September 2006 Archives
Air Force chief: Test weapons on testy U.S. mobs 12 Sep 2006 Nonlethal weapons such as high-power microwave devices should be used on American citizens in crowd-control situations before being used on the battlefield, the Air Force secretary said Tuesday. [And the lethal weapons? Can anyone think of some 'test subjects' for those?]
Death threats made to Bush assassination film makers 11 Sep 2006 The British film-makers behind a controversial £2 million Channel 4 movie ["Death of A President"] that shows the fictional assassination of Dictator Bush are being guarded by private security men at the Toronto International Film Festival after threats were made on their lives. There were mixed views about the impact of the film with much concern expressed about the movie being about the fictional slaying of a real-life sitting president [sic] and that computer generated imagery grafted the head of the real George Bush onto that of an actor for the sensational moment [you've all been waiting for] when Bush is slain by two bullets from an assassin's rifle.
"The reaction of the general public was very good." Death becomes Bush 12 Sep 2006 It certainly will not cheer the man himself, but a new film depicting the assassination of George Bush is already proving to be successful. Death of a President opened to a warm reception at the Toronto international film festival on Sunday and has now sold its US distribution rights for $1 million. "The reaction of the general public was very good," Gabriel Range, director of Death of a President, said.
Bush assassination film set for U.S. release 12 Sep 2006 Gabriel Range, the British producer/director/creator of "Death of a President," the fictional documentary that sight unseen became one of the most talked-about movies of the Toronto Film Festival, has sold U.S. distribution rights to Newmarket Films.
"America is the greatest Satan, and Blair is the dog of the Satan." [Poodle of Satan] British PM booed in Beirut 11 Sep 2006 Angry protesters — including an Irish peace activist who disrupted a news conference — marred a visit by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who had sided with Washington against a quick ceasefire in the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict. "Blair, you are not welcome in Lebanon," read one banner. "Blair, you are a killer, go away," said another.
Blair heckled at TUC conference 12 Sep 2006 Poodle Tony Blair faced heckling, boos and a walk out from union activists today as he delivered his final speech to the TUC conference as Prime Minister. As soon as he rose to address delegates in Brighton, dozens left the hall and cries of "shame" and "bring them home" echoed through the chamber.
White House Gains Concessions in Senate on Military Tribunals --The Senate bill for the first time includes language supporting the administration's position that detainee abuse can be prosecuted only if it, in effect, "shocks the conscience." 12 Sep 2006 Legal experts say that instead of setting an absolute standard for conduct, the bill's language would leave room for judges to weigh the urgency of the information extracted from detainees during rough interrogations. The revised Senate bill also would bar detainees held by the United States from bringing legal action against the government to challenge the legality of their detention or treatment. It would bar the collection of damages by detainees for violations of the Geneva Conventions, which set the minimum standards for wartime treatment.
Guantanamo trials seen soon, but not for big fish 12 Sep 2006 The U.S. military has begun preparing charges against alleged September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and other terrorism suspects recently moved to Guantanamo, the chief prosecutor for the tribunals said on Tuesday. But dozens of other longtime Guantanamo detainees are likely to face trial well before the 14 "high-value" prisoners who were transferred to the U.S. base in Cuba from secret CIA prisons overseas earlier this month, said Air Force Col. Moe Davis, the lead prosecutor.
U.S. again won't seek death penalty in Iraq killing 12 Sep 2006 U.S. military prosecutors said on Tuesday that they will not pursue the death penalty against another Marine charged in the April shooting death of an Iraqi man in Hamdania.
Fallujah Under Threat Yet Again By Dahr Jamail and Ali al-Fadhily 11 Sep 2006 After enduring two major assaults, Fallujah is under threat from U.S. forces again, residents say. "They destroyed our city twice and they are threatening us a third time," 52-year-old Ahmed Dhahy told IPS in Fallujah, the Sunni-dominated city 50km west of Baghdad. Residents said the U.S. forces warned of a "large military operation" if fighters were not handed over.
Marines deny losing Iraq's biggest province 12 Sep 2006 The commander of the U.S. Marine force in Iraq on Tuesday denied [?!?] his troops had lost control of the vast province they patrol, after newspapers reported his intelligence chief had written a bleak report.
2,670 U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq 11 Sep 2006 As of Monday, Sept. 11, 2006, at least 2,670 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press [fuzzy math] count.
Taliban attacks occupation convoy in E. Afghanistan 12 Sep 2006 Taliban militants attacked a convoy of the U.S.-led occupation forces on Monday in the eastern Nooristan province of Afghanistan, while the forces' casualties are disputed.
52-year-old soldier killed in Afghanistan 12 Sep 2006 A 52-year-old soldier who split her time between Northern California and Wisconsin has died in Afghanistan. Sgt. 1st Class Merideth Howard and Staff Sgt. Robert Paul, 43, of Oregon were killed Friday near Kabul when a car bomber slammed into their Humvee.
US tax dollars at work: IDF commander: We fired more than a million cluster bombs in Lebanon 12 Sep 2006 "What we did was insane and monstrous, we covered entire towns in cluster bombs," the head of an IDF rocket unit in Lebanon said regarding the use of cluster bombs and phosphorous shells during the war. Quoting his battalion commander, the rocket unit head stated that the IDF fired around 1,800 cluster bombs, containing over 1.2 million cluster bomblets.
Nonaligned want terrorism redefined 13 Sep 2006 More than 100 nations are pushing to broaden the world's definition of "terrorism" to include the U.S. occupation of Iraq and the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. Converging on Fidel Castro's Cuba for a summit this week, members of the Nonaligned Movement complain of a double standard: powerful nations like the United States and Israel decide for the world who the terrorists are, but face no punishment for their own acts of aggression.
Syrian security repels attack on U.S. embassy --During the brief battle, the assailants apparently blew up their car. Later, bomb-disposal experts defused explosives that were found in a second vehicle parked near the embassy. 12 Sep 2006 Syria's interior minister says security forces killed three assailants who attacked the U.S. Embassy in Damascus.
Gunmen killed as Syria foils attack on US embassy 13 Sep 2006 A member of Syria's anti-terrorist squad was killed during an brazen attack by gunmen on the US embassy in the Syrian capital yesterday.
Bush Uses War on Terror to Push Iraq Policy 12 Sep 2006 President [sic] Bush's recent series of speeches on the War on [of] Terror and America's military campaign in Iraq have reignited the debate over whether they are separate wars or one and the same.
It's war for civilisation: Bush [Since Bush is the most *un*civilised 'person' on the planet, how would he know?] 12 Sep 2006 Five years after the worst terror attack in US history, President [sic] George W. Bush said the war against terrorism is "the calling of our generation'' and urged Americans to put aside differences and fight to victory. ['Put aside differences' --that's GOP code for allowing Republicans to continue to f*ck Democrats at every turn.]
Democrats accuse Bush of exploiting 9/11 speech 12 Sep 2006 Top Democrats on Tuesday accused President [sic] Bush of exploiting the September 11 anniversary to boost his faltering Iraq war policy and asked TV networks to give them balancing coverage in future.
Mega barf alert! War on Terrorism memorial dedicated 12 Sep 2006 (TX) On the 5th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Corpus Christi honored those fighting the war on [of] terrorism with a memorial. Texas Governor Rick Perry joined local leaders Monday morning to dedicate the new monument to "The Global War on Terrorism" at Sherrill Park.
Theory that U.S. orchestrated Sept. 11 attacks 'not absurd': Venezuela 12 Sep 2006 President Hugo Chavez said Tuesday that it's at least plausible that the U.S. government was involved in the Sept. 11 attacks. Chavez did not specifically accuse the U.S. government of having a hand in the Sept. 11 attacks, but rather suggested that theories of U.S. involvement bear examination.
Commemorating 9-11 by Impeaching the President By David Lindorff 11 Sep 2006 If we really want to commemorate that terrible day in 2001 [9/11], we need to focus on the five-year crime spree against the Constitution and the American people that began almost immediately as the buildings fell, and that today has the American Republic teetering on the brink of a totalitarian future. Because it is clear that Bush and his advisors, far from acting to unite the country and protect it from attack, used that horrible tragedy half a decade ago as an excuse to terrorize Congress and the American public, and as an excuse to set the nation on a permanent war footing, so as to aggrandize unchecked power and to usurp the powers of the Congress and the Courts, thus converting the presidency into a dictatorship.
9/11 Conspiracy Theorists Gather in N.Y. 10 Sep 2006 As New York readied for another anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, conspiracy theorists and researchers who belong to a group known as the 9/11 Truth Movement gathered in Greenwich Village.
Bush bin Laden prepping for his next terror attack: DP World closes in on US asset sale 11 Sep 2006 Dubai's DP World will on Tuesday start a second round of bidding for its US port assets, with Morgan Stanley, Carlyle Group and SSA Marine all among the last few bidders in the highly politicised sale.
FBI to Upgrade Fingerprint, Data-Sharing Systems 08 Sep 2006 While the Clarksburg (WV) complex once focused on supporting state and local law enforcement agencies, its primary mission now is counterterrorism and supporting the Department of Defense, assistant director of the Criminal Justice Information Services Division, Thomas E. Bush III, said. The FBI is also launching a National Data Exchange Index, which Bush said will allow law enforcement agencies to share details in police reports that don't currently go into traditional information-sharing systems.
Arizona's Voter-ID Law Upheld For Primary 12 Sep 2006 A federal judge declined Monday to block a law that requires Arizona voters to present identification before casting a ballot. U.S. District Judge Roslyn O. Silver's order came a day before Tuesday's primary, the first statewide election for which voters will be required to show identification.
In a Pivotal Year, GOP Plans to Get Personal --Millions to Go to Digging Up Dirt on Democrats 10 Sep 2006 Republicans are planning to spend the vast majority of their sizable financial war chest over the final 60 days of the campaign attacking Democratic House and Senate candidates over personal issues and local controversies, GOP officials said.
VA: No Such Thing As Gulf War Syndrome 12 Sep 2006 There is no such thing as Gulf War syndrome, even though U.S. and foreign veterans of the war report more symptoms of illness than do soldiers who didn't serve there, a federally funded study concludes.
Exodus, morale shake CDC 10 Sep 2006 An exodus of key leaders and scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has raised "great concern" among five of the six former directors who led the agency over the past 40 years. Their concerns, expressed in a rare joint letter to current CDC Director Julie Gerberding, come amid growing staff complaints about whether her strategic shifts in the agency's focus are putting public health at risk, according to interviews with current and former CDC officials and documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Senate Finance Committee, prompted by a CDC whistleblower, is probing CDC's oversight of a $3.8 billion bioterrorism grant program.
Chevron Could Avoid Huge Royalties on New Field 12 Sep 2006 A group of oil companies led by Chevron, which said last week that they had discovered a huge new oil field in the Gulf of Mexico, could avoid more than $1 billion in royalty payments to the federal government for the oil.
U.S. trade deficit widens to record $68.0 bln in July 12 Sep 2006 The U.S. trade deficit widened by 5.0% in July to a record $68.0 billion, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. The July deficit surpasses the previous monthly record of $66.6 billion set in October.
Updating Prescriptions for Avoiding Worldwide Catastrophe --A Conversation With James E. Lovelock 12 Sep 2006 Few scientists have elicited such equivalent heaps of praise and criticism as James E. Lovelock, the British chemist, inventor and planetary diagnostician who has long foreseen a clash between humans and their planet. His work underpins much of modern environmentalism.
Three-judge panel: Government's theory might allow US military to arrest someone inside the United States and hold him without due process Government wants U.S. terror suspect to be tried in Iraq 11 Sep 2006 Government attorneys said Monday that U.S. courts have no authority to stop the military from transferring an American citizen to an Iraqi court to face charges he supported terrorists and 'insurgents.' The case is the latest legal challenge to the Bush regime's authority to keep terrorism cases, even those involving U.S. citizens, out of American courts. Shawqi Omar, a citizen of both Jordan and the United States who once served in the Minnesota National Guard, was captured in Iraq in 2004. He is being held at Camp Bucca, a prison in southern Iraq, where his family says he has not been charged or allowed to speak with a lawyer. Attorneys for Omar's family say he is innocent and likely to be tortured if handed over to the Iraqi government.
CIA staff afraid of charges over jails 12 Sep 2006 Central Intelligence Agency officers involved in the Bush Administration's secret prisons program have consulted lawyers after being told they could face prosecution for illegally detaining and interrogating terrorism suspects. Spies at the CIA's headquarters in Langley, Virginia, fear they will be made scapegoats for the politically discredited covert scheme.
Worried CIA Officers Buy Legal Insurance --Plans Fund Defense In Anti-Terror Cases 11 Sep 2006 CIA counterterrorism officers have signed up in growing numbers for a government-reimbursed, private insurance plan that would pay their civil judgments and legal expenses if they are sued or charged with criminal wrongdoing, according to current and former intelligence officials and others with knowledge of the program. The new enrollments reflect heightened anxiety at the CIA that officers may be vulnerable to accusations they were involved in abuse, torture, human rights violations and other misconduct, including wrongdoing related to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
EU evasive on secret CIA jails 11 Sep 2006 The European Commission remained evasive on Monday over the question of secret US prisons on its soil. The chair of the European parliament's foreign affairs committee, Elmar Brok, said over the weekend that the commission should "formally approach Washington to find out where in Europe" any such secret prisons were located.
N.J. fights fed bid to block phone probe 11 Sep 2006 New Jersey has the right to obtain information about a federal domestic surveillance program because that program is no longer a secret, the state argued in response to federal efforts to quash its investigation. The Justice Department wants to throw "an impenetrable cloak insulating the federal government's domestic surveillance activities from all judicial scrutiny," acting New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram said in a statement Monday.
Man charged with attending terror camp 11 Sep 2006 Police said on Monday they had charged two men held in a major swoop last week, one of whom was accused of undergoing terrorism training at a camp in southern England.
Bush bin Laden's security focus: BlackBerrys and backpacks: United flight diverted after unclaimed BlackBerry found 11 Sep 2006 .S. authorities diverted a San Francisco-bound United Airlines jet to Dallas as a precautionary security measure Monday after finding an unclaimed BlackBerry hand-held computer on board. Officials had also found and removed an unidentified backpack from the jet before it left Atlanta, Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Yolanda Clark said.
United flight cleared after security concerns 11 Sep 2006 A United Airlines plane was diverted to Dallas on the September 11 anniversary and re-screened before being allowed to continue its flight after two unclaimed objects were found on board, a U.S. security official said.
Anti-Terror Act flawed, Khawaja lawyer tells court 11 Sep 2006 Terrorists should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, says the lawyer for terror suspect Momin Khawaja, but not under the "mockery of parliamentary legislation'' that is the Anti[pro]-Terrorism Act. Khawaja, the first Canadian charged under the act, is seeking to have the laws declared unconstitutional on the grounds they're overly broad and vague.
Lawlessness and terrorism rule Iraq five years after 9/11 11 Sep 2006 The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington had many indirect results, including the March 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. According to many terrorism experts, the invasion led to something much more dangerous: bigger and more professional terrorist organizations. In short, observers say, by invading Iraq, the United States essentially shot itself in the foot.
Situation Called Dire in West Iraq --Anbar Is Lost Politically, Marine Analyst Says 11 Sep 2006 The chief of intelligence for the Marine Corps in Iraq recently filed an unusual secret report concluding that the prospects for securing that country's western Anbar province are dim and that there is almost nothing the U.S. military can do to improve the political and social situation there, said several military officers and intelligence officials familiar with its contents. The officials described Col. Pete Devlin's classified assessment of the dire state of Anbar as the first time that a senior U.S. military officer has filed so negative a report from Iraq. [Since our tax dollars are paying for Cheney Halliburton's Iraq insanity, the report should not be classified.]
War's Critics Abetting Terrorists, Cheney Says --He Cites Allies' 'Doubts' About U.S. Will 11 Sep 2006 Vice President [sic] Cheney offered a veiled attack yesterday on critics of the administration's Iraq policy, saying the domestic debate over the war is emboldening adversaries who believe they can undermine the resolve of the American people.
"I know Iraq is a mess and we have screwed up seven ways from Sunday." Sen. Graham: U.S. 'screwed up' in Iraq 11 Sep 2006 Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC) said the United States has "screwed up" in Iraq, but the idea of the war was correct and pulling out now would lead to more bloodshed across the Middle East.
Senate OKs $63 billion for 2 wars 08 Sep 2006 The Senate agreed to spend an additional $63 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan as lawmakers on Thursday passed a massive bill that finances the Pentagon. The bill sailed through by a vote of 98-0.
Iraq Official Calls for Oil Partnerships 10 Sep 2006 A top Iraqi official called for partnerships with international companies to boost his country's oil industry on Sunday, saying Iraq's emergence as a "secure petro-democracy" [*puke*] could quell rampant 'sectarian' [US] violence.
16 Die In Bombing Near Iraqi Army Recruiting Center 11 Sep 2006 A minibus exploded on Monday morning near an army recruiting center in central Baghdad. The Defense Ministry said at least 16 people were killed and seven hurt.
Iraq insurgents blow up Shia mosque, kill seven 11 Sep 2006 'Insurgents' killed seven people on Monday when they bombed the main Shia mosque of the town of Beni Saad in the province of Diyala, north of Baghdad, police said.
British officer resigns over 'grotesquely clumsy' war in Afghanistan: paper 09 Sep 2006 An officer has resigned from the British army in protest at its "grotesquely clumsy" campaign against the Taliban in Afghanistan, the Sunday Times reports.
"We've been grotesquely clumsy — we've said we'll be different to the Americans who were bombing and strafing villages, then behaved exactly like them." Top soldier quits as blundering campaign turns into 'pointless' war 10 Sep 2006 The former aide-de-camp to the commander of the British taskforce in southern Afghanistan has described the campaign in Helmand province as "a textbook case of how to screw up a counter-insurgency". "Having a big old fight is pointless and just making things worse," said Captain Leo Docherty, of the Scots Guards, who became so disillusioned that he quit the army last month.
Britain offers more troops for Afghanistan if allies refuse 10 Sep 2006 More British troops and helicopters are on standby for deployment to Afghanistan, a highly controversial development that will compound unease over UK operations in the increasingly volatile Helmand province.
Canada sending 15 tanks, 120 more troops --Major boost in military capability in Afghanistan 11 Sep 2006 The Canadian Forces' main tank unit is racing to prepare 120 troops and 15 Leopard tanks to send to Afghanistan as early as next week, in what would be a major boost in Canadian military capability there, according to a military expert who observed them.
Government to look at longer stay in Afghanistan 12 Sep 2006 The time New Zealand troops spend in Afghanistan may be extended as the Cabinet considers a provincial reconstruction team staying on in Bamiyan province beyond September next year.
Afghan governor's funeral bombed; 6 dead 11 Sep 2006 A suicide bomber struck Monday at a funeral for a provincial governor assassinated by the Taliban a day earlier, and four senior members of the government at the service escaped unhurt, officials and witnesses said. At least six people were killed and dozens were wounded.
Seven al-Qaeda suspects arrested in eastern Afghanistan 11 Sep 2006 In an operation launched by Afghan coalition forces in eastern Afghanistan, a known al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] facilitator and six other suspected 'al-Qaeda' associates were detained, occupation forces said.
GOP Senators' Bid to Confirm Bolton Is Called Off 08 Sep 2006 Republican efforts to formally confirm John R. Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations hit an unexpected snag yesterday when a Republican senator [Lincoln D. Chafee, RI] in a tough reelection bid said he could not support the diplomat until the Bush administration answers his questions on Middle East policy.
Petition to Senate to Investigate Oddities of 9/11 --30,330 signatures
Web Site Airs al-Qaida, Sept. 11 Videos 11 Sep 2006 A videotape posted on the Internet late Sunday, purportedly by al-Qaida [al-CIAduh], showed previously unseen footage of a smiling Osama bin Laden and other commanders in a mountain camp apparently planning the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington.
We'll strike again, says al-Qaeda, as 2749 names are read 12 Sep 2006 As families remember the victims of 2001, the terrorist network warns it is not finished yet, writes Mark Coultan in New York.
Al-Zawahri: Gulf, Israel Next Targets 11 Sep 2006 Osama bin Laden's deputy warned that Persian Gulf countries and Israel would be al-Qaida's next targets, according to a new videotape aired by Arab broadcaster Al-Jazeera on Monday, the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Soc. Sec. privatization on the way, after GOP-owned Diebold 'elections:' Bush wants to renew Social Security push after 'vote' 09 Sep 2006 Dictator George W. Bush hopes to revive his plan to overhaul the U.S. Social Security retirement program if his Republican party keeps control of the Congress in the November midterm 'elections,' the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.
Mayor vetoes Chicago 'living wage' bill 11 Sep 2006 Mayor Richard Daley vetoed an ordinance Monday that would have required mega-retailers to pay their workers more than other employers after some of the nation's largest stores including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. warned the measure would keep them from opening their doors within the city's limits.
Bird flu virus found in blood of human victims 11 Sep 2006 The H5N1 bird flu virus replicates far more aggressively in people than common human flu viruses A study of patients in Vietnam also found the virus in the blood stream of many of the human victims, which means it may have spread to other parts of the body, it was reported in Nature Medicine.
Ice sheet melting faster than ever 25 Aug 2006 The meltdown of Greenland’s ice sheet has been speeding up since 2004 satellite measurements show melting at a rate of about 239 cubic kilometres per year.
Would you like a DHS file with that Pumpkin Spice Latte? Miami airport to train all 35,000 workers to spot suspicious people 08 Sep 2006 Passengers at Miami International Airport soon will be scrutinized by many sets of eyes, beyond federal security officers and police. If officials have their way, all 35,000 of the airport's workers - including janitors, skycaps, even Starbucks coffee servers - will be trained to watch travelers for suspicious movements. [Arming the Left: Is the time now? --by Charles Southwell 21 Oct 2003.]
Officer Benner says he tries to think like a terrorist. [LOL, I'm sure that's not a problem.] Police on the Lookout for Terrorists With Missiles Near Airports 10 Sep 2006 Steven Benner, a police officer with the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, was looking for threats from shoulder-fired missiles around Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Benner said he tries to think like a terrorist. He looks for people who seem out of place... Benner said that he is also on the lookout for people monitoring him. "If we do this randomly and every so often, they are not going to be able to pattern police movements. I like to be a little smarter than them, a little faster than they are." [<g>]
Report details CIA torture use 10 Sep 2006 The first top 'Al-Qaeda' operative captured by the United States in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks, Abu Zubaydah, was stripped naked by his CIA interrogators, held in an icy-cold room and subjected to earsplitting music, The New York Times reported on its website overnight.
He stood or lay on the bare floor, sometimes with air-conditioning adjusted so that, one official said, Mr. Zubaydah seemed to turn blue. At a Secret Interrogation, Dispute Flared Over Tactics 10 Sep 2006 According to accounts by three former intelligence officials, the C.I.A. understood that the legal foundation for its role had been spelled out in a sweeping classified directive signed by George W. Bush on Sept. 17, 2001. The directive, known as a memorandum of notification, authorized the C.I.A. for the first time to capture, detain and interrogate terrorism suspects, providing the foundation for what became its secret prison system.
Investigation: The CIA's secret prisons --The acknowledgement of a global network of 'black sites' has revealed the existence of a sinister two-tier system of interrogation. 10 Sep A Justice Department memo of August 2002 gives a flavour, with its conclusion that methods stopping just short of those causing pain comparable to "organ failure, impairment of bodily function or even death" were legally permissible. In practice these techniques included practices such as "waterboarding" or simulated drowning, painful slapping and pummelling, extreme isolation, as well as sleep deprivation and intense noise or light bombardment. Most people would conclude that these amount to torture. However Mr Bush insisted anew that the US did not engage in torture. Instead he described the methods in Orwellian terms, as an "alternative set of procedures" that were deemed to be lawful.
"He is a victim of this so-called war on [of] terrorism by George Bush." From Baltimore Suburbs to a Secret CIA Prison 10 Sep 2006 Majid Khan, now 26, is one of the 14 "high-value" terrorism suspects transferred Monday to the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, men the government considered so dangerous they had been held by the CIA at secret foreign prisons for years. Khan is expected to stand trial on terrorism charges after Congress approves a new set of rules for the special military courts [*illegal*] that will decide the fates of the 14 suspects. [Special rules... special courts... special procedures... this is becoming a *special* dictatorship! Hello?!? Wake up and smell the coffee --even if you're then reported by your Starbucks Barista! --LRP]
CIA still hiding 'ghost' captives 10 Sep 2006 Dozens of key terror suspects are still being held in unknown locations, despite President [sic] George Bush’s declaration that the CIA is no longer operating secret jails.
Merkel criticizes U.S. over CIA prisons 09 Sep 2006 German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has sought to bolster ties with the United States since she took office, rebuked Washington on Saturday for sanctioning secret CIA prisons used to interrogate terror suspects.
Tortured screams ring out as Iraqis take over Abu Ghraib 10 Sep 2006 The notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad is at the centre of fresh abuse allegations just a week after it was handed over to Iraqi authorities, with claims that inmates are being tortured by their new [Bush-installed] captors. An independent witness who went into Abu Ghraib this week told The Sunday Telegraph that screams were coming from the cell blocks housing the terrorist suspects. Prisoners released from the jail this week spoke of routine torture of terrorism suspects and on Wednesday, 27 prisoners were hanged in the first mass execution since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein's government.
27 are hanged at Abu Ghraib in first mass execution since Hussein's fall 08 Sep 2006 The brutal excesses of Saddam Hussein's regime were relived yesterday as Iraq's new government announced that it had hanged 27 prisoners 'convicted' of terror and criminal charges. Abu Ghraib prison has several gallows erected in the execution chamber...
DHS plans major data fusion project 08 Sep 2006 The Homeland Security Department is building a major intelligence program that will use data mining and state-of-the-art analysis tools to discover and track 'terrorism threats against the United States' [dissenters].
U.S. Wants to Collect More Passenger and Fingerprint Data 08 Sep 2006 Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said his department and others were intensifying efforts to "identify unknown terrorist threats." [Why doesn't he flush out the known terrorist threats - the ones emanating from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?]
How US merchants of fear sparked a $130bn bonanza --The homeland security market has an army of lobbyists working for its interests in Washington 10 Sep 2006 The figures are stunning. Seven years ago there were nine companies with federal homeland security contracts. By 2003 it was 3,512. Now there are 33,890. The money is huge. Since 2000, $130bn (£70bn) of contracts have been dished out. By 2015 annual federal spending on the industry could be $170bn.
Howard blasts terror 'pussyfoots' 11 Sep 2006 John Howard has called on moderate Muslims to speak out more often against terrorism and declared it is no good "pussyfooting around" about Islamic terrorists.
Poll finds gloom over terror 11 Sep 2006 Almost two in every three Australians believe the world is less safe than it was before the September 11 attacks in the US, according to an exclusive ACNielsen/Age poll. And half believe a terrorist attack in Australia is more likely than it was in 2001.
Indications add up to government conspiracy By James Morgante 08 Sep 2006 ...[A] 2000 paper titled "Rebuilding America's Defenses," Project for a New American Century, whose founding members were Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz, argued for vast increases in military spending to assure American global dominance. Such a process, PNAC said, would take time absent "a catastrophic and catalyzing event -- like a new Pearl Harbor."...The symmetry between the 9/11 attacks and U.S. policy goals is but the backdrop to the case for government complicity.
Firefighter Wonders Whether He Got Cancer from Ground Zero 'Pile' 08 Sep 2006 John McNamara is among dozens of firefighters who have said to ABC News that they have grown bitterly angry as they've watched one "brother" after another be taken off active duty by FDNY doctors who tell them their lungs are so damaged that fighting another fire could kill them. "But they're not allowed to retire [with full benefits] because the pension board will say, 'You have to prove [the illness] is 9/11 related,'" John said.
Bin Laden Trail 'Stone Cold' --U.S. Steps Up Efforts, But Good Intelligence On Ground is Lacking [Intelligence is lacking, period.] 10 Sep 2006 The clandestine U.S. commandos whose job is to capture or kill Osama bin Laden have not received a credible lead in more than two years. Nothing from the vast U.S. intelligence world -- no tips from informants, no snippets from electronic intercepts, no points on any satellite image -- has led them anywhere near the al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] leader, according to U.S. and Pakistani officials.
Rockefeller: Bush Duped Public On Iraq --Ark. Senator Says Iraq Would Be Better Off With Hussein In Power 09 Sep 2006 After 2 1/2 years of reviewing pre-war intelligence behind closed doors, the lead Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, Sen. John Rockefeller of West Virginia, who voted for the Iraq War, says the Bush administration pulled the wool over everyone's eyes. "The absolute cynical manipulation, deliberately cynical manipulation, to shape American public opinion and 69 percent of the people, at that time, it worked, they said 'we want to go to war,'" Rockefeller told CBS News. "Including me. The difference is after I began to learn about some of that intelligence I went down to the Senate floor and I said 'my vote was wrong.'" Rockefeller says the world would be better off today if the United States had never invaded Iraq — even if it means Saddam Hussein would still be running Iraq.
Iraq deputy PM warns of 'regional catastrophe' 10 Sep 2006 Abu Dhabi - Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Barham Saleh said on Sunday there could be regional catastrophe if Baghdad fails in its pacification and reconstruction process, and urged the international community to help.
Suicide Bomber Kills Governor in Afghanistan 10 Sep 2006 A suicide bomber assassinated the governor of eastern Paktia province Sunday, just two days after a powerful car bomb killed 16 people, including two U.S. soldiers, in downtown Kabul, the capital. Officials said Gov. Hakim Taniwal was killed, along with his nephew, driver and bodyguard.
Two occupation soldiers killed in Afghanistan 10 Sep 2006 A US-led occupation soldier has been killed in combat in southern Afghanistan, Nato said today. A second occupation soldier died during the Nato-led Operation Medusa in Kandahar’s southern Panjwayi district, the statement said.
1,000 more troops will drive the Taliban out, says British command 10 Sep 2006 British commanders in Afghanistan believe they could "cleanse" large areas of the country of Taliban fighters with an extra 1,000 troops.
NATO forces kill 94 Taliban 10 Sep 2006 NATO and Afghan forces killed 94 Taliban fighters in airstrikes and ground attacks in southern Afghanistan, the military alliance said Sunday.
Poisonous clouds of pollution spread after Israel air strike --Lebanese minister says damage was deliberate, causing 'an even bigger disaster than the war itself' 10 Sep 2006 More people will die as a result of pollution unleashed by Israel's bombing of the Lebanon than perished in the month-long war itself, the Lebanese government believes. Yacoub Sarraf, its Environment Minister, speaking exclusively to The Independent on Sunday, said last week that a highly poisonous cloud spread over a third of the country - an area that is home to half its people - from a fire in a bombed fuel tank that burned for 12 days. The same bombing released about four million gallons of oil into the sea, in the largest ever spill in the eastern Mediterranean. He insists that the environmental damage was "deliberately" caused.
'Gaza is a jail. Nobody is allowed to leave. We are all starving now' By Patrick Cockburn in Gaza 08 Sep 2006 Gaza is dying. The Israeli siege of the Palestinian enclave is so tight that its people are on the edge of starvation... A whole society is being destroyed. There are 1.5 million Palestinians imprisoned in the most heavily populated area in the world. Israel has stopped all trade. It has even forbidden fishermen to go far from the shore so they wade into the surf to try vainly to catch fish with hand-thrown nets. Many people are being killed by Israeli incursions that occur every day by land and air.
Iran offers 2-month atomic enrichment halt-diplomat 10 Sep 2006 Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani offered a 2-month suspension of its nuclear enrichment programme in weekend talks with European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana, an EU diplomat said on Sunday.
Annan sees fears Iran standoff could lead to war 10 Sep 2006 Middle Eastern leaders are worried the current standoff between Iran and the West over Tehran's nuclear ambitions could degenerate into war, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in an interview broadcast on Sunday.
The world's biggest busy bee (and terrorist) is caught trying to destabilise another government: US accused of covert operations in Somalia Emails suggest that the CIA knew of plans by private military companies to breach UN rules 10 Sep 2006 Dramatic evidence that America is involved in illegal mercenary operations in east Africa has emerged in a string of confidential emails seen by The Observer. The leaked communications between US private military companies suggest the CIA had knowledge of the plans to run covert military operations inside Somalia - against UN rulings - and they hint at involvement of British security firms. Evidence of foreign involvement in the conflict would not only breach the UN arms embargo but could destabilise the entire region.
Lopez Obrador ends downtown Mexico City protests 10 Sep 2006 Leftist opposition leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced that he was temporarily ending a mass protest over disputed 'election' [rightist coup d'etat] results that had paralyzed much of downtown Mexico City since July 30.
Venezuela tax office temporarily shuts H-P, Motorola offices 08 Sep 2006 Venezuela's Seniat tax office has temporarily shut the administrative offices of Hewlett Packard and Motorola Inc. amid a wider campaign to curb tax evasion, the Seniat said Thursday.
Social Security to be Phased Out in 2007 By Josh Marshall 09 Sep 2006 Still don't believe Social Security is on the ballot this November? In an interview published today in The Wall Street Journal, President [sic] Bush told editorial page editor Paul Gigot that next year he plans on partially phasing out Social Security and replacing it with private accounts, and that he thinks he can do it as long as the Republicans retain control of Congress, which he thinks they will.
Al Gore says he hasn't ruled out 2nd run 10 Sep 2006 President Al Gore said Sunday he hadn't ruled out making a second bid for the White House, though he said it was unlikely.
Elections officials ordered into voting machine case 08 Sep 2006 Florida's top elections officials have been dragged into the Sarasota County legal dispute over a proposed charter revision that would require voting machines capable of producing verifiable paper ballot receipts for mandatory recounts and spot audits.
Feds interview Harris' ex-campaign manager 09 Sep 2006 Federal investigators interviewed U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris' former campaign manager as part of an ongoing federal inquiry into her relationship with a convicted defense contractor. Jim Dornan, who left Harris' Senate campaign in November, spoke to investigators from the FBI and the Defense Department in Washington for about 90 minutes Thursday.
Avian flu kills in similar manner to 1918 flu: study [Of course, as designed. See: Killer flu recreated in the lab 07 Oct 2004. Scientists have shown that tiny changes to modern flu viruses could render them as deadly as the 1918 strain which killed millions. A US team added two genes from a sample of the 1918 virus to a modern strain known to have no effect on mice. Animals exposed to this composite were dying within days of symptoms similar to those found in human victims of the 1918 pandemic.] 10 Sep 2006 Avian flu kills in much the same way the 1918 flu did, by drowning victims in fluid produced in their own lungs, a new study has found. [Click here for more 'Flu Oddities.']
KBR charged U.S. millions for services never provided to troops in Iraq: lawsuit --Whistle-blower slams Iraq contractor 08 Sep 2006 Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown & Root charged millions to the government for recreational services never provided to U.S. troops in Iraq, including giant tubs of chicken wings and tacos, a widescreen TV, and cheese sticks meant for a military Super Bowl party, according to a federal whistle-blower suit unsealed Friday. Instead, the suit alleges, KBR used the military's supplies for its own football party... Such suits are usually sealed for 60 days while the Justice Department investigates the claims and decides whether the U.S. Attorney's office will sign on as a co-plaintiff. The Justice Department declined comment Friday on why it chose not to participate in whistleblower Julie McBride's suit. [The 'Justice' Department didn't participate in the whistleblower's lawsuit because they were too busy whislteBLOWing Dick Cheney. --LRP]
Half Ton of Bomb Material Stored a Few Miles from the White House [!!!!!] 08 Sep 2006 Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz Report: With virtually no questions asked, an undercover ABC News team was able to purchase a half ton of one of the world's most dangerous bomb-making materials and move it into a storage shed only a few miles from the White House and the U.S. Capitol.
European watchdog calls for clampdown on CIA --Scathing attack on Bush, 'the King John of USA' --UK is urged to take lead in monitoring agents 08 Sep 2006 The head of Europe's human rights watchdog yesterday called for monitoring of CIA agents operating in Britain and other European countries, after President [sic] George Bush's admission that the US had detained terrorist suspects in secret prisons.
Lawyers and G.O.P. Chiefs Resist Proposal on Tribunals 08 Sep 2006 The Bush regime’s proposal to bring leading terrorism suspects before military tribunals met stiff resistance Thursday from key Republicans and top military lawyers who said some provisions would not withstand legal scrutiny or do enough to repair the nation’s tarnished reputation internationally.
CIA prison detainees arrive 'safely' at Guantanamo Bay 09 Sep 2006 The 14 terrorist suspects transferred to US military custody after being held in secret CIA prisons appeared healthy when they arrived at the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, earlier this week, according to the commander of the camp.
Bush Vows to Use All Anti-Terror Tools [Especially the illegal ones] 07 Sep 2006 A day after President [sic] Bush acknowledged for the first time that the CIA runs secret prisons overseas, he told an Atlanta audience that he would continue to use all tools available to combat [encourage] al-Qaida and terrorists determined to attack the United States.
Portland judge rejects Bush attempt to dismiss NSA lawsuit 07 Sep 2006 A federal judge in Portland has declined to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the legality of a National Security Agency eavesdropping program authorized by Dictator Bush.
US expands visitor fingerprinting to 'deter' attacks 08 Sep 2006 The U.S. government will take prints of all 10 fingers of foreigners entering the United States and compare them with those found at sites with ties to terrorists, the country's security chief said on Friday.
Woman charged with terror offence 07 Sep 2006 A woman has been charged with failing to disclose information in relation to terrorist acts. Bouchra El-Hor, 23, is due to appear before City of Westminster magistrates' court.
New York Muslims beset by suspicion 08 Sep 2006 New York’s Muslim community numbers about 600,000. The number of mosques in the city has grown from half a dozen in the early 1970s to more than 140. But after being shaken by the widespread detentions of suspected illegal immigrants that followed the 9/11 attacks, recent events have highlighted tensions.
Senate Report Contradicts Bush On Iraq 08 Sep 2006 There's no evidence Saddam Hussein had ties with 'al-Qaida,' according to a Senate report on prewar intelligence that Democrats say undercuts President [sic] George W. Bush's justification for invading Iraq.
C.I.A. Said to Find No Hussein Link to Terror Chief 09 Sep 2006 The Central Intelligence Agency last fall repudiated the claim that there were prewar ties between Saddam Hussein’s government and an operative of 'Al Qaeda,' Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, according to a report issued Friday by the Senate Intelligence Committee. The disclosure undercuts continuing assertions by the Bush administration that such ties existed, and that they provided evidence of links between Iraq and Al Qaeda.
Iraq's Alleged Al-Qaeda Ties Were Disputed Before War --Links Were Cited to Justify U.S. Invasion, Report Says 09 Sep 2006 A declassified report released yesterday by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence revealed that U.S. intelligence analysts were strongly disputing the alleged links between Saddam Hussein and 'al-Qaeda' while senior Bush administration officials were publicly asserting those links to justify invading Iraq.
Eustis chief: Iraq post-war plan muzzled 08 Sep 2006 Months before the United States invaded Iraq in 2003, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld forbade military strategists from developing plans for securing a post-war Iraq, the retiring commander of the Army Transportation Corps said Thursday. In fact, said Brig. Gen. Mark Scheid, Rumsfeld said "he would fire the next person" who talked about the need for a post-war plan.
Bush's 'Operation Iraqi Freedom' morphs into full-blown dictatorship: Iraqi Government Pulls the Plug on TV Station 08 Sep 2006 Dana Hughes Reports: The Arabic-language television station Al-Arabiya was yanked off the air in Iraq yesterday, banned by the government for one month.
Remembering the Journalists By Miren Gutierrez 05 Sep 2006 A total of 103 journalists and media assistants have been killed in Iraq since the start of the war in March 2003, according to Reporters Without Borders. Two are still missing.
U.S. count of Baghdad deaths excludes car bombs, mortar attacks 08 Sep 2006 U.S. officials, seeking a way to measure the results of a program aimed at decreasing violence in Baghdad, aren't counting scores of dead killed in car bombings and mortar attacks as victims of the country's 'sectarian' [US] violence. In a distinction previously undisclosed, U.S. military spokesman Lt. Col. Barry Johnson said Friday that the United States is including in its tabulations of sectarian violence only deaths of individuals killed in drive-by shootings or by torture and execution. That has allowed U.S. officials to boast that the number of deaths from sectarian violence in Baghdad declined by more than 52 percent in August over July.
Army Faces Rising Number of Roadside Bombs in Iraq 08 Sep 2006 Roadside bombs in Iraq rose to record numbers this summer -- to about four times as many as in January 2004 -- as tips from Iraqi citizens warning of the bombs and attacks have dropped sharply amid a flaring of sectarian violence, according to a senior U.S. defense official.
Another bloody day in Iraq 09 Sep 2006 'Insurgents' killed at least nine people across Iraq on Saturday, while police found 11 corpses of men shot dead in apparent 'sectarian' [US death squad] killings, security officials said. The US military also announced that three of its soldiers were wounded in a bomb attack in Baghdad.
US contactors getting rich 'healing' Iraqis, sick and wounded from years of US bombings and sanctions: U.S. govt. to build 143 clinics in Iraq 08 Sep 2006 Contracts have been finalized for the building of 142 primary healthcare clinics in Iraq, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday. The total contract cost of the clinics, which are each expected to treat 40,000 to 100,000 patients per year, is $185 million.
Afghanistan needs 2,500 more troops, says general 09 Sep 2006 A Nato military chief asked yesterday for another 2,500 troops to be sent to southern Afghanistan to reinforce the Canadian and British battlegroups that have been under fierce attack by the Taleban for the past two months.
Turkey rejects NATO call for Afghan reinforcements 08 Sep 2006 Turkey's army chief has rejected a call by NATO to send reinforcements to Afghanistan to combat a strong insurgency in the south of the conflict-scarred country, the NTV news channel reported Friday.
Tanks going to Afghanistan after all 09 Sep 2006 Less than three weeks after denying it was sending Leopard tanks to Afghanistan, the Canadian military is set to ship as many as 20 of the heavy tracked armoured vehicles to Kandahar.
Prodi says attack in Afghanistan won't make Italy withdraw its troops 09 Sep 2006 Italian troops will remain in Afghanistan, the premier said Saturday, despite the wounding of four Italian soldiers that prompted renewed calls by some government allies for the country's withdrawal.
Blast Kills 16 in Afghan Capital, Including 2 U.S. Soldiers 08 Sep 2006 A suicide bomber smashed his car into an American military vehicle just yards from the United States embassy in downtown Kabul this morning, killing up to 16 people and wounding 29, among them at least two American soldiers, Afghan and American officials said.
Mother flies to dying soldier in Afghanistan 09 Sep 2006 The mother of a British soldier fatally wounded in southern Afghanistan has spoken of her relief at reaching her son's bedside before he died.
U.S. Politicians Should Focus On Tehran, Netanyahu Says 08 Sep 2006 Benjamin Netanyahu, as part of an American tour repositioning himself for a return to the Israeli premiership, told an audience in New York yesterday that President [sic] Bush is preparing to ditch the United Nations to take on Iran alone and that American politicians of all parties would do well to stop squabbling about Iraq and join the president in focusing on threat from Tehran.
Former State Dept. official acknowledges CIA leak 07 Sep 2006 Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage on Thursday acknowledged being the original source in the leak of a CIA official's identity and expressed regrets and apologies in media interviews.
Biggest mega barf alert since Coup 2004: Bush Plans Prime Time Sept. 11 Address 08 Sep 2006 Dictator Bush will make a prime-time address from the Oval Office on Monday to mark the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. White House press secretary Tony Snow said the administration had requested network time for the address at 9:01 p.m. EDT. [Viable alternative for that time slot: Law & Order TNT Sep 11 09:00 p.m.]
Tell The F.E.C. to Slam ABC/Disney Over Their Docu-Fraud (Stacey Tallitsch for Congress action) Although they have gone out of their way to only provide previews to extreme rightwing media pundits, those who have see parts of the new ABC/Disney "docu-drama" titled "The Path To 9/11" report it is rife with lies and distortions with the purpose of wrongly blaming the 9/11 catastrophe entirely on Democrats. Despite cosmetic edits one rightwing blogger was assured, "The message of the Clinton admin failures remains fully intact." So there you have it, a Swift Boat level hatchet job, with the premeditated purpose of trying to pin political blame on the party out of power for the total failure of George Bush to protect us on 9/11.
BYU places '9/11 truth' professor on paid leave 08 Sep 2006 Brigham Young University placed physics professor Steven Jones on paid leave Thursday while it reviews his involvement in the so-called [It's not 'so-called,' it is *exactly* called] "9/11 truth movement" that accuses unnamed government agencies of orchestrating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center.
Governor Dean: The American People Deserve to Know! Posted by Tracy Russo 08 Sep 2006 Governor Dean has called on ABC/Disney to reveal who poured $40 million into the slanderous 9/11 propaganda film they plan to start airing starting Sunday.
F.B.I. Agents Question Accuracy of 9/11 Series 08 Sep 2006 Two retired F.B.I. agents said today that they had rejected advisory roles on the disputed ABC mini-series, "The Path to 9/11," because of concerns about the program’s accuracy.
FBI Agent Who Consulted On Path to 9/11 Quit Halfway Through Because 'They Were Making Things Up' (thinkprogress.org) James Bamford, an author and journalist who has written about security issues, appeared on MSNBC to discuss "The Path to 9/11." Bamford revealed that an FBI agent who worked as a consultant to the film quit halfway through production of the mini-series because he believed the writers and producers were "making things up."
ABC Stands By Its 9/11 Story — Almost 09 Sep 2006 Walt Disney Co.'s ABC is forging ahead with plans to air a miniseries starting Sunday despite controversy over its efforts to dramatize — and some say unfairly politicize — the events leading up to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Producers said late Friday that they had finished making minor edits to "The Path to 9/11" amid a firestorm of protests from leading Democrats including Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, who warned that telecasting "right-wing political propaganda" might violate the terms of ABC's government-mandated broadcast license.
New poll says most Canadians blame U.S. for 9/11 attacks 07 Sep 2006 A majority of Canadians believe U.S. foreign policy was one of the root causes that led to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and Quebecers are quicker to criticize the U.S. administration for its international actions than other Canadians, a recent poll suggests.
10 Miami journalists take U.S. pay for propaganda 08 Sep 2006 At least 10 local journalists accepted U.S. government pay for programs aimed at undermining the government of Fidel Castro, on Radio Martí or TV Martí. El Nuevo Herald fired two of them Thursday for conflict of interest. The payments totaled thousands of dollars over several years.
Polling company owner pleads guilty to fraud 07 Sep 2006 (CT) The manager of a company that conducted campaign polls for President [sic] Bush, Sen. Joe Lieberman and other political candidates was negotiating a possible plea deal after the owner pleaded guilty to making up poll results. The Guilford-based company, DataUSA, is now known as Viewpoint USA.
EPA wants pollution rules eased for oil refineries, plants --Critics warn the accounting method would let industries taint the air even more 09 Sep 2006 The Bush regime proposed easing environmental rules Friday to allow oil refineries and other industries to change how they calculate whether they need pollution control equipment.
Judge blocks drilling in national oil reserve --Bush administration hasn't shown data on cumulative impact, he says 08 Sep 2006 The Bush administration is faced with reworking its proposal to lease more than 1 million acres in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska after a judge on Thursday temporarily halted the project in a lawsuit by environmentalists.
Brad Pitt: I'll Marry When Everyone Can 08 Sep 2006 Brad Pitt says he won't be marrying Angelina Jolie until the restrictions on who can marry whom are dropped. "Angie and I will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able," the 42-year-old actor reveals in Esquire magazine's October issue, on newsstands Sept. 19.
Bush presses Congress to pass antiterrorism laws 07 Sep 2006 President [sic] Bush pressed Congress on Thursday to approve new [illegal] military tribunals to try terrorism suspects, a day after he admitted the CIA ran secret prisons overseas where accused militants were detained [and tortured].
EU lawmakers demand to know location of CIA jails 07 Sep 2006 European lawmakers demanded on Thursday that their governments reveal the location of secret CIA prisons after U.S. President [sic] George Bush admitted Washington held terrorist suspects in jails abroad.
Europeans Seek More Info on CIA Secret Jails 06 Sep 2006 President [sic] Bush's disclosure that terrorism suspects had been held in CIA-run prisons drew approval Wednesday from activists and defense attorneys, but some called for details on the secret lockups. Marine Maj. Michael Mori, the Pentagon-appointed lawyer for Australian Guantanamo detainee David Hicks, said that legislation the White House wants to use to prosecute terrorist suspects in military trials is similar to provisions already deemed illegal by the high court.
Bush Admits CIA Held Terrorism Suspects Outside U.S. 06 Sep 2006 For the first time on Wednesday, President [sic] George W. Bush acknowledged that some foreign terrorism suspects have been held by the CIA outside the United States.
Bush Says Detainees Will Be Tried --He Confirms Existence of CIA Prisons 07 Sep 2006 President [sic] Bush yesterday announced the transfer of the last 14 suspected terrorists held by the CIA at secret foreign prisons to the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and said he wants to try them before U.S. military panels under proposed new rules he simultaneously sent to Congress.
Guantanamo Tribunals May Resume in Early '07 06 Sep 2006 [Illegal] Military tribunals could resume at Guantanamo Bay as soon as early 2007 if Congress approves new legislation to try the detainees, the military's chief prosecutor for detainees at the base said Wednesday.
Military lawyers question Bush plan for trials 07 Sep 2006 The Pentagon’s top uniformed lawyers took issue Thursday with a key part of a White House plan to prosecute terrorism detainees, telling Congress that limiting the suspects’ access to evidence could violate treaty obligations.
3 Republican senators among critics of military tribunal plan 07 Sep 2006 President [sic] Bush's long-awaited plan for military commissions to try foreign terrorist suspects was criticized Wednesday by fellow Republicans who said the proposal, which omits many of the usual safeguards of a military trial, doesn't go far enough to protect prisoners.
No more torture? Read the fine print. (lefti.blogspot) Headlines are touting the new Department of Defense "manual" which bans torture of all prisoners, be they "real" prisoners of war or part of the completely extra-legal, Bush team-invented, media and Democrat-accepted category of "unlawful combatant." No more torture, right? Read the fine print (when it's there; on most broadcast versions of the story, and even in some print versions, it isn't). Two-thirds of the way through the AP story, as carried in the New York Times, we find these five words: "It doesn't cover the CIA."
Judge Hears Arguments on Federal Spying Program 06 Sep 2006 In a lively oral argument lasting almost three hours, a federal judge in Manhattan indicated yesterday that he had serious reservations about the legality of a National Security Agency surveillance program that monitors the international communications of people in the United States.
UK charges two more over alleged airline bomb plot 06 Sep 2006 Two more men were charged on Wednesday in connection with an alleged plot to blow up transatlantic airliners, British police said.
Belgium police hold 17 of extreme-right in 'plot' 07 Sep 2006 Seventeen people have been arrested in Belgium for allegedly planning attacks aimed at "destabilising" the country's institutions, Belgian prosecutors say. Police raided army barracks and soldiers' homes across the country. The raids were part of a two-year investigation into extreme-right activists believed to be operating inside the military.
Menezes family oppose case delay 07 Sep 2006 The family of Jean Charles de Menezes are to challenge an attempt to delay an inquest into his death. If the request is granted, the inquest might not take place until 2008.
Evacuation drill to close West Loop streets 06 Sep 2006 During a news conference at Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC), also known as the 911 center, Mayor Richard Daley spoke of the various technological advances that have been put into place over the last five years in the city's security apparatus. A total of 2,000 surveillance cameras have been installed throughout the city to monitor 'illegal' activity, he said...
Government, Industry to Use Computer Microphones to Spy On 150 Million Americans By Paul Joseph Watson and Alex Jones 06 Sep 2006 Private industry and eventually government is planning to use microphones in the computers of an estimated 150 million-plus Internet active Americans to spy on their lifestyle choices and build psychological profiles which will be used for surveillance and minority report style invasive advertising and data mining.
Al Jazeera airs audio of new Iraq al Qaeda leader 07 Sep 2006 Al Qaeda's [al-CIAduh's] new leader called on Muslims to unify ranks with 'insurgents' in Iraq, according to an audio tape aired by Al Jazeera television on Thursday.
Book says CIA tried to provoke Saddam to war 07 Sep 2006 More than a year before the invasion of Iraq the CIA devised a plan, codenamed Anabasis, to use Iraqi exile fighters to seize an air base and declare a revolt against Saddam Hussein in the hope that his response would create a pretext for war, according to a book published tomorrow. The plan was ultimately rejected by General Tommy Franks, who led the invasion in March 2003, but the CIA-backed fighters carried out sabotage operations and assassinations of Ba'athist officials in the run-up to the war, the book, called Hubris, reports.
Sunnis enraged as Iraq prepares to divide itself into regions 07 Sep 2006 The future of Iraq as a sovereign nation was thrown into jeopardy yesterday after a new law was introduced to parliament that would enable the break up of the country into semi-autonomous regions.
Iraqi Parliament Extends State of Emergency for One Month [It's like the 9,000th extension. Just call it what it is: Another Bush police state.] 05 Sep 2006 Iraq's parliament has extended a state of emergency in the country for a month, giving security forces greater powers to subdue violence.
Iraq deaths multiply in new August count 07 Sep 2006 Updated figures from Iraq's Health Ministry show there was no significant decline in violent deaths in Baghdad last month, but the U.S. military insisted Thursday that the murder rate in the capital had fallen by 52 percent. Baghdad recorded more than 1,500 violent deaths in August, according to final figures released this week by the Health Ministry. The final figure was nearly three times the preliminary count released by the same ministry last week.
What Dropoff? August Death Total in Baghdad Morgue Triples By Jim Sciutto 06 Sep 2006 We took an interesting phone call today from an official at the Baghdad morgue... It turns out the official toll of violent deaths in August was just revised upwards to 1535 from 550, tripling the total... [T]his means that a much-publicized drop-off in violence in August – heralded by both the Iraqi government and the US military as a sign that a new security effort in Baghdad was working -- apparently didn't exist.
Another 39 killed in Iraq attacks 07 Sep 2006 At least 39 people were killed across Iraq on Thursday, mostly in Baghdad, amid a wave of bombings and shootings ahead of a ceremony to mark Iraq taking military command of its forces.
At least eight killed in Iraqi violence 06 Sep 2006 'Insurgents' killed at least eight people across Iraq on Wednesday, including six in twin bombings in Baghdad, security officials said.
Fresh bombs shake Iraqi capital 07 Sep 2006 A series of suicide car bombings and roadside blasts in Baghdad has killed about 15 people, including members of the police and security services. In the worst attack a car bomb exploded at a petrol station used by Iraqi police, killing at least five people.
U.S. forces in Iraq number 145,000 07 Sep 2006 The number of U.S. troops in Iraq rose to 145,000 this week, the highest since December and 15,000 more than a month ago.
US hands over Iraq army control 07 Sep 2006 The Iraqi authorities have begun taking control of their armed forces from the US-led occupation. Control of the Iraqi navy and air force and the 8th Division of the army was handed over at a ceremony [?!?] in Baghdad.
Thanks to Bush: Rebels 'Control Half of Afghanistan' 06 Sep 2006 Afghanistan is falling back into the hands of the Taliban, according to an international security and drugs think-tank. The hard-line Islamic group have psychological and military control over half the country, say the Senlis Council.
Afghan force 'needs more troops' 07 Sep 2006 Nato's leaders have urged member countries to provide reinforcements to help in its campaign against Taleban fighters in southern Afghanistan.
Three more UK soldiers are killed in Afghanistan 07 Sep 2006 Three British soldiers died in Afghanistan yesterday, bringing the toll of UK servicemen killed in the country in the past week to 19.
Airshow drops U.S. plane after 'friendly fire' 06 Sep 2006 The Nova Scotia International Air Show dropped a U.S. warplane from its program Wednesday because it's identical to planes that killed a Canadian soldier and wounded dozens of others in Afghanistan.
Lebanon Air Blockade Lifted; Naval Stays 07 Sep 2006 Israel on Thursday lifted an aerial blockade of Lebanon but kept its naval blockade of the country until international forces can take over, a government spokeswoman said.
Senate panel scrubs vote on Bolton as U.N. envoy 07 Sep 2006 A U.S. Senate committee scrubbed its planned vote on Thursday on keeping John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations, as a key Republican remained undecided on the nomination by President [sic] George W. Bush.
Antiwar Message Travels From Texas to Washington --Military Families Group Expands Agenda, Establish "Camp Democracy" 06 Sep 2006 The antiwar activists who picketed near the president's [sic] ranch this summer traded dusty Texas for soggy Washington yesterday, when they set up camp near the White House to continue their vigil.
A Handy-Dandy Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy By Nicholas von Hoffmann (satire) 14 Aug 2006 Q: What is the difference between a regime and a government? A: A regime is a government disliked by the United States. A government is a regime that the United States likes.
Brown demands March handover as Blair's power haemorrhages 07 Sep 2006 Tony Blair and Gordon Brown are deeply divided over the timetable and terms under which the Prime Minister should leave Downing Street..
Blair refuses to set departure date 07 Sep 2006 Poodle Tony Blair will leave office within 12 months, he said today. But he added: "I'm not going to set a precise date now. I don't think that's right. I will do that at a future date and I will do that in the interests of the country."
Move to block 'Gordon's coronation' 07 Sep 2006 Allies of Poodle Tony Blair [?!?] and have called for a "real contest" for the Labour leadership in an attempt to prevent a virtual coronation for Gordon Brown when the Prime Minister stands down.
28-Year Career CIA Official Says 9/11 An Inside Job --Highlights missing Pentagon trillions as potential motive By Paul Joseph Watson 07 Sep 2006 A 28-year CIA career man and a former skeptic of alternative 9/11 explanations has gone further than ever before in voicing his convictions that the attacks bore the hallmarks of an inside job and the three buildings in the WTC complex were brought down by controlled demolition.
Sept. 11 TV show assailed --Parts Attacked As 'Fabrications' 07 Sep 2006 Just days before its scheduled broadcast, ABC's "The Path to 9/11" -- a $40 million, two-night miniseries that producers say is based on the Sept. 11 commission report -- has come under sharp criticism for the veracity of some key scenes depicting the Clinton administration's response to terrorism.
"The content of this drama is factually and incontrovertibly inaccurate and ABC has the duty to fully correct all errors or pull the drama entirely." Clinton Enraged At ABC For Inaccurate 9/11 Movie --Insists Network Pull Drama 07 Sep 2006 A furious Bill Clinton is warning ABC that its mini-series "The Path to 9/11" grossly misrepresents his pursuit of Osama bin Laden - and he is demanding the network "pull the drama" if changes aren't made. Clinton pointedly refuted several fictionalized scenes, according to a letter to ABC boss Bob Iger obtained by The New York Post.
Clinton Administration Officials Assail ABC's 'The Path to 9/11' 07 Sep 2006 Top officials of the Clinton administration have launched a preemptive strike against an ABC-TV "docudrama," slated to air Sunday and Monday, that they say includes made-up scenes depicting them as undermining attempts to kill Osama bin Laden. Former secretary of state Madeleine K. Albright called one scene involving her "false and defamatory." ...[F]ormer White House aide Bruce R. Lindsey, who now heads the William J. Clinton Foundation, said: "It is unconscionable to mislead the American public about one of the most horrendous tragedies our country has ever known."
Writer of ABC's 9/11 'Docudrama' Is Avowed Conservative Activist By Nico 01 Sep 2006 ABC will air a "docudrama" next weekend called "The Path to 9/11" which blames President Clinton for the 9/11 attacks while praising President [sic] Bush. The writer of the movie is an unabashed conservative named Cyrus Nowrasteh. Last year, Nowrasteh spoke on a panel titled, "Rebels With a Cause: How Conservatives Can Lead Hollywood’s Next Paradigm Shift."
ABC: Tell the Truth About 9/11 (Contributed by Working Assets) On September 10th and 11th, ABC -- which is owned by Disney -- is planning to air a "docu-drama" called "Path to 9/11," which is being billed as "an objective telling of the events of 9/11." In fact, the film was written by an unabashed conservative who twists the facts to blame President Clinton.
Lung Problems Plague 9/11 Workers --Study: Nearly 70% Of Ground Zero Workers Had Respiratory Issues 05 Sep 2006 Nearly 70 percent of recovery workers who responded to the attacks on the World Trade Center suffered lung problems during or after their work at ground zero, a new health study released Tuesday shows.
Administration mismanaged $3.7 bln in botched Sept. 11 loans 06 Sep 2006 The government failed to ensure that recipients of terrorism-recovery loans were actually hurt by the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, allowing banks to spread more than $3.7 billion in aid to whomever they wanted, Senate investigators concluded Wednesday. The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee sharply criticized the Bush administration's primary terrorism relief loan program, saying it was so loosely managed that "conceivably every small business in the country became eligible to participate." [No, not *everyone.* Just GOP friends and donors.]
Women In South Turning Backs On GOP --Bush Compared to Ulysses S. Grant 07 Sep 2006 President [sic] George W. Bush's once-solid relationship with Southern women is on the rocks. "I think history will show him to be the worst president since Ulysses S. Grant," said Barbara Knight, a self-described Republican since birth and the mother of three. "He's been an embarrassment."
Former Ill. governor sentenced to 6 1/2 years --George Ryan, 72, convicted of racketeering conspiracy, fraud in April 06 Sep 2006 Former Gov. George Ryan (R), who was acclaimed by capital punishment foes for suspending executions in Illinois and emptying out death row, was sentenced Wednesday to 6 1/2 years behind bars in a corruption scandal that ruined his political career.
Former BP executive refuses to testify 07 Sep 2006 The former head of pipeline-corrosion monitoring for BP in Alaska refused to testify under oath Thursday as outraged lawmakers grilled company officials over the causes of a massive oil spill earlier this year.
Swans fitted with transmitters in bird flu fight 06 Sep 2006 Outfitting swans with super-light Teflon backpacks containing solar-powered GPS satellite transmitters is the latest way scientists and researchers are trying to fight the spread of avian influenza.
FDA Approves Viral Adulteration of Our Food Supply By Byron J. Richards, CCN 24 Aug 2006 On Friday, August 18, 2006, the FDA approved a viral cocktail to be sprayed on foods we eat. This is the first time viruses have been approved for use as food additives... This is a monumental announcement by the FDA, indicating they are throwing all caution to the wind regarding the safety of our food supply. Are you willing to stand in line for a virus-laden sandwich?
EPA Allows Dumping in Chesapeake and Shenandoah River 06 Sep 2006 (BushGreenwatch.org) Today's Washington Post story, "Male Bass Across Region Found to Be Bearing Eggs," suggests that serious water pollution is affecting the entire Potomac river basin not just the Shenandoah river tributary described in the piece below. This underscores the consequences of the Bush administration's failure to conscientiously enforce the Clean Water Act for the past six years. Write to your local papers today.
Bush Admits, Defends Existence of Secret CIA Prisons --Suspected Terrorist Leaders Transferred to Guantanamo 06 Sep 2006 Dictator George W. Bush on Wednesday said for the first time that some suspected terrorist leaders have been held by the CIA outside the United States in secret locations. His comments marked the first time the regime has acknowledged the existence of CIA prisons, which have been a source of friction between Washington and some allies in Europe.
Bush acknowledges secret CIA prisons 06 Sep 2006 President [sic] Bush on Wednesday acknowledged the existence of previously secret CIA prisons around the world and said 14 high-value terrorism suspects — including the [alleged] mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks — have been transferred from the system to Guantanamo Bay for trials.
Bush admits CIA held terrorism suspects outside U.S. 06 Sep 2006 President [sic] George W. Bush acknowledged for the first time on Wednesday that some foreign terrorism suspects have been held by the CIA outside the United States.
High-level terror detainees to face military tribunals 06 Sep 2006 A senior official says the U.S. government will be putting more than one high-level detainee in the war on [of] terror on trial in a military tribunal. [Dictator Bush is trying to pressure congress to allow trials by military tribunals, despite the recent Supreme Court ruling that such trials are *illegal.*]
Defense Department Ordered to Take Custody of High-Value Detainees 06 Sep 2006 The Department of Defense announced today, that at the direction of the President of the United States it took custody of 14 high-value detainees captured in the War on [of] Terror and placed them under control of the Joint Task Force at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Bush Aims to Kill War Crimes Act By Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith 05 Sep 2006 The Washington Post recently reported that the Bush administration is quietly circulating draft legislation to eliminate crucial parts of the War Crimes Act. Observers on The Hill say the Administration plans to slip it through Congress this fall while there still is a guaranteed Republican majority--perhaps as part of the military appropriations bill, the proposals for Guantánamo tribunals or a new catch-all "anti-terrorism" package. [The world's biggest war criminal is fixing it so that he can't be held accountable for his countless crimes against humanity!]
Bush to unveil plan for Guantanamo trials 06 Sep 2006 President [sic] Bush pushed Wednesday to resuscitate his plan to subject Guantanamo Bay detainees to special [illegal] trials, a key policy in his anti[pro]-terror strategy that was struck down by the Supreme Court.
Distance ties with US to cut terror risk, say most Britons 06 Sep 2006 A majority of Britons believe that Prime Minister Tony Blair's government should change its foreign policy and, in particular, distance itself from the US to reduce the risk of further terror attacks in the UK, as shown by results of a new poll.
U.K. Police Release 2 Terror Suspects, Hold 12 Others 06 Sep 2006 U.K. police released two men without charge yesterday following their arrest Sept. 1 on suspicion of plotting terrorist offenses.
Charges thrown out against men suspected of planning terrorism 05 Sep 2006 A federal judge threw out conspiracy and money laundering charges Tuesday against three Texas men who originally were accused of planning terrorism, saying there wasn't enough evidence to bring them to trial. Michigan charges against the men were thrown out last month.
Iraq has "months" to avert collapse 06 Sep 2006 Iraq's leaders have just months to mend their differences or see their country collapse, the speaker of parliament told wrangling deputies on Wednesday after a car bomb caused dozens of casualties in the morning rush hour.
19 bullet-riddled corpses found in Iraq 06 Sep 2006 Eight civilians were killed and 38 wounded in a car bomb attack in Baghdad on Wednesday, while police recovered 19 bullet-riddled corpses overnight, a security official said.
Further British casualties in Afghanistan 06 Sep 2006 Three British soldiers lost their lives in Afghanistan today, the Ministry of Defence said. Following the death of one soldier in a landmine explosion in Helmand earlier today, the MoD said tonight that two further soldiers had died.
Afghanistan Landmine Kills U.K. Soldier, Wounds Six 06 Sep 2006 A British soldier was killed and another six were injured when their patrol strayed into an unmarked minefield in southern Afghanistan.
Battered Canadians press on with Operation Medusa --Five fallen soldiers given solemn sendoff as battle with Taliban rages on 06 Sep 2006 Canadian troops, bloodied but unbowed after suffering dozens of casualties in the opening days of Operation Medusa, pressed ahead yesterday with the offensive to drive 'insurgents' from a stronghold west of Kandahar as the bodies of five of their fallen comrades began the long journey home.
US pharma-terrorists to force deadly vaccines on children in Afghanistan: Polio vaccination drive in violent south targets 120,000 children 05 Sep 2006 Nearly 120,000 children aged under five will be vaccinated against [with] the crippling polio virus during a one-day government and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) campaign in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, according to officials from the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH).
Senate rejects limits on cluster bombs 06 Sep 2006 The Senate on Wednesday rejected a move by Democrats to stop the Pentagon from using cluster bombs near civilian targets and to cut off sales unless purchasers abide by the same rules. On a 70-30 vote, the Senate defeated an amendment to a Pentagon budget bill to block use of the deadly munitions near populated areas.
French, Americans would back strike on Iran: poll 06 Sep 2006 Most French and Americans would support military action against Iran as a last resort if other means fail to stop it acquiring nuclear weapons, a major transatlantic opinion survey showed on Wednesday. [Yet, the U.S. and Israel - two terrorist states - are allowed to have nuclear weapons?]
Olmert orders end to Lebanon embargo 06 Sep 2006 Israel will lift its sea and air blockade of Lebanon tomorrow evening, the Israeli prime minister said today. Israel will leave its command posts at various ports at 6pm local time (1500 GMT) and be replaced immediately by international forces, a statement from Ehud Olmert's office said.
Israel to lift sea, air embargo on Lebanon 06 Sep 2006 Israel said it will lift its sea and air barricade of Lebanon on Thursday evening, more than three weeks after a UN-brokered ceasefire that ended the fighting between Israeli forces and Hezbollah fighters.
U.N. says Israeli forces withdraw from five southern Lebanon villages 05 Sep 2006 Israeli forces left five villages in southern Lebanon and were replaced Tuesday by Lebanese troops.
EU condemns Israeli settlement activity 06 Sep 2006 The European Union slammed Wednesday the Israeli government for constructing new Jewish settlements on occupied Palestinian lands, saying it is contrary to international law.
Blair hit by wave of resignations 06 Sep 2006 Tony Blair has faced a wave of resignations by junior members of his government over his refusal to name a date for resignation as Labour leader.
Blair faces crisis over resignations 06 Sep 2006 Poodle Tony Blair today faced an implosion of his authority after seven government members resigned in protest at his refusal to publicly name a departure date.
Convicted ex-Ill. governor out-polls Bush 04 Sep 2006 A new St. Louis Post-Dispatch poll finds U.S. President [sic] Bush is less popular in Illinois than former-Gov. George Ryan (R), who faces sentencing this week.
Bush picks former highway administrator as next U.S. transportation secretary 05 Sep 2006 President [sic] George W. Bush chose former federal highway administrator Mary Peters on Tuesday to succeed Norman Mineta as secretary of transportation.
GOP secretly channeled millions to Lieberman 05 Sep 2006 The White House funneled millions of dollars through major Republican Party contributors to Sen. Joseph LieberBush’s primary campaign in a failed effort to ensure the support of the former Democrat for the Bush administration. A senior GOP source said the money was part of Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove's strategy to maintain a Republican majority in the Senate in November.
Harris wins nomination in Florida Senate race 05 Sep 2006 KKKatherine Harris cinched the Republican party's U.S. Senate nomination in Florida on Tuesday, despite the best efforts of party heavyweights who begged the former election official not to run.
Scientists find new global warming threat from melting permafrost 06 Sep 2006 New research is raising concerns that global warming may be triggering a self-perpetuating climate time bomb trapped in once-frozen permafrost. [See study in Thursday's journal, Nature.]
Britons threaten Muslim beheadings in footage 04 Sep 2006 Far-right extremists have adopted the tactics of Islamic jihadis by posting videos on the internet in which they threaten to behead British Muslims. The films show balaclava-clad white British men brandishing guns, knives and clubs, calling on all Muslims to leave Britain or be killed.
Bush Reminds U.S. Country Is at War 05 Sep 2006 President [sic] Bush reminded Americans that the United States is a nation at war on the same day his administration proclaimed significant progress in the war on [of] terror but said the enemy has adjusted to U.S. defenses and that "America is safer but we are not yet safe.''
Denmark Arrests Nine Suspected of Plotting Terror Act 05 Sep 2006 Danish authorities arrested nine people suspected of planning a terrorist attack, the country's police intelligence service said.
Police aim to disrupt terrorist recruitment and training 04 Sep 2006 Police investigating an alleged network of terrorist recruiters promoting the aims of al-Qa'ida [al-CIAduh] revealed yesterday that they were searching 18 properties in London and Sussex after raids this weekend.
Training camps link to anti-terror arrests 04 Sep 2006 A group of men arrested in south London by anti[pro]-terrorist police had been under surveillance for months at alleged training camps across the country, the Guardian has learned. They are being questioned under controversial laws that came in this year banning glorification of acts of terrorism...
Police get more time to quiz terror suspects 04 Sep 2006 Police investigating a suspected terrorist training network in Britain have been give more time to question 14 men arrested in London.
BA says terror alert cost it £40m 05 Sep 2006 British Airways lost an estimated £40m during last month's security scare that grounded over 1,000 flights, the airline said today.
Terror prosecutions fall --Study finds rates at pre-Sept. 11 levels 04 Sep 2006 Despite a sharp increase in the prosecution of terrorism cases just after Sept. 11, 2001, only 14 of the defendants have been sentenced to 20 years or more in prison, according to a study based on Justice Department data... The analysis of data from Justice's Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys also found that in the eight months ending last May, Justice attorneys declined to prosecute more than nine out of every 10 terrorism cases sent to them by the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other federal agencies. Nearly 4 in 10 of the rejected cases were scrapped because prosecutors found weak or insufficient evidence, no evidence of criminal intent or no evident federal crime.
Canada to arm guards along U.S. border 31 Aug 2006 Canada announced Thursday it will outfit border guards with guns for the first time, moving to keep officers at their posts in the facing of increasing threats by 'armed fugitives.' Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the government plans to arm and train its 4,500 border agents over the next 10 years to use firearms [to keep us *in*].
Police Chiefs from 50 Cities Meet in D.C. for Crime Summit 01 Sep 2006 Deputy Attorney General Paul J. McNulty told a gathering of mayors and police chiefs from 50 cities that he was concerned about reports of growing violent crime - including homicides, robberies and aggravated assault - in cities nationwide. He acknowledged difficulties due to demands with fighting [fomenting] terror and wars abroad.
Checkpoints Blanket North Carolina 04 Sep 2006 State Troopers set up many 'drunk-driving' checkpoints over the weekend [and to acclimate us to Bush's burgeoning police state]. The 'sobriety' checkpoints will continue through Monday night.
Canadians' Medical Records, Still Safe From the CIA 04 Sep 2006 Canadians can rest easy: The CIA is not using its venture capital arm to snoop into the medical records of our northern neighbors. That was the conclusion last week of the information and privacy commissioner in the Canadian province of Ontario.
Gunman shouting 'God is Great' kills Briton in Jordan 05 Sep 2006 A lone gunman shouting "God is Great" in Arabic killed a British man and injured six other people yesterday at a popular Roman tourist site in Jordan.
Black day for the British 05 Sep 2006 Ministers are failing to give proper support to troops embroiled in a war on two fronts that has become "extraordinarily dangerous", a former head of the Armed Forces said yesterday. Lord Guthrie's outspoken attack came on a day British soldiers and tourists were the target of terrorist attacks in three countries.
'America's aggression is fuelling extremism', says Iran's ex-president By Robert Fisk 04 Sep 2006 As the West's "war on terror" burns across the Muslim world, one of Islam's most principled leaders - the former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami - issued a grave warning yesterday from the very heart of America, the country whose troops and allies are fighting Islamists across the Middle East in a war that is costing thousands of Muslim lives. "The policies of the neo-conservatives have created a war that creates more extremists and radicals," he told The Independent in Chicago.
Another fatal day in the 'war on terror' --Patrick Cockburn explains how the 'war on terror' has fuelled resentment of the West and brought new levels of death and destruction. 05 Sep 2006 Yesterday was another black day in the "war on terror". Across the Middle East, wave upon wave of violence engulfed the region and paid testament to the new, bloody reality five years on from 11 September.
Britain's new top soldier: 'Can the military cope? I say - just' --Troops 'running hot and at limit' as alarm grows over 14 deaths in Afghanistan 04 Sep 2006 The new head of the British army [Sir Richard Dannatt] has told the Guardian that his soldiers are fighting at the limit of their capacity and can only just cope with the demands placed on them by the government. In his first interview since taking up his post as chief of the general staff, General Dannatt warned: "We are running hot, certainly running hot." He added: "Can we cope? I pause. I say 'just'."
Talabani sees UK troops gone by 2007 05 Sep 2006 British troops may be gone from Iraq by the end of 2007 as local security forces assume greater responsibility, President Jalal Talabani said on Tuesday, but Britain's foreign minister stressed no timetable had been set.
U.S. Losing Control Fast By Dahr Jamail and Ali Al-Fadhily 05 Sep 2006 The U.S. military has lost control over the volatile al-Anbar province, Iraqi police and residents say. The area to the west of Baghdad includes Fallujah, Ramadi and other towns that have seen the worst of military occupation, and the strongest resistance.
Five U.S. Troops Die in Iraq 04 Sep 2006 Four U.S. military personnel are dead in three separate incidents in Iraq. And the U-S military said another soldier has died of non-combat injuries.
Bomb kills two British soldiers near Basra 04 Sep 2006 Two British soldiers were killed on Monday and two more injured when their patrol came under attack near the southern Iraqi city of Basra, the Ministry of Defence said.
33 bodies found scattered across Baghdad 04 Sep 2006 Police found the tortured, blindfolded bodies of 33 men scattered across the capital Monday and the U.S.-led occupation reported combat deaths of seven servicemen, a day after Iraqi leaders said the capture of a top terror suspect would reduce violence. [Since it's the US/UK death squads that are carrying out the violence, why would that 'capture' be relevant?]
US army hospitals in Iraq criticised 05 Sep 2006 A report into the activities of a US army hospital operating in Balad, Iraq from January 2004 to May 2005 shows that attempts to treat injured civilians, including children, proved inadequate to the task.
Marine battalion heads to Iraq for fourth time --Tears flow as loved ones bid goodbye to unit members in Twentynine Palms 03 Sep 2006 (Twentynine Palms, CA) The war in Iraq has been going on for less than four years, but this is the fourth time these Marines -- members of the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment -- will be deployed there.
Democrats see support for anti-Rumsfeld vote 04 Sep 2006 A resolution demanding the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld after he compared Iraq war critics to Nazi appeasers has strong support among U.S. Senate Democrats, a senior Democrat [Charles Schumer, D-NY] said on Sunday.
Afghanistan's Little America is epicenter of Taliban resurgence and explosion in drug cultivation --Afghan Symbol for Change Becomes a Symbol of [Another Rumsfeld] Failure 05 Sep 2006 Today, 'Little America' [Lashkar Gah] is the epicenter of a Taliban resurgence and an explosion in drug cultivation that has claimed the lives of 106 American and NATO soldiers this year and doubled American casualty rates countrywide. Across Afghanistan, roadside bomb attacks are up by 30 percent; suicide bombings have doubled. Statistically it is now nearly as dangerous to serve as an American soldier in Afghanistan as it is in Iraq.
Oops! U.S. Warplanes Fire On Canadian Troops in Afghanistan --One soldier killed, five wounded 04 Sep 2006 U.S. warplanes mistakenly fired on Canadian troops fighting Taliban forces Monday in southern Afghanistan, killing one soldier and wounding five, NATO reported.
Spy plane reported fire before Afghan crash 04 Sep 2006 The pilot of a RAF spy plane reported a fire on board shortly before it crashed in Afghanistan at the weekend, killing 14 military personnel, Air Chief Marshal Glenn Torpy said on Monday.
Briton killed by Afghan suicide bomber 05 Sep 2006 A British soldier has been killed in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan, along with at least four civilians as another Nato soldier died and others were wounded after coming under friendly fire... in southern Afghanistan.
US soldiers accused of rape and murder face death penalty 05 Sep 2006 Four American soldiers accused of raping an Iraqi girl in March and killing members of her family are facing a court martial that could result in death sentences for all of them.
Rumsfeld undergoes shoulder surgery 05 Sep 2006 U.S. Defense Secretary [War Criminal] Donald Rumsfeld underwent elective surgery Tuesday morning for a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder, Pentagon officials said.
Gaza doctors encounter 'unexplained injuries' 04 Sep 2006 Doctors in Gaza are reporting what they say are unexplained injuries among the dead and wounded in operations by the Israeli military, which have killed more than 200 Palestinians in the past nine weeks.
PM faces new calls to clarify departure plans 05 Sep 2006 Poodle Tony Blair was today under increasing pressure to make his intentions clear after it emerged that letters were circulating amongst Labour MPs urging him to resign.
Back bench gives Blair one-year deadline 04 Sep 2006 Pressure on Tony Blair to end the uncertainty over the future of the Labour leadership has intensified with the release of a survey showing that a majority of Labour backbenchers want to him to quit within a year.
Sources: Court to affirm Calderon election --Rightist candidate to be named Mexico's president-[s]elect Tuesday 04 Sep 2006 Mexico's electoral court will name ruling party rightist Felipe Calderon president-[s]elect on Tuesday, rejecting claims the fiercely disputed July 2 'vote' [Bush/ChoicePoint coup d'etat] was unfair, sources said. Lopez Obrador, whose supporters have crippled central Mexico City with protests for the last month, says he will never recognize Calderon's victory and will set up a parallel government to overhaul Mexico. [Obrador's forces need to overthrow the illegitimate Calderon regime, then head north.]
Olmert graft inquiry adds to scandal list 05 Sep 2006 The Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, already under attack over his handling of the war in Lebanon, could face criminal charges for alleged corruption while he was trade and industry minister in the last government.
Stupid is as stupid does: Growing number of Americans reject evolution 03 Sep 2006 A recent international study in the journal Science by Professor Jon Miller of Michigan State University and his associates finds that a growing number of Americans do not believe in the theory of evolution. In fact, the survey of 32 European nations and Japan reveals that only Turkey has a higher percentage of its citizens rejecting Darwin.
G.O.P. Seen to Be in Peril of Losing House 04 Sep 2006 After a year of political turmoil, Republicans enter the fall campaign with their control of the House in serious jeopardy, the possibility of major losses in the Senate, and a national mood so unsettled that districts once considered safely Republican are now competitive, analysts and strategists in both parties say.
Lieberman Marches Alone As Former Allies Surround Lamont 04 Sep 2006 Incumbent Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman and party-endorsed candidate Ned Lamont marched blocks apart in Monday’s Labor Day parade in Newtown. Lamont was surrounded by prominent Democrats near the start of the parade, traditionally one of the big campaign season kickoff events.
Lung problems rife among WTC responders 05 Sep 2006 Nearly 70 percent of recovery workers who responded to the attacks on the World Trade Center suffered lung problems during or after their work at ground zero, a new health study released Tuesday shows.
Controllers attack FAA over contract 02 Sep 2006 Air traffic controllers said Friday they will be forced to work even when they're tired after the Federal Aviation Administration imposes a new contract this weekend.
Holy coincidence, Batman! Just before the 2006 'elections:' Promising new oil find in Gulf of Mexico 05 Sep 2006 Tests of a deep-water well in the Gulf of Mexico could indicate a significant oil discovery, three companies announced Tuesday, in the first project to tap into a region that reportedly could boost U.S. oil and gas reserves by as much as 50 percent.
Untested GM rice found in food, says Greenpeace 05 Sep 2006 Traces of genetically modified rice from China have been found in products on sale in the UK, green groups claimed today.
I no longer have power to save Iraq from civil war, warns Shia leader 03 Sep 2006 The most influential moderate Shia leader [Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani] in Iraq has abandoned attempts to restrain his followers, admitting that there is nothing he can do to prevent the country sliding towards civil war.
U.S. deaths in Iraq, war on terror surpass 9/11 toll 03 Sep 2006 As the fifth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attack on the United States approaches, another somber benchmark has just been passed. The announcement Sunday of four more U.S. military deaths in Iraq raises the death toll to 2,974 for U.S. military service members in Iraq and in what the Bush regime calls the war on [of] terror. [Note: many people claim the that the Iraq death toll is much higher than the Pentagon's 'official' count.]
Baghdad IED Kills 2 U.S. Soldiers; 2 Marines Die in Anbar 03 Sep 2006 Two American soldiers and one Marine died in Iraq today in two separate incidents, and another Marine was killed Sept. 1, U.S. officials reported.
It's al-CIAduh 'Groundhog Day!' *Another* 'second most senior figure in al-Qaida in Iraq' is arrested! No. 2 al-Qaida leader in Iraq arrested 03 Sep 2006 Iraqi and occupation forces have arrested the second most senior figure in al-Qaida in Iraq [for the 5,000th time], Iraq's national security adviser announced on Sunday, saying the group now suffered from a "serious leadership crisis." [Oh, just like in the US.]
Iraq, U.S. locked in dispute over military handover 03 Sep 2006 Talks between the United States and Iraq over the transfer of operational command of Iraq's armed forces were deadlocked on Sunday, with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki demanding more independence from the U.S. military.
Bush's war criminals actually had a *ceremony* to hand over Abu Ghraib. Did they celebrate by passing along the dog leashes and other torture devices? Iraqi Army Takes Over Responsibility for Abu Ghraib Prison 03 Sep 2006 Soldiers from 1st Iraqi Army Division assumed control of the Abu Ghraib prison here from U.S. Army Task Force 134 in a ceremony here Sept. 1.
GOP Senate candidate calls for Rumsfeld's ouster 03 Sep 2006 New Jersey Republican Tom Kean Jr. called for the resignation of Defense Secretary [War Criminal] Donald H. Rumsfeld on Sunday, days after a new poll showed the Iraq war was hampering his U.S. Senate bid.
Stop the War Coalition --Time to Go: Demonstrate! 23 September 2006 Manchester --Assemble 1 pm, Albert Square - Eve of Labour Party Conference Demonstrate: End the Bush/Blair wars now --Email email@example.com - Phone 020 7278 6694
Israel plans for war with Iran and Syria 03 Sep 2006 Threatened by a potentially nuclear-armed Tehran, Israel is preparing for a possible war with both Iran and Syria, according to Israeli political and military sources.
Opium cultivation rose 60 percent in Afghanistan this year, all-time record, U.N. says 02 Sep 2006 The U.N. anti-drugs chief has announced a "staggering" 60 percent rise in opium cultivation in Afghanistan this year, and demanded the government arrest scores of major traffickers and remove [US-installed] corrupt officials and police who are profiting from the trade.
NATO and Afghan Forces in Fierce Fight With Taliban 03 Sep 2006 NATO and Afghan forces encountered fierce resistance from Taliban rebels on Sunday during a new offensive in southern Afghanistan, where four Canadian soldiers were killed and several were wounded in the fighting, officials said.
NATO: 200 Taliban, 4 Canadians Killed 03 Sep 2006 Warplanes and artillery pounded Taliban fighters hiding in orchards Sunday during a big Afghan-NATO offensive that the alliance said killed more than 200 militants in its first two days. Four Canadian soldiers also were killed.
US moves 5 Guantanamo Bay prisoners to Afghanistan 26 Aug 2006 The Pentagon on Saturday said it transferred five prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to Afghanistan, leaving about 445 detainees at the naval base in Cuba.
UK fascists storming restaurants, schools in search for 'terrorists:' Police hunt for terror training camp at a faith school in Tunbridge Wells 03 Sep 2006 Anti[pro]-terrorist police were last night searching a Muslim school at the centre of an investigation into terrorist training camps being run in Britain. The operation began on Friday night when around 50 armed police stormed a Chinese Halal restaurant in south-east London. Diners were questioned before several men were arrested. In other raids in the capital, more men were arrested.
Britain's first 'school for martyrs' raided by police --Secluded former convent in Home Counties once visited by Abu Hamza is sealed off by anti-terrorist officers amid claims it was used to train militants 03 Sep 2006 Anti[pro]-terror police yesterday raided what is being reported as allegedly Britain's first home-grown jihad training school after a lengthy surveillance operation by the security services.
New terror laws used to arrest men 'recruiting suicide cell' 04 Sep 2006 New powers to clamp down on the "glorification" of terrorism [?!?] have been used to smash a suspected attempt to brainwash and recruit a new cell of British suicide bombers.
Anti-terror probe goes on 03 Sep 2006 Police are continuing to hold 14 men arrested as part of an anti[pro]-terror investigation that has seen officers spend another day searching an Islamic school. Detectives appear to be focusing on the education establishment in West Sussex but are also examining residential properties - running into double figures - across London following the arrests overnight on Friday.
Ruddock compares war on terror to WWII 03 Sep 2006 (AU) Attorney-General Philip Ruddock has rejected suggestions the war on [of] terrorism should not be called a war, as suggested by a former British spy chief.
Urgent Whitehall security revamp as study identifies truck-bomb attack risk 03 Sep 2006 Security chiefs have ordered an urgent revamp of anti-terror measures at Whitehall buildings, including Downing Street, the Treasury and the Foreign Office, amid continuing fears of suicide attacks.
Australia is a terrorist target: Attorney-General 03 Sep 2006 Federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock says the Federal Government still believes Australia is vulnerable to terrorist attacks.
DOJ seeks court permission to continue NSA surveillance program 02 Sep 2006 Arguing that the NSA domestic surveillance program is a necessary weapon in the war on [of] terror, the US Department of Justice Friday filed a motion in federal court asking the court to delay enforcement of an order requiring the NSA to immediately cease using warrantless wiretaps to monitor domestic phone conversations.
Bush's US trumps the "Condition of England Question". "Twelve hundred thousand workers in England alone; their right-hand lamed, lying idle in their sorrowful bosom; their hopes, outlooks, share of this fair world, shut in by narrow walls. They sit there, pent up, as in a kind of horrid enchantment; glad to be imprisoned and enchanted, that they may not perish starved." --"The Condition of England," from Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, Book 1, Chapter 1 (1843) Men who took food in trash get 6 months 01 Sep 2006 Two men who took fruit and vegetables out of a garbage can have been sentenced to six months in jail. Authorities said they took five cucumbers, four or five apricots, two bundles of asparagus spears and a handful of cherries from a garbage can at Sweet Pea Produce. [See: CLG's Political Education page.]
'Deluded': Extraordinary attack on Blair by Cabinet --'Self-indulgent' PM urged to 'end the pantomime' as senior ministers meet to hasten his departure 03 Sep 2006 Tony Blair will be served notice to quit Downing Street at a meeting of the Cabinet next week when senior ministers plan to confront him over his refusal to commit to a departure timetable.
Pressure on Blair to name date 03 Sep 2006 Pleas by Blairite ministers for an end to speculation about the Labour leadership fell on deaf ears as anger mounts over the Prime Minister's refusal to set an exit timetable.
Mexico Leftist Threatens to Block [Rightist] Rival 03 Sep 2006 Mexico's leftist presidential candidate threatened to disrupt the swearing in of his ruling party [rightist] rival Saturday, a day after lawmakers blocked the outgoing president from delivering his state-of-the-nation speech to Congress in an escalating crisis over the July 2 'election' [Bush/ChoicePoint coup d'etat].
GOP-Funded Group Lends Support to Lieberman in TV Ads [Actual Whore York Times deceptive headline: War Veterans Lend Support to Lieberman in TV Ads] 02 Sep 2006 An independent group, Vets for Freedom, will begin sponsoring television commercials early next week for Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, thanking him for his support of the war in Iraq. ['Independent?' *sic.* The Whore York Times contradicts itself in the next sentence.] Vets for Freedom is a group of veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and has ties to top Republican leaders. ['Vets for Freedom' is a GOP-funded group of Reichwing maggots, so why does the WYT headline not point to that fact?]
The Republican Pup Tent 30 Aug 2006 The Florida Republican Party's big tent is shrinking. Gov. Jeb Bush sent a fundraising letter the other day to raise money for Sen. Alex Villalobos' Republican primary opponent. The governor is still angry that the Miami Republican had the nerve - we'd say the courage - to vote against his effort to restore tuition vouchers that the Florida Supreme Court had ruled unconstitutional. Villalobos also refused to back an effort to alter the popular class size amendment. Now he faces a tough primary that symbolizes the GOP's intraparty struggle... Sen. Nancy Argenziano, R-Dunnellon, supports Villalobo, and said: "The governor has a history reflecting accommodation of special interests as evidenced by the agencies' contracts, and his flexible Republicanism is at odds with both America and actual Republican principles. In his heart of hearts, the governor prefers dictatorship to democracy." [So does his brother.]
More GOP Districts Counted as Vulnerable --Number Doubled Over the Summer 03 Sep 2006 Over the summer, the political battlefield has expanded well beyond the roughly 20 GOP House seats originally thought to be vulnerable. Now some Republicans concede there may be almost twice as many districts from which Democrats could wrest the 15 additional seats they need to take control.
RI Sen. Race: 10 Reasons NOT to Elect Sheldon Whitehouse By Carl Sheeler 02 Sep 2006 On September 12, Rhode Islanders are going to be asked to vote on either Sheldon or Carl Sheeler... In lieu of those who claim this post is negative, Sheldon had the opportunity to discuss the issues in over a dozen debate forums meant for discourse; however, he believed doing so was not to his advantage.
Texan may leave Bush post 02 Sep 2006 Mark McClellan, the Texan who administers the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs, is set to resign, sources familiar with his decision said Saturday. An announcement is expected as early as Tuesday, said one of the sources, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
Monsanto Buys 'Terminator' Seeds Company By F. William Engdahl 27 Aug 2006 The United States Government has been financing research on a genetic engineering technology which, when commercialized, will give its owners the power to control the food seed of entire nations or regions... Now, the little-known company that has been working in this genetic research with the Government’s US Department of Agriculture-- Delta & Pine Land-- is about to become part of the world’s largest supplier of patented genetically-modified seeds (GMO), Monsanto Corporation of St. Louis, Missouri.
Low-risk H5N1 bird flu found in Pennsylvania ducks 02 Sep 2006 Mallard ducks in Pennsylvania have tested positive for a low-pathogenic strain of the H5N1 bird flu virus, the U.S. Agriculture [Agribusiness] and Interior departments said on Saturday, adding to cases detected recently in Maryland and Michigan.
Race is on to save the Dead Sea --Jordan calls in architect Foster 03 Sep 2006 Lord Foster, the British architect, has been enlisted by the King of Jordan for his most grandiose project yet — a canal carved through the Sinai desert to rescue the Dead Sea from environmental disaster.
What if Bush really was assassinated? [In UK drama, Cheney too?] 01 Sep 2006 Held up by a Secret Service bodyguard in his dying moments after being shot in the stomach, this is President [sic] Bush being assassinated. This shocking image, created by putting the President's face onto an actor with digital wizardry, is part of a new British drama for Channel Four about the War on [of] Terror.
Channel 4 courts controversy with mock Bush assassination 01 Sep 2006 Channel 4 is set to spark a furore in [some quarters in] the US this month when it unveils a documentary-style film in which George Bush is assassinated.
UK anti-terror police probing 'thousands' of suspects 02 Sep 2006 British police are currently trying to monitor "thousands" of potential security suspects, the head of the anti-terrorism unit at London's Metropolitan Police said in an interview to be broadcast tomorrow.
Thousands of Muslim suspects on the terror watchlist 02 Sep 2006 MI5 and the police are monitoring thousands of Muslims suspected of being terrorists or their supporters, Britain’s most senior terrorist investigator disclosed yesterday.
Homegrown Terrorism [and Police State] on the Rise in U.K. 01 Sep 2006 Britain's top counterterrorism detective warned the threat from homegrown terrorism is increasing, and said police were trying to track thousands of Britons suspected of planning, financing or encouraging attacks. Peter Clarke, head of the Metropolitan Police anti[pro]-terrorist squad, told the British Broadcasting Corp. officers had seen an enormous rise in the number of people inside Britain who needed to be tracked and monitored since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
UK police arrest 16 in anti-terror raids 02 Sep 2006 British police said they had arrested 16 men in two separate anti-terrorism operations just three weeks after uncovering a suspected plot to bring down US-bound airliners over the Atlantic. Fourteen of the men were held in London in an operation that a police source said focused on suspected "training, recruitment and encouraging others to take part in terrorist activity".
Men netted in raids to be tried for terrorism 02 Sep 2006 Eleven Melbourne men accused of planning a terrorist attack have been ordered to stand trial. The men, and two others whose committal hearings will continue this month, are all charged with belonging to a terrorist group.
Home Office losing one security pass a day 02 Sep 2006 Officials at the Whitehall department responsible for Britain's counter-terrorism are losing security passes at a rate of almost one a day, it has emerged. Almost 800 ID cards issued to Home Office staff have gone missing in the last two and a half years, the ministry has admitted.
Bush bin Laden prepping for 'October Surprise' al-Qaida's Deputy Issues New Videotape 02 Sep 2006 Al-Qaida's deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri issued a new videotape Saturday along with a man identified as an American member of the terror network, inviting Americans to convert to Islam.
FBI Role in Terror Probe Questioned --Lawyers Point to Fine Line Between Sting and Entrapment 02 Sep 2006 On June 23, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales held a news conference to announce the destruction of a terrorist cell inside the United States... But court records released since then suggest that what Gonzales described as a "deadly plot" was virtually the pipe dream of a few men with almost no ability to pull it off on their own. The suspects have raised questions in court about the FBI informants' role in keeping the plan alive.
FBI mined loan databases --"Project Strike Back" searched for college student terrorists 01 Sep 2006 A little-known federal program created days after Sept. 11, 2001, examined financial aid records of college students targeted by the FBI in terrorism investigations, according to U.S. Education Department documents. The program, called Project Strike Back, was a joint project of the department and the FBI.
Education Dept. Shared Student Data With F.B.I. 01 Sep 2006 The Federal Education Department shared personal information on hundreds [?!? Not thousands?] of student loan applicants with the Federal Bureau of Investigation across a five-year period that began after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, the agencies said yesterday.
Rumsfeld targeted in midterm election fight --Democrats seek vote of no confidence in politician 02 Sep 2006 Senior Democratic members of Congress say they will seek a no-confidence vote in the US defence secretary [war criminal], Donald Rumsfeld, who is under fire for a speech this week in which he compared opponents of the Iraq war to those who supported the appeasement of Adolf Hitler before the second world war.
Karl Rove's Blood Libel By Chris Floyd 24 Aug 2006 Presidential adviser Karl Rove criticized a federal judge's order for an immediate end to the government's warrantless surveillance program, saying Wednesday such a program might have prevented the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks... What Rove is giving voice to here is nothing less than the new blood libel of our age: that those who oppose the Bush Administration's unconstitutional actions are opening the door to a new 9/11. The implication is clear: anyone who speaks up for the Constitution is working for the death of innocent Americans. They are, by definition, traitors. Thus they deserve what traitors get: death.
"Pennsylvania's own nonresident peddler of nontruths, Senator Rick Santorum" Loose talk - The Bush rhetoric on Iraq is sounding desperate (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) 01 Sep 2006 The first of these ['at least three pieces of falsely based rhetoric'] is that any American who does not believe that the United States should stay in Iraq, to pursue President [sic] Bush's vanity war to the end and continue to lose young fighting Americans as well as burn up formidable amounts of cash, is somehow not only wrongheaded but also a traitor who does not really love freedom... A second, very misleading, line that, notably, Republican Senate candidate Santorum is using, most recently at a talk in Harrisburg on Monday, is that America's current war is against "Islamic fascism." ...Mr. Santorum has given no previous indication of any knowledge of foreign affairs, but waving around the words "Islamic fascism" may take the cake.
Army finds capital murder charges warranted in Iraq shooting 02 Sep 2006 An Army investigator has recommended that four soldiers accused of murder in an Iraqi raid face the death penalty. Lt. Col. James P. Daniel Jr. made the recommendation in report obtained Saturday by The Associated Press.
Pentagon gives gloomy Iraq report 01 Sep 2006 Sectarian violence is spreading in Iraq and the security problems have become more complex than at any time since the U.S. invasion in 2003, a Pentagon report said Friday.
Iraqi Casualties Are Up Sharply, Study Finds 02 Sep 2006 Iraqi casualties soared by more than 50 percent in recent months, the product of spiraling 'sectarian clashes and a Sunni-based insurgency' [US terrorism] that remains "potent and viable," the Pentagon said in its latest comprehensive assessment of security in Iraq.
Kurdistan president replaces Iraqi flag 01 Sep 2006 Kurdistan president Massoud Barzani has ordered the Iraqi national flag to be replaced with the Kurdish one in his northern autonomous region in what appeared to be another move toward more self-rule in the north, local officials said Friday.
Thanks to Bush: Afghan opium cultivation 'out of control' 02 Sep 2006 Poppy cultivation will soar to a record level in Afghanistan this year and will yield 92 per cent of the world's supply of opium, the raw material for heroin, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODOC) said on Saturday.
Opium Harvest at Record Level in Afghanistan 02 Sep 2006 Afghanistan’s opium harvest this year has reached the highest levels ever recorded, showing an increase of almost 50 percent from last year, the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Antonio Maria Costa, said Saturday in Kabul.
17 die in suicide bombing at Afghan market 29 Aug 2006 An apparent suicide bomb ripped through a market in Lashkar Gah, the headquarters of British forces in Helmand, yesterday, killing 17 people and injuring 47.
Afghan crash kills 14 British troops 02 Sep 2006 A NATO plane has crashed in southern Afghanistan, killing 14 British troops, according to a NATO spokesman and the British Ministry of Defence.
British soldier killed in clash with Taliban 02 Sep 2006 A British soldier was killed and another seriously injured yesterday during clashes with the Taliban in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said.
Israel rejects Syria's arms embargo pledge 02 Sep 2006 Israel last night rejected Syria's pledge to Kofi Annan, the United Nations secretary general, that it would prevent weapons being smuggled to Hizbollah across its border with Lebanon.
Israeli Defense Chief Agrees to Independent Inquiry Into Lebanon War 02 Sep 2006 Bowing to rebels in his own Labor Party, Defense Minister Amir Peretz of Israel called Friday for a full independent inquiry into the recent war in Lebanon, changing his previous position and putting him publicly at odds with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
Italian UN troops arrive in Lebanon 02 Sep 2006 About 250 Italian soldiers arrived in Lebanon on Saturday as part of an international United Nations force to keep the peace between Israel and Hezbollah fighters.
$100bn later, Star Wars hits its first missile 02 Sep 2006 The Pentagon claimed a victory for America's missile defence system last night when a mock warhead was successfully destroyed in space in a test which cost $85m (£45m).
Mega barf alert! Lockheed Martin wins NASA contract to build spaceship for moon and Mars 31 Aug 2006 NASA awarded a contract worth more than $8 billion to Lockheed Martin to build the next moon capsule [Orion], made partly from materials used in some of the latest jets. Under a plan laid out by President [sic] Bush, Orion will carry a crew to the moon by 2020. No date has been set for a mission to Mars, also proposed by Bush [who needs to be the first passenger on either of these flights and *stay there*].
Bush returns to scene of the crime: Bush back to WTC site on Sept. 11 02 Sep 2006 Dictator Bush will visit Ground Zero to mark the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the White House announced yesterday.
Report Urges F.A.A. to Act Regarding False 9/11 Testimony 02 Sep 2006 The Transportation Department’s inspector general urged the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday to consider disciplinary action against two executives who failed to correct false information provided to the independent commission that investigated the Sept. 11 terror attacks... The 51-minute gap is significant because it helps undermine an initial claim by the North American Aerospace Defense Command, which is responsible for domestic air defense, that it scrambled quickly on Sept. 11 and had a chance to shoot down the last of the hijacked planes still in the air, United Airlines Flight 93.
Protest thwarts final Fox state-of-nation speech --Mexican president decides to hand in written address in face of opposition 01 Sep 2006 President Vicente Fox abandoned his state-of-the-nation speech Friday after leftist lawmakers claiming fraud at elections in July seized the podium of Congress. [Rightist] Fox handed a written version of his speech to Congress officials and said he was leaving the building without trying to deliver the address. [AP only remembers to mention the term "Leftist."]
Mexican leftists silence Fox 02 Sep 2006 Mexican President Vicente Fox was forced to abandon his last state of the nation address to Congress on Friday after leftist lawmakers alleging election fraud seized the podium and refused to let him speak.
Klan member ordered reinstated in police 01 Sep 2006 An arbitrator ordered the Nebraska State Patrol to reinstate a trooper who was fired after his membership in the Ku Klux Klan was revealed.
US drivers subsidize European pump prices -report 31 Aug 2006 U.S. drivers helped to boost Big Oil's record profits more than their European counterparts, by paying more for gasoline once taxes were taken out at the pump, according to a report released on Thursday.
FBI searches Alaska state lawmakers' offices 01 Sep 2006 FBI agents combed the offices of six Alaska state lawmakers on Thursday as part of a criminal investigation, according to local news reports and lawmakers not targeted in the probe. State Sen. Tom Wagoner said FBI warrants showed the agents were seeking information on the state's largest oil service company, VECO, and the recently passed overhaul of state oil-production taxes. Executives at privately held VECO are known to be big contributors to state candidates, primarily Republicans.
Number of Republicans declines to 32-month low 01 Sep 2006 The number of Americans calling themselves Republican has fallen to its lowest level in more than two-and-a-half years. Just 31.9% of American adults now say they're affiliated with the GOP.
Changing climate: 'Compost effect' may cause global warming to reach crisis point in 2050 01 Sep 2006 The world faces a catastrophic rise in global warming in 2050 unless urgent action is taken to cut human-induced carbon emissions, a leading academic warned yesterday.
Ernesto Soaks Mid-Atlantic, Batters Electric Systems 02 Sep 2006 Remnants of Hurricane Ernesto have remained almost stationary over southeastern Virginia the past several hours, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a statement at 5 a.m. local time in Camp Springs, Maryland.
Pentagon moves toward monitoring media 01 Sep 2006 The U.S. command in Baghdad is seeking bidders for a two-year, $20 million 'public relations' [propaganda] contract that calls for monitoring the tone of Iraq news stories filed by U.S. and foreign media.
U.S. Military to Spend $20 Million For Iraq Propaganda Contract 31 Aug 2006 U.S. military leaders in Baghdad have put out for bid a two-year, $20 million public relations contract that calls for extensive monitoring of U.S. and Middle Eastern media in an effort to promote more positive coverage of news from Iraq. The contract calls for assembling a database of selected news stories and assessing their tone as part of a program to provide "public relations products" that would improve coverage of the military command's performance, according to a statement of work attached to the proposal. [Unfortunately for Rumsfeld, Eva Braun is not available. She would have charged a lot less than Halliburton/KBR will for the contract. --LRP]
President Bush 'assassinated' in new TV docudrama 31 Aug 2006 This is the dramatic moment when President [sic] George Bush is gunned down by a sniper after a public address at a hotel, in a gripping new docudrama soon to be aired on TV. Set around October 2007, President Bush is assassinated as he leaves the Sheraton Hotel in Chicago. [Art represents the hopes and dreams of so many!]
US May Cover Israel's War Costs 31 Aug 2006 A senior Bush administration official said Wednesday that if asked, the US is likely to grant Israel additional military aid to cover the costs of its recent war against Hezbollah. The unnamed diplomat told The Jerusalem Post that "a request has not yet come," but if it does, "we would consider it seriously."
US may consider additional aid to IDF [Yes, we must pay for those cluster-f*ck bombs, one way or another] 31 Aug 2006 If Israel asks, the US would "seriously consider" granting the Defense Ministry additional financial assistance because of the huge expenses incurred during the [illegal, immoral] war in Lebanon, a high-ranking US diplomat revealed Wednesday.
Israeli cluster bombing immoral, says UN humanitarian chief 01 Sep 2006 The United Nations has accused Israel of "shocking" and "completely immoral" behaviour for dropping large numbers of cluster bombs when a ceasefire was in sight during its war with Hezbollah.
Bush Speech Links Iraq War And Nazis 31 Aug 2006 Dictator George W. Bush said Thursday the war against Islamic militants was like last century's fight against Nazis and communists and that a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq would lead to its conquest by America's worst enemies.
Feeling morally, intellectually confused? By Keith Olbermann 30 Aug 2006 The confusion we -- as its citizens— must now address, is stark and forbidding... The confusion is about whether this Secretary of Defense, and this administration, are in fact now accomplishing what they claim the terrorists seek: The destruction of our freedoms, the very ones for which the same veterans Mr. [Donald] Rumsfeld addressed yesterday in Salt Lake City, so valiantly fought. And about Mr. Rumsfeld’s other main assertion, that this country faces a "new type of fascism." As he was correct to remind us how a government that knew everything could get everything wrong, so too was he right when he said that -- though probably not in the way he thought he meant it. This country faces a new type of fascism - indeed. [A must read]
"Keith, this is textbook authoritarianism." --John Dean commenting on Don Rumsfeld's speech, directed to host Keith Olbermann, on "Countdown" (MSNBC) 31 Aug 2006
Thousands Cheer Salt Lake City Mayor --Utahans show their protest and support 31 Aug 2006 A crowd of thousands cheered Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson for calling President [sic] Bush a "dishonest, war-mongering, human-rights violating president" whose time in office would "rank as the worst presidency our nation has ever had to endure." The group - including children and elderly and some hailing from throughout Utah - then marched to the federal building Wednesday to deliver a copy of a symbolic indictment against the president and Congress for abuse of power and failure to uphold the U.S. Constitution.
"Give us the truth! Give us the truth!" Salt Lake City Mayor, Rocky Anderson, Blasts President Bush, "A dishonest, warmongering, human rights-violating president"... "...[T]he worst presidency our nation has ever had to endure" 30 Aug 2006 (speech)
Five years' detention would not be deducted from Hicks sentence 01 Sep 2006 David Hicks would receive no credit for the time he has spent in detention should he be convicted and jailed by a revamped US military commission.
Law Enforcement Officials Search for U.S.-Born Terrorists 30 Aug 2006 U.S-born terrorists - as well as potential ones - are stirring the government's interest. Intelligence officials now fear that homegrowns pose as much of a threat to the U.S. as foreign terrorists. State and local police are being enlisted to watch for signs from people who in the past would have never gotten a second look. [If they want to find the actual terrorists, they should search 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.]
GOP Senator Says Terrorists Drive Taxis by Day 31 Aug 2006 Republican Sen. Conrad Burns (MT), whose recent comments have stirred controversy, says the United States is up against a faceless enemy of terrorists who "drive taxi cabs in the daytime and kill at night."
German anti-terrorism measures debated 30 Aug 2006 German authorities are pushing for stronger security measures, including more video cameras, a new anti-terrorism database and even armed marshals. Germany just finished implementing a raft of legislation designed to prosecute members of foreign terror groups on German soil, following the revelation that three of the Sept. 11 'suicide pilots' lived in Hamburg.
States face new driver's license requirements 31 Aug 2006 Some of the common requirements that all state driver's licenses and identification cards must share under the 2005 Real ID Act (The Department of Homeland Security expects to release full details of such requirements by year's end.) --Identity cards must contain a person's full legal name, date of birth, gender, identity card number, digital photograph, legal residence, signature and security features designed to prevent tampering...
CIA used WMD search to try to justify Iraq war, former Australian official says 31 Aug 2006 An Australian who took part in the hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq revealed Thursday that he quit because he felt the CIA controlled the program and had dedicated it to justifying Washington's decision to go to war.
Weapons cover-up revealed 31 Aug 2006 (AU) The Foreign Affairs Minister, Alexander Downer, issued instructions to suppress a damning letter about the hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq after the war, a former senior diplomat says.
U.S. force in Iraq at 140,000 31 Aug 2006 The United States has expanded its force in Iraq to 140,000 troops, the most since January and 13,000 more than five weeks ago, the Pentagon said on Thursday, amid relentless violence in Baghdad and elsewhere.
UK troops to leave second Iraq province 01 Sep 2006 The handover of a second province in Iraq will take place later this month and the security of most of the country could be under local control by the end of the year, Nouri al Maliki, Iraqi Prime Minister, predicted yesterday.
Rapid-fire attacks in Iraq kill 47 31 Aug 2006 A barrage of coordinated bomb and rocket attacks on eastern Baghdad neighborhoods killed at least 47 people and wounded more than 200 within half an hour on Thursday, police and hospital officials said.
Pentagon sees risk in troops' loan debt 31 Aug 2006 As many as one in five members of the armed services are being preyed on by loan centers set up near military bases that can charge cash-strapped military families interest of 400% or more, a new Pentagon report has found.
Vets Exposed to Radiation Lose Ruling 29 Aug 2006 In a quiet ruling that nonetheless resonates nationwide, a federal appellate court rejected efforts by people seeking claims on behalf of "atomic veterans." The same court simultaneously rejected bids by other veterans exposed to biological and chemical agents.
Iran Pursues Uranium Enrichment, UN Inspectors Say 31 Aug 2006 Iran has pursued uranium enrichment in the past month, a signal Iran will ignore today's United Nations Security Council deadline to suspend the nuclear work and trigger a debate on sanctions.
U.S. to stage missile-defense test over Pacific 30 Aug 2006 The United States is set to test key parts of its emerging antimissile shield over the Pacific on Thursday, officially to collect data, but with the possibility that a target dummy warhead will be shot down. The $85 million exercise is the first involving a live target since interceptor rockets failed to leave their silos during tests in December 2004 and February 2005.
Anti-Bush Shirt OK in School, Court Says 31 Aug 2006 A middle school that censored the anti-drug, anti-Bush message on a student's T-shirt violated the boy's right to free speech, an appeals court ruled Wednesday.
Poll worker fired over touch-screen voting comment 29 Aug 2006 A New Smyrna Beach voting equipment inspector picked the wrong place to express her views about controversial new touch-screen 'voting' machines being used for the first time in Volusia County. Volusia County Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall has fired 76-year-old Drusilla Synal, a poll worker for more than a decade, for opposing the use of the touch-screen machines as she cast her ballot during an early voting session Aug. 23 at the city's library.
Perry calls special election for DeLay's unexpired term 29 Aug 2006 Republican Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday called a Nov. 7 special election to temporarily fill the seat left vacant when former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay resigned. DeLay, a Republican whose term would have expired in January, resigned in June. The winner of the special election will fill the Houston-area seat until January.
FBI Searches 6 Alaska Lawmakers' Offices 31 Aug 2006 Federal agents raided the offices of at least six Alaska lawmakers Thursday in an investigation of large oil field services company, officials said. "This morning, investigators from the FBI interviewed me in my office regarding an investigation of VECO [Corp., an Anchorage-based oil field services and construction company]," Republican Rep. Vic Kohring said in a statement.
Drug Makers' Dime Funds Congressional Travel --Pharmaceutical companies, affiliated trade groups spent more than $600,000 on trips By Robert Brodsky and Kaitlin Hasseler 30 Aug 2006 Members of Congress and their aides accepted more than $600,000 in free travel from pharmaceutical interests during a 5½-year period in which drug company profits climbed, in part due to federal legislation favorable to the industry.
Under Bush, every child is left behind: SAT scores see sharpest decline in 31 years 30 Aug 2006 The high school class of 2006 got stuck with a new, longer version of the SAT, and it didn't fare well on it. Average reading and math scores fell a total of seven points — the sharpest decline in 31 years.
California boosts minimum wage to highest in US 31 Aug 2006 The California Assembly on Thursday approved a bill to boost the minimum wage to $8 an hour, the highest level in the nation, and sent it to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's desk for signing.
Calif Legislature passes bill to cut greenhouse gases 31 Aug 2006 The California Assembly on Thursday approved, as expected, a bill to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state to 1990 levels by 2020.
California sees "greenrush" in global warming move 31 Aug 2006 In a land where fortunes were spun from gold, films and silicon chips, California's leaders envisage a "greenrush" with their groundbreaking law to fight global warming. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) and other bill supporters believe business can make more money by switching to energy-efficient systems and developing clean technologies. New jobs will sprout from a burgeoning service industry to cater to companies' green demands.
Mexico Leftist to Create Parallel Gov't [That's what needs to be done in the US.] 29 Aug 2006 Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, convinced he won't be awarded the presidency, has vowed to create a parallel leftist government and is urging Mexicans not to recognize the apparent 'victory' [coup d'etat] of the ruling party's Felipe Calderon. Some predict his parallel initiative — which Lopez Obrador's supporters call the "legitimate government" [Yes!] — could turn those protest camps into the core of a violent revolt, especially if the government tries to shut it down. People close to Lopez Obrador say he is assuming the role of his hero, 18th century President Benito Juarez, who led a roving, "unofficial" presidency from 1863 to 1867 during the French invasion, before driving out the invaders and executing the French-installed Emperor Maximilian [Diebold-installed Dictator Bush].
Navy lawyer charged with leaking secret Guantanamo Bay detainee names list 30 Aug 2006 A staff attorney with the US Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps was charged Tuesday with relaying secret national defense information to a person outside the government "with intent or reason to believe that the said information was to be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of a foreign nation." Lt. Cmdr. Matthew M. Diaz, who was stationed at Guantanamo Bay for six months, allegedly printed and transmitted to an outside person names and information related to Guantanamo detainees between December 2004 and March 2005, months before AP forced the DOD to release detainee lists through Freedom of Information Act requests. If convicted, Diaz faces more than 36 years in prison.
FBI Shows Off Counterterrorism Database 30 Aug 2006 The FBI has built a database with more than 659 million records -- including terrorist watch lists, intelligence cables and financial transactions -- culled from more than 50 FBI and other government agency sources. The system is one of the most powerful data analysis tools available to law enforcement and counterterrorism agents, FBI officials said yesterday. [Time for a hacker to *get busy.*]
NSA Mobilizes Against Leaks 30 Aug 2006 The National Security Agency has instructed all of its employees to "actively" watch for unauthorized disclosures of classified information in the press and online, and to report such disclosures to the authorities.
Senate moves to give Bush more power to wiretap 29 Aug 2006 A bill that expands President Bush's ability to wiretap American phones and conduct other forms of domestic surveillance will likely appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee next Thursday, RAW STORY has learned.
Bush White House said subpoenaed by wiretap lawyers 29 Aug 2006 Two attorneys representing claimants in a lawsuit over wiretapping by the National Security Agency claim that they have sent subpoenas to the White House today, RAW STORY has learned.
New Intel Squadron Turns Aerial Eye on Terrorists 30 Aug 2006 (Hurlburt Field, FL) Terrorists and their supporters [Bush and his mercenaries] around the world soon will be under the gaze of a powerful "unblinking eye" providing information on their whereabouts to a "brain" here.
Bomb suspects to be held longer 30 Aug 2006 Three British Muslim men charged with involvement in a plot to blow up U.S.-bound airliners using liquid explosives were remanded in custody on Wednesday and police were granted another week to question five others. The five suspects can now be held until September 6 at the latest before they must be charged or released.
Court Grants U.K. Police Extra Week to Question Terror Suspects 30 Aug 2006 U.K. police were given more time to question five suspects over an alleged plot to blow up trans- Atlantic airliners traveling from the U.K. to U.S.
Iraqi says had to change t-shirt before US flight 29 Aug 2006 An Iraqi architect on Tuesday said he was forced to change his t-shirt before boarding a flight in New York because the shirt had "We will not be silent" written on it in Arabic and English. In an interview with New York Public Radio on Tuesday, Raed Jarrar said, "I grew up and spent all my life living under authoritarian regimes and I know that these things happen. But I'm shocked that they happened to me here, in the U.S."
Possession of violent porn to be criminal offence 30 Aug 2006 People who download violent pornography could face three years in jail under new legislation proposed by the government.
House Arrest for Hacker 29 Aug 2006 A hacker who infiltrated the network of T-Mobile USA and gained access to the personal information of hundreds of customers, including a Secret Service agent, was sentenced Monday to one year of home detention.
Alaska Senator Ted Stevens exposed as blocker of bill to create a searchable database of government contracts 30 Aug 2006 Washington, D.C. Alaska Senator Ted Stevens has been exposed, by the process of elimination, as the middle-of-the-night insider who blocked a bill to make public the spending patterns of the government. Twelve days ago, an unidentified senator placed a "secret hold" on legislation introduced by Sens. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Barack Obama (D-IL) that would create a searchable database of government contracts, grants, insurance, loans and financial assistance, worth $2.5 trillion last year.
Stevens: I'm the Bill-Blocker --Bill's Cost Troubled Me, Pork King Says --NSA: Blogs Are Media Too --"Masked" Bill-Blocker Reveals Self By Paul Kiel 30 Aug 2006 A spokesman for Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) just confirmed his boss was the man behind the secret hold on the Coburn/Obama spending database bill, which has captivated a segment of the political blogging community in recent days.
Is this Bush's secret bunker? Mount Weather is a top-security underground installation an hour's drive from Washington DC. It has its own leaders, police, fire department - and laws. A cold war relic, it has been given a new lease of life since 9/11. And no one who's been inside has ever talked. Tom Vanderbilt reports 28 Aug 2006 The object of our attention is Mount Weather, officially the Emergency Operations Centre of the Federal Emergency Management Authority (Fema); and, less officially, a massive underground complex originally built to house governmental officials in the event of a full-scale nuclear exchange. Today, as the Bush administration wages its war on [of] terror, Mount Weather is believed to house a "shadow government" made up of senior Washington officials on temporary assignment.
National Guard deploying to Arizona to watch border 28 Aug 2006 An estimated 300 members of the state's National Guard are preparing today for a voluntary deployment to Arizona where they will join a stepped-up federal effort to 'curb illegal border crossings' [to keep *us in*].
"So the bomb that killed so many Australians, it was an American bomb." CIA used 'micro nuclear' bomb in Bali: Bashir 29 Aug 2006 Indonesian Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir claims America's top spy agency was involved in the devastating 2002 Bali bombings. In an interview tonight on ABC television's Foreign Correspondent, Bashir claims the device that killed most people in the Bali attack was a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) "micro-nuclear" bomb. "The micro-nuclear bomb that did so much damage was a CIA bomb, not Amrozi's bomb," Bashir [convicted and imprisoned for having prior knowledge of the attacks which killed 202 people, including 88 Australians] told the ABC.
New petition, linked to CLG's Petitions page: Release the Evidence By Christopher Main of The July Seventh Truth Campaign --On 11 May 2006, the Home Office published the 'Report of the Official Account of the Bombings in London on 7th July 2005'... In the absence of a truly independent public inquiry, outside of the Inquiries Act 2005, we call on the British Government to RELEASE THE EVIDENCE that conclusively proves the official report beyond reasonable doubt. 30 Aug 2006
US accused of bid to oust Chávez with secret funds --Millions of dollars given to opposition, claim critics --Venezuelan groups' details hidden from list 30 Aug 2006 The US government has been accused of trying to undermine the Chávez government in Venezuela by funding anonymous groups via its main international aid agency. [Chávez needs to pass an actual "Patriot Act," a law that stops all monies from terrorist organizations (such as the US Agency for International Development) from entering Venezuela. --LRP]
Chavez 'united' with Syria against US aggression 30 Aug 2006 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Tuesday that his government is united with Syria in strong opposition to the United States' imperialistic aggression in the Middle East.
Israeli PM orders inquiry into war 29 Aug 2006 Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert announced an inquiry yesterday into the Lebanon war but stopped short of ordering an independent investigation. Mr Olmert's move avoids the prospect of high-level resignations which an independent investigation could have brought.
Israeli Leader Rebuffs Annan on Blockade 30 Aug 2006 Israel’s prime minister, Ehud Olmert, today rebuffed a request from United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan for even a partial lifting of the seven-week old blockade of Lebanon.
UN denounces Israel cluster bombs 30 Aug 2006 The UN's humanitarian chief has accused Israel of "completely immoral" use of cluster bombs in Lebanon. UN clearance experts had so far found 100,000 unexploded cluster bomblets at 359 separate sites, Jan Egeland said. [Why hasn't war criminal, Ehud Olmert, been arrested?]
At least 66 dead in violence around Iraq 30 Aug 2006 [US-engendered] bloodshed around Iraq killed at least 66 people on Wednesday. Violence has spiked in recent days, with more than 200 people dying since the beginning of the week in [Bush's] clashes, bombings or shootings.
Fighting in southern Iraq leaves 73 dead 29 Aug 2006 Police found more than two dozen bodies across the capital today and the government said 73 people had died in fighting in the south as violence surged despite 'promising signs' [?!?] that a U.S. crackdown is curbing sectarian killings in Baghdad. [Yeah, 73 dead is a "promising" sign in Bush's Orwellian landscape.]
Bombing of Iraq army recruits kills 12 30 Aug 2006 A bomb apparently left on a parked bicycle blasted a crowd of young Iraqi men outside an army recruiting office early on Wednesday, killing 12 people and wounding 38, police said.
Dozens wounded by car bomb at Iraq army centre 30 Aug 2006 A car bomb exploded outside a recruitment centre for the Iraqi army in the town of Hilla, south of Baghdad on Wednesday, causing dozens of casualties, police said.
U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq Hit 2,639 30 Aug 2006 As of Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006, at least 2,639 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.
Iran TV debate challenge to Bush 29 Aug 2006 Iran's president has challenged US President [sic] George W Bush to a live TV debate on world affairs.
First Source of C.I.A. Leak Admits Role, Lawyer Says 30 Aug 2006 Richard L. Armitage, a former deputy secretary of state, has acknowledged that he was the person whose conversation with a columnist in 2003 prompted a long, politically laden criminal investigation in what became known as the C.I.A. leak case, a lawyer involved in the case said on Tuesday.
Judge rejects Bush decision on pesticides --Ruling says that weakening of rules lacks scientific justification 25 Aug 2006 A federal judge in Seattle rejected on Thursday a Bush administration decision to weaken rules governing pesticide use. He said the change reflected a "total lack" of scientific justification and that there were "disturbing indications" the administration deliberately muted dissent from government scientists.
Former GOP VP Candidate to Campaign For Lieberman 29 Aug 2006 Former Republican vice presidential candidate Jack Kemp is coming to Connecticut to campaign for Sen. Joe LieberBush.
Frist medical license renewal questioned 29 Aug 2006 Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist acknowledged Tuesday that he may not have met all the requirements needed to keep his medical license active — even though he gave paperwork to Tennessee officials indicating that he had.
Rumsfeld says terrorists manipulate media [He should know!] 28 Aug 2006 Defense Secretary [war criminal] Donald H. Rumsfeld said Monday he is deeply troubled by the success of terrorist groups in "manipulating the media" to influence Westerners.
Rumsfeld Lashes Out at Bush's Critics 29 Aug 2006 Defense Secretary [war criminal] Donald H. Rumsfeld on Tuesday accused critics of the Bush administration's Iraq and counterterrorism policies of trying to appease "a new type of fascism." [He should know!]
Early Iraq pullout "ruinous" to U.S. security: Cheney 29 Aug 2006 Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney, seizing on Democratic calls to pull troops out of Iraq, on Monday linked early withdrawal to the possibility of terrorist attacks in the United States.
At least 100 die as militia force Iraqi troops out of town 29 Aug 2006 At least 100 people were killed across Iraq yesterday in a day of intense gun battles and suicide bombings, contradicting US military claims that the security situation in the war-torn nation was improving.
Bomb detonates near Iraq's newspaper offices --16 killed in Iraqi violence 27 Aug 2006 The day's first explosion took place in Baghdad outside the offices of al-Sabah, a state-owned daily newspaper, at about 9am (0500 GMT) on Sunday. The suicide car-bomber killed two people and wounded 18 people - mainly newspaper employees.
40 dead in fierce Iraq street fighting 28 Aug 2006 Shiite militiamen drove back Iraqi forces in a city south of Baghdad today in fierce street fighting that killed 40 people.
Eight U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq 28 Aug 2006 Eight Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers were killed yesterday in Iraq, seven of them after makeshift bombs struck their vehicles in and around Baghdad, military officials reported.
Even the DoD lie-pie number is high: U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq Hit 2,629 28 Aug 2006 As of Monday, Aug. 28, 2006, at least 2,629 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians.
You wouldn't catch me dead in Iraq --Scores of American troops are deserting — even from the front line in Iraq. But where have they gone? And why isn’t the US Army after them? Peter Laufer tracked down four of the deserters. 27 Aug 2006 They are the US troops in Iraq to whom the American administration prefers not to draw attention. They are the deserters – those who have gone Awol from their units and not returned, risking imprisonment and opprobrium.
71-Year-Old Guantanamo Detainee Released 28 Aug 2006 The oldest detainee at Guantanamo Bay — an Afghan man who is at least 71 and hobbled around the U.S. prison in Cuba using a walker — has been sent home, his lawyer said Monday. Haji Nasrat Khan was among five men from Afghanistan transferred over the weekend, said attorney Peter Ryan, who received the news in an e-mail from the U.S. Department of Justice. Khan was not charged with a crime and Ryan said the government never said why he was detained. "We couldn't figure out why he was there," Ryan said. "He could barely walk and he could barely hear."
Ernesto Hits Guantanamo, DoD Prepares for Florida Landfall [Too bad it wasn't destroyed.] 28 Aug 2006 Tropical Storm Ernesto hit Cuba west of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay this morning, base spokeswoman Stacey Byington said. The storm carried 33-knot sustained winds with gusts up to 38 knots, she said.
Troops use up ammo as war with Taliban claims 14th life 28 Aug 2006 British forces suffered their 14th combat death in Afghanistan yesterday as commanders admitted that intense fighting against the Taliban meant they were using up missiles, rockets and spares at an alarming rate. The vital Apache attack helicopters have been particularly hard hit with a senior Army source claiming that stocks of weapons and components meant to last until April next year could be used up "well before Christmas".
Intelligence official kidnapped in S Afghanistan 28 Aug 2006 Unknown armed militants kidnapped a local intelligence official in Afghanistan's southern Ghazni province, an official at the spokesman's office of Interior Ministry said Monday.
Moron$ Are U$: Rumsfeld Unsure of Ability to Intercept Korean Missiles 28 Aug 2006 After his first look inside the nerve center of the U.S. missile defense system, Defense Secretary [war criminal] Donald H. Rumsfeld on Sunday sounded a note of caution about expectations that interceptors poised in 10 underground silos here would work in the event of a missile attack by North Korea.
Annan urges Hezbollah to free captured soldiers 29 Aug 2006 Reporter: David Hardaker - Tony Eastley: UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who's on a visit to Beirut, has urged Hezbollah to free the two Israeli soldiers it captured - an action which sparked the recent 34-day conflict in Lebanon.
Annan booed in Middle East 30 Aug 2006 Throngs of Hezbollah supporters have booed UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and blocked him from touring a devastated suburb.
"For six hours, that machine gun was pointed at my face." Israeli Security Forces Kidnap Argentine Journalist By Marie Trigona 26 Aug 2006 The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo report that a journalist from their radio station was detained while crossing into Palestinian territory. The journalist detained, Tamara Lalli says the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires handed over personal information to the MOSSAD, Israel's Secret Intelligence Service... While crossing into Gaza, agents from the MOSSAD detained her early Tuesday morning saying she was partial in her radio coverage.
"The curious omission." The PentaPost *finally* realizes that Osama bin Laden's name does not on the FBI's "Most Wanted" list for the 9/11 attacks: Bin Laden, Most Wanted For Embassy Bombings? By Dan Eggen 28 Aug 2006 Al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] leader Osama bin Laden is a longtime and prominent member of the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list, which notes his role as the suspected mastermind of the deadly U.S. embassy bombings in East Africa on Aug. 7, 1998. But another more infamous date -- Sept. 11, 2001 -- is nowhere to be found on the same FBI notice. The curious omission underscores the Justice Department's decision, so far, to not seek formal criminal charges against bin Laden for approving al-Qaeda's most notorious and successful terrorist attack. The notice says bin Laden is "a suspect in other terrorist attacks throughout the world" but does not provide details. [That's because you don't seek criminal charges against your employees, who are only 'guilty' of carrying out your directives.]
The biggest story not online By Patrick Cooper 28 Aug 2006 You can see the headline. You just can't read the words. Today's New York Times has "an in-depth description of 'a trove of evidence' that British police have collected against the suspects arrested earlier this month for allegedly plotting to bomb airliners with liquid explosives," Slate's "Today's Papers" roundup says. But you won't find the story on the Times website this morning. There's a note inside the paper -- where the story takes up a whole page -- reading: "Publication of this article on nytimes.com has been delayed temporarily on the advice of legal counsel. It is also being omitted from the British circulation of The International Herald Tribune. This arises from British laws that prohibit publication of the information that could be deemed prejudicial to defendants charged with a crime."
Britain seeks extradition of airline bomb plot suspect 29 Aug 2006 Britain has requested the extradition from Pakistan of a man suspected of being a key figure in the alleged airliner terror plot.
U.S. Blocks Men’s Return to California From Pakistan 29 Aug 2006 Federal authorities have prevented two relatives of a father and son convicted recently in a terrorism-related case from returning home to California from Pakistan unless they agree to be interviewed by the F.B.I.
Student posts bail in dynamite incident --Man is accused of knowingly having explosive in his bag on a flight to Houston 29 Aug 2006 A Pennsylvania college student accused of packing dynamite in his bag on a flight from Argentina to Houston posted bail Monday and walked out of the federal detention center.
Blair's ID card plan undermined by security breaches 26 Aug 2006 Tony Blair's plan for a national identity card has been dealt a fresh blow by the revelation that several government officials have been sacked for breaching security around the databases on which the scheme will be based.
ID cards plan has cost £46m since 2003 18 Aug 2006 Developing the controversial ID cards scheme has cost the government £46.4 million over the past three years, it was disclosed yesterday. The figure comes out amid complaints about secrecy surrounding the project and speculation over its future.
'Big Brother' concerns as secret system of cameras is rolled out 26 Aug 2006 A Network of secret roadside cameras used to track terror suspects, drug traffickers and child abductors has been rolled out across Scotland, police have revealed.
Brown says White House wanted him to lie 27 Aug 2006 The ousted head of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency says the White House wanted him to lie about the response to Hurricane Katrina. Former Director Michael Brown told ABC News' "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" Sunday he stood by comments in a Playboy interview, and President [sic] Bush wanted him to take the heat for the bungling.
Hurricane Expert Threatened For Pre-Katrina Warnings By Greg Palast (special investigation for Democracy Now!) 28 Aug 2006 Back at LSU, [Dr. Ivor] van Heerden astonished me with the most serious charge of all. While showing me huge maps of the flooding, he told me the White House had withheld the information that, in fact, the levees were about to burst and by Tuesday at dawn the city, and more than a thousand people, would drown. Van Heerden said, "FEMA knew on Monday at 11 o’clock that the levees had breached… They took video. By midnight on Monday the White House knew. But none of us knew …I was at the State Emergency Operations Center." Because the hurricane had missed the city that Monday night, evacuation effectively stopped, assuming the city had survived.
Spanish firm to build and run new PFI toll road in Texas 25 Aug 2006 Grupo Ferrovial, Spain’s construction, infrastructure and services giant, had a busy summer acquiring airports in the UK and Peru. Now it has a concession to build and operate a Texas superhighway.
Shareholder raps Shell's 'corroded' gas pipes 29 Aug 2006 Royal Dutch Shell has come under fire over corroded gas pipes, just days after BP was forced to shut down production at an oilfield in Alaska due to severe pipeline corrosion.
BP in oil and gas probe 29 Aug 2006 Federal investigators are examining whether BP Plc manipulated crude oil and unleaded gasoline markets, the company said on Tuesday.
Top electoral court rejects Mexico fraud allegations 29 Aug 2006 Mexico's top electoral court threw out allegations of massive fraud in last month's presidential 'election' yesterday, handing an almost certain victory to conservative candidate Felipe Calderon.
Kerry revives 2004 election allegations 28 Aug 2006 Sen. John Kerry didn't contest the results at the time, but now that he's considering another run for the White House, he's alleging election improprieties by the Ohio Republican who oversaw the deciding vote in 2004.
SEIU endorses Lamont, says Lieberman hurting Democrats 29 Aug 2006 The Service Employees International Union on Monday endorsed Democratic nominee Ned Lamont in November's U.S. Senate election, warning that incumbent Joe Lieberman's independent candidacy threatens other Democrats.
Blistering Drought Ravages Farmland on Plains 29 Aug 2006 With parts of South Dakota at its epicenter, a severe drought has slowly sizzled a large swath of the Plains States, leaving farmers and ranchers with conditions that they compare to those of the Dust Bowl of the 1930’s.
Ernesto storm warnings posted in Georgia 29 Aug 2006 Tropical storm warnings were extended north into Georgia at midday Tuesday as Tropical Storm Ernesto bore down on southern Florida
"If they see a dog, I tell them not to deliver." Bristol Leads State In Postal Workers Nipped By Dogs 28 Aug 2006 (CT) The postmaster is wondering why Bristol apparently leads the state in the number of mail carriers being bitten by dogs. Postmaster Mike Parent said seven mail carriers have been nipped by canines in the past fiscal year, going back to last October. [They sort dog bites by fiscal year? LOL!!]
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