid 13 Aug 2006 Home Secretary John Reid has warned that fresh attacks on the UK were "highly likely" as he revealed that police were investigating around two dozen major [Bush/Blair] terror plots.
Bomb plot 'just the tip of the iceberg' of UK al-Qa'ida activity 14 Aug 2006 MI5 and the police are investigating "dozens and dozens" of possible al-Qa'ida-[al-CIAduh] inspired plots to cause mass murder in Britain, counter-terrorism sources have disclosed.
Welsh Muslims say aircraft bomb plot 'a fake' 13 Aug 2006 Young Welsh Muslims have accused the Government of master-minding this week's plot to blow up transatlantic jets mid-air to justify Tony Blair's war on [of] terror.
Police 'find guns and cash at terror house' 14 Aug 2006 Firearms and £19,000 in cash were allegedly discovered [planted?] in a house searched by police investigating the foiled terror plot to bomb airliners, according to reports today.
Training camps for terrorists in UK parks 14 Aug 2006 Suspected terrorists have mounted training exercises in some of the most popular areas of the national parks of England and Wales, the Guardian has learned.
Oops! Government loses 24,000 ID passes 14 Aug 2006 More than 24,500 government security passes giving access to military sites and sensitive Whitehall offices have gone missing in the past three years, fuelling fears about the British state's vulnerability to terrorism.
UK terror threat lowered to 'severe' 14 Aug 2006 The threat to the UK posed by terrorism was today downgraded from "critical" to "severe". The announcement, posted on the MI5 website, means an attack [by Bush/Blair] is still considered "highly likely".
Heathrow cancels 20% of flights in security crisis 14 Aug 2006 Heathrow will cancel two out of 10 flights today as new security measures continue to cause delay, amid strong criticism from airlines about its handling of the crisis.
Hand luggage to return as threat level is downgraded 14 Aug 2006 The terrorist threat level being faced by the UK has been downgraded from critical to severe, the Home Office said today. A ban on carrying hand luggage on aeroplanes introduced following last Thursday's airline bomb security alert and police operation has also been lifted - although passengers were warned that would not apply immediately.
Airlines accuse BAA of failing to cope with 'unsustainable' security measures 14 Aug 2006 Air travellers were assured that the security measures causing delays and cancellations were "time-limited" as airlines and Britain's largest airport operator squabbled over who was to blame for the misery. The Home Secretary, John Reid, admitted that the checks at airports were not "indefinitely sustainable" as thousands of travellers endured a fourth day of disruption.
Jet evacuated at LAX after suspicious item found 14 Aug 2006 An Alaska Airlines flight carrying 125 people was evacuated on landing at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday after reporting a suspicious package on board, authorities said. Police using bomb-sniffing dogs quickly determined that item was not explosive, LAX spokesman Harold Johnson said, but were still investigating.
FBI Joins Investigation After Bomb Threat at Conn. Airport 14 Aug 2006 (CT) A state police bomb squad and dog teams searched an incoming flight at Bradley International Airport Sunday afternoon after getting a report that a bomb may be on board. Nothing was found after an extensive search, but the investigation is continuing, said state police spokesman Master Sgt. J. Paul Vance. He said the FBI has also joined in the investigation.
FBI assisting after 3 men arrested on terror-linked charges 13 Aug 2006 The FBI said Sunday that it was assisting Michigan authorities in the investigation of three Palestinian-American men from Texas who were jailed on terrorism-related charges.
FBI Cites No Terror Ties in Arrests 14 Aug 2006 The FBI said Monday it had no information to indicate that the three Texas men arrested with about 1,000 cell phones in their van had any connections to terrorism. Authorities had increased patrols on Michigan's 5-mile-long Mackinac Bridge after the men were arrested, and local prosecutors charged them with terrorism-related counts.
All Missing Egyptian Students in Custody 13 Aug 2006 The last two of the 11 Egyptian exchange students who failed to show up at their college program were apprehended Sunday in Richmond, Va., customs officials said.
Md. Muslim Candidate Faces Protest 14 Aug 2006 A protester staked out the home of a Muslim candidate for the Maryland House of Delegates, holding a sign and wearing a T-shirt that mocked Islam.
'Every Muslim a Suspect' 11 Aug 2006 The arrest of 19 people -- all Muslims -- over what the police have described as a sinister plot to blow up U.S. bound aircraft from London, has cast a shadow of suspicion over the entire Muslim community in Britain.
Hicks could spend seven years in Guantanamo before his trial 14 Aug 2006 The Australian inmate of Guantanamo Bay, David Hicks, could spend up to seven years in the notorious United States military prison before he goes to trial, his lawyer, Major Michael Mori, said last night.
Baghdad Blasts Kill 62 --Car Bombs, Rocket Barrage Strike Neighborhood, Inflicting Wide Damage 14 Aug 2006 Car bombs and a rocket barrage struck a predominantly Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad late Sunday, killing at least 62 people, a municipal official said... About 140 were injured in the attack on the Zafraniyah neighborhood in southern Baghdad.
Dozens killed in Shiite neighbourhood blasts; U.S. and Iraq disagree on cause 14 Aug 2006 Residents dug through wrecked buildings and swept glass off the streets Monday in a predominantly Shiite neighbourhood devastated by explosions that killed at least 47 people. Iraqis blamed bombs, but U.S. military experts pointed to a natural gas explosion.
Aussies hurt in rocket attack 14 Aug 2006 Four Australian soldiers, including a woman, were injured in a rocket attack in Baghdad on a night of deadly violence in the Iraqi capital.
'Up to 50,000 troops' needed to control Taliban 11 Aug 2006 Between 40-50,000 NATO forces would be needed to control Taliban fighters in the troubled Afghan province of Helmand, a senior British source said. [Hmm... sounds like the province is *extremely* troubled.]
No evidence Iran active in Iraq: US general 14 Aug 2006 There is no evidence the Iranian government is stirring trouble in Iraq, a U.S. general said on Monday, playing down suggestions that Tehran will retaliate for U.S. backing of Israel's war on Hizbollah.
Bush 'viewed war in Lebanon as a curtain-raiser for attack on Iran' 14 Aug 2006 The Bush administration was informed in advance and gave the "green light" to Israel's military strikes against Hizbollah with plans drawn up months before two Israeli soldiers were seized it has been claimed. The US reportedly considered Israel's actions as a necessary prerequisite for a possible strike against Iran.
Bush 'helped Israeli attack on Lebanon' 14 Aug 2006 The US government was closely involved in planning the Israeli campaign in Lebanon, even before Hizbullah seized two Israeli soldiers in a cross border raids in July. American and Israeli officials met in the spring, discussing plans on how to tackle Hizbullah, according to a report published yesterday.
Watching Lebanon --Washington's interests in Israel's war By Seymour M. Hersh 14 Aug 2006 "'The Israelis told us it would be a cheap war with many benefits,' a U.S. government consultant with close ties to Israel said. 'Why oppose it? We’ll be able to hunt down and bomb missiles, tunnels, and bunkers from the air. It would be a demo for Iran.' A Pentagon consultant said that the Bush White House 'has been agitating for some time to find a reason for a preëmptive blow against Hezbollah.' He added, 'It was our intent to have Hezbollah diminished, and now we have someone else doing it.'"
At least 9 killed in Israeli raids in Lebanon 14 Aug 2006 Israeli air strikes on the village of Brital in eastern Lebanon killed at least nine civilians and wounded 33, medics said early on Monday.
Leading peace activist's son killed at front 14 Aug 2006 In a death that will shock Israel and add to the public's bafflement about the conduct of the war, the son of David Grossman, one of the country's most prominent authors and peace activists, has been killed in a campaign his father had warned would lead to an "abyss".
Cluster bombs add to terror By Cesar Chelala 11 Aug 2006 "As if the ruthless air attacks on Lebanese civilians weren't enough, Israel has been using illegal cluster munitions in populated areas of that country. Human Rights Watch researchers working on the ground in Lebanon have confirmed that an attack with cluster bombs was carried out on the village of Blida on July 19, killing one and wounding at least 12 civilians, including seven children."
"One Israeli plan to use llamas to deliver supplies in the rugged terrain of south Lebanon turned into an embarrassment when the animals simply sat down." [LOL!] Israeli Leaders Fault Bush on War By Robert Parry 13 Aug 2006 "Amid the political and diplomatic fallout from Israel’s faltering invasion of Lebanon, some Israeli officials are privately blaming President [sic] George W. Bush for egging Prime Minister Ehud Olmert into the ill-conceived military adventure against the Hezbollah militia in south Lebanon. Bush conveyed his strong personal support for the military offensive during a White House meeting with Olmert on May 23, according to sources familiar with the thinking of senior Israeli leaders."
Hezbollah distributes its own leaflets 14 Aug 2006 Hezbollah distributed leaflets on Monday congratulating Lebanon on its "big victory" and thanking citizens for their patience during the 34-day war with Israel.
France to lead beefed-up UN force in Lebanon 14 Aug 2006 France and Italy are leading the scramble to beef up the small UN monitoring force in southern Lebanon which will be key to making the tenuous ceasefire that started Monday durable.
Protesters plan to blockade Foreign Office over Lebanon 14 Aug 2006 Peace protesters are planning to blockade the Foreign Office in protest against the UK's stance on the Israel-Lebanon war. Such a demonstration, without prior permission from the police, would be illegal under the restriction placed on protests by the government under last year's Serious Organised Crime Act. [F*ck that! The law itself is *illegal!*]
Anti-war protesters set up camp 14 Aug 2006 (UK) Peace camps are being set up outside two military bases after they were used as a refuelling stop for planes thought to be carrying munitions to Israel. Around 30 anti-war campaigners are setting up camp at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk - where US flights carrying "hazardous" cargoes landed a fortnight ago - and RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.
Nigeria to name leaders who 'stole' £212bn oil money 14 Aug 2006 Nigeria is braced for a major political shake-up after the country's financial crimes unit vowed to name and shame leaders it claims have looted up to £212bn in oil revenues from the treasury.
Kristol: Cheney's Claim That Lamont Win Helps 'Al-Qaeda Types' Is 'Indisputably Correct' 13 Aug 2006 Last week, Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney called Ned Lamont’s win in the Connecticut primary "disturbing" because "the al Qaeda types, they clearly are betting on the proposition that ultimately they can break the will of the American people in terms of our ability to stay in the fight and complete the task." Today on Fox News Sunday, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol called Cheney’s remarks "indisputably correct."
Lamont decries LieberBush, Cheney terror remarks 13 Aug 2006 Democratic Senate nominee Ned Lamont, the anti-war candidate who toppled Sen. Joe Lieberman in the Connecticut primary, says he was surprised by LieberBush and Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney's claims that his victory could embolden terrorists.
"Swift Boat" Veterans Set Sights on Rep. Murtha 13 Aug 2006 Two years after a cadre of veterans [Reichwing maggots] helped sink the presidential campaign of Sen. John F. Kerry (D-MA) [who won, anyway], they have found a new target in the old steel country of southwestern Pennsylvania: Democratic Rep. John P. Murtha.
For GOP, Bad Gets Worse in Northeast --Bush's approval rating at 28 percent in Northeast 14 Aug 2006 The Iraq war and Bush's low approval ratings have created trouble for Republicans in all regions. But nowhere is the GOP brand more scuffed than in the Northeast, where this year's circumstances are combining with long-term trends to endanger numerous incumbents. Washington-Post ABC News poll this month found Bush's approval rating at 28 percent in the Northeast -- 12 points below his national average.
U.S. gas prices hit another record high --Survey finds average fuel cost nationwide at $3.03 a gallon 14 Aug 2006 Nationwide gas prices hit yet another record in the last three weeks, rising just over one cent to nearly $3.03 per gallon, but absent an event that could curtail production, prices could fall dramatically in the coming weeks [Of course! The 2006 'elections' are on the way!], according to energy analyst Trilby Lundberg.
Inside Job --How Humana and other insurance companies rigged the Medicare prescription drug plan. By Barbara T. Dreyfuss 11 Aug 2006 "Last week saw the news that Humana, one of the country’s largest health insurance companies, experienced much better second-quarter earnings than had been expected. The announcement amounted to confirmation that the Medicare drug benefit is working exactly as planned -- not for the people enrolled in it, but for the insurers who drafted it."
Bush poised to play the bioterror card: White House: Type of Bird Flu Possibly in U.S. 14 Aug 2006 Scientists have discovered the possible presence of bird flu in wild mute swans in Michigan - but it does not appear to be the worrisome, highly pathogenic strain, the White House announced Monday.
Bird Flu confirmed in the Netherlands 13 Aug 2006 The Dutch government has confirmed its first H5N1 bird flu case in the country. The case was found in 2 dead young owls in a zoo in Rotterdam.
UK airline asks for police, army reservists to help with screening --Airlines say British air travel 'grinding to a halt' 13 Aug 2006 Airlines warned the British government Saturday that the country’s air travel is "grinding to a halt" because of tough new anti[pro]-terror security requirements. Budget carrier Ryanair appealed to the British government to use police and army reservists to speed up [?!?] searches at overloaded airport security checkpoints.
Universities at centre of terror plots 13 Aug 2006 The recruitment of Muslim students at British universities to take part in terrorist attacks is at the heart of the alleged plot to blow up passenger jets, it is feared. A dossier of extremist Islamic literature has been uncovered by The Sunday Telegraph on the campus of a north London university, one of whose students has suspected links to the alleged terrorist attack. [Uncover this.]
"But among the microwave oven, plastic cups, jars of instant coffee and student detritus that fill the prayer rooms are bookshelves and drawers strewn with inflammatory material." [LOL!!!] Inside this building, a terror suspect ran a London university's Islamic group. Was it also a recruiting ground for 'holy war'? 13 Aug 2006 Behind the gates lie the headquarters of the London Metropolitan University Islamic Society. Inside the buildings on Hornsey Road, The Sunday Telegraph uncovered extremist literature advocating a "jihad". One folder contained three pages on the merits of jihad, including instructions printed from the internet outlining the commandments of "Allah's Apostle", together with a handwritten footnote [written by the same CIA troll who authored the forged Italian 'yellowcake from Niger' documents?].
U.S.: 'Do your attacks now' message triggered arrests 11 Aug 2006 Suspects in an alleged [al CIAduh] plot to blow up trans-Atlantic flights received a message within the last three days in which they were advised, "Do your attacks now," according to U.S. sources.
Airline plot links to 7/7 probed 13 Aug 2006 Possible links between the alleged plot to blow up transatlantic jets and the 7 July London bombings are being probed, sources have told the BBC. Security correspondent Gordon Corera said officials also fear unconnected groups [?!?] could be inspired to carry out their own attack.
Terror plot: Internet cafes raided 13 Aug 2006 As British police widened their investigation into the bomb plot suspects, detectives raided a series of Internet cafes, including one near Heathrow, where the plotters were believed to be planning to start their operations.
Mi5 found bomb factory, bugged suspects 13 Aug 2006 British intelligence service agents secretly infiltrated a bomb factory and found [planted?] liquid explosives and detonators weeks before they foiled the plot to blow up America-bound passenger jets flying from UK airports, media reported on Sunday. Covert raids on homes of key terror suspects were also made to plant bugs and gather crucial evidence against them, The Mail on Sunday claimed.
Warning on UK wave of terror 14 Aug 2006 UK government sources fear more [Bush/Blair] plots after revealing the foiled plan to blow up planes was just one of at least 30 major attacks terror cells were planning.
Police hunt 'two dozen' terror cells in Britain --Direct link to 7 July atrocity, says Pakistan 13 Aug 2006 The full extent of the terror threat facing Britain became apparent last night as security sources revealed that 'up to two dozen' terror investigations were operating across the country and that a number of suspects associated with last week's plot to bring down 10 airliners remained at large. [Of course! They won't be 'found' until Bush bin Laden's next 9/11-style terror attack.]
Terror alert: Blair to force through 90-day detention 13 Aug 2006 Tony Blair is planning to push through 90-day detention without charge for terror suspects following the alleged plot to murder thousands of airline passengers by blowing their jets out of the sky.
Ministers put 90-day detention back on the agenda 13 Aug 2006 Ministers are planning a fresh attempt to win the power to hold terrorist suspects for up to 90 days without charge in the wake of the [alleged] aircraft bomb plot.
Get ready for a phoney war when Parliament is recalled By Fraser Nelson 13 Aug 2006 "...[A]nother agenda has emerged from the drama of the last few days, which suits the Prime Minister's [Tony Blair's] purposes. There are 23 suspected terrorists in custody, forming an ideal backdrop to one of his favourite themes: the need to have such people detained without charge for 90 days. It is the ideal chance to reopen this battle, portray it as a struggle between a savvy government and a naive group of MPs (including Conservatives) bleating about civil rights."
Five suspects learnt bomb skills at al-Qaeda camps 13 Aug 2006 Five of the suspects behind the plot to blow up transatlantic airliners learnt bomb-making skills in al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] training camps, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal.
Early arrests made under US pressure, British say 14 Aug 2006 British and American authorities had a significant disagreement over when to move in on suspects in the alleged plot to bring down US-bound airliners, US reports suggest.
Things that make you go 'hmm.' Bush gets 55 pct approval on security: poll 12 Aug 2006 Fifty-five percent of Americans approve of President [sic] George W. Bush's handling of homeland security, an 11 percent jump from May, according to a Newsweek poll released on Saturday.
Bush bin Laden prepping for the next 9/11-style attack: Bush Sought to Divert $6 Million for Explosives Detection Technology --Bush Staff Wanted Bomb-Detect Cash Moved 11 Aug 2006 While the British terror suspects were [supposedly] hatching their plot, the Bush administration was quietly seeking permission to divert $6 million that was supposed to be spent this year developing new homeland explosives detection technology.
Bush links Hezbollah and 'plot' 12 Aug 2006 US President [sic] George W Bush says Hezbollah and alleged UK air plot suspects share a "totalitarian ideology" [he should know] they are seeking to spread. Linking their actions with insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan, he said they all wanted to "establish safe havens from which to attack free nations".
Terrorism Experts Cast Doubt on Qaeda Tie to London Arrests 13 Aug 2006 When American and Pakistani officials said this week that one conspirator in the foiled plan to bomb trans-Atlantic airliners was a "liaison" to Al Qaeda, they suggested that his arrest proved the group was linked to the scheme. But counterterrorism experts said Saturday that the focus of government officials and the public on Al Qaeda [Al CIAduh], a term today with deep connotations but elusive meaning, may be misplaced.
President Bush is the Greatest Terrorist of Them All --The United States Government is the Real Terrorist By Michael Kantman 13 Aug 2006 "We promote democracy by taking away our rights. We don't even know as people what goes on in our country anymore. Our lying, cheating president is not looking out for the people of the United States. He is hurting us. In fact, it should not be Osama Bin Laden we are hunting for, it should be President [sic] George Bush because he is the greatest terrorist of them all."
Van full of cell phones leads to terror charges 13 Aug 2006 Three Texas men were arraigned Saturday on terrorism-related charges after police found about 1,000 cell phones in their minivan. Investigators believe that the men were targeting the 5-mile-long Mackinac Bridge, which connects Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas. A U.S. magistrate judge set bond at $750,000 for each of the men, who are charged with collecting or providing materials for terrorist acts and surveillance of a vulnerable target for terrorist purposes. [?!?]
Mega barf alert! A new GOPfascist media term, "Middle Eastern men of interest," was used on MSNBC, 13 Aug 2006.
Bechtel unit wins FEMA 'housing' [detention centres?] contract worth up to $250M 11 Aug 2006 The Federal Emergency Management Agency gave a two-year disaster recovery and housing contract to Bechtel National, a unit of Bechtel Corp. The deal, which is capped at a $250 million ceiling, calls for Bechtel to put up and manage temporary housing and other recovery facilities after a [Bush-engendered] disaster, as ordered by FEMA. [It's the "other recovery facilities" that we need to worry about! See: KBR awarded $385M Homeland Security contract for U.S. detention centers 24 Jan 2006.]
Panel Suggests Using Inmates in Drug Trials 13 Aug 2006 An influential federal panel of 'medical advisers' [Nazis] has recommended that the government loosen regulations that severely limit the testing of pharmaceuticals on prison inmates, a practice that was all but stopped three decades ago after revelations of abuse.
3 Explosions in Iraq Kill 20, Wound 70 13 Aug 2006 Three successive explosions killed 20 people and wounded more than 70 Sunday night in a mostly Shiite neighborhood in southern Baghdad, police said.
Bomb kills three in Iraq's Basra 12 Aug 2006 A bomb exploded near a market in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Saturday, killing at least three people and wounding two, police sources said.
Soldiers Killed in Iraq, Afghanistan 13 Aug 2006 Five soldiers were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan in recent days and another two were wounded, the U.S. Defense Department has reported.
US Firm Turning Sudan Rebels into "Army" 13 Aug 2006 US private security firm and defense contractor DynCorp International Inc. will begin next year to reshape thousands of former Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM/A) rebel fighters into a professional army, a firm official said August 12. [See: US: DynCorp Disgrace By Kelly Patricia O'Meara 14 Jan 2002 "Middle-aged men having sex with 12- to 15-year-olds was too much for Ben Johnston, a hulking 6-foot-5-inch Texan, and more than a year ago he blew the whistle on his employer, DynCorp, a U.S. contracting company doing business in Bosnia. According to the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) lawsuit filed in Texas on behalf of the former DynCorp aircraft mechanic, 'in the latter part of 1999 Johnston learned that employees and supervisors from DynCorp were engaging in perverse, illegal and inhumane behavior [and] were purchasing illegal weapons, women, forged passports and [participating in other immoral acts. Johnston witnessed coworkers and supervisors literally buying and selling women for their own personal enjoyment, and employees would brag about the various ages and talents of the individual slaves they had purchased.'"
'US, Israel planned ME war' 13 Aug 2006 The US government was closely involved in the planning of Israel's military operations against Islamic militant group Hezbollah even before the July 12 kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers, The New Yorker magazine reported in its latest issue. ...US journalist Seymour Hersh writes that President [sic] George W Bush and vice president [sic] Dick Cheney were convinced that a successful Israeli bombing campaign against Hezbollah could ease Israel's security concerns and also serve as a prelude to a potential US pre-emptive attack to destroy Iran's nuclear installations.
Huge Israeli offensive launched --Despite UN agreement on ceasefire, 30,000 troops are now operating inside Lebanon 13 Aug 2006 Israel was in the midst of an expanded air and ground military campaign inside Lebanon yesterday despite international agreement on a UN resolution calling for an "immediate" halt to a month of hostilities by both sides.
IOF Storms Hospitals in Hebron 13 Aug 2006 (WAFA) Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) stormed on Sunday at pre-dawn, three hospitals in the West Bank City of Hebron, security sources said. They told WAFA that mass of Israeli soldiers broke into Alya, Al-Ahli and Al-Mezan hospitals, conducting a search among wounded.
Hizbullah shoots down helicopter in southern Lebanon --IDF helicopter crashes on Lebanese territory Saturday evening 12 Aug 2006 Army officials estimate that Hizbullah fired an anti-tank missile and hit the chopper. Official sources in Lebanon claim Hizbullah brought down helicopter.
24 Israeli soldiers killed Saturday as fighting intensifies 13 Aug 2006 Twenty four Israeli army soldiers lost their lives Saturday, and more than 100 were wounded, as fighting intensified in southern Lebanon, despite the passing of a UN resolution late Friday calling for a ceasefire.
Mexico leftists extend vote protests beyond capital 12 Aug 2006 Hundreds of leftists [Oh, I bet it's more than 'hundreds'], claiming fraud in Mexico's presidential election, spread their protests out from the capital on Saturday by occupying major highways to stop the government from collecting toll fees. It was an escalation of protests that have so far centered on Mexico City, and organizers vowed even more in coming days.
Mexico leftist claims election recount proves fraud 11 Aug 2006 Mexico's opposition leader said on Friday a partial recount of votes from the presidential election he narrowly 'lost' has shown so many errors that the top electoral court will have to declare him president-elect. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the leftist who claims he was robbed in the July 2 election [coup d'etat], said the recount of 9 percent of ballot boxes was only half complete but inconsistencies from the original tallies already topped 100,000 votes.
Lieberman should drop out of US election race -Dean 13 Aug 2006 U.S. Sen. Joseph LieberBush should bow out of the November's congressional race altogether after his defeat in Connecticut's Democratic primary, Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said on Sunday.
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