September 2005 Archives, Page Two
"The FEMA director is doing a heckova job." --George W. What-the-f*ck-planet-are-you-on, speaking in Mobile, AL
"Take whatever idiot they have at the top of whatever agency and give me a better idiot. Give me a caring idiot. Give me a sensitive idiot. Just don't give me the same idiot." Aaron Broussard, President, Jefferson Parish 06 Sep 2005
Guantánamo inmate says US told him to spy on al-Jazeera 26 Sep 2005 The US military told an al-Jazeera cameraman being held at Guantánamo Bay that he would be released as long as he agreed to spy on journalists at the Arabic news channel, according to documents seen by the Guardian.
Australian held in Guantanomo seeks UK passport 26 Sep 2005 An Australian man held at Guantanamo Bay for three-and-a-half years has applied for a British passport in the hope that it could secure his release from the U.S. prison for foreign terrorism suspects.
Hicks's British application could take 12 months 26 Sep 2005 Australian terror suspect David Hicks could wait 12 months or more to see whether Britain is willing to grant him citizenship.
Labor propose lock down powers 26 Sep 2005 Labor (AU) has proposed unprecedented anti[pro]-terrorism laws which would allow police to lock down entire neighbourhoods and stop and search anyone without a warrant.
Anti-terror laws 'single out' Muslims 26 Sep 2005 Hundreds of Muslims and civil libertarians gathered in Sydney yesterday to call for an end to the Government's grab for greater anti[pro]-terrorism powers. They accused Mr Howard of taking Australia down the path of a police state and treating Muslims differently to the rest of the community.
Bush urges larger role for military 26 Sep 2005 Dictator George W. Bush yesterday called on Congress to consider giving the U.S. military a leading role in recovery efforts in a catastrophic natural disaster or terrorist attack, a break with precedent sure to spark controversy.
"It was like a concentration camp." A night in New Orleans jail turns into month of misery for 2 Ohio men 26 Sep 2005 ...In a letter to his father, Gerald, Robie Waganfeald recalled arriving at the overpass at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, where thousands of other prisoners were being guarded by National Guard troops. "I sat in the sun from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. -- 10 hours -- [with] no water and with National Guardsmen threatening to shoot people," he wrote. "Some [prisoners] got hit with rubber bullets, others with pepper spray. It was the most humiliating, unjustifiable thing I've ever seen."
Chavez nails US again [*Awesome!!*] 25 Sep 2005 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez suggested on Sunday that chickens in Cuba get better treatment from authorities than black residents of the hurricane-ravaged US city of New Orleans. "In Cuba, when they know a hurricane is coming, chickens, hens and people are all evacuated," Chavez said in an interview with The Washington Post and Newsweek magazine.
How Many More Mike Browns Are Out There? A TIME inquiry finds that at top positions in some vital government agencies, the Bush Administration is putting connections before experience 25 Sep 2005 "The Brown debacle has raised pointed questions about whether political connections, not qualifications, have helped an unusually high number of Bush appointees land vitally important jobs in the Federal Government."
Homeland Security Meeting In Colorodo Springs --Homeland Security Experts and Policy Makers to Meet October 24th 25 Sep 2005 It's being billed as an unprecedented meeting. Homeland Security experts and policy makers are preparing to meet in Colorado Springs next month, starting the 24th.
Navy branch contracted planes used in alleged kidnappings 25 Sep 2005 A branch of the U.S. Navy secretly contracted a 33-plane fleet that included two Gulfstream jets reportedly used to fly terror suspects to countries known to practice torture, documents show.
Abuse [torture] of Iraqi prisoners 'was sport' 25 Sep 2005 Soldiers in the Army's elite 82nd Airborne Division vented their frustration by systematically torturing Iraqi detainees from 2003 into 2004, hitting them with baseball bats and dousing them with chemicals, a U.S. rights group alleges in a new report... "Smoking" prisoners meant physically abusing them until they lost consciousness. But the motive was not always to gain intelligence, one sergeant was quoted as saying. "Everyone in camp knew if you wanted to work out your frustration, you show up at the PUC tent. In a way it was sport," he reportedly said. ['Gaining intelligence' was the Reichwing's last justification for torture. Recall, in numerous debates on abuse at Abu Ghraib, Mann Coulter, et al., would use the same scenario, over and over again: 'Let's say you have a member of Al Qaeda who is about to detonate a dirty bomb in Manhattan. Wouldn't you use torture, to get him to tell you where the bomb was?' Firstly, the only Al CIAduh member who would detonate a dirty bomb in Manhattan, is George W. Bush. Secondly, even if that scenario were to arise, ONE 'off-the-record' severe interrogation is DIFFERENT than implementing torture-as-policy by the US government.]
Soldiers wage secret war at Iraq border 25 Sep 2005 Two British soldiers arrested by Iraqi police were engaged in a secret war against [for] weapons smugglers on the Iraqi border, the Sunday Times of London reported.
Blair denies Iraq pull-out date 25 Sep 2005 Prime Minister Tony Blair has denied reports that British soldiers will start withdrawing from Iraq next May. Any exit strategy "depends on the job being done", he told BBC's Sunday AM. [Right, and there are still a few Iraqis who have not yet been bombed or tortured by Occupation forces, so I guess the 'job is not done.']
Britain refuses apology and compensation for Iraqis caught up in Basra riots --Judge's arrest warrant for soldiers still in force --Local authorities suspend cooperation with British 26 Sep 2005 British officials in Iraq have ruled out an apology for the mission to rescue two undercover soldiers from a Basra police station last week, saying police in Iraq's second city had disobeyed orders from their bosses in Baghdad.
Basra warrant for two UK soldiers 25 Sep 2005 Basra judge has issued an arrest warrant for two British soldiers after an Iraqi civilian was reportedly killed and a police officer injured. The two servicemen - believed to be undercover SAS officers - were detained after a confrontation on Monday, 19 September.
Bomb hits oil ministry in Baghdad 26 Sep 2005 A suicide car bomber has killed at least six people and wounded 13 outside the oil ministry in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, police sources say. The bomber rammed a private bus apparently carrying police officers as people were turning up for work at the complex housing the ministry.
27 killed in Iraq, 62 wounded 26 Sep 2005 A suicide car bomber attacked an elite Iraqi police unit in Baghdad, killing 13 commandos in the worst of several violent outbursts to hit the country on Sunday.
5 Die in Afghanistan as Copter Crashes 26 Sep 2005 Five American soldiers were killed Sunday when their Chinook military helicopter crashed in the mountains of southern Afghanistan, the United States military said.
Journalist Wounded In Car Bomb 25 Sep 2005 A prominent Lebanese journalist working for a leading anti-Syrian television station was seriously wounded Sunday when a bomb placed under her car exploded, the latest in a string of bombings in the country.
Another death in Mosul brings number of journalists killed since 2003 to 72 22 Sep 2005 The death of a journalist with Iraqi radio station Radio Nineveh at the hands of gunmen in Mosul (390 km north of Baghdad) late on 21 September brings the number of journalists and media assistants killed since the start of the war in Iraq to 72, Reporters Without Borders said today.
300,000 protest against Iraq war 26 Sep 2005 More than 100,000 protesters in Washington and thousands in London yesterday demonstrated against the US-led war in Iraq.
March on Washington D.C. 24 September 2005 (Photos) By Joe Citizen
Aid to Iraq Ministries to Shift to Pentagon 26 Sep 2005 The U.S. military plans to take over responsibility from the State Department for providing assistance to Iraq's Defense and Interior ministries, following a determination that greater resources and technical expertise are needed.
Bush plea for cash to rebuild Iraq raises $600 25 Sep 2005 An extraordinary appeal to Americans from the Bush administration for money to help pay for the reconstruction of Iraq has raised only $600 (£337), The Observer has learnt. [LOL!] Yet since the appeal was launched earlier this month, donations to rebuild New Orleans have attracted hundreds of millions of dollars.
School board in court over attempt to sideline Darwin's theory 26 Sep 2005 In what is being described as the most important legal battle involving creation and evolution in the last 18 years, a Pennsylvania court will hear opening arguments today on a school board's attempt to include an alternative to Darwin's theory in the curriculum.
Many Contracts for Storm Work Raise Questions 26 Sep 2005 Topping the federal government's list of costs related to Hurricane Katrina is the $568 million in contracts for debris removal landed by a Florida company with ties to Mississippi's Republican governor... Already, questions have been raised about the political connections of two major contractors - the Shaw Group and Kellogg, Brown & Root, a subsidiary of Halliburton - that have been represented by the lobbyist Joe M. Allbaugh, pResident Bush's former campaign manager and a former leader of FEMA.
The Scrutinizer Finds Himself Under Scrutiny 25 Sep 2005 Accusations surround Joseph E. Schmitz, who took over as the Pentagon's inspector general in 2002... Schmitz slowed or blocked investigations of senior Bush administration officials, spent taxpayer money on pet projects and accepted gifts that may have violated ethics guidelines... Schmitz, who resigned on Sept. 10 to take a job with the parent company of defense contractor Blackwater USA, is now the target of a congressional inquiry and a review by the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency, the oversight body responsible for investigating inspectors general, according to the documents and interviews.
Group Lists 13 'Most Corrupt' in Congress 25 Sep 2005 A watchdog group, naming what it calls "the 13 most corrupt members of Congress," is calling for ethics investigations of some of the most prominent leaders on Capitol Hill in a report to be released Monday. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington says in its report that the 13 members, among them Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), might have violated a variety of congressional ethics rules.
Fifth Indonesian dies of bird flu - hospital official 26 Sep 2005 A fifth Indonesian has died of bird flu, a hospital official said, one week after the country declared it was facing an 'extraordinary' outbreak of the virus.
'Bush a greater threat than bin Laden' 25 Sep 2005 Large majorities in Arab countries view the US pResident George W Bush as a greater threat than the Al Qaeda supremo Osama Bin Laden, a media report said on Saturday. "The Advisory Committee on Cultural Diplomacy" under the US State Department cited a poll that found that large majorities in Egypt, Morocco and Saudi Arabia view Bush as a greater threat to the world order than Osama bin Laden. [I think those poll results may ring true outside of Arab nations, as well.]
US army plans to bulk-buy anthrax 24 Sep 2005 The US military wants to buy large quantities of anthrax, in a controversial move that is likely to raise questions over its commitment to treaties designed to limit the spread of biological weapons.
US forced to import bullets from Israel as troops use 250,000 for every rebel killed 25 Sep 2005 US forces have fired so many bullets in Iraq and Afghanistan - an estimated 250,000 for every resistance fighter killed - that American ammunition-makers cannot keep up with demand. As a result the US is having to import supplies from Israel.
Bill Would Permit DNA Collection From All Those Arrested 24 Sep 2005 Suspects arrested or detained by federal authorities could be forced to provide samples of their DNA that would be recorded in a central database under a provision of a Senate bill to expand government collection of personal data.
Goss Plans To Expand CIA Spying And Analysis 23 Sep 2005 Facing criticism both inside his agency and from Capitol Hill for a lack of vision and leadership, CIA Director Porter J. Goss yesterday outlined his plans for expanding CIA's spying and analytical operations overseas while cutting back on the bureaucracy at headquarters.
Navy Secretly Contracted Jets Used by CIA 24 Sep 2005 A branch of the U.S. Navy secretly contracted a 33-plane fleet that included two Gulfstream jets reportedly used to fly terror suspects to countries known to practice torture, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. While the Gulfstreams came under scrutiny in 2001, what hasn't been disclosed is the Navy's role in contracting planes involved in operations the CIA terms "rendition" and what Italian prosecutors call kidnapping.
More Iraqis Tortured, Officer Says --The 82nd Airborne is accused of abuses in 2003 and early 2004. A criminal inquiry begins. 24 Sep 2005 An Army captain and two sergeants from the 82nd Airborne Division who were responsible for supervising prisoners in Iraq have come forward with allegations that members of the unit routinely beat, tortured and abused detainees in 2003 and early 2004.
Britain to pull troops from Iraq as Blair says 'don't force me out' --Defence Secretary confident withdrawal will start in May --Plan follows pressure for exit strategy 25 Sep 2005 British troops will start a major withdrawal from Iraq next May under detailed plans on military disengagement to be published next month, The Observer can reveal. The document being drawn up by the British government and the US will be presented to the Iraqi parliament in October and will spark fresh controversy over how long British troops will stay in the country.
Scrap Basra police and start again orders MoD 25 Sep 2005 Defence Secretary John Reid is planning to scrap the 25,000-strong police force in southern Iraq and replace it with a new military-style unit capable of maintaining law and order.
So what were two undercover British soldiers up to in Basra? 25 Sep 2005 An Iraqi judge yesterday issued arrest warrants for two British soldiers, presumed to be SAS men, whose detention by Iraqi police and subsequent rescue by British forces in Basra last week has thrown an unprecedented spotlight on Britain's role in Iraq.
Iraqi judge seeks arrest of British soldiers 24 Sep 2005 An Iraqi judge has issued arrest warrants for two British soldiers accused of killing a policeman in Basra, an Iraqi lawyer said on Saturday.
'US-Iraqi attacks on rebel towns are genocide' 24 Sep 2005 Military operations to purge Iraqi cities of insurgents, who come primarily from the Sunni Arab community, amount to genocide, according to press reports on Saturday of a Sunni meeting in Jordan. "The Sunnis are the target of a campaign of genocide," Saleh Al Mutlaq, a leader of the Council for National Dialogue, was quoted as saying.
Soldier's chilling testimony fuels demonstrations against Iraq war 24 Sep 2005 A former American soldier who served in Iraq and filed for conscientious objector status has given an extraordinary insight into the war's dehumanising effects an insight that helps explain why the British and American public has turned sharply against the occupation.
'You can't wash your hands when they're covered in blood' By Hart Viges 24 Sep 2005 "As we drove into Samawa to secure their supplies my mortar platoon dropped numerous rounds on this town. I watched Kiowa attack helicopters fire Hellfire missile after Hellfire missile. I saw a C130 Spectre gunship ... it will level a town... I don't know how many innocents I killed with my mortar rounds."
Antiwar Fervor Fills the Streets --Demonstration Is Largest in Capital Since U.S. Military Invaded Iraq 25 Sep 2005 Tens of thousands of people packed downtown Washington yesterday and marched past the White House in the largest show of antiwar sentiment in the nation's capital since the conflict in Iraq began.
Thousands stage anti-war protest 24 Sep 2005 The march began near Parliament Several thousand protesters have taken part in a demonstration in central London against the conflict in Iraq.
Anti-War Protesters March in D.C., London 24 Sep 2005 Opponents of the war in Iraq rallied by the thousands Saturday to demand the return of U.S. troops, staging a day of protest, song [?!?] and remembrance of the dead in marches through Washington and other cities in the U.S. and Europe. [A good exercise in solidarity, but until the left becomes militant, nothing will happen.]
Slide-show 24 Sep 2005 Anti-war demonstration in Washington (Reuters)
3 U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq as fighting surges 24 Sep 2005 Heavy fighting surged yesterday in the Euphrates River city of Ramadi, police and hospital officials said, and the U.S. military reported the deaths of three more soldiers around the resistance stronghold, scene of several American deaths this month.
Opt-out choice goes to students 24 Sep 2005 Seattle high-school students under age 18 can refuse to have their name, address and other information released to military recruiters, contrary to earlier instructions saying they needed a parent's signature.
Bill O'Reilly vs. Phil Donahue (foxnews) Partial transcript from "The O'Reilly Factor," 23 Sep 2005 "DONAHUE: [the war in Iraq was...] poorly executed, but Bill O'Reilly wants to send more kids to fight and die. We've already had almost 2,000. Just let me have the last word. In the last year, two things have doubled. The number of dead American troops in Iraq have doubled, from over 1,000 to almost 2,000. You know what else doubled, Billy? The price of Halliburton's stock."
Iran accuses UK of 'colonialism' over nuke row 24 Sep 2005 Iran on Saturday accused Britain of acting like a "19th century colonial" power in pushing for the Islamic republic to be referred to the UN Security Council over its nuclear programme.
BBC refuses to hand over videotapes --Met demands to see full interviews with radical Muslim preachers 25 Sep 3005 The BBC was facing a clash with the Metropolitan Police last night after refusing to hand over videotapes to prosecutors investigating two Muslim clerics suspected of 'inciting violence.'
Woman held in probe into Tube shooting leak 25 Sep 2005 A woman has been arrested in connection with the leak of documents from the investigation into the death of Jean-Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian electrician wrongly shot by police as a terrorist suspect after the London bombings in July.
Bush Waives Saudi Sex Trade, Slavery Sanctions 21 Sep 2005 Dictator Bush decided Wednesday to waive any financial sanctions on Saudi Arabia, Washington's closest Arab ally in the war on [of] terrorism, for failing to do enough to stop the modern-day slave trade in prostitutes, child sex workers and forced laborers. [Guess where all those missing (poor) children from Hurricane Katrina went? Since the Bush body count in New Orleans is suppressed (as in Iraq), we'll never know.]
Cheney surgery for aneurysms successful 24 Sep 2005 Vice pResident Dick Cheney underwent successful surgery to treat aneurysms behind both knees on Saturday and was "awake, alert and comfortable," his office said.
Bill Frist now facing two investigations --Senate Majority Leader allegedly disobeyed blind trust rules 24 Sep 2005 A possible presidential contender in 2008, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) now faces dual investigations by the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York and the Securities and Exchange Commission into his stock sales.
Health Emergency Declared for Texas, La. 24 Sep 2005 The Pentagon said it was sending five mortuary teams into Texas early Saturday as Hurricane Rita's heavy rain and high winds pounded the Gulf Coast. The morticians were being redirected from New Orleans, according to the U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Ga. Schools to Close Two Days to Save Gas 24 Sep 2005 Most of Georgia's public schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday, taking two "early snow days," in an effort to conserve fuel in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Court case may determine how evolution is taught in US 23 Sep 2005 A landmark legal trial begins on Monday that could determine how the theory of evolution - one of the basic tenets of modern science - is taught in US schools.
Major US science group opposes "intelligent design" doctrine 24 Sep 2005 The largest US science society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), urged a Pennsylvania federal court Friday to prohibit an anti-evolution doctrine known as "intelligent design" in biology classrooms.
No Arctic oil drilling? How about selling parks? 24 Sep 2005 House Resources chairman Richard Pombo (R-Nutball-CA) is circulating a draft of a bill that would sell 15 national parks and require the National Park Service to raise millions of dollars by selling the naming rights to visitors' centers and trails.
Blair is accused of Kyoto U-turn --PM moves closer to Bush's 'solutions' 25 Sep 2005 Tony Blair was accused last night of backing down on the Kyoto agreement to tackle climate change after he confessed to 'changing my thinking about this'.
New Accounts of Torture by U.S. Troops 23 Sep 2005 U.S. Army troops subjected Iraqi detainees to severe beatings and other torture at a base in central Iraq from 2003 through 2004, often under orders or with the approval of superior officers, according to accounts from soldiers released by Human Rights Watch today.
3 in 82nd Airborne Say Beating Iraqi Prisoners Was Routine 24 Sep 2005 Three former members of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division say members of their battalion in Iraq routinely beat and abused prisoners in 2003 and 2004 to help gather intelligence on the insurgency and to amuse themselves.
Rita Starts Slamming U.S. Coast Along Texas-Louisiana Border 24 Sep 2005 Hurricane Rita will slam into the U.S. Gulf Coast at the Texas and Louisiana border early today, bringing with it as much as 20 inches of rain and 20 feet of storm-surge flooding.
Holy convenience, Batman!! Gee, it looks like Halliburton and Bechtel will be getting more billion-dollar contracts in order to "rebuild" the New Orleans levees that they just "repaired!" Patched levees breached 24 Sep 2005 Water began pouring over a patched levee in New Orleans yesterday, heightening fears that a storm surge caused by Hurricane Rita could send floodwater back into wide sections of the city. [What and whom did the taxpayers pay for this alleged "patching?"]
Water Pours Over Levee, Flooding Dozens of Blocks in New Orleans 23 Sep 2005 Rain from Hurricane Rita sent water running over the top of a patched levee into one of the hardest-hit neighborhoods of the city this morning, quickly submerging cars and flooding empty homes wrested from their foundations.
New Orleans's sea defences give way 23 Sep 2005 Hurricane Rita roared toward the Texas and Louisiana coast... In rainy New Orleans, water poured over a patched levee, gushing into one of the city's lowest-lying neighbourhoods - the hard-hit and largely empty Ninth Ward - and heightening fears that Rita would flood the devastated city all over again.
Democrats criticize accounting of Katrina money 23 Sep 2005 The Bush administration has failed to provide enough details on how billions of dollars in emergency funds for Gulf Coast states hit by Hurricane Katrina were being spent, a senior Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Friday.
This is turning into the ethnic cleansing of New Orleans --There is empty housing for the tens of thousands made homeless by Katrina - but the white elite have other plans By Naomi Klein 24 Sep 2005 Equally interesting will be the response from the Bush administration, especially its ideological obsession with building a radically privatised 'ownership society'. ...[W]ith emergency relief provided by the Red Cross and Wal-Mart, and reconstruction contracts handed to Bechtel and Halliburton - the same group that has been paid billions while failing to bring Iraq's services up to prewar levels."
Bus Carrying Elderly Storm Evacuees Explodes Near Dallas 23 Sep 2005 A bus carrying elderly evacuees from an assisted living center in Houston was rocked by multiple explosions on its way to Dallas early this morning, killing at least 24 elderly residents.
Federal Judge Halts New Orleans Gun Seizures U.S. Newswire 23 Sep 2005 "The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana this afternoon issued a temporary restraining order on behalf of the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and National Rifle Association (NRA), bringing an end to firearm seizures from citizens living in and around New Orleans."
Thousands expected at anti-war demo 24 Sep 2005 Tens of thousands of people are expected to join another anti-war demonstration in London, sending a message to the Government on the eve of the Labour Party conference that British troops should be pulled out of Iraq.
Soldier's mother joins US rally --A mother whose 19-year-old son was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq is to join US anti-war campaigners on a march and rally in Washington DC. 23 Sep 2005 Rose Gentle, from Glasgow, will join Cindy Sheehan, who sparked anti-war vigils across the US last month.
Ex-Blair envoy gives Iraq warning 23 Sep 2005 The UK and US may have to abandon Iraq if central government breaks down and the country is engulfed by chaos, Tony Blair's former special envoy has said. [Uh, it's not 'abandonment.' It's 'retreat' and 'surrender.' Get used to the terms, Bush.]
Australia won't confirm reports of early pullout 24 Sep 2005 The Federal Government will not confirm reports it has informed Japan it plans to withdraw Australian troops protecting Japanese military engineers in southern Iraq by May next year.
Pentagon extends Iraq duty for 9,400 soldiers 23 Sep 2005 The Pentagon said on Friday 9,400 U.S. soldiers have been ordered to stay in Iraq beyond their promised yearlong duty to avoid the disruption of a troop rotation during national 'elections' slated for December.
2 U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq 23 Sep 2005 A roadside bomb killed one U.S. soldier and wounded six in the Dora section of Baghdad on Wednesday, an Army spokesman said.
A New Five-Star Hotel in Baghdad!! By baghdadtreasure "While I was going over the local newspapers this morning, I read a shocking headline: 'A 23-floor, 5-star hotel to be built inside the Green Zone'... The article says 'The Minister of reconstruction announced the approval of the Prime minister to build a 5-star hotel inside the Green Zone.'"
Kafka Does Iraq: The Disturbing Case of Abdul Amir Younes Hussein By Arianna Huffington 23 Sep 2005 "At first the military expressed regret for [CBS cameraman, Abdul Amir Younes Hussein's] minor injuries. But three days later they arrested him, claiming he had been 'engaged in anti-coalition activity.' Thus began his Kafka-esque legal odyssey, which has seen the reportedly timid reporter shuttled from prison to prison (including Abu Ghraib), while the military has changed its story multiple times, refused to release any evidence against him, refused to let Hussein be visited by friends or relatives, and rebuffed the efforts of CBS to have his case adjudicated in a conclusive manner."
Pentagon, Senate committee bicker over 9/11 probe 24 Sep 2005 The Pentagon and the Senate Judiciary Committee squabbled publicly on Friday about whether lawmakers could question five key witnesses in public about their claims the U.S. military identified four Sept. 11 hijackers long before the 20001 attacks.
You Can't Handle the Truth --Psy-ops propaganda goes mainstream. By Sharon Weinberger 19 Sep 2005 "Strategic Communication Laboratories, a small U.K. firm specializing in "influence operations" made a very public debut this week with a glitzy exhibit occupying prime real estate at Defense Systems & Equipment International, or DSEi, the United Kingdom's largest showcase for military technology. The main attraction was a full-scale mock-up of its ops center, running simulations ranging from natural disasters to political coups... The problem is, the SCL scenario also sounds a lot like using a private company to help overthrow a democratically elected government." [Can you say 'Diebold?']
Manchester Airport Detainee Held Under U.K. Mental Health Act 23 Sep 2005 A man who breached security today at Manchester Airport in northwestern England has been detained under the U.K.'s Mental Health Act, police said.
Terror suspect tazered in airport arrest 10:07am 23 Sep2005 Anti[pro]-terror police evacuated passengers at Manchester Airport today as anti-terror police arrested a man after a suspect package was found. Greater Manchester Police said one man had been arrested under the Terrorism Act.
UK Police Arrest Man Under Anti-Terror Law 23 Sep 2005 A man was arrested under Britain's anti[pro]-terrorism law at Manchester airport Friday and parts of the airport closed.
Calif. Duo Plead Not Guilty in Terror Case 24 Sep 2005 A father and son pleaded not guilty Friday to a new indictment that boosted the charges against the son, who is accused of attending an al-Qaida training camp in Pakistan. [Hell, Rove probably has Osama bin Laden on his f*cking payroll - what's *his* penalty?]
Terror suspect jailed for 15 years 23 Sep 2005 A British convert to Islam was today jailed for 15 years for terrorism offences. Andrew Rowe, 34, was found guilty at the Old Bailey of two offences of possessing articles for use in terrorism.
Four years for sex abuse priest 23 Sep 2005 A Roman Catholic priest who taught at one of the country's top public schools was jailed for four years for sexually abusing boys. [Apparently, possessing articles is a bigger crime in the UK than molesting children.]
Vatican 'to ban new gay priests' 23 Sep 2005 The Vatican is to ban all gay men from joining the clergy even if they accept a vow of celibacy, reports say.
School Expels Girl for Having Gay Parents 23 Sep 2005 A 14-year-old student was expelled from a Christian school [Ontario Christian School, Ontario, CA] because her parents are lesbians, the school's superintendent said in a letter. [Oh, but if a mass murderer like Bush wanted his degenerate kids to go there, these "Christians" would welcome them with open arms. Who would Jesus Bomb? Share your thoughts with this hypocritical, homophobic whackjob!] Superintendent Leonard Stob, Ontario Christian School, 931 Philadelphia St., Ontario, CA 91762. Telephone (909) 983-4644. FAX (909) 460-0176. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vegans file lawsuit against Georgia county over surveillance 23 Sep 2005 Two vegans have filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court saying DeKalb County's Homeland Security Division and county police spied on them and subjected them to false imprisonment and harassment.
SEC, Justice Investigate Senator's Sale of Stock 24 Sep 2005 Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is facing questions from the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission about his sale of stock in his family's hospital company one month before its price fell sharply.
Probe widens of Sen. Frist's HCA stock sale 23 Sep 2005 A federal probe of Senate Majority Leader [Reichwing terrorist] Bill Frist's sale of HCA Inc. stock widened on Friday with the disclosure that U.S. prosecutors have sought information from the lawmaker and the largest U.S. hospital chain.
Tyco Exec: Abramoff Claimed Ties to Administration 23 Sep 2005 Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff bragged two years ago that he was in contact with White House political aide Karl Rove on behalf of a large, Bermuda-based corporation that wanted to avoid incurring some taxes and continue receiving federal contracts, according to a written statement by pResident Bush's nominee to be deputy attorney general.
Stabenow will oppose Roberts' nomination 23 Sep 2005 Sen. Debbie Stabenow said Friday she will oppose the nomination of John Roberts to become the next chief justice of the United States because she is alarmed by his writings and views on fundamental rights enjoyed by Americans.
Rewrite of Endangered Species Law Approved --House to Vote Soon; Senate Could in 2006 23 Sep 2005 The House Resources Committee yesterday approved legislation that would strengthen the hand of private property owners and make it harder for federal officials to set aside large swaths of habitat for imperiled plants and animals.
Residents in Bristol urged not to drink public water 23 Sep 2005 Health officials urged Bristol (CT) residents Friday to not drink public water after routine testing found coliform bacteria.
Growing bird flu fear sparks alert 24 Sep 2005 The Torres Strait and Cape York have been put on high alert for deadly bird flu ahead of widespread testing of migratory birds in the region.
Tourists warned about bird flu deaths 24 Sep 2005 Health officials in Indonesia have warned that the country could face a bird flu epidemic after the deaths this week of two girls suspected of contracting the disease.
A New Deadly, Contagious Dog Flu Virus Is Detected in 7 States 22 Sep 2005 A new, highly contagious and sometimes deadly canine flu is spreading in kennels and at dog tracks around the country, veterinarians said yesterday.
This IS global warming, says environmental chief --As Hurricane Rita threatens devastation, scientist blames climate change 23 Sep 2005 Super-powerful hurricanes now hitting the United States are the "smoking gun" of global warming, one of Britain's leading scientists believes.
Texan troop call as storm nears 23 Sep 2005 The state of Texas has urged the US federal government to put 10,000 troops on standby for search and rescue work as Hurricane Rita approaches.
Prisoners in New Orleans city jail were 'abandoned' 23 Sep 2005 A leading US human rights group accused prison officials in New Orleans yesterday of abandoning hundreds of men in the city jail in the run-up to Hurricane Katrina, leaving them locked up without food, water, electricity, fresh air or functioning toilets for four days as the floodwaters rose to their chests, necks and higher.
Bush defies gathering tide against Iraq war following hurricane disaster 23 Sep 2005 Defying a gathering clamour to cut back in Iraq in favour of hurricane relief, President [sic] George W. Bush pressed for patience Thursday, saying he won't cut and run.
Saudi Minister Warns U.S. Iraq May Face Disintegration 22 Sep 2005 Prince Saud al-Faisal, the Saudi foreign minister, said Thursday that he had been warning the Bush administration in recent days that Iraq was hurtling toward disintegration, a development that he said could drag the region into war.
Poll: Fewer than half think U.S. will win in Iraq --Nearly two-thirds support a full or partial U.S. withdrawal 22 Sep 2005 A CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released Thursday indicated fewer than half of Americans believe the United States will win the Iraq war, and 55 percent of those surveyed said it should speed up withdrawal plans.
Kennedy says Blair costing lives 22 Sep 2005 Tony Blair's pride and his "blind support" for George Bush are costing lives in Iraq, says Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy.
The logic of colonial rule By Tariq Ali 23 Sep 2005 "There is now near-universal agreement that the western occupation of Iraq has turned out to be an unmitigated disaster; first for the people of Iraq, second for the soldiers sent by scoundrel politicians to die in a foreign land. The grammar of deceit utilised by Bush, Blair and sundry neocon/neolib apologists to justify the war has lost all credibility."
Court hears of Abu Ghraib abuse 22 Sep 2005 A US soldier being re-tried for her role in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal enjoyed abusing Iraqi inmates, an ex-colleague has told a court.
Nato-controlled Afghan regions record huge increase in opium production 23 Sep 2005 Massive increases in drug production have been recorded in regions of Afghanistan where Nato is operating. [Bush's motive behind the illegal invasion of Afghanistan is revealed.]
U.S. deploys warfare unit to jam enemy satellites 22 Sep 2005 The U.S. military is bracing for future attacks in space, and the Air Force has deployed an electronic-warfare unit capable of jamming enemy satellites, the general in charge of space defenses says.
Senators Accuse Pentagon of Obstructing Inquiry on Sept. 11 Plot 21 Sep 2005 Senators from both parties accused the Defense Department on Wednesday of obstructing an investigation into whether a highly classified intelligence program known as Able Danger did indeed identify Mohamed Atta and other future hijackers as potential threats well before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
ID cards 'threaten civil liberty' 22 Sep 2005 The government's plan to introduce identity cards poses a "fundamental" threat to civil liberties, Liberal Democrats have heard. Delegates at the party's annual conference in Blackpool also criticised proposals to detain terror suspects for up to 90 days.
Lannan speaker delayed in Canada --U.S. immigration officials refused Tuesday to allow Robert Fisk, longtime Middle East correspondent for the London newspaper, The Independent, to board a plane from Toronto to Denver. 22 Sep 2005 Fisk was on his way to Santa Fe for a sold-out appearance in the Lannan Foundation’s readings-and-conversations series Wednesday night.
London bomb suspect arrested on return from Italy 22 Sep 2005 A man suspected of being one of four bombers who launched botched July 21 attacks on London's transport system arrived in Britain from Italy on Thursday to face charges of plotting murder.
Terrorist suspect indicted in California 22 Sep 2005 One of five men from a Lodi mosque arrested earlier this year was indicted Thursday on federal charges alleging he intended "to wage jihad in the United States." [Bush *is* waging jihad in the United States - against the poor. Why hasn't *he* been arrested?]
Drowning New Orleans --A major hurricane could swamp New Orleans under 20 feet of water, killing thousands. Human activities along the Mississippi River have dramatically increased the risk, and now only massive reengineering of southeastern Louisiana can save the city. By Mark Fischetti 01 Oct 2001 "New Orleans is a disaster waiting to happen. The city lies below sea level, in a bowl bordered by levees that fend off Lake Pontchartrain to the north and the Mississippi River to the south and west... A direct hit is inevitable. Large hurricanes come close every year."
Katrina Survivors Demand Right of Return By William Fisher 16 Sep 2005 "On the morning after U.S. Pres. [sic] George W. Bush promised to carry out 'one of the largest reconstruction efforts the world has ever seen', a coalition of African American leaders laid out their vision of what needs to be done to restore the physical and human damage wrought by Hurricane Katrina."
Congress seeks oversight of Katrina funds 22 Sep 2005 U.S. lawmakers, concerned about missteps [thievery] in the effort to rebuild Iraq, are seeking to ensure adequate oversight of billions of dollars being pumped into the U.S. Gulf region after Hurricane Katrina. The watchdog group Project on Government Oversight also raised concerns about inadequate oversight of the billions in Katrina funds, noting that so far money has mainly gone to big companies such as Halliburton, Bechtel and others in "the current closed club of federal contractors."
GOP lawmakers propose cuts to offset Katrina costs 21 Sep 2005 A group of House Republicans have proposed a plan to offset the costs of relief and rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina that includes trimming military quality-of-life programs, including health care.
200,000 Out of Work Because of Katrina 22 Sep 2005 More than 200,000 people have lost their jobs because of Hurricane Katrina, and more bad economic news is on the horizon as Hurricane Rita heads for the Texas Gulf Coast and the country's biggest collection of oil refineries. [No, because of *Bush.* If pResident Bush had funded a jobs program instead funding Halliburton and Bechtel, there would not be 200,000 out of work.]
The Exodus - Houston, You Have a Problem 23 Sep 2005 Facing a potentially devastating hit from Hurricane Rita, the Houston-area economy ground to a halt yesterday as more than four million residents evacuated the city and other nearby coastal areas on clogged highways, which were made worse by motorists stranded as gasoline ran short.
Texans Fleeing Rita Stalled by Traffic 22 Sep 2005 Hurricane Rita's march toward the Texas Gulf Coast sent hundreds of thousands of people fleeing the nation's fourth-largest city in a frustratingly slow, bumper-to-bumper exodus.
No Way Out: Many Poor Stuck in Houston 23 Sep 2005 With Hurricane Rita breathing down Houston's neck, those with cars were stuck in gridlock trying to get out. Those like Wilma Skinner - poor, and with a broken-down car - were simply stuck, and fuming at being abandoned, they say.
FTC investigating gas price profiteering 21 Sep 2005 The Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether gasoline price profiteering has occurred and if oil companies have constrained refinery capacity to manipulate fuel prices, an agency official said Wednesday. [Nah... 'ya think?]
Nigerian resistance fighters storm U.S.-run oil platform [Will they come here, too?] 22 Sep 2005 More than 100 armed resistance fighters stormed a U.S.-operated oil production platform in Nigeria and forced it to close on Thursday in response to the arrest of a resistance leader on treason charges.
Venezuela to limit foreign mining 22 Sep 2005 Venezuela is to stop giving licences to foreign mining firms, a part of President Hugo Chavez's plan to place natural resources under state control.
Venezuela offers support to indigenous --Venezuela's Hugo Chavez lifts indigenous rights struggle in Americas to new level 20 Sep 2005 While setting new global standards for the recognition of indigenous rights in Venezuela, President Hugo Chavez has made an offer to bring low-cost gasoline to the poor in the United States, including American Indian tribal communities. Venezuela owns CITGO Petroleum Corp., which has eight refineries in the United States, and has set aside up to 10 percent of its refined oil products to be sold directly to organized poor communities, and institutions in the United States without intermediaries. [Buy your gasoline at CITGO!]
Bible Textbook for Public Schools Planned 22 Sep 2005 An interfaith group is releasing a new textbook aimed at teaching public high school students about the Bible while avoiding legal and religious disputes [?!?]. The $50 book and forthcoming teacher's guide, covering both Old and New Testaments, are planned for semester-long or full-year courses starting next year. [Yeah, the Bible is a text book all right. A text book in how to ask God to slay the enemy, carry on polygamy, and kill your own son as a sacrifice." --MDR]
Vatican May Bar Gays From Seminaries 23 Sep 2005 Word that a soon-to-be-released Vatican document will signal homosexuals are unwelcome in Roman Catholic seminaries even if they are celibate has devastated gay clergy and raised doubts among conservatives about whether an outright ban can be enforced.
Political Bloggers Demand Speech Freedoms 22 Sep 2005 A federal court has instructed the six-member Federal Election Commission to draw up regulations that would extend the nation's campaign finance and spending limits to the Web. Bloggers told the Committee on House Administration that regulations encompassing the Internet, even ones just on advertising, would have a chilling effect on free speech.
Carter says Gore won 2000 election By John Byrne 22 Sep 2005 "Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter delivered a shocker at an American University panel in Washington Monday: RAW STORY has learned he told the crowd he was certain Al Gore won the 2000 presidential election. There is 'no doubt in my mind that Gore won the election,' the erstwhile President declared, saying the 2000 election process 'failed abysmally.'
Bush's Booze Crisis 21 Sep 2005 Faced with the biggest crisis of his political life, President [sic] Bush has hit the bottle again, The National Enquirer can reveal. Bush, who said he quit drinking the morning after his 40th birthday, has started boozing amid the Katrina catastrophe.
Frist Sold Stock Along With HCA Insiders 23 Sep 2005 When Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist asked a trustee to sell all his stock in his family's hospital corporation, a large-scale sell-off by HCA Inc. insiders was under way.
Roberts Nomination Sent to Full Senate 22 Sep 2005 John Roberts' nomination as chief justice cleared a Senate committee on a bipartisan vote of 13-5 Thursday.
Senate panel approves Roberts nomination --Full Senate to vote next week on confirmation of Supreme Court nominee 22 Sep 2005 The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday endorsed John Roberts to be the Supreme Court’s next chief justice, sending the nomination to the full Senate for a confirmation vote, scheduled for next week.
Abramoff Probe May Threaten Leading Republicans as It Expands 22 Sep 2005 The widening investigation of lobbyist Jack Abramoff is moving beyond the confines of tawdry influence-peddling to threaten leading figures in the Republican hierarchy that dominates Washington.
Killer heatwave may have fuelled global warming --Heat and drought of 2003 stifled forest growth --Carbon dioxide released as plants suffered 22 Sep 2005 Europe's great heatwave of 2003, which claimed an estimated 35,000 lives and cost the continent's economies an estimated £7bn altogether, may also have fuelled further global warming.
Indonesia says 16 under observation for bird flu 23 Sep 2005 The number of Indonesians under observation for bird flu symptoms has risen to 16, the Health Ministry said on Friday, but added that tests confirmed a five-year-old girl who died this week did not have the virus.
The rise and fall of Kate Moss --The skeletal model's coke-fueled plunge from grace has exposed some ugly truths about the fashion industry -- not least its world-class hypocrisy. By Rebecca Traister 23 Sep 2005 "In other words, the body that is appealing to designers -- and thus to consumers -- is a body that looks like it has been ravaged by drugs."
Today in DC: Commandos in the Streets? By William M. Arkin 21 Sep 2005 "Today, somewhere in the DC metropolitan area, the military is conducting a highly classified Granite Shadow 'demonstration.' Granite Shadow is yet another new Top Secret and compartmented operation related to the military’s extra-legal powers regarding weapons of mass destruction. It allows for emergency military operations in the United States without civilian supervision or control... Both plans seem to live behind a veil of extraordinary secrecy because military forces operating under them have already been given a series of 'special authorities' by the President and the secretary of defense."
Hurricane aid used 'to test out rightwing social policies' 22 Sep 2005 President [sic] Bush's multi-billion dollar reconstruction plans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina are being used as "a vast laboratory" for conservative social polices, administration critics claim.
Hurricane Rita Intermediate Advisory Number 17A --Hurricane Rita Now the Third Most Intense Hurricane in the Atlantic Basin on Record --NOAA/NWS via BBSNews 2005-09-21
Rita Unleashes Category 5 Fury Over Gulf 21 Sep 2005 Gaining strength with frightening speed, Hurricane Rita swirled toward the Gulf Coast a Category 5, 165-mph monster Wednesday as more than 1.3 million people in Texas and Louisiana were sent packing on orders from authorities.
Gulf Hurricane of Top Strength Menaces Texas 22 Sep 2005 Hurricane Rita attained the strongest storm designation on Wednesday as it barreled toward the Texas coastline, forcing the evacuation of as many as a million people from this island city and other Gulf Coast communities along an arc from Corpus Christi to New Orleans.
I feel safer already: UTMB virus lab, South Texas nuclear plant are ready --Microbes have been destroyed at biosafety facility; complex's reactors will be shut down 20 Sep 2005 Caretakers for sensitive biological and nuclear materials at facilities along the upper Texas coast say they are prepared for anything Hurricane Rita might bring their way. The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has one of a handful of certified U.S. labs handling the world's most infectious, lethal viruses, a biosafety-level 4 facility. The campus is less than a mile from the Galveston seawall.
Rita Forcing Two Nuclear Plants to Shutdown 21 Sep 2005 Twin nuclear power reactors at the South Texas Project on the Gulf Coast are expected to be in the path of Hurricane Rita. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission today announced those reactors will shut down before the storm hits land.
Gee, here's a big bleeping surprise: Gasoline Supplies Threatened Anew as Texas Refineries Brace 22 Sep 2005 Hurricane Rita was on track yesterday to slam into a region of the Texas coast later this week that is home to a heavy concentration of refineries that turn oil into gasoline.
Oil, Gasoline Rise for 2nd Day as Hurricane Heads to Refineries 22 Sep 2005 Crude oil and gasoline rose for a second day as Hurricane Rita, the third-strongest Atlantic storm on record, heads toward Texas and threatens refineries.
Galveston County orders mandatory evacuations 20 Sep 2005 Officials have called for mandatory evacuations ahead of Hurricane Rita. The order is for every one living in Galveston County (TX).
Tropical Philippe Advisory Number 18 --Tropical Storm Philippe Moving Northward Over Open Atlantic Waters --NOAA/NWS via BBSNews 2005-09-21
Ice bill getting higher 21 Sep 2005 The government will pay more than $4 for each of the thousands of five-pound bags of ice ordered for Gulf Coast hurricane-relief efforts that are now sitting unused in tractor-trailers in Gloucester and across the United States, say shipping and ice-making experts... "It will cost close to $1 billion in trucking for $2 million worth of ice," said James Perdue, owner of J.L. Perdue trucking company of Kearney, Neb.
British Rations Held Over Made Cow Fears 21 Sep 2005 British ready-to-eat meals donated for Hurricane Katrina victims are stuck on shelves at an air base in Arkansas because of strict U.S. regulations put in place after a mad cow disease scare. [Yeah, right!! Dictator Bush's Department of *Agribusiness* has slashed and burned safety laws and meat inspections from the first day after stolen election number one!]
As Its Coffers Swell, Red Cross Is Criticized on Gulf Coast Response 20 Sep 2005 In New Orleans and the coastal flood plains of Mississippi, many people are complaining that the [pro-Bush, pro-war] American Red Cross was missing in their worst hours of need and are worried that its billowing relief fund may bypass them entirely.
Report: Hurricane tax aid does more for wealthier survivors 20 Sep 2005 Tax breaks designed to help Hurricane Katrina victims get their hands on needed cash could do more for higher income survivors than for the neediest, a congressional report says.
U.S. Military Deaths Top 1,900 in Iraq 20 Sep 2005 The war in Iraq passed a sobering milepost Tuesday when U.S. officials reported nine more Americans were killed - five of them members of the armed forces, raising to more than 1,900 the number of U.S. service members who have died in the country since the invasion.
Iraqis in Basra Slam 'British Aggression' 21 Sep 2005 Hundreds of Iraqi civilians and policemen, some waving pistols and AK-47s, rallied Wednesday in the southern city of Basra to denounce "British aggression'' in the rescue of two British soldiers.
'People here see the Iraq government has no authority' 21 Sep 2005 The Iraqi official was visibly flustered and embarrassed when questioned in Baghdad about the storming of the police station in Basra by British troops... Abdul Hamid, a goldsmith, said over the phone from the city: "People here have seen that our government has no authority in Iraq. The British did not respect them when they smashed into the jail, so why should we respect our own leaders?"
Blair under new pressure to set date for pulling troops out of Iraq 21 Sep 2005 Tony Blair was under renewed pressure yesterday to set a deadline for withdrawing troops in the wake of British forces' clashes with Iraqi police in Basra.
Embassy Aide Among 9 Americans Killed in Resistance Attacks in Iraq 21 Sep 2005 Nine Americans were killed in resistance attacks across Iraq in the last two days, military and diplomatic sources said Tuesday. The dead included an embassy official and three 'security contractors' [Blackwater USA mercenaries] killed Monday morning in a suicide car bombing in the northern city of Mosul.
Halliburton serves contaminated water to troops - whistleblower (HalliburtonWatch) 20 Sep 2005 "Outrage overflowed on Capitol Hill this summer when members of Congress learned that Halliburton's dining halls in Iraq had repeatedly served spoiled food to unsuspecting troops... But the outrage apparently doesn't end with spoiled food. Former KBR employees and water quality specialists, Ben Carter and Ken May, told HalliburtonWatch that KBR knowingly exposes troops and civilians to contaminated water from Iraq's Euphrates River. One internal KBR email provided to HalliburtonWatch says that, for 'possibly a year,' the level of contamination at one camp was two times the normal level for untreated water."
Flashback: Halliburton gets $72 million bonus for work in Iraq 10 May 2005 The U.S. Army said on Tuesday it had awarded $72 million in bonuses to Halliburton Co. for logistics work in Iraq but had not decided whether to give the Texas company bonuses for disputed dining services to troops.
Don't interfere in south Iraq: Rumsfeld to Iran 21 Sep 2005 US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld warned Iran not to stretch its influence beyond tolerance in southern Iraq where there is a sizeable Shi'ite population.
US, Afghanistan squabble over resurgent Taliban 22 Sep 2005 A rift is opening between Washington and Kabul on how to tackle a resurgent Taliban which, mounting evidence suggests, now operates a modern-day "underground railroad" tapping into the terrorist expertise of the Iraqi resistance.
England pleads not guilty to prisoner abuse charges --Army private plans to claim mental defects as a defense 20 Sep 2005 On the eve of her second court-martial, Pfc. Lynndie England pleaded not guilty Tuesday to allegations she conspired with fellow soldiers to abuse detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison in 2003.
Hicks terror trial given green light 21 Sep 2005 The Pentagon lifted a stay on a trial by military tribunal of Australian David Hicks, clearing the way for the resumption of 'trials' of war-on[of]-terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
FBI to establish base in Sydney as terrorism fight goes global 22 Sep 2005 The FBI is setting up shop in Sydney, establishing its first permanent base outside Canberra and only its second in the immediate region.
Lib Dems warn on new terror laws 21 Sep 2005 The Liberal Democrats today warned they would oppose government plans to hold terror suspects for three months without charge and to create an offence of glorifying terrorism. Mark Oaten, the party's home affairs spokesman, told delegates at the Lib Dem conference in Blackpool: "The Liberal Democrats will not support what amounts to a new policy of internment."
Met chief calls for new 'supercops' 22 Sep 2005 Radical proposals for a new breed of supercop with on-the-spot powers to confiscate driving licences and issue Anti-Social Behaviour Orders have been put forward by Britain's top policeman.
EU moves to log Internet, phone communication 21 Sep 2005 The European Commission has adopted proposals to log details of all telephone, Internet, and e-mail traffic, to combat [foment] terrorism and serious crime.
FAA to Propose Security Cameras on Planes 20 Sep 2005 The latest post-Sept. 11 security change for commercial planes may be cameras in the cabin and wireless devices for flight attendants to alert the cockpit crew to an emergency. The Allied Pilots Association, which represents American Airlines pilots, supports the idea of using cameras to monitor passengers.
Peace activist's deportation probed 21 Sep 2005 The head of an independent inquiry into ASIO's removal of US peace activist Scott Parkin from Australia on national security grounds has vowed to "chase all rabbits down all burrows" in his investigation of the matter. The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Ian Carnell, yesterday confirmed he would look into the removal of the activist after receiving a complaint.
Sheehan, Supporters Descend on the Capital --Antiwar Activists in Town For Weekend Protests 22 Sep 2005 Three weeks after leaving their dusty outpost in Crawford, Tex., and touring the country, several dozen families brought their antiwar message to the U.S. Capitol and the White House. They plan to join thousands of protesters Saturday at a march and rally on the Mall.
Cindy Sheehan Caravan Stopped by Capitol Police 21 Sep 2005 At just past noon on Wednesday, anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan and the rest of the Bring Them Home Now tour were stopped by a pair of squad cars two blocks from the U.S. Capitol by members of the Capitol police force. Officers explained that they wanted to use bomb-sniffing dogs to inspect the caravan of three RVs and several cars.
Pentagon Nixes 9/11 Hearing Testimony 21 Sep 2005 The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman said Wednesday he would look into whether the Pentagon obstructed his committee by refusing to allow testimony from five people who had knowledge of a secret military unit named "Able Danger.''
Senator Mad About Block of 'Able Danger' Testimony --Committee Looking to See If Atta Discovered Before 9/11 21 Sep 2005 Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter said the Pentagon "owes the American people an explanation" for keeping five people from testifying about a secret military unit named "Able Danger."
Pope immune from sexual abuse lawsuit [WHY?] 20 Sep 2005 The United States government has told a Texas court that Pope Benedict XVI should be given immunity from a lawsuit accusing him of conspiring to cover up the sexual molestation of three boys by a seminarian, court documents show.
Federal Judge Throws Out Vt. Lawsuit Against Bush Administration 21 Sep 2005 Vermont's lawsuit against the Bush administration demanding authority to import low-cost prescription drugs has been dismissed by a federal judge.
Leading Democrat now backs Roberts 22 Sep 2005 John Roberts moved closer to confirmation as chief justice of the United States yesterday as the Senate Judiciary Committee's senior Democrat, Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, announced Roberts will get his vote.
Top Democrat Says He'll Vote No on Roberts 21 Sep 2005 The Senate Democratic leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, said Tuesday that he would oppose the confirmation of Judge John G. Roberts Jr. as chief justice, surprising both the White House and fellow Democrats still conflicted about how to vote.
Conyers Opposes Baker/Carter Commission Report --Discriminatory ID Requirement Will Make it Harder for Tens of Millions of Citizens to Vote 19 Sep 2005 Statement by Rep. John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee and founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, regarding the Baker/Carter Commission Report on Election Law changes "I am shocked that this Commission has decided to take us several giant steps back in the march for voting rights by recommending a national ID requirement for voters. This would inevitably disenfranchise minority voters and the most vulnerable among us –– those who live in poverty and the elderly."
Blumenthal: Out-of-state civil unions to be recognized [Conn. Attorney General, Richard Blumenthal (D)] 20 Sep 2005 Connecticut will recognize civil unions and domestic partnerships from other states but not same-sex marriages from neighboring Massachusetts when a new law allowing civil unions takes effect here Oct. 1.
Indonesia Braces for Bird Flu Epidemic --Health Minister Issues Warning as Two More Suspected Cases End in Death 22 Sep 2005 Indonesia's health minister warned Wednesday that the country could face a bird flu epidemic if the number of suspected cases of the virus continued to mount.
Ten under bird flu watch in Indonesia hospital 22 Sep 2005 Indonesian doctors are observing 10 patients with bird flu-like symptoms, a senior health official said on Thursday, amid fears a deadly avian influenza outbreak is spreading.
Deaths spark epidemic fears 22 Sep 2005 The suspected bird flu deaths of two young girls in Jakarta has set off a flurry of political activity. Health Minister Siti Fadillah Supari called the re-emergence of bird flu "a sporadic epidemic", adding to concerns that the virus could mutate into a deadly human-to-human form.
Mental Health Bill 'to cause thousands to be detained' 20 Sep 2005 Nine times as many people as first thought will be forced to undergo compulsory mental health treatment under planned reforms in England and Wales, a new study claims. The draft Mental Health Bill proposes allowing patients to be made to take medication and detained if necessary.
Up In Flames --Tons of British aid donated to help Hurricane Katrina victims to be BURNED by Americans 19 Sep 2005 Hundreds of tons of British food aid shipped to America for starving Hurricane Katrina survivors is to be burned. US red tape is stopping it from reaching hungry evacuees. Instead tons of the badly needed Nato ration packs, the same as those eaten by British troops in Iraq, has been condemned as unfit for human consumption. And unless the bureaucratic mess is cleared up soon, it could be sent for incineration. One British aid worker last night called the move "sickening senselessness" and said furious colleagues were "spitting blood". The food, which cost British taxpayers millions, is sitting idle in a huge warehouse after the Food and Drug Agency recalled it when it had already left to be distributed. Scores of lorries headed back to a warehouse in Little Rock, Arkansas, to dump it at an FDA incineration plant.
If anyone has misconstrued Christ's very teachings it is George W. Bush... By Mary MacElveen 20 Sep 2005 "I want to thank Lori Price of 'Citizens for Legitimate Government' for bringing this to not only my attention, but the attention of others that read her site: 'Hundreds of tonnes of British food aid shipped to America for starving Hurricane Katrina survivors is to be burned... Instead tons of the badly needed Nato ration packs, the same as those eaten by British troops in Iraq, has been condemned as unfit for human consumption.'... So not only does the American government refuse to accept food and water from Venezuela ... they will burn food coming from a supposed ally?"
No crisis, but Maine getting plenty of ice 20 Sep 2005 The federal government is diverting hundreds of truckloads of bagged ice cubes from the Gulf Coast hurricane-relief effort to cold storage in Portland and other cities... "The $9,000 they're paying me to move this load should have gone to some family down there," said Loren Reeves, who hauled his load of ice from New York state to Alabama before being sent to Maine. "There is definitely millions being wasted that could go to people who need it."
New Orleans health care system destroyed --No hospitals operating normally; many doctors and nurses likely to leave 18 Sep 2005 This city’s health care facilities have been shattered to an extent unmatched in U.S. history, and its hospital system faces grave challenges as residents begin returning, the vice president of the national hospital accreditation organization said Sunday.
The US Government Did Not Fail Its Mission In the Wake of Hurricane Katrina By G. Edward Griffin 16 Sep 2005 "The primary job of the military, FEMA, and Homeland Security is not to protect the American people in times of emergency but to protect the government in times of emergency and keep it functioning. Their primary assignment is, not to rescue people, but to control them. Their directive is to relocate families and businesses, confiscate property, commandeer goods, direct labor and services, and establish martial law." [Compilation of articles accompanies analysis]
Critics Say EPA Withholding Information on New Orleans Contamination (BushGreenwatch) 20 Sep 2005 "Journalists, government watchdogs and a top Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official have criticized EPA’s inability to provide adequate data on the location and danger of chemicals leaked into New Orleans communities in the wake of Hurricane Katrina."
U.S. asks Nagin to halt return 19 Sep 2005 Federal officials today will ask New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin to cease urging residents to return to New Orleans because of unsafe health conditions, unstable levees and no 911 system to evacuate the area again during the ongoing hurricane season.
No Bankruptcy Relief for Katrina Victims --Rep. Sensenbrenner, Who Voted Against Hurricane Relief, Refuses to Hold Hearings 15 Sep 2005 Survivors of Hurricane Katrina who were hoping to avoid the weight of the new bankruptcy law may be out of luck. Representative F. James Sensenbrenner (R-Terrorist-WI), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has indicated he will not hold a hearing on waiving the law for purposes of disaster relief.
Mega barf alert! Bush Aide Will Lead Hurricane Inquiry 20 Sep 2005 Dictator Bush has named Frances Fragos Townsend, his domestic security adviser, to lead an internal White House inquiry into the administration's performance in handling Hurricane Katrina, Scott McClellan, Mr. Bush's spokesman, said Monday.
House GOP Scraps Plan for Joint Probe on Hurricane Response 19 Sep 2005 Congressional Republicans signaled today that they have abandoned their plan to conduct a joint House-Senate probe of the government's response to Hurricane Katrina... Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) conceded that he could not overcome Democratic opposition to a joint investigation. The Democratic leadership has refused to appoint members to a joint committee, citing the lack of equal representation of Democrats on the panel, and the lack of power to issue subpoenas that the majority opposed.
Kerry and Edwards Say Bush's Actions Have Been a Disaster --The ex-running mates, speaking separately, say the president has failed to address poverty. 20 Sep 2005 Both members of the 2004 Democratic presidential ticket sharply criticized pResident Bush in dueling speeches Monday. Speaking at Brown University in Rhode Island, Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) delivered his most sweeping indictment of Bush's priorities and performance since last year's campaign. The crisis caused by the hurricane, Kerry said, exposed a "pattern of incompetence and negligence" in the Bush administration, as well as "a truly systemic effort to distort and disable the people's government, and devote it to the interests of the privileged and the powerful."
In 1 year, Halliburton's stock doubles as troop deaths double (HalliburtonWatch) 20 Sep 2005 "Since the beginning of the Iraq war, Halliburton, the Texas energy giant once headed by Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney, has seen its stock price more than triple in value. When the U.S invaded Iraq in March of 2003, Halliburton's stock was selling for $20 per share. The stock price at the close of market activity on Monday was $66."
Reporter Working for New York Times Abducted and Slain in Iraq 20 Sep 2005 An Iraqi journalist and photographer working for The New York Times in Basra was found dead early Monday after being abducted from his home by a group of armed men wearing masks and claiming to be police officers [US death squads], relatives and witnesses said. Days earlier, Mr. Vincent had written an Op-Ed article for The Times in which he criticized the British security forces in the city for failing to act against the Shiite militias' growing power within the local police force.
Iraq War Radicalized Saudis 'Almost Exclusively': Study 19 Sep 2005 The US-led invasion-turned-occupation has radicalized "almost exclusively" Saudis and recruit them to Al-Qaeda network of Osama Bin Laden, according to a detailed study based on Saudi intelligence reports.
Car bomb hits US military convoy in western Baghdad 20 Sep 2005 A car bomb detonated near a US military convoy in western Baghdad on Tuesday, police said.
Roadside bombs kill 4 US troops in Iraq 20 Sep 2005 Four U.S. soldiers have been killed by roadside bombs in Iraq, the U.S. military said on Tuesday, bringing the number of American soldiers killed since the March 2003 invasion of Iraq to 1,906.
Attack in Mosul kills Blackwater Mercenaries 20 Sep 2005 A suicide car bomber has attacked a U-S convoy in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, killing four Americans and wounding two others. A U-S official says the victims are a Diplomatic Security agent and three private security guards [from Blackwater USA] attached to the U-S Consulate in Mosul, Iraq's third largest city.
Attacks in Iraq: 10 Dead, 12 Injured 19 Sep 2005 Ten people, two of whom are civilians, were killed and another 12 were injured in a car bomb attack on the Bagdat (Baghdad)-Kerbela (Karbala) highway.
Iraq denounces British rescue in Basra 20 Sep 2005 Iraq denounced British forces on Tuesday over a dramatic rescue of two undercover soldiers that could stoke hostility to the army in increasingly volatile southern Iraq. British troops used an armored fighting vehicle on Monday to burst into an Iraqi jail in search of soldiers held by police in Basra... Iraqi television on Tuesday showed footage of the two soldiers as Iraqi police looked over wigs, Arab headresses, an anti-tank missile and communications equipment, all apparently used in their mission.
Actions of Iraqi police 'alarming' 20 Sep 2005 John Reid, the Defence Secretary, has said he is alarmed that Iraqi police, supposedly British allies, handed over two undercover soldiers they had captured to local militias.
Two British soldiers detained by Iraqi police 19 Sep 2005 Iraqi police have detained two British soldiers in the southern port city of Basra, following a shooting incident.
The day that Iraqi anger exploded in the face of the British occupiers 20 Sep 2005 The dramatic events began to unfold just before dawn yesterday, when two British nationals were detained by Iraqi authorities. It emerged later that they were British soldiers. Dressed in plain clothes - according to some they were wearing traditional Arab dress - the two men had been driving in an unmarked car when they arrived at a checkpoint in the city...
Jailers 'sadistic toward Muslims' 19 Sep 2005 An investigation into prison racism has uncovered evidence of the abuse and mistreatment of Muslim inmates. There is a "sadistic" streak among some officers which combined with their laziness, "lack of training and intelligence" has meant that racial issues are ignored, the Zahid Mubarek Inquiry was told.
Cruel Confinement of 'Enemy Combatant' in United States --Complaint Provides First Look at Isolation and Abuse 08 Aug 2005 "A lawsuit filed today against U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld reveals the gratuitous cruelty inflicted on a foreign student held without charges for more than two years as an 'enemy combatant' in a South Carolina naval brig, Human Rights Watch said. Although three men have been confined in the United States after being designated 'enemy combatants' by President [sic] George Bush, the complaint by Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri provides the first look into the treatment of any of them in military custody."
Parsons, Iraq, and the Bush Cabal By Sarah Meyer 20 Sep 2005
Rice tells Syria to stop meddling 20 Sep 2005 U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has called for Syria to stop interference in Lebanon and cut travel of 'insurgents' across its border into Iraq. [Hello, Pot? This is Kettle...]
Karzai Wants End to U.S.-Led Operations 20 Sep 2005 'President' Hamid Karzai on Tuesday challenged the need for major foreign military operations in Afghanistan, saying air strikes are no longer effective and that U.S.-led coalition [occupation] forces should focus on rooting out terror bases and support networks.
Pentagon Will Pay $23 Million Bill for Use of Uzbek Air Base 20 Sep 2005 The Pentagon intends to pay a nearly $23 million bill to [the dictatorship of] Uzbekistan for use of an air base that the Uzbek government recently announced will no longer host U.S. aircraft and troops. The base has been used for nearly four years as an integral part of U.S. combat and humanitarian missions [not to mention, cocaine trafficking, the Bush cabal's prime directive] in Afghanistan.
NYPD Unplugs Cindy Sheehan --City's Finest pulls move even Bush wouldn't have tried By Sarah Ferguson 19 Sep 2005 "Cindy Sheehan may be the Rosa Parks of the anti-war movement. But that didn't stop members of the New York Police Department from marching into the crowd of about 150 people gathered in Union Square Monday to hear her speak and yanking away the microphone."
Police forcibly break up Cindy Sheehan rally By Pete Dolack 19 Sep 2005 "The New York City Police Department forcibly broke up this afternoon's rally for Cindy Sheehan, moving in as Cindy was speaking at about 3 p.m. in Union Square. The rally had been underway for about an hour, and was about to conclude as Cindy spoke following several other speakers, including a few who are traveling with her on her caravan... No warning of any kind was given, and this was a permitted rally."
Recruits Sought for FBI's Porn Squad 20 Sep 2005 The FBI is joining the Bush administration's War on Porn. And it's looking for a few good agents. The new squad will divert eight agents, a supervisor and assorted support staff to gather evidence against "manufacturers and purveyors" of pornography -- not the kind exploiting children, but the kind that depicts, and is marketed to, consenting adults.
Bush Official Arrested in Corruption Probe 20 Sep 2005 The Bush regime's top federal procurement official resigned Friday and was arrested yesterday, accused of lying and obstructing a criminal investigation into Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff's dealings with the federal government. It was the first criminal complaint filed against a government official in the ongoing corruption probe related to Abramoff's activities in Washington. [Ok, now when will Bush be arrested?]
FEC Sues Pro-GOP Group Over Fundraising 19 Sep 2005 Federal election officials on Monday sued a pro-Republican political group to try to force it to comply with campaign finance limits, the first lawsuit of its kind to arise from big-money fundraising during the 2004 'elections.'
Bush approval rating at 40 percent --Majority disapprove of the handling of Katrina, Iraq 19 Sep 2005 pResident Bush's vow to rebuild the Gulf Coast did little to help his standing with the public, only 40 percent of whom now approve of his performance in office, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released Monday.
Dan Rather blasts 'new journalism order' 19 Sep 2005 Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather said Monday that there is a climate of fear running through newsrooms stronger than he has ever seen in his more than four-decade career.
OPEC Ministers Worry About New Storm 19 Sep 2005 OPEC ministers expressed concern Monday about a tropical storm bearing down on the hurricane-ravaged U.S. Gulf Coast as they debated ways to calm global worries over rising oil prices and winter fuel supplies. [Eliminate the ExxonMobil corpora-terrorists, and global worries will be calmed.]
Rita Becomes Hurricane as It Heads for Gulf of Mexico 20 Sep 2005 Rita strengthened into a hurricane as it headed toward the Gulf of Mexico, threatening to hit the coasts of Texas and Louisiana by this weekend.
Rita's Impact Could Rival Katrina and Dennis (AccuWeather) 19 Sep 2005 "Once [Hurricane] Rita moves into the Gulf of Mexico it's going to intensify to at least Category 4 strength before making landfall by Friday or Saturday. AccuWeather's current projected path has landfall somewhere between Corpus Christie, Texas and Lake Charles, Louisiana."
Hurricane center may run out of names 19 Sep 2005 Each year, 21 common names are reserved for Atlantic Basin hurricanes, with the list arranged alphabetically and skipping certain letters. Rita is the 17th named storm in the Atlantic Basin this year. So what will officials do after tropical storm Wilma develops, assuming it does? "We go to the Greek alphabet," said Frank Lepore, spokesman for the National Hurricane Center.
World has slim chance to stop flu pandemic 20 Sep 2005 The initial outbreak of what could explode into a bird flu pandemic may affect only a few people, but the world will have just weeks to contain the deadly virus before it spreads and kills millions.
What has happened to Iraq's missing $1bn? 19 Sep 2005 One billion dollars has been plundered from Iraq's defence ministry in one of the largest thefts in history, The Independent can reveal, leaving the country's army to fight a savage insurgency with museum-piece weapons.
Cheaters get 'easy money' from FEMA --Flaws in system help enrich those who are unscathed by disasters 18 Sep 2005 The Sun-Sentinel first exposed fraud and waste in federal disaster aid in Florida last year, when FEMA distributed $31 million in Hurricane Frances relief to Miami-Dade County residents who experienced no hurricane conditions. [Right, but there were 'election' conditions.] The newspaper examined 20 of the 313 disasters declared by FEMA from 1999 through 2004, selecting cities where the agency's inspectors said they had encountered large-scale fraud.
Cash and 'Cat 5' Chaos --The gold rush: Contractors and prospectors are flooding the Gulf Coast to grab their piece of the biggest reconstruction ever. If only FEMA could stop fumbling. By Keith Naughton and Mark Hosenball 16 Sep 2005 "...Fluor, Bechtel and the Shaw Group, which each scored $100 million no-bid contracts before the flood waters began to recede. (Halliburton is benefiting from an existing $500 million contract to repair naval bases.) ...An issue raised by the Feds that Kenyon [Worldwide Disaster Services] found distasteful: an instruction that chaplains bless recovered bodies. A company source said the Feds are insisting on this, and the first chaplains are supposed to go out this week. Asked if that was mixing church and state, a FEMA spokeswoman responded: 'A prayer is not necessarily religious. Everybody prays.'"
FEMA Pays Carnival Cruise $192 Million to Lease Three Vessels 19 Sep 2005 A group of Mississippi evacuees moved out of Red Cross shelters Sunday and stepped aboard the cruise ship Holiday that will provide them with a temporary home during the region's recovery from Hurricane Katrina. The Federal Emergency Management Agency leased the ship and two other vessels from Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines for six months for $192 million.
Bush Helps Disaster Profiteers By Peter Dreier 17 Sep 2005 "First, he [George W. Bush] suspended federal rules to allow FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers to extend no-bid contracts to corporations engaged in the rebuilding. In doing so, he also allowed companies with close political ties to get to the front of the line. Second, Bush sweetened these contracts even more by suspending the federal Davis-Bacon Act, the Depression-era law that requires contractors with federal funds to pay local 'prevailing wages' on construction projects."
'I could have saved her life but was denied permission' 18 Sep 2005 Evacuees from New Orleans died after private doctors were ordered to stop giving treatment because they were not covered by United States government medical liability insurance, according to two American surgeons.
The Danziger Bridge incidents (xymphora.blogspot.com) 15 Sep 2005 "Discrepancies in the official story are starting to lead to theories that at least some levees and floodwalls were intentionally destroyed, theories that gain some credence in that even the experts are baffled at what happened to the floodwalls. Its a bit too convenient that storm surge gauges stopped functioning during a . . . storm surge, thus removing inconvenient questions about how a nine foot storm surge went over a wall designed to stop an 11.5 foot storm surge."
Sheehan: Get troops out of 'occupied New Orleans' --Mother of slain soldier decries 'military and governmental fascism' 16 Sep 2005 Fresh from a visit to hurricane-ravaged Louisiana, anti-Bush activist Cindy Sheehan is demanding the U.S. military be removed from "occupied New Orleans." In a dispatch on filmmaker Michael Moore's website, Sheehan said she was troubled by the "level of the military presence" in the Gulf Coast state.
Mugabe hits out at 'hypocritical' nations 19 Sep 2005 Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has accused the United States of deliberately neglecting homeless black victims of Hurricane Katrina while condemning him for demolishing urban slums. Mr Mugabe also told the UN General Assembly that former colonial ruler Britain was equally as hypocritical by participating in an "illegal" and "devastating" invasion of Iraq.
Bush Katrina Ratings Fall After Speech 18 Sep 2005 Thirty-five percent (35%) of Americans now say that pResident Bush has done a good or excellent job responding to Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. That's down from 39% before his speech from New Orleans. The latest Rasmussen Reports survey shows that 41% give the pResident poor marks for handling the crisis, that's up 37% before the speech.
Clinton launches withering attack on Bush on Iraq, Katrina, budget 18 Sep 2005 Former US president Bill Clinton sharply criticised George W. Bush for the Iraq War and the handling of Hurricane Katrina, and voiced alarm at the swelling US budget deficit.
Katrina Evacuees Return Home to La. Suburb 19 Sep 2005 Thousands of residents began returning to homes in the New Orleans suburbs on Sunday to find debris-strewn yards and homes without power or working sewers.
New Orleans' Hospital System Faces Crisis 18 Sep 2005 This city's health care facilities have been shattered to an extent unmatched in U.S. history, and its hospital system faces grave challenges as residents begin returning, the vice president of the national hospital accreditation organization said Sunday.
Edwards Calls For Return of Depression Era Programs 18 Sep 2005 Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards called Sunday for a return of depression era jobs programs to rebuild the hurricane ravaged Gulf Coast.
New Rules By Bill Maher 15 Sep 2005 "...New Rule: America must recall the president. That's what this country needs. A good, old-fashioned, California-style recall election! Complete with Gary Coleman, porno actresses and action film stars. ...Herbert Hoover was a shitty president, but even he never conceded an entire metropolis to rising water and snakes. On your watch, we've lost almost all of our allies, the surplus, four airliners, two Trade Centers, a piece of the Pentagon and the City of New Orleans...Maybe you're just not lucky!"
ACLU releases Iraq prisoner abuse report documents 15 Sep 2005 Some U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq interrogated prisoners "using techniques they literally remembered from the movies," according to documents from a U.S. military report released by the American Civil Liberties Union.
More UK troops 'ready for Iraq' 18 Sep 2005 Britain is ready to send more troops to Iraq - if they are needed, Defence Secretary John Reid has said.
Date should be set for Iraq pullout-Putin 18 Sep 2005 The United States and its allies should name a deadline for pulling their troops out of Iraq, Russia's President Vladimir Putin said in an interview published by the Kremlin on Sunday.
US Ambassador to Iraq Predicts US Will Go Into Syria (huffingtonpost.com) 18 Sep 2005 "Dr. Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Ambassador to Iraq, made the off the record prediction that the US will go into Syria to combat insurgents that have been using the country as a staging ground for terrorist activity in Iraq."
Straw rules out war over Teheran's nuclear plan 19 Sep 2005 Britain ruled out military action to halt Iran's nuclear programme yesterday on the eve of a diplomatic battle by the West to take Teheran to the United Nations Security Council for possible political and economic sanctions.
Former leader says Australia a US colony 18 Sep 2005 Until January this year Mark Latham was Australia's alternate prime minister. Latham opposed the Iraq war and in February 2003 described U.S. pResident Bush as the most incompetent and dangerous in living memory. An excerpt from his diary dated December 1st last year says, 'The Americans have made us a bigger target in the war against terror. Australian lives are certain to be sacrificed on the altar of the US alliance.' He writes that if Australia prefers being 'an American colony under (John) Howard, that's (Australia) a nation not worth leading'.
Chávez gets a cheer in the Bronx --Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez brought his unique political talents, and views, to the South Bronx. 18 Sep 2005 Clad in dark slacks and his signature red shirt representing his ''Bolivarian revolution,'' Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez took his magnetic charisma to a South Bronx community gathering Saturday -- and the people loved it... The Venezuelan said the final U.N. declaration, which was worked out amid much diplomatic haggling, was "very suspect. They're trying to legalize the imperialist currents,'' he said. And the Bronx cheered again.
Hinchey Leads Broad Congressional Coalition Calling For Expansion of Plame Name Leak Investigation --Forty-One Members of Congress Ask Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald to Examine Bush Administration's False Uranium Claims That Led to Disclosure of CIA Operative's Identity to Determine If Additional Federal Laws Were Broken (Hinchey Press Release) 15 Sep 2005 "Troubled by what they see as violations of federal law that prohibit making false and fraudulent statements to Congress, Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) and 40 of his House colleagues today sent a letter to U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald asking that he expand his investigation of who in the Bush Administration revealed to the news media that Valerie Plame, the wife of Ambassador Joseph Wilson, was a covert agent for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)."
Lawmakers Ask CIA to Open Sept. 11 Report 18 Sep 2005 The leaders of the House Intelligence Committee want CIA Director Porter Goss to provide a public version of his agency's hard-hitting report on the failures leading up to Sept. 11, 2001.
In 4-Year Anthrax Hunt, F.B.I. Finds Itself Stymied, and Sued 17 Sep 2005 Four years after an unknown [?!?] bioterrorist dropped letters containing a couple of teaspoons of powder into a mailbox in Princeton, New Jersey, what began as the largest criminal investigation in U.S. history appears to be stalled, according to scientists and former law enforcement officials who have spoken with investigators.
Police Fortify Numbers for War Protests --Demonstration Will Be the First Since the District Passed Arrest Law 18 Sep 2005 D.C. police have canceled days off and are planning to deploy several hundred officers during an antiwar demonstration next weekend that will include a march near the White House, but officials said they expect no trouble.
North Korea Says It Will Abandon Nuclear Efforts 19 Sep 2005 North Korea agreed to end its nuclear weapons program on Monday morning in return for security, economic and energy benefits, potentially easing tensions with the United States after a two-year standoff over the North’s efforts to build atomic bombs.
Sharon fears arrest if he visits London --Israeli leader snubs Blair’s invitation after court issues warrant for general 17 Sep 2005 Britain is desperate to avoid a diplomatic row with Israel after Ariel Sharon apparently snubbed an invitation from Tony Blair to visit London, claiming that he feared arrest.
US asbestos fund would quickly go broke: study 19 Sep 2005 A $140 billion asbestos compensation fund being considered in the U.S. Senate would be swamped by more than double that amount in claims and go broke within three years, according to a study released on Monday.
FDA Appoints Official from Office of Veterinary Medicine to Office of Women's Health (plannedparenthood.org Press Release) 16 Sep 2005 "FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford has appointed a man who has spent the majority of his career in the office of veterinary medicine to the position of acting director of the Office of Women's Health at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)."
Bird flu epidemic could kill millions worldwide: experts 18 Sep 2005 Millions of people could die around the world if bird flu spreads out of control, and most countries are totally unprepared for such an event, the UN's World Health Organisation says. [No worries - FEMA will take care of us. *NOT.*]
Two more human bird flu cases suspected in Indonesia as Jakarta closes zoo 18 Sep 2005 Two more Indonesian children are suspected of having been infected with bird flu as authorities closed the Jakarta zoo after 19 birds there were found to be carrying the deadly virus, officials said.
State of Emergency Declared In Florida 18 Sep 2005 Thousands of tourists jammed the highways Sunday after they were told to evacuate the lower Florida Keys because Tropical Storm Rita developed over the Bahamas and moved toward the vulnerable, low-lying island chain. A hurricane watch is in effect for all of the Florida Keys, from Ocean Reef, southward and westward to Dry Tortugas.
Bush Proposes $500 Million for Private School Relief 17 Sep 2005 The Bush regime yesterday proposed nearly $500 million in federal funding to help displaced private school students from the Gulf Coast enroll in private schools elsewhere in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The proposal would amount to the largest federal school voucher program ever, if enacted.
After the floods: trailer parks for a million 17 Sep 2005 It is being called the biggest federal housing programme in United States history, a plan to build up to 300,000 temporary homes for nearly a million people flooded out by Hurricane Katrina. All along the Gulf Coast contractors are constructing huge trailer parks.
Key military units' hurricane aid was stalled for 3 days 17 Sep 2005 Two days after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, Dictator Bush went on national television to announce a massive federal rescue-and-relief effort. But orders to move did not reach key active military units for an additional three days, and Bush regime officials could not explain the delay.
Blanco says feds pledged buses 18 Sep 2005 Hours after the hurricane hit Aug. 29, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced a plan to send 500 commercial buses into New Orleans to rescue thousands of people left stranded on highways, overpasses and in shelters, hospitals and homes. On the day of the storm, or perhaps the day after, FEMA turned down the state's suggestion to use school buses because they are not air conditioned [?!?], Gov. Kathleen Blanco said Friday in an interview. Even after levees broke and residents were crowding the Louisiana Superdome, then-FEMA Director [mass murderer] Mike Brown was bent on using his own buses to evacuate New Orleans, Blanco said. During the delay, misery and mayhem mounted in the Dome, thousands gathered in desperation at the nearby convention center, and Americans watched in shock as dead and dying New Orleans residents were broadcast on national television.
Venezuela sends cargo of 300,000 barrels of gasoline direct to Louisiana 16 Sep 2005 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Frias has confirmed that a cargo of 300,000 barrels of gasoline is on its way to the USA to help Southern States affected by Hurricane Katrina. Chavez Frias broke the news on arrival in the USA and has reminded reporters that the Venezuelan government had offered eight electrical plants and drinking water supplies to help the homeless, aid which has been rejected. [Right, because Dictator Bush's goal is to kill as many poor people as possible.]
Early warnings raised doubt on Bush disaster plans 17 Sep 2005 In the months before Hurricane Katrina, pResident George W. Bush sought to cut a key program to help local governments raise their preparedness, and state officials warned of a "total lack of focus" on natural disasters by his homeland-security chief, documents show.
Allen: Mayor's Return Plan 'Problematic' 18 Sep 2005 A weakened levee system and a lack of drinkable tap water will make it "extremely problematic'' to follow the New Orleans mayor's timeline for allowing residents to return to the evacuated city, the head of the federal disaster relief effort said Saturday.
Looking for a Corpse to Make a Case --Senators look for a wealthy casualty of Katrina as evidence against the estate tax By Massimo Calabresi 17 Sep 2005 "Federal troops aren't the only ones looking for bodies on the Gulf Coast. On Sept. 9, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions called his old law professor Harold Apolinsky, co-author of Sessions' legislation repealing the federal estate tax, which was encountering sudden resistance on the Hill... After hearing from Sessions, Apolinsky, an estate tax lawyer who says his firm includes three multi-billionaires among its clients, mobilized the American Family Business Institute, a Washington-based group devoted to estate tax repeal. They reached out to members along the Gulf Coast to hunt for the dead."
Military May Play Bigger Relief Role 17 Sep 2005 pResident Bush's push to give the military a bigger role in responding to major disasters like Hurricane Katrina could lead to a loosening of legal limits on the use of federal troops on U.S. soil. Pentagon officials are reviewing that possibility, and some in Congress agree it needs to be considered. [Goodbye, Posse Comitatus.]
Detainee Challenges 'Combatant' Status --Lawyers for a man held at a military jail in South Carolina plan to test the president's authority to decide the legal standing of terrorism suspects. 18 Sep 2005 New developments in the case involving Ali Saleh Kahlah Al-Marri, a Qatari immigrant arrested in rural Illinois, pose intriguing questions about how the government is handling high-value terrorism suspects in secret prison locations. The case also is shaping up as a major test of the broad enemy combatant authority granted to the president, which has drawn the ire of civil libertarians because it allows the government to hold people indefinitely without trial.
Evidence Grows That Canada Aided in Having Terrorism Suspects Interrogated in Syria 17 Sep 2005 A judicial inquiry here is turning up evidence that Canadian police and intelligence agencies solicited and used information that was obtained from at least four Canadian citizens under torture by foreign intelligence agencies.
Resistance Fighters Attack Around Abu Ghraib Prison 17 Sep 2005 A suicide car bomb wrecked three vehicles in a U.S. convoy near Abu Ghraib prison Saturday, and resistance fighters fired seven mortar shells at the jail and used grenades to damage three armored vehicles in another American convoy in the area, Iraqi police said.
Widespread Hunger Strike at Guantánamo 18 Sep 2005 As many as 200 prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, - more than a third of the camp - have refused food in recent weeks to protest conditions and prolonged confinement without trial, according to the accounts of lawyers who represent them.
U.S. GI Killed by Roadside Bomb in Iraq 18 Sep 2005 A roadside bomb killed a U.S. soldier on patrol in western Iraq, the U.S. military said Sunday.
Iraqi MP among three killed --Civilians, soldiers killed in string of Saturday attacks 18 Sep 2005 An Iraqi member of parliament was among three people fatally shot Saturday while traveling in a convoy to Baghdad from Mosul, and a second member of parliament was wounded, Iraqi police sources told CNN.
Car Bombing at Iraq Market Leaves 30 Dead 17 Sep 2005 Four days after al-Qaida in Iraq declared all-out war on the country's Shiite majority, more than 250 people have been killed, 30 of them in a massive car bombing Saturday outside a produce market in a poor Shiite suburb east of Baghdad.
Plan to cut number of UK troops in Iraq is scrapped 18 Sep 2005 Secret plans by the Government to reduce troop numbers in Iraq have been shelved - and there is now no official date for the withdrawal of British soldiers, The Sunday Telegraph has learnt. The decision comes as ministers prepare to announce an unexpected redeployment of up to 6,000 members of the 7th Armoured Brigade - the renowned Desert Rats - in the conflict zone next month.
UK denies scrapping Iraq withdrawal plans 18 Sep 2005 Britain has had to abandon plans for a sharp reduction in its troop numbers in Iraq next year because of fears the country is sliding towards civil war, the Sunday Telegraph newspaper reports. Britain's Ministry of Defence disputes the report, saying it has never set a timetable for withdrawing its 8,500 troops and that any reduction in troop numbers would depend on conditions in Iraq.
British MP Galloway says Canada is complicit in Iraq war 17 Sep 2005 Despite its refusal to fight in Iraq, Canada is complicit in the U.S. war on terrorism and should withdraw from Afghanistan, an outspoken left-wing British MP said Saturday.
American support for Iraq war at all-time low- poll 17 Sep 2005 Support for the war in Iraq among Americans has tumbled to an all-time low, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll published on Saturday.
French soldier dies in Afghanistan 18 Sep 2005 A French special forces soldier was killed and one was seriously wounded when their vehicle struck a mine while patrolling in southern Afghanistan, the Defense Ministry said Sunday.
Iran's President Refuses to Forgo Atomic Activities 18 Sep 2005 The president of Iran declared Saturday that his country had an "inalienable right" to develop nuclear energy and offered a role in its program to other nations and companies to show that it was not producing nuclear weapons.
Iran calls on UN to probe how Israel acquired nuclear weapons 18 Sep 2005 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Saturday a UN committee should investigate how Israel acquired nuclear weapons. In an unyielding speech to the General Assembly, Ahmadinejad said his country had the inalienable right to produce nuclear energy and accused the United States of violating a treaty banning the spread of atomic weapons.
Transcript: Hugo Chavez Interview --Venezuelan President On Rocky Relations with Washington 16 Sep 2005 In his first American broadcast interview since the Rev. Pat Robertson called for his assassination last month, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez told ABC News' Ted Koppel today that he has evidence of a United States plan to invade Venezuela.
U.S. Attorney's Office brings anti-war protesters back to court 17 Sep 2005 Four anti-war protesters who spilled their own blood at a military recruiting station accused the Bush administration of trying to intimidate them and others from demonstrating against the Iraq war by prosecuting them in federal court.
Student Arrested After Pilot Uniform Found 16 Sep 2005 A university student from Egypt was ordered held without bond after prosecutors said they found a pilot's uniform, chart of Memphis International Airport and a DVD titled "How an Airline Captain Should Look and Act" in his apartment. The FBI is investigating whether Mahmoud Maawad, 29, had any connection to terrorists.
Son of Florida Gov. Bush pushed officer, affidavit says 17 Sep 2005 The youngest son of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush continually pushed against an officer who was trying to handcuff him during his arrest on suspicion of public intoxication, according to an affidavit.
Filibuster Priscilla By Robert Novak 18 Sep 2005 "According to Senate sources, Democratic Leader Harry Reid [D-NV] has informed Majority Leader Bill Frist [R-Terrorist-TN] that Federal Appeals Court Judge Priscilla Owen will be filibustered if President [sic] Bush names her to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court... Frist is known to believe Owen can be confirmed in the face of a filibuster."
Vatican 'witch-hunt' irks US gay community 17 Sep 2005 The United States Catholic Church, stung by a sex-abuse scandal, is poised to launch a quiet campaign to clean its seminaries of people suspected of homosexual orientation, sparking protests from the gay community whose leaders have compared the effort to a witch-hunt.
Exceptions in new EPA rules would allow testing pesticides on children 14 Sep 2005 The Environmental Protection Agency's new rules on human testing, which the agency said last week would "categorically" protect children and pregnant women from pesticide testing, include numerous exemptions - including one that specifically allows testing of children who have been "abused and neglected."
Katrina shows effect of climate change, says Gore 17 Sep 2005 Hurricane Katrina offered "a taste" of the disasters, and the response to them, that the US could expect as a consequence of climate change, president Al Gore said on Saturday.
Bush's key aide 'missed' Katrina New Orleans 18 Sep 2005 "Bush's brain" was missing when flood waters swamped New Orleans. Karl Rove, the White House aide who goes by that unofficial title, was suffering from painful kidney stones and was briefly hospitalised in the middle of the biggest crisis so far of pResident George W Bush’s second term. [Bush's brain is *always* missing.]
Katrina aid donations are outpacing 9/11 18 Sep 2005 For three weeks, Americans have attended fund-raisers, donated online, phoned telethon lines and tossed change into buckets and cans on an unprecedented scale for a major disaster.
$700,000 lawsuit settlement donated to help Katrina victims 17 Sep 2005 The American Red Cross relief fund for Hurricane Katrina victims will receive $700,000 that remain from an antitrust lawsuit that was settled more than 10 years ago, a federal judge has ruled.
Health threats still a concern as residents return to New Orleans 17 Sep 2005 A combined lack of safe tap water and effective sewerage together with dangerous storm debris in some areas meant that parts of hurricane-wrecked New Orleans remained off-limits, said Louisiana State Health Officer Jimmy Guidry.
Bird flu's human transmission high on agenda at WHO meeting 18 Sep 2005 Stemming a possible deadly outbreak of bird flu in humans will be high on the agenda during a World Health Organization meeting this week in the South Pacific nation of New Caledonia.
Bush Calls for Broader Military Disaster Response Role 16 Sep 2005 The military will have a broader role in disaster response, based on aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Dictator Bush said in a nationally televised address Sept. 15.
Friday morning (power) line By Brian Williams 16 Sep 2005 "And yet last night, no more than an hour after the President departed, the lights went out. The entire area was plunged into total darkness again, to audible groans. It's enough to make some of the folks here who witnessed it... jump to certain conclusions. It is impossible to over-emphasize the extent to which this area is under government occupation, and portions of it under government-enforced lockdown. Police cars rule the streets. They (along with Humvees, ambulances, fire apparatus, FEMA trucks and all official-looking SUVs) are generally not stopped at checkpoints and roadblocks. All other vehicles are subject to long lines and snap judgments and must PROVE they have vital business inside the vast roped-off regions here."
Doctor says FEMA ordered him to stop treating hurricane victims 16 Sep 2005 In the midst of administering chest compressions to a dying woman several days after Hurricane Katrina struck, Dr. Mark N. Perlmutter was ordered to stop by a federal official because he wasn't registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "I begged him to let me continue," said Perlmutter, who left his home and practice as an orthopedic surgeon in Pennsylvania to come to Louisiana and volunteer to care for hurricane victims. "People were dying, and I was the only doctor on the tarmac (at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport) where scores of nonresponsive patients lay on stretchers. Two patients died in front of me."
Katrina aid from Cuba? No thanks, says U.S. 14 Sep 2005 In separate Washington press briefings, both the White House and State Department spokesmen this week downplayed the Cuban government’s offer to send some 1,600 medics, field hospitals and 83 tons of medical supplies to ease the humanitarian disaster. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack asserted last week that the Cuban medical brigade would probably not be needed since there has been a "robust response from the American medical community."
Higher-than-expected death toll seen in clustered New Orleans corpses 16 Sep 2005 Tentative optimism that New Orleans’ death toll from Katrina might be far lower than first projected has given way to somber reality over the past 36 hours as search and rescue squad turn up bodies by the dozen in the hardest hit areas of the city.
FEMA under fire as delays hit Katrina recovery 16 Sep 2005 The U.S. agency that made a mess of rescue operations when Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans and the Gulf Coast now is coming under fire for slow distribution of aid to storm survivors.
Displaced oil workers get new homes 15 Sep 2005 Compared with many others forced from their homes by Hurricane Katrina, residents of Sugarville have comfortable new houses, complete with amenities like soft beds, DVD players and full refrigerators. St. James, LA "Sugarville" is actually a huge dirt lot on the grounds of the Royal Dutch Shell Sugarland Terminal in this southeastern Louisiana town. The "houses" are Fleetwood Enterprises trailers supplied by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to house oil workers and their families displaced by the storm that devastated the U.S. Gulf Coast.
44 oil spills found in southeast Louisiana --Largest is nearly 4 million gallons, most big ones are on Mississippi River 16 Sep 2005 More than 500 specialists are working to clean up 44 oil spills ranging from several hundred gallons to nearly 4 million gallons, the U.S. Coast Guard said in an assessment that goes far beyond initial reports of just two significant spills.
Gov't Increases Medicare Premiums Again 16 Sep 2005 Senior citizens and the disabled will have to pay a monthly Medicare premium of $88.50 next year for doctor's visits and other services. The $10.30 increase amounts to 13.2 percent. [Boy, that should be a real *help* to the poor people in the Gulf Coast! ***NOT.***]
Not the New Deal By Paul Krugman 16 Sep 2005 "It's a given that the Bush administration, which tried to turn Iraq into a laboratory for conservative economic policies, will try the same thing on the Gulf Coast. The Heritage Foundation, which has surely been helping Karl Rove develop the administration's recovery plan, has already published a manifesto on post-Katrina policy. It calls for waivers on environmental rules, the elimination of capital gains taxes and the private ownership of public school buildings in the disaster areas... There's every reason to believe the reconstruction of the Gulf Coast, like the failed reconstruction of Iraq, will be deeply marred by cronyism and corruption."
Follow the money for the real story By Molly Ivins "...[T]he first winner out of the gate on Katrina is Halliburton Co., whose deserving subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root already has been granted a $29.8 million contract for cleanup work in the wake of Katrina... Since Joe Allbaugh, who was Bush's campaign manager in 2000, announced that he was leaving FEMA in December 2002, it appears he has been busy making sure reconstruction contracts in Iraq go to companies that give generously to the Republican Party."
Series of attacks kill 25 in Iraq 16 Sep 2005 At least 25 people died, including 13 worshippers fatally injured by a suicide bomber outside a mosque, as violence erupted in Iraq Friday.
U.S. Marine Killed in Explosion in Iraq 16 Sep 2005 A U.S. Marine was killed in an explosion in the volatile western province of al-Anbar, the military said Friday.
Iraq's Costs Worry Americans, Poll Indicates 16 Sep 2005 With Hurricane Katrina already costing the federal government tens of billions of dollars, more than 8 in 10 Americans are very or somewhat concerned that the $5 billion being spent each month on the war in Iraq is draining away money that could be used in the United States, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
U.S. rejects Syrian statement, threatens "serious consequences" 16 Sep 2005 A Syrian government statement that Syria is doing all it can to police its borders with Iraq was rejected on Friday by State Department deputy spokesman Adam Ereli, who threatened Syria with "serious consequences" On Monday, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad said time was running out for Damascus to stop insurgent incursions into Iraq from Syria.
Chavez: U.S. Plans to Invade Venezuela 16 Sep 2005 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Friday he has documentary evidence that the United States plans to invade his country. Chavez, interviewed on ABC's "Nightline," said the plan is called "Balboa" and involves aircraft carriers and planes.
Venezuelan leader lashes at US in UN speech 15 Sep 2005 Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez called the United States a "terrorist state" and said the United Nations headquarters should be moved away from New York. Chavez littered his speech to the UN world summit with anti-US comments which were strongly applauded.
Chavez Takes Bush to Task Over Iraq War 16 Sep 2005 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez took Dictator Bush to task in front of a global summit for waging war in Iraq without U.N. consent and won rousing applause for his critique. "There were never weapons of mass destruction but Iraq was bombed, and over U.N. objections, (it was) occupied and continues being occupied," Chavez said.
Ex-Taliban officials, warlords on Afghan ballot 16 Sep 2005 The presence of warlords and ex-Taliban officials on the ballot when Afghans vote Sunday is raising fears that figures from the past will sabotage efforts to build a stable democracy. [No worries, Bush and Halliburton has already done that.]
House Republicans Block Bid for CIA Leak Data 15 Sep 2005 Two U.S. congressional committees on Wednesday rejected Democrat-backed resolutions that would have compelled the Bush regime to turn over records relating to the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame.
Cheney Slated for Surgery to Treat Aneurysm 16 Sep 2005 Vice pResident Dick Cheney will undergo an elective surgery next weekend to treat an aneurysm in an artery behind his right knee.
MPs may force retreat by Clarke --Cross-party concern over detention and definition --Compromise expected to avert Commons revolt 17 Sep 2005 Charles Clarke, the home secretary, is braced to make further concessions on his latest anti[pro]-terrorism bill in the face of guaranteed resistance to its most sensitive clauses from MPs and peers who are determined to amend or - if necessary - defeat it... The shadow home secretary, David Davis, said he was also keen to defend the ancient Magna Carta privilege of habeas corpus - that a prisoner be brought to court quickly, not held for months on end.
Backlash will scupper anti-terrorism Bill in the Lords, say critics 17 Sep 2005 A legal and political backlash was growing last night against the Government's new anti[pro]-terrorism laws, which include provision for jail for "glorifying" terrorists. [Glorifying terrorists? Oh. I guess Karl Rove and the executive producers of Faux News would be locked up for a very long time.]
Police carry out three raids in July 7 investigation 17 Sep 2005 Police pressed ahead yesterday in their investigation of the London bombings, searching a home and two shops in Leeds, where three of the four 7 July suicide bombers lived. Officers raided the idooPC computer shop and the Plum Tree hat shop [LOL!], and a nearby flat. There were no arrests.
Britain detains 7 foreigners 16 Sep 2005 British authorities detained seven foreigners yesterday for deportation as threats to national security, and the government backed a police proposal to hold terror suspects for up to three months without charge.
2 Terror Suspects Ordered Kept in Solitary Confinement 16 Sep 2005 Miami, FL --Two men awaiting trial on charges of recruiting soldiers for worldwide radical Islamic holy war were ordered Friday to remain in solitary confinement after prosecutors said they could continue spreading Muslim extremism if allowed into the regular jail population.
Here's a big *bleeping* surprise: Anthrax Probe Growing Cold --FBI officials have sharply reduced the number of agents investigating the deadly 2001 attacks. 16 Sep 2005 Four years after the deadly 2001 anthrax attacks, one of the most exhaustive investigations in FBI history has yielded no arrests and is showing signs of growing cold as officials have sharply reduced the number of agents on the case.
Avian Flu: Is the Government Ready for an Epidemic? 16 Sep 2005 Already, officials in London are quietly looking for extra morgue space to house the victims of the H5N1 virus, a never-before-seen strain of flu. Scientists say this virus could pose a far greater threat than smallpox, AIDS or anthrax.
Camp Casey Memorial Stolen --Casey Sheehan's Boots Are Gone 15 Sep 2005 The Camp Casey Memorial on Prairie Chapel Road was removed by thieves earlier today. Not a single item is left at the memorial site.
Bacharach Blasts Bush 15 Sep 2005 Singer/songwriter Burt Bacharach, 77, has attacked US pResident George W Bush for his handling of the Hurricane Katrina rescue operation. "Instead of pushing the funding up, they took most of it away to fight this stupid war, and that's unforgivable. I think Bush is just about the poorest president [sic] we've ever had. You'd have to go back before I was born to find a worse one."
Lawmaker: Gas price gouging evident 16 Sep 2005 In the days immediately after Hurricane Katrina, refineries were charging as much as 80 cents per gallon more for non-branded gasoline than for name-brand gasoline.
Judge Orders Release of Jailed Grandmother 16 Sep 2005 A 73-year-old diabetic grandmother and church elder who fled Katrina's floodwaters for the safety of a hotel ended up in prison instead for more than two weeks - all over a bite of food.
Durbin writes Justice Department on Hilton, Dem hackings 16 Sep 2005 Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) penned a letter to Bush Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Wednesday asking why the Justice Department was able to successfully prosecute a teenager for hacking into Paris Hilton's cell phone, but has yet to fully investigate two Republican staffers who hacked into the Senate Democratic Judiciary computer system, RAW STORY has learned.
Schwarzenegger Says He'll Seek Re-[S]election 16 Sep 2005 [GOP-installed] Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger confirmed an open secret Friday, telling supporters that he's running for re-[s]election next year — an early announcement designed to re-energize his sagging political momentum. A nonpartisan Field Poll released last week found that just 36 percent of California voters are inclined to re-[s]elect Schwarzenegger.
Delta can pay Giuliani firm but not pilots' pensions 17 Sep 2005 The bankrupt US carrier Delta Air Lines has told 3,500 retired pilots it does not have the money to pay their pensions next month, according to its initial plans to restructure its finances. But, in a move likely to anger its pensioners, the company has asked for permission from a court to pay $400,000 a month to a financial advisory firm set up by New York's former mayor [and 9/11 unindicted co-conspirator], Rudolph Giuliani.
Report: $87 billion deficit looms for pension agency 16 Sep 2005 The agency that insures pensions for millions of workers may have a shortfall of almost $87 billion during the next 10 years, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said.
US poultry giant under fire after segregation scandal is revealed 16 Sep 2005 A group of black workers is suing the world's largest poultry meat producer, accusing it of tolerating a racist workplace where African Americans were routinely abused and a "whites only" sign was pinned to the lavatory door.
Son of Florida Gov. Bush Arrested 16 Sep 2005 The youngest son of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was arrested early Friday and charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest, law enforcement officials said.
Severe Hurricanes Increasing, Study Finds 16 Sep 2005 A new study concludes that rising sea temperatures have been accompanied by a significant global increase in the most destructive hurricanes, adding fuel to an international debate over whether global warming contributed to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina.
Tests Find High Mercury Levels in Fish 15 Sep 2005 Store-bought swordfish contained mercury levels above the legal limit in a study released Thursday by environmental groups.
Karl Rove in charge of $200 billion post-Katrina reconstruction effort 15 Sep 2005 In a primetime speech tonight from the flood zone, pResident Bush will commit the federal government to what many predict will become the largest reconstruction effort ever on U.S. soil. Republicans said Karl Rove, the White House deputy chief of staff and Bush's chief political adviser, is in charge of the $200 billion reconstruction effort.
Firms cash in on Katrina windfall 11 Sep 2005 Private contractors, guided by two former directors of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other well-connected lobbyists and consultants, are rushing to cash in on the unprecedented sums to be spent on Hurricane Katrina relief and reconstruction. From global engineering and construction firms such as the Fluor Corporation and Halliburton, of which vice-pResident Dick Cheney is a former head, to local rubbish removal and road-building concerns, the private sector is poised to reap a windfall in the largest domestic rebuilding effort ever undertaken.
Senate Kills Bid for Katrina Commission 14 Sep 2005 Senate Republicans on Wednesday scuttled an attempt by Sen. Hillary Clinton to establish an independent, bipartisan panel patterned after the 9/11 Commission to investigate what went wrong with federal, state and local governments' response to Hurricane Katrina.
Virtual martial law in the Big Easy By Peter Fimrite 08 Sep 2005 "I did not actually count the number of automatic weapons pointed at me, but there were at least five, and I was certain they were all locked and loaded, or whatever that military phrase is signifying that a gun is ready to blow a hole in somebody. "Step out!" commanded the black-helmeted man in the middle of what appeared to be a tactical formation. He was pointing a laser-like flashlight attached to his machine gun at me... There are National Guard, police and Army checkpoints every few blocks. SWAT teams, soldiers and military squads from as far away as Puerto Rico patrol the downtown streets, stopping anyone they see... It is essentially martial law in the Big Easy and being outside without a press pass can be dangerous, if not deadly. Hearst Corp. hired six armed military contractors, led by former Navy SEAL Chris White, to protect the house and journalists, presumably from looters, but also from arrest by police or the military." [A must read]
"The Department of Homeland Security is registering evacuees who are now in shelters, churches or private homes -- whether in the Gulf region or far away... We need to know who you are..." --George W. Bush, speech from New Orleans, 15 Sep 2005 [Right, so more prisoners can stay behind the concertina wire in FEMA's camps.]
Bush Vows Aid for Storm-Struck Gulf Coast 15 Sep 2005 ...In the speech, pResident Bush repeated a hotline number, 1-877-568-3317, for people to call to help reunite family members separated during the hurricane. Moments later, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., criticized Bush, saying "Leadership isn't a speech or a toll-free number." "No American doubts that New Orleans will rise again," Kerry said. "They doubt the competence and commitment of this administration."
Army Corps of Engineers Admits Sandbag Error 15 Sep 2005 Before Hurricane Katrina struck, the government should have had more sandbags and helicopters near New Orleans, ready to repair damaged levees, the commander of the Army Corps of Engineers said Thursday.
Report: Ex-FEMA director blames La. --Brown's account suggests the White House knew right away that the storm was leaving the coast in shambles. 15 Sep 2005 Michael Brown told The New York Times that within hours of Katrina's attack on New Orleans he told the White House that Louisiana officials lacked an organized response, leading to an "out of control" situation. Brown said he called Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and White House chief of staff Andrew Card to let them know the situation was out of control. His account suggests the White House knew right away that the storm was leaving the coast in shambles.
Ex-FEMA Chief Tells of Frustration and Chaos 15 Sep 2005 Hours after Hurricane Katrina passed New Orleans on Aug. 29, as the scale of the catastrophe became clear, Michael D. Brown recalls, he placed frantic calls to his boss, Michael Chertoff, the secretary of homeland security, and to the office of the White House chief of staff, Andrew H. Card Jr.
Mississippi sues 5 insurers over Katrina claims 15 Sep 2005 Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood sued five major insurance companies on Thursday, saying adjusters sought to cheat Hurricane Katrina survivors out of millions of dollars in homeowners' claims.
Gov't Credit Cards for Katrina Draw Fire 15 Sep 2005 Lawmakers and watchdog groups worry that allowing federal employees to charge up to $250,000 on their government-issued credit cards for Hurricane Katrina-related expenses will lead to a repeat of past abuses.
US House Republicans say sticking to tax cut plans 14 Sep 2005 U.S. House Republicans said on Wednesday they were still committed to extending tax cuts signed by pResident Bush two years ago, saying they had not abandoned the effort, despite Hurricane Katrina.
More Iraqis Joining Zarqawi's Cause 15 Sep 2005 Al Qaeda's top operative in Iraq is drawing growing numbers of Iraqi nationals to his organization, increasing the reach and threat of an insurgent [resistance] group that has been behind many of the most devastating attacks in the country, U.S. officials and Iraqi government leaders say.
New Round of Iraq Violence Leaves 31 Dead 15 Sep 2005 Two suicide car bombers struck within a minute of each other and a half-mile apart in southern Baghdad on Thursday, killing seven policemen and raising the day's death toll from blasts in the capital to at least 31, police said.
Norwegian troops to quit Iraq, Bush told 16 Sep 2005 Norway's incoming Prime Minister has told US pResident George W Bush that he will order Norwegian troops to leave Iraq as soon as he takes office, the NTB news agency reported.
Chicago biggest city yet to call for bringing troops home 15 Sep 2005 Chicago on Wednesday became the nation's largest city to demand an "orderly and rapid withdrawal" of U.S. troops from Iraq. [Oops! Chicago just put itself on top of the list of Blue cities that Bush bin Laden has in its sights.]
Iraqis' right to life no longer protected -Annan 15 Sep 2005 The right to life of civilians in Iraq has fallen victim to a combination of terrorism, violent crime and military excesses, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan reported on Thursday.
Iraqi farmer describes assault by seven British soldiers --18-year-old died of head injuries after assault 14 Sep 2005 An Iraqi farmer told a UK court martial yesterday how up to seven British soldiers had beaten him unconscious in an "angry, nervous" rage. Athar Finjan Saddam Abdullah was giving evidence against seven members of the Parachute Regiment accused of murdering another man caught up in the alleged assault.
Hunger Strike Spreads at Guantanamo Bay 15 Sep 2005 A hunger strike at the U.S. prison for terror suspects in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has grown to its largest point since detainees began their latest protest more than a month ago, a military official said Thursday.
Parliament demands Afghanistan torture truth --Who knew what - and when did they know it? A majority in parliament wants answers regarding torture claims in Afghanistan 15 Sep 2005 After new revelations in a case involving US forces mistreating detainees at Camp Kandahar in Afghanistan, a political majority is demanding that the defence minister explain just who knew what and when they knew it.
Israeli ex-military chief cancels trip to UK over threat of war crimes arrest --'Targeted' actions in Gaza may attract charges --Present chief of staff told not to visit London 16 Sep 2005 A former Israeli military chief, Moshe Yaalon, has cancelled a trip to London for fear of arrest on war crimes charges relating to attacks on Palestinian civilians and property.
US threatens North Korea with assets freeze 16 Sep 2005 The United States threatened to freeze North Korean assets if the reclusive state did not toe the line in talks aimed at ending its nuclear weapons program, and said it wanted to see progress within five days.
'Has the place blown up?' 15 Sep 2005 John Bolton's reputation as a difficult diplomat gave his boss, U.S. Terrorist George W. Bush, an opportunity to tease the new American ambassador to the United Nations. "How's he doing? Has the place blown up?" Bush asked U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan as the pResident and Bolton arrived at U.N. headquarters on Tuesday for a world summit.
U.K. Seeks to Extend Detention for Terror Suspects to 3 Months 15 Sep 2005 The U.K. government proposed legislation that would allow police to hold terror suspects for up to three months without charge, threatening a truce with opposition parties over how to prevent a repeat of the London attacks.
Weldon: Atta Papers Destroyed on Orders 15 Sep 2005 A Pentagon employee was ordered to destroy documents that identified Mohamed Atta as a terrorist two years before the 2001 attacks, a congressman said Thursday. The employee is prepared to testify next week before the Senate Judiciary Committee and was expected to identify the person who ordered him to destroy the large volume of documents, said Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa.
CIA leak investigator warns against document release 15 Sep 2005 The Justice Department and the special counsel investigating the leak of a CIA operative's identity pressed Congress to block legislation that would compel the administration to turn over documents related to the case, the department said in a letter released on Thursday.
'Baffled' peace activist gets $11,700 bill 16 Sep 2005 American peace activist Scott Parkin arrived back in the US today under guard after Australian authorities detained him in a Melbourne jail for five days for being a "national security risk". ...Parkin was also handed a bill for almost $11,700. It included $4,235.03 for his airfare back to LA and $6,675.39 for the return airfares of his two corrective services escorts as well as their accommodation in Los Angeles.
Texas county bans parking near Bush ranch 15 Sep 2005 Two weeks after Cindy Sheehan left her anti-war campsite by the road leading to pResident Bush's ranch, county commissioners have banned parking along 23 miles of roads in the area.
Grandmother, 73, held as sausage looter --Witnesses, even deli owner, says church deaconess was wrongly arrested 15 Sep 2005 A 73-year-old church deaconess, never before in trouble with the law, now sleeps in prison among hardened criminals. Merlene Maten's offense? Police say the grandmother from New Orleans took $63.50 in goods from a looted deli the day after Katrina struck.
Grandma fired for missing work during Katrina --Woman took care of granddaughter since parents stuck in New Orleans 15 Sep 2005 When forced to decide between caring for her 18-month-old granddaughter while her parents were stranded in New Orleans or showing up for her job, Barbara Roberts chose to be a grandma. And for that, she was fired.
Roberts tries to reassure: 'I am not an ideologue' --Confirmation as chief justice appears certain after four days of Senate hearings 16 Sep 2005 With his confirmation as chief justice virtually assured, Supreme Court nominee John Roberts Jr. wrapped up four days of confirmation hearings Thursday with a reassurance for nervous Democrats: "I am not an ideologue."
Connecticut Voting Machines Fail In Accessibility Test --Lever Voting Machines Don't Meet Federal Requirements 15 Sep 2005 Connecticut's 3,500 lever-style mechanical voting machines may have to be replaced before the 2006 election because a federal commission has ruled the old machines are not accessible to all voters, Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz said Thursday.
More corporate welfare surely on the way: Airline bankruptcies deepen US pension crisis: Congress 15 Sep 2005 The latest airline bankruptcies are deepening the crisis in private pensions, which now threaten to leave the US government with a 141.9 billion dollar liability, a congressional report said.
Oops! Mice infected with deadly plague are missing in N.J. 15 Sep 2005 Authorities are searching for three mice infected with bubonic plague that disappeared from a research laboratory about two weeks ago. The mice went missing from the lab of the Public Health Research Institute, which is located on the UMDNJ campus and conducts bioterrorism research for the federal government. [Oh, I'm sure they'll emerge in a Blue state pretty soon.]
Australia joins global fight against bird flu 16 Sep 2005 Australia has joined a new international partnership set up by the United States to try to 'prevent' [foment] an avian flu pandemic.
U.S. Buys $100 Million of Bird Flu Vaccine 15 Sep 2005 Mass production of a new vaccine that promises to protect against bird flu is poised to begin, as the government on Thursday agreed to stockpile $100 million worth of inoculations. The new contract with French vaccine maker Sanofi-Pasteur marks a major scale-up in U.S. preparation for the possibility that the virus could spark an influenza pandemic.
Indonesia Reports 4th Human Bird Flu Death 15 Sep 2005 Indonesia on Friday confirmed its fourth human death from the bird flu virus, and warned that more cases in the sprawling country were inevitable.
Global warming 'past the point of no return' 16 Sep 2005 A record loss of sea ice in the Arctic this summer has convinced scientists that the northern hemisphere may have crossed a critical threshold beyond which the climate may never recover. Scientists fear that the Arctic has now entered an irreversible phase of warming which will accelerate the loss of the polar sea ice that has helped to keep the climate stable for thousands of years.
Increase in Major Hurricanes Linked to Warmer Seas 15 Sep 2005 The number of severe hurricanes has doubled worldwide even though the total number of hurricanes has dropped over the last 35 years, a new study finds. The increase in major storms like Katrina coincides with a global increase of sea surface temperatures, which scientists say is an effect of global warming.
House GOP Derails Democratic Inquiries on Downing St., Plame Documents 14 Sep 2005 House Republicans derailed Democratic attempts on Wednesday to force the Bush regime to surrender documents on prewar intelligence and the disclosure of the identity of a CIA operative. Democrats have introduced several "resolutions of inquiry" to compel Dictator Bush and members of his Cabinet to release all information relating to communications with British officials before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and the Valerie Plame case.
FEMA, La. outsource Katrina body count to firm implicated in body-dumping scandals By Miriam Raftery 14 Sep 2005 "The Federal Emergency Management Agency has hired Kenyon International to set up a mobile morgue for handling bodies in Baton Rouge, Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina, RAW STORY has learned. Kenyon is a subsidiary of Service Corporation International (SCI), a scandal-ridden Texas-based company operated by a friend of the Bush family. Recently, SCI subsidiaries have been implicated in illegally discarding and desecrating corpses."
La. to pay Kenyon $119,000 a day for body recovery 14 Sep 2005 The state of Louisiana will pay Kenyon International Emergency Services almost $119,000 a day for two months for the job of recovering, documenting and handling [not to mention, concealing] the bodies of the victims of Hurricane Katrina, according to documents released by the state.
Hurricane Katrina death toll rises past 700 14 Sep 2005 The death toll from Hurricane Katrina climbed to 711 on Wednesday after Louisiana officials raised the number of confirmed fatalities in that state to 474.
Over 50 Katrina evacuees have died in TX 14 Sep 2005 Medical examiners says at least 53 Hurricane Katrina evacuees from the New Orleans area have died since coming to Texas.
"It reminded her of a concentration camp" Concertina wire separates people, beach areas 09 Sep 2005 Double rows of coiled razor wire went up along the railroad tracks in Long Beach and Gulfport (MS) to keep people out of the most severely damaged areas of the cities. And it's coming for Pass Christian and parts of Biloxi, according the Col. Joe Spraggins, director of emergency operations in Harrison County... When Lynn Bauer drove along Railroad Avenue in Long Beach on Friday morning, she was shocked to see a fence crew based out of Lumberton laying the wire... When Bauer saw the razor wire, she said she was hurt. It reminded her of a concentration camp.
Help is on the way, but it's unclear where 15 Sep 2005 More than 100 tractor-trailers packed with water, ice and other critical hurricane-relief supplies have been sitting at an Air Force base in Montgomery, Ala., for nearly a week while the federal government pays $600 a day for each truck. The idle trucks, called up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to deliver supplies, are just the latest example of the waste, bureaucratic errors and miscommunication that continue to foul Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
Amid Katrina Chaos, Congressman Used National Guard to Visit Home --Two Heavy Trucks, Helicopter Were Involved in Lawmaker's Trip at Height of Crisis 14 Sep 2005 Amid the chaos and confusion that engulfed New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina struck, Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) used National Guard troops to check on his property and rescue his personal belongings -- even while New Orleans residents were trying to get rescued from rooftops, ABC News has learned.
Mystery surrounds floodwall breaches --Could a structural flaw be to blame? 13 Sep 2005 One of the central mysteries emerging in the Hurricane Katrina disaster is why concrete floodwalls in three canals breached during the storm, causing much of the catastrophic flooding, while earthen hurricane levees surrounding the city remained intact.
Hamilton says nation still not prepared for disasters 14 Sep 2005 The federal government has made insufficient progress toward improving communications, determining who's in charge in an emergency, prioritizing spending and other changes needed to make the nation safer, former Indiana Rep. Lee Hamilton said Wednesday.
Beyond Good and Evil --What Bush could have learned after 9/11 and should learn after Katrina 13 Sep 2005 "The apocalypse was brought on not by the forces of evil, but of nature, aided and abetted by the incompetence of Bush’s own administration. As a bitter reader from Fairview, N.J. wrote to us this week: 'If we are to believe that President Bush and the Christian Right have been talking directly to God these past six years, then it follows that this is God's answer to their agenda'"
A Fatal Incuriosity By Maureen Dowd 14 Sep 2005 "[George W. Bush] made the ultimate sacrifice and admitted his administration had messed up, something he'd refused to do through all of the other screw-ups, from phantom W.M.D. and the torture at Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo to the miscalculations on the Iraq occupation and the insurgency, which will soon claim 2,000 young Americans. How many places will be in shambles by the time the Bush crew leaves office?"
The Storm That Ate the GOP --Who will pity the soulless Republican Party now that Katrina is mauling their regime? By Mark Morford 14 Sep 2005 "Hell, the oil companies are as giddy as schoolgirls at being able to falsely jack up prices to over whopping 70 bucks a barrel, despite a recent (temporary) glut of supply. Halliburton is squealing like Jenna Bush at a kegger at scoring the contract to help rebuild New Orleans' infrastructure thanks to the fact that the former head of FEMA is now a Halliburton lobbyist, and the GOP plan to decimate FEMA and militarize emergency efforts is going -- pardon the pun -- swimmingly."
Children's Author: Warn Kids About Liberals 13 Sep 2005 The tragedy of Hurricane Katrina has exposed an ugly truth about liberals, and parents need to teach this to their kids, according to the author of a controversial upcoming children's book. Katharine DeBrecht—the author of the soon-to-be-released "Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed" dismisses the notion that parents should not talk to their young kids about politics. If anything, she claims, the behavior of liberals following the flooding of New Orleans shows that parents with traditional values need to take a hands-on approach to making sure their kids aren't bombarded by left-wing messages. [Here's one for you right now, whackjob: Arming the Left: Is the time now? --by Charles Southwell]
Report says 13 journalists killed by U.S. troops in Iraq 14 Sep 2005 A media watchdog criticized the U.S. military on Wednesday for consistently failing to investigate the killing of journalists in Iraq by its forces, and said the Pentagon was losing credibility as a result.
At least 21 dead in new Baghdad blast --Al-Qaida in Iraq declares all-out war after 160 killed in Wednesday attacks 15 Sep 2005 Sixteen policemen and five civilians were killed Thursday when a suicide bomber drove his car into a convoy of police vehicles in Baghdad’s southern Dora district, police said.
9-Bombs, gunmen kill over 150 in Baghdad 14 Sep 2005 A suicide bomber lured a crowd of Shi'ite Muslim day labourers to his minivan and blew it up in Baghdad on Wednesday, killing 114 people in the bloodiest of a wave of attacks that took more than 150 lives in the capital.
Bush: 'We Will Not Waver' On Iraq 13 Sep 2005 Dictator Bush said Tuesday that the United States will not relent in its support of Iraq's new and fragile democracy despite "acts of staggering brutality" in the country.
Chicago Calls for Troops to Leave Iraq 14 Sep 2005 Chicago on Wednesday became the nation's largest city to urge the Bush regime to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq at once.
Troops stay in Iraq 14 Sep 2005 Australia plans to stick to its 12-month deployment of troops in southern Iraq and has given Japan no indication of a premature withdrawal, Defence Minister Robert Hill says.
18 Detainees Force-Fed at Guantanamo --More than a quarter of the 502 'enemy combatants' at the prison have joined in a hunger strike over alleged maltreatment [*Torture.* And, with ongoing force-feedings, it's beyond *alleged.*] 14 Sep 2005 A hunger strike at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has grown to 128 prisoners who are demanding that they be immediately released or granted access to a legal process to defend themselves against blanket allegations that they are terrorists.
Activist deported as 'an example' September 15, 2005 The jailing and deportation of an American peace activist was a sign the government's national security agenda was out of control, a former intelligence analyst said.
Britain now faces its own blowback --Intelligence interests may thwart the July bombings investigation By Michael Meacher 10 Sep 2005 "All this highlights the resistance to getting at the truth about the 9/11 attacks and to an effective crackdown on the forces fomenting terrorist bombings in the west, including Britain... Indeed it may depend on whether Scotland Yard, in its attempts to uncover the truth, can prevail over MI6, which is trying to cover its tracks and in practice has every opportunity to operate beyond the law under the cover of national security."
Top CIA official to quit sooner over Goss dispute 15 Sep 2005 A senior official in the CIA's espionage branch will leave earlier than announced because of a dispute with CIA Director Porter J. Goss on reforms [?!?] within the agency's spying branch, Bush administration officials said yesterday.
Bush approval at lowest level of his pResidency 14 Sep 2005 Rocked by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, record-high gas prices, and the continued debate over Iraq, pResident George W. Bush’s public standing has sunk to new lows, the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds. According to the poll, Bush’s job approval has plummeted to 40 percent, an all-time low for the president.
Satellite photos show N. Korea nuclear activity 15 Sep 2005 New satellite photos show for the first time that North Korea has resumed some work on a nuclear reactor that could enable the state to vastly increase stocks of weapons-grade plutonium, but the activity seems to be modest, an analyst said.
Chavez Extends Oil Trade Deal to Caribbean 14 Sep 2005 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has extended a preferential oil trade deal to 13 Caribbean countries in what he says is part of a plan to challenge U.S. economic domination of the region.
States 'not run by people's will' 14 Sep 2005 Sixty-five percent of citizens across the world do not think their country is governed by the will of the people, a poll commissioned by the BBC suggests.
Court strips Pinochet of immunity 14 Sep 2005 Chile's Supreme Court has ruled former military ruler Augusto Pinochet can face charges related to the killing of 119 dissidents.
Vatican to Check U.S. Seminaries on Gay Presence 15 Sep 2005 Investigators appointed by the Vatican have been instructed to review each of the 229 Roman Catholic seminaries in the United States for "evidence of homosexuality" and for faculty members who dissent from church teaching, according to a document prepared to guide the process.
Judge rules Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional in public schools 14 Sep 2005 Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools was ruled unconstitutional Wednesday by a federal judge who granted legal standing to two families represented by an atheist who lost his previous battle before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Roberts: Congress Can Overturn High Court Rulings 14 Sep 2005 Facing senators for a third day, chief justice nominee John G. Roberts Jr. said today it was appropriate for Congress to consider using legislative means to overturn Supreme Court rulings. [Good. Can we now overturn the Whore Court's 2000 installation of George W. Bush?]
Delta Air files for Chapter 11 protection 14 Sep 2005 Delta Air Lines Inc., which has struggled to avoid bankruptcy for several months, on Wednesday filed for Chapter 11 protection, brought down by high oil prices and steep competition from low-cost carriers.
Nuclear plant operator agrees to pay record fine 14 Sep 2005 The operator of the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant agreed Wednesday to pay a record $5.45 million fine for failing to stop an acid leak that nearly ate through a 6-inch steel cap on the reactor vessel.
U.S. Senate Upholds EPA's Power-Plant Mercury Rule 13 Sep 2005 The U.S. Senate voted to uphold an Environmental Protection Agency rule allowing creation of an emissions-credits trading system to reduce mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants. A majority of fifty-one senators voted to reject a resolution to overturn the rule sponsored by Senator Patrick Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont. The rule was adopted by the EPA as an alternative to a proposal under the administration of former President Bill Clinton that would have required plant operators to install controls to reduce mercury emissions.
Senate Roll Call on Mercury Resolution 13 Sep 2005 The 51-47 roll call by which the Senate voted to defeat a resolution to repeal EPA rules on mercury emissions from power plants. On this vote, a "yes" vote was a vote to repeal the EPA rules and a "no" vote was a vote to defeat the resolution.
Arctic Folly By Jimmy Carter 13 Sep 2005 "Surely Congress has done more than enough to increase the profits of the oil industry. Yet now, in a separate decision, the White House and Big Oil are pressuring Congress to allow drilling rigs to rip into the ecological heart of America's preeminent wildlife sanctuary. We must not confuse this with Prudhoe Bay, which lies west of the Arctic refuge and is already an industrial landscape resembling Houston more than Yellowstone."
Power crews diverted, restoring pipeline came first 11 Sep 2005 Shortly after Hurricane Katrina roared through South Mississippi knocking out electricity and communication systems, the White House ordered power restored to a pipeline that sends fuel to the Northeast. That order - to restart two power substations in Collins that serve Colonial Pipeline Co. - delayed efforts by at least 24 hours to restore power to two rural hospitals and a number of water systems in the Pine Belt. Dan Jordan, manager of Southern Pines Electric Power Association, said Vice pResident Dick Cheney's office called and left voice mails twice shortly after the storm struck, saying the Collins substations needed power restored immediately.
Chertoff delayed federal response, memo shows 13 Sep 2005 The federal official with the power to mobilize a massive federal response to Hurricane Katrina was Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, not the former FEMA chief who was relieved of his duties and resigned earlier this week, federal documents reviewed by Knight Ridder show. Even before the storm struck the Gulf Coast, Chertoff could have ordered federal agencies into action without any request from state or local officials.
*OMFG* Bush says he may need more power in disasters --He wants Congress to look into whether presidential authority should be expanded in times of catastrophes like Katrina [Bush *is* the disaster!! Bush *is* the catastrophe! If you get rid of Bush, you get rid of the disasters and the catastrophes!!] 13 Sep 2005 Dictator Bush on Monday urged Congress to examine whether the White House needs stronger powers to deal with catastrophes like Hurricane Katrina. Bush’s backing for the congressional inquiry raised the possibility that lawmakers might expand presidential authority to: Order mandatory civilian evacuations - Dispatch U.S.-based armed forces for emergency search-and-rescue operations - Grant wider leeway for active-duty U.S. military personnel to carry out law enforcement operations.
Army warns journalists covering deaths --As bodies recovered, reporters are told 'no photos, no stories' 13 Sep 2005 A long caravan of white vans led by an Army humvee rolled Monday through New Orleans' Bywater district, a poor, mostly black neighborhood, northeast of the French Quarter... Outside one house on Kentucky Street, a member of the Army 82nd Airborne Division summoned a reporter and photographer standing nearby and told them that if they took pictures or wrote a story about the body recovery process, he would take away their press credentials and kick them out of the state. "No photos. No stories," said the man, wearing camouflage fatigues and a red beret.
"If I didn't know better, I'd have thought I was peering through the fence at a concentration camp." Evacuees' stories are moving, but fence isn't By Diane Carman 13 Sep 2005 "If I didn't know better, I'd have thought I was peering through the fence at a concentration camp. The signs on the buildings say 'Community College of Aurora,' though for now they're serving as an impromptu Camp Katrina. About 160 hurricane survivors are being housed in the dorms, surrounded by fences, roadblocks, security guards and enough armed police officers to invade Grenada... It probably was easier for a reporter to get inside Gitmo on Tuesday than to penetrate the force field around Lowry."
Overkill: Feared Blackwater Mercenaries Deploy in New Orleans By Jeremy Scahill and Daniela Crespo 12 Sep 2005 "Heavily armed paramilitary mercenaries from the Blackwater private security firm, infamous for their work in Iraq, are openly patrolling the streets of New Orleans. Some of the mercenaries say they have been 'deputized' by the Louisiana governor; indeed some are wearing gold Louisiana state law enforcement badges on their chests and Blackwater photo identification cards on their arms. They say they are on contract with the Department of Homeland Security and have been given the authority to use lethal force."
Three FEMA contractors arrested for looting in Plaquemines Parish 13 Sep 2005 Three Texas truck drivers under contract with the federal government to bring in storm relief supplies for Plaquemines Parish have been arrested for allegedly looting toys, dolls, women’s lingerie and other merchandise from a Belle Chasse Family Dollar store, authorities said.
Owners of Nursing Home Charged With 34 Counts of Murder 13 Sep 2005 The owners of a flooded-out New Orleans-area nursing home been charged with 34 counts of negligent homicide in the deaths of patients. Baton Rouge, LA -- The owners of a New Orleans-area nursing home where 34 patients died in Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters have been charged with negligent homicide.
Homicide charges filed in hurricane deaths 13 Sep 2005 Homicide charges were filed on Tuesday against the operators of a nursing home where 34 patients trapped by floodwaters died, as the death toll from Katrina, the third deadliest hurricane in U.S. history, hit 648. At another New Orleans facility, the owners of a medical center where 44 bodies were found said they were those of critically ill patients who died in stifling heat after power was cut off to the flooded building but before it could be evacuated.
Speed of Katrina body recovery ripped --Governor criticizes FEMA, signs own contract with company 13 Sep 2005 Louisiana's governor condemned the Federal Emergency Management Agency Tuesday for moving too slowly to recover the dead from New Orleans and said she has signed a contract directly on behalf of the state with the recovery company originally hired by FEMA.
Death Toll in Louisiana Climbs Past 400 14 Sep 2005 Hurricane Katrina's death toll in Louisiana jumped by more than half Tuesday to 423 as recovery workers turned more of their attention to gathering up and counting the corpses in a city all but emptied out of the living.
Katrina Displaces Thousands With HIV 12 Sep 2005 About 8,000 people with HIV and AIDS who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina now face the massive challenge of trying to manage their disease without their doctors, their clinics and their support systems.
Palestinian refugees donate 10,000 dollars to Katrina victims 13 Sep 2005 A Palestinian refugee committee on Tuesday donated 10,000 dollars to help the tens of thousands of Americans made homeless by Hurricane Katrina. Representatives from Palestinian refugee camps, which house some of the most disadvantaged people in the Middle East, handed the cheque to US consul general Jacob Walles in the West Bank town of Ramallah.
U.S. Lacks Unified Emergency Radio System 13 Sep 2005 After surviving Hurricane Katrina's initial blow, the radio communications system for the New Orleans police and fire departments dissolved as its radio towers lost their backup power generators in the ensuing flood... Four years after the 2001 terror attacks exposed the need for more robust, interconnected communications during such calamities, with nearly a billion dollars appropriated by Congress for the task last year, the United States still lacks uniform systems that can keep all emergency responders in touch.
Official Vows Investigation of No-Bid Relief Contracts 14 Sep 2005 The inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday that his office had received accusations of fraud and waste in the multibillion-dollar relief programs linked to Hurricane Katrina and would investigate how no-bid contracts were awarded to several large, politically well-connected companies.
Investigation finds Red Cross agreed to withhold Orleans aid, operates in tandem with Homeland Security --Top Red Cross official Bush appointee, donor By Jennifer Van Bergen 13 Sep 2005 "New information surrounding relief efforts by the American Red Cross in New Orleans raises questions about whether the organization provided adequate relief and whether funds are actually being directed to Katrina victims, RAW STORY has found."
Bush takes responsibility for Katrina blunders 13 Sep 2005 pResident Bush said Tuesday that "I take responsibility" for failures in dealing with Hurricane Katrina and said the disaster raised broader questions about the government's ability to respond to natural disasters as well as terror attacks.
End of the Bush Era By E. J. Dionne Jr. 13 Sep 2005 "The Bush Era is over. The sooner politicians in both parties realize that, the better for them -- and the country. Recent months, and especially the past two weeks, have brought home to a steadily growing majority of Americans the truth that President [sic] Bush's government doesn't work. His policies are failing, his approach to leadership is detached and self-indulgent, his way of politics has produced a divided, angry and dysfunctional public square. We dare not go on like this."
The Whole World Is Watching --Here's what international papers are saying about America's crisis. By Julia Gronnevet 06 Sep 2005 "Comparing the United States to the Roman Empire is a popular pastime. Even more so this week: A writer for Italy's center-left La Repubblica says that Hurricane Katrina has made New Orleans look like the city of Pompeii, which was destroyed by a volcano in the year 79 A.D.
Space age plan to tame might of hurricanes --Microwave radiation and controlled oil slicks could change the path and sap the power of tropical storms 10 Oct 2004 Scientists are developing techniques aimed at taming the power of the world's most devastating storms. The project, backed by funds from Nasa, would involve seeding clouds, coating seas with biodegradable 'slicks' and even beaming microwave radiation from orbiting power stations to slow or even halt hurricanes. Controlling these great, rolling tempests - known as hurricanes in the Atlantic, typhoons in the western Pacific and cyclones in the eastern Pacific - is now considered an urgent priority.
What's FEMA's Crisis Plan For Indian Point? 13 Sep 2005 The deadly chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina proves the foolhardiness of evacuation plans for the area around the Indian Point nuclear power plants, a longtime foe of the plants said Tuesday.
No timetable for US withdrawal: Iraqi president 14 Sep 2005 Iraqi 'President' Jalal Talabani said on Tuesday that Iraq will not set a timetable for a withdrawal of US troops, backing away from his published remarks that the US could withdraw as many as 50,000 troops by the end of the year.
Gunmen round up and kill locals 14 Sep 2005 Gunmen [US death squads?] dragged 17 people out of their homes just north of Baghdad and killed them today, police said. The gunmen rounded up their victims and shot them outside their houses in Taji.
Wave of violence kills at least 92 in Baghdad --Bush meets with Iraqi 'president' 14 Sep 2005 A pair of deadly attacks in Baghdad early Wednesday killed at least 92 people and wounded 109 others, Iraqi police said.
Imprisonments anger Iraqis --75 Per Cent of Iraqis Detained Later Freed For Lack of Evidence 11 Sep 2005 The U.S.-led dragnet for resistance fighters catches the harmless much more often than the dangerous, according to military figures, helping breed resentment among Iraqis who often languish in prison for months before the system sets them free.
British soldiers 'beat Iraqi taxi driver' 13 Sep 2005 An Iraqi taxi driver today told a court that he had been beaten unconscious by a group of British soldiers. The seven servicemen - who are accused of murdering an 18-year-old man in the same attack - listened to the victim of their alleged assault as he gave evidence at their court martial in the UK.
UK shoot-to-kill policy defended 13 Sep 2005 A controversial shoot-to-kill policy to deal with suspected suicide bombers was reviewed following the death of an innocent man, but it remains in place with only minor changes, Britain's most senior police officer has said.
'Hundreds' may pose terror threat, says Clarke 13 Sep 2005 Home Secretary Charles Clarke said today that hundreds of terror suspects were being closely watched in Britain and there was "no doubt" that the London bombers had links with foreign terrorists.
Court upholds extradition of bombing suspect 13 Sep 2005 Italy's highest court today upheld the extradition to Britain of a suspect in the failed July 21 London bombings. The decision, by the court of cassation cannot be appealed.
Bracks voices concern over activist 13 Sep 2005 Victorian Premier Steve Bracks has called on the Federal Government to explain why it is deporting US peace activist Scott Parkin. Attorney-General Philip Ruddock today rejected suggestions that political pressure from Washington may have been behind the decision to deport Mr Parkin, whose six-month visa was cancelled on the grounds he is a potential risk to national security.
Roberts Rebuffs Democrats' Questions 14 Sep 2005 Chief Justice-nominee John Roberts repeatedly refused to answer questions about abortion and other contentious issues at his confirmation hearing Tuesday, telling frustrated Democrats he would not discuss matters that could come before the Supreme Court.
EVERY child left behind by Bush: Study: U.S. Losing Ground in Education 13 Sep 2005 The United States is losing ground in education, as peers across the globe zoom by with bigger gains in student achievement and school graduations, a study shows.
GOP official accused of money-laundering for legal client 13 Sep 2005 The vice chairman of the state Republican Party was charged Tuesday with money-laundering after he allegedly offered to "cleanse" drug proceeds for a legal client.
Warnings on bird flu pandemic 14 Sep 2005 A bird flu pandemic in Australia could be more deadly for the nation than almost any sort of terrorist attack, Health Minister Tony Abbott has warned.
Experts Foresee More Katrinas --Brace for more hurricanes, say experts 31 Aug 2005 For all its numbing ferocity, Hurricane Katrina will not be a unique event, say scientists, who say that global warming appears to be pumping up the power of big Atlantic storms.
Hurricane Ophelia May Reach Carolina Coast This Afternoon 14 Sep 2005 Hurricane Ophelia may reach the southeastern U.S. coast as early as this afternoon as the storm regained hurricane strength amid warnings and evacuations along parts of North and South Carolina.
CLG Exclusive: 'New' Al Qaeda tape broadcast October 2004? 12 Sep 2005 An 'Al Qaeda' videotape featuring the voice of California-born Al Qaeda-connected Adam Gadahn was released by ABC News in October 2004. The 75-minute tape was used by the Bush Administration to stoke public fears of more terrorist attacks (and cost Senator John Kerry votes in the presidential 'election'). This tape appears to have been recently recycled as a Weapon of Mass Distraction. On Sunday, September 11, 2005, ABC News obtained and broadcast a 'new' Al Qaeda tape, also featuring the voice of Adam Gadahn. If there are indeed two *different* tapes (as ABC News claims), the key elements from the 2004 Adam Gadahn tape and the 2005 tape are 'strikingly similar.' [BTW, Bush uses these tapes like holiday tablecloths and china. He brings out the Al Qaeda tapes for 'special occasions' -- such as... plummeting poll numbers and emerging eyewitness accounts of levee explosions. --Lori Price]
Bush Ben-Hur brings us back to the days of the gladiators: US Applies Capricious Justice in Iraq --Informants Decide Fate of Iraqi Detainees 13 Sep 2005 Tall Afar, Iraq --A masked teenager in an Iraqi army uniform walked slowly through a crowd of 400 detainees captured Monday, studying each face and rendering his verdict with a simple hand gesture, like a Roman emperor deciding the fate of gladiators. A thumb pointed down meant the suspect was not thought to be an insurgent and would be released by U.S. soldiers. A thumb pointed up meant a man would be removed from the concertina wire-encased pen, handcuffed with tape or plastic ties and taken by truck to a military base to be interrogated.
US denies poison gas accusation by al Qaeda in Iraq 12 Sep 2005 The U.S. military on Monday denied an accusation that American and Iraq forces used toxic gas during an attack on the Iraqi town of Tal Afar in which up to 200 insurgents were killed.
$100 000 bounty on Iraqi PM 13 Sep 2005 In a new web posting, an Islamic resistance group offered a bounty of nearly $200 000 for the deaths of Iraq's Shi'ite prime minister and other top officials in retaliation for an offensive against a resistance stronghold in northern Iraq.
Huge crackdown in Iraq 13 Sep 2005 Around 150 rebels were killed and over 400 others arrested since United States and Iraqi troops intensified their operations late last week against insurgents in the restive town of Tal Afar, US military said.
Iraq constitution faces new delay 13 Sep 2005 Iraqi politicians have failed to conclude negotiations on a draft constitution, and it remained unclear when a final text might be printed, less than five weeks before a referendum, Iraqi and United Nations (UN) officials have said.
More than a year later, Army admits GI died in accident --Family dismayed to learn 1st AD soldier killed by tank's machine gun 12 Sep 2005 More than a year after his death in Iraq, Army officials have notified the family of a 1st Armored Division officer that the cause was an accidental discharge from a U.S. tank, not enemy fire as first reported.
Army Expects to Miss Goals for Recruiting 13 Sep 2005 The Army posted its best recruiting month in four years in August [?!?], but will still miss its annual recruiting goal for the first time since 1999, officials said Monday.
US warns Syria that 'our patience is running out' 12 Sep 2005 The US ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, fired a strong warning to Syria on Monday, as Washington accused the Damascus government of giving help to radical groups in Iraq. 'Our patience is running out with Syria,' Khalilzad told a press conference. When asked how the US could respond, he said 'all options are on the table', including military. [Well, 'our patience is running out' with *Bush.*]
U.S. Envoy: Syria a Terrorist Hub for Iraq 12 Sep 2005 The Bush regime's top envoy in Iraq warned Monday that U.S. "patience is running out" with Syrian interference across the border, and refused to rule out either a military strike or punishment through the United Nations.
US bars Cuba from attending New York conference 12 Sep 2005 Cuba complained to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Monday that the United States had barred its national assembly speaker from attending a meeting of parliamentarians at U.N. headquarters in New York.
Peace activist may be black-listed 13 Sep 2005 An American peace activist being held in Australia may never be able to travel outside the US again if he is deported over national security concerns, Greenpeace says. Scott Parkin, who has been in Australia since June, was detained last Saturday after his visa was revoked over matters relating to "violent [sic] protest activity". Mr Parkin as been in solitary confinement at the Melbourne Custody Centre since being detained.
Bodies Found at New Orleans Hospital 12 Sep 2005 Search teams found more than 40 bodies, many of them elderly patients, inside a hospital that was abandoned more than a week earlier after it was surrounded by floodwaters unleashed by Hurricane Katrina, officials said Monday. The patients had died while waiting to be evacuated over the four days after the hurricane as temperatures in Memorial Medical Center rose to 106 degrees, said Dave Goodson, assistant administrator of hospital, owned by Tenet Healthcare Corp.
45 Bodies Are Found in a New Orleans Hospital 13 Sep 2005 The bodies of 45 people have been found in a flooded uptown hospital here, officials said Monday, sharply increasing the death toll from Hurricane Katrina and raising new questions about the breakdown of the evacuation system as the disaster unfolded.
Evacuee Dies In Muskogee Hospital After 30 Hour Bus Trip to Camp Gruber 13 Sep 2005 58-year-old Judy Khaton survived Hurricane Katrina and several days at the Superdome in New Orleans, only to be turned away at the Astrodome in Houston. She was on a bus for 30 hours, which doctors say could have caused the blood clot in her leg that eventually killed her.
FEMA Ice Truck Convoy Sent on Twisting, Weeklong Route to Hurricane Storage Depot 12 Sep 2005 About 200 tractor-trailer trucks with ice and water for victims of Hurricane Katrina took a convoluted, weeklong trip to a storage depot in Memphis, partly because of what the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers called "miscommunication."
Al Gore Blasts Bush in San Francisco Speech 09 Sep 2005 President Al Gore urged Americans on Friday to hold the Bush administration accountable for failing to adequately prepare for and respond to Hurricane Katrina. "When the corpses of American citizens are floating in toxic flood waters five days after a hurricane struck, it is time not only to respond directly to the victims of the catastrophe, but to hold ... the leaders of our nation accountable," Gore told environmentalists at the Sierra Club's national convention.
Kerry heads South with planeload of hurricane relief supplies 12 Sep 2005 Sen. John Kerry flew south Monday with a planeload of supplies for Hurricane Katrina victims largely donated by Massachusetts businesses.
Earwitness tells ABC explosives blew Industrial Canal levee (Total411.info transcript) "DAVID MUIR, ABC NEWS: This is the actual levee that runs along the canal on the eastern side of the city. And when the hurricane hit, the water came through at such force, it was apparently too much. You can see the massive breach here, and when you look around the corner you can see what the water did to the Lower Ninth Ward. It completely destroyed neighborhoods. JOE EDWARDS, JR., 9TH WARD RESIDENT: I heard something go BOOM!... MUIR: ...they broke the levee on purpose? EDWARDS: They blew it!"
Investigators to monitor Katrina contracts 13 Sep 2005 A team of investigators is being sent to the Hurricane Katrina-ravished Gulf Coast to follow the money - namely, billions of dollars in relief aid the federal government is pouring into the region without normal contracting safeguards. Among the most controversial Katrina awards is $16.6 million to Kellogg, Brown & Root Services Inc. of Arlington, Va., for emergency repairs at Gulf Coast naval and Marine facilities. The money is part of a $500 million Navy contract that KBR won by competitive bid last July.
Bush picks Paulison as acting FEMA head 12 Sep 2005 --pResident George W. Bush on Monday named David Paulison, a top official in the Homeland Security Department, to replace Michael Brown on an acting basis as head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
New FEMA boss is 'Duct Tape Man' By Keith Olbermann 12 Sep 2005 "...[T]he man President [sic] Bush immediately named to succeed 'Brownie,' proves to have been the same FEMA official who, two-and-a-half years ago, suggested that Americans stock up on duct tape to protect against a biological or chemical terrorist attack. David Paulison, then the government's Fire Administrator, joined with the then-head of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, on February 10th, 2003, to say that duct tape and plastic sheeting should be part of any home's 'survival kit' in preparation for a terrorist attack."
Embattled FEMA Director Mike Brown Resigns 12 Sep 2005 Federal Emergency Management Agency director Mike Brown said Monday he has resigned "in the best interest of the agency and best interest of the president," three days after losing his onsite command of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. [Hopefully, we will not get stuck with Rudy Giuliani, who, along with most of the Bush regime, has made a *killing* (literally) off of 9/11.]
FEMA Chief Brown Paid Millions in False Claims to Help Bush Win Fla. Votes in '04 By Jason Leopold "Michael Brown, the embattled head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, approved payments in excess of $31 million in taxpayer money to thousands of Florida residents who were unaffected by Hurricane Frances and three other hurricanes last year in an effort to help President [sic] Bush win a majority of votes in that state during his reelection campaign, according to published reports."
Frist says Katrina might cancel Medicaid cuts 13 Sep 2005 Congress will have to weigh the Bush regime's desire to cut projected Medicaid spending by $10 billion over the next five years with the need to provide more coverage to people who have lost health care because of Hurricane Katrina, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Terrorist-Tenn., said Monday.
A Shameful Proclamation (The New York Times) "On Thursday, President [sic] Bush issued a proclamation suspending the law that requires employers to pay the locally prevailing wage to construction workers on federally financed projects. The suspension applies to parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. By any standard of human decency, condemning many already poor and now bereft people to subpar wages - thus perpetuating their poverty - is unacceptable."
How Los Angeles Lost Power 12 Sep 2005 The power outage that affected more than 2 million people in and around Los Angeles on Monday was triggered by an unlikely source: A utility crew installing a system upgrade.
Two Plead Not Guilty to Terrorism Charges 13 Sep 2005 Two men pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges alleging they planned terrorist attacks against military facilities, the Israeli Consulate and other targets in the Los Angeles area.
Activists hold protests, question details of 9/11 12 Sep 2005 To commemorate the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Seacoast (NH) Peace Response organized three days of protests and peace vigils, highlighting what members believe are the many unanswered questions surrounding the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Senator tells Supreme Court nominee he needn't answer 12 Sep 2005 Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) told Supreme Court nominee John Roberts he should feel free to not answer questions from Senators pondering his confirmation. Roberts, said Kyl, should remember that "not every question a Senator thinks up is legitimate." [Right, and as we have learned, not every election a Supreme Court thinks up is legitimate. --Lori Price]
Roberts lays out philosophy of judicial restraint --When the high court nominee faces questioning today from senators, some will be eager to pin him down on issues. John G. Roberts Jr., pResident Bush's nominee to be chief justice of the United States, told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday that judges are like baseball umpires. They don't write the rules; they just make sure everyone follows them. "But it is a limited role," Roberts said, his blue eyes twinkling in the bright lights [!?!]. "Nobody ever went to a ball game to see the umpire."
Text of John Roberts' Opening Statement 12 Sep 2005 Text of John Roberts' opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as transcribed by CQ Transcriptions
Rep McKinney Special Order Censored??? By Rep Cynthia McKinney 11 Sep 2005 "I mentioned the word impeachment on the House Floor Thursday late afternoon, but I don't see it in the official Congressional Record transcript. I was chided by the Speaker that it was out of order to question the President's motives. I didn't question motives, I questioned actions: from lack of actions on Katrina to cutting the budget of safety net programs, to rewarding the rich to the detriment of all the rest of us. This transcript directly from the Congressional Record is mangled and omits that word!!!!"
Bush's Approval Rating Drops to New Low in Wake of Storm --He Says Race Didn't Affect Efforts; Blacks in Poll Disagree 13 Sep 2005 Touring devastated portions of New Orleans yesterday, pResident Bush sought to reassure the public that the government is responding to Hurricane Katrina with equity and dispatch, even as his standing hit record lows amid broad support for an independent investigation of the federal response to the storm.
Bush unpopular in South America, poll shows 12 Sep 2005 A majority of South Americans in four of the region's capitals have a negative opinion of U.S. pResident George W. Bush, according to an opinion survey released on Monday.
White House Threatens Mercury Change Veto 12 Sep 2005 The White House on Monday defended its anti-pollution policies and threatened to veto a Senate proposal to negate new Environmental Protection Agency rules on limiting mercury emissions from power plants. Senate Democrats, joined by several Republicans, claim that the EPA rules favor the utility industry while slowing action on a serious public health hazard. A Senate vote to overturn the rules was slated for later Monday.
EPA Scientists, Workers Call for End to Water Fluoridation Due to Cancer Risk (organicconsumers.org wire post from Environment News Service) EPA unions call for nationwide moratorium on fluoridation, Congressional hearing on adverse effects, youth cancer cover-up 30 Aug 2005 "Eleven EPA employee unions representing over 7000 environmental and public health professionals of the Civil Service have called for a moratorium on drinking water fluoridation programs across the country, and have asked EPA management to recognize fluoride as posing a serious risk of causing cancer in people."
Europe races to shore up bird flu defences 12 Sep 2005 Europe is racing to bolster its defences against bird flu, fearing it could be winging its way to the continent with migrating wildfowl via countries too poor to check its spread.
First bird flu death in Jakarta 13 Sep 2005 An Indonesian woman is almost certainly the first known bird flu fatality in densely populated Jakarta...
"Leftist professors will be strung up." [Ok, but remember, turnabout is fair play.] Hurricane Reality vs. Right-Wing Ideology By Joshua Holland 08 Sep 2005 "Further on the fringe, blogger Michael Calderon [a teacher at Rockville High School, Rockville, MD] at David Horowitz's Frontpage Magazine saw in Katrina the potential for a civil war following a major terror attack in the U.S. and envisioned a Hobbesian war of all against all, predicting... 'Expect heavily armed and infuriated conservatives to launch a cleansing war against the traitors. The armed will mow down the mostly unarmed segments, especially those elements that devoted 40-plus years to anti-American hatred to destroy this country. Should the likes of Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Michael Parenti, Michael Moore, Ward Churchill, Dennis Raimondo [sic], et al. act out their sedition ... expect their bodies to be found shot full of holes ... Leftist professors will be strung up...'" [Hey, Calderon: mayhaps the 'unarmed segments' won't remain 'unarmed' for long. --Lori Price, best friend of a 'Leftist Professor.']
Mercenaries guard homes of the rich in New Orleans 12 Sep 2005 Hundreds of mercenaries have descended on New Orleans to guard the property of the city's millionaires from looters. The heavily armed men, employed by private military companies including Blackwater and ISI, are part of the militarisation of a city which had a reputation for being one of the most relaxed and easy-going in America.
Jackson compares FEMA contracts to 'white-collar looting' 11 Sep 2005 The Rev. Jesse Jackson suggested Sunday that the federal government was encouraging "white-collar looting" by awarding no-bid contracts to favored companies to rebuild hurricane-ravaged areas, rather than giving those displaced by the disaster priority for jobs.
Rumsfeld on looting in Iraq: 'Stuff happens' --Varying views of the Bush regime on looting, compiled by Lori Price, updated 11 Sep 2005
Body search accelerates as death toll keeps rising 12 Sep 2005 Working from house to house, search and recovery teams have begun removing the bodies of victims of Hurricane Katrina. Authorities initially banned the media from covering the operation... When CNN took legal action to challenge the decision, the authorities backed off, but refused access of camera crews to helicopters and boats.
Official Katrina death toll passes 400 12.09.05 The official death toll from Hurricane Katrina rose to more than 400 on Sunday, as Louisiana officials raised the number of confirmed deaths to 197 from the August 29 storm.
We had to kill our patients 11 Sep 2005 Doctors working in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans killed critically ill patients rather than leaving them to die in agony as they evacuated hospitals, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. With gangs of rapists and looters [?!?] rampaging through wards in the flooded city, senior doctors took the harrowing decision to give massive overdoses of morphine to those they believed could not make it out alive.
New Orleans 'unsafe for a decade' 12 Sep 2005 Toxic chemicals in the New Orleans flood waters will make the city unsafe for full human habitation for a decade, a senior US Government official predicts. And, he added, the Bush Administration is covering up the danger. [Now, there's a surprise!]
Louisiana must fight planned bio-attack on New Orleans (Total411.info) 11 Sep 2005 "Meanwhile, upriver in Baton Rouge is Louisiana State University with an active biolab, a world leader in West Nile virus research. LSU was to be the home of Stephen Hatfill, until it was exposed Hatfill was a prime 'person of interest' in the 2001 anthrax attacks... Louisiana may have averted a planned bioattack just this weekend. Yesterday it was announced that the US Air Force would begin spraying New Orleans for mosquitoes today, Sunday. But today FEMA announced, broadcast on CNN, that spraying would commence Monday under the auspices of the Air National Guard -- which is controlled by Baton Rouge rather than Washington."
Democrats Rip Bush Hurricane Response 11 Sep 2005 Louisiana's senior senator on Sunday escalated the Democrats' rhetoric against the Bush regime's hurricane response, accusing the White House of a "full court press" to blame state and local officials for the initial sluggish rescue effort.
Katrina: Be All That You Can Be By Greg Greene 11 Sep 2005 "Hurricane survivor? Broke? Need work? Someone has a job for you... [On Sept. 7], the U.S. military is conducting a Job Fair in the Astrodome ... Once signed up, even if purportedly to reconstruct their region, [hurricane survivors] could easily find themselves deployed to Iraq ... And if they sign up on the promise of temporary relief, they could find themselves bound for extended tours of duty."
New Orleans Unmasks "Apartheid, American Style" By Jason Miller "What is the recipe for a toxic sludge potent enough to destroy a heavily populated city and inflict infection with a mere splash? Start with a force of nature powerful beyond belief. Mix in an ample supply of sewage, garbage, brackish water from Lake Pontchartrain, floating corpses of humans and animals, and various and sundry noxious chemicals. Blend well with a system of seriously inadequate levees resulting from cuts in federal funding. Of course this concoction would not be complete without heaping portions of racism, spiritual emptiness, and avarice fueling slow and inadequate federal relief efforts."
Coast Guard sees security duties expand 11 Sep 2005 After the 2001 terrorist attacks, the Coast Guard became the nation's largest Homeland Security agency. A Department of Homeland Security inspector general's report last year said the many new demands were jeopardizing the Coast Guard's ability to keep up its traditional missions and respond to crises.
Police focus on bird flu and disasters 12 Sep 2005 Being prepared to manage a crisis such as bird flu or natural disasters are areas police must see they have proper skills for, says (Fiji) Police Commissioner Andrew Hughes. The conference will see the adoption of a Pacific framework for natural disasters where police form a regional network where help can be procured when any big natural [or Bush-engendered] disaster strikes anywhere in the region.
War on Terrorism May Add a Nuclear Option 12 Sep 2005 A Pentagon planning document being updated to reflect the doctrine of preemption declared by Dictator Bush in 2002 envisions the use of nuclear weapons to deter terrorists from using weapons of mass destruction against the U.S. or its allies.
New US rules for first nuclear strike 12 Sep 2005 The Pentagon has drafted a revised doctrine for the use of nuclear weapons that allows commanders to request presidential approval to pre-empt an attack by a nation or terrorist group using weapons of mass destruction. The draft also includes the option of using nuclear arms to destroy stockpiles of nuclear, biological or chemical weapons.
Thousands displaced from Talafar by fighting 11 Sep 2005 Thousands of families are fleeing the northern Iraqi city of Talafar, aid workers confirmed, as Occupation forces conduct a military operation against resistance fighters.
Members of Guard unit weary of role in Iraq --Short supplies, lack of manpower affect Minnesota group 09 Sep 2005 When the 216th Air Defense Artillery Echo Battery left Cloquet, Minn., in August 2004, it left as one unit ready to join Operation Iraqi Freedom... "I'm just tired of letting my troops get pushed around," wrote Staff Sgt. Doug Heller of Duluth in a series of e-mail interviews. He corresponded with the Duluth News Tribune despite recent orders not to speak to the media. His messages provide a look at the ordeals of serving in Iraq and its impact on one unit...
GOP war support showing cracks 12 Sep 2005 Staunch supporters of the Bush regime's policy in Iraq have become more vocal with their concern over the way things are going. Andrew Bacevich, a Vietnam veteran and professor of international relations at Boston University, said he sees a marked shift.
CIA terror flights: Destination Cairo: human rights fears over CIA flights --Snatched suspects tell of torture --UN investigator to look at British role 12 Sep 2005 Saad Iqbal Madni, 24, had become the latest terrorism suspect to fall into a system known in US intelligence circles as "extraordinary rendition" - the apprehension of a suspect who is not placed on trial, or flown to Guantánamo, but taken to a country where torture is common. These suspects are denied legal representation, and their detention is concealed from the International Committee of the Red Cross. A handful have emerged from what has been labelled a secret gulag, and have given deeply disturbing accounts of horrific mistreatment.
UK link to terror snatches 12 Sep 2005 The United Nations is investigating the CIA's use of British airports when abducting terrorism suspects and flying them to prisons around the world where they are alleged to have been tortured.
Clarke tells MEPs to back EU anti-terror measures 07 Sep 2005 The home secretary, Charles Clarke, today urged MEPs to put aside civil liberties considerations and back a British plan for Europe-wide retention of internet and mobile phone data to track terrorists.
Activist to be deported 12 Sep 2005 An American deemed a national security threat may be deported today. Greenpeace spokesman Dan Cass said he feared the problem was that as a peace activist, Scott Parkin had made an enemy of the US Bush Government. Protesters yesterday gathered outside the Melbourne Custody Centre, many wearing masking tape across their lips. [Well, we're *all* enemies of the 'US Bush Government.']
Australia arrests US citizen for protesting Halliburton 11 Sep 2005 A US citizen was arrested by Australian authorities yesterday after attending a series of protests against Halliburton. The Department of Immigration ordered the deportation of Scott Parkin of Houston, Texas, after deciding his presence is a "national security threat."
Protesters decry US peace activist's arrest 11 Sep 2005 A small group of protesters upset at the possible deportation of a US peace activist has gathered outside a Melbourne jail. American teacher Scott Parkin was arrested yesterday after the Department of Immigration (DIMIA) revoked his visa because, the Anti-Deportation Alliance says, he is considered a threat to national security. Greens leader Senator Bob Brown wants to know who ordered Mr Parkin's deportation. "I'd like to know whether the orders for his arrest came from the Pentagon," he said.
American Airlines Pilot Calls For Bush Impeachment: We're no safer today By Kurt S. Wolz 11 Sep 2005 "I am a pilot for American Airlines. In September of 2001, I had AA Flight 11 on my flying schedule... As we have subsequently learned, through the 9/11 Commission Report and from sources no longer inside the White House, George W. Bush, upon taking office, simply refused to heed the warnings from the outgoing administration that Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida were the greatest threat America faced... And, as Richard Clarke said, as summer approached and reports of an imminent attack on the United States became more frequent, no one did anything!"
Man Makes Threats Against L.A., Australia 11 Sep 2005 A tape delivered to ABC News in Pakistan this weekend features a masked man making terrorist threats against Los Angeles and Australia.
Senate to Start Roberts Confirmation Hearings 12 Sep 2005 The Senate convenes the first confirmation hearing for a chief justice nominee in nearly two decades today, starting a week of admonitions and questions for John G. Roberts Jr. certain to probe deeply into the conservative views of a man who could shape the court's direction for decades to come.
Fuel crisis: drivers face rationing (UK) 11 Sep 2005 Ministers fear fuel supplies are on the verge of widespread disruption and have drawn up plans to deploy troops to guard refineries and introduce petrol rationing. Sky-high forecourt prices in the wake of Hurricane Katrina have prompted veteran fuel protesters to threaten motorway go-slows and refinery blockades in the coming week. [The go-slows and blockades need to start here, too.]
Indonesian authorities suspect bird flu outbreak 12 Sep 2005 Health officials in Jakarta suspect there has been another deadly outbreak of bird flu in the Indonesian capital. Preliminary tests show a woman who died in hospital overnight was infected by the H5N1 virus which killed three others in the city two months ago.
Hurricane Ophelia looms off US East Coast 11 Sep 2005 Hurricane Ophelia drifted toward the North Carolina coast on Sunday and prompted the mandatory evacuation of the most vulnerable island of the state's Outer Banks.
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