September 2004 Archives, Page Two
Syria in scramble to avert US attack --President Bashir al-Assad of Syria is in secret negotiations with Iran to secure a safe haven for a group of Iraqi nuclear scientists that was sent to Damascus before last year's war to overthrow Saddam Hussein. Western intelligence officials believe that Mr Assad is desperate to get the Iraqi scientists out of his country before their presence prompts the US to move against Syria as part of the "war on [of] terrorism".
'It's getting worse' in Iraq, Powell says --Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday the insurgency in Iraq was getting worse as the country prepares for 'elections,' but he vowed that voting would be held in most of the country. "We are fighting an intense insurgency," Powell said of the militants who are regularly increasing their attacks.
Insurgency worsening in Iraq: Powell --US Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday that the insurgency in Iraq "is getting worse" and that "we will have to increase our efforts to defeat it." "They are determined to disrupt the election [sic]," Powell told ABC television of the insurgents.
Powell: U.S. forces to enter Iraqi 'no-go zones' --The U.S. military will move into insurgent-heavy "no-go zones" in Iraq to clear the way for legitimate elections [sic] in January, Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday.
Violence in Iraq Belies Claims of Calm, Data Show --Less than four months before planned national 'elections' in Iraq, attacks against U.S. troops, Iraqi security forces and private contractors number in the dozens each day and have spread to parts of the country that had been relatively peaceful, according to statistics compiled by a private security firm working for the U.S. government.
U.S. Lawmakers Unscathed in Baghdad Blast --A rocket exploded near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad while five members of the U.S. House were in the facility Sunday, a member of the delegation said.
TVs in Iraq Tuned to Real-Life Horror --Beheadings, bombings becoming viewing fare of choice in Iraq, replacing post-Hussein porn explosion --Baghdad wakes up each day to explosions, gunfire, ambulance sirens and the clatter of low-lying American helicopters. But the ferocity of this month's violence in the heart of the Iraqi capital is unprecedented fierce gunbattles, car bombings that claim dozens of lives, brazen kidnappings, assassinations and barrages of mortars and rockets.
US arrests senior Iraqi commander --A senior member of the Iraqi National Guard is in custody after being arrested for suspected links with insurgents, the US military has said. Gen Talib al-Lahibi, in charge of 'security' for Diyala province north-east of Baghdad, was detained on Thursday.
U.S. bombings kill 100 'guerrilla suspects' [civilians] in Fallujah, military says --A month of U.S. airstrikes on rebel-held Fallujah has killed more than 100 'suspected insurgents,' taking a heavy toll on the' terror network' of Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi [who died March 4, 2004], senior U.S. military officials said on Sunday.
U.S. Air Attacks in Falluja Kill 15 in 24 Hours --U.S. aircraft blasted the rebel stronghold of Falluja for a third time in 24 hours in a concerted effort to hit militants loyal to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi [who died March 4, 2004, but Rove still 'needs' him to assign blame for phony terror attacks], Washington's number one enemy in Iraq. [Tired of reading about al-Zarqawi's 'attacks?' Click here and here, to read MSNBC and the CBS/AP accounts of his obituary, respectively.]
U.S. Forces Strike Anew in Fallujah --U.S. forces carried out more strikes on the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah on Saturday, hitting what the military described as a "known terrorist meeting site" [LOL, if they are trolling for the 'known terrorist meeting site,' check 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The Bush cabal is the most prominent 'terrorist meeting site' in the world.] tin the center of the city. Separately, the military announced Saturday the deaths of four U.S. Marines and a soldier.
Falluja doctors decry civilian toll -- US warplanes, tanks and artillery units have renewed their assault on the Iraqi city of Falluja, killing and wounding many women and children. At least 15 people were killed and 25 wounded in what US military authorities are calling a precision strike targeting "terrorists meeting in the Jolan district of Falluja".
More results of 'Operation Iraqi Freedom' that Faux News 'forgets' to mention: Deadly hepatitis E highlights water, health ills in Iraq --A virulent form of hepatitis that is especially lethal for pregnant women has broken out in two of Iraq's most troubled districts, Iraqi Health Ministry officials said in interviews this week. They warned that a collapse of water and sewage systems during the continuing violence in the country is at the root of the outbreak. [Well, actually Bush is at 'the root,' for carrying out the illegal, imperialist conquest of Iraq.]
Abazaid Predicts Flawed Iraqi Elections, Comparable to U.S. 2000 'election' ----The top U.S. military commander for Iraq said Sunday he expected flawed elections and much violence ahead of the voting scheduled for January. General John Abazaid, commander of U.S. troops in the Middle East, said the elections will be carried out. But he warned that voting may not be possible in parts of Iraq where the violence is too intense. Abazaid compared the situation in Iraq to the disputed U.S. presidential election in 2000 [coup d'etat] that put George W. Bush in the White House following a protracted fight that ended up in the Supreme Court. "I don't think Iraq will have a perfect election. And if I recall, looking back at our own election four years ago, it wasn't perfect either," he said.
U.S. prepares for election-rigging in Iraq, to follow election rigging in November in Ohio --Violence 'may limit Iraqi poll' --The US defence secretary has suggested Iraq may only be able to hold limited 'elections' in January, omitting areas where violence is most severe [and hatred for the U.S. occupiers is most intense].
U.S. Soldier Gets 25 Years In Murder of Iraqi Guard --A U.S. soldier was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the murder of an Iraqi National Guardsman in May, the U.S. military said Saturday.
Hussein's Trial Not Likely to Begin This Year, U.S. Official Says --The trials of former president Saddam Hussein and his top lieutenants likely will not begin this year, a U.S. official here said Friday, contradicting a recent pronouncement from Iraq's interim prime minister, Ayad Allawi, that Hussein's trial could commence as soon as next month. [Yes, we can't have the world find out about all the WMDs that Donald Rumsfeld supplied to Saddam Hussein prior to the elections.]
'Blair will have blood on his hands if terrorists behead my brother' --Tony Blair will have "blood on his hands" if Islamist terrorists execute Kenneth Bigley, the British hostage's brother said yesterday.
We opposed the war, say Muslims as they plead for Bigley's life --A two-man delegation of British Muslims appealed in Baghdad yesterday for Kenneth Bigley to be released. Musharaf Hussein of the Muslim Council said: "We believe in the power of prayer turning people's hearts."
Top senator calls Iraq 'quagmire' for US --A leading US senator said that the United States was locked in a "quagmire" in Iraq, calling the war a diversion from the hunt for Al-Bush-duh boss Osama bin Laden after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The Last Word: Pervez Musharraf 'I Have Yet To Decide' --In spite of his close alliance with the bush regime in the war against [for] terror, Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf last week made clear he has some policy disagreements with the White House. In a wide-ranging interview with NEWSWEEK, Musharraf insisted that the United States and Britain are not welcome in Iraq, and must aim to withdraw their troops. He also argued vehemently that the Palestinian issue is the source of anti-American feeling in the Muslim world, and the root cause of terrorism.
Dance of the Marionettes --by Maureen Dowd "'These doubters risk underestimating our country and they risk fueling the hopes of the terrorists,' Mr. Allawi told Congress in a rousing anti-Kerry stump speech for Bush/Cheney, a follow-up punch to Mr. Cheney's claim that a vote for John Kerry is a vote for another terrorist attack on America... Just as Mr. Cheney, Rummy and the neocons turned W. into a host body for their old schemes to knock off Saddam, transform the military and set up a pre-emption doctrine to strike at allies and foes that threatened American hyperpower supremacy, so now W. has turned Mr. Allawi into a host body for the Panglossian palaver that he believes will get him re-[s]elected."
Iran successfully tests 'strategic missile' --Iran added a "strategic missile" to its military arsenal after a successful test, and the defense minister said Saturday his country was ready to confront any external threat [such as the Bush dictatorship].
US sells Israel 500 'bunker-busters' --Iran says Israel would 'pay a price' for pre-emptive strike against its nuclear facilities. The announcement this week by Israel that it would buy 500 "bunker-buster" bombs from the United States concentrated the world's attention on the escalating crisis over Iran's clerical-ruled republic's alleged development of nuclear weapons, reports the International Herald Tribune. The 2,000 pound bombs, capable of penetrating concrete fortifications 6 feet thick, are part of one of the largest weapons deals between Israel and the US in years.
U.S. to sell 'bunker busters' to Israel --The United States will sell Israel nearly 5,000 bombs in one of the largest weapons deals between the allies in years, the Haaretz newspaper reported Tuesday.
Experts See a Wider Threat --The network has evolved into a looser, ideological movement that may no longer report to Bin Laden. Critics say the White House focus is misdirected. Authorities have made little progress worldwide in defeating Islamic extremists affiliated with Al Qaeda despite thwarting attacks and arresting high-profile figures, according to interviews with intelligence and law enforcement officials and outside experts. On the contrary, officials warn that the Bush regime's upbeat assessment of its successes is overly optimistic and masks its strategic failure to understand and combat Al Qaeda's evolution. [Looks like Bush (a 'strategic failure' himself) is losing not only the war in Iraq but also the war 'on' terror.]
Guantanamo tribunal itself on trial --Although the first full war crimes trial before a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay is not scheduled to begin until December, officials acknowledge that the process is in turmoil and say that substantial changes will be made in coming weeks to restore credibility.
Edwards: Bush Campaign Exploiting 9/11 --Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards on Sunday accused Republicans of an immoral attempt to divide the nation by taking partisan advantage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
House Republicans Unveil Sweeping Sept. 11 Bill --U.S. House of Representatives Republican leaders unveiled sweeping legislation on Friday that they said reflects Sept. 11 commission recommendations for reforming U.S. intelligence operations. The bill also includes far-reaching proposals on law enforcement, immigration, border security and foreign policy, going beyond legislation the Senate is to consider next week.
Spy imagery agency takes new role inside United States after Sept. 11 --Since the Sept. 11 attacks, about 100 employees of a little-known branch of the Defense Department called the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and some of the country's most sophisticated aerial imaging equipment have focused on observing what's going on in the United States.
Is US buying up 'Terror Town'? --The United States Department of Homeland Security is buying a tiny town (Playas) in the western state of New Mexico to turn it into a lab for terrorism 'response' training, The New York Times reported Sunday.
In Desert Town, Training for 'Terror Attacks' --The Department of Homeland Security is channeling $5 million to a small New Mexico engineering school to buy the entire town. The school, in turn, aims to turn the town ( into one of the country's top locations for anti[pro]terrorism training.
Bomb Alert Prompts Greek Plane to Land in London --A bomb threat prompted a Greek Olympic Airlines passenger plane to make an emergency landing on Sunday at London's Stansted Airport, airport spokesmen said.
You Say Yusuf, I Say Youssouf... --The Yusuf Islam incident earlier this week, in which the former Cat Stevens was denied entry into the U.S. when federal officials determined he was on the government's "no-fly" antiterror list, started with a simple spelling error. According to aviation sources with access to the list, there is no Yusuf Islam on the no-fly registry, though there is a "Youssouf Islam..."
National insecurity / Keeping America safe from Cat Stevens (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) "By his own campaign's reckoning, President [sic] Bush is the only one who can keep you and your family safe from terrorists. But this serious claim is confounded by the comic opera that regularly unfolds in the name of national security. KoKo, the Lord High Executioner in Gilbert and Sullivan's 'The Mikado,' would feel right at home in America these days. He was the one who declared:'I've got a little list.' ...What did federal authorities think he was going to do? Threaten to sing 'Peace Train' over and over until certain demands were met?"
Police Sawed Through Locks and Seized Bikes, Riders Say --Although about 1,000 bicyclists on a mass ride moved peacefully through Manhattan on Friday night with just a small number of arrests, riders complained yesterday that the police had seized about 40 bicycles at one location after sawing through locks securing them to sign posts and light poles. ..."There appears to be no legal predicate for seizing the bicycles," said Norman Siegel, a civil rights lawyer who assisted bicyclists arrested during the convention. "Consequently, the police appear to have engaged in unlawful activity."
Guess Who's a GOP Booster? --With the scandal at CBS still festering, questions are being raised about whether a felony was committed when the network broadcast apparently forged memos in an attempt to discredit George W. Bush. Yesterday, the chairman of CBS's parent company chose Hong Kong as a place to drop a little bomb. Sumner Redstone, who calls himself a "liberal Democrat," said he's supporting Dictator Bush.
Rise in GOP Numbers May Impact Elections --Voters in recent surveys are more frequently describing themselves as Republicans, a shift that could affect November elections up and down the ticket if it continues.
[Bush created] Security obsession pushes swing states into Bush's grasp --Voters in Missouri are desperate to protect the homeland, and are turning to the Republicans for reassurance --All across the swing states, Dictator Bush has moved ahead as Republicans have begun to win the fierce ground war of the election. Republicans have taken leads in Pennsylvania and Ohio, which should have been firm Democratic territory. At the same time they have secured their own turf, taking double-digit leads in states like Nevada and Missouri.
GOP Voter Vault Shipped Overseas --When the Republican Party clinched [stole] close gubernatorial races in Mississippi and Kentucky in 2003, it relied heavily on its Voter Vault database to get people to the voting booths. Though party officials are tight-lipped about what's inside the Vault, they've acknowledged it contains records on an estimated 168 million voters. PC World has recently learned that the major development work on the Voter Vault was done in India.
A Big Increase of New Voters in Swing States --A sweeping voter registration campaign in heavily Democratic areas has added tens of thousands of new voters to the rolls in the swing states of Ohio and Florida, a surge that has far exceeded the efforts of Republicans in both states, a review of registration data shows.
Game Puts Players in Kerry's Swift Boat --An upcoming video game lets players re-enact the Swift boat mission in Vietnam that won Sen. John Kerry a Silver Star award for battlefield heroism.
Calif. Gov. Vetoes Long-Term Energy Planning Bill --California [GOP installed] Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Saturday vetoed a bill requiring electric utilities to develop long-range plans for meeting energy needs, a requirement backers said would ease the spike-and-drop pattern of California energy supply.
Calif. to Post Details on Sex Offenders on Internet [GOP installed] Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a law on Friday that would post information on sex offenders on the Internet, giving Californians easier access to details on violators. [Start by posting Schwarzenegger's info.]
Just like Bush himself: Long-Necked Sea Monster Snuck Up on Victims --A long-necked sea reptile that lived millions of years ago in what is now China may have used its stiff neck to sneak up on unsuspecting prey and suck them in, scientists said on Friday. Dubbed Dinocephalosaurus orientalis or "terrible-headed lizard from the Orient," the monster had a neck 5.5 feet long, topped by a tiny head.
from a Freeper to CLG, September 25, 2004
following is a blanket reply for all Freepers:]
from a Freeper to CLG, September 24, 2004
To the Freepers: (Reichwing maggots on freerepublic.com) We will see you in the next civil war. --CLG
mister bush," --by jRec
CBS Cancels '60 Minutes' Story on Rationale for W-ar --CBS News has shelved a "60 Minutes" report on the rationale for war in Iraq because it would be "inappropriate" [?!?!?] to air it so close to the presidential election, the network said on Saturday. [Oh, media whores: Stop s*cking Bush's **** and run the story. Do your fucking jobs! The reason ***TO*** run the story *PRIOR* to the election is to report the facts by November 2, so that people can make an informed decision, morons!!]
The Story That Didn't Run --Here's the piece that '60 Minutes' killed for its report on the Bush Guard documents --In its rush to air its now discredited story about Dictator George W. Bush’s National Guard service, CBS bumped another sensitive piece slated for the same “60 Minutes” broadcast: a half-hour segment about how the U.S. government was snookered by forged documents purporting to show Iraqi efforts to purchase uranium from Niger.
Expert told PM of error on weapons --Australia's leading expert on weapons of mass destruction defied political and bureaucratic walls to warn the Prime Minister that his case for war against Iraq was based on falsehoods and it would make Australia a bigger terrorist target. Bob Mathews, a 35-year veteran of the Defence Science and Technology Organisation, wrote privately to John Howard three days before the Prime Minister committed Australia to the war after the expert was repeatedly blocked by his superiors from expressing his views.
PM ignored expert advice: Latham -- A letter from a leading weapons expert warning Prime Minister John Howard of the dangers of going into the Iraq war was further evidence he ignored expert advice, federal Opposition Leader Mark Latham said today.
Now we KNOW he lied us into war: will it matter? --by Margo Kingston "G'day. I've just read Tom Allard's sensational scoop, Weapons expert's fight to warn PM, about the terrible extent to which Howard and his henchmen lied their way to the Iraq war and persecuted those who tried to tell them the truth. This is Walkley material, big time. (See also War not the answer, letter told Howard.) But will it matter? God help us, I hope it does. And I hope the Sydney Morning Herald sends Tom to Howard's campaign trail to ask him the tough questions and refuse to accept his non-answers. Enough is enough."
U.S. Documents Question Iraqi Police Training --Fewer Iraqi security forces will be fully trained by the end of this year than cited by Dictator Bush and it will take until July 2006 to fully train the police force, according to Pentagon documents.
UK Muslims Head for Baghdad to Plea for Hostage --Prominent British Muslims arrived in Kuwait on Saturday en route to Baghdad to plead for the release of 62-year-old engineer Kenneth Bigley, seized by Islamist militants nine days ago.
'Blair will pay for this' --Clifford Williams, helps run a pensioners group, where Kenneth Bigley's fate dominated last week's meeting. "There are 130 of us and it was on everybody's lips," he said. The retired construction engineer, who like Bigley spent time working in the Middle East, said he was angered by the cruel nature of the kidnappers but also by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, whose government has repeatedly said it will not negotiate with the kidnappers.
U.S. warplanes, tanks strike Fallujah --At least 8 reported killed; deaths of 4 Marines announced --U.S. warplanes, tanks and artillery units struck the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah on Saturday, killing at least eight people and wounding 15 in a day that saw new violence across the country and the U.S. military announced the deaths of four Marines.
Baghdad mortar attack kills four --A mortar rocket has landed in a busy square in central Baghdad, killing four people and wounding 14, Iraqi police say.
Al-Sadr's Aide Warns of Possible Uprising --An aide to radical Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr warned Friday that his supporters could rise up again if Iraqi authorities continue raiding his offices and detaining his followers. [Oops! Looks like civil W-ar in Iraq.. one surely coming here...]
U.S. operation 'Iron Fist 2' steps up attacks on Sadr City --U.S. warplanes blasted insurgent positions in Sadr City, and American ground troops pushed into the sprawling Baghdad city Thursday in a new operation aimed at disarming the militia of an anti-U.S. Shiite leader.
Kay, Blix Question Scientists' Detention --Former chief arms inspectors David Kay and Hans Blix are questioning the continued detention of a dozen Iraqi weapons scientists by U.S. forces more than a year after the prisoners first told interrogators Iraq had no outlawed weapons - a story that turned out to be true.
Navy Charges 3 More SEALs in Iraq Abuse --The Navy said Friday it has filed assault and other criminal charges against three more of its elite SEAL commandos in connection with probes of prisoner abuse in Iraq.
Aid groups struggle to curb rising cancer cases in Iraq --Security - or the lack of it - and the rising incidence of cancer due to the use of depleted uranium (DU) shells are the biggest challenges facing humanitarian groups in Iraq, an official with the largest Arab-American charity organisation said.
General: Guard Won't Meet Recruiting Goal --The Army National Guard will fall short of its recruiting goal this year, in part because fewer active-duty soldiers are opting to switch to part-time service, the Guard's top general said Thursday. It will be the first time since 1994 that the Guard has missed its sign-up goal.
Kerry raises possibility that draft could return if Bush wins --Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, citing the war in Iraq and other trouble spots in the world, raised the possibility Wednesday that a military draft could be reinstated if voters elect Dictator Bush.
U.S. destroyers deploying off N. Korea --Ships are first phase in Bush plan for 'missile shield' --In the first step toward erecting a multibillion-dollar shield to 'protect' the United States from foreign'' missiles, the U.S. Navy will begin deploying state-of-the-art destroyers to patrol the waters off North Korea as early as next week. [Bush's ultimate 'October Surprise:' posturing for W-ar with North Korea?]
N Korea threatens to turn Japan into 'nuclear sea of fire' --North Korea threatened Thursday to turn Japan into a "nuclear sea of fire" if the United States attacks it with nuclear weapons, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported, quoting a North Korean newspaper report.
Deadly chemicals shipped to N Korea --More than 100 tonnes of a toxic chemical that can be used to make weapons of mass destruction were exported to North Korea by a South Korean businessman via China, the government said yesterday.
Big growth in Afghan poppy crop --A US State Department official said poppy cultivation in Afghanistan was expected to jump by 40% this year. Another official said there were record levels of poppy cultivation in areas not previously used for this purpose.
U.S. Says Afghan Poppy Crop Up 40 Percent From 2003 --A U.S. State Department official says poppy cultivation in Afghanistan is expected to jump by as much as 40 percent this year, according to news agencies. The trade of narcotics from Afghanistan has increased dramatically since the ouster of the Islamic fundamentalist Taliban regime in late 2001.
How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power --Rumours of a link between the US first family and the Nazi war machine have circulated for decades. Now the Guardian can reveal how repercussions of events that culminated in action under the Trading with the Enemy Act are still being felt by today's president [sic] --George Bush's grandfather, the late US senator Prescott Bush, was a director and shareholder of companies that profited from their involvement with the financial backers of Nazi Germany. The Guardian has obtained confirmation from newly discovered files in the US National Archives that a firm of which Prescott Bush was a director was involved with the financial architects of Nazism.
Yusuf Islam consults lawyers --The singer Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, said yesterday that he had instructed legal advisers to discover why he was not allowed into the United States. FBI and customs officers detained Mr Islam for questioning after 'security' officials diverted his Washington-bound flight 600 miles to Bangor, Maine, having spotted his name.
Cat Stevens to take legal action against US --British former pop star Cat Stevens is to begin legal action against US authorities to find out why he was deported from the United States as a terrorist risk, he said today.
AZ declares state of emergency in 4 counties due to fruit flies --Gov. Janet Napolitano declared a state of emergency in four Arizona counties after Mediterranean fruit flies in Mexico were found to have multiplied, state agriculture officials said Friday.
Swift boat veteran suspended (OR) A Clackamas County prosecutor has been suspended for two weeks without pay because he used office equipment to prepare his affidavit as one of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth [Swift Boat Liars for Rove], District Attorney John Foote said Friday.
Judge won't budge on ballots --Counties won't be forced to count provisional ballots at polls Nov. 2 (FL) Despite a plea that hurricanes and the winds of political change will cause confusion at the polls Nov. 2, Leon County Circuit Judge Ralph Smith refused Wednesday to make counties count "provisional ballots" that get cast in the wrong precincts.
Bomb Disabled Near N.C. Elections Office --Bomb squad police Friday disabled a suspected homemade bomb found near the front door of a county elections office. Offices in and around the Buncombe County Board of Elections building were evacuated while the bomb squad disabled the device.
Democratic leaders pushing Kerry supporters to cast ballots early (FL) Democratic leaders urged a crowd of voters at a rally for Sen. John Kerry on Wednesday to get their friends, family and neighbors to the polls to tip the election against Dictator Bush.
Fox Hunts Student Voters --by Katha Pollitt "Juliana Zuccaro and Kelly Kraus thought they were exercising their civic rights and responsibilities on August 31 when, as officers of the Network of Feminist Student Activists at the University of Arizona in Tucson, they helped set up a voter-registration drive on the UA mall. Imagine their astonishment when the local Fox [Faux] affiliate news team showed up and lit into the young women. 'The reporter asked if we knew that we were potentially signing students up to commit felonies,' Juliana told me--by registering out-of-state students to vote in Arizona. When Kelly then asserted that Arizona law requires only that those registering be resident in the state twenty-nine days before the election, Natalie Tejeda, the Fox [Faux] reporter, insisted it was illegal to register students." [Hmmm... Hunt *this,* Faux: Arming the Left: Is the time now? --by Charles Southwell]
Glaciers Quicken Pace to Sea --A number of massive glaciers in the West Antarctic are sliding into the ocean at an accelerating rate and raising sea levels, according to new data released Thursday.
Calif. regulators approve world's toughest smog rules --California air regulators on Friday unanimously approved the world's most ambitious rules to reduce the car emissions that contribute to global warming, a move that could bring sweeping changes to how the rest of the nation fights vehicle pollution.
Teresa Heinz Kerry predicts October surprise --Arizona Democrats raked in more than $1 million Wednesday night at a fund-raiser headlined by Teresa Heinz Kerry... In regard to the hunt for terror leader [Bush-Rove freelancer] Osama Bin Laden, Heinz Kerry said she could see the al-Qaida chief being caught before the November election. "I wouldn't be surprised if he appeared in the next month," said Heinz Kerry, alluding to a possible capture by United States and allied forces before election day.
Porter Goss sworn in as new CIA chief --In an Oval Office ceremony, Porter Goss was sworn in Friday to head the CIA. The Senate approved his nomination on a 77-17 vote Wednesday over protests from some Democrats who said he had too many Republican ties for a job that requires independence.
Dems: GOP Delays Using 9/11 Panel Ideas --House Republicans are clouding the attempt to adopt the Sept. 11 commission's recommendations into law by bundling them with additional, more controversial anti-terror measures, Democrats complained Thursday.
House GOP reportedly aims to revive 'Patriot Act II' --House Republicans plan to revive portions of the inJustice Department's "Patriot Act II" draft in legislation to address the Sept. 11 commission's recommendations to strengthen U.S. intelligence, according to draft legislation obtained by the Associated Press.
House May Revive Parts of Patriot Act II --House leaders want to increase federal investigators' anti-[pro]terrorism powers similar to a Patriot Act II draft proposal from last year, as senators make final changes in their legislation addressing the Sept. 11 commission's recommendations.
Ashcroft Urges Terror Vigilance Ahead of Election --U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft has urged federal prosecutors and law enforcement officials to keep up efforts to thwart a possible attack by al Bush-duh in the weeks leading up to the November election.
Justice Department Steps Up Surveillance Amid Fears of Attack --As the election draws nearer, U.S. officials are increasingly concerned al-Bush-duh terrorists will mount a devastating attack to try to disrupt the political process. The law enforcement officials, who spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said the United States still has no information indicating a time, place or method of attack. [Rove hasn't worked out the final details yet.]
Document Scanners Make Debut at Airports --A new device that scans documents for traces of explosives has made its debut at four of the nation's busiest airports, where officials will use it to screen selected passengers.
Report: U.S. Airport Screeners Missed Weapons --Undercover investigators were able to slip explosives and weapons past security screeners during tests at 15 U.S. airports, according to a 2003 investigation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
L.A. Counterterror Chief Detained by Feds --The head of the Police Department's counterterrorism bureau was detained by federal authorities Thursday after trying to board a flight at Los Angeles International Airport with a loaded handgun in his carryon luggage.
Students protest address registry --City councilors' plan would aid police --College students flocked to a City Council hearing yesterday to voice their opposition to a plan that would turn over their addresses to Boston police, as part of an effort to track party ''hot zones" across the city.
Hepatitis spreads in 2 Iraqi districts --Collapse of water and sewage systems [U.S. invasion] is believed to be at root of the illness --A virulent form of hepatitis that is especially lethal for pregnant women has broken out in two of Iraq's most troubled districts, Iraqi Health Ministry officials said in interviews here this week, and they warned that a collapse of water and sewage systems in the country is probably at the root of the illnesses. [Is this all part of 'Operation Iraqi Freedom?' Just curious.]
Rocket Attack Kills 4 Iraqis, Mortar Rounds Hit Mosque --A rocket impacted in northern Baghdad today, killing four Iraqis and wounding 14 others, U.S. military officials there reported.
6 Egyptians, 2 Iraqis Kidnapped in Iraq --Gunmen abducted six Egyptians and four Iraqis working for Iraq's mobile phone company, seizing two in a bold raid on the firm's Baghdad office and the others outside the capital, officials said Friday, the latest in a string of kidnappings that have underscored the country's fragile security.
Clash over prisoners exposes power struggle --US overrules Iraqi government plan to free women scientists --The confusion yesterday over whether two "high-value" women prisoners being held in Iraq would be released has underlined the limits of the interim government's authority.
Iraq Hostage's Brother Lashes Out At US Govt. --Paul Bigley, the brother of British hostage Kenneth Bigley has lambasted the US government for "sabotaging" moves to free him. ...Paul Bigley, on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, added, "Is this a puppet government or are the Americans moving the goalposts to suit their own aims again?"
Hostage's safety 'sabotaged' by US coalition: brother --The brother of British hostage Kenneth Bigley accused the US-led coalition in Iraq of having "sabotaged" his safe release by refusing to free a detained woman scientist.
Bush Says Kerry Criticisms on Iraq Threaten Effort --Dictator Bush, back on the campaign trail after a show of unity [yes, after the show...] with Iraq's prime minister, accused his Democratic rival on Thursday of spreading a pessimism about Iraq that threatens the war effort.
Crude dudes --'U.S. oil companies just happened to have billions of dollars they wanted to invest in undeveloped oil reserves' --by Linda McQuaig "There's something almost obscene about a map that was studied by senior Bush administration officials and a select group of oil company executives meeting in secret in the spring of 2001. It doesn't show the kind of detail normally shown on maps — cities, towns, regions. Rather its detail is all about Iraq's oil. ...It was one of the documents studied by the ultra-secretive task force on energy, headed by U.S. Vice-President [sic] Dick Cheney, and it was only released under court order after a long legal battle waged by the public interest group Judicial Watch."
Israel says Iran No. 1 terrorism exporter --Intensifying its warnings about Iran, Israel on Thursday said Tehran has replaced Saddam Hussein as the "world's No. 1 exporter of terror," threatening the Jewish state and the entire world.
Downer backs foreign pre-emptive strikes --Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said it would be acceptable for another country to launch a pre-emptive strike on terrorist networks in Australia if Australia did not take action itself. The Opposition immediately labelled Mr Downer's comments as lunacy.
Kerry Says Bush in 'Make-Believe World' --Dictator Bush is living in a make-believe world in his understanding of Iraq, misleading the American people and attacking Democrats on phony issues, presidential rival John Kerry said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press.
Army wants 1,400 acres --The U.S. government wants to obtain 1,400 acres adjacent to Schofield Barracks for the Army's Stryker brigade through condemnation proceedings, an initial step toward bringing a new face for the service to Hawai'i and one that may be challenged by a group of Native Hawaiians.
Proposed Copyright Act change in Canada: 'pay-per-use' for Internet --Educators fear effect of copyright changes --Educators across the country are gearing up for battle, fearing proposed changes to Canadian copyright law could hinder Internet use in the classroom. They say extended blanket licensing as proposed by a parliamentary committee on Canadian Heritage last spring, could create a costly pay-per-use system that might cause schools to deny students access to the Internet entirely. Robert Schad, a University of Regina administrator and member of the Council of Ministers of Education, said, "It's not about the fee. It's about access to information and control of the Internet.''
Republicans Admit Mailing Campaign Literature Saying Liberals Will Ban the Bible --The Republican Party acknowledged yesterday sending mass mailings to residents Arkansas and West Virginia warning that "liberals" seek to ban the Bible. It said the mailings were part of its effort to mobilize religious voters for Dictator Bush.
Bush ahead in swing states, will defeat Kerry: Karl Rove --US Dictator George W. Bush will defeat his Democratic rival, John Kerry, in the November 2 election because he is leading in the polls in the key US swing states, Bush's top political adviser said in an interview. [Should have read: Kerry ahead in swing states, Bush will win via Diebold.]
E-Vote Fears Soar in Swing States --Roughly a third of the votes cast in the November presidential election will be made on controversial paperless electronic voting machines... In Ohio, controversy about a specific Diebold Election Systems memo uncovered last year has all but stopped any plans to upgrade technology in the state. Diebold CEO Walden O'Dell wrote in a message leaked to the media that he would deliver the state of Ohio to Bush in November. Right now, polls show the state is up for grabs.
Hundreds pack meeting on recovery efforts, available federal help --Flood victims voice frustration over aid (Western PA, from Hurricane Ivan) "Why are the feds sending money overseas?" Norm Hatterer, of Washington, Pa., shouted from the back of the Chartiers Valley Intermediate School auditorium, which was filled with several hundred residents from Heidelberg, Bridgeville, Carnegie and other nearby communities devastated by last Friday's floods. Virginia Nicoll-Hernandez read a letter that she plans to send to Dictator Bush... "We need to rebuild America instead of Iraq," Nicoll-Hernandez said to loud applause.
Congress extends tax cuts for years --Congress overwhelmingly approved $146 billion in ['middle-class and business'] tax cuts for the rich Thursday night, handing Dictator Bush a big victory 40 days before the election. The bill passed the House 339-65 with only Democrats opposed. Within minutes, it whisked through the Senate 92-3; two Republicans voted no.
US Airways to Ask Court to Cut Union Workers' Pay 23% --US Airways plans to ask a bankruptcy court judge today to impose 'emergency' pay cuts of 23 percent on its major unions, which have refused the company's demand for $800 million in contract concessions.
US Lawmaker Blasts FDA Over Antidepressants Risk --U.S. Food and Drug Administration staff first questioned the possibility of a link between antidepressant use and suicidal behavior in youth as far back as eight years ago, a senior U.S. lawmaker charged on Thursday.
Three Indicted in Connecticut Corruption Case --A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted an aide and a contractor to former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland, who left office earlier this year amid a corruption scandal. The 15-count indictment does not name Rowland, once considered a rising young star in the Republican Party, but the state's attorney general said prosecutors might build a gradual case against the former governor.
Lawyers Wonder if Rowland Will Be Next --The 15-count, 54-page indictment returned Thursday against former [Republican] Gov. John G. Rowland's former co-chief of staff, Peter N. Ellef, Mr. Ellef's son and a major state contractor makes no specific reference to the well-publicized gifts to the former governor that eventually helped force his resignation. But its first sentence, while part of the legal boilerplate necessary to set up the charges, places Mr. Rowland and his office clearly at the center of the indictment: "At all times relevant to this indictment, under Connecticut law, the supreme executive power of the state was vested in the Governor."
The Outing David Dreier and his straight hypocrisy --by Doug Ireland "Capitol Hill outing campaign — designed to expose closeted homosexual Republicans who oppose civil rights for gay people — is San Gabriel Valley Congressman [and Reichwing maggot] David Dreier. The powerful 12-term congressman — chairman of the House Rules Committee, chairman of the California Republican House delegation, co-chairman of Californians for Bush, chairman of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s transition team — is in the cross hairs of Mike Rogers and his Blogactive.com Web site. Rogers... has given Dreier the 'Roy Cohn Award, in recognition of 24 years of working against gay and lesbian rights while living as a gay man yourself.'"
Okla. Senate Hopeful Did Sterilizations --Republican [Nazi] U.S. Senate candidate Tom Coburn, who has been accused of sterilizing a young woman without her permission 14 years ago, now says he has performed similar procedures on "lots'' of underage women.
Group With KKK Ties To Set Up Booth At State Fair --A group with ties to the Ku Klux Klan [or, RNC--same goals], called the Nationalist Movement, is planning to set up an information booth at the fair -- a plan that's driving away some businesses and customers. The group's leader, Richard Barrett, calls it a "pro-majority" group. The Anti-Defamation League calls it white supremacist.
mister bush," --by jRec
Just how many people want to kill Bush?
Search For Upstate Man After Secret Service Notice --Photos of a man who used to live in Connecticut were circulated among security officials at the United Nations after a neighbor reported finding a poster picturing Dictator Bush and the words "dead man" spray-painted nearby.
Cops seek man linked to Bush threats --Police find 'written material' in his home ?!? Authorities were searching last night for an upstate man and a car registered in his name after finding possible threats against the president [sic] in his home, police sources said. A transmission over police radio yesterday identified the man as Lawrence Ward, 55, and said a federal warrant had been issued for his arrest. The search for Ward was sparked after a man in a small town near Binghamton told local police that a neighbor, apparently Ward, had dropped off his keys, saying: "You can have these. I won't be coming back," police sources said. Police searched the neighbor's apartment and found written material [Holy police state, Batman!!], which could be construed as a threat, the sources said.
Secret Service Reviewing Comments Made By N.J. Woman --Threatening comments made about Dictator Bush by a Hopewell Township woman whose son was killed in Iraq are under review by the Secret Service. Federal officials said they are examining comments made in online postings of interviews with Sue Niederer, who was arrested last week during a Republican campaign rally in Mercer County when she interrupted a speech by first lady Laura Bush.
Former CIA agent says Bush to blame for 9/11 --Former CIA agent Ray McGovern went over what he considers the failures of the intelligence community and current administration over the past few years... He also criticized the 9/11 Commission's final report, saying the committee was comprised of political extremists who couldn't reach a consensus. "It wasn't a bipartisan commission; it was more like a bipolar commission," McGovern said. "To say that no one could prevent 9/11 was a bold-faced lie. It basically let the president [sic] and everyone responsible off the hook."
Bush, in Shift, Taps Into Emergency Iraq Funds --The Pentagon has begun tapping into its $25 billion emergency fund for the Iraq war to prepare for a major troop rotation and intense fighting this fall, regime officials said on Tuesday, despite the White House's initial insistence that it had enough money. [Will the REAL Flipping FLOP please stand up (and get the fuck out)?]
Suicide bombing, fierce fighting rock Baghdad Six Iraqis killed in bombing; U.S. forces target Sadr City resistance fighters --Insurgent attacks and heavy fighting rocked the Iraqi capital on Wednesday, as a suicide bomber killed at least six Iraqi civilians and wounded 54 others and U.S. aircraft and tanks raked rebel positions in Sadr City.
Soldiers Charged With Premeditated Murder --First Cavalry Division announced Sept. 21 that charges have been preferred against two Task Force Baghdad Soldiers in the deaths of three Iraqis. Sgt. Michael P. Williams and Spc. Brent W. May, members of Company C, 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, Fort Riley, Kansas, have both been charged with premeditated murder.
British hostage pleads for his life as U.S. officials rule out female prisoner release --Authorities insisted on Thursday that they won't give in to militants' demands to free female Iraqi prisoners despite the plea of a tearful British hostage begging Britain to save his life in a video released by his captors.
'Mr Blair, please, you can help. I think this is my last chance' --After a day of frantic diplomacy, British hostage Ken Bigley pleads for his life --Ken Bigley, the British hostage being held in Iraq, made a dramatic and emotional appeal last night, asking Tony Blair to intervene and save his life. The appeal was broadcast on an Arabic website.
U.S. says women prisoners will not be released --The United States said Wednesday a high-profile Iraqi woman prisoner will not be released any time soon, knocking down a statement from a senior Iraqi official. Iraqi militants who beheaded two Americans have threatened to kill a Briton unless female detainees are freed.
Agent behind fake uranium documents worked for France --The Italian businessman at the centre of a furious row between France and Italy over whose intelligence service was to blame for bogus documents suggesting Saddam Hussein was seeking to buy material for nuclear bombs has admitted that he was in the pay of France.
Bush nominates defense [Carlyle Group] exec for Army secretary --The White House on Sept. 14 nominated defense industry executive Francis Harvey to be the next Army secretary and withdrew an earlier proposal to make him assistant secretary of defense for networks and information integration. Harvey, in his mid-60s, is on the board of directors of Duratek of Columbia, Md., a company that treats hazardous waste and is owned in part by the Carlyle Group.
U.S. to Free 'Enemy Combatant,' Bowing to Supreme Court Ruling --Yaser E. Hamdi, an American citizen captured in Afghanistan and once deemed so dangerous that the American military held him incommunicado for more than two years as an enemy combatant, will be freed and allowed to return to Saudi Arabia in the next few days, officials said Wednesday.
Airlines Told to Cough Up Data --All U.S. airlines will soon be ordered to turn over a months' worth of passenger itineraries to the government for testing of the newest version of a passenger prescreening system, Homeland Security officials announced Tuesday.
Ex-Pop Star Cat Stevens Deported from U.S. --Former pop singer Cat Stevens, a Muslim, was deported to Britain on Wednesday after U.S. officials said his activities could be "linked to terrorism" and his name was put on a U.S. no-fly list.
US jet sent 600 miles to keep Cat Stevens away --American officials diverted a transatlantic flight 600 miles in the belief that the presence of Yusuf Islam, the charity worker and pop star formerly known as Cat Stevens, posed an imminent threat to national security, it emerged yesterday.
Ex-Pop Singer Held After D.C. Flight Diverted --Former Pop Singer, Now Known as Yusuf Islam, Is on the U.S. No-Fly List --U.S. security officials yesterday diverted a Washington-bound United Airlines flight and detained Yusuf Islam, formerly known as the pop singer Cat Stevens, after discovering that he had been allowed to board the plane in London even though he was on the government's no-fly list. [His "Peace Train" diverted to Bangor, Maine.]
Senate Confirms Goss as Intelligence Chief -- the Senate voted 77 to 17 on Wednesday to confirm the nomination of Representative Porter J. Goss of Florida as director of central intelligence.
Despite Bush Flip-Flops, Kerry Gets Label --The flip-flopper, Democrats say, is Dictator Bush. Over the past four years, he abandoned positions on issues such as how to regulate air pollution or whether states should be allowed to sanction same-sex marriage. He changed his mind about the merits of creating the Homeland Security Department, and made a major exception to his stance on free trade by agreeing to tariffs on steel. After resisting, Bush yielded to pressure in supporting an independent commission to study policy failures preceding the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Bush did the same with questions about whether he would allow his national security adviser to testify, or whether he would answer commissioners' questions for only an hour, or for as long they needed.
New Proof Bush Snorted Cocaine --While Dictator Bush's spokespeople are denying the allegation in Kitty Kelley's new book that Bush used cocaine, an ENQUIRER investigation has tracked down others who are making similar bombshell charges! One source, author Toby Rogers, said a former member of George Bush Sr.'s staff revealed to him that George W. used cocaine and "has been out of control since college."
CBS News Names Panel to Review Tainted Bush Report --CBS News named former U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh and retired Associated Press chief Louis Boccardi on Wednesday to review its discredited report on Dictator Bush's military record.
Edwards in Columbia: Let's 'outsource' Bush --Democrat John Edwards returned to his native state for the first time as a vice presidential candidate Wednesday, only to concede this point — South Carolina will vote for Dictator Bush in November.
GOP Unites Behind DeLay After 3 Aides Are Charged --8 Public Interest Groups Seek Ethics Panel Action --House Republicans rallied around Majority Leader Tom DeLay (Tex.) yesterday, but they could not prevent news of Tuesday's indictments of three of his political associates from dampening a GOP celebration marking nearly 10 years of House control. The panel indicted three of DeLay's political associates on charges of illegally collecting corporate donations and funneling them to Texas legislative races.
32 felony indictments returned in DeLay case --A Travis County grand jury returned 32 indictments in the 2002 Republican fund-raising investigation Tuesday, alleging felony election code violations against a top aide to U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Nutball,Sugar Land, the head of a political group DeLay founded and eight corporations that provided money for their activities.
New Jersey Bars Contracts for Political Donors --With only weeks until he steps down, Gov. James E. McGreevey issued a broad order on Wednesday that attempts to break the link between political contributions and government contracts in a state rattled by one corruption scandal after another.
Millions Blocked from Voting in U.S. Election --Millions of U.S. citizens, including a disproportionate number of black voters, will be blocked from voting in the Nov. 2 presidential election because of legal barriers, faulty procedures or dirty tricks, according to civil rights and legal experts.
Company claiming affiliation with the non-partisan 'America Votes' group appears to represent the GOP -- A local librarian checking on a company’s request to set up a voter registration booth in the library discovered the company was not affiliated with a non-partisan national group as it claimed. Sproul & Associates, Inc. of Phoenix, Ariz., phoned and mailed the library in September, saying it had been hired by America Votes. That came as news to America Votes.
The Pentagon doesn't want you to vote overseas --A Web site maintained by the Department of Defense is blocking access to non-military Americans. Could it be worried that expatriates are leaning toward Kerry? --by Farhad Manjoo "On Monday, the International Herald Tribune reported that the Pentagon is restricting international access to the Web site for the Federal Voting Assistance Program, the official government agency that helps Americans living abroad register to vote in the November election. According to the IHT, Americans who connect to the Internet using one of several foreign Internet service providers have reported difficulty logging in to the voting-assistance site. The Pentagon confirmed that it is blocking traffic from these ISPs -- which provide Internet service in 25 countries -- but it declined to say why. 'This is a completely partisan thing,' one Defense Department voting official stationed in Europe told Salon." (Salon - subscription req'd.)
Activists Find More E-Vote Flaws --Voting activist Bev Harris and a computer scientist say they found more vulnerabilities in an electronic voting system made by Diebold Election Systems, weaknesses that could allow someone to alter votes in the election this November.
Australia's highest court backs anti-democratic election laws --by Mike Head, SEP candidate for Werriwa "In what amounts to a deep-going attack on democratic rights, the Australian High Court has unanimously dismissed a challenge to federal legislation denying registration to political parties that do not hand over to the electoral authorities the names and addresses of 500 members. The seven judges announced their decision in May, but only released their reasons this month, just weeks away from the 2004 election."
Bid to Save Tax Refunds for the Poor Is Blocked --Congressional negotiators beat back efforts yesterday to expand and preserve tax refunds for poor families, even as they added $13 billion in corporate tax breaks to a package of middle-class tax cuts that could come to a vote in the Senate today.
Automakers Attack Proposal to Address Global Warming --Automakers on Wednesday attacked a California plan to regulate automotive emissions of global warming gases.
CBS Fined $550,000 for Jackson Stunt --CBS was fined by the FCC on Wednesday for Janet Jackson's eye-catching flash dance during the Super Bowl halftime show: a record $550,000.
Iraq: How bad can things get? --by Paul Wood "Just how bad are things in Iraq? Since just last week it has seen hundreds of deaths, suicide bombings, beheadings, yet more people kidnapped. ... Last month, the British Army fired 100,000 rounds of ammunition in southern Iraq. The base in al-Ammara sustained more than 400 direct mortar hits. The British battalion there counted some 853 separate attacks of different kinds: mortars, roadside bombs, rockets and machine-gun fire."
U.S. Tanks, Planes Strike Baghdad Shi'ite District --U.S. tanks raided the Baghdad Shi'ite Muslim stronghold of Sadr City in the early hours of Wednesday as aircraft bombed the area and helicopters flew low overhead, witnesses said.
One killed as car explodes near US convoy -- A car exploded near a convoy of US military vehicles on a highway west of Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding around a dozen people, including four US soldiers, the US military and doctors said.
Suicide Car Bomb in Baghdad Kills Six -- A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb in a commercial district in Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least six people and injuring 54, authorities said.
Body found after hostage's 'throat slit' --A body has been found in Iraq but has not yet been identified, a US official said today after a group led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi [who died March 4, 2004, but Rove needs to periodically bring him back from the dead for more 'terrorism,' depending on the polls. Instead of investigating font styles on 1970s typewriters, why not investigate the entire GOP media whore nation?] said it had beheaded a second American hostage.
Decapitated Body Found in Western Baghdad --A headless corpse was found in western Baghdad on Wednesday, Iraqi authorities said. Its identity was not immediately clear.
Islamist Web Site Reports Beheading of Second American --A militant group posted an Internet message on Tuesday night saying it had beheaded the second American hostage in two days.
Freedom fighters attack Abu Ghraib prison --Iraqi freedom fighters attacked the Abu Ghraib prison complex late tonight with mortars and heavy machine-gun fire that left one Iraqi detainee dead. No other injuries resulted from the attack.
One of Two Iraqi Female Prisoners May Be Freed --One of two Iraqi female scientists in U.S. detention could be released on Wednesday, a senior Justice Ministry official said, in a move that may raise hopes for the release of a British hostage.
U.S. military judge recommends court martial for Lynndie England --A U.S. military judge has recommended a court martial for Pfc. Lynndie England in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal but said the young army reservist was "easily led" and had been "heavily influenced" by an ex-boyfriend who is also charged in the case.
Bracing for modern brands of warfare --Rumsfeld wants DoD to focus on combating nontraditional threats --Defense Secretary [W-ar criminal] Donald Rumsfeld wants new policy and planning goals to better prepare U.S. forces for a wider range of challenges, including "irregular, catastrophic and disruptive" threats.
Charges for Detainees Ordered --Judge Says Government Must Justify Custody at Guantanamo --A federal judge yesterday ordered the government to justify why it has been holding detainees in a U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for nearly three years without charges and explain why they should not be released.
Dictator Bush to visit areas of Western Pennsylvania Wednesday --Bush to tour flood damage here; damages estimates continue to mount --7 more counties ruled disaster areas --Bush is scheduled to speak today at a Republican rally at Arnold Palmer Airport in Latrobe, part of his 37th visit to the state.
Cops seek man linked to Bush threats --Police find 'written material' in his home ?!? Authorities were searching last night for an upstate man and a car registered in his name after finding possible threats against the president [sic] in his home, police sources said. A transmission over police radio yesterday identified the man as Lawrence Ward, 55, and said a federal warrant had been issued for his arrest. The search for Ward was sparked after a man in a small town near Binghamton told local police that a neighbor, apparently Ward, had dropped off his keys, saying: "You can have these. I won't be coming back," police sources said. Police searched the neighbor's apartment and found written material [Holy police state, Batman!!], which could be construed as a threat, the sources said.
U.S. Focus: Attorney-Client Conversations Privileged or fair game? --More attorneys are being subpoenaed, experts say, citing Connecticut case --In the past four months, Connecticut's corruption probe of former Gov. John G. Rowland's administration has taken a particularly aggressive turn. The prosecutors have subpoenaed records from two defense attorneys, demanded the testimony of Rowland's former legal adviser and seized materials from a private investigator. While some Connecticut attorneys have decried such attempts to pierce the veil of attorney-client confidentiality, experts say more and more prosecutors around the country are employing such tactics in trying to build difficult cases.
US moves toward giant airline passenger screening system --The US government moved toward creating a controversial airline passenger screening system designed to filter out potential 'terrorists' and prevent them from boarding planes.
U.S. Wants All Air Traveler Files for Security Test --The Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday that it planned to require all airlines to turn over records on every passenger carried domestically in June, so the agency could test a new system to match passenger names against lists of known or suspected 'terrorists.'
Singer Cat Stevens Denied U.S. Entry, Flight Diverted --The former pop singer Cat Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam, was denied entry to the United States and his flight from London was diverted to Maine, after his name turned up on a watch list, a U.S. transportation security official said.
Senate Panel Approves Goss for CIA Director --The Senate Intelligence Committee voted 12-4 on Tuesday to approve the nomination of Republican Florida congressman Porter Goss to become the new CIA director, paving the way for full Senate confirmation.
CBS Faces New Charges Over Discredited Bush Report --CBS News faced new charges of journalistic impropriety on Tuesday, a day after the network said it regretted using questionable documents in a report challenging Dictator Bush's military service.
CBS Doc Source Set to Sue Network For Libel --Bill Burkett, the man identified yesterday by CBS as the source of the controversial documents used in its September 8 "60 Minutes II" report questioning Dictator Bush’s Air National Guard service, plans to sue the network, the NY SUN reports. Burkett has had "several meetings with lawyers to determine the best course of action." The planned lawsuit would center on "defamation of character and libel."
"The hot rumor in New York political circles has Roger Stone, the longtime GOP activist, as the source for Dan Rather's dubious Texas Air National Guard 'memos.' The irony would be delicious, since Rather became famous confronting President Nixon, in whose service a very young Stone became associated with political 'dirty tricks.'"
Three Linked to DeLay Indicted in Texas Scandal --Three men with close ties to U.S. House Majority Leader [Reichwing nutball] Tom DeLay were indicted on Tuesday along with eight companies for illegal fund-raising activities in a political action committee formed by the powerful Texan. Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle told reporters the investigation, not yet finished, had uncovered ominous behavior by the group. "What has emerged is the outline of an effort to use corporate contributions to control representative democracy in Texas," he said.
3 DeLay Aides Facing Charges in Fund-Raising --Three aides who helped run a political action committee created by the House majority leader, Representative Tom DeLay of Texas, were indicted by a grand jury in Texas on Tuesday on charges that included raising illegal corporate contributions and funneling them to state candidates during the 2002 elections.
Race for President Falls Back into Dead Heat, New Zogby Interactive Presidential Battleground Poll Reveals
Nadir Blames Kerry for Ballot Access Fight --'Independent' presidential candidate Ralph Nader [Barf Nadir] accused his Democratic rival Sen. John Kerry on Tuesday of being responsible for a campaign to try and keep him off the Nov. 2 ballot.
Feds: Tobacco companies conspired --Tobacco companies, desperate to maintain their hold on tens of millions of American smokers, worked together for decades to deceive the public about the dangers of cigarettes and to encourage the young to start puffing, government lawyers said Tuesday at the start of a racketeering trial.
Antarctic Glaciers Melting Faster -Study --Glaciers once held up by a floating ice shelf off Antarctica are now sliding off into the sea -- and they are going fast, scientists said on Tuesday.
Thousands of patients face increased risk of vCJD --Six thousand patients have been warned they could be at risk of developing the deadly brain condition Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease through their treatment with blood products.
Al-Qaida would back Bush, says UK envoy --The Foreign Office was thrown into turmoil yesterday after the British ambassador to Rome, Sir Ivor Roberts, described Dictator George Bush as "the best recruiting sergeant ever for al-Qaida".
Bush-Rove freelancers preparing to spring into action: Al Qaeda seen planning for 'spectacular' attack --U.S. intelligence agencies concluded recently that al Qaeda — fearing its credibility is on the line — is moving ahead with plans for a major, "spectacular" attack, despite disruptions of some operations by recent arrests in Britain and Pakistan. Officials said recent intelligence assessments of the group, which is blamed for the September 11 attacks, state that an attack is coming and that the danger will remain high until the Nov. 2 elections and last until Inauguration Day on Jan. 20. [If Kerry wins, will the Bush dictatorship allow/carry out a 'spectacular attack' so that they 'cannot leave' the White House?]
Activists call for PM to resign over Iraq --Liberal Democrats have called on Bush's poodle, Tony Blair, to resign for "misleading" the country in the run-up to the Iraq conflict but they botched an attempt to make the demand party policy.
Kennedy calls PM to account over Iraq war --Tony Blair should consider his position if he cannot fully explain why he took Britain to war in Iraq despite warnings about the aftermath, Charles Kennedy said yesterday.
UK troops kill 100 militia in uprising --British troops in and around Basra and Amara killed more than 100 of Moqtada al Sadr's militiamen during the August uprising, The Herald can reveal.
New air strike on Falluja --US aircraft have bombed the Iraqi city of Falluja, west of Baghdad, killing at least two people. Sites have been bombed in the north of the city, Aljazeera has learnt. Three people have been injured in the strike.
Pipeline raids take toll in Iraq --The sharp rise in attacks on Iraq's oil pipelines in recent weeks has substantially impaired the country's production, dealing a blow to the economy and threatening the struggling reconstruction effort, U.S. and Iraqi officials say.
Rumsfeld Warns Military, Contractors on Trafficking --Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has issued a strong memo to military commanders and Pentagon contractors warning against support for prostitution and human trafficking, amid concerns that a previous directive has not solved the problem.
US hostage is beheaded by Iraqi militants --Deadline extended for abducted Briton --An American hostage kidnapped by Iraqi militants was beheaded last night as hopes faded for the release of a British man held by the extremists.
Iraqi Video Shows Beheading of Man Said to Be American --A militant group on Monday posted a video on the Internet that showed the beheading of a hostage identified as Eugene Armstrong, an American engineer abducted along with two other men last week from their home in central Baghdad.
U.S. weighs the price of pre-emptive strike on Iran --U.S. hawks are pinning their hopes on regime change in Tehran—by covert means, preferably, but by force of arms if necessary. Papers on the idea have circulated inside the dictatorship, mostly labeled "draft" or "working draft" to evade congressional subpoena powers and the Freedom of Information Act. Informed sources say the memos echo the Bush regime's abortive Iraq strategy: oust the existing government, swiftly install a pro-U.S. regime in its place (extracting the new regime's promise to renounce any nuclear ambitions) and get out. [Hellloooo!!! We call that a *coup d'etat* -- too bad Newsweak doesn't see it that way...]
Afghan vice-president survives bomb blast --A roadside bomb hit a convoy carrying an Afghan vice-president and a cabinet minister in northern Afghanistan, injuring one of their bodyguards without harming the politicians, police said. The attack follows a failed assassination attempt last week on U.S. puppet ['President'] Hamid Karzai and warnings that violence could surge before October 9 elections.
Security row fires Australian poll --A political row has broken out in Australia over election campaign suggestions that Australia would consider a "pre-emptive strike" against terrorist operations in neighboring countries. The "pre-emptive strike" scenario was floated by conservative Australian Prime Minister John Howard who is seeking a consecutive fourth term in office when the nation goes to the polls on October 9.
Suspect held at 'mini-Guantanamo' for three years released by Blunkett -- David Blunkett's emergency anti-[pro]terrorism laws came under fire last night after he ruled a suspect interned without trial for nearly three years no longer posed a national threat. The Home Secretary was accused of running a "mini-Guantanamo" after the suspect, who was accused of being linked to al-Qa'ida and Algerian terrorists, was released without charge. The man, known only as "D", is one of 12 foreign nationals being held without trial or charge at high-security jails in treatment that has been likened to the detention of suspects in Guantanamo Bay.
Cops Hunt Man Suspected of Threatening Dictator Bush (New York-WABC, September 20, 2004) — Eyewitness News' political reporter Dave Evans says the first sign of something going on came when security around Bush's visit set for Monday night got even tighter than usual. He says authorities are looking for a 55-year-old man named Lawrence Ward in connection with the reported threat.
Photos and Videos From Inside New York's Pier 57 Detention Center (thememoryhole.org) All still and moving images by Jacob Richards and Connie Murillo
New move against free speech on campuses -- University of Illinois restricts use of student e-mails to justify attack on SEP candidate --by WSWS reporter "Last week the University of Illinois altered its Campus Administrative Manual to specifically prohibit the use of student e-mail accounts for 'political campaign activities.' The change is a transparent attempt to retroactively justify the 'ticket' and threat of disciplinary action against Socialist Equality Party state legislative candidate Tom Mackaman and constitutes a grave attack on free speech, not only against Mackaman and the SEP, but against all students, academics and working people. ...We call on all those who oppose this undemocratic attack to send e-mail letters of protest to University of Illinois Ethics Officer Dr. Richard Traver at: email@example.com." [Be sure to express your comments to him, and often!!]
Algorithms can identify cyber-terrorism --Prof. Mark Last of the Ben-Gurion University [Israel] of the Negev's department of information systems engineering and his team have developed an experimental system that succeeded in identifying about 95% of Web pages with a terrorist content... Last's cooperation with colleagues at the University of South Florida led to the US National Institute of Systems Test and Productivity in Florida getting involved in the subject. The institute was one of the co-sponsors of a recent conference on cyber-terror organized by Last at BGU. They set up a small system within the university that monitors certain public servers round the clock to try to apply the different methods and reliably detect 'terrorist' activity.
Taking the Offensive, Edwards Says a Kerry Administration Would 'Crush' Al Qaeda --Opening a weeklong Democratic offensive on Iraq and terror, Senator John Edwards promised Sunday that a Kerry White House would eliminate what he called a "backdoor draft'' of Reservists and National Guard members and would "crush'' Al Qaeda.
Hastert's al Qaeda comment draws fire --Idea that terrorists want Kerry to win called 'silly,' 'disgraceful' --Top Democrats slapped back Sunday at a remark by House Speaker [terrorist nutball] Dennis Hastert that al Qaeda leaders want Sen. John Kerry to beat Dictator Bush in November. At a campaign rally Saturday in his Illinois district with Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney, Hastert said al Qaeda "would like to influence this election" with an attack similar to the train bombings in Madrid days before the Spanish national election in March. When a reporter asked Hastert if he thought al Qaeda would operate with more comfort if Kerry were elected, the speaker said, "That's my opinion, yes."
Kerry calls Iraq war 'profound diversion' --Sen. John Kerry took a strong stand yesterday against Dictator Bush's decision to invade Iraq, calling it a mistake and a "profound diversion" from the war on terror as the Democrat cast aside many of his former statements to attack Bush on his strongest issue. "Invading Iraq has created a crisis of historic proportions and, if we do not change course, there is the prospect of a war with no end in sight," the Democratic presidential nominee said at New York University yesterday.
Speech at New York University --Remarks of John Kerry, September 20, 2004 "The President [sic] has said that he 'miscalculated' in Iraq and that it was a 'catastrophic success.' In fact, the President [sic] has made a series of catastrophic decisions … from the beginning … in Iraq. At every fork in the road, he has taken the wrong turn and led us in the wrong direction. The first and most fundamental mistake was the President[sic]'s failure to tell the truth to the American people... In the dark days of the Cuban Missile Crisis, President Kennedy sent former Secretary of State Dean Acheson to Europe to build support. Acheson explained the situation to French President de Gaulle. Then he offered to show him highly classified satellite photos, as proof. De Gaulle waved the photos away, saying: 'The word of the President of the United States is good enough for me.' How many world leaders have that same trust in America's president [sic], today?"
'The President [sic] Has Made ... Catastrophic Decisions' in Iraq --Excerpts from Sen. John F. Kerry's remarks at New York University in New York City on Monday.
"His [Bush's] two main rationales – weapons of mass destruction and the Al Qaeda/September 11 connection – have been proved false… by the President[sic]'s own weapons inspectors… and by the 9/11 Commission. Just last week, Secretary of State Powell acknowledged the facts. Only Vice President [sic] Cheney still insists that the earth is flat." --Sen. John Kerry, speech at New York University
CBS apologises for 'mistaken' story of Bush's military service --CBS television issued a humbling apology yesterday for a report on an investigative programme, saying that its story claiming that George Bush had been given special treatment during his stint in the Texas air national guard was deeply flawed and should not have gone on air.
CBS: Bush Memo Story A 'Mistake' --CBS News said Monday it cannot prove the authenticity of documents used in a 60 Minutes story about Dictator Bush's National Guard service and that airing the story was a "mistake" that CBS regretted. CBS News Anchor Dan Rather, the reporter of the original story, apologized.
What Is Bush Hiding? --by E. J. Dionne Jr. "'There are a lot of questions and they need to be answered,' [George W.] Bush told the Union Leader in Manchester, N.H., last week. 'I think what needs to happen is people need to take a look at the documents, how they were created, and let the truth come out.' ...But what's good for Dan Rather, who is not running for president, ought to be good for George Bush, who is. 'There are a lot of questions and they need to be answered.' Surely that presidential sentiment applies as much to Bush's Guard service as to Rather's journalistic methods."
Bush Officials Want CBSNews Moderator Off Debate --Just hours after CBSNEWS admitted it cannot prove the authenticity of documents used in a 60 MINUTES story about Dictator Bush's National Guard service, top Bush advisers are recommending a CBS reporter be removed as moderator of a planned presidential debate, the DRUDGE REPORT [take with six grains of salt] has learned. At question is the approved Oct. 13 debate at Arizona State University in Tempe with Bob Schieffer, chief Washington correspondent for CBSNEWS, moderating.
PA Court Gives Hope to Nader --Pennsylvania's highest court overturned a lower court ruling today that barred Ralph Nader from running for president in the state as an 'independent' candidate. The state Supreme Court ordered the Commonwealth Court to immediately commence a review of Nader's [fraudulent] nominating petition.
Judge Removes Nader from Arkansas Ballot --An Arkansas judge ruled on Monday that presidential candidate Ralph Nader's name be removed from ballots in the state because his campaign did not meet qualifications for being listed.
U.S. Judge Orders Election Agency to Tighten Rules --A federal judge has ordered the Federal Election Commission to enact tougher restrictions on how millions of dollars are spent on campaigns, saying that its rules have undermined the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law.
Presidential Election at Risk: Ohio's electoral system riddled with flaws --by bob Fitrakis "Whether Kerry or Bush wins in Ohio may well depend on how many voters are disenfranchised in the state’s three largest counties: Cuyahoga, Franklin and Hamilton. Respectively these three counties contain the Democratically rich big three-C cities Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati. ...Unless these Hamilton County voters re-register by October 4, many in Cincinnati's urban center, they will show up at the polls and be barred from voting."
Sheriff Accused of Improper Inmate Labor Use (GA) A Coastal Empire sheriff could face an investigation, according to a report in a Georgia newspaper. A story in the Augusta Chronicle on Sunday says the Screven County sheriff illegally used inmates to do work on private property.
2004 RNC Delegates "...[T]oday we are releasing a list of delegates to the 2004 Republican National Convention [Repugnant Nazi Carnival]. This list includes the names, address, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of RNC delegates in addition to what hotel each one is staying at during their invasion of New York City."
Microwave gun to be used by US troops on Iraq rioters --Microwave weapons that cause pain without lasting injury are to be issued to American troops in Iraq for the first time as concern mounts over the growing number of civilians killed in fighting. Because there are no after-effects [?!?], the United States Department of Defence believes that the weapons will be particularly useful in urban conflict. The beam could be used to scatter large crowds in which insurgents operate at close quarters to both troops and civilians.
Senators Urge Bush to Rethink Iraq Policy --Senators from both parties urged the Bush regime on Sunday to make a realistic assessment of the situation in Iraq and adjust its policies aimed at pacifying the country. But Bush readied a firm defense of his Iraq policy — and a sharp new attack on rival John Kerry's stance — for a speech Monday.
Republicans Criticize Bush 'Mistakes' on Iraq --Leading members of Dictator Bush's Republican Party on Sunday criticized mistakes and "incompetence" in his Iraq policy and called for an urgent ground offensive to retake insurgent sanctuaries.
Senators slam regime on Iraq --Senators from both parties accused the Bush regime Wednesday of incompetence in its efforts to rebuild Iraq and said the United States could lose the W-ar unless it improves security and gets more money into the Iraqi economy.
Two U.S. Soldiers Killed, Several Injured in Attacks --A car bomb attack late Sept. 18 in Baghdad killed two Task Force Baghdad soldiers and wounded eight more, military officials reported. Today three more U.S. soldiers were injured and an Iraqi soldier killed in a separate car bomb attack.
US runs low on soldiers --by Peter Huck "Where to find the extra troops to fight a seemingly intractable insurgency that echoes Vietnam has become a pressing question. And although you wouldn't hear it from the Bush Administration, the prospect of deploying a draft for the first time in a generation may be edging towards reality... Should Washington give the go-ahead, America's 1980 draft boards, staffed by 11,000 volunteers, are 'ready to do business', says Selective Service Agency spokesman Pat Schuback."
Iraqi minister refuses to negotiate for release of UK hostage --Hopes For the release of a British hostage kidnapped in Baghdad were fading last night after the U.S. puppet dictator ['Iraqi Foreign Minister'] said his government would not bow to the kidnappers' demands.
Three Kurdish hostages beheaded: website --An al-Qaeda-linked group in Iraq claims it has executed three Kurds taken hostage in Taji, north of Baghdad, according to a statement posted on an Islamist website today.
Iraq militants parade 18 captive guardsmen, give 48-hour ultimatum --An Iraqi militant group paraded 18 captive national guardsmen in video footage aired by Al-Jazeera television with a threat to execute them in 48 hours if a Shiite militia commander is not released.
Optimism in London, carnage in Iraq --The second Iraq war, between coalition forces and insurgents, is now under way in what has become the "crucible" of the global war on terrorism, Poodle Tony Blair declared yesterday after talks with U.S. puppet dictator ['Iraq's interim Prime Minister,'] Iyad Allawi, at 10 Downing Street. The two leaders presented a determinedly upbeat picture of everyday life in Iraq.
US 'loses' war games --US spy agencies have played out "war games" to consider possible pre-emptive strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities, and concluded that strikes would not resolve Washington's standoff with Tehran, Newsweek magazine reported on Sunday. "The war games were unsuccessful at preventing the conflict from escalating," an unnamed air force source told the magazine in its latest issue. [Duh.]
Iran Is Helping Insurgents in Iraq, U.S. Officials Say --Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld have raised sharp complaints in recent days that Iran is providing support for the insurgency in Iraq, expressing concerns over what they say are Iran's attempt to shape Iraq's future. [Gee, isn't that just *too bad* for the hypocritical whackjobs! The U.S. has *no* claim to the future of Iraq, or its resources. The predatory capitalist dictatorship currently occupying the White House is waging a campaign of terrorism in Iraq, an element of an illegal and immoral war.]
US Says 'Clock is Ticking' for Iran --A senior U.S. official says Iran should comply with a resolution passed by the International Atomic Energy Agency and freeze all uranium-enrichment activities.
Iran 'To Ignore Nuclear Freeze Demand' --Lawmakers called on the government today to ignore demands from the UN nuclear watchdog agency that Iran freeze all uranium enrichment work. A top official said the demands are "illegal" – but held out the possibility of negotiations on the issue.
35 Guantánamo Detainees Are Given to Pakistan --The Pentagon announced on Saturday that it had transferred 35 detainees from the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to Pakistani custody, as part of a continuing effort by the Bush dictatorship to reduce the number of prisoners at the naval base there.
Anti[pro]- terror flying squads plan --Prime Minister [and Reichwing whackjob] John Howard is today expected to launch a $98.7 million assault on 'terrorism' with plans for specialist counter-terrorism flying squads to be dispatched in the region to help Australia's neighbours guard against [foment] terror attacks.
PM's $100m flying squad to fight 'terrorism' --Prime Minister John Howard today officially released the coalition's $100 million plan to fight 'terrorism.' Launching the policy in Darwin today, Mr Howard said a re-elected coalition government would create a series of counter terrorism teams within the Australian Federal Police. [Howard must be a busy little bee planning an incident of 'terrorism,' to justify that whopping expenditure...]
Subway Crime Rose In Four of Five Boroughs During GOP Convention -- Mayor [Bush poodle] Michael Bloomberg on Sunday tried to put a positive spin on a report which shows subway crime went up in four of the city’s five boroughs during the Repugnant Nazi Carnival earlier this month.
Arrests at GOP Convention Are Criticized --Many in N.Y. Released Without Facing Charges --"They came with batons, bicycles, they came with netting," said the Rev. G. Simon Harak, a Jesuit priest. "The kind of forces you expect to be turned on terrorists was unleashed on us." ...Throughout the week, police also picked up dozens of people who appeared to have nothing to do with demonstrations, the New York Civil Liberties Union said.
A Tale of Two Protests --David Dixon "To everyone's disbelief, a Bush supporter drove up onto the sidewalk directly at protester Alex Kramer forcing him onto the hood of the car. The driver than accelerated, put on the brakes and reversed throwing Alex onto the ground. Alex was almost hit again as the car sped off."
Police dismiss charges against woman who interrupted first lady --Police have dropped charges against a Hopewell woman who was arrested when she interrupted a campaign speech by first lady Laura Bush to ask why her son was killed in Iraq.
CBS News Concludes It Was Misled on National Guard Memos, Network Officials Say --After days of expressing confidence about the documents used in a "60 Minutes'' report that raised new questions about Dictator Bush's National Guard service, CBS News officials have grave doubts about the authenticity of the material, network officials said last night.
The Lynching of Dan Rather --On British TV, Dan feared the price of "asking questions" --by Greg Palast "The truth is, if I want to put a hard, investigative report about the USA on the nightly news, I have to broadcast it in exile, from London. For Americans my broadcasts are stopped at an electronic Berlin wall. ... Way back in 1999, I wrote that former Texas Lt. Governor Ben Barnes had put in the fix for little George Bush to get out of 'Nam and into the Air Guard. What is hot news this month in the USA is a five-year-old story to the rest of the world. And you still wouldn't see it in the USA except that Dan Rather, with a 60 Minutes producer, finally got fed up and ready to step out of line. And, as Dan predicted, he stuck out his neck and got it chopped off."
Bush, Kerry Tentatively Settle on 3 Debates --The campaigns of Dictator Bush and Sen. John F. Kerry have tentatively settled on a package of three face-to-face debates that both sides view as a potentially decisive chance to sway huge audiences ahead of the Nov. 2 election, Democrats and Republicans said yesterday.
Kerry Links Iraq War Cost, Domestic Woes --Democrat John Kerry links the cost of the Iraq war to problems at home and vows in a new television ad to both "defend America and fight for the middle class."
Edwards Calls Hastert's Remarks 'Politics of Fear' --Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards on Sunday accused House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Insane-Ill.) of stooping "to the politics of fear" when he said al Qaeda terrorists may launch another terrorist attack to swing the Nov. 2 election in Democrat John F. Kerry's favor. Hastert's comments, at a fundraiser Saturday night in his home state of Illinois, were reminiscent of recent remarks by Vice pResident Cheney that Edwards has called "un-American."
Bang Bang, You're Elected (The New York Times) "The nation's capital city will soon suffer a brazen insult at the hands of the House of Representatives as a legislative majority prepares to vote for the decontrol of guns in the city - that's right, a majority of lawmakers, sworn to 'insure domestic tranquillity' for the nation, would make D.C. stand for Dodge City. As far as election year pandering goes, the impending vote to legalize handguns and semiautomatic weapons on the streets - striking down the home-rule wishes of Washington's citizens - may answer the question of how low Congressional politicians will go in bowing to the gun lobby."
Pentagon blocks site for voters outside U.S. --In a decision that could affect Americans abroad who are not yet registered to vote in the Nov. 2 presidential election, the Pentagon has begun restricting international access to the official Web site intended to help overseas absentee voters cast ballots. Asked whether any other government Web sites had been blocked, a Pentagon spokesman declined to comment.
Operation Snowbird "OPERATION: SNOWBIRD simply assumes that there are thousands of registered voters in the state of New York who intend to cast their votes for the Kerry/Edwards ticket, but who also spend at least part of the year residing in the state of Florida. Since the margin of victory for Kerry/Edwards in New York will once again be huge, if a certain number of New York voters were to instead cast their ballots in Florida, it would not adversely affect the outcome in New York. However, it could most definitely impact the outcome in Florida, providing the critical margin of victory for the Kerry/Edwards ticket."
Racketeering (Rico)Charges filed Against NutraSweet, Dr. Moser of NS, American Diabetes Assn, Monsanto (emediawire.com) "A RACKETEER INFLUENCED & CORRUPT ORGANIZATIONS [RICO] complaint has been filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The suit charges the defendants with manufacturing and marketing a deadly neurotoxin unfit for human consumption, while they assured the pubic that aspartame (also known as NutraSweet/Equal) contaminated products are safe and healthful, even for children and pregnant women. Present Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is mentioned throughout the lawsuit... For 16 years, the FDA denied approval of aspartame because of compelling evidence of its contributing to brain tumors and other serious disabilities. Donald Rumsfeld, present Secretary of Defense in the Bush Administration, left President Ford's administration as Chief of Staff to become the CEO of aspartame producer G D Searle Co. in 1981. Shortly after, Rumsfeld became the CEO, and the day after President Reagan took office, aspartame was quickly approved by FDA Commissioner Arthur Hayes over the objections of the FDA's Public Board of Inquiry. Hayes had been recently appointed by the Reagan Administration. Shortly after aspartame's approval by the FDA, Hayes joined NutraSweet's public relations firm under a ten year contract at $1,000 a day."
Meningitis vaccinations 'blamed' for rise in deaths (UK) The success of a vaccination campaign against meningitis is being blamed for a sudden rise in the number of deaths.
Britain to cut troop levels in Iraq --The British Army is to start pulling troops out of Iraq next month despite the deteriorating security situation in much of the country, The Observer has learnt.
U.S. Plans Year-End [read: after the 'elections'] Drive to Take Iraqi Rebel Areas --Faced with a growing insurgency and a January deadline for national elections, American commanders in Iraq say they are preparing operations to open up rebel-held areas, especially Falluja, the restive city west of Baghdad now under control of insurgents and Islamist groups.
Kerry Accuses Bush of Hiding Troops Plan --Democratic Sen. John Kerry on Friday accused the Bush dictatorship of hiding a plan to mobilize more National Guard and Reserve troops after the election while glossing over a worsening conflict in Iraq.
Militants threaten to kill 3 hostages --Two Americans, one Briton face execution --An insurgent group that has claimed responsibility for a series of hostage-takings threatened yesterday to execute two Americans and a Briton who were kidnapped Thursday unless the United States frees female Iraqi prisoners, the Al-Jazeera satellite channel reported.
Militants Threaten to Kill Iraq Hostages --An al-Qaida linked group threatened in a videotape Saturday to behead two Americans and a Briton within two days, and insurgents carried out a new string of car bombings, killing at least 20 Iraqis and two American soldiers. The unrelenting violence has taken 300 lives in the past week.
Suicide bomber kills at least 21 in Kirkuk --Separately, roadside blast wounds 3 U.S. soldiers --A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb near a crowd of people waiting to apply for 'jobs' with the Iraqi National Guard in the northern city of Kirkuk on Saturday, killing at least 21 people and wounding 67, witnesses and Health Ministry officials said.
Car Bomb Attacks in Baghdad Kill 2 Troops --Two car bomb attacks on the highway to Baghdad's international airport killed two American soldiers and wounded 14 on Saturday, the military said.
Death toll for week tops 250 as suicide car bomber kills 13 --Dozens killed in US air strikes on Falluja · British troops clash with insurgents in Basra --The US military stepped up efforts to check Iraq's destabilising insurgency yesterday by pounding the restive city of Falluja, killing dozens of people, with children reported to be among the injured.
Secret papers show Blair was warned of Iraq chaos --Tony Blair was warned a year before invading Iraq that a stable post-war government would be impossible without keeping large numbers of troops there for "many years", secret government papers reveal. The documents, seen by The Telegraph, show more clearly than ever the grave reservations expressed by Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, over the consequences of a second Gulf war and how prescient his Foreign Office officials were in predicting the ensuing chaos.
'Devastating' Secret Papers Reveal Pre-W-ar Iraq Warnings --The Government came under renewed fire tonight after claims that Prime Minister Tony Blair was warned before the war in Iraq of the scale of the task that would face British and other occupation troops after Saddam Hussein was toppled. Papers marked "Secret and Personal" detailing warnings from the Foreign Office to the premier were leaked to The Daily Telegraph.
Kerry launches frontal assault on Cheney/Halliburton --US Democrats opened a new front in their battle for the White House, attacking Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney and his old company Halliburton for alleged "cronyism" that reaped billions of dollars of business in Iraq.
Kerry accuses Bush of cronyism in gov't contracts --Democrat John Kerry charged George W. Bush's dictatorship on Friday with rewarding politically connected companies with huge defense contracts and then "turning a blind eye to the massive overcharging and waste."
Army extends Titan's pact in Iraq --The Army command that hired San Diego's Titan Corp. to provide Arabic linguists in Iraq said yesterday that it will extend the company's contract until a new bidding process can be set up to award the next contract.
Report: Soldiers say they are being threatened with Iraq duty --Soldiers from a combat unit at Fort Carson say they have been told to re-enlist for three more years or be transferred to other units expected to deploy to Iraq, the Rocky Mountain News reported Thursday. Hundreds of soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team were presented with that message and a re-enlistment form in a series of assemblies last week, two soldiers who spoke on condition of anonymity told the newspaper.
GIs claim threat by Army --Soldiers say they were told to re-enlist or face deployment to Iraq --Soldiers from a Fort Carson combat unit say they have been issued an ultimatum - re-enlist for three more years or be transferred to other units expected to deploy to Iraq.
The shots of war --In the last decade, hundreds of troops insist the anthrax vaccine made them sick. Hundreds more have refused the shots, risking court-martial... Hundreds more who got the vaccine blame it for chronic illnesses, from joint and muscle pain to debilitating fatigue, leukemia to blindness.
One juvenile killed, another injured during US military action in Afghanistan --The US army on Saturday confirmed killing one juvenile and injuring another in southern Afghanistan on Friday and rendered apology for that.
CIA Officer: al-Qaida Efforts Still Lag --A senior CIA officer says bad decisions, understaffing and infighting among intelligence agencies stifled efforts to stop Bush bin Laden and his network. More than three years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the agency remains short-staffed, he says.
House GOP to Reject 9/11 Recommendation --House Republicans plan to follow Dictator Bush's lead and reject the Sept. 11 commission's recommendation to strip the Pentagon of control over its spy shops in favor of a new national intelligence director with hiring, firing and spending control.
FBI's Anti- [Pro]Terror 'October Plan' --Convinced that al Bush-duh is still determined to disrupt the U.S. fall elections by an attack on the homeland, FBI officials here are preparing a massive counter-offensive of interrogations, surveillance and possible detentions they hope will disrupt the terrorist plans, reports CBS News. FBI field offices and Homeland Security agencies will be advised of "extraordinary measures" that will go into place "beginning the first week of October through the elections." Specifically, the plan calls for "aggressive - even obvious - surveillance" techniques to be used on a short list of people suspected of being terrorist sympathizers, but who have not committed a crime.
Police set to override right to silence (AU) Liberty Victoria and the Criminal Bar Association have expressed alarm and disappointment at new legislation that will give Victoria Police coercive questioning powers and remove an individual's right to silence.
Bush May See Cabinet Exodus if Re-Selected -- Nearly all the senior officials who came to office with Dictator Bush still are on the job. But a big exodus and a Cabinet reshuffling seem likely if he wins a second term. [Right, most of them will all be serving extensive prison terms for their roles in the 9-11 terrorist attacks.]
Bush author says White House applying pressure over book --Writer Kitty Kelley has accused the White House of putting pressure on her and the US media over the new biography on the family of Dictator George W. Bush.
Bush 'Took Cocaine At Camp David' (Sep 6 2004) And wife Laura liked dope, says book --George W Bush snorted cocaine at Camp David, a new book claims. His wife Laura also allegedly tried cannabis in her youth. Author Kitty Kelley says in her biography The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty, that the US President [sic] first used coke at university in the mid-1960s. She quotes his former sister-in-law Sharon Bush who claims: "Bush did coke at Camp David when his father was President, and not just once either." Other acquaintances allege that as a 26-year-old National Guard, Bush "liked to sneak out back for a joint or into the bathroom for a line of cocaine".
Buckhead the Fuckhead: Blogger Who Faulted CBS Documents Is Reichwing Activist --It was the first public allegation that CBS News used forged memos in its report questioning Dictator Bush's National Guard service — a highly technical explanation posted within hours of airtime citing proportional spacing and font styles. But it did not come from an expert in typography or typewriter history as some first thought. Instead, it was the work of Harry W. MacDougald, an Atlanta lawyer with strong ties to conservative Republican causes who helped draft the petition urging the Arkansas Supreme Court to disbar President Clinton after the Monica Lewinsky scandal, the Times has found. The identity of "Buckhead," a blogger known previously only by his screen name on the Reichwing website freerepublic.com, has been lifted to folk hero status in the conservative blogosphere since last week's posting.
'Buckhead' tied to Ken Starr! --Harry W. 'Buckhead' MacDougald is affiliated with two prominent conservative legal groups, the Federalist Society and the Southeastern Legal Foundation, where he serves on the legal advisory board and has been involved in several high-profile cases... MacDougald assisted in the group's legal challenge to the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law. The challenge, ultimately presented to the U.S. Supreme Court, was funded largely by the Southeastern Legal Foundation in conjunction with Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the law's chief critic, and handled by former Clinton investigator Kenneth W. Starr.
Huge absentee vote predicted for November election --As much as 25 percent of the vote for president could be cast before Nov. 2
Parties Gird for Battle If Election Ends Up in Court --Six weeks before Election Day, the two major political parties are skirmishing over election laws, practices and vote counts while building up war chests and hiring platoons of lawyers for a possible replay of the 2000 recount battle.
Fla. Supreme Court Puts Nader on Ballot --The Florida Supreme Court ruled 6-1 Friday that Ralph Nader can be on the state's November ballot as the Reform Party presidential candidate.
245 Electronic Votes Lost in Fla. Primary --A mistake by an election worker "lost" 245 electronic ballots cast in last month's Florida primary, but the mix-up didn't affect the outcome of any race when the votes were finally counted, authorities said.
Voting Machines Missing for La. Election --Many New Orleans voters were unable to cast ballots for hours Saturday on a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage because voting machines had not been delivered to polling places, a state official said. [The machines just *happen* to go missing in the liberal area...]
Louisiana voters approve gay-marriage ban --Louisiana voters overwhelmingly approved a state constitutional amendment Saturday banning same-sex marriages and civil unions, one of up to 12 such measures on the ballot around the country this year.
GOP Mailing Warns Liberals Will Ban Bibles --Campaign mail with a return address of the Republican National [Repugnant Nazi] Committee warns West Virginia voters that the Bible will be prohibited and men will marry men if liberals win in November.
Calif. Gov. Vetoes Minimum Wage, Superstore Bills --[GOP-installed] California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as expected vetoed bills on Saturday that would have raised the state's hourly minimum wage and forced retailers like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to pay for economic impact reports on planned superstores.
Why You Should Ignore The Gallup Poll This Morning - And Maybe Other Gallup Polls As Well --by Steve Soto (theleftcoaster.com) "...[T]he Gallup Poll, despite its reputation, assumes that this November 40% of those turning out to vote will be Republicans, and only 33% will be Democrat... In both polls, Gallup oversamples greatly for the GOP, and undersamples for the Democrats. Worse yet, Gallup just confirmed for me that this is the same sampling methodology they have been using this whole election season, for all their national and state polls."
Oops!! Bush's unregulated agribusiness terrorists running rampant: 1100 pounds of meat recalled in search for embedded microchips Is that a microchip in my meat? Pork pulled off shelves to check for metal devices --More than a thousand pounds of pork processed at a Sioux Center meatpacking plant was recalled Saturday because a microchip could be embedded in the meat. The Sioux-Preme Packing Co. recalled 110 pork shoulder butts -- about 1,100 pounds of meat -- that could contain the metal devices used to measure scientific data in hogs. The animals, processed September 10, were part of a research herd that had been sent to slaughter without the proper notification that they had the chips implanted, said Sioux-Preme Vice President Jim Malek.
Mussels Found Near N.Pole in Global Warming Sign --Mussels have been found growing on the seabed just 800 miles from the North Pole in a likely sign of global warming, scientists said on Friday.
Press Reports on U.S. Casualties: About 17,000 Short, UPI Says --Nearly 17,000 service members medically evacuated from Iraq and Afghanistan are absent from public Pentagon casualty reports commonly cited by newspapers, according to military data reviewed by United Press International.
Two GOP leaders attack Iraq policy --Lugar and Hagel cite slow pace of reconstruction --Two leading Republican legislators yesterday attacked the Bush regime's approach to rebuilding Iraq, in one of the strongest indictments of the regime's Iraq policy from members of Dictator Bush's party. Senator Chuck Hagel, Republican of Nebraska, addressing two of the State Department's point men on Iraq, said the pace of reconstruction has been ''beyond pitiful. It's embarrassing. It is now in the zone of dangerous."
Kerry Accuses Bush of Hiding the Truth About Iraq --Senator John Kerry accused Dictator Bush today of "living in a fantasy world of spin" about Iraq and hiding the truth from the American people and the country's men and women in uniform.
U.S. Weapons Inspector: Iraq Had No WMD --Drafts of a report from the top U.S. inspector in Iraq conclude there were no weapons stockpiles, but say there are signs the fallen Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had dormant programs he hoped to revive at a later time, according to people familiar with the findings.
Iraq war was illegal and breached UN charter, says Annan --The United Nations secretary general, Kofi Annan, declared explicitly for the first time last night that the US-led war on Iraq was illegal.
Huge blast rocks Baghdad --A huge explosion has been heard in central Baghdad, where a gunbattle has been raging for several hours. A plume of grey smoke was seen rising from an unknown target near the Tigris close to Haifa street.
Dozens killed, wounded in US air strike --At least 16 people were killed and 25 wounded in overnight strikes by the US air force near the city of Falluja in the al-Anbar province, Iraqi hospital sources said. Several strikes on the village of Zoba, some 7kms south of the city of Falluja, demolished 13 houses, the sources and witnesses said early on Friday morning.
U.S. Says Kills 60 'Foreign' Fighters in Iraq Strike --U.S. warplanes bombed rebel targets near the restive Iraqi city of Falluja on Thursday, killing about 60 'foreign' fighters, the U.S. military said on Friday. [Just who are the "foreign fighters" in Iraq, if not the US?]
US soldiers shoot first, no questions asked --His name was Ahmed Hameed and he was 36 years old. He had taken the wrong turning up to the checkpoint on the July 14 Bridge which spans the Tigris on the south-eastern edge of what used to be known in Baghdad as the Green Zone, but which has now been renamed the International Zone. Now he lies in a body-bag a few yards away from the US army gun tower which opened fire on him as he tried to turn his moped around.
Columbo, Selective. Instead of worrying about a superscript key used in one of the Bush AWOL documents -- when the entire world knows that George Bush did not serve admirably, but John Kerry did -regardless of the new documents' authenticity -- *why* didn't the media focus on the myriad of *obvious* oddities surrounding the Nicholas Berg 'beheading video?' --by Lori Price, CLG General Manager
More hostages taken as US fears grow --A Briton and two Americans became the latest foreigners to be kidnapped in Iraq yesterday when gunmen burst into their house in central Baghdad and dragged them off into a van.
Far graver than Vietnam --Most senior US military officers now believe the war on Iraq has turned into a disaster on an unprecedented scale. --by Sidney Blumenthal "...[A]ccording to the US military's leading strategists and prominent retired generals, [Dictator] Bush's war is already lost. Retired general William Odom, former head of the National Security Agency, told me: 'Bush hasn't found the WMD. Al-Qaida, it's worse, he's lost on that front. That he's going to achieve a democracy there? That goal is lost, too. It's lost.' He adds: 'Right now, the course we're on, we're achieving Bin Laden's ends.'"
Kiwi troops coming home --New Zealand's troops are pulling out of Iraq under a cloak of secrecy as security deteriorates in the battle to control the war-torn country. Nearly 100 people have been killed in attacks in Baghdad and Baquba this week, while Australia has sent a "logistics team" to Iraq to determine whether two of its nationals are being held hostage.
The Weasel Watch Tracks the Coalition Exodus (reflecting New Zealand's pull-out in Iraq) --by Mary Titus
Iraq War 'Could Push Oil to 100 Dollars A Barrel' --The war in Iraq could push oil prices to a record 100 dollars a barrel, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said yesterday. "This war is a powder keg," said Chavez, after meeting with Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. "It could take the price of a barrel to 100 dollars. I hope it doesn’t."
Judge: Reporter Must Testify in CIA Probe --A federal judge has ruled that a New York Times reporter must testify before a grand jury as part of an investigation into the disclosure of an undercover CIA operative's name.
Mayor stiffs probe of RNC arrests --A City Council hearing to probe the way cops handled protesters at the Republican convention was boycotted yesterday by the Bloomberg dictatorship. City Hall refused to send anyone to testify, citing pending litigation stemming from the nearly 2,000 arrests during the convention two weeks ago.
US may run out of guard and reserve troops for war on terrorism: report --The US military may run out of national guard and reserve troops for the war on terrorism because of existing limits on involuntary mobilizations, a congressional watchdog agency warned in a report released Wednesday.
U.S. Charges Florida Resident With Materially Aiding Terrorists --A Florida resident was charged by U.S. prosecutors with aiding terrorists by raising money and recruiting terrorists for violent acts around the globe, the 'Justice' Department said in Washington.
U.S. Fears Terrorism Via Mexico's Time-Tested Smuggling Routes --Intelligence reports, security alerts and other incidents have led to increased security, greater cooperation on both sides of the border. Growing fears that Al Qaeda emissaries are looking to tap into well-worn smuggling routes along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border have led to a security crackdown in recent months as well as new levels of official cross-border cooperation, U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officials say.
Drill Levels Learning Curve --Mock terrorist attack and a chemical weapon blast simulation involve 1,700 first responders, volunteers. In what law enforcement officials said was the largest exercise of its kind in [Reichwing] Orange County, more than 1,700 people participated Wednesday in a mock terrorist attack involving chemical weapons. More than 400 people were "injured" and several "died" in the exercise.
Edina Police Department using state grant to purchase vehicle to help fight [Bush's] terrorism --The Edina Police Department has some new armor on the way with the help of a Minnesota Department of Public Safety grant. Edina received the $208,145 grant to purchase a hazardous response vehicle and train the members of the Southwest Metro Emergency Response consortium to use the vehicle and its detection equipment.
Vote for the GOP or you will die --by Ellen Goodman "So it's come to this. The presidential campaign took off in New Hampshire, where the state motto is 'Live Free or Die.' Now it's heading into the home stretch, and the Republican motto is 'Vote for Us or Die.' In the days leading up to 9/11 anniversary, the vice president [sic] finally raised the alert — color it crimson — that a vote for Kerry was a vote for terrorism... At least Cheney didn't call Kerry himself a terrorist, a label he once applied to Nelson Mandela. But this was no slip of the tongue. It was a rhetorical baby step from the language of the Republican convention that aggressively put the war on terror at the center of the campaign and Bush at the helm."
White House Wants to Cut FAA Budget --The Bush dictatorship wants to trim the Federal Aviation Administration's budget for buying new air traffic control equipment at a time when more planes are in the air.
Soldiers' kin pay a high price --by Michael Daly "As politicians make grand speeches supporting our troops, families of our wounded soldiers are being told they soon will no longer receive the modest government stipend that helps them leave job and home to stay at their loved one's hospital bedside. ...[T]he stipend was established in April 2003, just as the war in Iraq commenced. It lapses Sept. 30. 'I think nobody expected the war to last that long,' an Army medical official said."
Judge Orders U.S. to Find Bush Records --A federal judge has ordered the Pentagon to find and make public by next week any unreleased files about Dictator Bush's Vietnam-era Air National Guard service to resolve a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by The Associated Press.
Why Bush Left Texas --by Russ Baker "Growing evidence suggests that George W. Bush abruptly left his Texas Air National Guard unit in 1972 for substantive reasons pertaining to his inability to continue piloting a fighter jet. A months-long investigation, which includes examination of hundreds of government-released documents, interviews with former Guard members and officials, military experts and Bush associates, points toward the conclusion that Bush's personal behavior was causing alarm among his superior officers and would ultimately lead to his fleeing the state to avoid a physical exam he might have had difficulty passing."
Woman wearing 'President [sic] Bush You Killed My Son' T-shirt disrupts Laura Bush's rally --A mother whose son was killed in Iraq has been arrested for protesting during a New Jersey campaign speech by first lady [sic] Laura Bush. The woman was charged with trespassing and later released. She wore a shirt that read, "President [sic] Bush, You Killed my Son" to the New Jersey rally.
Bush Brownshirts busy: Kerry HQ vandalized again --Signs burned; Lafayette (LA) office marked --Burned campaign signs and apparent pro-Dictator Bush messages scrawled in a tarry black substance greeted volunteers Thursday morning at Lafayette's presidential campaign headquarters for U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. [Time to read... Arming the Left: Is the time now? --by Charles Southwell]
Reichwing media whores declare: Bush clear leader in poll --Dictator Bush has surged to a 13-point lead over Sen. John Kerry among likely voters, a new Gallup Poll shows. The 55%-42% match-up is the first statistically significant edge either candidate has held this year.
Bush Leads Kerry 55% to 42% Among Likely Voters in Gallup Poll --U.S. Dictator George W. Bush leads Democratic challenger John Kerry by 13 percentage points, according to a Gallup poll conducted for Cable News Network and USA Today.
Two New Polls Show Deadlocked White House Race --Two national polls on Thursday showed the race between Dictator Bush and Democrat John Kerry deadlocked as Bush's convention bounce faded, although Bush has made headway in key swing states.
Love Masochism? Vote BushCo! Could four more brutal years of the Dubya nightmare actually be *good* for America? --by Mark Morford "If Kerry wins now, the nation won't have suffered enough, won't have traveled far enough down the road of right-wing egotism and misogyny and homophobia and religious self-righteousness and deficit mauling and sanctimonious ideology and mangled grammar to really learn anything indelible, nothing that will affect a permanent sea change in our worldview, and we will just continue to limp along, never really healing and never really refocusing our intention and never fully understanding the depths of our dark side."
Woman Who Sued Coburn Goes Public (OK) She Calls GOP Candidate's Remarks on Case 'Not True' --A woman who claimed in a lawsuit 13 years ago that the Republican Senate candidate here, a family physician, sterilized her without her consent came forward Thursday to stand by her story, throwing one of the most competitive Senate races in the country into further turmoil.
Post Source Reveals Identity to Leak Probers --A Washington Post reporter's confidential source has revealed his or her identity to the special prosecutor conducting the CIA leak inquiry, a development that provides investigators with a fact they have been pursuing in the nearly year-long probe.
Iraq war illegal, says Annan --The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has told the BBC the US-led invasion of Iraq was an illegal act that contravened the UN charter. He said the decision to take action in Iraq should have been made by the Security Council, not unilaterally.
Annan Questions Legality of Iraq War and Elections --U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan questioned on Wednesday whether Iraq could hold elections in January if violence persisted and said the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq was illegal because it violated the U.N. Charter.
U.S. Intelligence Shows Pessimism on Iraq's Future --A classified National Intelligence Estimate prepared for Dictator Bush in late July spells out a dark assessment of prospects for Iraq, government officials said Wednesday. The estimate outlines three possibilities for Iraq through the end of 2005, with the worst case being developments that could lead to civil war, the officials said.
Intel Officials Have Bleak View for Iraq --The National Intelligence Council presented Dictator Bush this summer with several pessimistic scenarios regarding the security situation in Iraq, including the possibility of a civil war there before the end of 2005.
New Iraq Attacks Are More Sophisticated --The scale and sophistication of militant attacks in Iraq are steadily increasing, with coordinated strikes and complicated ambushes that increasingly hit their targets, officials and analysts said Wednesday.
Gunmen Kidnap Three Britons in Baghdad --Gunmen kidnapped three British nationals in the Iraqi capital Thursday, the Interior Ministry said.
3 headless bodies found north of Baghdad --Villagers found three decapitated bodies north of Baghdad on Wednesday and a car bomb killed two people at an Iraqi military checkpoint south of the capital in attacks that appear to be increasingly targeting Iraqis rather than the United States and its multinational force allies.
Iran's Supreme Leader Calls for Muslim Solidarity Against the U.S. --In a meeting with high-ranking officials on Monday, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, called on Muslims worldwide to unite and resist what he termed, the global arrogance of the U.S., this according to a report in IRNA, the official news agency of Iran.
US media covers up American war crimes in Iraq --by Barry Grey "Every day, US military forces in Iraq are attacking civilian populations in a calculated effort to drown a growing popular insurgency in blood. But one would hardly know the dimensions or brutality of the atrocities being carried out in the name of the American people from the sparse and sanitized coverage provided by the major press and broadcast outlets that purport to disseminate 'the news.'"
Iraq: Signs of desperation --It is a telling indication of the problems in Iraq that the US State Department wants to switch money earmarked for water, sewage and electricity improvements to the training of Iraqi security forces. Attention is switching from long-term infrastructure to the immediate needs of security and stability.
Bush to divert Iraq rebuilding cash --The Bush regime plans to shift $3.46 billion from Iraqi reconstruction projects to the areas of security, oil output and the January elections.
AWOL Marine who re-enlisted latest Arizonan to die in Iraq --The Glendale man turned himself in and rejoined the Marines, eager for atonement, his family said Tuesday... On Monday, Lance Cpl. Halal became the latest Arizonan to die in the Iraq war, authorities announced Wednesday. He was 22.
U.S. Prosecutor Challenges Guantanamo Trial Chief --The Pentagon's chief prosecutor in the U.S. military trials of four Guantanamo Bay prisoners has asked the presiding officer to evaluate his suitability for the position and consider quitting, according to a document filed in the proceedings.
Mercenaries in Afghan Case Get 8 to 10 Years in Prison --Three Americans were sentenced here on Wednesday to 8 to 10 years in prison for running a private jail and torturing prisoners, after a panel of three Afghan judges rejected their claim that they were working for a Pentagon counterterrorist group led by Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, the [Reichwing terrorist] tdeputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence.
Americans jailed in Afghan "private prison" trial --Three Americans have been sentenced to up to 10 years in jail after being found guilty by an Afghan court on charges including torture, running a private prison and illegal detention. Jonathan "Jack" Idema, a former U.S. Green Beret, told the court earlier that he had been issued with a passport by a special U.S. agency that he declined to name and had a visa for Afghanistan similar to those given to special forces operatives.
Judge Allows Human Rights Lawsuit Against Unocal to Proceed --A California judge on Tuesday kept alive a human rights lawsuit that claims energy giant Unocal Corp. should be held liable for the alleged enslavement of local residents during construction of a gas pipeline in Southeast Asia.
AP: Four Workers Fired at Los Alamos Lab --Four Los Alamos National Laboratory workers were fired and one will resign under pressure for their roles in a security and safety scandal at the lab, the lab's director said Wednesday.
Mysterious substance causes scare at Los Gatos post office --Building evacuated: Five employees taken to hospital after complaints of strange odor, skin irritations; officials working to pinpoint agent: (CA) A mysterious contaminant sent five Los Gatos postal workers to the hospital and forced the evacuation of the town's central post office Tuesday morning after several employees complained of a metallic taste in their mouths and skin irritations.
Los Gatos: Symptoms prompt post office evacuation --A Los Gatos post office was evacuated Tuesday after 15 workers and one customer complained of sore throats, skin blotches and a metallic taste from a mystery contaminant. Given post-Sept. 11 terrorism concerns and the still-unsolved [?!?] 2001 anthrax attacks on U.S. postal centers, the incident drew FBI agents, postal inspectors and about 50 local firefighters, police and paramedics. Police sealed off the area around the post office, including a block of busy Santa Cruz Avenue and Town Plaza Park, for most of the day.
Two Sue Feds Over Anti-Bush T-Shirt Arrest --A couple arrested for wearing anti-Bush T-shirts to a July 4 presidential [sic] appearance filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday alleging their First Amendment rights were violated.
Judge Dismisses Charges Vs. Bush Protester --A judge has dismissed charges against a war protester who was arrested during a visit by Dictator Bush last spring. The disorderly conduct charge against Joe Scott was dismissed after witnesses and a videotape contradicted police testimony about his actions.
'True dementia' the cause of 'Bushisms?' --Fred Smith, the founder of Federal Express and a Yale pal of both George W. Bush and John Kerry, says Bush is five times smarter than people think he is... So why does Bush sound stupid? One doctor thinks he shows signs of "presenile dementia," or an early onset of Alzheimer's disease. In a letter to be published in The Atlantic's October issue, Joseph Price, a self-described "country doctor" in Carsonville, Mich., calls presenile dementia "a fairly typical Alzheimer's situation that develops significantly earlier in life...President [sic] Bush's 'mangled' words are a demonstration of what physicians call 'confabulation' and are almost specific to the diagnosis of a true dementia."
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Court Rejects Electronic 'Voting' Lawsuit --The state's highest court on Tuesday rejected a demand that citizens who do not trust touch-screen 'voting' machines be given the option of using a paper ballot and that Maryland be required to take additional steps to protect the security of the Nov. 2 election.
Prominent Naderites Finally Get What We at the CLG Have Been Saying for Four Years, and What Radical Dems have been Saying for over Four Years. -- Nader 2000 Leaders Organize to Defeat Bush --"We, the undersigned, were selected by Ralph Nader to be members of his 113-person national 'Nader 2000 Citizens Committee.' This year, we urge support for Kerry/Edwards in all swing states, even while we strongly disagree with Kerry's policies on Iraq and other issues. For people seeking progressive social change in the United States, removing George W. Bush from office should be the top priority in the 2004 presidential election. Progressive votes for John Kerry in swing states may prove decisive in attaining this vital goal."
Judge Orders Nader Name Off Fla. Ballot --Ralph Nader is again off Florida's presidential ballot, at least for now. Circuit Judge P. Kevin Davey on Wednesday ordered that Nader's name be removed from the November ballot, finding that the Reform Party — which nominated Nader — isn't a legitimate party under state law.
CBS Guard Documents Traced to Tex. Kinko's --Records Reportedly Faxed From Abilene --Documents allegedly written by a deceased officer that raised questions about Dictator Bush's 'service' with the Texas Air National Guard bore markings showing they had been faxed to CBS News from a Kinko's copy shop in Abilene, Tex., according to another former Guard officer who was shown the records by the network.
Republican Lawmakers Ask CBS to Retract Bush Story --A group of 40 House Republican lawmakers asked CBS News to retract a story alleging that Dictator George W. Bush received preferential treatment while serving in the Texas Air National Guard.
Tom Delay: CBS memos may be 'criminal' --On Tuesday, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Terrorist-Texas, called on CBS News to say where it got the memos [alleging that George W. Bush received special treatment during his service in the Texas Air National Guard]. "I understand that people want to protect their sources [Oh, you mean like treasonous Robert Novak, who committed a felony by 'outing' CIA agent Valerie Plame?], but we're dealing with the alleged forgery of government documents to influence a presidential race during war," DeLay told reporters. "This isn't politics as usual. It's dangerous and possibly criminal." [Instead of CBS's memos, why don't you worry about the outing of Valerie Plame?] Time to read... Arming the Left: Is the time now? --by Charles Southwell
Former secretary says she didn't type memos --The former secretary for the Texas Air National Guard colonel who supposedly authored memos critical of Dictator Bush’s Guard service said Tuesday that the documents are fake, but that they reflect real documents that once existed.
Group offers $50,000 for proof of Bush service --The founder of the group Texans for Truth said Tuesday that he is offering $50,000 to anyone who can prove Dictator Bush fulfilled his service requirements, including required duties and drills, in the Alabama Air National Guard in 1972.
Democrat Kerry Slams Bush's 'Excuse Presidency' --Democratic candidate John Kerry unleashed a stinging indictment of Dictator Bush's economic stewardship on Wednesday and urged his Republican rival to take responsibility instead of playing the victim.
Kerry zooms in on Bush economic record --Democrat John Kerry, seeking to refocus his White House battle against George W. Bush, zeroed in on Bush's economic record he called a litany of fiscal failure and favoritism for the rich.
Bush Cuts Into Big Kerry Lead In New York, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Support For Bush, Iraq W-ar Improve Slightly --Dictator George W. Bush is getting a post-convention bounce in New York State and now trails Democratic challenger John Kerry by 47 - 41 percent among registered voters, with 4 percent for independent candidate Ralph Nader, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released September 15. With Nader out of the race, Sen. Kerry is ahead 49 - 42 percent.
Kerry Losing Lead Over Bush In Illinois --The presidential election is just 48 days away now, and according to an exclusive new poll of Illinois voters, George W. Bush and John Kerry could be in a virtual dead heat. The turn in this election tide could set up a political stunner.
Top Dem Rips Kerry Campaign --Longtime Democratic insider Tony Coelho lashed out at the John Kerry presidential campaign, characterizing it as a campaign in chaos. As Coelho and other detractors see it, there is a civil war within the Kerry campaign.
Edwards: No Military Draft if Dems Win --Vice presidential candidate John Edwards promised a West Virginia mother on Wednesday that if the Democratic ticket is elected in November the military draft would not be revived.
Heinz Kerry visits hurricane relief effort by U.S. Caribbeans --Teresa Heinz Kerry, encouraging volunteers as they busily packed supplies Wednesday for hurricane relief efforts in the Caribbean, said she was concerned the effort was too focused on sending clothes instead of essentials like water and electric generators. [What is GOP whore Laura Bush doing? Useless is as useless does.]
House votes to give itself pay raise --With little debate, House lawmakers on Tuesday included themselves as part of a pay raise that all federal employees will receive next year. The cost-of-living raise would be the sixth straight for members of the House and Senate, boosting the salaries of lawmakers, now $158,100, by about $4,000 in the new calendar year.
IRS warns churches: no politics allowed --The parking lot at First Baptist Church of College Hill was filling up when a worker began telling people to leave. The political forum at the historically black church would not be taking place, he said. At the last minute, it was being moved to a public library. Inside a cramped room, moderator Gerald White explained the switch. That afternoon, the pastor had received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service asking about political activity at the church, a stop for many Democrats running for office. The Rev. Abraham Brown didn't want to hold another political event when the IRS was asking questions, White said. Why had the IRS turned its attention to this fixture in Tampa's black community?
Half a Million Urge Bush, Congressional Leaders to Renew Assault Weapons Ban (Sept. 11, 2004) --Petitions, being delivered Friday, are another indication of strong support for renewal of the ban, as deadline approaches, momentum in favor of ban continues to build (PRNewswire) --Over 500,000 petitions are being delivered later today to Dictator George W. Bush, Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert and Majority Leader Bill Frist asking them to stop blocking renewal of the Assault Weapons Ban.
Drilling to oust wild horses --BLM says 30,000-acre grazing area in N.W. Colo. can't sustain 120-mustang herd Conservationists call the federal plan "shameful" and say it does not bode well for some of the country's other estimated 27,000 free-roaming mustangs. One of Colorado's five remaining herds of wild horses is slated to be rounded up and removed from a rugged area in northwest Colorado to make way for more oil and gas development. [Sign the petition, promoted by the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign --submitted by Katie Boggs]
Okla. Senate Candidate Is Accused of Fraud --One of the most competitive Senate races in the country turned nasty this week, as former GOP congressman and obstetrician Tom Coburn has had to respond to published reports that he committed Medicaid fraud 14 years ago.
Washington's Ex-Mayor Wins Primary for Council Seat --Marion Barry, the former mayor of Washington, D.C. who served prison time on a [set-up] drug charge more than a decade ago claimed the Democratic nomination for a City Council seat on Tuesday, a spot that almost assures him of victory in November's general election.
Hurricane Ivan Batters U.S. Gulf Coast; Millions Evacuate --Hurricane Ivan slammed into the U.S. Gulf Coast early today after about 2.3 million people in four southern states were asked to leave their homes.
Water Leak Closes I-93 Tunnel --Cause of Leak Unknown [Boston's 'construction' project called 'the Big Dig' that went billions of dollars over budget and years over deadline] --A portion of the I-93 tunnel was closed Wednesday afternoon because of a water leak. Authorities were forced to close two northbound right hand lanes of the new central artery tunnel after the water started pouring down the tunnel's walls around 1:45 p.m. The closure was soon reduced to one lane. "The tunnel boxes are made of slurry walls. These are 3-foot thick walls that are built up off invert slabs, which is the roadway surface. That total box is what forms our tunnel," Bechtel Construction Director Keith Sibley said.
1,000 Dead Americans; Please Tell Us For What (Niagara Falls Reporter) "They won't even tell you who it is. It might have been a kid from Texas or it might have been a kid from Virginia. They know, but they won't tell you. Whichever one it was, he was the one unlucky enough to be the 1000th American to die in Iraq... If you want to vote for George Bush, go ahead. ...But there are a lot of Americans getting shot to pieces in Iraq, fighting on behalf of a cabal of cowards who lied our country into the war. The same guys who dodged the draft in Vietnam now capriciously send our sons and daughters into harm's way. There's a word for guys like that, and it's not a word that's fit to be printed in a family newspaper." [a must read]
US War on Syria Excluded Under Resolution 1559 --The UN Security Council resolution 1559 could trigger "limited Israeli strikes" against Syria, but a US-led comprehensive war is excluded at this juncture, because such a move would "endanger the re-election [sic] chances" of Dictator George W. Bush, prominent Arab strategists and academics said yesterday.
Bush's 'progress' in 'Operation Iraqi Freedom:' 59 die in Iraq attacks --Iraq suffered new carnage today as a series of attacks on security forces and oil pipelines left 59 dead, injured more than 100, and left the entire country without electricity. At least 47 people died in a huge blast this morning at a crowded market near a police station on Haifa Street. Another 114 people were hurt when the car bomb exploded as dozens of Iraqis turned up to apply for police jobs. [Oops! I guess predatory capitalist/corpora-terrorist Halliburton can step right in and 'help' with more 'reconstruction' that it just created for itself.]
More Bush 'progress' in 'Operation Iraqi Freedom:' Northern pipeline blown up in Iraq --A multiple oil pipeline in northern Iraq has been blown up by saboteurs [<g>]. Aljazeera learnt oil pipelines in the Fatha area linking Biji and Kirkuk refineries to the Turkish Jihan oilfield came under attack on Tuesday.
20 Said Killed in U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq --U.S. warplanes unleashed devastating airstrikes in Baghdad on Monday. At least 20 people were killed and 29 wounded in the airstrike, said Dr. Ahmad Taher of the Fallujah General Hospital. Women and children were among the dead. One strike hit an ambulance as it sped away with wounded, a hospital official said.
Australian F.M.: 64 Australians Still Unaccounted For In Iraq --Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said Tuesday that 64 Australians were still unaccounted for in Iraq, amid claims that Iraqi militants have kidnapped two Australians and threatened to kill them.
Australia not to bow to terrorists: PM --Australian Prime Minister John Howard said on Tuesday that Australia will not make concessions with kidnappers of two Australians if the hostage-taking information is confirmed.
Iraq's occupiers accused of committing genocide --A top religious leader on Friday accused the US-led occupation forces of waging genocide in Iraq, after air and ground assaults on suspected militant bases in Tall Afar and Fallujah killed 57 people.
Commander disagreed with invasion --The outgoing commander of US Marines in Iraq said yesterday that he disagreed with the order that sent his troops to invade the restive city of Fallujah in early April and with the decision to halt the attack days later, when he believed they were within days of victory.
Is Iraq out of control? (BBC News) "A car bomb has exploded in the busy Haifa Street area of Baghdad in Iraq, killing 47 people and injuring more than 100... Violence across the country on Sunday has already left 70 dead and air strikes by US planes in Falluja on Monday killed 15 people. Now, with the insurgency spreading and intensifying, some are questioning whether it will be possible to hold elections in January. [Well, *we* wonder if we will have them *here* or will the Bush dictatorship postpone or cancel them?]
Blair refuses to apologise for Iraq war --PM given cool TUC reception despite praise for movement --Tony Blair yesterday admitted that Iraq may have distracted him from the government's domestic priorities but said an apology for the war would be "insincere and dishonest".
Agents knew case flimsy, Powell says --Doubts on Iraq kept from him, he testifies --Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said yesterday that at the time he made the case to the United Nations for the invasion of Iraq some US intelligence officials already knew many of the claims about weapons and terrorist ties were suspect, but they had not informed him or other senior policy makers about their doubts.
Powell Says It's Unlikely WMD Will Be Found In Iraq --Secretary of State Colin Powell, who made the case to the world that pre-war Iraq had stocks of chemical and biological weapons, said on Monday he now thought these will probably never be found. "I think it's unlikely that we will find any stockpiles," Powell told lawmakers when asked about the 'intelligence' behind his Feb. 5, 2003, U.N. Security Council speech laying out U.S. arguments for the war with Iraq that began six weeks later.
Powell Sees No 'Direct' Link Between Hussein, Sept. 11 --Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," said he had "seen nothing that makes a direct connection between Saddam Hussein and that awful regime and what happened on 9/11." Asked how he believes Sen. John F. Kerry would respond to a terrorist attack, Powell said, "I can't tell you how he might respond to it. As commander in chief, I think he'd respond to it in a robust way." [yes, unlike Dictator Bush, who read a children's book while his al CIA-duh carried out attacks against the U.S.]
US troops face new torture claims --Allegations that American soldiers routinely tortured and maltreated detainees have emerged from a third Iraqi city, renewing fears that abuse similar to that inflicted in Abu Ghraib jail in Baghdad has been systematic and widespread. American soldiers in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul beat and stripped detainees, threatened sexual abuse and forced them to listen to loud western music, according to statements seen by the Guardian.
Bush team 'knew of abuse' at Guantánamo --Evidence of prisoner abuse and possible war crimes at Guantánamo Bay reached the highest levels of the Bush regime as early as autumn 2002, but Donald Rumsfeld, the defence secretary, chose to do nothing about it, according to a new investigation published exclusively in the Guardian today. The investigation, by the veteran journalist Seymour Hersh, quotes one former marine at the camp recalling sessions in which guards would "fuck with [detainees] as much as we could" by inflicting pain on them. [Let the W-ar crimes and treason trials begin!!]
Convicted Marine gets clemency in abuse case --A Marine convicted of abusing an Iraqi prisoner was granted clemency last week and has returned to his base in North Carolina, according to his father.
Chilling warning on day of tears: 70,000 al-Qa'ida terrorists at large --More than 70,000 al-Qa'ida-trained terrorists remain at large around the world, a leading expert has warned, as ceremonies were held yesterday to commemorate the third anniversary of the 9/11 outrage.
The war on terror can't be won...now it is time to move on The greatest obstacle to reducing the global threat from terrorism is nothing short of the power of the neo-conservatives in the present US administration --by Richard Norton-Taylor "It is hard not to conclude that one of the greatest obstacles to the kind of better world [Tony] Blair says he wants -- one with less cause for terrorism, even if terrorists will always be around -- is the Bush administration, and notably the likes of Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. They have consistently dismissed British interests and embarrassed a prime minister who has attached himself so closely to the president [sic] with such little reward."
Holy hypocrisy, Batman! Robert Novak Believes in Revealing Confidential Sources, After All Syndicated columnist Robert Novak apparently believes that the principle of not revealing confidential sources is rather flexible. The man who has stood on this principle for months, in deflecting calls for him to identify who in the Bush regime "outed" CIA operative Valerie Plame, said this weekend on national television that CBS should release the name of its source for the documents at the center of the dispute over its recent program on Dictator Bush's National Guard service.
Test of Missile Defense System Delayed Again --The Pentagon's last hope of flight-testing critical new elements of an antimissile system, before activating the system this autumn, appeared to vanish yesterday with the disclosure that the next flight test has been postponed until late this year, well past the November election.
9/11 report 'deeply flawed' --The official September 11 commission report is deeply flawed because it fails to fix blame for US intelligence shortcomings, a group of former CIA and FBI officials said on Monday. The officials said there were "serious shortcomings" in the report made public in July.
Five 9/11 widows to endorse Kerry --Five outspoken Sept. 11 widows will publicly endorse John Kerry for president, The Associated Press has learned. "We will be speaking from the heart, and speaking from our conscience," Kristen Breitweiser, by far the most visible and outspoken of the Sept. 11 family advocates, said yesterday.
CLG Exclusive: "MG's most controversial article yet" Wheredy Go, II: As Nightfall Comes --by Michael Gilson-De Lemos, international Libertarian (This essay is a follow-up to Wheredy Go?, written March 21, 2001.) "Perhaps most emblematic: Ignored in much of the US Press is that Vatican officials--and the Vatican, for obvious reasons, enjoys first-rate military and diplomatic intelligence-- now say even the ailing Pope has become convinced it’s some sort of inside job--and refused any vocal overt support of the US. Considering that this is the Papacy that considered saying Hitler was a notable leader constituted a ringing condemnation, this is quite something... At this late date, at every major nexus of action, something is not right, disturbing questions leap to the fore--and things are missing."
Hundreds Sue Over WTC Health Effects --Hundreds of people who worked on the World Trade Center cleanup have filed a class-action lawsuit against the leaseholder of the towers and those who supervised the job, alleging they did little to protect workers from dust, asbestos and other toxins in the air.
Senate Democrats Suggest Nominee for CIA Chief Too Partisan --The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, expressed concern about comments Congressman Porter Goss [R -Florida] has made praising Dictator Bush and criticizing Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry...
Court: U.S. Must Make ID Argument Publicly --The federal government must argue its case in public against a privacy advocate who challenged a rule that requires people to show ID before boarding an airplane, an appeals court has ruled. The Justice Department has argued that national security requires directives dealing with transportation be kept secret, and it has refused to even confirm or deny the existence of such a rule.
Probe Eyes Faulty FBI Arrest of Lawyer --The Justice Department's watchdog office has opened an investigation into the arrest of an Oregon lawyer that was based on what turned out to be faulty FBI analysis of a fingerprint linked to the deadly terrorist attack in Spain last March.
Amnesty Condemns U.S. Use of Racial Profiling --Racial profiling by US law enforcement agencies has increased over the past three years and now affects one in nine Americans, the Amnesty International rights group said in a report released Monday.
Professor says Bush revealed National Guard favoritism --A business school professor who taught George W. Bush at Harvard University in the early 1970s says the future president [sic] told him that family friends had pulled strings to get him into the Texas Air National Guard.
Moulton woman says she lost job for sporting Kerry sticker on car (AL) Lynne Gobbell never imagined the cost of a John Kerry-John Edwards bumper sticker could run so high. Gobbell of Moulton didn't pay a cent for the sticker that she proudly displays on the rear windshield of her Chevrolet Lumina, but said it cost her job at a local factory after it angered her boss, Phil Gaddis. Gaddis, a Decatur bankruptcy attorney, owns Enviromate, a cellulose insulation company in Moulton. [A bankruptcy attorney? He must be a busy little bee, thanks to the Bush economy.]
House GOP Proposes to Repeal D.C. Gun Bans --Vote May Come as Bush, Kerry Debate Limits --A majority of the U.S. House of Representatives is supporting legislation that would repeal virtually all of the District's gun restrictions, targeting one of the nation's most stringent handgun bans while the presidential candidates are battling over gun limits.
Pension fund targeted by sickly airline --US Airways, trying to raise money and avoid liquidation, has asked a judge for permission to skip a big pension payment due this week. This is its first move since filing for protection against creditors over the weekend.
Blair to urge US to take tougher action on global warming --Tony Blair will today urge the United States to commit itself to a tougher action to combat global warming and promise that a list of green policies will be included in Labour's general election manifesto.
Junking Science (The New York Times) "The Bush administration has from time to time found it convenient to distort science to serve political ends. The result is a purposeful confusion of scientific protocols in which 'sound science' becomes whatever the administration says it is. In the short run, this is a tactic to override basic environmental protections in favor of industry. In the long run, it undermines the authority of science itself... This administration seems to make no accommodation for anything besides humans' economic desires. Any creature in the way may find itself legislated, litigated or regulated out of existence."
Dictator Bush's education policies are leaving *all* children behind: U.S. Falling Behind in Education --A growing number of nations are doing a better job than the United States in getting young people through high school and college, a study found.
Kerry Vows to Ease Seniors Health Costs --Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry promised a group of senior citizens Tuesday that he would ease the financial pinch caused by the escalating price of doctors, hospitals and medicine as it outpaces annual increases in Social Security benefits.
$3 Trillion Price Tag Left Out As Bush Details His Agenda --The expansive agenda Dictator Bush laid out at the Repugnant Nazi Carnival was missing a price tag, but regime figures show the total is likely to be well in excess of $3 trillion over a decade.
Bush-Kerry Race Tied As RNC Bounce Fades, New IBD Survey Shows --In IBD [Investor's Business Daily] /TIPP's first poll of likely voters, conducted Sept. 7-12, both men garnered 47% in a two-man race and 46% in a three-way race. In the latter scenario, independent Ralph Nader would take just 3% of the vote. Among registered voters, Kerry holds a two-point edge over Bush, with or without Nader, the poll found.
On the Voting Machine Makers' Tab (The New York Times) "What election officials do not mention, however, are the close ties they have to the voting machine industry. A disturbing number end up working for voting machine companies. When Bill Jones left office as California's secretary of state in 2003, he quickly became a consultant to Sequoia Voting Systems. His assistant secretary of state took a full-time job there. Former secretaries of state from Florida and Georgia have signed on as lobbyists for Election Systems and Software and Diebold Election Systems. The list goes on."
Florida OK's Nader's Name on Election Ballot --'Independent' presidential candidate Ralph Nader's name can appear on Florida ballots for the election, despite a court order to the contrary, Florida's elections chief told officials on Monday in a move that could help Dictator Bush in the key swing state.
Fla. high court to hear appeal of state putting Nader back on ballot -- 'Independent' presidential candidate Ralph Nader was back on Florida's ballot Monday as a candidate for the Reform Party, but his slot was shaky as the state Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments over whether he should stay.
'NY Times' Refuses To Let Michael Moore Reprint Article --In what book publishers call a rare event, The New York Times has denied permission to reprint one of its recent articles in the forthcoming Michael Moore book, "The Official 'Fahrenheit 9/11' Reader."
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PLAYGIRL Announces Winners of Sexiest Newscaster --Election Voters Jam Email 'Polls' -- The results are in and it's time to set the record straight. Of the 50,000 votes cast in the Playgirl's "Sexiest Newscaster" election, where readers were asked to vote online for their favorite national newsman -- the official winner is MSNBC's Keith Olbermann.
The coming conflagration in Iraq --Insurgents are slowly extending their control --by Ed Blanche "Iraqi insurgents are slowly but surely extending their control over key cities in the notorious 'Sunni Triangle' north and west of Baghdad, a creeping consolidation of their influence that bodes ill for the fumbling transitional government and the U.S. forces propping it up. Continued uprisings by Shiite irregulars of the Mehdi Army militia, led by cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, scion of a revered religious family, point to the possibility of Shiite militants seizing and holding other 'no-go zones' in southern Iraq, further undermining the putative central government in Baghdad."
Iraqis claim the capture of 16 foreign terrorist chiefs --The Iraqi interim government [U.S. puppet dictatorship in Iraq] last night claimed that 16 foreign 'terrorist leaders' [resistance fighters] had been captured in a massive operation in Baghdad which came after a day of violence which claimed at least 25 lives. Security appeared to spiral out of control in the Iraqi capital, with at least 104 people also reported to be wounded in explosions and barrages across the city.
Monday's violence in Iraq (thus far) --U.S. air strikes on Falluja kill 7 --U.S. forces have launched air strikes on the Iraqi town of Falluja, killing at least seven Iraqis, including women and children, a doctor says. Iyad Mohamed of Falluja Hospital said 10 other Iraqis had been injured in Monday's strikes on different parts of the town, just west of Baghdad.
Sunday's violence in Iraq: Over 100 killed across Iraq --At least 110 people were killed across Iraq in a sharp escalation of anti-US forces violence that saw gun battles, car bombs and bombardments. Crowd hit --A US helicopter opened fire on a crowd milling around an abandoned armoured vehicle, killing a television journalist reporting from the scene.
Turkey reacts with fury to massive US assault on northern Iraqi city --The US military assault on Tal Afar, an ethnically Turkmen city in northern Iraq, has provoked a furious reaction from the Turkish government which is demanding the US call off the attack.
Al Qaeda Ally Zarqawi Issues New Threat to Iraq PM --Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, an al Qaeda ally fighting the U.S.-backed Iraqi government, has issued a new threat against Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi in a purported taped message posted on the Internet.
MoD faces more than 40 cases of abuse and killings in Iraq --British lawyers are now taking court action over more than 40 cases of alleged abuses and killings by British troops in Iraq - including fresh claims that unarmed civilians were murdered, tortured or recklessly shot. [Hmmm... was that also part of 'Operation Iraqi Freedom?' Just curious.]
Iraqi 'ghost detainees' could number 100 Staff and agencies --September 10, 2004 --A US senate committee has been told that up to 100 "ghost detainees" could have been held at the notorious Abu Ghraib jail in Iraq because the CIA did not register all prisoners, it was reported today.
Kidnapped in Iraq? In a lawsuit that reads like a proposal for a Hollywood movie, Mobile businessman Robert Isakson, his brother Bud and 14-year-old son Bobby have accused a company led by an ex-CIA agent of kidnapping them at gunpoint and forcing them to flee "through the Sunni Triangle, the most dangerous area of Iraq ... without weapons, security or guards." The story told in the lawsuit puts the Mobile-based disaster services firm that Isakson co-owns, DRC Inc., in the middle of the action in Iraq and at the center of a web of intrigue that includes offshore companies, overbilling on a war contract and a much-reported incident involving a mysterious flight out of Baghdad by a Lebanese businessman toting some $12 million in new Iraqi money.
Is America safer? --Pulitzer Prize-winning author examines how U.S. got from 9/11 to the war in Iraq --It’s been three years since the Sept. 11 attacks, and Americans observed the anniversary with memorials, prayers and debate. Is the country any safer today from the threat of terrorism than it was then? Did Dictator Bush do the right thing in launching a war against Iraq, and was it worth the price? Author Seymour Hersh doesn't think so...
U.S. refuses to rule out Iran attack --The United States is determined to stop Iran getting atomic weapons, and has signalled Washington will not rule out an attack if peaceful diplomacy failed to achieve this.
Powell Says War Service Should Pertain to Everyone --Secretary of State Colin Powell refused to get into the debate over the Vietnam service of the U.S. presidential candidates on Sunday but said if the United States ever went back to mandatory enlistment, everybody should be "equally liable" for war service.
U.S. withholds blast data --The South Korean government used its own seismic monitors and air reconnaissance to detect the two explosions that occurred last week near North Korea's border with China, government officials said. The United States provided no information to South Korea on the blasts in Kimhyeongjik county, Yanggang province, they said.
Kerry Says Bush Has Ignored North Korean Threat --Senator John Kerry on Sunday accused the Bush administration of letting "a nuclear nightmare" develop by refusing to deal with North Korea when it first came to office.
30,000 protest U.S. chopper crash, demand return of Futemma base --About 30,000 people gathered in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, on Sunday to protest the recent crash of a U.S. military helicopter at a university there and demand that the nearby U.S. Marine Corps Futemma Air Station be closed and returned.
The service question --A review of Dictator Bush's Guard years raises issues about the time he served --A review of the regulations governing Bush's Guard service during the Vietnam War shows that the White House used an inappropriate--and less stringent--Air Force standard in determining that he had fulfilled his duty. Because Bush signed a six-year "military service obligation," he was required to attend at least 44 inactive-duty training drills each fiscal year beginning July 1. But Bush's own records show that he fell short of that requirement, attending only 36 drills in the 1972-73 period, and only 12 in the 1973-74 period. The White House has said that Bush's service should be calculated using 12-month periods beginning on his induction date in May 1968. Using this time frame, however, Bush still fails the Air Force obligation standard.
Questions remain on why Bush stopped flying --George Bush's military records, including personal flight logs just released by the Pentagon, paint a picture of a solid, if hardly outstanding, pilot who energetically performed his duties for much of a six-year stint with the Air National Guard. Then, in the spring of 1972, the picture changes...
Kerry critics draw crowd, ire during speech in S.F. Two leading critics of Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry's military service repeated their attacks while protesters picketed their presence. A few dozen protesters bore signs declaring "Unfit for Consumption -- Liar go home!" and "Swift Boat Lies for Bush" as the Kerry campaign recruited volunteers and registered voters. Former Deputy Assistant Navy Secretary Wade Sanders of San Diego, who commanded a swift boat alongside Kerry's and who now leads California Veterans for Kerry, called [Swift Boat Veterans for Truth [sic] co-founder] John O'Neill's claims "a pack of lies." "I would go into combat with John Kerry any time, any place -- I wouldn't follow George Bush into an ice cream parlor." O'Neill "needs to be confronted with the lies he's fomenting," Sanders said. He likened O'Neill and Karl Rove to Nazi propaganda master Joseph Goebbels, saying they "studied at that man's knee."
Kitty smells a rat at CNN [Just one??? Gee, there are a lot more than that over at CensoringNewsNetwork!] Scandal impresario Kitty Kelley is suggesting that CNN's Larry King won't let her on his show to promote her upcoming book, "The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty," because he's a toady of the Bush family. "I realize how important the Bushes are to Larry," Kelley E-mailed me. "He does not want to lose their friendship or offend them in any way. And having me on his show would probably anger the family, because they made their feelings clear from the beginning ... when the former President Bush called my publisher [Doubleday] and said he did not want this book written and would not cooperate in any way. So I certainly understand Larry's refusal to book me." [Finally, Larry King is revealed to be the spineless, Reichwing pea-brain that he is.]
Bush's judges most conservative on record --A study of thousands of federal court cases has found that judges appointed by Dictator George W. Bush are the most conservative on record in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties. The study's authors say the re-selection of Bush would give US courts a strong rightward tilt that could last for years.
Election puts new focus on pharmaceutical stocks --As the presidential election draws near, many on Wall Street are growing nervous about the potential effect of Democratic candidate John Kerry's platform on prescription drugs, and how it might reduce the earnings of the companies that produce them.
Bush Environment Record an Issue in Nev. --For environmentalists hoping to turn anger at Dictator Bush into electoral votes for John Kerry, the biggest and perhaps only field of dreams is a nuclear waste dump site in Nevada. Nevada, where Bush wants to entomb a half-century's waste from atomic power plants, is the only state where an environmental issue can realistically swing the outcome, according to environmental leaders and political analysts. [Why doesn't Bush entomb the waste in the White House or Dick Cheney's bunker, since he believes it's safe?]
Edwards Says Bush Lead in Polls Is Temporary --Senator John Edwards insisted Sunday that Dictator Bush's popularity in recent polls was only temporary, and that by Election Day he and Senator John Kerry would draw sharp contrasts with the administration that would win over American voters.
A vote of confidence for felons --Group works to remind former inmates of their franchise rights - and nudges them to sign up --"Not only don't people who've been convicted of felonies know they have the right to vote, the average citizen doesn't know," said Dorsey Nunn, co-founder of All of Us or None. The San Francisco-based group works to restore the rights of ex-convicts, including getting the word out that felons are free to vote once they're off parole.
US Airways Files for Bankruptcy Protection --US Airways Group Inc., the nation's seventh largest airline, filed for bankruptcy protection Sunday for the second time in two years.
Oxford bid to stop activists --Oxford University has applied to the High Court for an injunction to protect staff and students against possible intimidation or acts of violence by animal rights activists.
Colin Powell in four-letter neo-con 'crazies' row --A furious row has broken out over claims in a new book by BBC broadcaster James Naughtie that US Secretary of State Colin Powell described neo-conservatives in the Bush regime as 'fucking crazies' during the build-up to war in Iraq. Powell's extraordinary outburst is alleged to have taken place during a telephone conversation with Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. The 'crazies' are said to be Vice-President [sic] Dick Cheney, Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his deputy, Paul Wolfowitz.
Book says Bush officials warned of prison abuse --Senior military and national security officials in the Bush dictatorship were repeatedly warned by subordinates in 2002 and 2003 that prisoners in military custody were being abused, according to a new book by a prominent journalist.
Military Loses [sic] Key Evidence in Iraqi Death: The military has lost [read: thrown away] key evidence in its investigation into the death of an Iraqi man beaten by Marine prison guards, throwing into doubt the status of a court-martial of one of the guards.
US soldier jailed for abusing prisoners --The first member of US military intelligence to be tried for abusing naked Iraqis in Abu Ghraib prison was sentenced today to eight months in prison, as American troops in Iraq marked the third anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
Car bomb explosion at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison --A car bomb has exploded outside Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad, wounding at least three people, the Iraqi Health Ministry said. The blast occurred on Sunday morning. [Many people would celebrate the destruction of the U.S. Abu Ghraib torture chamber.]
Explosions Rock Baghdad Near U.S. Offices --Strong explosions shook central Baghdad early Sunday, and fighting erupted on a major street in the heart of the city near the U.S.-guarded Green Zone. Rocket and mortar fire erupted about 5:30 a.m. and continued into the morning. Several rounds landed in the Green Zone, raising clouds of black smoke and triggering warning sirens.
US fires missiles into central Baghdad --US helicopters have struck in central Baghdad, killing at least four Iraqis. Aljazeera has learnt that the helicopters fired several missiles into a busy Haifa Street in western Baghdad.
Heavy fighting in central Baghdad --US helicopters fired off missiles and insurgents danced around a burning tank as the US military and gunmen battled for nearly three hours in central Baghdad. At least five corpses lay in the street, an AFP reporter witnessed.
Explosion in Iraq Kills 1, Injures 2 --An explosion occurred Saturday outside a former Saddam Hussein-era palace that houses a U.S. consular office and a British base, killing at least one person and wounding two others, police and witnesses said.
U.S. Strikes Targets In Al-Fallujah: 10 September 2004 -- A U.S. jet fired missiles at an insurgent stronghold in Al-Fallujah today, the fourth straight day of attacks in the Sunni city west of Baghdad.
Photos of 1,000 dead U.S. soldiers laid out in NYC --Photos of more than 1,000 U.S. soldiers who died in Afghanistan and Iraq were laid out in Union Square Park in New York Friday in a display intended to put faces of the fallen before the public.
Iraq role may have made us a terror target: Australian minister --A top minister said that Australia's military involvement in Iraq may have helped make it a terrorist target, three days after a deadly bombing at its Jakarta embassy.
CIA firebrand slams Bush's war on terror --Reviewed by Andrew Lynch Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror, by Anonymous. Brassey's, €27.35. "Imperial Hubris is a breathtakingly angry piece of work. Written in dramatic, forceful prose, it sets out to challenge just about every piece of conventional wisdom on the war that [Michael] Scheuer is convinced the West is losing. His central argument is that the standard political explanation for why the terrorists have it in for America - 'because they hate freedom' - is hogwash. The reality, he insists, is that the terrorists have taken up arms only because of specific US policies in the Middle East - support for Israel, cosy relationships with corrupt regimes and the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq."
US.-led forces launched offensives in three Iraqi rebel strongholds on Thursday on a day Osama bin Laden's deputy ridiculed the U.S. military, saying their defeat in Iraq was just a matter of time.
North Korea cloud 'not nuke blast' --A large cloud that appeared over North Korea in satellite images several days ago was not the result of a nuclear explosion, according to a U.S. official. South Korea's Yonhap news agency is reporting a huge explosion shook North Korea's northernmost province on Thursday producing a mushroom cloud over two miles (4 km) wide. The U.S. official said the cloud could be the result of a forest fire. [ROFL, if it wasn't so pathetic... You see, it *can't* be a nuclear blast, or the Bush pea-brains and nutballs will have to explain why we invaded Iraq but the *real* threat was North Korea! OK, discussion over. Karl Rove wants us talking about the Laci Peterson trial this week.]
Report: Mushroom Cloud Seen After N.Korea Explosion --A mushroom cloud up to 2.5 miles in diameter was seen after an explosion in a remote area of North Korea near the border with China, Yonhap news agency reported on Sunday, quoting sources in Beijing.
Big Blast, Mushroom Cloud Reported in N.Korea --A huge explosion rocked North Korea near the border with China three days ago, producing a mushroom cloud that sparked speculation Pyongyang might have tested an atomic weapon, Yonhap news agency reported on Sunday.
GOP politicizes 9/11 for its gain, McKinney says --Former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney accused Republicans on Thursday of exploiting the memory of Sept. 11, 2001, for political gain and repeated her implication that truths about the attacks remain untold.
CLG 9/11 Exposition Zone --On the third anniversary of the Bush bin Laden terrorist attacks, CLG's 9-11 webpage explores the myriad of lies and oddities associated with the Neocons' new 'Pearl Harbor.' Petition to Senate to Investigate Oddities of 9/11 (25,550 signatures to date)
Asleep at the Wheel --by Bill Moyers, NOW with Bill Moyers: It has taken three years for the details of the terrorist plot of 9/11 to emerge. The fateful turns that led to the attacks have finally entered the public discourse. Their lessons, however, have yet to be learned. The first lesson is that the highest officials in government did not want us to know the truth.
Official: Bin Laden Issues Attack Orders --Three years after the Sept. 11 'suicide hijackings,' the military does not have a fix on the whereabouts of Osama Bush bin Laden and his top deputy, but they are believed to still be issuing the orders for al-CIA-duh attacks, a top American commander told The Associated Press on Saturday. [Will the Bush bin Laden attack take place just in time for the U.S. presidential elections, so that Dictator Bush can cancel or postpone them?]
Whackjob Bush using sex card instead of WMD card: Bush Orders Sanctions Against Venezuela --Dictator Bush on Friday ordered a partial cut in U.S. assistance to Venezuela because of its alleged role in the 'international trafficking of women and children for sexual exploitation.'
Gaps in Service Continue to Dog Bush --Dictator Bush's military records, including personal flight logs just released by the Pentagon, paint a picture of a solid, if hardly outstanding, pilot who energetically performed his duties for much of a six-year stint with the Air National Guard. Then, in the spring of 1972, the picture changes.
Rather Defends CBS Over Memos on Bush --Dan Rather vigorously defended his "60 Minutes" story on Dictator Bush's National Guard service yesterday, saying the 30-year-old memos he disclosed on the show this week "were and remain authentic," despite questions raised by some handwriting and document experts.
Authenticity backed on Bush documents --After CBS News on Wednesday trumpeted newly discovered documents that referred to a 1973 effort to ''sugar coat" George W. Bush's service record in the Texas Air National Guard, the network almost immediately faced charges that the documents were forgeries, with typography that was not available on typewriters used at that time. But specialists interviewed by the Globe and some other news organizations say the specialized characters used in the documents, and the type format, were common to electric typewriters in wide use in the early 1970s, when Bush was a first lieutenant.
CBS Stands By Bush-Guard Memos (CBS/AP) Questions have been raised [by Rove's Nazi Rats For Spewing Nefarious Falsities] about the authenticity of newly unearthed memos acquired by CBS News that say President [sic] Bush's National Guard commander believed Mr. Bush was shirking his duties. The network is defending the authenticity of the memos, which were obtained by CBS News' "60 Minutes," saying experts who examined the memos concluded they were authentic documents produced by Mr. Bush's former commander, Lt. Col. Jerry Killian. [You go, "60 Minutes!" Stand up to Rove's Nazi Rats For Spewing Nefarious Falsities!]
Two Anti-Kerry Vets Serve on VA Panel WASHINGTON --Two former Vietnam prisoners of war who appear in ads attacking Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry were appointed by the Bush regime to a panel advising the Department of Veterans Affairs. [And they claim that the Bush campaign isn't 'coordinating' with the Swift Boat Lying Rats for Rove? Bush is giving them jobs in exchange for their scandalous statements!]
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